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Comment No nostalgia for something you use every day. (Score 2, Insightful) 640

I'm an admin at a University and we STILL are finding XP machines out in the wild. I don't forsee us (or most businesses) moving up to 10 when it launches because everyone just moved to 7 after XP ended its extended life support. When 7 reaches the end of extended support, then we'll see if people flock to 11 or 12 or whatever's out by then.

Comment Re:91% (Score 5, Interesting) 378

I wouldn't say it's irrelevant in the least. IE is still the leading browser, and it's kind of a big deal when the industry leader has a major release, especially one that addresses many of the issues the 91% of Slashdotters using it has. I'm not a big IE fan either, but I tried the 9 beta and it's a hell of a lot better than I remember IE being. Hell, I honestly think IE9 is a much better browser than Firefox is nowadays, and it's my #2 browser to go to when crap doesn't work in Chrome.

Comment Re:rebellion? (Score 1) 677

Once upon a time, 4chan was inhabited by a bunch of nerds who sat around watching anime and posting funny images and some shock images from LUE. Then, one day, in 2006 or so, someone told someone else that 4chan existed, and it snowballed into this terrible site that exists today. It's full of nothing but malware, child pornography, and hate speech by 12-14 year olds calling people "newfags" when they've been on the site since 2008. Most of its original userbase has migrated to /a/ or offsite entirely because of how terrible that site has become nowadays, and SharpFang is the perfect example of that. "Attacks" on people/sites/whatever is just stupid, and all these 14 year old internet cool kids have no idea how easy it is to prosecute them for it. I know the guy who is in jail for the Scientology ddos right now, he used to hang out in the same IRCs I do, and he was around about a week before the conviction. Needless to say, he wishes he had never even found 4chan.

Comment This is a necessary evil. (Score 1) 248

I have only ever accessed my WoW account from my gaming PC, which has Firefox and a hardware firewall. I don't share my account info, and I'm a stickler for having strong passwords. My account was hacked back in November, and everything cleaned out. The only person who knows my credentials are my best friend, and I'm the only person who knows his credentials. He uses a Mac and the same stringent security lengths, and he was ALSO hacked just two days ago. I'm assuming there's a security breach somewhere that Blizzard can't patch up, so this would be a way to fix it. Way, way too many accounts are being compromised as of late. Out of our 30 or so constant raiders, well over half have had account security breaches in the last year. Something's going down at Blizzard, and I for one welcome the mandatory Authenticator.

Comment Re:What about memory manufacturers? (Score 1) 711

Memory manufacturers use binary. 4 gigs of ram reports as 4096 megabytes, as it should. I think it's pretty silly of Apple to essentially instantly change over to Metric from SI in one service pack, but on the other hand, Apple's the most capable of doing this because their userbase isn't anywhere near as "in the know" of these inner workings as *nix/Windows users. They'll probably see that their hard drive sizes are actually what's written on the box and think that Apple fixed something.

Comment Re:I think it's the reverse (Score 1) 399

That's silly, though. Valve is in control of fixing things and releasing DLC on consoles, not EA. Valve has REPEATEDLY stated they have NO intention of EVER patching or releasing DLC for the PS3 version of the Orange Box, and will likely never release another PS3 game again. The reason they haven't done so for the 360 are technical limitations with regards to storage (just look at the size of your TF2 folder today compared to on release day - and remember that most 360 users have a 20gb hard drive, some don't have one at all). It's not EA's fault that Valve simply has no interest in the PS3 or technical means to patch TF2 on the 360.

Comment Re:If MS REALLY wanted this, (Score 1) 374

The problem is, MS's site has to always accept old versions of IE. How the hell else would end users upgrade to IE 7/8 without going to Microsoft's site? MS's site probably still supports IE5, just in case. They can't just say "Well, since you installed an OS with an old browser, you can't use the internet. Ever."

Comment Re:How do you get infected? (Score 1) 459

In my 17 years of online Windows computing, I've gotten a total of 2 infections, all within the last ~5 or so years. Every time on a clean install of Windows, pirating software with no AV installed. The first time, I was trying to pirate MagicISO. The last time back in 2007, when I was actually trying to pirate AVG Pro and ended up infecting myself. It sounds stupid to pirate anything without AV protection, I know. I'm an idiot. I thought I didn't need AV software for a long time, but now the first thing I install is Avast.

Comment There's a reason Linux went the way of the Tucker. (Score 1) 406

Is it really so hard to believe that people just want something that works? Sure, people could relearn to use Linux, but why? They already know how to use windows, and learning how to use Linux would take time away from them doing other things. A lot of people simply use the computer for checking email and browsing Facebook/MySpace, why sit there and relearn how to do that when you can just do it in Windows without the hassle/time investment? People are lazy. Those who aren't have other things to do with their time than learn a new OS, which is why I honestly don't think Linux will ever be desktop ready. OSX is so user-friendly that it's a nonissue there, but Linux breaks easily and requires a lot of knowledge when shit DOES break. Windows is just easier, more accessible, and everyone knows how to use it already.

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