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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

cbiltcliffe Re:Simple fix. (269 comments)

It's a 2011 Ford.

That doesn't narrow things down a lot. Is it an entry level 2011 Fiesta? Or is it a loaded 2011 Mustang GT500? (I would have used the Ford GT as the high end, but they stopped making those in 2006.)

about three weeks ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

cbiltcliffe Re:Really, a single oint of failure? (223 comments)

. It takes about six hours to drive from the Aurora center to the Farmington center near Minneapolis, and that's not counting going home and packing for an extended stay.

Drive? Why would they drive that far? It's much quicker to fly.

Well, duuh. All the planes are grounded. How are they supposed to fly? ..... ...or was that a big wooosh?

about three weeks ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

cbiltcliffe Re:Big Goverment no backup (223 comments)

Is it though feasible to set up the the system so those controllers can go home, login to a VPN and have a nation wide system that they can load their area into and continue work?

And then when some Chinese hacker breaks in and redirects every plane in the country to Newark, you'll be bitching about the stupidity of connecting the air traffic control system to the Internet.

about three weeks ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

cbiltcliffe Re:Answer me this if you will... (249 comments)

For a start, Ubuntu is a high-memory distro, because it tries to be everything to everybody, simple to install and use, and as automated as possible.
Blow it away, install Debian 7 with lxde, and you'll run the entire thing in nicely in your 512MB with room to spare.

about a month ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

cbiltcliffe Re:... and back again. (249 comments)

99% of Windows is exactly the same to the user for Windows 8 vs Windows XP. The only difference is, if you click the start button you get a screen of icons vs. a menu of icons.

Plus, that stupid "PC Settings" screen, with a bunch of toggle switches for options, instead of a real control panel....oh, wait...it DOES have an actual control panel, but the organization of it is completely different than XP, Vista, or 7. And what settings do you find in the Control Panel, and what ones are in PC Settings?
Then there's turning it off. Where the heck is the Shut Down option? Oh...it's over here at the opposite side of the screen, completely hidden by the desktop equivalent of "mystery meat navigation."
Then there's the whole hideousness of the UI itself, and its flat, Windows-2-esque window chrome. When the graphical elements of your quarter century old OS are more appealing than your latest and greatest, you know you've screwed the pooch. Royally.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

cbiltcliffe Re:How does MS get away with it in the US? (421 comments)

That is the reality of wanting an alternative operating system, and is a choice of the people. If you want simplicity as an end user, windows is currently OS of choice, as its specifically built to install itself automatically with all the necessary drivers and settings by OEM.

Errr....you've never actually installed Windows, have you?

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

cbiltcliffe Re:Dubious. I'm not convinced this is a good thing (421 comments)

In all your examples, the part that you're suggesting should be left out is made by the same company that makes the rest of the item.

In the Microsoft/hardware manufacturer case, they're two different companies.
In the obligatory car analogy, rather than the paint removed, it would be more like every car manufacturer (except for some niche ones like TVR, Saleen, Koenigsegg, and Caterham, none of which you can afford) sold you a car, but required you to buy a Nokia cellphone along with it. You already have a perfectly functional Samsung cellphone and plan, but you can't buy a car without this extra Nokia phone and plan being forced on you.
The thing they're removing is the Nokia, not the paint on the car.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

cbiltcliffe Re:Separate hardware from software (421 comments)

A law that forbids selling hardware and software together would increase innovation. Consumers would only be able to buy hardware and software separately. That way, hardware vendors are encouraged to document the hardware and software vendors will compete on quality. Installation procedures would become very easy very quickly due to market pressure.

Normal people don't like that though. Let's say that you try and sell product A to somebody that requires product B to function. This person has neither used nor ever had interest in A or B. Most people aren't interested in one or the other. Normal people want an A+B product where somebody else has worked out all of the compatibility problems.

The thing is, in this case, product A doesn't require product B to function. It can use product B, but it can also use product C, product D, product E, or product F. It only requires one of them, but when it's sold to you, even if you want to use it with product C, D, E, or F, you are required to buy product B.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

cbiltcliffe Re:Apple? (421 comments)

Apple doesn't develop their own supporting chipsets, CPU or GPU hardware, or any other such thing. At most, there may be some proprietary "System Protection Chip" that isn't needed at all for the system to work.

In fact, Apple themselves have instructions on their website for how to install Windows on Mac hardware. I guess you need to catch up to what the world has known for a while.

about a month ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

cbiltcliffe Re: WTF is up with the title of this article... (190 comments)

Which is probably the case. 1 idiot mayor says Linux is gone. A whole bunch of council members say it's not.

about 2 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

cbiltcliffe Re: LibreOffice (190 comments)

If you don't have all the same fonts installed, this can happen transferring between the same version and patxh level of Word, on two different computers.
Hardly a LibreOffice compatibility issue....

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

cbiltcliffe Re:Frankly (146 comments)

Minion 1: His head!
Minion 2: It`s on backward!
Scroob: Why didn`t anybody tell me my ass was so big?!?!

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

cbiltcliffe Re:BarbaraHudson: Step inside & backup your b. (251 comments)

Hey, it's an APK sockpuppet, which doesn't really count as a sockpuppet, because everything APK posts is AC. Stop trying to pretend you have supporters here, by posting without your APK sig.

Maybe if you weren't such an abusive asshole, you wouldn't get karmaslammed into oblivion, and you'd actually be able to use a real account, instead of your AC crap.

It doesn't matter if what you say is true or not (and I'm not saying it is completely, even though you do have some legit points at times), but when you present your points like a maniacal raving psychotic, it doesn't matter. You're branded an asshole from the beginning, and rightly so.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

cbiltcliffe Re:McDonallds should sue ... (251 comments)

there isn't a clear line of sight to them from my house, even with a 16' mast and large antenna point correctly. I gave up on TV with the switch to digital and I find that I really haven't missed much.

A 16' mast? That's tiny for my area. My parents have a two story house, plus attic, so the building's got to be at least 27 feet high, maybe over 30. The antenna is a good 10 feet higher than the highest part of the roof, so it's got to be 40 feet high.

My brother has a ranch, with attic, and his isn't as tall, but it's still got to be 20 feet, and it's the shortest antenna I've seen anywhere.

I don't have an antenna, because I'm in town, and use satellite.

about 2 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

cbiltcliffe Re:god dammit. The Numbers (521 comments)

"I'll pass on the latest climate change panic..."
Oh, that kind of idiot.

Yup. That's right. He had the gall to question the one world religion. Burn him at the stake!

about 2 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

cbiltcliffe Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

who is cleaning up the bodies? show me 1 picture of 80 dead birds at one of these facilities.

You don't get a body when it's hot enough to incinerate the carcass. You might as well say someone isn't dead because all you see is a bunch of ash in an urn.

about 2 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

cbiltcliffe Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

fake owl from harbor freight and stuck it on a poll.

Crows, what are you more afraid of?

1. Hawks.
2. Eagles.
3. Hunters with shotguns.
4. A fake owl.
5. None of the above. I ain't scared o' nuthin!!

about 2 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

cbiltcliffe Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

Last of the bald eagles?

Piece of history. Would've been a shame to blow it up.

about 2 months ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

cbiltcliffe Re:We need cops to turn their guns (231 comments)

FUCK MOHAMMAD!!

No thanks. I don't swing that way....

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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Video games affect behaviour positively.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "A study done at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has determined that playing video games with a parent positively affects behaviour in girls age 11-16.

Boys apparently don't get the same effect, but girls "were less likely to suffer from depression/anxiety or aggressive behavior."

Even the authors of the study, however, couldn't help but taking one jab at games, stating that "co-playing (at least with girls) may be one way to stay involved with adolescent activities and to negate at least some of the negative effects of playing video games.""

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Hollywood movie studio MGM files for bankruptcy.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "MGM Movie studios (distributor of the James Bond movies) filed for bankruptcy in Manhattan after rejecting a takeover bid.
According to the article, the pre-packaged bankruptcy plan will eliminate about $4 billion in MGM debt, and replace managers with those from Spyglass Entertainment....
MGM said it has enough cash on hand to fund “normal business operations” throughout its bankruptcy,..

My question is, will this be used by the MPAA to lobby for harsher copyright sentences, due to the "obvious connection between piracy and this bankruptcy", or will they admit that, as the article states, "the company was hobbled with debt" after a 2005 buyout?"
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Microsoft Plubin puts Firefox users at risk.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  about 5 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "The 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plugin that the .NET framework installs in Firefox is vulnerable to the same "browse-and-get-owned" situation that Internet Explorer is.

From the article:

"While the vulnerability is in an IE component, there is an attack vector for Firefox users as well," admitted Microsoft engineers in a post to the company's Security Research & Defense blog on Tuesday. "The reason is that .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installs a 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plug-in in Firefox."
According to annoyances.org: "This update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for Web sites to easily and quietly install software on your PC," said the hints and tips site. "Since this design flaw is one of the reasons [why] you may have originally chosen to abandon IE in favor of a safer browser like Firefox, you may wish to remove this extension with all due haste."

Although Microsoft states that the MS09-054 update also patches this vulnerable component, so be sure to apply it to any machine(s) you maintain."

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DMCA enforcement bots.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Somebody a few days back posted a comment about creating a program that plugged up the bots copyright holders are using to check filenames available on the internet. I took a small amount of time to write one, that's at least somewhat automatically extensible.

The program itself is mirrored on Yahoo Geocities, and the homepage is at http://cbservices.dyndns.org/Anti-DMCA/anti-dmca.html

As the homepage server in question is only on a home DSL connection, I've limited the number of connections possible at a time to 30 in my server config. I'll see how the /. effect takes hold, and bump this up a little if the server seems to be handling it ok...If you get a server busy error, try a little later, or just get it from Yahoo, and try the homepage after you've installed the program. Untar the archive from within your apache root directory, and everything will end up in the right spot. Read the readme file, install, and enjoy.

If somebody who gets there first wants to mirror the file and post another link to a fast server in the first message or two, that would be appreciated.

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