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

ITRambo Use AV-Test and AV-Comparitives as your guide. (436 comments)

Everyone has an opinion on AV programs. Anecdotes aren't really useful, however. I show our customers the latest results from AV-Test.org and AV-Comparitives.org so they can choose based on test comparisons. I have had hundreds of customers that claim they had no problems until "yesterday". Manually scanning the pulled hard drive usually shows malware files from as long as a couple of years ago. They just happened to pick up a particularly nasty one the day before, and then noticed pop-ups, extreme slowness, or other issues. We currently recommend Kaspersky for business use, as it isn't as bloated as Trend Micro or as buggy as Bitdefender. All three are highly rated currently. Others fall short on the test results. Among the free choices Avira is a top performer. 360 Total Security is currently even better, as long as you manually select the add-on Avira and Bitdefender engines. People in general tend to recommend what they use no matter how good it really is in comparison to the competition.

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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

ITRambo Re:What if you're emailed a 2016 formated docx? (138 comments)

Office 2000 through 2003 users can download Microsoft's Office 2007 compatibility pack to read and save in .docx, xisx, etc. formats. Here's the link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us... Or, if Office 2016 format is changed, they could just install the version of LibreOffice that will be released just after MS Office 2016, which will open MS formats.

2 days ago
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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

ITRambo Re:faster then speed of light? (138 comments)

Nope. Can't slingshot light faster than the speed of light. It'll leave the slingshot without any acceleration. Speed limit of light has not yet been broken in normal spacetime.

2 days ago
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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

ITRambo Filter changed things (138 comments)

Possibly the filter that altered the photon that kept a slower speed, may have created virtual viscosity around it that slowed the photon down as if it was traveling though a different medium. Otherwise, it should have sped up to full speed after leaving the filter, even with a changed waveform.

2 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

ITRambo Re:Support the supporters (415 comments)

Well color me cynical. The vote stated that the science is real. I will now eat the words in my original post and shut up while I ponder what happened to cause the Republican part to demonstrate common sense. They confuse me.

3 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

ITRambo Support the supporters (415 comments)

The Republican Congress will do anything (even take a meaningless vote like this one) to show their largest campaign donors that they love and support them. Keep the money coming and we'll let you feel even better about damaging the environment for whatever reasons you tell us to state. .

3 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

ITRambo Re:Only for the first year (567 comments)

I missed some words in the stream due to video stutter. I first thought the upgrade was for one year only, then you had to pay a subscription fee that wasn't yet set. It turns out that the upgrade is likely free to Windows 7 through 8.1 users for one year and that's that. No annual fee, although some additional restrictions such as a mandatory MS account (Was really optional for 8.x, even though the OS setup steered you to sign up, in fine print you could select Local Account) are possible.

3 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

ITRambo Just cause needed (371 comments)

Without just cause the FBI will become as contemptible as the former KGB, which I would expect to snoop without reason other than to intimidate and dig up dirt on people. USA: stop this please. You exist for the people, not the other way around.

5 days ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

ITRambo Re:There's nothing wrong now... (487 comments)

The Start menu really never went away in Windows 8.x. It was hidden. Open File Explorer. Under View make sure Hidden Items is checked. Then navigate to Program Data\Microsoft\Windows. There you'll see the Start Menu folder. Right mouse click on it and select Pin to Start. You now have the classic start menu tree available on the Start screen. Or you could drag it to the desktop and select Create Shortcut Here. It's been this way since Windows 8 went gold.

5 days ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

ITRambo Re:what about spectrums rights? (104 comments)

The linked article states "Armed with an experimental concession from the Mexican government that grants Rhizomatica access to coveted cellular spectrum all over the country," So, yes existing mobile companies care in Mexico. The government is not catering to them, but to the needs of it's citizens in sparsely populated areas. NIce.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

ITRambo Re:Only 30 Grand? (426 comments)

In America every filling station I've ever been to called gasoline GAS, and diesel fuel DIESEL, not gas. There is also E85 which is 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. I think we all knew this.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Restricts Advanced Notification of Patch Tuesday Updates

ITRambo Typical (57 comments)

What is the deep thinking that went into this action? Why change the established process at all if it was working? The linked article doesn't give a very good explanation. Now only a select few will get advance warning. Are they afraid that the early information might give "bad guys' a leg up, or are they putting this off to buy themselves a few more days to decide which patches are least likely to cause problems?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

ITRambo Cooling stand (325 comments)

My tests show that laptop cooling stands with large fans that force ambient air into the lower shell vent openings help the machines run 5 to 10 degrees C cooler. Cost starts about $40 for an effective one. Start at NewEgg if you haven't looked at these before. There are even models that are designed to let you use the notebook computer on your lap using a padded cooling stand.

about two weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

ITRambo Re:What's the new hole? (463 comments)

XP? Every version of Windows is vulnerable. This past week I cleaned out two Windows 7 PC's that had Cryptowall on them. Neither customer had backups, nor cared what they lost. I encourage all customers, both verbally and in writing, to make frequent data backups to a portable hard drive, or flash drive if the number of files is low, and to use an online backup service. Microsoft may lose substantial consumer business in the future as the instances of nasty Windows infections is increasing. Chromebooks don't have this issue. Most of my customers can't afford a Mac. So, Windows it is. For now.

about three weeks ago
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How Galaxies Are Disappearing From Our Universe

ITRambo Re:Balloons (174 comments)

Yes. Space has been "growing:" since the beginning of time. A galaxies mass warps space/time so it is not affected by the ongoing expansion of space itself. Like adding water to soup already on the pot, the solids in the soup do not expand from within when the water is added, Instead of being pushed apart, galaxies are attracted to one another. Our local group is an example of that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about three weeks ago
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Would Twitter Make President Obama 'Follow' the Tea Party If the Price Is Right?

ITRambo Politician question (121 comments)

Obama, being a politician, would "follow" anybody on Twitter, without complaint, for a large enough donation to his or his wife's causes.

about three weeks ago
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Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs

ITRambo Re:Housing (81 comments)

You can search for and download 3D printable case designs for the Raspberry Pi and probaby others, and then build your own. Or, have a third party build one for you using your original or modified case designs.

about three weeks ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

ITRambo Re:What Will They Do... (327 comments)

I'm sorry Dave. I can't answer that question..

about three weeks ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

ITRambo If there is no God then life is a bigger miracle (755 comments)

"If there is a God then lie is a miracle. If there is no God then life is an even bigger miracle". A brainier human than me came up with this line. The universe is in charge folks. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

ITRambo Re:People Are Such Babies (218 comments)

The issue was resolved. Good. Facebook is still an asshole for using an algorithm not adequately tested to make sure it didn't produce stupid hurtful images like this.

about a month ago

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