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Comment: Re:Half of slashdotters have had this idea... (Score 1) 148

by bradvoy (#48361847) Attached to: Germans Can Get Free Heating From the Cloud
I work for a company that creates applications that store and process our customers' data in the cloud, so I'm biased. But in the vast majority of cases our customers' data is much more secure in our systems than it used to be when they stored it on their own on-premise systems. Most of them are medium-sized businesses with IT staffs that are competent but don't have training or much time to spend focusing on security issues. As a result most of their in-house systems have nowhere near the level of security that our systems have.

Comment: Re:It's about time! (Score 3, Insightful) 1431

by bradvoy (#45953487) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Shooting some for anything is never justified

Wrong. If someone is posing a clear and present danger to me or my family, and if the setting is such that shooting him doesn't pose a danger to others in the vicinity, then shooting him would absolutely be justified.

Obviously that wasn't the case in this incident.

Comment: Re:Microsoft seems not to understand. (Score 2) 381

by bradvoy (#44928681) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Another Stab At Tablets, Unveils Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro
Same here. I've used an iPad and an Android tablet in the past, but my Surface Pro is far more useful because it runs Office and all my other Windows apps and yet is as portable as other tablets. There are only 2 problems with it: 1. The battery life is much shorter than an iPad or Android tablet. The Surface Pro 2 should be much better in that regard. 2. It costs too much. I got mine for free, but otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. Microsoft is NOT solving that problem with the Surface Pro 2; they're going with the same pricing as the original. It needs to be at least $200 less.

Comment: Re:Chromebook? (Score 1) 572

by bradvoy (#43363761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?
I have a nephew who has very poor judgement. The first time he asked to use one of our computers to check Facebook and his email I was very concerned that he would download malware. Then I remembered the Chromebook and handed it to him. Problem solved. It let him do everything he wanted to do and prevented him from causing any problems. Now every time he comes over he asks if he can borrow "that cool laptop that goes directly to the browser".

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