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Comment Re:Hopefully the applicants had a relevent backrou (Score 1) 809

Asking whether the document is PDF or Excel demonstrates a lack of understanding. The document type is irrelevant. It is a file of bytes. You want to send those bytes securely. (And you may want the receiver to be able to verify that it actually came from you.)

It demonstrates either a lack of understanding or more than a passing familiarity with the applications. MS Office has used AES for the built-in encryption since Office 2007. That would seem like a reasonable choice for sending a file to a contact, provided you choose a strong password and communicate it out-of-band.

Comment Re:The former iPhone user is an idiot. (Score 1) 238

They could change the timeouts. If an iMessage is sent to a destination that's a phone number (instead of an email address), and a device configured to receive messages for that phone number has not checked in within the past 5-7 days, deactivate iMessage for that phone number until a configured device checks in again.

I agree this is mostly user error and haven't had any problems resolving it for people who've asked me about it, but people don't typically anticipate this result when switching phones, so containing the undesired effects to a shorter transition window would seem like a helpful thing to do.

Comment Re:But is it even usable? (Score 1) 208

IMHE tape is always an order of magnitude slower than the advertized speed, so it is likely even worse than what you calculated.

If your tapes are writing that slowly, something is wrong, and I'd be worried about shoe-shining. Without putting much effort into it, my LTO5 jobs currently run at around 125-135MB/s. With modern tape, it helps a lot to stage to disk first, or get software that can multiplex backup streams to keep the tape buffers fed.

Comment Re:xp still works (Score 1) 520

Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.11, 9x & ME were indeed built on top of DOS, but NT certainly wasn't! DOS on NT actually runs in NTVDM. DPMI (32-bit DOS) is also emulated through thunking to NT APIs.

For the uninitiated, Dave Cutler joined Microsoft in 1988 as a design lead for NT, long after Windows 1.0 was out. This chap also happens to have been instrumental in the design of VMS at DEC from 1975 to 1988. His Wikipedia bio is quite interesting.

Comment FAIL! (Score 1) 566

The word "its" is possessive, as in:
The chimpanzee scratched its head.

"it's" is a contraction of "it is".

It appears as if your sentence should have read:
Sadly as slashdot has no edit function available in its interface, it's a pointless exercise.

FTFY, and as AC said, please try and make an effort. Thank you! ;-)

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 566

I'm in the same boat in terms of diagnosis tools. You may already know this: PuTTY supports opening both telnet and raw TCP sessions.

The awesome thing about HTTP is its extensibility but changing to a binary protocol may make compat an interesting thing. I am interested in knowing how clients in particular are expected to operate when talking to 1.1 only servers.