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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

GatorMan I turned to /. first (1613 comments)

Let it become permanent record that I turned to this website as soon as I found out by word-of-mouth. Looking forward to people's thoughtful comments here. Very sad day.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4, A Day Later

GatorMan Re:Meanwhile, in ExtensionLand... (435 comments)

Thank you for the tabs on top tip, i was looking for the "Un-kill Your Face" checkbox before I read your post. That'll do.

more than 3 years ago

BFG Tech Sending Out RMA Denial Letters, 'Winding Down Business'

GatorMan Shouldn't they have to honor the contract? (327 comments)

I know that when Gateway sold its Professional Services Unit to MPC (formerly MicronPC) in 2007 and then MPC filed for chapter 11 a year later, MPC was obligated to honor the existing warranties whether they were originally contracted with the former Gateway unit or the later MPC unit. To this day, we're still having warranty work done by a third-party company on behalf of Gateway/MPC. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPC_Computers

more than 4 years ago

Feds and Hollywood Seize Domains of Movie Pirates

GatorMan Sounds familiar... (181 comments)

Similar to the War on Drugs, the small fish and the users get pinched while the root of the issue goes ignored.

more than 4 years ago

Write Bits Directly Onto a Hard Drive Platter?

GatorMan Re:A real (but expensive) solution: (578 comments)

You know how data restoration companies do it? They take out the spindle with the platters, and put it in their own reading device with its own controller. And with that you can read and write the exact bits (as long as quantum physics allow it). But the head has to be compatible (e.g. perpendicular recording needs entirely different heads).

I bet those devices can be bought, and I bet their controller is actually just software on the computer (for flexibility). I also bet they come with different head configurations. But they are definitely not going to be cheap.

Hey, at least it is a real solution. :)

Having worked for a successful "data restoration company", I can say that you are absolutely incorrect. There is no mysterious 'reading device with its own controller'. Why would you even need one when the drive you're working on is often modular? Individual components can often be replaced (head stack, spindle motor, PCB, etc) from another drive that matches the original in a very specific way (this differs by manufacturer). Have you actually ever been trained to perform invasive data recovery, or are you just going by what someone told you over the phone?

more than 4 years ago

I keep track of my passwords ...

GatorMan Re:DNA (414 comments)

What you meant to ask was... "How often do you *log in*?"

about 5 years ago

Russia Recalls Modern Warfare 2

GatorMan Re:As a Russian (548 comments)

On the other hand, I actually have to thank Infinity Ward for MW2, for one simple reason: it's been a while since any American game depicted a proper, honest-to-God Russian invasion of U.S. soil, complete with shelled cute "American Dream" neighborhoods and burning White House, and the overall gloomy atmosphere of verging on defeat. At least it's markedly different from your typical drivel of a U.S. Rambo squad on rampage somewhere in Siberia, taking out Russian soldiers by the thousands. Just as unrealistic, too, but hey, at least you can appreciate how it looks from the other side now. I only wish there was an option to play for the paratroopers in the initial wave :)

Take a look at World in Conflict for PC. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_in_conflict

more than 5 years ago

Seagate Firmware Update Bricks 500GB Barracudas

GatorMan Re:If Seagate keeps this up (559 comments)

The model number listed in this scenario is 'ST3500320AS'. Note the 'ST'. Re-branded Seagate/Maxtor drives start with 'STM'. So as far as drive technology goes, the affected editions should be Seagate-original designs. However, if they've (mistakenly) added Maxtor engineers to their PCB/firmware tech teams...

about 6 years ago

Woman Admits Sending $400K To Nigerian Scammer

GatorMan So when... (857 comments)

can we expect the book? Surely she's still just as greedy, and what better way?

more than 6 years ago

Google Demands Higher Chip Temps From Intel

GatorMan good. (287 comments)

see title.

more than 6 years ago


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