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Comment Re:Wow (Score 0) 283

Certainly UEFI has provisions for entirely replacing your existing (in this case, failing) hard drive with a brand new blank one and allow you to install an OS on your computer.

You can replace your HDD but that won't help because UEFI bootloaders are stored on your motherboard in flash memory. In care of a system bricking, you need to directly power and reprogram that chip if possible. Some motherboards come with a socketed chip so that they can be removed and reprogrammed but there is nothing stopping manufactures from using a package-on-package chip and embedding that flash memory with another chip, making it physically inaccessible.

If not, please point me to the Commodore 64 aisle.

This is really only a problem with newer x86 system, so just use an older system or another arch and you will be fine.

Comment Re:You don't want this to succed (Score 1, Informative) 283

Don't think OSS would be immune either. The argument of "but I didn't charge for it" doesn't eliminate liability.

Apparently you haven't read any open source licenses because they took care of liability a LOOONG time ago. Normally the text would be in caps but Slashdot didn't like the caps.

GPL:

in no event unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing will any copyright holder, or any other party who modifies and/or conveys the program as permitted above, be liable to you for damages, including any general, special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the program (including but not limited to loss of data or data being rendered inaccurate or losses sustained by you or third parties or a failure of the program to operate with any other programs), even if such holder or other party has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

MIT:

the software is provided "as is", without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and noninfringement. in no event shall the authors or copyright holders be liable for any claim, damages or other liability, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise, arising from, out of or in connection with the software or the use or other dealings in the software.

BSD:

this software is provided by the copyright holders and contributors "as is" and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed. in no event shall the copyright owner or contributors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this software, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 3, Informative) 283

I haven't seen a Windows upgrade (note: UPGRADE) destroy data in a meaningful way in.....I don't even know how long.

As someone who has worked closely with NTFS, I can tell you that it's not far fetched to think that someone's NTFS partition could have been corrupted. There are no backups of the file index (unless they changed it since Win7), so if your file was fragmented and the index is lost then any file that is fragmented will be unrecoverable with the publically available automated tools. However, I can also tell you that losing the filenames and directory structure of all your data can be just as devastating as losing the files themselves.

That's a neat trick, unless they mean their IDEA of their computer rather than the physical hardware. Windows is shitty, not malicious.

If this were 20 years ago, you would be 100% right. Unfortunately, UEFI has made it entirely possible for a ill-tested operating system installer to brick your system.

Comment Re:It's time for Microsoft to give up (Score 1) 90

They've fought for years to get market share, but even with a competitive product it's still only gone down. Microsoft just isn't cool enough for people.

Stop trying to give Microsoft good advice! Don't you want them to fail? Come on, I can't be the only one sending MS letters of encouragement telling them to make a new Windows smartphone. ;)

Comment Re:Please stop (Score 1) 268

they think it's acceptable behavior

They think that because cowards like you keep letting them getting away with it.

Why they think it's acceptable isn't related to their peers, it's directly tied to figures of authority. Without an authority figure telling them it's unacceptable and taking disciplinary action, there is nothing their peers can do (within the law) to stop their behavior.

Because the very essence of their sexism means that they will take other men more seriously. Really, its not that hard.

Anything that counts as taking it "more seriously" requires actions not words. Anything less is like telling a media pirate that downloading files is wrong and they shouldn't do it. Words without actions are meaningless.

Comment Re:but you arent a traditional CA (Score 1) 228

That "lock" icon in the address bar is generally enough to convince people that what theyre doing with their Visa is sane. now, with letsencrypt, its not so certain.

I do not disagree with anything you wrote but this conflates the idea of a secure connection to a website as being a legitimate website. This has never been true.

if you're not going to at least police fraud or abuse, youre opening the service up to become a haven for quick and easy phishing sites. if you ignore this now, you might as well pack up and leave. Chrome and Firefox will not hesitate to lower their trust in your service

Sadly, this is true and I think some basic safeguard requirements need to be put in place to prevent new registrants/hidden registrants from abusing the service.

if it turns into the .info and .biz of the internet.

Sir, how you denigrate my superbe site, InternetIsSrs.Biz!

Comment Seems a bit pointless. (Score 5, Informative) 196

If you need your OS/2 apps badly, you can already freely download IBM OS2 Warp 4.0 and run it in a VM or some old metal. As for DOS, FreeDOS reliably runs even on modern hardware though you can also use ReactOS which implements it faithfully. Finally, Win 3.x apps are old hat for WINE. You can SkiFree all day if you want! ;)

Comment Way to go Slashdot! :( (Score 1) 196

ArcaOS 5 was going to released March 31 but then you guys slammed the server which caused it to overload and in the highly realistic Hollywood fashion, it began smoking and sparking. This resulted in a fire which burned down the building which for obvious reasons was also Arca Noae HQ and stored all the computers containing all copies of ArcaOS 5.

Thanks again Slashdot for ruining EVERYTHING! >:(

Comment Re:Please stop (Score 1) 268

It would definitely be helpful if more men spoke out, because that would give a strong signal that sexist behaviour is socially unacceptable.

I could tell them all day long that their behavior is unacceptable and it wouldn't change their behavior in the least. The problem has never been that they don't know other's think it's unacceptable behavior, it's that they think it's acceptable behavior. Furthermore, why would you believe that is must be other men that must assert it's unacceptable? Women aren't invalids incapable of asserting themselves.

If that is so hard for you that you feel the need to deflect when you are asked to do so, I stand by my assessment: you're a coward.

I'm considering the problem as a whole instead of worrying about literally inconsequential details. Also, there are some men that actually are cowardly, what good does shaming them for not being "manly" enough accomplish?

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