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Comment: Re:Just disable it... (Score 1) 72

Just out of curiosity, is that the time between turning the power on and the OS starting to load or does that include the time it takes to load the OS? I know that you started out talking about firmware initialization, but boot time generally includes how long the OS takes to come up. In the latter case, there are ways to optimize that, by turning off services that you don't need started at boot. (As an example: if you only use MS Office once or twice a week, do you really need it loading in the background?) How you do that and how much control you have is, of course, very OS specific, but I don't know of any current desktop OS that doesn't let you do it at all.

Comment: Re:What Would be a Trivial Amount? (Score 1) 72

Now too much shit has a "soft" power shit, initially so it can sense a remote...

If you really want that stuff to turn off and stay off, don't plug it directly into the wall. Plug it into a power strip with a real on/off switch and turn it off there.

Comment: Re:Depends on what you mean by "problems" (Score 1) 307

A lot of people said storage, which I find somewhat bizarre...

I've only once had trouble with a HDD and that was decades ago when the new drive I added smashed my data every time I shut down. It turned out that it would only work properly as the primary drive, not a secondary. However, I've had more CD/DVD drives fail on me than any other part, so that's what I picked.

Comment: Re:Interdasting... (Score 4, Insightful) 155

by techno-vampire (#49279607) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS
Using https to transmit sensitive information is the same as remembering to lock your car. It's not perfect and it won't stop a determined attack, but it's enough to prevent casual intrusions. And, of course, if somebody does break the encryption there's no way they can claim that they didn't know that the transmission was private.

Comment: Re:if that were true (Score 1) 348

by techno-vampire (#49221655) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings
I would like for them to have...

I don't know how true it is, but I've been told that HR droids routinely translate that into "Must have..." because it makes things easier for them. Of course, that means that you'll never see a whole bunch of people you'd be happy to hire, but that's not their problem, is it?

Comment: Re:What would the combined accuracy be? (Score 1) 97

by techno-vampire (#49221537) Attached to: Dog Sniffs Out Cancer In Human Urine
The big problem with explosive-sniffing dogs is that what they're smelling isn't the explosives it's the nitrates used in them. If you've been working with fertilizer and haven't washed your hands, the dog will respond the same way as it would to explosives. I don't know about the drug-sniffers, but I suspect that there are similar issues with them.

Comment: Re:Britain is only 10 years ahead of the US (Score 1) 282

The whole point is that the fact that they do something in Europe, or do it in a certain way, isn't really relevant to the question of whether or not we should do things that way in the USA. Much more important is whether or not doing that will benefit us.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.