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Comment: Why bother? (Score 0) 213

by VonSkippy (#45756981) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Commercial Hardware Routers Be Trusted?

So what exactly do you have to hide?

Just kidding (more or less) but really, what difference does it make. If NSA (or any other powers that be) wants to "get you", does it matter if they have "real data" they sniffed from one of your digital systems or not? If they truly want to arrest/harass/make you disappear whether they have real data or fudged data is rather moot.

So why worry? Either you're below their radar, and they can collect or not your precious data, or you're a target, in which case no matter what you do/hide/avoid won't help you in the long run.

Privacy went out the door along with all those AOL CD's - what's amazing is that people are just starting to notice (or care).

Comment: Bullshit (Score 1) 361

by VonSkippy (#42874331) Attached to: OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office

With OpenOffice (and LibreOffice) even the most minor of updates REQUIRES a full download.

Apparently writing a simple update API is beyond the scope of the project (or skill set of the programmers - take your pick).

So assuming that each download is a NEW user (and therefore counts as if they were buying a commercial office suite) is complete bullshit.

Comment: Ignore it (Score 1) 305

by VonSkippy (#42794055) Attached to: Piriform Asks BleachBit To Remove Winapp2.ini Importer

If it didn't arrive by certified mail requiring a signature, ignore it. Don't respond, don't ask for more details. D O N ' T.

Email has no authority, no authentication, no traceability, nothing.

Responding just adds more burden to you - so don't do it - just ignore that email, and any future emails.

Until you get an official snail mail letter, preferably from a legal firm, relax they're just trolling for a easy fix.

Comment: Get them a book and a ball (Score 1) 267

by VonSkippy (#42068493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Console For the Kids This Holiday?

How many studies do you need that show TV/Computers/Consoles are BAD (bad bad bad bad bad) for young kids?

Get your kids a book and encourage them to learn to read well, remember well, and imagine well.

Then get them a rubber ball and teach them to invent their own physical games out doors.

The world already has enough fat, apathetic, couch potato kids (and parents). Get off your ass and teach your kids to use their brains and their body instead of just twitching their nacho encrusted thumbs.

Comment: Collectorz (Score 1) 230

by VonSkippy (#41997095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: High-Tech Ways To Manage a Home Library?

I've used both their Book and Movie apps for several years.

For the book collection (with just under 8000 in four sections: technical/non-fiction/fiction/collectable) I have a relatively cheap (i.e. $120) cordless bar code scanner.

I've just moved my Video collection (around 700 dvd's) from their PC Application to their Cloud app (which I have mixed feelings about. Nice to have it on the cloud and shareable, don't have to worry about updates or backing up, but lose a handful of useful features - like loaning and list printing).

Comment: FAIL ! (Score 5, Insightful) 521

by VonSkippy (#41671449) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe With Apple iPad

When your competitor has OWNED the market for several years, you don't MATCH their price, you blow it away.

Who would be dumb enough to pay the same price as a 3rd generation device to guinea pig a 1st gen device from a company that is known to suck at first releases?

And then there's Google's tablet for a dainty $199/$249

Microsoft really does suck at new things.

Comment: Just to clarify (Score 1) 140

by VonSkippy (#41281877) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Begin Work In IT Freelancing?

Just to clarify, what you're describing is web development or application programming - neither is really IT.

IT's purpose is to integrate technology (hardware and software) into the organization so that it aligns with the business model and goals.

Mostly it's designing, installing, maintaining the infrastructure to allow Tech to work for the business.

Coding is a very small part of that - especially in todays market where it is mostly out sourced.

Freelancing in IT is hard (except for the bottom feeders that help the mom and pop business shops and home users). Freelancing in Web dev / coder work is a dime a dozen - just join one of the hundreds of websites that specialize in cheap code work.

Comment: Block'm (Score 2) 716

by VonSkippy (#41076015) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock?

Until the site owners stop pimping out their sites to any and all ad engines, I'll use Adblock, NoScript, Flashblock, and anything else I deem necessary to prevent my systems from being targeted by Malware.

If site owners would run their own tested and approved ad's, I'd have zero problem with that, but since they don't have a clue what crap is being passed out by their site, I have no moral problem blocking them all.

Comment: Meh (Score 1) 168

by VonSkippy (#40271115) Attached to: China Plans Manned Space Mission This Month


Might have a women crew member.

Won't disclose how long the mission will last.

Just another long line of China BS disclosing just the bare minimum to garner some "face" for their "great" space accomplishments.

Of course nothing that goes wrong will be reported. They're barely a step above NK for their PR releases, but wait, they prop up the US economy so lets all give them a rousing pat on the back.

So golf clap for China, they've stolen enough IP to duplicate what US/USSR did back in the 80's.

Comment: How Quaint (Score 0) 300

by VonSkippy (#39544559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Note-Taking Device For Conferences?

A real live face to face conference, how 20th century.

Stay home, read the lecture notes and publications online.

Conferences are a huge time suck, rarely (make that pretty much never) a good use of your time, with little to no payback.

Anything worth learning will be in a peer review publication. Either the lecture will rehash the publication, or it will be pre-reviewed info, which means it's pretty much useless.

"Confound these ancestors.... They've stolen our best ideas!" - Ben Jonson