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Comment You are asking the wrong question... (Score 2) 558

You are going at this the wrong way. First off you cant compare a full PC operating system to a mobile device, so lets throw that out of the window. The question is why is OS X so good at power management? Windows is actually not bad at power management, most people here on Slashdot (even die hard Linux users) will admit that Linux is by far the worst out of the 3 on a PC platform. As someone else above me stated earlier, Apple have put a lot of R&D into researching battery run time performance. Their inclusion of two inbuilt graphic cards (one high performance and one for general usage) being a big step they took into improving battery runtime. This is why even Windows on a Macbook will not perform as well as OS X because it just havent got support to switch between two graphic cards based on what the system actually needs at that time. There are obviously a lot more tweaks Apple have done as well, but there are too many to list here...

Comment Re:Complimentary 7 point Slashdot troll guide... (Score 1) 324

So what systems are 100% safe in userland? Or have you already forgotten about the recent Linux kernel fix which solved the problem where any GUI application (like a Trojan) could escalate its own privilege to root?

Comment Re:Here's the thing (Score 1) 557

Whilst I am all for freedom of speach, I do agree something needs to be done to help protect children or adults who choose not to view these kind of websites. I completly disagree with you that it is "your own will to go there" as we all now is not usualy the case. I haven't got any statistics to back this up with but I bet you most people see this contents by somehow being tricked into seeing it by others. How often is this material not disguised as something else, or you are in a public place (schools unfortunatly being the most common place) where someone will open it up and ask someone else to come over and have a look at something on their screen? I believe in freedom of speech, but I do feel that we need somesort of "option" when someone subscribes to a ISP to give them a option to filter out contents like this which I belive 95% of the population is not interested in.

Comment So what is "legitimate service" (Score 1) 293

The article states that the ISP can't restrict "legitimate service through the Internet", but doesn't that mean they can restrict "unlawful" activities? So how is this really different from what other western countries like Australia is trying to do where officially they say they are doing it to restrict illegal activities like child pornography or bit-torrent (which politicians still don't seem to understand is not illegal by itself)?

Comment Re:Not true. (Score 1) 80

Have you used a Iridium phone? With their call dropping I wouldn't want to trust on them in a Emergency (with the exception of if I was going to the North or South Pole where Inmarsat is not available). No, get a IsatPhone if you want something reliable which you just have a "see the sky, point antenna at sky, make call" operation.

Submission + - ClamAV 0.94 hits End Of Life disabling mailservers (

Fredde87 writes: Users still using ClamAV 0.94 (which is still the latest version in Lenny stable repository) or older today woke up to find that their ClamAV installation was no longer working. This was due to a scheduled update to disable all older installs of ClamAV which suffers from a critical bug which would otherwise have affected users in May 2010. Unfortunately users who experienced this would suffer further consequences as applications depending on ClamAV (Postfix amongst others) would also fail.

So if you find yourself with a big mailq this morning with ClamAV database errors, you might want to update your ClamAV installation (available in the volatile repository in Lenny).

Comment Re:Get a credit card (Score 1) 511

I have to agree with this poster. There is absolutely no excuse for using your debit card for anything other then cash withdrawals. There are other advantages as well, not only the fraud protection. Most cards will have a minimum of 30 days interest free on purchases so it wont cost you anything. And they will give you airmiles or cash back etc. I would learn from this experience and sign up for a credit card straight away.

Comment Email addresses reveal a lot about the applicant (Score 1) 1049

Yeah I had to hire someone for the first time a few months ago. The first filter I applied to the hundred of CVs we got was email addresses, locations etc. It is very easy as it is usual at the top of the CV so it is easy to throw out people with unprofessional emails or people who live to far away. Assuming the job application is for a technical role then I dont buy the concept of unfair. Since it is an IT job then one of the criterias I have is that my technicans should at least be clever enough to realise how bad AOLs service is and not use them. Do I want a technican who builds personalised networks for our customers if he chooses himself by choice to use AOL? Probably not.

Comment Re:Anyone else with horror stories with Demon? (Score 1) 259

Yes I agree that fax is a secure way but there are multiple other secure ways to do this. A web portal would be extremly useful and reduce their support costs massively by allowing the users to do the changes themselves. Or at least give the power to their phone support technician to make changes if the caller answers a few security question correctly. These options are just as secure if not securer then a fax. Your number can easily be hidden on a fax and it is not hard to get a company header! We send out loads of letters everyday with our company header. Someone could easily scan it and change the contents. I could do it in 5 minutes to fake a letter from any big company like Microsoft.

Comment Anyone else with horror stories with Demon? (Score 4, Informative) 259

I would love to see Demon crash and burn. The most horrible company to deal with. We run a lot of our customers email and domains. We used to buy the domains through demon, then one month they forgot to send us a renewal bill for one of our many domains. Instead of calling us or emailing us like a normal company to check why we hadn't paid they decided to suspend all of our domains for this one outstanding bill. We finally got the missing bill in the post a few days later, dated the same day that they suspended all of our accounts. Then the same things happened a second time a few weeks later. Obviously after the first time we asked them to double check that there where no more outstanding bills we hadn't received and they assured us that we were all up to date. Turned out they missed one of our accounts when they checked. Awful company to deal with in general, any DNS changes to a domain has to be done via fax on a letter with the company's header. Seriously? A large ISP like Demon cant make DNS changes over the phone/email or even have a management site online where the customer can change this? Of course they refused to give us our AuthInfo codes when we requested them. They said we could not get them for 6 months as we had just bought the domains. Turned out that when they "suspended" our domains they actually just canceled all of them and then put them through as a new orders to reactivate them. Finally got the AuthInfo code but had to put through the cancellation first which was scary to do as I had a feeling they were just going to cancel it and give us the AuthInfo code at the same time as they remove all our DNS records from their NS server. Luckily the move went through smoothly. Now with Zen and 1&1 which in comparison are top notch. All of this for a stupid outstanding amount of £12 renewal fee for 1 domain. Our customers ended up having 3 days of no emails or web services. Thank you and goodbye Demon!

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