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Comment: Re:Netflix fucked up when they paid (Score 1) 43

by QuantumRiff (#46825403) Attached to: AT&T Plans To Launch Internet Video Service

When cable providers and stations have a spat, its common to see a runner of "this station might be affected by X.. call them at ###-###-#### and tell them you want to keep this channel

They really annoy me, but it might be very, very effective for netflix to give users notice that its their ISP's uplink that is not sufficient.

Comment: Prove its about talent (Score 3, Interesting) 325

by QuantumRiff (#46637815) Attached to: Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

If the claim is that there is a shortage of talent, then simply add a fee to the process, that is roughly equivalent to a years worth of college education in the state where the job is located, for every year the H1B worker works, into a scholarship program for that industry/disipline. Facebook should jump at the chance to make college more affordable for CS majors, since they seem to need so many of them. And hey, if the student can graduate without "mortgage level" loans, they can actually afford to work for less money.

Comment: Re:Upate to the most current (Score 3, Funny) 241

by QuantumRiff (#45559007) Attached to: New Windows XP Zero-Day Under Attack

We have some expensive pitney bowes mailing systems. We inquired about a newer computer, NOT running xp. Turns out they changed the entire print assembly for the version that runs Windows 7. Its a $20k upgrade. (also need a new controller box, old one doesn't work with WIndows 7 software (mainly the hardware dongle, apparently)..

Our brand new pitney bowes mailing system has a windows 7 computer. The techs that installed it told our senior management to never run windows update, or install antivirus on it, or it would cause problems and make the machine not work. Boy did they get pissy when I put it on its own vlan, with only access to one server, and one port on that server, to get its updated files.

Comment: Re:Apollo Computer - Domain Operating System (Score 1) 192

by QuantumRiff (#45185225) Attached to: Your Next Network Operating System Is Linux

I remember taking out a 21" apollo monitor with some friends for a night of shooting. (We wanted some fun stuff to blow up). That freaking monster took a 9mm at 15 yards... took several other smaller/slower calibers too. The 357 finally pierced the glass. I think they were so expensive because they were made of transparent aluminium. (Originally designed to hold large volumes of water in space ships)

Comment: Re:Location, Location, Location (Score 1) 117

by QuantumRiff (#44977817) Attached to: As Hurricane Season Looms, It's Disaster-Preparedness Time

hate to tell you, but the AWS servers In Oregon are right near a very, very large river, (The columbia I think is second to only the mississippi) Right near several volcanoes, In an area that commonly gets lots of freezing rain and high winds. Its also a few miles from a major chemical weapons depot. (I guess the servers wouldn't care, but nobody would go onsite to replace failed equipment) and not very far from Hanford, where there is tons of nuclear waste.

Comment: Re:CompuTrace (Score 1) 253

by QuantumRiff (#44216315) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Tracking Solutions For Linux Laptop?

Looked into this once before for a big rollout.. Very hard to get actual info on. All the BIOS chip does, is re-install the software automatically and silently in windows. (they have some sort of special encryption key or something)..

if you ever feel the need to steal a laptop, install linux, freeBSD, or make it a hackintosh, and the computrace is worthless..

Comment: Re:Obligatory comment (Score 1) 134

by QuantumRiff (#43761289) Attached to: Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Release Candidate Is Out

I liked it as well, until the last update. Little things started killing my productivity. Like when I would get a new chat message in Pidgin. I would go up to the indicator area, click on the envelope, then see a list of several chats I had, many that were quite old, I would click on hte newest one, and it woudl blink, and the indicator would go off.. But that was it. It wouldn't actually load up the pidgin window to the chat. If I went directly to pidgin, it wouldn't turn off the indicator envelope. Thunderbird had some similar bugs, which is even more disappointing than the Pidgin one, since thunderbird is the default mail client. There are actually quite a few other things, but they are all just little things that have added to to being a waste of time.

Comment: Re:Cherry picking (Score 4, Informative) 83

by QuantumRiff (#43555861) Attached to: Lawrence, KS To Get Gigabit Fiber — But Not From Google

I hate to tell you, but the incumbent providers can cherry pick too, and have for quite some time. My neighborhood has no cable as an option, but its a mile in any direction. And good luck even trying to figure out who at ATT you can talk to about getting a remote DSLAM in your neighborhood so you can get decent internet speeds.

Not only is UNIX dead, it's starting to smell really bad. -- Rob Pike