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Comment: Re:Shorewall (Score 3, Informative) 187

by klui (#46672805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

You a word there.

I think you meant Windows does the same thing? Indeed, netsh is used to manage firewall rules on the command line level, and the Windows firewall snapin uses netsh. There are 3rd-party programs that replace the snapin or make it more intuitive like wfc from BiniSoft. I'm not sure if it replaces the regular snapin or runs on top of it.

Comment: Re:As Frontalot says (Score 1) 631

by klui (#46354263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

Exactly this. It's just like PKI is sound but the security of a system comes down to its implementation. Unless these Bitcoin exchanges are audited or have best practices put in place one could never know who the next victim of these hacks would be and therefore a person's wallet would always be in jeopardy. If I were to have a Bitcoin wallet, I would have used Mt. Gox since they're the biggest, oldest, and original founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation. Little did everyone know they could come down so soon.

I'm not against Bitcoin but it's much too soon to start relying on it as a stable currency.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 417

by klui (#45982013) Attached to: Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

just opened most used and largest excel workbook (~1.3MB) and excel memory usage was ~4.3M memory use and 9.1M VM size (in task manager)(winxp sp3)(excel 2003). Cannot imagine excel taking up more than 1GB except if there is a memory leak.

You need to imagine harder or don't do a lot using Excel.

I have a 100+MB spreadsheet that's connected to a database back end with pivot tables and graphs/charts. Open it up and it takes around 400MB. Imagine developing it. You would have lots of other programs/clients opened as you're integrating everything together. I very much doubt you could have developed it under XP 32-bit or you would have had to do so much finagling you would have gladly punted the machine.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 2) 417

by klui (#45972329) Attached to: Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

I would have thought so, too. But my current machine in the office isn't running too many development/management tools and it's using 4.5GB. The largest RAM hog? Outlook at 400MB. There are a little over 100 processes. I can't imagine someone who uses Excel on a regular basis using less than 6GB.

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