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What To Expect With Windows 9

RandomFactor Re:I know! (541 comments)

I have Windows and Mint also. (Primarily windows, though that's a practicality thing for me, not a preference.) - Windows doesn't stay running months on end unless you don't patch. That's not an indictment of Windows, it is just the reality of maintaining a system well in that environment. - Why do people assume that if they don't experience a problem that the person that does is simply wrong/crazy/imagining/stupid. - If you don't run Windows routinely and keep it updated (which sounds like the case in the GP), then when you do boot it, EVERYTHING wants to update* and your experience is horrible until it all completes. Also not an indictment of Windows, just reality. * (unless you convince yourself that you can do it better and smarter than various manufacturers and lock down all automatic updates, which I posit is a bad idea generally for non corporate systems...and particularly those where someone boots into the OS out of protest once in a blue moon...)

4 days ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

RandomFactor Re:meh (164 comments)

I'm from the US and I absolutely bitch about us abandoning the conversion they started to move us to the metric system when I was a kid. Do I think metric, no, but i sure would if we had followed through on that.

about a month ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

RandomFactor The correct question (164 comments)

How many pints when in one's cups?

about a month ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

RandomFactor Re:meh (164 comments)

So Denzacar, would you say it has a plethora of Barley Grains?

about a month ago

Microsoft Takes Down Domains

RandomFactor Upside? (495 comments)

I got the MS Notification on the activity at work.

There were 200 different items of malware being served across 22,037 separate malicious domains. If there are 4 million customers, and 1:1 customers to domains, that is about 180 innocent domains for every one malicious one.

I'm all in favor of shutting down botnets and i can see the results (for a while) in spam volumes hitting us when actions like this are taken, but this much collateral damage seems likely to hinder future efforts.

about 3 months ago

Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

RandomFactor Re:that's not "astroturfing" (142 comments)

Corporations aren't ~allowed~ to consider "the greater good" over that profit, Granted, in retrospect, this looks like it turned into a good marketing move, but going into it, the history of such things would have indicated this was going to be little more than a money pit.

about 3 months ago

Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter

RandomFactor Re: Energy-matter synthesis (223 comments)

Ours might not survive it...but a new one might come in with a 'bang' ...until the next evolution of monkeys figures out how to do the same thing...

about 4 months ago

Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

RandomFactor Re:Wake up and smell the ducats, peons.... (194 comments)

While I'm not a fan of either of the two major parties (quite the contrary), the Rs are generally speaking more colorblind. That's that's the opposite of racism.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

RandomFactor Re:You're not the first person to think of this (245 comments)

And in return they retain a lean on the property. I'm not sure how but I suspect that every now and then this works out in the bank's favor dramatically somehow...

about 5 months ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

RandomFactor Re:Breaking news (408 comments)

The sock monster, however, is a terror that afflicts much of humanity.

about 5 months ago

It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

RandomFactor Re:Elderly? (163 comments)

...of any of the symptoms that everyone is suffering from,

Not of that he wasn't.

It's not bad just because some special group got sick (elderly in this case). It was bad because people were sickened.

about 5 months ago

Back To the Moon — In Four Years

RandomFactor Re:Brought to you by Fox News (292 comments)

So basically, we just need to get Obama to adopt all the very worst right-wing policies

Seems reasonable. The right wingers have certainly adopted all the very worst left wing policies :-\

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

RandomFactor Re:I touch my device... (172 comments)

Kent.... Stop touching your device.

about 7 months ago

We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia

RandomFactor Re:Wait what (267 comments)

Citizens have effectively zero effect on national politics. They're just easy sauce.

My theory is that extremists would prefer to just die randomly rather than sit through enough C-Span re-runs to figure out the right targets.

about 7 months ago

Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years

RandomFactor Re:spearphishing emails (98 comments)

Even the mass malware distributions take basic precautions these days like excluding VMs, all known AV Vendor IP ranges, and not being malicious while the email is in transit (a link may not begin serving malicious content until hours later, when targets are arriving at the office, and may stop again afterwards.). You can analyze those links all year long if you aren't the target.

about 7 months ago



Emory University seeks to patent a nanotech treatment for osteoporosis

RandomFactor RandomFactor writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RandomFactor (22447) writes "The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Emory University is seeking a patent on a nanotechnology treatment for osteoporosis. The treatment uses silica based fluorescent nano-particles which have the capacity to increase bone density."

Update: 1st August 2009 - SORBS is NOT closing.

RandomFactor RandomFactor writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RandomFactor (22447) writes "Update to this story

Update: 1st August 2009 — SORBS is NOT closing. Contrary to the FUD propagated by the likes of Al Iverson SORBS is please to announce that SORBS is not closing. SORBS has received 3 credible offers for the purchase of SORBS (the offer that Al Iverson made for the domain name particularly in light of the propaganda and FUD he has tried to encite is not considered credible.) Currently the two offers being considered are with anti-spam vendors and one of the two have indicated that they will not commercialise SORBS, but keep it as a community project. The other anti-spam vendor have indicated they would pursue a split commercial model, where there would be a free service as well as a 'premium' service. An announcement about which company is successful will be forthcoming when necessary paperwork has been signed. Small outages will occur in the central database when the servers are moved, this will NOT affect SORBS services globally, only updates (listing and delisting) and local (Au) services during the outages. Thank you for your continuing support. Michelle Sullivan

So close...."
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