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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

jones_supa QA (151 comments)

They seem to be just skimping on Quality Assurance.

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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

jones_supa Re:Great, now let's talk filesystems (296 comments)

Microsoft has finally caved in and acknowledged that Linux exists.

Have they really? They still seem to very much talk in language which pretends that something called Linux has never existed. Linux is only discreetly mentioned in places where absolutely necessary, such as in the silly "Get the Facts" comparisons or in their Hyper-V stuff.

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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

jones_supa Re:Whatever (114 comments)

In this case the actual red flag for government agencies would be that you have some reason to hide simple pizza transactions behind 7 proxies.

2 days ago
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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

jones_supa Re:What?! (114 comments)

I think the general reason people feel that Bitcoin is anonymous is that there are never real names attached to the transactions.

2 days ago
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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

jones_supa Re:FUCK SAKE! It was NEVER anonymous (114 comments)

That's an interesting question actually. Can we make a cryptocoin that is anonymous? Or at least more anonymous than Bitcoin?

2 days ago
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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

jones_supa Cheap laptops (200 comments)

Cheap $300 laptops these days slap in a 500GB HDD to satisfy the requirement of a hard drive. A basic 500GB disk is what they can source cheaply and easily from the market. However, I suspect that they could ship a smaller capacity disk as well, if that allows the manufacturer to shave off some of the laptop's price. What follows is, that I also suspect that when making a 128 GB SSD becomes cheaper to manufacture than a mechanical HDD, many low-end laptops will move to the SSD format.

2 days ago
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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

jones_supa Re:This is your big draw? (148 comments)

They know that it increases page hits when everyone comes to complain about Bennett.

2 days ago
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DragonFly BSD 4.0 Released

jones_supa Re:No longer supports 32-bit architecture (65 comments)

Another OS that has dropped support for 32-bit architecture. This is probably not an issue for most users as 32-bit processors are less common these days. If you have an older machine with a 32-bit processor, you can't slap on the latest and greatest *nix OS.

PC-BSD also dropped 32-bit support a year ago.

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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

jones_supa Re:Shyeah, right. (275 comments)

Oh, I guess I was thinking it more from the perspective of a typical consumer. In enterprise environments, tape of course kicks ass.

2 days ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

jones_supa Re:Shyeah, right. (275 comments)

Indeed. I cringe when people archive data on flash memory, for example.

2 days ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

jones_supa Re:Shyeah, right. (275 comments)

So? It's still pretty good.

2 days ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

jones_supa Re:Shyeah, right. (275 comments)

I have 1X DVDs going back to 99/2K that still read too, that is what happens when you don't buy crap brands.

This. I don't understand why people shun optical media so much. When a good burner and a good disc is used, it's still a great archival medium.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

jones_supa Re:In Finland (509 comments)

Thanks to the underground cabling, in Finland the last time I witnessed personally witnessed a power outage was in 2006 in thunderstorm, lasting for 2 minutes.

I can confirm this. In Finland you get premium electricity in most places. On the other hand, the amount of "sick" buildings is cropping up: there's moisture in structures, improperly configured ventilation, poor heating, and whatnot. :( But hey, you get proper power to read Slashdot.

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

jones_supa Re:Hybrids are where it's at (for me) (431 comments)

The problem is that the SSD cache of a hybrid disk is quite small; you can approach the same amount with your file system cache in the RAM, and it's faster anyway.

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

jones_supa Re:Price (431 comments)

The change is coming and once the Spindle drive disappears (like floppies), you'll wonder how we ever lived like that.

I already wonder that when I see my system sitting 99% time in iowait if a modern CPU is paired with any mechanical HDD. It's an almost unacceptable bottleneck.

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

jones_supa Re:Empty article.. (431 comments)

True. In the same way that it is hard to increase the rotational speed, getting past the average 12 ms seek time is tricky.

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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

jones_supa Re:Ever notice (431 comments)

Not in meaningful amounts.

2 days ago

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Windows 10 to Feature Native Support for MKV and FLAC

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  2 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Windows Media Player is going to become a more useful media player for those who want to play geeky file formats. Microsoft has earlier confirmed that Windows 10 will come with native support for Matroska Video, but the company now talks about also adding FLAC support. Microsoft's Gabriel Aul posted a teaser screenshot in Twitter showing support for this particular format. It can be expected to arrive in a future update for people running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Not many GUI changes seem to be happening around Media Player, but work is done under the hood."
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Fire Damages 750-Year-Old Oak Tree, Possibly Poland's Oldest

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  4 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "A suspected arson fire in southwestern Poland has damaged a 750-year-old oak tree believed to be the country's oldest. The tree is nicknamed "Chrobry" after a medieval king, and its trunk circumference is more than 10 meters and height more than 28 meters. The oak is protected by law and an arsonist faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. The deputy chief forest ranger in Szprotawa, Jerzy Wilanowski, said Monday that firefighters battled the blaze for more than 30 hours last week using water and foam. He says authorities will know in May whether the tree survived if it grows new shoots. Wilanowski says he knows of a case of an old oak tree surviving a fire."
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Advanced Regin Rootkit Might Not Come From Russia or China

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  4 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Regin is still hot stuff in the line of sophisticated espionage toolkits used to target a range of organizations around the world. As already reported by Symantec, it's one of the more complex pieces of malware around, and just like many of the other toolkits it also has a long history behind it. The Finnish information security company F-Secure first encountered Regin nearly six years ago in early 2009, when they found it hiding on a Windows server in a customer environment in Northern Europe. This malware installs a rogue driver with an innocuous name of "pciclass.sys", which acts as a rootkit, but can make the system BSOD too. During 2013 and 2014, as F-Secure has been analyzing the later versions of Regin, the complexity and the level of sophistication in the attacks has become very evident. Regin is placed in the same category of highly sophisticated espionage campaigns together with the likes of Stuxnet, Flame and Turla/Snake. Now F-Secure believes that this malware, for a change, isn't coming from Russia or China."
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Eizo Brings Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Eizo has introduced an interesting new PC monitor with a square aspect ratio: the Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q is a 26.5-inch screen with 1:1 aspect ratio and an IPS panel with resolution of 1920 x 1920 pixels. "The extended vertical space is convenient for displaying large amounts of information in long windows, reducing the need for excess scrolling and providing a more efficient view of data", the firm writes. Therefore, this should be the perfect monitor for those who have wished for more vertical screen estate. The monitor also offers flicker-free (non-PWM) backlight and reduced blue light features to avoid scorching users' eyes. Additionally, a presence sensor is included, which allows to automatically lock the workstation when the user leaves."
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Google Break-up Plan Emerges From Brussels

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group's power. The gambit increases the political pressure on the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to take a tougher line on Google, either in its antitrust investigation into the company or through the introduction of laws to curb its reach. A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that "unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services" should be considered as a potential solution to Google's dominance. It has the backing of the parliament's two main political blocs, the European People's Party and the Socialists."
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped to 10.0

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In Windows, the kernel version number is once again in sync with the product version. Build 9888 of Windows 10 Technical Preview is making the rounds in a private channel and the kernel version has indeed been bumped from 6.4 to 10.0. Version 6.x has been in use since Windows Vista. Neowin speculates that this large jump in version number is likely related to the massive overhaul of the underlying components of the OS to make it the core for all of Microsoft's products. The company is working to consolidate all of its platforms into what the company calls OneCore, which, as the name implies, will be the one core for all of the company's operating systems. We will be curious to see if this causes any software comparability issues with legacy applications."
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GTK+ Developers Call for Help to Finish OpenGL Support

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "OpenGL support under GTK is getting into good shape for providing a nice, out-of-the-box experience by default on key platforms for the GTK+ 3.16 / GNOME 3.16 release in March. For a few weeks now within mainline GTK+ has been native OpenGL support and as part of that a new GtkGLArea widget for allowing OpenGL drawing within GTK applications. Since that initial work landed, there's been more GTK+ OpenGL code progressing that right now primarily benefits Linux X11 and Wayland users. While good progress is being made and improvements still ongoing to the GNOME toolkit, GNOME developers are requesting help in ensuring other GTK+ backends can benefit from this OpenGL support. If you are using or planning to use GTK+ 3 on Windows or OS X, and you know how to use OpenGL on those two platforms, please consider helping out the GTK+ developers by implementing the GdkGLContext API using WGL and AppleGL."
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An Applied Investigation to Graphics Card Coil Whine

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "We all are aware of various chirping and whining sounds that electronics can produce. Modern graphics cards often suffer from these kind of problems in form of coil whine. But how widespread is it really? Hardware Canucks put 50 new graphics cards side-by-side to compare them solely from the perspective of subjective acoustic disturbance. NVIDIA's reference platforms tended to be quite well behaved, just like their board partners' custom designs. The same can't be said about AMD since their reference R9 290X and R9 290 should be avoided if you're at all concerned about squealing or any other odd noise a GPU can make. However the custom Radeon-branded SKUs should usually be a safe choice. While the amount and intensity of coil whine largely seems to boil down to luck of the draw, at least most board partners are quite friendly regarding their return policies concerning it."
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Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879 Released

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Build 9879 of Windows 10 Technical Preview is being pushed out. One feature that is likely to be popular in 9879 is the ability to hide the Search and Task View buttons on the taskbar. Other improvements include new smooth window animations, in response to feedback that the previous animations were "a bit jarring". The "3 dots" — a stable of Modern UI design — are no more, and are replaced with 3 horizontal lines. A lot of issues with system hangs and app crashes have been fixed. A bunch of new touchpad gestures were introduced, too. OneDrive got a "selective sync" feature, allowing users to choose exactly what files and content they want synced to their PC. There are big improvements for Internet Explorer, with the introduction of new Edge rendering engine, focusing on interoperability. Edge will only be available in IE for 10% of testers. As the icing of the cake, Matroska Videos can now be directly watched in Media Player."
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Windows Gets Patch for Ancient Flaw

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Via last Patch Tuesday, Microsoft patched a critical flaw in Windows that has existed in every version since the introduction of Windows 95 more than 19 years ago. IBM security researchers discovered the flaw earlier this year and notified the software giant privately in May. The rare bug allows attackers to remotely execute code on an affected system. Internet Explorer 3.0 onwards can be used as an attack vector by convincing users to visit an URL. The actual vulnerability lies in the OLE Automation library (OLEAUT32.DLL)."
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Microsoft Debuts Visual Studio 2015

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In addition to announcing that .NET is going open source and cross-platform, Microsoft today also unleashed a massive amount of Visual Studio news at its Connect() developer event in New York City. The company released Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 2015 Preview, a new free Visual Studio Community 2013 offering, Visual Studio 2013 Update 4, a Visual Studio Online expansion, and a slew of smaller related updates. The Visual Studio 2015 Preview is freely available for trying it out."
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Geeky Trade Deal Could Boost Global Tech

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Technology products look likely to gain more access to international markets as a result of upgrade between the U.S. and China on a 1996 tariff-eliminating trade agreement that President Obama announced Tuesday in Beijing. The agreement is expected to lower prices on a raft of new technology products by eliminating border tariffs — a price impact that's expected to be larger outside the United States, since U.S. tariffs on high-tech goods are generally lower than those overseas. "This is a win-win-win agreement for information and communication technology industries in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China, for businesses and consumers who purchase IT products and for the global economy", said Stephen Ezell, an analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank that has estimated expanding the agreement could help create 60,000 American jobs by boosting exports."
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Adobe's Open Source Web Coding Tool 'Brackets' Reaches 1.0

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Adobe has this week released version 1.0 of Brackets, its free and open source code editor for web designers and front-end developers. Web developer Ryan Stewart has written an extensive description of the new features in his blog. The Brackets project is described by Adobe as "a community sandbox where everyone is invited to experiment with new ideas for web tooling." Slashdot readers interested in contributing to the open source project should visit the contribute page for more information."
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Rich Geldreich is Worried About Some Aspects of Linux Gaming

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Former Valve engineer Rich Geldreich has written up a blog post about the state of Linux Gaming. It's an interesting read, that's for sure. When talking about recent bigger game ports, his take is that the developers doing these ports just aren't doing their best to optimize these releases for Linux and/or OpenGL. He points out how it took significant resources from Valve to properly optimize Source engine for Linux, but that other game studios are not walking the last mile. About drivers, he asks "Valve is still paying LunarG to find and fix silly perf bugs in Intel's slow open source driver. Surely this can't be a sustainable way of developing a working driver?" He ends his post by agreeing with a Slashdot comment where someone is basically saying that SteamOS is done, and that we will never get our hands on the Steam Controller."
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Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Former Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde was released from prison this morning. Peter is expected to take some time off to spend with family and loved ones before returning to normal grind. He was arrested in late May this year. Despite being accused of non-violent crimes, Peter was transferred to a high-security unit. His time in prison is described being tough. There was no concern for high values such as vegan diet or even proper treatment of depression. Peter also lost 15 kg of weight. After the experience he tweeted "My body just got re-united with my soul and mind, the parts of me that matters and that never can be held hostage.""
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Microsoft Prepares for Mega Patch Tuesday

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The dentist is in the house. Next week will see Microsoft's biggest Patch Tuesday in years, with 16 bulletins scheduled including 5 critical updates. The previous record of 17 patches is from 2011. All of the upcoming patches fix serious security problems under topics of remote code execution, elevation of privilege, security feature bypass, information disclosure, and denial of service. The affected products are Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Office and Exchange. Karl Sigler, threat intelligence manager at Trustwave, explained that one of the critical bulletins may also address the Windows OLE remote code execution flaw."
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Power of Positive Thinking, Finnish Style

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Negativity is contagious, especially during the current economic downturn when it seems that bad news such as confirmed and planned job cuts are a daily occurrence. An unpleasant trend appears to be emerging in the workplace, as senior management vents its anxieties on employees, says Finland's leading motivational psychologist Makke Leppänen. When one person feels really bad, it's easy to get others to commiserate. But what if it goes one step further and instead of commiseration, the negativity and anxiety spread to others? "It's easy to find the things that have gone badly. But at the end of the day, try to think about three things that have gone well," he suggests. "It's also important to show gratitude towards people when they done something that merits it. When you pay gratitude forward, you also feel good yourself." Just like negativity, positivity is contagious."
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Ubisoft's Upcoming Titles Removed From Steam

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The Windows PC versions of Ubisoft's new Assassin's Creed Unity, The Crew and Far Cry 4 are no longer being sold through Valve's Steam game distribution service. PCGamesN reported earlier that the trio of upcoming Ubisoft games had been pulled from Steam in the U.K., but the removal of the PC versions from Steam now appears to be global. Ubisoft told PCGamesN that it was "in discussions with Valve about Assassin's Creed Unity" on Steam, but it is still unknown why exactly the titles disappeared. Other Ubisoft-published titles that have already been released, remain on the store."
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Why The Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "If you have looked carefully, the clock has traditionally been always set to 9:42 in Apple advertisements. You could see it across various commercials, print ads, and even on Apple's website. The explanation is simple: That's the time in the morning that Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone in 2007. Around 42 minutes into his keynote address he said "Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone." The picture of the phone was carefully scheduled to pop up at that moment. "We design the keynotes so that the big reveal of the product happens around 40 minutes into the presentation", Apple's Scott Forstall confirms. The time was even slightly tweaked in 2010, when the very first iPad was released, so that when it was revealed, it displayed a different time: 9:41."
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American Eagle's Non-Photoshopped Catalogue is Doing Well

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In January, the clothing and accessories retailer American Eagle ditched photoshopping for lingerie ads. "We left beauty marks, we left tattoos, what you see is really what you get with our campaign," brand representative Jenny Altman told Good Morning America earlier this year. The results can now be observed: sales of Aerie lingerie soared 9% last quarter, executives said on a conference call with investors. The company's strategy stands in contrast to Victoria's Secret, which recently faced backlash for an ad of its lingerie models with the caption "The Perfect 'Body.'" American Eagle executives say the company wants to promote more realistic standards for its teenage customers. While the models are still very thin, imperfections are visible."

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