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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

Agret Re:Security risk? (322 comments)

Yeah it was definitely a weird move by Microsoft to stop releasing updates for Windows 8 and only support 8.1.
The 8.1 upgrade has failed for a bunch of people (similar to how SP1 failed for Win7) and now they are left unprotected from new exploits entirely?

I suppose when they get a virus that hoses their system they can use 8.1 media to re-install their system...oh wait, 8.1 discs won't accept Windows 8 product keys for some bizarre reason even though 8.1 is a free upgrade? They have to reinstall Windows 8 and then use the store to upgrade to 8.1 and pray it doesn't fail this time around.

I feel Microsoft have made some strange decisions regarding 8.1, I work at a computer store and when the OEM keys we get are for Windows 8 you have to install 8.1 using a generic KMS key and then use 'slui 3' to enter the customers Windows 8 key after install. Where's the logic in rejecting the key for the install media but then accepting it for the activation?

about 4 months ago

Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

Agret Re:To easy to make new viruses (254 comments)

Putting an executable in the directory and running it is not the same as installing it and you bloody well know it or are an idiot. The only way to install a program in the user directory without admin rights is to use a program like portable apps that creates a secondary registry and mirrors admin-only windows resources in the user directory.

Huh? On windows there is an entire registry hive called HKEY_CURRENT_USER which you can read/write without admin rights. The only difference between putting an executable in a directory and installing it is a couple of registry keys and an automatically created shortcut on your start menu/desktop (both userspace accessible)

about 4 months ago

Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

Agret Re:Meh. fud spam. (237 comments)


Although the 840 Series is clearly in worse shape than the competition, these results need to be put into context. 500TB works out to 140GB of writes per day for 10 years. That's an insane amount even for power users, and it far exceeds the endurance specifications of our candidates.

Seems like it's not as bad as you make it out, I don't think i'd be using a 'puny' 250gb drive in 10yrs much like I don't use 250gb HDDs now that drives over 1TB are around. 1TB SSDs are already around the $500 mark and after ~5 yrs I think they'll be quite affordable.

about 8 months ago

Canonical Could Switch To Rolling Releases For Ubuntu 14.04 and Beyond

Agret Re:But...Unity. (222 comments)

Because if he claims it's not bad enough for him to want to downgrade back to Windows 7 why would he think it's bad enough to change operating system entirely?

about a year and a half ago

Sony Bringing PSN Pass To All First-Party Games

Agret Re:To be honest, I'm not against this. (271 comments)

Suppose they could just charge a monthly access fee like Microsoft does for Live on the PS4 and they won't have to do this anymore.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Bringing PSN Pass To All First-Party Games

Agret Re:This is really about revenue generation (271 comments)

Suppose if it's a LAN party you already need 2 copies of the game though for the game to work over system link,

To play LAN over PS3 you still need the physical disc in the machine to play so it's not like you can just quickly burn off a copy of one of the games your friend brings and play it LAN.

I understand they want to go after the used games market but they have no way of differentiating same household or friends having LANs with their PS3s so I don't really support it, although if they could apply it purely to the used games stores somehow then i'd be all for it as they hurt the industry a lot.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

Agret Re:...the dock. (862 comments)

If you press start and type 'cmd' you have to wait for the start menu to finish searching for it before it will let you launch it via enter. You will find it's more productive to press Windows Key + R and type cmd and hit enter and you get it up instantly.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

Agret Re:WTF? (862 comments)

If you goto the properties of the taskbar on Windows 7 and change "Taskbar Buttons" to "Combine when full" your task bar will be vista style =)

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

Agret Re:WTF? (862 comments)

Start - Settings - Power - Shutdown
I shit you not.

more than 2 years ago

ATM Repairman Accused of Taking (and Faking) Cash

Agret Re:Seriously unsurprising (258 comments)

I never had to do work involving the actual cash inside an ATM but I had a short time doing a job upgrading ATMs 2 years ago. Some ATMs are still using dial-up modems, others are using 3g modems. I imagine the protocols they use are probably public/private key encrypted though. I think the easiest way to steal money from an ATM would be to go into the admin menu and change it so that it thinks the $50 tray is actually the $20 tray and then withdraw $40 a couple times. Not really worth it though, especially considering how easily you can get caught.

more than 3 years ago

Apple's iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked

Agret Re:Principle (208 comments)

It seems like this would work on any phone, in principle. If you're using a 4-digit numeric password to protect your phone, any kind of phone, yeah, somebody's eventually going to crack it in a non-end-of-the-universe timeframe

On Android if you get your code wrong a certain numbers of times it will require you to log back into your google account to prove ownership. While a useful feature by design, it's incredibly frustrating if it happens when you are in an area with no data coverage (or roaming) and you can't get back into your phone.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

Agret Re:no substitute for the real thing (585 comments)

With duke you can get JFDuke, a modern source port with support for high resolution content packs

more than 2 years ago

PSN Up, And Then Down Again

Agret Re:The value of paying for something (282 comments)

They effectively killed xbconnect, xlink kai and the other freebies by enforcing a 30ms ping limit for system link/lan games. Now it's not that people are more willing to pay, just they no longer have an alternative. That said, the new XBOX Live is a world apart from the original one and is much better value.

more than 2 years ago

Motorola Sticks To Guns On Locking Down Android

Agret Re:What a great way to die (600 comments)

I'm guessing iPod Touch, it's a smartphone without the phone

more than 3 years ago

Ubisoft's Draconian DRM Patched?

Agret Re:Internet connection shouldn't be required (233 comments)

What's interesting about that theory is that if you are running it offline it should have no idea there is a new version available. I think the most important thing to do is make sure you sign on with "remember my password" ticked if you think there is a chance of you losing your internet.

more than 3 years ago

Ubisoft's Draconian DRM Patched?

Agret Re:Internet connection shouldn't be required (233 comments)

Then start Steam, it'll detect there is no internet connection available and ask to start in offline mode. Since you only prefer singleplayer games you should be able to run them no problem, if Steam says the game is unavailable leave the Steam window open and go into Steam\SteamApps\Common, look for your game folder and run the exe directly - it should work fine :)

more than 3 years ago

Will Game Cartridges Make a Comeback?

Agret Re:Disc shaped plastic cartridges? (277 comments)

It was great how UMD "Universal Media Disc" only worked on one platform eh? Pretty universal if you ask me :P

more than 4 years ago

Civilization V To Use Steamworks

Agret Re:Civ was my offline game (295 comments)

Before the new Steam client re-design offline mode was notoriously bad and at LAN events people resorted to using cracked copies of the game. It was pretty annoying having to track down a cracked copy when I owned the game legit and felt like a step backwards in gaming to me. I'm glad they have finally resolved the issues (supposably) but I guess time will tell :) As far as DRM goes though I do like Steam for being so unrestricted, I hate how SecuROM only lets you install on 5 PCs. I know it's not likely that i'll be installing the game on 5 PCs but you have to look into what constitutes a PC, could upgrading my motherboard & CPU count as a new PC? What about changing my graphics card? The number quickly adds up, especially if you use two machines or more.

more than 4 years ago


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Slashdot EeziPost (TM) MK I

Agret Agret writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Slashdot EeziPost (TM) MK I

[ ] Another: [ ] Dupe [X] Slashvertisment [X] WTF [ ] $editor is a dork

[X] Frist psot [ ] link to GNAA [ ] Link to goatse [ ] $random_drivel

[X] I Haven't RTFA, but... $random_opinionated_comment

[ ] Slashdotted already!. I bet their server runs on $topic_item too

[ ] Soul_sucking registration required

[ ] Mod Parent [ ] up [ ] Down

[ ] Fsck: [ ] SCO [ ] Micro$oft [ ] DMCA [ ] DRM [ ] MPAA [ ] RIAA [ ] Google [ ] Bush [ ] You all

[ ] I for one welcome our new $topic_item overlords

[X] Imagine a beowulf cluster of those

[ ] In Soviet Russia, $topic_item owns you!

[ ] Meh!

[ ] Netcraft confirms $topic_item is: [ ] dead [ ] dying

[ ] But have the inventors thought of what will happen if $random_amateur_insight

[ ] Once again the USA is clamping down on my [ ] Amendment rights.

[ ] You insensitive clod

[ ] But people who download music from P2P networks are more likely to buy the album

[ ] Cue DVD Jon-type crack in 3..2..1

[ ] Torrent, anyone?

[ ] Here's a link to a patch: $random_linux_distro_url

[ ] Profit!!

[X] Still no cure for cancer


Post of death

Agret Agret writes  |  more than 9 years ago

See this journal post:

Update (5/28/03): The information in this journal is outdated and no longer reflects the state of Slashcode; this journal remains as a historical record but is no longer accurate.
Quite a few of you are aware of the existence of this post which has currently been moderated over 700 times. Many of you are also aware of this discussion created by CmdrTaco for users to have a META discussion about topics on Slashdot.

Few, however, are aware of what is happening to the people who moderated up the post in question. They are being systematically banned from Moderating and Metamoderating. Every last one of them. The phrase "being $rtbl'd" refers to the tripping of a silent flag called "$rtbl" in a user's Slashdot account record which removes that user's ability to Moderate and Metamoderate.

Finding out whether you've been $rtbl'd is possible. Here's how. If you are allowed to Metamoderate, you will be given the option to Metamoderate at the top of your browser every day. After you Metamod, the dialog will go away till the next day. If you are $rtbl'd, the dialog will go away and never come back. It's that simple.

I've opened this journal up for comments. I'd like to hear from anyone who moderated up The Post, on whether or not you've lost moderation priveleges. So far every single respondent has indicated that their moderation priveleges are gone. No response has been received from anyone about this either.

I'd also like to hear from the Slashdot audience: do you believe that this action is fair or unfair?


Update: 1/28/2002. At this point, the fact that every moderator who moderated up the post in question has been banned from the moderation system is no longer in doubt. Every single person who has replied in this discussion has confirmed their loss of moderation privleges. Repeated requests to the editors in the Slashdot META thread for confirmation of this fact as well as repeated requests via email for confirmation have all gone ignored. The message appears to be that moderators will be banned for moderating posts like these up, and the Editors don't want to talk about it. This is their right - and I'm content to continue to discuss it in my journal. On topic.
Update: 1/30/2002 I'd like to invite anyone interested in the topic of Moderator banning to read my research paper on the subject, which addresses such questions as the percentage of banned moderators on Slashdot (appx. 5 to 18%), as well as the motivations and impacts of removing users from the voting pool. In the absence of any word from folks, this paper stands as the definitive work on Slashdot Moderator bans. Remember, Metamoderation confirms that Editors moderate fairly, but only people who haven't been blacklisted get a vote..


Mac Mini Mayhem

Agret Agret writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Slashdot on this day in history have just re-posted a story from 2 days about the apple imac mini. Now this is different than the other double posted stories beacuse we are witnessing a new trend, people are slogging them in the comments!

Here are some good ones:

  In other news (Score:5, Funny)
by pnevin (168332) * on Friday January 14, @12:04AM (#11347331)
We're getting unconfirmed rumours that President Kennedy's been shot. Can anyone clarify this?
[ Reply to This ]
  Lightening reactions... (Score:5, Funny)
by Nexum (516661) on Friday January 14, @12:02AM (#11347314) ... in other news Microsoft unveils next generation Windows operating system... ""Windows XP".

This sig has been deprecated.
[ Reply to This ]
  Re:Would make a nice Amiga OS4 box! (Score:4, Funny)
by DrWhizBang (5333) on Friday January 14, @12:36AM (#11347632)
( | Last Journal: Saturday April 03, @03:20AM) ...there must only be one or two nails left before the Amigas coffin is finally sealed shut.

Dude, the Amiga has already been buried at sea. And the slashdot editors were there to deliver the eulogy - twice.

What exactly is the point of war if people don't die?
- pclminion, on robot soldiers
[ Reply to This | Parent ]


Anarachy Online 1 Year Free Play

Agret Agret writes  |  more than 9 years ago Anarchy Online have annouced that you will be able to play for free provided that you register for a free account prior to January 15th 2004 (Further inspection of the site shows that your free play will only last until 1/1/2006)

Not only this but Funcom is departing from the obligatory need to register with a credit card, making for an easier entrance and registration process.

"We feel very confident in the unique features and heralded qualities of our game, and are now openly inviting everyone playing MMO's to find out what Anarchy Online is all about, completely free of commitment" said Ole Schreiner, Project Director for Anarchy Online. "Not only can we boast of a fantastic game which has been expanding for years, we are also constantly adding exciting new content, progressively making the ultimate sci-fi MMORPG even better."

Register a free account
Download the free full version of Anarchy Online [Torrent]
Here is the link if you want to download the client at faster than 0kb/s


First Post! Positive Karma! Meta-Moderation! w00t!

Agret Agret writes  |  more than 10 years ago

w00t I got first post on
Also got first post on
I also got a Score 5 Informative on
pushing my Karma from Bad to Positive, I just meta-moderated! w00t!

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