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Comment: Gah (Score 1) 129

I thought that getting Gentoo to boot as an HVM under an ancient Xen Dom0 was going to be the thing that made me the angriest today, but then I read this story...

Our very own gestapo, and all it took was one well-placed terrorist attack, a decade of festering, and a populace with no will to stop it.

Comment: Article is bereft of real numbers (Score 5, Interesting) 349

by mad-seumas (#38233174) Attached to: TV Ownership Declines For Second Time Since 1970

Household that do not own a TV set? Or households that own a TV set but don't have cable, OTA tv? In our case we dropped cable several years ago, still have OTA TV thanks to an antenna on the roof of our condo, but consume the vast majority of content through a computer hooked to the TV. So we own a TV, but according to Neilsen's rules maybe we don't own a TV? Maybe we just own a huge monitor? Maybe we don't qualify to be a Nielsen Family so we don't count?

Comment: SPARC Classic (Score 1) 317

by mad-seumas (#37262068) Attached to: I've lost more computers to ...

Oldest one I still -own- is a SPARC Classic (the old lunchbox 50Mhz sun4m one). It sits on a shelf; I haven't used it or really thought about it for a while. I mainly still have it for nostalgia - its what I learned Solaris on back in the day (2.5 or 2.6 I think) when I was a lowly tech support drone at a small mom-and-pop ISP in the mid-90s, and I also learned a lot about UNIX/Linux networking by figuring out how to netboot slackware onto it. An ISP I sysadmined for from 2001-2006 or so used a stack of them for DNS and NTP servers. I also have a SUN Blade 100 that I retired as a desktop UNIX machine a few years ago as it no longer has the balls to keep up (Firefox/Thunderbird/etc bloat). It also got relegated to a closet as I can't bring myself to throw it away. I also had a few pizza-box Sparcstations and Ultrasparc/US2 systems as part of my personal lab over the years but eventually recycled them. None of the places I consult/contract for use Solaris anymore, so its hard to justify running multiple systems for testing when I can run a cheap dual-quad core Linux box with Xen VMs and simulate a large network on a single system.

The oldest machine I still have in use is an old Dell PIII (slot style!) that I run Windows 98 on to play some old games, like Jane's USAF, Dungeon Keeper/DK2 and Mechwarrior 3. It spends most of its time shut off, but every now and then I get a hankerin' for a spankerin'.

Comment: Re:Just one case (Score 1) 152

by mad-seumas (#37261926) Attached to: Novell Wins Against SCO Again

I'm also hoping to see SCO v Microsoft, where SCO sues Microsoft for not providing sufficient funds to slow the growth of Linux as agreed, and Microsoft countersues because SCO didn't achieve the success they promised with the initial round of funding.

Woohoo! Microsoft gets to double their investment!

The sad part is, the only ones who made out on the original investment are a bunch of greedy,slimeball shyster lawyers and a greedy, scumsucking worthless CEO. Whoops, I just made a tautology train. Everyone on board! WOO WOOOO

Comment: Re:Ignorance (Score 1) 490

by mad-seumas (#33019006) Attached to: Survey Says Most iPhone Users Love AT&T

Let me clarify:
1.) The Apple phones don't work: False - they work just just as well as any other phone on AT&T's POS network
2.) The factory workers kill themselves!: True - That'll teach you to give suicide benefits
3.) No Apps Get Approved: False - Some apps get approved. Fart ones, mainly. But, in the general sieve some decent ones get through too. Welcome to the world of bajillions of developers, some who suck
4.) Moisture Sensors Get Tripped: False - My iPhone is just left of my left nut, and that's a pretty humid place. It seems to like it there, based on the vibrations I get.

Oh. and Apple can go to hell for fucking with SysV init.

PC Games (Games)

Blizzard Boss Says Restrictive DRM Is a Waste of Time 563

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-about-lan-play dept.
Stoobalou writes "Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce reckons that fighting piracy with DRM is a losing battle. His company — which is responsible for one of the biggest video games of all time, the addictive online fantasy role player World of Warcraft — is to release StarCraft 2 on July 27, and Pearce has told Videogamer that the title won't be hobbled with the kind of crazy copy protection schemes that have made Ubisoft very unpopular in gaming circles of late. StarCraft 2 will require a single online activation using the company's Battle.net servers, after which players will be allowed to play the single-player game to their hearts' content, without being forced to have a persistent Internet connection."
United States

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor 574

Posted by samzenpus
from the let's-vote-on-this-instead dept.
Everyone knows how boring a debate on a controversial abortion bill can get on the Senate floor. So it's no wonder that Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett took the time to look at a little porn and a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself off. From the article: "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a Senator Dan Gelber's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill. 'I'm against this bill,' said Gelber, 'because it disrespects too many women in the state of Florida.' Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman 'who happens to be a former court administrator.'"
Movies

Netflix Streaming Arrives For the Wii 171

Posted by Soulskill
from the hopping-on-the-bandwagon dept.
Grant,thompson writes "As announced in January and mentioned here on Slashdot, Netflix is sending out discs today to enable streaming on the Nintendo Wii. 'Netflix has sent out emails to customers who pre-ordered the Wii's instant streaming disc, indicating that the disc will arrive in mailboxes tomorrow, and that the service will likely start within the next day.'"

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