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Comment: It works in reverse too (Score 4, Informative) 220

by WoodburyMan (#49353529) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House
We live in a somewhat rural area. Fiber isn't even close, and DSL service (6mbit max) only became available a year or two ago. Cable internet through Charter has been available for over a decade though, and we've had Cable TV since the early 1990's. About 5 years ago, relatives next door finally caved and wanted cable. They are literally one house before us, and equal distance from the road. (100ft or so). Every time we called they said it was not available for their address. It took 6mo of fighting, and a call/complaint to the local cable/communication oversight committee, to get them to send a survey crew (A single guy), who immediately got out of the car, looked, said "The f**k, there's no problem here you can get it" who then went on about a rant about how their database is so messed up and inaccurate.

Comment: Glorious PC Master Race (Score 1) 225

by WoodburyMan (#49213723) Attached to: Another Upscaled Console Game: Battlefield Hardline
This is why for any game I'm actually into I always prefer to play on PC. I've had every Battlefield series game for PC, 1942, Vietnam, 2, 2142, 3, 4. Including all Exp/DLC's except for 4 when they switched to Season Pass style releases. Likewise, most good RTS's are only released for PC, ala Starcraft II, and most of the Command and Conquer series.

Comment: Paranoid? (Score 5, Informative) 186

by WoodburyMan (#48845103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?
Here's an idea. If you are uncomfortable with Google and such, eyeing them as a big brother of some sorts and do not want any Google Play Services or anything Google touching the device... you should return that tablet. Buy a Nexus 9, or a used Nexus 10 or Nexus 7 (2013). This may look counter intuitive, however Nexus devices have pretty much some of the strongest following and modding community behind them and since Google releases the full source for these devices, they are the first to get AOSP variant roms such as CyanogenMod, SlimROM, and Paranoid Android. Once you get them, you can easily follow guides on XDA Developers ( ) to Unlock the bootloader (Via Google released ADB/Fastboot tools), install a custom recovery (I recommend TWRP which is open source as well so you know what you're getting). Then, depending on your level of paranoid, you can sync the AOSP tree from Google itself and build the entire ROM from scratch yourself, or build or download a flashable zip file of any custom ROM such as CyanogenMod, SlimROM, Paranoid Android etc, and then load it onto the device. AOSP based roms such as these DO NOT have Google's Proprietary API's and Google Play Services. Straight Android. Plus, will full open source, you know what's in it. You will still have to deal with the proprietary blobs left in for display, modem, wifi, etc, however it's as close to full control as you can get for Android with a 100% fully functional Android device.

Comment: Business People. Ya right. (Score 1) 463

by WoodburyMan (#48733903) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked
These people are animals. Several months ago I had to deal with a situation like this, however it was a family friend's computer. The family a year or two before went through the horrible loss of losing a teenage son. All their photos and documents of their son were all saved on that computer, unfortunately with no backup. All the files were encrypted. Whatever variant I had, it had a different key and random amount in the text file for each folder. It would have been $10,000's to recover everything. THANK GOD someone had the bright idea of storage a old hard drive that was going bad in a drawer and I was able to get through the bad sectors and copy off the year and a half or so old information off it which had the most important documents on it, but they still lost some documents from his funeral, and friends photos that were given to them, and the archive of his Facebook profile they saved before they removed it. I would LOVE for these animals to meet this family face to face and explain to them that it was "Just business".

Comment: Geoff Fox is the man (Score 1) 33

by WoodburyMan (#48181401) Attached to: Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live
Geoff Fox has been narrating many of the live events of Slooh for the last year or so. He's a great guy and very interested in Science, Technology and getting young minds excited in the subject. Geoff - move back to Connecticut! We miss you! With the loss of Mel Goldstein Connecticut no longer has any professional meteorologists or any TV personalities that are really interested in the field and in science overall. All we've had since is the stations hiring a series of attractive woman (not that I'm complaining about that part..) reading a script and giving us the weather, just a ratings thing... not inspiring as you once were on WTNH, and your short stint at FOX61.

Comment: Up the Requires (Score 1) 554

To rebuttle the "Why not require a dual core?: Part of this, I simply state "Why would you require a dual core?". Single core processor performance has increased over time. I'm sure as hell not shelling out extra money for a incredibly basic system if I don't have to. At my organization we have around 30-40 basic Asus All-In-Ones spanning the last 4-6 years with single core Celerons, Pentiums, and Atom CPU's. These computers boot windows, are attached to a domain, restricted to hell so they can only open up this VERY minimal custom in house program that uses megabytes of memory designed just for our manufacturing process, and aren't rebooted for weeks or months and run 24x7 on 3 shifts. Many are old, physically look gross from wear and tear are starting to act up with hardware problems, so I'm current partially though a $15,000 project to replace every single one with a brand new Asus AIO that you guesed it, have a SINGLE core Celeron CPU. At $400 a pop they do the job. These things would run Windows 10 just fine, because I tested one today, runs without a hitch no problem. Why up the requirements when it does the job?

Comment: Rude to the Max (Score 2) 210

by WoodburyMan (#47896855) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers
They never seem to call me. I have a clean XP VM all setup ready to go to have them remote into. They do however call my parents (Asking for me by name somehow, my name must be linked with that number). Despite being non-technical, that doesn't prevent my father from screwing with them the old fashioned way. He usually keeps them on the line, saying things like "I already have a Window cleaner, he comes by on Tuesdays and does a good job! Even does the 2nd story windows!" He'll usually tag them along for a good 10 minutes or so. 50/50 change of them ending without incident, the other half they usually scream some swears or insult then hang up. The last time, when he had enough, the scammer asked "What is on your computer screen?" and my father replies "Oh! t's all pictures of naked woman!" The scammer then replied "Oh! That must be your mother! You mother f****er!" then hangs up. They are the ones calling and scamming, and the attitudes these people have are amazing. Some other fun tricks to try is talking in another language. My parents can speak basic French, and occasionally they confuse these scammers, who barley speak English, by talking French and it really throws them off.

Comment: Re:Kazaa (Score 5, Insightful) 174

by WoodburyMan (#47803413) Attached to: Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'
I can attest to Skype doing this. A friend away moved away for graduate school and we would communicate using Skype, so I started just leaving the desktop application open. My computer is located in my bedroom, with a switch next to it. I woke up like 3am, see the lights FLASHING going all sorts of nuts on my switch, which was weird as I had nothing on my pc open at the time. I check net stat... i see a inbound and outbound connection, one to some SBC DSL user in Atlanta, another to a Comcast user somewhere else, forgot where, but some other state. I kill Skype. BAM, connections close, traffic resumes normal operation. Skype was using my computer as relay service, since I have active UNPN, and the other two client presumably had some sort of firewall blocking direct communication. To this day i tell *EVERYONE* who uses the Desktop app to close it as soon as they're done to prevent this as most home connections now have meters. (Charter's is 250gb/mo for 30mbit, which I hit 150gb+ some months when I was toying around with AOSP and downloading the entire repo a few times after screwing up a VM or something).

Comment: DPM Backup (Score 2) 316

by WoodburyMan (#47764355) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
Medium business with two locations. Each locations houses 3-4 servers, running about 15-20 Virtual Machines on each host. Every essential system is virtualized. Another server, lower specs, but loaded with plain 7200 rpm enterprise class drives (Not 10k RPM drives like the VMHosts) run Microsoft DPM 2012 R2. We have it constantly backing up. Our email and file servers are backed up on the hour or every other hour. All others that are more "set it and forget it" systems that dont change or store changing data are backed up once a day or so. The entire VM. Should a VMHost fail all child VM's can be restored immediately. Likewise I have recovery points going back 2-3 months for our main data drive and email using DPM with regular drives. I can get anything near instantly rather than having to search a tape. I can see tape would be useful if something was deleted years ago and needed to be recovered. However until then I'm drive only. Likewise all our VMHost servers are RAID5 or RAID6, and even our DPM server is RAID5 so if a drive fails we're okay. If two fail at once.. it's a backup. We also try to mix batches of drives in it as well or add them spaced apart so they have different operating hours and time to replicate if it has to rebuild from a single drive loss. (Why ive been switching our main servers to RAID6, as any weaklings would die sometimes during rebuild of a raid5 array or even raid1 array which leaves out SOL).

Comment: A few Hundred? (Score 1) 391

by WoodburyMan (#47571695) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
At my previous place of employment (Computer repair workbench) we used to sell new systems. I was there 8 years. Most years I'd do around 100 new systems. Busy years prior to the "Great Recession" I did closer to 200-300 a year (Almost every day multiple new PCs). Anywhere from old budget Sempron builds to $3000 Core2Exreme and i7 Extreme processors with dual and triple SLI. Not counting Work I probably did a good 4-6 for friends/relatives/friends of friends. Counting my own doesn't count. I :"assembled" my computer once back in 2000-2001 when I build my first rig, Pentium 4 1.6ghz. Every since then it's been swapping in new video card here, memory there, hard drives / ssd there, motherboard nad CPU here.. new case there.. and has been a continual upgraded system. From a Pentium 4 1.6ghz Intel 845 478 board with 512mb of SD RAM and 80gb hard drive and Radeon 7000 to my current i7 4770K, Z87 Socket 1150, 32GB DDR3 2400, 2x512GB SSD in Raid0 + 4TB storage drive, Radeon R9 290. Once a year I'll throw $400-500 on it to keep it current.

Comment: NAS (Score 1) 983

by WoodburyMan (#46466165) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?
Easy. Get a 6 or 8 bay NAS and a bunch of 4TB drives to fill it. Set it up in JBOD. Only local onsite backup solution that's feasible. Keep it powered down and unplugged except when you make periodic backup. Offsite backup is more complicated, and unfortunately will have to shell out a lot for, and may not be feasible to backup via a throttled home connection upload speed. Around these parts in US most ISP's have 30mbit down, but only 3mbit or 4mbit upload. I'm being "Upgraded" to 60mbit down / 4mbit up next week. The upload to download proportion is ridiculous.

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