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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

dreamchaser Re:Who cares (335 comments)

Right, because the handful of crappy games on Steam for Linux are sufficient for those of us who enjoy gaming, and Macs aren't overpriced shiny crap.

Don't get me wrong. I use Linux to do much of my actual work, but Windows is still the best option for a gaming environment.

2 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

dreamchaser Re: It's the OS, Stupid (250 comments)

You do know that OS X has been certified as a Unix operating system, right?

5 days ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

dreamchaser Re:Traffic Shaper? (429 comments)

If you're speaking specifically about me, I do not use public WiFi for that very reason. That's what my 4G portable hot spot is for.

about a week ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

dreamchaser Re:Traffic Shaper? (429 comments)

I do, that's what my 4G portable hotspot is for.

about a week ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

dreamchaser Re:Traffic Shaper? (429 comments)

If they are providing public Internet services then if they are not an expert they should be paying someone who is.

about two weeks ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

dreamchaser Re:Google just pissy (107 comments)

Fair enough points and you could be correct, but I'm sorry if I do not trust your employer. I'm not really sorry per se but you know what I mean. Google makes it's money from ads. CM allows users to circumvent that. It's pretty simple math to me.

about three weeks ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

dreamchaser Re:Doctor Mary's Monkey (162 comments)

Sorry, kid. Contact wasn't published (I read the book, didn't see the movie) until I was graduating High School. I knew what Occam's Razor was long before that.

about three weeks ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

dreamchaser Re:Google just pissy (107 comments)

That was my first thought. Google either wants to kill it or neuter it.

about three weeks ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

dreamchaser Re:Doctor Mary's Monkey (162 comments)

Ever hear of Occam's Razor? The simplest explanation is a natural cross species viral jump, and that is pretty much what probably happened.

about three weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

dreamchaser Re:Welcome to the free market (242 comments)

I voted against every County Council member who voted Yes, so yes I did vote no on both counts. I'm a huge Steelers fan but the Rooneys could afford to build their own damn stadium.

about three weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

dreamchaser Re:Welcome to the free market (242 comments)

Bullshit. Here in Pittsburgh they held a referendum on the new stadium back when it was proposed. The people voted NO. So the politicos did what they called 'Plan B' and used funds from a recently raised (only in Allegheny County, mind you) sales tax to build it, by fiat.

about three weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

dreamchaser Re:Welcome to the free market (242 comments)

Actually the NFL has some of the most entertaining commercials I see. I sometimes even watch them just because of that.

about three weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

dreamchaser Re:I wish McCain would retire (242 comments)

Yeah, and maybe if it didn't cost $100 for a couple to buy tickets plus $8 beers and really bad $6 hotdogs your argument might make sense.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

dreamchaser Re:Laughable submission (554 comments)

Oh I could not agree more. For me those specs would not work. The same goes for 'minimum' vs. 'recommended' specs on games. Sometimes, though, people on /, forget we are a very small minority of users.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

dreamchaser Laughable submission (554 comments)

The reason the specs have not changed is because CPUs and systems in general have been capable of doing most common tasks for at least 10 years. Are the use cases for extreme power? Yes. The submitter, however, makes it sound like it's a bad thing to be able to run on a wide range of hardware, including older slower machines. Are the minimum spec machines going to be able to run Crysis? Nope. Will they run Outlook, Work, and a browser? Yep. This is a non-story.

about three weeks ago
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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

dreamchaser Re:a collision wouldn't surprise me (65 comments)

While it could happen (technically almost anything can happen in an infinite universe), it is far more likely that the Swedish Women's Volleyball team will burst into your room in the next five seconds and give you death by snu-snu.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

dreamchaser Re:What advice can I offer? (96 comments)

It's called 'Ask Slashdot' for a reason. What better group of people to ask than a group of geeks with diverse backgrounds? It's attitudes like yours that keep people from asking for help when they need it.

about a month ago
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My resting heart rate:

dreamchaser Re:0 if dead, more if alive. (169 comments)

You say all that almost as if you're proud that you abuse the hell out of your heart.

about a month ago
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Researchers Report Largest DNA Origami To Date

dreamchaser Re: Eh, anyone here? (36 comments)

Technology doesn't just magically appear. It is worthwhile research that if it pans out could have some really wide ranging medical applications.

about a month ago

Submissions

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FCC Recommends Sanctions against Comcast

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser writes "In a potentially precedent setting move, the FCC has recommended sanctions against Comcast for interferring with filesharing traffic. This has been a hot topic in the past on Slashdot. I am certainly hoping that they really do enforce some sort of sanctions so as to deter other major ISP's from engaging in the same rotten practices."
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New online medical databases NOT covered by HIPAA

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser writes "The New York Times is running a piece that points out some serious potential privacy concerns with Google and Microsoft's new ventures to database personal medical information online. Specifically, it appears that this sort of endeavor is not covered by HIPAA. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act governs how and when people's personal medical history can be datamined for reasearch, among other things. Am I the only one whose first reaction to this is 'DO NOT WANT'? Maybe Congress can do something useful for a change and update HIPPA to reflect emerging uses of the Web for such matters. I've already written to mine and I encourage those of you in the US to do the same."
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Arthur C. Clarke Dead at Age 90

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser (49529) writes "I'm not sure I know what to say. There is no story posted, but CNN has a breaking news banner announcing the death of scientist and author Arthur C. Clarke. All I can think to say is, "Thank you, thank you, thank you.""
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Is Comcast at it again?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser writes "I'm a guitarist and frequently record my music to MP3 via a digital mixer/recorder. Yesterday I tried to share a few of my songs with a friend who happens to have Comcast Cable. We were using ICQ at the time and after I shot my friend a picture or two, I tried sending her a song. The transfer fizzled out at about 200k. Tried it a few more times, no luck. Tried another (large) picture and it worked. Scratching my head, I renamed the MP3's to BIN and they whoosed right through the old Internet tube like they should have in the first place.

In light of the previous news about Comcast throttling P2P apps, it now appears that merely trying to exchange a file of a 'bad' type (MP3 in this case) gets your transfer throttled. I do not have Comcast anymore, having given it up for Verizon's FIOS. My question for Slashdot is can those of you who DO have Comcast test this and see if it consistently like is all over? It's beyond ridiculous that one cannot send legal content to a friend via a direct IM connection wihtout having the filenames (and who knows what else) sniffed out and the transfer killed. Is anyone else seeing this? What can we do about it other than raise awareness?"

Journals

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Meh, don't bother reading it's just a rant

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 4 years ago

What the FUCK are Facefuck and Shitter icons doing next to everything now? I can't find an option to turn them off. I'll use either when I'm cold and dead.

Like I said I'm just ranting. Just woke up, coffee is brewing, and I hate Facefuck and Shitter.

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Is twitter really Malda?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Perhaps Twitter is really Rob Malda. The editors and staff certainly don't seem to mind how he abuses the system.

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Thought of the Day

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

If 'No one wants to look dumb' then why does that dorky kid with the guitar DO those horrible MSN commercials?

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Moderation on Slashdot - Why do you care?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Does anyone really care how they are moderated? Sure, I chuckle at some of the mods-on-crack or mods-with-an-agenda things I see, both mods done to my posts and those done to others. At the end of the day why does it matter?

What is your posting philosophy? I post when I want with what I want and have never cared how I get moderated. Does anyone actually try to post in ways/times/places that will result in high moderation?

Ok, my coffee break is over. I need to get back to work. Bye.

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I never thought I'd see it.

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago One of those 'Skip this ad and continue' advertisements on Slashdot? That was both funny and sad at the same time.

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We need a new Moderation type

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 7 years ago

We really need a -1 (Fanboi) mod on Slashdot. Fanbois abuse the moderation system as it is by modding down legitimate posts critical of [fill in the blank as applicable]. Let's give people who take Moderation a bit more seriously a tool to fight this.

It could be -1 (Fanboi) or -1 (Zealot) or whatever, but a discrete moderation class is called for here I think.

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dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  about 11 years ago

Ok, for the past few days I get the occaisional popup ad on Slashdot. Why do I find that ironic? I know the site exists to make money, and as a good capitalist I have no qualms with that. I have to wonder if it's necessary for them to run popup ads though, especially given the sentiment against them in the Slashdot community. Hmmm.

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Office Moves

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Ok, today I move my office for the second time in two months. We're moving just down the hall on the same floor in the same building.

This is on a campus of 3,000 people (HQ). We are moving 900 people this quarter! Can anyone out there say inefficiency!!!???

This is just a rant to get it off of my chest. Since part of my responsibility here is managing the IT techs, these moves cause us all kinds of headaches. Not to mention my personal inconvenience (and that of all the other people moving around).

So now I sit here, waiting for the movers to move my furniture. I'm not allowed to move anything myself except my laptop (safety rules).

This process of moving almost a third of the campus in three months time reminds me of those kid's puzzles with the numbers 1 through 15 on little plastic tiles, and one blank spot. You know the ones I'm talking about. Shuffle the pieces around until you get it right.

In a typical (for many corporations)showing of poor communication, nobody bothered to tell the higher ups how much this would all cost. Heh.

Ok, I'm done ranting now. It is my journal after all. This might not be a bad place to rant!

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Mr. Rodgers Dies

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

In other news, Fred Rodgers died this morning. I'm sure the Slashdot community will mourn his passing.

Seriously, I never really liked his show as a kid, but there is no denying how many lives he touched over the years. It was even bigger news here in Pittsburgh where he lived and worked. So long Fred, and thanks for all the puppets.

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Blog?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Aren't these journals just blogs? Then again, I guess Slashdot itself is a big huge blog. Most blogs are useless, as is this journal post.

I've never bothered to use this thing before (the journal). Perhaps I should start. There have been many times that I've thought of things that I would like to share with Slashdot that either don't get accepted as articles, or don't fit anywhere and would be woefully offtopic. In my journal, nothing is off topic ;)

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