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Comment: Re:TI Calculators (Score 1) 153

by theotherbastard (#47158257) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?
It wasn't the very beginning of my hacking/coding/whatever career but my TI-85 in High School certainly was a highlight. I took a simple blockout game a friend found and picked it apart to find out how it worked and morphed it into a simple top-down shooter. I also spent a fair amount of time writing simple programs that would do my Calculus work for me. (Not just graphing, but writing a program that would produce the work I needed to show on assignments.) The teacher couldn't help but chuckle when another student showed him one of my programs. I think he may have even offered me extra credit for writing the programs. (He was also the CompSci teacher.) I was fortunate that he recognized me for what I was, lazy when it came to homework but bright enough to ace the tests.

Comment: Re:I Can Only Hope This Keeps Fumbling (Score 1) 535

by theotherbastard (#33896154) Attached to: Huge Shocker — 3D TVs Not Selling

Exactly. I did the math once and at 15', the difference between DVD and HD is meaningless on a 46" screen. Pretty meaningless on a 55" screen.

I've found that the differences between DVD and Blu-Ray are not just in the picture. The sound sampling on a Blu-Ray is a step or two above DVD. Not only is it a 'larger/louder' sound on Blu-Ray, but I really get the feeling that you get more of the depth of sound. Little things that get lost in the compression to DVD. Of the half-dozen or so Blu-Rays I own, I've definitely heard a difference in the couple that I've 'upgraded' from DVD.

Comment: Re:2 Main Problems with VAC (Score 1) 336

by theotherbastard (#31198816) Attached to: Valve's Battle Against Cheaters
There are other options that individual server admins can leverage. I run a TF2 server that uses SourceMod with SourceBans to handle bans for our server. If any of my admins see a cheater and can verify by spec'ing, we ban them from our server. There's even options for non-admin players to initiate short term bans if enough people are complaining.

We're also protected by VAC but this gives us our own layer of protection. It's also handy because it allows us to rid ourselves of griefers who would never be caught by VAC but can empty out a full server just as quickly as a cheater.

Comment: Re:When will the madness end? (Score 2, Interesting) 278

by theotherbastard (#31113946) Attached to: Warner To End Free Streaming of Its Content
I forget where I read this, but it was pointed out that the reason WB may be doing this is that they (WB) fear that sites like Pandora, etc. devalue each track. When a consumer can listen to it for free (0 cost to the consumer) they are less likely to see the value in purchasing the track themselves. (99 cents from the consumer)

Comment: Hmm... (Score 1) 235

by theotherbastard (#29619817) Attached to: House Committee Passes "Informed P2P User Act"
Wasn't there that story a while back about some government docs getting shared out on some P2P network? Want to bet that the guilty party(s) just shared out their whole drive not knowing what it would do.

Wait for it, my story gets better, when confronted they must have swore up and down that they didn't share anything on their PC and that the *evil* P2P software must have a mind of it's own. (Pay attention during the install? Check the configs? Read the documentation? HA!)

Now, we have this being pushed into an act because it's apparently the latest "hot topic" to protect people from paying attention to what they are actually doing on the computer. Especially while they are at work.
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - "Oops!" Those dumb mistakes we've all mad 9

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theotherbastard (939373) writes "I've recently made the step up from Desktop Support to Systems Administration and in my first month on the job I made a change to a server that knocked one of our customer call centers offline for nearly 4 hours. It was the simple mistake of changing the duplex settings on 2 NIC's on 1 server. Needless to say I've learned my lesson on when and how to make even the smallest change to our sensitive systems. Another thing I've learned is that everyone on my team has a story about their first days supporting servers and the disastrous mistakes they've made. I'm curious what stories some fellow /.er's have."

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