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Comment Re:Rear-ending not always following driver's fault (Score 1) 549

Almost always, but not always. About 9 years ago I was on my motorcycle on a freeway. I was coming up to a split where you can exit onto another highway. Traffic was coming to a stop on the first highway, and as my house was about middle distance between the two highways, I decided to switch to the other one. So I did my lane change, and was happy approaching the split, at the posted 100kph for that ramp, when a car that was in the lane I had been in a moment earlier suddenly realized traffic was stopping in front of him. He slammed on his brakes, locked up the wheels, and swerved into my lane to avoid the car in front of him. I was going about 100Kph, he was likely down to 20kph. Having a transport beside me in the other exit lane, I grabbed the brakes so hard I almost got the back wheel off the ground but still hit the back of him. I went up over the bars, landed on his car, rolled off and onto the highway. I got up and ran to the shoulder before I could get run over by someone else. The driver came out to apologize, said he didn't see me. Then when the cops get there he changed his story and said I just hit the back of him. I pointed out the lockup streaks on the highway going from one lane into another and the cop agreed with me. I took a bunch of pictures, which turned out to be very helpful as insurance also tried to automatically say it was my fault. I sent them the pics from the highway along with some drawings of what happened that I made, and they also agreed and went after his insurance. Thankfully I had no major injures. I had been wearing my helmet, leather jacket, and gloves that day but only hkakis, not my riding pants. I had road rash on both legs but didn't go to the hospital. I had a sore ankle and shoulder for a few days but that was it.

Comment Re:Single shop most likely (Score 1) 323

Yep, I've automated this so I have a PXE installer on our network that install Win8.1 Pro using the Microsoft key, then on first boot it installs all our apps, drivers, and retrieves the key from BIOS and activates with that. We end up with a consistant image state for all machines even across manufacturers. No more making an image for each model. This is all necessary because if you just let it detect the BIOS key at install, and the BIOS key is for Win 8 Pro, but you're installing 8.1 Pro, it won't work. This only works on Win8 and up, and only works if the computer does have a valid Pro license, which is all we ever buy. I don't know if MS would give their blessing on this method or not, but the end result is a properly licensed method.

Comment Loved Descent (Score 1) 251

I played so much Descent 1/2/3 back in the day. My first LAN parties were all descent. We took over the school computer lab in the evenings and played there too. For Descent3, I participated in the Descent3 $50,000 contest, won a bunch of smaller prizes but not the big one (flew to San Jose from Canada). I'd love another official entry in the series. The fan made ones are OK but don't quite feel right. I'll have to bring my old Sidewinder 3dpro or Precision pro out of mothballs.

Comment Re:Nice try but (Score 1) 158

Well I doubt my grandmother (Oma) would have fabricated this story in the late 1980's or early 1990's, well before it would have spread around the 'net. I'll take her word for it and assume this sort of thing is common enough for variants of it to have happened or been made up elsewhere.

Comment My Oma did this too (Score 3, Interesting) 158

Several years back a new hotel opened in Niagara falls. Their phone number was 1 digit off my grand parents number. They started getting several calls a day, all hours of the day, looking to book rooms. They called the hotel several times and asked them to change their number but they refused and told my grandparents they should change theirs. My grandparents had that number for over 30 years so they refused. Eventually they got sick of being polite and telling people they had the wrong number, so they started "taking bookings". The situation was then quickly resolved when the hotel started having people showing up expecting a room. Hotel changed it's number and life went on. I know it sucked for the people who expected rooms, but they tried to be nice and polite for a few months.

Comment It does happen (Score 3, Interesting) 532

We have a user here who got a new laptop last summer, it had a LED backlit LCD. Within 20 minutes she was calling saying it was making her feel sick/headache. We tried adjusting refresh rate, brightness, no help. Put a CFL backlit LED laptop in front of her and she was fine. Tried LED standalone monitor, it also bugged her though not as much. So, we had to find a laptop that had a CFL backlit screen, wasn't junk,and met our other requirements (docking connector mostly). Ended up getting a previous year model Toshiba Tecra with a Core2Duo.All the rest of the laptops we bought had i5's in them by that point.

Why You Can't Dump Java (Even Though You Want To) 402

snydeq writes "Since so many recent exploits have used Java as their attack vector, you might conclude Java should be shown the exit, but the reality is that Java is not the problem, writes Security Advisor's Roger Grimes. 'Sure, I could opt not to use those Java-enabled services or install Java and uninstall when I'm finished. But the core problem isn't necessarily Java's exploitability; nearly all software is exploitable. It's unpatched Java. Few successful Java-related attacks are related to zero-day exploits. Almost all are related to Java security bugs that have been patched for months (or longer),' Grimes writes. 'The bottom line is that we aren't addressing the real problems. It isn't a security bug here and there in a particular piece of software; that's a problem we'll never get rid of. Instead, we allow almost all cyber criminals to get away with their Internet crime without any penalty. They almost never get caught and punished. Until we solve the problem of accountability, we will never get rid of the underlying problem.'"

Comment Re:too much hassle (Score 1) 78

They say on their literature bags may be searched, but I've been walking around with my big vmworld 2011 backpack all week, never searched once. To the original question, I am a network admin at a non-profit religious denomination, not really in "the industry". I registered online, worked on my cover story, but in the end I didn't need it. They didn't even ask for my business card when I picked up my badge, just drivers license.

Comment Veeam and Equallogic (Score 1) 403

We do Veeam backups of our virtual infrastructure nightly. Once a week, a copy of that is taken offsite. Also, every night our Equallogic SAN's replicate with eachother. They are in three separate offices in North America. In the event one building burns down, is blown up by a nuke, or similar, we can fire up our entire virtual infrastructure in the failback location within a couple of hours (minutes really). Since we only have 3-4 non-virtualized servers, and none of them store important data, we're pretty well protected I think.

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