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What is your computer most often plugged into?

uolamer Re:UPS (143 comments)

I have had a dedicated UPS for about 14 years for my main PC. Since I have had less hardware failures (mainly power supplies).

It also helps protect the data to some extent. $150 to protect my ~$1000 PC plus some data protection.

2 days ago

Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

uolamer Re:Note to HotHardware (222 comments)

Exactly. I was thinking the same thing. Most the images looked virtually identical, but the main image where the PC showed more detail I just see jpeg artifacts as you said. I looked up at the URL and saw .JPG and thought.... wow you went through all this trouble to show which was better and you ruined your visuals by using JPG when PNG was right there probably one drop down box away when you were saving the images.. At this rate I am not sure if they save the screen shots in JPG then put them together in say Adobe Photoshop then saved them in JPG yet again..

3 days ago

US Midterm Elections Discussion

uolamer Tea Party (401 comments)

One phrase I have not heard this election cycle is "Tea Party Candidate", nor have I seen any coverage of any Tea Party anything. They need to bring all that back, that much more fun to watch.

about three weeks ago

Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

uolamer Re:Home vs Corporate (192 comments)

Speaking for workstations/desktops: Every business I know or dealt with has no plans to go to Windows 8.x, ever. They all buy desktops that might come with Windows 8 but they just get imaged to Windows 7. Most of them lagged getting away from XP and they just now got to 7. My best guess is Windows 10 will be the successor after it comes out and proves to be stable and usable as a desktop OS.

I heard one tech recently say something about how we should upgrade to Window 8 and it pretty much made me laugh. Why would we? By the time we finished rolling out Windows 8 and working out the kinks Windows 10 would be out, our Windows 7 is stable and will be supported for many more years.

about three weeks ago

Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

uolamer Windows 7 (192 comments)

FTA: "These gains did not come at the expense of Windows 7, which still managed to grow 0.34 points to 53.05 percent."

about three weeks ago

Google To Disable Fallback To SSL 3.0 In Chrome 39 and Remove In Chrome 40

uolamer How to disable SSLv3 and test it. (70 comments)

How to disable SSLv3 and test it.

(not affiliated with site, simply found it useful)

about three weeks ago

We Are All Confident Idiots

uolamer The man that inspired this: McArthur Wheeler (306 comments)

"The study was inspired by the case of McArthur Wheeler, a man who robbed two banks after covering his face with lemon juice in the mistaken belief that, as lemon juice is usable as invisible ink, it would prevent his face from being recorded on surveillance cameras." - Wikipedia

In 1995 McArthur Wheeler actually tested this beforehand with a camera. One way or another his test proved he was invisible, at least to himself.... (lens cap maybe? bad film? somehow didn't get himself in frame when taking the picture?).. He robbed two banks in plain daylight. Later was showed the CCTV footage and still didn't understand how it captured his face..

I read about this a few months ago and just found this to be one of the funniest things. Imagine doing something so stupid a whole psychological theory was inspired.

about three weeks ago

2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

uolamer 2600 meetings (71 comments)

I went to the 2600 meetings in Houston several times in the very late 90s. They were pretty interesting, but the most interesting thing was how we had people taking our photos from a distance. I remember about 8pm in the evening someone dressed in a FedEx uniform taking our photo... We waved to him and tried to get him to come over.. He didn't seem interested. It was a gathering in plain clothes in public with nothing really drawing attention to it being a meeting of any sort.. Just was interesting.. Figure it was just another little star on my profile the government was keeping on me. Paranoid? Well they knew quite a bit about me when they came to knock on my door one time...

about a month ago

Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

uolamer Re:200 dollars is too expensive (94 comments)

I agree, before I would do all that I would just setup a server maybe at..

and run a site from there.. I can can setup any level of encryption, authentication, etc I want and not have to charge, carry that thing around, rely on wifi and sell out $200.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

uolamer T1? (174 comments)

I don't have an answer to accomplish what you are talking about however....

You can typically get a T1 line installed anywhere.. The prices vary, last one I had was $400 a month but that was about 30 miles from the closest city 10 miles down a paved country road and another mile or so down a dirt road and almost 200 miles from the closest city with an internet backbone. You might find out you can get a T1 or something along those lines for less than I was at that time.. I split my connection with my neighbor..

about a month and a half ago

2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

uolamer Re:huh? (269 comments)

Impressive that GM/Chevrolet managed to get from design to production with this in place and no one bringing up this fact. I have known about 'one party consent states', 'all party consent states' and wiretapping laws for decades. I could have understood if this was video only, the moment you put audio the whole game changes and it is baffling no one there caught that or stopped it..

about 2 months ago

Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

uolamer Virtualization (210 comments)

I hope they call me one day so I can play dumb and let them into one of my worthless virtual machines..

about 2 months ago

Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

uolamer Grades vs IQ (391 comments)

I have have a 163 IQ. I was capable of making straight A's in high school, but was bored I just acted out and got in trouble. What they called Advanced classes was the top 25-30 students out of a class of 100 people (small school), which was a joke. I was the person who made an A on the test but didn't do a few daily grades here or there and things of that nature. In college I have a 4.0 but it was mind numbing to keep that grade. College for the most part was pure memorization and doing the daily work..

The point of this is that grades do not reflect IQ.

about 3 months ago

How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

uolamer Re:so, I'm in the more than 8 yrs ago camp (391 comments)

I start at the processor.. Then find a mother board that supports that processor, enough ram slots, etc to meet my needs. Then I pick out my ram, video card, etc. all the while keeping in mind my budget..

This time 14 months ago I settled on:
Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell Quad-Core 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670 (The K version doesn't support some virtualization options, and quite frankly im not going to bother to overclock anyway.

ASRock Z87 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - for various reasons, but mainly price, rather had had an ASUS, but this has been nice.

So the processor works in that board, now I need ram.. Just a matter of picking out the right ram. Reading the MB specs will typically tell you what you need to know on that end..

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0

From there.. I used my old case and replaced my PSU with this

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Used my old Video card, etc etc.

Added this to replace my old SSD

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I plan to replace my video card at some point... Still haven't.

But today I would get something totally different.

about 4 months ago

What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

uolamer What keeps me using Windows (1215 comments)

I have been using computers since the Commodore 64. First PC was 386 33mhz etc with DOS and Windows 3.1. The windows 3.1 rarely got used until I needed a web browser for the "new" thing called the internet that normal people were just starting to use (1995ish). Early on I was introduced to Linux (slackware and debian), I have ran many flavors of it over the years. I ran it as my desktop for about a year back around 1999. I ran 95,98,ME (very briefly), 2k and I was a very long time XP user and besides the general lack of 64bit support I find it a great OS (better than 7 for me personally). Most of 7's "features" were things I disabled right after installing the OS. Superfect was one thing i was looking forward to, but I also ended up disabling since it really offers no benefit if you have a fast SSD. I ran servers for years at my home, mainly for popular websites.

As of today if I go to setup a server I will be installing some flavor of linux/bsd/linux without question. I have tried Windows Server OS versions many times and every time, they were unstable, used more resources than linux, etc. I'll admit I haven't tried a Windows Server OS in the last 6 years and I hope not to for at least another 6.

Desktop? I'll install Windows 7. I am not a big gamer, but there is no comparison game wise between any other OS. I also have a lot of apps I am just used to using. Yes most might work in Wine or whatever and I have made most work it just isn't worth all the effort, at least in my eyes. To me setting up Linux as a desktop and getting it to where I would want it for my taste is a lot of work and headache. I have done it a few times on a dual boot and at some point I end up booting back up Windows and that partition with Linux just sits there eating up space on my SSD.

Windows 8 metro UI whatever, as everyone here already knows is designed for tablets and touchscreen. Windows 8 + (one of the many start menu replacements) really isn't bad, but I'll stick with 7 which I really do not think is really any better than XP.

Linux is fast, stable and just amazing in many aspects.. I think if we ever see the "Linux Desktop" it will be in the form of Android or something Similar.

about a year and a half ago

Electronic Arts Up For Sale?

uolamer my 2 cents.. (196 comments)

Companies, stock holders, CEOs etc just squeeze any company to the point of death demanding more profit then move on to the next company, EA is just another company in the list.

Yeah EA is a terrible company for many reasons, they have bought several companies I loved and ruined the games. Maybe I am wrong and a good company will buy them up and restore some of the titles to their former glory....

more than 2 years ago

BSA Claims Half of PC Users Are Pirates

uolamer Re:misleading statistics (585 comments)

People in a situation/country where things are that bad, the last then they should care about is the legality of their software. I think its funny the Microsoft employee didn't know it was like that before he got there it is common knowledge to IT people.

more than 2 years ago

The 30 Best Features of Windows

uolamer Re:My long awaiting features (470 comments)

#1, delete opened files.

It is so annoying everytime if I just want to look at a file or to open it in different editor, or delete I file I need first to search the app that opened it. In Linux you just open the file with whatever you want, move it, delete it, etc. no problems.

Unlocker 1.9.1 shell extension works great for that. (google it)

more than 2 years ago



Sweden launches criminal probe of Pirate Bay sale

uolamer uolamer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

uolamer (957159) writes "Sweden's Economic Crimes Bureau has begun an investigation into some of the events surrounding the planned acquisition of The Pirate Bay by Global Gaming Factor X.

The Swedish newspaper, SvD reported Saturday that authorities are looking for possible insider trading after Global Gaming's jumped a week before Global Gaming announced plans to acquire The Pirate Bay. Trading of Global Gaming shares was halted by AktieTorget, a Swedish exchange, on Friday after officials there requested proof that Global Gaming had enough money to complete the sale. Global Gaming has yet to produce the required documentation Until officials get the proof they need, they said they won't allow the stock to be traded again"

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uolamer uolamer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

uolamer writes "Last year, an attorney representing a woman sued by the Recording Industry Association of America claimed his client is innocent and asked a federal judge to levy sanctions against the association's lawyers.

Instead, in an unexpected legal twist, U.S. District Judge Terry Means ruled on May 16 that it was entirely likely that the woman was violating copyright law via the Kazaa file-sharing program — and ordered that her attorney be sanctioned for wasting the court's time with "frivolous" arguments.

CNET Story"

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