Slashdot stories can be listened to in audio form via an RSS feed, as read by our own robotic overlord.


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:64bit (Score 1) 640

by mrbcs (#48807421) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7
The best example I have of my frustrations with Windows 7: set up a static ip or check network settings.

Windows XP, right click on network icon-> properties.

Window 7, Right click network icon ->Open Network and Sharing Center -> Click change adapter Settings ->Right Click Local Area Connection-> Properties.

Why Microsoft Why? You have only made things more difficult? What were you thinking? Or smoking? There are more examples of this stupidity, but this one angers me the most.

Can anyone give me a valid reason why they added 3 more steps for no apparent reason?

Comment: Re:Up to $5k... (Score 4, Insightful) 161

The big thing that people miss is: They can only sue for the value of goods downloaded. AND they must prove that. No fishing.

This is not Canada bending over for Amerika, It's Harper saying "Screw you" you're not going to threaten Canadians.

If, for example, I go buy a movie, then download a version for my media centre, I have not committed a crime. I have paid for it. If I download it, and have not bought a copy, and they catch me, they can only sue me for $20 for the copy, not millions like the states.

There will not be any 6 million lawsuits here.

If the media companies weren't so stupid, they would price it properly and no-one would pirate. Who needs to pirate any songs anymore? I can just fire up Spotify and listen to whatever I want. If the movie industry ever pulls their heads out of their asses, we'll have the same for movies.


Comment: Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (Score 1) 268

I have hundreds of dvd's in my house. Each one is either ripped or a torrent downloaded from Piratebay before I watch it.

The Canadian laws say that a content provider (copyright holder) is only allowed to sue me for the value of the lost products (lost sales).

Since I can show a legally purchased dvd, there is no loss. No charges will ever stand up in court. We also have the right to own dvd copyright protection removal software.

This is my way of using what I bought the way I want to. I totally agree with the parent, if i BUY something, I have every right to use it as I see fit. Remember when these assholes wanted you to buy a song for your stereo, then another copy for your computer, then another one for your car? Sony rootkit? This industry seriously needs an enema.

Netflix and Spotify will be the norm soon. No-one will buy anything.

Comment: Computer License (Score 1) 321

by mrbcs (#48334923) Attached to: Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords
Enough of the Word Perfect Users already!

"Take it back to the store, You're too dumb to own a computer" Are these threats now as dangerous or potentially dangerous as operating a motor vehicle?

Training and License? Why not? It couldn't be any worse than it is now. I've literally had a client complaining that he couldn't get his email using Wordpad...

How dumb and negligent do we need people to be before we do something serious about this?

Spam, drive by downloads, malware. Isn't it about time we told the users to smarten up? How much productivity and electricity is wasted because of users dumb mistakes?

Comment: Re:Yawn... (Score 2) 534

by mrbcs (#48033187) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?
I would suggest that these people are not Christians at all. The criteria is significantly higher than what main stream America thinks or even preaches.

Just because you say a prayer and call yourself a Christian.... doesn't mean you are one.

Matthew 7:21-23 21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' 23 And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

Comment: Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (Score 1) 545

by mrbcs (#47926583) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

To me, modern Windows has been a breath of fresh air compared to the brokenness of Linux desktops.

AMEN to this.

I gave up on Linux years ago. Too many choices. Too many problems.

Android seems to have it together. One OS, make it consistent and make it work.

The irony is Linux on the desktop has failed where Linux (Android) on a tablet seems to be doing fine.

Comment: Re:The hosers are right (Score 4, Insightful) 462

by mrbcs (#47885779) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"
I live 40 miles from the American border. I have not crossed it in ten years thanks to Patriot and related activites.

I'll pay the pittance for shipping online purchases and the extortion to Canada for "import fees" (wtf happend to free trade?), I'm not setting foot in American if I can help it.

"Free markets select for winning solutions." -- Eric S. Raymond