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Comment: Re:91% (Score 5, Interesting) 378

by Kyokugenryu (#35490736) Attached to: IE9 Released, Media Has Opinions
I wouldn't say it's irrelevant in the least. IE is still the leading browser, and it's kind of a big deal when the industry leader has a major release, especially one that addresses many of the issues the 91% of Slashdotters using it has. I'm not a big IE fan either, but I tried the 9 beta and it's a hell of a lot better than I remember IE being. Hell, I honestly think IE9 is a much better browser than Firefox is nowadays, and it's my #2 browser to go to when crap doesn't work in Chrome.

Comment: Re:rebellion? (Score 1) 677

by Kyokugenryu (#31065498) Attached to: Verizon Blocking 4chan
Once upon a time, 4chan was inhabited by a bunch of nerds who sat around watching anime and posting funny images and some shock images from LUE. Then, one day, in 2006 or so, someone told someone else that 4chan existed, and it snowballed into this terrible site that exists today. It's full of nothing but malware, child pornography, and hate speech by 12-14 year olds calling people "newfags" when they've been on the site since 2008. Most of its original userbase has migrated to /a/ or offsite entirely because of how terrible that site has become nowadays, and SharpFang is the perfect example of that. "Attacks" on people/sites/whatever is just stupid, and all these 14 year old internet cool kids have no idea how easy it is to prosecute them for it. I know the guy who is in jail for the Scientology ddos right now, he used to hang out in the same IRCs I do, and he was around about a week before the conviction. Needless to say, he wishes he had never even found 4chan.

Comment: This is a necessary evil. (Score 1) 248

by Kyokugenryu (#30712066) Attached to: Blizzard Authenticators May Become Mandatory
I have only ever accessed my WoW account from my gaming PC, which has Firefox and a hardware firewall. I don't share my account info, and I'm a stickler for having strong passwords. My account was hacked back in November, and everything cleaned out. The only person who knows my credentials are my best friend, and I'm the only person who knows his credentials. He uses a Mac and the same stringent security lengths, and he was ALSO hacked just two days ago. I'm assuming there's a security breach somewhere that Blizzard can't patch up, so this would be a way to fix it. Way, way too many accounts are being compromised as of late. Out of our 30 or so constant raiders, well over half have had account security breaches in the last year. Something's going down at Blizzard, and I for one welcome the mandatory Authenticator.

Comment: Re:What about memory manufacturers? (Score 1) 711

by Kyokugenryu (#29243193) Attached to: Apple Kicks HDD Marketing Debate Into High Gear
Memory manufacturers use binary. 4 gigs of ram reports as 4096 megabytes, as it should. I think it's pretty silly of Apple to essentially instantly change over to Metric from SI in one service pack, but on the other hand, Apple's the most capable of doing this because their userbase isn't anywhere near as "in the know" of these inner workings as *nix/Windows users. They'll probably see that their hard drive sizes are actually what's written on the box and think that Apple fixed something.

Comment: Re:I think it's the reverse (Score 1) 399

by Kyokugenryu (#29085537) Attached to: Are Game Consoles Ruining DLC?
That's silly, though. Valve is in control of fixing things and releasing DLC on consoles, not EA. Valve has REPEATEDLY stated they have NO intention of EVER patching or releasing DLC for the PS3 version of the Orange Box, and will likely never release another PS3 game again. The reason they haven't done so for the 360 are technical limitations with regards to storage (just look at the size of your TF2 folder today compared to on release day - and remember that most 360 users have a 20gb hard drive, some don't have one at all). It's not EA's fault that Valve simply has no interest in the PS3 or technical means to patch TF2 on the 360.

Comment: Re:If MS REALLY wanted this, (Score 1) 374

by Kyokugenryu (#29029247) Attached to: MS — Dropping IE6 Support "Not an Option"
The problem is, MS's site has to always accept old versions of IE. How the hell else would end users upgrade to IE 7/8 without going to Microsoft's site? MS's site probably still supports IE5, just in case. They can't just say "Well, since you installed an OS with an old browser, you can't use the internet. Ever."

Comment: Re:How do you get infected? (Score 1) 459

by Kyokugenryu (#28580065) Attached to: Symantec Exec Warns Against Relying On Free Antivirus
In my 17 years of online Windows computing, I've gotten a total of 2 infections, all within the last ~5 or so years. Every time on a clean install of Windows, pirating software with no AV installed. The first time, I was trying to pirate MagicISO. The last time back in 2007, when I was actually trying to pirate AVG Pro and ended up infecting myself. It sounds stupid to pirate anything without AV protection, I know. I'm an idiot. I thought I didn't need AV software for a long time, but now the first thing I install is Avast.

Comment: There's a reason Linux went the way of the Tucker. (Score 1) 406

by Kyokugenryu (#28402051) Attached to: The Truth Behind the Death of Linux On the Netbook
Is it really so hard to believe that people just want something that works? Sure, people could relearn to use Linux, but why? They already know how to use windows, and learning how to use Linux would take time away from them doing other things. A lot of people simply use the computer for checking email and browsing Facebook/MySpace, why sit there and relearn how to do that when you can just do it in Windows without the hassle/time investment? People are lazy. Those who aren't have other things to do with their time than learn a new OS, which is why I honestly don't think Linux will ever be desktop ready. OSX is so user-friendly that it's a nonissue there, but Linux breaks easily and requires a lot of knowledge when shit DOES break. Windows is just easier, more accessible, and everyone knows how to use it already.
Programming

+ - Is Homebrew coming of age?

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An anonymous reader writes "I saw this on Evil Avatar today. A blog called the pensive gamer has taken a look at how close we are to having homebrew readily available without hacks and modchips on all three consoles. While today's post looked at Xbox 360 (xna coding), they also looked at the Wii (web) and PS3 (linux and web). http://blogs.spouting-tech.com/thepensivegamer/200 7/02/here_comes_home_2.html"
Programming

+ - Negative coders killing progress

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An anonymous reader writes "We have a problem with negative coders that are dragging the whole company down. I am sure that this is not a problem isolated just to us; so do any /.'ers have any useful advice to share with us on how to deal with these kinds of people/situations?

At our company we are attempting a rewrite a major part of our software, which is badly needed to bring us up to speed with current technology, failure to move in this direction within the next couple of years would ultimatley sink the company. A few employees have been assigned the task and have had a hard time getting the project done.

There are difficulties with the flow of information between the 3 coders, the project manager, a regional manager and the CEO. They constantly disagree between business requirements, functionality and deadlines. The coders are very negative and complain all the time, about everything. Management do not seem to help by having requirements that constantly change and a lack of critical decision making being made (according to the negative coders).

I do not know the source of the problems, but I do know that the overwhelming negative nature of the coders is running the project into the ground. One of the 3 developers and the original project manager have resigned because of the difficulty in dealing with the negative environment and the lack of progress. The current project manager is heading in the same general direction as his predecessor....becoming the scapegoat for the negative coders. The coders are far to valuable to get rid of, as they have far to much fundamental knowledge that the company cannot afford to loose.

I would be interested in hearing any advice that people have, and if anyone has similar experiences that they can share. Have you had a similar problem in the past? What did you do and what happened?"
Announcements

+ - BitTorrent and µTorrent join forces-not g

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wo0zy writes "Bram Cohen, the creator of the BitTorrent protocol, and Ludvig (Ludde) Strigeus, the writer of Torrent have decided to join forces. Together, we are pleased to announce that BitTorrent, Inc. and Torrent AB have decided to join forces. BitTorrent has acquired Torrent as it recognized the merits of Torrent's exceptionally well-written codebase and robust user community. Bringing together Torrent's efficient implementation and compelling UI with BitTorrent's expertise in networking protocols will significantly benefit the community with what we envision will be the best BitTorrent client. Many Torrent users are very unhappy about this. Check out the thread on Torrent,s, web site http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=17278"

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