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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Fallen Kell Re:Please no... (570 comments)

I think you are reading more into the small print than actually exists.

Feature availability may vary by device.

They state this because you OBVIOUSLY won't have touch interface on non-touch devices, and thus any/all touch features available in the OS will not work on that device (that is just a single example of features that will vary, large screen UI won't make sense to use on a 4 inch smart phone, phone capabilities won't work on a desktop with no phone number, picture taking won't work on a device without a camera, etc., etc., etc., the list goes on and on).

Some editions excluded.

This is explained. They exclude upgrading Enterprise editions of the software. Those editions were purchased typically as site licenses for businesses, and are excluded. You need to arrange new site license agreements (or maintain your existing ones) in order to upgrade your windows licenses (in which you will be covered by your site licenses, and not the free upgrade license anyway).

about a week ago
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Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

Fallen Kell The real fix... a recall of the socket (304 comments)

This has been a problem for a long time on not just the Macbook Pro, but plenty of other laptops that used a few specific CPU/GPU sockets in their designs along with in-adequate heatsinks/fans for the thermal load. Those sockets should never have been used for those designs due to the temperature points of molten solder on a part that is specifically designed to be mobile (and thus subject to falls, movement, and other torques when the system may still be hot, especially moments after a shutdown or sleep when they are closed up and placed in a bag/backpack and slung over the shoulder).

about a month ago
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13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

Fallen Kell Re:Pointless disruption and harm from Anonymous (149 comments)

Actually, they are simply continuing to prove the point that current security technology has gaping holes in it. And that until there is a MAJOR rework of system, software, and site security, these holes will continue to exist and continue to be exploited. The real bad guys would have simply kept, sold, or used the information themselves and no one would have really known until the credit cards were used to fill cars full of gas, or purchased gift cards which were emptied to accounts which were transferred, etc., etc., and by the time anyone could do anything the money would be out of the systems (no longer electronic) and the people gone.

Until passwords are not typed by people on keyboards, moved through accessible memory on client systems or servers, two factor confirmations, one time use payment numbers, etc., are all in place, these hacks will occur. Fundamental level changes need to occur to fix these things (including hardware interrupt handling, memory segmentation and randomization, whitelisted program execution/startup, passwords/credit card numbers with timebased key tokens required, etc...). Problem is, it will cost a lot of money to change many of these, including hardware changes. Even if the technology was available today that fixed all these things (and you couldn't buy a computer without these changes), we would still have vulnerable systems out there for 20 years or more while industry and consumers replace their hardware.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Fallen Kell Re:Simple (720 comments)

I was just going to post the same exact thing. That rig on SPCR is a whole 17 db at 1 meter with running Prime95+FutureMark at the same time! Most laptops are louder than that.

about 2 months ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Fallen Kell Re:police are good (481 comments)

I actually disagree to a point with your comments.

Yes, police are there to enforce laws, but I would argue to differ on that they are there to protect you. They are there to protect society in general, not necessarily you, and the powers they have only allow them to really put you in jail (or taz you and put you in jail, or shoot you and put you in jail, or shoot you and put you in a grave). That is really the extent of their power.

If you don't believe me, go read the miranda rights. By talking and interacting with police, they only thing they can really do is put you in jail. It is not up to them to prove your innocence in a potential crime, they are there to prove you guilty, and anything you say or do can and will be used against you.

I'm not saying this is a good thing, but it is the current reality that we live under. 50-70 years ago, this simply wasn't the case everywhere in the nation, but not anymore (sure there were sections, especially if you were a minority that this happened to even back then). You can't simply talk to police anymore, because you don't know the laws, and you don't know what other testimony that the police may have already been given before they come to talk to you. And since they don't have to tell you the truth, you can not even believe anything the police tell you, because it could simply be a tactic to get you to be arrested.

about 2 months ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Fallen Kell Re:Features change... (473 comments)

I am sorry, but those polls mean nothing due to the way they were done. The only people who even saw the polls were people who actively read the forums, which is a fraction of the people who back a project. If however, a poll was sent by email to EVERY backer to notify them of an important possible feature change and request for input to determine the course of action, then I would bet you would have seen closer to 100,000 votes and you would have gotten more of the people who specifically backed due to that feature.

Consider this, the people who want offline play may want/require it due to not having good connections to the internet. It stands to reason, that those are also the same people who don't brose the forums for games that are not even out yet, and use their internet for the most essential things.

about 2 months ago
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China To Merge High-Speed Train Makers To Cut Competition

Fallen Kell How does this work? (88 comments)

However, as we haven't been complaining about China's low prices hurting our business, shouldn't China raising the price be good for other train makers?

I don't see how this is good for any other train makers other than China. China's train maker will still undercut the price, and now will simply have one less company that it is betting against when doing so, ensuring that it undercuts the price by the least amount needed to win the contracts. The only one that wins in China in the long run when it forces all the other train manufacturers out of business and then wins the contracts by fiat as the only entity.

about 3 months ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

Fallen Kell Re:Nonsense (328 comments)

ummm... you do know the first thing that happens when you are arrested is that they take your fingerprints right? So, they already take your fingerprint, and thus have it to unlock the device. The Court basically has simply stood up to the fact that taking of fingerprints is still a valid right of law enforcement to do, and using the fingerprint in any ways to connect the defendant to crimes is still a valid use of the fingerprint, be it weather it unlocks a phone, or matches a fingerprint found on a gun used to commit a crime.

about 3 months ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Fallen Kell Re:They need to lock this down now! (475 comments)

Because sitting next to a person on a cramped plane using the same armrests, bumping shoulders, arms, and legs isn't contact somehow? Nor is using a bathroom toilet on a plane that the infected person used isn't contact with "objects and surfaces contacted by an infected person"? Because using the same seat as that person on subsequent flights isn't contact? Because the baggage handlers didn't possibly touch the surface or handles of luggage contacted by this person?

Somehow if you believed that each seat cushion, tray table, arm rest, and bathroom get sanitized with bleach for 10-20 minutes between each flight you are in fantasy land (because that is how long it takes to ensure it is killed).

about 4 months ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Fallen Kell They need to lock this down now! (475 comments)

Lets see, even though this is one case, we have a plane that carried the person here, we have all the other passenger and flight attendants who were on the plane with that passenger for 8-10 hours, we have the passengers who sat in plane in subsequent flights (using the same bathroom, and seat that known infected and possibly infected people used), and we have the close contacts to all those people (family/friends). While I do not believe it is contagious, immediately, all those people need to be contacted and put in isolation for 21 days.

about 4 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Fallen Kell Re:More than the article states... (1134 comments)

Well, unfortunately, I feel that in the case of Anita, some of it was brought on herself. Her videos she has been using to show how games are portraying women in bad ways were in most cases taken completely out of context and twisted to fit her preconceived opinions. In one case using a section of Hitman which took place in an adult entertainment club, and saying that the women in the level are there only to be beaten/killed and used as distractions, when in fact, that is absolutely not the case. You LOSE points for beating on them. You are meant to AVOID them, just like most other people in Hitman, as they are not your target, you are not to kill people who are not your target, and yet, she makes a video of her own play-through where she intentionally kills them, and then says that is the only purpose for them being there.... Its like saying TV's are bad because you can bash someone over the head with a TV and demonstrating that you can do that fact, when in reality, the only behavior that is bad is doing that specific behavior.

And when she gets called out on that fact, she doesn't want to hear it, and disables comments so that it isn't shown what a load of crap she is spewing forth.

about 5 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Fallen Kell Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

Hahah... well I got an 8 but that is due to this monitor being horrible (I can see color banding all over the place).

about 6 months ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

Fallen Kell Re:They lost their market (203 comments)

They have been holding out for at least 3-4 games that people want to play. Right now, there are maybe 2 games that people want. That isn't enough to warrant a console purchase. When there is a Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and maybe a couple others out, people might finally pickup a Wii U. Otherwise, it just doesn't have anything worth getting that you can't get a better version/experience of on the other consoles.

about 6 months ago
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Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

Fallen Kell Re:Change management fail (162 comments)

Yeah I was going to say the same thing. You NEVER make a change that you don't have a way to backout to the previous operational state.

about 6 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Fallen Kell Re:Experience outside the valley--I agree (514 comments)

Also, I would go further, and state that simply looking at bachelor degrees does not really do justice for the statistics for those being hired by the Silicon Valley firms. If you look at doctoral degrees in Computer and Information sciences, the breakdown is 73% white, 3% black, 10.7% asian, 4.5% hispanic, of which 71.4% are male, and 28.6% are female. This reflects MANY of the disparages in workforce makeup at these companies. These companies are supposedly the best of the best, and brightest of the brightest, which means it will reflect closely those same best of the best and brightest of the brightest coming out of the education system (which means doctorates, post-doctorates, etc.).

about 6 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Fallen Kell Re:Experience outside the valley--I agree (514 comments)

And if you look at the rest of the data (i.e. the "National Center for Education" "Digest of Education Statistics" "Table 322.30") :

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d13/tables/dt13_322.30.asp

You will notice, that if you breakdown the ethnicity into percentages of degrees conferred, for "computer and information sciences" for 2011-2012, you will see there were 47,384 Bachelor degrees earned by students, of which 30,211 identified as "white" (63.75%), 5,410 as "black" (11.41%), 4,008 as "hispanic" (8.45%), and 4,254 as "asian" (8.97%). There are also another 2,360 "non-resident alien" listed which no ethnicity is given.

Now looking at people working at Yahoo!, 50% White (13% less than percentage earning degrees in USA in 2011-2012), 39% "asian" (30% more than percentage earning degrees), 4% hispanic (4-5% less than percentage earning degrees), 2% black (9% less than those earning degrees).

If you look at all the other companies on that list linked in the article, you will see roughly the same trend, with "whites" having about the same proportional makeup of the companies as there are those getting degrees, asians having a much higher percentage of the workforce than are getting degrees in the US (wow, not surprising since we are importing most of this labor via H1B, green card, immigration), and blacks and hispanics having slightly lower than the amount they graduate.

Now the lower amounts of blacks and hispanics may very well be simply due to location. The companies they looked at are Silicon Valley companies, with the majority of their workforce in California. California has a much lower percentage of blacks than say Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, etc... If you even slightly believe that the percentage of graduates are equally spread out across the nation's schools based on percentage of population in the schools, and that attendance in schools more closely mimics the population in the state (not always, there are historically african american shools as well women only or male only schools, and schools certain ethnicities would never even want to go to for many reasons), and take into consideration that most people will tend to stay close to home/family when searching for a job, and you will see that the breakdown of ethnicity in Silicon Valley tech companies is probably really not that out of step with the percentage of population in the labor market in Silicon Valley.

about 6 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Fallen Kell Re:NASA (550 comments)

No you can't if you had laser eye surgery that involved cutting of the cornea. You can if you have LASEK which does not involved any cutting of tissue, as the integrity of the eye is maintained with this surgery (since there is no cut made creating a weak point). However, the recovery from this is much longer and much more painful as the outer layer that is cut in LASIK is moved aside (the layer is separated using an alcohol solution and spun aside). Because this entire layer is moved, the healing is more painful due to every blink of your eye possibly shifting the layer slightly which causes pain.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Fallen Kell Sort of glad my school didn't lock us down (98 comments)

I mean, if I had limits on how many systems I could connect to and use at once I would never have passed two of my courses.

One was a neural networking course which involved programming a computational model and then running 100,000 iterations of the model and analyzing the results. We had been given 6 weeks for it because it was going to take at least 1 week or so to run, but I could not get my model to work for the life of me, and working with the professor finally got it working the night before the results were due. He looked at me and said, I should ask for an extension, and I looked at him and said, I think I'm fine. He then gave me the are you nuts look.

I wrote a script that split up the iterations and output between approx 350 systems with the more powerful ones getting higher iteration counts than the older ones. When I handed in my report of the results to the professor he looked at them and was in disbelief that I was able to do it in time and asked me over when class was done, where I showed him all the code that spread the workload across all the systems (it helped that I was working fulltime managing a small beowulf cluster at that point so I had some experience using distributed computing resources). I got quite a few extra credit points for ingenuity on that...

about 6 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Fallen Kell Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Actually, the "we paid for all that with $17 trillion in debt" is a DIRECT result of Reagan and the policies that followed deregulating everything and cutting taxes to the lowest they have ever been since the USA kept and maintained a military force, let alone arguably the more powerful in the world...

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Fallen Kell Well, perl and vim yes, but not for that reason (359 comments)

I use VI and VIM as my editor because as a system administrator, VI was one of 2 editors that were guaranteed to be in Solaris should the system be in a real bad state and in recovery modes. I use perl because it is installed on everything out of the box (Solaris, Red Hat, SUSE, and IRIX all of which I deal with). Python isn't on all those OS's by default (Solaris in particular), which means it might not be on all the systems I deal with. I'm not about to go and write code that I can't run universally on the systems I deal with.

about 7 months ago

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Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2 Crashes

Fallen Kell Fallen Kell writes  |  about 3 months ago

Fallen Kell (165468) writes "According to www.nbcnews.com, "Virgin Galactic said its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane suffered an 'in-flight anomaly' during a powered test flight on Friday that resulted in the loss of the aircraft.

'During the test. the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle,' the company said in a statement. 'The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time.'""
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Space Shuttle Discovery launch cancelled

Fallen Kell Fallen Kell writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Fallen Kell (165468) writes "Space shuttle Discovery's Wednesday night launch has been cancelled. A possible leak in the external fuel tank was discovered which prompted the cancellation of the launch. CNN reports that the launch may occur on Thursday evening at 8:49pm."

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