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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Mockylock Re:Service in exchange for a free modem? (224 comments)

I called and had it disabled the second I got it. With that said, even with its wifi turned off completely (both hotspot and router), it messes with my AC router really, really bad. The second I plugged into it, I had connectivity problems throughout the house. From a networking standpoint, it doesn't make sense.. but there's definitely something going on in the background, and it needs to be looked at with a spectrum analyzer.

about a month and a half ago

Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

Mockylock Re:More Cold War Waste (174 comments)

I currently work with reclaiming nuclear facilities. There's a mandatory "Environmental Sustainability" form which has to be completed with any new purchase that has to go through procurement. If at any time a product that's purchased has an environmentally friendly or energy-saving substitute, you have to use it or fill out more information as to WHY you need to use the product which is not environmentally friendly. This may not be the case, and I'm not completely certain what the situation is, but I'm sure that in some way it's essentially the same type of management for this contract. We're required to follow EPEAT regulations and LEED certification rules for nearly everything. EPEAT is pretty much a joke, considering you merely have to pay for certification, but so is almost everything else in the government.

about 4 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Mockylock Re:Not the only reason..... (409 comments)

Maybe I'm missing something because I don't use many of these daily, but doesn't Microsoft have versions of Word and basic excel for free, that's more than comparable to Google docs? I use word/excel on skydrive when I need to, and it was just as useful. Again, there's probably a lot more that I'm missing, but I'd appreciate the feedback as to what I'm not seeing because other than that, it seems like it's merely preference as to who hates what company the most.

about 6 months ago

The Spy In Our Living Room

Mockylock Re:Ben Kuchera and Polygon (148 comments)

This article and all of the junk attached to it is a joke. I'm sure more than half of these posts were made on some camera-enabled device... but, because it's an xbox, it's more likely to be used for evil.

about 7 months ago

Nine Traits of the Veteran Network Admin

Mockylock Re:A Net admin's job.. (142 comments)

I know what you mean; as I used to do that when I was a sys/network admin. I can't see how this article applies to anything other than a network admin though. I'm at straight Network Admin now, and quite a bit of the issues end up being cyber/group policies that are blanketed every week. I guess if you have a good system that people actually use to track change proposals and requests, this shouldn't happen.. but, the network is always to blame, even when someone has 40 5gb PST files linked to a mapped drive... and it takes 20 man hours to explain why the network isn't to blame for it.

about a year ago

Nine Traits of the Veteran Network Admin

Mockylock Re:Clarifying #4 (142 comments)

A good admin uses syslog servers.

about a year ago

Nine Traits of the Veteran Network Admin

Mockylock A Net admin's job.. (142 comments)

95% is comprised of defending the network. If it's been up and running, no changes have been made and no equipment has died... chances are, it's NOT the network. Go check group policy.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

Mockylock Re:because (736 comments)

If you think of it in a different way; your trip from point (A) to point (B) may be known to be exactly 200 miles, but you never know if you're going to hit traffic or what your speed limit is going to be in the future. The same goes with GPS estimated arrival time. If your processor/disk is at an absolute number, disk transfers would be easier to calculate... and the same goes with bandwidth/latency.

about a year and a half ago

The Tiny Console Killers Taking On the PS4 and Xbox 720

Mockylock Re:Wrong (349 comments)

Yeah, I'm wrong on all fronts and you're right. My mistake. From reading the rest of the posts, it seems like a trend. I've got 2 wii's and didn't have any problem cracking either one, even to this day. But, I'm wrong about it. Post whatever you want from this point on, I won't respond, because regardless of what point I make, you're a fucking douche and will continue to come up with some meaningless retort. Great job, you've proven you're a prick. Have fun trolling. What a fucking joke. Btw... "fact".. "fact".. fact.... Learn a new word jackass.

about a year and a half ago

US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

Mockylock Re:Yeah, but we're very productive (1063 comments)

Regardless of comments or summary, I think it's safe to say that by the time I die of old age, things aren't going to be great enough to make me want to hang out for a few more years and catch up with the rest of the countries. At least while we're here, we can enjoy our hookers and blow.

about a year and a half ago

The Tiny Console Killers Taking On the PS4 and Xbox 720

Mockylock Re:Difficulty of pirating GameCube discs (349 comments)

PS2 was pretty much dominating, and the xbox released 2 months later. Besides, it was pretty obvious that nobody really wanted to develop for the gamecube for some reason. Honestly, can't say much about that.. but I do know the Dreamcast died because of it. I'm pretty sure that I didn't say that was the deciding factor for the "winner", but something that needs to be considered when it comes to claiming a console is going to make enough money for developers to not be skeptical.

about a year and a half ago

The Tiny Console Killers Taking On the PS4 and Xbox 720

Mockylock Re:Wrong (349 comments)

The xbox is 10 years old. I've got a few tablets, consoles, laptops and gaming desktops and still use the consoles more than anything, just for convenience. I quit using the PC because of upgrade garb and it's full of online cheats, etc. After 4 months, you can't game online without massive exploits running rampant. I love the PC, but it just doesn't do it for me anymore.

I used my laptop running an NVidia 4200M over HDMI and the graphics were slightly better than the 360, so I'm not sure what you're smoking when you say an iconica with a tegra 2 would outperform it. If it were true, they'd be developing games like BF3 for tablets. As for 1080p, it is true 1080p, but some games drop to a lower resolution to gain framerate. The same goes with AA. The 360 is capable, but they dropped the requirement for it. Even with AA missing from games, it still doesn't have the Jaggies that the PS3 has. They're both still great (I own both), but I get tired of the sharp edges on some of the PS3 games.

I'm not trying to fuel the flames or start an argument with you, as much as just add some input on it. You're still talking about 10 year old technology vs something that's relatively new and more efficient. Regardless of the outcome, it's win/win for us on every end. We'll have cheaper toys and cheaper games, and the big name consoles will have to change their business model to compete, which usually means competitive pricing. The thing we need to worry about the most is whether those companies will pull Apple BS and start scrutinizing patents.

Another thing that may be a plus and minus is whether or not they're going to keep the programming the same across the board. With that many new mini-consoles coming out, they don't want to split up the development and kill each other off because of fragmentation and dilution. I WANT to see these guys succeed because I love games, regardless of the media they're on... BUT, I look for these to be an addition to a gamer's toolbox, rather than a replacement for higher-powered system that allows for larger titles. In that aspect, is IS apples and oranges.

Considering the price, you're not going to see people buy these smaller consoles and just quit there. Like the other guy said, the kids are still going to want the big console... whether it makes sense or not, parents buy what kids want. My kid plays on everything, and I'm currently running a 6400, Wii, WiiU PS1, PS2, PCs, 360, PS3, Genesis and intellivision in one room. They seem to like the 360 better (and my daughter likes her tablet), but there's no doubt in my mind that I'll probably end up buying a few of these things just to fill in the blanks. Will it replace the high end consoles? Doubtful.. but it's more stuff for us to enjoy, and the more that are out there, the cheaper it is.

about a year and a half ago

The Tiny Console Killers Taking On the PS4 and Xbox 720

Mockylock Re:Wrong (349 comments)

How well is the Wii Console doing now that it's obsolete? The 360 passed it up, and now their flagship Wii U didn't sell squat on its launch, using it's previous business model. It came at the wrong time, considering the Xbox and PS3 prices have dropped sub $300, but they tried to save a few bucks using essentially the same hardware, which really won't be able to hang this time around.

The other thing that was the end of the Wii, which will be the demise of the handhelds, is the ease of Homebrew/Cracking. The second the Wii was easily cracked, developers quit putting effort in to it. It's not like they had a lot of power to open up their coding freedom, but that's still quite a bit of losses considering the amount of consoles that were compromised. I know the PS3 and XBox were also cracked, but the ratio was FAR less, considering nobody wants to brick their console or have it banned when they're far more valuable.

On that aspect, you will probably see quite a bit of cross-platform gaming for phones and the new micro-consoles, but you can guarantee those consoles will be cracked in a heartbeat and free APK copies will be scattered about. Granted, they're not the same as the retail consoles, but when the founder of the company touts how she wants people to hack with the console, I can't see developers putting their heart and soul into Jaw-Dropping titles that are going to produce the "wow" factor that new-generation consoles like the "720" or "PS4" will be capable of. I'm not sure what these new micro style consoles are capable of, but I'm not guessing that they'll be able to draw you into the screen and actually blow your mind with extreme detail that even current consoles do. I'm sure the shield will be able to keep up with CURRENT technology, but you KNOW when people see newer consoles they're going to be pretty speechless, especially when you can guarantee they'll probably be capable of much more than just graphics.

They WILL sell, but the lifespan will be limited. They'll sell as cell phone apps do, but don't expect kids to migrate to it, (or their parents).. when Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have already accomplished the level of Apple in the console "status" world.

Overall, it ends up being apples/oranges. If they do sell, they'll be used for a pack-and-go console or as a side-cart console where it's fun to have around to use between other game title releases, but it will ultimately be stacked next to a more expensive console. I also can't see them carrying the power to host 20 players from the console as well, and I'm not certain that a company that's having all of its software pirated is going to want to put up servers to help them out. I guess an account-based software would work, but it's still iffy.

(on another note) keep in mind how many dreamcast consoles were sold until the CD exploit brought it crashing down. There are quite a few things to consider.

about a year and a half ago

How Yucca Mountain Was Killed

Mockylock Re:Two dirty words harry reid (340 comments)

Have you been to Yucca? Do you honestly think that the billions that were spent on scientists and geologists were thrown away and weren't used to make the most precise and well-calculated decision on which area to use in the US?

I've been there. I know the people who lost there jobs there. I work with the handful that are left.

Jobs aside, this place is in the area that nuclear testing was done. Underground, above ground... you name it... for YEARS. Do you not think they took in to consideration "water tables"?

Again, have you been out there? The closest hint of civilization is Creech and Vegas, which gets their water from areas far north of that. Where is this "water table" that you've seen, and where is it going? What could it possibly do that hasn't already been done by years of nuclear bomb testing which wasn't protecting ANY environment at all. There are billions wrapped up in making sure that under any type of scenario there's protection and fall-backs for any type of spill or anomaly.

The humorous part is, there are sites ALL over the United states that NOBODY knows about, which are storing contaminants or have been contaminated since the cold war. Right NOW, we have barrels stored outside of major cities, waiting to be transported to places that are surrounded in dense wildlife and snow-capped mountains. BUT, we want to fight against one of the driest, and most secluded places in the US because of politics and speculation.

What do you think would happen if a current storage facility broke free? I'm betting you'd wish that crap was in Yucca.

I could tell you more than you ever wish to know about storage facilities and cold war plants that are buried under hundreds feet of gravel across the US, being filtered and more than likely leaking into water tables IN highly populated areas. YOU DON'T even know they're in your back yard. It can't even be MOVED because there's so much contaminated material. BUT, let's focus on the SAFEST place in the United States, and how to shut it down because it blocks "tourism" in Vegas.

THEN, after we shut it down and kill thousands of jobs, we'll complain that Vegas is one of the worst places to find a job in the US.... AFTER you killed them off. This isn't a "JERBS" post, it's common sense and nobody's using their brains because they know NOTHING about this stuff. People hate things they know NOTHING about, whether it be guns, race, or nuclear storage.

This isn't a stab at you, so please don't take it that way. I work with these people and sites and it's a pain having to listen to people think that everything that deals with any of this material is some type of conspiracy or it was just thrown out in the wilderness with no thought in place. Thousands of good people lost their jobs because of speculation and "what if?" situations that are no worse than things we're currently doing. They need to think more about what the BEST solution is, and look at it from 30,000 feet.

about 2 years ago

Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

Mockylock Re:If they hadn't brought their drone (1127 comments)

They're shooting with Shotguns, I'm sure. And unless it's a straight shot within 100 yards and no cover... they're not going to harm anything.

more than 2 years ago

Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft

Mockylock Re:Shit Happens (428 comments)

No doubt. My brother shut down Andrews while working on an EA6B when he dropped a bolt into the wing....somewhere. That was a year before he told a pilot to check the drop release when the safety pin wasn't in place... which dropped the entire fuel tank and its contents throughout the hangar. Maybe it's just because of it being a newly 'scrutinized' aircraft, that made this news.

more than 2 years ago

The High-Radiation Lives and Risks of Nuclear-Nomad Subcontractors

Mockylock Re:A way to alleviate liability by corporations. (96 comments)

Yeah... I can pretty much confirm that. Though there are quite a few 'odd-balls' that are strange individuals, who have been doing it for years and don't think it'll hurt them (we've got a few of those where I work)... they all still have to comply to regulations. I think that's the government's CYA as far as things go with lawsuits. Someone has to do it, though.. unfortunately. I work for a department which cleans up after these guys clean up. We put remote monitors in and create reserves out of older nuclear sites. Even with the low level of contact that quite a few of us have, they still have pretty heavy rules when in contact. After it's all said and done, we collect all of the health (and contact level) records to save and be made available for FOIA after redaction. Again.. there are nuts out there who think they're superman and just go on with it... but for the most part, they have a very high bar for safety.

more than 2 years ago

Google Updates Algorithm To Punish Websites With Excessive Ads

Mockylock Re:Will they punish themselves? (321 comments)

Not necessarily. Considering sites with their ads will be removed from the equation, you'll probably have sites using their ad system more often.

more than 2 years ago



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