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Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 586

You are quite right that some people are allergic to certain things such as nuts and even milk to name two. Once diagnosed that they have an allergic reaction to something or an allergy it really is up to the sufferer to to be aware of their condition and how to manage it. In the case of a very young sufferer they either don't attend a normal school or stay at home and have tutoring there although that can be a abused, hence the need for two or more medical examiners.

As for someone being allergic to WiFi either they are either lying or have some other problem, usually psychosomatic but if this type of allergy is true then they are destined for a very short life since WiFi is pretty much everywhere in most cities around the world and I can't see it being removed for one or two people.

As an aside I wonder if the child's parents have a WiFi router at home or do they have smart phones.?

Good grief it won't be long before we have litigation on the dangers of mobile phone usage and how dangerous it is to be speaking on one when you are filling you car with fuel... Oh Wait!

Comment Re:Better than evil command line Linux! (Score 1) 163

At least Lenovo gives you a GUI with Windows 8. On EVIL COMMAND LINE LINUX you're stuck with bad evil hard-to-use command lines. You should be thankful that Lenovo gives you this extra software as a bonus instead of forcing you to use an EVIL command line!

The troll is strong with this one or is this sarcasm.

Comment Re:dual booting linux and .... (Score 1) 163

Personally I have found dual booting is pointless since unless you really steel yourself you end up predominately using the Microsoft OS which for avid gamers this is still the best OS (debatable) to use since "Games for Windows" are designed to be run on a Microsoft OS. Of course you could use Wine but that is debatable as well.

If you require a Microsoft OS for your work the assuming the PC is belongs to your work then you have no choice although you may be able to run a Linux distribution in a virtual machine. For home use the best choice would be to run a Microsoft OS and run Linux in a virtual machine or you could do it the other way around. For me I run Linux only on my PC's and never run a Microsoft OS since I am not a PC gamer although I do like gaming and I can pretty much find, normally free applications that are at least on par with most applications that run under a Microsoft OS.

Comment Re:Simple, no malice from Lenovo (Score 1) 163

I have two HP laptops and except for changing the thermal paste on my gaming laptop I have never had any problems. I don't even get adds or annoying popups but then again I have never ran a Microsoft OS on them. My oldest laptop is over six years and still runs the latest version of Fedora (22) without any issues.

One policy I have always set is to turn off auto updates. So while I do see that updates are available I only manually update (GUI or command line although personally I prefer the command line) when it suits me. As for rebooting I only do that after a new kernel is installed and again at my convenience. Updating at least for me is only a minor thing since it does not interfere with what I am doing and I know what I actually am installing or updating.

I do use Chrome as my main browser although I also have Firefox as well as Konqueror and if I feel like it (which I don't). There are other browsers except for Microsoft IE (I am so heart broken - NOT!) that I can also install in minutes. I do run Ghostery which at the moment show's seven trackers at this site being blocked although at some sites I have visited I have seen up to thirty trackers being blocked.

Comment Re:Big Mistake. (Score 1) 167

Anytime you make a cross-platform app, you end up with suckage everywhere. Go native or go home.

-jcr

That is rubbish. You can develop for multiple platforms and OS's if you have good management and Q & A. Unfortunately many developers that target their applications for multiple platforms don't seem to know how to cross develop properly and that is mainly due to poor management.

Comment Re:Missed opportunity (Score 1, Interesting) 167

Yeah except for the whole fact that almost no developers use Linux or BSD, so all the trade offs made to support those crappy development platforms will hurt the people who use it on real OS's.

Ah the troll is strong with this one.

Well considering well over a billion people on this planet actually use Android (Linux kernel) and IOS (BSD derived) and the number of apps for both platforms is well over a million (including Microsoft ones) I suppose developers have given up and gone to real OS's.

Just on interest what do you consider as a real OS and why?

Comment Re:Education, education, education... (Score 1) 148

1) Make sure users, especially Windows users, are well educated enough to not run things or accept things that pop up in the browser or is sent in an email.

You do realise that trying to educate most MS Windows users is like trying to drain a lake with a colander.

2) Make sure that all users have Adblockers, No-Script etc installed by default. It is more trouble initially, but it gives you a chance to stop and think, and after a while you will have trained yourself and your browser to allow you to do your work with a minimum of pain.

Well I suppose if you are the System Admin but that would be a really thankless job.

3) Always run Windows in a VM under Linux - and make regular, dated backups of the Windows disk images (the VM disk images!). If shit happens, you can quickly go back to a version that works.

Honestly lets be real here. How many MS Windows users would even know how to install a Linux distribution much less run a virtual machine with MS Windows running in it and as for making backups of the virtual images - err lets not go down that path. In fact how many people actually know how to install MS Widows from scratch even though like Linux it is very easy although IMHO Linux is much more logical.

I think the only thing you can do is shake your head and slowly back away but definitely make sure your family and possibly your friends are educated enough not to be caught out by stammers. Diplomacy, patience and a small amount of constructive education are essential here.

BTW. Please don't take this badly, what you have said is quite valid, however we are talking abut the average MS Windows user who may be quite smart in many areas but dumb as a post when it come to basic IT management and security.

Submission + - Unicode consortium looks at symbols for allergies

AmiMoJo writes: A new preliminary proposal submitted to the Unicode Consortium suggests that specific emoji for food allergies should be added to the standard. The proposal (PDF), submitted by a Google engineer, is under discussion and may not be added to the standard at all but offers a peek into some useful new emoji. It suggests the addition of peanuts, soybeans, buckwheat, sesame seeds, kiwi fruit, celery, lupin beans, mustard, tree nuts, eggs, milk products and gluten to help those with allergies express them in shorthand.

Submission + - Research Scientists to Use Network Much Faster Than Internet->

nickweller writes: A series of ultra-high-speed fiber-optic cables will weave a cluster of West Coast university laboratories and supercomputer centers into a network called the Pacific Research Platform as part of a five-year $5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.
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Submission + - Non-invasive spinal cord stimulation gets paralyzed legs moving again->

schwit1 writes: Five men with complete motor paralysis have regained the ability to move their legs voluntarily and produce step-like movements after being treated with a non-invasive form of spinal cord stimulation. The new treatment builds on prior work to generate voluntary movements in paralyzed people through electrical stimulation â" in particular, two studies (one completed in 2011, the other in 2014) that involved surgically implanting an electrode array on the spinal cord. This time, however, the researchers found success without performing any invasive surgery.

The new treatment uses a technique called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, which involves strategically placing electrodes on the skin of the lower back. While receiving stimulation, the men's legs were supported by braces that hung from the ceiling. At first their legs only moved involuntarily, if at all. But they soon found they could voluntarily extend the distance their legs moved during stimulation. They doubled their range of voluntary motion after four treatment sessions.

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Submission + - New telemetry suggests shot-down drone was higher than alleged

AmiMoJo writes: The pilot of the drone shot down Sunday evening over a Kentucky property has now come forward with video seemingly showing that the drone wasn't nearly as close as the property owner made it out to be. The data also shows that it was well over 200 feet above the ground before the fatal shots fired. The shooter, meanwhile, continues to maintain that the drone flew 20 feet over a neighbour's house before ascending to "60 to 80 [feet] above me."

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 492

You think "most people" need CAD, Adobe apps, MS Office, financial software, medical software or supply chain software?

Most people need a web browser.

Most of the people who spend the most on PCs actually do need CAD,Office etc. and they are who drive the market. And since Businesses spend a shit ton more money on PCs than your average punter, whoever owns that space will control the market.

No they don't. Most home users only need a web browser, file explorer and possibly a video player and Linux distributions have those as well.

If you need CAD then I assume you mean AutoCAD, you can get a commercial equivalent although like AutoCAD you have to pay for it. With a Linux distribution you can get some fairly sophisticated free versions such as LibreCAD which took me about 2 minutes to download and install and is now part of the LibreOffice suite of software.

As for an Office suite there is LibreOffice which is functionally equivalent to Microsoft Office. If you use Photoshop which you have to pay for there is always the GIMP which is almost as good and it is free. As to which is better, my answer is "the one you feel comfortable in using" and for me that is the GIMP.

When you say "etc" in the majority of cased you can either find a commercial equivalent which you pay for or a free one which is normally just good enough. Of coarse the old "It does not look like and function like [inset software here]", then the only thing people like me can say is that you have locked yourself into the Microsoft ecosystem and it's not my problem.

Comment Re:Sure you can. (Score 1) 492

"Can You Disable Windows 10's Privacy-Invading Features?"

Just install Linux.

I can't see that many people installing a Linux Distribution over MS Windows since most people have no idea how to even install MS Windows from scratch or even do a recovery. Even for those people who have a MS Windows OS most have no Idea how to backup much less do a recovery. As for dual booting again the majority of PC users have no idea and even if they had someone do it for them they would just stick to MS Windows.

Actually Linux is probably easier to install than MS Windows and as an example I can install Fedora in about 30 minutes, plus 30 minutes to customise (I do document all my customisations), then about 40 minutes to update and during the update process I can use all my installed applications. In fact because my machines are Fedora only I never bother with an upgrade to install the latest version of the OS I just install the latest version in the appropriate system file-systems without impacting any data which I want to keep.

If you are a PC gamer and your favorite games are "Games for Windows" then switching to Linux is definitely not for you although there are hundreds of millions of gamer's who play on Android which has a Linux kernel and IOS which is based on BSD Unix devices. In fact you can download some quite good games for Linux from "Steam" although I won't deny that Microsoft based gaming dominates the PC.

If you are looking at businesses most opt for the Microsoft OS and like it or not you will use the OS that is dictated for you especially if your PC is company owned. If you own your PC (normally a laptop) that you use for business then choosing or installing a Linux distribution is your decision as long as you can do your job.

Submission + - Detekt version 2.0 is out (Jul 28, 2015)->

An anonymous reader writes: - DETEKT

What is Detekt and how does it work?

"Detekt is a free tool that scans your computer for traces of known surveillance spyware used by governments to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world. By alerting them to the fact that they are being spied on, they will have the opportunity to take precautions.

It was developed by security researchers and has been used to assist in Citizen Lab's investigations into government use of spyware against human rights defenders, journalists and activists as well as by security trainers to educate on the nature of targeted surveillance.

Amnesty International is partnering with Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to release Detekt to the public for the first time."

###

v2.0: https://github.com/botherder/d...
@botherder | https://github.com/botherder

= Released: Jul 28, 2015

= Changes:

"Added support for latest RCS[1][2], enabled execution on Windows 8.1 systems."

"We released a small update for #Detekt to add support for latest leaked RCS samples"

https://resistsurveillance.org...
FAQ https://resistsurveillance.org...

  — https://twitter.com/botherder/...

"Why are we releasing a new version of Detekt?

Since its first release last year, some cases have been successfully identified with Detekt. Leaked information from Hacking Team in July 2015 revealed the source code of the current version of Hacking Team RCS[2] — prompting the company to announce it be discontinuing this product and introducing a new version by the end of the year. However, Hacking Team's older software may still remain in use by Hacking Team's customers. We hope that this updated version of Detekt may help to surface new cases of attacks against human rights activists, journalists and others."

https://resistsurveillance.org...
https://resistsurveillance.org...

= Downloads (v2.0):

* detekt.exe:
https://github.com/botherder/d...

* detekt.exe.md5:
https://github.com/botherder/d...

* detekt.exe.sha256:
https://github.com/botherder/d...

* detekt.exe.sig:
https://github.com/botherder/d...

- Source code (v2.0) — zip/tar.gz:

https://github.com/botherder/d...
https://github.com/botherder/d...

= Release History:
https://github.com/botherder/d...

= More Information:

- Main Page:
https://github.com/botherder/d...

- Public Key:
https://nex.sx/nex.asc

- @botherder Twitter:
http://twitter.com/botherder

[1] Hacking Team Remote Control System (RCS)
[2] What is Hacking Team and RCS?:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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