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Comment: Open access and control of physical medium (Score 1) 612

by behindthewall (#41516839) Attached to: Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

My opinion is that the "open access" many on the Net support ("us") is predicated upon control of the underlying physical medium. With the physical layer of our current Internet increasingly being both monitored and controlled (albeit with the latter so far being incomplete), do you have any thoughts on where this may be going? Do you agree with this diagnosis? Do you see where "the Net" may eventually move to keep and foster the open access upon which it -- I claim -- is predicated? Do you see nascent, realistic technology solutions and/or serious support for same?

In other words, when can I expect my neutrino "radio"? ;-)

I'll add that I'm not "a pirate" and that my concern does not center around swapping Hollywood saccharine and the like.

Comment: Re:lots of options (Score 1) 195

If Quickbooks is running in a VM, you can take snapshots of the VM and also back the whole VM up.

Although I would additionally back up the Quickbooks data itself, in a "normal", stand-alone format.

With both kinds of backup (and copies stored off-site), it will be very difficult for "the dog to eat your homework".

Comment: Screwed extension support means good-bye (Score 1) 445

by behindthewall (#36531726) Attached to: No Additional Firefox 4 Security Updates

Here's the thing, Mozilla. If/As you screw over extension support, I have no reason to stay with you.

You'd better rethink the implications of your "rapid release"... nomenclature. And really, it's just nomenclature. So, you are willing to toss your competitive advantage for the sake of bumping version numbers like Chrome?

Comment: One pitch, you're out (Score 1) 127

by behindthewall (#36095738) Attached to: ICANN Wants To Change Rules For GTLDs

So, this would be the new "one pitch, you're out" model?

(With an adjunctory "three strikes" model in that repeated occurrences cost you any future right to appeal/respond.)

Contrary to the propaganda, the U.S.'s IP demagoguery is making it (and organizations it touches/controls) untenable for business, except for a quickly resolving group of oligarchs.

Comment: OT: MS instructions for controlling in Windows (Score 4, Informative) 274

by behindthewall (#35129090) Attached to: USB Autorun Attacks Against Linux

Maybe OT, but here's MS's information for controlling this "feature" in Windows.

There've been various sets of instructions and registry hacks floating around, but this appears to be from the horse's mouth, relatively recently updated, and addresses some of the shortcomings of previous fixes.

Article ID: 967715 - Last Review: September 9, 2010 - Revision: 6.2
How to disable the Autorun functionality in Windows

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967715

(I'm posting this due to the confusion all the various instructions / search results can create, and because this article addresses Autoruns and so I expect a number of Windows users will be having a look out of curiosity.)

Comment: Re:Laser printers (Score 1) 557

by behindthewall (#29647469) Attached to: Choosing a Personal Printer For the Long Haul

Mums has one of these, that I pointed out to her when it was on sale. Works fine, but a couple of tips:

Clean the corona wire with 20 - 25 passes of the integrated cleaning "tab" BEFORE first installing the drum/cartridge unit: These printers are known for a vertical black line of the first some dozen pages of a new cartridge; the cleaning eliminates or greatly lessens this.

The wireless connection works fine, but you need to configure it for the first time using a wired connection (e.g. Ethernet connection into your router). Establishing the initial wireless configuration using a wireless connection is problematic and/or, depending on what comment you are reading online, simply doesn't work.

The other week, Amazon had this thing for $90. It is a bargain. For that, you get 2400x600, 23 pages/min, USB, Ethernet, and wireless connectivity (the latter two meaning it is network-capable out of the box). The Brother driver and supporting software is actually decent (on Windows, at least). There was a problem with the Linux driver; a bug prevented -- of all things -- printing on Tuesday due to errant pattern matching in the print command contents. Hopefully, that's fixed, now. There were also workarounds described online.

Education

US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal 490

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the talking-to-you-cliff dept.
theodp writes "Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

Comment: Re:Already there (Score 2, Informative) 249

by behindthewall (#27687269) Attached to: F-Secure Suggests Ditching Adobe Reader For Free PDF Viewers

I learned of Skim a few months ago, and it looks like a great tool. Extensive navigation and annotation abilities, with the annotations saved separately (merging them into the PDF file is also supported). Exactly what I want for migrating to more on-screen research and study.

Unfortunately, it is dependent upon Mac OS PDF handling libraries. I've been wishing/hoping something similar will appear that is cross platform. Some recent news about Python-based PDF libraries (I forget the specific names, at the moment) has perked my interest/hope a bit.

I hope something does develop. Or that I generate enough spare cash to finally put down for a Mac. (Suboptimal: I don't want to be tied to Apple's libraries.)

Comment: Re:From "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Score 1) 364

by behindthewall (#27594131) Attached to: Is Your Mood a Result of Where You Live?

Thanks. I have "Lila" on the nightstand, waiting to be (re)started. (It's been that way for some considerable time.) Your post is a reminder to go back and revisit the earlier work -- it's been years, but I remember being consumed one summer and cramming the margins with notes and my own observations.

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