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Comment Re:Not all emulation (Score 1) 74

That's not actually that big of a downside. With Microsoft Office, for example, Microsoft still recommends most users install the 32-bit version, even though almost everybody is running a 64-bit OS these days. The exception is people who need to run crazy big Access databases (or ... shudder ... Excel spreadsheets).

Comment Re:no (Score 1) 144

You sound like a complete asshole. WhyTF should anyone hang onto ancient and obsolete technologies just to accommodate the media companies? I for one have plenty of other things to do with my time than worry about hanging onto things like BluRay players or fax machines just because some stupid company refuses to give them up. TechyImmigrant isn't missing out on anything anyway; Hollywood's latest stuff is all garbage, and I'm sure he's perfectly happy spending his time watching stuff that's available in streaming format.

Comment Re:Microsoft Bash to the rescue (Score 1) 39

They're not, and suffer the same inherent vulnerability that Powershell or any other executable scripting language does; that even if you have core network and system resources ringfenced, malicious scripts can still play havoc with anything even regular users have access to (like shared file resources and the like).

The reality is, and this has been known for a couple of decades now, email and web clients simply should not be able to execute code. But since executable code, whether macros or scripts, show up in so many file formats it's all but impossible to fully enforce such a regime.

Comment Re:Replacing CMD (Score 1) 39

Some of the nastier scripts out there nowadays aren't really about gaining elevated privileges. Some of them, like the encrypting ransomware requires no special privileges at all, but simply access to user files, and to network files that the user has read/write access to. So while the critical aspects of a computer or a network are protected by execution and system resource access limitations, you need to prevent execution of unauthorized scripts completely.

I have to admit I've found signing Powershell scripts to be a mighty pain in the arse, but it does provide some protection against external scripts running when you maintain the blocking of execution of unsigned scripts. It isn't a complete protection, unfortunately, and Powershell is only one route by which this kind of ransomware could end up on a system. Vulnerabilities in Java, MS-Office files, and even the execution of Windows Scripting Host files (vbscript and jscript) seem more common from my experience.

The one bit of ransomware I saw got loose through a vbscript file attached to an email. For whatever reason, Outlook allowed it to be executed, and the user clicked the dialog that might have prevented it, and then the script went to town encrypting files on the user's own folders and the share. Fortunately there's a good backup regime in place, so there was very little actual loss, but it demonstrated that along with some vulnerabilities in Windows' execution protection schemes, the real weak link as always is users themselves.

Comment Re:no (Score 1) 144

Buy the DVD and rip it. Or Buy the DVD and take it to WalMart and have them do it for you.

Cry more.

How about no?

Aspects of my life right now in approximate order of shit I care about
1) Supporting my family
2) Succeeding at my job
3) Being an effective investor so I can retire soon
4) Playing computer games
5) Writing my book
6) Learning a language

Watching TV is some way down the list but I haven't reached it yet.

Comment Re:no (Score 1) 144

Your excuses are terribly lame. The mail is trivial to use. A disk player is trivial to use. Your whining about wires is also lame.

If you aren't willing to plug something into your TV, then you have to be content with "smart TV" features that suck or broadcast TV.

But if you insist on depriving yourself, that's your own problem.

I have no duty to live to your standards of media consumption. They aren't fucking excuses, they're facts. There's a difference.

Comment Re:So. 50,000 more H1-B visas need to be issued (Score 1) 316

Go back a year ago, even at rallies when he was talking about the wall he said there would be breaks for natural barriers. You're moving the goalposts.

If those breaks are patrolled with the same fervency as a border crossing, then I'll allow it. Otherwise, the whole thing is even more of a sham than I thought.

Comment Re:no (Score 1) 144

No blu-ray. There's a DVD player in a box in the garage somewhere, but it wouldn't work well since the TV is mounted on wall with sockets, roku and ethernet behind it and out of sight.

We're not going to have a bunch of wires trailing across to wall to get to a DVD. We're not going to mess with mailing DVDs. Like I said, the world has moved on.

There's a gaming PC upstairs with a DVD drive, but I'm not watching TV on that.

Comment Re:Science coverage with AD (Score 1) 97

... revisionism at its best. was christ born in that vicinity of years? yes, the man later to be known as christ was born in a 30 year window of that time.

[citation needed]

There is not one single historical point of evidence for the man's existence. Every supposed eyewitness account is from the same collection of related works allegedly created by three authors. I love the idea of Jesus Christ as much as the next guy, but there is literally no historical evidence for his existence. The closest thing you get is one historian repeating hearsay.

This doesn't mean there was no Christ. The absence of evidence is not the same as incontrovertible evidence of absence. But please, let's at least try and stick with facts here. I know, I know. I must be new here.

Comment Re:I Would Rather Go To Theatres (Score 3, Interesting) 142

As would I. I actually prefer the theater experience, providing you don't have a theater full of assholes. When I went to The Force Awakens last year on its opening day, that old communal experience I remember from theaters when I was a kid came back. There was cheering and clapping when the Star Wars theme played and in general it really was a wonderful experience. My experience with Deadpool was even better, as people laughed at the jokes through the whole thing. And there's the big screen, which I really do love. Can't reproduce that at home.

Comment Re:Try a docking station (Score 1) 73

I've done it with a tablet and it works, but I own a notebook and have a desktop PC at work so I see little enough reason to do it. In theory I suppose the idea of using a mobile device as your primary computing device has its attractions, but this would also mean for me having a Windows device or a device capable of running the Windows software I do use, and the cost of Windows smart devices is fairly hefty.

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