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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL? 423

Posted by timothy
from the stock-up-like-y2k dept.
An anonymous reader writes "As most of us working in IT may know, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. Although this fact has been known for quite some time, XP is still relatively popular in companies and also enjoys noticeable marketshare for home users. Even ATMs are running XP and will continue to do so for some time. A lot of companies/users don't want to change because they see no additional benefit to do a costly upgrade, no reason to change a running system, and they may in some cases be right with their assumptions. So what is the best way to secure this remaining Windows XP systems? Installing the latest security patches, checking firewall status and user permissions etc. should be fairly obvious, as Microsoft Security Essentials may also not receive updates anymore, changing antivirus programs seems a sensible thing to do."

Comment: Headline misleading (Score 5, Informative) 126

by Dins (#46572935) Attached to: Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

I wouldn't say he "joined the fight" against patent trolls. He was sued by one and decided to very loudly and publicly fight it - in part so other podcasts aren't put out of buisness. Hence the Fund Anything campaign etc. I listen to his show often, and it's a constant topic.

More power to him!

Comment: Re:Don't go to college, it's clearly not for you (Score 1) 384

by Dins (#45955939) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

I think the GP's point was that if it's taking him twice as long to take tests, when he has to apply the information in a real-world setting (i.e. a job) he's probably also going to be slow. Perhaps unacceptably, depending on the job and the employer.

But that doesn't mean he shouldn't be able to get a degree and still apply it with the right job and employer. Good that he's trying to better himself at any rate.

Comment: Re:Try a sensory deprivation tank (Score 2) 332

by Dins (#45573803) Attached to: The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes
If you were in there for a week, what did you eat and drink and how did that all work? I'd probably do something like that too for the right sum of money. Unfortunately the right sum of money for me would probably be orders of magnitude more than they'd be willing to pay...

Comment: Re:Derp (Score 1) 282

by Dins (#45163275) Attached to: Why Bitcoin Boomed During the Government Shutdown

How much debt is too much? 17 Trillion? 20 Trillion? 50 Trillion? When does it stop? How much money do we continue to borrow from foreign creditors before we realize this model is NOT workable long-term? How much do we borrow before other countries refuse to lend any more to us?

Unless your plan is to significantly raise taxes. And if you think THAT won't have a negative impact on the world's economy, try it and see... Or maybe the plan is to collapse the entire system and start fresh with a new one in which the government provides for all, but that's not sustainable long-term either. Somebody has to pay for things. And if the people who normally work to pay for things realize that they don't really have to work and can just live off the government and thus decide to stop working, then what?

Comment: Re:Derp (Score 1) 282

by Dins (#45162553) Attached to: Why Bitcoin Boomed During the Government Shutdown

He meant $500B to pay the INTEREST on the debt. Not the entire debt itself. Point is, if we couldn't borrow more money, we would still have more than enough revenue to continue paying the interest on the debt and thus not default.

It's like having a $10,000 credit card limit that you've maxed out. You want to go buy a new TV with money you don't have, but the banks won't increase your credit limit. So you can't buy the TV, but you can still afford the $35/month minimum payment on your credit card so the banks don't come to repossess your shit. If we hadn't increased the debt limit, the US government would not have defaulted unless we deliberately decided to. Which would have been a very real possibility...

Comment: Re:Not family sharing, more like account borrowing (Score 0) 263

by Dins (#44822401) Attached to: Valve Announces Family Sharing On Steam, Can Include Friends

It would be a bit of a pain to manage, but seems better than this solution where letting someone borrow a game locks you out of every other game you own.

It doesn't, though. If you decide to play something, the friend gets kicked out or asked to buy the game. I actually RTFA (I know, I know...) and this is from it:

As the lender, you may always access and play your games at any time. If you decide to start playing when a friend is already playing one of your games, he/she will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

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