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Comment: Mobile device (Score 1) 443

The summary states that it's only a few GB of data, so why not put it all on an SD card and keep it on your person? You shouldn't have to worry about temperature extremes that way, as even in the case of a home fire in the middle of the night, you'll want to take it along with you to call 911 as you rush you and your family out the door.

Naturally, you'll still want to encrypt it in case your phone is lost/stolen, but it's probably by far the safest, easiest, and most secure solution.

Comment: Re:Is that the best sales pitch they can offer? (Score 4, Insightful) 105

by ATMAvatar (#49459695) Attached to: Microsoft and Miele Team Collaborate To Cook Up an IoT Revolution

The advantages are those which aren't listed: the appliances will *also* send that recipe and ingredient list to your HMO so they can jack up your rates and to advertisers who can then send you targeted advertising.

Oh, you wanted features for individuals? Well, the main feature is that eventually you won't be able to purchase a device *without* IoT

Comment: Re:UAC - A Double Edged Sword (Score 4, Informative) 187

by ATMAvatar (#49455311) Attached to: LG Split Screen Software Compromises System Security

If you need to use COM components, and you don't want to require admin rights, you register them in HKEY_CURRENT_USER instead of HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. After that, it just works.

The sad part is, it would have not have taken any more time to Google that than to find how to disable UAC through the installer.

Comment: Re: Must example set of him (Score 1) 626

This is the equivalent of the teacher leaving the grade book unattended on his table instead of locking it in the desk and exits the room for a moment, and a student sneaks over to it and pencils in a lewd picture on the cover.

Actually, there's a better analogy I can think of. The teacher leaves a spare key under the doormat of their home, tells the entire class about it, and then one (or more) of the kids gets the idea to place a lewd poster or life-size cut-out just inside the entrance, so the teacher will see it upon opening the front door.

It's still stupid for the teacher to do so, but the kids are also still trespassing on the teacher's property.

Now, when I was growing up, doing either would have gotten you suspended. A felony charge is a bit excessive for a harmless prank done by a stupid kid.

Comment: Re:Hits Home (Score 1) 210

That's actually for the best. It is never in your best interests to air grievances in an exit interview.

The best-case scenario is that they might pay lip service to your grievances and ultimately ignore them. After all, if they were going to fix any of the problems, they would have done so before you decided to leave.

The worst-case scenario is that you've now burned all bridges with your current company and any future companies your boss and co-workers ever move to.

Comment: Re:Tabs vs Spaces (Score 1) 428

by ATMAvatar (#49426445) Attached to: Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

When I want to backspace over something that's indented with tabs, there's no way to know how many times I will have to hit backspace. Are there 4 spaces and a tab so I have to hit backspace 5 times? Or just a tab, so I have to hit it once?

I've simply gotten into the habit of showing white space characters in any editor I use, so I always know exactly what to expect.

Comment: Re:Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 113

Celebrities deal with what the majority thinks. Everyone else has to deal with the people around them, whose beliefs and actions can significantly deviate from the public at large. For a regular person, your sexual preference or religion (just to name two examples) can still invite prejudice and violence in some areas of the country.

Given how quickly and severely those prejudices can change, I would just assume keep my privacy. Just look at the reaction to those following Islam pre- and post-9/11. While my particular tastes and idiosyncrasies may not put me in any danger today, I'll make no bets about tomorrow.

Comment: Re:I dub all unswitchable hardware: disposable (Score 1) 362

by ATMAvatar (#49306085) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers
What's more important is what the volume buyers (i.e., businesses) do. Many businesses bulk purchase hardware and re-image it. You can bet that 100+ machine purchase will generate a backlash when re-imaging it to Windows 7 so mission critical apps still work results in bricked machines.

Comment: Re:Ergo! (Score 1) 452

by ATMAvatar (#49274573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
IBM and Microsoft collaborated on OS/2. When the partnership dissolved, Microsoft went on to make NT out of the result. I would assume it was kosher, since IBM certainly could have crushed Microsoft at that point if anything ran afoul of patents or copyright. Still, it was amusing seeing OS/2 error messages in the early NT versions (e.g., if you tried to start the machine with a non-bootable floppy).

Comment: Re:Ergo! (Score 3, Insightful) 452

by ATMAvatar (#49274547) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

other than that: the keyboard i have seen which people absolutely swear by is - don't laugh - the old IBM AT keyboard! apparently you can still get them. they're noisy, but people who use them don't care. that tactile response - the click - appears to be crucial to ast and wrist-stress-free long-term usage.

IBM Model M keyboards last forever. Sure, they're noisy, and they're heavy, but unless you go out of your way to break one, they last decades. In fact, you are more likely to replace the keyboard because it's input port has disappeared on your new computer than because it has stopped functioning.

Comment: Re:screw the system (Score 3, Informative) 284

by ATMAvatar (#49210563) Attached to: UK Gov't Asks: Is 10 Years In Jail the Answer To Online Pirates?

The US, on the other hand, largely follows a philosophy of punishment (in concept if not enshrined in law); the idea is that the fear of prison as a punishment will keep people out of mischief.

Of course, we as a country also like to ignore the fact that we have the largest prison population in the world, which disproves that idea rather handily. Note that it is not merely the largest per-capita. We have more than twice as many people in jail as any other country save China, who we still beat by around 50%.

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