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The Downside of Warp Drives: Annihilating Whole Star Systems When You Arrive

Hyppy Football (235 comments)

Did anyone else notice that they used a football as their central "pod" for the ship in the article's graphic? It looks like a bad copy/paste job involving circa 1998 Bryce 3D, MS Paint, and a TI-83.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

Hyppy XFCE Convert (818 comments)

I couldn't agree more. I first moved to XFCE when I was looking for a lighter window manager on an older computer. This was about a year ago, and I haven't looked back. Everything just works, and failing that, is fairly simple to configure. No godawful semi-maintained nigh-mandatory extensions lists, no configurator-cum-registry, no fighting with dozens of default helper services. It's just... functional. Is that too much to ask?

more than 2 years ago
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'Goofing Off' To Get Ahead?

Hyppy Re:Not making money = wasting money (141 comments)

I have a few too many business degrees and miscellaneous related credentials, so I have some clue what I'm talking about.

The GP is right on this one. Technical and other professional workers are generally to be left to their own devices. Micromanagement is only to be used on those with little experience and job knowledge, or specific cases of a problem employee. This has been thoroughly studied and well-known in the (educated) business community for decades.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Have You Handled Illegal Interview Topics?

Hyppy Re:As a business owner (714 comments)

Sexual orientation: pedophile.

Wow, you seriously just went for that, didn't you? Take it a step further. Don't hire men, because they're all alcoholics and rapists.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Targeted Yet Again; Thwarts Attackers This Time

Hyppy Re:93 million accounts? (68 comments)

Wow 50 million PS3s? Increase that by another 50% and it's getting close to the number of Blackberry subscribers...

Which is, what, about 1.5% of cell phones?

more than 3 years ago
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Big Brother Calls 'Shotgun' In Illinois

Hyppy Re:Can't you just..... (475 comments)

You forgot the person that was electrocuted in Edison's new "Electric Chair" as the final demonstration of the "evil" of AC power. Yeah, it took him like 8 minutes to die as he was slowly cooking from the inside and screaming like a banshee.

more than 3 years ago
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What Do I Do About My Ex-Employer Stealing My Free Code?

Hyppy Re:What proof do you have? (545 comments)

If the software was never publicly published, it wasn't really open source software to begin with. You release early and you release often, also for these sort of things.

He released it to himself. I wonder if that is enough? If so, there are some strange implications for anyone coding for a living. Want to have rights to continue using your code? Add an open source license to it, even if the employer removes it later. Somehow, I think that there may be a reason this won't work.

more than 3 years ago
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Analyzing Long-Term SSD Failure Rates

Hyppy Re:Apparently (149 comments)

The poster probably saw the chart, as they seem to have actually read the article in addition to merely glancing at a picture on the last page. Right below that graph:

But under the best of conditions, hard drives typically top out at 3% by the fifth year. Suffice it to say, the researchers at CMRR are adamant that today's SSDs aren't an order of magnitude more reliable than hard drives.

So you're quoting that SSDs are not 10x more reliable than HDDs. That doesn't exactly prove a point that HDDs are more reliable.

more than 3 years ago
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SSL/TLS Vulnerability Widely Unpatched

Hyppy Re:Not as surprising as it should be (103 comments)

You have obviously not come across the special breed of divalopers that we like to call Updatus Avoidus. Above and beyond the lovable characteristics of your run-of-the-mill divaloper, the Updatus Avoidus can be identified by it's shrill cries that often sound like "Don't patch! *squaaaak* My code will break! *squaaaaak*"

more than 3 years ago
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SSL/TLS Vulnerability Widely Unpatched

Hyppy Re:Not as surprising as it should be (103 comments)

Lately we've also been finding out that many major websites are storing passwords as plain text and are untested against SQL injection. So it's unsurprising that they're also unpatched.

Web servers need to be actively watched, maintained and scanned for vulnerabilities. Just because it's a LAMP server doesn't mean it's rock-solid. The fire-and-forget philosophy does not apply.

The problem is generally far beyond the necessary LAMP or IIS patching: The vulnerabilities you describe are flaws in the site's design and code. You can't patch a stupid divaloper.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

Hyppy Re:I was "all in" for a bit (538 comments)

Walking away is an option in the implementation phase, sure. If something doesn't work right, you can just pull back and do something else.

The problem is when you get beyond implementation, and the vendor has your data by the naughty bits. You can't just "walk" without walking away from all your data. You think you have an SLA that allows you to walk away with your data? Take a look and see if it defines EXACTLY which format they export it in. Chances are, you've agreed to get a few TB of incomprehensible junk if you break contract.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

Hyppy Re:Of course (538 comments)

The problem is that the "employer can't fire you for not doing something illegal" protections are really quite pathetic, especially in at-will states. At best, you can expect to win a couple month's pay after the 2-year court battle and attorney's fees. At worst, you're out the cost of attorneys' fees for both sides, and get nothing to show for it but a spot on the local IT blacklist.

Regardless of the law, the choice is still between a) do what you're told and b) hope you can make your mortgage without a job.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

Hyppy Re:Of course (538 comments)

Rejoice, IT people! KingMotley has discovered that there are unlimited opportunities for employment in every job market. If you're not lazy, there are sufficiently-compensating IT jobs for every specialty available ANYWHERE!

Parochial jackass.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

Hyppy Re:Duh (538 comments)

Or, it's a set of clustered servers that provide abstracted and elastic resources to guest applications and services.

The more I read your contributions to this story, the more it's becoming apparent that you're either a troll or a shill.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

Hyppy Re:Duh (538 comments)

If it's all outsourced to the cloud, guess what? *Poof*, no admin! That's the whole point, remember? Outsource anything that requires any skill or training, and keep a help desk flunky around part time to swap out broken mice.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Turns 100

Hyppy Re:Other uses IBM found for its technology (189 comments)

You must have missed the part where IBM's wholly owned subsidiaries in Germany and Poland operated closely with the Nazi regime to design, create, and maintain the various census and camp-tracking systems.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Turns 100

Hyppy Re:Zero to Godwin (189 comments)

IBM: Let's build a smarter oven.

more than 3 years ago
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High Performance Gaming Mice Don't Perform

Hyppy Re:Yeah... (283 comments)

Agreed. For MMO gaming, I haven't found anything that can beat the Naga. It takes a few days to get used to, but after the initial muscle memory is created you're golden. My only complaint is the ergonomics, since my hand doesn't quite fit right with the pinky-rest on the right.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Introduces Domain Blocking To Search

Hyppy Re:Experts Exchange is great, here's how to read i (323 comments)

You stated that " Stack Overflow does a far better job of getting quality answers these days," which was immediately followed by an assertion that EE is obsolete. The only logical conclusion to your statements is that you believe EE to be obsolete because of Stack Overflow. My only question is regarding how Stack Overflow makes EE obsolete when EE is only comprised of about 10% programming topics. Oh, and in what part of the world does someone need clarification on what Exchange means in this context?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Introduces Domain Blocking To Search

Hyppy Re:The Internet is for... (323 comments)

Well the working directory for tcpip.sys is C:\Windows\System32\drivers. etc\hosts is accessed from that same directory. Oh yeah, and it has the same basic format, too. As does etc\services. And etc\protocol(s). And etc\networks. I don't think that it's a happy coincidence.

more than 3 years ago

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Diablo 3 Servers Hacked

Hyppy Hyppy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hyppy (74366) writes "Hundreds (thousands) of users have reportedly been hacked simultaneously this weekend, less than a week after Diablo 3 was released. Dozens of threads on the official Diablo 3 forums created over the past 48 hours have been censored by Blizzard customer service officials. Interestingly enough, many players have Blizzard's SecurID-styled Authenticator on their accounts, bringing into question both Blizzard's security and that of the Authenticators."
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Social Networking Trojan Affecting OSX

Hyppy Hyppy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hyppy (74366) writes "Ars Technica is reporting that "A new trojan horse has cropped up that affects Mac OS X (and Windows as well), primarily disguised as a video flitting around social networking sites. When users click an infected link, a Java applet is launched that downloads multiple files, including an installer that runs automatically without users' knowledge. The Trojan, dubbed trojan.osx.boonana.a by security firm SecureMac, appears as a message on social networking sites such as Facebook [...] and install[s] a program that can bypass the usual password verification OS X requires for installation.""
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Apple Asks Microsoft to Stop New Ad Campaign

Hyppy Hyppy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hyppy (74366) writes "Microsoft COO Kevin Turner has received multiple correspondences from Apple requesting that Microsoft cease their new ad campaign. From the article: "Turner said Apple's legal eagles tried to depict the ads as inaccurate. 'Hey, you need to stop running those ads, we lowered our prices,' Turner quoted Apple's attorneys as saying. 'They took like $100 off or something,' said Turner. 'It was the single greatest phone call in history that I've ever taken in business.'""
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Man Dies From Taser Shock By Police

Hyppy Hyppy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hyppy writes "A Louisiana man died after a police officer hit him with a Taser 9 times. Baron Pikes was Tasered six times in three minutes by a law enforcement officer. He was then shocked three more times with the 50,000-volt device. The coroner reported that it's possible Pikes was already dead when he was shocked the final two times. Now, a prosecutor must decide whether the police officer, since fired, will face charges."
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Facebook Photos Land DUI Defendant in Jail

Hyppy Hyppy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hyppy writes "CNN is reporting that a prosecutor in Rhode Island has used a 20-year-old student's FaceBook photos to land him in jail after a DUI charge. The photos, which showed the student living it up at a party in a fake prisoner jumpsuit, were used to characterize the defendant as an "unrepentant partier who lived it up while his victim recovered in the hospital.""
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UCF Studying Health Benefits of Video Games

Hyppy Hyppy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hyppy writes "The University of Central Florida College of Medicine announced Friday that it received a $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore how interactive digital games could be designed to improve player's health behaviors and outcomes. One study to be conducted seeks to learn if role-playing games can help keep sober alcoholics from relapsing."
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