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Comment: it'd be easy to sell an older Deckard (Score 1) 299

by ruebarb (#48648159) Attached to: Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

I could see a story where as a Replicant, his cells were programmed to appear to age as the years went by for the same reason they would implant false memories - to keep the unit thinking it was human and able to do it's job

OR they could ditch that train of thought and just say he was never a Replicant in the first place like most of non-geek America believes, but making him one gives a lot of room for the plot to be better than him just coming back out of retirement to hunt more skinjobs

Comment: Atari 2600 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (Score 2) 222

by ruebarb (#48568657) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

this was probably the hardest game I played in the old days - it took me a month to figure out all it's secrets and figure out how to get the Ark of the Covenant - (the final tricky point was snagging a parachute on a branch that dragged you into the mesa the Ark was buried in) -

but man when I beat it - holy crap - also the first Atari game I recall where you needed to play it with both joysticks - one to select items and one to move the guy


Comment: Re:CCNA is no picnic (Score 1) 317

by ruebarb (#48561107) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Billy, with GNS3 and IOU integration in a Virtualbox, you can recreate enough routing and switching topologies to pass the CCNA without buying any hardware - I would argue it's much easier now than when I got my ccna (1999) and folks had to buy 2500's used for 500 bucks each to get the hands on

of course, you could read Todd Lammle's CCNA book back then and pass it but I digress


Comment: who the hell uses a 6500 as their ISP router? (Score 1) 248

by ruebarb (#47664601) Attached to: The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

I've been a Cisco networking guy for 10+ years - the 6500 series is a Distribution/Core technology for the LAN - it's definitely been milked over the years but the 4500 series is basically designed to phase it out

some of the 7600 routers (the older bricks) - I can also understand - but seriously - if you are a core internet provider, why the hell are you using a 6500 router for the BGP routing table of the internet? Put that thing in a dorm room and buy yourself an ASR 9000


Comment: already under the BW cap boot in Anchorage (Score 1) 475

by ruebarb (#47012643) Attached to: Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

in AK, GCI - the broadband provider, has caps and I've gotten a 250gb cap - since I telecommute, I couldn't risk being slowed down but our Internet essentially comes in via underwater cable from Seattle

Actually, I usually only hit 60% of it even downloading 1-2gb a day of stuff like linux distros, tv torrents, and so forth - but it's a pain when your pc crashes and you blow 20% of your bandwidth redownloading your games

it would burn someone hosting 50TB of ripped mp3's on torrents - but meh

Comment: you're obsolete in 5 years (Score 1) 323

by ruebarb (#46548867) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker

in my field - (network operations/engineering) - my skillset has to essentially rotate out every few years - a CCIE told me if we weren't learning whole new skillsets, we were obsolete in 5 years -

having said that, being in a huge company with a complicated network gives one a bit of security from knowledge of where things work, but several old timers I knew grinding till retirement let their skills go - and as the legacy technology went out, they became less and less useful till they were basically 1st level techs


Comment: it's bad enough with regular passwords (Score 1) 150

by ruebarb (#46548841) Attached to: WPA2 Wireless Security Crackable WIth "Relative Ease"

I already have to tell friends and family to use a alphanumeric password not based on a dictionary word - I was helping a friend find out why her wireless charges were so high, and using backtrack and some basic documentation - (knowing almost nothing about wireless security) - I was able to find out her wireless password based on the fact she was using a regular word in my dictionary list

wireless = never safe

Comment: always a bit of a disappointment (Score 1) 178

by ruebarb (#44972207) Attached to: How LucasArts Fell Apart

lilke most of us in the 90's, I loved the X-wing/Tie Fighter assault games - you're IN the tie fighter, man - awesome!

After the multiplayer - (X-wing vs. Tie Fighter) - I was always disappointed they didn't keep upgrading and updating that universe - the Dark Forces/Jedi Academy games were good - but Battlefront didn't do much for me - neither did Rebellion - (a Masters of Orion ripoff) - it seemed like they were always a few months behind whatever the big thing was and came out with less interesting products sometimes...

really miss the old X-wing and Tie Fighter games though....dang - wish I had them set up on a 486 somewhere


Comment: there's a reason they're overpricing this drug (Score 5, Insightful) 556

by ruebarb (#39341709) Attached to: Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

average life expectancy according to an article on the BBC is extended by only 3 months -

with results like that, you have to overcharge like hell to get your money cause the patients will only be around three more months than usual if they weren't taking the drug -

but if you're desperate and dying anyways, why not blow 2 months salary on a 120 day supply, right? And yet, I have no sympathy for the drug companies - I wonder why....could it be their way of using lawsuits to keep generics off the market for a few extra years while they re-release a "timed" version of their product?

Drug companies are vultures - and I'd love to see more university/public funding of this research for the public interest and less for the profit motive - especially when lives are at stake

Comment: physical destruction (Score 1) 1016

by ruebarb (#37562866) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

I think I'd definitely trust physical destruction (take apart, rip platters out, smash with hammer, dispose) over multiple write erases

I seem to remember seeing a hydraulic press/punch being used by someone - - put a nice one inch hole in the hard drive and that was that but it wouldn't take long to take them out and just smash the platters with a sledgehammer...or using the sledgehammer itself on the hd may be fun too


Comment: I went from A+ to MCSE to CCNA/CCNP (Score 1) 444

by ruebarb (#36294106) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get?

I took this path (from hardware to desktop to network) many years ago and am pretty happy with it -

based on your question it doesn't sound like you're starting from square one but doing hardware work - you take that hardware work and the experience you get with the desktop software and get the Microsoft equivlant or thereabouts - then you can sell yourself to an employer as a guy who knows both, even if you only have minimial experience in the cert category

If you chose to go on to networking you'll have a much easier time with the GNS3 simulator that runs Cisco IOS - but I'd say get certified or entry in the field you want to hop up to next

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