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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

michrech Re:I just want to... (194 comments)

Unless you had a giant booming stereo system installed in that car, your battery should not have died after 45 minutes of the radio being on. You *should* have gone and had your battery / alternator checked, and replaced whichever was defective. :P

4 days ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

michrech Re:Random companies entering the news business (145 comments)

In a business environment, maybe. Where I work, we've already converted nearly all of our open lab PC's, and all but two computer classrooms, to ZeroClients (in our case, devices from Wyse). We're now looking at which faculty/staff can be moved to such a setup.

At home? Not a chance. This will require the same network speeds, found in businesses, in our homes, and for those connections to cost the same (or less) than what we're *all* paying now.

I guess the above was a long-winded way to say, the guys you work with are morons if they think this is happening, in the home, in the near future.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

michrech Re:Random companies entering the news business (145 comments)

Until we all have extremely high-speed internet connections in our homes, the local HDD will not be obsolete. As that isn't happening anytime soon (in the US, at least), I don't think Seagate / WD have anything to worry about.

about a month ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

michrech Re:God damn (117 comments)

Better would be to have the system use a cellular data network (with a VPN connection to whatever network it needed to communicate with for transaction data). That way it's isolated from the bar network *and* you don't need anything more than a power plug.

about a month ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

michrech Re:Distance and Charge Time (174 comments)

Aside: I believe all curbside trash pickup is a conspiracy to generate HOA fines.

I have a fix for that - don't live in an HOA zone. HOA's *suck*, and the only thing keeping them around are people willing to live under their rule.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

michrech Re:32 tb 1000+ movies (287 comments)

In addition to the AC that replied to you, some of us have ISP's that frown on lots of monthly bandwidth use. It's much better to download a movie once then watch it as many times as you want (especially for those with children), than to keep streaming it from the internet, for those of us with stingy ISPs.. ;)

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

michrech Re:Home Office... (287 comments)

Out of curiosity, if your T110 or R210 are running ESX, XenServer, or any other VM capable host, why don't you put the Plex server in a VM?

about 2 months ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

michrech Re:Apple Pay? (80 comments)

Great -- now the hackers that got my credit / debit card numbers could, instead, get my PayPal info! We all know how nice PayPal is to customers when their accounts are compromised!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

michrech Re:Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

Google Mail supports IMAP. Assuming they didn't mind changing addresses, they could set up an IMAP capable client, connect / sync, then disconnect.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

michrech Re:DD-wrt is old TOO (238 comments)

I'm pretty sure that I never mentioned anything about how old / new DD-WRT's software is. That said, the current version I'm running was released in June of this year.

You were saying?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

michrech Re:DD-wrt (238 comments)

You realize that DD-WRT runs on far more hardware than the WRT-54x series of routers, right? In fact, I'm running it on a Netgear WNDR3700 V4 (a *far* more capable router than the WRT-54G). I'm barely using any of its features, however, it's interface is far more responsive than the Netgear "genie" interface, and it no longer randomly resets its network connections.

In this case, I'd say a little *research* into a particular topic, before you comment, goes a long way... ;)

about 2 months ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

michrech Re:obligatory (115 comments)

Argh! Why did my mod points have to expire YESTERDAY?!

lol

about 2 months ago
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China Looks To Linux As Windows Alternative

michrech Re:Good. (222 comments)

Unless, of course, you wish to play games that are Windows only (and don't want to suffer through making Wine work, and then hoping your game actually functions properly in Wine)...

Fix that issue, and you'll start to see more Linux converts.

I've had Linux as my primary desktop for over 10 years now. It can be done.

about 6 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

michrech Re:Wow, the Republicans... (194 comments)

Did you hear that sound, ganjadude? It was AC's joke going right over your thick skull...

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

michrech pfsense (187 comments)

I just jumped into playing with pfsense. It's based on FreeBSD, but it was very easy for me to get in and mess around with. :)

about 8 months ago
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Goodbye, Google Voice

michrech Re:Voice messages? (166 comments)

You mean there are *non* drunk / illiterate wombats?

about 8 months ago
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Damming News From Washington State

michrech Re:I've got nothing (168 comments)

I'm pretty sure it was established that the fish say, "blub blub blub".

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

michrech Re: too late, Microsoft (172 comments)

The sales clerks were busy trying to keep up with the people buying Windows laptops.

... and that's why Apple is the world's largest technology company taking in 37.5B per year, with a market cap greater than any other publicly traded company on earth, and Microsoft is fading fast.

It's unfortunate that Apple won't release numbers broken down by product, but it is my belief that the majority of that 37.5B is for portable devices, with their computer side being a fraction of that (probably a healthy fraction, but a fraction none-the-less).

about 9 months ago

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