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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

oji-sama Re:Does that include Bing Bar? (176 comments)

Perhaps you should uninstall it as it would remove the need to update it? (I've never seen a Bing Bar update)

about two weeks ago

Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

oji-sama Re:This is a glitch in the Matrix...... (142 comments)

I believe that law enforcement catches as many criminals as it can afford to catch. There are probably millions of Americans who could feel a hand on their shoulder at any moment but the simple truth is catching a criminal creates a huge expense in many cases.

Considering the prison population in the USA in comparison to many other countries, the American law enforcement would seem to be rather well funded.

about three weeks ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

oji-sama Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

And if they were thinking about the consequences when they committed the crime in the first place... would they have?

And well... There's the problem. They were not thinking about the consequences. And harsher punishments don't make a difference. Punishment is a deterrent, but not one that scales well, if at all...

about a month ago

Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

oji-sama Re:WTF is OneNote? (208 comments)

The 2010 OneNote is also pretty horrible (and since I have Office 2010 installed I'm mostly using it on the phone, and quite rarely the metro app, which works pretty well, but well.. I'm not a fan of the metro apps) The 2013 one, based on screenshots, looks more usable.

Since the items get synced there are some advantages when creating items on computer. Faster typing for one.

about a month ago

Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014

oji-sama Re:Conditions of instability: (207 comments)

Tree Style Tab plugin (for example), the first thing I install after Firefox (or second). "You are about to close 332 tabs. Are you sure you want to continue?". Admittedly not all of those are actually loaded as I haven't actually clicked all of them during this instance of Firefox.

about a month ago

School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

oji-sama Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

if you are young and reading this, know :


If you are young and modded the above funny, you're wrong.

about a month ago

New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

oji-sama Re:Seem Negligible (155 comments)

Wikipedia might care.

about a month ago

Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

oji-sama Re:If she wanted them to have the data (465 comments)

Even if Apple can unlock that data and eventually does so, think about how that might look to some people, who would NOT want their heirs/family/descendants to have the means to rummage through their personal data. You see this happen all the time--families of the deceased try to weasel their way into secrets and intimate histories of those who died. If all it might take is some lawyers and potentially dubious documentation to get around a dead person's privacy, then I would think twice about leaving any personal data behind.

Perhaps stating in your will that the content of your devices is private and they are to be [emptied / erased / reset] would be appropriate then. (Compliance rate would probably be rather high if there was an exception, such as a external hd with family photos to be copied to interested family members.)

about a month ago

US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

oji-sama Re:Airbrush much? (357 comments)

The issue is that the methodology for the ranking is questionable, and the methodology changes from year to year. The exact same drop occurred in 2005, 2011, 2014. The issue about press freedom not being perfect still exists, but the story that things have changed is a false narrative.

Could be false narrative. Could be accurate. Nevertheless the ranking (or rather the significance) is worth thinking about.

about 2 months ago

How Voter Shortsightedness Skews Elections

oji-sama Re:Not quite that (269 comments)

It's worse than that. When you vote for a third party, one of the two parties still wins, and very likely it's the one from the party that is least aligned with your principles.

In other words, the lesson you're teaching the two parties is that they should encourage a third party to emerge that aligns somewhat with their opponent's typical voters....

So the party that lost votes does not want them back, but instead will encourage a third party to emerge on opponent's side? Are you sure that they will do this, and neither of the parties would be interested in gobbling up those votes, especially if that piece of pie would keep increasing. Considering the system, I think that a vote to the third party would be the loudest way to be heard. Even if you subscribe to the theory that only one of the parties has members willing to vote for a third party (as advocated in the quotation, doesn't make sense otherwise).

about 2 months ago

How Voter Shortsightedness Skews Elections

oji-sama Re:dont blame the voters (269 comments)

Well, if you've already decided that you're an "average voter," then there's not much hope for you.

Most people are average voters... So are you advocating that all is lost?

about 2 months ago

How loud is your primary computer?

oji-sama Re:Get a silent Computer Case (371 comments)

Of course ones you start gaming and the fan on the video card kicks in the whole thing turns into a vacuum cleaner.

Manually (as setting the speed/temperature curve yourself) adjusting the speed of the fans helps (or may help). I have Windforce 3x in current card and I am quite happy with it after tweaking the settings a bit. The Asus DirectCU was also nice.

about 3 months ago

Megatons To Megawatts Program Comes To a Close

oji-sama Re:Nuclear dangers... (125 comments)

I guess he is primarily talking about the pollution from burning coal. ( For example: http://www.theguardian.com/env... , articles from across the pond also exist about this.). Not sure where the solar cost is coming from.

about 3 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

oji-sama Re:Interface wise can it get worst? (1009 comments)

None of them are useful or worth while and there are always better 'real' applications.

Netflix. The only app I use. Then again the 'real' application is a webpage, so the competition is not that great. (Actually, once in a while also OneNote, but since I don't have the newest version of Office installed I don't know if the desktop application is better. The app is better than OneNote 2010.)

about 3 months ago

The Biggest Tech Mishap of 2013?

oji-sama Re:Windows 8.1 (162 comments)

If you set it up to use the same background as on the desktop the transition is less disturbing. After tweaking the location of the little squares I find it usable, although not an improvement. I set a few updating columns to left, then a couple of columns of static icons related to different tasks and now along with the win+q (which doesn't open the whole modern UI anymore) can find/open stuff pretty quickly.

I still dislike the way right button is handled in the modern UI. Give me my context menus back. Unnecessary useless movements are unnecessary.

about 4 months ago

Playstation 4 Vs Xbox One: Which Shares Better?

oji-sama Re:We can all agree the Wii U sucks! (174 comments)

In addition the Wii U retains backwards compatibility, you can play WII games on it. Although, pretty much the only reason I am planning to get it is for the Marios, new and old.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

oji-sama Re:Recommendation (555 comments)

The graphics are incredibly realistic, but the gameplay is frustrating and the plot just sucks.

The starting areas are not well balanced either. And there are too many pay to win elements.

about 5 months ago

Dell Fixes Ultrabook That Smelled of Cat Urine

oji-sama Re:Macs had a similar issue not long ago (133 comments)

Alright, point taken. However you were misattributing the joke. When stating that "The BBC is reporting[...]" it would be nice for the sentence to describe things that the BBC is reporting. Consider the beginning of the comment I was replying to: "It's ironic that the story would say[...]"

about 6 months ago



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