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Comment Re:issue with ESET software has been resolved (Score 1) 337

What good would asking do, if the user chose "Keep software" and it killed the OS? Looks to me like most/all of the software used drivers of some sort, which means it's not a leap of faith to assume there were problems (or the potential for them) in keeping them.

Comment HOLY FUCKING SHIT! IT'S...ANOTHER LYTRO !!! (Score 0) 30

What the Christ!
* Dense light field
* Ultra high bandwidth direct-to-disk capture
* IT NEEDS ULTRA HIGH BANDWIDTH DIRECT-TO-DISK CAPTURE now if you'll need me I'll be outside getting all the bitches because I have a LYTRO IMMERGE

Comment Understand the problem before trying to solve it (Score 1) 161

It is crucial to understand what problems your relative is suffering, and how advanced they are. Some forms of dementia mean that people cannot form new memories, however much they try. It's not like forgetting where your keys are - it is no longer biologically possible to ever remember where you put them. It doesn't matter how easy it seems to remind or make it "easy" to remember, it is a function that doesn't work any more.

You also need to understand what other cognitive impairments he is subject to. There may well be some that surprise you, and nix a solution you may have in mind. Some sufferers do not know what time of day it is, let alone what day of the week it is. They can't recall if they have eaten, if it is time for bed, et cetera. Once you understand some of these limitations you can better think about if you can help them, and if so, how.

Also key is understand that elderly people can learn new tech - my Mum, who is in her late 70s, has taken to a tablet like a duck to water. She has never used a computer before, ever. Not even a typewriter. She has grasped the UI, the design concepts, and most importantly, the silly ways it doesn't work like when "taps" aren't registered. She's at the stage where she is learning how to use it on her own now. This is all because she isn't suffering a cognitive illness. But if she was, despite being a smart, methodical person, she could not have learned any of these, however simple and obvious it is.

I don't want to be a downer for you, but just want you to make sure that any efforts you put into helping your relative aren't wasted. I understand the urge to help, to make life better. We're geeks and we can apply our skills to improve a lot of things. We spend our careers giving the gift that makes someone say "Wow, I didn't know I could do that! Thanks!" But we also learned to diagnose properly.

Comment Malware-blocking (Score 5, Informative) 474

Christ, nearly 6MB in 642 URL requests just to load their home page once. Anyhoo, from two full fetches of their home page. Excepting the dozens of trackers and advert organisations that I haven't noted to be involved in malware, we have:

smartclip.net: Party to LG "Smart TV" spying without consent.
turn.com: Repeated malware advertisments to-date. Most recently infecting iPhones.
ads.yahoo.com: Repeated malware advertisments to-date.
serving-sys.com: Repeated malware advertisments to-date.
advertising.com: Repeated malware advertisments to-date.
adnxs.com: Repeated malware advertisments to-date, including Angler Exploit Kit via MSN.com
adscale.de: Malware advertisements.
adsrvr.org: Malware adverts, pushing virus-infected toolbars
rubiconproject.com: Repeated malware bundlers, unwanted toolbars, search result injectors, home-page meddling
mathtag.com: Malware advertisements.
openx.net: Repeated malware advertisments to-date.
bidswitch.net: Malware advertising. Most recently infecting iPhones.

This isn't advert blocking. It's a crucial layer of system security.

Comment Here you go, UK Government (Score 4, Insightful) 145

You wanted functional encryption to be made illegal. Turkey has just taken a bold step towards this brave stance. How does it taste to you? I bet the EU spokeswoman's comments made the pill even more delicious, since she mentioned human rights, which is something the UK government also wants to shred.

Comment Re:Ner ner! (Score 1) 175

> I've had HDDs give me warning, and I've had HDDs fail without any warning. People have gone to their backups and found them unreadable.

Absolutely agree here - a backup is only as good as the system used to validate it. But as we've seen since this service was mentioned, Google have already been found to be re-processing the images sent to it (I've seen mention of RAW images which were quite significantly compressed), so they're just as good/bad from a backup integrity point of view.

At least one can monitor one's own in-house disks and backups!

Comment Re:Not ignoring the story is a good start! (Score 1) 384

Not that long ago I went hog wild over something that turned out to be a genuine bug in the Firehose. On top of that, it was very old news anyway. This time the hog was not let loose, and frankly, all the little bitches whining and crying about it are entertaining me.

Thanks for your hard work, btw. /. is a great place to be.

Life. Don't talk to me about life. - Marvin the Paranoid Anroid