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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

LVSlushdat Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

Which is what you get at http://www.portableapps.com../ Apps like WinSCP, Putty and a whole bunch of others have been modded to run from ONE locatiion and to NOT fuck with the registry...I see they even have Wireshark in portable form... not sure how they get past the fact you need Winpcap running as admin also to actually *do* live captures on a running system...

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

LVSlushdat Re:Not so Deluxe anymore? (450 comments)

Still is free for Federal ... with a free eFile.. you gotta pay for State... sooooooo glad Nevada doesn't have an "income tax"... Been using it since about 2000....

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

LVSlushdat Re:Use TaxAct instead (450 comments)

Sure runs great on Linux with Wine or CrossOverOffice....

about two weeks ago
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Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

LVSlushdat Re:This is SOP for the postal service. (182 comments)

We've got some real morons in my local post office. Even though the USPS website has a "hold mail at postoffice" where you enter your name, address, zip and click a box to verfiy that your local office can do it, the maroons at my local office have gotten it wrong each time I've used it. For example, about 6 months ago, we were going to visit wifes' sister for a week, so I entered the info into the website, gave it the dates we'd be gone, and at the end of the hold period, to KEEP the mail at the postoffice and I'd come by and pick it up. Website even gave me a print out of what I'd just told it to do, along with a confirmation number... Fast forward to our return.. I went to the PO, armed with the printout from the website, clearly showing "hold for pickup". Guess what? they claimed they delivered a weeks worth of mail into my little mailbox... They told me to go and look... Went home and looked.. Nothing.. Fortuantly, our neighbor apparently intercepted the mail carrier and grabbed our mail, which never would have fit in the mailbox.. Which is WHY I chose "hold for pickup".. I went back to the PO and spoke to the Postmaster.. he could care less... Said the "hold for pickup" was merely a suggestion... WTF??

about three weeks ago
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Extreme Heat Knocks Out Internet In Australia

LVSlushdat Re:Here in Arizona (103 comments)

I'm betting their humidity is waaaay higher than ours (Las Vegas) and yours... High heat with high humidity REALLY sucks for humans (and technology)

about three weeks ago
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Extreme Heat Knocks Out Internet In Australia

LVSlushdat Las Vegas summers... (103 comments)

Sounds like the temps we get here each and every year... Las Vegas Nevada *lives* between mid June and late October with temps over 100F, and frequent transients to over 110F... Guess the Aussies aren't used to such temps...

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Begins Blocking Users Who Bypass Region Locks

LVSlushdat Re:/me is waiting for BBC iPlayer to do the same (121 comments)

I love watching/listening to stuff on the Beeb, so all it took was renting a 128mb vps with 500GB/mo transfer from one of the many UK vendors, putting OpenVPN and a squid proxy and voila! I'm now in the UK and the Beeb lets me catch all the great stuff they stream... The vps costs me a whole $25/year..

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

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

Best advice is GET THE HELL OFF WINDOWS!! I have a thriving little business upgrading people who are still on XP over to either XUbuntu or Mint. I've gotten calls after an upgrade with the user saying "I got this weird error when I open this email", and it turned out that the user had an email with the Cryptolocker vector, and the odd error was the malware *trying* (and failing) to encrypt files on an ext4 filesystem... At this point in time, THAT aint happening....

about three weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

LVSlushdat Re:With stinkers like Peter Jackson's Hobbit (400 comments)

Who *buys* DVDs?? That goofy looking little "redbox" you see EVERYwhere has said DVDs for a buck twenty a night... When a movie that meets our standards comes out, I wait for it to arrive at Redbox, then I rent it, and rip it to my Plex media server and then the wife and I can watch it on our 50 inch tv via the attached Roku box.. I've just put "Interstellar" into my "wish list" so I'll get a email from Redbox when its available..... Thats pretty much the only current movie worth it to us to see...

about a month ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

LVSlushdat Re:News for Nerds, Stuff that matters (400 comments)

The wife and I haven't been inside a movie theater in nearly 10 years.. We splurged on a nice big screen tv a few years ago, and now, when a movie comes out that we want to see, we wait till it comes out on DVD at Redbox, I go rent it, slap it in the pc, rip it to my Plex media server, then that night, she makes a big bowl of popcorn, and thanks to the cute little Roku box under the tv and its Plex plugin we can watch the movie at OUR leasure.. pause for a nature-break or a drink refill... Since there has been soooo very few movies that we want to see, I've not had to upgrade the RAID array on the server above the 2 1TB drives it has now.. With the clunkers that Hollyweird puts out, I don't expect to need to upgrade anytime soon....

about a month ago
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US Army Could Waive Combat Training For Hackers

LVSlushdat Re:Ummmm, please don't to that (223 comments)

yup... I did US Army back in the early 70s.. Was initially drafted, got the song-dance in boot camp about re-upping for an additional year to *avoid* being an 11B (Infantryman). I thought I'd avoided that by opting for training as a radar repair tech.. Funny thing... I got sent to Vietnam and guess what? they had no open slots for a fixer of this particular radar, so I got assigned as an *operator* of this particular radar (AN/PPS5, a 3-man-pack-able anti-personnel radar), which was essentially an 11B "grunt" but with a piece of hi-tech equipment on his back.. The tech school was 3 months, with ONE WEEK on operating the radar, and where does the Army assign me??? Really efficient...

 

about a month ago
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BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

LVSlushdat Re:Goatse filtering is a feature (294 comments)

Outlawing everything you find personally objectionable or that you don't want your children to see if the mark of an asshole.

Actually its the mark of a statist/totalitarian masquerading as a Conservative.. Most *actual* Conservatives don't like those things, but we don't try to prevent others from partaking of them. All we ask is to not shove the fact you're doing these things in our faces.. Such as.. we believe homosexuality is a sin, but we don't give a damn what you do in the privacy of your bedroom.. Not to mention, most of us do NOT hate gays, we hate the sin.. BIG difference there.. Hate the sin, NOT the sinner... I suspect I'd have to classify myself as a Conservative/Libertarian... I believe in the motto "live and let live"...

Bottom line: David Cameron is as far from a true Conservative as one of the old-line USSR dictators...

about a month ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

LVSlushdat Re:Summary of Uber's response (76 comments)

Surely you must be joking.

Stop calling me Shirley....

about a month and a half ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

LVSlushdat Re:(In that Counter Strike voice) Terrorists Win (184 comments)

TSA is a jobs program for those who wouldn't be hired for any other jobs.. thus they get all the thieves, perverts and power-trippers, since being in the TSA gives the power-tripper a channel to exert his "power" over others. Not to mention the thief, who arranges to get on the TSA team that inspects luggage.. Perfect job for him... Then theres the pervert, who arranges to get on the team that watches the nude-scanner... After a day doing that, he can go home and get his jollies off...

One of the most worthless TLA government agencies, right close behind the IRS....

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

LVSlushdat Re:Have Both (567 comments)

Dunno what distro you're using, but on Ubuntu 14.04, two 19" widescreens running off an Nvidia card have zero issues getting dual-screen set up.. My only regret is my two 19" widescreens are somewhat old and can't swivel to portrait, as much as I'd LOVE to have one set that way...

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

LVSlushdat FUCK MS (415 comments)

Sure am glad I've moved all of my families systems over to Linux. I spent from about 1991 till 2010 cleaning up behind Microsoft's crap, at various companies, all the way from Windows 3.1 to XP.. Last company I worked for in 2010 before retiring is *just* now finishing up moving to Windows 7 from XP. They hadn't even started when I left in 2010. There is no way in hell I'd pay MS per month to use their crap... Linux does what we need (and more) and Linus doesn't have his hand out for $$$ nor do I have to call and talk to a robot to "authorize" Linux... THOSE two features alone are worth using Linux vs Windows...

about 1 month ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

LVSlushdat Re:I don't understand this ... (184 comments)

These comments remind me I'm currently reading a new sci-fi novel by Larry Niven and Greg Benford, actually two novels, "Bowl of Heaven" and its sequel, "Shipstar".. Imagine a spinning bowl that had the circumferance of somewhere close to the orbit of Venus, and being propelled by plasma from the captive star thru a knot-hole in the bowl. .. THAT could truly be called a "star-drive"... The bowl has a spin for about 8/10s of a G, and has a bunch of alien species living on it.. And as close as I can tell, as the authors never actually (so far into the second book) tell you how fast the lash-up is going, the story tells of a 1/3 lightspeed colony starship from Earth that catches up to it about 1/2 way to the colony ships destination All in all, I'm about 1/2 way thru the second book and its DEFINITELY a page-turner, but then most of Niven and Benford's writings *are* page-turners...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

LVSlushdat Re:Brown outs once a month on average (516 comments)

You're lucky they're just brown-outs... Given ANY kind of weather, wind, a bit of rain, or a deluge of rain, my power company hits my neighborhood with these frequent little 10-30 second complete outages. The power goes out *just* long enough to kill all of my computers. Our area was built in 1977, and the utilities are all underground. Oddly enough, several blocks over is an area that is a bit older and has power above ground and does not have these outages. I have several friends who live in this area and they don't get the outages. I've had to go out and buy a small ups for the cable modem/router/voip box and two big ones for the workstation and server.. For the rest of the house we just live with it...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

LVSlushdat Re:I just want to... (195 comments)

NO KIDDING!! We needed a new car back in 2012 and we decided on a 2012 Ford Escape. Oh if I had it to do over, I would SOOOOO not buy that vehicle.. We went with Ford, since I wouldn't touch a GM car for all the tea in China.. Let me count the ways I hate it...The braindead beeper that beeps endlessly with the key in the ignition EVEN if I'm sitting there in the drivers seat... The way the radio shuts off after 10 min EVEN if the key is in the ignition and I'm sitting there listening to it.. You have to flick the key on and back off to get Ford to grant you another 10 min to listen to YOUR radio.. This hits me a lot as I hate going into stores with the wife, thus I sit in the car listening to the bazillion Sirus/XM channels.. Another BIG hate is the braindead Microsoft/Sync abortion that passes for a radio/entertainment center in this car.. I suppose I should have realised that when Microsoft is involved, its gonna be crap... witness Windows 8... Getting the bluetooth to connect up to my common-as-dirt android phone is a non-starter, nor the wife's equally common android phone.. Not to mention, the endless dropouts the satellite radio gets, mostly sitting at a stoplight.. I suspect there is *some* RF source from the traffic control system that is causing desense in the likely crappy satellite radio front-end... Once again, Microsoft was involved with it, and lemme tell you, the user interface leaves sooooo much to be desired... But then, UI design and Microsoft?? need I go any further??... Sorry about the rant...

about 2 months ago
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Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

LVSlushdat Re:Consumer education (168 comments)

I wonder just how long it will be before 1) there is a law *requiring* you to own/use a television-like device, 2) the only units that are sold have these "features", and 3) once installed you are unable to turn them off or if you do manage to do so, you get a visit by the "tv police"... Of course, the reason for such a "law" making this requirement would be couched in terms like "for the children... terrorists... " ... you get the drill... I feel sorry for the kids of today who will have to live with such shit..
George Orwell had it right, just a few years too early... Glad I'm over the hill, probably won't last more than 10 more years.. (64 now).. Hopefully, this shit happens after I'm gone....

about 3 months ago

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