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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Lonewolf666 Re:Nonsense (290 comments)

You can delay roll-out of the update while it goes through testing. Now I've never worked in a company that did this consequently, to the best of my knowledge. But it is an option.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Lonewolf666 Re:Huh? (451 comments)

In my experience, compatibility between Microsoft Office and LibreOffice is still not at 100%. Most of the time it works, but sometimes formatting gets lost or a particular feature is not there (patterned table backgrounds in Word come to mind).

So data exchange between the people using LibreOffice and those using Microsoft Office could make problems. If you migrate the whole company, that would be fixed by eliminating Microsoft Office internally, but what about customers and suppliers outside the company?

about two weeks ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Lonewolf666 Even that becomes theoretical at some point (650 comments)

The correct answer would probably be that there is already competition in this market. By changing to a Linux os perating system you can maintain your 15 year old computer fully supported. Unfortunately, in many cases that's not true. Device manufacturers only provide full documentation and support to Microsoft and the Linux drivers cannot be guaranteed. This means that while your computer will work and your operating system will be supported, your actual whole system may not be.

Three years ago, the developers of Mesa dropped support for some old graphics cards:
Now those cards were badly obsolete and rare even in 2011, but this shows that even the Open Source community will at some point lose interest in supporting old stuff.
Today, you can maybe cobble together your own distribution that still contains those old drivers, or pay someone to do it. But for most people this won't be an attractive solution.

about two weeks ago

TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

Lonewolf666 Re:It would have been insecure anyway (149 comments)

Also, even a DH key exchange without any public key authentication at all is still somewhat effective: Yes, it can be MITMed with ease, but such an attack is also very detectable if you have a side channel, which means any untargetted mass-monitoring operations would be swiftly noticed.

Perhaps a stupid question (not a crypto expert here), but if you have a not-easily-MITMed side channel, wouldn't you use that for key exchange? Or at least to verify the keys?

about two weeks ago

L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Lonewolf666 Re:Everyone is a potential criminal in L.A. (405 comments)

The author should have known that the so-called "criminal justice system" of the United States of America is no longer the same one under the Constitution of the United States of America !

Under the "Patriot Act", under the Bush and Obama Administration, United States of America has essentially become the United Soviet of America.

There is no longer the presumption of innocent until proven guilty.

Well, unless the constitution is actually changed, you still have a chance to defeat such excesses in court. Which takes a lot of time and money, which sucks. But it is still possible.

about a month ago

Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

Lonewolf666 Re:Inadequate experience? (162 comments)

You can't force the client to actually do what is required, no matter how you'd like to.

In theory, as a contractor you could say "I'm not taking this job unless there is a decent set of requirements". But that will leave you with a very small set of potential employers.

In practice, most people need the money and try to manage somehow.

And then there are the unscrupulous contractors (usually companies, not individuals) who make big promises, knowing that those are not realistic. Or knowing that the requirements are incomplete and fulfilling them will not be sufficient to make a succesful project.
I strongly suspect that this is what happened with Toll Collect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toll_Collect) in Germany. Just for instance.

about a month ago

Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

Lonewolf666 Re:Just making it easier for China. (151 comments)

In political terms too.

While I'd still say China is worse, human rights wise, than western countries, asshats like the Australian government are working hard at erasing the difference.

about a month ago

Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

Lonewolf666 Re:Both (281 comments)

Probably true, but being successful without a diploma still takes some luck.

A good example might be Josh Parnell, the developer of Limit Theory (URL:http://ltheory.com/).
The guy seems to be quite brilliant, and I believe he is capable of pulling off his plans for a space game with an unprecedented amount of procedural generation. But he still got lucky in finding enough backers for his Kickstarter.

Another thing we can learn from Josh's example is that it may not be necessary to drop out of college. He wrote that he put his studies at Stanford on hold, with the option of continuing later.

about a month ago

German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

Lonewolf666 Re:Game theory (261 comments)

With games that can't be resold they're able to price the initial game lower, and keep the profit flowing in. It removes places like gamestop from the equation(so they hate it, of course). Consider that I can buy many year old initially $60 games from steam for like $10. Because the game is still being sold, there's still incentive to fix/patch/expand the game.

But publishers don't lower the initial game price from the goodness of their hearts. New releases on Steam still cost (typically) 50 Euros, that has not changed compared to pre-Steam times. In short, publishers try to charge as much as the market will tolerate and pocket the extra profit.

Now there are a few people like me, who strongly dislike "services" like Steam and will buy less than before (and that preferably from DRM-free sources like GOG). But it seems that we are too few to make a difference.
Unless you count the success of crowd-funded games (Kickstarter) as an aspect of that dislike. Which it may be, but I don't have the data to prove it :-(

about 2 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

Lonewolf666 Re:Devils Advocate (385 comments)

And don't forget product liability.

If there is a known, safety-relevant flaw in a car, and the manufacturer does NOT do a safety recall, future accidents caused by that flaw might lead to lawsuits of the nasty kind. Since negligence is now easily demonstrated, the courts might grant the victims punitive damages. Ouch.

about 2 months ago

You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

Lonewolf666 Re:All I Have To Say Is (437 comments)

I guess it will backfire in the form of other carmakers offering cheaper cars that are just as good for the "entry level" features. Because the extra hardware was never installed.

about 3 months ago

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

Lonewolf666 Re:not consumer OS's (513 comments)

NT4 had only limited DirectX support, so it was not for gamers (although vastly better than 98 in stability). 2K was the first "business" Windows that had all the features of the consumer OS.

[slightly off topic]
And I used it happily until 2007 when my then-new PC would not run stable under 2K. In hindsight I suspect the drivers, in particular those from NVidia. My 8600GT officially had only "legacy" drivers for 2K, inofficially you could also run the XP drivers. With either, the machine would crash frequently. So I finally relented and installed XP.

about 2 months ago

AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

Lonewolf666 Re:Of course, that would miss the point (120 comments)

The 45W Kaveris are interesting, as they show a nice improvement in performance/watt - the new "sweet spot" is not in the top models but in the somewhat slower A8-7600 (3.1-3.3 GHz CPU speed).

I wonder how a 4 module (8 core) FX on that basis would perform and at which TDP. For software that scales well with many cores, it might be a good buy.

about 3 months ago

AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

Lonewolf666 Re:AMD could do a 24 core desktop chip right now (120 comments)

A good point from the perspective of a game designer, and I support the sentiment.

But most of us are consumers most of the time. Even those of us who work on one or two community software projects will typically use a bunch of software where they are not involved in the making. Which means taking the software as it is, and if its creators went for a design that requires a beefy PC you have one or you don't use that particular software.

about 3 months ago

AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

Lonewolf666 Re:AMD could do a 24 core desktop chip right now (120 comments)

For some applications, in particular games, performance still matters. My current PC will run older games just fine, but some newer releases tend to demand a fairly powerful machine.

For example, I might be interested in Star Citizen but Chris Roberts has already announced that he is aiming for maximum eye candy on high end machines. It is unlikely that my current machine will handle that game, even on low settings.

If the applications you run do well on a machine from a decade ago, fine. But that is not the case for everybody.

about 3 months ago

AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

Lonewolf666 Re:Of course, that would miss the point (120 comments)

Besides, Kaveri could just go for four DDR3 memory channels. The Chip supposed can do it, it's just that motherboards available right now can't.

It would also require a new and presumably more expensive socket, and motherboards would always need four DDR3 sockets for provideing the full bandwidth - no more cheap mini boards with only two sockets.

Overall, I'm not sure if it would be much cheaper than GDDR5 on the mainboard.

about 3 months ago

AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

Lonewolf666 Re:AMD could do a 24 core desktop chip right now (120 comments)

An 8-core Steamroller would be an improvement too, now that computer games finally start scaling well with multiple cores. I might even be willing to re-purpose a server part for my next desktop, even if it is a tad more expensive.

If AMD does not bother though, the Xeon E3-1230 v3 from Intel looks nice as well, only the mainboards that actually support ECC RAM are a bit expensive.

about 3 months ago

Italy Approves 'Google Tax' On Internet Companies

Lonewolf666 They are doing it wrong (236 comments)

While I agree with the underlying idea of doing something about the tax avoidance, this rule is probably violating the rules of the EU internal market (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_Market).

What the EU really needs is IMHO a tax harmonization that stops countries like Ireland from attracting corporate headquarters with extremely low tax rates.

Considering countries outside the EU, the measure described in TFA would make more sense. I'm still not 100% convinced, but it would be at least worth discussing.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

Lonewolf666 Re:I do it at work anyways. (308 comments)

Similar here,

although it is more likely to be a new programming approach to an existing project. So instead of a complete "private" computer setup it is more likely to be an unofficial change set that modifies only a few parts of the project. It may even live on the official TFS as a "shelf set" ;-)

about 4 months ago

AMD A10 Kaveri APU Details Emerge, Combining Steamroller and Graphics Core Next

Lonewolf666 Re:Phenom || instead of Bulldozer (105 comments)

I run a core 2 duo on a motherboard 8 years old, with a gtx460 (it was originally with an 8800GT, which I pensioned off) and I will guarantee you my PC outperforms most PCs sold today, gaming-wise.

The Core2Duo was a good chip for its time, but current Intels outperform it by a wide margin. I'm pretty sure that even current AMDs beat it, despite their Bulldozer mis-design. Likewise, the GTX460 will be beaten by modern cards.

If you are talking about Intel PCs that use only integrated graphics, your claim might be true. But gamers usually understand that they need a discrete GPU ;-)

about 5 months ago



Sony ordered to pay refunds over "other OS" affair

Lonewolf666 Lonewolf666 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lonewolf666 (259450) writes "The law firm Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. claims a legal success against Sony in a class action lawsuit concerning the "Other OS" feature.
According to the news on their homepage, Sony failed to defend it's intentions in court and now has to pay a refund to every PS3 owner, who bought his PS3 before March 27, 2010. The sum is 50% of the price when purchased.

Thanks to Evulsdrakab from the crystalhall.org forum for bringing this to my attention"

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