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Comment: Re:No, school should not be year-round. (Score 4, Interesting) 421

by joetomato (#47640155) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?
With the three months off being all in one chunk over the summer, many teachers I know end up getting a summer job, waiting tables or cleaning houseboats or whatever. If you were to split that time up into a couple week chunks throughout the year it would pretty much take away that option.

Comment: From the trenches... (Score 1) 245

by joetomato (#32004430) Attached to: Fake Antivirus Peddlers Outpacing Real AV Firms
I'm a keyboard monkey at a three-man retail computer / repair shop. In the last week, literally every PC that's came in to get cleaned up has had a copy of "Security Tool" installed. The fix is quite easy - download process explorer, rename it to iexplore.exe, run it, kill 08732030.exe (Or whatever random number it's used this time), then install & Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and a couple others. But it's obscure enough that nobody can do it, so we can charge our standard 1 hour to clean it up. I wish I could meet the guys who wrote this and buy them a drink. They've been paying my cheque for about 6 months now.

Comment: Re:Someone zoned out... (Score 2, Insightful) 82

by joetomato (#31245262) Attached to: Patent Markings May Spell Trouble For Activision

Should this sort of thing be prosecutable? Should Acitivision really get any sort of judgment against them for this level of carelessness?

Absolutely not - who as a consumer goes to a store, copies down the patent numbers, goes home to look them up then buys the product solely based on what they find, completely ignoring the much more obvious "CONTROLLER SOLD SEPARATELY" warning?

Comment: Sure makes downloading easy... (Score 1) 265

by joetomato (#30847260) Attached to: YouTube Offers Experimental Opt-In HTML5 Video
I know there are programs / firefox extensions to download + convert videos off youtube, but this just makes it too damn easy. Especially since you're already using Chrome - right click on the video, choose Inspect Element. It opens the page source, and finds the URL of the video for you. Copy to clipboard, paste to address bar, and it downloads a suprisingly high quality .mp4 - no conversion or crappy flash video players neccesary. Keep up the good work YouTube.

Comment: Re:Is it trickery? (Score 1) 514

by joetomato (#30148886) Attached to: Bing Gains 10% Marketshare
In a new install of Windows XP (IE6) the default page (At least in Canada) is MSN/Sympatico, which has Bing search at the top. The search bar in IE7 and 8 both by default still point to Live search, which automatically redirects to Bing. So that 10% includes anyone using the default search for IE6 or 7 too.

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields