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MIT Bitcoin Project To Create Cryptocurrency Ecosystem, Give $100 Per Student

powerlord New MIT "Service" (107 comments)

I foresee some young enterprising student to institute a "Beer for BitCoin" service. ... and since the BitCoins are being given free, I guess it falls under "Free as in Beer".

about 3 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

powerlord Re:Long story short (178 comments)

flash is equally bad on all platforms web guys please stop using it.

Hey ... look at the upside, feature parity across Windows, OSX and Linux ... even for bugs and exploits.

about 3 months ago
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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

powerlord Re:Bank them (333 comments)

Reminds me of the secret to living to be 120:

First, live to be 119, then be R-E-A-L-L-Y careful. :)

about 3 months ago
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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

powerlord Re:Bank them (333 comments)

Real respect is dragging grandpa's corpse to several pubs for a last night of drinking with family and friends.

I know you're joking, but there's nothing I would want more.

You're not the only one.

My wife and I have already told each other a "proper" funeral is fine if it brings comfort to the family, but then we want a good old fashioned party w/proper drinking.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

powerlord Re:Recording Bab5 Fandom (276 comments)

Okay ... I'll bite. How DID the Narn (an agrarian society at that time) manage to drive the Shadows from their home world?

about 4 months ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

powerlord Should You or any of Your IM Force be Caught ... (623 comments)

Clearly while these troops probably were or are active Russian units, I expect they were either AWOL and/or certainly acting without orders. ... ... or at least thats what I expect we'll hear pretty soon.

about 4 months ago
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Origins of Blarney Stone Revealed

powerlord OBLG: Futurama (47 comments)

So according to The Fine Article ...

Those who want to kiss the stone should basically go "Kiss Our Shiny Fossilized Asses"?

about 4 months ago
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Valve Offers Free Subscription To Debian Developers: Paying It Forward

powerlord Re:OK... (205 comments)

honestly, the biggest advantage Steam offers me are:

1) Making my library available on whatever computer I am using (provided the games support it), without me having to drag around an external drive of some sort.

2) Keeping my downloaded games up to date, and the saved games synchronized between computers.

Granted I'm probably an abnormal user in that I have a desktop at home and a laptop I use for travel/work, but it makes it easy to keep things in sync and start a game on one, then continue on the other, with very little effort on my part.

Didn't sign up to Steam for the longest time, but recently did to try a game a friend sent me. Its much less intrusive and user friendly than I had expected.

about 6 months ago
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Valve Offers Free Subscription To Debian Developers: Paying It Forward

powerlord Re:OK... (205 comments)

If you've gotten the games through the Humble Bundle, then you might be even more interested in Steam. All (most?) of the Humble Bundle games come with Steam keys so you can immediately add them to your Steam library. Makes it much easier to keep track of your library and manage downloads between computers ... the downside is only 1 computer can be connected to steam at a time (although off-line mode is lovely for things like that).

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise

powerlord Re:At least Princeton... (193 comments)

Considering the Princeton grad was working for the A&M grad, I'm not sure the contacts and networking were working out as he expected.

about 6 months ago
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How Quickly Will the Latest Arms Race Accelerate?

powerlord Re:Two kinds of loser talk (197 comments)

If this is a serious question, then the answer is pretty straight forward and already one we are working on.

The rise of the Carrier, wasn't so much about the Carrier per se, but about the ability for a Carrier+Planes to project firepower in ways Battleships couldn't (and couldn't protect against).

Carriers themselves though, exist only as bases for planes.
Planes are expensive, trained pilots are even more expensive. Pilots are also "fleshy meat bags" that limit performance on planes.

Flash forward to now. Drones are the wave of the future. Long range high-speed drones is the next step (or drones mid-flight refueling/rearming from a drone tanker if they haven't already).

All backed up by Mach 5 Cruise missiles that you can launch from your mainland and special forces you can use when you need a small specialized manned response, sounds like the future of war ...

( ... short of massive invasion that could trigger a nuclear response)

about 6 months ago
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Bots Now Account For 61% of Net Traffic

powerlord Re:Youtube? (124 comments)

The noise is now above the signal. We're screwed.

Wake me up, when September ends.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

powerlord Re:Build a business case (383 comments)

But be careful shifting things "out the door", especially if they are business critical.

We recently moved our offices and looked into replacing our aged PBX. One choice everyone mentioned was hosted VOIP PBX services.

Great if you have high-speed, reliable, internet, great if you don't mind paying again and again. For us, even though we have outsourced our Email, phone services are mission critical. If our internet connection goes down, no biggie, business goes on (albeit slightly inconvenienced), if our PHONES go down, it'll be hell and high-water combined and everything grinds to a stop.

Likewise, any business suite or accounting package better darn well be able to run in stand-a-lone mode and resync when the internet connection comes back, or it isn't coming into any mission critical situation if I have any say (which I do).

The alternative is backup redundant service, and the equipment to handle that, which, for a small office is overblown.

about 8 months ago
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The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

powerlord Re:millenials (289 comments)

Actually, you were tagged "Generation Y" ("What comes after X"?, "Y bother"?, "Y me"?) in the media quite extensively, especially after all the hubub about GenX.

Its mostly a matter of you having done so little to differentiate yourselves as something that matters that has led to your disappearance in the wake of the rise of the Millenials.

Then again, it could also be that with the short news cycle, which seems to be connecting to people's short attention spans, it seems like anything not "current" is quickly forgotten. Heck, you barely even hear of the "Baby Boomers" in the news, and there are probably (still) more of them out there in the US than anyone else.

about 9 months ago
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Researchers Complete New Gondwana Map

powerlord Re:Google maps? (116 comments)

Editors? Slashdot has editors?

They are more elusive than the fabled Lochness Monster, but they've been known to poke their heads up on occasion.

Granted, its been quite a while, but a Friend of a Friend once saw ...

1 year,20 days
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DoS Attack Forces EVE Online Offline

powerlord Re:The wives of EVE (127 comments)

Will rejoice

All the countless Wives, Girlfriends, significant others, etc. ... wait ... I think I know who might be behind this. ...

about a year ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate US Army Database, Compromise Safety of Dams

powerlord Re:Just got to say (256 comments)

Three Gorges Dam in ... One Dam Out!

Three Gorges Dam in ... One Dam Out!

Three Gorges Dam in ... One Dam Out!

about a year ago
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How NASA Brought the F-1 Rocket Engine Back To Life

powerlord Re:Mentioned this last week (221 comments)

So go use robots and other more automated vehicles to create the means necessary for human survival.

For instance, send a robot to Mars ahead of future human exploration and set up a habitat, start making oxygen, water, and foodstuffs.

No need to wait till we get there to start terraforming/colonizing a small piece.

about a year ago

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Duke Nukem Forever Slated for PS3 Launch

powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 3 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes "In what some people were comparing to shaking hands with Bigfoot and riding the Loch Ness monster, I can now confirm (as if you didn’t know already) that Duke Nukem Forever is very real, it is coming to PS3. PlayStation Blog has an interview with the group working on brining it to life."
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SCOTUS to hear appeal of CA Game Violance Ban

powerlord powerlord writes  |  about 4 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes ""For nearly two decades, elected officials have tried to regulate which video games you can buy, rent and play. Every single time they’ve passed a law, the federal courts have struck it down as unconstitutional. But this may change this fall.

The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear the State of California’s infamous ‘violent video game case,’ Schwarzenegger v. EMA. That means that this year, or early next, the Court is going to decide whether to agree with the lower federal courts or not. Agreeing would mean that they believe that video games are, and should continue to be, First Amendment protected speech; just like books, movies and music. The court disagreeing would mean that they think video games should be treated differently. This could lead to new bills and laws curtailing video game access in states across the country.""

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Reddit Mob Strikes Back at Auto-Warranty Calls

powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 5 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes "Most of us have gotten those annoying telemarketing calls that "The warranty on your car is about to expire!". This was even more annoying for Michael Silveira, a 22 year old who doesn't even own a car. He, along with a flash mob on Reddit, proceeded to perform a real world DDoS on Auto One, an Irvine, CA company that hired one or more of the telemarketing firms. According to the Wall Street Journal article, "The Reddit user posted two phone numbers for Auto One. "Please call them 20, 30, hell, 50 times a day," this person wrote. "It's what I did and finally the guy said, 'Look, we will take your number off our list just please stop calling here!'" The Reddit user didn't respond to an interview request. ... campaigners eventually figured out how to gain access to Auto One's voice-mail system. They began work on a virtual map to extensions 300 through 490 on the system, and digging through saved messages for more information on the company." Mr. Silveira's contribution? He left voice-mail messages that contained nothing but a recording of Rick Astley's 1987 hit song "Never Gonna Give You Up.""
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Workers Losing Personal Info Along With Their Job

powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 5 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes "We are often so dependent on our computers that we forget that sometimes, they are not ours. How many of us store personal information on our work computer/blackberry/cellphone? According to an article in the WSJ"As layoffs sweep across industries, employees' personal information is winding up in the dustbin, as well. ... Michele Wallace had worked for Medialink Worldwide Inc. for 18 years when the New York video-distribution company laid her off last May. When the company's information-technology staff quickly shut down her computer and her BlackBerry, the senior vice president of client services lost family photos and every personal and business contact on her cellphone and computer." Time to back up your info BEFORE you are laid-off or quite."
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HOME Open Beta starts tomorrow

powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 5 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes "According to an entry on Sony's PlayStation blog: "Today we announced that PlayStation Home will enter into open beta, and will be available to everyone tomorrow. This milestone represents the very beginning of a long journey together, as PlayStation Home is an ever evolving, always changing, organic experience — full of new friends to meet, new events to enjoy, and new content to explore. ... Many of you will have already seen the news regarding participation in PlayStation Home from your favorite game publishers and brands, including Activision, Disney, Eidos, Electronic Arts, Lucas Arts, THQ and UBISOFT as well as Sony Pictures, Paramount, Red Bull, Ligne Roset, and Diesel." Nice to see its about to finally open the doors, and that so many studios are involved to help make it a success."
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Sun to cut up to 6,000 Jobs

powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 5 years ago

no-more-HB1s-needed (28156) writes "Looks like the IT jobs market might be getting harder real soon. According to an article over at Bloomberg:

Sun plans to cut as many as 6,000 jobs as the company tries to cope with plunging sales of server computers to financial firms, market-share losses to bigger competitors and a spiraling stock price. ... Sun is the third company in Santa Clara, at the heart of California's Silicon Valley, to cut jobs this week as technology companies cope with the worst sales slump since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. Applied Materials Inc., the largest maker of chip-production machinery, announced plans to cut 1,800 jobs, and mobile-phone chip builder National Semiconductor Corp. said it will shed about 5 percent of the staff.

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Wii Brawl Leaves Some Users Hopping Mad

powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

just-blow-lightly-into-the-slot (28156) writes "Early reports are that Wii users better make sure they're taking good care of their system. According to the Nintendo Repair FAQ: "Super Smash Bros. Brawl utilizes a double-layer disc which has a large memory capacity. A percentage of Wii consoles may have trouble consistently reading data off this large capacity disc if there is some contamination on the lens of the disc drive."

2PStart asks the question on all older gamer's minds, "Why does this seem so familiar?""

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Toshiba Expected to Announced Death of HD-DVD

powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes "According to the Hollywood Reporter although no official announcement has yet been made, "Toshiba is widely expected to pull the plug on its HD DVD format sometime in the coming weeks, reliable industry sources say, after a rash of retail defections that followed Warner Home Video's announcement in early January that it would support only the rival Blu-ray Disc format after May." The end of this format war may be much quicker than the long drawn out war of attrition some were expecting."
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DVD size limiting Unreal Tournament 3 on Xbox 360

powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes "DVD's size may be starting to show its limits. Mark Rein, President of Epic (creators of "Gears of War"), was quoted as saying, "We'll compress some things. But you know, we may have fewer maps on the 360 version... Blu-Ray has definitely given us a lot of legroom," while speaking at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival."
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MS Says: 360 MMOs Can Require Hard Drive

powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes "MS Unveils new rules for MMOs on Live! Changes included are allowing Server based games to require hard-drives, and requiring that Silver XBL members don't have to pay "twice" to play an MMO (upgrade to Gold + pay subscription). On the other side, all games must submit their total disc requirements, and if the requirements go up over the life of a MMO (such as World of Warcraft)? "... Companies are allowed to expand the required size, but the game should always run on the original requirement — users have to approve the change. If the requirement goes up, Microsoft is playing with the idea of allowing the ability to degrade — those are Microsoft's words — the experience. Their ideas, straight from their presentation: Lo-res models/textures, Place certain areas off-limits, Stream assests from server (slower loading)""
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powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 7 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes "GamePro took a look at 8 reasons why they don't think the XBox 360 Elite should be considered all that "elite", including "The current 10 million 360 owners are getting the shaft. Microsoft says the Elite isn't aimed at existing customers but for niche HD enthusiasts who still don't own an Xbox 360. Fair enough, but didn't Microsoft just get done telling existing 360 owners that bigger hard drives and HDMI video were unnecessary?""
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powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 7 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes "According to an article at Security Focus the XBox Live! system has been the subject of an organized social engineering attack: "Rather than hacking computer servers, the clan's account stealers claim to rely on social engineering to convince support personnel at Microsoft — and its subsidiary Bungie Studios, the creator of the Halo game series — to help the attackers take control of the accounts. To do so, the players spin a story about something going wrong with their account — from a crashed box to a sibling changing the password — and ask for help "recovering" the data."

Microsoft's response: "After initially denying that the service had been hacked, Microsoft said the company is now investigating the issue, but stressed that the problems seem more to do with pretexting than with a security breach of its systems.""
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powerlord powerlord writes  |  more than 7 years ago

powerlord (28156) writes "From the PS3 Forum: "Sunday Night Foldathon (S.N.F) is a great way to help Stanford University's with there new Playstation 3 Folding@Home program.
The S.N.F event is simple. On Sunday Night (March. 25th 2007) everyone who wants to participate in the S.N.F event simply turn there PS3 on and start the folding program, could be anytime you want or when you goto bed, you may let the program run as long as you want but would be great if it could atleast last till 7am Monday morning, its all up to you since anything helps. This is to see how much help we (the playstation community) can be for this program and to show them that the feature is being widely used and maybe saving lives in the process.

Folding@Home To be Released on Thursday (Mar. 22nd 2007) for PLAYSTATION®3 and available after downloading the latest 1.6 Firmware update."

From the Standford FAQ: "... This advance utilizes the new Cell processor in Sony's PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new advances with GPUs), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 100 gigaflop scale per computer. With about 10,000 such machines, we would be able to achieve performance on the petaflop scale. ... Our goal is to apply this new technology to push Folding@Home into a new level of capabilities, applying our simulations to further study of protein folding and related diseases, including Alzheimer's Disease, Huntington's Disease, and certain forms of cancer. ...""

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