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Comment Notable missing gadget (Score 2, Insightful) 168

From the summary:

Police also found a Nest thermostat, a Honeywell alarm system, wireless weather monitoring in the backyard and WeMo devices for lighting at the smart home crime scene. Officers have also seized an iPhone 6S, a Macbook Pro, a PlayStation 4 and three tablets in the investigation.

All those gadgets, but this guy didn't have a security camera?

Comment Re:Fuck you! (Score 4, Insightful) 234

Yep. KeePass is open source and stores your password database locally (or remotely via something like WebDAV). Another alternative is to use a password hasher that regenerates all of your passwords based on a master password so that there is no stored database to be potentially compromised at all.

There is no reason to trust LastPass or any other proprietary, third party solution with your most valuable data. Also, didn't LastPass recently get hacked?

And if you want to sync passwords across devices, just keep the KeePass database in a cloud storage account. In the event that your cloud account is breached, the database is still encrypted

Comment Re:No they won't. (Score 1) 425

Aside from your points, the wording of the 2nd Amendment is clear. Those in favor of gun control point to the beginning where it refers to a "well regulated militia". A lot of 2nd Amendment supporters will say things like, "What part of 'shall not be infringed' do you not understand?" But look at the middle: "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms..."

Not the militia, not the police - the people.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 1) 438

Quite a few Democratic politicians have firmly stated that they want to confiscate guns, including Hillary (look upthread for citations)

If you look at the dissenting opinion in the Heller case, the 4 liberal Supreme Court justices were quite clear. They believe individuals do not have the right to own guns.

Comment Re:Linux ISO discs... (Score 1) 385

Creating a bootable USB stick under Windows is pretty easy, providing you're wanting to boot to Linux. UNetbootin or YUMI both work really well under Windows, with the caveat that they require Admin privileges.

Creating a bootable USB Windows installer, on the other hand, has been very hit-and-miss for me, particularly using Microsoft's USB creation tool.

Comment I better act quickly, then... (Score 1) 42

...if I'm going to hijack the PSN account some guy set up using my gmail address. I wonder if Sony's bothered to start sending a test message to confirm email addresses on new accounts yet.

A few months ago, I commandeered a Twitter account that was linked to my email. I did manage to resist the temptation to screw around with some 64-year-old woman's account. Doesn't anybody check these things?

Comment Re:Good after my "Standard Windows 10 Protocol" (Score 1) 376

Not retired, but I do a bit of in-home support for people in my area. (Most of them are older users - I used to work in the IT department of the local retirement home.) I've had a few that unintentionally upgraded that I helped roll back, one that I had to reload Win7 since he waited more than 30 days to decide he didn't like 10.

I got a lot of calls from people asking about the upgrade. Most of them decided to stay with Window 7 after I told them that 7 would be supported until 2020 - they figured they'd be getting a new computer before then. (Several of my elderly users half-joked about whether they'd still be around by then.) I had several that moved from Windows 8 to 10 and thought it was a big improvement. I didn't have any Linux conversions because of Windows 10, but years ago I had one because of Vista. He was a happy Ubuntu user for a couple of years, then switched to a Mac.

As for my personal experience, I upgraded my laptop shortly after 10 released, partly to see how it would perform on older hardware. Turns out that Windows 10 is painful on a Core2 Duo with 2GB RAM, but no more so than Windows 7. I upgraded my desktops within the last week of the free upgrade. The only problem I've found so far is that Infrarecorder - an Open-Source CD/DVD burning program - won't run. The splash screen flashes up briefly, then nothing. I've only tested this on one of my desktops, and this was a pretty well-worn, crufty machine that was my daily driver for years. Haven't tried it on another machine yet, so it may be a fluke.

Comment Re:Primary browser: Vivaldi (Score 1) 195

Best video downloader 2I haven't used this in a while, so I don't know if it will still work, but this is the only youtube video downloader I have found that works on chromium-based browsers. Firefox, on the other hand, has very many in their add-ons store.

I've had a couple of video downloader extensions that quit working, or would work for some videos but not all. I've switched to just pasting the address in at to get a download link.

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