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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

hairyfeet Re:Obama is but a puppet (102 comments)

I simply think they know what is coming, we are about to hit (if we haven't already) the singularity, that moment in history where the world is completely changed forever, like the invention of the engine and the airplane but the coming one? Its NOT gonna be nice if the "Ayn Randiates" in the halls of power have their way.

So what is the new singularity? Simple its the day when human labor is no longer needed to maintain and advance the world. Its the day when everything from picking beans to paving roads can all be done by machines that never get paid, never ask for days off, its the corporate idea of heaven!Its the dark reality of John Henry, that no matter how hard you work, even if you work yourself to death, the machine will just keep on working and will run you down without a bit of remorse.

When that day comes there is really only 3 paths, one of which we partially do now which is 1.- "make work" where you pay somebody for doing a pointless "job". We do that now at fast food joints, if you raised the minimum wage to a living wage and quit letting the corps hand out "how to get government handout" videos to new employees? You'd find within a year all the fast food workers replaced with an automated system that not only wouldn't get paid but would probably have a better track record than the underpaid overworked employees do know when it comes to getting orders correct.

The second option would be the "Star Trek Socialist paradise" which would be the most humane of the three, basically give everyone a basic wage and let them do what they will with their free time while giving extra benefits and credits to those that choose to "serve the greater good" by devoting themselves to science and medical research. It sounds now but sadly too many greedy bastards at the top would rather burn the forest down than share the trees which brings us to #3 which is what I think all the 3 letter agencies are ramping up for..

A fascist dictatorship where the elite rule with an iron boot using fear and violence where those at the top commit systematic genocide by forcing the "useless people" to live in ever worsening squalor, probably while claiming they are just "lazy" because they can't compete with the Asian slaves building our electronics. You would need the 3 letter agencies for several jobs in such a shift, to inspire fear and paranoia, to monitor and allow you to remove anybody that could possibly lead the peasants in an uprising, and to get enough dirt on those with weaker stomachs to insure they "get with the program".

Considering how much we have been seeing the mask fall off when it comes to those in power, how they just ignore any and all promises without fear of punishment and how many in power seem to get almost sadistic glee at the thought of stomping on the poor? Sadly I have a feeling its gonna be the third option. They'll use a major false flag to excuse "extraordinary measures" that will simply never end and get worse...war on terror anyone?

about an hour ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

hairyfeet Re:I'm not surprised (87 comments)

THIS, this right here, is what royally pisses me off with the "Linux is ready for the desktop" crowd, because its fucking trivial to show that even the most basic consumer hardware just DOES NOT WORK while basic common sense features, like having a way to roll back drivers when an update hoses them or roll back the system when something goes wrong, that Windows has had for a decade and a fricking half just do not exist. I mean how bad would the FOSSies be laughing if you had to wipe and reinstall Windows every year to year and a half just to get the latest security updates? Well I get that trotted out as a viable "solution" to the fact that no Linux distro can pass the Hairyfeet challenge, which boils down to "get 5 years worth of updates without shitting yourself". Last time I saw that level of shitty in Windows was WinME!

And its sad but I realized years ago that most security problems, both on and offline, could be solved by merely applying the "douchebag rule". Act like the world is filled with vicious trolling POSes that will do something nasty even when they don't gain from it? Watch your issues disappear. Its sad that we have come to that point but we have so many worthless excuses for human beings with nothing better to do than cause grief and misery because they can that this is the world we live in. Hell did you see that article in yahoo about SWAT kicking down the door of a COD player and coming within a hair of killing the kid? Turned out somebody he beat online got butthurt and deciding to call SWAT on him just to be a giant fucking prick, THAT is the world we live in now.

2 days ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

hairyfeet Re:Not good enough (319 comments)

Bono is a douchebag hypocrite who says that somebody who downloads a song on P2P should be given jail time while he has no problem with his band ripping off other artists wholesale. See "U2 rips off song" in any search engine to find more examples than I can count.

I have found being a fucking hypocrite can generate more hatred than pretty much anything else and seeing how fucking reviled Bono is I'd say his hypocrisy must rub a lot of folks the wrong way. If U2 disappeared from the face of the earth tomorrow? I'd have no problem with that and the music scene would probably be a better place.

2 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

hairyfeet Re:the tip is enough (291 comments)

Sigh...how about constantly shifting in game ads to pummel you where you can't escape or use adblock? How about selling your playing habits to advertisers because "hey hardcore players do the dew!" or how about disappearing expansions so if you want to play with everybody else better whip out that CC, because "its only good for x number of days!"

All one has to do is look at EA and Activision to see if there is a douchey way to turn players into walking ATMs some game company WILL do it.

2 days ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

hairyfeet Re:I'm not surprised (87 comments)

THANK YOU, as it doesn't matter if you can squeeze a driver set down to 1Kb if the damned things don't work or work half assed which is what I found trying random printers on Linux at the shop last year. Some would print but NOT scan, some would scan but came out lousy, and frankly NONE of them worked OOTB without seriously fiddling. Compare this to a Windows printer install...1.- Put CD in driver, 2.- Follow instructions....there is no step three! And the driver is 30 Mb, oh noes...who fricking cares? What kind of garbage are you dumpster diving where 30Mb or even 300Mb makes a damned bit of difference? Hell the cheapest shittiest used towers I keep around just to have something under $99 have 160Gb drives so who cares about drivers in the Mb range?

As for TFA...is anybody REALLY surprised, I mean really? These corps never think about security until it bites them square on the ass so while I'm glad its a white hat and not a black pulling this I really wouldn't be surprised if all consumer printers with net features is equally shitty, its just not something they even bothered considering. It reminds me how there was zero security on faxes until assholes started spamming black faxes, most of these companies just don't think "What would a giant douchebag do?" which sadly today is EXACTLY what you have to consider right off the bat.

2 days ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

hairyfeet Re:Helium? (296 comments)

If you trust SMART I have a bridge you may be interested in as I have dealt with drives at the shop where you could literally hear the head slamming that SMART said was just hunky dory. You also can't trust any kind of "old age" metric because that ignores the simple fact that some companies build better products, it would be like judging the reliability of all cars based on what the bottom of the line Kia is like in 5 years. Hell when it comes to reliable I will take a used or refurb Samsung over a brand new Seagate consumer line drive as I've found everything above 500GB on the consumer line is buggy firmware and flimsy as hell, I swear you can look at a Seagate 1.5Tb funny and it'll commit suicide.

At the end of the day surely to God it can't be THAT hard to put in a simple helium gauge so you would know its going down and by how much, in fact the only reason I could see not putting one in is to fuck folks over on the warranty.

4 days ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

hairyfeet Re:Helium? (296 comments)

Does it come with some sort of gauge, so you can know when its getting close to running out? Because I don't want a drive with a time limit where I don't have a way to keep up with the countdown.

I'm sure I'll hear a bunch of analogies but I've dealt with more drives in the shop than most guys have had hot meals and with modern drives? Unless you drop the thing you usually get plenty of warning before failure, not to mention that having to get 8TB worth of data off while the drive dies does NOT sound fun so having plenty of warning would be good. Heck I've had 1TB drives in the shop that was a race to get the data off before they croaked, 8-10TB sounds like a nightmare.

about a week ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

hairyfeet Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

Show me where thousands were murdered over a non religious statue or building and I'll concede your point, until then we hairless monkeys have shown that religion is the equivalent of handing a 3 year old a loaded gun...while I would prefer that nothing be destroyed there are some cases when you simply have to accept some things are just too dangerous to be left out.

And I would be happy to accept having the best historical copies of each locked in a bunker somewhere for historians to study except we have seen where that leads, the Catholic church.

about two weeks ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

hairyfeet Re:Eurasia vs. oceania (215 comments)

Ya know I always thought it was hilarious how badly the west got their panties in a wad over the SCUD when its just a really REALLY crude rocket, not much better than the Katyusha of WWII. Every time old Saddam tried to improve the things all he did was make 'em more likely to fall apart or blow up, tests we did on captured ones showed you'd be damned lucky to land within 4 football fields of your target, and that was with the Russian ones, Saddams were much worse because his "rocket scientists" just kept making the cases thinner to increase range, they were right up there with the Asad Babil on the POS scale.

Like it or not getting rid of old Saddam and crazy MoMo was VERY stupid, because just like in Vietnam with the assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem we didn't have a damned clue as to what to do after. And just like with Ngo Dinh Diem it gave the enemy the field as all it did was sow chaos and instability and replace a bad leader with a giant question mark, leaving the place easy pickings. Was MoMo and Saddam evil? yep they were total scum but they were containable scum, whereas the Islamist extremists build training camps and export their evil all over the planet.

If there is any lesson we should take from Libya and Iraq its that we should NOT do anything to topple Assad, because any attempt to replace him with a western stooge will only end up being a disaster, instead if the people of Syria replace him all on their own we should try to have a dialog with that person but not to try to ramrod in our own puppet because in the long run it comes and bites us on the ass.

about two weeks ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

hairyfeet Re:hmmm (137 comments)

I think one should make Disney pay dearly for extending copyrights but since we can't fight them via the law, maybe we should try some culture jamming instead?

For an example we need to fill the net with links and images so if somebody uses a search engine for "Mickey Mouse" instead of the clean sanitary Disney version they get the broken down whored out Taco-Man version? Bonus if they come with his catch phrase "I'll suck your dick for $10".

Its obvious that Disney will just keep buying congresscritters until copyrights last for eternity so it looks like the only thing left to do is just shit all over the mouse, make the mouse so lame Disney can't reap endless profits without penalty by whoring the mouse out for eternity.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

hairyfeet Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

Ignoring some fact there, aren't ya Sparky? BTW they have a name for the kind of fallacy you're trying to pull, its called Tu quoque, also known as the "You lynch negroes" fallacy for the fact that it was used often by Stalin's supporters to cover over his atrocities...nice company you keep.

As for what you are selectively ignoring is the fact that Israel has attempted to broker a cease fire with hamas several times only to be met with more rockets filled with nails aimed at civilian centers, the last of which was last week BTW, it lasted all of 42 minutes before iron Dome was activated by incoming shells. I won't even bother with your hypothetical Christians, because I can find a whacko or two that calls for the killing of any race and that is frankly a fucking joke compared to the murder of rape victims and cutting the hands off alleged thieves, but lets go straight to your "majority of Muslims are peaceful...shall we? Boy I'm betting after this you'll wish you can kept your mouth shut because the facts? NOT on your side. Try reading a little bit before you speak because it will frankly make you look less foolish.

The second link BTW even explains WHY Muslims are violent, its because unlike the Torah and the Bible it was written extremely vague, so that its easy for Mullahs to continue the violence, quote" God commanded the Hebrews to kill Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusitesâ"all specific peoples rooted to a specific time and place. At no time did God give an open-ended command for the Hebrews, and by extension their Jewish descendants, to fight and kill gentiles. On the other hand, though Islam's original enemies were, like Judaism's, historical (e.g., Christian Byzantines and Zoroastrian Persians), the Qur'an rarely singles them out by their proper names. Instead, Muslims were (and are) commanded to fight the people of the book "until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled"and to "slay the idolaters wherever you find them."

But of course you will likely ignore the facts because it isn't from a site like HuffyPo that fits your preconceived (most likely ultra left) biases, just like how the ultra left was making for some hilarious entertainment by the way they kept tapdancing trying to continue to support their theory that Brown was "executed by teh man" despite ever mounting evidence he was a violent criminal. Just like them I'm sure you'll ignore the evidence and continue to pretend that Islam and the other religions are equal, which is as delusional as saying crime is the same in poor and rich neighborhoods because once, five years ago, a rich woman killed her cheating husband on the nice side of town! Shock!

Meanwhile anybody with more than 2 functioning braincells will be able to see through your bullshit by simply turning on any news outlet from any place on the planet and watch the beheading of the week, maybe enjoy a few stonings...BTW since the religions are equally violent, perhaps you can show me the Christian equivalent of Farfur? Because I have seen a LOT of western kid's shows over the years and I don't remember EVER seeing one teaching lovely songs like how I should get into heaven with the heads of Jews and Muslims on my belt...perhaps you can provide a link to that show?

about two weeks ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

hairyfeet Re:Uh. YUCK? (97 comments)

Key word? Intended because how long you think its gonna be before some employee figures out with the high cost of mushrooms there is profits to be made?

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

hairyfeet Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

It is how Neil Degrasse Tyson said when talking about how religion can kill progress "The Arab world was the center of science and mathematics for centuries, and then came Islam", you simply cannot compare Islam to any other major religion as the other religions grew up, Islam didn't. When was the last time you heard of Jews stoning rape victims? Read about any Christians chopping the hands off thieves lately? But it wouldn't take me even 5 minutes worth of Googling to wallpaper this page with horror after horror, not only not condemned but condoned by Islamic states.

At the end of the day the other religions went through this centuries ago and that time was rightly called the dark ages, and until Muslims stand up and refuse to accept such atrocities committed in the name of their God all we can do is get as much of history as we can out of their hands and document all that we can't. As we have seen in Iraq and Afghanistan anything that doesn't have the name of the prophet on it WILL end up destroyed just as religious leaders during the dark ages took priceless ancient Greek books and reused the pages to make prayer books to their God.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the best thing anybody could ever do for humanity is take every single religious text and destroy them, the evil they cause far outweighs the good.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

hairyfeet Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (311 comments)

What I don't get is WHY? Why in the fuck would you worship a fricking corporation? Its not like they have stock in the company, hell the company doesn't even give them iFanboy discounts or anything, so why?

Are there products that I like? Sure but I'll drop their asses like a bad habit if they screw me over, take Nvidia, I used to LOVE Nvidia cards...until I got fucked over by bumpgate. Now? I use and sell nothing but ATI/AMD cards. And I sure as hell ain't trying to cover when a company fucks their customers, see the diatribes I wrote about MSFT when they released Windows "LULZ I Iz A Cellphone LULZ" Mist8ke Edition.

So i just don't fucking get it, I really don't.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

hairyfeet Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (359 comments)

Then what we need is a group of mathematicians to get together and come up with a standard, just as we have the IEEE give us so many IT standards.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

hairyfeet Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (311 comments)

The Anon Coward can't provide one because he is one of the faithful iFanboys protecting his God by any means, truth or no. I have seen this same claim made on multiple sites and every single time when somebody asked for a citation? Nothing but silence.

This is why iFanboys scare me, as the closest analogy is a Scientologist, they both have this insane devotion to their cause and will happily lie and mislead if it furthers their religon.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

hairyfeet Re:I PC game, and have zero reason to upgrade (98 comments)

Well if you were wanting just playback and not transcoding I'd suggest the Socket AM1 Athlon quads, at 25w I've been using it for HTPCs and it works great in that role but for what you are wanting to do? honestly I'd probably stay away from the APUs, the "bang for the buck" just isn't there yet. Now please remember that with these recommendations I'm having to work without a LOT of the data I require, for example i don't know how many streams you are wanting to process, budget, etc so I'm just gonna throw some things out there with pretty wide parameters because of this.

That out of the way lets talk parts. For an HTPC with transcoding I'd probably go for an AM3+, you can get a board for just $25 and use the money you save to get FX6300. if you need to go cheaper you can get an FX 4130 Black Edition for $72 or an Athlon X3 450 and if you spent a little more on the board to get one with AAC I've been seeing more than 80% unlocks on that chip, so for $51 for the used you could have an Athlon X4 at 3.2GHz, can't beat that, in fact my youngest has an unlocked 450 and it plays pretty much any game he desires so its got the strength required for transcoding.

Now for graphics I bet you are wondering "Why should I go discrete instead of APU?" and the answer is simple...bandwidth.Remember when you are multitasking, like say watching a video while doing a transcode lets say, that with an APU your RAM is gonna have to be doing double duty by being the buffer for the GPU as well as being the working memory for the CPU that is gonna end up bottlenecking on ya friend, not to mention 4K is seriously heavy on the bandwidth so having a discrete is just a better call. If you are not gaming I'd go with something like this HD6450 for $37 or if you want to go dirt cheap and silent this HD5450 for $20 after MIR. in both cases you get plenty of GPU memory for video buffering, the AMD drivers not only come with codecs that allow hardware acceleration of most formats but also allow drag and drop transcoding to H.264 or VC1, and most importantly you are leaving your options open. Need to process more streams? Well if you started with the X3 you could go to an X6 or even X8 when you spot one on sale. new video format becomes popular? Get a new GPU that has hardware acceleration of that format.

Again remember I'm doing this without a lot of the data I'd normally work with, also remember that the 95w rating when it comes to AMD is the MAX RATING, I've found IRL its a LOT lower. For example my X6 has a TDP of 95w but acording to asrock IES which measures what the board is feeding the CPU with 8 tabs open in Dragon along with several background programs like Steam my chip is pulling between 8.4w-18w and the reason why is simple, more cores means no waiting for jobs so the chip can idle more often. BTW if you want to save even more power? Spend a little more and get an Asrock board as not only do they come with IES which drops the number of phases when idle but they also come with excellent OCing/UCing ability and its trivially easy to underclock an AMD CPU which will naturally lower the power and heat. There are plenty of forums which will show you how to UC an AMD chip, some guys are running sub 1 volt on their AMD quads which can drop a 95w CPU into 45w territory.

Anyway I hope this helps, and as far as Intel? Its just not worth it, the 15% you gain in single threaded isn't worth the premium you pay for the chip and the board and with the APU again you are gonna end up with bottlenecks and with the tasks you are describing multithreaded is gonna matter more anyway as most transcoding software can use as many cores as you can throw. And don't forget you wil probably be wanting to use it WHILE its transcoding and as somebody with an X6 I can tell you that its DAMN nice to be able to use Aiseesoft Total Video Converter and assign it 3 cores to use while I'm watching videos or even gaming and have all my transcoding happen in the background without slowing me down. With AM3+ not only do you have plenty of options but since its been out for years its easy enough to spend a little time looking around bay or Amazon market and find the chips dirt cheap,use the money you save to add where it really counts, more RAM, an SSD for the boot, etc. Its easy enough to find a "VCR style" case to put it in that will look great in a TV cabinet and finally add something like this Lenovo remote to control it all one handed.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

hairyfeet Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (311 comments)

WTF good is that gonna do when the "find my iPhone" feature allowed for unlimited password tries with NO TIME LIMIT as has been reported on several sites? You can have the best password ever created and if I can just brute force the site all day long without penalty then you be fucked friend, after all you can throw together an AMD octocore box for a couple hundred bucks that can crank out attempts in the millions if not tens of millions if you have a big enough pipe!

Lets face it, somebody at Apple done fucked up REAL bad and instead of admitting it they are doing a "you're holding it wrong" level of BS spinjob trying to cover it up.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

hairyfeet Re:I PC game, and have zero reason to upgrade (98 comments)

That is the dirty little secret both sides don't want to talk about and why guys like me have branched into home theater and networking setups as there really isn't any reason to upgrade if you aren't one of the 5% or so that push a system to the limit and even they are finding it harder to justify.

What neither chip maker wants to admit is that from 1993 to 2006 what we had was a BUBBLE, no different than the real estate or dotbomb bubbles. The MHz race meant that a 2 year old PC would be seriously struggling to run the latest software and a 3 year old PC probably wouldn't run half of the new programs. In one 4 year stretch I went from 300Mhz to 2200MHz, over 7 times the clockrate while having the memory and storage space just about double with each of the 4 systems between 300Mhz and 2200MHz. Since I too am a gamer during this period I was having to chunk my system almost yearly just because of how quickly the raw power was growing, it was insane.

Now compare to the system I have now....the system is nearly 5 years old, with a 4 year old hexacore and a GPU that has been out nearly 2 years....but why would I build a new one? Thanks to Turbocore my system has no problems playing the latest games, most of which only use a couple of cores, while the RAM is slower DDR2 I have 8 GB of it so games and videos are buttery smooth and with 3TB of HDD space and room for an SSD I'm certainly not hurting on the storage front. All I did was slap in a $100 HD7750 to replace my aging HD4850 (which frankly still played the newer games just fine, it was just a heat monster) and everything plays great, with more bling than I can pay attention to in the heat of battle.

And of course the gamers are the minority...what about the majority? Luckily I have just about the most perfect "Joe Average" test case any PC shop guy could ask for in my dad, his PC usage is about as ordinary and middle of the road as one can get. Webmail, video chat, watching movies, web surfing, you can't get more average when it comes to test cases. When the Phenom IIs dropped right before the Bulldozer release I thought "Ya know, its been awhile since I built him that $199 Phenom I quad special**, now that the prices have dropped maybe its time to upgrade his system" so I ran a log for a couple weeks on his home and office systems just to see how hard they were being slammed...the result? That Phenom I quad was maxing out at 35% and the Pentium Dual at work was maxing out at just 45%!

So there really isn't any reason to upgrade any longer, systems went from "good enough, but just barely" to "fire breathing funny cars that spend more time idling than working". This is also why I have no problem remaining an AMD exclusive shop, as it really doesn't matter if AMD releases on the smallest nm or even comes out with new chips as the ones they have is so overpowered it just isn't funny, and my customers just love how much power I can give them for very little $$$.

**- Man those that missed jumping on the Phenom I don't know what they missed, thanks to the TLB bug I was grabbing those chips for $30 a triple and $45 a quad and to this day they make great desktops, even have a customer that does 3D robotics design on a Phenom I X3 and it works great. The best "bang for the buck" deals right now for those that want a real steal? If you want an HTPC the socket AM1 quads are just nuts, you can grab the APU and the board for less than $100 and if you need an ULV server you can save $15 by swapping the Athlon quad for the Sempron. On the desktop front the Athlon X3s and Phenom X3 on AM3 are just highway robbery, with those chips easily found in the $45 range and paired with a cheap AAC board I'm seeing close to 80% unlocks on these. A 3GHz+ quad for less than $50? You just can't beat that. For the gamers many are recommending the Athlon 750K for FM2 but I'm bucking the trend and saying grab the FX6300 AM3 because you can grab an X6 with a turbo of 4.1 GHz for just $106 shipped. With the FX you are getting two chips in one, a really fast triple for your single threaded games and a hexacore for your multitasking...at $106? Its a steal.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

hairyfeet Re:Simple (635 comments)

So let me get this straight...I can spend $200+ on thumbsticks that I will most likely never see again, or buy a 50 pack of blank DVDs off of Newegg for $6...hmmm....sorry, not really a hard choice pal. Not to mention how the hell am I gonna reproduce 20 thumbsticks when I need to hand out Windows updates to customers whose net is dodgy or who have shitty captastic cellular net? With DVD I simply push the "make another copy" button and tell it how many I want, then I can just slap in another disc when the drawer opens and not even pay attention to it...how am I supposed to do that with thumbsticks?

about two weeks ago

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New Via quad previewed

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hairyfeet writes "HardOCP has a preview of the new Via Technologies quad core APU which purports to outscore the AMD Brazos in graphics performance while having just a 27w TDP. Most interestingly for possible server roles is it continues Via's support for hardware based AES encryption while being pin compatible going all the way back to the C7. So could this be the chip that gets via a place in your server room?"
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Tea Party cheers for letting uninsured die

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 3 years ago

hairyfeet writes "At the republican debates Rep. Ron Paul was asked about whether an uninsured twenty something should be allowed to die and the audience cheered at the thought. As someone who considers himself pretty conservative I found that horrifying. Is this how greedy we have become? That it is better to let a young man die than pay any taxes? Is this REALLY what we want in America?"
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Google attempts buyout of Motorola

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hairyfeet writes "After claims that competitors of Android are abusing patents including Motorola who is attempting to collect patent royalties from Android manufacturers it looks like Google is deciding to fight back by offering 12.5 billion for Motorola and all the patents owned by the cell phone maker. Will Google be able to pull this off? Will this start a bidding war for Motorola? And will this combined with the Nortel patents give Google too much power in the mobile arena in the eyes of the DoJ and EU Commission?"
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Mono coms to Android

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hairyfeet writes "After releasing Monotouch for iPhone which allows c# development on iOS Novell has announced the availability of Mono for Android. Will this give us the "one language to rule them all" that Java failed to bring, or will the bad blood between the F/OSS groups and Microsoft make this a dead end?"
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Microsoft extends downgrade rights

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hairyfeet writes "For those worried about losing the ability to run XP, it appears your worries are over. Brandon LeBlanc has just blogged that Microsoft will be extending the Windows OEM downgrade rights saying "Enabling such rights throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle will make it easier for customers as they plan deployments to Windows 7." For those that still rely on WinXP apps, I'm sure this is welcome news."
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Linux package repos vulnerable

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hairyfeet writes "The paper submitted here along with the original PDF says these researchers have found a way to take over a repository without needing the private key. Is this a serious risk, or just more FUD?"
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More strangeness in the Windows "memory hog" case

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hairyfeet writes "After Windows 7 was declared a "memory hog" by Craig Barth of Devil Mountain software, who later turned out not to exist the story, which was quickly dismissed as scaremongering By Ars Technica has today taken yet another turn. ZDNet has analyized the Devil mountain software XPNet and written an article "Why We Don't Trust Devil Mountain software (and neither should you) which uncovers serious privacy issues, lies involving a supposed high profile customer that doesn't actually use their software, and the convoluted relationship between Randall Kennedy, his alter ego Craig Barth, and IDG. This story just keeps getting stranger."
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ASUS abandons Linux

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Computerworld has posted from a ASUS product showcase in Sydney that when asked why there were no Linux notebooks or Netbooks on display that according to ASUS representatives Linux is being phased out by the company across the board in favor of Windows. Considering that Ubuntu has confirmed that Linux has a 400% return rate when compared to Windows, and that Windows now own 90%+ of the Netbook market with an aging Windows XP, does this mean that the future of Linux in the Netbook/Notebook market is bleak?"
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HP and Symantec team up for new Secure Firefox

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "HP,Mozilla,and Symantec have teamed up to create a new version of Firefox,to be called the HP Firefox Virtual Browser and will first be seen on a new HP desktop called the HP Compaq dc790. Kirk Godkin, an HP senior product manager for business PCs, said "What we have created is a virtual layer where your browser runs and all the downloads, all the clicks, all the cookies and everything is placed within ... a virtualized run-time environment,With the browser, the user only has to click the mouse and it will reset the browser to its original state and all their favorites will remain the same."

With the browser arena getting more crowded by the day, with Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari all competing with Firefox for a space on the desktop it will be interesting to see how well this new Virtual Firefox measures up. For the complete story go to eWeek for more details."

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More woes for Nvidia as motherboards are pulled

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Hot on the heels of yesterdays reporting on Slashdot of Nvidia laptops chips failing is todays report by the Inquirer that several manufacturers have quietly pulled their Nvidia 790i boards due to a rumored data corruption issue. DFI, Foxconn, and Gigabyte have all quietly removed all 790i offerings from their product pages without explanation. After taking a 150 to 200 million dollar charge for the repair and replacement of the defective mobile chips this development couldn't have come at a worse time."
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Spam King kills himself and his family

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Edward 'Eddie' Davidson,the escaped Spam King first reported on Slashdot here,was found dead along with his girlfriend and 3 year old daughter in what is apparently a murder/suicide. The full details are posted here."
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New Trojan Leverages Unpatched Mac Flaw

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Showing that the Apple Macs increased popularity has made it a more appetizing target for hackers, The The Washington Post is reporting that a new exploit tool released recently to exploit ARDAgent has been distributed until earlier today through an online forum for Mac Hackers.

After analysis of the exploit code noted security researcher Dino Dai Zovi stated this exploit is designed to be bundled into any legitimate downloadable Mac program,turning an otherwise legitimate program into an exploit toolkit capable of turning control of the computer over to hackers. According to Mr. Dai Zovi the program tries two different exploits to install itself without requiring the users username and password, the above mentioned ARDAgent and a privilege escalation vulnerability pacthed by Apple in 2006. Once installed it drops a keystroke logger called logext onto the infected system,followed by installing a listening VNC server to allow the attacker remote access."

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Vista collapse means Yahoo required for survival

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald told a conference audience yesterday that Microsoft's Windows product is collapsing and must make radical changes to its operating system or risk becoming a has-been. They pointed out the abysmal adoption rate of just 6% for businesses and the huge size of the code base which means years to make changes and leaves only the most high end computers to take advantage of it anyway.


The real question isn't "What can Microsoft do to fix their Windows product?" but rather "Even If Windows and Office were perfect, would it be enough to keep Microsoft relevant in the medium term?" I think the answer to that latter question might be "nope." And that, of course, is why they want Yahoo so badly. Online advertising revenue is their only real hope of long term survival."
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Vista works,and it only took 16 months!

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Eweek columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported today that he finally got his Vista machine fully operational and it only took 16 months! While I don't normally take much stock in such stories, I do find this one compelling as it is from a person who has been hacking Operating Systems since the days of the CICS/MVS and has been using Microsoft products from DOS 1 and Windows 1 up. How are those that buy the upgrade to Vista after Microsoft stops selling Windows XP supposed to figure out how to get everything working if it takes an experienced OS guy 16 months?


I personally believe this is further proof that Microsoft needs to rethink the ending of Windows XP on June 30,at least until support for the basics like common on-board sound chips have been worked out. And to be fair and partial I'd also like to point out that yesterday the same columnist published an article pushing for the release for XP SP3.But after his Vista experience I can't say I blame him. What do you think slashdot? Is Vista ready to be deployed on the millions of machines out there running Windows 2000 and XP? Or should Microsoft wait to allow manufacturers more time to work out the bugs when it comes to drivers?"
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Hacker finds serious flaws in Windows Server 2008

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Argeniss founder Cesar Cerrudo has found serious design weaknesses that could allow a skilled hacker to take complete control of the Windows Server 2008. These weaknesses could allow a hacker to have complete control over the system and also affects Windows XP,Server 2003,and Windows Vista. To Quote Mr. Cerrudo "[We found] from design issues that were not identified by Microsoft engineers during the Security Development Lifecycle, and allows accounts commonly used by Windows services — NETWORK SERVICE and LOCAL SERVICE — to bypass new Windows services protection mechanisms and elevate privileges". He further stated that on Windows XP and server 2003 it is especially severe as "any Windows service, even when running under a low privileged account, can potentially break through the security protections and fully compromise the operating system.""
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Mozilla CEO has problems with Safari "update&#

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "Do you use iTunes on Windows? If so you may be getting the gift of Safari from Apple whether you want it or not, and Mozilla CEO Joe Wilcox is not happy about it. After his daughter was offered Safari as a "bonus update" with a recent update to her iTunes software,Mr. Wilcox is quoted on his blog as saying "What Apple is doing now with their Apple Software Update on Windows is wrong. It undermines the trust relationship great companies have with their customers, and that's bad — not just for Apple, but for the security of the whole Web." He also pointed out the check box is already clicked when you go to update meaning you have to opt out,not in and that it lists Safari as getting an update even if you don't have it installed.


Whether you are a fan of Apple or not most would have to admit installing a new browser during an update to existing software is a not the norm. So is it simply a good business strategy? Or is it a case of Apple trying to use its existing software to help push its way into new markets? You can read and decide for yourself here"
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Windows Vista VS XP Deathmatch

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hairyfeet writes "As there are many of us choosing to skip on Vista(including me) Australian PC World has an interesting article with the slightly overblown title Death Match: Windows Vista VS XP. But while the title may be a little over the top, the article is actually thoughtful,in my opinion. It points out some of the things one should be looking at from a business point of view when deciding whether to skip Vista or not, such as support,security,reliability,etcetera. And for those who would simply like to read the article without flipping through four pages of ads, I humbly present the printer friendly version here."
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Bush on Teleco Immunity: No Compromise

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "President Bush has refused to budge on his stance for teleco immunity,vowing to veto any bill that contains FISA without retroactive immunity. Eweek quotes the House majority leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland in a statement that reads Republicans "prefer to have a political issue rather than a strong new FISA bill in place as quickly as possible. Certainly Republicans do not really believe that the role of the House is to simply rubber-stamp whatever bills the Senate passes." While the EFF, co-lead counsel in the nearly 40 pending lawsuits against the telecos,says that they broke the law by providing the NSA with the contents of billions of emails,text messages,and VOiP conversations,and that guilt should be decided by the courts."
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10 computer ads provide a look at the way we were

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hairyfeet writes "2spare has managed to compile a look back at how things used to be with ten ads from computing long past. Now we aren't talking the things we have all seen (or remember) like Apple's famous 1984, these start way back in 1971. I especially love the one bragging about 300Mb of storage for under $20,000. These kinds of ads remind me of how I paid $400 for a 1X DVD burner only to have 4X on sale at less than $100 a few months later. So Slashdot readers, how much did YOU pay for high tech only to have it obsoleted right out from under you?"
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In praise of e-cigs

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 8 months ago

I had tried everything. I tried the patch, the gum, the pill that made the smokes taste nasty, and nothing. No matter what I kept on smoking. Now after 30 years I FINALLY was able to throw away the cigarette...thanks to e-cigs.

For anyone who wishes to try quitting using e-cigs some advice. 1.- Do NOT use the ones that look like a cigarette, not only are the batteries VERY weak but trying to get one of those to drag like a cigarette will just leave you frustrated. 2.- Get what is called a "510 thread" or "Ego style" unit, these can be had for as little as $25 online. 3.- Watch some of the excellent tutorials to find which tips are right for you, a good place to start would be "indoor smoking" on Youtube.

Hopefully this will inspire at least one other person to give it a try and if this old dog can learn a new trick and give up the butts? Then you can too!

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Over 9000?

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 9 months ago

You ever wonder what would happen to privdog privacy guard if it went over 9999? Well if you want to see for yourself head over to "musicvideosthatsuck.net" as so far my privdog has managed to roll over TWICE and IT IS STILL GOING. I think I may have found the spammiest spammy spam of sites in all of creation. Anybody find any worse?

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Phone scams

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I know that we geeks tend to laugh at such things but PLEASE REMEMBER that just as many of us can't do open heart surgery or rebuild our car engines, so too is there many that don't have our experience with scams. Currently there are several "$1000 Gift Card" scams that are going around, Best Buy and Walmart are two of the biggest right now. Please warn your less tech savvy friends and family about such things and point out that a REAL winning entry in a contest would be contacted by something other than a txt. I have had to warn several older and less savvy customers in the past few weeks because of this scam so its going around pretty heavily. remember to use your computer savvy for good and help your fellow man keep from being ripped off.

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XSS or something worse?

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I have a customer that surfs those "porntube" style sites and I kept getting emails from him consisting of a single link, obviously randomly generated. Now since I had just cleaned this machine and knew it to be good I asked "WTH?" and he swore up and down that the ONLY thing he had done was watch some videos on those porntube sites. So I figured he was probably lying, so I figured "I've just made a disc image, have AV and NoScript, lets experiement". So I went to several porntube style sites, DrTuber,XHamster, etc, just clicking links to bounce from one to the other when sure enough about an hour later I started getting emails from myself along with everyone in my address book!

Now since it was the yahoo account that I only use as a spam dump I didn't care about that, what I DID care about is it looks like every. single. person. that looks at any of the porntube sites is vulnerable to having their Yahoo addresses stolen! I tried Chromium and FF 4, I tried with NoScript enabled, no matter what I did after surfing those sites for an hour or less, even after using CCleaner first to make sure there wasn't any info in the cache, there it was.

Now all I can tell you is that it doesn't seem to affect GMail or Live Mail, just Yahoo, but with Yahoo Mail it seems to be pretty damned consistent no matter what the user does! So has anyone else run into this, know how it works, or know how to stop it? I wish I could tell you the exact site but I was looking for the effect more than the cause, but if you start at DrTuber and XHamster and start clicking on video links leading to affiliates you WILL end up seeing it first hand, just don't use a Yahoo account you care about! Although since I saw the effect WITHOUT logging into Yahoo and WITH private browsing on who knows if you'll be able to stop it? I'm starting to wonder if the new yahoo beta isn't storing your address book unencrypted in the browser somewhere for speed. If it is the case we are talking a serious security flaw here folks!

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