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Comment: not hackerz, interpol (Score 1) 288 288

Interesting discussion. I can think of one instance where a strong password mattered. When the torrent site Oink had their servers grabbed by Interpol, the people with easy passwords were the ones that were prosecuted. It wasn't worth the time or the hassle to go after the harder to crack passwords.

I have a brain injury that destroyed my short term memory and ability to organize. Passwords are my personal hell.

Comment: Re:All US carriers suck (Score 1) 178 178

T-Mobile has horrible coverage where I live. (A large, rusty, car-dependent metro area.) I could not wait for my two years to be up. My calls were dropped consistently, where it became a joke with my friends. "Dude, your phone sucks". Verizon does cost a more, but I have not had one dropped call in three months. I with they had cheaper plans, but nope.

You can't win in the US.

Comment: Re:Can't see why this would matter. (Score 2, Informative) 736 736

I hope he lets us know how "telling the CEO" works out for him. Most CEO's seem to genuinely appreciate an applicant educating them and assuming they don't understand an issue.

When I was in charge of hiring, I hated applicants. They assumed I had nothing better to do than listen to them ramble on endlessly. I barely had time to use the bathroom most days, let alone get lectured on semantics.

Comment: Re:Can't see why this would matter. (Score 4, Funny) 736 736

Some of these people think the server is a "CPU" or a "Hard Drive". I get calls where they say "the internet is down" because they somehow deleted the IE icon. They don't even know how to use the address bar in their browser, they type the url into one of the 10 search toolbars they've installed. You face the wrath of god when you delete their Weather Bug crapware. "my weather doesn't work, the it guy broke it"

If I talk Java or C++ their eyes glaze over as they pretend to know what I am talking about. Never underestimate the stupidity of people. I say that as a stupid person.

Comment: Re:Porn Stars not what they used to be. (Score 1) 204 204

I agree. One of the things that was hot about the Eastern Block lesbian porn when it first appeared was that there was a good amount, 10 minutes or so, of passionate kissing. Now it is all fists being shoved into women and blah blah blah. One of the funniest trends I've seen pop up on the scene lately is amateur video of an attractive woman walking down the street. It is like porn has come full circle, the only hotness is what is imagined. Like seeing an ankle in 1920.

Comment: Re:Porn Stars not what they used to be. (Score 1) 204 204

They are much better looking than those fake-boobed idiots from back in the day. Today there are tons of top quality Eastern Block women available that no one would ever have a chance of seeing naked in real life. All readily downloadable. Living in the future has it's perks.

+ - Current state of DSL Providers?

Matt_Bennett writes: I'm moving, and I'm shopping for new high-speed internet service. I've been using speakeasy DSL for 7 or 8 years, and I've been very happy with the service. They give me static IP, no restrictions on servers, a really fast link, and incredible uptime. With Speakeasy, by my rough calculations, my uptime (not counting scheduled outages) has been on the order of 0.99991. When I've had to make changes, the customer support has been quick and knowledgable. I run my own servers (SMTP, HTTP, DNS). It hasn't been cheap (but not incredibly expensive). I do know that AT&T UVerse and Time Warner Cable are available. (For television I use DirecTV, and I do not want to change, particularly to Time-Warner... when DirectTivo comes back in HD, I'm on it immediately- that was the way TV was meant to be watched).
A couple of years ago, I tried to order DSL for a business we were starting up, and frankly, the business side of speakeasy was kinda crappy- we couldn't get the speed they promised initially and support was kinda iffy.
I'm opening up my options.

        * * I want to retain at least one POTS line for the reliability. (doesn't POTS service have some regulatory responsibility for reliability that VOIP does not?)
        * * I have a cell phone, and I don't want to bundle
        * * I want at least one static IP, with options for others
        * * I want no restrictions on servers- all ports MUST be open (I will sign the appropriate "I understand the consequences of running a spam server and I am not, will not, nor have I ever been a spammer"
        * * I'd like to keep the budget of at something * Access to a NNTP (news server) is a plus- I get 5 GB a month with speakeasy, and have found that it can be really useful.
        * * As far as I know T1 is not available, and I've gotten better download speeds off of ADSL than T1. I can't remember what my package speed is, but I see >3Mbit/s typical download speeds.

What is out there?
Games

+ - SPAM: Electronic Arts Layoffs and Acquisitions

itwbennett writes: Having met second quarter expectations and delivering a record quarter for revenue, Electronic Arts announced Monday morning that it would acquire social game developer Playfish for $300-$400 million. That same afternoon the company announced it would be 'laying off 1500 employees from its existing studios, with 1300 of the cuts in the form of a restructuring plan scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2010,' writes blogger Peter Smith. EA hasn't made any official announcements about where the cuts are being made, but as Smith notes, it appears that EA 'is downsizing its 'traditional' gaming resources (consoles, PC) and building up its casual division.... Presumably EA thinks there's more money in first-taste-is-free social web games than in $60 console titles, but how can that be? Low development costs, presumably.' Gamasutra quotes EA CEO Riccitiello from a conference call saying '...these cuts are essential to transforming our company.'
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Games

+ - Mafia Wars CEO Brags About Scamming Users->

jamie writes: "Mark Pincus, CEO of the company that brought us Mafia Wars, says: 'I did every horrible thing in the book to, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this Zwinky toolbar which was like, I don't know, I downloaded it once and couldn't get rid of it.'"
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Science

+ - Unknown Asteroid almost impacted on Earth->

xp65 writes: A previously undiscovered asteroid came within 14,000 km of Earth last week, and astronomers noticed it only 15 hours before closest approach. On Nov. 6 at around 16:30 EST a 7 meter asteroid, now called 2009 VA, came only about 2 Earth radii from impacting our home planet. This is the third-closest known non-impacting Earth approach on record for a cataloged asteroid. The asteroid was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey and was quickly identified by the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge MA as an object that would soon pass very close to the Earth. JPL’s Near-Earth Object Program Office also computed an orbit solution for this object, and determined that it was not headed for an impact.
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Linux Business

+ - Linux Preloaded--an Insider's View->

invisibastard writes: "Linux Tech Daily picks up on the story listed here earlier today about the WalMart $200 Linux machine, and tells the story of the author's experiences getting Linux preloaded machines sold in a retail environment. An interesting read from an angle you don't hear much about. What do you think?"
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