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Steam's Most Popular Games

hairyfeet Re:Partial statistics (117 comments)

To me the point when HL2 shit the bed is when they pulled a Bioshock Infinite and fell in love with a gimmick...the gravity gun. In HL2 the GG was just another weapon, used in a couple of spots but other than those spots it really wasn't required. What did we get for EP 1? Gravitypaloza. By the time I was being forced to shoot basketballs at striders I was just sick of the stupid gravity gun, just as I got sick of infinite shoving that damned skyhook under my nose going "Isn't this neato"? Sure it was, before you BECAME ANNOYING ABOUT IT!!

As for so many games not played? Bundles, simple as that. You can get so many bundles on Steam that you soon end up with dozens of games and you only have so many hours in the day so...there ya go. Between the big Steam sales and Humble Bundles I probably got a good 50 games in a couple months, just not enough time to play them all before the next killer bundle comes along.

Finally as for Steam being "bloated" on OSX.....ever stop to think that OSX simply isn't very well suited as a gaming platform? Because on Windows you are looking at maybe 60Mb (I have Raptr AND Steam running and barely am using 100Mb) and from what I understand the Steam for Linux also runs quite well, which leaves OSX looking as the culprit from where I sit.

2 days ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

hairyfeet Re:ARM is the new Intel (109 comments)

And this is different from what Google is doing with Android....how exactly? In case you missed the memo Google has been taking bog standard X86 laptops and locking them down worse than cellphones and as far as EEE? Google is already moved into the third phase by making more and more apps simply not work without GooglePlay API.

I find it hilarious how many are cheering because "Android has gots teh Linux" when in reality Google is about to make them its bitch. Have fun with that laptop that won't run 90% of the distros on distrowatch thanks to DRM or that latest version of AOSP that won't run half the apps in the playstore because its all tied to Google APIs, but "its teh Linux" so it can't be locked right?....oh wait

3 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

hairyfeet Re:Simple math (245 comments)

MSDN keys ARE ILLEGAL, full stop, and are no better in that regard than TPB. The license for MSDN clearly states they are ONLY to be used on testing systems and NOT for resale and its douches selling keys that got MSFT to get rid of the cheaper MSDN options and severely restrict keys.

So I'm sorry but you might as well go TPB as you aren't anymore legal and the TPB version which also passes WGA,don't mean its a legal copy.

5 days ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

hairyfeet Re:Oh, man, what a mess (151 comments)

Showing yet again that there is a reason why I like Comodo when it comes to security when Comodo found out their certs were vulnerable thanks to heartbleed Comodo got on the ball replacing certs ASAP.

No company is perfect, every company will fuck up now and then, but the nice thing about Comodo is when they see a problem they don't try to bury it or play the blame game. Instead they announce "here is the problem and here is what we are doing about it" and then they DO IT, no stalling or bullshitting. In the case of heartbleed as companies patch their sites they can get a fresh key, no muss no fuss.

about a week ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

hairyfeet Re:Funny (689 comments)

Whether or not it broke the camel's back I would argue its proof of the project being run in-compliantly, because when your project has money woes you don't blow hundreds of thousands of dollars on outreach programs.

about a week ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

hairyfeet Re:Well, yeah (134 comments)

I personally think we should thank Obama as he has shown us that voting is without a doubt POINTLESS and that all you can do is grab as much as you can from "big mommy" government and wait for the inevitable collapse. The ones I feel sorry for are the ones that believed in Obama and in the voting process, the ones that held voter drives and went door to door and busted ass to get Obama elected only to find they might as well have given Bush a third term for all the good it did.

about a week ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

hairyfeet Re:Simple math (245 comments)

If you are gonna use an illegal key why not just use the pirate version? I never understood paying someone for an obviously non-legit key, because sooner or later its gonna get blackballed and if that is the case why not just go TPB and call it a day.

about a week ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

hairyfeet Re:Simple math (245 comments)

You called? Its really not hard at all to build a sub $500 system that will game quite good, for example we can go AMD Hexacore for $224 after MIR, add $15 for a DVD burner, $55 for a 500GB-1TB drive (depending on what is on sale), and Win 7 Home 64bit for $100 that frankly nearly every build ignores when figuring price....final total? $394, $494 if you get the GPU I'd recommend, the HD7790.

We can go even cheaper if we went with one of the new APUs and many review sites show they do quite well with gaming up to 1080p and at the most common resolution (1600x900 last I checked) they do VERY well. We start with This quad core APU kit for $320 and simply add the Win 7 HP from above....final total? $424. This is of course taking the path of least resistance, if I were to price each part separately and go for the bargains, like for instance grab one of the Athlon X3s where I'm seeing better than 70% unlocks? I could probably shave another $30-$50 off the final total.

So anybody that says gaming can only be done on some $1200 monster is frankly full of bull. Hell my gaming system cost less than $600 and by watching the sales I got an AMD hexacore with 8GB of RAM, 3TB of HDD space, and an HD7750 that plays all the games I like on Win 7 HP smooth as butter.

about a week ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

hairyfeet Re:Isn't the upshot the same? (325 comments)

Because the H1-Bs are indentured servants they can pay them Mickey D's wages and your US tech workers can't live on Mickey wages thanks to our degrees costing 10-20 times as much as theirs? Not to mention unlike before where a person could get an entry level and continue to get an education while getting real world experience thanks to the H1-Bs you have an arms race where you need more and more degrees (and deeper and deeper debt) just to get ANY job other than lackey?

Perhaps you should watch How NOT to hire an American which is a training video by a law firm that specializes in H1-Bs to show how rigged and fucked up the system TRULY is. At the end of the day you are crippling the country in return for short term gains, as India gets a large pool of tech workers and plenty of money coming in for infrastructure and new businesses, while in america the business districts look like ghost towns and the roads and bridges fall down around you.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

hairyfeet Re:Wait... wha? (1482 comments)

OS/2 hasn't been IBM's for the better part of a decade, its controlled by eComstation who does a decent amount of business supporting financial markets.

As for those trying to make excuse for Mozilla? 1.- like it or not the CEO is the face of the company and in this case the face belongs to a bigot, 2.- For those that use the "the state voted for it" excuse? The southern states voted repeatedly and by a VERY large margin that Jim Crow was fine, so by your argument the southern states should still be segregated, and finally 3.- Those that make the lame "gay agenda" bullshit excuse? Did you say the same about blacks in the 60s, that it was a "Negro agenda"? Its about CIVIL RIGHTS, PERIOD.

The state gives preferential treatment to married couples when it comes to taxes, child visitation, property inheritance, there are VERY few places that the government doesn't give some sort of preferential treatment to couples. While I personally believe it is unconstitutional since its clearly joining church and state until we are ALL treated as individuals under the law by the government? it very much IS a civil rights issue, since straight couples are given rights and privileges that gay couples do not get. Oh and before somebody makes the foolish statement about wills and the like? In most states the will does NOT change the tax burden which will be felt by a surviving spouse, which again isn't the same if that spouse was in a hetro marriage.

about three weeks ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

hairyfeet Re:Shocked and saddened (286 comments)

The problem with your logic is thus, unlike Canada where they are holding someone who has broken Canadian laws, go through a Canadian trial etc what we have here is HOSTAGES with no law, multiple accounts of torture (frankly no better than what the Iranians did to the American hostages BTW) so there really is only 1 of 2 choices 1.- They let them free in the USA, 2.- they return them to the country of origin.

And that also sidestepped the point I made which is what exactly will keep any country from doing the exact same with Americans just by using that excuse? last I heard not a single country in question has announced they plan to execute any of them so its just an excuse by the hostage takers at this point isn't it? And with zero evidence to back up that theory to me its just a "she was asking for it" kind of bullshit excuse.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

hairyfeet Re:Wow, that was so full of stupid... (449 comments)

I can't believe this drivel got upvoted enough for me to see it. In REAL communism all live in peace with equal shares but just like so called "real" capitalism IT WILL NEVER EXIST because money equals power and power WILL be abused.

If you want to believe in the invisible hand fairy go right ahead, at no time and in no place has actually existed.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

hairyfeet Re:RMS mentions a comparable situation (266 comments)

And read the multitude of posters below you, what do they say? "Its free so you can't complain" which just goes to show that even many in the community realize its strictly hobbyist level code and that you get what you pay for, a big nothing.

Meanwhile if they would have went Apple or Windows they would have years of support, a strict timeline so they'd know exactly when the OS would no longer be supported, and with sticky keys and other tools for the disabled being fully functional the entire time.

The simple fact that its stayed broken THIS LONG and that people here honestly think paying extortion so some dipshit programmer will get off his lazy fucking ass and FIX WHAT HE BROKE just shows how honestly piss poor and how little oversight there is in the FOSS community. If the shop I worked at previous fucked over the users that badly their asses would be fired. In the FOSSie community fucking shit up is a moneymaking opportunity for the shitty programmer...nice job guys.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Promises Not To Snoop Through Email

hairyfeet Re:Translation: (144 comments)

How sad is it that the bias is so bad here that I have to stick up for a company that has been run into the ground by piss poor management but here goes...at least they are actually LISTENING, they may not always get it, like that stupid "start button that takes you back to metro" Windows 8.1 dumb shit but I'd rather have a company that says "Sorry we'll fix that" than to have one that says when caught invading people's privacy "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place".

Maybe I'm weird but I just don't get how company A is bad and company B does THE EXACT SAME THING but is good because they say a catchphrase like "don't be evil"...are people REALLY that easily fooled by marketing?

about three weeks ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

hairyfeet Re:Shocked and saddened (286 comments)

And that would be our fault...how exactly? If Saudi Arabia decides to execute a Saudi citizen...that is a Saudi problem NOT OURS. The same goes for Yemen or anywhere else. I'm sure many here would not like it if say China or Russia started saying "Oh the Americans would just kill 'em anyway" while holding American citizens hostage (and make no mistake as that is what they are, hostages) and by that same token its NOT OUR JOB to try to mindread what the government of wherever will do with their citizens we are holding hostage if we give 'em back.

At the end of the day it doesn't matter, Obama is the perfect proof that voting in a two party system is completely and utterly pointless. meet the new boss, same as the old boss, just different slogans covering the same old BS.

about three weeks ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

hairyfeet Re:Hack it to add American names like "John Smith" (286 comments)

How does it not make sense? the list basically means "this person is a clear and present danger" yet they aren't a danger if they don't get on a plane? WTF? That is like saying "This person is a mass murderer...he has to take the bus" as the entire fucking premise makes no God damned sense!

Either they have done something illegal to get on this list, in which case you should have the fucking EVIDENCE to arrest them for this crime, or they haven't done a damned thing in which case this is just more jack booted bullshit designed to intimidate the masses...Call me paranoid but I think we have enough historical evidence to conclude its most likely the latter.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

hairyfeet Re:Tarzan need antecedent (824 comments)

There is a difference between saying something and putting your money where your mouth is and spending your money to try to push an agenda. A more pat comparison would be if the person you worked with sent money to a group that pushed for denial of the Holodomor and the continued denial of rights to the survivors.

There is a BIG difference between having an opinion and trying to use the power of the state to force your beliefs on others. Personally I think the state should have ZERO interest in it one way or another, no tax breaks for married people, no advantages one way or another, but as long as the state makes one set of laws for married and one set for single then I don't see how anyone can say its anything but a civil rights issue.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

hairyfeet Re:Tarzan need antecedent (824 comments)

Would you say the same if he had given money to a group that supports the return of Jim Crow? What about if he gave to one of the groups that promote holocaust denial?

Hate is hate and bigots are bigots and to me this smells of "acceptable targets" and "protected classes". If it is fine to give to groups that deny rights to gays it should be equally accepted to give money to those against rights for jews and blacks,if you support one but not the other then I'm afraid you are a hypocrite.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

hairyfeet Re:No problem (423 comments)

So does Win 7 Tiny and unlike XP it doesn't pimpslap the swap even when there is tons of RAM available. And in this day and age there really is no point in running an OS, VM or not, in a lousy 512Mb of RAM. After all what good is a VM if you don't run any programs? Look at how much Chrome or Firefox uses with just a half dozen tabs open and you'l see 512Mb of RAM really don't cut it anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

hairyfeet Warning, article written by dumbass. (490 comments)

Its because we don't all live in NYC or LA and therefor don't have endless bandwidth?

I guess the author lives in a bubble and has never left his little comfy megacity but in the rest of the country? yeah you see we have these things called "bandwidth caps" that can be as low as 35Gb, that is if you can get high speed at all.

You see thanks to having a broken corrupted system that has been on the skids for quite awhile there is a nice scam where there is no competition in a good 70%+ of the country. In those places you get a DSL system that has been practically abandoned (because the phone company is making mad bank of those cell towers and could give a fuck about those old DSL setups, can't nickel and dime them to death like the mobile customers) and if you are VERY lucky you can be assraped by cable which is very fast but raises your rates every time someone gets tired of their jacking up the prices on movie channels. Oh and BOTH sides cherry pick and really don't give a fuck about poor or non whites so in many places you can have cable and/or DSL literally across the street and not be able to get anything but dialup. Racism and classism, don't ya just love it?

So to kill DVD would be to kill a good chunk of their sales as many just can't get high speed or have such high caps that they would have the choice between watching a movie or having dinner thanks to the insane overage charges. Blu Ray looks to never be anything more than a niche, in fact the people I know with BD players use them more for DVD than they do for BD, so like it or not oh sheltered writer of TFA the DVD is gonna be here for a loooong time.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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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  |  more than 2 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 2 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  |  about 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 3 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 3 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 4 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  |  more than 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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  |  about 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  |  about 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  |  about 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  |  about 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 6 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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Journals

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In praise of e-cigs

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 3 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 4 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  |  about 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 2 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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