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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Sandman1971 Probably tagged as DHCP (405 comments)

I'm guessing that even though you have static IPs Comcast has tagged the /24 (or higher) as DHCP. Most providers are now blocking consumer/business DHCP IP classes.

about a month ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

Sandman1971 Re:Freenets? (116 comments)

As I stated, I used Archie, Gopher and IRC.. and as I just remembered EW-Too chat prgrams and MUDs/MUSHes/Etc... and was connecting to them directly from a shell account.... so by your definition that falls under ISP.

about 5 months ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

Sandman1971 Freenets? (116 comments)

I was dialing up to Freenets back in 1988, paying for 'privileged' access (though they were non-profit) and was using email, archie, gopher, IRC, etc... Wouldn't this be considered an ISP?

about 5 months ago
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EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

Sandman1971 Cautiously optimistic (63 comments)

I'm cautiously optimistic about this news. I'm just a casual game. I suspect that the vault will contain games that are 8-10 months old or older and have negligible sales. I don't mind paying 30$ a year to play older games. What this will do is eat into the secondary used game market (Gamestop, EB Games, Future Shop, etc..) as it will be cheaper to rent these older games than to buy even one used game, putting money in EAs pockets instead of these types of stores.

This being EA however, I wouldn't be surprised to see something like online multiplayer being a paid for DLC or something crazy like that, but time will tell.
The fine print also states that they can drop games from the vault at any time, so you can be SOL if you're in the middle of completing a game and that game is pulled. And the fine print also makes it very clear that this is a rental service. Stop paying for your sub and you lose access to the games that you downloaded.

about 5 months ago
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EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

Sandman1971 Re:You must be kidding. (63 comments)

Go to any store that sells cards, you'll likely find an Xbox Live card (not the sub, but money, like an iTunes card). Log in (either via console or Xbox Live website), redeem card. Use those credits to pay for the sub. Problem solved!

about 5 months ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Sandman1971 Re:For those that don't know: (113 comments)

The Domain Registry of Canada has been doing this scam for years, sending false renewal bills for my .net and .org domains. I wish ICANN and CIRA would suspend their operations as well.
http://www.domainpeople.com/al...

about 5 months ago
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Grand Theft Auto V For Modern Platforms Confirmed

Sandman1971 Wishful thinking: Upgrade (133 comments)

I see no mention of an available upgrade from PS3/XBox360 to PS4/XboxOne like some developers did late last year. Wishful thinking I guess.

about 6 months ago
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Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

Sandman1971 DC Omnibus (165 comments)

My personal suggestion is to go back where the superhero genre first started. DC Comics released a Superman Omnibus last summer (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/superman-the-golden-age-omnibus-vol-1).

If you want to read about the golden age, Paul Letvitz (long time DC comics writer and one time President) wrote a great book entitled The Olden Age of DC Comics (Amazon)

about 6 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

Sandman1971 Re:Never used this keystroke (521 comments)

I've mostly always used ZZ as I learned it before :wq. Save a keystroke that way too :P

about 7 months ago
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Meet Canada's Goosebuster Drone

Sandman1971 Re:why not open a hunting season on them? (74 comments)

Hate to break it to you, but the river doesn't run in the middle of the city. The river is a natural border between the cities of Ottawa and Hull, and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Where Petrie Island is (just about a mile from my house), there's nothing but woods on the other side of the river.

about 7 months ago
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Wretched Ride: PS4 Driveclub Game Rental Tied To Paid Subscription

Sandman1971 Sony is crapping the bed (93 comments)

Sony is really crapping the bed with the PS4. Very few games compared to XBox One, more exclusives going to XB1, dropping free multiplayer in PSN+, and now things like this. All things that PS fanboys used to make fun of in regards to Xbox. It's like they took most of what was great at the PS3 and did a full 180. Whereas I'm finding the XB1 to be a fabulous platform.

(Disclaimer: I own both a PS4 and Xbox One and I'm not a 'fanboy' of either companies. Just calling it like it is)

about 7 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Sandman1971 Winter? (496 comments)

I'd really like to know how they would address the removal of ice/snow/slush that we see in the winter in Canada/Northern US. And how much light would the screen emit at night, potentially blinding the driver. So many questions, so little answers.

about 9 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Sandman1971 My backup solution (983 comments)

I have a similar set up. Between music, movies and photos I'm close to the 15TB range. I'm selective as to what I back up however.
I don't back up commercial movies or music. I have the CDs/DVDs/Blurays that I ripped. If something were to happen to the NASes that's holding that media I can always re-rip. For movies/tv shows, I find myself only watching them once or twice, so if something were to happen I probably wouldn't be re-ripping most of my collection. What would probably need to be re-ripped right away would be the Barney/Dora/Thomas DVDs for the kids. For music it's fairly quick to rip (and even faster to download :P ).

The only things I back up are home movies and photos. For home movies I backup the uncompressed files, but for photos I don't back up my RAW files, only the jpegs. Those are backed up to external hard drives that I keep either at my desk at work or at my parents' place. If by some weird coincidence I would lose those as well, a great deal of my home movies were uploaded to Youtube (private) and selected important pictures to Flickr.

  With that much data, what it comes down to for me is what I absolutely do not want to lose or can't afford to lose.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Sandman1971 Tons (531 comments)

The very first thing I install on a home machine is an antivirus/antimalware app, since it's Windows after all. Followed by Chrome to download and install drivers/apps for my peripherals (printer, videocard, dsl camera, scanner, etc..). Once that's done comes Thunderbird, Mozbackup (to transfer my old emails/addons) and VirtualBox (With Ubuntu, Edubuntu). Followed by Photoshop and Premiere. Then Steam, Origin and World of Warcraft. The rest I do like you, install them as required.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power a Boost?

Sandman1971 Re:I can't be bothered with either (220 comments)

We're talking first gen /release day games here. Take PS3/Xbox 360 release day games and compare them to late PS2/Xbox games. It was exactly the same thing. Heck, just compare first year 360/PS2 games and compare them to new releases for those platforms. They are worlds apart. It takes developers a while to ramp up and get to know the architecture that they are writing for.

  Also, waiting for the next gen console before upgrading is fine and dandy if you don't plan on playing any new console releases. Give it a couple of years and most major developers will no longer be releasing most of their titles for the previous consoles.

Considering the record sales of the new consoles, I don't think your assumption that a lot of people are going to be skipping this generation is anywhere near the truth. You still can't find Xbox Ones and PS4s on store shelves or online stock, they're selling faster than either company can produce them. There might be a very small pocket of gamers who will, but so far all indications is that most will be upgrading at some point.

about a year ago
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How Google Broke Itself and Fixed Itself, Automatically

Sandman1971 Captcha? (125 comments)

I wonder if this is at all related to their Captcha outage on the 22nd. I still haven't heard a peep as to what caused the outage, or even an acknowledgement that there was even an outage, even though the captcha group was filled with sysadmins complaining about captcha being down.

about a year ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

Sandman1971 Port properties to other consoles (559 comments)

It's time that Nintendo start porting their properties to other consoles. I'd love to play the next Super Mario game on my Xbox One. I'd love to play Mario Kart on my PS4. Don't even license out the games, create/produce them the same way you've been doing for years, but just start porting them to other platforms and get out of the console business.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

Sandman1971 Re:WD TV Live plays almost everything (420 comments)

I third this recommendation. I have 3 WD Live boxes in my house, all connecting to my media SANs (DNS 323s with DLNA enabled) , streaming my music, videos and photos. It also does netflix, Hulu (US only), Pandora, YouTube, TuneIn, Shoutcast and a few dozen other built in apps. The best deal is to get them at Costco as they're not only cheaper but they come with a HDMI cable. The one I bought at an electronics store didn't come with the HDMI.

about a year ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

Sandman1971 Re:Build your own (564 comments)

In my case, with the power of today's PC, I run other OSes in a VM. Instead of having a Windows desktop and a Linux desktop, I run a Windows desktop with VirtualBox and run my Linux instances inside a VM with an extremely negligible impact to performance. Most of my co-workers are doing the similar things, running different OSes in a VM instead of having a second box.

about a year ago

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Canadian Do Not Call List Goes Live

Sandman1971 Sandman1971 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sandman1971 writes "Years after the United Stated implemented one, the Canadian government has finally implemented a Do Not Call List. Canadians can finally register their phone numbers on the list and telemarketers have 31 days to remove registered numbers from their call lists. Failure to do so can lead up to fines of $15,000 per offense. Political parties, charities, newspapers and businesses with whom you've had a business relationship in the last 18 months are exempt and can still continue to call you in the middle of dinner. Just how effective has the US DNC registry been, and will this mean some relief for Canadians?"
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MediaDefender Takes Down Revision3

Sandman1971 Sandman1971 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sandman1971 (516283) writes "Over the long Memorial Day weekend, Revision3 was the target of a malicious Denial Of Service Attack which brought R3 to its knees. After investigating the matter, it was discovered that the source of the attacks came from MediaDefender, the famed company hired by the MPAA and RIAA to try and stop the spread of illegal file sharing. The kicker? Revision3 was taken down for running a bittorent tracker to distribute its own legal content."
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Canadian Do Not Call List Goes Live

Sandman1971 Sandman1971 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Years after the United Stated implemented one, the Canadian government has finally implemented a Do Not Call List. Canadians can finally register their phone numbers on the list and telemarketers have 31 days to remove registered numbers from their call lists. Failure to do so can lead up to fines of $15,000 per offense. Political parties, charities, newspapers and businesses with whom you've had a business relationship in the last 18 months are exempt and can still continue to call you in the middle of dinner. Just how effective has the US DNC registry been, and will this mean some relief for Canadians?

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