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Comment Posting this with Pale Moon, 64-bit version. (Score 1) 201

Pale Moon is a version of the Firefox code without a lot of the managerial mistakes made by Mozilla Foundation. Pale Moon has a 64-bit edition that in my experience is far more stable than Firefox. Firefox has memory hogging and subsequent instability that causes it to crash when there are many windows and tabs open.

Usually Firefox add-ons work perfectly with Pale Moon.

Pale Moon has tools for migration from Firefox and for backup. Adblock Latitude blocks ads. There are other Pale Moon add-ons.

Nice add-on for both Firefox and Pale Moon: The Open Link in... add-on provides an "Open Link in Background Tab" option that is good for deciding which Slashdot stories you want to read later.

Comment Re:With the ever-looming cyberpunk future (Score 1) 257

Sorry, but the cyberpunk future is all around us right now. This doesn't make alternative currencies a good idea. Money is given value by the community that uses it. If you are a part of a community, then it makes sense to use the money that is used by that community If you aren't, then invest in something tangible. The problem is if it isn't something you use, then it's not a good investment, and if it isn't durable then it isn't a good investment. That's why real estate is so popular as an investment. But real estate comes with a high tax burden, so it's got to pay for itself at higher than the rate of taxation. Money tends to get devalued by financial manipulations both of government and of financiers. Banks pay interest at less than the rate of inflation. The stock market is chancy. Etc.

If you're young, invest in yourself. Get yourself a stronger skill set. etc. But avoid accumulating debts. Sorry to give conflicting advice, but there it is. If you learn German well enough you can get a free college Germany. Possibly some other countries offer the same deal. Unfortunately, it's hard to predict what skills will continue to be valuable. Blacksmiths are doing fairly well right now, because few are being trained, and there are those who value their work...but it's easier to get trained as a welder, and specialized varieties of welding are also well compensated. You will notice that I'm mentioning professions that are already in decline, but where the number of practitioners is smaller than the demand for their skills. Rising professions tend to be targeted for automation, flooding the market by low-wage competition, etc. Plumber is probably a good choice if you can manage it, but it can be hard to get training licenses can be problematical. Etc.

Don't take authorial fantasies as a reasonable prediction of the future. They were never intended that way, only as sketches of possibilities seen from a distant vantage point, and the authors intentionally left out anything that would be boring or detract from the story they were telling. The current world *is* the early cyberpunk era. If you look at the correct pieces of it you can see that. But it's the early part...give it another 5-10 years to get well established...and it will still have most of the people living as they do now...barring, of course, civilization collapsing.

P.S.: You want to know why Trump is so popular? People look into the future and they get scared, and when they get scared they retreat to versions of the simple beliefs of their childhood. They are right to be scared, but that's the wrong answer. (None of the major candidates is offering a reasonable answer, but Bernie Sanders comes closest. Nothing that involves an economy centered around jobs is going to be a reasonable answer....only a recipe for a collapse of civilization. Notice how much effort is being put into developing various forms of robot soldiers.)

Comment Re: Surprised? (Score 1) 527

If I remember running MSWind with a virus checker, "runs like a champ" in comparison is only a relative complement.

As for systemd...most users don't seem to have trouble with it these days. In fact on checking I seem to have it installed. I don't like the idea of it, and I don't like the way it was pushed into the system, but most of the problems reported with it appear to have been developmental problems. And how certain are you that Mint doesn't have systemd? The pages I see indicate that Mint also uses systemd, unless you take steps to avoid it...probably exactly the same as Debian. And I'm not going to recommend a new user look at Slackware or Gentoo....or BlackBox.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 527

YES. I've got a MSWind95 machine that's going to stay running until it dies because I've got some data in applications that cannot be transferred. I've got an Apple Sys 10.4 that's warehoused and will never be upgraded (not that it can be any more) because it has proprietary file format data only accessible with programs that don't run on any modern system. And that's not talking about data that I've lost in the past because it just wouldn't transfer.

As soon as open source file formats and the applications that use them got good enough I switched. Since I switched mainly to Linux around 1998 I stopped losing data to proprietary file formats. This was worth putting up with Linux at that time not having an acceptable word processor. That's how bad the data loss problem was.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 527

Well, to be fair, "minimum requirements" means "bare minimum to make the OS work, with nothing else running". But too often it's interpreted as "optimal requirements", another beast entirely.

I've told this story a time or two already, but what the hell... back in the olden days my test rig was a 486DX4-100 with 8mb RAM. One day I accidentally hooked up the wrong HD and here's Win2K booting up. Took a few minutes to reach the desktop, but was reasonably usable thereafter (even with no swapfile)... a little sluggish but tolerable. I was astounded.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 527

I messed with Vista briefly (quad-core, 6GB RAM) and found performance wanting... pretty damn slow at everything, as in wait 20 seconds for a mouse click to register. WinXP64 and Win7 on same hardware, no problem.

But as I poked around Vista, I noticed that lots of little things behaved or felt like WinME (which I had on an everyday box for two years; perfectly well-mannered once beaten into submission and the broken parts disabled), too much so for coincidence. I concluded that Vista came out of the WinME devteam, and was similarly released in a halfbaked, unfinished condition.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Surge Protection for International Travel?

gaiageek writes: As someone who has lost a laptop power supply (and thus use of the laptop) due to a late-night power surge while traveling in a developing country, I'm acutely aware of the need for surge protection when traveling abroad. While practically all laptop and phone power adapters these days are voltage auto-sensing 100V-240V compatible, most so-called "travel" surge protectors are restricted to either 110V or 220V. Given the space and weight constraints of carry-on only travel, I'd like to avoid having to carry two separate surge protectors knowing I may go from Central America (110V) to Southeast Asia (220V). Strangely, laptop specific surge protectors typically are 100V-240V compatible, but this doesn't provide protection for a phone or tablet that requires the original power supply (can't be charged from a notebook USB port).

Is there really no solution out there short using a 110V-240V notebook surge protector with an adapter to go from a "cloverleaf" notebook plug to a 5-15R (standard US) plug receptacle?

Submission + - Snowden Leaks Cost Pulitzer Winning Journalist W.H. Security Clearance, Job (

An anonymous reader writes: Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ashkan Soltani was recently detailed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from a position at the the Federal Trade Commission. Former Google executive and White House chief technology officer Megan Smith extended a warm welcome. His portfolio at the White House included privacy issues, data ethics, and outreach to the technical community, among others. His drug test was complete, and the FBI investigation for his clearance was under way, when the wheels came off. His clearance was denied. Ashkan's move to the White House surprised some when it was announced due to his history. Ashkan had worked at the Washington Post where he helped analyze and safeguard the Snowden NSA document dump. A technologist at the ACLU noted that Ashkan had published many stories that probably irritated US intelligence officials. Government organizations have previously warned government employees to not access classified information made available in the media. Nobody is directly stating this is the reason, but the subtexts seem clear enough. Ashkan intends to leave Washington and head back to the west coast.

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