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Comment: Re:OK, you asked ... (Score 1) 380

by Zaelath (#49765813) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

I still hate winmodems, they should never have been able to be legally sold with the word modem on them since they lacked the ability to be one. Sure they had a DAC/ADC but were not modems.

Your point with X is valid, it was a nightmare in those days and it was easier to get the right monitor than the right settings.

Dual boot though, I would bet dollars to doughnuts was the hardware itself or the DOS install at fault.

So yeah, excepting the modem (which were expensive) you could run a ripped off version of Windows cheaper, but that was at the same time that people were installing Linux machines whose reboot cycle was more likely determined by the power supply than the OS.

Today, I had to reboot Windows 8.1 so that it could open an excel document...

Comment: Re:#define BITLEN 48 (Score 1) 205

by Zaelath (#49765627) Attached to: Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption

I could say the exact same thing of many dictatorships. Just as a for instance, it certainly seems that most people were better off under even a certifiable nutjob like Saddam than under a failed democracy.

Western democracy is just failing slower. Hopefully slowly enough for people of good will to right it before it's a total farce, but it's hard to see that as more than wishful thinking when basic things like campaign finance reform are impossible to achieve.

Comment: Re:#define BITLEN 48 (Score 2) 205

by Zaelath (#49740805) Attached to: Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption

If you're going to just go ahead and assume it works as intended, sure.

By the same token I'd say Benevolent Dictatorship is a better form of government, the tricky part is the benevolence.

Besides, democracy assumes people want a say in how the country is run, most of them don't and of those that do, have you spoken to any of them and thought they should?

Comment: Re:#define BITLEN 48 (Score 1) 205

by Zaelath (#49740783) Attached to: Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption

I doubt FTTH is as costly in a country with a population density of 120, vs Australia's 3

Not that I don't think it's a worthwhile thing, but to suggest it's an economic equivalency is ludicrous.

I don't even believe Malcolm is against FTTH in Australia, he's just doing his job and hoping to be in a position to be elected leader after the inevitable decimation at the next election.

Comment: Re:What's /. opinion on AV? (Score 2) 287

you aren't but if you are using Windows and no AV then you are a fool.

you absolutely are underestimating USB key viruses! stuxnet infected airgapped computers using a USB key.

'm not surprised at all. windows defender only detects ~75% of malware. at any given time, MS is about a year behind the AV curve.

On the other hand, nothing detected Stuxnet until many years after it was distributed, and it's a horrible example of general public USB virus. It's like suggesting people should build fallout shelters because they have any chance at all against a nation state.

On top of that, AV does /nothing/ for 0-day.

How you act and how attractive you are influence your likelihood of attack more than any other factor. If your behaviour is so risky that you need doubleplusgood AV then perhaps you should be doing that kind of thing in a Virtual Machine on a segregated network instead of the same machine you do your banking on, because you WILL get infected.

Like any other security measure, AV is a layer of protection, and for that reason MS Essentials does an acceptable job for {most|cautious|honest} people. Your grandparents that click on /every/ link and open /every/ attachment emailed to them "in case" may need a paid solution, or better still, an Apple computer since they're still a much smaller target than Windows.

Comment: Re:I love this story. (Score 1) 360

by Zaelath (#49715671) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

I'm at least 10 years older and have a lot of EDM and some hip-hop on my phone, but it's still full of "alternative".

Current Artist's albums on my phone:
Adele
Deadmau5
Daft Punk
Arctic Monkeys
Green Day
Chilli Peppers
Credence
Eminem
Foo FIghters
Pendulum
Led Zep
Pearl Jam
Nirvana
Faith No More
The Offspring
The Cure
Scissor Sisters
INXS

I'll grant you, there's no Bieber or Swift on there, but that's not because they're popular, it's because they're shit.

I think it's more about the time to discover new artists that limits older folk's listening habits, not taste. When you're exposed by peers to new artists, they can find their way into your rotation, but if your source of new music is the garbage your tween kids are listening to, then yeah, that's not gonna happen unless you're the kind of sad desperate that acts like their teenage kids in the hopes that you can be bestest friends instead of a parent.

Comment: Re:Music discovery (Score 1) 244

I've literally just ordered over $100 of CD's after listening to some free samples on Pandora.. guess they don't want my business, again. They lost me for 10+ years when I didn't have any way to legally preview music that wasn't awful mass market pop.

Every time they clamp down on sharing they lose revenue and then blame the sharing.. hilarity ensues.

Comment: Re:Cost of replacing worn Li-ion batteries (Score 1) 299

by Zaelath (#49565183) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

10 years still makes for $1300+ per year for the battery alone. (without the rebate)

So what you need is:
              $(current peak usage) - $(off peak charging) x 0.8 > $1300
to break even.

My power bills have never even been > $1300/year so it's hard to make that equation work.

I'm sure the power companies are interested since if you get wide adoption it reduces the increase in their baseload so they don't have to build more plants and once you have a widely installed base you suddenly have "peak" overnight at the same level as during the day which is perfect use of their generation facilities, and they would adjust their pricing accordingly...

Comment: Re:Caller ID (Score 5, Insightful) 78

by Zaelath (#49532771) Attached to: Facebook's "Hello" Tells You Who's Calling Before You Pick Up

Even better than that, it's the same "we'll google the number and put up a name" feature built into recent Android builds anyway.. but with "Facebook" instead of "Google". Given their usual rigour, it will probably work acceptably in 30% of cases in the continental US and be worthless outside of that.

I guess there's a point to the "1532 have blocked this number" except that ALL the people you want to block come from undisclosed numbers/PABX/skype anyway, so ... meh.

Plus, it has the added bonus of feeding back the phone number of everyone that ever calls you to Facebook, because you know, they're not far enough up your ass now.

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