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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

DragonTHC Re:Use Paper (143 comments)

This isn't star trek. I agree paper removes the obstacle to design.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

DragonTHC Re:Minesweeper (180 comments)

Rage Quit!!!1

about 4 months ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

DragonTHC Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

The statement says the valuation of the donation is more than that of the impounded shipment.

about 4 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

DragonTHC Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

"US Customs has the responsibility to determine what to stop at the border, or what to seize."

From Wes Pringle, President, Fluke Corporation.

about 4 months ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

DragonTHC Re:Please.... (321 comments)

you jest, but once my 3 year old son purchased $28 of nothing from nexon through google play.

The apps are designed to make it really easy for both non-readers and readers alike to buy stuff with flashy graphics.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

DragonTHC Re:NoScript (731 comments)

We shouldn't have to use it.

There's a change coming on the Internet. Pageviews are a useless metric. Clicks are done for.

True value lays in the userbase. User capital is the new currency. And not selling to advertisers. The single carefully formed tweet, pin, or *sigh* FB wall post can be worth thousands to the right company. What kind of users follow you? Who wants a crack at those users.

I haven't seen an intrusive ad in almost a decade. They are dead. They are a complete waste of money. Banners are done.

The stuff I block with adblock shouldn't be seen for a reason. I block it for a reason. It's already the third tier Internet. It's one step above Nigerian prince email.

about 6 months ago
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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

DragonTHC Re:I never got the fascination with AMD/ATI (111 comments)

bwahahaha. If you were a serious miner, you'd have an ASIC rig.

GPU miners don't cover the cost of their electrical bills.

about 8 months ago
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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

DragonTHC Re:I never got the fascination with AMD/ATI (111 comments)

perhaps, but this is typical of AMD and ATI products ranging all the way back to my experiences with Athlons and the ATI Rage 128 graphics card.

Their hardware just isn't as stable as Intel or Nvidia. And that's my experience with 4 different AMD systems over the years. When you put an intel computer on the same power supply, stability just happens.

about 8 months ago
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Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov

DragonTHC Re:Answer: No. (404 comments)

That's a valid analogy for babies.

One person could have designed, programmed, and coded the whole site, including back end in about six months, If that person were skilled.

Instead, HHS and CMS paid multi-million dollar contracts to 3 foreign corporations, who had a year and still couldn't do it.

The site was doomed by salespeople and politicians.

QSSI, who got the contract for the EIDM in 2012, evidently got it working for medicare and medicaid, but this site wasn't even coded or tested right.
CGI Federal executive went to school with Michelle Obama.
Serco, well we all know what happened to serco.

Known issues in week one:
Security questions for creating account not populated in drop-downs.
Security question input failing validation.
Email verification tokens instantly expiring.
EIDM "accidentally" resetting all passwords.
Password recovery emails not finding accounts.
Links to back end oracle database not adequate to handle requests.
AJAX grid abuse causing far more server queries than necessary.
Oracle database not load balanced causing instability.
Application forms not populating.
Application answers not validating.
Application programming errors.
Application coding errors.
Inability to edit application.
Inability to edit family members.
Inability to go backwards in application.
Faulty eligibility information regarding medicaid.

about 9 months ago
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30% of Americans Get News From Facebook According To Pew Research Poll

DragonTHC Re:Applies to all events? (194 comments)

It's amazing how I can see someone that I connected with on Facebook in real life and have a vague notion of what they are up to. It makes me feel connected.

For the last time, she dumped you in high school. You're no longer "connected".

about 9 months ago
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Battlefield Director: Linux Only Needs One 'Killer' Game To Explode

DragonTHC Re:YOLD! (410 comments)

I've had those problems with ubuntu 12.10

And getting the nvidia driver installed and working takes a small miracle.

Maybe Raging Ringtail might be better.

about 9 months ago
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Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

DragonTHC Re:Gov't project (516 comments)

Not really.

They're built by lowest bidders Serco and QSS Inc. Neither an American company.

If they had decided to hire Americans to do this job, they would have had a very large pool of qualified and skilled workers from which to choose.

about 10 months ago
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Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature For Feature Parity With Windows

DragonTHC Re:SteamOS (237 comments)

They already have. I don't remember reading anything about SteamOS being completely opensource.

about 10 months ago
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Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature For Feature Parity With Windows

DragonTHC not the first time they remove features. (237 comments)

They removed basic customizable anaglyph support from both after I detailed how you could hack 3D support into Left 4 Dead and other games.

And I'm still an Nvidia fanboy.

about 10 months ago
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What Developers Can Learn From Healthcare.gov

DragonTHC Re:What can they learn (267 comments)

I just successfully logged in. to a blank page.

about 10 months ago
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What Developers Can Learn From Healthcare.gov

DragonTHC Re:Real demand or Right-Wing DDOS? (267 comments)

definitely not a DDOS. LOIC is going to cause the kinds of errors I've seen.

about 10 months ago
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What Developers Can Learn From Healthcare.gov

DragonTHC Re:What can they learn (267 comments)

How about this one, hire an Indian firm to run a government level oracle database without actually testing it or including load-balancing and you're gonna have a bad time.

Blame your horrendous failure on user volume and then call it glitches and you're gonna have a bad time.

List of known issues in order of appearance:

01. security questions not loading.
02. security answers failing validation.
03. email validation tokens timing out instantly.
04. correct passwords failing
05. password reset emails not providing clickable link for reset
06. password reset link loads page which doesn't find the profile it just emailed to.
07. EIDM server crashing and throwing system down errors.
08. oracle server errors.
09. network gateway timeout errors.
10. oracle account manager loading towards public

All of this excluding the actual waiting pages for a website.
This is either gross incompetence or sabotage.

about 10 months ago

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Ecto-1 up for sale on ebay motors

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DragonTHC writes "We all remember Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. Now is your chance to own it. Bid on Ecto-1 The seller notes: In August of 2006 I purchased the original Universal Studios Ecto-1. The car was stripped of all the Ghost busting equipment and sold as an ambulance and with a little negotiation I was able to get all of the roof rack parts and the original light bars. This car was used at the park for over fifteen years for the Ghostbusters Experience, parades and display inside the Florida park. This car is one of three Sony/MGM authorized Ghostbusters 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor Ecto-1. There are the two original cars used in the films and this one built exclusively for the Universal Studios Theme parks. This car has a rich history and thousands of fans have been photographed with this car. The only major change made to this car was the roof rack. We modified the roof rack to resemble the screen used Sony Ecto-1 original car. Other upgrades are cosmetic and mechanically it's very sound."
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Microtransactions coming soon to a PC near you?

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DragonTHC writes "While reading the article posted about the GTA4 games for windows exlusive, I came across this thistle hidden among the brush: "we'll introduce our first ever Games for Windows — LIVE Marketplace." Does this mean we can expect to see microtransactions coming soon to a PC near you? Can we soon expect our games to be shipped incomplete and be forced to pay for the rest?"
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EA puts DRM into Crysis Warhead on Steam

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DragonTHC writes "I just bought Crysis: Warhead and Crysis Wars on Steam. Much to my surprise, EA included the SecuROM DRM rootkit in Crysis: Warhead and Crysis Wars, despite there being no physical media. This DRM rootkit is in place to use EA's draconian Activation service. If I bought the game on Steam, why do I need to use EA's activation service? Isn't steam a DRM platform already? Isn't that enough?"
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How do I prevent lan party theft?

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DragonTHC writes "I'm thinking about hosting a lan party open to the public. I'm aiming for approximately 60 people to attend. I can handle all the logistics of operation. The only thing I can't wrap my head around is, how to I prevent theft at the lan party? Do I hire security guards? Do I need security cameras? I don't know the people who will attend, I don't know if they're trustworthy enough to not steal other people's equipment. What do I do?"
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what to do when a recruiter advocates for himself?

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  about 6 years ago

DragonTHC writes "I recently applied to a position for a government run organization. I was perfectly qualified for the position. The pay wasn't great but the benefits were stellar. I interviewed with their hired recruiter and got an interview which went well. A few days later, the recruiter called and asked me if I would consider working as a contractor since they were leaning towards someone else. He kept insisting that I forget about working with benefits despite interviewing for a permanent position with benefits. I suspected the recruiter was trying to advocate for himself since he would benefit more from a long term contractor than a simple permanent placement. What do you do in a situation like that? Do you call the company directly to advocate for yourself? Do you respect the company's wishes to use a recruiter?"
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Force Unleashed dev's reason for no PC version

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DragonTHC writes "In a recent interview with videogames.com, The Force Unleashed lead developer Cameron Suey remarked that a low-end PC user would have a "watered down experience". Yet the PS2 and psp experience will be rich and full?

From the interview:And that's something that every time I read that, we do hear that complaint, it hurts. Our goal was we wanted to get this game to as many people as possible. I definitely wish it had been possible. However the PC being the gaming platform that it is, someone with a $4,000 high-end system would definitely be able to play the Euphoria, the DMM and really technical elements of the game. But someone with a low-end PC would have a watered down experience, they would have to turn all the settings down and it wouldn't be the same game. On the other hand if we made that game for as many people as possible, because we are trying to make mass market games, something that everybody can enjoy, well then it's not taking advantage of what those $4,000 systems can do. So one way or the other depending on how you build that lead PC SKU, it's not going to be for the same amount of people, it's going to be not as good or only for a select few people."

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are there any decent D or C cell rechargeables?

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DragonTHC writes "I just had a baby. I have a lot of baby toys that run on D cell batteries and C cell batteries. These toys are demanding. They require enough juice to run 5 hours a day at least for several weeks. While normal alkaline D cell batteries meet the challenge head on, I would rather use rechargeable batteries. I have several sanyo eneloop kits and they come with D and C adapters. They just don't last more than a few days because they are really AA size. Are there any decent D cell or C cell rechargeables that have a lifespan comparable to alkaline?"
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When will game publishers start selling cd keys?

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DragonTHC writes "There are those of you who download PC games from bit torrent. Some of you also buy PC games. For those who find bit torrent very convenient, when will the publishers start selling CD keys to legitimize the games that some people download? This just seems to make sense. Publishers could sell CD keys (perhaps for a slight discount) and completely eliminate the supply chain and retail costs. If every online game were to ditch the DRM and require a validated CD key, this could increase their profits. So why haven't publishers caught on?"
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what is the perfect coder's chair?

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DragonTHC writes "I am faced with sitting for long periods of time to do the majority of my work as a consultant. It seems that truly ergonomic chairs cost more than $700 these days. What kind of office chair should I get that will save my back and keep me from getting the DVTs in my legs? What chairs are out there that I can afford on my small budget up to $300? What do other coders spend their lives sitting in?"
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Leonardo Da Vinci's Mashup

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DragonTHC writes "In the news lately, there's been this story floating around about hidden music in Leonardo Da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper". I also remember hearing other musical phrases by Da Vinci in the past. I figured I would do a mashup. What you will hear with the mashup is the Last supper music in pipe organ with the other Da Vinci music, for which I could not find a name, in what sounds like an electric piano. The last supper music is once through, and the other music repeats once. I have tuned the established music about -150cents."
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MediaDefender gets source code cracked!

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DragonTHC writes "Slyck news is reporting that MediaDefender has been cracked again and this time, their source code for anti-freedom efforts against p2p and bit torrent. The fifty megabyte download is by the same group that brought you the MediaDefender emails, MediaDefender-Defender."
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ICANN fights Russia over .su domain

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DragonTHC writes "Russian Internet enthusiasts are locked in a tussle with an international body over a relic of the Soviet past — the .su domain name assigned to the country just before the Soviet Union collapsed. The U.S.-based body that oversees the World Wide Web's structure, ICANN, says the name is out of date and wants to kill it off. But thousands of Internet users still use the suffix — in part for its nostalgia value — and are fighting to save it."
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"Tubes" senator being investigated for cor

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  about 7 years ago

DragonTHC writes "Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), 83, is being investigated in a federal corruption probe that has implicated his son Ben. Part of the case involves a fishing co-op whose members allegedly paid Ben Stevens $500,000 to get a federal bailout from his father."
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DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DragonTHC writes "I'm a certified Linux admin (LPIC2). I have some small business clients that I've been servicing as the IT administrator. I've successfully completed two Linux migrations at two different clients. Both are smashing successes. Now that I'm expanding my business, how much should I charge per hour for my services? What are others charging? What is considered fair? I think I might be charging way too little."
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DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DragonTHC writes "I've been a gamer since 1985. I'm also a huge fan of Shadowrun as a pencil and paper RPG. Following the news that Shadowrun is going to be Vista only, and Pay for play, what can a gamer do to resist Vista? With the new "Games for Windows" program, which is just a way to force users to pay a subscription fee to play online, and since the game isn't even DX10, why should I upgrade to Vista so I can play it? Why should I pay for alky so I can play it on XP?"
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DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DragonTHC writes "according to USA Today, The U.S. and China want to ignore global warming. From the article: The USA and China want to water down a proposed plan for fighting climate change, arguing that action to reduce greenhouse gases will be more costly and time-consuming than scientists claim. They also play down the benefits of reducing emissions, disputing recommendations by European governments that greenhouse gases be capped at around 445 parts per million in the air. The current level of greenhouse gases is about 430 ppm."
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DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DragonTHC writes "CNN is reporting that Jack Valenti, the longtime head of the Motion Picture Association of America, died Thursday of complications from a stroke he suffered in March, his family announced. He was 85."

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Why can't I find fast cheap broadband?

DragonTHC DragonTHC writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I've been living in South West Miami for 3 years now. I've had Comcast cable the whole time. I'm now looking to ditch comcast and go with another provider. I have fibre services to the curb from both AT&T and Comcast. My home phone is over fibre, my cable tv is over fibre. Why can't I find an ISP offering speeds faster than my cable service for a comparable price? My cable service gets 12/2Mbit bandwidth. It's burstable to 100Mbits. However, it's Comcast. I was looking at fibre services and one company wants to charge $1200 a month for a 10Mbit line. I might wait until AT&T starts offering 50/50Mbit lines. That could be a while though.

Why, with fibre to the curb, can't I find fast cheap broadband?

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