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Comment Re:Probably Not (Score 1) 282

To be more clear - unsigned applets such as a utility for a game made by a player I know or other cases where the point of visiting the page was to use the applet (where I'd also risk downloading a program). Not cases where I'm browsing the web and there just happens to be a mysterious java applet

Comment Probably Not (Score 2) 282

"Casual" use of Java is fairly rare - if there's an applet on a website, I'm probably going there to find it and won't be worried about it being unsigned. Most sites use Flash or Javascript rather than fire up the JVM.

The typical user will just click "Run" no matter what it says anyways, that's why Google's malware blocking doesn't even give the option to proceed to the website on its warning page.

Comment Re:Thomas Edison - ick (Score 1) 191

Being an expert on Tesla doesn't make you an expert on Edison. Maybe you should broaden your reading. Is Tesla the only one who can attain the rank of "great inventor"? Weren't the phonograph or the quadruplex telegraph or the dozens of inventions relating to telegraphs and sound he invented BEFORE he even opened his lab great inventions?

Comment Re:XP rules! (Score 1) 426

I tried to setup a new XP virtual PC the other day from an old CD.

Apparently windows update needed an update but there wasn't an easy way to get it. Went to the microsoft update webpage...and it didn't work in IE6. Had to get the latest IE - but actually not since that doesn't work, fortunately IE8 worked (because I had SP2). Finally got it to allow me to update windows update and then a few more rounds of updates getting the latest service pack and then windows update worked normally!

The strange thing is this isn't a problem all that unique to XP - I set up a win 7 machine earlier straight out of the box from HP - it wouldn't let me install all the updates at once, had to do them a few at a time.

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