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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

BitZtream Re:Its Fine. - not (318 comments)

Your trainer was an idiot, not a network admin. Oracle database and the various Oracle apps I've used have no silly issues with firewalls. They may have some apps with issues, but not the main product which uses a single consistent TCP port for connections.

12 hours ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

BitZtream Re:So! The game is rigged! (500 comments)

Yes ... you scammed them, except you didn't.

Since the company you're buying things from has raised its rates by 3 to 5% in order to cover the charges the credit card company charges them on transactions.

At no point does the credit card company not make extra money from your transaction, you're just not smart enough to realize you're paying for that case back yourself in the cost of the items you're buying.

Product A costs $1.00 to make a proper profit, company raises the rate to $1.05. You use a credit card to buy it and think you're awesome for getting $0.02 back from the purchase.


35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

BitZtream Re:You needn't charge anything (500 comments)

No need to look up how FICO works, no one actually uses FICO when considering you. There are many many systems to calculate a credit score and if you go apply for a loan/credit card/anything that gives you a score from 5 different places the same day you'll get 5 different credit scores and the difference has nothing to do with recent credit inquiries.


How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

BitZtream Re:When going into business with Friends (179 comments)

They aren't your friends if it does.

Relatives are a little different depending on who they are and what your relationship with them is.

I've had no problem mixing the two but then again, if someone can't behave themselves in the business relationship I don't really consider them a friend so I can't really consider it any sort of loss of a friend either.

2 days ago

A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

BitZtream Re:Not to sound rude, but .... (33 comments)

Those are called training wheels.

And reinventing something thats been done to death is neither a challenge or fun for most of us.

Why are you posting on your own story? Story can't stand on its merits so you have to swoop in and try to defend it?

Hint: You're just re-enforcing his point, this is a stupid story to post to slashdot. WTF is wrong with you guys?

You seem to be impressed because he's trying to sell something for $50 which most of us made in one form or another 5 years ago in the earlier days of Arduino while were were dicking around on the weekend, bored. Worse still is that its about $45 over priced.

2 days ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

BitZtream Re:The only good thing (505 comments)

Yes, it is, takes some fucking responsibility for your own actions.

2 days ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

BitZtream Red Bull (505 comments)

Did you seriously just call Red Bull a gateway drug?

Tim Lord, you're a moron. Stop posting stories, this isn't your personal blog. And no, writing them and then having Roblimo or another slashdot editor post the stories doesn't make it any better. Just stop, we don't want your thoughts.

2 days ago

Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

BitZtream Re:and what would i do with it? (127 comments)

Except you'd spend more on electricity than you'd have spent to just buy it.

Thats not including source material.

Thats not including the fact that the part you printed is going to be so weak, relative to the mass produced part that it doesn't stand a chance of being useful.

You only think its a good idea because you have absolutely no real world experience with 3d printing.

3D printing at home is a joke for anything other than AT BEST making lost-PLA (i.e. lost wax but with PLA) style molds that you can fill with a metal, and even thats HIGHLY specialized.

Note: I have both a 3d printer and a CNC machine, and 9 times out of 10, I CNC it rather than print it and do a pour. Nothing printed at home has enough strength to be useful. If you think even a 3d printed phone case would be useful, you really don't have any idea. One won't even last you through the work day before its coming apart.

3 days ago

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

BitZtream Re:Thanks (394 comments)

http is tcp port 80, so what you said is:

'so tcp port 80 won't be throttled by tcp port 80 (or whatever) uses will be-'

3 days ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

BitZtream Re:Linux, a miracle (715 comments)

Linus doesn't generally 'yell' at competent, talented developers.

Thats where you're confused.

Linus yells after someone repeatedly argues with him that they aren't wrong or that its his fault and he has proven otherwise, then they come back and do it again.

Linus is generally very easy to convince he's wrong ... when he's wrong and he'll acknowledge it quickly. He expects the same from everyone else. When you repeatedly ignore his proof that you are incorrect he reacts this way.

Great things in this world aren't built by people who are more concerned with being politically correct than doing the right thing, sorry to burst your bubble.

3 days ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

BitZtream Re:Newsflash (281 comments)

From your posts I'm sensing you're rather jealous of Apple.

3 days ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

BitZtream Re:Rely on Reputation? (281 comments)

Did your mom shit in your cereal this morning or something? You're just being retarded, troll.

O.M.G. Apple ate the dingos that ate my baby

3 days ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

BitZtream Re:Impact on the Network? (281 comments)

God you're such a shitty troll, and you've posted just as quick as you can to troll others. STFU.

3 days ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

BitZtream Re:It's not just the OS (281 comments)

... Then something else is wrong with your phone. I have a 3G thats been running the latest version it will upgrade to continuously for months at a time since my son was born over a year ago, the iPod functionality opens nearly instantly.

That is not normal behavior, but hey, rather than assume you have some sort of issue, just assume that level of performance retardation is expected ...

3 days ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

BitZtream Re:Hardware ages too (281 comments)

cdrom drives for desktops are still 5.25" single height drives. I'm fairly certain he knows what he's talking about.

3 days ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

BitZtream Re:Why the asterisk? (715 comments)

Yea, my first thought when I read that was 'How retarded is timothy to think that implying a word without using the actual word is any different'. Its stupid. Its like saying 'the n word'. We all know EXACTLY what you mean, you're just too chicken shit to actually say it.

Oh, and he had to tell us that Linus didn't use the asterisks!

3 days ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

BitZtream Re:This could be good... (715 comments)

Perhaps this will encourage him to create a better, less "retarded" compiler.

Or, like everyone else, he'll just switch to clang/llvm. GCCs days are numbered. RMS's political agenda has ensured its demise. It'll be a slow painful death, but its a death none the less.

3 days ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

BitZtream Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (715 comments)

End result, the GCC people will fix this bug in short order (what are GCC point releases for anyway)

The bug was reported 4 point releases ago. It just now started effecting the kernel.

Claiming the GCC crew will 'fix this bug in short order' is like claiming Obama is leading the charge in transparent government.

GCC has never been a solid production compiler.

The success of Linux is 100% built off the success of GCC.

You have that pretty much backwards. Without Linux, GCC wouldn't matter to anyone. Linux can be built with other compilers with a little effort, ask Intel about it.

There have been no other credible compilers for Linux throughout the majority of its existence

You're pretty clueless. Intel would beg to differ. No one that matters compiles high performance code on GCC, they use the Intel compiler.

3 days ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

BitZtream Re:Surprise, surprise... (715 comments)

And every time he does ... he's right to do so.

A meltdown is when some candy ass can't deal with reality and blows up emotionally without provocation or justification.

When Linus blows up, he's pretty much always right and its pretty much always after the other guy(s) repeatedly denied being wrong or acted like an asshole who couldn't possibly be wrong.

When has anyone seen Linus blow up on someone who didn't actually deserve it?

GCC deserves to die.

3 days ago

Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

BitZtream Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (175 comments)

The human leg is rather ridged as its bone, it certainly doesn't flex and rebound in a way that stores usable energy of any amount worth mentioning. Watching this device in action clearly does. The achilles tendon doesn't stretch several inches when stressed, lest it snap.

No one he's competing against has an additional 15 inches of leg formed into a compound lever of high tech polymers and metal.

Take a look at the picture, its pretty clear the machine has an advantage over a normal leg in this particular case.

3 days ago



FTC Offers 50k for an effect way to block robocalls

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  about 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "

The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching the FTC Robocall Challenge, and offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution.

Apparently mandating that telephone companies filter invalid caller id data from their customers and prosecuting the violators of robocall laws is too much effort."
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Mozilla partners with Microsoft Bing for a special

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Mozilla has officially sold out, this follows on the heels of the revenue sharing agreement with Twitter. Mozilla now has an official distribution that defaults to using Bing for the search box and home page."
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Office 2010 Beta Released

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Microsoft has begun notifying people about the availablility of the Office 2010 beta. Don't bother trying to download it with anything other than IE however, it would appear at least for the moment that Safari on OS X (With Silverlight) and Google Chrome on Windows just sit at a page with a twirly when attempting to download after signing. IE on the other hand works instantly so it doesn't appear to be a load issue."
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Google Chrome is out of Beta

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably Video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parts. The original Google blog post can be found here:"

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "I'm curious as to how slashdot readers would handle my current situation.

I ordered a Wii bundle on June 6th from and paid the extra for overnight shipping. On June 8th the Wii product page said: Orders placed before 6/8/07 will be shipped on 6/11/07.

On June 11th, nothing happened on the status page for my order so I emailed them. The response was typical:

We apologize for the shipping delay this order has experienced. We are
currently investigating the problem; we will fix the problem and get
this item shipped out as soon as possible.

Later that evening my order status changed to 'Processing'. It hasn't changed since. So today, (June 13th) I called them twice. The first time was around 5pm EST and I was told the order had shipped and I will get it on the 14th. So I wait till this evening, around 9pm and call back to get a tracking number since I'm a bit skeptical. Now I'm told my order has not shipped, and it will be shipped tomorrow and I will get it on Friday, the 15th, at which point I promptly state that I expect my shipping charges to be reduced. No deal, they won't do it. Okay, cancel the order, the won't do that either.

This is entirely unfair in my eyes. I can drive to the local ebgames store and buy a Wii right this instant, but then I'll end up with two and have to go through the process of selling one.

I have very little faith that I'll get it on Friday now since they've obviously lied about it being shipped once already.

My question is simple, is there anything that I can do to get out of this deal other than contest the charge with the credit card company since they already have my money?"


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