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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

kimvette Re:what prequels? (410 comments)

I wish they would make sequels to The Matrix. It set things up perfectly for sequels and I've always wondered why no one ever made any.

2 days ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

kimvette Re:Thanks, but... (241 comments)

If the apps won't run via the ACL, then I would have to re-purchase them. Thanks, but no thanks.

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

kimvette Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (790 comments)

I like how quiet the exhaust on my turbocharged Saab is. I do wish the turbocharger weren't so muffled by the intake though. That high-pitched whoosh followed by a pssst! is awesome!

My ZR-1 has a Borla exhaust. Too loud. I liked the stock exhaust which was loud only when I got on it beyond moderate throttle, but driving normally, very deep exhaust note yet subtle.

Right now I am driving a rental while my Saab is in the shop (heater blower quit. Grr.) - I swear it has a fake engine sound. It's a Hyundai Elantra which can barely get out of its own way yet quite a roar inside. >_>

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

kimvette Re:electric car driver here (790 comments)

> It's also kinda cool to accelerate hard off the line (faster than most gas cars can do)

BWAHAHAHA!!!!

Have you checked 0-60 on your Leaf? Most family sedans do better than that with naturally aspirated four-bangers.

2 days ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

kimvette Thanks, but... (241 comments)

Having jumped ship from the iPhone to Android once Android matured and re-purchased all my apps ranging from $.99 to $89.00, I have no desire to switch platforms again, even if many or even "most" Android apps run on Tizen via ACL.

5 days ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

kimvette Thanks for caring, but... (172 comments)

I want my fridge to remain at the temperature to which I set it, I want to be warm when I am active (or cooled in the summer), and I want my water to be hot when I need it, not when you think it's good for you.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

kimvette Re:The best toy I ever got (314 comments)

I had that kit and loved the voltage step up kit. I built it and then hooked it up to my brother when he was napping and turned it on. He was pissed at first then fascinated to see a 9V battery did that to him. :-D

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

kimvette Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

> The "universal" charger did not charge an 18650, because it was a quarter inch too short. I was pretty shocked.

Oh come on, the voltage isn't high enough. ;)

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

kimvette Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

> . They were openly hostile to the few that ventured in, demanding name, address, and phone number for the privilege of buying a battery.

I once bought batteries there paying cash and didn't feel like getting on their mailing list so when they asked my name I said "cash" and held up a $20 bill. The clerk remarked that that was fraud. Fraud? Really? Because I'm making a wisecrack to inform him I'm not giving him junk mail info? How am I defrauding the store by paying cash for frigging batteries?

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

kimvette jabber (112 comments)

"You can get more stuff done with Facebook than any other tool that we know of, and we'd like to make that available to the whole world."

I dunno, a private jabber server works fine for us and is far more secure than Facebook.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

kimvette Re:Fuck Me (552 comments)

Good - so give SystemD to the Hurd fanatics and give Linux users SysVinit back. :-p

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

kimvette Re:Fuck Me (552 comments)

Maybe they should roll X, the desktop environment, and hell, why not imagmagick and gimp into Systemd already?

Systemd sucks for the enterprise, and there wasn't anything really wrong with SysVinit. Yes, init was antiquated but it fucking worked and it is stupid-easy to navigate and troubleshoot very, very quickly - and very easy to extend init scripts with additional commands. You simply can't do it with systemd.

Whatever happened to the UNIX mantra of a single tool performing a single task, and perform that one task extremely well? Systemd does far too much, and not any one task particularly well. "runlevels" are overly complex to configure, it totally fucks up syslog and boot logging (logging to binary files? Really? Dafuq?), and a true single user mode is now history, requiring you to boot to an alternate directory or from a boot disk if you need emergency access. Oh, and it fucks up networking by changing NIC names. What the hell was wrong with eth0 and eth1 anyhow? I know the MAC address of a given interface. I don't want names generated by "location on the board;" I want eth(n).

It sucks that RHEL has jumped on the SystemD bandwagon along with everyone else. I think RedHat have lost their minds; I think a PHB saw SystemD and said "oooh, shiny" and saw that Ubuntu and OpenSuSE were riding the bandwagon. The thing is, I'm okay with it on the desktop; if a desktop crashes no big deal, but if a server breaks it will be far more time consuming to recover if a given tape is not available and we need to wait on Iron Mountain.

I hope whoever made the decision to go with SystemD at RedHat dies in a fire. Seriously. SystemD takes on far too much, and goes against everything *nix is supposed to be about.

One tool should perform a single task and perform that one task perfectly.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

kimvette Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (790 comments)

> blacks that are actually black,

I call shenanigans. ;)

> near perfect color reproduction

LCDs surpassed CRTs a while back with IPS and derivative technology screens.

I just got rid of CRTs that cost over $1500 back in the day. I gave away one and recycled the rest and have only one left. I was keeping them for the vertical resolution but now that good 1440p and 4K monitors are in the $700-$850 range I didn't need the other CRTs any more. I am keeping that last one until I feel like dropping the coin on one more high resolution monitor.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

kimvette Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (790 comments)

Good riddance to CRTs. I always hated that sound. Every so often when I go to an office that has an old TV running, ugh. That sound always drove me nuts.
When composite-input TVs came out my dad would leave the TV on with the cable box and VCR off and I'd ask him why the TV is still on. He'd say "it's not on." It most definitely was and that annoying whine was driving me batty.

I used to take apart my TVs to put baffling in to cancel out that sound. I am 43 now and I can still hear past 17.5KHz. Why? Because it was drilled into me by my mom to not blast my ears with headphones, and when using power tools I use hearing protection. I have an even greater appreciation for my hearing now because once I got a sinus infection so bad it spread to both ears and I had 95%+ hearing loss for more than three months when my inner and middle ears filled with fluid, and there was so much pressure it perforated my eardrums, so I'm even more strict about hearing protection having experienced near-total deafness for an extended period. Since then certain frequencies cause some pain due to reverberation because those frequencies seem to be amplified to me - it may be due to scar tissue where my ear drums perforated or something, I don't know and haven't bothered to find out.

But flyback transformer whine? Ugh. Same with PC power supplies that are going bad - they have a very similar high pitch whine. When I go to my old office to maintain the servers for my partners, I need to stay out of the lobby because the power supply whines like mad. No one else in the office can hear it.

about two weeks ago
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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

kimvette cooling issues? (97 comments)

"Intel's strategically timed CES 2015 launch of their new 5th Gen Core Series processors for notebooks was met with a reasonably warm reception"

Was the warm reception due to inadequate cooling in those laptops? ;)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

kimvette Re:Intel says no. "short durations" - Intel.com (325 comments)

Bullshit.

From Intel's spec sheet for that processor:

Processor Base Frequency 2.7 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.7 GHz

The rated full-time clock speed for that processor is 2.7GHz. The "max turbo frequency" which is intended for short jobs that are not massively parallel is 3.7GHz. This is not anything remotely similar to cable companies advertising 100Mbps where the only thing you ever see that speed is to their bandwidth test server.

about two weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

kimvette 900 channels of shit (448 comments)

Good. Cut down the number of channels. I now have about 900 channels of shit on the TV and nothing to choose from. Cut down the extra channels and deliver some quality programming. I'm constantly exploring TV shows that were on before I was even born - Hogan's Heroes, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeanie, and stuff like that. I couldn't be bothered with so-called "reality TV." My cousin was on one of those so-called "reality" shows and I never once tuned into it. No interest in that shit.

I'd rather go back to a handful of networks that offer quality programming, or better yet, loosen up "licensing" a bit so Hulu, Amazon, etc. can expand their offerings. I will not tune into "reality" TV shows. It's utter shit.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

kimvette Re:Ha (391 comments)

High resolution audio does not guarantee they have not compressed the dynamic range to shit. It just means that instead of being mastered at 44.1kHz they have mastered it at a higher rate, like 96kHz.

about three weeks ago

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Assange out on bail; maintains innocence

kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kimvette (919543) writes "Assange out on bail and is continuing to maintain his innocents on the charges. However, I am trying to figure out how the hell he could possibly be guilty of rape when the women willingly had sex with him. If they "preferred he use a condom" but agreed to let him have his way with them anyhow, how can they possibly get away with crying "rape" after the fact? I still think that it's just a convenient way that the US is trying to get other countries to keep Assange quiet."
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MS offers technet free; then retracts it

kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kimvette (919543) writes "Yesterday Microsoft was offering download-only Technet subscriptions for free (https://om2.one.microsoft.com/offer/technet_na.aspx) to be used "for testing purposes only" not production. However apparently they under-estimated how quickly the news would spread and just how many people would take advantage of the offer. After years of paying for MSDN subscriptions and quitting after the price just got too obscene I decided to drop my two subscriptions, waiting for a special to come along. This appeared too good to be true but it was a legitimate offer. I took advantage of it however today I started reading reports of the accounts being shut down. I checked mine early this afternoon and the account was still valid and I still had access to my downloads and my keys. Just now I checked and sure enough, I can see the list of downloads but cannot actually download anything nor can I view my keys.

Now here is the question: Is it not reasonable to expect Microsoft to honor a contract where they offered a product for an advertised price, where I accepted that offer and took advantage of it, and they in turn validated that offer by not only accepting THEIR ADVERTISED PRICE in their online ordering system, but proceeding to send me not only a confirmation email, but activation keys, which I in turn used upon receipt to redeem for my legally-purchased software?

Can they legally rescind this offer after my acceptance of their contract offer without any notification? With the oh-so-clearly-worded "for testing purposes only" licensing, which is more restricted than MSDN, is it not reasonable to expect that this offer from Microsoft is anything other than legitimate? I'm fully aware of software licensing costs, I've subscribed to MSDN ultimate three times, the newer equivalent once, and the equivalent of MSDN Professional twice. So, I am fully aware of the "perceived value" of their software. However I am also aware of the duplication and distribution costs, as well as the licensing restrictions, so "free" for "testing purposes only" does not strike me as something that would be unreasonable for one to expect Microsoft to honor the contract on.

What do you all think? Should Microsoft be expected to honor the offer that they have rescinded without notice?"
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ASSP Wiki Host Takes Ball, Goes Home

kimvette kimvette writes  |  about 6 years ago

kimvette writes "The site administrator for the ASSP SMTP gateway has taken the ball and gone home. On top of that he has removed the site from the Internet Wayback Machine and has forbidden anyone from reposting the content, citing that he authored it all and no one else contributed.

However, he clearly benefited from the ASSP developers' efforts at some point, and I presume like you and I he did not pay the developers for the code. How can he justify removing the official documentation for an open source project and forbid anyone else from using it? Granted, the documentation was not open source, but his actions strikes me as hypocritical (In the thread I used a more choice term)."
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Comcast rolls out "wideband" after crying

kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kimvette writes "Comcast introduces a 50Mbps/5Mbps tier almost immediately announcing a 250GB bandwidth cap, confirming what many of us suspected: they were crying wolf and fearing competitors' content offerings. To seemingly make up for the perecived shortfall in content delivery, they are offering an internet service even faster than FIOS, nearly approaching the capabilities of the DOCSIS equipment they rolled out almost a decade ago.

Why after crying "bandwidth shortage" are they rolling out this service? Don't they see that customers already see through their rhetoric and realize it's all about anticompetitive practices? Don't they know that this is confirming fraud when they advertised "unlimited internet" for so long and all the while enforced unpublished limits? Weren't they just saying their networks can't handle heavy P2P users at 5Mbps? Are they trying to hand customers over to FIOS where there are no bandwidth caps?"
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Autopatcher shut down by Microsoft?

kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kimvette writes "Apparently Microsoft wants users to choose alternatives to Windows, since they are now shutting down third-party tools which help make deployments and maintenance of Windows easier. From autopatcher:

Sad day Posted by Antonis Kaladis on August 29th, 2007 | Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft, requesting the immediate take-down of the download page, which of course means that AutoPatcher is probably history. As much as we disagree, we can do very little, and although the download page is merely a collection of mirrors, we took the download page down. We would like to thank you for your support. For the past 4 years, it has been a blast. Unfortunately, it seems like it's the end of AutoPatcher as we know it. Antonis Kaladis


If you're on dialup in rural areas and want to update Windows, or are in a commercial setting where you have a Cable connection with an unpublished cap, you're pretty much screwed when it comes to Windows updates.

Thanks, Microsoft. It's great to know that you have your paying customers in mind, as usual. Making the Windows experience worse, that is."

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kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kimvette writes "Word has it that Kevin Medina an offer of $1.15mil for RegisterFly.

Some background, for those who haven't heard yet:

RegisterFly has all but abandoned its customers, has taken many customers' domains and effectively stolen them, parking them and using them to generate pay-per-click revenue. Meanwhile, thousands upon thousands of complaints have been flooding into ICANN every week because RegisterFly has been accepting payment from customers (average of $2,000 to $5,000 per day, see http://www.registerflies.com/information/can-you-s ay-5000-a-day-for-nothing.html ) but not renewing their domains. Their service has been so bad that ICANN has pulled their accreditation.

RegisterFly's name is ruined. Their customers are trying in vain to leave RegisterFly for other domains, but are hitting roadblocks. Many online businesses and organizations have closed because RegisterFly

How did RegisterFly gain their accreditation? Interestingly, RegisterFlies
several weeks ago learned that RegisterFly did not go through the ICANN accreditation process, but by acquiring another Registrar, basically buying their way into the system.


What is the incentive to buy RegisterFly? They have a great interface, to be sure, however their back end is severely broken. Their customer list will not be part of the sale because ICANN will be forcing a transfer to a new registrar (my guess is GoDaddy). RegisterFly's hosting business has all but died because RegisterFly has not paid their hosting fees and their hosting clients have lost access to web sites hosted with RegisterFly. What does RegisterFly have which is worth $1.15mil?

See the full story on the $1.15mil offer for RegisterFly at:
http://www.registerflies.com/registerfly-news/kevi n-medina-selling-registerfly-and-customer-data-whi le-under-court-o.html"
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kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kimvette (919543) writes "from http://story.malaysiasun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/d8 05653303cbbba8/id/230159/cs/1/

The two principal shareholders John Naruszewicz and Kevin Medina at the weeks-end were still trading verbal blows, while ICANN stepped in to the fray after nearly three years of complaints. Whilst most focus has been on the failure of the company's support systems, allegations of fraud and corruption were flowing freely Friday, not only from the principals involved, but from ICANN.

Meantime the control of RegisterFly.com, seized by Naruszewicz on Tuesday, was back in the hands of Medina late Friday. Both parties are accusing the other of hijacking the company's Web site and administration, which has been effectively dysfunctional for weeks. Medina has also replicated the current site at www.registerfly-inc.com so if he loses control again, or the original site is brought down, he can continue to trade on.


What does this mean for the 90,000 domain holders? Many of us have domains in redemption or pendingDelete status because of this internal RegisterFly battle. We finally got ahold of Kevin Medina by getting him to come to RegisterFlies, and all he did was attack the partners who ousted him; he had nothing to say about rescuing customers' domains nor did he seem to care in the slightest. He seems intent only on maintaining control of the company, the database, and of course his investment, and forget about customer service issues.

Whereas John Naruszewicz and Glenn Stansbury raise customers' losses as their first concern, and saving their investment second. On the surface they appear sincere in their claim that they want to make things right.

Rumors are flying about Kevin, about back-room deals with other registrars, reasons why domains have disappeared from customer accounts, why domains have been allowed to remain in redemption status until they move to pendingDelete and are lost.

The coming week will be very telling. If the authorities step in Monday and arrest Mr. Medina, we will know that Mr. Naruszewicz and Mr. Stansbury are likely legitimate in their claims.

But, what happens for small businesses who have lost their domain names due to Mr. Medina's alleged misconduct? Who will ensure that we get our domains back?"
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kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kimvette writes "Moments ago RegisterFly issued an official statement regarding the domain registrar's dire situation. All blame is placed on Kevin Medina's alleged misconduct. This statement is posted at the RegisterFly customer advocate site, RegisterFlies.

Here is the introductory paragraph from the statement:

We at Registerfly.Com would like to offer our sincere apologies to all that have been affected by the actions of our former CEO / President, Kevin Medina. We cannot change the past but will make every effort to change the future of RegisterFly.com. As a result of Mr. Medina's actions many of you have lost your domains, experienced problems with your Hosting, Renewals and Registrations. For this reason Mr. Medina's our "Board of Directors" had no recourse but to take action against Mr. Medina and fire him.


Clearly the remaining principles are placing 100% of the blame on Mr. Medina's shoulders, however this only leads to further questions: If Mr. Medina was locked out of the servers as of Monday, why is RegisterFly still having problems regaining control of their network? Why did they not fire Mr. Medina and address customer support issues sooner? Why did it take a threat from ICANN to motivate them to respond? When do they expect to give customers control over their domains once again? What will they do to regain customer domains they have already lost?"
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kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kimvette writes "A letter from ICANN to Registerfly has been published at http://www.icann.org/correspondence/ for public review. Apparently the issues with RegisterFly are even worse than revealed a couple of days ago and they have 15 working days to address outstanding issues and come into compliance with ICANN's guidelines.

A snippet from the Conclusion section of the letter:

As noted above, section 5.3.4 of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement agreed in October 2004 between Registerfly and ICANN provides that notice of termination of Registerfly's accreditation may be given if these breaches are not cured within 15 working days.


Computer Business Review Online ran a story on this issue the other day and a new article is about to be published by them. Minute-by-minute developments of these issues can be learned at Registerflies.com, a "support" and customer advocate site set up in response to RegisterFly's ongoing poor customer service and fraudulent billing practices. Millions of customer domains remain under the jurisdiction of RegisterFly and customers' maintaining ownership and control of these domains is now in question.

Some are speculating the RegisterFly will be folding in the coming days, so if you have domains registered through them transfer them out NOW."
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kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 8 years ago

kimvette (919543) writes "Hans Reiser was was arrested today on suspicion of the murder of his wife following her disappearance. While the disappearance (and possible murder) of his wife is tragic, this will make Linux users wondering where this will leave Reiser 4. If Reiser is found guilty, will Novell or IBM pick up the pieces and finish up Reiser 4 for inclusion in the kernel or is this the end of the Reiser filesystem project? Will there be any future for the Reiser filesystem, and if Hans is found guilty and the project is continued, will the project be renamed to avoid notoriety?"

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In the event that you lose your SR-71 Blackbird Manual

kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 4 years ago

In the event that the previous owner of your SR-71 Blackbird didn't provide an owner's manual and you need to review the ignition procedure, or wonder why the engines cut out when you idle the engine, Lockheed and the US Government have thoughtfully provided the folks at sr-71.org a copy which is posted online in entirety. Once in flight, if you are entertaining thoughts of pushing your SR-71 past Vne you should refer to pages 5-8 and 5-9.

It's an interesting read, and it still amazes me that this aircraft was designed between 1957 and 1962 and its performance envelope has seldom been matched.

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