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Comment: Should be objective, not biased... (Score 4, Insightful) 451

by metrix007 (#46716117) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

The thing is, Windows 7 also runs great on older hardware. I just put it on a Hp ZE2000 from 2005, which isn't at all a powerful machine and it is running smoothly and very stable.

Something like Ubuntu won't run much better (Although Xubuntu or Lubuntu may well), and AV software is not the concern it was back in the day. The free MS Security essentials and a gateway check will be more than enough.

The real issue is software. Can the users rely on LibreOffice and Chrome/Firefox? Or is there windows software they rely on or will need?

Go with what makes sense according to needs and cost restrictions, not because of an ideology....

Comment: Re:Good for you. (Score 1) 641

by metrix007 (#46697937) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Yes, it would. I don't run any AV software or a host firewall because it isn't needed ify ou know what you are doing. Check suspicious executables against virustotal or jotzi, dont download suspicious files, check comments in torrents if you do that, check processes, have uac configured properly etc.

Yet, there is nothing that will protect you against the amount of 0 days XP is going to be vulnerable to. Which is worse for the guy in the article because he is years behind on updates.

XP being so old and having so many vulnerabilities means that his system can be completely rooted, running as part of a botnet and he wouldn't know. His security software wouldn't catch it and it wont show in his process list.

The only way to be sure in that situation is to monitor outgoing network packets from a known clean machine. Which he won't do.

Again, he is an idiot.

Comment: Re:unfiltered information will make people THINK! (Score 1) 1037

by metrix007 (#46690913) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Just because you thought about it and made what you consider a rational decision, doesn't mean other people with equal or greater thinking skills will not come up with the same conclusions especially on these complex topics.

Yes, they will, or they don't have equal or greater thinking skills.

Comment: Re:Just get a Smart TV (Score 1) 180

by metrix007 (#46663973) Attached to: Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

So what if it's not true in 10 years? It will still work just fine as a video monitor, and at that point with smart tv's being ubiquitous they will probably be far, far cheaper to replace. It's certainly not an argument against investing in one.

It's pretty dumb to reject it and buy a set top box which doesn't do the job nearly as well for the same price.

Comment: Re:Just get a Smart TV (Score 1) 180

by metrix007 (#46663949) Attached to: Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

It's not an extra $200, and people obviously use it if they are buying a set top box in place.

It's really not comparable to 3D at all, which has clearly died out sometime ago.

Smart TV's are more analogs to smart phones, it's an evolution not a fad.

The thing you don't seem to get is a video monitor with software still works just fine as a video monitor. Having extra software optionally accessible doesn't impact that in any way, it only supplements it for those who realize it's "smart" to take advantage of it.

All tvs will be smart tvs because it's not extra equipment like an optical drive....just software.

Comment: Re:Just get a Smart TV (Score 1) 180

by metrix007 (#46654225) Attached to: Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

I see that, it just seems like a waste of money.

My samsung 55" f6300 has an amazing smart interface. Supports every codec, streams via DLNA perfectly, or HBO, Netflix or whatever. All very easy to access and control.

It gets updates so if it doesn't support something new, it will. At the end of the day, the smart aspect is only software. If it does become obsolete in lets say 4 or 5 years, then I can still use it as a "dumb TV" and buy one of those devices.

But to purposefully but a dumb tv and one of these devices (most of which don't even support DLNA) for near the same cost, seems foolish.

Everything that can be invented has been invented. -- Charles Duell, Director of U.S. Patent Office, 1899