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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 Re:Stupid thinking (Score 1) 260

Hem...When Origin did something similar a couple of years back, they said they let those who picked up games keep them and tha's it. It's how iI got my copy of DA2, an don't regret it. On top of that they made more money off of me.

Origin is EA's store and DA2 is an EA title. Fallout 4 is a Bethesda title, Microsoft is only selling it in this case.

That's a huge difference, because EA could basically just pretend they're promo copies and not really care about not receiving money for them, where Microsoft would still have to pay Bethesda for the products they gave away.

Obviously Microsoft *could* afford to just pay Bethesda but I doubt it would be worth it from the PR value. As is everyone who tried to take advantage of their error still ends up with $10 more worth of content than they'd otherwise have, so it's not like anyone has a legitimate right to complain here.

Comment Re:Cliches (Score 1) 324

So what happens in a grid-fault scenario, when the regenerative braking can't apply any torque to stop the train?

This is a solved problem in the rail industry, you just put some retarders on the track that are basically the same concept as roller coaster brakes.

Also if you've ever wondered why some rail cars are marked "do not hump" there's your answer.

Comment Re:Not even close. (Score 1) 172

Throttling Netflix to a number that's well over any rate they actually stream at doesn't really make sense. Netflix says 25mbit/sec for 4K and 5mbit/sec for 1080p, so if it's actually being throttled the only way that would ever affect me is if I tried to stream two 4K movies at the same time. I'm not even sure if that's allowed by Netflix on a normal plan, I'm pretty sure I pay extra to be able to stream two things at once even in 1080p.

Comment Not even close. (Score 1) 172

My connection is nominally 250/25. gives me 238/28 to another ISP across the state from me ( Amusingly I actually get a bit worse, 220/28, to my ISP's own Speedtest server (

My usenet and Steam downloads agree, I can easily max out my connection with either. gets me between 35 and 45 Mbit/sec down.

Comment Re:As a European, I am worried. (Score 2) 113

We get to use more frequencies than the US. I've owned wireless devices which couldn't connect to networks on channel 13, because they were hard locked to US rules, despite being sold in Europe. I sincerely hope that they only strictly enforce a chosen set of rules, instead of enforcing which set of rules the users can choose.

Don't use channel 13.

Look here:

1, 6, 11, and 14 where available are the only channels anyone should use. They allow the most non-overlapping use of the available spectrum. If you use anything else, you've now limited the choices of everyone around who wants to avoid interference.

IMO AP vendors should really lock down the channel selection. The legitimate reasons to use any other channels are so rare and specialized that it at least shouldn't be easy to do.

Comment Re:A good decision (Score 1) 113

The first time someone releases an open source firmware with a cell phone jammer mode built in, you'll see them change their tune rapidly.

Because cell phones work in frequencies a WiFi router would be capable of transmitting in? Or consumer WiFi hardware has enough power to jam a cell phone?

You might, and I stress *might* be able to push a 2.4GHz WiFi device far enough out of spec to affect the SNR on a Sprint 4G signal using the 2.5GHz band, but I still don't think it'd be powerful enough to actually jam unless you were at the fringe (though having used Sprint 2.5GHz back when they ran WiMax on it, there were a lot of fringes...)

Comment Re:Reliability? (Score 1) 107

So, the time required to feed optical discs into a computer and/or browse web pages to get downloads is worthless? Some of us value our time, and don't seem to have enough of it.

A valid point, but I have automation already set up to handle things for me. Sonarr handles my TV library, Couch Potato does the same for movies. As long as I don't lose their databases (which are small and easy to back up) I can restore my TV and movie collections basically at the push of a button. Those programs will then go out and light up my internet connection for a few days and the missing parts will (mostly) reappear. My music collection is synced to Google. The majority of the rest is cached Steam data, which will reload the next time someone downloads that game.

Honestly I said rip more out of habit than anything. I used to rip all my DVDs myself even if I had access to a pirate release because in the DVD>Xvid era the "scene" standards had a lot of bits that were only relevant to compatibility with obscure hardware playback devices. Since I was only watching things on my computer or using an Xbox running XBMC to put it on my TV playing off a network share I could do basically anything. Increase the bitrate, change the container, change the codec entirely, keep only the audio and subtitle tracks I care about, etc. I did put a lot of time in to that and if I still bothered with it I'd probably care a lot more about my movie folder.

The thing is with DVD I was able to build a workflow and find nice open source tools I liked for every step of the process, and with that I knew I could rip any DVD I got my hands on. With Blu-Ray at least the last time I looked it was still an ongoing battle between the rippers and the DRM vendors where you had to actively keep up to be able to rip new releases. That's just not worth the time to me. Instead of ripping my Blu-Rays now I usually queue up the download from my phone while I'm in the checkout line. There are quite a few cases in my shelf that have never once been opened.

Blu-Ray's DRM definitely hasn't stopped pirates, but it's made it a real pain in the ass to casually rip your own legally obtained content. It's easier for me to pirate a copy of something I own than to rip it myself so I can use it with my nice convenient HTPC setup instead of having to deal with physical media.

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