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Comment: Re:Agreed? (Score 1) 124

by Skevin (#29791249) Attached to: <em>D&amp;D</em> Handbook Distribution Lawsuit Settled For $125,000

Actually I think damages were 40000d6, for which a final roll of $125000 is slightly below statistical expectation. In order to count the sheer number of dice, a roller rink had to temporarily be rented out as bean counters dumped the entire truckload of all 40K dice.

That's so many six sided dice, WotC has announced plans to buy out Chessex.

In other litigation news, GW is suing WotC for the usage of the term, "40K dice".

Hardware Hacking

How To Play Poker With Your Rock Band Guitar 121

Posted by timothy
from the jumprope-can-be-hifi-if-it's-got-usb dept.
An anonymous reader writes 'Sean Lind over at PokerListings has written a really interesting piece on how to configure Rock Band (or Guitar Hero) instruments to use them as controllers for playing online poker. The instructions given in his how-to could really be used to configure the instruments for any game.' Or how about a genuine chording keyboard?

Senator Applauds Pirate Bay Trial, Chides Canada 526

Posted by timothy
from the speaking-metaphorically-of-course dept.
eldavojohn writes "Republican Senator Orrin Hatch spoke Tuesday at the World Copyright Summit in Washington DC and hailed the Pirate Bay guilty verdict as an important victory. He expressed severe disappointment in Canada for showing up on our watch list for piracy next to China and Russia. Senator Hatch also said, 'In fact, one study reports that each year, copyright piracy from motion pictures, sound recordings, business and entertainment software, and video games costs the US economy $58 billion in total output, costs American workers 373,375 jobs and $16.3 billion in earnings, and costs federal, state, and local governments $2.6 billion in tax revenue. During this time of economic turmoil, we must ensure that all copyrighted works, both here and abroad, are protected from online theft and traditional physical piracy. After all, US copyright-based industries continue to be one of America's largest and fastest-growing economic sectors.' GamePolitics notes that for his 2006 campaign, Hatch was rented for $7,000 by the RIAA and also got on his knees for $12,640 from the MPAA."

Comment: Re:I have to wonder (Score 1) 369

by Skevin (#27863371) Attached to: Unclean Military Hard Drives Sold On eBay

Maybe it's the caliber of the government IT workers...

Military Official: Davis, I need you to wipe every hard drive in this container.

Minimum Wage IT Contractor: Okay. [Opens a pack of lemon-scented WetNaps and starts wiping the outside of the hard drives.] Hard drives wiped, sir.

Officer: Then I need you to write "10101010" repeatedly on them, until there's no more space!

MWITC: Okay. [Pulls out Sharpie and draws alternating dashes and circles on the enclosure until there's no more place to put any.] Done, sir.

Officer: Good. Sign off on this ticket, and we're ready to liquidate them on Ebay!

Comment: Re:"limited mass production" (Score 4, Funny) 128

by Skevin (#27534883) Attached to: Robot Body Suit To Be Marketed In Japan

> far stronger than I need to be for day to day life as an IT professional!

Your work environment will adapt.

Trac ticket 14849
Reported by: Operations Manager
Owned by: Somersault
Priority: Major
Description: Hey, we just got eight full racks of blade servers downstairs. Please bring them up to the fifth floor before lunch. There's also a three-ton rack cooler that needs to be installed.

Trac ticket 14936
Reported by: Operations Manager
Owned by: Somersault
Priority: Major
Description: Our next truckload of routers is here. I need them in the NOC. This time, DO NOT bring the truck. Just the routers.

Trac ticket 15186
Reported by: Office Manager
Owned by: Somersault
Priority: Major
Description: Somersault, would you be a dear and open the jar of peanut butter in the kitchen fridge? No one else in the office can even budge it, but you with your exo-suit and all... Thanks.

Comment: Network cables (Score 5, Funny) 1032

by Skevin (#26840421) Attached to: How To Keep Rats From Eating My Cables?

Don't get just one cat. Get more than one. Get several.

You're right - Cat 1 and Cat 2 will probably do nothing. Most people won't even think they exist. Cat 3 will do most of the work, but won't harrass rats beyond 100 meters. Cat 4 needs motivation - give it a small token, like a ring.

Cat 5 can be faster than Cat 3, but like Cat 3, speed and response begin to attenuate after 100 meters. They start dropping packets, which should promptly be buried in the litter box. In the event that rodents bite back, you should consider shielding Cat 5.

Cat 6 is extremely fast with very little latency, but inflexible and difficult to work with. I use them in my fruit pantry, where rats ate "twisted pears"

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.