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Comment Re:Great timing...? (Score 1) 170

All Linux has a root account, are you referring to being able to log directly in as root?
Why is that necessary? I've just run "sudo su -" when I need root for decades. It gives me some peace-of-mind knowing not just anyone can log into my system as root.
Ever checked your /var/log/secure or auth.log files? It's amazing how many hits a system gets from various entities attempting to ssh as root to my systems (even with a firewall you can't keep them all from trying).

We are in agreement about MS though, I haven't used Windows in my home environment for 15+ years. Linux is more than capable of doing what needs to be done on a computer.

P.S. OK, I have ONE copy of Windows 7 that runs in a VirtualBox instance on demand - only because my iphone requires iTunes that only runs on Win or MAC, my only software that make windows necessary.

Comment Re:walmart pay is slow (Score 1) 118

Same thing with the chipped credit cards, they are so much slower than swiping. You must stick it into the reader and wait, and wait, and wait.

I don't see the "advantage" of the chipped cards at all. If someone steals it they just plug it in like I would and no-one will know it's not me unless they check ID (which almost nowhere does - I don't go back to places that don't check).

Comment Re:Microsoft's Customers are Screwed.. Again (Score 1) 140

No, Microsoft are not screwed. Microsoft's partners are screwed. If Microsoft starts pushing out equipment that people want and emulates Apple - then there's no need for Dell. Anyway, who is Dell going to get an OS from? Apple? Dell has to keep selling Windows because its consumers need it (enterprise and business). Linux is not an option. It's not just hardware partners Microsoft is screwing over - channel partners are in deep shit, too. All those millions of little IT shops days are numbered, too. Office 365, Azure integrated AD, etc. All spells a lot of trouble for people who have spent the last 10 years selling SBS boxes and PCs to small businesses.

Why not? The last company I worked at (a small SaaS provider) ran completely on Linux, ESXi (free version) and open source. Windows was not missed at all. We ran one proprietary paid for application necessary for our work. The company has been running fine with very high uptimes, no Weekly/monthly reboots to patch things.

Comment Never, I hope (Score 1) 381

I like having control over my vehicle and where it goes. You just know after they are out there, the govt. will disallow manually driven cars and will probably come up with a million places your self-driving car will not be allowed to go. That would end freedom of movement in the US.

IR can "see" through heavy rain and fog, so that's not really a problem, but just how will these self-driving cars deal with bad weather, i.e. snow covered or unplowed roads? What will it do on small, winding mountain roads and roads where there's a one lane bridge?

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 487

Unless you're a Comcast Xfinity customer, which by default their WiFi routers have public wifi connection running. The end user can't even log in to disable it themselves, it takes a call to Comcast to have it disabled.

I had to call to disable it so it wouldn't interfere with my own wifi router(s) running DD-WRT.

Comment Re:more govenrnment waste!! (Score 1) 389

It doesn't matter whether it's legal or not, or whether it's a law. As long as the capabilities to gather and analyze this info exist they will be used by someone somewhere by the government (any government) or other entities.

It makes me wonder if it will just shift to having private enterprise do it for them, then constitutionality won't even matter.

Get used to being spied on; like AI, it's here to stay.

Comment Re:Navy? Warships? (Score 1) 101

No, the air spaces aren't necessarily filled with air or gas containing oxygen, it could possibly be filled with a relatively inert gas such as nitrogen, helium, etc. or even a gas that retards fire.

The potential problem with this material is that a magnesium fire can rip the O2 it needs straight from the H2O bonds in water. You cannot extinguish a Mg fire with water, that would be adding fuel to the fire. A vessel made of this floating in water means that it is floating its own fuel.

Comment Re:I'd like to see the environmental nightmare die (Score 1) 369

Me too!

I still can't figure out why the damn things got so popular. More expensive per cup, produces alot of unnecessary plastic waste, and limited selection of coffee type/flavors. I'll take my unbleached filters and fresh ground whole beans and have to wait the whole 4 minutes it takes me to drip-brew a pot of coffee anytime over that.

I swear, people are so f'ing impatient anymore. Just like so many prefer to use the spyware known as Chrome as a browser because it renders a page 1/3rd of a second faster than Firefox.

Comment Re:We're so screwed. (Score 4, Informative) 237

Actually the terrorists did win in a way. They achieved their goal of "terrorizing" us into enacting the policies now damaging our way of life. They caused the environment that allowed the government to pass the Patriot Act enabling/justifying their spying on us.

They made us suspect ourselves and each other and we now live in a state of paranoia and distrust.

Comment Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 3) 78

For that matter can we please go back to paper medical records too? How long will it be before all our medical histories become public knowledge?

While in theory, EMR's can do a lot of good by providing any doctor instant critical info but in the current big-data low security environment, no.

Comment This is just plain sick (Score 1) 256

My wife died on Christmas Day 2014 almost four years to the day of diagnosis and surgery of colon cancer.

I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone, but when I read about people like this it makes me think some people might deserve it.

I hope she is prosecuted and made to pay restitution somehow. Someday in the future when she really does have cancer, she'll see how wrong her behaviour is (or maybe she will become the victim of a horrible scam like this).

Comment Re:I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 1) 622

car is being repaired. Ridiculous! 20 MPG and every time I step on the brakes or the gas it rocks back and forth like a rocking chair. It seats about as many people as a sedan and can carry only slightly more junk than a sedan. Why do people want to drive these things? They aren't attractive, they don't stop/go fast, they can't carry much stuff. I don't get it.

I don't understand why so many people want to drive pickups either. In a pickup you can only haul stuff you care about in decent weather. I get it if you're a farmer or ranch hand and need to haul messy stuff year round, but why would anyone else want to drive a truck? And why is it that the bigger the pickup, the greater the odds that they will back into parking spaces?

I don't know about a Pathfinder, but I drive a 2001 Infiniti QX4 that is based on the Pathfinder. Mine does not handle like that, it pretty much drives like a luxury car, very smooth and predictable and pretty fast. It sounds like yours needs new struts badly and maybe a tune-up. Mine ran much better after a new MAF was installed.

I don't know what you were trying to fit in yours, but I can fit a stack of full 4x8 sheets of plywood or a 60" plasma TV in box and other big bulky items in it without trouble.

I drove a 1994 Acura Integra for almost 20 years. I finally needed something I could haul/tow with since my new home has several acres of wooded land.

P.S. It is my spare bad weather beater and utility vehicle, not my daily driver. Some people NEED a vehicle like this (I hate trucks/SUV's)

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