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Ubisoft Hacked, Account Data Compromised

Xzzy Cookie requirement? C'mon guys. (138 comments)

I like how their website tosses up an error saying I "need to enable cookies" even though I do in fact have cookies turned on. Only thing I am blocking is their attempts to track me by including google analytics.. I can use their password change just fine if I use an incognito window (which temporarily disables my plugins).

I suppose the original fault lies with me for creating an account with these goofballs.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Extreme Cable Management?

Xzzy Avoid stuff that generates bundles of wires. (242 comments)

The real problem with cable management is not organizing it, it's what happens to the organization when you have to change something. Zip ties and velcro certainly make everything look pretty when you first set it up, but it gets frustrating really quickly when you need to make a change.. bundling all your cables in a big wad is the quick route to a disaster.

The best way to keep things tolerable is to get cables sized properly for the run so they aren't pulled taut or have too much slack, and lay them flat.. either on the floor or on a ladder if you're in a server room. Cables will still get tangled over time but if everything is straight it shouldn't be too hard to extract one.

One idea I've had for a few years but never got around to implementing is a sheet of pegboard.. use screw-in hooks to provide wire routes, and affix a power strip to it to run peripherals. Probably requires easy access to the rear of your desk though. If it's up against a wall the value declines.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Xzzy Since 1995.. (867 comments)

slackware -> redhat -> gentoo -> arch

First kernel was 1.2.13!

Arch has become my favorite because of the rolling release system. And it manages to claim it's a minimalist while remaining usable.

more than 2 years ago

Tevatron Has Come To the End of Its Run

Xzzy Re:I'll be hoisting a pint... (115 comments)

The lab isn't going anywhere. While a few groups are justifiably concerned about their jobs, the overall mood around the lab is optimism. New projects are underway, accelerator research is ongoing, and proposals for new experiments are always in the works.

There's plenty of work left to be done. The real concern going forward is keeping the government willing to spend money on it.

more than 3 years ago

Discovery Brings Us One Step Closer To "Milking" Pigeons

Xzzy Re:Disgust is Irrational (190 comments)

All animals are filthy. Yet we still eat a number of them.

Veggies and fruits are probably filthy too, on some level.

So I guess Jules was right, it all comes down to personality.

more than 3 years ago

Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games

Xzzy Re:FRIST POAST (637 comments)

You do get a lower price tag. 6 months after launch when you buy it for $5 in a Steam sale.

(I haven't paid full price for a game in three years because of Steam, thanks Valve!)

more than 3 years ago

Google+ Growing As a Social Backbone

Xzzy Still no google apps users, though. (267 comments)

It'd grow a little faster if Google would get off their butts and port Profiles over to Apps.

They've only been promising it's "right around the corner" for 2 years now.

more than 3 years ago

Full Bladder Improves Decision Making

Xzzy Also good for road trips. (229 comments)

It's also damn near impossible to fall asleep when you have to piss.

Drink lots of water on road trips, to the point you more or less constantly have to go, and you will never doze off.

more than 3 years ago

How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

Xzzy Re:Mods (704 comments)

Wish I had mod points (har har, no pun intended), because this is the way to go.

Get him into a FPS that has an active mod community (TF2 would be my pick, but it's far from the only option). Even just making maps for these games is a start.. scripting game events with entities in Quake/Source based games requires a lot of if/else logic and it's a very roundabout way to get someone thinking like a programmer. From there, they'll probably want to make new guns. This will naturally lead into making mods, which require "real" programming.

Other games that might work is Civ 4, WoW, or X3. All three have great support for mods via a scripting interface.

more than 4 years ago

Looking At Google's Flashified Chrome

Xzzy Re:Still has the same old problems (385 comments)

SSL renegotiation is still broken as well (under mac at least, haven't tried the others).

This is a deal breaker, if I can't use my certificates, I can't use the browser for work.

Is a shame, because I really like everything else about the browser.

more than 4 years ago

YouTube, Now In Text Mode!

Xzzy Re:Could have done it for real... (102 comments)

Is there any pattern for why some videos have the textp option, and others don't?

Maybe they only did it for popular videos? Because none of my uploads have the textp option.

more than 4 years ago

Did We Lose the Privacy War?

Xzzy The offensive part. (521 comments)

The thing that bugs me about being endlessly monitored and categorized is that it's never used to make my life better. It's only ever done to help some random corporation improve their profits by some fraction of a percentage.

If being tracked watching a TV show for a full season resulted in them going "hey, thanks for being a loyal viewer, have this X as a token of our appreciation", I wouldn't complain so much. It wouldn't necessarily have to be a material bonus, in this day and age they could simply grant access to some kind of insider info website. The possibilities are only limited by imagination.

But no. Everything I do gets dumped into a database and sold to the highest bidder. It serves no purpose but to try and get more money out of my wallet. Or if the government is involved, measure my odds of being a terrorist.

more than 4 years ago

Why "Running IT As a Business" Is a Bad Idea

Xzzy Re:Sounds like a cop-out for bad customer service (364 comments)

Really? Where I'm at, as IT gets progressively more like the exact thing TFA advises against, I think "customer service" is actually getting poorer.

Back in the day, users would send an email to IT to get stuff fixed. If the problem warranted, a discussion would develop, an agreement would be made, and work would be done.

Today, we have a faceless ticketing system where users are forced to fill in drop downs that categorize their problem, to make sure reporting is nice and easy for the management. If IT has to query the user, they're supposed to put this query through the ticketing system. Direct communication is becoming less and less desirable, as is customization. If a user asks for something special or unique, the response is almost always "we don't support that".

about 5 years ago

Mariners Develop High Tech Pirate Repellents

Xzzy Re:Why no guns (830 comments)

Yeah, 1 bullet isn't a risk to a ship.

Start cooking several thousand rounds of ammunition and you got a real problem. After a point those explosions are gonna add up to something big.

more than 5 years ago

Should Network Cables Be Replaced?

Xzzy Re:Gold plated baby! (524 comments)

Because new specs come out for the cables. There was cat 3, and cat 5, and cat 5e, and now cat 6 is out. They are all rated for increasing amounts of bandwidth.

I haven't yet come into a situation where this has been an issue though. I run gigabit over cat 5 constantly (despite claim that cat 5 is not rated for it), and have never had an increase in errors or interruptions. Which is what I think the OP was asking about.. are the new specifications really necessary?

In my experience, the answer is no.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

Xzzy Re:Unexplained Achievement "The Maker"? (1582 comments)

I'm going to guess whatever script he ran to scrub the database for achievements had some errors, and is improperly awarding them.

Which also means some people are missing achievements they should have.

Which says to me the whole thing is a big joke and will be gone tomorrow.

more than 5 years ago

Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More

Xzzy Re:In other words... (842 comments)

I think that's another concern. Who gets to decide whether a piece of software is an "application" or not? Of course it's gonna be Microsoft. What it says to me is you gotta pay Microsoft to get your software on their whitelist, which basically kills any "power user" tools for whoever this is sold to.

I could also see something happen where Firefox is considered an application.. but IE is not. And google chrome, with every tab being a new process? Congratulations on only being able to open three tabs.

I suspect this version will go unnoticed, like the Vista starter version did. Anyone who would buy it will just pirate the ultimate edition.

more than 5 years ago

Google, Circa 2001

Xzzy Re:Random searches (355 comments)

linux desktop viable (17,800) 196,000

Perhaps the best part is the top link in 2001 was arguing why the linux desktop is a good option.. and the top link today is why it has failed.

more than 6 years ago

Popup Study Confirms Most Users Are Idiots

Xzzy Wrong conclusion (568 comments)

I don't think this says as much about the users as it does the usability of our computers.

Computers are commodity items now, the days where nerds interested in technical details were the primary demographic are long gone. People just want to do their job and move on with life, they don't care about memory registers or malware they just want to not be interrupted.

It really illustrates how dialog boxes as a warning system are a flawed mechanic, we got this fancy computer with a fancy operating system, why can't it figure out the right thing to do when an application tries to access memory it's not supposed to?

Guess my point is if we put as much effort into error handling and/or malware detection as we do our whiz-bang graphics, it might not even be a problem anymore.

more than 6 years ago

The Inside Story On the San Francisco Network Hijacking

Xzzy Re:Is this really the case? (471 comments)

Never worked for the government, have you? ;)

Management is where people who are too incompetent for technical work go. No one gets fired, they get moved to different departments. As a last resort, they get assigned to 'special projects' for about a year in the hopes that everyone will forget what an imbecile they are, and will be safe to move back into the management structure.

more than 6 years ago


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