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Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 267

by Threni (#46777907) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

> The one thing that we didn't do (obviously!) was allow automated Windws updates.
> Then again, considering the damaged that some Windows Updates have done to
> desktop machines, I didn't even allow that on my desktop machine.

You have to perform OS updates in some industries. You might disable automatic updates, but that doesn't prevent damage, just that you'll be kicking it off manually.

Comment: Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (Score 1) 171

by Threni (#46757829) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

The source code is available here:

Nothing to stop anyone anywhere from looking. And I don't see how a " NSA letter " , even to someone in the USA, would stop them from exercising their first amendment rights and writing whatever they wanted, or from adding comments to the code and posting them somewhere, etc.

Comment: Re:It's OK for Apple but not Microsoft? (Score 1) 565

by Threni (#46757443) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

> I might keep a computer for 5-6 years for browsing the internet and checking my
> email (perhaps even longer) but 3-4 years for a work computer is very long indeed! I'll
> be keeping my cellphone for 4-5 years if the battery life is acceptable.

Opposite for me. New smartphone every couple of years (as the OS versions keep coming, phones get faster, screens larger and nicer) whereas I build a new desktop every 4 or 5 (because I have windows base, on XP for years and now 7 for the foreseeable future, and a Linux Mint LTS distro for 3+ years) because of the stagnation of the platform means I miss nothing (except stuff like usb3 or unstable ssd drives which - when working - would contribute little to my productivity).

Comment: Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (Score 1) 109

by Threni (#46750763) Attached to: Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

> Ah, right, that is UK, so they are likely busy detaining journalists as terrorists, there
> is no time to fight petty theft and muggers.

Given enough of an outcry they'll turn their attention to this particular crime, which will result in a large reduction in this particular crime, and the police can announce the last year vs this year figures (whilst not showing the increase in some other crime which isn't being targeted) before moving their focus elsewhere (with the corresponding increase in this particular crime). Happens again and again.

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting. -- Billy Rose