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Comment Used/Broken Laptop + Remote Desktop Software? (Score 1) 157 157

You can usually find ~$100 laptop with a broken screen with reasonable specs on Craigslist, Ebay, etc. Connect to TV, plug in your mouse/keyboard, connect to Wifi (preferably N, or run a string of copper).

Use some form of remote desktop software to connect to primary workstation.

Essentially you've created a thin client. Network bandwidth and wifi latency will be the killer in this situation, though. As mentioned above, run a string of Copper if possible.

Good luck.

Comment Re: ABI (Score 2) 61 61

As Tenebrousedge already stated, you're talking about websites related to gaming that are recommending NVIDIA.

I personally have used Linux exclusively (both on desktop and laptop computers) since 2003. I have also used AMD GPU & CPUs exclusively since 2008. The most graphics intensive thing I've ever run is Youtube in Firefox. My current video card in my primary workstation is from 2011.

My wife and young children have no problem navigating my linux based systems. We as a family use it for regular every day things such as browsing the web, writing documents, watching netflix, downloaded movies and music. I will admit we don't play video games, and do not own any gaming consoles. I encourage my children to go outside and play (we play a lot of soccer in the field next to our home), or do something more constructive like building things with Lego or Meccano.

The only people who care about the latest and greatest graphics and drivers are gamers. Period. Frankly, Linux is not for them. The Linux community accepts and understands that. Most of us would rather the masses stick to what they know.

Comment What to take away from this... (Score 3, Funny) 92 92

1. Buy stock in $LARGE_CORP, sit on it a while
2. Register bloomberg domain under generic, believable gTLD.
3. Create fake report about $LARGE_CORP being bought out at high valuation.
4. Spread fake article around social media.
5. Profit!

I think we finally found out what the value of ??? is.

Comment Re:I'm a short sleeper (6 hours) (Score 1) 159 159

I'm in a similar boat. 5-6 hours seems to be perfect. I typically go to bed between Midnight and 1AM. My alarm is set for 6:30AM, some mornings I am up before it, sometimes I hit the snooze button for that extra 7 minutes it gives me.

There is the odd time I go to bed between 3AM and 5AM, and still up before 7:00AM. I will admit those days are not a walk in the park, but I certainly don't go about my day like a zombie. I'm still functioning and get my work done, though I may be a little more irritable than normal.

For what it's worth, I'm in my mid-twenties. It's possible I'm still too young to value sleep.

Comment Just my time (Score 2) 377 377

Six or so years ago I was using a (fairly cheap) Virtual Private Server as a dev/testing box for a pet project of mine.

The VPS company was bought by a larger company, and prices were to double on the next billing period. I hastily chose a new provider without doing any research. I paid for 3 months of service in advance, got the container set up the way I like, migrated all of my data over, and was up and running.

2 months in the new provider vanished, along with all of my data. I wasn't very concerned about the months worth of money I had lost by not getting the 3 months I had paid for, I think it was only about $15. "Okay," I thought. I'll just pull my data out of my nightly backups and move on. It turns out I forgot to adjust my local cron script that pulled the data over rsync to the new IP address. My backups had not been pulled in over 2 months.

Luckily it wasn't very important, as it didn't make me any month and was mostly just for fun. I ended up starting over from scratch and ended up with a better system anyway.

I learned my lesson, though.

Comment Re:Security (Score 1) 251 251

I have yet to hear any a solution to this problem from you. So far just a repetitious whining about how what I wrote is just so horribly broken. I see even worse solutions implemented in sites that may cause even more havoc in a persons life, such as financial institutions, and government departments.

What would you do? How would it be any better? Please provide full details. If all you are going to do is bitch and whine but not bring any solutions to the table, you're even WORSE than me. At least I'm making an effort.

Comment Re:Security (Score 1) 251 251

I see your point. We make it abundantly clear what the security questions are for upon registration, and encourage the users to answer correctly. The questions we ask are not something that would normally be found in a users inbox, and most average users do not index and archive their e-mail. I do, personally, but I archive anything older than 2 years locally on my workstation(s).

We'll consider the idea of skipping of sending a new password to the user. Thanks for your input.

Comment Security (Score 3, Insightful) 251 251

Your first example is acceptable in my opinion, as that password was probably random and (essentially) single use. After logging in, you should immediately change the password to something you can remember.

The second example, however, is a big no-no in my books. I develop web based applications for a living. The only time we send a password over e-mail (or SMS) is when a user has locked themselves out of their account, and are using the account recovery tool to regain access. This is how we handle it:
1. Click on "Forgot Password"
2. Enter your e-mail address (and username if different from e-mail address), click "Begin Recovery"
3. Send an e-mail with a verification URL for them to continue the process, this is to confirm they actually are the owner of the email address, and also to weed out people trying to use the recovery process maliciously.
4. Upon following the URL you will be prompted to answer two security questions you set up on registration from a set of predefined questions. You must answer both correctly to proceed. Internally, when this URL is hit, the account in question is flagged in the DB that it is now in Recovery Mode.
5. Upon answering the questions correctly, you will be e-mailed a single-use password you can log in with.
6. Upon logging in, you are required to change your password to something you can remember (or store in a password DB, like you should be doing).

I know it's long and cumbersome, but it works.

Comment Re: is anyone using it? (Score 1) 147 147

If they didn't want off-network users to use it, they would firewall it to just their subnets. I get they have a very large network that is ever expanding, and it may just be easier to not lock it to their subnets, but seriously it's not that hard.

I don't use my ISPs DNS because they resolve non-existent zones to some bullshit landing page in which they try to "help" users find what they were looking for, effectively breaking DNS in my opinion.

I don't use Google's because it sucked the last time I used it (when it was new, I suppose it is probably better now). Tracking isn't a real concern of mine in terms of DNS, although I do block Google Analytics via dnsmasq on my router. I just don't trust Google. They abandon services all the time. Quite frankly, I didn't expect their resolvers to stick around this long.

I own a web hosting business. We have a few servers in a datacenter. I run my own resolvers that are locked down to my /25 subnet, they resolve off the roots, specifically d.root-servers.net, and e.root-servers.net. Get less than 2ms on those.

At home, however, Level3 is still faster than any of the roots. :-/

Comment Re: How stupid could someone be? (Score 1) 111 111

Really depends on the nature of the software, I guess. For Malwarebytes it probably isn't the best idea, but at the same time it could easily de-reg the install ID upon uninstall.

There are various ways to do it. My example was one such way, that is all. There is no one-size-fits-all.

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