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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

praxis Re:Very original (146 comments)

Name one of the services you're talking about. Any single one.

Cooking. Someone who puts a little effort into feeding themselves can make a good dinner for a family in ten minutes but instead many people re-heat terrible-for-you processed food at much higher costs (which does not even end up saving them much time/effort anyhow).

4 hours ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

praxis Re:Very original (146 comments)

Yes, I'm sure nobody in all of China already has an inexpensive HEPA air purifier.

I'm sure someone in China does have an inexpensive HEPA air purifier. I am not sure what your US Google search has to do with what people have in China though.

4 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

praxis Re:Fire(wall) and forget (338 comments)

Sure, in 99% of scenarios a local firewall makes sense, is a no-brainer, is defense in depth, etc. But one can absolutely deploy a system without one in the right circumstances.

Of course there is no absolute rule one way or the other, but for a vendor to refuse to permit a firewall on their system is a red flag that they did not weight the options but instead opted for the lazy development approach of assume all ports are fair game. That kind of development laziness is the exact scenario where defense in depth makes more sense than not! If the vendor had made a rational argument it would be a different scenario all together.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

praxis Re:Fire(wall) and forget (338 comments)

But again. What IS the threat of network traffic to a port no one is listening on? None. What your firewall is you protecting from is NOT bad stuff from the outside. It's protecting you from the inside danger that some service suddenly opens a port which is reachable from the outside. (Hate to dig out the old Win vs. *nix, but the usual suspects for this are usually Windows servers you need to lock down first, as they're usually asuming that they're in a friendly network. On *nix machines you usually need to manually add those services one by one, as you would open the ports on your firewall)

The firewall provides defense in depth. Yes, if nothing else goes wrong, the Firewall is unnecessary. On the other hand, if something else does go wrong, the firewall become another obstacle for the attacker.

yesterday
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

praxis Re:I dont know a single one! (559 comments)

Not something relatives or acquaintances brag about I suppose.

What are the odds of this happening if I know 400 people and zero out of 35%? Must be at least 6-sigma!

The fact that you know 400 people's finances intimately (possibly even better than them since many people don't know everything on their credit report) is far more impressive than you not knowing anyone who has a debt in collections.

Not saying what you say is false, just impressive.

2 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

praxis Re:I will invest in that. (168 comments)

The 6,400% ROI is in the past and is not an indicator of worthiness of investing in Amazon today.

about a week ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

praxis Re:surpising (168 comments)

If you bought AMZN back in 1998, you'd have a greater than 6400% profit now.

Only if you sold the stock now.

about a week ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

praxis What do most people mean by stream? (152 comments)

Does terrestrial broadcast signal count as "streaming"? Most of the media that enters my consciousness is broadcast television, printed word, radio and video or audio streams from the internet. If we discount broadcast television and radio as streams, then I need to find a good way to measure the proportion of printed word against streaming audio and video. If we count broadcast television and radio as streams, then internet streaming is a very small perfect (5% or so) compared to those even if we discount printed word.

Really, I think the crux here is that printed word and internet audio or video streams are really hard to compare.

about a week ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

praxis Re:I can fix any current Mac OS. (165 comments)

I can fix any current Mac OS. Just go into the apps folder (flower-shift-a is the shortcut), then into utilities, then run shell application. Enlarge the window to full screen. Bingo, you're in a bash shell where you can talk to a proper unixy command line interface.

Or command-space then type "terminal" and hit enter for faster bash access.

about a week ago
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

praxis Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (81 comments)

Your snide comment aside: what they discovered is a desire to test the market for circa five dollar legitimate copies of good games with tested and updated DOSBox and/or Wine configurations so that users do not have to Google, tweak and retweak things to get a game to run only to find out three-quarters of the way through the game that it crashes.

I would much rather pay a reasonable amount for that rather than spend my gaming time tinkering; that's good value for me. If I liked tinkering, I wouldn't be their target market though and I might be making snide comments on Slashdot with my time.

about a week ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

praxis Re:This must be confusing to y'all (66 comments)

If you are tracking a company's performance by its stock price it's kind of laughable

I agree, but the poster to which I replied was bragging about how MSFT is doing so well and his stock portfolio is being counted by him and he is enjoying life. I merely pointed out that MSFT did not even perform better than the index.

about a week ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

praxis Re:This must be confusing to y'all (66 comments)

Hmmm...they are doing just fine and getting stronger. How can that be - according to this message board Linux rules and is taking over the world! Seems to fly in the face of the SD worldview. Keep dreaming...I'm counting my returns in stock portfolio and enjoying life. Curious how many of you zealots will admit how wrong you are.

They had not in the prior ten years gotten stronger than the S&P 500. If ten years ago you had invested in an index fund tracking the S&P 500, your return to today would be 77% instead of the 57% you would have received by investing in MSFT. Many other companies out-performed the S&P 500 in the same ten-year period.

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

praxis Re:Terrible streaming movie list (353 comments)

The subject of a film has little to do with quality. I've seen some spectacular films about boring subjects and completely unwatchable rubbish about stunningly interesting topics.

Interesting how taste works, eh? One man's rubbish is another man's tour de force.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

praxis Re:Oh noes, they yanked your chain (353 comments)

I do, and it has more than 120,000 titles for rent. They also rent equipment if you need it to watch some of the formats less popular in the United States or have a region-locked device. Blockbuster closed because their market share was gobbled up by alternatives. There is not yet a viable alternative to Scarecrow but I don't think they are doing as well as they used to.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

praxis Re:I doubt most people care (353 comments)

Of course everyone should evaluate their value, but not long ago $8 for two movies a month was a very good deal where people were willing to pay that and pay for gas and drive and stand in line and browse a cacophonous store. Today $8 for two movies a month is seen as a bad deal.

That's all I was saying. I wouldn't pay $8 for two movies a month because their selection is limited, but I would if they had movies I liked.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

praxis Re:Terrible streaming movie list (353 comments)

I bet 'Troll Hunter' is a better movie then any of those foreign art films.

You can watch a good B movie _and_ read subtitles.

Obviously film enjoyment is a subjective matter. Claiming one film is better than all other films in a very wide net is a pretty tall order though. On the other hand comparing one film against an entire other genre is probably making a bigger claim about your preference of an entire genre than the one film. I'm unsure whether to check out Troll Hunter now.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

praxis Re:I'm shocked... shocked I say... (353 comments)

Yes, enlightenment is preferable, I was following Lab Rat Jason's prayer format for I am a neophyte prayer.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

praxis Re:Oh noes, they yanked your chain (353 comments)

Well, then I'm out of competitors! I still rather go to the local video store, which happens to have even more selection than Netflix or Greencine, but they don't deliver.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

praxis Re:Terrible streaming movie list (353 comments)

OMG, people want to get paid for their work

Yes, they do. They should be paid for their work. There's a market opportunity to stream quality films to people for reasonable rates that's untapped. Having a service that solely catered to that market probably wouldn't support itself due to infrastructure costs but it's an area where on of the existing companies could expand and increase their market share. I wish they would.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

praxis Re:I'm shocked... shocked I say... (353 comments)

You should pray every night that god will smite the rights-holders, for they are the cause of people preferring physical discs. They hug their discs because they have a film that's worth watching on it that's not available for streaming because the rights-holders fear that if they allow streaming then it might be ripped and hosted up on the Pirate Bay and by not offering streaming they are remaining safe in their rights.

about two weeks ago

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