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Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

SirTicksAlot Re:Here's what you do (80 comments)

Every day, every single day, snatch up one executive of Time Warner or Comcast. And you burn them alive in front of their family. Continue until their business model changes.

FTFY

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

SirTicksAlot Re:LinuxCNC (531 comments)

I agree. Very powerful although I wish it wasn't so tied to a really old Ubuntu release.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

SirTicksAlot Re:Obligatory Linux evangelism (294 comments)

But everytime I'm having problems with drivers or software and I end up in the commandline entering strange complex commands which I do not want to learn nor should have to learn.

Which is a pointless argument here. This is a retirement community. These people have not used computers their whole life. Given that the OP is asking advice on administering the machines, I'm guessing the end user will not have to worry about drivers or software.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

SirTicksAlot Re:Obligatory Linux evangelism (294 comments)

When you say the word "Linux", many assume it's hard, weird or too different.

It's a retirement community; when you say the word "Computer", many assume it's hard, weird or too different.

about a year ago
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Oculus Rift Loses Doom 3 BFG Edition From Launch Package, But Gains TF2

SirTicksAlot Does that mean the OR has Linux support? (69 comments)

If so, sign me up, cause I ain't going back to the dark side. Nope.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Mark Shuttleworth Anything

SirTicksAlot Re:How to succeed on the desktop? (319 comments)

How about prime time network TV Ads? Get the general public interested and let them know what it can actually do.

about 2 years ago
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Papa John's Sued For Unwanted Pizza-Related Texts

SirTicksAlot Re:Who doesn't want Pizza? (418 comments)

I personally can not stand their food.

FTFY

about 2 years ago
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Pictures From an Exhibition: World Makerfaire 2012 NYC

SirTicksAlot Re:Projects? (33 comments)

Hey! I used NEW egg cartons! :)

about 2 years ago
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Pictures From an Exhibition: World Makerfaire 2012 NYC

SirTicksAlot Re:Down (33 comments)

Yes. Yes I did. And I've learned a great deal from it too. Now I know how to make my site stronger. This is my first slashdotting. May the future prove different.

about 2 years ago
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Pictures From an Exhibition: World Makerfaire 2012 NYC

SirTicksAlot Re:Down (33 comments)

And it was just the kick in the ass that I needed. Nothing like a good /.ing to show me what is misconfigured on my servers. What a difference mysql tunings and (Derp! Turn off sql logging) makes.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best VPN Service For Australia?

SirTicksAlot Re:The real question is (138 comments)

I'll be watching you through your window tonight. I'm sure you have nothing to hide because you aren't doing anything illegal, right?

more than 2 years ago
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Assessing Media Bias: Microsoft Vs. Everyone Else

SirTicksAlot Re:Microsoft Deserves It (364 comments)

You had me. You really did - until you mentioned, "but when you look at just how much hardware they support, and how well it works, ". While I agree that most, if not all hardware is designed to work and has drivers for windows, it is not Microsoft that is doing the 'supporting'. How much of that hardware would automatically install, activate, and provide every feature designed if it weren't for the drivers from the OEM. Why do you think all those printers, mice, cameras, biometrics, etc... come with a CD? The OEMs decide what to support, and they typically choose the most widely used. It used to be that everything came with a "designed for Windows" logo, even though they provided their own drivers and supporting software. You now see Mac logos included as well and rarely you see all three MS, Mac, and Linux.

more than 2 years ago
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The recent snow on the U.S. east coast ...

SirTicksAlot ...or Worse (292 comments)

I did not lose power, but did lose internet connectivity. So for me it is worse.

more than 2 years ago
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Graphene and Quantum Hall Effect Could Help Redefine Metrics

SirTicksAlot Will this affect (92 comments)

How much I pay for my baggage at the airport?

about 3 years ago

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Steam for Linux Beta Now Available

SirTicksAlot SirTicksAlot writes  |  about 2 years ago

SirTicksAlot writes "Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the launch of a limited access beta for its new Steam for Linux client. Valve has announced today that it is currently targeting Ubuntu 12.04 but already there are stories of the Linux community already adapting Steam for other distributions. This is truly an exiting time for Open Source and gaming."
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Review of World Makerfaire 2012 NYC

SirTicksAlot SirTicksAlot writes  |  about 2 years ago

SirTicksAlot writes "I attended World Makerfaire 2012 NYC this past weekend and wanted to share some of the highlights of the faire. Makerfaire is a gathering of smart and talented groups and individuals who share their love for making things. And there is nearly no limit as to what ideas or projects on display. There is no age limit or restriction and kids of all ages are encouraged to interact with everything they can. If you ever go to shows and see, "DO NOT TOUCH" you did not see that here. Touching, inspecting and learning is very much warranted. There were many stations where kids could learn to use tools, assemble things, and even learn to solder."
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Disney Adds A Bit Of Nonsensical Anti-Open Source FUD To Kid's Sitcom

SirTicksAlot SirTicksAlot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SirTicksAlot writes "Walt Disney Corporation added a bit of nonsensical anti-open source FUD to a kid’s sitcom that it aired this past weekend. But the dialogue is so ridiculous that you have to wonder if they have any clue about what they are doing.

In an episode aired Friday on the Disney Channel, (YouTube Vid Here) the show Shake It Up features two teenagers who are begging the stereotypical geeky kid for help with a computer that has apparently gone down."

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Microsoft is like the Matrix

SirTicksAlot SirTicksAlot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SirTicksAlot writes "Here is a funny analogy of Microsoft as compared to the Matrix. It's interesting to note that even while this transcript is near word-for-word, it illustrates an eerie similarity to our reality. Read and enjoy.

Fro TFA:

"
MORPHEUS
We are trained in this world to accept only what is rational and logical. Have you ever wondered why? As children, we do not separate the possible from the impossible which is why the younger a mind is the easier it is to free, while a mind like yours can be very difficult.

NEO
Free from what?

MORPHEUS
From the Microsoft.
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Astrophysicist' Supercomputer uses 8 PS 3's.

SirTicksAlot SirTicksAlot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SirTicksAlot writes "While many slashdot readers have snickered at the term, "Imagine a beowulf cluster of these....", Some scientists have actually done just that.
"Suffering from its exorbitant price point and a dearth of titles, Sony's PlayStation 3 isn't exactly the most popular gaming platform on the block. But while the console flounders in the commercial space, the PS3 may be finding a new calling in the realm of science and research.
Right now, a cluster of eight interlinked PS3s is busy solving a celestial mystery involving gravitational waves and what happens when a super-massive black hole, about a million times the mass of our own sun, swallows up a star.""

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SirTicksAlot SirTicksAlot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SirTicksAlot writes "Anyone who has used a computer in just about any situation has, at one time, had to make up a password to protect his or her identity. This in itself can be quite an art form. Choosing a good password that you would be able to remember can give long lasting safety to those who need to protect their data.

From the article:
"If you are old enough to remember the movie, 'War Games', You may recall a young Mathew Broderick who was eager to play a game from a remote computer. Unaware that the remote computer system was part of Norad's WOPR, or War Operation Plan Response computer. By doing a few hours of research he was able to easily guess the password (joshua) and gain access to the one machine that could cause World War Three. While hollywood always takes things to a whole new level of far-fetched, These are not far off from security breaches of today."

This article explains what makes passwords good, techniques on how to avoid the WOPR incident, and includes a section for web developers on how to enforce those techniques in their applications."
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SirTicksAlot SirTicksAlot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SirTicksAlot writes ""Having a "bad" password could make it easier for someone to crack the site or account by using an easily guessable password or one that can be cracked in a short period of time using an automated program.....This article is three-fold. First, to give you an understanding of the need for good passwords. Second, if you develop or administer a password enabled site, I will explain how to add a few lines of PHP code to your site to force strong passwords. Lastly, I will share a common technique that will help remembering better passwords easier."

"Having a good password is ideal, but if you have to resort to writing them all on a sticky-note and pasting them on your monitor, you may as well just have a t-shirt with your passwords printed on them.""
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SirTicksAlot SirTicksAlot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SirTicksAlot writes "Best Buy put the Zune on sale earlier than it should have — the Zune's supposed to be released in the U.S. next Tuesday — and some people took advantage of that to get their Zune early. Not everyone had as much fun with it, however, as one person reported a crashing installation sequence of the Zune software, and added various screenshots of the install routine. The crash screen itself is, well, questionable at best — in terrible taste at worst."

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