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Comment I assume they just mean the TV portion.... (Score 1) 250

The Fine Article asks "Where are they going?" and talks about some other services (SlingTV, Hulu, etc.) but that fails to answer the more important question of "How are they getting there?"

Quite frankly in a huge part of the country your connectivity choices are cable modem (fast), DSL or related (kinda fast sometimes depending on where you are), sometimes a WISP (probably slow and expensive), or 4G tethering (you thought cable was expensive?). Fiber is not an option for most of the country and is AFAIK the only thing that can compete with cable for speed.

So, is this all just talking about eliminating the TV portion of your monthly bill from the cable company?

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

OK, I'm going to assume you're talking about the drum unit, DR-420 on those. This is actually what transfers the toner to the paper, the fuser is a separate unit that's likely got a programmed "hey, replace this" at 100,000 pages. On a lot of printers with more expensive toner this transfer roller is actually built into the toner cartridge, which is why those toners are more expensive.

The printer may complain when the drum hits its page count, but it should keep printing with no real issues - you can keep using that drum until/unless you start to see a decline in print quality.

List on the DR420 is a little over $100, so yeah, more than a HL-2240 typically costs but even at the high price I see of $110 that means you got a hell of a deal on the printer at ~$40ish. I'll also note that third-party drum units run $18-25.

In any case, most people who get that model printer are never going to come close to cranking 12,000 pages through a $40 laser printer. In fact, if you've run that many pages through I kind of hope you're using cheaper aftermarket toner, because if not then you should've bought a heavier-duty printer with a lower cost per page for toner. When you're looking for a replacement, check how much the toner cartridges cost per page (price/pagecount), plus any drum replacements and whether it ships with a starter cartridge or a full toner cartridge. Still, at 1.8 cents per page for toner I'm pretty sure that Brother's at the low end of the small printer toner cost scale.

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

Which model? In my experience the larger ones start asking for replacement of a couple of (effectively) non-replaceable components at 100,000 pages, but even then the printer keeps running with no problems except a display message.

For most of their printers Brother has separate toner and drum units, with the drum units generally lasting 3-5 toner cartridges. The drums aren't cheap, but they're still cheaper than replacing the printer unless you're talking about their cheapest sub-$100 street price machines. Even then using the DR-630 as an example it's $70 on Amazon, fits printers that are regularly on sale for less than $100, and oh, there are third-party versions of it for $20.

Comment Leverage the name in 2nd/3rd world? (Score 2) 58

If they do a decent job with low- or mid-range devices they might be able to leverage their name in areas where feature phones persisted longest, but I think that's probably a really hard place to make much money. Sure you can sell phones in Africa, but can you sell them with any kind of profit margin and still sell enough volume to make it worthwhile?

Comment Re:Gopher and Dungeons and Dragons (Score 3, Informative) 225

Yes, the Very Easy Rodent Oriented Network Index of Computer Archives did go along with Gopher.

Also Archie (file directories for FTP servers, so you could find paths to the file you needed) and Jughead, another gopher search tool.

For the old farts around here, the very earliest days of Yahoo when it was a heirarchical index rather than a search engine (or a white elephant) were similar to what you'd find in these.

Comment Misleading headline - doesn't affect Win10 devices (Score 2) 147

The headline here is very misleading, at least for anyone not heavily into Windows-based phones. "Windows Phone" actually refers to anything running 8.1 and earlier; they renamed it to Windows 10 Mobile with Windows 10. In Android terms, this would be a lot like complaining if Google were to stop supporting Hangouts on Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.x) or if Apple were to stop supporting whatever their equivalent is on iOS 6 (iPhone 3GS). Those companies do still support those devices, right?

Because of this name change, the headline while technically accurate manages to imply that Microsoft is dropping Skype from all of the Microsoft mobile devices which isn't true. They're dropping support for it on devices that haven't been upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile, and while I haven't paid that much attention since the release, last year Microsoft was saying that they intended to have upgrades available on all devices running Windows Phone 8 and higher.

So, if they followed through with that (or even just most of it), the people that will be affected should either A) Go ahead and install the damn update on your 2-year-old phone or B) Suck it up and go out and replace your 3+ year old phone.

Comment With Win10, can't turn off the microphone.... (Score 3, Insightful) 535

I have a couple of ThinkPads that I use, one of which (T510) I upgraded to Windows 10 as my less-used guinea pig system. Very obvious post-install: the hardware Mute button (with its LED indicator) no longer worked under Windows 10.

That's not creepy at all, now is it? At least I can sticker over the cameras except if I'm doing a videoconference.

Comment Worth doing a "reservation" install/activation (Score 1) 375

I'm still using Windows 7 on my daily driver, but when I had a handy spare SSD to install in another system, I first yanked my current drive, installed Windows 10 on that SSD, activated it, then put my original drive back. That should "reserve" my activation for a future upgrade if I so desire, while leaving my current setup completely untouched.

This is also something you can do if you haven't upgraded to an SSD yet - get one ASAP, pull your drive out, install Windows 10 using a USB flash drive created with the Media Creation Tool, activate it with your current product key. THEN you image your current hard drive across to the new SSD, stomping the Windows 10 install.

Comment "Your Honor, would you accept...." (Score 2) 85

It's a nice simple argument to make to a judge as well:

"Your Honor, if you approved a subpoena for records and the response was 'We searched and found nothing responsive,' would you accept that response if you knew that the search consisted of nothing but looking at a list of filenames? After all, that's a search - a very poor one, but a search nonetheless."

Comment Fine, but don't blame test hardware availability (Score 1) 378

I'm not heartbroken by the end of 32-bit distros in a year or two, though I do still run a few 32-bit bootable Linux images on old systems being used as remote desktop terminals.

That said, at least in the Intel-compatible world just about any x64 hardware out there will also run i386 32-bit just fine. You probably don't even have to take out the extra non-usable RAM though I confess I've never tried. Hardware to test a 32-bit build should be no harder to come by than hardware to test an x64 build.

Comment Re:They aren't already? (Score 3, Interesting) 73

Another scenario which is probably much more likely is PHI is kept on a secured server. Client computer becomes infected. PHI was never compromised. Does that still trigger a notification?

Precisely this. I'll use 3 examples from current clients.

  • First client uses a vendor-hosted EMR system that they access via RDP connection to the vendor servers. There's literally almost nothing on their local network anymore except their timeclock software and web browsers. Even document scans go directly from the scanner to the remote using TSScan or the like. If someone infects a machine on their local network, does it trigger a breach notification?
  • Second client (actually several) uses a mixture of local desktops and terminal services, but everything patient-related is done within the EMR client software, which cleans up after itself when closed. The only patient data that might be on desktops is anything cached locally by the EMR package during that session. The items most likely to be troublesome would be EOB PDFs received from insurance companies, which are accessible from billing user logins. Does a desktop ransomware infection trigger a breach notification?
  • Third client migrated to a fully-hosted browser-based EMR package and again saves very little locally - everything's "in the cloud" for them except incidental office documents. Does a local PC infection trigger a breach?

We've been fairly fortunate in what customers ended up infected with and have actually arranged things so there's very little impact if customer end-users end up infecting a local desktop via streaming a radio station or the like, but if customers have to report breaches for infections even on systems that don't have patient data stored or accessible that's going to turn into a real headache.

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