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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

hrieke Interacting with the community (215 comments)

You have been one of the best known writers to interact with the community at large.
How do you feel that this has improved on your writing and character developments, and have there been any particular netizens which have caused you to stop and think about the stories your are telling in a different way or fashion than you initially thought?
(Is there anyone that you miss seeing?)

about a year and a half ago

Cosmic Microwave Background: Google Earth Style

hrieke Projected wrong? (36 comments)

Shouldn't it be like a star atlas, projected as if we're standing on the earth, looking out, vs. how it appears now; as a globe?

about a year and a half ago

Major Backlash Looms For Apple's New Maps App

hrieke Thailand? (466 comments)

When did Thailand become the world's largest country by population?

about 2 years ago

Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

hrieke Re:easy, set up a dead end friend list (550 comments)

Problem is that the teachers & bosses might have other friends on your friends list, in which case a simple slip up on a mutual friend's posting can defeat your privacy settings. Then it asks the question, what's going on and why haven't we seen more postings from you?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With Refurbed Drives With Customer Data?

hrieke Re:Two choices... (385 comments)

No, but they *can* communicate with the drive manufacturer to have them put into place a policy & procedure to ensure that the drives *are* wiped clean before being shipped out.
Actually, since there is data on the drive, I would wonder exactly how well tested the drive was before being sent to Newegg for sale.

more than 2 years ago

Do Data Center Audits Mean Anything?

hrieke The bigger picture (84 comments)

Certainly at the worker bee level we all can agree that most certs are not worth the paper that they're printed on, however when you start looking at what the company needs and requires then, yes, the certs do provide some value.
Imagine signing a multi-million dollar contract with a data center. Part of the contract are clauses for things like QOS, DR, and a whole host of other very tiny details which are so, so important in the contract. Now, lets say that the data center goes down (fire for example), along with it your business. Now you're out major bucks, you will be turning to your lawyers and asking if you can sue for breach of contract. The lawyers are going to review the contract, see what the certs mean, review the certs and the data center's answers, and then tell you if you do or do not have a case.
And that's why the certs are important. Because they spell out exactly what the data center will do in case of [fill in the blank], and gives the data center coverage which is then enforced by your contract.

more than 2 years ago

How Microsoft Can Lock Linux Off Windows 8 PCs

hrieke Work around? (899 comments)

Why not have a GNU key which Windows will never trust as part of the firmware?

more than 2 years ago

"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

hrieke Re:Just what WVa needs, a new variety of crazy (627 comments)

Actually, having grown up there in West by god Virginia, I can tell you that the Greenbank radio observatory area is very lovely and populated with very smart people doing very good work.

The Hillbillies that you are talking about are more from Bluefield.

about 3 years ago

If You're Going To Kill It, Open Source It

hrieke Well... (245 comments)

The two big problems being with this lovely idea are:
* Companies might not want to compete with prior version of their products
* Rights to the product might not be in the free and clear (legal)

Otherwise I too would love the to have PCG.

more than 3 years ago

Punish Bad Users With Drupal Misery

hrieke Re:Trolls (418 comments)

The Corn Field in Second Life perhaps?

more than 3 years ago

'Scrapers' Dig Deep For Data On Web

hrieke Re:EULA should stop this behavior (158 comments)

Sure- Automated process that stores the results in a database or is otherwise used in a system where the results are aggregated and retrievable for 4th party consumption with a method to tie back to a person.

That wasn't difficult at all. Just because I write something for consumption to the members of a particular web site (assuming that it's NOT out in the public like Slashdot's or any other comment system), I would not expect it to be slurped up and sold by 3rd parties. On a member's only web site, such as talked about in the story, the inclusion of my EULA statement would be a strong deterrent against these scrapers.

more than 3 years ago

'Scrapers' Dig Deep For Data On Web

hrieke Re:EULA should stop this behavior (158 comments)

Two minutes of your time to insert the HTML?
A day for your lawyer to write up the text, who is either on a retainer or works directly for your company?
That was hard.

more than 3 years ago

'Scrapers' Dig Deep For Data On Web

hrieke EULA should stop this behavior (158 comments)

Add a line in your acceptable use / EULA section stating that you expect the user of the account to be human and that any attempt to scrape the data off of the server is fined at $100,000 per message, plus $10,000 to each message author.

more than 3 years ago

Ex-Microsoft CTO Writes $625 Cookbook

hrieke Re:digital gram scale as an extra? (176 comments)

And doesn't everyone have LN2?
Though I'm partial to the CO2 ice cream I saw a while back (still trying to replicate that one at home).

Hell yes. Don't you?

more than 3 years ago

Man Mines Facebook For Security Questions, Nabs Nude Photos From Email

hrieke Re:Article in summary redirects (257 comments)

Just report the blog as a violation of TOS.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Impasse With Magazines Over Subscriber Data

hrieke Re:Credit Card data? (243 comments)

Bullshit. Apple is "saying" that they're doing it for personal data reasons, but the real reason is that they want to OWN the relationship between the consumer (you) and them (the company).

more than 3 years ago

Hacker Develops ATM Rootkit

hrieke Re:Lawsuit? (181 comments)

No, the real reason is liability.
If you sell the machine and believe it to be secure and sell it as such with out the review & audit, and then it's proven to be insecure, fine, unknown bug.
If you audit the machine with white hat hackers, they tell you of issues, you sell the machine anyways, it's hacked, you're on a very big hook.

more than 4 years ago

SCO Asks Judge To Give Them the Unix Copyright

hrieke Re:Make. It. Stop. (286 comments)

But... They wouldn't have done their best.
You'd never want your lawyer to short your appeals- that would be grounds for another appeal (they didn't do everything possible) and be a career suicide for your lawyer (who'd want to hire someone who didn't do everything possible for you; bar sanctions; plus a law suite when you sue for failing to do everything possible all come to my mind).

You want this case battle tested to the very, very, very bitter end. Each of these scars give armor and defense to Linux and GNU.
Anything less would not do.

more than 4 years ago

Write Bits Directly Onto a Hard Drive Platter?

hrieke Emulation (578 comments)

Would it be possible to create an emulated disk layer which would handle the request?

more than 4 years ago

US Government Begins Largest IT Consolidation in History

hrieke Nice idea in theory... (283 comments)

Now just wait for a data center to be scheduled to close in some Congressman's home district and see how big of a block is put into place.

more than 4 years ago



hrieke hrieke writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hrieke writes "Hey,

Style sheet is missing.

Sorry if I missed the fed back screen."

hrieke hrieke writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hrieke (126185) writes " is carring a story from the AP on the settlement from the Sony Rootkit fiasco.
Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $1.5 million and kick in thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over music CDs that installed a hidden antipiracy program on consumers' computers.
...In addition, Sony BMG agreed to reimburse consumers whose computers were damaged. Customers in both states can file a claim with Sony BMG to receive refunds of up to $175.
But, it appear to be only with California and Texas. Still, at $175 per machine infected with MediaMax or XCP in those two states does add up to a tidy amount. Hopefully the rest of the music industry can learn a lesson from this."


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