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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Yew2 Re:Lucky Them (127 comments)

Good question, in fact Im just glad I dont play utopia anymore and actually talk to the 100+ msn messenger users with whom I used to game daily or Id be whining about msn too. For fsx I am referring to a requirement which is no longer available to be completed online, and for newer operating systems (8x) the install dll which is used to generate telephone activation is not discoverable by the software. In order to use this app whilst buying their new OS, at hundreds of dollars in cost between the two, I must engage support. But both of these scenarios anger me. Sincerely. This isnt just about how MS decides to discontinue one product or doesnt keep other products compatible with all previously released counterparts (while using various maneuvers to compel us to continually upgrade those other products) its about this idea that the software license is not only so much less than any trace of ownership but that its very use can be restricted/disabled at any time. I would hope that whether I directly make a purchase or indirectly fund a franchise like msn by using a free product that there be some assurances that the software we use never be taken away from us. I thought Skype would bridge that gap - and now this? I get it that app services have a cost and such, but people build social lives, businesses, daily routines into messaging software; and as far as expensive games or other products - they have no labeling that states "this may not work very well in 5-10 years, beware" I certainly dont expect ownership when I make a software purchase or create an account but if something is going to be only available to me for a limited time I want to know up front. Sure nothing lasts forever but 5, 10, 15 years? Think about the other purchases we make. These time frames are just too short imo.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Yew2 Lucky Them (127 comments)

it only took 7 years before Flight Simulator couldnt be activated properly in newer versions of windows. Is it time for another discussion of what paying for software means to the development company vs. consumer? F%ckwads

about 4 months ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

Yew2 Re:Hamas are Terrorists (402 comments)

terror is a tactic, not an ism dude. never judge a man till you walk a kilometer in his shoes.

about 5 months ago
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Dragon Quest X Can Now be Played Outside of Japan

Yew2 Edit please? dont wanna lose yellow rate :) (2 comments)

Edit: The first italicized paragraph should have this appended: In fact, some have wanted the game so much that they’ve been using VPNs or IP Proxies to access the game. It’s about to get a whole lot easier, however, as Square Enix has removed the IP block for the game.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Yew2 If its an isolated network... (348 comments)

eg. offline - no internet connection - then I wouldnt worry about not having an operating system/software firewall enabled on the 2 systems. Heck, even if you had a linksys giving them shared internet access it could even prevent the RPC worms and stuff from getting in. The day you start surfing on them or otherwise let the internet in then its horrible practice to go without a good edge firewall on that connection; but if the network is entirely offline I wouldnt worry about it. In the larger networks firewalls are independent devices; we no use software firewalls. Oh no..

about 5 months ago
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Utility Wants $17,500 Refund After Failure To Scrub Negative Search Results

Yew2 Did we all miss the point? (110 comments)

Im a little disappointed in these comments! I dont see anyone complaining that a utility is even spending money on this sorta thing, much less a publicly owned utility....did I miss the part where we started enjoying abuses from the mono/duopolies to which we are all conscripted?? From the rich right down to the poorest or poor in our citizenry, we all pay for utilities, one way or another. It could even be argued that the brand of gravy fed the homeless is one slot cheaper because soup kitchens pay these bills too. Has the world gone mad?? Since when can a public resource use funds in this way? Where is the outrage? Where is the inquisition? I would even go so far as to say even were this service offered for free of charge to this utility that they are engaging in a cover-up! Fraud! Deceit! Pitchfork, anyone? Hello? Anyone?

about 5 months ago
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Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

Yew2 This is part of their job (238 comments)

Hats off to google - but not really. This is what they do. This is what I have come to expect from every other ISP until this nonsense with Netflix paying that ridiculous ransom. These big old companies have been laughing all the way to the bank having sold all these speed tiers and now that we are more fully utilizing the service - and at the expense of their other business divisions - its become a tool of extortion. Instead of optimizing their traffic flows (for the benefit of all) they are holding this simple engineering work as a hostage. Regional interconnects used to just do this with a service request.

about 7 months ago
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Watch the FCC Vote On Net Neutrality Live At 10:30am Eastern

Yew2 Only four freedoms??? (90 comments)

I count a lot more just on these 2 screens

about 7 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

Yew2 This guy is an idiot (347 comments)

More tech predictions from MBAs. Why is /. repeating this crap?

about 8 months ago
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Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

Yew2 Re:Smert Shpionam! (147 comments)

Smient Spionum u mean?

about 9 months ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

Yew2 Re:This is why we can't have nice tihngs... (228 comments)

yea, bankers never again stopped giving loans to snatch up cheap real estate anymore....cmon all due respect, youll need to do a lot more to convince me bankers (and their counterparts in industry and government) have any less control over the proverbial faucet. Scarcity of access to our currency can be engineered in so many more ways in a debt backed system - you listed most of them - than ever before. I dont think its simply about the currency anymore. ftr, i never liked the idea of bitcoin either

about 9 months ago
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

Yew2 wow (256 comments)

if only developers fixed glitches this fast.....or any other governments for that matter

about 9 months ago
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L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

Yew2 Re:"Must accept harmful interference..." (158 comments)

not when youre paying $2 for it on ebay and its coming in zillions of tiny packages one at a time

about 10 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

Yew2 PLEASE LOOK UP SCHIZOPHRENIA (209 comments)

I so hate when people confuse it with multiple personality disorder. And so do I!

about a year ago
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Judge Rules BitTorrent Cases Must Be Tried Separately

Yew2 Re:Well thats a first (60 comments)

Yea - wasnt it found that many/most pirates are among the most profitable consumers of the very material they share? I know for my part I already somehow paid for the bulk of anything i piratdid back in the day (harf) and still spend tons of money on IP.

about a year ago
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Western Australian Sharks Send Tweets To Swimmers

Yew2 Re:Wow... (75 comments)

yea where is the next gen hypersensitive sonar or freaking drones flying the perimeter of swimming areas! fy fan...

about a year ago
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Helicopter Rescue For All Passengers Aboard Antarctic Research Ship

Yew2 Re:Global warming. (168 comments)

Its called climate change because of the unpredictable events. Perhaps you would like to consult a scientist? I wont ridicule you like those that claimed it was a myth when Las Vegas got snow in the summer time, but trust me - they got it good.

about a year ago
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CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

Yew2 Re:Wonder why NSA didn't go to Fox network first ? (504 comments)

They probably figured it would be less 'obvious' if the so-called liberal media supported them instead of the 'obviously' biased Foxnooze.

1 year,3 days

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EDIT SUBMISSION PLEASE - lol i left out the punch line

Yew2 Yew2 writes  |  about 5 months ago

Yew2 (1560829) writes "Edit: The first italicized paragraph should have the following two sentences appended to it immediately following and you have a recipe for a frenzy. In fact, some have wanted the game so much that they’ve been using VPNs or IP Proxies to access the game. It’s about to get a whole lot easier, however, as Square Enix has removed the IP block for the game."
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Dragon Quest X Can Now be Played Outside of Japan

Yew2 Yew2 writes  |  about 5 months ago

Yew2 (1560829) writes "From Hardcore Gamer:

It’s safe to assume that the gaming community in North America wants to play Dragon Quest X. After all, it combines the joy of MMORPGs with the awesomeness that is Dragon Quest. Add to that the pent of demand we have for a new Dragon Quest and you have a recipe for a frenzy.

Online petitions begging for localization have been springing up everywhere since the game first released in Japan on the Wii in August 2012. As the first MMORPG in the series, Square-Enix has since added support for the WiiU, PC, Android, iPhone, iPad and very recently Nintendo 3DS. As actual translations and platform porting may not be so pricey, a release outside Japan would likely require adding server and network infrastructure which requires capital and operating funds Square-Enix or a partner has yet to lay out.

In the mean time there is quick start login guide for the English speaking world here with corresponding pictures here to help enthusiasts get the PC version installed and logged in via a yahoo.co.jp account to play the free trial version. Controller and keyboard settings are here and Chrome gives a decent translation. Ingame translations are summarized here for the Wii version but are generally the same in the PC version. Enjoy!"
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LGBT Activist Arrested Under Russian Anti-Gay Propaganda Law in Sochi

Yew2 Yew2 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Yew2 (1560829) writes "Various media outlets are reporting that Vladimir Luxuria, Italy's first out transgendered elected official, has been arrested in Sochi. According to the McClatchy Washington Bureau, Vladimir Luxuria was allegedly arrested after holding a rainbow colored banner that said 'Gay is OK' in Russian. Luxuria took a photo, holding the banner, outside of Olympics' Medal Park. She put the picture on Twitter."
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Do Republicans Really Love Obamacare?

Yew2 Yew2 writes  |  about a year ago

Yew2 (1560829) writes "As one of the most read articles on foxnews.com in the last 24 hours, this opinion piece seems to be squarely in support of the ACA and opines this last ditch effort to defund it was critical to the GOP to prevent it from becoming a mainstay like Social Security and Medicare.

Republicans know what polls show — that most Americans don’t know what’s in ObamaCare, but when told what the law actually includes, a strong majority support the law. Once state health insurance exchanges take effect, and premiums for all Americans go down, Republicans know the law will only become more popular and harder to repeal.

#CAN SOMEONE DO THE HTML PLEASE? IM NET OPS, I H8 CODING ANYTHING!! (but i know how to comment out hostfiles ofc :) )"

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Neverwet Brings Superhydrophobic Tech To Everyone for $20

Yew2 Yew2 writes  |  about a year ago

Yew2 (1560829) writes "After a two year wait, Rust-Oleum’s NeverWet – an invention of Ross Nanotechnology (great business name, Ross) – has just hit shelves in the States.

It is “a family of super hydrophobic coating that completely repels water and heavy oils,” and you can buy it online here for $20 a can."

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Bradley Manning Audio Leaked

Yew2 Yew2 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Yew2 (1560829) writes "Despite onerous Army rules prohibiting recording of the Manning hearings at Ft. Meade, Maryland, the recently formed Freedom of the Press Foundation published anonymously sourced audio of Manning’s full plea allocution on Tuesday, allowing the world for the first time to hear the crisp voice of the 25-year-old Army private as he details his leaking of thousands of Army field reports and a quarter-million State Department diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks."
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8000 Hoodie March Broadcast Live

Yew2 Yew2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Yew2 writes "Significant turnout over shooting of Trayvon Martin, NYers are marching, hoodies and all, in protest of not just the killing itself but the stereotype that may have precipitated it. Regardless of the facts that have or may come out in this case, I grew up in the 80s and not only were they not called hoodies in my day (or mostly ever since) but in my opinion never really even fell into any stereotype with anything perceived as negative or hoodlum-esque, rather a convenient piece of clothing. The far right are connecting this clothing with mischief. Didnt we go through this with baggy pants, high tops and going back to dad's generation, pointy shoes??"
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Ask Slashdot: How to escape the admin vs. engineer classifications

Yew2 Yew2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Yew2 (1560829) writes "When I entered the field of systems administration around the turn of the century, training in both network infrastructure AND enterprise hardware/software was all but necessary to be competitive. Like many in my generation I attained a CCNA as well as an MCSE and have always considered both sets of skills invaluable. Fast forward 13 years and 100+ clients and I am getting resume feedback like "seems more of a Cisco professional than MS" and "appears to have only a passing familiarity with many technologies" instead of seeing both sides of the skill set for what it is. I get that nowadays smaller companies are bringing infrastructure in-house with specialists and that larger companies have always segregated network "admins" from network "engineers" but for the sake of argument lets say that you have extensive skills in both arenas and are attempting a job opportunity focused on one or the other. Do you think the C word cancels out the M word on a resume or CV? How do you prove proficiency for the position while ensuring that other side of you is only seen as "in addition to" the relevant experience? Would a slashdotter even keep separate resumes with one skill set emphasized on each? Turn-of-the-century admins must know what I mean, have you experienced this? Having read a few hundred resumes myself my turnoffs include long lists of products and versions or resumes peppered with key-word matches to my requirements and the engineer vs. admin labels have made me wonder if other slashdotters have advice or success shedding them without such turnoffs. What do slashdotters think of engineers and sysadmins as being from different planets and how a "hybrid" is to communicate his skill set without either tailoring it to each job request — is that disingenuious or is that the answer — or expanding it to include every config and hotfix in his past? ...and FTR, I'm definitely more of a MS guy but don't hold that against me!"

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