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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

Siberwulf Trolling story is trolling (618 comments)

I saw this one pop up in my RSS feed and thought maybe /. was broken. Then I went through the comments and realized it wasn't a repost of something old, nor was it really anything new. It was something in between.

I don't know when /. devolved into what it is today, as I've been reading for years now. It's always had a bit of an anti-MS twist to it, and while I didn't always agree with the article bias, I could see how it could be used as constructive criticism for not just MS, but for other companies as well. When you're the 800-lb gorilla, people notice you. When you're the 800-lb gorilla and you tie your shoes together and fall, other people tend to not tie their shoes together.

This post doesn't really fall into a constructive criticism category, though. It's pure, unadulterated, trolling. I mean the source is a joke. It has to be. The "author" of that blog clearly understands computers. Ed's written over 30 books on software use. He's just griping about something everyone already understands. A slow news day. It happens.

By why, oh why, do the editors here feel the need to pick it up and make it front-page news along with news of Ozone holes, Corn shortages and Social Engineering your way into the Super Bowl? Those are nerdy news stories. This... is not. If you wanted to fill up the front page with stories like this, you should be including the following gems:

- Windows 8 installation DVDs; easily scratched by nails?
- Magnets prove harmful to MS Office installations
- Microsoft Surface Pro sells better than expected; maybe it isn't so bad? (just kidding)


I don't expect this post to actually get anything done, but I'm making it just the same. Something has to change around here. While I know I'm just a drop in the bucket (just like I am with AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and T-Mobile...who I loathe), I'm out. My Excellent Karma, ad-viewing eyes, and borderline nostalgic insightfulness are out. I don't intend on letting the door hit me on the way out, either.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Has Been Watching, and It Says You're Getting Used To Windows 8

Siberwulf Re:Warm feeling (675 comments)

I'm guessing you've not used Visual Studio, SQL Server Management Studio, MS Office, Windows 8 or any other MS product. When you install an app that has ties to the "Customer Experience Improvement" stuff, there is a handy balloon at the bottom of your taskbar which invites you to click to opt out. If you dismiss the balloon, the icon in your systray stays there showing that you're collecting data.

I'm not sure how much more upfront you can get. Honestly. (And I opt out immediately for anything I use.)

about 2 years ago
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Exceptionally Preserved 2,600-Year-Old Brain Found

Siberwulf Re:that explains everything (167 comments)

No evidence they weighed as much as a duck....

more than 2 years ago
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OS X Mountain Lion Review

Siberwulf Re:Here we see the difference between Free and Sla (424 comments)

Your analysis is like an analogy of an airline passenger. You can choose to be a consumer and fly one of the major airlines. You get the seats the give you and the snacks they serve. You don't get to pick the flight path to your destination, and you don't get to pick your own schedule. To "best the system", you went to get your own pilot's license. You can fly where you want, when you want and choose the path. You're part of an elite bunch alright.

From up that high, you might not be able to see it, but not everyone has the ability/time/desire to be a pilot. An overwhelming majority of the people who use planes to get from A to B are content with that choice. And frankly, I don't really hear a lot of private pilots droning on about how much better they are that they can fly themselves to somewhere when they want to.

And btw, nobody is free. Don't pretend to be free just because you're a computer enthusiast. You're still a slave to the farmers, the electric company, the sanitation and water sources that feed your house and every other item in your world that you pay for. For you, this may be about freedom and choice and all that other jazz that 90% of the world doesn't care about when it comes to an operating system. If you sleep better at night, then cookie for you. The "Aura of Rightness" that you're projecting just comes off as a bit juvenile, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

Siberwulf Biased site is...biased (423 comments)

Look people, let's all step back and look at what's going on here. /. is an anti-MS site. From the Bill Gates Cyborg, to the inherent bias of the articles published, it's not a fanboi of MS. Let's get over that.

Linux/OSS Fans: Take the feather out of your cap, it doesn't mean anything. It's probably not even valid (just like it is invalid here).

Windows Fans: Stop getting butthurt about these types of articles. The OS market share is there, and that's the revenue generator.

/. would be a lot more fun to read if everyone would just get off their high horse already. Goddamn.

more than 2 years ago
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Stroke Risk Spikes In Healthy Adults Who Don't Get Enough Sleep

Siberwulf Causation and Correlation Strikes Again (70 comments)

FTFA

"Attention, busy middle-aged folks. You may be healthy and thin, but if you habitually sleep less than six hours a night, you still could be boosting your risk of a stroke."

That sure grabs a headline, but seriously. What proof do you have that that is the cause? What if there's something broken elsewhere, that we don't know about? That's not nearly as sensational enough for Mainstream Media, though. :(

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Says Two Basic Security Steps Might Have Stopped Conficker

Siberwulf Re:Why are we still using passwords? (245 comments)

I was also keying off the fact the parent wanted to a reality-based situation. There's relatively little change involved.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Says Two Basic Security Steps Might Have Stopped Conficker

Siberwulf Re:Why are we still using passwords? (245 comments)

From a purely "secure from brute force attacks"... yeah, I do think it's a lot different. The main point is to make the length greater than 16. You're never going to fix the social engineering aspect of it, like leaving it on a sticky note on your monitor.

I'm simply addressing the issue from the article - Five Character Passwords Suck.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Says Two Basic Security Steps Might Have Stopped Conficker

Siberwulf Re:Why are we still using passwords? (245 comments)

Do you really need three?

Um, how about a simple rewording of "Password" to "Passphrase" and make the minimum required length 20 characters.

If you take the utterly easy passphrase of "My favorite password is the word password.", you're talking about 7.1 x 10^61 years to crack it. A measly 20 character phrase would take 1 sextillion years.

And really, from a development side of the coin, implementation doesn't get much simpler. You should already be storing hashes of the passwords, not the passwords themselves. Don't over-think this. Nobody else will.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting a Grip On an Inherited IT Mess?

Siberwulf Re:Quit (424 comments)

First step would be to evaluate everything as posted above.

Then build a Action Priority Matrix. It'll help you fit together an action plan and block out time for what appears to be major projects. It also allows you to get some Quickies done to show management you're the right guy to keep doing the job.

http://www.showingnaturally.com/ActionPriorityMatrix.png

more than 2 years ago
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Google Tweaks Algorithm As Concern Over Bing Grows

Siberwulf Re:What? (397 comments)

No Bing Bar on Win 7.....

more than 2 years ago
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Value of Bitcoin "Crashes"

Siberwulf Ah, Slashdot (709 comments)

Come for the tech, stay for the fiscal policy lectures.

more than 2 years ago
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I typically run Windows ...

Siberwulf Re:I am windows free and proud (417 comments)

Your voices may be heard, provided you write your own drivers for the sound card.

more than 2 years ago
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A Third of Sun-Like Stars May Have Warm Earth Analogs

Siberwulf Liquid Water (188 comments)

Why do we still put a mandate of "liquid water" in the hospitable zone requirement? Are we really naive enough to think that life out there CAN'T POSSIBLY FORM without water?

Am I just totally nuts here?

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft Begins Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Rollout

Siberwulf Re:BSOD (127 comments)

Even my Samsung Focus hasn't had any issues, and I've been running it since Day 1. It's not an iPhone, but it's pretty damn stable and does everything I need a phone to do.

about 3 years ago
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Social Media Bubble Pops Before It Fully Inflates

Siberwulf Re:Group = Social Media? (200 comments)

Agreed. It's really tough to make a case when you don't have a set of three.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

Siberwulf Re:Obvious question from their perspective (1307 comments)

Thanks for the heads up.

*Drops Mrs. Lattimer from her plan*

Sincerely,
-Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

more than 3 years ago
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Dearth of New Nintendo Games Could Indicate Wii 2

Siberwulf Re:Or maybe they just aren't selling as well (118 comments)

I'll ignore the pun part.

The last sentence here is probably the biggest thing for me. I got bored of the party games. They were cute at first, but I wanted a game I could sink my teeth into. Something that took 60+ hours to get through. I beat MP3 in what.. 19 hours? Really? 5 nights of gaming for $60? It felt like a ripoff at that point. I wanted something like FF13, Elder Scrolls, hell... anything would have done. Zelda was cool. I love zelda. It was again...too short and shallow.

I won't be hopping on the Wii2 bandwagon until I can see they have games with meat on their bones. Something epic needs to be there for my gamer tastes..

more than 3 years ago

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Can your HOA force an ISP on you?

Siberwulf Siberwulf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Siberwulf (921893) writes "I bought my house two years ago and it was mandatory that we join the HOA. A few months ago, we noticed more than a few AT&T trucks in our neighborhood, digging up some lawns. Our HOA told us it was the new U-verse service coming in. They told us that since we were part of the HOA, that we would get a discount for signing up. I never signed up, as I'm holding out for FIOS. Today, I read an announcement on our HOA's site that stated:

As more and more of our residents are signing-up with the exclusive [community] AT&T U-verse package, we have had several calls inquiring about how this new amenity is treated when an existing homeowner sells their home. Regardless of whether an existing homeowner is an AT&T customer or not, when a home is sold, the new homeowner is automatically signed-up to receive the [community] AT&T Package. There are no options for other cable/internet providers. Please feel free to call the AT&T Call Center for all the details.

I'm obviously not a lawyer, but isn't that illegal to force this contract on us without having to sign anything? This is going to hurt our home sales considering the plan is roughly $70 per month. What can we do to get out of this, or have this rescinded?"

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