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Comment: VM and Snapshot (Score 1) 246

Kept one of them online for about an hour with, of all things an old Vista VM I had.

Let it go, and go - then came the sting for $$$ and I politely declined. Then the anger started, I enjoyed the threats for a minute or more - then calmly told them I had actually scammed them. He was confused, and I explained that it was a VM with a snapshot, and that as soon as he was off the phone the VM of Vista would be back the way it was before they called.

Then again, on another call - when asking there was a problem with "Microsoft Windows", I asked which one of my Linux or Mac's was causing the issue....

I enjoyed the threats of "we know where you live". The counter for that is, can you afford the airfare on your wage?

Comment: Re:Yes lets all celebrate! (Score 3, Insightful) 57

by cfryback (#41652999) Attached to: Endeavour Arrives At California Science Center

My thoughts exactly. I get that the shuttles were aging technology. But NASA did describe them as "pickup trucks", well I've seen some beat up pickup trucks on farms that still keep going.

I saw the Challenger disaster live, but without risk there is no gain. Several lessons were learned from that.

It is a sad end to an era, and people seem to be cheering it on.

Now it is the Russians and for-profit industry that will make those science/adventure movies reality.

Comment: Re:Make it send data to you (Score 1) 360

by cfryback (#38365578) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Get Non-Developers To Send Meaningful Bug Reports?

Make your software send it...

You can not teach the world, so why try?

Absolutely should have been part of the software...

But let's face it most software now is about the pretty pictures....

Our two main kits of software generate error codes that can be submitted to the IT Helpdesk and assigned accordingly.


Florida Man Sues WikiLeaks For Scaring Him 340

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-watch-the-news dept.
Stoobalou writes "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been accused of 'treason' by a Florida man seeking damages for distress caused by the site's revelations about the US government. From the article: 'David Pitchford, a Florida trailer park resident, names Assange and WikiLeaks as defendants in a personal injury suit filed with the Florida Southern District Court in Miami. In the complaint filed on 6th January, Pitchford alleges that Assange's negligence has caused "hypertension," "depression" and "living in fear of being stricken by another heart attack and/or stroke" as a result of living "in fear of being on the brink of another nuclear [sic] WAR."' Just for good measure, it also alleges that Assange and WikiLeaks are guilty of 'terorism [sic], espionage and treason.'"
The Courts

Man Sues Rockstar Saying GTA:SA Is Based On His Life 124

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-life-full-of-missions dept.
dotarray writes "From the article: 'Rockstar Games are no strangers to legal action, but it doesn't come stranger than this. An American model, Michael Washington (known as "Shagg") is suing the publisher — as well as parent company Take Two Interactive — because they based Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on his life.'" It's a good thing Washington never learned the infinite ammo cheat.

Comment: $1K Desktops? (Score 1) 606

by cfryback (#33929064) Attached to: Generic PCs For Corporate Use?
If you are buying 1000 of them, I would expect the price to be *MUCH* cheaper than that. I work for a local council - and my last PC refresh I got the PC and a 22" monitor from our supplier for just over $1K/system. I only ordered 60. All components come with 9-5/5 3 year warranty, got access to (thank godness) the ENGLISH HP Government Helpdesk. I only need to do basic diagnosis of hardware faults - HD Dead, loud fans, PC/Monitor dead. We pay for warranty, we let our HP techs figure out the problem. One or two spare desktops is all we have ever needed. I haven't crunched the numbers, but rolling your own is gunna cost you more down the track. We also get our integrator to do the heavy lifting of swapping out desktops.

Comment: Re:It's not even done yet. (Score 1) 68

by cfryback (#33891298) Attached to: IBM Australia Announces New Global Research Development Lab
Sorry, but IBM is up there with Dell and Acer for me. Down here in Tasmania, we are told we are suburb of Melbourne... Server down, critical app out? Can you download this app and run? Yeah, SLA's don't mean much to us. Yeah that drive to get the app server going again won't be to you until next week. Tasmanian rep? He's in Melbourne... Sorry, IBM, if you can't look after us "small fry" I pitty those that drink the Kool-Aid...

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl