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Comment Vic20 (Score 1) 857

My first was a Commodore Vic20, complete with tape drive and hooked up to an old 14 inch black & white TV. I remember writing my own version of 'extended DOS', and hours typing in pages of peeks and pokes from the back of computer magazines to program in some games or application.

Submission + - IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally (ap.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The Associated Press reports that an online service provided by the IRS was used to gather personal information of more than 100,000 taxpayers. Criminals were able to scrape the "Get Transcript" system to acquire tax return information. They already had a significant amount of information about these taxpayers, though — the system required a security check that included knowledge of a person's social security number, date of birth, and filing status. The system has been shut down while the IRS investigates and implements better security, and they're notifying the taxpayers whose information was accessed.

Comment Re:Offsite (Score 1) 446

Offsite is the way to go. I do this with my family photos and important docs. I keep a drive locked away in my desk at work and one at my parents' place. Documents are encrypted and password protected. I've got a 3rd drive that I use and swap out as an update a couple of times a year and rotate. The drives are not plugged into anything so there's no chance of getting hacked. So unless there's a nuclear bomb that takes out the entire city, my important data is safe.

Comment Tim Cook != Apple (Score 1) 653

Apple is owned by its shareholders, not Tim Cook. If Tim Cook was to withdraw from all those countries for his personal beliefs, no matter what they are, he would be deposed by the shareholders and sued to high heaven. He can speak out all he wants (and he should) but he ultimately answers to his shareholders.

Comment Canon MX870 (Score 1) 190

If you really must go the route of keeping the Chromebook, I would suggest the Canon MX 3/4 in one printers. I myself have an MX870 model (printer/fax/copier/scanner), it's WIFI, and it has a USB port, an SD port, a compact flash port and an MS Duo port. From a USB stick I've printed PDFs, DOCs, text files, jpegs without a problem. I've also printed jpegs right off an SD card. It also works in the other direction; I've scanned some docs/images and saved them directly onto a USB stick.

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