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Comment: Relatively safe (Score 4, Informative) 423

by JBMcB (#46596419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

There hasn't been a root exploit in XP for a couple of years now, which means if you are running as a user and not root, and you know what you are doing, XP should be fairly safe.

1. Run as a regular user and only elevate permissions when you need to
2. Make sure your directory permissions are locked down properly (there are guides to help you do this)
3. Turn off all unnecessary services
4. Run a 3rd party antivirus app - BitDefender Free is excellent
5. Regularly run rootkit detectors and a second on-demand scanner (I use Trend Micro)
6. Don't use IE, use Firefox with NoScript turned on
7. Don't use Flash, Adobe Reader or Java. Use Sumatra PDF for PDF viewing.

I keep a VM of XP around for running some old apps and reading my junk email account. I've been sent virii and all sorts of junkware, and running the above config is pretty impervious to anything thrown at me. I can revert the image to it's original state if something bad happens, and I've yet to have to do that.

Comment: Thanks federal reserve... (Score 1) 3

by JBMcB (#45766343) Attached to: Happy anniversary, Federal Reserve System

for funding the never-ending series of wars the US has been involved in since World War II. Without the unlimited ability to create money out of thin air, we wouldn't have all this amazing military hardware we have to justify it's existence for by blowing up people around the world on a continual basis.

Comment: Re:Answer: None (Score 2) 582

by JBMcB (#45560971) Attached to: The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

Until fiber optic cable cable to the home is as common as copper it won't be a suitable replacement for POTS.

I *almost* agree. Saying we should keep POTS until it can be replaced with fiber, however, is like saying everyone should stick with driving Yugos until it becomes feasible for everyone to buy a Ferrari. Wireless technologies are a good interim solution until fiber can be deployed ubiquitously, especially in very low density areas.

Comment: Re:Is it me? (Score 2) 47

by JBMcB (#45501135) Attached to: The Art of Apple, In Pictures

They look uninspired now, because after they came out they were widely copied. Take a look at what laptops looked like before the powerbooks came out in the 90's. Chunky looking lap-bricks with trackballs hanging off the side. One year after the powerbook, nearly every laptop was black or dark gray with an integrated trackball in the palm rest. Ditto the Apple II - computers either looked like dumb terminals with CPU boxes bolted onto them, or mad scientist experiments.

Comment: Re:Unless, of course, you study the author... (Score 1) 726

by JBMcB (#45364851) Attached to: Critics Reassess <em>Starship Troopers</em> As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

Shoot in 50 years we'll have terminators running around firing micro heat-seeking missiles like the guy from KISS had in Runaway.

The interface will look remarkably like Ghost Recon. The l33t soldiers will use mouse and keyboard, the dual analog will be for the l00ser grunts :)

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