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Comment Re:It's all clouds (Score 1) 94

To be honest, securing email is not that hard, unless you want to "manually" set up a structure to check messages for weird stuff.
You can "outsource" an email hygiene service, to handle the inbound of your email, clean it, and deliver it to your own server (either Exchange or some other thing). You can do that for outbound as well, so your Exchange (or some other thing) will only send and receive SMTP on port 25 from a very specific group of know IPs (the ones from your email hygiene service provider). This alone will take away a huge chunk of the on-premisses worries with email security (no need to worry about spam attacks, bursts in email messages, workload increases, etc, etc). You just pay other guys to handle that for you.
Of course, you can do that with spam assassin, a couple of linux boxes and such (and your email hygiene supplier will most likely be doing something similar). The difference is that they are payed and specialized in keeping an eye on email security and the latest trends, and for you, usually, this is just one of the many "hats" you wear as an IT administrator.

Comment Re:Confused (Score 1) 323

If it's a volume license key, it should be ok (and even then that should be "triangulated" with the number of activations allowed). If it's a retail key (that should be used on only one computer), that's not ok. Also, if a KMS server is being used (that acts as a sort of "proxy" for internal activations), and its key is blacklisted, also not ok. These might be some of the forensic analysis that is done on that data. Just an educated guess :)

Comment Just taking a wild guess but... (Score 1) 236

... maybe the iPads are their "personal" devices and the Surface are "work" devices?

Nothing against people using either iPads, Surfaces or Nexus, but perhaps the Surfaces are "work assigned" gear, and being managed centrally via GPOs and AD (it is Windows afterall, so it is definitly possible), and maybe are locked down from "amusing sites" and games, and so the commentators have to use their iPads for their Facebook or Farmville fixes.

Just a wild guess.

Comment But military aplications are much better, I guess (Score 1) 594

So, to make "rich people" travel in weightlessness is bad, but the war and military objectives for almost every single technological breakthrough we had last century is good. Count them: the car, the submarine, the internet, GPS, planes, etc. Of course, not all these claimed lives, but many died for all this. That is acceptable, I suppose.

Comment Adblock or adaway to the rescue! (Score 3, Informative) 131

I just don't understand how people that are a little bit tech savvy cope with ads. The first things I do on a new computer (mine or a relative/friend)is:
  - install Adblock Plus on all the browsers that support it;
  - tweak the host file to block know ads/malware domains
I haven't seen an ad in years, the web feels so quiet when you browse like that, without popups, flashes, animations, everyone crying for your attention...
Android? Rooted smartphone/tablet? No problem! Here is AdAway, basically tweaking the hosts file on the Android Linux, the same way that you do on a Windows PC.
Apple still eludes me, as my only iOS device, an iPad2 is not jailbroken, so I don't really know what's out there for it, so I still see lots of ads when browsing with it... Maybe that's the reason it's the device I do the least browsing with..

Comment Re:Pleasant? (Score 1) 174

You can simplify that sentence and make it "Anything regarding your children involve a little bit of effort on the parents part." Yes, that's the true, folks, having kids is hard work, for the rest of your life.

More on the topic, my own 8 yo daughter never payed much attention to PC games (she loves to play on the iPad), but when she saw me playing Minecraft, she got interested. She likes to watch, and sometimes play a bit, she is still getting the hang of the keyboard+mouse controls.

Part of the appeal is the feeling of having a "sandbox world" where you can build almost everything, and let your imagination run free. Discovering the several combinations between items and the "rules" of the world is also very rewarding.

The whole retro look is spot on, and it might be part of the appeal to kids, with its simplified blocks, colours and sounds (my daughter loves the bunnies, curiously there is no merchandise with the minecraft bunnies). Also, she doesn't like it when I kill any of the peaceful mobs (pigs, cows, sheep, etc) and she's grown fond of the Enderman for some reason. The music is also great, and to my big surprise, she commented on it before I did.

Also, the fact that Minecraft it's conceptually the equivalent of a Lego kit (where you have a bunch of "resources" and some loose rules, and you run with it, building whatever you imagine), might also contribute to the appeal of Minecraft, to both kids and grown-ups.

Comment Genes are just the "hardware" (Score 1) 269

And as we know, the hardware is only half the battle. The "software", or in case of intelligence, the actual processes and the way the brain actually works and develops during the life time, is still mostly unknown to us. It's a bit like studying the processor chips from any give age, and trying to "sort" them, or find a way to "classify" them by performance, without actually knowing how or what software then can run.

As with some other things in life, the genes might give you a "framework", or a starting playfield but the rest of the environment plays a huge part in how things will turn out. I believe it makes much more sense, in terms of evolution, that intelligence is something more "organic", adaptable, than a simple, specific gene (or group of genes) that are vulnerable to mutation, etc. Look at the way we are programing AI. Instead of giving it billions and billions of rules and instructions to make it "super smart", we instead try to program it in a way that it can learn by themselves. More or less the way we also learn and develop as we grow up.

Comment Of course... (Score 1) 386

For around 2 years I've been using an iPad 2. The experience has been great, it does it's job pretty well, it's a great way to consume content (web surfing, youtubing, social media, light gaming), etc, etc. Yes, it's a walled garden, yes, I can't "drop to the command line and get under the hood". But the fact is that my "tableting needs" are rather basic, and haven't changed much, the apps are inherited limited, and I don't use it for heavy graphic or gaming, so I don't see the need to "upgrade" to a newer version, not now and not on the next couple of years, or even swap it for a Android tablet (my smartphone is a low-cost asian THL W100, btw).

The only gripe that would make me switch my iPad 2 is the internal storage (only 16 GB without expansion). But it would be most likely and cost efective for me to replace it with an iPad 2 without 3G and with 64 GB of storage, than to get a newer, more expensive iPad "4" or "5" or whatever.

I think that the iPad "matured" so rapidly that the need to keep churning new models and for the people to upgrade every 1 or 2 years is pretty much gone.

Comment Not really illustrative... (Score 1) 641

These examples aren't really very illustrative of the still remaining XP users. I believe that most will be completely oblivious to "end of support" or whatnot (mostly the parents and grandparents population) that know what "Windows" is ("it's the computer!"), and think that "Internet Explorer" is the Internet. A lot of then will be part of a small business where the IT literacy is low, and nobody really cares about the computers, as long as they work.

Something that worries me in all this is the quote "I am worried about security threats, but I'd rather have my identity stolen than put up with Windows 8.". Well, if you don't mind having your identity stolen, then you are not worried about security threats at all. Replace "have my identity stolen" with "became a part of a botnet" and the users starts to look a bit fundamentalist. A good analogy would be someone saying "I am pro-life but I'm fine with kill doctors that perform abortions". Dude, if you are pro-life / security concerned, you *mind* about killing another human being / having your identity stolen.

Comment So very true... (Score 1) 353

In 2010, I bought a 120 GB SSD for my aging Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 desktop "gaming machine". 120 GB is well enough for Windows, and even a couple of games (I have a separate RAID5 for everything else and the kitchen sink), and although I can't play recent games in super-duper-high resolutions (I would need a total upgrade for that), the fact is that I've postponed my 4-year-cyle-full-desktop upgrade indefinitely. I don't game as much as I used to, and the computer feels extremely responsive, specially for a 6 year old machine.
I've been evangelizing everyone about the "magical powers" of SSDs ever since, and I firmly believe that it is the single component that will cause the greatest impact on the machine performance, hands down.
So if you still have any doubts about the 120 GB SSD making any difference on a "old" machine, rest assured, it will make a *lot* of difference.

Comment 7th Guest and the dawn of digital media (Score 2) 66

Uau, can't believe nobody mentioned the 7th Guest and 11th Hour soundtracks, some of my all time favourite game music :)

Anyway, my question to Mr. Sanger is this: how was it to be part of some of the first "digital media" titles? To live in the middle of the hype and be part of some ground breaking works of art?

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