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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

danomac Re:MS FAIL (155 comments)

Well, at least it has PowerShell. Heck, now it's only 23 characters to change a directory? Who wants to go back??

ChangeDirectory -Please <Directory>

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

danomac Re:Lost sounds (790 comments)

Speaking of cassettes, I still remember the clunk/click when I shut my car off. My new (at the time) Pioneer cassette player in my car had a key-off pinchroller release to prevent the tape from getting frozen to the head.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

danomac Re:Videocassette (790 comments)

My old VCR while rewinding:

*click*whirrrrrrRRRRR-squeaksqueaksqueak-whirrrr-thunk-whiRRRRRRRRRRRRRSNAP*

Lost a few tapes to that one.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Endorses Water From Human Waste

danomac Re:A pretty low bar (245 comments)

Evian is a bottled water brand here. Read the word backwards, I don't think that's a coincidence...

about two weeks ago
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New Year's Resolution for 2015

danomac Re:A combination (214 comments)

Well, considering that this part of the thread started with me posting, and I'm replying to someone who commented on one of my posts in order to clarify my intentions, I'm not sure why you are upset.

I'd much rather take the advice of someone who knows what he's talking about, not some random person on the internet capable of posting links.

about three weeks ago
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New Year's Resolution for 2015

danomac Re:A combination (214 comments)

I have high blood pressure, I was told by my doctor to reduce salt to lower blood pressure. Doc figures it can be controlled without meds, and I'd much prefer that to popping pills.

about three weeks ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

danomac Re:Doesn't even need new battery tech! (386 comments)

Next innovation: The Google Glass Helmet! Battery problem solved, just wrap your whole head with batteries!

about three weeks ago
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New Year's Resolution for 2015

danomac A combination (214 comments)

I've decided to do two things - one is cut most sugar and reduce salt from my diet. Second is increasing payments on my mortgage to pay it off quicker. I've actually started this middle of 2014 but I'm going to increase it yet again.

That will save me tens of thousands in interest. If I'm really careful I can be mortgage-free in eight years or so.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

danomac Re:WHY GOD WHY (248 comments)

It's good for Microsoft, especially when they make you bend over...

about a month ago
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Twitter Bug Locks Out Many Users

danomac Re:Think about this when... (69 comments)

why antilock braking systems controlled by computers are universally derided as dangerous,

I've driven a car that had its antilock brake system decide the car was stuck in a skid when it wasn't. Which of course greatly increases your stopping distance. I nearly hit someone else in front of me, the only reason I didn't hit them is I swerved to the shoulder and was half in the ditch. Had the antilock brakes not interfered I would've stopped safely with lots of time. I'm just glad it wasn't a pedestrian crosswalk when that happened. I've been against them since then.

Since then I've stuck with my 30 year old car. Nothing fancy, it just works. And dammit, when I step on the brakes it actually applies them!

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

danomac Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (681 comments)

I learned today that there was a disagreement among Christians as to when their god was born. If one group follows one calendar and the other group follows a different one, and they both say December 25th, who was right? I find that kind of amusing.

about a month ago
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Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

danomac Re:Consoles are worthless offline (336 comments)

I played a game yesterday, but it wasn't on the new consoles. I played a game on my xbox 360 and it signed into live with no issues yesterday morning.

I was surprised to read the xbox live went down, as I was using it yesterday!

about a month ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

danomac Re:Ewww...train your cats... (190 comments)

Sure they'll follow your "rules" when you are around.

If you put a camera up when you are not around, your cats will be going to places where you don't want them to. They're funny that way.

about a month ago
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JP Morgan Breach Tied To Two-Factor Authentication Slip

danomac Re:Why the banks support a standard 2 factor syste (71 comments)

If you have an infinite number of systems to log into, how many dongles is optimal, and how do you keep track of which dongle to use with which system?

Taped to the monitor, right next to the sticky note with the username/password!

about a month ago
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At 40, a person is ...

danomac Re:Parents (286 comments)

If your parents are still around, I guess...

My father died when I was 6 and my mom died of lung cancer when she was 50 - I was in my early thirties when this happened.

All of my grandparents are no longer around, most had heart disease (grandfather had three heart attacks in his 40s) or lung cancer. I figure if I even get to 50 without a health mishap it'll be a miracle.

Old for me is... undefined? Hell, I feel old and I'm not even 40 yet...

about a month ago
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Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

danomac Re:Sounds like my Sony Blu-Ray player (82 comments)

That would work if you don't want to use Netflix on the BD player. GP says when network/Sony's server's are down apps don't work on the BD player...

about a month ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

danomac Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

then when publishers do relent

It doesn't matter what the publishers say, Google will have to comply until the law is changed. I'd be rather surprised if that happens quickly.

about a month and a half ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

danomac Re:Don't laugh... (251 comments)

Global TV streams them next day (or two days?)

You can't record it?

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

danomac Re:Not surprising. Also why we're going all OSS (415 comments)

I've just done a few manual installs of Office 2013 and I did not have to set up a Microsoft account during the install procedure, but I actually install media and a volume license. When I installed it manually it doesn't even ask for a license, I had to add it afterwards.

You can disable First Run via GPO, and you can block signing into office online with a GPO. You can also disable prompting to sign in online while saving.

Install the Office 2013 GPO Templates and use:
User Configuration->Policies->Administrative Templates->Microsoft Office 2013->Miscellaneous
Set "Show OneDrive Sign In" to Disabled
Set "Block signing into Office" to Enabled, choose "None allowed" from the dropdown

I've tested this, it completely removes saving to the cloud as an option from the Save As dialog.

For the First Run Wizard, use:
User Configuration->Policies->Administrative Templates->Microsoft Office 2013->Privacy->Trust Center
Set "Disable Opt-in Wizard on first run" to Enabled.

This will not give the user the option to change update settings, presumably you'd have update policies set up using group policy anyway.

If this is for a standalone user, I would imagine there's no option to do this (unless you went in through the UI and disabled it manually.)

about a month and a half ago

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SystemD-resolved has a DNS cache poisoning bug

danomac danomac writes  |  about 2 months ago

danomac (1032160) writes "If you are using systemd you may want to disable resolved. Reported yesterday on seclists, resolved doesn't appear to adhere to rfc5452 and thus is subject to a cache poisoning bug. From seclists:

At its simplest, an attacker triggers a query to a domain he controls via SMTP or SSH-login. Upon receipt of the question, he can just add any answer he wants to have cached to the legit answer he provides for the query, e.g. providing two anser RR's: One for the question asked and one for a question that has never been asked — even if the DNS server is not authoritative for this domain.

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There's More Fiber in Fast Food Than You Realize

danomac danomac writes  |  about 7 months ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It looks like McDonald's, along with other fast-food chains like Burger King and Wendy's, put more fiber in your burger than you realize.

Listed in the ingredients is "microcrystalline cellulose", also known as wood fiber. Fast-food chains have been using this for quite some time due to the cost effectiveness.

This is also not just in meat, but in all sorts of ingredients like cheese, sauces, etc."
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Canadian Telcos fighting CRTC ruling

danomac danomac writes  |  about a year and a half ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It appears the Canadian carriers are seeking to overturn the proposed CRTC code that will take effect in December of this year. This code was previously discussed here at slashdot and had things like caps on contracts, reasonable roaming rates, and mandatory cell unlocking. The major sticking point is that this code is to be retroactive, and the big telcos are worried that this will set a bad precedent if customers can effectively cancel their existing three year contracts. However, it sounds like they're not happy that they are no longer the only ones that can arbitrarily change a contract. Some carriers may even defy this new code as they fight through the courts."
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Canipre caught using images without permission from copyright holders

danomac danomac writes  |  about a year and a half ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Canipre, a Canadian anti-infringement enforcement company, has been using photos on their official website without permission.

This company hopes to bring US-style copyright lawsuits to Canada, and they are the company behind Voltage's current lawsuits.

It says right on their website "they all know it's wrong, and they're still doing it" overlaid on top of the image used without permission. There apparently are multiple photos from different authors used, and none gave permission for Canipre to use on their website.

Canipre's response? "We used a third party vendor to develop the website and they purchased images off of an image bank", trying to pass the blame to someone else.

Some of the photos were released under the Creative Commons, meaning they could've used the photos legally if they attributed the author."
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Canadian Police Need New Internet Surveillance Tools

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 2 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Police agencies in Canada want to have better tools to do online surveillance. Bill C-30 was to include new legislation (specifically Section 34) that would give police access to information without a warrant. This can contain your name, your IP address, and your mobile phone number.

This, of course, creates all sorts of issues with privacy online. The police themselves say they have concerns with Section 34. Apparently the way it is worded it is not just police that can request the information, but any government agent. Would you trust the government with this kind of power?"

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Early iPad prototype appears in litigation against Samsung

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 2 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "The litigation against Samsung has now turned up an early prototype of the iPad, from 2002. This prototype is shown against the article against the iPad 2 and Samsung's Tab 10.1, and it dwarfs both in size and thickness. It's almost as thick as a notebook.

Samsung is saying the early design isn't even close to what the Tab 10.1 is now. It does, however, feature the same rounded corners as the current generation iPad."

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Apple hopes to drop Samsung as chip supplier

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Apple is testing out new chip suppliers, trying to find another supplier other than Samsung.

Apple is currently suing Android phone manufacturers, and Samsung is included in the lawsuit. The question is will they be able to move to another supplier?"

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'United Breaks Guitars' becomes viral hit

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 5 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and witnessed one of their Taylor guitars being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. It was discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. Long story short: United refused to repair the guitar, so the artist promised to write and produce three songs about his experience with United Airlines. The first song has now been released and uploaded to YouTube where it currently has over a half a million views.

Apprarently United Airlines have now come in contact with the artist, asking for permission to use it as a textbook case on how to handle customer complaints in the future."

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Xbox franchise starts making money

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Everyone knows the Xbox franchise started out losing a lot of money. Recently, they have started making money, at least for the last two quarters. It looks like Microsoft's gamble is slowly paying off: Possibly by end of June this year the franchise will be in the black.

Xbox Live is credited for distinguishing the console from its competitors."

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danomac danomac writes  |  more than 8 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Apparently, Interlink Electronics Inc. is crying foul over Nintendo's new Wiimote. A patent was issued to them for a trigger operated electronic device.

I wonder how far this will go, considering the N64 had a trigger on it's remote control."
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danomac danomac writes  |  more than 8 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It appears that mobile phones may be prone to a SMS message attack that can lead to remote software installation or handheld reprogramming. It doesn't help that the GSM Association is being hazy about whether they acknowledge it or not.

From the article: "All operators have been keen to point out however that such an attack would be illegal. The GSMA warning that "if this were demonstrated in the UK it would be a serious criminal offense, which could be prosecuted under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for over the air interception"." Sure, it may be illegal, but since when has this stopped hackers in the first place?

Who would have thought that devices that are remotely programmable would not authenticate the sender of the request?"

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