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How NASA Steers the Int'l Space Station Around Asteroids & Other Debris

kcbanner Surprisingly complex (44 comments)

I would have been surprised if it wasn't complex, its a space station

about a year and a half ago

Blizzard Asserts Rights Over Independent Add-Ons

kcbanner This is rediculous (344 comments)

When I used to play WoW, I used many addons that made up for Blizzard's shortcomings in the UI. If the authors want to charge for these addons Blizzard should have absolutely no say in the matter. The developers are improving Blizzard's product to a more playable state, Blizzard should be paying them.

more than 5 years ago

Beyond Firewalls — Internet Militarization

kcbanner I guess I'm safe (83 comments)

I put my computer in the demilitarized zone.

more than 5 years ago

BBC Hijacks 22,000 PCs In Botnet Demonstration

kcbanner Now this... (457 comments)

...is good journalism. Good job BBC, the masses need to know about NOT USING IE6 TO SURF THE WEB.

more than 5 years ago

GrandCentral Reborn As Google Voice

kcbanner I was hoping (206 comments)

It would be a voice synth or something, that was really high quality. I was disapointed.

more than 5 years ago

Using Lasers and Water Guns To Clean Space Debris

kcbanner Water is heavy (267 comments)

Wouldn't it be extremely expensive to send large quantities of water into orbit (also, our water supply is limited we can't be throwing it into space!)?

more than 5 years ago

Safari 4 Released, Claimed "30 Times Faster Than IE7"

kcbanner Re:It's worse than that. (465 comments)

I have tried swiftfox but not noticed much difference, but I haven't tried it recently. I did notice that changing my GTK engine was a big performance boost, I'm using the 'Calla' theme now and it seems very fast.

more than 5 years ago

Safari 4 Released, Claimed "30 Times Faster Than IE7"

kcbanner Re:It's worse than that. (465 comments)

JS *is* a big deal, at least for me. I turn javascript off unless I need it because it causes annoying lag issues, especially on badly coded pages (not to mention its used way too much for doing silly little performce-eating things). For me on linux using firefox, I find gmail lags all to hell, it takes 1-2s to tab switch away from it. I switch to HTML mode sometimes because it gets on my nerves. This is on a core2duo 2.4ghz with 2GB of RAM. JS can really get out of hand, I'm looking forward to FF 3.1 with tracemonkey.

more than 5 years ago

Safari 4 Released, Claimed "30 Times Faster Than IE7"

kcbanner Saying you beat IE isn't much (465 comments)

Its like saying you beat the kid with a fake leg at sprinting, or beating the a preschooler at a spelling bee.

more than 5 years ago

Music-Swapping Sites To Be Blocked By Irish ISPs

kcbanner Re:Worse than useless. (194 comments)

Thanks, got "the package". *wink*

more than 5 years ago

Hackers Jump On Newest IE7 Bug

kcbanner Re:Hopefully attacks like this won't be as prevole (162 comments)

I know. I'm just thinking in terms of the botnet spread "factor", I think that will go down as more people start using firefox/more secure browsers, and that market share will go up when Microsoft stops bundling IE. Of course they are just going to get the OEMs to do it for them, maybe some OEMs will package Firefox, who knows.

more than 5 years ago

Hackers Jump On Newest IE7 Bug

kcbanner Hopefully attacks like this won't be as prevolent (162 comments)

...when Microsoft stops bundling IE with Windows (depending on what happens with that anti-trust case in the EU). Does anyone know if that would also affect NA?

more than 5 years ago

Malware Threat To GNOME and KDE

kcbanner Re:Protect your self with encryption (348 comments)

Ok, I'm not sure how that would fix it though, I mean if you make them into scripts then wouldn't that be an even easier way to attack? Unless you mean that they are always displayed to the user until they set the +x themselves? I'm sure I'm missing the point here though, its early (and no coffee).

more than 5 years ago

Casinos Warn iPhone Card-Counting App is Illegal

kcbanner Re:This app is for those of us... (462 comments)

No kidding. I mean I've watched 21 and that episode of Hustle...those casino folks don't joke around!

more than 5 years ago

Malware Threat To GNOME and KDE

kcbanner Re:Protect your self with encryption (348 comments)

Ah, I see. I suppose another solution could be warning the user the first time they run a shortcut that uses perl/python/ruby/php/whatever scripting language. Maybe pop up a window displaying the parameters even they are longer than X characters.

more than 5 years ago



kcbanner kcbanner writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kcbanner writes "I have been waiting to purchase my next laptop for quite some time now and have been wondering: What is the best brand/model of laptop to run Linux? This would mean all the devices are supported by the stock Linux kernel, without any ugly binary blobs needed. I am also a game developer, so it would need to have a fairly recent nVidia graphics card with generous amounts of RAM. It doesn't have to have Linux preinstalled (in fact I would prefer that it didn't). So whats the best laptop for Linux?"



Early EVE Online Trinity update can bork boot.ini

kcbanner kcbanner writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dear customer

Some users may have been inadvertently affected by an error in the install scripts for the Premium Graphics Upgrade process for the new Trinity Expansion.

Only those who meet ALL of the following criteria need to take further steps:

        * You started downloading the upgrade from Trinity Classic Graphics Content to Premium Graphics Content BEFORE 04:00 GMT on Dec 6
        * You must be using a version of Windows other than Vista.
        * You must have Windows installed not on the primary partition.
            You must have at least 2 hard disks and the OS must be installed NOT on the primary, but the secondary hard disk

If all these apply, you MAY be affected by a known problem with the Graphics Update system. All other users are unaffected by this issue. The Trinity update (including Premium Graphics Content) is now available for all users and this error has been corrected.

If you think you MAY be affected by this issue, please take the following steps (information also available here: http://www.eve-online.com/updates/bootinifix.asp):

Step 1: Verify if you are missing your boot.ini

        * Click the "Start" button
        * Click "Run..."
        * In the input box next to Open: type CMD (click OK)
        * At the C: type bootcfg If you are missing your boot.ini you will see the following error: ERROR: ACCESS DENIED. Proceed to the options below.
        * If you receive something with Boot Loader Settings with information under it, you are not affected.

Option A: Checking for existing backup files

        * Click "Start"
        * Select the "Run" option
        * Enter "c:\windows\pss" and click "OK"
        * If you receive an error file the directory does not exist and you should attempt one of the two other options.
        * If the directory opens, you should have a backup copy of the boot.ini file.
        * Copy it to the root directory (usually c:\ ) and remove the .backup from the filename so that the filename is boot.ini
        * Then retry Step 1

Option B: You have NOT rebooted your system and you have System Restore active (default)

        * Click Start
        * Click All Programs
        * Click Accessories
        * Click System Tools
        * Click System Restore
        * Click the option Restore my computer to an earlier time and click Next
        * Choose an available date prior to the install date of the program. (you will not loose any documents you have created)
        * Click Next
        * Click Next again when it confirms you restore date
        * Windows will then log you off and the System Restore Window Box will come up.
        * The system will then reboot itself once or twice and then Windows will then restart Once Windows starts up ok, then the system restore screen will appear. Verify this and click OK Windows will finish starting up. Please go back to Step 1 and verify that your boot.ini is OK

Option C: You have a Windows OS CD available

        * Place the Windows CD into the CD drive and turn on or reboot the machine
        * When you get the message Press any key to boot from cd.... (press any key)
        * Windows Setup screen will start and it will start to load needed files
        * Once the Welcome to Setup screen appears, choose R to Repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console
        * On the Recovery console you will be prompted with the Windows installation you would like to use. Use the correct number for your install and press
        * Under Type the Administrator password enter the password and press
        * You will then be at a command prompt C:\Windows> type bootcfg /rebuild and press
        * You will then be prompted for some information by the machine itself. Please answer the questions presented.
                                + Some common questions will be: *** The answers below are recommended, but may not fit your situation *** Add installation to boot list? Y (recommended)
                                + Enter Load Identifier: Example: Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
                                + Enter OS Load Options: /fastdetect (this option will automatically detect and options that are available)

Once all questions have been answered, type exit and press to reboot and Windows should start normally. If you have an option for which OS to start, the choose the OS that you typed in above and choose Enter.

For those of you who need further assistance please file a petition
in the boot.ini technical category from our website or by sending an email to support@eve-online.com or call one of the temporary special call-in help lines that we have set up:

*Phone numbers omitted*

Please note that these special help lines can only assist with this particular issue.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this issue
. All expansions and patches currently on our website are free of this error and safe to download and install.



This affected me, my boot.ini's entry to start GRUB on my other partition was wiped out. Very strange indeed.

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