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Prankster Jailbreaks Apple Store Display iPhone

archangel9 Re:Wrong? (318 comments)

Congressman, is that you?

Vandalism requires physical harm. The hardware is not damaged.

No, vandalism requires changing physical properties of something, but not necessarily harm. Spray painting my fence with gang signs isn't "harm", but it requires me to fork out $X to have it repainted, thus costing money to remedy.

Someone will no doubt say "oh, but they image those phones every night, so it doesn't matter." Well, even if I paint my fence yearly, why should it be defaced between paintings?

Dangit, I should have made a car reference.

more than 4 years ago
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The Recovery Disc Rip-Off

archangel9 Re:It's down to the cost of one disk? (551 comments)

It's easy in WIndows if you know what software to download, assuming that you know that you need to. On a Mac it's brain dead easy since the software is included.

Windows 7 lets you double-click on an ISO and it automatically comes up with built-in burning software. I do it all the time with Technet stuff and haven't had a bad image or a coaster yet.
Download ISO - double click - load DVD - click "burn" - done.

more than 4 years ago
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Glass Invisibility Cloak Shields Infrared

archangel9 Re:Goodness me! (115 comments)

how amazingly clever and original and humorous!" except that it wasn't (snip) ...on the plus side, at least it wasn't a ten thousandth iteration of a tired old Slashdot meme.

but I laughed at that post, you insensitive clod!

more than 4 years ago
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Crytek Dev On Fun vs. Realism In Game Guns

archangel9 Re:Captain obvious (324 comments)

A regular FPS shouldn't adopt this.

correct, mostly because of the large amount of ammo carried in regular FPS games. 700 rounds of 7.62mm, 500x5.56mm, 12 grenades, eight rockets, four medkits, (ad nauseum). I love running at full speed, jumping and strafing whilst carrying 230 lb of ammo, not including weapons, armor and a NAV system.

If I wanted realism, I would have joined the Corps years ago.

more than 4 years ago
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Warships May Get Lasers For Close-In Defense

archangel9 Re:Yeah. (482 comments)

So if the best defense is a good offense, we should simply strike first and not worry about defense.

After the first offensive, is every action by both sides thereafter defensive?

Just asking, don't get defensive or anything.

more than 4 years ago
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Warships May Get Lasers For Close-In Defense

archangel9 Re:Question... (482 comments)

it's far easier to slip a few lines of code into the simulation program so the attacking ships lower their shields. *crunches apple*

more than 4 years ago
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Warships May Get Lasers For Close-In Defense

archangel9 Re:Yeah. (482 comments)

wouldn't that be anti-missile offense?

more than 4 years ago
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Passwords That Are Simple — and Safe(?)

archangel9 Re:SImple non-dictionary passwords (563 comments)

from my original post:

say if you put that on a zip/rar archive

Reading is fundamental. I'm just pointing out the folly of a simple password.

more than 4 years ago
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Passwords That Are Simple — and Safe(?)

archangel9 Re:SImple non-dictionary passwords (563 comments)

simple six-letter passwords like ameski would be broken immediately by a brute force non-dictionary attack, say if you put that on a zip/rar archive. That is a case of something that is easy for the human brain to remember, but easy for a computer to solve. I would rather see J4m3$t1b3r1u$k1rk. Far easier to remember using substitution, and it meets the standards of most of the password policies out there. It could even be too long/complex for some websites, which has already been addressed in the thread.

more than 4 years ago
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Passwords That Are Simple — and Safe(?)

archangel9 Re:changing passwords frequently makes no sense (563 comments)

The solution is: 1) Find out what the problem is in the existing system that people are working around by sharing problems, and 2) Address that problem in a way that removes the incentive to share passwords.

Well put. Should be modded up. (the rest directed to monkeedude)
I have been managing small networks for about 13 years, and your post is exactly the problem. A relative "n00b" thinks they can dictate the way users work by putting a network in place and telling users to do it a certain way.

Well, that doesn't fly. In any small network, you have to look at the work flow and figure out what information these users need in order to complete their tasks. If Bob and Suzie need to share files, for goodness sake, map them an X: drive to a server, give them rights, and move on. Do it however you choose, script-wise, but do it. Use Groups. Plan your resources. This is Network Admin 101. Above all, work with the users, don't just think you're going to slap them on the wrist when they don't do it "your way".

Have you introduced this problem to your manager? What do they say? If your responses belong to your manager, then your manager doesn't have a great deal of experience in the IT field either. I'm not attempting to bash your post, but your entire point of view regarding management of the network should really be re-assessed. Some small network admins get those kinds of ideas in their heads and never let it go. My suggestion to you: let it go. Work with management to establish network documentation: Best Practices, Internet Usage, and a Policy and Procedure manual (see HR for help. yes, they are two completely different things). Establishing documentation will help the users better understand what's going on, even if they don't become immediately savvy. Working with the users to figure out their issues with the computer system will be a learning experience for you, too. Be open-minded and leave any defensive attitude at the door, as someone is bound to say something that you will want to take personally. Get past this phase of the network growth and you will reap the benefits.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?

archangel9 Re:didn't ask the right people (was: Re:Yes) (646 comments)

(For the record, I love PuTTY. But let's be honest...)

For the record, I love PuSSY because it looks way better on a glossy screen.

more than 4 years ago
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New Photos Show 'Devastating' Ice Loss On Everest

archangel9 Now I'm worried. (895 comments)

So Wall-E wasn't an instructional video?

more than 4 years ago
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AI Predicts Manhole Explosions In New York City

archangel9 It's all NY, NY. (213 comments)

Superman - Metropolis.

Batman - Gotham

Chicago never entered into it, except in your mind.

more than 4 years ago
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'Forest Bathing' Considered Healthful

archangel9 Re:What about the downsides? (252 comments)

I grew up in a small bear-farming village, a tiny population in a state with one of the lowest levels of bears, with no bear repellent whatsoever. I had absolutely terrible bear attacks, up to and including death, eyes glued shut due to "blood" (secretions), and the need for serious surgery that didn't really help much.

The best thing I ever did was move to a city, get bear repellent, and stay the fuck away from the bears, bears, and other bears that made my life a living hell. I didn't get bear attacks from living in the city as you so erroneously imply, I got them from being exposed to bears in the first place, and short of paving the planet, a large city with relatively few bears is in my experience an ideal environment for those who suffer from bear attacks, Manbearpig notwithstanding.

more than 4 years ago
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Roger Ebert Backs Down On Video Games As Art

archangel9 Re:To paraphrase Eddie Murphy... (265 comments)

and the white guy said to the Genie, "uhm, I'll have a Coke, then."

more than 4 years ago
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The Ignominious Fall of Dell

archangel9 you get what you pay for (604 comments)

In probably 2002 I had a late-night call on a SCSI controller for our DB server. The support alone was probably $3K. I called Platinum Support and immediately got Randy (yes, I still remember the name) who was a down home Texas boy. He was really knowledgeable, funny, and did the entire call with a dip in his mouth (so I naturally joined him). I had to call back a few more times for other stuff on the same support contract over the next few months and got Randy 4/5 times. I miss those days.

more than 4 years ago
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Statewide Franchise Illegal? Detroit Sues Comcast

archangel9 Re:Only game in town and ... (183 comments)

Considering the size of schools, wireless and DSL/cable would have bandwidth issues anyway. Even if it was a 30Mb cable modem, 75-100 active connections will probably saturate it. Even with a multi-WAN setup and vlan separation... but I digress. They hosed themselves when they didn't toss fiber in the pipes to begin with.

more than 4 years ago
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Statewide Franchise Illegal? Detroit Sues Comcast

archangel9 Re:Only game in town and ... (183 comments)

Wired service is better and there's no limit to how many spectrums you can have (1 whole spectrum per cable).

+1 obvious.

you're confusing usability with availability. P2P wireless may be slow/restricted, but it would take 2 years to get fiber to a series of schools, therefore slow/limited beats non-available every time.

isn't .gov working to expand wireless ranges available anyway, or is that just for mobile?(real question)

more than 4 years ago
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Statewide Franchise Illegal? Detroit Sues Comcast

archangel9 Re:Only game in town and ... (183 comments)

my brother in law is a Civil Engineer for the City of Detroit, and considering they only get 8-9 good months of project work in per year (read: frozen ground, too much snow) rolling out new fiber to Detroit would probably take far longer than it is worth. He has had a Water Main project to reroute supply near 17-18-19 mile, and it has taken the better part of three years.

What about towers and point-to-point wireless?

more than 4 years ago

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