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Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

Jesterace Turbo Pascal (632 comments)

When I graduated High School in 1995 the only computer course we had were using Apple IIe's with some Basic and some Turbo Pascal programming. The funny thing is the Industrial Arts class had Macintosh Classic's and we were using Claris Works.

about 2 years ago
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Speech Recognition Using the Raspberry Pi

Jesterace What do I use mine for? (74 comments)

I have a Raspberry Pi, but now I'm more so sitting at the point of wtf do I use this for? I was originally thinking maybe some low power server to run a BNC or something small. Media player is another idea but I have enough devices that will play/stream media hooked up to my television.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Bans 20,000 Kids a Day

Jesterace Re:They'll never get them all (192 comments)

Actually that would be a pretty neat idea. Sort of an online style baby book. But who knows the future of facebook. Though the parent comment was mine and I forgot to log in.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple: You Must Be 17+ To Use Opera

Jesterace Firefox Home As Well (315 comments)

They also state the same thing for Firefox Home as well on iOS. Though I think the age on that is 18+ I can't remember exactly what it said the last time I updated it.

more than 3 years ago
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An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!

Jesterace This is the reason why... (609 comments)

This is the reason why when/if I buy a name brand PC or laptop, I'll do a compete format and install from scratch. Screw the bloatware, if I were to use decrapify it or whatever the apps called I find that Windoze doesn't really work as well as a vanilla install.

more than 3 years ago
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Newly-Found Windows Bug Affects All Versions Since NT

Jesterace Re:How do we know it's not already in use? (393 comments)

With what TheRaven64 said ... "It's also worth noting that this doesn't affect 64-bit kernels for the very simple reason that they don't support 16-bit compatibility and so don't have the affected subsystem." I have no doubts there are other exploits and flaws in my 64bit version. Just this one specifically affects the 32bit version.

more than 4 years ago
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Newly-Found Windows Bug Affects All Versions Since NT

Jesterace Re:How do we know it's not already in use? (393 comments)

Well the article says that Microsoft was notified of this bug June 2009. Guess they feel it isn't that big of a threat if they haven't patched it as of yet. But then again that's nothing new. Guess I'm glad I run 64bit.

more than 4 years ago
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Star Trek Online Open Beta Starts Today

Jesterace yay (309 comments)

I got my closed beta access, just gotta wait to get off work to download and try it. The only other game I'm excited about is the upcoming Lego Universe.

more than 4 years ago
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Core i5 and i3 CPUs With On-Chip GPUs Launched

Jesterace Re:OK can someone clear this up (235 comments)

I found it's hard to find an intel chip that's best bang for your buck. I ended up going from a Athlon x2 6000 to a intel e5200 at the time was the closest in price. Though I wanted to build a hackintosh which didn't last too long. Next step is going back to AMD as I should have stuck with in the first place.

more than 4 years ago
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Simple, Free Web Remote PC Control?

Jesterace Messenger (454 comments)

If they're running MSN Messenger you can always use the remote assistance feature. It has worked well for me in the past having to troubleshoot and diagnose friend & familys PC's. I guess the only catch there is they and you have to be running it as well. Not a solution if you're not running Windows and using that particular IM client.

more than 4 years ago
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Wait For Windows 7 SP1, Support Firm Warns Users

Jesterace Too Late (433 comments)

Too late I'm already running 7 Ultimate x64 :/

more than 4 years ago
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Emergency Government Control of the Internet?

Jesterace Let them do it (853 comments)

red or blue pill... actually if it helps defend their systems then let them do it. As long as they aren't disconnecting me from the internet then fine.

more than 5 years ago
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Average Gamer Is 35, Fat and Bummed

Jesterace I'm not fat (439 comments)

I'm 31 going on 32, I've lost weight, but I guess if something that was life changing didn't happen to me I'd be fitting right in with that 35 years old and fat demographic I suppose.

more than 5 years ago
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Digsby IM Client Quietly Installs Badware

Jesterace Almost Installed it... (259 comments)

After an article in MaximumPC magazine that reviewed several IM clients. I downloaded Digsby and when I went to install it I noticed all that crap they wanted to install so I canceled the installation and deleted the installer. I wasn't about to follow through after all that crap they wanted to install. Now I'm glad I didn't try it.

more than 5 years ago
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How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Part of a Botnet?

Jesterace Re:That's what I was thinking. (491 comments)

My Linksys never resets when my power goes down...

more than 5 years ago
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Could Cyber-Terrorists Provoke Nuclear Attacks?

Jesterace uh oh (183 comments)

And it all begins with AT&T blocking 4chan

more than 5 years ago
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Cure For Radiation Sickness Found?

Jesterace Re:OMG! (385 comments)

Lol I was thinking of the same thing. Good ol Fallout!

more than 5 years ago
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YouTube Phasing Out Support For IE6

Jesterace Re:I *WISH* it was down in the single digits (481 comments)

I agree we're not going to get rid of IE6 for a long time. Seems our IT department is very comfortable with it. Thank goodness for portable Firefox installs.

more than 5 years ago
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Emulated PC Enables Linux Desktop In Your Browser

Jesterace Re:Yeah... (165 comments)

... is now available with online demos and downloads.

No it's not. Site's down.

Well if it wasn't slashdotted...

more than 5 years ago
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In Defense of the Classic Controller

Jesterace Re:Best controller, you ask? (251 comments)

I as well found the gamecube controller very functional, even without too many buttons you can hit a combo of X+A or Y+A very easily. And I do agree the SNES controller was very comfortable.

more than 5 years ago

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Anti Geohack Patent?

Jesterace Jesterace writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jesterace (914041) writes "Recently a new patent by a SONY employee was published on the patent site at faqs.org. It seems it is SONY's answer for Geohot's progress. Take a look here:

"A method, system, and computer-usable medium are disclosed for controlling unauthorized access to encrypted application program code. Predetermined program code is encrypted with a first key. The hash value of an application verification certificate associated with a second key is calculated by performing a one-way hash function. Binding operations are then performed with the first key and the calculated hash value to generate a third key, which is a binding key. The binding key is encrypted with a fourth key to generate an encrypted binding key, which is then embedded in the application. The application is digitally signed with a fifth key to generate an encrypted and signed program code image. To decrypt the encrypted program code, the application verification key certificate is verified and in turn is used to verify the authenticity of the encrypted and signed program code image. The encrypted binding key is then decrypted with a sixth key to extract the binding key. The hash value of the application verification certificate associated with the second key is then calculated and used with the extracted binding key to extract the first key. The extracted first key is then used to decrypt the encrypted application code."

http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20100037068#ixzz0feEg2cT4"

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Iowa 911 call center now accepting texts

Jesterace Jesterace writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jesterace writes "As of this week, callers can now text their requests for fire, police, or ambulance, to the emergency call center in Black Hawk County, Iowa — both a nationwide first and a definite improvement for deaf and hard-of-hearing residents who have thus far had to rely on TDD devices. Unlike voice calls, however, the 911 operator can't get your location from a text message, meaning that the caller must first respond to a request for their city or zip code before the call gets routed. Currently, only i wireless subscribers (a local carrier affiliated with T-Mobile) can use the service, but plans are afoot to bring other carriers on board as well. Other future upgrades include the ability to accept video and picture messages. All the operators ask is that you refrain from sending them those silly chain text messages — that sort of thing can be really distracting when you're busy saving lives."
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Pirated Windows 7 OS Comes With Trojan

Jesterace Jesterace writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jesterace (914041) writes "It appears that the leaked release Candidate of Windows 7 RC that was downloaded from torrents had a trojan and it was able to build a botnet of up to 27000 machines. "The rogue OS, which is rigged with a Trojan downloader, at one point had around 27,000 bots in its control as of May 10, when researchers took over the command and control server that communicated with the bots and served them additonal malware. At the height of the botnet buildup, the botmaster was recruiting over 200 machines an hour, says Tripp Cox, vice president of engineering for Damballa. The victims initially downloaded the pirated OS via popular bootlegged software sites and online forums.""

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