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Comment: Re:Fox News? (Score 2, Informative) 682

by rsmoody (#47272237) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive
Regardless, the point remains. Those of us at the end of the IRS gun barrel (and yes, if you do not pay your taxes, sooner or later, someone armed with a gun will come to visit you) must keep our records for multiple years. Loosing said records is not an excuse and will find you guilty of all charges levied against you and you will be fined and/or thrown in jail. Why is this not applied to the members of the entity that will surely, swiftly and thoroughly enforce their retention laws? There is no excuse for these "lost" emails, they are on a server somewhere or backed up on tape somewhere. Do I have proof? No. But seriously, do you really believe these emails are not recoverable?

Comment: Re:Barnes bullets must love this (Score 2) 780

by rsmoody (#44488711) Attached to: NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website
They are great bullets. Keep up with the effort by the ATF to have such bullets reclassified as armor piercing? Seems if you are a conspiracy theorist, you would say the government is trying to ban guns by making lead ammo illegal claiming it's toxic and then having all other ammo classified illegal by calming it's armor piercing. No ammo, no gun.

Comment: Shoe stretching tools... (Score 1) 615

by rsmoody (#35070032) Attached to: Do Tools Ever 'Die?'
My grandfather owned a shoe store in a small town. He had all sorts of tools used to stretching shoes, making a dimples for corns and some others that quite frankly looked like some sort of medieval torture device. That I know of, after the store closed, they disappeared. *sigh* They remind me of my grandparents, I miss seeing them, the tools and my grandparents. Perhaps they are still used in shoe repair stores and mom & pop shoe stores.

Comment: Re:I can see plenty of uses for it. (Score 1) 557

by rsmoody (#29815191) Attached to: Apple Blurs the Server Line With Mac Mini Server
I HAVE SEEN plenty of uses for this. I did IT at a small news paper and when I first started, we had 3 or 4 Ruby iMacs acting in server roles. They were finally replaced with MacMini's. However, these did not require OSX Server for their purpose, but for tasks such as moving wire streams, file conversions, getting files to and from the image adjustment servers, etc. they really were perfect for the task. For instance, we setup an old dual G5 for a file server role for dropping articles with OSX Server...if and when that system dies, the need for a rack-mount server or MacPro is over-kill for 80 or so users, MacMini however...perfect. There are many light duty server roles like this that a Mini running OSX Server would be useful and cost effective.

Comment: Re:Brazilian Ethanol [Re:Don't blame me] (Score 1) 894

by rsmoody (#28091141) Attached to: The Great Ethanol Scam
Sure, id doesn't add much to the cost, however, when was the last time you saw any publicly traded company not be as cheap as possible? Even if it only costs about $10 to $100 to make the vehicle E85 compatible, they are not about to absorb that cost over thousands of vehicles. Hell, what would it have cost for Sony to keep an IR port on the PS3? 10 cents? As it is now, you must use either a controller or the Sony bluetooth remote (granted Logitech as an adapter out now for $60, substantially more than a .10 IR port) How much more did it cost for them to have a fully backwards compatible PS3? An extra $1? How about an HDMI chipset that could bit-stream audio? An extra $1? Do you really think car companies are any different?
Emulation (Games)

DOSBox Sees Continued Success 271

Posted by Soulskill
from the but-does-it-have-xp-mode dept.
KingofGnG writes "DOSBox, the emulator designed to run DOS games on modern operating systems (and not necessarily on a PC), has been chosen as project of the month for May on SourceForge. It's the latest award granted to a piece of software that 'simply does what it is supposed to do,' as the authors say. After having amassed more than 10 million downloads, it will soon be getting an update that's been awaited for almost two years."
United States

+ - Running trail mistaken for bioterrorism threat->

Submitted by feuerfalke
feuerfalke (1034288) writes "A flour-and-chalk trail marked out by Daniel Salchow and his sister Dorothee for their running club, the Hash House Harriers, sparked fears and evacuations Thursday night, and now the siblings are finding themselves in deep trouble with New Haven police. Police were called after they were spotted sprinkling "powder" in the parking lot of an IKEA furniture store, which was later evacuated. The "powder" was, in fact, flour, which the siblings have used plenty of times before, all across the country, to mark trails for their club. The Salchow siblings are now facing felony charges, and New Haven police seek "restitution" for the resources wasted in their mistake. This sounds familiar..."
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Microsoft

+ - Vista prevents users from playing high-def content->

Submitted by
jbrodkin
jbrodkin writes "The restrictive content protection rules in Windows Vista still prevent users from playing high-definition content, more than half a year after the operating system's release, researcher Peter Gutmann said at USENIX this week. The specifications are intended to protect Hollywood copyrights, but even home movies can be blacked out by Vista because camcorders are increasingly becoming capable of shooting in HD. And that's not the only problem: Vista content protection requires so much extra encryption that system performance is being harmed significantly, Gutmann says. Since Vista lacks numerous security features that could protect users from online attacks, Gutmann wonders why Microsoft seems more intent on protecting the rights of Hollywood than the rights of its customers."
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Wii

+ - Wii Update Kills off Freeloader/SD Media Launcher

Submitted by
Croakyvoice
Croakyvoice writes "The latest firmware update for the Nintendo Wii has dealt users a double blow, Gamesindustry report that Freeloader which enables you to play import Gamecube titles on the Nintendo Wii is now unusable, Wii-News have also revealed that the SD Media Launcher which is a way of legally playing Gamecube homebrew on the Wii has also suffered the same fate. Nintendo have responded by saying that because it isn't an official product approved by Nintendo, there was nothing it could do."
Sony

+ - SOE Fires CS Executives - Ships CS to India

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Its no great secret that SOE and other game companies utilize the Indian outsource model to handle QA and CS functions. We have it on good word that SOE has decided to take any last smidgen of decency and throw it to the wind by opting to send their entire support organization to India and more specifically the IEnergizer group out of Delhi. By releiving their VP of CS in San Diego this week the deal seems final. In an era when most companies are pulling back their operations from across the globe because of poor quality mainly due to employee churn and general lack of game acumen it seems the Smed and Co. are trying to eeck out the last penny. One would think that with all the new titles on SOEs roster they might actually want to take care fo their paying customers and give them high quality support?? Hello is anyone listening...a quick perusal of the boards will tell you exactly whats going on.....Can you spell S U R V E Y...? I used to play SOE games but since the adoption of the outsourcers it became just unbearable. My requests would be bounced around like a stripper on Friday night... 3 or 4 times until it finally landed in the queue of an domestically based CSR. Now even that ray of hope has been clouded out. Kudos Smed........"
Hardware Hacking

+ - ICE cracks down on mod chips-> 1

Submitted by rifter
rifter (147452) writes "Today US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led a massive raid over 16 states in order to arrest people who were allegedly engaged in the importation, installation, sale, and distribution of mod chips and swap discs for Sony's Playstation 2, Microsoft's XBOX and XBOX 360, and Nintendo's Wii.

I did not find a link to the CNN story but the talking heads there were claiming that just having or installing a mod chip was a felony punishable by 5 years in jail and a $500,000 fine, presumably due to the claim that these activities violate the DMCA, as stated on ICE's site. The best news of all is that there is more to come. ICE says this is part of an expanding program of IP enforcement. As they say:

"Illicit devices like the ones targeted today are created with one purpose in mind, subverting copyright protections," said Julie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "These crimes cost legitimate businesses billions of dollars annually and facilitate multiple other layers of criminality, such as smuggling, software piracy and money laundering."

Obviously the many legitimate reasons for using the MOD chips (backups, foreign titles, etc.) are ignored here. So remember, kids, when you mod your Xbox the terrorists win! I guess it's a good thing for the US arm of Hezbollah they focus on fake Viagra and cigarettes. Dealing in modchips might get them caught more often."

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Windows

+ - Vista Work-Around Highlights Security Flaws->

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "A simple trick has netted some developers the ability to load unsigned drivers by simply registering a tool that loads its own unsigned driver and allows any unsigned code to be placed as a driver in the kernel. And the tool is freely available. Probably more damaging that releasing this tool into the wild is what one of the developers had to say. He anonymously commented about this particular security feature of Vista and that it "doesn't prevent malware, it just prohibits freedom to choose. A signed file uniquely identifies the company that developed that file, but when companies can be created and registered in jurisdictions known for protecting the privacy of company founders and directors you have to ask what does driver signing actually represent? While driver signing certificates can be revoked, new certificates, with enough money, can be created faster than it takes to change a file's signature. If this is indeed the case, then it is the hobbyists and home user that end up paying the cost.""
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