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Comment: Re:Games are getting to be like TV shows (Score 1) 33

by JNighthawk (#48415587) Attached to: Player-Run MMORPG By Former Ultima Online Devs Finding Kickstarter Success

I played quite a bit of Ultima Online, and when I got tired of playing, I transitioned into running an emulated server and learning how to script. It helped cement my choice to get into game programming.

The game looks pretty exciting to me and I think I'd be interested in working on it (and noticed that you are hiring programmers), but I'm not super interested in moving to the high cost of living Washington. I've seen studios have opinions on both sides regarding remote work - what's Citadel's?

Comment: I just bought a DS1512+ (Score 1) 227

by JNighthawk (#40731233) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stepping Down From an Office Server To NAS-Only?

I went a bit overboard in buying one, but I'm really liking it now. I bought a DS1512+ and five 3TB hard drives for about $1600. So far, it's been great. It was a breeze to setup, it's using a hybrid RAID format that's expandable, and I've got an FTP running on it now. Using iSCSI to be able to map drives on my computer for apps that don't support network locations (hey Steam) is awesome.

I'd highly recommend it.

Comment: Re:I just hope (Score 1) 1117

by JNighthawk (#26156327) Attached to: What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

I'm a professional programmer now.

This is *very* true. One of the things I really liked about my school was that every school computer had Visual Studio installed, and along with that, we got network-based storage. I was able to download tutorials online, store my projects on the network, and be able to work with them on *any* school computer. I'd routinely go to the school library for lunch and work on my hobby projects.

Comment: Re:Indie Music (Score 2, Interesting) 331

by JNighthawk (#25802923) Attached to: New TN Law Forces Universities To Patrol For Copyright Violations

Look, I don't care what music you listen to. I don't care. Stop turning this into a religious argument.

I like mainstream music. I don't care what you think about it - don't deride me for liking it, or put more eloquently, don't persecute me because my beliefs are different than yours.

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Skype Blames Microsoft Patch Tuesday for Outage 286

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the ddos-ing-yourself dept.
brajesh writes to tell us that Skype has blamed its outage over the last week on Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. Apparently the huge numbers of computers rebooting (and the resulting flood of login requests) revealed a problem with the network allocation algorithm resulting in a couple days of downtime. Skype further stressed that there was no malicious activity and user security was never in any danger.

"DVD Jon" Reverse Engineers FairPlay 299

Posted by kdawson
from the double-twist-of-fate dept.
breun writes to bring us up to date on the doings of Jon Lech Johansen, known as "DVD Jon" after he cracked CSS encryption at the age of 15. As reported by GigaOM's Liz Gannes, Johansen has now reverse-engineered Apple's FairPlay DRM — but not to crack it. Instead Johansen's company, DoubleTwist Ventures, wants to license the tech to media companies shut out by Apple from playing their content on the iPod. And, soon, on the iTV. Johansen could end up selling a lot of hardware for Apple.

What Should One Know to be Truly Computer Literate? 629

Posted by Cliff
from the where's-the-on-switch dept.
rbannon asks: "Computer literacy is becoming an increasingly used term in education, and more and more schools are being asked to set computer literacy goals for their students. Unfortunately for too many, it means being able to use Microsoft products, and that's all. However, I see it much differently, and I cannot help but think that computer literacy is all about using computers to be able to communicate more effectively. With that in mind does anyone have any recommendations for computer literacy goals, and how to measure them?"

PostgreSQL 8.1.4 Released to Plug Injection Hole 162

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the good-little-dutch-boy dept.
alurkar writes to tell us that PostgreSQL released version 8.1.4 today in order to combat a security flaw allowing a SQL injection attack. From the article: "The vulnerability affects PostgreSQL servers exposed to untrusted input, such as input coming from Web forms, in conjunction with multi-byte encodings like (Shift-JIS (SJIS), 8-bit Unicode Transformation Format (UTF-8), 16-bit Unicode Transformation Format (UTF-16), and BIG5. In particular, Berkus says that applications using 'ad-hoc methods to "escape" strings going into the database, such as regexes, or PHP3's addslashes() and magic_quotes' are particularly unsafe. 'Since these bypass database-specific code for safe handling of strings, many such applications will need to be re-written to become secure.'"

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