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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Archfeld US trade deficit (190 comments)

People will flock to buy stuff and invest in this company which markets and sells goods manufactured almost exclusively in China and then have the nerve to complain about the US foreign trade deficit. We the stupid, blind and thoughtless Americans, brought it upon ourselves, and continue to do so, all the while blaming it on Obama, Congress or whatever other fool is in office. We get what we deserve I guess...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Archfeld Re:Offsite. (268 comments)

STK at the enterprise level agrees to pay the fines levied by the feds if data written to their tapes inside their silos, while under their high end service contract fail within 12 months of writing, provided they are stored by a certified off-site storage company, such as Iron Mountain. While that is not a data guarantee it comes as close as you can get. That is why critical application data gets a full backup, as well as incrementals every day come hell or high water. The cost is enormous but is part of doing business...

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Archfeld Re:Offsite. (268 comments)

Actually yes I have but, perhaps I phrased it poorly, many types media are guaranteed for up to 7 years, but none that I've ever dealt with will guarantee the data stored for more than 12 months without a rewrite.

FTA you referenced...
Disks used in the test are REQUIRED to less than 12 month old and obtained directly from the manufacturer or thru known distribution channels.

The tests spanned less than 30 days, far short of the 12 months I spoke of and much less than the 7 YEARS federal requirements for bank data storage require. Not to mention the very small, relatively speaking size of the disk compared to the VAST amount of data required to be stored.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Archfeld Re:Offsite. (268 comments)

No backup media in use manufactured by ANY company is guaranteed for more than 12 months. While the media may have a 7 year life span the data on it NEEDS to be renewed at least once every 12 months and failure to do so abrogates nearly every warranty. I worked for a large bank and dealt extensively in federally mandated offsite Contingency Operations and Recovery and learned one thing, backups without recovery exercises are next to useless if you are actually seeking said protections rather than just meeting the bare minimum requirements set forth. If you really value the videos you've gone to such trouble to back-up then periodically you need to verify they still work and view them or you are just performing an exercise in rote time wasting.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Archfeld Re:Offsite. (268 comments)

A simple and very secure offsite storage answer is a bank safe deposit box. Put your movies on a thumb drive and stash it with your life insurance policy and other 'stuff' in a box at your bank. Relatively cheap or maybe even free depending on your bank, very likely local with standard access times to make recovery easy.

about a week ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Archfeld Re:Location, location, location. (326 comments)

I wish I had mod points right now, that is some FUNNY sh*t...

Thanks

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Archfeld Re:10 and 2 is for older cars (326 comments)

I remember learning to drive on my grandfather's farm in his old Willy's truck. You had to double clutch because there was no syncro-gear and if you hit a deep dip or ditch the wheel would spin beneath your hands. It was vital for the survival of your thumbs to ensure that they were NEVER curled around the steering wheel or risk having them broken or torn off completely.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Archfeld Re:Deprecating the telephone system (162 comments)

I totally agree with you on the going away part, but how do you logically conclude that the reasons behind the regulations/requirements are suddenly not valid in light of the new technology ?
Is it acceptable that the main means of public communication in the event of an emergency are going to be completely unreliable ? Shouldn't the 'new' technology either be better equipped than the old, or at least be held to the same standards ?
Can you hear me now ?

about two weeks ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Archfeld Re:Deprecating the telephone system (162 comments)

The 'old' land line phone system was required by regulation/law to be able to handle 75% of the projected load in the event of an emergency. The cell phone networks have NO such limits and routinely fail under a 50% load. Imagine when there are NO LAND LINES and something bad happens in a region...poof no communication at all. If we depend on the corporations to determine that load limit it will be oversold 2 or 3 times to 'maximize' profit and be totally unreliable in the event of an emergency...ie no life-line to 911 or fire/medical

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

Archfeld Re:PCs are the problem (111 comments)

I disagree, even XP can be made secure. The problem is the network implementation and the proprietary software that runs on the admittedly PIGGY-BACK of XP. More and more the routers and silly appliances with hard coded firmware passwords and insecure 3rd party installation is to blame. I have to agree on the credit card issue though. Isn't it odd that the companies responsible for credit DB's and ratings also run the so-called identity protection sites ?? That seems like a conflict of interest to me.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Archfeld Re:LS-120 (635 comments)

yes of course, but the drives also function as boot devices and allow me to flash firmware and such in certain environments, also old but still functioning (functional) such as my DEC alpha server. Besides the original question was what outdated tech do you still keep around.
The problem with USB memory sticks is my retarded corporate bosses FORBID using USB sticks on their enterprise machines, while for some reason a USB attached floppy drive is acceptable. Management logic is beyond my ken...

about two weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

Archfeld Re:still using google ?!?! (152 comments)

While there might in fact be 2 Bing users I'm not one of them. I find Bing relies too much on looking pretty and less on delivering decent non-sponsored results. My parents seem to like Bing, though and all I can do is shake my head and set up their browser for them...

about three weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

Archfeld still using google ?!?! (152 comments)

Anyone still using google gets what they deserve. White list their ad delivery domains and find another search engine. I really miss Alta-Vista, and DEC in general.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

Archfeld Lucky me (91 comments)

I live in an area that is serviced by several cable providers as well as at least 2 *DSL providers.
We have chose to go with Astound http://www.astound.com/ , but Comcast and TWC are also available. On the *DSL side we can get Pac-Bell or CenturyLink. I've previously used SDSL with Pac-Bell and had good results but at a steep cost. About 2 years ago we decided to try Astound due to price issues and have been relatively happy with their performance, though customer service does lack a little in the technical skills area.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Archfeld LS-120 (635 comments)

I've got 2 LS-120 USB attached floppy drives that I keep moving to new platforms. They are reliable, still using the same box of 10 disks I bought eons ago, mainly because I don't think you can get anymore, but also because they still work.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Archfeld Re:old school ?? (382 comments)

LOL, nah I can do without the tea or a blanket, but I could use a Newcastle. I had a pong machine, and a radio shack/tandy 16k computer as well, but my 1st machine was a heathkit I built in math class as a junior high student. I had a Atari 2600 and sadly I can still muscle memory my way through Adventure, long live the yellow Duck.
Now excuse me while I go play a game of pinball on my vintage Delta Queen, STILL 2 plays (5 balls) for .25.

As for age, it doesn't matter how old you are the phrase old-school makes you sound like a self-absorbed retard. Sadly looking at my comment I have to say the phrase douche bag isn't much better so I'll have to take the heat for that as well.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Archfeld old school ?? (382 comments)

#1 STOP USING 'old school', you aren't, and you sound like a douche bag.
#2 DICE - Zilch, 10,000, liar's dice...etc
#3 A deck of cards, Canasta, Bridge, Poker, Pinochle.
#4 Risk, Stratego, Masterpiece, Chutes and Ladders for the youngsters, and of course Monotony, aka Monopoly.
#5 Dungeons & Dragons, or more preferably Gurps, but any pen and paper RPG is awesome.

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Archfeld how about by offering to not screw you... (275 comments)

If they promised not to 'steal' your contents and sell them to someone else or use them to market 'partner' services, or actually have and supply a real secure site. You know at some point Google will alter their ToS to allow them to use anything in their never-ending quest to track everything and everyone that ever touches the web in any manner.

about a month ago
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UPS: We've Been Hacked

Archfeld FTA... (62 comments)

each store is a independent computer node and not all are interconnected. That indicates to me that it almost has to be an insider/employee/contractor travelling from store to store implementing the malware ? It seems unlikely that a hacker group could/would have the organization to get around to that many states/stores.

about 1 month ago

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Time out for exxcessive MODS ?!?!

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Got to say I am dissapointed, I've been here at /. for a long time, posting as both a reg'd user, and as AC depending on at home vs work and topic, my Karma is excellent, I subscribe to slahsdot and have for quite a while.
Recently I posted a comment on an Apple article, an opinion, granted but not obscene, or off-topic but apparently quite controversial. It received 5 down mods and 3 up mods and as a result, the IP or my USERID, not sure which yet was placed in TIME out ??? While I can appreciate the need to mod, the post was NOT a troll, nor off-topic and yet silenced I am. I sent an email to /. for info and received a reply and then sent follow up..they are attached :

I have replied again and am awaiting response :(

Would that be me, or one of the 75 or 80 other registered users from this place ? Does it include an ID # or just the IP ?
Basically, someone doesn't like my opinion and I am being censored because of it ? I do not troll, or post anything not general audience safe, I use AC occasionally to post things that might conflict with my work's stated opinions or such, as many other people I work with also post on slashdot.

Nice just checked my account : 7 flamebaits on a single apple article, gee nice system, post an opinion and get bounced from the audience.
BTW During the same period on the same posting there are 3 POSTIVE MODERATIONS AS WELL, so essentially 3 people decide what is suitable for everyone to view, what happened to the SET your BROWSE LEVEL to avoid the noise ?
"Perspective is skewed..Wed August 18, @02:53PM 3 1, Interesting
what do you expect from rabid Wed August 18, @02:12PM 1 0, Troll
      attached to Real Feels iTunes Backlash"

  I have talked to several other users here and we all beleive there is a problem with that kind of censorship, but if it is working as designed we will of course work within the system, after all the net is about community :)

Note : KARMA EXCELLENT, subsciption ACTIVE, EMAIL available for response, instead I get modd'd down anonymously and gagged by automation...

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Rozeboom [mailto:samzenpus@akane.blockstackers.com]On
Behalf Of Robert Rozeboom
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004 7:28 AM
To: Duffield, Robert L
Subject: Re: new ip moderation is censorship any way you look at it,

You have been downmodded too many times and are in time out.

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004, Duffield, Robert L wrote:

> it is your web site and you are free to run it the way you like of course but,
>
> If you think this is unfair, please email moderation@slashdot.org with your MD5'd IPID and SubnetID, which are "fb1a0da8eeb758c77e86486ba4501552" and "4d56937246936127aabe0e1618fd7391" and (optionally, but preferably) your IP number "171.159.64.10" and your username "Archfeld".
>
> This is one of the firwewall IP's for a very large tech company, there are like 100,000 users coming from behind 3 possible IP's. It is very likely that is the cause of so-called excessive posting. I have been a /. registered member for a LONG TIME,note the 4 digit CONTINOUSLY USED ID, but if I cannot post anonymously on certain topics I'll just go elsewhere, thanks.

http://slashdot.org/~Archfeld

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Weapons of Mass Destruction

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction ? The US government scrambles to cover its' ass, unfortunately they are ALL ASS...
Tom Ridge and John ASScroft continue the facist run thru Amerika, and Jeb Bush has appointed a guardian to a retarded womans' fetus, in addtion to her state appointed guardian, so what happens when they conflict, does the court decide the mother is in fact just a warm breathing baby carriage ?? Obviously is can't be considered in the fetus's best interest if an abortion is prescribed....Thanks Bush Clan, is there one of you who isn't a lying cheting piece of human feces ? and Barbara doesn't count...she married in.

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Brave Soldiers directed by Morons

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Sigh, I am torn by the 'war' or more properly $75 Billion (that's US billion) police action in Iraq. There is no doubt Saddam is a capital fubar but our government led by his Royal Ineptness GWB scare me more than anything I can remember.
I just hope that between the protests and the stripping away of our freedoms bit by bit by this Facists regime the supreme court has inflicted upon us, that the only people truly deserving of our support and sympathy don't get pushed aside. Those poor souls eeking a living in Iraq, and the brave men and women who volunteered to serve this country not knowing they would be so poorly used.

While not a normally very religious guy God Bless us all, we need it.

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Sigh...moral at work blows

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Time to rant..as one of the survivors of the recent wave of corporate separation, aka firings
MAN things suck even worse around here. Thanks to the wonderful legislators in California, I am back on a time sheet and have lost my coveted 9x80 workweek with Monday's off. Then to add insult to injury we pick up 3 new contractors who have yet to produce ANY work of value, but seem to require more handholding to get the simplest of tasks done. Somewhere I really hope a staffing consultant is choking on a ham sandwich. I am off to Dallas to inspect a lab and try and figure out how you support hardware from 2000 miles away. Sadly but the economy is making me pine for the Clinton days, when all you had to worry about was who Bill was Fscking. Now we have to worry about GW, A$$Croft, Ridge, and Congress, and the concerted victim is US, not some willing intern.

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the friends thing is cool

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I've recently began actually following the web of friends, and yes sadly freaks here. It is a really cool function, and following it one step further to friends of friends and foes of friends, etc shows a hugely complex web of relationships, and by far the best way to track intelligent discussion and lower the noise to signal ratio.

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MsGeek going away

Archfeld Archfeld writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Sad to see...If you need help with the security issue to stop a crap flood let me know...otherwise good luck and I'll see ya around here :)

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