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Comment: So now Google establishes Internet standards (Score 4, Insightful) 148

by neilo_1701D (#47623371) Attached to: Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

I'm not convinced that this is a good precedent. Sure, they're encouraging sites to use HTTPS today... but what about tomorrow?

Speculation: Websites that block competing search engines from indexing their content may rank higher in Google searches? Websites that process payments using Google rank higher in Google search?

I'm not saying that HTTPS is a bad thing... but once they open the door once to arbitrary ranking changes done on a whim, that door can be opened again.

Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 5, Interesting) 81

by neilo_1701D (#47523023) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Tinkering is all well and good; and many times quite relaxing and enjoyable in it's own right.

If I've got time for a game, though, I'd rather be blasting Nazi's (or whatever floats your boat) than tinkering to get there. I still remember when I upgraded my video card to a Savage S4 and Half Life broke, requiring much tinkering, downloading, reconfiguring, rebooting, some more tweaking and finally a reboot to get back into the game. Then it isn't relaxing or fun; it's stopping me from the fun.

So a couple of bucks to GOG for their efforts to make thing run is a great investment, IMO. Plus it great to be able to get all the old titles again, long after the disks have been lost and the patches much harder to find...

Comment: Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (Score 2) 667

by neilo_1701D (#47499777) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

There was a Singapore Airlines jet close enough to MH-17 at the time for the pilots to see it explode

Do you have a source for that?

I only ask because Singapore Airlines said right after the shootdown that:

Customers may wish to note that Singapore Airlines flights are not using Ukraine airspace.

(https://twitter.com/SingaporeAir/status/489851215941861376)

Comment: Re:ugh (Score 1) 552

by neilo_1701D (#47458133) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Every time it snows, deniers claim "see, there's no global warming"

Probably because alarmists say things like "Children just aren't going to know what snow is" and " winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event".
(David Viner, senior research scientist, Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,2000)

http://www.independent.co.uk/e...

Comment: Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (Score 4, Insightful) 128

What do they expect to find on such a distant clump of rock and why is it they thought it to be a good investment to go snap a few slefies around it rather then use that money to go where things really ought to be interesting like Io and Europa?

Well, it's a pretty cheap mission at $650 million over 15 years.

But the most exciting thing about the mission is the clues it gives to the early history of the solar system.

You're right: Europa and Io are very interesting places to visit, especially considering the possibility for life there, and no doubt those missions are being planned. But for now, we're a year out from Pluto and about to discover what we're yet to discover.

+ - Why are Windows updates and another programs so slow?

Submitted by broswell2
broswell2 (2549272) writes "Just installed Windows Server 2008 on an older server. Updates are taking forever! I have checked performance monitor. CPU utilization and disk IO are minimal. There is plenty of available memory. (Only 2 gigs are in use according to performance monitor) What could the programs be waiting for?"

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.

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