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Comment Re: Best alternative? (Score 1) 229

You seem to think that the extremely rare malware to make it through on such a vector would then be stopped by AV. Unlikely. If you're well versed in security practices and diligent in following them, especially blocking ads and properly configuring your firewall, AVs are of no benefit and just waste resources.

Comment Re:Windows 8 is suddenly looking good .. (Score 1) 316

Telemetry and error reporting cannot be effectively disabled on 10, because Microsoft refuses to make Enterprise available via retail channels.

And here people thought MS was trying to stop pirates. Enterprise is certainly available that way. When I'm forced off Win7 in a few years it looks like my life of crime won't be over, hopefully software piracy won't have a mandatory minimum of life in prison and forfeiture of 100% of assets yet. Well, probably the latter at least.

Comment Re:Thanks anonymous reader! (Score 0) 294

New users (and anyone unfamiliar with download rep) should also make this decision:
-In the name of "protecting you", Firefox sends the URL of every single file you download to Google to check against a blacklist, potentially associating your IP with that file. There is no contingency for false positives, the file is immediately deleted *after completion*, as I found out after a 14-hour download, and deleted so thoroughly not even professional recovery software could get it back. To stop this data from being sent, change browser.safebrowsing.appRepURL to nothing. It might slightly increase risk, but for me the one time it's been triggered in the year its been there was the aforementioned false positive (how did a mkv in a rar possibly trigger a false positive anyway, when the other 9 parts didn't? Not the first part either; part 6 of 10. This also proved it was lying about only checking executables.). No option to re-download with an exception either. And definitely no mention anywhere of to what extent the data is retained and associated with everything else Google knows about you.
Note that this is in addition to the 'Block malicious sites' and 'Black reported web forgeries'; AFAIK those just download the lists and check locally. Disabling download rep won't remove those protections.

Comment Re:Another indication of the failed war on drugs (Score 3, Insightful) 214

It's sad the people still have this breakdown in logic and their emotions overwhelm them when it comes to "seriously dangerous" drugs like heroin or crack. Just what part of the problem with these drugs do you think is ameliorated by prohibition? If anything, it's even more critical that these drugs are legalized:
-Cocaine and heroin represent the vast majority of global organized crime and related violence. The exact same points about never stopping other substances apply even harder here. Doesn't matter how "bad" the drugs are, you're never ever going to stop global organized crime from reaping billions upon billions of dollars through prohibition.
-Locally, it's these drugs that are responsible for the large majority of secondary crimes against non-involved parties, such as robbery and property crimes, to fund addictions. People aren't robbing and stealing for their pot or MDMA habits, which I assume aren't "really" hard by your standards. These crimes aren't committed because of the drugs inherent biological response pattern in an addict (unlike alcohol, which DOES make violent behavior more likely), they're committed because prohibition results in a cost structure that puts maintaining a habit very difficult without wealth or crime. Alcohol and cigarettes are cause dependence just as strong in an addict, and I guarantee if an addiction to those cost hundreds of dollars per day, you'd see the exact same related violence.
-Even when it comes to "really hard" drugs, there's simply no evidence that legalization would lead to increased addiction, because do you really think there's thousands and thousands of people just waiting to go out and get addicted to heroin if only it were available from a doctor or pharmacist? It's legal to possess all drugs in Portugal, and they have no such usage spike. When you redirect money towards education and treatment and provide an environment where there's no fear of arrest for admitting you're a user, usage rates actually drop.
-With the financial and other aspects of acquisition, addicts are unable to hold jobs for a variety of reasons, and as heroin maintenance programs in other countries have shown, a steady cheap legal supply returns these people to functional, contributing members of society that can hold down jobs. And obviously there's health benefits associated with a legal pharmaceutical supply like OD prevention the most well known.
-People like to talk about "the children"... what kind of world do you want for yours if they wind up experimenting? A felony where getting caught twice or violating probation requirements means a lifetime of stigma. Interacting with dangerous criminal gangs to get an unknown product. Prison. Stigma attached to getting help. There is ZERO evidence that if we just crack down harder we're suddenly going to win the war on drugs and heroin, meth, and coke will vanish from the world, so no matter how much you wish that were the case, you're stuck with the reality that drugs are everywhere and kids experiment. If my kids made that mistake, I'd want them to get a safe product from a medical professional and be provided with non-abstinence-based education and have stigma-free access to well funded help and not be labeled a criminal and tossed into a cage and branded for life if they get caught. What do you want for yours? "a drug free world" is NOT an option.

Comment The 8 drive hodgepodge (Score 1) 558

I don't play any spec-hungry games, so my focus was on what I do use: media.
-27" high-end-but-not-eizo-level primary monitor, 17" auxillary display off to the side
-Pentium G620 (dual-core/2.6GHz) on Gigabyte P67A-UD3-B3 board (AMD actually lost on my low-end price/single-core performance search; and bad enough to make me switch away after 4 systems/12 years with AMD)
-Radeon 4850 (was outdated even when i bought it, but it has more than enough power even still, won't be upgrading until 4k)
-Onboard sound/LAN
-dvdrw/multi-card reader
-Storage.. this is what happens when you're too poor to expand drives in a way other than adding old ones:
--1x1TB@7200rpm SATA (OS)
--1x4TB SATA
--1x2TB SATA
--1x750GB IDE (SATA bridge)
--4x500GB individual disks in external NAS
..every one of them 95-99%+ full. can't believe it's 2015 and i'm back to 'well which do i want to delete to make room for my next download'

Comment Re:Fear of guns (Score 1) 535

You forgot one gigantic loophole. While ordinary citizens cannot claim not understanding whether what they were doing was illegal or not, our wonderful courts have ruled that police face no such burden. It's perfectly ok for them to arrest you if they thought the act was illegal, even if they were wrong. It's the kind of precedent that really shows the courts for what they are, just another arm of law enforcement.

Comment Re:I could live with a post-show teaser... (Score 1) 318

You adults won't believe this, but lots of us youngsters still don't have to sit through any commercials, have permanent offline copies with no DRM in better resolution than Netflix, that can't be taken away on the whims of corporations, and aren't subjected to a limited catalog missing extremely popular items to begin with. And, it's free! (minus the cost of maintaining 12TB of storage for a large collection of TV and movies in HD). Not that a lot of us youngsters feel that the production studios' behavior morally obligates us to provide compensation, but even if we wanted to there's no service at any price that offers this level of quality and flexibility. I know being all grown up with your job and disposable income makes you feel like subjecting yourself to the horrors of Netflix is the adult thing to do... but I choose to live in my immaturity where I don't pay for less.

Comment Re:Firefox becomes Netscape (Score 1) 531

It's that easy to disable for now. A few builds later it will be like turning off sending all sites/downloads to check for attack sites... several different options in the about:config page, at which point it's only available to the rather small percentage of users who would undertake that. I for one wasn't even aware Firefox sent every file I download to its servers first (the URL) until it automatically blocked and deleted (beyond reach of even file recovery software) a file that took 8 hours to download. And to top it all off, it was a RAR containing a video- how do you even get a false positive on non-executables like that?? Completely disabling all URL transmissions involved changing no less than 4 options only available in about:config. If Chrome wasn't so appalling in features not available, and features it had but were removed, I'd use that. AFAIC, there are no "good" browsers.

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