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Comment: Probably Cold Boot in 2 Seconds (Score 4, Informative) 215

by HannethCom (#47705023) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices
My 2012 Surface Pro "Cold Boots" in 2 seconds. Flash Drive. My 2010 netbook boots in 20 seconds. 5400rpm hard drive. A lot of the boot process is dependent on the hard drive, so a low end 2015, should probably boot as fast as a higher end 2012 machine. I put "Cold Boots" in parenthesis because Windows 8.1 almost never really cold boots. It uses a form of hibernate where it figures out what is exactly the same each boot time and stores an image of that on the hard drive, then just loads it into memory. That combined with UEFI makes Windows 8.1 boot really fast on new hardware, even if it is low end.

Comment: 2GB more than enough for Windows 8.1 (Score 4, Informative) 215

by HannethCom (#47704627) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices
One of the things Microsoft did right with Windows 8.x is reduce the memory it uses. So much so that it only actually needs up to 360mb of memory to run the OS while in desktop mode. That is up to, that is not at least. In this case the OS will definitely NOT be getting in your way. Actually, I've found Windows 8.1 is better to use on low end hardware as they have also reduced CPU use and optimized the start-up time.

2GB is enough for basic Windows use with running multiple programs. Of course depending on what programs you are using. I have a netbook that isn't officially supported by Windows 8. It went from 80 seconds start time in Windows 7 to 20 seconds in Windows 8. Programs launch and respond better now with the Windows 8. While there are many, many things wrong with Windows 8, it works extremely well on low end hardware.

Don't get me wrong, I hate Windows 8.1. Metro sucks, they messed up the configuration by having it spread all over the place. They broke multiple programs. On my last main machine it slowed down my boot time from 60 seconds to 90 seconds, though some of those problems were because I upgraded instead of fresh installed. The upgrade process is broken, it will upgrade you, but may forget to install critical OS files and will offer no way for you to fix it without reinstalling. Windows 8.1 feels like Windows Vista. They messed up the little things, which is what they got right in Windows 7 and is really important in your day to day usage. On my new main computer, old one the SATA controller failed, I upgraded to Windows 7, but my netbook, I wouldn't want to go back to Windows 7 on.

Comment: Nope, Gates still uses the MSFT business approach (Score 4, Informative) 284

by HannethCom (#47252429) Attached to: Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit
They have very strict rules for "giving" money.

First off, Gates only contributes as much money to the foundation as can be written off.

He "generously" gives to school districts. In exchange the school must only use Microsoft products. We will pay for the computers and initial licenses, but then you get locked into an agreement to pay Microsoft Licensing Fees, which means the Gates Melinda Foundation will pay %40 of the cost, and the schools have to pick up the back end 60% in a few years time. Gates still has substantial shares in Microsoft.

Some places they have built water treatment plants to treat the water that has been polluted by the factory built up the river. In quite a few of the cases, the factory built up the river was made by a company with investment money from the Gates Melinda Foundation.

They have also developed Common Core, to teach English and Math in the way that Bill Gates thinks it should be taught. Adopted in 46 states so far partially due to the $76 million to help adopt their philosophy. Common Core mandates that a far greater percentage of classroom time be spent on “fact-based” learning. Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point instead of Shakespeare. Freakonomics instead of Poe. Bill and Melinda Gates truly believe that population control is key to the future through artificial contraception, sterilization, and abortion initiatives. Regardless if you agree with this or not, the "charity" is making sure with its money, this is what your children are being taught.

Comment: Canadian Banks Are Criminals (Score 1) 378

It is illegal in Canada for a bank to charge any money for use of an ATM machine. (All Canadian banks I know of illegally charge for use of their ATM machines) The account at the bank may have a transaction fee that applies if using a teller, ATM from the bank, or ATM from another bank. The fee must be the same for all 3 transaction types. This is in the banking charter.

There are companies that are not banks that provide ATM service that are allowed to charge fees because they do not fall under the banking charter.

Also Credit Unions can have ATM machines, and they can charge fees, as they do not fall under the banking charter. As far as I know, all credit unions work together in Canada, at least BC and they have agreed not to charge for use of their ATM machines.

The banking charter provides protection to the banks and their customers in exchange for some restrictions. Credit Unions have more freedom in how they operate, but there is little government protection of them.

Oddly enough, all credit unions I know of follow all the statues of the banking charter, so that they have the option of applying for bank status. Banks are supposed to loose their bank status and charges laid on the people responsible for breaking the law. That being said, I read though the charter a while back and found that every bank I know of breaks every law in the charter daily. In the case of transaction fees, millions of times a day.

Why aren't they called on their illegal operations? I'd like to know that myself.

Comment: Harmony Desktop Application Now Available (Score 1) 202

by HannethCom (#47168029) Attached to: Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs
I hated that Harmony remotes used Silverblight as well, but now Logitech has come out with desktop version of the software. (About bloody time) I think the online Silverblight site now redirects you to download the desktop apps, so I think it is safe for you to uninstall the atrocity now.

+ - Star Citizen Arena Commander (Dogfighting Module) Launched!

Submitted by HannethCom
HannethCom (585323) writes "At a hefty 10gb download, Arena Commander Launched!
Don't forget to download the Arena Commander Pilon's Guide.
If you already have the hanger module installed, it will auto update. Else you can go to the Star Citizen Download page.

For those who don't know, Star Citizen is Chris Roberts' new space sim persistent universe. It will also have a single player fully fleshed out story called Squadron 42. Chris Roberts is the man behind the Wing Commander series.
The project is crowd funded and is being released to backers in modules. The first was the hanger allowing you to see the ships you pledged for. The second module just released is the dog fighting module, now called Arena Commander. The Arena Commander module will be in the full Star Citizen game to allow you to fight your friends, or foes in a simulator where you will not have to worry about loosing your hard work of putting together your in game ship."

Comment: Blind Taste Test (Rigged) (Score 3, Interesting) 148

by HannethCom (#46894605) Attached to: Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech
I have never seen Pepsi claim their blind taste tests are fair. This makes their saying that more people pick Pepsi in their blind taste test perfectly legal. Though I still think it is deceptive.

I took the Pepsi blind taste test. I would even say that the cold, freshly opened Pepsi tasted slightly better than the warm Coke that had been opened over a hour ago. I ended up choosing the Pepsi because I all of a sudden got the craving for the Juicy Fruit that they give you only if you pick the Pepsi.

How do I know the Coke had been open for over 1 hour and the Pepsi was freshly opened? I asked the guy. He said it was policy not to cool the Coke and make sure it was open at least 1 hour. Though they would sometimes cheat and only have them open for 30 minutes when things got really busy. The Pepsi had to be cooled and they were not allowed to use it if it had been open more than 5 minutes.

As for the Juicy Fruit, that was common knowledge here at that time. If you choose Pepsi, you got it, if you choose Coke, you didn't.

Comment: Only Outperformes Humans in 1 of 5 Datasets (Score 5, Informative) 68

by HannethCom (#46823801) Attached to: Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans
Both the title and description are sensationalism. If you read the paper, the algorithm works at 98.52 on 1 of 5 data sets. We could also accurately say the algorithm is only 89.33% accurate. The score from the most difficult database. Much worse than the normal person.

That being said, it is much better than other publicly available algorithms.

Comment: Security Starts With Good Programming & IT (Score 1) 169

by HannethCom (#46818865) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?
The first problem is security through stupidity that you see all over the place. This is where you are required to change your password every x months, or days. It has been found that the maximum number of password changes per year, without storing it, is 2. That is maximum. It is still recommended to have people change their password, but currently the recommendation is if you do, to set it to once a year. I think Microsoft on their server products has this set to 3 months by default.

Low maximum password length. While it is expected there will be some length limitation. I have found places that limit you to 8, or 16 characters. Space is pretty cheap these days, can't you afford to store 50 characters, or more as the maximum? Also there are some places that require you to have really high minimum number of characters. 12 as a minimum is too high, 6, or 8 I see as more reasonable. I am constantly boggled by the places that require exactly x characters.

My other personal favorite is only allowing alpha, or numeric characters. Honestly, why limit which characters can be used?

On the other hand, requiring at least 1 character from 4 different groupings is also a bit excessive. Having to require from 2-3 groupings may be okay.

Basically many of the problem I see come from putting limitations on password that make it harder for people to remember their passwords, while making it easier for people to guess the passwords.

Also if you have a forgot password feature with a limit of number of tries. Make sure you warn the person before they are locked out, so they can use the forgot password feature. There should be a limit on the number of tries of a password, as not having this allows people to brute force the password, which is one of the more common ways getting passwords.

Comment: Nothing Inherently Wrong? (Score 1) 575

by HannethCom (#46756661) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support
My Blu-ray playing software doesn't work anymore. An update to make it work with Windows 8.1 has come out, but that doesn't work because somewhere from "upgrading" from Windows 7 -> 8 -> 8.1 (Now on 8.1. Update 1) it did not install one of the core system files. My only option to try to fix this, install Windows 8 from scratch.

I also bought The Sims Medieval, which doesn't work in Windows 8. I think there are a few other games that worked fine in Windows 7, but no longer run.

There is also a whole bunch of hardware that was deprecated in Windows 8. I have it installed on my netbook which the screen resolution and Intel graphics are not supported. Mind you it runs a lot better, even though the battery doesn't last quite as long due to the screen brightness always being at 100%. On the other hand, it takes 20 seconds to start up now instead of 1 minute 30 seconds.

Talking about start up time, my main machine went from 50 seconds to 1 minute 20 seconds to start up.

Then there is the Microsoft Tax developers need to pay to sell their programs if they make a Metro Application.

While there are some good things like less memory usage, maybe faster start up, less CPU overhead, there are also many things inherently wrong! Enough that I plan to upgrade to Windows 7 when I have the time.

Comment: Be prepared for the zombie plant apocalypse! (Score 1) 38

by HannethCom (#46700501) Attached to: Zombie Plants Help To Spread Bacterial Pathogen

The cold/flu causes us to produce additional muccus/sneeze/cough, altering our behavior which increases transmission rates. This doesn't mean we are zombies. I think it's a very interesting find, but a little ridiculous to involve the term zombie.

I'll remind you of that when the zombie plant is eating your brains. "Don't worry, this is natural for the plants to be trying to eat you. Nothing to do with zombies."

1 + 1 = 3, for large values of 1.