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Fox's Attempt To Block Ad-skipping TV Recorder Autohop Fails

IKnwThePiecesFt Long time reader firsttime slashvertisement whiner (142 comments)

"Its Hopper digital video recorder can record and store prime-time content from the four major networks for up to eight days. And the Autohop feature lets viewers skip advertisements completely — rather than fast-forwarding through them — at the press of a button."

Okay, half of that is relevant, the other half (hell, the whole thing) feels like it's pulled straight from the ads for it.

Ironic, no?

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2012

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:To match Windows 8... (249 comments)

This. A million times this.

I work a small startup MSP maintaining the networks for several small businesses. There are two of us. My average work day will have me dealing with everything from Exchange 2003 on Server '03 up to everything on an SBS 2011, with SQL, Sharepoint, and about 30 client specific apps (medical, CRMs, etc) in between. I honestly don't have the time to memorize Powershell. I know it's important, and it's something I'm working on, but when I sit down at the first machine running Exchange '07 that I've seen in 4 months, I don't have time to remember which cmdlets exist and what they are and how to syntax them, so I just open the GUI and hope I can get what I need done without googling the shell commands.

Is this ideal? No. Is it practical? Absolutely.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2012

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:WHAT!? (249 comments)

Yeah but we're talking about the server market, not the desktop market. In a consumer workstation it may be impossible to buy a blank machine, but it's very easy to do in the server market.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Support Allowed Hackers Access To User's iCloud Account

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:Easy to demand more security (266 comments)

You weren't paying for a me.com e-mail address, but rather for webhosting, idisk, and basically all of the other stuff that's now free in iCloud, and the me.com e-mail address came along with it.

more than 2 years ago
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UEFI Secure Boot and Linux: Where Things Stand

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:Just sign your bootloader... (521 comments)

While that's legitimate, this is unfortunately become par for the course with nearly all ARM platforms it seems (See: Android phones with locked boot loaders, iOS devices, etc)

more than 2 years ago
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UEFI Secure Boot and Linux: Where Things Stand

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:Just sign your bootloader... (521 comments)

Well, duh. The whole idea of Secure Boot is to prevent malware from compromising your boot loader. How? By preventing software from interfering.

Honestly, anyone loading Linux themselves should be more than capable of going into the UEFI setup and flipping it to off. If they're not, then god help them when they try to actually install Linux (and find drivers, etc).

more than 2 years ago
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UEFI Secure Boot and Linux: Where Things Stand

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:Just sign your bootloader... (521 comments)

Except they can just turn off SecureBoot

As posted above, from: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/windows/hardware/jj128256

  Mandatory. Enable/Disable Secure Boot. On non-ARM systems, it is required to implement the ability to disable Secure Boot via firmware setup. A physically present user must be allowed to disable Secure Boot via firmware setup without possession of PKpriv. A Windows Server may also disable Secure Boot remotely using a strongly authenticated (preferably public-key based) out-of-band management connection, such as to a baseboard management controller or service processor. Programmatic disabling of Secure Boot either during Boot Services or after exiting EFI Boot Services MUST NOT be possible. Disabling Secure Boot must not be possible on ARM systems.

Do your research before you condemn, please.

more than 2 years ago
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UEFI Secure Boot and Linux: Where Things Stand

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:Flash the BIOS (521 comments)

As posted above by an Anon, from: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/windows/hardware/jj128256

  Mandatory. Enable/Disable Secure Boot. On non-ARM systems, it is required to implement the ability to disable Secure Boot via firmware setup. A physically present user must be allowed to disable Secure Boot via firmware setup without possession of PKpriv. A Windows Server may also disable Secure Boot remotely using a strongly authenticated (preferably public-key based) out-of-band management connection, such as to a baseboard management controller or service processor. Programmatic disabling of Secure Boot either during Boot Services or after exiting EFI Boot Services MUST NOT be possible. Disabling Secure Boot must not be possible on ARM systems.

I don't think there's much to have "play out." Just turn it off if you don't like it.

more than 2 years ago
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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Three Million Downloads In 4 Days

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:2007 Mac Mini couldn't be upgraded (397 comments)

Nah, it's Adobe's fault that Adobe made he spend several thousand dollars. Apple said "hey this is going away" a long time ago, and Adobe said "well when it does, people will just buy the new one!"

more than 2 years ago
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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Three Million Downloads In 4 Days

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:2007 Mac Mini couldn't be upgraded (397 comments)

Also, I fail to understand why upgrading to Lion (which worked on the existing hardware) forced her to buy new hardware (which came with Lion)?

more than 2 years ago
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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Three Million Downloads In 4 Days

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:2007 Mac Mini couldn't be upgraded (397 comments)

I'm not 100% sure, but I think the video card requirement is about OpenCL. AFAIK the video card cutoff is at the OpenCL compatibility line.

more than 2 years ago
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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Three Million Downloads In 4 Days

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:Can't justify the price of hardware to run it (397 comments)

+1. I put Mountain Lion on both my Macbook Pro and iMac, both mid 2007 models. That's 5 years old. I spent under $1000 for both of them combined.

more than 2 years ago
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New iPhone Prototypes Have Integrated NFC chips and Antenna

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:Insane! (114 comments)

Streaming to a TV via HDMI is achievable via a dongle. Not as elegant to be sure (and not discounting your point, just clarifying a detail) but it is possible.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 13 Released, Debuts Brand New Tab Page and Homepage

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:Okay... (320 comments)

For reference, I use Safari on OSX for little more than watching youtube videos and light web browsing (this site, XKCD, Anandtech, etc) and the memory usage blows up over time. I've found through Activity Monitor that's it's really the flash plugin. It appears that it never gives back the RAM it takes until I close Safari (or force quit the plugin, but then I have no Flash until I reboot Safari).

That, combined with the fact that I have occasional stutters playing back an HD Flash video with a 2.8GHz C2D and 3GB of RAM makes me unsurprised that Apple hates Adobe and all things Flash.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:First, pick your brand. (732 comments)

Calling an i5 a desktop chip and an Atom the mobile chip is fairly inaccurate. Intel has a whole line of mobile Core i parts that are much lower power than their desktop variants. This isn't the old days of shoving Pentium 4s into laptops, and an Atom is NOT a good choice for a full size laptop (nor is it anywhere close to a Turion in performance), being designed for netbooks.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:Everybody is somewhat right. (732 comments)

The only problem I have with this is the statement that "Intel graphics downright stink." For gaming? Mostly. For everything else in the world? Intel graphics are more than enough. The HD3000 that came with SandyBridge (and the new IvyBridge GPU... HD4000?) is good enough to play Diablo 3 pretty well, and definitely good enough for any general desktop work.

more than 2 years ago
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Pay Less If You're a Nice Person: Valve's Freemium Model For DOTA 2

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:More Importantly (316 comments)

Though, also to be fair, 2006 is what, 7 years after HL1 came out, and several years after HL2? I think by that point the game had long been in the bargain bin that spurred this topic.

more than 2 years ago
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Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court

IKnwThePiecesFt Re:Apple just replaced by 6 year old iPod (280 comments)

On one hand, yes. On the other hand, we're talking about them replacing a 5 year out of warranty iPod Nano. Who gives a shit if you're without it for a week? It's an iPod!

more than 2 years ago

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