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Comment: Re:Eye candy (Score 1) 93

by mark-t (#48921357) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

A good operating system is one that runs the applications a user needs to get their work done

So what ultimately makes an OS a good one is when end-user application developers write applications for it?

Consider that the lack of applications for Linux is merely the result of design decisions made by software developers who simply feel that Linux's meager overall usage on the desktop does not make it worth their time to make any extra effort to support. So in reality, by your measurement, what actually makes an OS good is when enough people use it that it creates a measurable greed incentive to drive such application development.

Comment: Re:viva9988 (Score 1) 432

It would make more sense to me if Ubisoft distributed a list of deactivated keys. Any genuinely legitimate business who has fielded and honored requests for replacement keys could then turn and sue Ubisoft for any moneies they were out as a result.

Strikes me as a whole lot more streamlined than trying to form a class action suit involving a completely unknown number of legitimate end users that might have been dinged by this.


Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid? 467

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-would-you-put-on-your-grandma's-computer dept.
CryoKeen writes: I got a new laptop recently after trading in my old laptop for store credit. While I was waiting to check out, the sales guy just handed me some random antivirus software (Trend Micro) that was included with the purchase. I don't think he or I realized at the time that the CD/DVD he gave me would not work because my new laptop does not have a CD/DVD player.

Anyway, it got me wondering whether I should use it or not. Would I be better off downloading something like Avast or Malwarebytes? Is there one piece of antivirus software that's significantly better than the others? Are any of the paid options worthwhile, or should I just stick to the free versions? What security software would you recommend in addition to anti-virus?

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 808

by mark-t (#48880699) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Tire noise is not nearly as loud as you think it is

Outside of first gear on an ICE, the noise of tires on the road will dominate the noise that any properly functioning modern vehicle is making. The tire noise is still very plainly audible on a car that is simply coasting with no engine running at all (which could be argued to be comparable to the noise level of a pure electric vehicle) at even surprisingly slow speeds... basically anything over about 15km/h or so.

That said, tire noise rises logarithmically with speed, and at slow enough speeds, it can admittedly be difficult to hear. However, as the speed of the vehicle is reduced, the driver also gains much more time to react to anything that might be unexpected, and at speeds where the tire-on-road noise is genuinely not easily perceptible, the stopping distance can be well less than 10 feet (virtually zero in many cases) unless the road is icy (which incidentally tends to be noisier on tires than asphalt at a given speed anyways, and so is more likely to be heard anyways).

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 808

by mark-t (#48879187) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Is the bell required, by law, to be constantly ringing while the bicycle is in motion? No? Then my point stands... the bicycle is, on its own, relatively silent, and just as capable of inflicting injury that can be just as serious as that caused by an automobile that is moving in silence (because at anything over a few mph, the vehicle tires on the road will be be plainly audible anyways).

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 808

by mark-t (#48878679) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
If a vehicle is approaching at anything over about 20mph, the noise of the tires on the road will generall be louder than the engine, unless the engine is faulty, or the vehicle has a bad muffler. And in practice, you can hear the sound of tires on the road of any approaching vehicle when it is going any faster than just rolling at speeds one could keep pace with on foot. I remember from when I first learning to drive, drivers are supposed to have an obligation to be aware of and respect pedestrians that may not know the vehicle is there, such as blind people anyways.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 808

by mark-t (#48878511) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Bicycles don't make much noise either... neither do electric wheelchairs or other sidewalk-based vehicles. They are all just as capable of running down somebody who cannot see them as a car would be, and although the likelihood of a fatality is somewhat lower, primarily owing to the lower mass of such items, and in turn the total momentum involved in any collision with them, the injuries from such a colision can still be very severe, and can even require hospitalization.

Comment: Re:Holograms? (Score 1) 170

by mark-t (#48878223) Attached to: Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles
If it is presenting different images to each eye to create the illusion of depth, then it is definitely *NOT* holography.... holography uses just a single image that, all by itself, will appear different from different angles because it is a 3d optical representation of whatever the hologram is an image of.

Comment: Re:I would rather see 1000 terrorists go free... (Score 1) 562

by mark-t (#48847853) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications
I'm not saying that things that can sometimes be described as being worse than death aren't really all that bad, but I *am* saying that anything where you are still alive, regardless of how you end up or how rotten your position, is better than not coming alive out of it at all, without somehow quantifying the value of a human life.

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