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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

dkman Re:They need more QA staff (276 comments)

To run VitrualBox under Windows 10 preview just get the older version x.12, later versions don't launch (for some reason). Uninstall and install x.12 (I don't remember the exact number, but it ends in 12) and it will be golden.

2 days ago
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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

dkman Re:This is no surprise... (276 comments)

I saw it on Slashdot about a year ago and it has stuck with me.

ORACLE: One Raging A**hole Called Larry Ellison

2 days ago
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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

dkman Re:Does It Matter? (276 comments)

I'm not sure what you're asking by "auto deploy" but you can run a Win 8.1 guest or Win 10 preview guest in VirtualBox. Windows 10 preview broke the ability to run VirtualBox inside it after version x.12 (I think it was x.18 or 20 at the time), but that may be resolved now. You could uninstall and install x.12 to run like normal.

I restored my surface back to 8.1 so I'm not sure about later developments.

2 days ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

dkman Re:Breaking old cards (160 comments)

I was only pointing out that there are laptops where the graphic card is in fact a "card"/module rather than something integrated into the motherboard. But they're not necessarily cheap to swap out.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

dkman Re:Hope the trend continues. (263 comments)

I'd rather that the 90 day clock have a snooze for 30 days option, so it's not disclosed to everyone. I'd rather that the developer (even MS) have time to fix it right rather than rush a fix that needs a later fix or a fix that breaks something else.

Some times you need to dig through code and figure out what the hell's going on so you can figure out why it's broken and fix it. And it's not like Google is the only one submitting bugs.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

dkman Re:Curiously familiar (248 comments)

I'm kind of wondering if they could put some arms on the platform to reach out and grab it at that point. I had wondered how they intend to "manage" it once it does land. A big pole on a boat is one wave away from falling over, so they have to have some plan to "strap it down". If they had 4 claws come up from each corner to stabilize it they may have been able to recover from this landing.

Then your complex part is terrestrial, where it's not offsetting potential payload and easier to maintain.

I know it sounds simple on paper - the rocket's still moving and you don't want to damage it. But it's worth thinking about. If your claws end in horseshoe-shaped claws and those claws have rollers (so the rocket can move up and down with little friction - think jerking off the rocket if that helps), then those rollers could be locked in place after landing.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

dkman Re:Gotta love Valve (329 comments)

A friend of mine had something similar happen with another game company. I think it was Sierra, but I don't remember. They would default their games to install to a C:\Program Files\Sierra\ directory. He would change those to C:\Games\. When he told the last game to uninstall he had the option to remove the "management app" (you know how game companies like those). When he did that it simply went up one folder and nuked everything. So his whole Games folder just disappeared. That's not as bad as losing everything your user owns below / , but he wasn't pleased.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

dkman Re:Breaking old cards (160 comments)

Oh, I should warn that baking the video card does stink up the house - so use plenty of ventilation afterwards. You can also search youtube to see some other folks have success with it.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

dkman Re:Breaking old cards (160 comments)

My 4 year old Sager laptop has a GPU module (or slot, so it's essentially like RAM and can be replaced). When the graphic card decided to flip out a few weeks ago I searched around and they were around $230 shipping from China. Even though everything said to me that the problem was just the video card I decided to spend $1600 on a new Sager laptop. Since the old one was now disposable I decided to do the "bake the video card" trick (375 degrees for 10 minutes, in case you're interested - just remove all screws, heat sinks, and thermal paste). I let it cool, applied thermal paste, and gave it a shot - bam, worked like new. Since the new laptop was already in "processing" I decided to let it come anyhow.

The old one is an ATI (HD 6990M). It handles linux gaming alright, it really depends on the game. Windows gaming it's great at - I just don't boot window often. The new laptop has an nvidia because I do feel that the nvidia drivers will be better in linux. Over the past 20 years I've given both companies some love.

about two weeks ago
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Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

dkman Re:Only iOS? (70 comments)

I use Ting. It's a smaller service that piggybacks on Sprints network. They seem really good. I haven't dug to this level to make sure they don't do anything screwy, but if nothing else they aren't charging what Verizon does. You don't need to pick service levels, you only pay for as much as you use. I could have 3 phones on Ting and pay 1/2 of what I'd pay for 1 phone on Verizon.

about two weeks ago
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Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

dkman Re:Easy fix (70 comments)

Only if you're request is going through Verizon. If it were a Firefox Addon I would be sending these fake headers from my PC which isn't going through Verizon.

You may say "why do I care if I don't use Verizon?" and I'll respond with "and first they came for the Jews". If you think that's a big jump, well maybe it is, but you need to protect rights for all of the people or you don't deserve the rights you have.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

dkman Re: nope (426 comments)

Or the Chevy Colt

The post apocalypse 4 legged version. Eats grass (biomass), exhausts fertilizer, very green edition.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

dkman Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

I should have said that coke-bottles are the ones that make peoples eyes look big from the other side (ie, make the wearer's eyes look big when you're not the wearer).

I should have also included
Normal: what we consider normal glasses are those for near-sighted people who need them to see far away. These are thinner than coke-bottles and don't have the bug-eyed affect.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

dkman Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

Coke-bottes: think lenses generally used by far-sighted people who need glasses to see in focus up close.
Bi-focals: have a half-circle shaped area in the bottom of each lens at a different power (for reading) while the rest of the lens is set for regular viewing
Progressive: has the regular lens gradually change to reading power so you don't have the tell-tale line (and power jump) associated with bi-focals.

about a month ago
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Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8

dkman Re:Entitlement (325 comments)

That would be a fail move that would make upgrades very difficult. What should be required by law is that you market it as "8GB, 4 usable" and "16GB, 12 usable" assuming the OS took 4GB. If the next iteration OS takes 5GB then it's up to you to decide whether you want to install it or not. Personally I do think you should be able to OS downgrade, but that's another battle.

about a month ago
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2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

dkman Re: not just many eyes (255 comments)

Sadly we humans only seem to be able to handle 2 or 3 options. If 12 existed we'd hone in on 3 favorites and 9 would be outliers.

It's not that just "being open source" automatically means code is being validated by lots of eyes. It means that you can look at the code. All we need is more people interested in doing that, or paid to do so. They also need to have the knowledge/skill necessary to do that.

And as always, being closed source would not have made the issues easier to find. And then you'd be at their mercy waiting for a fix. These were all found and all fixed relatively quickly, so let's focus on that.

SSL certainly isn't a simple library. Increased complexity makes it easier to make a mistake and harder to find it.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

dkman Re:Carriers (312 comments)

Maybe I should be shamed for replying to myself, but I thought of another issue.

If I'm running some software to stress test a web server (such as jmeter) am I going to auto-blocked by the software? And if so, am I going to have a means to dispute the blockage?

Also, in reference to "when it does block" it could just block you leaving their network. That way they could point you toward antivirus software or other cleaning utilities hosted on their network.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

dkman Re:Carriers (312 comments)

I meant to add that one reason the ISP might not want to cut off DDoS senders is that they don't want to annoy their customers. Though you would think that they could call the customer at the same time alerting them to an infection, notifying that their internet will be down for 15 minutes (or whatever). Of course it's difficult for joe customer to try to remove the infection without an internet connection. Though it's possible that they're not even home at the time and wouldn't notice or care if it bumped off for a while.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

dkman Re:Carriers (312 comments)

What it sounds like you're saying is that ISP's could cut off individual customers who are sending DDoS traffic thereby killing the DDoS attack. If (I say that lightly) they are already monitoring our upstream traffic why couldn't they do that?

The answer lies in your earlier post, because they can make money selling mitigation to the attackee. When a place I worked was being attacked AT&T (their ISP) was completely disinterested in helping at all. It was even more sickening than them asking for money to help.

about a month ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

dkman Re:Tablets age well (328 comments)

And you buy it to perform a certain function. If it didn't perform that function you wouldn't have bought it. 3 years later it will still perform that function just fine (unless you upgrade to iOS 8 - then it will be noticeably slower)

OK, that was a cheap dig - I have an ipad 3 and have refused to upgrade because of mixed reviews. But really, upgrading the OS may make a tablet/phone respond slower.

The same was true for the PC market. There was more of a driving force pushing to upgrade the OS on a PC (security, users at home using newer OSes, other software that depended on newer OSes, etc). But a tablet doesn't generally "need" to move to a newer OS. If it's used as a toy, a web browser, or a media consumption device there is little push to upgrade.

about a month ago

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