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Comment: Sony's rootkit trick lighty modified? (Score 0) 333

by Kbac (#29772759) Attached to: Sneaky Microsoft Add-On Put Firefox Users At Risk
This kinda reminds my of Sony's rootkits from music CDs a little. If I remember correctly installing programs without user permission/knowledge is bad, doing so and making it as imposable to remove or disable as possible is really bad. And the fact that Windows 7 is the only OS that has the option to disable it seems like MS is once again trying to force users to upgrade. "We know 7 is safer than XP because we booby trapped XP!".

Comment: Re:Fantastic! (Score 0) 727

by Kbac (#28042357) Attached to: Ubuntu 9.04 For the Windows Power User
Problem being people like one of my co-workers. He tried to install Kubuntu on his home computer after asking me about Linux when he saw me... (looks left then right slowly.) using it at work, after getting only a little bit of info he 1)Downloaded Kubuntu 2)Burned it to a CD 3)Shut windows down and powered on his computer with this CD inside. It read his disc and promtly loaded Windows. The next day he told me he tried to put Linux on his computer many times but could not. After asking him exactly what he did I put one his many discs in my PC to find he did not burn it as an ISO nor did he know how or even what an ISO was. Most (not all) Windows user buy computers with the OS and software preinstalled and if an installation process does only require clicking "next" to install many user are affraid they will cause permenent damage to the PC. This is (in my opinion) the reason Linux is not seeing wide spread home PC use it is scary to the typical basic users. I tell people they should at least try Linux and Mac OS X before they decide that Windows is the only option. My mom watched me demo Mac OS X for her and she simply said "But... It is different than my computer." Most user would prefer to deal with the headaches than learn a new OS. The kicker is my mom only uses a PC the surf the web nothing else.

Comment: GPS Errors. (Score 0) 859

by Kbac (#28028127) Attached to: Australia, UK To Test Vehicle Speed-Limiting Devices
I have a GPS unit that I rarely use anymore because the unit would become easily "confused" near most freeway exchanges in downtown L.A. and near roads that parallel the freeways. The unit would alert me that I made a wrong turn and state across the top of the screen that I was on the freeway or side street near the freeway I was actually on. I don't know much about the roadways in the UK but I would think this 'could' cause some problems 'if' the GPS becomes confused and thinks a taxi or bus on the express way is on a near by side street.

Comment: Re:This just in.. (Score 0) 190

by Kbac (#27847489) Attached to: Apple Snags Former Xbox Exec
Pippin 2? The Apple/Bandai Pippin came out in 1996, around the same time as the Nintendo N64. If my memory serves me it was dead center between the PlayStation and N64 in pretty much every aspect, processing power, media capacity, controller awkwardness, etc. But it had a rather large $600 price tag, and tiny selection of games available. The N64 was $200-$250 and the PlayStation was $300-$400 depending which store you went to. It seemed to me like Pippin was being pushed more as a cheap computer than a game console.

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