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Blue Light of Death Plagues PlayStation 4

bignetbuy Glitch? GLITCH? (309 comments)

That's a little more than a "glitch" when the unit don't play games, display output, or otherwise do what it's supposed to do.

about a year ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Apologizes for Trademark Action Against Fix Ubuntu

bignetbuy Re:too little, too late (196 comments)

Quit being such a drama queen. The company screwed up. He screwed up. Everybody apologized. Life goes on. One mistake does not a Microsoft make.

about a year ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

bignetbuy Re:Yeah, right ... (734 comments)

That's no damned excuse. This kind of behavior by children is unacceptable. If the parents neglect their duties then law enforcement has to step in. So now my tax dollars are paying for your neglectful parents. :(

about a year ago
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Why DOJ Didn't Need a "Super Search Warrant" To Snoop On Fox News' E-mail

bignetbuy Re: Not News to Fox (330 comments)

Nonsense. Rosen reported that the DPK was going to detonate another nuke. That isn't sensitive material. Rosen didn't go into the means and methods in his reporting. Just that a detonation was coming up. BFD..

about a year and a half ago
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Why We Should Celebrate Snapchat and Encourage Ephemeral Communication

bignetbuy Re:The Slashdot Trifecta (140 comments)

You've got my vote. Where can I send my slashdot subscription fee?

about a year and a half ago
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Why We Should Celebrate Snapchat and Encourage Ephemeral Communication

bignetbuy Did Snapchat write this story? (140 comments)

This "stories" has all the hallmarks of some marketing dribble written by Snapchat. It has the right buzzwords, is full of itself, and touts some silly app as the future of the Internet.

When did Slashdot sell its soul and start accepting stories from companies?

about a year and a half ago
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Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

bignetbuy Re:Brain Dead Action Trumps Philosophy & Ethic (514 comments)

JJ Abrams tell Jon Stewart that "he never liked Star Trek" on The Daily Show. Well, now he's had a chance to kill it by turning it 100% into a modern day blockbuster action flick and shirking any attempt to tackle an interesting philosophical or ethical dilemma as the main plot. As the modern reemergence of comic book and super hero movies have shown, those films are a dime a dozen that anyone can do. Tackling something deeper while still holding our attention is the hard part. The Watchmen was a good candidate for it but fell short. I'm sure JJ Abrams would rather cover up the complicated parts that question good versus evil with another lens flare.

Where are the mod points when you need them? You hit the problem squarely on the head with the JJ Abrams reboots. Star Trek has been reduced to an action flick. Something that will be forgotten in a month. A lot of action, pretty visuals, with a big fat void in the middle. I've seen both now and they are utterly forgettable.

about a year and a half ago
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Drones: Coming Soon To the New Jersey Turnpike?

bignetbuy Re:Okay, enough is enough (249 comments)

Ok, so you can buy a portable EMP that can impact electronics 1-2M away. Assuming you upped the power source enough to reach that Reaper drone at anywhere from 10k to 50k high, you might be good to go. Of course, you'd probably need a full-sized tractor trailer to haul the power supply.

As for shooting them, if a drone is flying at 100m, yes, it might be vulnerable to small-arms fire. Though, with your shotgun, you'd probably only get one shot before the drone, moving at an average of 200mph, is out of range.

Then again, most drones, at least the ones the public has seen in combat, aren't stupid enough to fly so low.

about a year and a half ago
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Drones: Coming Soon To the New Jersey Turnpike?

bignetbuy Re:Okay, enough is enough (249 comments)

The problem is the average citizen can't, legally, get his/her hands on some SAMs. Plus, do you know how much a Stinger costs on the second-hand market? There is the whole import problem too. A directional EMP (if there is such a thing) would probably rank in the top ten list of weapons Joe Citizen is NOT allowed to own. Shooting them isn't an option either. Most are too high, too fast, and shooting at them with automatic weapons would draw massive amounts of attention.

Passive measures are probably the best we've got for now. Safety in numbers. Do your naughty business in cities or underground.

about a year and a half ago
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US DOJ Say They Don't Need Warrants For E-Mail, Chats

bignetbuy Hard pressed to disagree (457 comments)

Cue the flamebait accusations....

I'm can't disagree with the U.S. Government's position on this one. If data is sent via the Internet, the world's biggest public network, and isn't encrypted, then why should anybody need anything to read it? Unreasonable search and seizure doesn't apply when one person is talking to another person on a street corner...or on the world's biggest public network.

Encrypt your messages and then an argument can be made for 4th Amendment violations.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook To Introduce Video Ads

bignetbuy The ultimate slap in the face (180 comments)

When Joe User exceeds his monthly data plan, he has to pay more just for the privilege of viewing a video ad...to access his own Facebook page.

about a year and a half ago
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Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords

bignetbuy Re:Progress and Innivation (234 comments)

You're probably more right than you realize. Fedora Project has taken an odd turn over the last 2-3 releases. This password masking issue is only the latest of "change because we can" versus "change because it's broken" attitude.

about a year and a half ago
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Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords

bignetbuy Re:Arrogant maintainers... (234 comments)

How the hell did you get marked Insightful? Go install Fedora while sitting at your desk in your cubicle at work...the same cubicle where people can walk up behind you and YOU WONT EVEN KNOW IT. Sysadmins don't have to live in the server room just to install an OS these days. .

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Reportedly Preparing Massive Layoff

bignetbuy Bizarro World (286 comments)

So, profits are down and the answer is to lay off the people who bring in the profits? Or the people who build the products that make the money?

How is this right in any sense of the word? Instead of spot layoffs to raise the stock price a few cents, AMD should be focusing on beating the tar out of Intel, Nvidia, and ARM manufacturers. Or wondering why AMD doesn't have a chip that can drive a tablet?

more than 2 years ago
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Demonoid Down For a Week, Serving Malware Laden Ads

bignetbuy Re:Who was going to sites like Demonoid... (144 comments)

How long have you been downloading "warez"? A year? There was a time when the keygens bundled with apps included trojans. When "legit OS" versions were modified to load a trojan AND access an IRC channel where it sat...waiting to be abused. When opening a PDF or CHM would cause the computer to open browser windows to ad-infested sites AND click on those ads so the malware author got paid. Etc...etc...etc...

That you've never encountered a virus or trojan doesn't mean they aren't out there...it just means your experience is rather limited.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

bignetbuy Re:you can track your laptops (514 comments)

You're assuming the perp plugs in the laptop to his network. Why would he do that? Network access isn't needed when wiping laptops. Just pop in a bootable CD or USB flash drive, wait a few minutes, and laptop has been wiped.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?

bignetbuy Re:you can track your laptops (514 comments)

What happens when the perp wipes the hard drive? Barring some BIOS magic, your software just disappears. That's the first thing I do when I steal laptops.

about 3 years ago
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Netflix CEO Comments On Recent Decisions

bignetbuy Re:convenience over quality (360 comments)

You claim to have tested video and audio quality but deleted your account "in minutes" within opening it? That was some test

about 3 years ago
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Half Life of a Tech Worker: 15 Years

bignetbuy Uncanny (473 comments)

Was all set to blast the article with examples of old people in IT...but realized my own IT career ended when I was 38yo.

about 3 years ago

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Vista cracks me up

bignetbuy bignetbuy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Microsoft decided to move the ICMP controls for the Windows Firewall in Vista. Why? I couldn't find a damned reason for it. They took the ICMP controls and moved them into some "advanced" MMC panel. Oh...and get this...they managed to add a URL where the controls used to be -- so it wasn't a space issue.

I tried Windows Vista in a virtual machine. Had to allocate 2GB of RAM for it. Video playback in the VM was just awful. This is on a quad-core host machine too. 8GB of RAM. Plenty of resources...but Vista couldn't play the video.

Fortunately, Windows 7 is around the corner. Hopefully, it plays better in a virtual machine than Vista. Ugh.

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