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Comment: Speed is indeed important (Score 1) 6 6

Not everyone has a brand-new computer; The manuscript of the book I'm about to publish is in Open Office Word, about 400 pages and full of large images, and autosave is a real pain because it takes minutes to save the file.

Like another commenter said, I wouldn't make it the most important thing, overall efficiency is. But software speed is important to anyone with an older computer, especially a Windows computer, because the computer slows as the registry grows, and the registry never gets smaller, only bigger.

Comment: Re:One sided. (Score 2) 210 210

Granted the BBB has used the same AL business model for a century and is still un-sued. I expect they get away with it by never having any money, that can't be AL's method.

The BBB has been sued plenty of times. My understanding is that Angie's List has never turned a profit. They're both scams in my opinion.

Comment: Re:Beware 'appliances' (Score 2) 112 112

This is a *security* focused appliance that made this goof from one of the more well regarded vendors in the market.

"Goof?" I'm not convinced. It's just as likely that this was engineered into the products intentionally.

News broke last year that NSA was intercepting Cisco equipment enroute to customers and making a few tweaks. Cisco made a big production a few months ago about how they were suddenly willing to ship to random addresses to avoid NSA interdiction. Perhaps that's because whatever NSA needs is already built in, and always has been, and the whole story about NSA physically yanking packages from carriers was misdirection. Put that story out there and people who are able to control the delivery chain will have a strong, but very false, sense of security.

Comment: Re:"Curses! Foiled again!" says NSA. (Score 2) 117 117

Why in the heck aren't they doing this research again?

They are, but when they find something, they add it to their arsenal and use it themselves instead of alerting anyone to the vulnerability. This fact was the subject of some hand-waving from the White House earlier in the year. There's a good chance NSA has known about several of these for a long time, which is a little disconcerting since the Adobe Type Manager exploit may date back to 1998.

Comment: Re:Simpler fix: uninstall (Score 3, Informative) 71 71

Youtube uses HTML5 now. Why does anyone still have a reason to use flash?

Most functionally useful weather radars, including NOAA's, require Flash. My state's Department of Transportation uses Flash for their traffic cameras., which hosts my local TV news broadcasts along with other stuff like SpaceX launches, is still Flash. And if I want to view any cable TV programming on the computer, Comcast's player is Flash based.

I'd love to have uninstalled Flash a long time ago; for the time being I have to keep it around and use Flashblock.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.