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Comment: Screen shots/sharing (Score 1) 205

by Mhrmnhrm (#44249209) Attached to: How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?

If your organization is small enough, send screenshots together with the report, or if you have some kind of desktop sharing ability (remote assistance, Lync), take your dev through the process of how to trigger the bug. Just had an issue yesterday where they couldn't reproduce it, so we fired up a screen sharing process, they had me load up the Firefox debug console, and I went through the steps... turned out to be my mouse having a higher dpi than what they were using, so instead of getting floats, my system was handing them doubles.

+ - PDFCreator: malware and alternatives->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Recently some friends reported me that they had malware installed by pdfforge.org PDFCreator. At first I didn't believe them, but even the official forum confirms it. Although the authors of the software say the installation asks for permission, I cannot recommend this kind of software to anyone. Now I'm looking for alternatives. Which free software would you recommend? What do you think of the tactic of using toolbars, spyware and other suspicious extras coupled with open-source software installations?"
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Comment: Prior art (Score 2) 174

by Mhrmnhrm (#40593203) Attached to: Chinese Company Sues Apple Over Siri

Apple has at least 20 years of prior art to fall back on here. While it didn't always work exceedingly well, I clearly remember telling the Mac in my high school library's material office (where us helper rats did things like laminate posters for teachers) things like "Marie, run Myst," and a minute later, hearing the opening theme play.

Comment: Prior art (Score 1) 878

by Mhrmnhrm (#40593099) Attached to: Does Grammar Matter Anymore?

Apple has at least 20 years of prior art to fall back on here. While it didn't always work exceedingly well, I clearly remember telling the Mac in my high school library's material office (where us helper rats did things like laminate posters for teachers) things like "Marie, run Myst," and a minute later, hearing the opening theme play.

Comment: CFN: cleveland.freenet.edu (Score 1) 387

by Mhrmnhrm (#39593935) Attached to: Online Services: The Internet Before the Internet

I see this very early entry to the public Internet is sadly missing from the article. CFN (https://wiki.case.edu/Cleveland_Freenet) provided message boards, IRC, USENet, MUDs/MOOs, and just about every other service provided by the fledgling Internet was there, including email (with gateways to FIDO, CIS, and a few others), to anybody with a modem, for free. The FreePort software was also published under (I believe) a 4-clause BSD license, giving rise to myriad offspring, some of which might still be around (though hopefully not running FreePort anymore).

Censorship

+ - Facebook censors local PR disaster->

Submitted by Mhrmnhrm
Mhrmnhrm (263196) writes "A group of school students in the NE Ohio Mayfield City School District have been raising money and taking an annual trip to the local Target retail store to help children in crisis situations. Until this year. Then when the news starts flying across Facebook, it becomes "Story Non Grata," and all posts/comments/responses to it summarily deleted."
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Comment: Re:Story submitter here (Score 1) 607

by Mhrmnhrm (#36085226) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is It Time For SyFy To Go Premium?

On a premium niche network, these are people that are specifically interested in a narrow segment of content that the network is carrying and not just putting that channel on because Son of Sharktopus is on. You know more about these people and can spend more money marketing to them because they have the money to spend not only on cable but on a premium channel.

Let's not forget that SG1 started on Showtime, and Game of Thrones is doing *quite* well on HBO. The market is there. Maybe Syfy can't do it, but someone can, and I hope they do.

EVE Online trailers in the middle of Battlestar Galactica. Can't target your advertising any better than that.
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Security

+ - China Penetrated NSA's Classified Operating System 2

Submitted by
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Pickens writes "Seymour M. Hersh writes in the New Yorker that after an American EP-3E Aries II reconnaissance plane on an eavesdropping mission collided with a Chinese interceptor jet over the South China Sea in 2001 and landed at a Chinese F-8 fighter base on Hainan Island, the 24 member crew were unable to completely disable the plane’s equipment and software. The result? The Chinese kept the plane for three months and eventually reverse-engineered the plane’s NSA.-supplied operating system, estimated at between thirty and fifty million lines of computer code, giving China a road map for decrypting the Navy’s classified intelligence and operational data. “If the operating system was controlling what you’d expect on an intelligence aircraft, it would have a bunch of drivers to capture radar and telemetry,” says Whitfield Diffie, a pioneer in the field of encryption. “The plane was configured for what it wants to snoop, and the Chinese would want to know what we wanted to know about them—what we could intercept and they could not.” Despite initial skepticism, over the next few years the US intelligence community began to “read the tells” that China had gotten access to sensitive traffic and in early 2009, Admiral Timothy J. Keating, then the head of the Pacific Command, brought the issue to the new Obama Administration. "If China had reverse-engineered the EP-3E’s operating system, all such systems in the Navy would have to be replaced, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars," writes Hersch. "After much discussion, several current and former officials said, this was done" prompting some black humor from US naval officers. “This is one hell of a way to go about getting a new operating system.”""
Movies

Why Are Video Game Movies So Awful? 385

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-just-uwe dept.
An article at CNN discusses why big screen interpretations of video games, even successful ones, often fail to succeed at the box office. Quoting: "The problem with successfully adapting video games into hit Hollywood spin-offs may lie in the way in which stories for both mediums are designed and implemented. Game makers chasing the dream of playing George Lucas or Steven Spielberg will always strive to coax human emotion and convincing drama from increasingly photorealistic virtual elements. The Hollywood machine, in its endless chase for big bucks, can't help but exploit the latest hit interactive outing, often failing to realize it's often a specific gameplay mechanic, psychological meme or technical feature that makes the title so compelling. Both sides may very well continue to look down in disdain on the work that the opposite is doing, which can doom any collaborative efforts. But where the two roads truly diverge is in the way stories are fundamentally told. Films offer a single, linear tale that's open to individual interpretation, whereas games are meant to be experienced differently and in a multitude of ways by every player." On a related note, reader OrangeMonkey11 points out that an 8-minute short has showed up online that appears part of a pitch for a potential Mortal Kombat reboot movie. Hit the link below to take a look.

Comment: As a former employee of one of those companies... (Score 4, Informative) 181

by Mhrmnhrm (#32059490) Attached to: Hot Aisle Or Cold Aisle For Containment?

I can honestly say you win either way. The electricity/cost savings of containment will pay for itself regardless of where you put the doors. That said, whether you choose to go HAC or CAC is really choosing between different trade-offs.

HAC (The APC method): Seemed to be cheaper and easier to install. Since the hot aisle is being contained, if something happens to your coolers, you have a longer ride-through time as there's a much larger volume of cold air to draw from. However, at least when I got out of the business, HAC *required* the use of in-row cooling, and with APC, that meant water in your rows. Europeans don't seem to mind that, but Americans do (which provided an opening for Emerson's XD phase-change systems, dunno if APC has an equivalent or not yet). I personally wouldn't be too keen on having to spend more than a few minutes inside that hot aisle, either.

CAC (The Emerson method): Seemed to be more expensive, especially in refit scenarios (they appeared to be more focused on winning the big "green-field" jobs more than upgrading old sites), but it can usually leverage existing CRAC units, so you could potentially save enough there to make it competitive, as well as avoid vendor lock-in. The whole room becomes the equivalent of a hot aisle, but convection and the building's HVAC can somewhat mitigate that, so it'll still be uncomfortable working behind a rack, it doesn't feel quite the sauna that an HAC system does. Depending on whose CRAC equipment you buy (or already have), EC plug fans and VSD-driven blowers can save even more money if properly configured.

Other: I've seen the "Tower of Cool" or "chimney" style system, and flat out hate it. They look like a great idea on the face of it: much cheaper, faster installation, able to use building HVAC, etc. But let's be honest. Your servers are designed for front-to-rear airflow. So are the SANs, NASs, TBUs, rack UPSs, and practically everything else you've put in your datacenter, apart from those screwball Cisco routers that have a side-to-side pattern (Seriously... what WERE they thinking on that one???). Why would you then try to establish an upwards-pointed airflow that's got a giant suction hose at the center of the rack's roof, where it can just as easily pull cold air from the front (starving your systems) as it does hot air from the back?

Personally, I like cold aisle better. If I'm going to be spending two hours sitting behind a server because I can't do something via remote (forced into untangling the network cable rat's nest, perhaps), I like the idea of being merely uncomfortable and a bit sweaty than dripping buckets while cursing the bean-counters who forced me to lay off the PFY two months ago. There are also some neat controllers that work with CRAC units to establish just the right amount of airflow to fully feed the row and manage their output, so if running five CRACs at 50% is more power efficient than running three at 100%, that's what they do. I know folks who like hot aisle better. It's more fun for them to show-off their prize datacenter since all the areas you'd want to see (unless you're the one responsible for power strips or cable management) are cool.

Biotech

Scientists To Breed the Auroch From Extinction 277

Posted by samzenpus
from the back-by-popular-demand dept.
ImNotARealPerson writes "Scientists in Italy are hoping to breed back from extinction the mighty auroch, a bovine species which has been extinct since 1627. The auroch weighed 2,200 pounds (1000kg) and its shoulders stood at 6'6". The beasts once roamed most of Asia and northern Africa. The animal was depicted in cave paintings and Julius Caesar described it as being a little less in size than an elephant. A member of the Consortium for Experimental Biotechnology suggests that 99% of the auroch's DNA can be recreated from genetic material found in surviving bone material. Wikipedia mentions that researchers in Poland are working on the same problem."
The Almighty Buck

Virtual Currency Becomes Real In South Korea 203

Posted by Soulskill
from the license-to-print-money dept.
garylian writes "Massively is reporting that the South Korean Supreme Court has stated that virtual currency is the equivalent of real-world money. For those of you who might not be drawing the link, the core there is that selling in-game currency for real money is essentially just an exchange of currency and perfectly legal in South Korea. This could have sweeping implications for RMT operations the world over, not to mention free-to-play games and... well, online games in general. The official story is available online from JoongAng Daily."

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