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Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent

VorlonFog Re:ignore them and show it anyway (821 comments)

Wish I could mod this comment up higher than the max of five. Seriously.

more than 4 years ago
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Revenge of the Cable Customer

VorlonFog Re:Why I quit cable (397 comments)

This is what happened to me. TWC couldn't maintain their own network, and continues to allow third-party contractors to repeatedly fuck things up. High speed isn't worth the cost when it's frequently down for long stretches. DSL might be slow, but it's been rock-solid stable for years.

more than 4 years ago
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Feds Question Big Media's Piracy Claims

VorlonFog Re:Duh! (261 comments)

Mod parent up. Puh-leeze? If I had mod points right now, I'd grant him more.

more than 4 years ago
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If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

VorlonFog Re:Statistics! (1142 comments)

There are lies, then there are damned lies, and finally there are statistics.

more than 4 years ago
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Microbes 100M Years Old Found In Termite Guts

VorlonFog Found in 100M Year-old termite guts (145 comments)

Are you certain there were no RIAA/MPAA copyrights in those microbe genomes? I'm just saying...

more than 5 years ago
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Ridiculous Software Bug Workarounds?

VorlonFog Run Windoze much?? (655 comments)

HP and Microsoft repeatedly suggest re-installing the operating system to cure a network configuration issue.

more than 5 years ago
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The Ultimate "Doll House" For WoW Players

VorlonFog Crunchy Spider Surprise - WTF?!?!? (44 comments)

What the hell happened to Crunchy Frog?
Praline: Next we have number four, 'crunchy frog'.
Milton: Ah, yes.
Praline: Am I right in thinking there's a real frog in here?
Milton: Yes. A little one.
Praline: What sort of frog?
Milton: A dead frog.
Praline: Is it cooked?
Milton: No.
Praline: What, a raw frog?
Praline: Next we have number four, 'crunchy frog'.
Milton: Ah, yes.
Praline: Am I right in thinking there's a real frog in here?
Milton: Yes. A little one.
Praline: What sort of frog?
Milton: A dead frog.
Praline: Is it cooked?
Milton: No.
Praline: What, a raw frog?

(Superintendent Parrot looks increasingly queasy.)

Milton: We use only the finest baby frogs, dew picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope and lovingly frosted with glucose.
Praline: That's as maybe, it's still a frog.
Milton: What else?
Praline: Well don't you even take the bones out?
Milton: If we took the bones out it wouldn't be crunchy would it?
Milton: We use only the finest baby frogs, dew picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope and lovingly frosted with glucose.
Praline: That's as maybe, it's still a frog.
Milton: What else?
Praline: Well don't you even take the bones out?
Milton: If we took the bones out it wouldn't be crunchy would it?

more than 5 years ago
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$100 Linux Wall-Wart Now Available

VorlonFog Marvell's Linux support isn't spectacular (464 comments)

If they are judged by the OpenWRT's project efforts with the Linksys WRT-350N, Netgear WNR854T, and D-Link DIR-615 are any indication. Two Marvell associates are providing support in their personal time to develop a fully functional open-source driver for Marvell's gigabit switch chip.

more than 5 years ago
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End of the Road For AMD's Geode Chip

VorlonFog 3Com's Audrey internet appliance (123 comments)

This futuristic device was one of the earliest commercial uses of the Geode chip. Unfortunately at $400 it was overpriced, and 3Com never supported the firmware developed for it.

more than 5 years ago
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Dr. Dobb's Journal Going Web-Only

VorlonFog I was a Byte subscriber (233 comments)

I gave up on print media after my Byte subscription was terminated with the end of their print edition. Bah! Humbug!

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?

VorlonFog Re:Idiots are everywhere (442 comments)

I develop software for a living, but I was a bio-chemistry major with a love of hardware and software. Now instead of fighting bacteria and viruses with genetic engineering research, I'm fighting idiots and morons who seem to think an Oracle database on HP-UX with almost five million accounts is simply an Excel spreadsheet. Please just shoot me now.

more than 5 years ago
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The RIAA's Rocky Road Ahead

VorlonFog Re:Multiple interpretations (542 comments)

From the background article of the same source: "In regards to billing, we fail to understand what you mean with that!" Apparently, that question is far too complex and foreign a question for these money-hungry scum to comprehend.

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Achieve Mental Body-Swapping

VorlonFog Re:I Will Fear No Evil (297 comments)

many thanks. that's what I get for reading and posting while I'm supposed to be participating in a conference call ;)

more than 5 years ago

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Ancient Hoard of Anglo-Saxon Treasure Discovered

VorlonFog VorlonFog writes  |  more than 4 years ago

VorlonFog writes "The Associated Press and others are reporting today the discovery of approximately 1500 gold and silver bejeweled artifacts dated to 675-725 AD in a farm field near Staffordshire, England. Images of the artifacts are available on Flickr. Amateur treasure hunter Terry Herbert found the gold on a friend's farm on July 5 and spent the next five days scouring the field for the rest of the hoard. Herbert recovered the first items before professional archaeologists took over the excavation. "Imagine you're at home and somebody keeps putting money through your letterbox, that was what it was like," Herbert said. "I was going to bed and in my sleep I was seeing gold items.""
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Comcast Tucson Broadcasts Porn During Super Bowl

VorlonFog VorlonFog writes  |  more than 5 years ago

VorlonFog (948943) writes "Thanks to rob27 at DSLreports.com, we know Comcast apparently broadcast almost a minute of full-frontal male nudity to standard definition viewers in Tucson during the Super Bowl broadcast. According to DSL Reports, 'Instead of Larry Fitzgerald celebrating his fourth quarter touchdown, viewers in Arizona were treated briefly to video of pornographer Evan Stone's anatomy.' The Arizona Daily Star reported a Comcast spokesperson's comment 'Our initial investigation suggests this was an isolated malicious act' in a statement emailed to the Star. Finally, a video capture of the incident (presumably replayed from DVR) was posted to YouTube earlier today, and is now available at (NSFW!) comcastsuperbowlporn.com"
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IBM Launches Microsoft-Free Linux PCs

VorlonFog VorlonFog writes  |  more than 5 years ago

VorlonFog (948943) writes "According to Information Week, IBM has introduced a line of business computers that avoid Microsoft's desktop environment in favor of open source software. IBM worked with Canonical and Virtual Bridges to create the platform, which IBM claims saves businesses $500 to $800 per user on software licenses and an additional $258 per user "since there is no need to upgrade hardware to support Vista and Office.""
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Buffalo wireless router injunction stayed

VorlonFog VorlonFog writes  |  more than 5 years ago

VorlonFog (948943) writes "Courtesy of the_wanderer at the DD-WRT forums, it appears the infamous and frustrating CSIRO injunction against Buffalo has been stayed. Buffalo hasn't been able to sell their wireless routers in the US since the original injunction while other manufacturers were free to continue. Which has been a real shame, since their routers usually outperformed larger name brands while generally retailing for a better price."

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TWC relents on Usage Caps

VorlonFog VorlonFog writes  |  more than 5 years ago ARS Technica reports Time Warner Cable is backing down in the face of consumer revolt over their metered billing tests. From the article: "When Comcast currently offers a 250GB/month cap for around $42.95, and the price of Internet backbone traffic is dropping by 50 percent a year, and DOCSIS 3.0 updates cost only $20-$100 per customer, and TWC's finances showed big upticks in broadband revenue even as costs plunged--well, selling a 100GB/month cap for $75 was hardly going to go down well"

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AT&T Network Burp Takes DSL and new iPhone users offline

VorlonFog VorlonFog writes  |  about 7 years ago DSLreports.com reports on a very large AT&T network outage in the southeastern US Monday evening. AT&T customers in BellSouth territory from the Carolinas through Louisiana didn't have a very good night of connectivity, as users in their AT&T forum will attest. Speed tests showed connections slowed to a crawl, and users say the network status page didn't offer much insight. As ComputerWorld notes, new iPhone users also had problems accessing the company's EDGE wireless network. An AT&T spokesman confirmed the outage but didn't give an explanation.

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RipIt4Me site taken down?

VorlonFog VorlonFog writes  |  more than 7 years ago When the RipIt4Me site disappeared March 31, users suspected it might be an April Fools joke or prank. On Monday, discussion topics and forums devoted to RipIt4Me support had been closed or removed from Doom9 and Digital-Digest Speculation is legal pressures forced the site down, but users are also concerned regarding the removal of support and discussion forums for the utility. Apparently forum moderators have been advised to minimize speculation as well. More discussion is available at SlySoft's forum.

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HP Announces Tiny Wireless Memory Chip

VorlonFog VorlonFog writes  |  about 8 years ago Hewlett-Packard researchers have developed a memory chip with wireless networking capabilities that is roughly the same size as a grain of rice, the company said Monday. Prototypes of the Memory Spot chip developed by HP Labs contain 256 kilobits to 4 megabits of memory and can transfer data wirelessly at speeds up to 10Mbps. This amount of storage allows the chips to hold a short video clip, digital pictures or "dozens of pages" of text, HP said, adding that the chips do not require a battery. Memory Spot chips get their power using a technique called inductive coupling, which allows power to be transferred from one component to another through a shared electromagnetic field. In the case of Memory Spot, this power is supplied by the device that is used to read and write data on the chip. Data stored on Memory Spot chips could be accessed using a variety of devices, such as specially equipped cell phones or PDAs, making them suitable for a range of applications, such as adhesive attachments applied to a paper document or printed photograph, HP said.

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Novell Chief Executive, Finance Chief Leave Company

VorlonFog VorlonFog writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Bloomberg News is reporting Novell has replaced replaced its chief executive officer and finance chief after they failed to revive profit and sales growth.

President Ronald Hovsepian, 45, will take over from CEO Jack Messman effective immediately, Novell said today in a statement. Dana Russell, 44, was appointed interim CFO, replacing Joseph Tibbetts. Director Thomas Plaskett will become chairman.

Messman, 66, struggled to transform the Waltham, Massachusetts-based company into a seller of Linux software that could rival Red Hat Inc. Novell last month said third-quarter profit may miss analyst estimates as new product sales trailed expectations, disappointing investors for a second straight quarter. The shares slumped 15 percent the day after the May 31 announcement and 17 percent after the March report.

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