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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

OS24Ever Re:Oh great (549 comments)

and half the banking and finance websites don't allow the symbols, and it's too long

about 3 months ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

OS24Ever Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

I wouldn't define a ripped DVD as streaming. To me that's Netflix or Prime or Hulu or whatever.

I *buy* my Movies, and Netflix TV shows I missed mostly. While attempting to lose weight I've watched a lot of TV series on Netflix on the treadmill this last year. So much so that I've made myself bored/tired of watching something. Playing PS3 games on a treadmill is all well and good until you place assassin's creed and inadvertently take a step/lean while climbing on a building.

about 6 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

OS24Ever Re:By all Means then (574 comments)

That wasn't an analogy. That was sarcasm.

about a year ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

OS24Ever By all Means then (574 comments)

Let's shitcan IPV6 right now, who needs it, because clearly because some people were concerned it's a reason to ignore it all now and keep using ipv4

about a year ago

GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

OS24Ever Re: Wrong use of money these days (356 comments)

What confuses me is how does buying stock in a company help the company stay afloat? They don't own the shares, the shares do nothing for them once they've sold them. It only gave whomever owned the shares prior to the government purchase a gain/loss from their previous purchase.

I don't get why whomever held those shares sold them. I bought a single share of GM for shits and giggles a while back. It's been steadily gaining over the last ~ six months and there was no reason to sell other than political reasons. If anything that should be what people should be focused on. Our idiots sold their shares at the worst time to do it and lost money. Why is that GM's fault?

about a year ago

A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

OS24Ever Re: How hard can that possibly be? (663 comments)

Try having a kid with ASD take these tests. He completely fails the bullshit word problems. I have to read them four or five times to figure out what they want and I went.

about a year ago

Car Dealers vs the Web: GM Shifts Toward Online Purchasing

OS24Ever Good! More should (160 comments)

I have yet to find a dealer that I *want* to visit. Every time I've bought a car (four times in four years) I get *argued* with when I come in for a specific feature set.

It's been like this since I bought my first car in 1990.

I want these features offered, some favorite responses.

You can add AC later (In Kansas, where six of the months of the year are >90 degrees)

You don't need four wheel drive

You don't need a high performance option, here, take the four cylinder model.

GPS? No one needs that

Adaptive cruise control? on a car with 300 HP? Why would you want that

You can always upgrade the stereo yourself, AM/FM will be fine.

You go to Ford.com, Chevy.com, etc, they have tons of cool options. You can build what you want, but good luck getting it from the dealer.

about a year ago

Sexism Still a Problem At E3

OS24Ever Re:doesn't help people take games seriously either (737 comments)

In all honesty, you should take 'E3' and replace it with 'everywhere'.

I was at a conference last week, wasn't E3 or WWDC. We hired 'Booth Ambassadors'. They were dressed fairly conservative, but had tanktops on under a light jacket. This was a computer industry conference...

I'm a big fat older nerd. However, at one point, I almost turned around and decked a guy for what he said to one of our two ladies working with us. They were professional, not meant to be alluring in anyway sexual, yet the innuendo, stupidity and what not I heard from men OF ALL AGES, even greyhaired old farts.

During a quiet point, I asked one of the ladies about the comments and asked her if 'Nerd conferences' were worse than 'regular things' and she said 'Quite honestly, and no offense, it's Men in general'.

She felt it came with the territory, but still....unacceptable.

(yes, i have three little girls, so it bothers me a lot especially since my oldest has started sending me links to Cosplay stuff saying I WANT THIS FOR HALLOWEEN)...i'm doomed.

about a year and a half ago

N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

OS24Ever Re:The best part of the article is at the bottom (555 comments)

They keep trying, the affiliate programs have been dead for years. There were a few small businesses that lost over $300K in revenue and moved out of state they got just from affiliate links to Amazon supposedly.

about a year and a half ago

N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

OS24Ever Re:The best part of the article is at the bottom (555 comments)

What really bemuses me as a resident of the state is that this is the GOP who runs on 'no government intrusion' and then adds this to the list of things the government says you can't do and somehow, some way, it's small government platform they run on.

about a year and a half ago

Build a Secret Compartment, Go To Jail

OS24Ever Re:Gun Makers (1111 comments)

Uhm, no.

What happened in this article would be the equivalent of a person walking up to a gun shop and saying 'Hi, I need to buy a gun that shoots people really fast, and a ton of bullets because I'm going to kill some people' and the guy selling it to him.

TFA is quite specific that he discovered what they were using the traps for, and went ahead and installed one into a co-hort of the first drug dealer who broke his because he stuffed it with $800K in cash. after he fixed it, he charged them to fix it, and then agreed to install one in the other guys truck.

about 2 years ago

FAA Pushed To Review Ban On Electronics

OS24Ever Re:Avionics (369 comments)

As someone who sits behind you a lot maybe we should have a certification test where you have to go through crash sequences and shit can our device. I'd do that so I could read while we mindlessly taxi around DFW to the far away runway or sit behind 30 airplanes in LGA.

I agree with the assessment though, people are stupid and they'd be tangled in their headphones and dying before they just got up and followed directions out the plane in an emergency.

however pretending that everyone will die if a phone is left on is dumb, and it lets people like me argue with the rule makers (not the poor attendants) about it because saying it interferes with the radio and can cause a crash is bad. Interesting how unshielded the intercom is and how the GSM affects it. Has it gotten less as the EDGE network has disappeared and 3G/LTE takes over? i honestly haven't heard that dit dit-da-dit noise in a while. Used to hear it all the time on conference calls.

about a year ago

Washington Post: We Were Also Hacked By the Chinese

OS24Ever How is this not an act of war? (135 comments)

I'm curious why repeated attacks "by the Chinese" have invoked no response from the government? It seems odd that we have US Companies being attacked on US soil and there's not even a peep about it.

I'm not saying bomb people but tis seems.....weird...

about 2 years ago

Current favorite still-image camera type:

OS24Ever Re:"35mm DSLR" (316 comments)

Canon Rules Nikon Drools (just got me a 6D to replace my 5D)

Much prefer the larger format digitals. Plus, I like looking through lenses. I tried the Oly micro four thirds but I'm better at framing a picture in the eyepiece than holding it arms length staring at a bigger lcd.

about 2 years ago

I go to trade shows (of any kind) ...

OS24Ever I'm an Exhibitor you Insensitive Clod (105 comments)

The only shows i've been too since 1999 (Brainshare from Novell) I was always the world's ugliest booth babe or a presenter so I went to work not to learn.

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Dropping 64-Bit Windows Nightly Builds For Now

OS24Ever Dear Computer Programmers: Why do this? (224 comments)

I am not a programmer, I'm just a systems guy. I mainly use Mac and Linux, and 64-bit is something I've Just Done for some time now since the introduction of EM64T, however the few times I need to mess with windows the way it works with 64-bit just baffles me as to how 'hard' it seems to be and how 'little' 64-bit friendly / 64-bit stuff there is.

Why is that?

more than 2 years ago

Aircraft Carriers In Space

OS24Ever Nerds Ruining Entertainment (409 comments)

Can you imagine what those shows would have been like had they tried to apply science as we know it?

If you'd like a try, there is a series of books about "Black Jack" Geary that has FTL combat. It's actually quite a good read from a naval combat in space perspective with light speed weaponry + kinetic weaponry + trying to shoot at things that are moving up to 0.1c and what not. But, if you're not into that kind of thing it's got to be a horrid thing to read.

But they do address the few minutes away FTL issue, but it's because you can only enter/exit a system at certain points so unless you're going to turn around and leave you can't micro jump at them.

more than 2 years ago

Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

OS24Ever Some how 'value' and 'computer' got screwed up. (342 comments)

Things aren't expensive because (shocker) MORE PEOPLE USE THEM.

It has nothing to do with people making stuff expensive for expensive sake, it has everything to do with the fact that when a new iPhone came out two million people ordered one in 24 hours.

hell five years ago if a device that did computery stuff did anything close to that people would have freaked out. Now? iPhone 5 is SUCH a disappointment.

more than 2 years ago

Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

OS24Ever Re:Absolutely. (342 comments)

Or, maybe Apple being expensive is a giant troll that won't die and they're really not that expensive.

more than 2 years ago



Teaching 3rd Grader Computer Programming

OS24Ever OS24Ever writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OS24Ever writes "When I was a youngster, about 30 years ago now, there was a plethora of these things called 'magazines' that you 'paid for' that people would "mail you" once a month. In them, where pages and pages of code for you to type into your computer. In fact, if you can imagine it, they had programs for different brands of computers because the same program didn't work on all of them. They had cool names like Compute! and Byte and for a person with limited math skills it still taught you language structure and lots of debugging because god knows no one types in something from a magazine perfectly. It also taught me to hack. Once I learned that POKEing in the right place changed colors I started customizing my desktop colors every time my trusty Atari 800 turned on.

Recently, I was enjoying an episode of MacBreak Dev and my oldest, who is just about to turn eight, exclaimed on how she HAD to try that. It was an episode of using Quartz Compser and a Wiimote along with some IR LEDs on a pair of glasses. So I sat there realizing that in third grade the Apple IIe at school, and later the Atari 800 (which still works thank you) appeared into my life at the age of eight. I learned how to type in programs from a few of the BASIC manuals, and then I discovered that there were magazines that had these programs in them I could type in. Sure now you have this newfangled copy & paste, and you don't have to go to the library and join the atari users club so you can 'check out' cassette tapes that had BASIC programs on them and realize you can save them to your own tape after you loaded them. Now you download random programs, you can cut/paste code snippets, but the exploration of typing something in off a sheet of paper and pushing a button to see if it works doesn't seem to exist. in fact by the late 80s it really had died out already.

So my question for those of us who have produced spawn or two and would like to encourage this type of thing but may or may not be that good of educating or not sure how to break down concepts are there any resources like that out there? Where you say 'here, type this stuff in and get it to work' and the reward is a lame little game that you finally got to work on your Atari 800 after weeks and weeks of typing and proofreading and losing it to a failed cassette tape that you bounced off the basement wall in frustration."

CCP Announces EVE Online Linux & Macintosh Cli

OS24Ever OS24Ever writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OS24Ever writes "As announced earlier in this forum thread, Revelations 2.3 will be deployed on Tuesday, 6 November. This patch will contain a number of fixes which can all be viewed here, but most importantly it contains formal support for Mac OS X and Linux! If you would like to have a sneak preview of what it is going to be like playing on the supported OS of your choice. Beta clients are available to download now and to connect to the test 'Multiplicity' Server. Users with a valid account on October 2nd, 2007 (last date of data copy) can join up now."
Link to Original Source

Robert Jorden Passes Away

OS24Ever OS24Ever writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OS24Ever writes "From the site (having server issues already): It is with great sadness that I tell you that the Dragon is gone. RJ left us today at 2:45 PM. He fought a valiant fight against this most horrid disease. In the end, he left peacefully and in no pain.

Robert Jordan had amyloidosis, a disease characterized by extracellular accumulation of amyloid in various organs and tissues of the body"

Link to Original Source



About Me

OS24Ever OS24Ever writes  |  about 11 years ago

I started out as a child...

Early 80s - Apple IIe and Atari 800 were my poison.

Late 80s - My dad brought home a Compaq Plus from work on the weekends and I became addicted to microsoft products at this point.

Early 90s - Worked for a local computer company in Lawrence, KS and Wichita, KS.

1993 - 1994 - worked for a hotel software company doing phone support for Novell networks and a DOS based hotel property management software - develop new respect for phone support people and what they go through.

1994 - 1998 - worked for Entex Information Services (now part of Seimens) and during my tenure here developed the majority of my l33t skillz with Windows and Novell. When I left I was Novell CNE, Microsoft CSE, and Compaq ASE.

1998 - Current. IBM eServer xSeries (formerly IBM Netfinity)

from March of 1998 to April of 2003 I was a FTSS, or Field Technical Sales Specialist. I was the SE for the Kansas / Missouri area. During my tenure at this job I supported customers in their decision for buying IBM Intel servers and learned a ton about server design, fibre channel storage, Windows NT 4.0, 2000 and then started with RedHat 6.2 on up. I got my RHCE with Red Hat 7.1 era in September 2001 (I got to fly 5 days after 9/11. Sunday, September 17th. That was an eerie experience let me tell you)

In April of 2003 I packed up my family and moved to Wake Forest, NC to work at the IBM RTP facility as a Product Manager. A considerablly non-technical role but a change that I asked for. I get to work with 'normal' folk but I'm their tech guru when things go wrong (aka blaster and I got a new Laptop) but I also get to talk with the development teams and give ideas on where I think we should go, or I talk to customers expounding on the wonders of our BladeCenter and xSeries 400 family of servers.

Now, at the home front I stopped using Windows as a primary operating system in December 2001.

What started this was that my home built Athlon 1.33GHz machine lost it's 75GB IBM hard drive. To pass the time I had a 10GB laying around that I decided to install Red Hat on until I got my 75GB back. Of course I didn't read the fine print and my 75GB IBM drive got its warranty voided because I packed it in bubble wrap. But that's another issue.

I installed Red Hat 7.1. I also found Ximian Gnome and used that as my desktop. I found this because what made me think 'hmm, it's ok to try this' was that Ximian had just released Evolution. With red carpet and the Ximian desktop was a way to go to Evolution - which I still love as far as an email client goes.

This resulted in my 'linux everywhere' days. I put linux on my work notebook, and I bought more hardware just so I could run Distributed.net clients. At one point I had a P2 400MHz, Athlong 1.0GHz, Athlon 1.33GHz, Dual PentPro 200MHz, Dual pentium2 550MHz systems - all running linux. Go Ars Team Beef Roast!

I ripped my 700 or so CD collection using all these machines and GRIP with lame as my encoder.

But - all was not well wtih me and linux as a desktop OS. Mozilla was a good browser, but there were user experiences that annoyed me.

I bought Loki games, all that I could afford and then they caved in.

All this time those little Apple Switch commercials were running. I got a kick out of em. For a time in '94 and '95 I repaired apples and supported them exclusively at a pizza company that used to be based out of Wichita KS. I loved the things - I just couldn't afford them.

In July of 2002 I kinda snapped. I was frustrated with my wife's computer (it'd died) and I thought it'd be the perfect time to try a Mac with Mac OS X. It was unix based supposedly.

So I thought I'd try it out on the wife. She uses computers to surf & email, that's about it. Didn't think a Mac could screw that up too bad from what I'd read...and I was right.

I was so right about Mac OS X that I found myself on her computer (much to her annoyance) more than I was anywhere else. I also found I could ssh into my linux boxen and do whatever I needed to like I'd been doing with Aboslute Terminal and other linux machines.

I bought a Powerbook G4 550Mhz on eBay in about August 2002.

I bought a Powerbook 12" 867MHz from CompUSA in March of 2003.

I've since got my brother to buy his wife an iBook for Christmas this year, and my mother-in-law received an eMac from us and my wife's sister for Christmas this year.

I'm all mac just about. Only thing stopping me is that I can't find a Quicken or MS Money package that works. Quicken exists on the Mac but it sucks.

But I may buy virtual PC here just to get rid of my last PC.

So, that's a little about me.

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