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Comment Re:He raises a valid concern and offers a solution (Score 1) 384

Where did you get a 300 MHz Droid?

Yeah, I have a Motorola Milestone (GSM version of the same device) and it is also 550 MHz. My battery is about 30-40% when I plug it in at night, and if an app decides to misbehave, the phone is sometimes flat even before I get home from work.

Comment Re:Almost worth it (Score 1) 95

McAfee is second only to Norton in the amount of effort required to remove it, and the resources it hogs.

MCPR.exe hasn't failed for me yet. That said, with regards to resource hogging -- I'll give you that. One of the many reasons we have switched to Sophos at work. 50 PCs now running Sophos -- we're never looking back.

In a perfect world, we'd be running some kind of Unix that doesn't encourage you to run as root all day long, but until that day arrives, we're stuck with supporting those that haven't yet made the switch.

Comment Re:Time to look at your own desk... (Score 1) 376

(If your router is anything like my OpenWrt one, if you don't run DHCPv6-PD, you'll get a dynamic /64 address on the ppp0 interface, but nothing on your LAN interface. You *could* then manually advertise that on the eth0 interface

My apologies — the end of my message seems to have been cut off. I can't remember what I was going to write, but hey. You should get the gist.

Comment Re:Time to look at your own desk... (Score 2) 376

You do not need to sign up for Internode's IPv6 trial.

All you have to do is change the domain in your username from "internode.on.net" to "ipv6.internode.on.net". Then, make sure IPv6 is enabled in your pppd config (e.g. check the "IPv6" box on your router, or on Debian, just add a line "ipv6 ," to /etc/ppp/peers/dsl-provider) and you should be away.

You'll also need to run a DHCPv6-PD client if you want the static /60 subnet, which if you bought one of the IPv6-ready routers from Internode wiil already be supported. Or on, say, Debian, just install the wide-dhcpv6-client software and you will get the static /60 subnet they are allocating.

(If your router is anything like my OpenWrt one, if you don't run DHCPv6-PD, you'll get a dynamic /64 address on the ppp0 interface, but nothing on your LAN interface. You *could* then manually advertise that on the eth0 interface

Comment Re:i'm interested in an android app for ssh tunnel (Score 1) 359

My only complaint is that it doesn't remember passwords the way AndFTP does (another excellent tool, by the way). I'd like to not have to type in the darned password every time, but oh well, it's a lot better than no ssh.

You've never heard of SSH keys?

I've never typed a password to log on to any of my machines with ConnectBot. Nor am I planning to. There is no need for a password remembering feature (nor can I imagine there ever will be), because SSH keys makes that redundant.

Comment Re:Will it be as hard to update as Android? (Score 1) 140

Yes, but for those examples there are other barriers to entry.

To own your own home, you have to make a large financial investment.

And hire a qualified electrician to install cabling inside the house, to reinforce your point.

People try to draw a line between electric cabling and using a computer, based on the false assumption that if you screw up electric cabling you die, whereas if you screw up your own computer, it only affects you.

That's a bogus assumption because the reality is that we have this thing called the "Internet". You know, a community of networks, where computers actually talk to each other. And, you know, cause havoc on each other's networks.

If you crash the car in your own paddock, that's okay -- it's your car, and your paddock. But if you drive irresponsibly on the road, especially a highway, which is a commons of road drivers, you suddenly have the ability to cause a lot more harm.

It's the same with the Internet. If you own a PC, and you connect it to the Internet, you have a responsibility as a citizen of the Internet (and the world, pretty much) to be conscientious to others. An infected PC is not a laughing matter — you’re actively harming someone or something whether you’re aware of it or not. If you're not prepared to take due care, you should be treated like the cops would treat you if you were an unlicensed drive — you shouldn't be allowed on the Internet.

It's a social problem, not a technical one.

Emulation (Games)

3dfx Voodoo Graphic Card Emulation Coming To DOSBox 156

KingofGnG writes with this excerpt from King Arthur's Den: "One of the forthcoming versions of the best PC-with-DOS emulator out there should include a very important architectural novelty, ie the software implementation of the historical Voodoo Graphics chipset created by 3dfx Interactive in the Nineties. "Kekko", the programmer working on the project with the aid of the DOSBox crew and the coding-capable VOGONS users, says that his aim is the complete and faithful emulation of SST-1, the first Voodoo chipset marketed in 1996 inside the first 3D graphics accelerated cards on the PC."
Privacy

Does A Company Deserve the Same Privacy Rights As You? 379

An anonymous reader writes "The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important case to determine whether or not AT&T deserves 'personal privacy' rights. The company claimed that the FCC should not be allowed to distribute (under a Freedom of Information Act request) data it had collected concerning possible fraud and overbilling related to the e-rate program. The FCC argued that the information should be made public and that companies had no individual right to 'personal privacy,' the way individuals do. As it stands right now, the appeals court found that companies like AT&T do deserve personal privacy rights, and now the Supreme Court will take up that question as well. Given the results of earlier 'corporation rights' cases, such as Citizens United, at some point you wonder if the Supreme Court will also give companies the right to vote directly."

Comment Re:All well and good, until... (Score 1) 431

Its 2010 and the fact you still have to explain to people how a digital connection works is getting old.

Yes, the data going through the USB may be digital, but as I have shown, the USB power, not data can cause interference.

For a vinyl ripper, the USB power has the ability to interfere with the audio while it's still analogue, before its conversion to digital prior to being sent over USB.

One would hope a vinyl ripper would use an external source of power and shield the USB well.

Comment Re:All well and good, until... (Score 1) 431

Uh, what? USB means that the ADC is outside the computer, which means that you get less possibility of EM noise from the electronics in the case interfering with the analogue signal.

In theory, maybe, but in practice I get noticeable EM noise from USB.

I have a USB-powered speaker (uses a normal 3.5 mm jack for audio) for my computer which also has an earphone port on the side, which is handy. It used to be part of a HP LCD monitor (L1740 if you must know), which had a USB port for plugging the speaker into for power. Why you would design the speakers to get their power off a monitor they were specially designed to be an accessory for with USB I do not know -- surely a normal DC plug would have done the job. But I digress.

Anyway, I no longer use that monitor, but kept the USB speakers. To power them, I now plug them directly into my desktop PC's USB port for the power. Now when I plug my earphones into the side of the speaker bar, there is a noticeable hum that is directly correlated with the CPU usage. Normally it's like "bzzt zzt zzt". But if I drag a window around or compile something, it goes like "BZZT THH ZZT THH ZZT TTH ZZT".quite loudly.

It does that with two separate motherboards with two separate PSUs. However, it does not do that if I plug the USB power into my Eee PC (laptop) instead.

So there you have it. USB does suffer from EM noise. If you have a solution, I'd like to know -- it drives me batty some days.

Security

Submission + - Are work web blockers a waste of time? (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: Are attempts to filter or block personal web access at work counterproductive for both employers and employees? Palo Alto Networks’ Franklyn Jones insists that “the very idea of trying to apply web filtering to control end users is misguided and ineffective,” not least because internet-savvy employees can easily circumvent them to get access to the applications and sites they want. A Palo Alto Networks survey of companies with multiple security technologies to control users and applications found "oethat unwanted applications, threats, and bandwidth consumption were widespread”. Kevin Harrington, a director at Sodexo Motivation Solutions, also warns that that companies run greater risks by blocking personal web access. "oePeople will find a way around it,” Harrington said. “Companies blocked Facebook, Vodafone promoted a free phone application and staff still got their Facebook messages – but were now beneath the radar.”

Comment Reading comprehension fail (Score 1) 442

If you're going to spend money why don't you just buy a damn SBS and use AD?

The GP did use AD. Re-read this quote from the GP, my friend:

This meant it had to be AD.

If that doesn't convince you, read this quote, then read up up on the description for the likewise-open package.

The first thing I tried was likewise-open which I had a number of problems with.

If the GP wasn't using AD, then what the heck were they doing using a tool that provides "authentication services for Active Directory domains"?

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