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Comment Re:Not plugin free (Score 1) 134

They've been procratinating on this "remove NPAPI" thing for years now. They always say they will and never actually do since it would rregress their market position by breaking most of the web.

Chrome (which has about 50% of desktop users) removed NPAPI entirely almost a year ago. None of the mobile browsers (which depending on country may be the majority of internet users) have ever had it. The vast majority of the web isn't going to miss it, because they don't have it right now and they clearly don't care.

Comment Re: happened to me today (Score 2, Interesting) 281

What if it were a disk failure instead? Cryptolocker? Inadvertent keystroke, or even cat on the keyboard?

The partition getting deleted is obviously Microsoft's fault. The fact that it caused permanent loss of important data however is more the user's fault. If it's important it needs to be on at least two different disks, and the further separated those disks are physically the better.

Just because someone is the victim doesn't make their actions or lack thereof perfect. If you're not backing up your important data you're guaranteeing that many possible problems which would otherwise be an inconvenience immediately get bumped up to disaster.

Comment Re:Cheaper ??? (Score 1) 351

I Still have that vette well maintained.

If you want to put money where your mouth is, I'll be glad to race

If by some chance you happen to be within a reasonable distance of Northeast Ohio I'd be up for it. Dragway 42 is my "home track" but it's been closed for renovations for two years and doesn't look to be reopening this year either, so I guess Norwalk's the next closest. Mid-Ohio as far as tracks with turns. I don't know if BeaveRun is still open to cars, I heard they might have gone karts-only. Or of course there are a lot of nice twisty roads outside of the major metro areas where some unofficial runs could easily occur.

Comment Re:Cheaper ??? (Score 3, Informative) 351

In 76 I had a Lincoln Continental Mark, in 78 I had a Corvette Anniversary edition.

I doubt I could buy any car made today that had the crashworthyness of the Lincoln.

Just go on to Youtube and look for any of the many old vs. new crash test videos. Sure, the older car tends to take less damage (though not always, some of those older chassis designs crumpled in horrific ways), but it clearly passes that damage on to the fleshy meatbags inside when that happens.

Here's a slightly later model Continental Sedan to demonstrate (, those behaved pretty much like any other larger cars of the era in a crash.

If you only care about the car being cheap to fix, yeah the old cars win, but if you care about reducing injuries to the people in the car the new cars have it by miles.

To get the performance of the Vette would cost me 6 times what that car went for.

A '78 Corvette had a base price of $9351, and the optional L-82 motor added $525. If you actually mean the package with the silver special anniversary paint that's another $779 in mandatory options. To put it simply we're definitely talking about a $10-12k car in 1978 dollars. In 2016 dollars that'd be close to $37,000.

That car with its 220 HP pushing 3500ish pounds through a four speed stick, depending on source, took around 6.5 seconds to get to 60 MPH, ran the quarter mile in around 15.3 seconds at around 95 MPH, and topped out around 130 MPH, give or take margin of error.

My current car, a Mk7.5 Ford Fiesta ST (aka ST180 in some markets) with 200HP pulling 2700 lbs through a six speed stick, does 6.7 seconds to 60 MPH, quarter mile in 15.2 at 93 MPH, and tops out around 140 MPH. You can go to any Ford dealer and have one out the door for $21-23k, or a bit over half the inflation-adjusted value of your Corvette, and the performance is close enough at the drag strip that driver error with the stick shift is likely to be more of a factor than anything else for either vehicle. I'd be willing to bet anything that the Fiesta would run circles around the Corvette around a track with turns as well simply because '70s American cars were never exactly known for their handling.

If we instead take the comparison up to the equivalent price range, the upper $30k range will easily put you in to a Mustang GT Performance Pack or a Camaro SS, both of which offer mid-400 horsepower ratings pushing about 3600 lbs and both will get you in to the 4 second 0-60 range and low 13 (or even high 12) second quarter miles at over 110 MPH. If we bring used cars in to the equation that kind of money will easily get a C6 Corvette Z06 with a 500 horsepower LS7 engine, which is an absolute beast of a car that will hold its own with a lot of proper supercars.

So no, you wouldn't have to spend six times as much. You would barely even have to spend more than half as much. If you wanted to spend even the same amount you'd be in to an entirely different world of performance.

By modern standards pretty much nothing older than the late '80s is really fast.

Comment Re:Why?? (Score 1) 134

Sure. But (and this was the case at Target) about your HVAC system that you outsource to a 3rd party vendor. Your POS system can only talk to an accounting system, which in turn talks to the Bank. You've locked down the subnet, sure. BUT since your POS system can talk to the same subnet as that HVAC system (because the boss needs to be able to admin it), and that gets compromised, then there is still a way out. OR they compromise the accounting system which has access to send reports to corporate, and that is the way out.

It's not always that easy, unless you follow the best rules and have everything physically separate -- but then again that costs more money and adds a lot more complexity.

Why the hell would your POS system need to talk to the same subnet the HVAC does?

VLANs aren't exactly rocket science. Firewall and switches enforce a logical separation between the devices. Boss' PC is allowed to connect to admin address(es) on both POS and HVAC subnets, only traffic on expected ports is allowed. Bonus points for logging and alerting on traffic that shouldn't be, say the HVAC system attempting to connect to the POS system or either attempting to connect to hosts outside of their approved list. Yes it's still possible to do something with those kinds of restrictions, say if the HVAC system used a web interface and the boss had an outdated or zero-dayed browser/plugin, but it's a lot more complicated than having them on the same subnet able to directly talk.

Comment Re:Why?? (Score 1) 134

How does that change anything? It's pretty trivial to lock something down to only communicate with approved endpoints, I do it all the time. My hosted PBX customers' phones can connect to two subnets; my primary location and my secondary. The rest of the internet may as well not exist as far as they're concerned.

For something like this where a few milliseconds of added latency isn't a big deal you could put the POS systems on an isolated network that only connects out over VPNs and has no access to the actual internet at all.

Comment Not all is bad. (Score 5, Informative) 209

I had an issue with being double-charged for an app from the app store about 5 years ago. Went to Apple's support site, wrote a description of the problem, then was asked if I would like THEM to call ME. Not the other way around. Clicked yes, a calendar popped up in which I selected the time window in (IIRC) 10 minute increments when I wanted them to call me.

Within a couple minutes of the 'start' my phone rang and I was chatting with a nice guy (said his name was Daniel in Texas). He already had my records up and he called to ask me if I wanted a credit on my iTunes account or refund to my card. He then said he'd call me back when it was done. About 10 minutes later he called me back and said the credit was issued.

That is exemplary customer service and one reason their customer satisfaction is always rated so high.

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