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Microsoft Silverlight 4 vs. Adobe Flash 10.1

outcast36 Re:Absolutely (379 comments)

I think Microsoft is doing the right thing here by making it an optional update in Windows Update. Silverlight does open new vectors for attack, so I applaud Microsoft for not forcing the install. So if you control the patch schedule for your users (aka internal sites), then Silverlight would be the way to go. I wouldn't rely on Silverlight for a public website though. Flash is ubiquitous.

more than 4 years ago

Choosing a Personal Printer For the Long Haul

outcast36 Re:Samsung (557 comments)

I bought a Samsung ML 1710 about 5 years ago, and it's worked from Ubuntu, Xandros, OSX10, Windows 2000-2008. Cheap workhorse, not a lot of extra features that you don't need breaking down and slowing things down. When it goes, I'll replace it with another one.

more than 5 years ago

Google's "Wave" Blurs Chat, Email, Collaboration Software

outcast36 Re:Ugh (170 comments)

Laconica is a FOSS twitter clone. You can install private, publish to web, and it works with so many of the popular third party tools.

more than 5 years ago

Schneier Says We Don't Need a Cybersecurity Czar

outcast36 Re:Cyber Security is OUR problem (173 comments)

see, it's my problem and yours as well. If you're ever in the DC area, you are +1 beer.

more than 5 years ago

Go For a Masters, Or Not?

outcast36 Re:Work Experience (834 comments)

This is the best way to do it. Find a job near the university that you want to get a Masters from. Work super hard for 1-2 years, then let them know that you want to go get your Masters. Work during the day, classes at night (or maybe your firm is more flexible). It will be a painful existence, but you will graduate without debt (your firm is paying for this right?), and some of your classwork will be more relevant as you have actual work experience.

more than 5 years ago

Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

outcast36 View from the suburbs (1137 comments)

I live in Reston VA. (Suburbs outside of DC). The Metro works nicely for me, there is a park & ride that has an express bus straight to the Metro station. (I could ride a bike there, but I work in a suit & tie every day). It makes the commute about 15 min longer, but far more enjoyable. Parking (alone) would run me $24/day. For weekday commuting, train & bus wins by a long shot.

In addition, the last two firms I've worked for have offered a private bus from the train straight to the office. I think this should be a required benefit for companies that call themselves "green".

The city of Reston is great about having sidewalks and paths. Many of them do not run next to the road and provide a great way to walk places on the weekend without sucking down exhaust fumes. I hated suburban living before I moved here, but I think they really provide the best of both worlds.

more than 5 years ago

Google's Chrome Declining In Popularity

outcast36 Re:I know why... (489 comments)

I'm sill using Chrome, so I'm currently an outcast. I have Firefox3 with 9 plugins (of course AdBlock/Flashblock/... and so on). The major reason I keep using Chrome is that the Javascript engine is so much faster. It is actually faster for me to load all the extra crap with Chrome than it is for adblock to remove it and render the page with stuff missing. It sounds ridiculous, but it is my experience. Of course now my privacy is being raped 8 ways to Sunday, but its worth it for that 15 extra milliseconds of my life.

more than 6 years ago

Automated News Crawling Evaporates $1.14B

outcast36 Re:Holy crap. (546 comments)

I would say yes, if someone posted news that Berkshire Hathaway was going bankrupt, people would double & triple check it. Post news that a poorly run US airline is going under and people rush to flush the stocks. If you don't want people to believe this about you, manage your image.

more than 6 years ago


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