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Comment Re:Free alternatives? (Score 1) 90

I've been using MalwareBytes (as suggested above) then installing Comodo Internet Security http://comodo.com/ (free for personal use) if needed, and finally CCleaner from Piriform http://piriform.com/ to rescue peoples PCs after disaster has struck.
I'm thinking of making it a standard "pack" of software for anyone who asks at the Library where I volunteer.

Comment I'm not sure there will be a "Linus Torvalds rant" (Score 1) 362

Like you I've installed Windows 10 technical preview on a laptop ... and then gone on to install Xubuntu alongside it.
It worked, with the added bonus that Win 10 actually fixed the borked Win 8 OEM installation in the first place.
I didn't know what the problem was with Win 8, I spent a little time trying to fix it, then went and bought my wife another cheap laptop.
I've been tinkering with PCs / Laptops for years, but I'm at the opposite end of the scale, a rank amateur.
I was as concerned and upset by the concept of being blocked from installing Linux as anyone here : I've dual booted every new PC / Laptop I've bought in the last 5 or 6 years.

The way to install Xubuntu was to get into Win 10 PC Settings / Update and Recovery / Advanced Startup / Use a device, and boot a USB device (in this case a USB DVD).
These settings still exist, even in Build 9926, the latest I have downloaded. (Notifications / All Settings / Update and ... )
I don't know if this is the "shim" I've seen others here refer to, but it appears Grub takes over and is the first to boot. One of the options in it is to start the Windows boot loader.
So, even if it is mandatory, is it that big an issue? I understand many O/Ss don't have a PK, but someone has already suggested using something like a Redhat or Ubuntu kernel to get past secure boot.

Comment Re:Only for the first year (Score 1) 570

I think the point about "only the first year" can be related to two things Microsoft has done in the past:

1. A lot of netbooks were sold with "Windows 7 Starter" early in the life of Windows 7. You got limited functionality, no ability to download and all sorts of other PITA limitations. If you wanted to remove them, you paid for the "full version" of Win7 like any other "Any Time Upgrade". (My solution was to install OpenSUSE)

2. When Windows 8 first came out, I bought an upgrade disc for $58.00 or so. When I later bought a Windows 8.1 disc to install on a friends computer it was priced at $130.00.

Of course, I'm in Australia, YMMV.

I would imagine the "free upgrade" will be a download (difficult to impossible for many on limited connections) for the first year, after that you have to stump up for a disc from the shop, or buy an Activation Code to download.

Comment They made a mess last time they tried ... (Score 2) 128

Last time, the then Labor government insisted that the two biggest ISPs put blocks in place, even though the legislation didn't get through the parliament.
The end result: amongst others, a school tuck-shop (canteen) got blocked. Those nefarious parents were maliciously placing orders for kids lunches online!

And, less than a day after it started, school kids could tell you how to bypass the blocks.

I've never pirated a movie, for the lack of bandwidth, and the lack of desire. I've never pirated music ... much the same reasons.
I've got a 30GB a month ADSL2+ connection, and better things to do with it.

But I resent the huge amount of bullshit that governments and movie and music companies put out about piracy, to the point where I won't even buy discs of either until they fall off the "peak interest" of being the latest thing out. When it's cheap, I'll think about buying it.

A lot of the time I won't buy it even then as a direct result of the crap that they all spout.

Comment Re:What we need ... is common sense and ... (Score 1) 235

Courtesy for All!
My first issue is this phrase: " ... to cut off any traffic ... ".
The idea that one road user is "cutting off" another arises from
- one vehicle behind another, in another lane,
- approaching at a higher speed and
- the vehicle in front changes lanes in front of it
Does the vehicle behind not have brakes? Can the driver not use them, if fitted?
If the flow of traffic is so tight that there is literally no room for someone to change lanes, everyone is sitting in a traffic jam (rolling or otherwise).
If not, all it takes is for the following vehicle to show a little courtesy, a little regard for other road users (including bicycles) and apply the brakes!

Instead we get people sticking their heads out the car window, shrieking "You cut me off, you asshole" right after having run into the other vehicle.
I saw a police officer recently say on TV: "Everyone has a duty of care to drive safely". We need a little common courtesy as much as we need observation or enforcement of rights and responsibilities.

Comment ASUS Netbook running Gnome 3 (Score 1) 611

I have an ASUS netbook of the "1.6ghz Atom chip, 1GB RAM, 160GB HD" variety on which I carefully installed OpenSUSE12 with XFCE.
When it came time to update OpenSUSE (next version or some such) I decided to be really clever and save some download capacity by using a cover DVD from a computer magazine, stuck in a USB connected DVD drive.

So, I ended up with Gnome 3 as an "added extra" without realising it.

When I did see it there, I thought I'd try it for a laugh, assuming the poor little netbook would most likely "crash and burn".
Silly of me really, it booted in a fairly normal time, and ran like a charm ...

Comment Language and Small Bits (Score 1) 688

I think at least some of what has gone wrong in Math education is that the linguists have infected the teaching of Math with a whole lot of over-descriptive buzz words. One that I recall from my sisters years at primary (elementary) school was the "commutative law of addition". She was 3 years younger than me, and has never really dealt with Math well. I don't think it helps when kids have to learn lots of wordy rules, instead of just getting in and tackling the numbers.
Mathematics is a language in it's own right : you don't need to overload it with extras to make it comprehensible.

What I've read in other comments about Common Core Math seems to simply be a different way of breaking down the numbers into easily handled bits.
The way I was taught was with simple sums at first: 2 + 3 = 5; 7 - 4 = 3. But our Math books had squares, not just lines, so we were taught to structure the sums to give numbers a proper place to simplify the operations we carried out on them:

      2
      3 +
-----
      5

and later
  2 3
  3 5 +
-----
  5 8

The significance of the additional columns to the left was that they were 10 times the immediate neighbour to it's right.
So, a large subtraction operated by adding 10 (in this case) to the number in the "units column", and 1 to the number at the bottom of the "tens column".
Same value (10 units / 1 ten), different number to express it.
                [+10]
            8 2
            3 9 -
  [+1]
          ---------
            4 3
So, descriptively it operated as "2 minus 9 won't go, add 10, 12 minus 9 is 3, 1 (to 'put the 10 back') plus 3 is 4, 8 minus 4 is 4".
It's an array, with a handy sub-array, to facilitate operations that rely on the relationship of 1 and 10 and 100 (etc.) each in it's proper place.

The operation described in the Common Core examples is linear, they're "climbing a ladder, a step at a time" using addition to find the value between the two numbers. It teaches a linear operation that is more easily described in words, but is less structured in mathematical terms.

Comment Dell Latitude C610 Laptop (Score 1) 702

Years ago I bought a Dell Latitude C610 laptop from the government department I worked for, on Dell's website it's service tag shows a shipping date of 5/7/2002.
The software licensing for the Government here in Australia is such that I could only buy the hardware, the hard-drive was wiped.
So, I have installed various Linux versions on it over the years since I got my hands on it ... all of which ran fine.
It has a "Designed for Windows XP" sticker near the keyboard, but the "licence sticker" underneath says "Windows 2000 Professional"!
It has a Pentium III chip, originally 256MB RAM which I upgraded to 512MB ... and a whole 16MB of Video RAM.
And that wiped hard-drive? 10GB. Needless to say, I'm in two minds whether or not to invest in an upgrade to 40GB, just to return it to usefulness ... or to show off my "still working fossil".

Comment Simpler direct solution (Score 1) 184

All that's really needed is for police to have the authority to confiscate the cell-phone / mobile-phone / smart-phone of a driver who was seen using it,
tuck it gently under (in front of) the front wheel, and then tell the driver they can go ...

How many broken phones will it take to cure some people? Let's find out!

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