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The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

skgrey BFF (124 comments)

According to the list, one of the translations of BFF is Big Fat Friend. Stephen Lynch would be proud.

about 3 months ago
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iOS Vs. Android: Which Has the Crashiest Apps?

skgrey Re:Android ftl? (358 comments)

Dammit, sorry, I fell asleep at my post. Long night playing Skyrim.

"I don't give a flying fuck why Windows..etc etc, I blame the big picture rather than what is wrong" is something non-techies do constantly. They only want to say it works or not at the 20,000 foot level, which equates to "Windows sucks" if it doesn't work. In reality it is probably that coupon app they loaded on their laptop that is causing the issue and has nothing to do with Windows or a server issue. It's important to look at where the problem is coming from; once you do that you not only understand the culprit but you can actually solve the issue (or have someone like us solve your issue). If you never take time to realize where issues are happening you'll just jump from one technology to another, but always have the same issues - throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

more than 2 years ago
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VMware, a Falling Giant?

skgrey It's price. (417 comments)

Plain and simple, VMWare is pricey. I'd love to run them where I work, but it's extraordinarily expensive compared to Xen and Hyper-V.

Hyper-V is about 5 years behind and XenServer is about 3 years behind in terms of functionality and stability, mainly due to the fact that VMWare has been doing it for so long. VMWare is rock-solid and feature rich, and I'd love to use them. Currently we use XenServer, but with Citrix recently closing down their hardware API's and not playing nicely with anyone it looks like it is going to be the first casualty. I've been very upset by XenServer's HA so far, plain and simple it has sucked. I've had hosts reboot from crashes and the virtual machines go down, but the host thinks it has the machines and all of the other hosts think it has the machines. I've done everything XenServer has asked (HA quorum on a separate LUN, patches, etc), but it still just sucks. I've yet to see a host fail and the machines to go elsewhere, and the configuration is absolutely right and has been reviewed by Citrix. Maybe 6.0 will be better, but I just heard of major issues today with it. Hyper-V is really where the competition is going to come from, especially with how engrained it is in everything coming up. Want to run Exchange 2010 SP2? Recommendation is Hyper-V virtual machines.

God I miss VMWare.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Stop the Next WikiLeaks

skgrey Detection and rules (191 comments)

The problem is that the system is only as good as the ruleset and detection; it's the same theory behind antivirus. If you have a zero-day exploit that acts differently it's going to get through, and if you have someone that figures out a different way to capture data then the leak will happen. Can the software detect someone taking a picture of a document on the screen with their camera? Can it detect getting booted from an OS CD? Can it stop a person from telling someone what they read? This is just more window-dressing to make the people in charge feel a little safer.

more than 2 years ago
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Ohio Supreme Court Drawn Into Magnetic Homes Case

skgrey Re:Why replace? (462 comments)

This is a great example of why I sincerely appreciate ./

Thank you not only for saying what I was thinking about how ridiculous this story is and giving a great technical example, but for the brilliant imagery of a truck driving down the road and passing cars getting sucked magnetically toward the load. I actually laughed out loud at that. That made a terrible Friday quite a bit better.

more than 2 years ago
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Retailers Dread Phone-Wielding Shoppers

skgrey Re:I did this (725 comments)

That's the best part though - I didn't have to bounce around! Most of the stuff was cheaper on the net, and most had free shipping. Also, Target, Best Buy, Kohl's, and Toys R' Us are within about a mile of each other here as well, and I'll bet that's the case with most places, so bouncing isn't that bad anyway.

Your comment is very apt though, retailers need to figure out that they need to offer more than just an item or two lower than competitors and move to a different model, as technology is breaking their current sales model.

more than 3 years ago
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Retailers Dread Phone-Wielding Shoppers

skgrey Re:I did this (725 comments)

I used my iPhone and the Red Laser app to scan all the toys my kids wanted. It shows all the prices for the stores around me, as well as online. I got approached by at least one sales person asking me what I was doing, and Toys R Us specifically was not happy. I got approached by a floor manager after the sales person approached me, and he asked to see the app. He looked none too happy. Why in the world would I not check if I had the ability??

more than 3 years ago
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New CCTV Site In UK Pays People To Watch

skgrey Re:Surveillance = False accusation (214 comments)

If you are bothered about being observed by people, wear a gigantic cardboard box over yourself , or simply don't go outside.

Snake? Is that you?

more than 3 years ago
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Blockbuster Files For Bankruptcy

skgrey Re:So sad, but it's time (390 comments)

Absolutely. I can't count the amount of times I rented StarTropics and Mega Man for the NES and then Final Fantasy 3 for the SNES. My friends and I would have sleepovers and PRAY for that copy of FF3 to be in for that weekend so we could be up for 24 straight hours trying to play through it, as your save would never be there next time.

Oh yeah, and ARE YOU LISTENING MUSIC INDUSTRY? Innovate or die.

about 4 years ago
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Rubik's Cube Now Solvable in 20 Moves

skgrey Re:Thank God! (309 comments)

That's where you are wrong. There is a lack of resources, funding, and computers cycles. There have been cycles running for years. I know cancer researchers, and I've donated time, money, and my computer cycles. Great job though moderators, bump up misinformation.

You'd rage too if you were 34 and had to deal with this shit. And watch, I'll get marked as Troll again, even though I'm not and have a great post history. Whatever.

more than 4 years ago
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Rubik's Cube Now Solvable in 20 Moves

skgrey Thank God! (309 comments)

Thank God! And cancer? Still unsolved. I'll bet computer time could be used for that too. (sorry, bullsh*t like this hits very close to home for me recently. Nothing like having people dying, and then hearing how we are using resources for utter crap)

more than 4 years ago
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ATM Hack Gives Cash On Demand

skgrey Re:Really? (193 comments)

It's not a matter of having a "Bank of America" or "FirstMerit" ATM in your living room, they don't make the ATM's. Banks buy ATM's to interface with their own network. If you would buy an ATM you'd need a banking entity, so you'd typically set up the account with the ATM manufacturer or a partner. For example, Triton sells those dinky little ATM's you see at gas stations. The gas station has an account with Triton, where Triton is the "banking entity" which is allowed to reach out into your bank's account, fills the ATM with money, collects the fees, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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ATM Hack Gives Cash On Demand

skgrey Re:Really? (193 comments)

You would be absolutely correct. I used to work for one of the largest ATM manufacturers, and I'm still very close with the people that designed most of the ATM's you see in banks and convenience stores. It's really just a branding thing, and even then there isn't much they do besides slapping a plastic faceplate on the ATM. You have to be one of the larger banks and have a very large exclusivity contract before they'll even start considering a design specific for your bank - I only saw one in five years of working there.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

skgrey Troll article. (780 comments)

How did this bullshit troll article make the front page? C'mon editors, this is ridiculous.

more than 4 years ago
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What iOS 4 Does (and Doesn't Do) For Business

skgrey Re:The mac (253 comments)

Not true at all. The last company I worked for (Fortune 200) all the engineers had iPhones. My current company we all use iPhones. I consult on the side, and I see about a 60/40 split (Blackberry to iPhone) at this point. Sorry to burst your bubble; that statement may have been true in the past, but it's not true anymore.

I'm a senior engineer and wouldn't go back to a Pearl or other Blackberry from my iPhone if you paid me; the only way I would is if a company I worked for forced using a Blackberry, and that's happening a lot less from what I've seen. And with the Cisco Anyconnect client about to be released, my iPhone will be even more useful. Hell, I may even get an iPad to keep with me on the road and use that for terminal services and ssh access.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Researcher Issues How-To On Attacking XP

skgrey Re:Negative. (348 comments)

Confirming receipt of the report sounds like "yes, we got your email of the report". I believe what we are looking for is if Microsoft provided any information (timeframe, severity, anything), so the point is still open. The fact that this article and every article I've read on it has not said anything about Microsoft giving some info is smoking-gunnish that it didn't happen. Still, until there's a credible source the question is still out there.

more than 4 years ago
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"Lost" and the Emergence of Hypertext Storytelling

skgrey Re:Tough to Top (170 comments)

It was originally pitched as a scripted Survivor. To claim it is unrelated to that genre is to ignore both what it is and how it got there.

Actually, no it wasn't. In the first season DVD extras the idea was originally this, but they realized they needed more and came up with the mythos and mysteries of the island before they pitched it.

You're wrong about the filler too; there has been little to no filler so far, mostly because they did the smart thing at the beginning: they decided to end it at a specific place and knew when the ending was coming, so they made the story fit how many hours over the seasons they had.

more than 4 years ago
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Project-Natal-Style Interface For Mobile Phones

skgrey Hacking.. (49 comments)

The implications on security in regards to hacking are interesting - you could in theory try to brute-force someone's phone from a slight distance, say next to them on a city bus. Not having to leave fingerprints on someone's device as well is another positive, as it is based on gestures. Especially handy for devices where wireless is protected or not enabled! Even if it took a picture to see who was gesturing, I'm sure you could get out of the way and just have your hand in the frame.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission

skgrey Re:Huh? (700 comments)

Am I going to take a karma hit for responding to an off-topic post with another off-topic post?

more than 4 years ago
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How Smart Are You?

skgrey Re:Equally sized groups? (584 comments)

This is Slashdot though, and I believe that most people that read this site would be more in the "above-average" group. It's like asking a room full of janitors versus a room full of rocket scientists; you'd expect the rocket scientists to be the smarter lot. Of course there will be exceptions, as there always are, but on average I would guess the people who come here are more educated, more talented, and have higher IQ's.

more than 4 years ago

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