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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

axl917 Windows 7 + user-level access? (334 comments)

They won't be able to install a thing with a non-admin account.

about two weeks ago

Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

axl917 Re:Simple reason (225 comments)

Or even worse, the early adopters who hit right at the "netbook" craze.

We went with Chromebooks last year and more this year, but in 2010 ~100 netbooks were purchased. Win 7 Pro on an Atom processor with 2G memory wasn't a pretty sight.

about 2 months ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

axl917 Moms have been doing this for years. (205 comments)

> ...'pull-down conversation mirror' that lets drivers check on kids without turning around."

Back in the 70's, those mysterious "eyes in the back of the head" that'd always catch you when you were about to yank your sister's pigtails.

about 2 months ago

Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

axl917 Re:Yay DRM (93 comments)

Is Steam stopping me from playing the games I purchased? No? Then I don't really care. Steam doesn't get in my way, and is quite convenient for installing a game on multiple computers (plus I don't have to keep track of disks). Find something worth complaining about.

Yes Steam is probably the best, most consumer-friendly DRM distribution system around, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't care at all. Unless you are happy having all your games rendered unplayable if Steam goes offline / Valve goes out of business. In the scale of a year that's unlikely, but in 10? 50? Quite apart from the legitimate short-term disadvantages, I think in 50 years we will look back on this period of time in the same way we view the lack of archiving of television in the mid-20th century, as a massive unnecessary black hole in our cultural history.

In 50 years, I highly doubt you'd wish to come down from whatever advanced technology we will have to play games on x86 architecture, any more than I have a desire to dust off my Atari VCS and play pong.

about 4 months ago

EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

axl917 Private servers are alive and well (329 comments)

Google for "Molten WoW", they rake in so much via donors that they can pay actual coders to work on the emu software. The gameplay isn't nearly as robust and they are a full expansion behind, but last I looked there were still ~20,000 people across a half-dozen servers.

about 5 months ago

Thorium: The Wonder Fuel That Wasn't

axl917 Thorium is a real thing? (204 comments)

And here I thought it was just the step between mithril and fel iron.

about 5 months ago

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

axl917 Re:Will he still be an egomaniac? (193 comments)

Yes, Colbert is much, much more than the faux-O'Reilly persona he's affected in recent years. All the work he did on the Daily Show...I recall the "Even Steven" segment he did with Steve Carell was rather brilliant.

I feel a bit bad for Craig Ferguson. He's a great comic but his shtick is a bit out there at times, and much less scripted and structured than I think CBS wanted for the prime night-time slot

about 6 months ago

Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

axl917 that's it? (67 comments)

Short, and a shame I missed the call for question submissions, I was reading back when JMS was posting as the episodes aired, would've liked to get in a few reminisces.

about 6 months ago

Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

axl917 Re:Don't be so harsh ... (384 comments)

How is addition an "extra-ordinary level of math" ?

about 7 months ago

Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

axl917 I actually like leveling (253 comments)

You get to revisit old areas perhaps not seen in awhile, run mid-level battlegrounds where gameplay is different due to limited skillsets, and the like . I doubt I'll evne use the freebie 90 boost on a character.

about 7 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

axl917 Re:I no longer flash lights to warn of speed traps (457 comments)

I really hate to fall on "what if?" arguments,

Then don't.

I will if it suits my needs, sport.

Speeding isn't a right, so not warning oncoming drivers has no downside at all.

about 8 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

axl917 I no longer flash lights to warn of speed traps (457 comments)

I really hate to fall on "what if?" arguments, but I on the local radio here they have a lawyer ( shoutout to ) on to answer listener's legal questions, and one time one posed a question very much like the situation here. His response was, "what if the person you warn is actually doing something bad? "

What if they are driving drunk and the flash snaps a tiny bit of sense into them, long enough to slow down a bit and drive straight, but as soon as they pass the cop, are off and weaving again.

What if there's an Amber Alert in the area, and the guy you flash those beams to has a kid in the trunk? What if you prevented him from getting pulled over for speeding, when the cops would've seen or heard...

I know it's logically fallacious and one-in-a-million, but I couldn't live with myself if I found out something bad happened because of it. The only downside of not warning oncoming drivers is that maybe they get ticketed.

That I can live with.

about 8 months ago

Chefs Preview Surface Tension-Based Cocktail Garnishes

axl917 Wonderful news! (33 comments)

Surely this means that all world hunger and nutrition issues across the globe have been solved, now that corporations are pouring millions into 3D cocktail garnish R&D, right?

about 9 months ago

Japan To Create a Nuclear Meltdown

axl917 This is the premise (222 comments)

of, what, 8 dozen anime stories?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

axl917 Re:Suck it up, buttercup (383 comments)

Relax, sport, it was just a bit of sarcasm.

We handle things just fine. AD, Spiceworks, WSUS, and the like, many things that used to requite sneaker-net back in the day are either automated or can be addressed remotely.

If I could just get users to stop using their local Desktop as a cluttered filespace, life would be heaven. :)

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

axl917 Suck it up, buttercup (383 comments)

Here, we have 1,200 devices, 35-40-ish virtual servers, across 6 public schools, with 1 manager, 2 techs, and a secretary to run it.

I think of it as job security.

about 10 months ago

Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

axl917 Re:After five years... (655 comments)

...whatever you learned in school is already out of date...

Quite true, but as one of my professors said, "In this course, you will not learn how to code in Turbo Pascal*; you will learn how to learn to code, and then apply that to Turbo Pascal."

A good teacher can make all the difference to impressionable 18-yr-olds.

(*Yes, I am old)

about a year ago


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