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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

ewhenn I trust bitcoin itself just fine.... (631 comments)

I trust bitcoin itself just fine... it's the third party exchanges I don't trust.

about 2 months ago
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UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

ewhenn Re:Send them back and get over it. (617 comments)

So you clearly have the brains and aptitude to figure out how to arrange for a pre-paid box to end up shipped.
It's not that I can't figure out how to ship a box, it's that where I live, shipping out a box is a huge inconvenience.

And this is relevant because?
Getting home from work at 1 AM is relevant because that's when my availability starts, at the earliest.

Why the hell would you need to take time off work for this? This is the sort of thing I could manage to take care of in under a minute, without going out of my way.
When the nearest town is 20 minutes away, no it's not something I could take care of in "under a minute". Where I am the post office doesn't pickup packages at the door. I'd have to drive into town, which is a 20 minute trip one way.

Why the hell would you need to take time off work for this? This is the sort of thing I could manage to take care of in under a minute, without going out of my way.
I'd have to take off of work because it would be about a 45ish minute task during post office hours, while I'm usually working. See, not everyone lives in the city like I'm assuming you do.

Hell, I could walk into where I work, leave it with reception and say "company shipped me an X by mistake, they're sending a courier to pick it up", and they wouldn't bat an eye.
Must be nice to have an office and a receptionist. I have neither.

I could leave it with my neighbor. I could ask a friend who goes by a courier on his daily commute to drop it off for me.
Yeah, let's just ask my "neighbor" to take 45+ mins of their time because some company screwed up.

Let me guess... if you tried any of these exceedingly complicated solutions, the receptionist, neighbor and friend would all go off on you about how they work 70+ hours a week, and don't have 5 minutes to spend on a favor since their time is very precious to them, and why should they lift a finger for anybody but themselves anyway? In fact, they ought to invoice you for the time you wasted just asking them to help out? And besides, if the company doesn't want to send a courier to your house at 2am on a sunday morning, well then clearly they can fuck off. Pathetic.
Not everybody has the same living conditions as you do. I've sacrificed some conveniences in exchange for other lifestyle benefits. Bottom line is that if you ship me something on error, and want it back the onus is on you, NOT me. I'm not going to sit around waiting for you to pick it up, and I'm not going to lose an hour of pay and burn $8 in gas just to return some package that you sent me that I didn't ask for. Even if they paid the postage, I'd still be out ~$30 for their mistake just by taking the time/gas to return the package.

about 4 months ago
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UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

ewhenn Re:Send them back and get over it. (617 comments)

Yeah, it is a big deal. I work two jobs, 65-70 hours a week. The little spare time I have is *very* precious to me. Also, I usually get my mail when I get home from work... at 1 AM. Why the hell should I have to take off of work and lose pay or give them some of my free time because they screwed up? If they're willing to pick it up at my convenience, they can stop by at 2 AM on Sunday morning, otherwise they can F off.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Jumps Into Desktop Virtualization With "WorkSpaces"

ewhenn Serious question... (92 comments)

I don't see how this is a benefit. So you need a desktop to run RDP to connect to virtualized desktop? Since you have to buy a PC for the user to physically sit in front of anyways, why not just run everything on that desktop to begin with? The only real benefit I can see is saving time "re-imaging" the base machine when the end user surfs to www.virus-and-malware-website.com, and frankly the I can't see that overcoming the cost of renting/owning hardware to provide virtual desktops. In terms of data security and portability, I have a laptop with a docking station at the office and the HD is encrypted with PGP, the key is required at boot.

about 5 months ago
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Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov

ewhenn This is how it will go... (404 comments)

Red Hat will have everything switched to their version of linux, Oracle will have everything switched over to their db, and Google will data-mine it all.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?

ewhenn I'd try this... (319 comments)

Sounds More like an internal compromised machine. Use a live Linux CD, shutdown all other devices on your network except one PC. This includes phones tablets PCs etc. Reboot that remaining PC with the Linux CD. Reset the Mac address on your router to get a new IP. At that point you can be 100% sure that you don't have a compromised machine. If the flooding stops a machine is compromised, dimes to donuts that's the cause.

about 6 months ago
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California School District Hires Firm To Monitor Students' Social Media

ewhenn Re:Again, the ends justify the means? (250 comments)

It's all about ass-covering.... until it backfires. Seriously, they are a school, not the Internet police. On top of that, I think court wise this could actually make them *more* vulnerable. Say the firm they hire *does* tell them about something, and action isn't taken. Now the school had a written report sent to the administrators and didn't do enough, at least that's how it would be framed by a suing attorney. I think that scenario is a lot more damning than simply taking the position that: "We are a school, we are responsible to educate kids, not keep track of their Facebook updates".

about 7 months ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate US Army Database, Compromise Safety of Dams

ewhenn Re:how is this not an act of war? (256 comments)

Actually it just makes me want to ask, "why don't you secure your shit better.... from the Chinese?"

about a year ago
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Using Multiple Forms of Media At Once Correlates With Depression, Anxiety

ewhenn So anyone that (174 comments)

So most people that watch say... a music video... are depressed or anxious?

Sounds legit.

about a year ago
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Google Glass Could Be the Virtual Dieting Pill of the Future

ewhenn What a load of crap. (159 comments)

The idea that, "there's a lot more to dieting than simply reducing your calorific intake and exercising regularly", is garbage. That's all that controlling your weight boils down to. You could stick me in a room full of ice cream and pizza, as long as I don't eat excess calories I won't gain weight. All I see is an article essentially shifting the blame off of the person in control with the good-ole, "it's not your fault", line. Bull-crap. If you're overweight it IS your fault.

If you lack the will power to control your eating, that's on you. Quit with the excuses, accept reality, and do something about it... Or don't... I don't have a personal stake in your health either way. You'll be the one on the autopsy slab at 55 from a heart attack, not me.

about a year ago
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Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

ewhenn Re:and where is exactly the problem? (915 comments)

EVERYONE has faith.

Even the atheists.

You have _faith_ that the sun will come up tomorrow. That is "grounded faith". You can't prove it until AFTER the event happens, at which point it becomes FACT.

First, I don't have faith. How the F can you make a blanket statement that everyone has faith? I'm an agnostic that feels that when comparing all different explanations on the existence/non-existence of a god and take into consideration actual evidence, has reasoned that the atheists are most likely correct. However, until I absolutely without refute know, I don't actually know.

Second, I don't have "faith" that the sun will come up tomorrow. I have an expectation that it will come up tomorrow based on scientific information. We have an estimate of the Sun's mass and composition. We also have a general idea of how much hydrogen is left for fusion to helium and how long the consumption of this fuel will take. The fact that I feel that the sun will rise tomorrow isn't faith, it's rooted in scientific calculation. The two are entirely different.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Overclocking Over?

ewhenn Re:Overlocking was only ever a dick waving contest (405 comments)

Not sure what you are on about spending $1000 for 25% more performance. I have a cheap $22 CM212+ cooler, that's a pretty far cry from $1000. The gains are absolutely worth it, I have a 2500K that has a stock speed of 3.3 GHz, it's overclocked to 4.5 GHz, or about a 36% increase.

$22 for 36% more performance is absolutely worth it, maybe not for gaming now, but it's definitely useful for other tasks.

Personally, I do a decent amount of encoding video files, and the speed increase is absolutely time saving. I encode roughly 5-6 ~10 min. 1080P videos into H264 a day. The overclocking saves me about 45-50 minutes a day in encoding time. That's nothing to sneeze at.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Catch a Laptop Thief?

ewhenn Violence (485 comments)

Contrary to popular belief, violence is the solution, If you are sure you know who it is, go to town on them. Give me a baseball bat and 5 minutes with any cocksucker that steals my shit, and he'll wish he didn't. Sure you might have my laptop, but I just knocked out all of your teeth and broke your legs. Fair trade.

more than 2 years ago
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AOL Creates Fully Automated Data Center

ewhenn Pretty easy. (123 comments)

It's pretty easy to automate a bunch of off switches. ;)

more than 2 years ago
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After a Decade, Mac Sales Again Top 10%

ewhenn Re:interesting results (410 comments)

What?

So Apple selling a machine that isn't as good as mine in terms of quality, performance, or specs., and for more money means their equipment is a good deal?

You have an interesting perception of value, lol.

more than 2 years ago
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After a Decade, Mac Sales Again Top 10%

ewhenn Re:interesting results (410 comments)

Uh... Pretty sure the post I replied to specifically stated Mac were better quality than self built PCs.

more than 2 years ago
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After a Decade, Mac Sales Again Top 10%

ewhenn Re:interesting results (410 comments)

You can build a "pretty good" PC for less than a mac if you only compare the specs. Once you throw in things like service, build quality, noise level, footprint and intangibles like style, macs own their category. But sometimes pretty good is good enough.

BS. You can build a way better PC for the money than you can buy from Apple.

Service: I can get things done quicker myself, and done right the first time. I can't tell you how many times I've seen PCs get work done on them, only to be sent back exactly the same as when they sent it in.

Build Quality: Like anything you can get cheap parts or quality parts. However I can guarantee you can get a lot better parts then the foxconn ones used in Macs.

Here's a PC I built 2 months ago, 4.5 GHz 2500K, over 5TB of HD space, an SSD, etc. A very good PSU (where OEMs use trash). The motherboard has an over done VRM phase, and solid caps compared to the shit electrolytic ones Apple uses. Also, my stuff isn't all cramped together, and has superb airflow. The case is awesome to work in. PICTURE LINK

Here's the Specs and cost:
$220 - I5 2500K
$129 - ASR P67 Pro3 Motherboard
$60 - G.Skill 8 GB DDR3 1600
$119 - GTX 460 OC
$89 - HAF 922
$20 - CM 212+
$75 - Corsair TX 650 V2

$99 - 80 GB SSD
$79x2 - 2 TB Samsing HD 5400RPM
$59 - 1 TB Samsung HD 7200 RPM
$20 - DVDRW

$89 - Win 7

Total: $1137

Show me a Mac with those specs, at a cheaper price, and you'll make a believer out of me.

Noise level: The case uses big 200mm / 120mm fans. Since they are big, they spin slow (~800 RPM) but still move a lot of air. I'd imagine it rivals a Mac in terms of noise.

Footprint: A Mac is somewhat smaller, but really, it's a tower, it's not like it takes up a lot of room, really.

intangibles like style, macs own their category: I like the HAF 922 look. Style is subjective, what you like I may not, and vice-versa. However, with building your PC, you get to pick your case. When you build a PC you can always choose a case you like, this doesn't happen with Apple (or all OEMs really, but you referred to self built PCs in your OP), you take what they give you and that's it.



I stand by my assertion, a properly built PC is way better and cheaper than a Mac.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Llano APU Review - Slow CPU, Fast GPU

ewhenn Re:Perfect for Bitcoin mining! (184 comments)

Two 5870 running at full will be 350~400 Watts Each.

Add in the motherboard and other basics you're talking 1000 Watts constantly.

Nice job pulling those numbers out of your ass.

Here's the real power consumption of a 5870 right off of AMD's spec sheets: http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5870/Pages/ati-radeon-hd-5870-overview.aspx#2

I'll pull the relevent part out for you: Maximum board power: 188 Watts

Assuming people who bitcoin mine use at least a decent power supply that is 80% efficient PSU at given load (realistically most decent ones are 82%+ in optimal load range), you're going to be pulling 235 watts from the wall per card, max.

235 watts is way less than 350-400 watts, by a long shot.

The rest of the system isn't going to be pulling huge amounts of power, since nobody who is mining bitcoin for real cash does it on a CPU, they do it on GPUs, and the amount of power a motherboard, RAM, disk drive, CPU use while they aren't really working is pretty low, usually in the 30-60 watt range, depending on your CPU, but nowhere near 200 watts of draw

more than 2 years ago

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Sony Running Unpatched Servers with no Firewall

ewhenn ewhenn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ewhenn (647989) writes "Security experts monitoring open Internet forums learned months ago that Sony was using outdated versions of the Apache Web server software, which "was unpatched and had no firewall installed." The issue was "reported in an open forum monitored by Sony employees" two to three months prior to the recent security breaches."
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