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Is the Wii U Already Dead?

dzym Re:Not Even Close (403 comments)

Furthermore, the launch slate of games for Nintendo is terrible again, as usual, and this year there will be like 3 Wii U titles or something? And the next Zelda release is yet another port/remake?

about a year and a half ago

Is the Wii U Already Dead?

dzym Re:Not Even Close (403 comments)

It seems like the next generation MS and Sony consoles essentially run high-end commodity PC x86(-64) hardware with Blu-Ray drives and huge gobs of system and video memory (8GB combined GDDR5 in the case of PS4). No more Cell, powerpc, whatever have you and horrible graphics memory limitations (like 256MB, wtf).

So yeah, porting for those and PC will be relatively painless while the Wii U is stuck with Xbox 360 launch specs.

Nintendo has missed the boat.

about a year and a half ago

iPhone Infringes On Sony, Nokia Patents, Says Federal Jury

dzym Re:There's your problem ... (166 comments)

We don't LIKE the patent system, but we like abusers of the system even less. Hate the players AND hate the game.

about 2 years ago

That Was Fast: Leahy Drops Warrantless E-mail Surveillance Bill

dzym Re:No time like the present... (107 comments)

That sounds like what's happening now. Except your software vendors are not interested in making the distinction.

And there are free/cheap certificate providers out there that are generally accepted by most major software packages and OSes. I use one such for my home needs: StartSSL.

about 2 years ago

That Was Fast: Leahy Drops Warrantless E-mail Surveillance Bill

dzym Re:No time like the present... (107 comments)

Just because you, personally, are not interested in a solution to the problem of authentication in the computer security field doesn't mean SSL certificates shouldn't make a stab at attempting to solve it. Access control (encryption) isn't really much use without the other.

about 2 years ago

Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

dzym Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (1163 comments)

They sure did a good job of this in 2000, I wonder why they're not in the mainstream yet?

about 2 years ago

Bill Would Force Patent Trolls To Pay Defendants' Legal Bills

dzym Re:Oh noes! (167 comments)

Hard-coding a 4x scaler into an operating system is not particularly innovative.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans

dzym Re:Dont you love... (331 comments)

Also those non-phone devices you will be purchasing at un-subsidized prices. Wonderful.

more than 2 years ago

Apple's Chinese Suppliers Accused of Causing Significant Environmental Damage

dzym Re:Low prices or pollution in China. (346 comments)

Because historically boycotts don't do shit on their own. And what you suggest is less than a boycott. We're dealing with and in global forces that are many millions times more powerful than you or I and have so many fingers in so many pies that boycotts are completely beneath notice, even if you can get one started. We have a representative government to represent us. If they're no longer representing the interests of Americans as a whole then yes, we blame them and change them. Unfortunately, changing them is apparently not going to happen either.

about 3 years ago

Best Free Open Source Software For Windows

dzym Re:The list, for those who don't care about pictur (324 comments)

ClamWin? ClamWin recently false-positived on userinit.exe in the system32 directory. The vetting on this program isn't nearly solid enough for it to be recommended for use on a windows machine, free/Free or not.

The only place I use ClamAV in is passing over emails on my linux machine.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Says iPhone Jailbreaking Could Hurt Cell Towers

dzym I suppose nobody's missed the obvious (495 comments)

If somebody's going to try to "pop" a cell tower they're certainly not going to care if step 1 of the process was legal or not.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Kills Google Voice Apps On the iPhone

dzym "duplication of functionality" (541 comments)

I'm sure it's occurred to more than a few of us that citing "duplication of functionality" is a gigantic fucking can of worms.

And Apple opened it.

more than 5 years ago

McAfee Sites Vulnerable To XSS Attack

dzym McAfee is still pretty terrible (84 comments)

I work IT for a college that used to push out McAfee Enterprise to all desktop machines. We
switched our license/subscriptions/contract and pushed out Sophos right now.

McAfee would randomly mysteriously break and be completely unable to update its scanning engine or dat files, and out of THOUSANDS of desktop machines we'd have a bunch of them with definitions from months or years ago. Which ones? Hell if we knew!

Out of this latest Conficker crap imagine our surprise that McAfee simply didn't recognize the USB variant! We verified that Sophos in fact detected Conficker and immediately pushed Sophos to all of the computer labs and instructor stations.

And I still gotta remember back to the silly password-"protected" FTP of NAI/McAfee software.

So basically, McAfee is truly incompetent and I'm glad to see it gone on our computers.

more than 5 years ago

Debian Server Compromised

dzym Re:Things are chaning... (349 comments)

Was going to be me, but then I posted in this thread.

more than 8 years ago


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Slashdot Story Fermentation Process

dzym dzym writes  |  more than 11 years ago So I was talking with a friend online about the new nifty Slashdot notification message wherein it is announced that subscribers can see new Slashdot stories while they're fermenting.

Obviously, the fermentation process adds nothing to the story, and is rather meaningless in that it only adds another waiting period between the actual occurrence of the events entailed and the posting date of the story on Slashdot. In other words, it only prolongs the out-of-date time period of the Slashdot story.

So, we came up with a unified theory of the typical Slashdot submission:

  • Every story starts out as a perfect news item.
  • First stage of fermentation adds grammatical and spelling mistakes.
  • During the second stage of fermentation, factual errors slip in, ideas are mentioned and conclusions drawn that have nothing to do with the story, or are just plain wrong.
  • During the third stage of fermentation, a story becomes contaminated by another story that is placed nearby resulting in the contaminated story acquiring characteristics that are sometimes almost or totally identical to the other. We call this a "dupe". Sometimes, in the third stage, the story loses all semblance of informativeness, and all that remains is a mention of a new expensive toy for rich geeks (a slashvertisement) or something of that nature.

Then the story is posted.

Thanks to mewse for the insight.

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