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Comment: Here are some of Garry's comments (Score 1) 365

by Fookin (#35807494) Attached to: <em>Garry's Mod</em> Catches Pirates the Fun Way

From his blog:

"Yesterday I made pirate versions of Garry’s Mod pop up an error. This error only happens when people pirate the game. 48 hours ago there were no results for this phrase on Google. As I type this there’s 717 results (and climbing by the minutes). This is partly as a result of me stupidly mentioning it on Twitter and lots, and lots, and lots of news sites posting about it. I don’t get why it’s getting so much attention.

The overwhelming response has been supportive. Which to be quite honest I don’t really understand. If EA or someone does something like this people go crazy. Maybe it’s the motive.."

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Comment: Re:It was Windows NT (Score 3, Insightful) 383

by Fookin (#33006118) Attached to: BSOD Issues On Deepwater Horizon
From what I recall, this rig had been in place since 2000 and hadn't been in dry dock since launch. My guess is that they wanted to run a tried and true OS that was compatible with all their systems / sensors / panels, etc and Win2K had just come out. I remember the place I was working at in 2000 was still running NT4 so it doesn't surprise me that they wouldn't have upgraded. I'd love to know why their IT staff didn't send a modern workstation with VMWare Player and a NT4 image installed to run the system. Would have saved a lot of pain and trouble ...

Comment: It was Windows NT (Score 5, Informative) 383

by Fookin (#33005840) Attached to: BSOD Issues On Deepwater Horizon
I was watching the testimony and he stated that it was a Windows NT system and was constantly giving a BSOD. They had replaced and reimaged the HDD over and over but it still kept happening. There were new servers, workstations, etc standing by and waiting to be installed, but another problem creeped in. They were waiting for another ship to figure out a way to run the old software on the new machines. Once that other ship could get it working and document it, they would then do the replacement on their end. I'm guessing it was a Windows NT 4 workstation.

Comment: Re:What about for Windows 7? (Score 0, Troll) 154

by Fookin (#30256010) Attached to: Microsoft Advice Against Nehalem Xeons Snuffed Out

This story is interesting and timely because I plan on buying a new desktop in the next 2 weeks, just waiting for the right deal to come out, hopefully on Cyber Monday. While not getting a server, I will be getting Windows 7. I had been planning on an i7, but now am hesitant. Is there a problem with these processors for home use/gaming purposes under Windows 7? Or would I better off going with a Quad Core?

No problems at all. I'm running an i7 920 with 12 GB of RAM and Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate. I've been playing BF2, GTA4, COD:MW/MW2, Batman: AA and others without any problem. Not to mention running 2 or 3 VMWare sessions, putty sessions, winscp, IE8, pidgin and streaming TV through Windows Media Center all at the same time.


+ - Intel Unveils Light Peak Technology->

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adeelarshad82 writes "Intel has unveiled Light Peak, an optical cabling technology that can transfer data between your computer and peripherals at 10 Gb/s, fast enough to transfer a full-length Blu-ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Fiber-optic cabling is not new, but Intel executives believe Light Peak will make it cheap enough and small enough to be incorporated into consumer electronics at a price point that consumers and manufacturers will accept. Intel states that the technology will eventually scale up to a blazing 100 Gb/s. Light Peak stands ready to replace the existing data transfer technologies of USB and FireWire. There is even speculation that Apple may skip over USB 3.0 and go straight to Light Peak."
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+ - Court order served over Twitter->

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SpuriousLogic writes "The High Court has given permission for an injunction to be served via social-networking site Twitter.
The order is to be served against an unknown Twitter user who anonymously posts to the site using the same name as a right-wing political blogger.
The order demands the anonymous Twitter user reveal their identity and stop posing as Donal Blaney, who blogs at a site called Blaney's Blarney.
The order says the Twitter user is breaching the copyright of Mr Blaney.
He told BBC News that the content being posted to Twitter in his name was "mildly objectionable".
Mr Blaney turned to Twitter to serve the injunction rather than go through the potentially lengthy process of contacting Twitter headquarters in California and asking it to deal with the matter.
UK law states that an injunction does not have to be served in person and can be delivered by several different means including fax or e-mail."

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+ - SPAM: US Homeland Security wants 1,000 cybersecurity exp 1

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coondoggie writes "The Department of Homeland Security is looking to hire 1,000 cybersecurity professionals in the next three years, according to the agency's secretary Janet Napolitano. The department now has the authority to recruit and hire cybersecurity professionals across DHS over the next three years in order to help fulfill the Department's mission to protect the nation's cyber infrastructure, systems and networks, she said. "This new hiring authority will enable DHS to recruit the best cyber analysts, developers and engineers in the world to serve their country by leading the nation's defenses against cyber threats," Napolitano stated. DHS his the focal point for the security of cyberspace — including analysis, warning, information sharing, vulnerability reduction, mitigation, and recovery efforts for public and private critical infrastructure information systems.

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+ - Notorious adware vendor Zango shuts its doors

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "From ComputerWorld: Zango Inc., the adware distributor fined $3 million by the Federal Trade Commission in 2006 for sneaking software onto people's PCs, has closed its doors after being acquired by video search engine company Blinkx PLC. Zango's former chief technology officer blamed the company's demise on several factors, but at the top of the list were the very practices that got it in hot water with the FTC — and with security analysts who had labeled the company's software spyware. In 2006, Zango settled FTC charges that it used unfair and deceptive practices to download software to users' PCs and agreed to pay a $3 million fine. As late as May 2008, however, noted antispyware researcher Ben Edelman blasted Zango for providing sexually explicit material without labeling the content as such. In August 2008, security researcher Chris Boyd, the director of malware research at FaceTime Communications Inc., claimed Zango profited from pirated movies, including that year's blockbuster The Dark Knight."

+ - Blood Cells Act As Embryonic Stem Cells

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crumplezone (988867) writes "In a recent study, U.S. researchers have reprogrammed cells found in circulating blood into cells that are molecularly and functionally indistinguishable from embryonic stem cells, a revolutionary achievement that provides a readily accessible source of stem cells and an alternative to harvesting embryonic stem cells."

Comment: An MPAA warning worked for me (Score 4, Interesting) 165

by Fookin (#27379549) Attached to: AT&amp;T Won't Terminate User Service For RIAA Without a Court Order
I'm a TWC customer and came home one night to find my computers not able to get online. It was really weird, the cable modem got a DHCP address, gateway, DNS info, etc but I just couldn't get to any online locations. I called tech support and they said I had been "quarantined" for a Copyright violation notice they received from the MPAA / Viacom. Apparently they didn't like my sharing of a couple episodes of The Mentalist.

That really pissed me off because at the time, I couldn't view episodes at the CBS website, they weren't on Hulu and I couldn't get them through iTunes. Also, there were no Season boxsets available for purchase. So if I couldn't watch it live or if the DVR didn't pick it up, I was out of luck.

Tech support basically told me to stop doing what I was doing and there would be no problems going forward. So I did. Maybe I'm a coward, I dunno - but I just don't want to tempt a lawsuit.

In all fairness, I think I got popped because I was using TPB. Maybe I should just stick with private trackers that use encryption or maybe that doesn't really matter and I'll get popped anyways. Still haven't decided what I'll do going forward ...

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