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Comment Last update on a phone intentionallruins it anyway (Score 1) 188

based on my last couple phones, the last update that my provider pushes out (which I cannot say no to) intentionally wrecks the thing. battery runtime drops like a rock (my Note 4 turns off at 27% battery remainining now), and my Droid 4 became unusably slow and hot-running, taking longer to tell me that someone is calling than is allowed so I could never answer to talk to someone, and apps were unbearably slow, with several no longer even able to load.

With this belief, of course they don't want to be bothered with updating old phones. They've already at some point done their last update with the intention of forcing people to stop using that one to buy a new one. Funcitonal updates at this point are of course not part of the plan at all, let alone security udpates or anything useful.

I need to start rooting and getting "alternative" OS deliveries to see if that helps or not...

Comment Re:Security missing in education (Score 4, Interesting) 157

I'm just finishing up an MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, my BS degree was in Computer Engineering. While we're being taught coding, and I started in CE instead of EE to get a stronger focus on the computer science portion, I've never been taught about secure programming. The CS portion of the CE degree mostly used Module-2 at the time, to impress the importance of consistent typing and what not, but in terms of how to make your code secure from malware attacks, or what a security weakness looks like or how to correct it, I've never seen that in general programming or embedded programming courses. I have no idea... And I don't know where to go and get an idea. I understand it's important, and after I do my last presentation for my last course in MS degree this coming week, I do want to seek out some resources about how to do that. I have a book about TDD for Embedded C programming, but surely that's not enough for security coverage, it seems more about correct functionality. I suspect that one could pass functional testing yet still have security holes...

So where do I go to learn effective "secure programming"? Do I go and take some MOOCs about white-hat hacking to learn how to break in, and then try not to leave those holes? Are those things applicable to embedded programming, or are they only about breaking into servers and websites?

I look forward to good suggestions, so that more of us can become capable of doing better in this regard.

Comment clonezilla copied previous versions (Score 1) 177

I made full hard drive clones of both my Windows 7 pro and the Windows 10 that replaced it. Can go back if I feel the need...

Other than that, who has figured out tricks to stop unwanted updates form coming into Windows10? I've set my home wifi as "metered" in my Windows 10 settings, and attempted to set a couple policies such as to wait until I reboot, don't reboot on my behalf, and another to try and hold back updates. Not certain if they had the effect the website said they would.

Comment clonedrive a backup of 7 (Score 1) 503

I held off allowing the update to 10 to happen forbquite a while, using apps to help prevent it from happening. i bought another hard drive snd used clonedrive to copy everything, so now i have teo indistinquishable drives. I put one into cold storage, and then allowed the new one to dobthe 10 update.

I also have some vrtual machines, one with win7 pro that I have several things in (to help make it easier to move to a new computer someday) and one with win8 and win8.1 that i never really used but had to check out the 8.x versions. this past week i got all my apps up to date and got a few things od been thinking about, sobthat they are thrre and working in win7 land. thrn made a copy of virtual hard drive, stored away the older versions, and sllowed win10 updates on new copies. the moment i dont like win10, i have a path back to "better versions" for everything i have and do today.

Comment Be nice, be prepared to leave (Score 1) 765

Do employers give 2 weeks notice on a layoff? Or do the "affected" employees get a debriefing meeting and same time to gather their things before exiting the building that same day?

At some places today, if you give your 2 weeks notice, it very quickly turns into the above, and you end up going home same day at the employer's preference.

I think that if you are the employee wanting to leave, it really depends on your reasons and your relationship with the employer. If you're all on good terms with each other and in the middle of something, that it can be a polite thing to offer to stay on for a bit so they have some notice, but accept the possibility of being walked out anyway. If it's a difficult situation, then you can do so, but be prepared to be walked out.

This example sounds so ridiculous that I question its authenticity, but I think the alleged employee was very right to walk out right then.

Comment Robot passengers? (Score 1) 263

I'm curious what Uber will do when we void out the need for humans to be passengers. Would robot travellers really need to travel, or to be passengers? So, after we have all our automated kiosks at fast-food restauraunts voiding otu the need for people to go to work there, and we've voided out the need for humans to go there to eat, and we're all stuck at home with nothing to do and nothing to eat, will there still be places to go, or will we void those out as well along with things to do when you get there?

Comment Iffy driver situation, even on "supported" units (Score 1) 982

My laptop updated to Win10. This is a Dell Latitude e6530 which is allegedly well supported with 10.

It was difficult to get my speakers making sound again, but after a lot of work they do now.

I have not yet got my webcam/microphone to work again. Were fine in Win7.

My Canon MP530 printer/scanner/fax combo is not supported in Win10. Canon says NO drivers for Win10, buy a new printer instead. I myself would think that if users are being pushed so hard to update to 10, that it would be mandatory for peripheral vendors to support any device from Win7 and Win8 also in Win10, but this does not appear to be the case. So Microsoft has effectively stolen my printer/scanner from me, as I can no longer make use of it.

I am taking an online university course this summer, the last course for my MS degree. But my webcam, speakers, printer and scanner all went AWOL, and I've only been able to get one of those important items back. And my kid can't video chat with distant grandparents.

Consider me disappointed with 10...

Comment MS stole my webcam, speakers, printer and scanner (Score 1) 501

There may be more, but the things I know don't work after installing Win10 include my laptop's webcam and speakers, and my combo printer/scanner/fax machine.

I'm taking an online class this summer, involving video conferencing, printing stuff and scannign my work to submit online. My kid can't skype with his remote grandparents.

Sorry MS, this is quite a fail.

There are allegedly Win10 drivers for stuff internal in my laptop, but I haven't yet solved that riddle satisfactorily.

The maker of my printer/scanner unit says NO, we wil lnot make any Win10 drivers for that. Screw you, buy a new one. IMHO, if MS is so insistent that Win7 and Win8 users change to Win10, then they should also make demands on vendors to mandatorily make Win10 drivers for any gizmos they made for Win7 or Win8. My printer/scanner has vendor supported drivers for both Win7 and 8, but MS wants to take this support away from me by not wanting me to continue using my Win7 Ultimate edition.

So, since stuff no longer works, and some of that stuff probably never will work again, should I be able to sue MS, since I'd have been find if we had not been hustled into this Win10 thing?

Before I allowed Win10 to do its thing, I did a clonezilla on my hard drive, so I can go back with a hard drive swap. Or so I assume and hope. Would MS have mangled the licensing to forbid that from working?

My wife didn't get any confirmation or anything when hers updated, and she was in the middle of some important work that she lost and had to do over a while later. She says she said no when it asked, and I assume she got scammed by the red X means yes trick. I don't know if that's what happened or not, but makes the most sense from what she told me. She was in Virtualbox installing RedHat when hers began Win10 install and that of course did not get saved properly when the rug underneath it was pulled.

Comment But I already paid my ISP for IS... (Score 1) 109

-- As long as competitor content isn't slowed down to make your content more attractive, it seams reasonable to me to put caps on
-- out of network usage, but no caps on usage from servers which are wholly owned by the ISP.

So, I pay my ISP to connect me to the internet, their "Internet Service". I don't understand why it's OK to you to have to pay for that same connection/service multiple times, regardless of if it's slowed down, let run at-speed, or whatever. It's not OK to me to be multiple-charged by my "Internet Service Provider" for my "Internet Service".

Comment Amiga stuff is relatively cheap on the bay... (Score 2) 456

Parts for the computer are difficult to find, Hopkins said. It is on its second mouse and third monitor.

Try ebay or Craigs list? Lots of it out there...

Since this was made by a student, why not have a new student project to replace this thing usign a Pi or *duino board, which are all the rage these days? Or for an even more interesting learning experience, go with a Zed board? Surely those and your free extracurricular club labor would save you a couple bucks?

Comment I do better notetaking with paper (Score 1) 387

I'm working on an MS degree in Computer/Electrical Engineering. I find that I write a lot faster than I could type, particularly the large amounts of crazy math in several classes I've taken, such as refreshers on advanced math, circuit analysis, analog electronics, Fourier transforms, etc. The equations, symbols, and complex diagrams would be very hard for me with my laptop.

One might argue that writing is OK to do if it's on a tablet. Well, I find myself very frequently flipping back and forth amongst several pages, which may or may not be in linear order. Some may be from a few weeks ago. My several fingers allow me to quickly hold a page and flip to it. I would not want to be doing tremendous amounts of spastic swiping to go back and forth like Johnny 5 could flip paper pages.

My stack of tree slices isn't as compact as a tablet, but it doesn't lose power or require charging or a power cord to use it. It's not as hard to see in sunlight or other glare situations. I need a stylus in either case (pen/pencil being the paper-compatible stylus types) My observation has been that pen or pencil on paper give me a higher-resolution writing experience, the wider lines from a tablet stylus make my writing/printing less readable unless I exaggerate and write very large to space things out more. Paper is more apocalypse-resistant, in that, should I survive, I'll still be able to read my notes and textbooks a few days (and more) after doomsday, while tablets will quickly become useless.

Yea, I otherwise went through school before tablets (Well, I guess there were Newtons), and a few years before PDAs or laptops that would survive a couple classes without being plugged in. I grew up with paper. But so far I really have found it more practical to use for writing and taking class notes than a tablet.

Comment Just give me what you advertized and I paid for. (Score 1) 391

From my point of view, it's not about freedom of their (Verizon's) speech, or about this being a good way to improve innovation and such. it's about what they advertized my service to be when I signed up, and as I pay for it. If I signed up for a 25Mbit/50Mbit plan, and you have plenty of capacity, then what right do you have to intentionally slow me down below that agreed upon and paid for speed? If you don't have the capacity to reliably provide the advertized, agreed and paid for speed, then why are you offering it? If you are taking on too many customers to continue to provide the advertized/agreed/paid for speed, then please stop taking more on until you are capable of reliably honoring your side of all agreements.

If you want to give us less than what you advertize, then stop advertizing higher speeds, and only advertize and sell what you are capable of.

I'm really getting tired of your Half-Fast B.S. arguments in favor of your bait-and-switch false-advertizing.

Comment 7 out of 12 eggs (Score 1) 308

How would everyone feel if every carton of a dozen eggs at the grocery store only contained 7 eggs? And the grocery store manager said that the farmer was not paying the store, so it was OK to not provide all 12 eggs as written on the carton?

Now, I am the customer of my ISP. They advertize speed tiers, and I choose to pay for one of them. I am paying for that speed grade to access the internet at large. This is an INTERNET Service Provider, after all, not an INSERT_BRANDNAME_HERE Service Provider.

I expect to be provided the speed grade that I pay for, under contract, for anything within my ISP's boundaries. I understand that my destination may pay for a different speed at their end. But I do expect to receive what I pay for on my end.

Some cray situation where everyone at my ISP downloads something very large at the same time might have some impact, but this should be a statistical rarity, with my ISP building enough infrastructure to have a very high statistic of meeting its side of my contract with them. If they cannot, or do not plan to do this, then they should reconsider their advertizing and what speeds they offer.

To make i ta matter of policy to not deliver on their side of our contract is problematic. If they offer in their advertizement a 50Mbit/s speed tier, then they should do their utmost to deliver on that. To artificially degrade that is counter to their advertizement of 50Mbits/s speed that their customer signed up and contracted for. To do that for the reason of "because I said so", just isn't right. I paid for a dozen eggs, yet you feel no expectation to give me more than 7 in this example.

I just don't see how that can continue in the long run. Eventually, more and more people are going to notice some eggs missing, and start wondering why they are paying the price of a full dozen eggs to get that. Once the masses realize the problem, there's going to be a huge outcry and demand for things to be made right as they seek out an honest grocer. I truly wish the dishonest one would be held accountable, but surely they have planned for a fine someday and are making sure that this future business expense is already being passed on to their customers today, yesterday, and the day before that.

I think the Half Fast advertizements going on right now are somewhat ironic...

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