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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

alanthenerd Re:Redundant keys (665 comments)

The reasoning I always understood to use the Ctrl-Alt-Del for login/unlocking was that it was difficult to hook so if you pressed it you were certain that what you were then typing your password into was an actual login screen rather than some application that looked like the login screen that was designed to steal your password.

about a year ago

Does Grammar Matter Anymore?

alanthenerd Re:It's like this. (878 comments)

...disdain for the receiver, wether intentional or not.

Whether. Or was that intentional?

more than 2 years ago

UK ISPs Ordered To Block Pirate Bay

alanthenerd Agreed (188 comments)

Music lobby group, the BPI, welcomed the move, saying music creators 'deserve to be paid for their work just like everyone else'

I agree. It's just unfortunate that when you buy mainstream music only a very tiny percentage goes to the music creators. Most of it goes to record label fat cats and towards lobbying for shit like this ban.

more than 2 years ago

Server Names For a New Generation

alanthenerd Re:Functional (429 comments)

If the server is suitable to be used for more than one purpose then each purpose should be in its own virtualised environment which will have its own purpose defined name.

With how easy virtualisation is these days there is no need to go mixing different functions within the same os environment which can cause all sorts of random problems as different software reacts with each other. Separate them out using virtualisation making it easy to move to new hardware, easy to retire old things no longer needed, easy to re-image if some software plays up.

more than 2 years ago

Early Ivy Bridge Benchmark: Graphics Performance Greatly Improved

alanthenerd GPU Performance (146 comments)

Does GPU performance matter? Are people using integrated graphics for graphics intensive things? It seems to me that integrated graphics performance has more than exceeded that required for normal desktop graphics for a while and anyone who is doing anything seriously graphically intensive is using a discrete graphics card. Am I wrong?

more than 2 years ago

The IT Certs That No Longer Pay Extra

alanthenerd Re:Good, Because Certs Are Worthless (267 comments)

(...example? Clicking "cancel" when Task Scheduler demands a password in Server 2k8 will lock out an AD account in a hurry. Neat little bug, but one of the zillions of subtle things a sysadmin would know, but an MCSA would not.)

My sysadmin experience says that would lock out the account because you have set up a task to run as an account but not provided a password for that account. Therefore when the task tries to run the password the task scheduler provides (null) does not match the account password. Or do you mean there is actually some bug that causes the account to get locked simply by clicking cancel?

more than 2 years ago

Can Ubuntu Linux Consume Less Power Than Windows?

alanthenerd Re:Did they use the xfree ati / nv drivers or the (225 comments)

You're getting confused by regular tubes. The Internet is made of special tubes that have an infinite number of sides. It's because there are so many sides it looks like it only has one side like regular tubes so it is an easy mistake to make.

more than 3 years ago

Australia's 2 Largest ISP's Start Censorsing the Web

alanthenerd Re:Wait until the list is leaked. (133 comments)

Plus if you don't change they will think that their actions are acceptable. If at the point you contact them to cancel their service you tell them why and enough other people do likewise they may realise that filtering isn't acceptable and stop doing it.

more than 3 years ago

FBI Seizes Servers In Virginia

alanthenerd Re:Restore from backup? (405 comments)

This would seem to be the case as DigitalOne can't even get their own website back online.
It's pretty good going of the FBI to completely disable a companies ability to operate just to get the data of one of their clients.

more than 3 years ago

In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed

alanthenerd Re:EVE is terrible. (145 comments)

Except to level up the particular skills required per ship class can be as simple as:
1. Log in
2. Set skill training
3. Log out and go do something else until the skill finishes training

With the ability to now queue skills to train so long as the last one to start fits within a 24 hour skill queue length there is no longer a need to log in for skill training more than once per day. The last time I actively played was probably a year ago and yet I haven't missed a single second of "levelling up" in that time. No hours of grinding away doing repetitive tasks in order to level up as many other MMOs do.

more than 3 years ago

How a Leather Cover Crashes the Kindle

alanthenerd Re:Yikes! (280 comments)

I bet he gets lots of readings at about 2 meg-ohms. Reminds me of this guy I know who when he got his first multimeter thought the thing was faulty when he got sparks trying to test the voltage of a battery "with it on the A setting."

more than 4 years ago

Animal Farms Are Pumping Up Superbugs

alanthenerd Re:Growth? What? (551 comments)

Because otherwise they would be slaughtered which tends to impede further growth?

more than 4 years ago

MS Design Lets You Put Batteries In Any Way You Want

alanthenerd Re:And in other news... (453 comments)

Indeed. I looked at the pictures in TFA (read it, you're kidding right?) and found myself thinking, "What was that thing I had when I was a kid that had contacts that looked like that?"

more than 4 years ago

RealNetworks To Introduce a Simple DVD Copier

alanthenerd Re:Slashvertisement (244 comments)

If your looking for simplicity FairUse Wizard (www.fairusewizard.com) is pretty good.
It's been a while since I used it but I remember it being easy and quick with good output.

more than 6 years ago


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