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Comment: Driver support (Score 1) 477

Not to mention that they dropped driver support from the SBLive 5.1/Gold after XP, despite it being a *very* common card in many systems (partly, I believe, because it came with many Dell's and/or possibly HP's).

When Vista/7 came out, Creative dropped it like a hot rock and didn't provide a driver for the newer OS. There is a FOSS driver, but it lacked much of what was supported in the XP driver (while also adding other features).

Comment: Re:USB DACs (Score 1) 477

What, you're telling me that my $5.00 USB "7.1 surround sound" card (that oddly only has two analog jacks) *ISN'T* as good as a high-end soundcard? :-)

Actually, the main advantage I've found for USB vs onboard sound - even with cheap USB - is that they tend to pick up less of the "electrical whine" that a lot of onboard stuff does. Dedicated cards oftimes have better filtering that keeps this out, and the onboard designs are better these days, but I do still find you can actually hear when you're moving the mouse from the background growl of many board-chip audio cards.

Comment: Criminal acts (Score 1) 98

I have a sideline job doing computer servicing/repair. Since the issues between Russia/Ukraine have ramped up, there's also been a noticeable uptick in online/banking fraud coming from Russia.
Thankfully the banks seem to be on the watch for this - the notify customers of unusual transactions, e.g. western union, to Russian accounts - so most of my work is just ensuring that machines are clean after the fact.

I won't say that this is state-sponsored, but likely more to issues alluded to with this guy: mainly that Russia doesn't seem to be very cooperative in dealing with known international criminals - especially with the poor international relations of current - and the criminal element are taking advantage of this.

Comment: You don't exist. Go away (Score 1) 586

by phorm (#47424377) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I've actually had servers say that to me.

Usual cause: trying to execute certain commands while logged in as a user that no longer exists in /etc/passwd.

Also known as "oops I overwrite /etc/password!".

Bonus points if you get this while logged in a root. An associate of mine discovered that it's bad to use system variable names when he had this one in a script he ran (as root):
    deluser $USER

Comment: Re:because it fucking is (Score 1) 209

Perhaps so, but keep in mind those older models *still* resell for more than many others, and before the release of the PS4 you could see good condition CECHE01's selling for $100+ over the price of the regular models. When the PS3 first came out, the price jump over other consoles also included the blu-ray drive etc, and generally better build quality. The PS3 did have some issues, but the RROD and laser-burn (cheaping out over a 5c bumper, geeze) issues on the XB360 were legendary.

My understanding is that the main difference was in the chip that supported the older hardware, so why not just make it an option which could be easily added? A little socket for the chip and a dip-switch or jumper would probably do.

Comment: XBox controller (Score 1) 209

I've got a couple that are definitely targeted at a gamepad rather than a keyboard/mouse. Injustice: Gods Among Us comes to mind. My solution was just to steal some controllers from the XBox and use them on the PC.

My buddy has the same game on console. The big difference:
I paid under $30 on a Steam sale, and got the "extended edition" or whatever it's called with all the addons. He paid around the same, but every time he starts it up his Playstations tells him about all the fun addons he *could* have is he's just willing to shell out another $15-30 for the expansions.

Also, it actually looks a bit better on the PC with the settings turned up.

Comment: Re:because it fucking is (Score 1) 209

On a PC, I can still play almost all of my games from up to a decade ago. Some of them require VM's (e.g. DOSBox, or perhaps XP in VirtualBox), but my library is still fairly playable excepting some online play and disc-rot.

XBox can't play 360, and PS4 can't play PS3. That's lame. I don't want to have 10 consoles sitting around

I think Sony actually had a good idea with adding a chip to the early PS3's for backwards compatibility. I think that current-gen would do better if this concept continued. I have a 360 with a decent library of games. The XBone didn't really launch with a lot of offerings, but as my old console is starting to show signs of wear I might have considered the newer model instead of fixing/replacing my old one.

Comment: Origins (Score 1) 209

Actually, even Origins looks pretty decent on a modern rig. One of the nice things about PC games is sometimes they get *better* over time. I've just started playing it a few months ago and considering the age it looks quite nice with all settings turned up to full. When I look at the trailers, they actually look somewhat crappy compared to my current gameplay (and youtube walkthroughs made on older hardware look particularly dated).

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 1) 253

by phorm (#47415679) Attached to: US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

I've met a lot of people with degrees that "felt" they were good programmers, admins, whatever. For straightforward work they were good, but for poop-hit-the-propeller situations or ones that required imagination they actually performed rather poorly.

On the other hand, those with "life experience" were good in high-stress situations and worked well as creative thinkers, but were often fairly horrible at stuff like code structure, documentation, and time management of multiple tasks.

In many cases, schooling doesn't teach you to be a good worker. People who can read books and pass tests may be good for drone-work but not for many real-life situations. Alternately, there are critical skills learned in school which often make those people work better in an environment where they interact with others.

Most of the real rockstars/aces I've met aren't formally trained. They're highly skilled, driven, but often also cowboys who don't work so well with others (or produce work that can be read by others). Who you hire depends on what you need: formal structure, team player, or quick get-it-done ACE. In larger groups, usually having one of the aces is good for when unexpected stuff crops up, but having the formally trained guys/gals is also important for building a structure where you'll get less of the "oh sh*t" moments.

Comment: Re:No-ip isn't shady (Score 1) 111

no-ip was the second most popular dynamic-DNS site for malicious software

How popular are they overall as a DDNS provider, and how many legit VS malicious customers do they have? It may sound big if they've got 1,000,000 malicious DDNS sites, but not so much if it turns out that's less than half a percent portion of 10,000,000,000 overall sites and the rest are legit.

Comment: Global Warming (Score 1) 708

by phorm (#47401275) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Because "global warming" was a fairly terrible name for it versus "climate change"

Some places will get hotter, yes, but it also disrupts the flow of air/clouds/etc so that - as we've experienced locally - we get some extremely hot days coupled with an usual amount of wetter/colder days as well. I'm in what's considered a semi-desert climate, but it's greener than ever because we're getting a *lot* more precipitation than I've ever seen before.
For me, it's a positive thing since I'm not on a flood plain and the plants like it. The only drawback is the increased mosquitoes.
On the other hand, other people are suffering from floods, pests/pestilence (increased bugs and/or bacterium that prefer heat+humidity), and a change in biodiversity that is having both beneficial and detrimental effects on the local wildlife.

Ernest asks Frank how long he has been working for the company. "Ever since they threatened to fire me."