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Comment: Re:I know! (Score 1) 545

by RandomFactor (#47925929) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9
I have Windows and Mint also. (Primarily windows, though that's a practicality thing for me, not a preference.) - Windows doesn't stay running months on end unless you don't patch. That's not an indictment of Windows, it is just the reality of maintaining a system well in that environment. - Why do people assume that if they don't experience a problem that the person that does is simply wrong/crazy/imagining/stupid. - If you don't run Windows routinely and keep it updated (which sounds like the case in the GP), then when you do boot it, EVERYTHING wants to update* and your experience is horrible until it all completes. Also not an indictment of Windows, just reality. * (unless you convince yourself that you can do it better and smarter than various manufacturers and lock down all automatic updates, which I posit is a bad idea generally for non corporate systems...and particularly those where someone boots into the OS out of protest once in a blue moon...)

Comment: Upside? (Score 1) 495

by RandomFactor (#47358639) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains
I got the MS Notification on the activity at work.

There were 200 different items of malware being served across 22,037 separate malicious domains. If there are 4 million customers, and 1:1 customers to domains, that is about 180 innocent domains for every one malicious one.

I'm all in favor of shutting down botnets and i can see the results (for a while) in spam volumes hitting us when actions like this are taken, but this much collateral damage seems likely to hinder future efforts.

Comment: Re:that's not "astroturfing" (Score 1) 142

by RandomFactor (#47179259) Attached to: Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

Corporations aren't ~allowed~ to consider "the greater good" over that profit, Granted, in retrospect, this looks like it turned into a good marketing move, but going into it, the history of such things would have indicated this was going to be little more than a money pit.

+ - Kansas City Science Store Resurrects AC Gilbert Chemistry Set, the best-ever toy->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "The A. C. Gilbert Company (Wikipedia: was once one of the largest toy companies in the world. It manufacturered Erector Sets (, American Flyer toy trains (, and chemistry sets (

Chemist John Farrell Kuhns ( received an AC Gilbert Chemistry set for Christmas 1959, while he was still in grade school. By the time Kuhns was twelve years old he had a home lab set up in my family's basement. Now, more than 50 years later, he still has a home lab.

As an adult, Mr. Kuhns wanted to share these experiences with his daughter, nephews and nieces, and their friends. But he soon discovered that real chemistry sets were no longer available. He wondered how, without real chemistry sets and opportunities for students to learn and explore, where would our future chemists come from?

In 2004, Kuhns and his wife opened their science store, H.M.S. Beagle ( and last year used Kickstarter to launch a new Heirloom Chemistry set. ( Kuhns uses a CNC router to cut out his wood cases, which are then hand assembled and finished with the shiny brass hardware and exotic wood inlays. Kuhns also synthesizes, purifies and/or formulates and packages all of the chemicals.

Gary Hanington, professor of physical science at Great Basin College, was another child who was lucky enough to own a Gilbert chemistry set. Hanington wrote about his set in this article (

Sadly, not everyone sees the educational value of real chemistry sets. The AC Gilbert chemistry sets are #3 on Cracked's "The 8 Most Wildly Irresponsible Toys" ( and #8 on's "The 25 Worst Must-Have Christmas Toys Ever ("

Link to Original Source

+ - Drone Photographers Are Making Hyper-Detailed Maps Where Google Hasn't

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "Switzerland-based Drone Adventures, which has in the past undertaken drone photography missions in Haiti and Fukushima, took images to help out humanitarian organization Medair, who were struggling to provide the most efficient aid to affected regions because they lacked what most of us take for granted in the age of Google Maps: a detailed plan of the area.
The aerial images from the drones were able to create broad maps of the area that were detailed enough to show damage. The team took drone maps of the various villages and got them physically printed, as many of the communities aren’t online."

+ - Firefox OS 1.3 Arrives With Dual SIM Support, Continuous Autofocus, Flash, More

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla today released Firefox OS version 1.3 to its partners for implementing in their smartphones. There are many new features for both users and developers, and the first phone to feature them is the ZTE Open C, which is available for sale as of today on eBay. First and foremost, Firefox OS users can expect dual-SIM dual-standby (DSDS) support, which gives you two lines on compatible phones, a popular feature in emerging markets. DSDS lets dual-SIM devices individually manage two different SIMs for calling, texting, or data through the “SIM Manager” interface."

+ - Execs of Cogent & Level 3 speak up about net neutrality issues

Submitted by romiir
romiir (874939) writes "Executives at Cogent and Level 3 are speaking up publicly about unnecessary internet congestion being caused by certain large ISPs refusing to upgrade congested peering connections.

On CNET: The CEO of Cogent says "Comcast bullied Netflix into an interconnection deal by refusing upgrades to fix congestion, a claim a Comcast executive told Congress was "wholly inaccurate." Full article here

Over at Level 3's blog a couple days earlier Mark Taylor, VP of Content and Media at Level 3 talked about feedback received to Michael Mooney's blog article "Chicken" | A Game Played as a Child and by some ISPs with the Internet. He goes on to explain more in depth the current situation in which some american ISPs have been made aware of congestion issues on their peering connections but refuse to take any action to allow their customers to get the bandwidth they are already paying for. More Here

Interesting that after all of this. Today, Netflix subscribers worldwide are being e-mailed informing them of a $1 increase for all new members so they can "continue to adding more movies and TV shows". The e-mail goes on to thank existing Netflix customers and let them know their plan and price will not change for two years.

Ars Technica just posted an article titled "Netflix comes through with price hike after struggles with Comcast, Verizon""

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