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Comment Typical post (Score 1) 19 19

Startswithabang was so incredibly keen to suck some traffic from /. for his personal blog he didn't even check to see if his blog was viewable.

Here's a hint, we'll be here tomorrow too, we'll still feed your dumed down blog with clicks then too. There's no rush to get it out so quickly that you can't even have a look at your own page to see if the full high res pictures that can't be rescaled don't take up 30 pages. .

Comment Re:A plea to fuck off. (Score 1) 323 323

Why do you allow password logins for SSH? Why the hell don't you have port knocking enabled for SSH?

Because the odds of cracking a strong password via SSH on a server with root logins disabled and a 3 attempt before a long temporary ban are so infinitesimally small that I'm more worried about the sun not rising tomorrow.

There's nothing inherently insecure about a password based login providing the passwords are sent over an encrypted channel, the passwords are strong, and neither machine is compromised, and that even before any talk of login limits.

Comment Re:Efficiency? (Score 1) 73 73

I'm at a loss to understand how people can be pushing wireless charging

Who cares about the tiny tiny drop of energy efficience that is abandoning wireless charging when you can save many orders of magnitude more power by swapping out one incandescent bulb for an LED.

It all comes down to a cost / benefit. The benefits of wireless charging outweigh the energy costs for those of us who find our cable messes borderline unbearable.

Comment Re:Ahead of the curve (Score 1) 307 307

If they exist I agree with you. But for anything outside of a well defined device (mouse, keyboard, usb stick, monitor) the drivers are often completely absent.

My favourite is the catch 22. No LAN card drivers present so it can't connect to the internet to get the drivers from windows update. But it'll try anyway :-)

Comment Re:NVidea's problem, not Microsoft's (Score 1) 307 307

Why? Have you ever bought a Unix system from SCO, Sun or Oracle? They have arbitrary differences in their flavours of Unix as well to suit different licenses and system configurations. That's not to mention the many database systems that are sold on the market with seemingly thousands of options for customisation, each resulting in a slightly different product.

Comment Re:NVidea's problem, not Microsoft's (Score 1) 307 307

How is having a system that remains up to date suddenly no longer the right tool for the job? Do you even read what you type before hitting submit?

Security fixes are just one source of problems. Bug-fixes in software are released via this stream too, as a driver updates which (knowing manufacturers) only ever occur because they find serious problems and someone forced them to release an update. By the way you do release that most of the driver updates come through on the "optional" stream right?

So for the language nitpickers out there: Not updating all critical patches identified through the windows update process is frankly stupid.

Comment Editors don't read slashdot, maybe Google? (Score 1) 81 81

If editors don't read Slashdot itself maybe they should Google their own website. I mean a simple search like: "Android Malicious Text url:slashdot.org" returns both articles.

If editors google what they are about to post they can outsourse the job of reading the very site where they manage content.

Comment Re:DO NOT WANT (Score 1) 74 74

Horseshit. Video cards are special purpose items these days and there are many use cases for a system with a top of the line GPU but little to no graphics grunt. But even if you did want graphics grunt unless you're doing complex 3D drafting and need a Quattro or something similar this CPU is able to beat last generation dedicated GPUs and even scores an impressive 130fps in GTAV at 1080p. If you NEED something more than this you are most definitely in special purpose category (i.e. 3D design, or heavy gaming).

The workstation is designed by the task it achieves, not the components plugged into the motherboard.

Comment Re:NVidea's problem, not Microsoft's (Score 0) 307 307

I understand that not having a dedicated IT staff is no excuse for not buying the appropriate tool for the job. If you can figure out how to install CAD software you can figure out what the word "Home" means on the Windows 10 "Home" version and can opt to buy the Professional version pre-installed instead. It's not like anyone will be installing it themselves.

And if this is so mind-bogglingly complicated then the company is precisely the type who should be forced to install Windows Updates.

Also you're right, it isn't just a concern with the home edition. In fact it's not a "concern" at all. Not updating security holes is frankly stupid. Deferring them with good reason is okay, but no updating security holes is frankly stupid.

I feel like saying frankly stupid one more time.

Oh maybe you have a good reason due to an application incompatibility. Well the deferral process gives you time to sort that out after which not patching your security holes is ... frankly stupid.

Comment Re:Ahead of the curve (Score 1) 307 307

Yes this works fine when there's a generic driver within Windows. But out of the box awesome hardware support is exactly what Windows is NOT known for.

It may be okay when adding a keyboard or a USB memory stick but that's about where the usefulness of Window's inbuilt drivers end.

That's assuming your windows even supports the latest USB drivers, most versions of windows have seen incompatible USB spec changes requiring weird chipset drivers over it's life.

Comment Re:NVidea's problem, not Microsoft's (Score 2) 307 307

Perhaps you'd like businesses that paying their staff thousands per week to do CAD work or design game assets to just shut down for a few days until the drivers get sorted out?

Actually I would fire the IT staff in that business for installing Windows Home rather than Windows Pro which has the facilities you need to manage these updates.

There is no reason what so ever that this should affect any business user other than IT incompetence.

Comment Re:Ahead of the curve (Score 2) 307 307

If you're talking about the comment the AC made above:
"Control Panel -> System -> Hardware tab -> Device Installation Settings -> Never install driver software from Windows Update"

That controls action for when you insert new hardware. Precisely the opposite action of what you want to happen.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?