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

LostMyBeaver Re:Hate to answer for the poster but... (456 comments)

There are hundreds of different BIOSes. System init code isn't like program code, it's non-relocatable. You can't just add a hook and bypass the original. In theory, boot block flash which is a mini-BIOS might be hooked, but every single MB model would be different. Unless you're running a REALLY high volume computer (Surface, Macbook), the investment in such hooks would be meaningless.

HD firmware could be more interesting, but the payoff would be hard to justify. HD vendors tend to use the same firmware for an entire series. Still, I can't see it.

Just because "Security researchers" can show a possible exploit for a specific hd or mb model and raise FUD, I would just reflash those components if I were actually concerned.

EFI is a different beast, but that's why we have signed code and OS bootloaders.

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

LostMyBeaver Re: Cryptowall prevention (456 comments)

My NAS has history and revisions... I can't really see how it could harm that :/

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

LostMyBeaver Re:Cryptowall prevention (456 comments)

until someone writes a something which specifically circumvents it. Nice concept, seems of little value. A home NAS with automatic historical backups is much more sensible... or you could use cloud storage and just put it all out there for anyone.

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

LostMyBeaver Re:Bitdefender (456 comments)

If you use Windows, then you are already vulnerable?

Did you mean "If you put a computer of any type online, it will become a target and someone may eventually hit the jackpot."?

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

LostMyBeaver Re:AV is for wimps (456 comments)

Out of curiosity, what exactly would the point of the hardware replacements be?

2 days ago
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

LostMyBeaver Re:Pedantic, but... (165 comments)

As far as I have seen, the vast majority of the operational components in Android are not actually GNU but instead Google's own code. GNU components are available... no differently than they are part of SFU from Microsoft. As far as I know, even the bootloader is not GNU. I suppose the init.d may still be, but I'd imagine that since services/daemons are mostly in Java land, that could probably be replaced with a pretty small monolithic script.

So, it is probably more correct to say Linux without the GNU unless we should call Windows "GNU Windows" since one might choose to run a Mingw app.

I would suspect that moving Android to llvm on bsd really wouldn't be so hard since Google's now homegrown most of their stack.

2 days ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

LostMyBeaver Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (388 comments)

haha!

As I get old,I fear democracy because as I understand the system better,I realize I lack the education or the necessary information resources to make a decision any more intelligent than whether I like a candidate's hair.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

LostMyBeaver Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (388 comments)

I live in Norway. The entire population gets 5 weeks vacation and 2 weeks sick leave (2 more for sick kids) and most Christian holidays off.

about two weeks ago
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NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

LostMyBeaver Re:The answer is... (165 comments)

I just read the source and agree. Unless they think it's just so much fun to completely reimplement character handling on 20 platforms...or unless they intend to port entirely to Qt, UTF-8 is their only option.

about two weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

LostMyBeaver British! (187 comments)

It was created by God and brought to Earth by his son Jesus and he's British!

You heathen bastards!

about two weeks ago
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Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

LostMyBeaver Re:Nice try failing radio media companies (126 comments)

I was waiting for that comment. I honestly haven't heard radio anywhere lately. Not in stores, not in other peoples cars (built in MP3 players). Not in gyms. Not in business. Not in anywhere I can name.

I actually can't remember the last time I actually heard the radio.

I am usually very interested in knowing things like "How did they reach their conclusions?". Also, I suppose I don't live in outback weird places like Oklahoma or Texas... so I can't speak for those "Heart of America" kind of people. Maybe if you don't mind listening to country, it might be more popular.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

LostMyBeaver How come no one pointed out the obvious? (703 comments)

This would in fact increase the number of college educated workers in the world who are making college graduate wages and are paying college graduate wage taxes?

Consider if you could increase the number of college graduates an assume that they'll make an average of $10,000 a year more than they would have otherwise. (some will do much better... some much worse). Now tax that at 15%. That's $1500 a year more for each of the 9 million people. It will take probably 6 years to recoup the initial investment the government made in those two years of school. Then, over a period of the next 50 years that person works for a living, They'll contribute an additional $75000 a person which should yield $675 billion tax revenue without accounting for inflation.

If we consider that the same people without subsidies would have a high likelihood of collecting benefits (food stamps etc...), that could be much closer to $3-$4 trillion in additional tax revenue over 50 years.

So... in what way would this be a stupid idea?

about two weeks ago
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N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

LostMyBeaver Re:They have a good point (206 comments)

Where is the U.S. you're proud of?

To be fair, when was the last time the U.S. displayed the slightest form of constructive or productive greatness? I great up saying the pledge of allegiance everyday. I had to memorize it and recite it constantly. It's hilarious how we day after day talked about :
  I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United State of America and to the republic for which it stands.
    One nation (under God)
    Indivisible
  With Liberty
  And justice for all.

One nation? When is that true?
Indivisible? Then how come every time a non-Texan is elected, a formal request is made by Texas to leave the union?

With liberty? In the period of the past 40 years I've been alive, that word has had its definition amended in American dictionaries more times than any other word.

With possibly the exception of the U.K., is there any country in the "civilized world" with less civil liberties than Americans? When I was a 6 year old child standing in the first grade stumbling through the pledge, I had no idea what the word liberty meant and I wish I had so I wouldn't have spent 20 years lying to myself thinking we had them.

Justice for all. Here's justice for you. Every year we teach millions of children in school about about a guy named King George III, we attack him, we burn him on a cross every time. We have a document called the declaration of independence which documents how this evil man was a tyrant and did horrible things to us. Yet, when we read the real history books, we find out that he was a great supporter of the American people and used what little power he had to fight parliament on the behalf of the colonists. He was practically a hero, not an enemy or a tyrant. 200 years later, we still teach our children to hate him. If we didn't than the entire foundation of our country would be a lie. So, our justice for all might not have much to it.

American's stand on shoulders of giants and most of those giants (about 60 percent of them) are immigrants or first generation Americans. We raise our children to hate. We raise our children to have a sick and disgusting need to be special. What does it mean to be special? Well, it means you're great at something. And if you can't be great at something, you can be great by joining a club like a church or a religion or a political party. If you can't do that, then you can be great because there was a characteristic of the vagina your were squeezed from. For example, you can be special because you're white, black, chinese, etc... you can be special just by having been forced through fluid and fat from between the legs of a person who was also great for being a certain color.

American's love to buy their greatness. Consider an iPhone or an Android phone. You can be fashionable and special and great by owning the exact same phone as 40% of the rest of the population. You can even be more special by aiming the speakers and microphone away from you and walking through a mall yelling at the phone so everyone will see you have it. You can also buy a phablet which allows you to have a combination between a one sided horse blinder and a phone.

Let's talk politics. What makes America greatest of all. We televise EVERYTHING!!! We have two teams.. the red and the blue and they enter an arena and day after day people all across American pray for something awesome like a proper conflict where these two teams will go to battle with each other using words. We choose the players for our teams based on their wittiness and ability to make the other team look like a bunch of fools. We love this sport since if you play it right, you can have more players in the arena than the other team for 2 or more years at a time. The goal of this sport is to win no matter what. At the start of any battle, one team will pick a topic. The other team will (based on principle) choose the opposition no matter what. To be a player on either of these teams, the only actual requirement of your position is to insist that the other team is ALWAYS WRONG!!! Your players will then launch an all out attack on the other team and use any and every tool available to it to ensure that the other team doesn't get what it wants. Your team in the mean time as a super slick play will chew away at the other teams idea and cripple it before giving into their demands and sneak as many as your own bits in as you can in the process.

Let's take ObamaCare for example.
  1) Team Red suggests a statewide medical plan which would replace medicare and implement state administered social medicine.
  2) Team Blue proposes a method of implementing this plan on a federal level because smaller states (think Mississippi for example) could never implement this system. The federal system if built properly could be broken into a state level system once it has had a chance to stabilize. Whether this system exists or not is irrelevant on most points since poor people will :
      a) receive medical care paid for by tax payers through a reactively managed system like medicare
      b) receive medical care paid for by tax payers through a proactively managed system like ObamaCare
      c) receive medical care paid for by tax payers through an entirely unmanaged system like defaults on payments by the healthcare recipient.
      d) receive medical care paid for by tax payers via option B in wealthy states where less people per-capita collect welfare or via A or C in poor states incapable of managing a system like this where higher percentages of people will prove to be a burden to the system.
the only actual benefit of option b is that people wouldn't have an excuse anymore for why they can't pay to go to a doctor and therefore would have to simply stay home sick and collect welfare. People would be almost forced to get taken care of when they're sick and therefore be more likely to actually pay something back into the system. What people are missing is that no matter what option you choose, every state says that hospitals can't turn away sick people (at risk of being sued) and therefore people will get medical care no matter what. It's only an issue of how the tax payer will have to pay for it.
  3) Team Red takes the stance that since team Blue said they want to implement this, they cannot and will not support it since it is wrong!!!
  4) Instead of trying to turn Team Blue's plan into Team Red's original plan or something closer to it, they oppose it and attack it as much as they can. They spend years crippling every benefit of the system and eventually give into what's left of it. They have guaranteed at least that there is absolutely no possible way the new medical care system could ever work or ever be fixed. It must be more expensive and it must be as ridiculous as possible.
  5) While passing the new healthcare act, team Red earmarked damn near everything it could onto the plan knowing that eventually Team Blue will give them just about anything they want to try and force the plan through. As a result, Team Red managed to get ear marks in that made it "semi-legal" to teach creationism in public school on Oklahoma.
  6) Team Blue implements the ACA and fails pretty hard at it.
  7) Team Red tears Team Blue apart across the press and takes over most of the government as a result.

It will go back and forth. We have no interest in choosing sane candidates. We want winners. We have to crush the other team. We don't care what the other team says, they're stupid and we hate them. We must crush them. We will ignore whether the candidates for the team actually are able to do anything we agree with. That's no important. We'll hire politicians. People who lack all skills except fighting other politicians. With all the power of TV, the press, the Internet, the radio, billboards, etc... will all our ability to learn about these candidates and will all our ability to research who these people are, the main tool we use to choose the winners is whether they can make a jackass out of their opponents during the in-battles we call debates. Basically we choose the best fighter of the two. If we threw them into a pit, each with a knife and a club it would be equally profitable.

We ship out children dressed in green and brown uniforms holding guns in their hands and tell them that just because they blindly followed orders from a man who won't actually get an education until after he leaves the military that he's a hero for protecting our way of life. What about our way of life was it he was defending when he was in Iraq for much of his childhood swinging guns around. What was it specifically that made him a hero? When we give someone else awards for saving lives and actually doing something heroic, do we introduce them to each other and say "Hey, you guys, you're both heroes!!! This guy is a real hero, this other one is a hero in waiting"? We bitch and moan about how these heros are paid like shit and get no love in return and yet, that hero is given food, housing, clothing, transportation, education and spending/savings money while being in the military and is basically being paid the equivalent of about $60,000 a year at the age of 18 with no education and no real skills... all from the pockets of tax payers. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with soldiers, I just have issues with losers. A person who thinks they're owed something after being paid that much with that little experience is full of shit.

Then there's things like fracking. There is someone, somewhere who thinks it's a good idea to smash the shale beneath the ground and mix ground water with oil sources to make it possible to avoid foreign oil dependence. Oil countries like Norway are laughing their asses off wondering how long before America asks them to retrofit their oil tankers as water tankers instead. With water shortage problems already crippling the idiots of California (there are many smart people in California, but there are idiots everywhere) and other states nearby we decide to kill off more of the drinking water resources of America. With the stock market treating food as if it were gold and gambling on it and driving prices up and letting train loads of grain go to waste, converting massive farm states like North Dakota to baron oil land is stupid.

Then there's the fact that the entire world looks the the U.S. and laughs about the endless stupidity. You couldn't begin to imagine all the different ways which the rest of the world thinks America is just plain insane. Things like pickup trucks as personal urban vehicles. How about food packages like for example a gallon sized Peppridge Farm Gold Fish? How about school shootings (a mostly American luxury)? How about beauty pageants for babies? What about pole dance work outs for overweight housewives? What about mermaid outfit fetishes for bible belt whackos? What about Westborough Baptist Church? What about 10,000 different Christian denominations which all claim to be right suggesting that the rest are wrong? What about the "Church of Atheism"... yeh.. no shit... it's out there.

Here's a GIANT SCARY bitch of one... how about the English Americans, Italian Americans, Russian Americans, Scandinavian Americans, Chinese Americans, Dutch Americans, Polish Americans, Japanese Americans, African Americans, Turkish Americans..... or North Easterners, New Englanders, New Yorkers, East Coasters, Westerners, Mid-Westerners... How many generations must a person be and be mixed with how many other races before we can start being Americans? I'm apparently Polish, Russian, Jewish, Austrian American. HOLY SHIT!!! The national bits are apparently 4 generations ago. I am probably the first generation since my great great great (whatever) came over to see any of those countries. Other than liking Knishes and Kielbasa, I have not a single thing in common with any of those things which make up my heritage and yet, I can't just call myself an American unless I'm outside of America.

So, I ask again... where is the U.S.A. you're proud of? Where is the greatness of America anymore?

about a month ago
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Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

LostMyBeaver Re:I don't even... (323 comments)

teach the kid not to hit the cat? at 2 children are entirely ready to be talked with as rational people.

time out is for lazy stupid people.

about a month ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

LostMyBeaver Re: In unrelated news: Average IQ up 5 points in U (275 comments)

I must admit, I wasn't really on the band wagon of making the comments. I came here looking to read the humor.

I personally don't depend on any of the networks because I have had the displeasure of having the opportunity of learning how broadcast journalism actually works. As a result, I have absolutely no use for their media. I certainly don't wish to be a target for what passes as journalism today.

The government operations (like the Senate, House, etc...) are broadcast an televised. We're choosing candidates as members of a team. We pick a team like Fox or CNN and they broadcast play by play or blow by blow reports of how they interpreted events in the government. We don't choose politicians to represent our best interests. We choose politicians to be a member of one team or another. We want our teams to win and we don't care what they have to do in order to do it. We love the technicalities too. Like, "My team doesn't like what the president did. Look here, there's a little rule in the rule book which says we can throw a card and sue the president for doing his job the best he can".

I must admit, I put little faith in the silliness you seemed to come here to attack. I have far less use for a drone like yourself who seems to think that just because someone won a popularity contest and was voted CEO (which actually doesn't mean what you think it does) he/she or they are special by some means.

Comments here are a waste of time and effort, but for many of us provide an outlet for our frustrations with the system. It's probably no more productive than talking sports at a bar, but it at least keeps us from being drunk all the time. If you're not interested in the Slashdot method of communicating, why would you bother coming here? Of course, I guess maybe you're just using the comments as a place to be a dick and unload a bit. More power to you. Enjoy, Slashdot is here to offend and we are its little helpers :)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

LostMyBeaver Re:Project spark? (121 comments)

My son uses it and loves it. It's an awesome system even if they are trying to make the money off of in-game purchases for additional assets

about a month ago
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

LostMyBeaver Re:Plastic socket wrench? (152 comments)

<quote>Maybe, but don't forget its hard to exert much torque when you're in zero G</quote>

Muscle loss?

about a month ago
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

LostMyBeaver Re:My sockets are made of high quality steel (152 comments)

There almost certainly was a socket wrench available. The point is that a socket wrench is a highly complex tool that depends on precision and rigidity to produce. The fact that the multiple components of a socket wrench could in fact be printed is a major accomplishment. A hammer or screwdriver would not have been an appropriate test. This was.

The question is, after printing it, was the produced wrench a suitable alternative and could it accomplish the task it was needed for. ABS, even in the resolution and density they're printing isn't very rigid. I have seen a great deal of information regarding the fact that the tool was printing and more so, how excited everyone was that Autodesk Inventor was used. What I haven't seen is whether ABS used :
  1) had a negative impact to the air quality and scrubbers on the ISS. The ABS I use (even stuff I specially looked for) produces a great deal of noxious fumes. I tend to print with the windows open.
  2) The printout was rigid enough to be useful as a tool. I have absolutely no doubt that making extra parts for the station is entirely possible and smarter than keeping spare parts for everything. But did they manage to produce a wrench worth using?

As a bonus... can they release the design they printed as a benchmark for the hobbyist community to use for making their own improved printers. The high resolution photos of the wrench looked great.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

LostMyBeaver Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

In my city, PHP completely dominates... that is of course unless I look at things asking for skills other than PHP.

I did a few searches on Monster.com and found that Java and .NET are about the same. There is however a single employer posting way more java jobs in Minneapolis.

This is actually not meant to be a troll or rude, but having traveled 42 states and 60+ countries, Minneapolis, while being an amazing place and a diamond in the rough was strangely, from an employment perspective, one of the most unusual places I encountered in my travels. I've been an instructor (ever since I found out that it pays much more to talk about working than actually working) and have met people everywhere. I felt like engineers in Minneapolis were much more likely to be happy with less overall ambition. It's an odd generalization, possibly more poorly researched than your own, but it struck me as if engineers were just another cog in the machine and many of the engineers I encountered adopted an almost Scandinavian lifestyle of working to live instead of living to work.

While here in Oslo, Noway I consider that the norm or the average, in the U.S., I consider it highly unusual and somehow a little scary.

My point is, that I feel that Minneapolis from my perspective probably should never be used as an example of "normal". There are some special things which make Minneapolis a wonderful place to live. In fact, if it weren't for the impressively awful weather (which makes Norway look warm), I would love to live there... as long as I didn't need to work there.

about a month ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

LostMyBeaver Really? (484 comments)

It sounds like the cops have nothing better to do that waste time on pot arrests. They just want money from taxes on pot without having to collect it themselves

about a month ago

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Intentionally disposable computing, a good thing?

LostMyBeaver LostMyBeaver writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LostMyBeaver (1226054) writes "I just read about Eric Schmidt's goal of moving everything to "the cloud" and making it so that in the future Chrome OS devices will be "disposable by design". To take a quick sucker punch on the guys at Eric, this sounds like he expects anything running Chrome OS to be garbage by design."
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Environmental cost of battery recycling?

LostMyBeaver LostMyBeaver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LostMyBeaver (1226054) writes "I have been considering the purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle for some time. The biggest problem I have currently is that both technologies make use of rechargable batteries. The same tree-huggers telling me gasoline is bad are telling me that batteries are bad too.

I'm only partially knowledgable in this area, but it appears the battery technologies are generally based at least on lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, lead acid and nickel-cadmium. I was hoping someone on Slashdot would be knowledgable enough to explain the environmental cost of recycling these batteries. If I understand correctly, after these chemicals are "spent" so the cells no longer maintain a charge, they are not useful for producing new batteries.

I can only imagine that the most common method of recycling the cells is to store the toxic chemicals of the batteries in barrels and refilling the cells with new chemicals. This sounds like an environmental distaster to me. Is there someone here that can help me sleep better at night by explaining what really happens?"

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