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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Howitzer86 Re:My choice of anti-virus software (467 comments)

It DOES have annoying nags. That's why I stopped using it. It used to never nag, and I've used it almost as long as you have... but these days it'll show a popup asking you to upgrade every few hours or so. I just use Windows Defender now, and reserve Avast for occasional boot time disk scans when I get suspicious (comes clean every time).

5 days ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Howitzer86 Re:Translation: (158 comments)

I remember this too. Wasn't compatibility the main reason for sticking to 32 bit Windows XP on a 64 bit system? A big reason I remember is that if you didn't have more than 4 GB of ram you wouldn't see a benefit, and at the time, 2 GB was still huge. Actually, 2 GB was the limitation most 32 bit software had because you needed to flip the /3GB switch in boot.ini, and even then the software had to be compiled a certain way to be large address aware.

At the time, AMD was known for having the faster processor at a lower price. 64 bit version or not, people and businesses were buying these things like crazy back then.

about a week ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

Howitzer86 Re:parachutes? (130 comments)

It's not like it was the only probe to use parachutes. Besides, it also used airbags. I'm inclined to think that the engineers knew what they were doing.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Howitzer86 Re:But (640 comments)

You'll get tired of the Start Screen. In the update, either 8.1, or 8.1 Update 1, the Start Screen no-longer adds newly installed programs to the screen by default. This is to avoid clutter, because people would install programs, and every executable that came with each program would end up on the start screen. I thought that was great, and initially I manually moved my most used programs onto the screen and made it all nice and neat and organized as though I cared. But what I ended up doing was searching for my programs by name. This habit came with me to work, where I use Windows 7 and it behaves in the same way (hit start button on the keyboard, and just start typing. I honestly didn't have this specific habit before Windows 8. I would search, but not always). Then, on my Windows 7 work computer, I noticed that the start menu was faster than my start screen. Sometimes it was much faster. So much so, that I began to view the Start Screen as slow. I installed a free start menu replacement app and have only needed the screen on rare occasions. Windows 8.1 lets you dock your Surface apps to the task bar like a regular application, and I put my most used surface apps there (Mail, Calendar, IHeartRadio).

I was somewhat of a shill for Microsoft when Windows 8 came out. I even have an early Windows Phone 8. People hated it, and I thought they were all wrong. Well, they were right about the Start Screen on desktops. It sucks. I only use it on my Surface Pro tablet, where it belongs. Windows 10 gives users a choice between using a start screen and a menu. The menu as seen in screenshots isn't that different from what we see in Windows 7. Another known feature will be Surface apps in windows. These are fine... but that could have just come to us in an update or something. The experiment is over. I paid to be a guinea pig, and I'll have to pay again to get the final product.

about two weeks ago
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EFF Takes On Online Harassment

Howitzer86 Re:I moderate a small local community forum (189 comments)

Interesting. I live in a medium sized city, and other than a subreddit on Reddit I don't really bother with community forums. But I have noticed the negative impact online chatter can have with my large family. Perhaps there's a perfect size for this sort of thing. Too small, and people are too closely tied. Too big, and people are too anonymous. But at just the right size, you know everyone just enough to snipe at them, and not enough to feel bad about it.

about three weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

Howitzer86 Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (159 comments)

People obsess over this idea that North Koreans must be hacking from within North Korea, and that there's no way they could realistically do it because their connection bandwidth is so puny. They forget that North Korean government is really an organized criminal syndicate with a huge military and slave labor base. They likely have vast criminal connections. All they have to do is hire sympathetic South Korean hackers on the condition that they do their work under the North Korean banner. When all is said and done, the North Koreans come out looking like bad asses you don't want to mess with, when in reality they just farmed the work out using basic email, a courier, and a satellite phone.

We could break their internet access forever, with a never ending DDOS, and it wouldn't matter one bit.

about three weeks ago
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Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

Howitzer86 Re:Here it is. Hope you can read Russian. Re:sourc (412 comments)

But if you are excited when your wife wears high heels then you are disqualified.

Not defending it or anything but... how are they going to find out? Are they combing your internet accounts for this sort of thing, or is it based on medical records? Does anyone go to the hospital for their high-heel fetish? What about patient-doctor confidentiality? If I were Russian, and confided in my shrink that I had a fetish that was bothering me because I was otherwise an upstanding, hard working, God-fearing, citizen who paid taxes... would the government eventually find out about that? Are your psychiatrists compromised? Do they have to report this sort of thing?

There's a lot of unanswered questions... even the article says the thing is vague. But the purpose of the thing is pretty clear. I imagine everyone is more or less safe provided they stop talking about politics and at least try to conform. The measure's purpose is to punish the outspoken activists. If you don't cause any fuss and you at least pretend to be a Christian and straight, and act hateful towards gays and the West, you'll be okay. Your reputation will go untarnished, provided you continue to pretend to fit in with, and possibly support the status-quo. Obedience will be rewarded by granting you permission to continue living an uncontroversial, uninterrupted, life. In that way, the measure is genius. The vagueness promotes fear, and fear promotes compliance. You don't know where you might trip up.

I honestly have no idea how one would combat that sort of thing. It seems like your only choice is to wait for Putin to die of old age, to move, or to get violent. My condolences for your trouble. It makes any issues I worry about in America pale in comparison.

about three weeks ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

Howitzer86 Speech Police (360 comments)

He added some of the responses to the tweet - including insults and threats - could also be an offence under the same act.

That sounds vaguely threatening. I think he should arrest himself.

about a month ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Howitzer86 Re:Orphan to be (269 comments)

Woah that was dumb, I replied to the wrong comment or something. NVM.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Howitzer86 Re:Orphan to be (269 comments)

Change the firmware to Rockbox. I intend to do this as soon as there is any hint from Apple about ending support.

about a month and a half ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Howitzer86 Peer Block (699 comments)

...it's intended to block the typical addresses used by copyright monitors, but it also blocks malware and ads.

I remember a few years back you could download a host file. It was intended to block the typical sources of malware. But for some unfathomable reason, malware and ads seemed to share the same hosts 90% of the time so it would block advertisements too.

about 2 months ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Howitzer86 Re:Um, what? (433 comments)

Some people just want to run things.

Whether it's run into the ground or the sky doesn't matter, since they won't be the test dummy. That honor goes to us.

about 2 months ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Howitzer86 Re:Just wondering (1128 comments)

Because we'll click on it.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Howitzer86 Re:ATC (330 comments)

Yep, I did a quick Google search and you can find them (and more standard 5:4 displays) here.

Edldisplays

Though... it looks like you'll have to call for a quote, and any time you do you know it'll be expensive.

about 2 months ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Howitzer86 YOU'RE Bunk (367 comments)

We shouldn't be fooling around like this.

I suppose you feel it's better that we continue to fool around blindly so long as money can be made in the process... lets let the invisible hand fix it right?

Or even better, lets make it worse so that we can access the Antarctic and Arctic sources of oil faster. The military doesn't deny it, and are making strategies that consider it, because our enemies don't deny it either. And when you look at the actions of the oil companies in these regions, they're taking advantage of it too. There's about to be a veritable gold rush, and it can't happen so long as there's so much ice.

It's obvious we don't understand, or are too corrupt and greedy to admit, that there's no problem.

We are too corrupt and greedy to admit that there is a problem. A lot of money is on the line if we do something about it. So if you want to make money... everything is fine right? The invisible hand fixes it, and if not, then God is punishing us for permitting gay marriage.

You have to understand the difference between weather and climate. The fact that we had one warm month is weather. It is not a long term trend. It is one month.

Your next statement is kinda funny, having read this one. I guess we can't use anecdotes, but by-golly you can. In any case, cold months are also not indicative a long term trend. It's just weather. But, when you combine the data from all over the world, and not just one location that is hit by polar vortexes thrown from Canada, the trend becomes apparent. That is where the climate change data comes from.

Of course, I'm wasting my time.

about 2 months ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Howitzer86 Re:Sexism = Sexy these days (642 comments)

I learned from other scandals that organizations don't like negative attention, even if unjustified. If something an employee does causes an outrage, that employee is likely to be fired. Taylor went from his greatest moment up to that point, to his lowest, and probably got a stern talking to from spineless higher-ups who didn't want any part of all that drama.

He may have only narrowly avoided ruining his life.

about 2 months ago
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The Largest Kuiper Belt Object Isn't Pluto Or Eris, But Triton

Howitzer86 Re:No it isn't (61 comments)

It'll have to settle for Kuiper-Neptunian.

about 3 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Howitzer86 Re:But hey... (789 comments)

You can't fault a guy for being an optimist. Hindsight is 20/20. Fault him for what he's doing right now.

about 5 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Howitzer86 Re:Grab the Popcorn (789 comments)

You won't even need a microwave.

about 5 months ago

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