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Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores

the1337g33k Pwned (260 comments)

Seriously? At a minimum slashdot editors should check when the news happened before posting it.

more than 3 years ago

California Wants To Put E-Ads On License Plates

the1337g33k Crashes? (624 comments)

What if it gets the Blue Screen of Death?

more than 4 years ago

Businesses Struggle To Control Social Networking

the1337g33k Re:Why not block them entirely? (131 comments)

Exactly, thats what I do. The company pays people to work, not play farmville.

more than 4 years ago

Crytek Thinks Free Game Demos Will Soon Be Extinct

the1337g33k Here's the bottom line... (379 comments)

I use game demos to base my purchases off. I don't run the latest greatest hardware on my computer. Some games like Counter-Strike: Source, Call of Duty: MW and MW2 run really well on my computer while other games like Mass Effect do not. Without a demo I can't gauge whether or not the full game will run properly.

I am not willing to take a $60 risk (not to mention money wasted on gas or shipping) only to find out that the game I just purchased runs at a poor FPS rate.

I just won't buy games anymore, besides they waste quite a bit of my time anyways...

more than 4 years ago

Finland To Try Scanning Snail Mail

the1337g33k I would prefer this... (152 comments)

If I could get my actual mail scanned and delivered by e-mail that would be awesome. There are some bills I have that don't have online pay functions yet, and regardless of privacy (since I already sold it to google a while back) this would actually be more private and secure then actually having it delivered. My mail gets stolen from time to time. (yes, I RTFA and I know they still deliver the scanned messages too)

more than 4 years ago

SCO Zombie McBride's New Plan For World Litigation

the1337g33k *sigh* (193 comments)

Honestly, this guy should not be allowed to hold any intellectual property. Any IP this guy holds will have lawsuits attached to it.

SCO Unix was not a bad operating system, but he literally destroyed the company with all the lawsuits against linux in the name of defending their IP.

more than 4 years ago

Steam UI Update Beta Drops IE Rendering For WebKit

the1337g33k YES! (244 comments)

I love that now I won't have to install both the ActiveX flash player and the Mozilla/Chrome flash player plugin.

Just tried it out and it seems that the store page is no longer has any flash elements at all. They seem to have written it all in javascript, which as most people will agree is much faster in WebKit then IE.

The interface reminds me of when I owned my Zune though (disclaimer: doesn't mean thats bad), but the new My Games page layout is much improved and in my opinion, awesome.

more than 4 years ago

UPS Setup For a Small/Mid-Size Company?

the1337g33k Wattages? (260 comments)

It would help to know about how many physical hosts and their wattages though. You say you have one UPS per rack but how many racks are there and whats the average wattage per rack? Exactly how big are the current UPS'es?

There are numbers missing here and if we had those numbers (they dont have to be exact, just close), it would help immensely in finding the best solution for the money.

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update Phones Home Quarterly

the1337g33k Re:Not news (819 comments)

And at least they just downgrade you - they could instead just shut your system down for a suspected license violation and prevent any log-ins.

I get the impression businesses don't often switch to linux because they feel it is hard to work with. If a false positive shuts down a good portion of their machines, Windows suddenly becomes the OS that is hard to work with. Customers have shown time and again they'll put up with a good amount of annoyance, so WAT just stays in that range and few people will actually move their money elsewhere. NB: This is the impression I get from the IT types posting on slashdot. I am sure someone with actual IT experience can elaborate and/or correct what I am saying.

Corporate IT departments don't like to move to linux because its expensive and we can't persuade the suits to pay for it. In our company, we are unfortunately very dependant on windows. If we moved to linux, not only would we have to replace all the software and migrate the data to the new software but we would also have to rewrite large portions of our in-house created software.

For some companies, leaving windows just isn't an option. If this WAT deactivates our entire company, it might be enough to persuade the suits to pay for the switchover.

The suits would be easier then persuading the developers to rewrite our software though haha

more than 4 years ago

A Reflection On Sun Executive Payouts For Failure

the1337g33k Paid to Fail (316 comments)

Sometimes its nice to know that while most of us actually work our jobs and do them very well, some companies like sun employ people where their only job is to screw the company and its employees for money they don't deserve.

more than 4 years ago

Google's Nexus One, a Steal At $49 Unlocked?

the1337g33k Re:Oh god (311 comments)

But you really are saving money here, that may not be how things are done in europe that thats how they are unfortunately done here.

If you buy from t-mobile under contract, you have to pay $180 for the phone and you don't get the discount. When you buy the phone at full price and get the discount, you save about $130 after 2 years (provided my math is correct).

I don't know about you, but that sure looks like saving money to me. Even if it does take 2 years to get actually see it.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Finally To Patch 17-Year-Old Bug

the1337g33k Re:sigh... (251 comments)

i forgot to mention a critical piece involving the wait for Microsoft Tuesday before receiving these patches, unlike other OS'es where you don't have to wait a month for the bug to be fixed (unless as mentioned above about the media crapping a load forcing them to release it out-of-band). Hope that clears up the confusion.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Finally To Patch 17-Year-Old Bug

the1337g33k Re:sigh... (251 comments)

Touche, however I should have mentioned that I was mainly referring to microsoft waiting to release their patches until "Microsoft Tuesday", whereas linux releases patches as soon as the fix is discovered

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Finally To Patch 17-Year-Old Bug

the1337g33k sigh... (251 comments)

Yet another reason I avoid Windows and run for the hills with my linux box, if Windows was patched in a timely matter instead of being vulnerable for weeks, months, 17 years or when the media s**ts their pants, then I just might look at using it.

Just a thought...

more than 4 years ago

Hacker Destroys, Along With Its Backups

the1337g33k Re:bullshit (780 comments)

What services?
Data Recovery, and many other things. (you asked)

Minneapolis, Minnesota (data recovery services headquarters)

What is their name?
Kroll Ontrack

Google for the columbia disaster for an example of their work.

more than 5 years ago

Hacker Destroys, Along With Its Backups

the1337g33k Re:overwritten once CAN NOT be recovered (780 comments)

Here in Minneapolis Minnesota, the data recovery services Kroll Ontrack are headquartered here. Their company does a lot of different things other then data recovery, but their data recovery services DO cost an assload of money.

When the shuttle columbia burned up, NASA recovered some 6gb or something seagate drives and they brought them to kroll and were able to pull a 90+% recovery rate off those drives. I don't have a source on this, but im sure a simple google search would find it.

However the above wasn't data that was overwritten, just burned and partially melted. Also as for your questions, it widely depends on a multitude of factors. Sometimes you can pull most all of it, and sometimes you just can't.

more than 5 years ago

3,800 Vulnerabilities Detected In FAA's Web Apps

the1337g33k I bet... (88 comments)

they could find more vulnerabilities in a windows install.

more than 5 years ago



Meteor Spotted Over Midwestern United States

the1337g33k the1337g33k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the1337g33k (1268908) writes "The National Weather Service is reporting that a fireball that many people had witnessed last night is a meteor that entered the atmosphere last night around 10:10PM Central Time. This meteor was spotted by many in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois."
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