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Comment: Re:Just (Score 1, Insightful) 158

by freeze128 (#49149727) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?
But that's just where the usefulness ends. Sure, you now appreciate rock music, but can you play it in real life on real instruments? Millions of kids bought Guitar Hero and Rock Band to realize their dreams of actually becoming ROCK MUSICIANS. Sadly, all the games do is to train you to press colored buttons in sequence with colored lights. Those skills are not transferable to real instruments, and in fact, won't even get you an audition.

The games would have been more useful if they were burger flipper simulators.

Comment: PCMCIA (Score 1) 455

by freeze128 (#49143789) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
MS-DOS 6.0 and up have a built-in laplink program called INTERLINK (INTERLNK.EXE). This will require a parallel port on the destination computer.

You can look for some PCMCIA cards that might help. I have seen a PCMCIA SCSI card that could be connected to a JAZ drive (1GB ZIP DISK), but finding that hardware could be difficult.

Does your old laptop have an IRDA port? Almost nobody uses those anymore, but it might still be there....

Comment: What? (Score 2) 114

by freeze128 (#49141373) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

We're not our worst enemy. We are how we are and it's impossible to change it. Try explaining your mom that she needs to enter an overly complicated password and then receive a code through SMS and then type that code manually in a little text box every time she wants to look at each of her granskid's pictures. Won't work. And it's not because your mom is lazy, but because the perceived need for security for such data is very low.

I don't agree with this. it *IS* possible to change. The internet userbase has already done it!

In the early days of computers, they were difficult to use. They used cryptic commands, offered no gui, and had limited help. But we used them. We made them do amazing things. Then as computers became more powerful, and cheaper, they also came with GUIs and help, making them easier to use.

They didn't have to!

We had already learned how to use the complex computers, so we don't NEED the GUIs.

The same is true for file servers. Up until the mid 2000's, every company that wanted a website had their own web server. Many had internal file servers. They were secure, and they were only accessible by the people who needed to access them. Then, when "the cloud" became a popular buzzword, the companies started relinquishing control of the servers to third parties. THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO! If you want security, keep your servers to yourself!

Comment: Don't listen to them (Score 1) 241

by freeze128 (#49106891) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America
It's a ruse.

If ISIS really planned to attack the MOA, why would they give the authorities advance notice? Their primary weapon is FEAR, and they want to use FEAR to prevent people going to the MALL to spend money, thus affecting commerce and the economy. Their rallying cry is "death to America". You don't accomplish that by blowing up America one mall at a time. That would never be effective.

The 9-11 attack was not on a tourist location. it was on the WTC, which is a center of commerce. They don't need to blow up the malls, just threaten to and the shoppers will stop coming.

I would call their bluff, and go shopping anyway. Besides, the Mall of America has an amusement park in it.

Comment: Re:Steadycam (Score 1) 165

by freeze128 (#49060535) Attached to: Star Trek Continues Meets Kickstarter Goal, Aims For Stretch Goals
In the TOS episode "'The changeling", we follow behind Nomad as it moves down the corridor. You can clearly see that the camera is tilted a little bit, as the camera mount doesn't seem to be able to handle all the weight. At the time, you might have just dismissed it as the crazy 60's camera angle photography that you often see in the old batman shows, but Star Trek never really did that, so it's really out of character. The episode is still one of the best anyway....

If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you. -- Muhammad Ali