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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

Zantetsuken Re:Business as usual for US justice (173 comments)

No - BP was under fire because when the part (or multiple components) failed, alarms went off. The oil rig team in charge of responding to those alarms went "God those things are annoying and nothing is ever wrong when they go off, just disable the alarms."

The next time the alarms were supposed to go off, they could not because they were disabled, so nobody responded to an alarm that did not sound.


Also, congrats on getting me to log-in for something worth of commenting on for the first time in ages.

about 2 months ago

PC Games To Watch For In 2013

Zantetsuken Re:GTA V - No PC version (280 comments)

It'd be funny if it weren't true.

I bought GTA4 on DVD, and had to make a "Games for Windows LIVE" account and "Rockstar Social Club" account and sign into both of those just to launch the game. At that point in time I hadn't gotten into Steam very much, but I remember thinking "Wow, it must really suck for the people that bought on Steam, that makes a 3rd account to sign into just to launch GTA4"

I don't know which was worse, that or buying non-Valve games on CD/DVD in store only to go home and it has to download 4GB from Steam...

Which all makes perfect sense now that I pretty much only buy games on Steam.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Steeply Raising Enterprise Licensing Fees

Zantetsuken Re:How to treat a loyal customer (571 comments)

Keep in mind that some workplaces prefer a paid solution with support for the sole reason that if a nightmare scenario comes up, you can always blame the vendor you bought it from.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 RTM Benchmarked

Zantetsuken Re:Their Conclusions (398 comments)

Unless its the ARM version, which doesn't even support GPO. I'm sure corporate IT departments will be super willing to allow that on their networks/domain

Zdnet article or just google "windows 8 rt gpo"

more than 2 years ago

MSFT Reaches Out To Hackers: 'Do Epic $#!+'

Zantetsuken Re:what !@#$% is the point??? (249 comments)

Exactly - they've had research group that does the exact same thing as this for the past 20 years.

It's coincidentally called "Microsoft Research" - and every cool thing that everybody from Microsoft's own OS engineers to *nix and BSD people think are a good ideas, which their management promptly kills, because "it doesn't push MS Office or Internet Explorer (basically insert other MS product here)" onto corporate IT and home users more.

more than 2 years ago

MSFT Reaches Out To Hackers: 'Do Epic $#!+'

Zantetsuken DeeDeeDee filter editor! (249 comments)

Because in this instance, it is not about being prude or politically correct. It is because as other people have pointed out, it's more "hip and "kickin" to use a curseword and censor it, particularly masking it with fake "L33T" characters.

If anybody involved in writing the article or submitting it to slashdot actually cared about "keeping those evil, satanic cursewords from the eyes of the children" they would have simply written it to not include them in the first place.

Also, retarded lameness filter is retarded. Here's sme more random crap to make this post go through...

more than 2 years ago

Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It

Zantetsuken Re:Why are user numbers so different? (665 comments)

Also, ask them why they use whatever they are using. You'll probably hear a lot of "Software X? Whats that?" or "I don't wanna have to migrate all my settings/bookmarks/learn something new in life"

This doesn't apply to just web-browsers or software either...

more than 2 years ago

Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It

Zantetsuken Re:Forced Upgrades? (665 comments)

Seems like somebody should try and actually make their response to this... actually useful and constructive?

The separate processes for each tab is EXACTLY what makes Chrome superior.

While my desktop is a 4x core Phenom 2 w/ 4GB of RAM, my laptop that mostly sits around (as I have not needed to refresh it since I don't really need a laptop right now) is a Gateway ultra-light from 2006 - Core Solo ULV (1st gen Core series, single core, 1.3GHz) w/ 1GB of RAM.

I have a minimalist Debian installation on it running Openbox, WICD, and Chrome - not much else, so that it keeps resources free for actually using it. Chrome runs great, the only thing that chokes it up is if I try to load anything with Flash video (Youtube, etc) and generally I can open as many tabs as I want. And when it does freeze, the browser GUI is still useable to close whatever page does have a flash video loaded.

Firefox 3.x (that was the last time I had Firefox on that system, about 1.5 years ago?) would choke up just from loading 5 or more tabs - without flash on them. Whats worse, is that on Firefox, when it did freeze, it took the whole interface down with it. There are reasons that Firefox and everybody else is trying to play catch-up to Chrome and include process isolation.

Also, most web-browsers tend to access web-pages - on the internet... the HDD is really only used for caching pages (and images, etc on them) locally. Why would you think that

...all these processes are fighting with one another to get HDD access

need massive amounts of HDD I/O at all? And how did this even get marked "insightful"?

I see so many comments on articles about Chrome (not just on this one article either) about "I'm not going to switch just to jump on the Chrome bandwagon!" - its not about jumping on any bandwagon, its that at the moment (and for the past few years now) Chrome really is a better experience.

more than 2 years ago

Trolling Al Qaeda... For Peace?

Zantetsuken Re:Right (207 comments)

Which works right up until they tell the people they are preaching to "Look! See, I told you they would try to make us look stupid, its because they hate us!"

OTOH, I guess you've gotta try what you can - and if at least the semi-intelligent on up see that the recruiter was dumb enough to fall for a troll, they'll loose faith. As long as they don't use this to recruit, say 3 or 4 times the people who didn't join up...

more than 2 years ago

Japanese 13-Year-Old Arrested For Virus Creation

Zantetsuken Re:He created a shortcut (150 comments)

Depending on the definition, a lot of simple administrative stuff built into modern OS'es would qualify as a virus.

user@host $ ssh hostb "uname -n"

MS Powershell 2.0 (Vista and up)
PS C:\users\user> invoke-command -credential username -computername hostb -ScriptBlock {get-content env:computername}

more than 2 years ago

First Firefox Mobile OS Phones Announced

Zantetsuken Re:What problem does this solve? (116 comments)

give-aways to entice people into an over-priced 2-year data contracts

It solves the problem of where carriers are required (due to their pockets) to 2x profits every year but claim huge net losses. It solves the problem of their networks being so utterly congested that they have to move to tiered data to make you use less data, so that they can push more VCast streaming video, crappy carrier branded GPS navigation (when you've got the already really good and free Google one), and now where the entire UI and home screen is constantly being re-downloaded.

more than 2 years ago

Valve Unveils Steam For Schools, Portal In the Classroom

Zantetsuken Re:For games? Or Educational content? (83 comments)

It doesn't have to be just games that it distributes.

Even the normal Steam client lets you view embedded video, or download video as its own "store" item. Also, since a game is just another type of program, you could deliver other applications as well, such as the training simulators used in MCSE books, custom testing programs that some classes insist on using, editor applications such as Notepad++, GIMP, etc.

I think the biggest benefit of this would be giving the teachers a trusted software repository where they can tell their students to just go download it through the SteamEDU client, and not have to worry about them going to an impostor site and getting a school computer infected with malware (because obviously nobody knows how to ask for a rebuild of that system from the school's IT dept).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

Zantetsuken Re:KDE is not what I want. (818 comments)

While I do like KDE4, GNOME2, and XFCE - my personal secondary system is a Core Solo ULV with 1GB of RAM from 2006, and was barely fast enough for WinXP.

I've been using a relatively bare-bones Debian 6 with OpenBox install for a while now - install just the basic CLI and apt-get, then install X, OpenBox, Nitrogen (wallpaper configurator GUI), FBPanel (for taskbar), WICD (WiFi configurator), and I if I remember SlimDM (login manager). Chrome is generally really good for web-browsing since it seems the only thing that really brings it down is Flash on webpages.

more than 2 years ago

Inside the Death of Palm and WebOS

Zantetsuken Re:Palm didn't die then (188 comments)

I think HP collects dying hardware companies for some voodoo ritual.

voodoopc.com? (one of HP's "high-end" desktop brands)

more than 2 years ago

KDE Announces 4.9 Beta1 and Testing Initiative

Zantetsuken Re:kubuntu? (134 comments)

Disclaimer: I still haven't used Arch

The "bleeding" in part doesn't apply though if you can apply updates and it not break things or freak out because something requires newer libraries than the repos have (and thats with just the default repos) - all you have then is a distro thats on the edge, not the "bleeding, cut my wrists, edge"

more than 2 years ago

TomTom Flames OpenStreetMap

Zantetsuken Re:Screw you, TomTom (345 comments)

Google Maps had the roads, but even the most recent update of TomTom did not.

more than 2 years ago

China Approves Google Motorola Mobility Merger

Zantetsuken Re:The article was updated (78 comments)

Its been said enough already, but it's in Google's best interest to keep it open anyway. They make money on the number of people looking at ads, rather than pure profit of just the hardware.

more than 2 years ago

Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

Zantetsuken Re:RHEL 5 (960 comments)

This is Red Hat you're talking about here, if they wanted something like that to work they would have gone with Debian - but oh, that doesn't have "Enterprise Support" which only means that you are paying so that if something goes wrong, you get to blame it on Red Hat

more than 3 years ago

How To Catch a Laptop Thief?

Zantetsuken Re:Hate to say it... (485 comments)

The OP apparently doesn't even know why he installed LogMeIn in the first place. From the LogMeIn website:

Key Features Remote Control Your Computer Access your desktop from anywhere. Wake-On-LAN Start a sleeping computer on LAN. PC or Mac compatible Anytime, anywhere remote access.

It does this by installing their remote desktop client on the host to remote into, proxies through their servers over regular HTTP / port 80, and also features a web based control/viewer. The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia

Users access remote desktops using either the LogMeIn Ignition stand-alone application or a web portal. The web portal requires either an ActiveX plugin for Internet Explorer, or an extension for Firefox (the LogMeIn plug-in for Firefox), or an extension for Safari (the LogMeIn plug-in for Safari), failing that it falls back to requiring Java in order to run a Java program,[3] and failing that it falls back to "a screen-shot based HTML remote control".[4] The web portal also provides status information for the remote computers and, optionally, remote computer management functions.

So he has all the remote desktop capabilities in the world he could want. All he needs to do is setup a script to take photos whenever the lid is opened, and check on the browser cookies to see what web-sites the thief is going to. Even if the Apple camera application doesn't support this, I'm sure there are plenty of F/LOSS camera applications that would.

Basically, he needs to do what this DEFCON hacker did. Failing all of that, he could provide the S/N and other info to the Vancouver PD and Apple, so that if the thief attempts taking it to an Apple store to have it wiped (and removing LogMeIn by doing so) if they follow their processes and check the S/N, they should see it is a stolen laptop...

more than 3 years ago

Psystar Loses Appeal In Apple Case

Zantetsuken Re:They didn't need good lawyers (258 comments)

No. The GPL does NOT prevent you from downloading the software and not being able to install it. It prevents you from downloading and then redistributing it without making an offer for the source code. While they do not have to package the source with the binary download, they have to be able to give you the source for the program. The developer is allowed to charge a fee that makes sense to cover the costs of the CD or server bandwidth.

Also, a developer is allowed to charge for the binary, but again has to provide source to anybody that paid for the license to the binary. This means they do not have to provide source free of charge to anybody off the street just because they want the application for free.

The GPL isn't about restricting what the end user can do with the application, it's about preventing people and corporations from taking F/LOSS code that a lot of people worked on for free, or even paid developers by companies like Red Hat from having their code stolen by "Hypothetical Evil Company X" to be rebranded and sold for the profit of said evil company and not only not returning a dime of it to the original and rightful developers, but also to keep the application open for development by other people.

more than 3 years ago


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