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Comment: Re:Windows 8.1 on the Business Workstation? (Score 1) 133

I do. Just recently. Up until the end of 2014 all our engineering workstation laptops were amm M4x00 series (Some older 4600's, 4700's, and now 4800's). The two M4800's I purchased this year came with Windows 7 Pro licenses with 8.1 Pro. I said why not, gave it a try and installed it. All our major CAD software and programs all run fine, after enabling .Net 3.5 of course. Some older CAD program with specialized drivers for a USB license key HASP didn't work out of the box and required a update for the driver, that's it. I installed ClassicShell on these systems. Works fine. For 3 other regular "plane" non CAD users that run just office, I installed it, used ClassicShell, and no one even knew it was Windows 8.1 Pro vs Windows 7. I asked one user who said they'd refuse to run Windows 8/8.1 use it without telling them, didn't even notice it was Windows 8.1 till I told them. Everything runs fine.. and it's newer, so I wont have to upgrade it later on, so why not?

Comment: Bus Logic (Score 2) 280

by WoodburyMan (#49586427) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving
Since when has traveling by car and plane been comparable? For long distances, I suppose. I'm not going to drive between NYC and LA. But on a daily basis it is not. Compare Plane Travel to Boat travel maybe, especially cargo. Or compare planes to trains. Cars should be compared to buses. Same travel medium, more directly comparable. Most cities, at least near me, have moved to around 50% mix of hybrid buses and eco-diesel buses. With that the numbers would be interesting to see.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 137

It's Legacy. For me, it turned legacy as soon as .Net 4.5 wasn't supported. Our in house software started using 4.5 features and will no longer run on XP. The literally two systems with XP we have left, for Legacy reasons to run specialized manufacturing software made for Windows 95, have to remote into a terminal server to run our in house software.

Comment: Backups (Score 1) 52

by WoodburyMan (#49571475) Attached to: TeslaCrypt Isn't All That Cryptic
Who cares when you have backups. I've had one family relative, and a system on my network get infected. First had backups of important stuff, latter took out a few thousand folders on our network, which our backup solution recovered in an hour. We have backups daily for 8 weeks or more that can restore in as long as it takes to transfer, something around 300mbyte/s.

Comment: Maybe (Score 1, Flamebait) 303

by WoodburyMan (#49397359) Attached to: Microsoft Engineer: Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'
A year ago... maybe two, there's no way I would even think of believing this. Given the steps Microsoft has taken in the last 1-2 years, it may be something that's possible. First they offered major OS updates for free, first Windows 8 > Windows 8.1. Then next, Windows 10 for free for current Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users. Then, on top of that, the open sourcing of .Net. Given Apple's "free" offerings, they were kind of forced to do this. The open sourcing of .Net was a surprise to me. Makes me think maybe they have gained some wisdom.

Comment: It works in reverse too (Score 4, Informative) 222

by WoodburyMan (#49353529) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House
We live in a somewhat rural area. Fiber isn't even close, and DSL service (6mbit max) only became available a year or two ago. Cable internet through Charter has been available for over a decade though, and we've had Cable TV since the early 1990's. About 5 years ago, relatives next door finally caved and wanted cable. They are literally one house before us, and equal distance from the road. (100ft or so). Every time we called they said it was not available for their address. It took 6mo of fighting, and a call/complaint to the local cable/communication oversight committee, to get them to send a survey crew (A single guy), who immediately got out of the car, looked, said "The f**k, there's no problem here you can get it" who then went on about a rant about how their database is so messed up and inaccurate.

Comment: Glorious PC Master Race (Score 1) 225

by WoodburyMan (#49213723) Attached to: Another Upscaled Console Game: Battlefield Hardline
This is why for any game I'm actually into I always prefer to play on PC. I've had every Battlefield series game for PC, 1942, Vietnam, 2, 2142, 3, 4. Including all Exp/DLC's except for 4 when they switched to Season Pass style releases. Likewise, most good RTS's are only released for PC, ala Starcraft II, and most of the Command and Conquer series.

Comment: Paranoid? (Score 5, Informative) 186

by WoodburyMan (#48845103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?
Here's an idea. If you are uncomfortable with Google and such, eyeing them as a big brother of some sorts and do not want any Google Play Services or anything Google touching the device... you should return that tablet. Buy a Nexus 9, or a used Nexus 10 or Nexus 7 (2013). This may look counter intuitive, however Nexus devices have pretty much some of the strongest following and modding community behind them and since Google releases the full source for these devices, they are the first to get AOSP variant roms such as CyanogenMod, SlimROM, and Paranoid Android. Once you get them, you can easily follow guides on XDA Developers ( ) to Unlock the bootloader (Via Google released ADB/Fastboot tools), install a custom recovery (I recommend TWRP which is open source as well so you know what you're getting). Then, depending on your level of paranoid, you can sync the AOSP tree from Google itself and build the entire ROM from scratch yourself, or build or download a flashable zip file of any custom ROM such as CyanogenMod, SlimROM, Paranoid Android etc, and then load it onto the device. AOSP based roms such as these DO NOT have Google's Proprietary API's and Google Play Services. Straight Android. Plus, will full open source, you know what's in it. You will still have to deal with the proprietary blobs left in for display, modem, wifi, etc, however it's as close to full control as you can get for Android with a 100% fully functional Android device.

Comment: Business People. Ya right. (Score 1) 463

by WoodburyMan (#48733903) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked
These people are animals. Several months ago I had to deal with a situation like this, however it was a family friend's computer. The family a year or two before went through the horrible loss of losing a teenage son. All their photos and documents of their son were all saved on that computer, unfortunately with no backup. All the files were encrypted. Whatever variant I had, it had a different key and random amount in the text file for each folder. It would have been $10,000's to recover everything. THANK GOD someone had the bright idea of storage a old hard drive that was going bad in a drawer and I was able to get through the bad sectors and copy off the year and a half or so old information off it which had the most important documents on it, but they still lost some documents from his funeral, and friends photos that were given to them, and the archive of his Facebook profile they saved before they removed it. I would LOVE for these animals to meet this family face to face and explain to them that it was "Just business".

Comment: Geoff Fox is the man (Score 1) 33

by WoodburyMan (#48181401) Attached to: Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live
Geoff Fox has been narrating many of the live events of Slooh for the last year or so. He's a great guy and very interested in Science, Technology and getting young minds excited in the subject. Geoff - move back to Connecticut! We miss you! With the loss of Mel Goldstein Connecticut no longer has any professional meteorologists or any TV personalities that are really interested in the field and in science overall. All we've had since is the stations hiring a series of attractive woman (not that I'm complaining about that part..) reading a script and giving us the weather, just a ratings thing... not inspiring as you once were on WTNH, and your short stint at FOX61.

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