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"Install Other OS" Feature removed from the PS3

Shadow7789 By Security Concerns... (4 comments)

no doubt they mean that someone successfully hacked the PS3s hypervisor. What a great way to fix that problem.

more than 4 years ago
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Florida Congressman Wants Blogging Critic Fined, Jailed

Shadow7789 Worthless (549 comments)

Maybe it's just me, but I felt like the author just looked up "Operating Systems" on Wikipedia and picked out the ones he liked. I mean really, Windows ME? We all know it sucked, but it wasn't in the last decade, and making a "exception" for it just makes the author sound uninformed.

more than 4 years ago
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Easing the Job of Family Tech Support?

Shadow7789 Not to be that guy... (932 comments)

But, if all they are doing is checking websites and reading email, why not just switch them over to Linux or OSX? Then they won't have to worry about these problems again.

If that isn't an option, just setting them up with Firefox, a good AV, Windows Firewall, Spybot, and automated Windows Updates should take care of most of your problems. An even better option would be to just give them limited accounts, or at least move them off of XP so that every action they take doesn't have Administrator permissions.

As for your actual question, this website might be useful.

more than 4 years ago
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Why AT&T Should Dump the iPhone's Unlimited Data Plan

Shadow7789 Flawed Premise (501 comments)

While the logic is sound, his basic premise is quite flawed. His article is based upon the idea that these "iPhone Users" are something so different and special from other phone users, that the world has never seen anything like them before (sounds like a bit of Apple propaganda to me). However, that is patently wrong. Just look at Japan. A very large percentage of the Japanese population uses their cell phones in ways that would put iPhone users to shame. That is not even mentioning that Japanese cities have much higher population densities than American cities, and you don't hear stories of how the Japanese phone network is falling apart. Between these two points, his conclusion that we will never be able to build enough network capacity to support iPhone users is clearly false.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your College Or University Support Linux?

Shadow7789 Here's The Solution (835 comments)

Instead of asking the tour guides about areas that are 99.9% of the time going to be outside their areas of knowledge, stop in the IT Department after the tour and ask there. Generally, the IT staff of universities are very well versed in using *nix boxes, and would be able to provide you with a much more useful answer.

However, to more directly answer your question. Based on my experience at my school (Northwestern University), I have found Linux compatibility to be very situational. At the most basic level, I have found that I sometimes have problems connecting to my school's wireless network on Ununtu 9.04 due to some incompatibility with 802.1X authentication my school uses. At a software level, Linux compatibility tends to vary from department to department. For example, an engineer needs MatLab, which is available on OSX, Windows, and Linux; but an journalist needs InDesign, which is only available for OSX and Windows. So, unless your daughter has a clear idea of what she wants to do and knows the software she will need is available for Linux, there is no guarantee that any school will be "Linux Compatible".

more than 4 years ago
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How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Part of a Botnet?

Shadow7789 He's Lying (491 comments)

Sounds like Dad, if that's even his real name, knows more about computers than he is pretending to.

He is clearly torrenting, and your best course of action would be to report his nefarious actions to the authorities.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Bans VoIP, Rival Stores At Mobile Market

Shadow7789 Actually... (151 comments)

Actually, I think the restrictions are reasonable. One thing to note is that it doesn't say the apps must change your default browser or dialer back to Microsoft's, it says you can't change them at all. In a way, this could be viewed as a good thing. Do I really want my copy of "Epic Game" changing my default browser from Opera for example? Or changing my dialer to something they made to promote their game? I think what MS is doing is fine, sure there is the problem that you can't get alternate browsers from the Market, but this isn't the iPhone. We can get are apps elsewhere.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Boasts 96% Netbook Penetration

Shadow7789 Let's not forget... (774 comments)

Let's not forget that Microsoft had to be dragged kicking and screaming into this market.

more than 5 years ago
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EU Says MS Must Offer Other Browsers; Now What?

Shadow7789 At first... (911 comments)

At first when I read this, I thought, "How could the EU possibly come to this conclusion? Firefox has over 20% market share and is still climbing. Are they dumb?" But then I sat down and thought about it. Who prompted this investigation? Opera. Opera has not had the success that Firefox has enjoyed. Now, most of use don't see this as a problem, but to the EU, it is a problem because Opera is a European company. The way the EU sees this, it's not a question of alternative browsers being able to take root, (Firefox already shows that is possible) it is a question of alternative EUROPEAN browsers being able to take root which has not happened. Think about the consequences of this decision. Considering that Mozilla has already stated that they would not bundle their browser with Windows, what other "major" browsers are really left? Just Chrome, Safari, and Opera, and I have trouble seeing Apple and Google forcing themselves upon MS. Really, Opera is the only browser that would really benefit from this. The way I see it, it's all politics, they want to help Opera, the poor European browser, fend off those terrible Americans who can build better products.

more than 5 years ago
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Website Security Without Breaking the Bank?

Shadow7789 Best strategy (195 comments)

Keep you MySQL only accessible via localhost, put a good password on it's root account, and make separate users for each database with access restricted to each one. I know it's important. Other than that, if you close ports you don't need , keep your software up to date, and write your own PHP I really don't think you have much too worry about.

more than 5 years ago
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CCP To Discontinue EVE Online Support For Linux

Shadow7789 Makes you wonder... (299 comments)

why they even released an official client if it performed better under WINE.

more than 5 years ago
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Breathalyzer Source Code Ruling Upheld

Shadow7789 Great.. (520 comments)

Now if only 49 other states would follow suit.

more than 5 years ago
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Hippies Say WiFi Network Is Harming Their Chakras

Shadow7789 They have it all wrong (432 comments)

Everyone knows it's cell phones that cause health problems.

more than 5 years ago
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Playing Tetris Is Good For You

Shadow7789 Great! (132 comments)

I knew those 14232 hours spent playing Tetris were good for something.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu Kung Fu

Shadow7789 XXX Annoyances? (253 comments)

I happen to love Vin Diesel.

more than 5 years ago
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32bit Win7 Vs. Vista Vs. XP

Shadow7789 Re:Completely useless (641 comments)

No, you're wrong. Read the EULA.

You may not disclose the results of any benchmark tests of the software to any third party without Microsoft's prior written approval.

What the author did was within the bounds of the EULA since he didn't disclose the results (the numbers).

What really frustrates me though is that you would suggest that the author is LYING. What gives you the right to make such accusations? Are you working on some kind of historical precedent? Do you know the author personally? Has he lied before? Or are you just being a douche? I can completely understand if you want to see the raw data, so do I. But really, I thought Slashdot attracted a smarter caliber of readers who don't have to result to personal attacks. Apparently, I was wrong.

For the record though, the relative performances he gives us are a valuable indicator. Are you saying that a race scored based upon who crossed the finish line first instead of a stop watch is not a valid way to measure the performance of the athletes in it, because I can think of plenty of sports (even a few Olympic ones) that are scored this way. That makes no sense. Maybe next time, you should think before you post.

more than 5 years ago
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"See-Through" Touchscreen Solves Fat Finger Problem

Shadow7789 I don't know about you... (170 comments)

but I don't like it when people operate things from the rear.

more than 5 years ago
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What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

Shadow7789 Filter Your Connection, Don't Lock Down the PCs (1117 comments)

If you are worried about kids using the internet to do bad things, then filter the internet. Use something like SurfControl which runs essentially between the internet and your network and looks out for things you don't want your network users to be looking at. Since it's your internet, you should be able to dictate how it is used. However, you said in your post that the laptops are basically theirs, so they should be the ones who decide how the laptops are used. Let them do what they want with them when they are at home. Using a filter that runs externally to the PCs is a great compromise. It gives them flexibility at home and the structure you need at school.

more than 5 years ago
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Galaxy Clusters' Stunted Growth Confirms Dark Energy

Shadow7789 Logic (167 comments)

I love how one part of logic can necessitate the existence of this dark energy, but the other questions how most of our universe can be made up by something we cannot see. Oh science, why are you such a cruel mistress.

more than 5 years ago

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Windows 7 to get "XP Mode"

Shadow7789 Shadow7789 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Shadow7789 (1000101) writes ""Over a month ago, we were briefed about a secret Microsoft technology that we were told would be announced alongside the Windows 7 Release Candidate and would ship in final form simultaneously with the final version of Windows 7. This technology, dubbed Windows XP Mode (XPM, formerly Virtual Windows XP or Virtual XP, VXP), dramatically changes the compatibility story for Windows 7." Does this bode poorly for Windows 7 compatibility or is Microsoft admitting the mistake they made with Vista's?"
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How to tweak Linux for an SSD

Shadow7789 Shadow7789 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Shadow7789 (1000101) writes "I am getting a SSD-based netbook in the near future, and the first thing I want to do when I get it is to reformat it with Linux. This is going to be my first experience with an SSD as my primary drive, and I have some concerns about its performance and longevity. What kind of tweaks can I make to ensure I get the most performance and longevity out of my drive? Is there a particular filesystem that is best? What about swap? Cache? Any other tweaks that I can make to ensure that my SSD is being best utilized?"
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Who is at fault?

Shadow7789 Shadow7789 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shadow7789 (1000101) writes "I am taking a class next fall on intellectual property, and recently it got me thinking about DRM and the state of Fair Use on computers. I know all us Slashdot readers love to blame the recording, movie, and TV companies for all our woes, and there is certainly a large part of truth to that. However isn't the real problem not that the media companies demand DRM which has a ring of logic behind it, but that there are competing and conflicting varieties of DRM? If everyone could just agree on one form of DRM and every device was compatible, would it not be just as good as no DRM if you could still use the media on all your devices? I know there are a lot of assumptions and this is probably impossible, but let's assume a perfect world."
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Why buy a PC preloaded with Linux?

Shadow7789 Shadow7789 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shadow7789 (1000101) writes "I have been in the market for a new computer for the past few weeks and I know that I want to run Linux on it. However, every time I look at Dell's (for example) computers that are preloaded with Linux, one question that always pops into my head is "Why should I buy a PC preloaded with Linux?". They are more expensive after all, and its not hard to just reformat the PC with Linux. I hate paying the Microsoft Tax as any other user, but if paying that "tax" allows companies to bundle products that I will never use with my PC to reduce my price why wouldn't I just buy a Windows loaded PC and reformat?"
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Mobile website development?

Shadow7789 Shadow7789 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shadow7789 (1000101) writes "In many other developed nations, the concept of the "Internet on the Go" has taken a much larger foothold than it has in the United States. Go to Japan or South Korea, and it seems like few pages do not have mobile counterparts, but come to the United States and many notable sites (Slashdot included) do not have any mobile formatted pages available. Should website developers be taking larger strides to ensuring that their content is available to mobile clients, or is the effort not worth the rewards?"
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HTC refuses to fix defective, misadvertised device

Shadow7789 Shadow7789 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shadow7789 (1000101) writes "After months of complaints by customers, claiming poor video performance on a plethora of recent devices (which were advertised as multimedia devices), HTC has decided to announce that it will not be providing fixes for the affected devices, instead claiming that the "overall value of its devices based on their combination of functionality and connectivity exceeds their ability to play or render high-resolution video.""
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Gmail IMAP Problems?

Shadow7789 Shadow7789 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shadow7789 (1000101) writes "It seems there are some problems over at Gmail HQ today. It seems that IMAP support has been randomly disabling and enabling itself on my account today. I have been periodically checking the Google Blog today and scanning through their press releases today, but I can't seem to find anything to hint at a cause of what I am experiencing. Fortunately, Web UI still works, but it is annoying when my desktop client and mobile device stop syncing my email. Worth mentioning is that when I access the Web UI while my IMAP is out, the option has mysteriously disappeared from the settings. Has anyone else experienced these difficulties, or does anyone know what is going on? Maybe we are getting some sought after IMAP improvements."
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Vista named year's most dissapointing product

Shadow7789 Shadow7789 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shadow7789 (1000101) writes "No surprise here, but to complete its humiliation, PC Magazine has named Windows Vista the most disappointing product of 2007. From the article:
'Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?...No wonder so many users are clinging to XP like shipwrecked sailors to a life raft, while others who made the upgrade are switching back. And when the fastest Vista notebook PC World has ever tested is an Apple MacBook Pro, there's something deeply wrong with the universe.'"

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Linux patent infringment found

Shadow7789 Shadow7789 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shadow7789 (1000101) writes "The Inquirer published an editorial today that suggests a new spin on Linux's alleged infringements on Microsoft's patents. Instead of infringements in code, The Inquirer claims that Microsoft's claims stem from similarities between GNOME and KDE with the Windows GUI. While it is doubtful that anyone will ever truly know Microsoft's motives, this is certainly an interesting theory, and it does raise questions about the level of innovation in the various Linux GUIs."
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