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Microsoft Remotely Deleted Tor From Windows Machines To Stop Botnet

davidbrit2 Re:Legal? (214 comments)

Yes. Fortunately, nothing like that happened here.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Remotely Deleted Tor From Windows Machines To Stop Botnet

davidbrit2 Re:Battle (214 comments)

I'm just tinfoil-hatting here, but do we know that wasn't its intended purpose?

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

davidbrit2 Re:*sigh* (417 comments)

Not quite. Yes, Win 9x uses MS DOS as a bootloader, but once 32-bit Windows is running, it replaces all the functionality of DOS. It does a few crazy things for handling stuff like real-mode drivers, but I don't know all the technical details off the top of my head.

It doesn't have nearly the security features of NT, but 9x has some limited memory protection and preemptive multitasking. It's certainly worlds more sophisticated than the classic Mac OS all the way up through Mac OS 9, which was barely more than a loose collection of libraries tied together with a standard calling convention based on the notion of "traps". It had essentially zero memory protection or preemptive multitasking, which is why you'd usually have to reboot a Mac whenever anything went wrong. Fortunately, OS X changed all that.

about 8 months ago
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I think wearable computing will take off...

davidbrit2 Re:I still wear one (Casio Data Bank (DB) 150) tod (254 comments)

Yup, that's the one. I haven't actually worn the clone full-time. I bought it partly out of curiosity, and as a possible backup in case my Casio kicks the bucket. It's no Casio, but it's usable. There aren't a lot of reviews on Amazon, but it sounds like build quality - namely the band - is the biggest concern. So, hard to say if it would hold up as well as a Casio. I'm guessing it wouldn't, but I don't know exactly how far it might fall short.

about 8 months ago
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I think wearable computing will take off...

davidbrit2 Re:I still wear one (Casio Data Bank (DB) 150) tod (254 comments)

I wish I had a good source; I've had my current one for several years now. I think I must have bought it shortly before they discontinued that line.

There's a no-name clone of the DBC-150 selling for about $10 on Amazon. I bought one out of curiosity, and it's not too terrible. The scheduler is pretty much the same, and you can store longer text strings than the Casio allows, but it's missing world time, and doesn't have a proper countdown timer. Also, the light is almost useless. The raised buttons actually improve tactile feedback, but I can't say what their long-term durability is like.

about 8 months ago
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I think wearable computing will take off...

davidbrit2 Re:I still wear one (Casio Data Bank (DB) 150) tod (254 comments)

I feel your pain. I will wear my current DBC-150 into the ground. As soon as somebody can make a "smart watch" that runs for 3 years on a charge (or at least a solid month), has a scheduler with persistent event preview, doesn't require a paired cell phone to do anything useful, and can easily survive the occasional scrape against a cement wall, I'll take a look. The current breed of smart watches are just a novelty.

about 8 months ago
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Is Earth Weighed Down By Dark Matter?

davidbrit2 What about Occam's Razor? (247 comments)

"Sir, I think there's a problem with our calculations."

"Uh... uh... dark matter! Yeah, that's the ticket!"

about 9 months ago
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Is Ruby Dying?

davidbrit2 Re:Node.js (400 comments)

I assume that when you say "writing code", you mean, "cobbling together cargo cult code snippets invoking jquery/prototype that were harvested from the first Stack Overflow result that Google crapped out." Your version is definitely more concise, though.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

davidbrit2 Re:Advantages to working for a hardware reseller (308 comments)

Sure. We'll sell to pretty much anybody, from a garage hobbyist, to a global corporation.

Great Lakes Computer

We've got a pretty sizeable warehouse full of previous-gen (and current gen) goodies, which is why I can throw together a test rig on very short notice, and for comparatively little cost. I think our sales and purchasing guys can track down REALLY old stuff, if you've got some ancient Sun gear you need to keep running.

Disclaimer: I work for them, but I'm not an official company spokesperson. All of this rambling is purely my own views and opinions.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

davidbrit2 Re:Next job? (308 comments)

Just remember that you're going to also have to figure out how to handle all the marketing, capital investments, accounting, collections, legal, HR benefits (health, retirement), etc. that your employer would have previously handled for you. If you can figure out how to do it more efficiently and effectively than them, then you'll end up with a bigger take-away from that billing rate, but either way you'll be dealing with a LOT more than you are now.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

davidbrit2 Advantages to working for a hardware reseller (308 comments)

I work for an IT hardware reseller (mostly; we do some new stuff too), so scrounging up some lab boxes or test beds usually isn't a problem. I've got one in our rack right now that I fire up to mess with VMs via Hyper-V, rather than adding a bunch of extra load to our ESX cluster. And we mostly deal with smaller development projects, not spending months building huge software packages, so it's generally not too hard to grab a few hours of downtime here and there to read and experiment with stuff. Our dev team (a whole two of us) have MSDN subscriptions, so it's open season on learning MS products and figuring out what might be useful to us.

Thus, I don't have a ton of experimental IT gear at home, nor do I feel all that compelled to continue doing at home what I do all day at work. I've got a desktop that does a few light server duties, and which is mostly just a means to and end. I do have a growing pile of assorted tablets, though...

about 9 months ago
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Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

davidbrit2 Re: Sentence doesn't make sense (191 comments)

Gotcha. We had a C64 and subscribed to Gazette for a while. I didn't realize (or had forgotten) there were multiple variations.

about 9 months ago
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Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

davidbrit2 Re:Sentence doesn't make sense (191 comments)

The IT world suddenly seems to be under the impression that "compute" can be used as a noun. Either that or they were referring to the old '80s C64 magazine and forgot to capitalize the C.

about 9 months ago
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Nokia Takeover In Jeopardy Due To Alleged $3.4B Tax Bill In India

davidbrit2 Re: corruption (226 comments)

And MS has had loads of practice throwing good money after bad, so what's another go at it here and there?

about 9 months ago
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China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading

davidbrit2 Am I understanding this correctly? (333 comments)

Their argument is basically, "Everybody is going to pirate the new software anyway, so please continue to sink money into supporting the old software that we've already pirated." Is that how I should be interpreting this?

about 10 months ago
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BlackBerry's CFO, CMO, and COO Leave Company

davidbrit2 Re:No big deal (159 comments)

Hobbies like working for a company that's not in a nosedive.

about 10 months ago
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Tor Now Comes In a Box

davidbrit2 This seems dangerous (150 comments)

The kind of people and activities that need TOR to provide extreme anonymity need significantly more than just TOR alone to do it effectively. This seems like it could lull people into assuming otherwise.

about 10 months ago
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Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

davidbrit2 Re:independent video rental? (419 comments)

Personally, I think the answer might be a hybrid situation. EG. Offer physical DVD rentals out of an existing establishment that's already successful on its own - like a gas station, bar or grocery store.

So Redbox machines, basically? I see quite a few of them around here.

about 10 months ago
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Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release

davidbrit2 Re:Great! (147 comments)

This is a great way to make your Wii collect less dust (what with the reduced surface area and all).

about a year ago

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Yahoo! Photos Closing its Doors

davidbrit2 davidbrit2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

davidbrit2 (775091) writes "It seems Yahoo! Photos will be closing its doors in favor of Flickr as of Sept. 20, 9:00 PM PDT. Fortunately, users are given several choices of what to do with photos, including moving them directly to Flickr. More details are provided in the announcement email:

Dear Yahoo! Photos user,

For some time now, we've supported two great photo sharing services: Yahoo! Photos and Flickr. But even good things come to an end, and we've decided to close Yahoo! Photos to focus all our efforts on Flickr — the award-winning photo sharing community that TIME Magazine has called "completely addictive."

We will officially close Yahoo! Photos on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to move to another photo sharing service (Flickr, KODAK Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish, or Photobucket). We're making the transfer real simple, and with a couple clicks we'll automatically move your photos to Flickr or wherever you want them. You can also download your original-resolution photos back to your computer, or buy an archive CD from our featured partner (for users of the New Yahoo! Photos only). All you need to do is tell us what to do with your photos before we close, after which any photos remaining on Yahoo! Photos will be deleted and no longer accessible.

Of course, we hope you'll join us at Flickr (you can even use your Yahoo! ID), but we also realize that Flickr may not be for everyone. In the end, we want you to find the service that's right for you, and we hope you take some time to learn more about your options before making this important decision.

Please give us your decision by Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. After that time, any photos remaining in Yahoo! Photos will be deleted. Click here to make your decision, or review a list of our frequently asked questions.

Thanks for being a part of the Web's largest photo sharing service — we hope to see you over at Flickr!

If you have already moved or downloaded your photos, please disregard this message.

The Yahoo! Photos team
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