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Comment: Re:PCs aint expensive (Score 1) 450

by Deathlizard (#46718735) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

also going to agree. Web browsing would be easy, since Firefox performs almost identical to Firefox on XP. Same Goes with Thunderbird. LibreOffice and OpenOffice would probably be the hardest transition and most likely the deal breaker.

It's great for simple spreadsheets and documents, but when they start asking about office options that they use almost everyday, like mail merging address labels, either you, their's or both of your heads will explode either in sheer confusion or rage due to the sheer complexity of a process that in word is literally done in less then 15 mouse clicks.

Comment: Re:Does that include Bing Bar? (Score 2) 177

If I had to make a call there, it would be Ad Supported. Although MS is getting very ad happy with their metro apps as of late. Hell even Solitaire is coming with Ad's now. At least so far they've been static images which i'm ok with more than virus infected flash ads. The same goes with banner ads for Android apps as well.

I define Adware as an application installed by a third party that is not associated directly with the downloaded app in any way and disrupts your experience outside of that particular app. A good example would be bundleware installers that love to install VLC media player for you as well as "Value added apps to enhance your experience" (if you want to see what I mean, Search for VLC media player in Google and Bing and click on one of the ads) or ads in the android notification bar popping up every 5 minutes.

Now this is where it gets dicey. What if the developer Wants you to see ads because its their revenue stream? Fine, but only show the ads when I'm directly using the app. I don't want you making money off me when I'm browsing the web by covering up malware infected website ads with malware infected banners (BTW I use Adblock plus for this reason), or annoy me about how I need to pay you to fix my 23409 registry errors every 5 minutes by about 12 different registry scanners running on my machine at once sucking down CPU time to scan. Or notify me that there's this great game I need to download from Google play every five seconds.

Comment: Re:Does that include Bing Bar? (Score 4, Insightful) 177

I wouldn't call the Bing Bar (or the Bing desktop for that matter) Adware per say simply because it doesn't attempt to sell anything, but it definitely is bundleware and needs to die in a fire like the rest of the toolbar garbage.

That's going to be the real test for this initiative. Is it going to at least ask you remove the more legitimate toolbars like Ask, Bing Yahoo and Google Toolbars or is it going to ignore them. If it ignores them, Conduit's going to have a field day suing the hell out of MS for blocking their "Non harming" toolbar while ignoring the others. If they do detect them they better make sure Bing Bar is on the list or Google will be screaming "Antitrust" until the cows come home

Comment: About time (Score 1) 177

It's about time they start doing something about adware. At least put that "Low Threat" section in MSE to good use.

On the other hand, if they detect adware the same way the other AV's do, I wont be out of a day job. The only thing I've found that removes adware is ADWCleaner and the Junkware Removal Tool. The rest either don't detect it all, Detect only the most virulent or damaging forms of it, or detect it and won't remove it.

Comment: Re:TCO (Score 1) 341

Technically it's not that bad.

$9,000,000.00 / (85% of 800000 or 680000) = $12.34 Per Machine / Yr.

Assuming that the PC's are running XP on XP period machines, and would either have to be replaced or upgraded, $12 is a bargain. I don't think you could even license windows at that price. Although that doesn't excuse the fact that the money could have been used for more constructive purposes like software modernization so that you wouldn't be in this situation in the first place.

Comment: Re:heartburn in the industry? (Score 2) 367

by Deathlizard (#46545653) Attached to: Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

I don't see where Linux would be that much of a better benefit for ATM's since it's lifecycle is typically short as well.

XP is kind of a enigma for MS, since they supported far longer than most of their OS'es (I think windows NT and maybe DOS had a longer support cycle) Lifecycle was one of the reasons OS/2 survived so long since IBM supported it for 10 years.

In the Linux world, the longest LTS distro support I've seen is 5 years. Sure you can upgrade Linux easier than Windows in many cases but you may still run into issues from one kernel update to the next.

Best practice would be the ATM Vendors (Diebold, NCR, ETC) supporting their own RTOS build specifically designed only for ATM use, and Hardened to the hilt for financial transactions.

Comment: Re:lack of attractive upgrade prices (Score 2) 860

by Deathlizard (#46407749) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

There are still a ton of windows XP PC's out there capable of running 8.1. Any Core 2 (and some last gen P4's) or Athlon 64 PCs or Higher will run it fine as long as it's got at least 2GB of RAM, but it's the transition that's the pain, especially since MS removed Windows Easy Transfer From Windows 8.1

There is talk that MS is going to release a Free edition of Windows 8.1, but it will most likely be gimped or restricted on who can install the OS, such as Large OEM's only. If they played their cards correctly (Like add the start menu back) they could get those users to convert and get some windows 8.1 share, but since that's not happening soon enough...

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 769

by Deathlizard (#46392555) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Probably as much as the Keurig Vue, which has pretty much bombed in the marketplace.

In fact, you would think Keurig would have learned from Vue sales that if you make a machine that's not compatible with existing K cups, it doesn't sell. Just adding K cup functionally to the Vue system out of the box (without some third party adapter) would have made them sell like hotcakes and give them the patent encumbered Vue Cups to upsell, instead their going to make a third (Technically forth if you count the Rivo) incompatible brewer that will most likely not accept previous generation cups and wonder why they can't sell the thing but the K cup units fly off the shelves.

Hell, it wouldn't surprise me if they stop making K cup machines altogether and really screw themselves over.

Comment: Re:it's to fight the content owners (Score 1) 424

by Deathlizard (#46259989) Attached to: Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

Ask TWC how that worked for them. One of the reasons they're a buyout target is because of the CBS blackout.

if CableCo's were smart, they would sneak a semi a-la-Carte Package (for example, a Disney Package, a Viacom package, a CBS Package, ETC) on content providers contract renewals and execute it in the program lineup. Any time the CP's decide to raise rates, the CableCo's simply nod their head "Sure!!" and proceed to immediately raise the rate on just the affected package 1:1. When Sub's Cancel, the CP's will get less because Less people actually get the content now (which can now be officially documented since the CableCo's are A-La-Carte Now), and they'll think twice before raising rates.

Now I know this will never happen, because most of those contracts explicitly state you cannot do this sort of a-la-carte tiering, but that's where the lawyer sneakiness comes in.

Comment: Re:Seriously - GTFO (Score 3, Interesting) 401

by Deathlizard (#46200821) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

Considering that he is sort of an icon to nerds and is dying of a recently announced disease, I would considering it newsworthy.

Although I doubt that smoking is the main reason he has COPD now considering he stopped smoking so long ago, but it may have been a contributing factor. He was an avid Photographer, and if he did a lot of darkroom work, he could have contracted the disease from breathing in the Caustic Developer Chemicals.

Comment: Re:READY OR NOT IS NOT THE ISSUE!!! (Score 5, Insightful) 2219

by Deathlizard (#46181551) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!


I've been on this site for a long time. My Low 6 digit number should be a testament of how long I've been on this site. Hell I don't Even use Deathlizard any more as my handle on any site but this one. but I can tell you what my Display Options are set to.

1) I Use the Classic Interface because I like the classic Interface. It's simple, Loads fast, and gets me my News For Nerds and Stuff that Matters.

2) I use the Classic Discussion system, and not the one that was reworked the last time the site had a modernization.

What makes this site special is the simple fact that it is so customizable. I don't have to update my look of the site but others that want to can get the new whiz bang tech site that the kiddiez crave. I can keep it the way I want and the Kids get the new wave look because they are either not logged in or they signed up with a new account with the look turned on by default.

I know it would be a pain to maintain both looks, especially since it looks like they want to do away with the generic icons as news points and replace it with stock photos, but I can't imagine it being so hard to maintain when it's pretty much been the same for over 15 years now and pulls data from the same database, and I think it would be worth maintaining rather than lose your user base to other options or even to a forked, Slashcode running, classic slashdot site.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Slashdot Classic and Slashdot Beta Continue to Co-Exist? 9

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Slashdot has been a big part of my life since I had my my first stories accepted over ten years ago. Some people my age do crossword puzzles to keep their mental agility, some do sudoko, or play bridge. I enjoy searching for and putting together a story a day for slashdot because it helps keep me on my toes to have readers find errors and logical fallacies in my submissions and I enjoy learning from the different points of view expressed on a story I have submitted. That's why I have been so discouraged in the past several years to see readership in slashdot drop off. As a close observer of this web site, I know that ten years ago it was unheard of for any accepted story to get less than 100 comments and there was at least a story a day that got over 1,000 comments. Those days are long gone. Not it's not uncommon to see some stories garner only a few dozen comments. That's how web sites die. If you slip below a critical level of readership, readers will abandon the site completely. I know from my own experience running a web site devoted to the Peace Corps that I used to have hundreds of comments to some of my stories but once comments slipped below a certain threshold, then they disappeared altogether. I think that slashdot is nearing that threshold and I fear that imposing Slashdot Beta on the site's readership will push it over the edge and I don't want to see that happen. I'd like to propose that slashdot continue running slashdot classic and slashdot beta in parallel. I'll stick with classic most of the time. One of the best features of slashdot classic is that comments can be displayed in four formats (threaded, nested, no comment, and flat) and in two directions (oldest first and newest first) providing a lot of flexibility in watching conversations develop. I switch between the formats several times a day depending on what I want to see. But slashdot beta also has its advantages in certain situations. Slashdot needs a blockbuster story or two every day where people can pile on and slashdot beta facilitates this by putting the most commented story at the top of the page and I think that is a good thing. Still I'll use slashdot beta occasionally when I'm on a mobile device but slashdot classic will be the format I use on my desktop. So don't deprecate slashdot classic. That would be like Microsoft disabling Windows 7 and forcing everyone to use Windows 8. And not even Microsoft is that stupid."

Comment: Re:In all fairness (Score 1) 237

by Deathlizard (#46107125) Attached to: Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

Had the same issues with Seagate 500gb Laptop drives. We had anywhere between 10-25% failure rates on those on a 400 laptop batch. Hitachi's were lower (about 8 to 15% on the worst batch) but not much in the 7200 spindle speed. 5400 Hitachi's on the other hand were rock solid (I can remember replacing only 3 in a 400 Laptop batch), and I would take those Seagates over Fujitsu's or Toshibas any day. Hell one batch of Fuji's back in 2003 had an almost 50-70% failure rate over three years. At least you had a decent chance of getting data from a failing Seagate. Most other drives were unreadable when they failed.

My last straw with Seagate was when my 2GB External Ghost image drive failed with our historical backups on it. It would read and write, but it was pause for 2-30 seconds randomly clicking the whole time. When I replaced it with a RAID External I couldn't get the drive RMA'd because it wouldn't fail Seagate Diagnostics (although it would fail smart tests from other test software like HDAT2) It finally gave me a Seagate code when I tested it non stop for 3 weeks.

Comment: might as well go 4G (Score 1) 479

by Deathlizard (#46008965) Attached to: An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

Apparently it must not be an competitive marketplace or they just want to find a convenient way of going out of business, since the Local Cable company (if they have one) is going to make a killing there.

Hell, Verizon HomeFusion is about the same price as the 25GB plan. You can drop your phone line, It'll blow the doors off DSL speeds, and it can be added to a share everything plan so the data can be shared with a 4G hotspot/Phone. If you're going to pay that much you might as well get something that's going to travel and be faster.

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