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Comment: And if you don't live near an Apple store? (Score 3, Insightful) 190

by quetwo (#49370381) Attached to: If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You'll Need a Reservation

I live about 85 miles from the closest Apple store.. Pretty much every interaction I've had when them is through an authorized reseller or via web/mail/phone. Forcing you to go to a store to pick one up is pretty much a PITA. Oh, and I don't live in the boondocks -- I'm in a city of 300,000 people, but stuck between two major markets, so Apple has passed us by.

Comment: Re:Just more proof (Score 1) 45

by quetwo (#49323333) Attached to: Cisco SPA300/500 IP Phones Vulnerable To Remote Eavesdropping

Cisco has been pushing SIP based IP phones for remote workers for years. Those remote workers may or may not have their phone in front of their firewall. These phones connect back through a session border controller at the edge of the company's network and then brings that traffic inside (think of a application-layer VPN tunnel).

Comment: Re:So lemme get this right: (Score 1) 45

by quetwo (#49323113) Attached to: Cisco SPA300/500 IP Phones Vulnerable To Remote Eavesdropping

I don't get what an SBC has to do with phone reachable from the outside. If it is reachable from the outside, then it is reachable, and people can POST XML documents to it to make it do weird things. An SBC only protects the inside of your network from the outside (like a firewall), but once the phone has been compromised then the SBC sees that traffic as legal traffic from a known device.

This could be a huge issue for toll-fraud. Scammers I'm sure will start scanning for this vulnerability and use valid phones that are exposed to the outside to route calls through people's phone systems.

Comment: Re:Printing out the e-mails (Score 1) 609

by quetwo (#49233389) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

That is how many items generated by the government get archived -- by paper. Even for phone records, once their "electronic usefulness has been outlived," they are printed, stored offsite and then deleted.

People know how to handle and read paper. People don't know how to handle .PST files.

Comment: Re:The Brock string (Score 1) 55

by quetwo (#49188121) Attached to: Ubisoft Has New Video Game Designed To Treat Lazy Eye

I remember going through these exercises on a daily basis for nearly 5 years when I was a kid. They weren't pleasant to do, and required a lot of time and concentration. My doctor wanted me to do them 3 times a day, which I did for a while, but there was no difference. His response was that it helped some people, and just to keep on it for the rest of my life. I gave up shortly after.

I can still see, although only through one eye at a time, and for me this is purely a cosmetic issue.

Comment: Re:Adobe (Score 1) 225

by quetwo (#48924603) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

In Photoshop, you can still save back to Photoshop version 3 (that would be 11 versions back). When you do, it flattens any features you may have used that aren't supported in the older versions, but you can still open and modify the files.

At this point, I'm not very concerned with it. 99% of the features are still compatible with CS6, which is the last stand-alone version.

Comment: Re:Many thanks for the feedback (Score 2) 63

by quetwo (#48838389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tablet and Software For a Partially Sighted Person?

Give it a try, but research shows that the iOS devices are much better at accessibility.

On my campus we have "The Research Center for Persons with Disabilities," and they overwhelmingly advocate for iOS devices (iPad / iPhone). The difference is that iOS has the accessibility built into the OS, where under Android, it's up to the apps to support it. Things like Voice-Over, temporary speech, high-contrast mode, zoom, etc. are all OS level functions and don't rely on a single app to provide the feedback. On Android there are accessibility "hooks" that are pretty much only used by Google -- and if you don't have an ASOP device the addons that the hardware partners put in rarely make use of them (meaning some dialog boxes will do speech, some wont. Some critical apps will, some won't).

For e-books there are apps like Voice Dream (again, iOS), that come highly recommended. Essentially, it turns the book reading experience into something like iTunes -- you can scrub through the file, read it back faster,slower etc. It also highlights the words it is trying to pronounce so that if you run across a technical word that isn't commonly annunciated properly, you can zoom in and read it for yourself.

Comment: Re:Does it still work? (Score 1) 189

by quetwo (#48766981) Attached to: UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

Ability to find parts on for the aging system is probably becoming more and more difficult. Regardless of the software platform, the OS is aged enough where certain parts are bound to be harder and harder to obtain should they need a replacement.

There is also something to be said about reviewing all the business rules and updating them to meet their current needs. That usually happens during a revamp of the system.

Comment: Re:Simplest is best (Score 1) 259

by quetwo (#48600583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

With the cost of spinning discs so cheap, why delete any of them (aside from the obviously bad blurry ones)? I've always had a habit of tagging photos as good or bad (in the metadata of the photos, using Lightroom), with the thought of deleting them one day if I needed space. Then my grandmother passed away and a whole bunch of photos that were deemed "meh," became much more valuable. For the cost of pennies to store them and keep them around I was able to create a photo album of passable photos that meant the world to my parents and extended family.

Worst come to worst, move them to slow storage (DVD's Bluerays, etc), if you don't want to keep them on spinning discs.

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