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Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability

dtfinch Re:In other news ... (152 comments)

XP comes with a perfectly good command line ftp client, ported from BSD.

about 4 months ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

dtfinch Re:ARM is the new Intel (110 comments)

What's weird is that Intel was in the ARM business for a while, before selling XScale to Marvell in 2006, just as it was taking off. Maybe the prices were getting too competitive.

about 4 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

dtfinch Re:informal poll (641 comments)

Xubuntu at home (Windows-free), XP at work :c

about 5 months ago
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MariaDB 10 Released, Now With NoSQL Support

dtfinch Re:I never trusted Monty in the first place (103 comments)

MySQL's had a strict mode since 2004 to reject invalid data. They didn't make it default until late 2012 though in 5.6.8, and I couldn't find what the MariaDB default is (short of downloading the source and looking). Even then, they only it in the default config file, so manual or distro-specific configs that omit the setting will fall back to the old truncation mode.

about 4 months ago
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Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

dtfinch Re:An example of why Beta is bad (249 comments)

All these people upset with digg v4 are just a vocal minority trying to ruin the experience for everyone else.

about 7 months ago
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Dart 1.0 Released

dtfinch Re:Cross browser? (121 comments)

I never found Typescript's output to be that hard to read, since it preserves comments and changes the code very little apart from rewriting class definitions.

You can enable source maps, which the Firefox/Chrome debuggers can use to show you the original code when debugging compiled code. And some minifiers like UglifyJS can transform source maps to continue working after minifying.

about 10 months ago
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Forrester Research Shows Steep Decline in Free Office Suite Stats

dtfinch Re:Office 365 (337 comments)

I'd miss Calc's NLPSolver, but that's about it.

about 10 months ago
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Will New Red-Text Warnings Kill Casual Use of Java?

dtfinch Re:Applets only (282 comments)

The ones I get stuck with always seem to require Java 1.4.2, so any new breaking changes are irrelevant.

about a year ago
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Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

dtfinch Re:The real question is (311 comments)

The software did its job. But they buy their maps from at least a dozen other companies and one of them made an easy mistake, like marking a private road as public. That's not quite the same as a wheel falling off.

about a year ago
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John McAfee Triggers the Ultimate False Positive

dtfinch One more on the todo (47 comments)

I need to set up a dead man's switch that posts denials of my demise.

about a year ago
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Nvidia Display Driver Service Attack Escalates Privileges On Windows Machines

dtfinch No issue here (129 comments)

Every update I redisable all the nvidia services, startup tasks, and shell extensions, breaking nothing of value.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft's Free AV App May Be a Non-Starter

dtfinch Re:Am I missing something? (251 comments)

For one, it creates lots of temporary files for every file it scans, trying to extract them like an archive whether they really are or not. That's why it scans so slowly, and will thrash your hard drive even if you're scanning files elsewhere, like over the network.

more than 5 years ago
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Apps That Rely On Ext3's Commit Interval May Lose Data In Ext4

dtfinch Why XFS was never an option (830 comments)

Ext3's commit interval was one of its best features.

Sure, it doesn't have to make guarantees when the app doesn't explicitly sync, but losing data 1% of the time in an outage is better than losing data 99% of those in those cases.

Whenever I saw people complaining of losses in XFS that wouldn't have happened in ext3, the "doesn't have to guarantee unless synced" thing was brought up as an excuse.

more than 5 years ago
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Asus Eee Top All-In-One Touch Screen PC Tested

dtfinch Screen resolution (42 comments)

Since most reviews including this one assume that it's enough to just give the screen size in inches, as though readers are too clueless to care, I'll save you some searching. It's 1366x768.

more than 5 years ago
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Jurassic Web

dtfinch Time flies (430 comments)

I still have a big bag full of buttons and other freebies from the 1996 Comdex.

more than 5 years ago
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Student Arrested For Classroom Texting

dtfinch People who ruin it for everyone (1246 comments)

I highly disapprove of strip searching students (at least a female cop did it this time). But then you have kids like her lying and stashing things where the sun don't shine, who can only be caught by strip search.

Expel her.

more than 5 years ago
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YouTube To Allow Self-Serve Ads For Major Media Players

dtfinch vs alternatives (115 comments)

I've known for months that they've been doing this, just because I've been getting email notices stating it.

I prefer the ads to silent or removed videos or suspended accounts.

more than 5 years ago
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FreeBSD 6.4 Released

dtfinch I wonder if the cd installer still sucks (64 comments)

This is Disk 1. Please install Disk 2 and select OK to continue.
This is Disk 2. Please install Disk 1 and select OK to continue.
This is Disk 1. Please install Disk 2 and select OK to continue.
This is Disk 2. Please install Disk 1 and select OK to continue.
This is Disk 1. Please install Disk 2 and select OK to continue.
This is Disk 2. Please install Disk 1 and select OK to continue.
* repeat 50+ more times *

more than 5 years ago

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dtfinch dtfinch writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dtfinch (661405) writes "I followed the link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306359/EN-US/ from Google search results and it lead to Microsoft's 404 page. So I searched for the article using Microsoft's integrated search and followed the url in the results. This time it worked, and by golly, it was the same exact url, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306359/EN-US/. This is not the first time support.microsoft.com has given me 404 errors on links I've followed from Google, but it is the first time I've verified that they link was in fact good, and their server gave a 404 response only when the referrer was Google. It's as though Microsoft wants me to think Google is giving me bad links.

This isn't the first time I've seen Microsoft sabotage their knowledgebase to annoy users of competing products and services. When I use Firefox, they disable their feedback form on the bottom of each article, and sometimes they demand that I login to passport just to view an article. Both annoyances go away if I switch to IE using the "IE Tab" Firefox plugin."

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Microsoft redirecting Google users to 404?

dtfinch dtfinch writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I followed the link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306359/EN-US/ from Google search results and it lead to Microsoft's 404 page. So I searched for the article using Microsoft's integrated search and followed the url in the results. This time it worked, and by golly, it was the same exact url, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306359/EN-US/. This is not the first time support.microsoft.com has given me 404 errors on links I've followed from Google, but it is the first time I've verified that they link was in fact good, and their server gave a 404 response only when the referrer was Google. It's as though Microsoft wants me to think Google is giving me bad links.

This isn't the first time I've seen Microsoft sabotage their knowledgebase to annoy users of competing products and services. When I use Firefox, they disable their feedback form on the bottom of each article, and sometimes they demand that I login to passport just to view an article. Both annoyances go away if I switch to IE using the "IE Tab" Firefox plugin.

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Noncommercial spam for spam's sake

dtfinch dtfinch writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Lately I've been receiving 2-3 non-advertisement spams a day. It's the rare type of spam that isn't caught by thunderbird's bayesian filter. All they are is a few random phrases designed to bypass spam blockers. I view the source to confirm. There's no sort of advertisement. No URL's. No meaningful information in the headers. No html. No images. It's 100% random plaintext. And these are tiny spams, unlikely to choke many email servers with their volume. All they're doing is sending out possibly hundreds of millions of spams a day with nothing but random text, having no commercial value whatsoever, marketing or otherwise. That's the dumbest marketing plan I've ever seen. What's the point of sending spam if not to make money?

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The thriving ERP market

dtfinch dtfinch writes  |  more than 8 years ago

After years of reviewing crappy ERP system after ERP system, each selling for $20k to $100k for about 10 seats, I've come to the conclusion that this just might be a good market to get into. I've heard it's rather unrewarding, and comes with great responsibility, but after seeing all the crap that people try to pass off as ERP, and noticing that these companies are somehow not only still business but actually doing quite well, my confidence has never been higher. Some of these systems are even written in Microsoft Access. 2/3 of them are two-tier, where the clients work directly with data files. They just make a few sales per year per employee and they're set.

Small to medium sized businesses have widely varying "needs" (wants), so every ERP vendor has a chance to make some sales, no matter that their system isn't the best. Half of these systems are so crappy because they were built inhouse by one business with special "needs" and later marketed to other businesses with similar "needs". Given that I'm a programmer (plus everything else computer related) for a small/medium manufacturing businesses with special "needs" which finds every other ERP system to be woefully inadequate, that makes me the perfect candidate for creating a yet another new ERP system to fill yet another unsatisfied niche. Having seen so much of the competition, I ought to have a good idea of what not to do by now.

I hate this sort of work. CIS is rather boring and unrewarding compared to CS. If it doesn't make me wealthy, it'll make me crazy. Or it'll do both. Hopefully I'll still have time for fun.

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Should I be "evil"?

dtfinch dtfinch writes  |  more than 8 years ago

A recent article really got me thinking. I hear there's still good money in "evil", so long as it's all safe and legal. How it would work is I'd split my morality into two halves. In one half, the political half, my moral opinion would be comparable to Richard Stallman's and other role models. In the other half, the economic half, morality would be defined entirely by profit minus personal consequence, as the law and the market intend. And I won't have to hate myself. It's the system's fault if I succeed. If I don't do these things, someone else will do it in my place, and my abstinence will have been for nothing. If I really abuse the system to the max, it'll get fixed so nobody can. The world will become a better place. And by then I'll have money like all those evil people I despise. Everyone will be happy. And there's only one Google.

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frist psot

dtfinch dtfinch writes  |  more than 9 years ago

In Soviet Russia, *BSD is dying confirms hot grits on Natalie Portman, but only old grits in North Korea.

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