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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.
Hardware Hacking

If You're Going To Kill It, Open Source It 245

Posted by timothy
from the get-some-goodwill-for-your-investment dept.
ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine is proposing big companies like Cisco and Sony consider 'open sourcing' their failed or discontinued products. The list includes Sony's AIBO and QRIO robots, IBM's Deep Blue chess computer, Ricochet Wireless, Potenco's Pull-Cord Generator, Palm, Microsoft's SPOT Watch, CISCO Flip Camera and more. MAKE is also encouraging everyone to post about what products they'd like to see open sourced."

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."
Software

OpenOffice.org 3.0 Is Officially Here 284

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the who-needs-office-anyway dept.
SNate writes "After a grinding three-year development cycle, the OpenOffice.org team has finally squeezed out a new release. New features include support for the controversial Microsoft OOXML file format, multi-page views in Writer, and PDF import via an extension. Linux Format has an overview of the new release, asking the question: is it really worth the 3.0 label?"
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->

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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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