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Comment Re:Memory footprint should be first priority (Score 1) 109

I'll try to pay more attention when I'm back on my desktop, but i run Linux and haven't seen *any* problems like you describe with memory on my box. The windows machines at work are using a version of FF 7 packaged by Frontmotion (so I can push it out on AD) and haven't had any problems with those boxes either.

Comment Re:IMAP (Score 1) 401

I have sshd set up on all my machines at home (really handy for admin purposes or just to shut down the kids computer when they're not listening ;) but have never bothered to set up the port forwarding on the router to get to them from outside. There have been a bunch of times I wish I could access my home machines from outside, but they're all laptops! They're powered off and disconnected from the network - maybe even put away in a case. One day I'll get that Synology NAS device I've been lusting after and maybe I'll set it up then.

Comment Re:get a lawsuit (Score 1) 761

Having a picture of your car in an intersection when the light turns red seems to be enough evidence to get the owner of the car to fork up $50 according to the courts. But in that case, its the *car* that is incurring the fine - not the driver - because they can't prove *you* were the driver at the time (thats why there are no points on your license for these red light camera tickets). However, they can prove that you *own* the car through the registration and its certainly pretty strong circumstantial evidence that you were the one driving it if you don't have a solid alibi otherwise. IANAL.

Comment Re:It's extremely good. (Score 4, Interesting) 473

When MS Office 2007 came out everybody started receiving xlsx and docx files and the old versions of MS Office most folks had installed couldn't open them. For the die hards (there were a few) I installed the compatibility pack (buried in the bowels of Microsoft's site since I guess they figure most places are willing to just throw money out the Windows(tm) and will buy a new version but I see no reason to re-buy something as trivial as a word processing program which works perfectly well already), but lots of folks got Oo instead. I even changed the icons for some of them to "ease the transition" and to tell you the truth, a lot of them didn't notice the difference. Some that did liked the presentation program better than Powerpoint and swung the whole sales staff over just on that reason. When users ran into something that worked differently (like how to edit headers/footers or tracking changes) they just chalked it up to the "new version". Since we already use Firefox and Thunderbird some folks have migrated over to Ubuntu from Windows (I always used a LTS version but then found they had decided to upgrade to the bleeding edge on their own later and seemed to have no issues most of the time so I let them play). We're not a big company (maybe 100 PCs), and we do engineering and development work so most people are pretty tech savvy, but of course the big issue was our ERP system which is designed for Windows, but its turned out easier to maintain that through terminal services anyway.


Submission + - Hacker accused of video extortion (

n4t3 writes: A 31 year old parapalegic, dubbed the Sex Tape Hacker has been implicated in a complicated scheme of computer espionage and blackmail. Allegedly, Luis Mijangos would compromise his victim's machines through malware delivered in downloadable songs, then search those machines for amateur porn and key log for passwords to online email or bank accounts. It is suggested that in some cases Mijangos solicited his victims to create more porn by masquerading as a victim's love interest via email which he could then use to blackmail to his victims. Can anyone here provide more technical details about his methods? Its amazing to me how he could have compromised and tricked so many people.

Submission + - Predict Road Traffic! Mission Impossible? (

miiiiceeee writes: The ICDM (IEEE International Conference on Data Mining 2010) will see if this aim could be achieved. They have oranised a competition between computer scientists all over the world to see if anyone is able to create an algorithm to describe the traffic and possibly predict it in the future. What for? To design better roads system and better GPS navigation. If that sounds interesting visit those websites:


Submission + - Jobs tells iPhone4 users: don't hold it that way ( 1

krou writes: An update to a submission I posted recently, Apple has responded to complaints about iPhone 4 connectivity, with Steve Jobs telling one user, "Just avoid holding it in that way." Apple's statement says: "Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas." They've issued instructions to "avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band", or buy a case that shields the antenna. Although, as this amusing montage of Apple ads shows, Apple have been advertising the phone by holding it the wrong way, too.
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Where to begin? Growing up, I was probably the brightest (or close to the top) in my school system based on raw intellect. As a child, I scored a 150 on an IQ test. I skipped a grade, and was still put ahead a couple grades for certain classes like math. In state-wide math competitions, I would score in the top fraction of a percent, and in programming competitions would score among the top in individual rankings. I was doing algebra in third grade and was taking high school classes by the ti

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