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Comment: Re:Fire(wall) and forget (Score 1) 105

But again. What IS the threat of network traffic to a port no one is listening on? None. What your firewall is you protecting from is NOT bad stuff from the outside. It's protecting you from the inside danger that some service suddenly opens a port which is reachable from the outside. (Hate to dig out the old Win vs. *nix, but the usual suspects for this are usually Windows servers you need to lock down first, as they're usually asuming that they're in a friendly network. On *nix machines you usually need to manually add those services one by one, as you would open the ports on your firewall)

The firewall provides defense in depth. Yes, if nothing else goes wrong, the Firewall is unnecessary. On the other hand, if something else does go wrong, the firewall become another obstacle for the attacker.

Comment: Re:I dont know a single one! (Score 1) 424

by praxis (#47561877) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Not something relatives or acquaintances brag about I suppose.

What are the odds of this happening if I know 400 people and zero out of 35%? Must be at least 6-sigma!

The fact that you know 400 people's finances intimately (possibly even better than them since many people don't know everything on their credit report) is far more impressive than you not knowing anyone who has a debt in collections.

Not saying what you say is false, just impressive.

Comment: What do most people mean by stream? (Score 3, Insightful) 152

by praxis (#47533285) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Does terrestrial broadcast signal count as "streaming"? Most of the media that enters my consciousness is broadcast television, printed word, radio and video or audio streams from the internet. If we discount broadcast television and radio as streams, then I need to find a good way to measure the proportion of printed word against streaming audio and video. If we count broadcast television and radio as streams, then internet streaming is a very small perfect (5% or so) compared to those even if we discount printed word.

Really, I think the crux here is that printed word and internet audio or video streams are really hard to compare.

Comment: Re:I can fix any current Mac OS. (Score 1) 165

by praxis (#47524313) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

I can fix any current Mac OS. Just go into the apps folder (flower-shift-a is the shortcut), then into utilities, then run shell application. Enlarge the window to full screen. Bingo, you're in a bash shell where you can talk to a proper unixy command line interface.

Or command-space then type "terminal" and hit enter for faster bash access.

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

by praxis (#47522971) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

Your snide comment aside: what they discovered is a desire to test the market for circa five dollar legitimate copies of good games with tested and updated DOSBox and/or Wine configurations so that users do not have to Google, tweak and retweak things to get a game to run only to find out three-quarters of the way through the game that it crashes.

I would much rather pay a reasonable amount for that rather than spend my gaming time tinkering; that's good value for me. If I liked tinkering, I wouldn't be their target market though and I might be making snide comments on Slashdot with my time.

Comment: Re:This must be confusing to y'all (Score 2) 66

by praxis (#47517075) Attached to: Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

If you are tracking a company's performance by its stock price it's kind of laughable

I agree, but the poster to which I replied was bragging about how MSFT is doing so well and his stock portfolio is being counted by him and he is enjoying life. I merely pointed out that MSFT did not even perform better than the index.

Comment: Re:This must be confusing to y'all (Score 1, Informative) 66

by praxis (#47516327) Attached to: Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

Hmmm...they are doing just fine and getting stronger. How can that be - according to this message board Linux rules and is taking over the world! Seems to fly in the face of the SD worldview. Keep dreaming...I'm counting my returns in stock portfolio and enjoying life. Curious how many of you zealots will admit how wrong you are.

They had not in the prior ten years gotten stronger than the S&P 500. If ten years ago you had invested in an index fund tracking the S&P 500, your return to today would be 77% instead of the 57% you would have received by investing in MSFT. Many other companies out-performed the S&P 500 in the same ten-year period.

Comment: Re:Oh noes, they yanked your chain (Score 1) 353

by praxis (#47510725) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

I do, and it has more than 120,000 titles for rent. They also rent equipment if you need it to watch some of the formats less popular in the United States or have a region-locked device. Blockbuster closed because their market share was gobbled up by alternatives. There is not yet a viable alternative to Scarecrow but I don't think they are doing as well as they used to.

Comment: Re:I doubt most people care (Score 1) 353

by praxis (#47509909) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Of course everyone should evaluate their value, but not long ago $8 for two movies a month was a very good deal where people were willing to pay that and pay for gas and drive and stand in line and browse a cacophonous store. Today $8 for two movies a month is seen as a bad deal.

That's all I was saying. I wouldn't pay $8 for two movies a month because their selection is limited, but I would if they had movies I liked.

Comment: Re:Terrible streaming movie list (Score 1) 353

by praxis (#47509695) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

I bet 'Troll Hunter' is a better movie then any of those foreign art films.

You can watch a good B movie _and_ read subtitles.

Obviously film enjoyment is a subjective matter. Claiming one film is better than all other films in a very wide net is a pretty tall order though. On the other hand comparing one film against an entire other genre is probably making a bigger claim about your preference of an entire genre than the one film. I'm unsure whether to check out Troll Hunter now.

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