Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. ×

Comment Re:100% of Microsoft Vulnerabilities (Score 1) 181

How is Hotmail exploiting a vulnerability in your non-Windows PC?

It isn't. The vulnerability to which I refer is in Microsoft software that runs on a device other than my PC.

Hotmail goes through Microsoft's server. If the Microsoft software running on Microsoft's server has a vulnerability, the data stored on said server on behalf of its users is affected, even data stored on behalf of users who do not run an Windows operating system. Therefore, shunning Windows will not protect users from all vulnerabilities in Microsoft software.

Hotmail, really?

Unlike Google with respect to Gmail, Microsoft promises not to use the text of emails stored on a Hotmail user's behalf as part of Microsoft's interest profile on a user.

Comment No Visual Studio RT (Score 1) 181

Microsoft is trying hard to solve this problem by migrating to an app model which is used by Android and iOS but it just cannot work with Windows for far too many reasons

Probably the same reason it doesn't work with iOS. You can't develop apps on an iPad Pro with keyboard and Apple Pencil because Xcode works only on a Mac. Likewise, you can't develop apps on a Surface 1 or 2 because Microsoft never released Visual Studio RT. (You can on Surface Pro and Surface 3 because those run full Windows.)

Comment Re:Not viable on Windows 10 (Score 1) 181

I have my dad set to a general user account [...] On those occasions something needs installed or updated, I log into the administrator account, take care of it, then log off. Not a single issue so far.

Can you do that remotely on the home version, or do you need to be physically present? Because if it's Saturday evening, and your city doesn't run buses on Saturday evenings or Sundays (as Fort Wayne, Indiana, doesn't), it might be a long wait before you can be present at dad's computer.

Comment Re:Too good to be true. (Score 2) 176

It doesn't work like that. Radiative heating/cooling works via exchange of IR. You're not just giving it up; everything you're radiating at is proportionally radiating back at you. So you cool the most when you're radiatively exchanging with something that's very cold. Aka, you want to be radiatively exchanging with the cosmic microwave background, not with low-altitude clouds. That's the whole point of radiating at low absorption frequencies in the atmosphere: so that you're exchanging with space, not with atmospheric air.

Comment Re:Admin? (Score 2) 181

Both Windows and GNU/Linux separate "running as root" from "running as a member of the wheel group". Even if you're a member of the wheel group (which may be called Administrators under Windows or sudo under GNU/Linux), you still need to elevate in order to do any tasks that require superuser privileges. But perhaps creating two accounts, one in wheel and the other not, and doing work other than software installation as the user not in wheel would make it harder to social-engineer users into elevating.

Slashdot Top Deals

After a number of decimal places, nobody gives a damn.