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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Threni Re:Nonsense (286 comments)

> The one thing that we didn't do (obviously!) was allow automated Windws updates.
> Then again, considering the damaged that some Windows Updates have done to
> desktop machines, I didn't even allow that on my desktop machine.

You have to perform OS updates in some industries. You might disable automatic updates, but that doesn't prevent damage, just that you'll be kicking it off manually.

2 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Threni Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (171 comments)

The source code is available here:

http://www.truecrypt.org/downl...

Nothing to stop anyone anywhere from looking. And I don't see how a " NSA letter " , even to someone in the USA, would stop them from exercising their first amendment rights and writing whatever they wanted, or from adding comments to the code and posting them somewhere, etc.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Threni Re:It's OK for Apple but not Microsoft? (571 comments)

> I might keep a computer for 5-6 years for browsing the internet and checking my
> email (perhaps even longer) but 3-4 years for a work computer is very long indeed! I'll
> be keeping my cellphone for 4-5 years if the battery life is acceptable.

Opposite for me. New smartphone every couple of years (as the OS versions keep coming, phones get faster, screens larger and nicer) whereas I build a new desktop every 4 or 5 (because I have windows base, on XP for years and now 7 for the foreseeable future, and a Linux Mint LTS distro for 3+ years) because of the stagnation of the platform means I miss nothing (except stuff like usb3 or unstable ssd drives which - when working - would contribute little to my productivity).

4 days ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Threni Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

> for crying out loud manufactures shouldn't even need to be told to do this.

They shouldn't need to be told to put the price up so that they'll end up selling fewer phones (hint: if your phone is stolen you need to buy a new phone) ? I think there's a chance they already know this...

4 days ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Threni Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

> Ah, right, that is UK, so they are likely busy detaining journalists as terrorists, there
> is no time to fight petty theft and muggers.

Given enough of an outcry they'll turn their attention to this particular crime, which will result in a large reduction in this particular crime, and the police can announce the last year vs this year figures (whilst not showing the increase in some other crime which isn't being targeted) before moving their focus elsewhere (with the corresponding increase in this particular crime). Happens again and again.

4 days ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

Threni Re:Laziness (80 comments)

Perhaps they're using Android, which has had a problem connecting to certain routers for years which apparently is an intractable problem, fixable by neither Google, the router or the handset manufacturers. Somebody clearly isn't following the standards. But who?

about a week ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Threni Re:TCO (341 comments)

I wonder what it would cost to move to Google docs? More than this, perhaps, but this is on top of whatever else they're paying.

about two weeks ago
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Single-Celled Organism Converted Into Electronic Oscillator For Bio-Computing

Threni Re:I hope he gets a lot of instructions per clock. (34 comments)

It should be ok for languages which were designed with speed in mind so that it sort of balances out. Java, for instance.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Threni Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

A prick has stood down. He wasn't forced to. Free speech is important (and wasn't under attack anyway - at least, not by a government; the only attack that matters) but not as much as the right to treat people fairly and sensibly, which this prick opposed. Everyone wins!

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima Photo Essay: a Drone's Eye View

Threni Stunning? (66 comments)

Perhaps you'd care to mention which photos you believe are stunning? They all look distinctly average to me.

about two weeks ago
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Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

Threni Re:Stupid (163 comments)

Is it even a course? It's barely a web page.

about two weeks ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

Threni Re:When should you abandon a service for error? (127 comments)

Not unthinkable in the UK. Google "uk banks glitch" for the least year or so. I think it's largely believed to be related to the use of unskilled developers. Cheap, though. Well, in the short term; until you lose customers.

Would I leave a bank/service if I were personally inconvenienced? Absolutely. Not to `send a message` because the companies don't listen to `messages`. But to not be inconvenienced again.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Threni Re:If any slightest illness was ever even *suspect (440 comments)

I only heard about this in Slasdot, and I don't give a shit. If I'd heard that a company were selling food which killed people, and their defence was "oh, we heard it was poisonous so we stopped selling it for a bit, and instead gave it away to poor people" I'd never buy anything from them again.

about three weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

Threni Re:End times (205 comments)

If patents didn't exist it would make absolutely no difference to the amount of progress which goes on, because the patents are bullshit. Apple would not make a penny more profit if samsung didn't have to use a slightly different shaped case or whatever. Microsoft wouldn't be going hungry if they were not able to make more money from FAT patents rather than selling their own shitty smartphones.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Threni Re:CloneZilla (423 comments)

> I plan to clone my hard drive on April 8th and just restore from that backup
> whenever I get hacked. No fail in this plan!

That's actually quite a good plan, with just one small change; replace "get hacked" with "boot".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Threni Re:Install "common sense antivirus" (423 comments)

> Get rid of Java entirely unless you desperately need it; in that case, keep it up to
> date religiously

Three - sorry now four - updates a year, so that's not going to be hard.

about three weeks ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

Threni Re:Consider the source (164 comments)

Spot on - like those clowns who conflate "schizophrenia" with that (uniquely North-American) phenomenon of multiple-personality disorder.

Also, all Molyneux's games strongly resemble the extremely tedious, if novel, Populous; they just got worse with each revision. Microsoft have released some good games over the years, but he wasn't involved in any of them.

about three weeks ago
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Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

Threni Re:Dumb move... (107 comments)

I don't think anyone cares if they drop this. People aren't going to hear about this platform for the first time and say "wait, I have a sneaking suspicion that previously I'd have been able to play a free sample of all games, not just some games, and that makes me less likely to want to play games on it".

about three weeks ago
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3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Threni Re:3D printing (251 comments)

On the positive side, once you've invested, calibrated etc, you can now make little bits of plastic you'd previously have glued back together (if broken), improvised (if lost) or bought again (well over the odds, but for a fraction of the cost of the machine and all the plastic etc).

about three weeks ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Threni Re:Thirty years in prison (914 comments)

Harming a member of the establishment, or those who prop it up, always gets more punishment than harming a prole.

about a month ago

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