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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

omz13 Re:Get them a tablet instead (408 comments)

I got my mom a iMac... installed Office for Mac on it... and the support calls from her dropped to almost zero... the only problem now is that she'll somehow screw up Safari and the toolbar needs to be reset every now and then. Given her past history of screwing up a Windows machine within a year of getting it, and having 'friends' who 'help' install software that she 'needs' on it, moving to OS X was a big win, despite the initial ' this is so new' pushback that occurred for about two weeks.

about 9 months ago
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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

omz13 Re:Doctor Tucker or Malcolm Who (242 comments)

And somebody mod parent up... that is actually a quote from the Malcolm Tucker character... as played by Peter Capaldi... and in that role he's infamous for his swearing. Viewers of a gentle-persuasion should not watch it.

about a year ago
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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

omz13 Re:Doctor Tucker or Malcolm Who (242 comments)

Indeed. Whenever I watch The Thick of It, Tucker's character always has me in stitches when he goes off on a sweary rant.

about a year ago
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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

omz13 Re:Who is this guy? (242 comments)

I can't find a mug shot or his rap sheet...

Its not that difficult to find him... for starters he's on Wikipedia. Why don't you go lookup "The Thick of It" too, as he played Malcolm Tucker, a most memorable character.

about a year ago
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New JavaScript-Based Timing Attack Steals All Browser Source Data

omz13 Re:Mitigation strategies (167 comments)

That's all very well and good, but do you think the average web surfer even knows what you're talking about? Any solution needs to be baked into the bog-standard browsers instead of asking users to do VM magic.

about a year ago
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YouTube Co-founder Calls For Global Access To TV Online

omz13 Re:Countries are protected markets... (140 comments)

Nah, its more to do with fact that broadcasters (and advertisers, etc.) fail to realize that people in one country might actually like to watch TV from another country.

So, nobody with the right controls in a country would like to allow people (consumers) watch how cheap things are in another place.

I'd posit that in 99.999% of the time, unless a consumer is living within 60 minutes of another country where stuff is cheaper, they won't bother crossing the border.

about a year ago
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YouTube Co-founder Calls For Global Access To TV Online

omz13 Re:Free to air satellite (140 comments)

In theory yes... you need to be in the footprint of the satellite, and some of the operators have deliberately adjusted their footprint so it doesn't fall too heavily outside the country their targeting... so, great if you live close by, and if not, you might be lucky if you have a huge dish and a decent LNB.

about a year ago
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YouTube Co-founder Calls For Global Access To TV Online

omz13 Re:Who Pays? (140 comments)

It has nothing to do with being a UK citizen but with being UK resident.

about a year ago
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YouTube Co-founder Calls For Global Access To TV Online

omz13 Re:Who Pays? (140 comments)

Wrong. There is an option. BBC iPlayer Global (http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/outside_the_uk/iplayer_outsideuk_app) app for iOS is available for those outside the UK. Sure, the choice of programming is not as extensive, but its cheap(ish) and at the moment there is a summer offer so a one year sub costs EUR 49. Personally speaking I'd wish more broadcasters would open up... just because I don't live in your country I would actually like to watch your programming, and, heck, I'd even pay for it (if it wasn't too extortionate).

about a year ago
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Computer History Museum Wants to Preserve Minitel History

omz13 Re:Wow. Quite a lot of users, really. (58 comments)

That 100 million is connections per month... not users. Plus, don't forget that Minitel was heavily used by the French as it was in a lot of homes and readily available. And from a technical viewpoint it was quite sophisticated for its time.

about a year and a half ago
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Why VCs Really Reject Startups

omz13 Re:Toughen Up (217 comments)

If you can't handle hearing the cold, hard truth then you are in the wrong line of business. Period.

Whilst that may be true, I've found these days people are so wrapped in cotton wool, that when you tell them the truth (your idea sucks, you screwed up, etc), they just can't accept being told it...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

omz13 Re:VPN? (582 comments)

Because it is easy for VPN traffic to be blocked, especially as people tend to use this to get past content filters, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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What a Black Box Data Dump Looks Like

omz13 Re:Engineering (643 comments)

Not so much the road being designed for those speeds, but more the car being designed, and more importantly the driver being able to cope. Then again, I'm in Europe and am always amazed how Americans get freaked out when we drive at normal speeds on the motorway which to them are "super fast".

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On XP?

omz13 Re:If It's Not Broken... (879 comments)

Yes, I have. Whilst it's nice, it can't import some Visio files with 100% accuracy... and as I'm throwing these files around with clients they need to be 100% accurate.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On XP?

omz13 Re:If It's Not Broken... (879 comments)

I've been on XP as Windows Vista or 7 didnt offer any compelling reason to upgrade... And I only use windows to run Visio, otherwise the other 95% of my OS time is spent in OS X.

more than 2 years ago
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Computers Could Grade Essay Tests Better Than Profs

omz13 Re:After school (323 comments)

No it's about employing hard-core environmental fascists who push their cause down your throat... even if the course you are doing has little to do with environment.

more than 3 years ago
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New MacDefender Defeats Apple Security Update

omz13 Re:You can't patch stupid. (427 comments)

If only you could. Many years ago I was sys admin for a small company... first thing I did was chuck out all their old hardware, give the staff new machines, install a server for file sharing... and lock it down... the old machines were full of viruses and the owner got sick of the mess... after I did all this work, within a day one machine was down... over night rebuild to fix it, and the next day it was down again.. the problem: just one user who insisted that she must install some apps from the internet to do her job (which seemed to be surfing the internet all day to plan her forthcoming wedding!). Solution: I locked the machines down so hard and logged all activity to see what was going on. Troublesome user then tried to break into the sever to disable the locks... silly woman didn't realize all this was logged. As the owner wouldn't do anything about this, I soon parted company. Yeah, users, especially those with a little knowledge, they're the worst.

more than 3 years ago
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Amar Bose To Donate Company To M.I.T.

omz13 Re:Misleading headline (275 comments)

MIT get a donation of non-voting shares and they can live off dividends (if there are any). They are not allowed to sell them. They don't get control of BOSE, they don't get any say in how its run.

more than 3 years ago

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Using business process modelling notation (BPMN)?

omz13 omz13 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

omz13 writes "I've recently transistioned from doing programming work into more business-oriented work. One of the things I am involved with is Business Process Modelling, which is basically trying to undertand then formalize and document activities peformed by the business and technical people... in essence, I've moved from programming computers into programming people :-) Being a programmer at heart, I'm trying to find the best (and easiest) way to achive this. At the moment I'm leaning towards BPMN, although I find it a bit too oriented for programming systems to interact with each other, rather than what I'm currently involved with which is a process that is a mixture of people and system interactions. Have any ./ readers successfully used BPMN, or do they use something else for their Business Process Modelling? What's the best way to document and manage people-oriented business processes, with perhaps those processes being placed into workflow managemnt system at a later date?"

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