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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

nick357 Also... (555 comments)

Which is better: vi or Emacs?

about a year ago

And Now For Something Completely Different: Monty Python Reunion Planned

nick357 Poorly titled.... (168 comments)

Don't get me wrong - I love these guys as much as anyone else. But isn't this going to be the exact opposite of "Something Completely Different"?

about a year ago

The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise

nick357 Or... (341 comments)

...maybe put that brainpower into solving the actual global problem, rather than finding a bandaid solution to the local symptom....

about a year ago

Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

nick357 Facebook better learn... (192 comments)

...the ONLY reason they have the number of users that they do is because everyone's friends are on Facebook.

People do not like Facebook. They hate the lack of security, the constant changing of format, the increasingly annoying advertising, etc, etc, etc.

One day (and I believe it will be soon), a viable alternative will appear and their collective mass of users will leave practically overnight.

No one loves Facebook. Its not cool. Its just where everyone is hanging until something better comes along.

about a year and a half ago

$616.57 Three Strikes Verdict Cost RIANZ $250,000

nick357 Relative Costs (131 comments)

Its been said that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. In New Zealand the price for file sharing is $616.57. Seems about right...

about a year and a half ago

Schmidt, Daughter Talk About North Korea Trip

nick357 Re:Wow! (187 comments)

When your only tool is a hammer, all problems begin to look like nails...

about a year and a half ago

In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

nick357 Nice try but (1359 comments)

Its divine creators all the way down!

more than 2 years ago

Tenenbaum To SCOTUS: Let's Get This Debate Rolling

nick357 Re:Failure to comprehend (114 comments)

Can somebody please translate this summary to English.


I used the services of Google translate to change that unreadable gibberish into something much more understandable:

Provides a summary of responses to support requests, and Joel Tnanbhum ", in an attempt to court the thorny issue of damages in copyright law micropayment and MP3 files, Sony Music Entertainment, BMG Tnanbhum contrast, the U.S. Supreme Court notify".

In keeping with the spirit of Slashdot, for those interested in the technical details, I moved it from its original gibberish to Latin to Arabic to Japanese to Swahili to English.

You are most welcome.

more than 2 years ago

Shmoocon Demo Shows Easy, Wireless Credit Card Fraud

nick357 The Obvious Solution* (273 comments)

Put her in jail for teaching others how to defraud the public!!!!

* Obvious to the credit card industry

more than 2 years ago

Symantec Admits Its Networks Were Hacked in 2006

nick357 In their defence... (113 comments)

...they were running McAfee at the time!

more than 2 years ago

What Do We Do When the Internet Mob Is Wrong?

nick357 OMG!!!! (361 comments)

Its Christmas Eve and I am really busy, so I only had time to skim the summary, but thats horrible that some kid got killed for his Nikes!!! Especially during this season its important we honor those killed so needlessly - even tho I am very busy, I am taking the time out to tweet in his honor, and post on Facebook my outrage at this kind of senseless violence! You all should do it too.

more than 2 years ago

Average Web Page Approaches 1MB

nick357 My Personal Home Page? (319 comments)

It remains the size of one of those animated "under construction" gifs.

more than 2 years ago

Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

nick357 Re:Pointless (851 comments)

Agreed. This place has really gone downhill since Roblimo left.

more than 2 years ago

Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches

nick357 Re:Irking (389 comments)

Its an MMO which should last a long time.

You play for 2 years for example. You pay $60 + (23 * $15) = $405.

You think you should be paying 24 * $15 = $360.

Thats less than $2 per month over the life of the game, which could probably be made up with advance purchasing.

I don't see what you are complaining about.

about 2 years ago

Tech Expertise Not Important In Google Managers

nick357 Why don't they just google for an answer? (298 comments)

I didn't RTFA but if google is known for hiring some very smart, technical people, perhaps when they run into a problem, its not purely a technical issue. Probably the individual workers know their field pretty good (and are capable of simply googling for answers if they need a technical answer). I would think they need a manager for the other stuff that isn't just finding the best algorithm for a given problem.

more than 3 years ago

A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers

nick357 Re:Get over it. (638 comments)

I think the problem is that if someone needs work on a $20,000 car, they can justify going to a "pro" and paying someone for 5 hours at $100 per. Or if they have a house worth $300,000 - then paying a plumber or electrician $1000 for a day is justifiable. But if you have a problem with your 4 year old computer that you paid $500 for, everyone knows its worth less than $100 now - how can anyone justify paying a "pro" to spend a couple of hours troubleshooting it. Its better to just go buy a new computer... unless you can con your friend "who knows about these things" to fix it for free.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

nick357 redundancy (680 comments)

I do something similar to this. Redundancy is the key.

Disk space is cheap & online storage for photos is cheap. I never delete a single photo.

1) 1 copy on my own PC. I may have gigs and gigs of photos, but I also have gigs and gigs of free space on my local system.
2) 1 local copy on a NAS that automatically syncs over every night.
3) 1 online copy using mozy - its like $5 / month. Again - the syncing happens automatically within hours of the original photos being placed on my home PC.
4) 1 copy on DVD in a safety deposit box. This is the only non-automated portion of my backup routine. Every couple of months I backup up all my photos, bring them to my bank where I have a safety deposit box and swap out the old copies. I was paying for a box anyways (although I needed to upgrade to a slightly larger one to hold the DVDs).

Ultimately, photos rank up there among the most important things in my life. I would be devastated to loose some of them. Redundancy is your friend. I may spend a few dollars a month doing this, but I am pretty sure that unless my house burns down on the same day that there is a worldwide financial crisis causing mozy and my bank to shut their doors, I should be ok.

more than 2 years ago


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