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Comment Re:'computer expert'. (Score 5, Interesting) 193

So who brings the criminal suit for identity theft? The thief would have to swear out a complaint in which she admits theft - or that fact would come out in court. Even if hard evidence of identiy theft was available, a half-decent lawyer would have the case dismissed after a chat to the thief via the prosecutor: "If you proceed with this case, you'll face criminal and civil proceedings for theft, loss of income, etc, etc, etc. You'll be so in debt with legal bills, and a criminal conviction will be your legacy. Do you really want to proceed?"

Comment Re:Google retaliation? (Score 1) 162

That's a valid concern - I anticipate increasingly aggressive practices from them (and others). People were tricked into installing W10 via misleading dialog boxes - Microsoft are yet to apologise meaningfully for that, so why not use the same tactic on the opposition?

e.g. Edge popup - "Edge is SO much faster/more secure than Chrome. Proceed with deleting Chrome?" Options are 'Yes' or 'Later' (when you apply the MS Updates that you can't easily opt out of). Of course, the "no" option will be there in pale grey 2-point vanishing.

Comment Re:Massive failure from all involved (Score 1) 165

I don't want to enter the high-level debate here - I'm not qualified (and that's not sarcasm) - and I do know that this example doesn't really mean anything, or add to the debate, but:

Watch this:

then watch this:

and think about them for a minute. It never fails to make me stop and wonder.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 280

I don't have any Win 10 machines, real or virtual. Would someone please try this and let us all know if it works:

Go to Task Scheduler, and schedule this to run every 30 seconds:

shutdown /a

This command aborts a scheduled shutdown, and returns an error if there's no scheduled shutdown. You might need to give it elevated privileges.

Comment Re:Here (Score 3, Insightful) 303

You're already at +5, so I'll comment instead.

All good advice - not sure about the pets - maybe have pets but don't allow them into the inner sanctum. Cats on keyboards, dander, hair, etc.

Also, have a backup system. I mean, backup computer as well as backups of data. Perhaps a laptop that's one level down from the main system, i.e. a Corei5 laptop backing up the Corei7 main computer. Something that will keep you working if the main system is compromised or damaged. Use it regularly, perhaps at night to watch netflix - that way you'll tend to keep it up to date instead of switched off until the rare occasion when you *really* need it.

Comment Re:The foxtel muppet recons people don't use vpns (Score 1) 112

There's a couple of positives - the court said "no rolling blocks", which means that ONLY the websites they brought to the case will be blocked - any others (proxybay, anyone?) can't just be blocked without a further court order, which takes time and money.

Also, this is their "See? We've scored a victory against the pirates" moment. Future courts will get to look athe evidence, and hopefully consider just how ineffective this method is. I don't use my ISP's DNS server, there's plenty out there who don't consider censorship to be a valid business model.

And it won't take long for dedicated downloaders to learn how to type a few numbers in the address bar.

Comment Re:Once truth gasps its last breath... (Score 1) 588

Demand it from our news sources and anything that presents itself as legitimate news. I

Put in a bit of work - make a list of companies who advertise on (for example) Breitbart, then divide that list into companies whose products you buy (or might buy), and those whose products don't interest you.

Write a letter (a letter, not an email, not a phone call) to the PR departments of those in the first category, and tell them that you will not buy their products while they advertise on Breitbart, and their competitors who don't advertise on Breitbart will get your $$$ instead.

A guideline for marketing used to state that for every 1 person motivated enough to actually do this, there's roughly 8 others who feel the same way who can't be bothered to complain, they just take their business elsewhere. If enough people write such letters, companies will respond, especially if it's backed up by falling sales - and maybe they'll do a Kellogg's on Breitbart. If there's one thing media companies respond to, it's loss of advertising.

You can write similar letters to the second category if you want to, but to preserve your own integrity, you shouldn't be lying about buying products you never had an intention of buying. Don't bring yourself down to their level.

Comment Re:Australia (Score 1) 288

Do you mean vendor/manufacturer-supported? Try Dell. If you have an ABN, you can get access to their business-grade range.

Otherwise, hit the {distro-of-choice} forums, and find out which laptops will run it. Then hit ebay or gumtree, or your local computer club. Try for something less than 12 months old. My current laptop is a satellite pro core2duo running win 7 and 4-5 linux VMs (not all at once!). I've got an SSD ready to put in it, as soon as the HDD shows any sign of failure. If I have to replace it completely, it'll probably be another sat pro. I can still get Toshibas with Win 7, and now they're being offered with 3 year warranties.

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