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Comment: Re:HAHA !! FUNNY JOKE !! (Score 2) 99

by GoblinKing (#45047573) Attached to: The Hail Mary Cloud and the Lessons Learned

Not quite. It's retarded admins that use password authentication on public facing SSH services. I have had a public facing SSH server for over 5 years now and it ONLY permits key-based authentication. I have NEVER had an unauthorized login. But them I'm an unpublished no-name IT guy who only follows those "best practices" that the so-called experts keep railing on about but don't seem to follow themselves.

I am certain you can also have a secure Windows server that has a public facing connection on the internet ... I've just never had the patience to try it.

Android

+ - SPAM: Mayan Calendar Apps - Get Them While They Last!

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Will the apps disappear after Dec 21st, 2012? I Don't know.

But wait — seriously — there are a few that cost money. Talk about opportunistic. It seems that developers feel iPhone and iPad users are willing to drop money because I haven't found any free iOS apps. However the Android apps are free. Well at least one iOS app has a "price drop" just ten days before . . .

Remember all of the who-ha over Y2K? Seems like yesterday. Hmmmm, I wonder if my computer was set to the Mayan calendar and is set to go poof?

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Graphics

+ - Vector vengeance: British claim they can kill the pixel within five years->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes: "The humble pixel — the 2D picture element that has formed the foundation of just about every kind of digital media for the last 50 years — may soon meet its maker. Believe it or not, if a team of British are to be believed, the pixel, within five short years, will be replaced with vectors. If you know about computer graphics, or if you’ve ever edited or drawn an image on your computer, you know that there are two primary ways of storing image data: As a bitmap, or as vectors. A bitmap is quite simply a giant grid of pixels, with the arrangement and color of the pixels dictating what the image looks like. Vectors are an entirely different beast: In vector graphics, the image is described as a series of mathematical equations. To draw a bitmap shape you just color in a block of pixels; with vector graphics, you would describe the shape in terms of height, width, radius, and so on. At the moment, bitmaps are used almost exclusively in the realm of digital media — but that isn't to say they don't have their flaws. As display (and camera and cinema) resolution increases, so does the number of pixels. The obvious problem with this is that larger bitmaps are computationally more expensive to process, resulting in a slower (or more expensive) workflow. Pixel bitmaps don’t scale very gracefully; reduction is okay, but enlargement is a no-no. There is always the issue of a master format, too: With pixel bitmaps, conversions from one format to another, or changing frame rates, is messy, lossy business. Which finally leads us back to the innovation at hand: Philip Willis and John Patterson of the University of Bath in England have devised a video codec that replaces pixel bitmaps with vectors."
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Security

+ - IT Pros Get Rowdiest At Company Holiday Parties?->

Submitted by ericatcw
ericatcw writes: According to ChannelWeb UK, IT guys (and gals) are the most likely "to embarrass themselves" at Christmas and holiday parties this season. Nearly 40% of the 2,000 workers surveyed by Avaya — admittedly, in the UK — admitted to drinking too much while 27% said they "snogged" (kissed) their boss during holiday gatherings.
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The Military

+ - No One Is Totally Sure How North Korea Sent a Rocket to Space->

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pigrabbitbear
pigrabbitbear writes: "How did North Korea take a rocket design that failed just 90 seconds into launch and turn it into something that works in only eight months? As Robert Beckhusen noted at Wired, "Still, rocketry is an extraordinarily difficult engineering task. It’s not uncommon for developed countries with advanced rocket programs to fail at it."

According to rocketry experts, North Korea's program is based on reverse-engineering old Soviet technology, which isn't exactly the most reliable place to start. But for such an impoverished country, it's easier than starting from scratch. On Monday, David Wright at All Things Nuclear wrote a an excellent post explaining why it didn't seem realistic for North Korea to finish engineering a working rocket in just eight months, noting that the U.S. and Japan were still crunching telemetry data to figure out why the April rocket failed at least into October. If it took those two countries at least that long to figure out what went wrong, Wright argues, then a December launch seemed too soon to be realistic."

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Space

+ - North Korea Is The Newest Power In Space->

Submitted by utherdoul
utherdoul writes: North Korea has been trying since 1998 to put a satellite into orbit: On December 12th, they finally succeeded. Officials described the launch as a “peaceful project,” and said the rocket carried a weather satellite; other countries have condemned the mission as a step towards launching ballistic missiles at targets across the globe. From the article:

The Unha-3 rocket blasted off at around 10 AM local time from a space center in the village of Tongchang-ri on the west coast of the Korean Peninsula, flew over the East China Sea, the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, and then past the Philippines. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirms that the rocket’s payload achieved earth orbit.

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Games

+ - Frame latency spikes plague Radeon graphics cards->

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crookedvulture
crookedvulture writes: "AMD is bundling a stack of the latest games with graphics cards like its Radeon HD 7950. One might expect the Radeon to perform well in those games, and it does. Sort of. The Radeon posts high FPS numbers, the metric commonly used to measure graphics performance. However, it doesn't feel quite as smooth as the competing Nvidia solution, which actually scores lower on the FPS scale. This comparison of the Radeon HD 7950 and GeForce 660 Ti takes a closer look at individual frame latencies to explain why. Turns out the Radeon suffers from frequent, measurable latency spikes that noticeably disrupt the smoothness of animation without lowering the FPS average substantially. This trait spans multiple games, cards, and operating systems, and it's "raised some alarms" internally at AMD. Looks like Radeons may have problems with smooth frame delivery in new games despite boasting competitive FPS averages."
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Comment: Re:Mists of Dailyquestia (Score 1) 204

by GoblinKing (#41969453) Attached to: Review: <em>World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria</em> (video)

I agree completely. As a casual MMO-gamer I find the work/reward system to be the most enjoyable part of WoW. The fact that there is always SO much to do in this huge landscape is what keeps me coming back.

Have a bad day at work where you feel you have been "grinding" for 8-10 hours and accomplished nothing? Hit a raid or daily and, poof, you just did something useful with your day (emotionally at least by comparison).

Some days I just like to sit around and fish for that damn turtle mount ... doesn't matter that I haven't gotten it yet. It was the same for the TLPD. Until you happen upon it by chance and you get really excited because you haven't actually seen it in 2 years of playing the game.

So, personally, I love the new content. Have always enjoyed the background music for many of the zones (even bought the soundtrack a few years back). The back stories are engaging and the characters/NPC's you meet are often hilarious.

And speaking of grinding ... go for Insane in the Membrane and THEN complain to me about grinding... sure, it's easier now that the Shen'dralar are gone ... not.

Comment: Idiots like you are the problem ... (Score 1, Flamebait) 622

by GoblinKing (#41339859) Attached to: YouTube Refuses To Remove Anti-Islamic Film Clip

I wonder if Larry and Sergei, both jews, would take issue with a video revealing just how insidious jewish activity is in global politics, the nature of jewish control over the US economy and political space and the belief held by jews that it is jewish destiny to dominate the world militarily. I wonder how they would react to a documentary showing just how much contempt jews have for all non-jews.

If you want an extremist religion that encourages its adherent to hold all others in contempt, judaism is the real place to look. Rabbis have come straight out and said that it is moral for jews to kill healthy non-jews in order to harvest organs. Here are a few links for starters:

http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2012/05/rabbis-who-endorsed-the-murder-of-non-jewish-babies-wont-be-prosecuted-ag-says-345.html
http://coteret.com/2009/11/09/settler-rabbi-publishes-the-complete-guide-to-killing-non-jews/

Wow... where to begin?

I would love for you to educate me on how Jews are insidiously infiltrating and controlling world politics considering the number of stone-age countries with outright mandates on Israel's destruction.

Please explain to me how Jews control the US economy (have you seen the US economy? whomever is in control is doing a crappy job).

I would love for you to explain to me how you came to the conclusion that is it the Jewish destiny to dominate the world militarily (seeing as Jews make up a tiny fraction of the world population)...

I can recall maybe one or two extremist Jews that resorted to violence to make their point. I never hear of Jewish suicide bombers killing dozens of innocent non-Jews because their "leaders" told them that they would be rewarded in the afterlife or that their religious doctrine says it's OK to commit mass murder...

Speaking as a Jew ... I only have contempt for idiots like you and religious zealots who can only speak the language of violence. Obviously why you are posting anonymously (or trolling).

Comment: Re:Contrast to Valve (Score 3, Insightful) 464

by GoblinKing (#41084827) Attached to: Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

Valve's ability to make available popular titles through Steam in many markets and their near non-existent DRM probably contributes to the decline in piracy of Valve titles. Sure you need to be logged into a Steam account to run them but some of those Steam games are actually free to play anyways.

I bought CS:GO yesterday and will continue to buy my games from Steam. Assuming that Valve follows through on their promise to make Linux ports of their games and I'll even support their efforts by buying extra copies for friends and family.

Comment: Re:Use Linux (Score 5, Insightful) 235

by GoblinKing (#39370725) Attached to: Crying Foul At the BSA's "Nauseating" Anti-Piracy Tactics

I have been running a small business since 2001 and have only ever used open source software for just this reason. No restrictive licenses equals no legal fees for software piracy.

I think, however, that Microsft and the BSA should be MORE aggressive in their pursuit of these heinous villains of industry. Maybe it will drive more businesses towards using F/OSS tools and ditch their shackles. Something very Marxian about it ....

Comment: Re:Desktop (Score 1) 155

by GoblinKing (#37619094) Attached to: Oracle's Plans for Java Unveiled at JavaOne

He means, and this is my assumption, that running Java applications on the desktop via the JVM is no less secure than running natively compiled code on the desktop. Perhaps a better definition of where the security "holes" are located and/or transported would be a more enlightening discourse (applets? browser JVM integration? JNLP?)

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