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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Spliffster Re:It's fast enough for office use (554 comments)

Actually our central IT buys core i7 with 1GB ram and HDDs. What we do (after the fact is) adding an SSD and 4GB ram for my departement. Also we have been heavily pushing for 1GB ethernet to all offices.

After that we started buying clients with slower cpus but with SSD, more ram and combined with the faster network the overall performance is much better for an office user. And the average price per client is now usd 400 instead of usd 1200. Our researchers get faster computers where needed.

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about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Spliffster It's fast enough for office use (554 comments)

I am working for a company with 6000+ desktops. I do not understand why our client engineering is rolling out faster hardware every year. 95% of all office workers need MS office, a browser and email. Most of the home users just need a browser these days. Those core i7 are just idling around heating office space.

I have now started rolling out 200 dollar desktop hardware (zotac). Which could really become a problem for microsoft. The windows licence price tag looks really expensive with these hardware prices.

Office problems are solved, we do not need faster hardware. And microsoft is manly making money from, *drumbeat*, office workers.

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about three weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

Spliffster Re:Quite useless article (172 comments)

Good questions indeed. Apple has rolled out a "Safari Update" on Sept 29th, but there seems to be more to it, however, apple is very secretive about the security updates. Something I really dislike about them:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT...

about three weeks ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

Spliffster Answer (88 comments)

simply no.

about 4 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Spliffster Re:Duh (818 comments)

I am feeling very privileged to live in a direct democracy, the country is very small and is called Switzerland. We do have 2 instruments to keep our Politicians behaving and represent the people:

1) Referendum: if we don't like what our policy makers have enacted, we can collect 50'000 signatures and the people have to vote on it

2) Initiative: Our policy makers don't want to take care of a certain topic? we, the poeple will vote on it after collecting 100'000 signatures.

It's not a perfect system and it might not work in larger countries on national level, because it is a somewhat slow process to find consensus. However, only the thought alone that politicians' decisions could be overthrown by the people helps keeping them thinking twice what to support and do.

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about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Spliffster Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (575 comments)

Our Linux servers (there are many) are updated much more frequently than the windows servers, because we expect and have less problems.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Spliffster Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (575 comments)

Generally Windows bugs get patched fairly quickly.

This is appropriate use of "generally" and "fairly" in that sentence I guess.

They are the only big-name vendor who was supporting a 12-year old OS until a week ago.

Microsoft had to support XP so long because Longhorn development was a disaster. Only with win7 they gave companies a viable upgrade. I am working for a large company and we are only just finishing the transition from XP to 7. Guess why? because of loads of Microsoft specific technologies that are not supported anymore and had to be replaced.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Spliffster Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (575 comments)

The SSL flaw has been fixed and rolled out very quickly, it was not the first and will not be the last. How many known Security flaws for windows, IE and many other Microsoft products are out there, unfixed?

Could you explain why "Microsoft has a bigger problem with having to support old platforms" than anyone else? They seem to have vast resources and should actually be able to react quicker than others.

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about 6 months ago
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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

Spliffster Re:How did this go to trial? (236 comments)

These statements show exactly why the FAA cannot be trusted about matters of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. I am an sUAS operator myself and I am doing it for charity (check http://conservationdrones.org/ if you want to find out more).

Raphael's statement has always been, that he is operating an RC plane. The FAA does not regulate RC planes. There are no binding rules at least. They gave out recommendations and acted as if they were binding rules. Since 2007 the FAA has been grounding aerial photography businesses on the grounds of these recommendations.

Raphael was the first to challenge it in court. And the Judge ruled that this is non of the FAA's business. At least not as long as they come up with proper regulations as I understand this. The FAA has been dragging it's feets for 7 years now and they will most probably not have any regulations in place by 2015 (the next deadline).

This means that hollywood has to hire foreign countries abroad to use multirotors for some of the footage they want. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. Thousands of farmers, civil engineers, maintenance workers, security workers, you name it have been forced to stop doing their business for 7 years without a resolution in sight. This ruling clears up the matters for commercial drone use in the US.

about 8 months ago
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Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

Spliffster Re:Gov't project (516 comments)

All the early rockets in the space race were later used as ICMBs (mercury -> atlas, gemeni -> titan, both became ICBMs). Except the saturn V most prior mature rokets became ICBMs and NASA did the development. You might head over to wikipedia and read a bit about it. Usually it's not clearly stated but if you compare the military programmes with the NASA's you'll start to see that the space race actually survived because of the military value (and the obvious political one, but that wasn't the only reason).

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Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

Spliffster Re:What does IT run on .. (516 comments)

Looks like you need to blow off some steam, have you considered posting to alt.sysadmin.recovery lately?

1 year,17 days
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The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered

Spliffster Re: Contracts will never go away in the USA (329 comments)

Hello. I am living in a country where cellphone network providers are regulated by the state. They must offer sim cards without phone contracts. I get 100% coverage in my country with all carriers and pay 69$ a month for unlimited text, speech and internet. The phone i bought (Galaxy Nexus) has cost me $380 and will last for 2 years.

Before we had this regulations I payed at least twice the price per year. I took about 2 years for the market to adjust and priced dropped significantly. Our telcos are still reporting huge profits every year so the must have made much more before.

Basically because most f the people here started buying the phones, the cellphone providers became just another data provider (utility). Subsidized phones have kept the prices artificially high in the past.

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about a year and a half ago
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An Open Letter To Google Chairman Eric Schmidt On Drones

Spliffster Re:Goose meet Gander (171 comments)

I am co-founder of a company that produces small autonomous aircrafts. Google bought one from us.

about a year and a half ago
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A New Benefit For Logged-In Readers: Meet Slashdot's ROT13 Initiative

Spliffster Re:Wow (261 comments)

OMG rot13, lame and even smaller than a nomad.

I guess rot13 is the new troll standard for /. users (even for mods), I don't really think this is funny. Going back to read A.S.R

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Spliffster Re:Grow Up (965 comments)

I feel your pain. My primary desktop computers run linux since 2001. The last couple of years has been a real PITA with change for changes sake. I've been through KDE, Gnome, XFCE and various light weight DMs. With the release of e17 I switched to Bodhi and am pretty happy. If they keep their release cycle, e18 will be out around 2020 ;)

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about a year and a half ago
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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

Spliffster Re:Goodbye Windows (313 comments)

I didn't know MacOS is Linux based. Care to tell me a bit more about this linux stuff in OSX?

about a year and a half ago
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ARM-Based Chromebooks Ready To Battle Windows 8, Tablets

Spliffster Re:Why? (230 comments)

My ISP (cable and wireless) is constantly getting cheaper while offering more bandwidth (they do not only promise but deliver more).

But hey, I am not living in the US ... my phone's bandwidth will supersede my cable subscription this year by a 5 fold (LTE for approx US 80/month).

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about 2 years ago

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Linux based RC Control System

Spliffster Spliffster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spliffster (755587) writes "DIY drones today are usually controlled with a classic RC transmitter in manual mode or from a ground station software on a laptop (using 900/2400MHz or GSM links). The ground station let's you view your drone on a map, set way points, view attitude and view a video stream from an on-board camera.

The "Open Source RC Control System" will combine an RC "transmitter" with a touch screen (AMOLED 4.3") for ground station functions. This RC control system will have very interesting features like On-board 3D Simulator, telemetry communication link, bluetooth, wifi, gps, 16-40 Channels and a custom "receiver" for full bi-directional communication.

This open source hardware project is currently in planning stage, a fund raising has been started to raise $15.000 (remember, this is a hardware project). You can donate for the OSRC project at: http://www.indiegogo.com/OSRC"

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EU Surveillance studies disclosed by Pirate Party

Spliffster Spliffster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spliffster (755587) writes "The German pirate Party has disclosed some secret documents on how the EU is planning to monitor citizens. The so called INDECT Documents describe how a seamless surveillance could (or should) be implemented across Europe. The use of CCTV cameras, the internet (social networks) and even the use of UAV's are mentioned as data sources. Two of the nine documents can be downloaded from the German pirate party's Website (PDFs in english)."

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Linux based RC Control System

Spliffster Spliffster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DIY drones today are usually controlled with a classic RC transmitter in manual mode or from a ground station software on a laptop (using 900/2400MHz or GSM links). The ground station let's you view your drone on a map, set way points, view attitude and view a video stream from an on-board camera.

The ÂOpen Source RC Control System will combine an RC "transmitter" with a touch screen (AMOLED 4.3") for ground staton functions. This RC control system will have very interesting features like On-board 3D Simulator, telemetry communication link, bluetooth, wifi, gps, 16-40 Channels and a custom "receiver" for full bi-directional communication.

This open source hardware project is currently in planning stage, a fund raising has been started to raise $15.000 (remember, this is a hardware project). You can donate for the OSRC project at: http://www.indiegogo.com/OSRC

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Germany backs down from paintball ban

Spliffster Spliffster writes  |  more than 5 years ago Many MPs in Germany wanted to rush a new gun law, after a school shooting in March in Winnednen (Germany), which would also have banned paintball.

Currently there is a strong opposition forming against the proposed law in Germany as reported by the local news. Only few english coverage is available right now.

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Googlepages discontinued

Spliffster Spliffster writes  |  more than 5 years ago Googles first generation website authoring tools seem to have hit EOL.

Just a few minutes ago I have tried to create a new page at pages.google.com with a google account not having google pages set up yet an I was told:

Google Page Creator is no longer accepting new sign-ups. If you would still like to create your own free website, please use Google Sites. Learn more about this change.

Google states that pages.google.com is discontinued for the following reasons:

We are no longer accepting new sign-ups for Page Creator because we have shifted our focus to developing Google Sites, which offers many of the capabilities of Page Creator along with new features like site-level navigation, site-level headers, control over who can see and edit your site, and rich embeddings like calendars, videos, and Google docs. If you are currently a Page Creator user, you can continue to use Page Creator and your pages will automatically be transitioned to Google Sites later this year. We are committed to making this transition as smooth and easy as possible, and we will post more details as we get closer to the transition time. You can also manually move your web pages from Page Creator to Google Sites or other service providers at any time.

http://pages.google.com/-/about.html

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Firefox 0-day exploit seems to be fake.

Spliffster Spliffster writes  |  about 8 years ago The Mozilla Developer center has released an update on the 0-day exploit of firefox revealed by Mischa Spiegelmock. In a statement to the mozilla team, Mischa Spiegelmock says:

The main purpose of our talk was to be humorous. ... As part of our talk we mentioned that there was a previously known Firefox vulnerability that could result in a stack overflow ending up in remote code execution. However, the code we presented did not in fact do this ... I do not have 30 undisclosed Firefox vulnerabilities, nor did I ever make this claim. I have no undisclosed Firefox vulnerabilities ...

Hopefully he is honestly. Window Snyder commented on this message:

Even though Mischa hasn't been able to achieve code execution, we still take this issue seriously. We will continue to investigate.

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Firefox CCK (Client Customization Kit) Released

Spliffster Spliffster writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Version 1.0 of the Firefox CCK (Client Customization Kit) has been released.

The Firefox CCK allows people to create an extension that customizes the browser for a particular installation or deployment. Example customizations include adding an indentifier to the user agent string, changing the default home page, title bar text and the animated logo, preinstalling browser plugins and search engines, adding bookmarks, registry keys and certificates.

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