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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

eneville Re:Update to Godwin's law? (419 comments)

I think this is targeted at the encrypted file system level, rather than deliberate encryption of documents through PGP. Companies should be using multiple layers of encryption on top secret documents. Or just use airgaps for that sort of thing.

7 hours ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

eneville Re:Windows one-zero (201 comments)

This. Windows 11, maybe really windows 3.

yesterday
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

eneville Re:...the best photographers were older people... (97 comments)

I have to agree with you here. Would you hire a team of teenagers and their smart phones to do your wedding photography? No, I'd put my trust in someone who has decades of experience of photography and knows what makes good wedding photos. Rejecting the rules here is like accepting ISIS education policy.

about two weeks ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

eneville Re:Expensive and complicated? (97 comments)

The glass is always expensive. If you ignore numbers, then even today the glass is more expensive than the digital body, providing you're happy to upgrade the body once a decade (which is fine by me). I'm more interested in high quality stills than if the camera can do 1080p rather than 720. Right now, the way camera manufacturers are getting twitchy about mobile phones replacing SLR cameras, you get some good professional features in the mid-range cameras. The consumer wins right now.

about two weeks ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

eneville Re:Too late (97 comments)

I have never thought of flickr as being a place for sharing images from smartphones. I thought they were an SLR photo gallery. Just never thought of it as a "social" place. Even the 'flickrmail' link is buried a couple of clicks deep. Naw, this is just trying to get headlines. Flickr /was/ amazing. The Yahoo! killed it when try first made flickr integrate with their profile system, then once again when they made them revamp the UI, just like Yahoo! groups was killed with the neo interface. Flickr is currently kept alive by the mass of good photographers there, not the smartphone touting lumbering mass of teenagers.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

eneville Re:US is next? (981 comments)

Indeed, anything else results in stone age thinking and caveman mentality. Rejecting the results of those who stood before us is like refusing to use a well vetting API, it'll take you a long time to eventually end up at the same place you could have been if you had stood on the shoulders of giants, if you see what I'm saying. If ISIS have their way, they will eventually end up at the same point as the rest of the world, but 10,000 years later. It's insane. It's so backward. It must be like trying to justify using assembler to reinvent PCRE.

about two weeks ago
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PHP 5.6.0 Released

eneville Re:Now almost as useful as python was 5 years ago! (118 comments)

Why didn't you resolve those dependencies as root yourself, the installer presumably shows what it dose when it fails as a non-root, even if it doesn't do this you can work out the name of the required package. It's normal to run a script and find that it uses some library that you don't have already. Ever tried a java web archive? Just plonk that in the tomcat ROOT dir and it installs automatically, you don't even have to run it. That's priceless.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

eneville Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Boot up performance is one of the things in its favour. For that alone many people will want it rightnow so there's a lumbering mass gravitating to distros that implement. I for one welcome our new systemd overlord, not because I like it, but because I like the boot performance.

about a month ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

eneville Re:"abuse" (257 comments)

no one pays to use FB or twitter, as such if they change their page for whatever reason, so what?

The advertisers pay for you to use FB, that's who pays. So, if I pay a lump for an advert on FB for a day, and people switch off, I'd get pissed.

about a month ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

eneville Re:Free market (257 comments)

Indeed, the phrase "you get what you pay" comes to mind. The moment big corporations in the UK (BT, I'm looking at you) off-shored their customer service things went downhill for the ISP. However, in that void PlusNet grew (from Force9) into a very successful ISP who promotes northern broadband and they do indeed have UK call centres who you can understand. They may be marginally more expensive but it goes to show that people in the UK are starting to vote with their feet and choose a company that they can speak to. I'm using PlusNet and BT as an example as they're mostly interchangeable in terms of media.

about a month ago
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

eneville Re:Fiber to the Home (98 comments)

What I have, 8mbps downstream, £9.99/month, does the job. Yeah, you can get better than this, but I don't /need/ fast. I just need reliable. My mobile phone can give me better speeds, for example. What I could have: 50mbps - £10/month 100mbps - £15/month 125mbps - £22.50/month I've not switched as it results in me having to change providers and that means having another hole drilled in the wall. These prices are also only for the first twelve months, they increase by ~30% thereafter.

about 2 months ago
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

eneville fastest (98 comments)

Fastest post

about 2 months ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

eneville Re:Economic Threat (258 comments)

That's an interesting thought, but survival of the fittest just means for the current environment. Once the environment in which the criminals thrive changes you end up with a set of criminals who are unfit for the current set of conditions. Or, say the farmers they poach off find ways to evade their drones. Criminals are clever people, don't ever underestimate them, yet they are also greedy and that ends up being their downfall. The pool of criminals genes to become "super" would need to know when to quit.

about 5 months ago
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

eneville Re:Caution (117 comments)

When your cluster suddenly needs more power, you don't want to wait 10 minutes for POST, kernel booting, and copying quite a few GBytes from disk into RAM, when you can instead get up and running in a few seconds.

You may know ahead of time when your systems are most at work, say 0800-1800, so WOL at 0730, for exmple.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

eneville Observe the users (452 comments)

Observe the desktop users, see what they're doing, investigate FOSS alternatives that run on Linux. Find a distro that has all that working out the box. Customise the distro so that the default user setup has all that ready and waiting in the desktop menus. Congratulations! You're now a sysadmin on top of whatever you were before. If you like the sound of this, make it happen. If not tell your boss to employ a sysadmin to make the above happen, maybe you can get yourself in on the interview, maybe you can be his manager.

about 6 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

eneville Re:Real men run rash mode (641 comments)

c:\attrib +r +a +s +h *.* /s

Enabling "rash mode" makes dos 3.3 much faster. (I hope you keep a boot disk.)

I think what you meant was

C:\>attrib +r +a +s +h *.* /s

Running c:\attrib would look for attrib in the root. Where it won't be. You should try c:\dos\attrib which is down the stairs, second door on the right.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

eneville Dealing with the problem at the wrong end (177 comments)

Why disable software once it's installed? Shouldn't you at least attempt to stop the program getting installed first? Rather than open the front door and let the crap in, keep the door locked and screen your visitors.

about 6 months ago

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BBC Corrupted

eneville eneville writes  |  more than 7 years ago

eneville writes "
Today the BBC made it official — they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating system to view BBC programming on the web.
— Matt Lee."

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eneville eneville writes  |  more than 7 years ago

eneville writes "It seems that all the advances in home computer hardware incur expensive use of power, the more MHz the more power it drains for top of the range equipment. Do any of the slashdot readers have any advice for purchasing a replacement computer that is reasonably fast, reasonably quiet and does not hurt the environment? The key point here is for lower power use whilst maintaining reasonable performance. Scaled up a little, this should also be good practice for business to implement, when I take a walk around a server room, or a data center I wonder just how much waste electricity is spent."

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