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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

rodrigoandrade Re:Retro computers as DIY kits? (81 comments)

No, there isn't, or else some shrewd businessman would've opened up a shop already.

At the risk of being modded Troll, I'll say that most people interested in these ancient relics, other than museums, want the software that ran on them, and there are several emulators for that.


Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

rodrigoandrade Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

Did you realize who posted this? Worse than little Jimmy, but at least it wasn't Millhouse.

about a week ago

Making Best Use of Data Center Space: Density Vs. Isolation

rodrigoandrade It's all about cost, not physical space. (56 comments)

At most places I've worked, the situation described was requested / imposed by the PHBs and bean counters to save costs, reliability and isolation be damned.

Lack of physical room was NEVER, I repeat, NEVER an issue. This ain't Tokyo we´re talking about. If your office building doesn't have a spare room, you'll have other major issues down the road when ytour company expands its business.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

rodrigoandrade Re:WTF? (261 comments)

Then you click "This is not Spam" and Gmail immediately learns. And any SIMILAR messages (i.e. similar subject, same sender, etc.) are no longer treated as spam.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

rodrigoandrade WTF? (261 comments)

Spam folder in my Gmail catches 99.9% of all spam I receive.

As a bonus: it's also excellent about learning what I mark as spam, and dealing with false positives.

about two weeks ago

The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

rodrigoandrade Re:What A Weapon (478 comments)

Ebola would be a terrible bioweapon for the simple reason that it isn't airborne or waterborne.

Don't you guys play Plague, Inc???

about two weeks ago

The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

rodrigoandrade Re:but useful software is not cheap to make (103 comments)


A friend of mine worked on a customer's machine that had some uber virus in it. He told me all the tech details, but thanks to one to many Hoegaardens I forgot them. He was only able to isolate the virus by hooking up the customer's HD to a Linux box and fix it.

Long story short, he innocently contacted Cnet to tell them that software XYZ had a virus in it, ony to be told something along the lines of "yeah, we know, but we get paid to put them there, so there's nothing we can do about it."

about two weeks ago

Chrome 38 Released: New APIs and 159 Security Fixes

rodrigoandrade Chromium (55 comments)

My Chromium is on version 40.0.2180.0 and so is my Chrome Canary at home.

Why is everyone still praising an older browser?

about two weeks ago

Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

rodrigoandrade Bollocks (742 comments)

I know it's cool to rip on cable companies, but this story smells fishy from where I'm sitting. I want to hear the other side of this story.

about two weeks ago

2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

rodrigoandrade Electric tape to the rescue (243 comments)

I've lost count of times I had to cut tiny pieces of electrical tape to cover these damn useless LEDs, especially on gadets in my bedroom where I try to sleep.

about two weeks ago

Facebook Ready To Get Into Healthcare

rodrigoandrade Whatever happened to... (99 comments)

the advice "never get medical or legal advice from the internets"?

about three weeks ago

Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015

rodrigoandrade Nice, but... (42 comments)

Will I be able to do non-Facebook stuff with it? (Google, Spotify, Steam, etc.)

about a month ago

Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

rodrigoandrade Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

Classic example of regulation only getting in the way of the free enterprise without offering any benefit to the customer.

about a month ago

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

rodrigoandrade How many players online? (93 comments)

Considering it's multiplayer, it's important to consider how many people actually buy this, instead of just bragging about "Linux on the Desktop."

Methinks Linux gaming is pretty niche at the moment, so any multiplayer game wouldn't benefit much from going Linux, unless there's cross-platform integration.

about a month ago

Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

rodrigoandrade Reviews follow sales to get more eyeballs (277 comments)

The original Galaxy Note got some pretty bad reviews, some even calling it a fad, due to its size. But then it sold like hot cakes, flying off the shelves.

Then review sites learned ther lesson and gave the Note 2 a decent spin and gave it the top reviews it deserved. Now the LG G3 is getting all the 4.5-star reviews.

It was always meant to be the other way around (i.e you read reviews to help you make an informed purchase), but sites need ad money and realized it's un-cool to hate on phablets.

I replaced my old broken Note 2 with a tiny Nexus 5 and I'm suffering with the cramped 4.95" screen. Next time, I'm going medieval on screen size.

about a month ago

Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

rodrigoandrade (178 comments)

Did the maestro consider that several ISPs still don't support these new fangled TLDs yet?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

rodrigoandrade None, seriously, none. (471 comments)

Wake me up when a smartwatch is a standalone device that does everything my Nexus 5 does now with decent battery life and an affordable pricetag. We're making progress, sure, but nowhere near primetime.

about a month and a half ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

rodrigoandrade Regulation, regulation, regulation (253 comments)

What's wrong with you people? Can't you take care of your own fucking problems without crying to dad..., er, I mean, government for help???

Get something through your thick skulls: regulation is ALWAYS bad!! But you'll only get once some regulation affects you in a negative way.

about 2 months ago



Pay to Win game made almost US$1 billion in revenue in 2013.

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about 9 months ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "CrossFire, a South Korean first person shooter by SmileGate, took in nearly $1 billion in revenue last year, making it the most lucrative free-to-play game online, according to Super Data Research. Runner-up League of Legends earned "only" US$624 million. CrossFire is heavily based on Counter Strike, but implements a clear pay-to-win strategy that prioritizes money over skill. Players must pay to even equip body armor, for instance.

Don't let EA read this."

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Tech websites NOT run by Apple fanboys

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  1 year,13 days

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "Are there any tech websites nowadays that aren't run by Apple fanboys (or any fanboys in general)? I just read a screen comparison (link below) between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5 on PhoneArena, and it's pretty obviously written by an Apple fanboy. They only tested the strengths of the iPhone 5's IPS display, and not the weaknesses. For instance, nowhere does the article mention the Note 3's AMOLED display's low power consumption compared to IPS.

But I digress. Lately, it's become increasingly harder to find objective tech websites that are not biased towards Apple (and Sony Playstation 4, to a lesser degree--hello, IGN)

What tech website do you guys recommend I should read to find fair and balanced tech news, reviews, etc??"

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The Elder Scrolls Online will demand $15 a month, on top of a $60 pricetag

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about a year ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "In a day and age where all MMOs are going fom subscriptions to free to play in order to stay afloat and turn a profit, The Elder Scrolls Online will go against the tide and charge monthly $15 subscriptions along with a $60 pricetag. All recent games that tried this approach recently failed, and eventually went free to play with cash shop, for better or worse. TESO will probably follow suit and go free to play when the novelty factor wears thin and people start quitting over the new shiny game in the future. Even if the Elder Scrolls series has a loyal fanbase, I'm afraid it won't be enough, since een the MMO wth the STAR WARS brand couldn't keep the subscription model alive."
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Help me find a new hobby

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I'm almost 36 and, as I grow older, I no longer feel passionate about my current hobbies (mainly listening to heavy metal and playing video games--on a PC). Leaving aside the ideological discussion on the current state of the gaming industry, and the fact that new heavy metal bands really suck, I've come to accept the fact that I'm just getting old. I don't want to be 50 and still be listening to Motorhead or playing Doom. The burning desire to download Far Cry 3 or the new Helloween album just isn't there anymore.

Over the past 35 years, I've had several hobbies. Otherwise, I'd have gone crazy just studying and working all the tim. I've done a lot, from backgammon to amateur bodybuilding, including playing the bass, watching NHRA, and building model trains. I don't feel like going back to any of them, as I like trying new things (I'll watch Daytona 500 this Sunday, though).

So, I'm looking for suggestions for a new hobby. Here are a few guidelines so you're not completely in the dark.

1. I hate outdoors and nature stuff, so mountain biking, rock climbing and such are out of the question.
2. Money isn't (much of) an issue. Any money-intensive hobby (flying real airplanes, offshore racing) are out of the picture.
3. It doesn't snow where I live, so winter sports are a no-no.
4. It'd be nice if it didn't require a huge time commitment, a lot of analytical thinking and math. I need a hobby, not a second job.
5. Low tech would be nice, too, but not required.

Any ideas???? TYIA!!"

Ouya: The $99, Android-Powered TV Game Console

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "Ouya is a new Android-based home console that promises to bring to the living room the $0.99 games business model that has worked so well for Apple. Admittedly, its vaporware so far, but it could turn the industry on its head, effectively putting an end to the things we all hate about modern console gaming ($60 games, DLC, DRM, endless sequels, movie tie-ins, etc.)"
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How Much Does Data Recovery Cost?

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I have a 1 TB external harddrive (Toshiba Canvio USB 2.0) that crashed on me. It's for personal use, so no trade secrets or FBI data were compromised. Aside from my encrypted financial data, my life doesn't depend on any of the files in the drive but I'd really like to get that data back, since I've spend so many years collecting it. It's about 550GB worth of investment, fitness, dieting, e-books (plus more crazy shit that interests me); DVD rock concerts (my vice); some old pictures etc.

I did all troubleshooting short of cracking the shell open, but it was a no go. I tried using tools like Easy Recovery and others to no avail. So I took it to a specialist. He gave me an estimate of U$200,00 to recover the data, which I thought was a major rip off. The tech eve had the audacity of telling me that my harddrive is physically OK, and it'd be even more expensve if there was physical damage to the unit. I looked around other places (both brick and mortar shops and services online), and found some even more expensive shops.

Then again, if I were to buy all the DVDs (not including out of print and imported ones) and dead-tree version of the e-books (obviously not including the online-only ones), I'd be out of a lot more than US$200.

I'd like some expert opinions from the /. crowd: should I just cough up the $200 or is this really too much for this type of service?? TYIA!!!"

Living PC free

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I just had enough of fixing my own PC problems. I grew up using PCs and messing with

hardware/software, configuration, tweaking, upgrading, etc., but this is 2011 and I'm not

getting any younger here. These things should work like any home appliance by now, but

they aren't. So I was thinking maybe the problem is with me. Maybe the industry already

moved to something else (tablets?) and I haven't noticed.

My home use of PCs is fairly basic. I play gams, watch movies, browse the web, and do some

very light office work (nothing MS Office can't handle). Geek factor aside, there isn't

much that my PC does that can't be done on another device. And yes, it's a fairly decent

gaming PC (C2Q, HD5850, etc.)

I don't buy into this perpetual upgrade cycle some PC guys love. I only buy new parts when

old parts breaks, but then I'll buy the best parts I can afford. What I feel I no longer

have (or I'm quickly losing) is the TIME and WILL to do these upgrades, then

troubleshooting, etc. I work all day and when I come home exhausted the LAST thing I want

to do is dick around with the PC just to get a gamer running. I'll just wait untill

Saturday to fix it.

So I decided to free myself from this dreaded PC legacy, and wanted to see how /. readers

would go about it. I know it's impossible to actually live PC-less, so any combination is

welcome as long as it keeps the PC relegated to the backstage (file/print server, torrent

box, streaming content, etc.). My reasoning is that a PC that's used less frequently has

fewer problems. Also, if the PC breaks down, I'm not at a complete loss."

What to do in SW:TOR for just 3 days?

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about 3 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I've been invited to participate in the beta testing program for SW:TOR. However, EA's giving out 3-day passes to most testers. A few people are receiving passes for longer periods.

Mine will be from Friday 5am through Monday 12am (CST) (i.e. Sunday evening)

Since it's a frakking 10GB download (amost 2GB for video alone) I'll use for only 3 days, I'd like to make the most out of it. If you're an experienced beta tester, please post some tips travel-guide style on what I should do, quests I should take, places to visit, etc. TYIA. May the Force be with you!"

Swedish factory fined $3,000 for robot attack

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rodrigoandrade writes "Maintenance worker was attacked by a robot. The robo-assault reportedly took place in 2007, when a man attempted to repair a defective machine used to lift rocks without properly checking the power supply beforehand. And unfortunately, the human head isn't all that different than a big juicy rock to such a robot."
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Change "Games" Section

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rodrigoandrade writes "Hello folks, am I the only one who gets upset about the "Games" section being blocked at my workplace's firewall?? I'm pretty sure many geeks here have the same problem, and /. won't accept my proxy connections, so I'm SOL. Well, I suggest changing the section name to something else, like, oh, "Mario" or something that reminds people of games."


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