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

craznar Re:Pending Restart.. (304 comments)

I suspect you don't understand what 'pending restart' means in the context of updates.

about 2 months ago

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

craznar Pending Restart.. (304 comments)

So - my system has installed KB2982791 and is pending a restart.

How on earth do I remove it now, before restarting a system that may never restart ?

about 2 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

craznar Re:Will those patches actually WORK? (322 comments)

Yes... but many of the security flaws patched in the past have been in that 'stuff' you mention.

about 5 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

craznar Yeah not quite... (322 comments)

As someone who works with POS Ready 2009 a lot (I write Point of Sale Software), the catch with this idea is that many (a great many) of the components in normal XP just don't exist in POSReady.

SO you may, or may not get updates for some parts of your OS - because Microsoft will not be writing updates for the rest.

about 5 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

craznar Re:A bunch of nuns? (800 comments)

I think self preservation has got us as a species a long way, it also is the best mechanism currently available for keeping the roads as safe as they are. I don't see any reason to change this just because the 'gizmo' that does it changes.

Once you start having 20 cars each trying to work out what combination of movements results in the least casualties - they will all probably just stop and turn their engines off.

about 6 months ago

I expect to retire ...

craznar I will not retire.. (341 comments)

.. I can't afford to retire, I'll be working until I'm dead.

Does dying count as retirement ?

about 6 months ago

Why Are We Made of Matter?

craznar By definition... (393 comments)

because if we were made of anti-matter, we could have called it matter and we would be asking the same question of the newly named anti-matter (that used to be matter).

about 7 months ago

What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

craznar Re:Vacation? (140 comments)

I too am unfamiliar with this term.

From research, the term vacation and computing device seem incompatible.

about 10 months ago

Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

craznar Rename it.. (710 comments)

.. just like the Christians renamed 'creation' to Intelligent Design, maybe it is time to rename 'evolution' to something else.

Note - that just like the Christians renamed their's to 'sound' more scientific, we have to rename Evolution to sound more 'religious'.

Maybe "God and Nature's Excellent Adventure" or something.

Suggestions anyone ?

about a year ago

Amazon Botches Sales Tax, Overcharges NJ

craznar (179 comments)

Personal whinging seems to be out of place here on slashdot.

We could fill a whole site with what Telstra Australia gets wrong :)

about a year ago

Aussie Company Planning To Use Drones For Textbook Delivery

craznar Re:Fantasy: CASA won't approve (178 comments)

Does CASA actually look after low altitude private airspace ?

1 year,8 days

LinkedIn Agrees To Block Stalkers

craznar Pictures... (78 comments)

People need to be careful putting pictures on their Linked In account and on their Facebook etc accounts.

Google image search will quickly identify you on all the sites you use the same picture on.

1 year,23 days

Can Internet Pseudonymity Be Saved?

craznar All? (491 comments)

Are you sure all of these people have perfectly good reasons ?

Absolutely sure ?

about a year ago

UK Gov't Outlines Plans To Privatize Royal Mail

craznar The Owls... (220 comments)

Will anyone think of the owls.

about a year ago

Request to Falsify Data Published In Chemistry Journal

craznar This is the internet... (163 comments)

Why let the search for truth get in the way of a good lynching.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Secure DropBox Alternative For a Small Business?

craznar Cloud 0? (274 comments)

Someone needs to write a RAID 0 style encrypted 'driver' that stores your data striped on Google Drive, Skydrive and Dropbox (and what ever else).

about a year ago



Ask SIashdot: How to Write Legal Software?

craznar craznar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

craznar (710808) writes "I am a professional software developer, currently writing some 'high-tech' point of sale software with some pretty unique features in it. The company I work for is a start up and doesn't have much in the way of financial resources.

Almost all of the code is my design, the over all structure is my design — but it uses a stack of novel approaches to problems that I worked out with customers over a period of a year or more.

This brings me to my primary concern — how many patents am I unknowingly breaking, how on earth can I possibly find out, and fundamentally is it at all possible to actually write software free of patent infringement any more.

For the moment, ignore the patent infringements in your purchased (and or open source) development libraries and development tools and focus the question just on the parts I have developed and written myself ?"

Laptops With Matt Screens Becoming Rare

craznar craznar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

craznar (710808) writes "I have focus issues with my eyes, one of the effects of this is that I cannot focus on a gloss screen. Having purchased laptops for myself yearly for around 15 years, I have been finding it more and more difficult to actually find a laptop I can even use.

Today I ring up HP/Compaq, Sony, Toshiba and review the Dell and ASUS web sites to find that there is almost no matt screens available any more. Toshiba do one model with matt screen (The Tecra), Dell seem to do one model as well (Vostro).

Am I doomed to a future without a laptop, as technology advances — my choices are being restricted by this desire to turn laptops into media centers.

So here is your challenge, find me laptops of any brand, operating system — with a matt screen, minimum 1280 horizontal resolution, minimum 1024 vertical resolution.

That has been my screen specification for around a decade..."

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Whirlpool Founder Sued for User Submitted Posts

craznar craznar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

craznar writes "Whirlpool founder Simon Wright is being sued by accounting software firm 2Clix Australia Pty Ltd for alleged "injurious falsehood".

Whirlpool is a privately run, very large broadband discussion forum in Australia — it attacts no advertising revenue and is entirely run from the pocket of a few dedicated individuals.

The founder (Simon Wright) is being sued for AU$150,000 + Costs for an article and subsequent thread posted by the user base.

Should a company be able to sue based upon opinion, posted on a public forum ?

Full story"

Link to Original Source

craznar craznar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Reluctant Vista Owner writes "I just recently became the proud owner of a new Sony Vaio laptop, purchased from Harvey Norman in Australia (Harvey Norman is a large retail company throughout Australia).

I noticed that there is absolutely no laptops or computers for sale with Windows XP, and more to the point there is no longer any Windows XP for sale. So I reluctantly (as I needed a new laptop) went with Vista.

The big suprise came when I was talking to the computer sales manager, he told me that without warning a few weeks ago, Microsoft staff walk into the store and just take all the Windows XP stock back. The store wanted to keep them, as apparently half their sales have vanished (no suprise — alot of people don't want Vista).

Is this a widespread problem?

How long before I wont be able to buy Windows XP licences at all ?

What does the office do that needs Windows XP machines for at least 1-2 years to come (before we can migrate to Linux I hope) ?

Thanks in advance."


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