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Employees Would Steal Data When Leaving a Job

courtjester801 Re:I wouldn't steal Data (457 comments)

Oh, the OP knows that. That's part of the charm.

more than 4 years ago

Benchmark Software For Windows 7 Rollout?

courtjester801 Re:My question is... (215 comments)

I'll admit that the Dell cases have gotten better than they were 2 or 3 years ago, but "screw-less" isn't entirely accurate. Adding or replacing 5.25 drives, floppy drives, power supplies, main boards, and some other components (front usb boards, as an example) still require the use of a handy screwdriver. The only thing the Dell cases have really done is made it easier to open and replace pci cards and sometimes hard drives depending on which particular footprint and case you're dealing with. Overall the added non-benefit of making the cases themselves more fragile seems to not be worth it, imho.

more than 4 years ago

Netflix Streaming Arrives For the Wii

courtjester801 It's about time (171 comments)

I was missing out on streaming wii.

more than 4 years ago

Gamers Pay To Play With Girls

courtjester801 Re:will the dirty ones (408 comments)

Clam slam is going into my personal dictionary now. Thanks for that.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Will Beat Netbooks With "Magic"

courtjester801 Re:Hunters.. (1010 comments)

To make a car analogy: if someone is so incapable of using a car that they can't shift gears without fucking it up, they don't need a car mechanic, they need to be kept the hell away from cars period.

No, what they need is an automatic transmissions and to be kept away from manual transmissions. Unless it's a rental, then they need the rental insurance; and possibly a video camera mounted somewhere for shits and giggles.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Confirms Update-Linked BSODs Required Compromised Machines

courtjester801 Re:Broaden their test base (199 comments)

They can't win this one. If they add what amounts to a minor virus scan to the start of any patch installation, you force the user to wait X+Y minutes and interrupting their work (or play, or whatever); If they don't, the end user only has to wait X minutes, but with a minor potential for a BSOD. I pity the person that does a fresh install and downloads all eleventy billion patches that require reboots in between.

Had the users done their own regular and updated virus scanning, this likely wouldn't have been an issue.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Bans Jailbreakers From the App Store

courtjester801 Re:I don't believe it (507 comments)

The Xbox is a device. XBL, App Store are both services.

more than 4 years ago

I keep track of my passwords ...

courtjester801 Re:DNA (414 comments)

90 day mandatory password changes are a bitch, though. :|

more than 4 years ago

The US Economy Needs More "Cool" Nerds

courtjester801 Re:And here is the counterpoint (453 comments)

So in a nutshell, those are "our" words, and we can shun or penalize anyone else that uses them?

more than 4 years ago

LHC Has First Collisions After Years of Waiting

courtjester801 Re:Crossing the Streams (324 comments)

You hope not if you're at bat, but that's why they wear cups.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook To Preserve Accounts of the Dead

courtjester801 Re:estate property (292 comments)

According to the TOS: "You will not transfer your account to anyone without first getting our written permission." So yeah, if you get FB to jot something down.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook To Preserve Accounts of the Dead

courtjester801 Re:Internet Immortality (292 comments)

As long as the bots keep up with Mafia Wars, I'm okay with it.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Downgrades Asteroid-Earth Collision Risk

courtjester801 Re:Apophis (244 comments)

At the very minimum, pay for dinner.

more than 4 years ago

Porn Surfing Rampant at US Science Foundation

courtjester801 Re:To clarify... (504 comments)

Did that include the reoccurring monthly fees?

more than 4 years ago

Comparing Microsoft and Apple Websites' Usability

courtjester801 I'd rather just use Google. (314 comments)

Just in comparing troubleshooting sections of both Apple and Microsoft, I've come to one conclusion. They both suck. Microsoft's Knowledge Base search is (at best) a pain in the ass. Regarding Apple, I've tried multiple times (across multiple dates) to log into and report an Apple related bug at and have gotten nothing better than an error after logging in. Regardless of platform used (Windows with firefox and IE, Powermac with firefox and Safari) the end result was the same.

about 5 years ago

US Cell Phone Plans Among World's Most Expensive

courtjester801 Re:Stupid prices (827 comments)

That's not true; it's easy to get in a roaming area in the western, less populated states. Driving from Utah and across Wyoming recently with my G1 I was roaming for quite a large portion of it.

more than 5 years ago

Bars' Scanning of ID Violates BC Privacy Laws

courtjester801 Re:WTF.....? (198 comments)

Just a couple of quick points to consider.

The laws are different from state to state, even within a state. Utah, for example, the bars can (and do) get sued for fake IDs. There wasn't a lot of personal responsibility for someone with a fake until this past legislative session.

Secondly, having had a hand in producing some scanning software to work with Utah Law (there are only so many items you're allowed to pull out of the license from the mag stripe or the bar code), what gets pulled also differs from locale to locale. For example, here you're not allowed to pull address or SSN. British Columbia likely has the same constraints, as do most states in the Union.

And finally, it's really not that difficult to fool a scanner. I had one test card that looked legit; Utah's State Seal hologram was fine, the plastic was not obviously tampered with, paper looked fine as did the type, but upon scanning the information printed on the card was obviously not what was coming out of the display using information pulled from the barcode. A "22" year old white male from Provo was, according to the software, a 37 year old female from Ogden; so just having a red light/green light system would not work. Take into consideration, none of this interacted with an online database. Information on the bar codes and magnetic stripes are ridiculously easy to read and code/decode.

Side note, it's Friday, it's quitting time, so I'm going to go make sure my license works at a few fine establishments with loose womens and beer.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing

courtjester801 Re:How.... (821 comments)

Sure, $299 obviously is more expensive than the $120, except for the fact that I can throw together at least one box from discarded parts at my desk for $0 and use the windows, as opposed to having to pay X amount for an apple product to use the $120 snow leopard. That's something to take into consideration when comparing this particular set of apples and oranges.

Not to mention that Snow Leopard is just an upgrade (hence the 10.6 in the version), where Windows 7 is a completely new release.

more than 5 years ago


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