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Comment Re:/facepalm (Score 0) 415

This is getting out of hand. Every day I see one of these privacy articles and they all say basically the same thing.

It's reminding me of the Hysteria with Smart Meters. I just got one last week and searching about them online I found tons of sites telling me how it's going to give me Cancer, Hack my Router, Kill my Plants, Keep me up at night and Burn my house down.

I guess I'll have to make another story counter like the one I had to make for the Firefox .NET Plugin but i'm afraid i'll have 30 articles in it by the end of this month at this rate.

Comment Re:Sounds like an ad (Score 1) 314

I'm actually surprised Mail merge didn't doom OpenOffice/LibreOffice from the start. In office it's roughly a 6 step process to set one up using the mail merge wizard. in LibreOffice, depending on what kind of merge, is at least twice as many steps, with each step much more involved than the office steps. Also it uses LibreOffice's Database, which is fine, but it needs Java, Which I avoid like the plague.

I just wish that LibreOffice would adopt a wizard like system for the more complex features it has with the option to skip the wizard for more power user options. It would make my job a lot easier in the training dept.

Comment Okidata Hands Down. (Score 1) 223

Oki Makes some of the most open printers I've seen. Many of their laser printers still support older dot matrix standards (which just about every OS supports) as well as more modern standards like PCL and Postscript. You will pay more for them, but there isn't a printer manufacture out there with more open standards, and their Tech Support in the off chance you have an issue with the printer is second to no one.

If your OS support any Oki at any age, it will print as long as it knows what port to print to, Especially parallel and LAN. Hell, I've used 15 year old Okipage 8C drivers on modern Oki color lasers, Dot Maxtix DOS drivers on Monochrome lasers, Hell, I used an HP 4000 Driver on a Oki B430dn when the 4000 failed at a critical time and they still printed no problem.

I can't vouch for the latest printers, since I haven't touched an Oki since my last job, but Oki was the best decision I made there. We had B430DN's all over the place and they would outlast anything in their price class. We had multiple 430DN's with cycles over 120000 pages with virtually no issues. New aftermarket toner carts were as low as $20 for 5000-7000 imprints. The only issue I had with them was their drum, which had a 20000 Page cycle, and you had to buy an original drum at $150 since the referbs were junk and would grind up at 7000, although the printers new were as low as $130 so we just buy a new printer and you could usually reset the drum in maintenance mode so you could get another 20000-40000 out of it before it would artifact. Even with the drum costs in play at the recommended intervals the cost per page was ridiculously low vs anything in the same price class.

Comment Windows update bug (Score 1) 517

There is a Windows update bug that will cause svchost to eat 1gb of ram everytime it does a Windows update check.

The workaround is to disable automatic updates and update manually, but that's not a good solution. The other fix is to upgrade to 10 in a month, since it doesn't have this bug.

Comment Re:Logic need not apply (Score 1) 222

Like I said in the previous article, Proof aside, If Russia or China had access to the file store, they've cracked it by now.

A Large government (with virtually unlimited funding) will crack any commodity encryption scheme. Considering that it's years of your Adversaries Espionage data, It's priceless in the espionage world and spending millions of dollars on a decryption operation would be worth every penny. It wouldn't surprise me in the least that the KGB pulled a Bletchley Park-esque operation to decrypt the files and have been successful.

Comment Re:so... (Score 2) 351

Doubtful. They don't pay enough.

Apparently, the Mozilla foundation is in money trouble. They're baking ads in the new tab page. They switch to Yahoo cause Google won't pay them anymore. They "partner" with Telefonica to add Hello to Firefox, now they're "partners" with Pocket.

I'm guessing Firefox 39 will add Superfish integration to give me a more personalized web experience and justify it because it's already installed on millions of PC's.

Comment Re:How about driverless engines anyway? (Score 1) 294

Trains are complex machines. Most of the time, they work flawlessly, but things can go wrong fast. Broken knuckles between Cars. Car Derailments, Cars, (Ignoring the warning signals, Crossing the tracks, getting hit) Tornado, ETC. Youtube them if you don't believe me.

A human in the cockpit is going to assess those situations much faster than an automated system can in many of these situations.

You want to stop trains from speeding? screw the cameras, Put GPS in the engine (if they don't have them already), map the speeds of the rails to the GPS and don't let the train go over the speed limit the GPS (or Dead Reckoning if it's in a tunnel) says you should be going. Its been in Semis for years and it would take next to nothing to modify that system for Train engines with no change to the rail infrastructure.

Comment Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 5, Informative) 676

Totally Agree here.

You have to be Nuts and Stupid to vote for Hillary in 2016. Especially if you're a democrat voting in a primary.

She is easily one of the most corrupt politicians I've seen in recent memory. Hell, just looking at Wikipedia alone gives me these entries and I've probably missed a couple of them:

Whitewater Controversy
FBI Files Controversy
Travel Office Controversy
Cattle Futures Controversy
Email Server Controversy

The last one is the straw breaker. She knowingly hosted her Email on purpose so that she had full control over what people can see or not see regarding federal government correspondence. Her wiping the box when it was under investigation is no different to what Nixon did with the audio tapes and should disqualify her right there.

There are better presidential candidates out there. Hell, there are better potential democrat candidates out there.

Comment Re:List 'em in the summary, slashdot. (Score 2) 113

So basically, all of the names make it look like it's an Adware firm. Awesome.

Is this really news to the security community at this point? I've been saying that Adware is a virus for almost a decade now and they're finally starting to see it?

Does this mean that the AV Firms (MS, Mcafee, Norton, ETC) are finally going to get tough on adware infections? Something tells me no. I'll believe it when Conduit, Dealio, Wajam and the like get flagged my more than 1/2 of the AV Vendors out there.

Comment Not the first time. (Score 1) 248

I've ran into this recently on a Lenovo tablet, but I don't think it was superfish (honestly I don't remember the name, but it was factory installed. ADWCleaner caught it.) although it looks like they purposely obfuscate the name to confuse people so they can't uninstall it.

And this is Adware No. 2 for them. They had their own homebrewed Adware program called Message Center Plus. It was so bad that MSE Detected it.

IBM knew How to make a Laptop. Lenovo Knows how to exploit a Brand Name. it's a good thing Google sold Motorola to them so they can exploit my phone now.

Comment Re:Bound to happen (Score 2) 619

The problem is even the unobtrusive ads are virus filled. Do any search for any major software package (Examples: VLC Media player, 7-Zip, Libreoffice) on any of the major search engines to see what I mean. I get no less then 3 virus infections per week just by people clicking on those types of ads.

It was much better when Google, Bing, and Yahoo put a big colored box around the ads so you can know for certain what your searching for. Google just has the yellow Ad gif now, and yahoo and bing just says "Ads related to" text which just blends into the real search results. I won't even talk about Ask. DuckDuckGo seems to seperate better since it lists official sites but even they just do the Ad gif thing google does.

I'll turn them back on when they clearly label what an ad is so that even an computer idiot can tell they're fake results and they actually screen ad URL's for misleading or malicious content (Not just for malicious scripts and the like. Obviously fake Installer Trojans that you download and execute are bad too), until then, unobtrusive ads stays off.

Comment Re:Sad... (Score 1) 242

Now, everybody carries an advanced radio/computer in their pocket, they're sold at RadioShack, and the nerds declare a tragedy.

I think they're declaring a tragedy because you can't build an advanced radio/computer for their pocket out of parts purchased at RadioShack.

There should be Raspberry Pi / Arduino parts all through these stores, They don't take up a lot of floor space and there is interest in these DIY Electronic projects. Instead it might as well be called CellPhoneShack: Full of tons of phones from all carriers priced in a way that they can't beat the carriers' own store prices.

Maybe Computer Science should be in the College of Theology. -- R. S. Barton