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Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

4e617474 Re:In other words (450 comments)

Vinyl had a problem with static - dust and crap would get attracted to the disk, then stick to the needle. CD's had no issue remotely like that. What they did, however, have was a surface that needed to be clean to the point that the reflective properties of human fingerprints could be an issue, as could any scratch made by a passing strand of lint. They probably re-packaged every "anti-static album wipe" as a "lint-free CD cleaning cloth". Now see how many times you can rub your fingers across the surface of a CD and wipe it off with your shirt before it doesn't sound as good as your friend's what with the laser hitting random parts of the CD and the player getting so confused about it's time index and current audio track that it won't let you advance or rewind. You know, subtle audiophile stuff.

more than 3 years ago

SEC Proposes Wall Street Transparency Via Python

4e617474 Re:More appropraite Legalese (278 comments)

One of them can speak both code and legalese at the same time, and one of them can spot that the other described a pre-increment but designed the loop like he meant to describe a post-increment. Mock them if you will, AC, but I'd love it if they brought these two on where I work.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Blocks Cartoonist From App Store

4e617474 Re:News Flash: Apple limits app store! (664 comments)

It also really matters on a device that doesn't have Flash. Flash is bad enough when it's up and running and serving you obnoxious ads and opening security holes on your system. The worst is that with its near monopoly, when you take it away, then someone says "Will you publish my app?", often times they're asking "Will you permit my content to be seen on the Internet when using your platform?" You can see Fiore's cartoons on on your desktop/notebook/netbook. If wanted to serve you their Flash content in general on an iWhatever, they'd need to publish an app. And apply to the store. And answer for the fact that Fiore is the least of the ridicule of public figures that they engage in. The devices that a lot of people will adopt as a primary means of "accessing the Internet" will display content that web site operators can publish any damn way they want using text, photos, and Quicktime media formats, and content that Apple's willing to have its name associated with using anything else.

more than 4 years ago

Is Getting Acquired Good For FOSS Projects?

4e617474 Wait, what? (131 comments)

Novell, who had Microsoft sell their distro on the premise that Microsoft owned hunks of Linux is one of the last bastions of Open Source? Google gives lots of code away and sponsors events to get student developers to cut their teeth writing for Open Source projects, and it's scary that they're big bad proprietary guys getting their "commercial hooks deeper into" their own invention? And somehow the article title is the name of a Rod Stewart song about people judging the town tramp?!?!?!?!?!? Jeesh. Things are murky enough without this guy trying to make it worse in hopes you keep coming back for the part where he sorts it all out for you.

more than 4 years ago

Ethics of Releasing Non-Malicious Linux Malware?

4e617474 Re:Just in time for Chrome OS (600 comments)

the way it persists itself in autostart is really nasty,

Which simply shows that the lack of Linux malware isn't because Linux is somehow magically superior, but simply because nobody has taken the time to write any...

Um, no. It doesn't show shit. Not unless he explains that "the way it persists itself in autostart" is something harder to rectify than the readily-editable plain text files he listed. I've known IT professionals who couldn't come up with a way to salvage a machine hit by a "ransom note" trojan. Hell, at least once Sophos has decided it was easier to crack the password than provide cleaning instructions. Windows has lots and lots of places to hide files that start when you boot and log in, built in features for disabling everything you might do to fix a problem (so that your office peons don't do anything "dangerous"), and no way to get at the system without loading everything that's configured to load - well, almost no way. You can edit the Windows registry from a Linux CD. I'm sure that's totally easier than vi /etc/crontab

OP, yes, it's unethical to release what you have. No one's going to thank you for choosing a worthy cause to donate their hijacked bandwidth and CPU cycles to. And unless you're the guy behind this, you didn't get there first and that thing you threw together in a week won't be giving qualified "security people" any revelations. If Linux wants to lay claim to Unix's heritage, those guys were decades behind the first people to exploit stupid security blunders. Stop having a chip on your shoulder about people who didn't put two and two together when they saw "Hardening Linux" on the shelf at the bookstore. Those aren't sysadmins who are going to be saved from their ignorance when "security people" - desperate for a way to tangibly illustrate that the worst-configured systems can be pwned - get your toolkit like manna from heaven.

more than 4 years ago

Dell Defect Turning 2.2GHz CPU Into 100MHz CPU?

4e617474 Re:Has anyone been able to see the report? (314 comments)

It's not necessarily that 60C is a panic value in and of itself. Say you want to shoot for 50 on average, so you start slowing things down a little at 55. Throttle down a conservative 5% and watch for it to level off. If it had just spontaneously hit 56C, you'd be happy to throttle it back by 10% - 90% of max speed - except you just throttled it back and it went up a degree, so throttle it back by 15%. 57C - ok, you've throttled by a "heightened alert" percentage AND the temperature delta is still positive. By the time you're at 59C, throttling is starting to look like a complete failure - either you've been pegging the CPU forever, you're operating at an out of spec environmental temperature/ventilation condition, or the cooling situation isn't what it should be.

more than 4 years ago

New York State Testing Emergency Alerts Over Gaming Networks

4e617474 Re:Fucking moronic (212 comments)

This is a really well thought-out scenario, but I think choosing nuclear war as an example hurt your argument in places. I know, I know, that was what the system was designed for. But you have to admit, it would still interest the people who didn't personally have to hide in their fridges.

more than 4 years ago

Cursive Writing Is a Fading Skill — Does It Matter?

4e617474 De Rigeur - Niche, Same as Always (857 comments)

Cursive writing will persist as a specialty skill for those of a historical or artistic bent. My mother did the most beautiful calligraphy when I was growing up, and it was already fading fast with increasingly cheap typewriters. Some people are still learning it, to show off at the Renn Faire. People shoot bows and arrows, but not because it's a way to survive like it used to be.

more than 4 years ago

US Call-Center Jobs — That Pay $100K a Year

4e617474 Re:Um, I'm doubtful (362 comments)

...what pisses most people off is that the offshore phone monkeys are completely unintelligible.

That's not quite all there is to it. The phone monkeys are also working off a script. And probably haven't been working at that job long enough to learn anything else about what you'd like somebody to figure out. They might even be fielding calls as an "outsource support vendor" to too many companies at the same time to learn anything more. Your odds of talking to a subject matter expert are approximately zero. Their job is not to be good, their job is to cost less than somebody good. Speaking a mashed up creole version of the language in which they have titular fluency is just adding insult to injury a lot of the time.

about 5 years ago

Getting Beyond the Helldesk

4e617474 Re:That is your job. (474 comments)

Um. If you are on the helpdesk - unjamming printers and unfreezing outlook is your job. Your work isn't being interrupted every five minutes, but rather you are being called on to do your job every five minutes.

There are as many different sets of roles for helpdesk employee as there are helpdesks. I work at a helpdesk and it is very much an interruption to my job if someone comes to me with any of the more mundane issues the desk as a whole handles. Analyzing trouble tickets for trend analysis, developing workarounds to new defects, trying to automate those workarounds so that we don't have 800 sites all calling us about the same thing, updating the knowledge base, evaluating new hardware and software releases (yes, it's some other department's job to do that first, but they like to bury things in 50-page release notes where people have to call the helpdesk to accomplish something basic, forgetting that that's the short definition of "defect"), writing database front-ends so that we don't have to have the frontline poking around in places we'd rather they wouldn't, and I can't even begin to describe the variety of conference calls I manage to get roped into. Even in the frontline of a generic helpdesk at a non-technology outfit he could easily have one set of responsibilities that involves someone running up to him and telling him to drop everything, and another that involves having something engaging, stimulating, and remotely resembling why he got into technology in the first place that he's being asked to drop. Oh, and RTF summary again - do you really think that web developers, dba's, and database architects get asked literally every five minutes to handle something stupid and boring without ever getting a few hours to sink their teeth into a task?

IT is a support function

Um, no. The people who design and implement the things that later get supported are also working in IT.

more than 5 years ago

Hospital Turns Away Ambulances When Computers Go Down

4e617474 Re:It's Not Just Any Beaurocracy (406 comments)

Yeah cause they killed all kinds of people before 1990 when all they had was paper.

Yes, and they still do. And that's not despite a sweeping adoption of IT, it's partly due to a lack of one.

more than 5 years ago

Hospital Turns Away Ambulances When Computers Go Down

4e617474 Re:It's Not Just Any Beaurocracy (406 comments)

If you have an issue that could create serious problems if you were given the wrong drugs, etc., you should get a medic-alert bracelet or similar with the information.

Do you have a blood type other than AB positive, and if so, do you have this information on a medic-alert bracelet? There's information that you expect to have in advance (you're right, it doesn't amount to much), information you gather and have to make note of (I give him drug X, so don't give him drug Y, it won't mix, and by the way, he says he's diabetic), information that has to get to and from other parts of the hospital (uh yeah, his potassium was high when he came in, you might want to take him off that banana bag). We don't know what was happening in that ER, what challenges they worked their way through for a day, how many people they turned away exactly between 1 A.M. and 3 A.M., or how badly they needed to be seen (I've had two ambulance rides and zero life-threatening medical emergencies myself). The same guy who blogged that this was "more about billing than patient care" without backing up that assertion in any way links to his own earlier post where he talks about what "an obvious slam dunk" Electronic Health Records are, because it will result in "tens of thousands of lives saved annually in the US alone". My point is that people (I don't mean people like yourself who make sensible points, swillden) who don't know the story - and you still don't when you RTFA - shouldn't be going "OMG! You turn amboolance away 2 catch up on teh paperwork? Me know wuld hav dun that!" should remember the old adage "Nothing's impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself."

more than 5 years ago

Hospital Turns Away Ambulances When Computers Go Down

4e617474 It's Not Just Any Beaurocracy (406 comments)

Why do problems with paperwork make it necessary to turn away patients?

In an ER, "paperwork" includes information on whether they'll kill you if they give you a certain drug or transfusion. Stuff like that.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Office 2007 In Linux With WINE

4e617474 Re:Ummm....Nope. (224 comments)

we have someone in IT who does Office training who normally will develop spreadsheets for a user if they need help

That poor fuck. That's like asking IT to show you how to use the toilet because it's got one of those fancy high-tech motion sensor thingies on it.

more than 5 years ago

My longest stretch without sleep (catnaps count) ...

4e617474 Re:Life starts getting pretty weird... (605 comments)

I once tried to take first shift sleeping and last shift driving home from New Orleans to Richmond. Unfortunately, I wasn't actually able to sleep when it was my turn - my feet were raw from walking around for hours in the rain. My brother got ticked when I woke him back up after only about 100 miles, until I explained that when we came up on green signs hanging off an overpass, I had thought I was driving on a 30-foot leprechaun. I probably would have gotten us all killed except I figured out that this thing that didn't make sense (at least, not after a second of "Hey cool. I didn't know leprechauns were highways") was probably related to this "spasming" feeling in my eyes and squinted really hard.

more than 5 years ago

Major Spike in Security Threats To Online Games

4e617474 Re:Disclaimer (48 comments)

How convenient that ESET, the author of the report, offers a product to protect against that.

Yes, fortunate indeed. I would have thought that if you were going to go to the trouble of stealing account credentials, you'd engage in item theft or swindling money from a person's contacts like earlier posters mentioned. Fortunately, we had someone with a vested financial interest in setting them straight. The most valuable asset you accumulate in a MMORPG is the credibility with which you can display a hyperlink. I mean it's not like people will click on suspicious links from strangers.

more than 5 years ago

Major Spike in Security Threats To Online Games

4e617474 Re:Considering the Rush Job... (48 comments)

Games have frequently been crap for the first release for a decade or more.

More, much more. Over twenty years ago, the first release of Pools of Radiance crashed if you entered any of several dungeons. Pretty ballsy when you had to call a telephone number to have someone snail mail you a stack of floppy disks.

more than 5 years ago

Abused IT Workers Ready To Quit

4e617474 Re:So is mine.. In IT (685 comments)

I used to try and use that spare time towards improving our existing systems. My boss is very quick to put a stop to that kind of non-sense, but then has me wait for weeks on end before giving me a project he deems worth my time.

So why not just ignore him and get on with the job? If he complains then ask what else to do.

Yes, you tell your boss what for. You tell him you know what you need to do and he can like it or leave it. When you get fired, tell me where you used to work. I'd try to hook you up with the job I've got now, but every time someone leaves, they say "Hurray! The budget shrank. Oh by the way, we're bringing three new clients on board."

more than 5 years ago

Doctorow On Copyright Reform & Culture

4e617474 Re:BRAVO! (243 comments)

Apparently,they made more money off this than the download sales of all their other albums combined. And, even after giving it away for free, the CD release was one of their best selling albums.

They got a lot of publicity from the decision to use this model. I've heard about exactly one Radiohead album on NPR - care to guess which one? That article also talks about getting a lot of positive reviews and the album "having a more accessible sound and personal style of lyrics". <oldman>In my day, alternative bands released alternative music! And when they wrote a so-called "accessible" album and sold it with a marketing gimmick, we called them sell-outs!</oldman> But seriously, this example doesn't really prove anything either way. If this business model were a whole section of or the iTunes music store, we might have some real data points.

more than 5 years ago



IBM Offers Linux-based PC's in Eastern Europe

4e617474 4e617474 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

4e617474 (945414) writes "IBM and Red Hat are teaming up with Austrian and Polish partners to deliver Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based PC's bundled with Lotus Symphony — forming a desktop software solution called Open Referent. The move is said to be fueled by demand in Russia where many large systems are yet to be built — Microsoft may have to compete for new customers with Vista on cut-rate boxes versus a mature Linux platform at half the price."
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