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Comment Hard Copy (Score 1) 251

The problem with media is that data tends to degrade and technology tends to move forward. Who says you are going to have an optical disk drive in your computer in as little as 5 years? Still its an option. Maybe instead of asking what's the best, maybe you should focus on multiple options. First and foremost, make copies of everything. Take one copy to the bank and have a safety deposit box. It's old school, but unless the bank is robbed, or maybe a fire your documents are safe. Take another copy and get one of those fire lock boxes they sell at the hardware store. I don't know how good they really are in a fire, but its gotta be better than that one desk drawer they are stuffed into now. Finally upload everything to the cloud. Pick a good cloud...or multiple clouds. Encrypt your data.

Comment Re:Once more (Score 1) 100

RTFA yourself: The 5800 cited already are connected to the Internet.

In order to monitor these systems remotely, many operators use a TCP/IP card or a third-party serial port server to map the ATG serial interface to an internet-facing TCP port. The most common configuration is to map these to TCP port 10001. Although some systems have the capability to password protect the serial interfaces, this is not commonly implemented.

Approximately 5,800 ATGs were found to be exposed to the internet without a password. Over 5,300 of these ATGs are located in the United States, which works out to about 3 percent of the approximately 150,000 [1] fueling stations in the country.

I'm just irritated that someone somewhere thought it was necessary to say TCP/IP card as opposed to network card.

Comment OEM? (Score 1) 570

They said the upgrade would be free for a year? Or the full version of the OS will be free for the first year? I am really just curious what the OEM price will be. Eventually I need to rebuild my PC, and I don't obviously want to play the upgrade game. I am also curious, as many OEM's bundle Windows and that bundle comes at a particular price point. Perhaps the cost of a computer from the big Mfgs will go down with the cost of windows. Time will tell I suppose.

Comment I'm waiting to see who gets compromised first. (Score 1) 558

Let's face it. With the exception of cash, there isn't an easy way to pay where you cannot become compromised. It seems like every week another retailer has their databases compromised. Do I really believe even for a moment that letting google, apple, or someone else manage my cards for me will stop that? Can you imagine a situation where one of these companies is compromised and not just one but maybe all of your accounts become compromised with it?

Comment What future? (Score 2) 131

Maybe it's just me, but I feel the future of stamps is going to be a world that doesn't use stamps. How much mail do you really send that you are still buying stamps? I realize lots of businesses still send things out usps, but they are probably printing their own postage at this point anyway and not using actual stamps.

Comment Perhaps a better question would be... (Score 2) 627

Perhaps a better question might be what is the best way to teach someone how to code? With or without an IDE? The first language I learned in college was C, and we wrote C inside of pico. It was a huge pain in the ass, but it made you have to know what you were doing. If I am writing C# these days, I love the auto-complete features in Visual Studio. I wonder though, if I had learned in an IDE first, would I be less likely to use a language that maybe doesn't have an IDE? When I build UI's in Visual Studio, I just use the drag and drop system. I dislike having to go and edit those generated files when I need something to be a particular way. Assuming everyone is as lazy as me, I would wager that someone that has only used an IDE is considerably less likely to try their hand at a new language if doesn't have an IDE.

Comment Really its all about the desktop (Score 1) 513

I guess someone at Microsoft believed the hype about it being all about tablets, and tablet OS's. They keep saying crap like PC's are dead....blah blah blah. They still sold more PC's in the last quarter than all of the ipads that have been sold in total ever. I still go into work everyday and sit down at a PC. Not a tablet...not some weird ass touch screen thing, a normal windows computer...running windows 8. Thats right...I'm using 8...well 8.1. But here's the thing, there is no way in hell I would push out a Win8 image to my users right now. Everything is in a different place. Why is there a metro control panel that does only some things, but you have to go to the real control panel to do others? UG One OS to rule them all isn't paying off so well for Microsoft. I haven't heard anything about Windows phone in a while. Windows 8 is still being treated as the evil stepchild. I am hoping 9 takes us back to a place where computers have an OD, and devices have an OS. It's time. Let's get it done. And once that's done, we need to take a look at this OS release cycle, I think this is the root of the problem. We aren't updating, we are overhauling everything. We are trying to come up with crazy ass ideas to replace the wheel that already works. Let's get back to basics.

Comment Software Screens? (Score 1) 520

Ok here is what I want. I'll take the 4K display, but I want it to curve around in much the same fashion as if I just had 3 monitors. Next, I want some kind of software built into my OS, not the screen that will allow my to arbitrarily set boundaries for what I am going to call different screens (software screens?). When I move a window to the location specified on the display as being one of those screens and maximize it should maximize only to the resolution of that screen, not to the size of the entire display. Also, I think it probably needs to be touch enabled. I mean, why not. I think this could be helpful. And sure, it would cost way too much to do it now, but this is technology, and it has a tendency to go down in price after time.

Comment Kind of a timely topic (Score 1) 892

At my current employer, they require 4 weeks notice. This gives them the time to repost your position, start interviews etc. For much of my time here, when in a position that I enjoy, I have felt that 4 weeks, though long is ok. You never know where you are going to end up in, in life and having the ability to go back to a place you have worked before might happen. On the other hand, I have also been in a few positions that I did not like, where I have been treated unfairly, and have many times contemplated being able to give less notice when changing positions or jobs. I think you need to ask yourself what are the benefits of doing either. Clearly if your new position comes with a higher salary, you probably want to move quickly, but are you going to be screwing over your current employer? What about your coworkers? What about friends you have made?

Comment They should really just use the code names (Score 1) 491

I have long thought that the code names they give their products, are somehow more interesting the the name they give their release products. With as much press as we have seen about "Windows 8," I would think they would want to distance themselves from that name. Why not call it Windows Blue? Whistler, Longhorn, etc. These were all better names than what they came out with.

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