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PC Games (Games)

EVE-Online Patch Makes XP Unbootable 572

Posted by kdawson
from the boot-hill dept.
Nobo writes "CCP's latest major patch to the EVE-Online client, Trinity, comes with an optional DX9-enhanced graphics patch that dramatically improves the visual quality of the in-game graphics through remade models, textures, and HDR. It also has an unfortunate bug: the incredibly stupid choice of boot.ini as a game configuration file, coupled with an errant extra backslash in the installer configuration. The result is that anyone who installs the enhanced graphics patch overwrites the windows XP c:\boot.ini file with the EVE client configuration file, bricking the machine on the next boot. Discussion in a couple of forums threads is becoming understandably heated."

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 755

by Dormann (#21027763) Attached to: Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" Is Out

In other words, you're too lazy to dual-boot ... so you stay on Windows

I see where you're coming from...but how lazy is too lazy? My ideal computer would be downright psychic and instantaneous with any task I wanted it to perform. Is that too lazy? I also don't want file transfers interrupted or services abruptly halted because of the task I choose.

To most people a computer isn't a project to work on, it's a tool to make things easier. You and I aren't most people...but I suspect some folks are.


Oh, and in the self-serving interest of deflecting [-1 Offtopic], I'm also running Ubuntu (and reccomend it to others) specifically because it's the laziest distro I've stumbled upon.

Businesses

Getting Gouged by Geeks 581

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the broken-trowlfaz-inhibitor dept.
dottyslashdottydot writes "CBC Marketplace recently ran a sting operation and discovered that most home computer repair technicians failed miserably at diagnosing a simple RAM failure. Many techs tried to sell unneccessary software or upgrades. (or even a new computer!) However, the worst offender was one guy who claimed that the hard drive had failed, and that the only remedy was to pay $2,000 to have a special facility with a clean room recover the data."
Networking

One Less Reason to Adopt IPv6? 174

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the adopt-a-puppy-instead dept.
alphadogg writes "For a decade, IPv6 proponents have pushed this upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol because of its three primary benefits: a gargantuan address space, end-to-end security, and easier network administration through automatic device configuration. Now it turns out that one of these IPv6 benefits — autoconfiguration — may not be such a boon for corporate network managers. A growing number of IPv6 experts say that corporations probably will skip autoconfiguration and instead stick with DHCP, which has been updated to support IPv6."
Hardware

Magnetic Wobbles Cause Hard Drive Failure 276

Posted by samzenpus
from the shake-it-up dept.
An anonymous reader writes "According to this report by IT PRO, scientists working at the University of California have discovered the main reason of hard drive failure. According to researchers, some materials used in hard drives are better at damping spin precession than others. Spin precession of magnetic material effects its neighbors' polarity and this can spread and cause sections of hard drives to spontaneously change polarity and lose data. This is known as a magnetic avalanche. So next time Windows fails to start, you'll know why!"

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