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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

SeaFox Re:Dial up can still access gmail (239 comments)

I actually have one somewhere in my junk in storage. It was an analog modem mated with a hub pretty much. You would connect your devices with Ethernet and the modem would hold it's own dialer setup. When something wanted to connect the modem would call in the provider and it (and any other devices) were online.

In practice it didn't work that good, because once a computer thinks it has an always-on network connection it tends to try making remote connections for all sorts of things unless you lock it down. So the modem was always connected pretty much. This isn't practical when you don't have a dedicated phone line for it and even then many ISPs had systems set up to not allow you to keep connections on constantly like that.

5 hours ago

What To Expect With Windows 9

SeaFox Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (510 comments)

Sorry. Factually wrong.

I just had to reformat my machine a couple weeks ago and, just like the first time I set up the machine from the Windows 8 final retail version, I used a Local account (no Microsoft Account tie in at all). After I installed all the normal Windows 8.0 patches I clicked the store and right there on the left was the huge-ass tile for the 8.1 update. I clicked it the machine started downloading it, and I went out for a couple hours to run some errands. No login prompt at all.

When I got home it was (coincidentally) just finishing the install.

I have a Hotmail account but I never enter the information on Windows 8 Mail (because I've heard it will convert a local user account setup to a Microsoft Account enabled one if you do. I also never use Skype out of the same concern. I access the Hotmail account as IMAP in Thunderbird, same way I do all my other email accounts, and IM with people on the MSN Messenger network using Pidgin to connect to it (news of MSN's death are greatly exaggerated -- by Microsoft to get people to start using Skype).


Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

SeaFox What about Kindles (608 comments)

Amazon has been "helpfully" adding books to people's Kindle devices for months now. They just show up on your library like you purchased them and you didn't.
I haven't heard any big outrage over that.

Oh, that's right. That's not Apple.

3 days ago

US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

SeaFox Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

Management 101: If you don't trust your employees - you are screwed

That''s how every business operates now, though. Employees are always under surveillance because the management doesn't trust them not to steal from them in one way or another. Either by actual supply/money theft, or by not working hard enough when on the clock.

And funny enough, employers have actually made the situation worse on themselves. If they want to know why they can't trust the employees to be "committed and motivated", look no further than the modern low wage, low appreciation, low potential for advancement employment they offer. When you're not paying people enough to make ends meet, don't be surprised when they look for ways to supplement their income.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

SeaFox Re:hmmm (238 comments)

somehow i think he is just trying to hide behind a VPN to do some "torrenting"

So... what's he really doing behind the VPN if he's not torrenting?


5 days ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

SeaFox Re:How much! (404 comments)

Indeed, if they randomly distributed 2M surfaces for free throughout the population it would probably cost them about the same, and it would immediately create a demand for applications, it would get their product in front of consumers, etc.

Except "Surface tablets are the official tablets of the NFL" sounds a bit better in the press for Microsoft than "Microsoft has to give away Surface tablets to get people to use them".

about a week ago

Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

SeaFox Re:Wait, TwitPic != Twitter? (81 comments)

I think you might have hit on why this was an issue to start with...

about two weeks ago

First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

SeaFox This lawsuit's great and all... (199 comments)

But if anyone believes this database is gonna actually be shut down, erased, etc, I have some beach-front property to sell you. Best case scenario is is gets ruled illegal and then moved deeper underground, and we can all pretend that it's really not operating anymore.

about two weeks ago

Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

SeaFox Re:First impressions (220 comments)

How does it compare to Pale Moon, though? Performance and not liking Australias was my main reason for changing to Pale Moon.
Since Pale Moon can no longer sync with my Firefox on other machines (one of which is my laptop I cannot use Pale Moon on), and the Classic Theme Restorer undoes most of the UX damage, I'm wavering to dropping Pale Moon.

about two weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

SeaFox Look out Brian Roberts! (542 comments)

Someone's after your job.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

SeaFox Re:Uh (127 comments)

As far as I can tell the whole thing was just a farce to scare people into joining Skype to swell the userbase.
Kept on using Pidgin to connect to MSN, had friends who changed over to Skype.
Kept right on talking to them on Pidgin.

Last time I used it was a couple days ago even and it was working same as always.

about two weeks ago

Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

SeaFox Re:Good (108 comments)

At least the LAPD nominally works for the people.

A murderous stalker doesn't.

So yeah, there are some really good reasons to keep the raw data from the public.

The LAPD "working for the people" is an implied mission statement. It doesn't really reflect the individuals within the organization. A murderous stalker has to actually follow you to gather info, but the LAPD officer doesn't now, that's the only difference. The police can just as easily abuse a power given to them, kinda like those NSA agents using their expensive taxpayer-funded gear and government-granted spying powers to stalk love interests.

There was a scene in the 1997 movie Men In Black where Tommy Lee Jones's character is sitting at a console with high-resolution satellite imagery available in real time, and he zooms in on a suburban home, and the women he once knew years ago, and the thinks of the life he could have had if he hadn't become a MIB agent. That movie was so long before all this War on Terror and domestic spying BS no one recognized that scene for what it was.

about three weeks ago

Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

SeaFox Re:Why is it not trivial? (155 comments)

Why didn't they plan ahead for this sort of operation in the beginning, making it painless and 'reliable' ( as possible ).

That's a joke, right? We are talking about one of the two rovers that was sent to Mars on a mission planned to only last 90 days. They didn't see "flash memory wearing out from use" as a contingency they needed to plan for.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

SeaFox Too late Microsoft, you already fucked my install. (140 comments)

Was working on the computer late on the 27th and I saw there were new Windows updates available (8.1 Pro, x64). I'd heard about the update issues two weeks ago but figured that had all been taken care of and the updates were pulled so this was fine.

Big mistake.

Machine BSOD'ing after launch and none of Microsoft's fixes worked.
1) If I tried to boot into safe mode, which is still supposed to work -- BSOD
2) There is a font cache file that supposedly is causing the crash. You're supposed to boot into safe mode to remove it. Okay, I boot into a Mint from a thumb drive and delete the file from out of my C:\Windows\System32 folder, unmounted the drive manually to make sure changes were written back, and rebooted -- Still BSOD.
3) Tried using system restore points. Windows set one just before these updates. Windows was not able to restore to that point. Tried the previous one from an update to OpenOffice three days before this. That one was also no good. Tried the last one, one from the 20th -- when the previous set of Windows updates had been applied. Success. Now, straight from the horse's mouth, my Windows should now be rolled back to a time before the Windows Updates before the problematic updates were installed.

Rebooted... BSOD at the exact same place in the process. No change at all.

I can't uninstall the updates if I can't boot into the actual WIndows install it seems. There's no way to remove the updates from the recovery console (found a blog entry on how to do this in XP, but the updates aren't kept in the same folder structure and my ability to run things on the effected install seems much more limited in these later versions).

As I'm typing this I'm running on the Mint flash drive and have Grsync doing a verified copy of my user folder from my C drive to one of my other internal disks, so I can do a reformat and reinstall of all my programs. Just what I wanted to do on my weekend!

about three weeks ago

Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

SeaFox Re: multi-drive RV tolerance?? (316 comments)

Is it too late to give you a "whoosh!"?

RV tolerance Winnebago

about three weeks ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

SeaFox Coming soon... (421 comments)

Jurassic Park banned from video stores for being terrorist propaganda!

about three weeks ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

SeaFox Cox is the same. (251 comments)

I used to do tech support for Cox (by way of a outsourcer) and they started doing the same thing (this was about three years ago). The reason, straight from (Cox's) own mouths, was that customers were more trusting of the tech support agents than they were the sales department.

We (on the team) were quick to point out that we would be flushing that very credibility away if we started trying to sell people stuff, and it would make it more difficult to deal with the customers in our actual jobs as tech support then (folks would be less likely to follow directions, accept explanations for issues, etc).

about a month ago

Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

SeaFox The obvious reason... (171 comments)

They were looking for ancient Western secret to short life.

about a month ago

Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

SeaFox Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

Dolby isn't interested in this because the theaters aren't. Dolby didn't really want to make Atmos: AMC came to them and asked them to develop a sound system that would justify a $20 ticket in AMC's premium rooms.

Don't these two sentences kinda contradict each other?

about 1 month ago

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

SeaFox Re:In other news... (304 comments)

I wonder if Microsoft has considered changing their name to distance themselves from their reputation for the software they produce.

about 1 month ago



SeaFox SeaFox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SeaFox writes "Macworld reports that a U.S. judge has denied the request of E360Insight to have Spamhaus's domain pulled by ICANN. Judge Charles P. Kocoras wrote that such an action would "not correspond to the gravity of the offending conduct." ICANN has previously said that even if served such an order they would not have the authority or ability to carry out such a request and it would be the up to the actual registrar to carry out the action. Spamhaus's registrar, Tucows is based in Canada, making the situation even more complicated. Tucows could not be reached for comment at the time of ICANN's statement on October 12th."

SeaFox SeaFox writes  |  about 8 years ago

SeaFox writes "Mac-rumor site ThinkSecret reports that at least part of Apple's WebObjects, the web application infstructure that powers the iTunes Music Store and Apple's own online store will be Open-Sourced in a new version to be released next year. A public announcement is expected at the release of Leopard. This follows up the license fee for WebObjects falling from $50,000 to Free when Tiger was released.

From the article:
Apple will not be withdrawing support for WebObjects, sources stressed, despite the software's omission from the list of Application Server Technologies under Mac OS X 10.5 Server and the Intel-based Xserve. Portions of WebObjects code are covered by patents Apple acquired from NeXT, and Apple will keep that code in-house.

Also mentioned are changes to a J2EE-style environment and preformance improvements of four to six fold via a new threading module. Apple aquired WebObjects as part of the 1997 buyout of Steve Jobs's company NeXT."


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