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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

hairyfeet Re:Amazing work.. (108 comments)

Oh lord, she liked the third one? man just shows you women will eat the most dumb stilted "romance" dialog if its delivered by a pretty boy, because the whole "love has blinded you?" scene was so damned tone deaf and unlike actual interaction by...well anybody not doing a line reading for dinner theater it just made me cringe the entire way, fucking terrible!

2 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

hairyfeet Re:Wiped my Grub though. (207 comments)

.Jesus Tap Dancing Christ on a damned cracker are the FOSSies on this site so dang ignorant that they are actually gonna bitch that when A NEW OS IS INSTALLED it actually gives you a motherfucking way to boot the damned thing? Really? Does Grub ask if you wanna keep the Windows bootloader? FUCK NO IT DOES NOT so have some damned common sense and realize when you install a new OS you need a fucking bootloader! For fuck's sake the FOSSies is getting as bad as the damned knee jerk partisan political hacks, rushing to cheer or fucking boo without even understanding WTF they are cheering FOR or booing AGAINST, its just "us VS them" with no damned brains involved!

And FYI you are previewing a build of a CONSUMER OS, its NOT made for those that load custom bootloaders, ok? its NOT FOR YOU so don't bitch when an OS designed for the masses doesn't assume that you know about loading custom bootloaders and leaves you to deal with it, that is Linux way of leaving the user with their ass flailing about in the dark, NOT the Windows way, again don't like the Windows way? ubuntu is just a hop to your left, enjoy the biannual update deathmarch and drivers getting crapped on,the rest of us will be enjoying an OS with 10 years of free updates WITHOUT reinstalls (which now even Ubuntu advises you to do, even Canonical couldn't fix the clusterfuck that is the Linux update process) where the drivers work from RTM to EOL as my Hairyfeet Challenge has shown, now celebrating 8 years of FOSSie fail.

Now for those that actually care about Windows 10 and isn't just here to bleat on about ubuntu prostituting porcupine or whatever the fuck the latest one is called, or the "new hotness" distro, Mint? Elementary? Who the hell knows, more damned distros than bad coffee in a food court these days, but back to Windows 10...for those that do not know the way I like to test a beta OS is as follows, which I think gives us the best idea how it will run, I call it the "If it can run on that" test as I take the weakest system I current have (oh and for the guy who didn't understand CPUs on the last Windows 10 article...a first gen Core 2 Duo is NOT, I repeat NOT slower than an AMD E350, the E350 was to compete with ATOM and gives the performance of the Atom+Nvidia ION chipset so even if you have the shitty Intel IGP when it comes to raw CPU power your C2D curbstomps an E350) so here is the specs followed by my impression..

AMD E350, 8GB of RAM (the only thing that could be considered not below average, but fuck I scored 2 4GB sticks for $30, how could I pass that shit up? Does NOT affect the performance of the OS enough to consider it a major factor, as Win 10 is pretty RAM light) with a 320GB 5400 RPM drive, currently running the latest build, whatever the fuck that number is...Cortana...cute idea, pretty voice, SUCKS on accents, will probably not use if I can help it as it just doesn't seem to be there yet. Reminds me of Dragon Naturally Speaking as it seems like something you will have to "train" and I can type faster than I can train the damned thing. New Icons....OMFG will SOMEBODY pretty please hire somebody with damned taste to work on icons? It reminds me of a bastard child of KDE 3 and those tablety Windows Mist8ke flat shaded abominations, blech. I see an icon themepack for my netbook in the future, yep those be fugly.

Now for the important shit...how does it run on hardware so slow? WOOOO HOOO YEAH!!!! Don't ask me how they did it but this thing boots crazy fast, it seriously gives my Windows 7 desktop which is several orders of magnitude a run for its money on boot time, battery life? Meh, I'd say its added maybe 20-30 minutes maybe with the new battery saver on, but its an old battery so really not surprising. When you are dealing with ULV SOC like Intel Atom and AMD E series they either idle or go full bore, not really much tweaking you can do there, would probably do better on one of the new mainstream lappys like a Haswell or Vishera chip.

Control panel...I'm REALLY mixed on this one, as the default that comes up when you hit PC settings just sucks, its the "category" noob style that NEVER seems to have what you are looking for listed, but on the other hand you can tell its designed for you just to use the search to get where you need to go. problem I have with that is...what if you don't know WTF the setting you need is called? Then again if you know enough to go digging in control panel they figure you know how to google so not sure about that one. Networking is GREAT, the new wireless subsystem really kicks it up a notch, in the apt on Win 7 it could be hard for Win 7 to keep good throughput and I don't know what they changed but my speedtests have gone up and its not some bias, the wife's Win 7 laptop is still getting the lower speed like I was. Wired it works even better, damned good networking, thumbs up there!

Final verdict? If you are on Win 7 this is not a slam dunk, there are some things that are better, faster speed, better networking, some things that are worse like the fugly icons, reliance on search and I personally liked Windows Media Center and DVD maker and will probably keep my C2Q on Win 7 just for those, but if you are trapped on Windows Mist8ke its a no brainer, its better than that Metro POS in every single way! All in all I'd say its a worthy upgrade to Win 7 and if they can get the pricing right so they don't encourage piracy (I'd say have Home in the $25-$40 range, they can always charge more for pro and Ultimate if there will even be an Ultimate) and it could wipe the stench of mist8ke out and be a worthy replacement for Win 7.

2 days ago
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

hairyfeet Re:Incredible! (199 comments)

Wouldn't Atari Video Chess be even smaller? I really can't see the 2600 cart beating the ZX81 in terms of storage.

2 days ago
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

hairyfeet Re:Incredible! (199 comments)

You make a funny but as somebody who lived through the days of sub 5k "Operating Systems" give me a "bloated" OS with great memory management, support for 64bit, plug and play, SXS compatibility, and all the things that cause the so called "resource hogging" of a modern OS!

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

hairyfeet Re:Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (376 comments)

You REALLY don't know anything about hardware, do you? the E350 is the first generation of bobcat, AMD's answer to Atom. And while it stomps the Atom that is pretty much ALL that it stomps, with performance around that of a 1.3GHz Celeron dual...and it still runs great!

And as I said I got the RAM stupid cheap, but just FYI just to test I popped it out and popped back in a 2GB stick I had lying in the RAM drawer. Now even though the 2GB ran at 1066 instead of the 1333 my 8GB runs on it STILL ran just fine, it just took a little longer to load. Honestly I don't even know if I can blame that on the memory as I had a little over a GB that was just being used for a cache and when dealing with a 5400 RPM drive instead of an SSD (I'd put in an SSD but this model requires major surgery to get at the drive, I dread the day I need to change it) but the only way to rule out the HDD would be to run a dozen boots and average the thing out and sorry Charlie, you ain't paying me so if it takes more than 10 minutes tough luck.

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

hairyfeet Re:Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (376 comments)

I'm running it on the weakest system I have ATM, an AMD netbook with an E350 APU, 8GB of RAM (yes I know that is overkill, I scored the RAM on sale crazy cheap) and a 320Gb 5400 RPM drive. I figured that if it ran well on a system this weak it'll run good on anything...the verdict? Even with all the drivers running in compatibility mode it runs BETTER than Win 7 on the same hardware, it even has hardware acceleration for video that is smoother than the Win 7 that came with it!

Anybody whose followed my posts know that I don't talk nice about a version of Windows unless it deserves it, I HATE Windows 8, thought it was a frankentard of an OS, hated everything about Vista except for the cool black theme (which I still use on my Win 7 systems) and think Win 7 is the best OS they've made since XP X64 so when I say Win 10 looks like its gonna be a GREAT OS I don't say that lightly, in fact the only way I see them fucking it up is on the pricing side, the OS itself? its damned good. Takes just a couple minutes to get rid of the social crap (which I can't even get mad at that, lots of people like to be tweeting twits taking social shits) and once I added 8 gadgetpack to get back my CPUMeter and NetworkMeter? I was a happy camper.

And I would just like to say how happy I am to see the death of the "Charms" bar, that thing was retarded! But then again damned near everything about Ballmer's Folly was shit design from the start so the fact that charms was stupid really isn't a surprise. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

4 days ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

hairyfeet Re:Avoiding responsibility? (158 comments)

Blame Ballmer and his "Herpa de derp, gotta ape everything Apple does herpa derpa" bullshit. Its part of a pattern, along with MSFT Kin, rushing the 360 to market, Surface RT being released with no software and a half assed market....its really not surprising, history will judge Ballmer as the MSFT version of the Pepsi guy at Apple.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

hairyfeet Re:fglrx sucks, but it sucks less in this case (109 comments)

Very much a troll as AMD has been paying for open source developers to speed the turn around of the FOSS drivers in the hope to get them to parity with the proprietary release and eventually replace it, and when it comes to GPGPU its not a secret Nvidia pushes CUDA while AMD pushes OpenCL (which this ask Slashdot is specifically asking for) so the choice seems to be pretty cut and dried.

5 days ago
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

hairyfeet Re:This reminds me... (145 comments)

Sorry but while you are telling folks what it was called what you are NOT telling them is the bs marketing that Nvidia used back then, which was they would market them as "128GB cards" or 64GB cards" and then in teeny tiny print it would tell you that this was "the total memory including system cache". IIRC back then ATI wasn't doing that, they just sold them as 64Mb or 128Mb cards that could "go up to 256Mb".

Of course at the end of the day it didn't matter as both turbo and hyper blew ass so I told my customers if they wanted a discrete get the dedicated and avoid the crap cache like the plague, but I remember HP was bad about selling those crap cache Nvidias.

5 days ago
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

hairyfeet Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (145 comments)

Because it can't actually USE all the RAM? Its like saying "Windows XP can have up to 4GB of RAM" which while TECHNICALLY true is bullshit because of the way 32bit Windows works the max you'll ever be able to get the OS to use is around 3.5GB, with most systems only hitting around 3.2GB-3.4GB.

If they were selling this as a 3.5GB card? I'd say fine and dandy, card makers often will disable parts that either don't work or to have different tiers at different price points but in this case they are advertising and selling it as a 4GB card when its really only a 3.5GB thanks to the way they gimped the chip.

about a week ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

hairyfeet Re:Not surprising (158 comments)

Uhhhh...you DO know MSFT didn't actually WRITE that software, right? That all they did was stick their brand on it, yes? The Zune was nothing but the Toshiba Beat that MSFT licensed and just stuck their name on it. Its no different than how a "Korean Fender" is nothing but a Samick with a Fender sticker slapped on the neck.

about a week ago
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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

hairyfeet Re:Amazing work.. (108 comments)

They LIKED Phantom Menace? Really? Were they high? I don't see how even a kid could like all those boring as paint drying senate meetings or not cringe at the "Meesa steppin and fetchin, I step in the dookie!" bullshit! My two boys were kids when those came out and they thought they were absolute shite and its not like they hate sci-fi or are immune to nostalgia, the oldest loves anything related to Aliens and AVP and we know how much those stank, but even as kids they thought PM and AOTK were just painful.

At least somebody enjoyed them, one of the worst movie watching experiences I ever had, hell they weren't even "so bad its good" they were just "so bad its awful". Hell I even enjoy some bad sci-fi, I loved the fuck out of the cheese fest that was battleship (c'mon he drifted a WWII battleship like it was a 70 Mustang, how can you not enjoy that cheese whiz goodness?) but the first 2 prequels weren't cheese, they were just rotten, boring, and as racist as somebody's grandpa, just sad.

about a week ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

hairyfeet Re:Translation: (158 comments)

Depends on what you require to move from your definition of "toy". if its IPS? Give it up Chuck, the simple fact is IPS screens are expensive to build and it doesn't look like they will ever get the economies of scale on their side. i have a feeling they will end up going the way of plasma and all you'll get sub $600 is TN.

But as far as performance goes? Hell my 2011 AMD 12 inch netbook does 1080P over HDMI and before MSFT stupidly killed the platform with Windows pricing I picked that up for like $230 and the nice thing about those are its trivial to upgrade them to 8GB which I did. I have also messed with ARM quads with 1GB of RAM in the $120 range that were great performers and there really is no reason they couldn't make the same thing with an Atom quad for the same price and have an Atom dual version sub $99. Frankly the only thing in the BOM that is keeping sub $99 tablets from being toys is the high cost of RAM ATM, the price of RAM falls again and that major bottleneck could disappear overnight. I've tried virtually identical tablets with 512mb and 1GB and it makes all the difference in the world but LDDR 3 ain't cheap.

about a week ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

hairyfeet Re:Not surprising (158 comments)

Interesting? Really mods? Who was it that abandoned their not even 2 year old OS? Oh yeah that was GOOGLE, who still patches their 4 year old Windows 7 phones? MSFT. Maybe you are talking about Zune, whose software runs fine on Windows 10 even though they haven't sold Zunes in years?

Sorry but you got your companies wrong, its Google that drops support without warning, see the 970 million plus that are now vulnerable to exploit for just one of many examples.

about a week ago
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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

hairyfeet Re:Amazing work.. (108 comments)

I would say both Urban AND Quinto are damned good, but as you noted Quinto was just unfortunate enough to be a target for JJ's bad writing whereas other than a few McCoy stereotypical lines it looks like Urban was allowed to play McCoy as a man and not an impersonation.

about a week ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

hairyfeet Re:Translation: (158 comments)

Actually it was announced a few weeks back (sorry I can't find the article, maybe somebody with better Google Fu?) that Intel was stopping the Intel Atom subsidy because they were taking a bath on the things and their tablets just weren't moving. The simple fact is Intel faces the same problem Apple had with PPC on the desktop, so much of the code is written for Android ARM and too few are willing to port to X86 ARM that they just couldn't get any traction.

With Intel no longer dumping product in the channel I have a feeling sub 12 inch X86 tablets are gonna go the way of the 8 track, all you'll get is 12 inch convertibles. This is fine by me, the fact that so many 7 and 10 inch tablets still come with only 512Mb of RAM is retarded but the key is gonna be getting a decent Windows 10-12 inch convertible at a price point to really compete against the low end tablets, say $100-$150 with $100 being a Win 10 Atom dual with 2GB of RAM and $150 being the quad 2GB?

about a week ago
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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

hairyfeet Re:Amazing work.. (108 comments)

It was enjoyable in that "its a brain dead boom fest" kinda way which frankly isn't what I go to a ST movies expecting or wanting. Hell the whole "Red Matter can send you back in time OR blow up a planet, just depending what the plot calls for" bullshit totally took me out of the story, not to mention the whole "alternate timeline" mess which made no fucking sense and doesn't behave anywhere near every. single. other. timeline. we have seen in the ST universe and we have seen plenty. I'll always remember what one reviewer said "It would be like you made a Batman reboot and out of the blue Batman could just burst into flames like Human Torch with NO explanation!"

I mean if you wanna suspend disbelief with the new actors looking almost nothing like the originals? that is fine and dandy, I have no problem doing that with Star Trek Continues so I'm not gonna fault 'em for that, some of the originals are sadly gone and for some damned reason they didn't feel like they could tell any other story in such a wealthy universe? Fine, okay, I'll go along with that....but the fucking Klingons man, WHAT THE FUCK! Why do the Klingons look like fucking WOW Orcs, tell me why? I mean we even had a perfect explanation as to why TOS Klingons didn't have the bumpy forehead thanks to them fucking around with the same Eugenics that made Khan, but even if you wanted to write that event out by saying Marcus fucked with the time line that still doesn't explain WTH is up with them looking like fricking Orcs? And even if you give them that why in the hell are they spending countless trillions on starships when you have transporters that can reach across the galaxy faster than a fucking Tardis?

I'm glad you found some enjoyment out of them because I found them to just be dreadful and I have a feeling history will NOT be kind to them, in a decade we'll look back at them and groan as much as we do at something like Attack Of The Clones (although to give them credit neither movie was as bad as Phantom Menace but I'd rather watch Ice Pirates than that snoozefest).

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

hairyfeet Re:betteridge's law of headlines (489 comments)

Especially when the question is THIS level of stupid, as unlike Windows 8 all the beta testers (including myself) are giving Windows 10 praise and saying its gonna be the next XP/7 in terms of popularity.

Honestly the only way I can see them royally fucking it up at this late stage of the game is 1.- They refuse to sell actual copies but instead make it a subscription only like Office 365. The odds of that? EXTREMELY doubtful due to the amount of backlash. People don't mind paying a subscription for a piece of software they can take or leave, but to have your PC lock you out if you don't whip out your CC on a regular interval? It would make MSBob look like a hit because folks would stay away in droves. The only other way I can see them fucking it up is 2.- they jack up the price and charge some insanely high price like $200-$300 a copy. Odds? Not only is this very doubtful but more likely we'll see the opposite, with MSFT selling some "Home Basic" or "Home with Bing" version for a low cost, say $25-$40, so they can take back the low end from Chromebooks and then sell editions with more corporate features for a higher cost.

Since taking over we've seen no indication that Nadella is anything like Balmer, so far he's been pretty good about giving the customers what they want so I see no reason to think this won't be the case with Windows 10. And despite all the doom and gloom I could see Windows Phone grabbing some serious share as they seem to have one BIG fucking advantage over Google and that is SUPPORT. Windows Phone 7 still gets security patches and Nadella has stated repeatedly that anybody that gets a Windows 8 phone can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. After Google gave everyone not running 4.4 the finger by dropping support and refusing to patch an exploit that is already being used ion the wild? I can see support become a selling point, especially if MSFT advertises it well so the public knows that new Windows Phone they buy today isn't gonna be left swinging in the breeze next year.

about two weeks ago
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Star Trek Continues Kickstarter 2.0

hairyfeet Re:Amazing work.. (108 comments)

Man isn't it sad that the fan mades are getting better quality story wise than the actual bloody films? I just hope Tim Russ is able to do as good with the new Star Trek Renegades as these guys have done with STC. I saw his "Star Trek: Of Gods & Men" and it was damned good, well acted, nice twists and turns in the story, and unlike Generations he used the actors from ST: TOS that appeared in roles that actually mattered to the story.

I don't know about everybody else but I found the JJ movies alternated between "WTF?" and "You have GOT to be kidding, that's retarded!" when it came to plot. Pines' Kirk comes off as a fratboy and the "plot" just seems to be an excuse to go from one action set piece to another. Honestly it felt more like a video game than a movie and NOT in a good way. That is why I'm happy we have these...now if we can only get Joss Whedon to let Greenwalt and Noxon do that Spike and Dru series my happiness will be complete.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

hairyfeet Re:Compare to RMS, what are you? (551 comments)

Vista was practically a free gift to Linux, MSFT put out OSes that were truly dispised and what did the developers do? A perfect example of why Linux never goes anywhere, they said "Well things are pretty stable and solid, let's rip out the audio subsystem for a broken mess and replace the DEs with alpha quality code that will make Linux as buggy as Windows 98!"...facepalm.

Lets be honest here...the FOSS advocates claimed Elop was a "plant" well what is THEIR excuse? If you managed to get a plant at every major distro there is NOTHING they could have done to sabotage Linux any better than the actual developers did! Every single time MSFT puts out a major bomb like Vista or Windows 8? Some genius decides THAT is the perfect time to make a major dump on some vital system!

You should try the "Hairyfeet Challenge" sometime, as it perfectly illustrates why Linux is BROKEN, because it only asks that the distro perform half, just half, of a Windows lifecycle, can any distro do it? Nope in fact the only time I had a FOSS advocate claim they had "passed" the challenge they 1.- Had to use SciLinux, a distro designed for research labs and thus broke the very. first. condition of the challenge and then if that wasn't sad enough? When asked about the other conditions of the challenge he admitted that 2.- Sound didn't work, another fail, and 3.-His wireless not only took major CLI to get working but couldn't get WPA or even WEP to work!

That is why I'm really not surprised about the mods and insults, because even when faced with something as basic as "Get your OS to update without breaking itself" is shown to not be possible, do they say "Wow, that is just terrible! We should demand better, why Windows has been able to update itself without crapping on its own drivers since Win2K!" they instead call me every filthy name in the book, send me death threats, and having one FOSSie follow me for 6 months just so he could post at every site I use "die you fat fucker die". Seriously look at the challenge yourself, should we consider an OS to be suitable for purpose if it can't even pass such a simple test?

Take ANY mainstream consumer oriented (not LTS, because even Ubuntu advises against mainstream users using LTS) from FIVE years ago, this simulates a 5 year typical lifecycle. This BTW is less than HALF a windows support cycle, so I'm cutting linux a break. Lets say you use Ubuntu, that would be Ubuntu 9.10 and can be downloaded from their archive. Install it on ANY PC, desktop or laptop (NOT VM as that isn't real hardware and comes with special drivers) that has a wireless card. Wireless is required because more and more mainstream users are ditching wires and nobody wants a laptop that doesn't have wireless, do they?

During this phase you are the system builder so CLI (which is usually required because Linux driver support is poor) IS ALLOWED. Once its installed you are no longer the system builder but THE USER, so like a windows user you are ONLY allowed to use the GUI. You then get to "enjoy the freedom" of using nothing but the GUI (because if you can't even update the thing without CLI you're no match for windows are you) of updating to current...with ubuntu that is SEVEN RELEASES, just FYI. You will film this and post it to youtube, you only have to upload the final install process of each release and a pic of the device manager showing working hardware complete with wireless showing WPA V2 connection, but the complete video should be hosted on dropbox to prove you aren't faking it.

I've tried every major Linux distro, PCLOS, Ubuntu, even Fedora because one fanboy swore that Fedora could pass, yet here it is, 8 years since I first issued the challenge and not. a. single. distro. has had a 100% pass. Not one. And that is just sad.

about two weeks ago

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New Via quad previewed

hairyfeet hairyfeet writes  |  about 3 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 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  |  more than 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 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  |  about 7 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  |  1 year,21 days

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 a year 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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