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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

Hamsterdan Re:Combination of both (147 comments)

Shouldn't that be illegal?

6 hours ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Hamsterdan Re:Myopic viewpoint (332 comments)

The Insight and Prius are *not* pure electric vehicles. As for Ford, neither are the Escape and Fusion.

The Chevy Spark is new, but not the same class as the Tesla (smaller city car), but it's a start.

When they start building 100% electric Corollas, Civics or other mass-market cars, then maybe prices will go down.

9 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Hamsterdan Tech devices and appliances (537 comments)

Tech: 2 C64s (first model), 3 1541 and 1 1541-II. Logitech optical cordless desktop (mouse needs a new battery door, holding with tape). both NES consoles.
Appliances: My mom's old Panasonic Dimension 4 microwave/convection oven, my 1970 something fridge (still kicking)
AV: 1974 Marantz 2240, 1980s Alpine AL80 tape deck, old Sony turntable, 1970s Harman Kardon speakers. 2000s RCA 52" HD RPTV, 27" Trinitron CRT.

As a previous poster wrote, most things made before mid-eighties were built to last, not so for the newer stuff that has to be either replaced or repaired after only a couple years of use.

11 hours ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Hamsterdan Re:Mercedes FUD (332 comments)

Ballmer works at Mercedes?

yesterday
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Hamsterdan Re:Myopic viewpoint (332 comments)

Tesla could do what Lexus did, and focus on customer service. Besides, they already have a head-start...

yesterday
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Hamsterdan Re:Myopic viewpoint (332 comments)

When big established manufacturers (Think Honda, Toyota, GM and Ford) build electric vehicles, prices are bound to come down. Even more so when patents on battery technologies expire / gas prices get higher. Until then, Hybrids are the best compromise.

yesterday
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Hamsterdan Re:We do not need solid state to replace platter d (248 comments)

No I don't want hybrid drives. I'm on my third year on my OCZ Agility2. In the same time 3 1TB spinning drives have developed bad sectors. I'll keep them separate...

(I like your controller idea, kinda similar to what Intel does on newer chipsets)

yesterday
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Hamsterdan Re:We live like kings and queens already (248 comments)

but the SSD will wipe the floor with the HDD. That's why you install one smallish SSD for OS and APPS, and a big HDD for data and such

yesterday
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Hamsterdan Re:Disagree (248 comments)

Tape is far from dead...

yesterday
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Hamsterdan Re:RAID? (248 comments)

Try one... Even the crappiest SSD will be much faster than a standard HDD. OS will be smoother, apps will load faster, swap will be faster.

yesterday
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Bidding At FCC TV Spectrum Auction May Be Restricted For Large Carriers

Hamsterdan Re:Did that in Canada (91 comments)

Yup... Public mobile had everything unlimited for 35$/month, were bought by Telus, and guess what? no more unlimited and a pathetic data quota for 45$...

2 days ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Hamsterdan Speed (322 comments)

Did they lay new fiber, or stopped throttling because Netflix paid?

3 days ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Hamsterdan Reviving is *not* emulation (165 comments)

Reviving means repairing, replacing caps and other components. (which I haven't have to do on my Nintendos and C64s)

This is really turning out as another reddit forum

3 days ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Hamsterdan Nothing like the real thing (165 comments)

"as well as additional modern graphics modes"

Then it's *NOT* a C64.

3 days ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Hamsterdan Re:c64 !!! (165 comments)

At my home, along with a Koala Pad tablet

3 days ago
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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

Hamsterdan Re:All C=64 emu's are not perfect (165 comments)

Ultima 4 was one of the best games ever. One of the reasons I keep a real C64 (first gen, with the better sound chips) around with at least two 1541 drives. One of them is hooked up to my TV with two 1541. The other one is hooked up to an Amiga monitor with a 1541, a 486 with 64HDD and a 1541-II for image transfers

And yes, I still have some 5 1/4 floppies brand-new in shrink wrap :)

3 days ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Hamsterdan Fine (312 comments)

As long as the commander is named Koenig...

5 days ago
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AT Black Knight Transformer Hits the Road and Takes a Hop

Hamsterdan only two modes? (33 comments)

Pfft...

Where's the robot mode?

about a week ago
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What's needed for the 60TB hard drive

Hamsterdan Reliability (1 comments)

Could we please have *reliable* drives instead of a pissing contest between the last two manufacturers? Most of my drives bigger than 300 GB are either dead, noisy as hell, or have bad sectors.

about a week ago

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Farscape movie in the works?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 2 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage is in talks to star in the pilot for an HBO series scripted by Sydney-based Justin Monjo and produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films.

The prolific Monjo is also writing the screenplay for Farscape, a movie spin-off of the sci-fi series that ran on the Nine Network and the Sci-Fi Channel in the US, for Jim Henson Productions, to be directed by Brian Henson.

Dinklage would play a dwarf detective in The Beasts of Valhalla, based on a series of novels by the late George C. Chesbro. Monjo read the books years ago but could not think of an actor who was right for the role of the sleuth named Mongo until he saw Dinklage in Game of Thrones.

“It’s a grounded sci-fi series,” says Monjo, who flies to New York next month to discuss the project with Dinklage, with whom he has corresponded. “HBO and Red Hour think he’s the perfect guy for the part and are very excited about the project.” The intention would be to shoot the one-hour series in 2016 after Dinklage finishes Game of Thrones.

Monjo was one of the writers on Farscape, which ran from 1998-2002, followed by the 2004 miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, co-produced by Jim Henson Productions and RHI Entertainment."

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Toshiba Completes Acquistion Of OCZ Technology Group

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 3 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Right on schedule, OCZ Technology is receiving an injection straight to the heart via Toshiba. After falling into bankruptcy last year and nearly instantly being rescued by Toshiba, the latter has announced today that it has "finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group, making it a wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company." Effective immediately, the Group company will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions, which means that we'll yet again see OCZ storage products making the rounds and breaking benchmark records."
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Who makes the best disk drives?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 3 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Backblaze, which open sourced their Storage Pod a few years ago, is now giving drive failure rates. They currently have over 27,000 consumer grade drives spinning in Backblaze storage pods.

Almost 13,000 each are Seagate and Hitachi drives, almost 3000 Western Digital drives and a too small for statistical reporting smattering of Toshiba and Samsung drives.

One cool thing: Backblaze buys drives the way you and I do: they get the cheapest drives that will work. Their workload is almost hundred percent write. Because they spread the incoming writes over several drives their workload isn't very performance intensive either."

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Germany: We Think The NSA May Have Tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cell Phone

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 6 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The German government's spokesman said it believes Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone may have been monitored by the National Security Agency, Der Spiegel reports.

Obama "assured" Merkel that the U.S. "is not monitoring and will not monitor" her phone calls, but there was no mention of the past.

Merkel said that targeting her phone would be unacceptable."

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Time Capsule Has Steve Job's Computer Mouse

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 7 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The time capsule was buried in 1983 during the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colo., and was supposed to be exhumed in 2000, but when the landscape changed, the time capsule was lost. The capsule was uncovered by members of National Geographic Channel's Diggers team who worked closely with one of the former design-team members who buried the capsule, Harry Teague."
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Parcel sensor knows your delivery has been dropped

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about a year ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Called DropTag, the gadget combines a battery, a low-energy Bluetooth transmitter, an accelerometer and a memory chip. Stuck on a parcel as it leaves an e-commerce warehouse, it logs any g-forces above a set risky shock level that it experiences. The idea is that when the courier puts it in your hands, you turn on Bluetooth on a smartphone running a DropTag app and scan it before you sign for it."
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Skype Introduces Ads Into Free Windows Voice Calls

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Hey, Windows users — seeing ads in your Skype calls? Fret not, it isn't a rouge version of the software; it's just a new twist on "free" VoIP calling. Skype has today announced the launch of Conversation Ads, finally, a way to make cash off of free calls. These new display ad units will appear within the calling window of users who do not have Skype Credit or subscriptions when they're making 1:1 Skype-to-Skype audio calls using Skype for Windows. Strangely, no other platforms — desktop or mobile — are mentioned; perhaps ads are being ported elsewhere as we speak."
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Apple finally releases Flashback Security Update for older machines

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Apple released an update to kill the Flashback malware several weeks ago, in early April. However, until today, Cupertino had yet to issue a patch for users running its older operating system. Apple's Flashback Removal Security Update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware. If the Flashback malware is found, a dialog will notify the user that the malware was removed. A second update disables versions of Adobe Flash Player that do not include the latest security updates and provides the option to get the current version from Adobe's website. If you're running anything earlier than Mac OS X v10.5.8, you'll also need to update your OS before you can install these two new updates."
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Symantec: Anonymous stole source code, users shoul

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Symantec has confirmed that the hacker group Anonymous stole source code from the 2006 versions of several Norton security products and the pcAnywhere remote access tool.

Although Symantec says the theft actually occurred in 2006, the issue did not come to light until this month when hackers related to Anonymous said they had the source code and would release it publicly. Users of the Norton products in question are not at any increased risk of attack because of the age of the source code and security improvements made in the years since the breach, but the vendor acknowledged on Tuesday night that "Customers of Symantec's pcAnywhere have increased risk as a result of this incident.""

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Apple website hacked

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "After idahc successfully discovered vulnerabilities on an Apple business website, a dump of more than two dozen usernames and hashed passwords appeared on Pastebin — though he claims the data was not posted by him. Access appears to have been gained via a flaw in a survey posted on the Apple Consultants network site that was being served from abs.apple.com. That server remains offline for the time being, presumably while Apple attempts to batten down the network hatches.

While idahc admits that the situation is “not yet serious,” the breach still means that Apple could find itself scrutinized by the same people who have recently gained entry into dozens of high-profile sites — from PBS and Citibank to just about every Sony site and service imaginable."

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cia.gov under DDOS by LulzSec ?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The CIA website at cia.gov is currently inaccessible, having apparently fallen foul of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by hackers.

Almost inevitably, fingers are pointing towards the notorious LulzSec hacktivist group who have made a name for themselves recently with a series of attacks against corporations, organisations and websites — sometimes forcing them offline, and on other occasions stealing personal information by exploiting security flaws.

A post to LulzSec's Twitter feed appears to confirm their participation in the attack..."

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RSA finally comes clean: SecurID is compromised

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "RSA Security is to replace virtually every one of the 40 million SecurID tokens currently in use as a result of the hacking attack the company disclosed back in March. The EMC subsidiary issued a letter to customers acknowledging that SecurID failed to protect defense contractor Lockheed Martin, which last month reported a hack attempt.

SecurID tokens are used in two-factor authentication systems. Each user account is linked to a token, and each token generates a pseudo-random number that changes periodically, typically every 30 or 60 seconds. To log in, the user enters a username, password, and the number shown on their token. The authentication server knows what number a particular token should be showing, and so uses this number to prove that the user is in possession of their token."

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Wanne buy PSN Credit Card info?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The ongoing PSN saga has taken a dramatic turn for the worse with evidence that hackers responsible for the PSN breach last week are attempting to sell users' credit card details online.

It's believed that hackers have obtained unencrypted databases including names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, email passwords, date of births, credit card numbers, expiry dates and the all important security codes found on the back of credit cards."

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Networks Block GoogleTV

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service, exposing the rift that remains between the technology giant and some of the media companies it wants to supply content for its new products.

Full-length episodes of shows like NBC's "The Office," CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and ABC's "Modern Family" can't be viewed on Google TV, a service that allows people to access the Internet and search for Web videos on their television screens, as well as to search live TV listings. Logitech International S.A. and Sony Corp. began ...

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303339504575566572021412854.html#ixzz136swdEfQ"

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Rogers pulls HTC Dream off shelf due to 911 fix.

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The Rogers HTC Dream is not having a good start to 2010, actually the Dream is turning into a bit of a nightmare. First the beloved Android was informed that it would not receive an upgrade to a new OS and stay exactly how it is Dream owners didn’t like this news and decided to revolt. Rogers heard the feedback and said Dream customers can upgrade to a Magic if they wish.

However, news came early this morning from Rogers that the HTC Dream has been pulled off the shelf from all locations and online. The reason is because an urgent software fix that is needed for 911 calls to be completed. Kinda important. All Dream owners were contacted by text message about the issue."

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Delete a file shooter for OS X

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Lose/Lose is a video-game with real life consequences. Each alien in the game is created based on a random file on the players computer. If the player kills the alien, the file it is based on is deleted. If the players ship is destroyed, the application itself is deleted."
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The king of POP is dead

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Times is reporting pop star Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50 after being rushed to hospital in a coma. The newspaper cites city and law enforcement sources in the report. Earlier, the Times reported that the self-proclaimed "King of Pop" had been taken to hospital by paramedics, and was not breathing when they arrived. http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2009/06/25/9936481-wenn-story.html"

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