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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

Skuld-Chan Re:Why are Zorro cards worth anything at all? (192 comments)

I'd have to agree with the parent - most of what your talking about is nonsense.

I had an emplant board too - all it did is provide Mac serial (for appletalk) and a place to put roms, but I've never seen anyone use the sockets for that (admittedly we just downloaded them - and the software had full support for just using soft roms). It also had a slow speed scsi interface that no-one used.

Otherwise it was a stupid waste of money - shapeshifter was just as fast.

I really honestly can't think of any Zorro cards I wish I had still. The Rentina was buggy, the Fastlane was buggy and the VLAB was buggy. The DPS PAR was awesome, but you don't need one of those anymore. The Toaster/Flyer was awesome too - but likewise - you don't need one of those anymore - and getting it to work with a more modern workflow is a lot of work.

Oh we also tried out the Centaur Opalvision - because we hoped to use the never released roaster chip (to replace the video toaster). It was hacky, but colorful :).

about two weeks ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

Skuld-Chan Re:It was pretty cool in its day (192 comments)

There's a app call degrader that I used to use to make all kinds of demos work on my A4000 no problem. By the the time the A1200 came along - most demo coders fixed a lot of these timing assumptions and I had no problem running a lot of this software on a more modern machine.

about two weeks ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Skuld-Chan Its not illegal but... (200 comments)

Lately the media have latched onto anything drone related and put it in a bad light - and while I think the video is awesome (I'd love to do one myself!) - the media is yet again putting this in a bad light - driving the FAA further to action. I suspect too that if the pyro-technicians/firefighters below knew he was up there they would have stopped the show.

And when these "media controversies" come out its its always the DJI Phantom. When I first got into making model aircraft - the DJI kits were top notch - they didn't make pre-made aircraft like they do now. I think the process of building them from scratch, and working with the local model aircraft club taught you a certain amount of respect and safety for the devices themselves. Right now I can go down to a hobby shop - plunk down $1200 dollars and be flying within 30 minutes or less without any prior experience flying a model aircraft - quadcopters are deceptively simple to fly and lead inexperienced pilots to take risks others might not.

Lets face it though - the amount of views he's received has paid for this phantom setup - so the only risk was getting the video back off the gopro device.

about three weeks ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Skuld-Chan Re:Administrators (538 comments)

I can confirm this - I work at a university. The executive management there is decrying a 6-7 million dollar shortfall, but the employee to management ratio is 2:1 (2 employees per manager) at a school with 30-35k students and about 800 full time employees - and apparently 400 managers.

The shortfall just happens to equal the amount of money paid to the "executive" staff - including 180k a year for their "chief of diversity" - a woman who was a humanities major.

about a month ago
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Oregon vs. Oracle: the Battle of Blame Heats Up

Skuld-Chan Re:Another Goverment Run (83 comments)

You know whats funny about this - the internet which you used to post this was a government run project that was delivered on time and under budget (source: I heard that on one of Cringely's interviews with one of the principle architects on PBS)

about a month ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

Skuld-Chan Re:Excellent (322 comments)

Internal WSUS - duh...

about 2 months ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

Skuld-Chan Re:Excellent (322 comments)

I think if your a company that relies on XP (not the POS edition) and you haven't isolated them on a special - no internet vlan - you have bigger issues than making sure your XP machine has security updates.

about 2 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

Skuld-Chan Re:Astro-turfing Democrat (288 comments)

Do you remember her campaign? Vote for me - I know how to run a government like a business. It turns out - no she doesn't.

I'm sorry - but if you dish it out you have to take it too.

about 2 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

Skuld-Chan Re:Innovation? (288 comments)

Its funny - the CEO at most corps are one of the few employees with an empoyment contract.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Skuld-Chan Re: Public transit (389 comments)

Why not? The infrastructure in place to keep cars rolling along costs more than public transit - and in America at least the cost is mostly footed by the county/state and federal government.

If you think vehicle and gas taxes cover it - your fooling yourself.

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Skuld-Chan Re:Surprisingly Infrequent (564 comments)

in 2012 you can also silo your admins and set it up so its impossible (without messing up security) to re-image machines you don't own (like servers, or another departments desktops).

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Skuld-Chan Re:Surprisingly Infrequent (564 comments)

I know a SCCM Microsoft PFE who has told me horror stories about customers doing this and paving their exchange server with Windows 7. I think it happens, but you don't read about it on a publicly readable website.

Its happen in my IT shop - although not nearly as bad as this story implies.

In our current CM 2012 environment we split Servers and Desktops and limited by security scope who can run queries and add servers to collections.

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Skuld-Chan Re:Sounds like IT incompetence (564 comments)

We had a similar incident at the place I work - the tech did a select * from r_system on a live required deployment - they shut off the DP (distribution point) after about 450 machines got imaged. I was actually impressed how efficient it was :).

For those who don't know - that query basically tells the site server to build a collection of every computer (including servers) with a forced deployment of a new OS. CM 2012 will actually warn you if you type that kind of query in - so you'd have to click through that warning and keep going.

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Skuld-Chan Re:Cool (564 comments)

I should clarify - there's two ways to image a PC with CM 2012 (formerly SCCM) - if the deployment is setup this way: via PXE or via the agent. Linux and Mac clients don't support task sequence deployments.

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Skuld-Chan Re:Cool (564 comments)

OSD is only supported on Windows. (source: I'm a CM 2012 admin).

about 2 months ago
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The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

Skuld-Chan Re:wait... what??? (157 comments)

Its FAA certified parts - essentially take a normal part, multiply the price times 10 or 20 = FAA certified part.

Don't believe me? Look up how much a rubber tire for landing costs.

about 3 months ago

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