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+ - Poll Question: Your preferred OS 1

Submitted by Whiteox
Whiteox writes: The hypothesis is that over the last 10 years there has been an apparent shift in the Slashdot community for preferred operating systems. Let's take a snapshot of the current user OS landscape out there for 2015

Questions
At home I use:
MS
Linux
Mac
All
Other
N/A

At Work I use:
MS
Linux
Mac
All
Other
N/A

Comment: Basic security (Score 1) 60

by Whiteox (#49827407) Attached to: New SOHO Router Security Audit Uncovers Over 60 Flaws In 22 Models

Some of these flaws (maybe all) can be accessed by default logins. As soon as you have passed that, you have full control. To help prevent that you can change the device's IP and give it unique login credentials. It won't stop someone determined who wants access as all it needs is brute force to find the device's IP login page. In other words some of the vulnerabilities aren't device issues but user responsibilities. That pretty much goes for non-isp supplied routers.
A few ISP supplied routers do have backdoors and are remotely controlled ostensibly for the benefit of the user. In these cases it is almost impossible to alter the unit's IP address or login credentials.

Comment: Just not logical (Score 1) 191

by Whiteox (#49820225) Attached to: Indicted Ex-FIFA Executive Cites Onion Article In Rant Slamming US

Even if it were true, how can he think that FIFA giving the USA a 'World Cup' could possibly absolve him and other allegedly corrupt officials of the charges? Just that reeks of old 3rd world bribery or the plot of a bad movie circa 1930.
Who gave him the printout in the first place? I doubt strongly that he searched for it, so one of his staff or personal fan handed it to him.
It is a display of gross stupidity for starters and for him to think that the World Cup would start in the US in a few days?
Just goes to show how insular this FIFA vice president is, completely disassociated from reality. On that basis alone, FIFA has no gravitas anymore.

Comment: Re:Exactly. (Score 1) 296

by Whiteox (#49819697) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

Last time I'll respond to you. I asked my wife just now and gave her a good practical example. She who will be obeyed responded by saying - 'It's ok to have ads at the beginning and end of shows, but as a CEO, I would want my products to be exposed as many times as I could for the amount of money I'm spending." Heatedly she added "But there are other ways of exposure like magazines, newspapers, billboards, blimps with flashing ads and even hiring someone to walk up and down the street wearing sandwich boards."
So there you have it Noah. She has spoken.

Comment: Re:Exactly. (Score 1) 296

by Whiteox (#49819637) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

That kind of interstitial ads you speak of actually stuffs up the show you are watching which are now designed with recaps! So now you are reminded of what you were watching before the ads because the ads are way too long. Recently I've seen shows cut at inappropriate moments just for ad placement. Sometimes the show has been cut for length so it can fit into a time slot.
I tell you what. You keep watching your ad based content and I for one will shun them. I don't need any of the shit they are trying to sell. There is enough product placement out there that they can avoid infesting series/movies/docos with repetitive, hateful and pointless crap.

Comment: Re:Like the sailor that blow into his sail... (Score 1) 256

by Whiteox (#49819499) Attached to: Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

Probably would work as you're getting free electrons from photons coming back the other way, thus pushing the craft forward. Much like a fan blowing air on a sail except you are getting forward momentum. You can probably use it to park your spaceship at the DS9/Babylon 5 you are about to approach.

Comment: Re: Why is it worth that much? (Score 1) 143

by Whiteox (#49811717) Attached to: Mystery Woman Recycles $200,000 Apple I Computer

Exactly. If I had $200k to buy one that is. Last time I looked they were going for $10k.
OTOH I have my own collection which includes Apple II and //, c, gs, early Macs, Commodore, TRS, Microbee, Amstrad, early Olivetti, IBM PC (one of the first I think). The apparent value is almost zero and a few yeas ago I fought to keep them from being thrown out. I have no idea that there might be something in that pile that may be worth something one day when the perceived value becomes greater than apparent trash.
There is some equipment that is very cumbersome, like a daisy wheel and some early dot matrix.
There are a few others I'd like to have for example an Apple ///, a Lisa, a TI (16 bit), an iconic CP/M machine (Osborne) etc.
Pity I don't have a museum for them....

Comment: Re:I'm betting that... (Score 1) 143

by Whiteox (#49809703) Attached to: Mystery Woman Recycles $200,000 Apple I Computer

She voluntarily dropped the equipment off at a recycling location

Not sure of the local laws, but in some places the moment you drop off items in a recycle centre or dump, it belongs to the centre as the centre has scavenging rights. They could rightly keep all the money and gain whatever kudos coming to them.

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.

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