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If you require Javascript, you are incompetent or evil

el americano Those are the only options? (4 comments)

How about they just don't care about you? If their third-party ads don't display without JS, then they may be thinking that you can enable javascript or you can go somewhere else. Welcome to the business web. Where have you been hiding?

about 2 years ago

Fuck you, AMD.

el americano Re:That's the problem with Wintel architecture (7 comments)

"Well, that's certainly much more eloquent than my title."

I, too, thought you may have underutilized your vocabulary with that headline. Let's not forget to blame Microsoft for an irredeemable OS release that nobody would want to stick with. You took a bit of a risk buying anything with Vista on it.

more than 3 years ago

Video game/DVD trading suggestions?

el americano Re:hole in the market (5 comments)

The used game market is risky as more games include downloadable content, which can only download once. I try to avoid those games that lock significant portions of the release online, but I wouldn't bet on the publishers settling on best way to attack the used game market.

As for DVD/BD trading, can it be done for much less than renting? Would it be subject to gaming the system by trading for value and eventually eBaying the popular titles?

http://www.cheapassgamer.com/ has a person-2-person trade system, but I've never used it. They're pretty aware of value, so it might be hard to trade old for new.

more than 3 years ago

A Guitar Robot That Can Really Shred

el americano Re:Superhuman speed? (88 comments)

I am likewise disappointed. The music sounds like crap. The only point of reproducing music mechanically, rather then electronically, is for the novelty, but I don't see this guitar player impressing anyone.

School project level.

more than 3 years ago

I love to piss off the trolls, apparently

el americano Re:Sorry, the second is worthy of -1 (6 comments)

Those are both troll posts. The second also attacks the poster indirectly. I'm sure they don't condone child molestation just because they identify with a church that negligently allows it to happen, fails to punish the perpetrators, and then tries to cover it up. I also thought the speculation about what the church would do about heresy today, if it had the power, was incorrect and didn't support your point anyway.

You must have been grumpy that day.

more than 4 years ago

Trolling modders please DIAF

el americano More down-mod intrigue? (4 comments)

The condescending sig probably isn't helping you out either.

more than 4 years ago

Review: Eufloria

el americano Re:For the record... (121 comments)

They must not have paid very well to only get a 6/10 score. ;-)

I have to agree with ripping the Civ gaff, however. How on earth do you compare it to a game you're unfamiliar with?

about 5 years ago

Free Software For All Russian Schools In Jeopardy

el americano Re:In Soviet Russia (265 comments)

> "Linux is free if your time is worthless"

Why try to make that Linux specific? It's more like, all desktop computers require maintenance. In my experience, Windows computers need more of it. Presumably, the IT guy would not be calling you when he hit a Windows bug he couldn't handle? Well, then the situation is clear, and requires no Linux bashing to justify. He only wanted Windows, and was willing to pay for the licenses. Done.

more than 5 years ago

De Icaza Responds To Stallman

el americano Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (747 comments)

Looks like you got hung up on a word and completely missed a valid point.

Thanks for bringing us back to serious tech talk with your "go back the 90s" take.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Shilling for Apple, or Microsoft?

el americano Conspiracy? No just bad software... (7 comments)

I enjoy reading your stuff, so I hope you won't descend into conspiracy theories. These are the editors we've got, so let try to work within that framework.

BTW, I don't think Apple does much tinkering with the Windows drivers for bootcamp unless it's a showstopper. They mostly just collect them for you and provide it on the CD. After all, they gave you a perfectly fine OS you could use with their computer if you wanted to. ;)

I came too late to donate mod points on the last JE, so I gave you a +1 on this one, although I kind of disagree, because I don't object to the discussion. Did Apple write their own ACPI driver? If not, the supplier is responsible for making it work in both OSes, even if Apple's implementation is not fully compliant.

Actually, I've been meaning to start migrating to OS X from Linux on my MacBook, but I haven't gotten around to it. I hear some of the apps are nice, and suspend works in Linux, but waking up restarts my gnome desktop, which sort of defeats the whole purpose.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Shilling for Apple, or Microsoft?

el americano Re:Fucked Up (7 comments)

Have you tried changing Classic Index->Sections->Apple to None in your preferences?

more than 5 years ago

The Mathletes and the Miley Photoshop

el americano Re:you lost me at hello (555 comments)

The problem is that, unlike mathematics, the law is not applied independent of anything else- especially not in cases where it is patently absurd to do so.

I don't think the law has a problem with the patently absurd, if it appeal to the person(s) judging the law. Take the 10th amendment. It's absurd to say that it means nothing, but it that is how it is interpreted. How about "breaking and entering" for opening an unlocked door? Why go to the trouble of fixing the law to include what you want, when the judge can just make new law from the bench?

more than 5 years ago

Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule?

el americano Re:Its not rocket surgery... (865 comments)

If that works for you, then great, but...

Calories are king. It has been shown that how many calories you eat is much more important than what kind of calories you eat, for losing weight. This matches what is obvious for most people before they encounter a fad diet book that explains it has the best, trademarked way of losing weight.

The additional diet techniques can be used once you have the basics down, but too many people think that eating grapefruits, high protein, low carbs, etc. is going to work when calories aren't being reduced first.

Eat less and exercise more?? Who knew?

more than 5 years ago

Richard Stallman Says No To Mono

el americano Re:"M$" (1008 comments)

It's basically just an extra set of mod points with no accountability now.

Not so. If you metamod up or down, the comment's score does not change. The meta-moderation score is still used to detect bad moderators, whether they are doing it intentionally or not.

more than 5 years ago

Pirate Bay Announces Sale to Swedish Company For $7.8 Million

el americano Re:Sold out (406 comments)

Of course they do, because many open source alternatives are not up to par to commercial software. Gimp vs Adobe? OpenOffice vs. MS Office? Ardour vs. Cubase/FL Studio/Protools?

An illegal copy of MS Word, instead of Abiword or OpenOffice? You're kidding, right? It's a normal word processor, it doesn't julienne fries. They're all the same. As for the rest, they get more and more obscure. Gimp does not offer everything that Photoshop does, but how many people require what Gimp doesn't have? Maybe they think they do, but the idea that hordes of people require Windows to do their professional photography and autocad'ing is overstating things, to say the least.

more than 5 years ago

I am about to select ...

el americano Re:Options (315 comments)

The answer itself is the joke. You are simply participating in it, but without people like you, us #2s and #3s couldn't feel special. Thanks.

BTW, Geddy Lee taught me long ago not to pick that answer. ;-)

more than 5 years ago

Out of Business, Clear May Sell Customer Data

el americano Re:Oh the irony (77 comments)

This is the guy who said he found a way to hack a MacBook's wireless card in under a minute. He canceled his demo at Toorcon and never did disclose enough information at the 2007 Black Hat to verify the sensational claim. He left his job after the incident and started what I assume is a two-man operation. (1 CEO and 1 CTO)

Here's David's Pwnie Award: http://pwnie-awards.org/2007/winners.html#overhypedbug

I'm sure there's a lot more to the story, but let's not assume we're dealing with someone who would normally know better. As a security consultant, his best skill is being an alarmist. So this story was right up his ally, and another chance to be in the news.

more than 5 years ago

Who is your favorite fictional doctor?

el americano Re:Uh .... what about Dr. Horrible? (860 comments)

So, Doctor Strange, but not Doctor Doom??

As long as they bring more than a simple - and often overrated - PhD, the distinction is not important.

more than 5 years ago

Russia Launches Anti-trust Probe of Microsoft

el americano Re:Anti-monopoly? (221 comments)

It's called lock-in, bitch. The parent explained it poorly as no good alternative. He should've said no allowed alternative or no alternative period, in most cases.

more than 5 years ago



Hacker destroys avsim.com along with its backups

el americano el americano writes  |  more than 5 years ago

el americano writes "Flight Simulator community website Avsim has experienced a total data loss after both of their online servers were hacked. The site's founder, Tom Allensworth, explained why 13 years of community developed terrains, skins, and mods will not be restored from backups, "Some have asked whether or not we had back ups. Yes, we dutifully backed up our servers every day. Unfortunately, we backed up the servers between our two servers. The hacker took out both servers, destroying our ability to use one or the other back up to remedy the situation.""


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