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Comment class action lawsuit waiting to happen (Score 1) 759

This looks like a class action lawsuit waiting to happen.
XP is still the main OS for netbooks, and if MS is going to sell (or allow others to resell), then they need to support it until there is alternative for that class of hardware on the market. An I am guessing that Win 7 isn't going to run like everyone thinks it will on old/underpowered hardware like the beta's seemed to indicate.

As far as the argument that the XP firewall will prevent this, we all know that isn't true, not to mention, there are often times when running the XP firewall is undesirable, like on enterprise deployments that sit behind an edge firewall.

I doubt anything will actually happen, but it would be interesting if it did.

Comment You CAN play Wow on dialup.. and enjoy it (Score 1) 368

I know that this will come as a huge shock, but you CAN play Wow on a dial up link, and enjoy it. I have a buddy of mine that works the graveyard shift, and he will jump on Wow, and fire up team speak, and can play with the rest of the guys. yeah, voice quality isn't the best, but it works OK.

WoW is not that bandwidth intensive, and is fairly forgiving latency wise.

The people that seem to have the most problems, are the ones who are playing over a wireless connection, and the lag induced from that type of infrastructure is what frustrates them the most.

The biggest problem people are experiencing with WotLK is the video requirements and the frame rate that their computer produces. I know that I was unhappy with the additional eye candy that made the game almost unplayable ( I would start to get about 5 fps on boss fights) on my budget PC (I think I had spent about $300 US on it total) that I had been using before the expansions, but then again, it was a good excuse to get a new system (yeah, I use it for other stuff than just Wow).

I am guessing they will end up doing something that will require you to authenticate with BN, but will let you play on a LAN hosted game, so you can have your LAN parties.

Before I go frothing off at the mouth, you might want to actually see what the game will and won't allow.

Oh well, to each his own.

Comment Re:KY? (Score 1) 520

Amen to that brother.. welcome to the world of Warlocks..
We were nerfed every major patch from inception until WotLK came out. Then, they didn't need to nerf us, but cause we were just plain under powered.

It's kind of refreshing to be looking forward to a patch, because it seems things actually get better for us, not worse.

Comment Bind on Guild equipment (Score 1) 520

One of the biggest gripes that I have seen in the game, as far as raiding guilds go, is the amount of time and effort you have to get your main tanks geared up. It is nowhere near as bad as it used to be in the MC days, but you still have spend more time on them (as they often need multiple set for fire/frost/nature resistance gear), while other positions generally don't need as much.

The most aggravating scenario would be that you finally get your tank geared up and they leave for greener pastures, putting the guild back at square one trying to get the main (or off) tank geared back up for the fight.

Would there be a way to have bind on guild gear, where if the person leaves, the items revert back to the guild, so they can be distributed to the next tank. That way the guild's investment in equipping the person in question wouldn't be lost.

I realize there would be issues to be resolved, such as how you would keep a person from deleting the item(s) in question, and ensuring that there is enough gear that still binds to the person, so they aren't naked if/when they decide to leave the guild for something else, as well as a way to retrieve the gear if the person just quits playing the game all together.

I believe this would be one way to reduce some of the frustration of some of the requirements for end game instances, as well as a way to let a growing guild continue to grow, rather than just be a gear farm for other guilds.
Operating Systems

Submission + - CentOS back from brink of death (

Xanthvar writes: As a shop that almost exclusively uses CentOS for our servers, this definitely had us worried. We are glad it has been resolved, and while curious as to what really happened, we can live without really knowing.

From the article:

CentOS is alive.

Two days after a core group of developers posted an open letter to primary admin Lance Davis, threatening to fork the open source OS if he didn't discuss his apparent disappearance from the project, Davis has answered their call — and he seems to have quelled their complaints.

"The CentOS Development team had a routine meeting today with Lance Davis in attendance," reads a new post to the project website. "During the meeting a majority of issues were resolved immediately and a working agreement was reached with deadlines for remaining unresolved issues. There should be no impact to any CentOS users going forward."

For more details, see El Reg!

Comment Security takes precidence (Score 1) 211

The reason that you are required to use version x.y.z or newer is because, there are security vulnerabilities with the earlier versions, and (generally speaking) if it is connected to NIPRNET and publicly facing, it is a matter of WHEN it gets hit, not IF. This is why there is a STIG, and why you need to periodically run it against your production boxes to keep them current.

If you are a DoD admin, then you have been briefed on why you need to do this, I'm not going to waste time talking about it here. Failure to remain current is a reason for DISA to shut off your connection.

The scenario that there is a vulnerability, but there isn't a fix for it available yet, and you are at the mercy of volunteers to fix it, is the one of the nightmares of DoD policy makers. This is why they often argue for non open source software, because the idea is if they pay for it, then they have someone's feet they can hold to the fire(not literally, but figuratively, anyway) to get it updated! (Yes, I realize that this isn't really the case often, and closed source can take forever to close a hole, but this is the argument... facts don't always come into play when lobbyists get involved).

I always thought DoD would be the perfect place for open source software, where they could build an approved flavor of Linux, set up an approved distro site, and then hash everything to make sure that you were running version that was blessed by security to help alleviate trying to support everyone's own custom setup. Unfortunately, there are several major problems that I see with this:

1. You are beholden to the vendor of your product, and what they say they support. This is part of the bane of COTS. Not everything is developed to run on Trusted Solaris. You use whats out there in the world, not what DoD has hardened. This makes sense for budgetary purposes, but is sometimes at odds with security. "Oh, we realize that there is a vulnerability in the subsystem, but we don't support the upgrade because it breaks out system." This is also why there are so many system still running IE6.. because the java apps that were written by the tons don't work on IE7 or later (or better yet, a non M$ browser) because they don't want to update the code (or can't because the guy who cobbled the original together is no longer there, and no one else understands what the heck he did...)

2. DoD or at least the military, doesn't want to be in the development business. They only have a finite amount of bodies, which they can devote to war fighting, and don't want to waste them on support roles (try not to laugh to hard, I know they don't do a good job of this either, but that is the concept anyway). They get around this by hiring civilians and contracting support roles out, but often, this leads to enormous amounts of oversight and administrative overhead (and don't forget about the opportunity to line the PORK barrel while you are at it), and suddenly what was an inexpensive concept is not a multi-million dollar monster with a life of its own.

3. It's far easier to find vulnerabilities that it is to fix them. Also, systems have gotten so complex, and with so many components, and at times a house of cards looks more stable than a server (DCTS, I'm looking at you).

I think China might have the right idea. Mandate your own OS, and only let it be used for official purposes. This is a great idea on paper, but in practice it would run afoul of the issues mentioned above. It might work for China if they don't have a lot of modernization or a bunch of legacy systems already, that would need to be converted. They may have the willpower to want to spend the money needed to make everything happen, but I don't see the US doing this anytime soon. It is probably going to take some very painful lapses to occur before this will take place.

I apologize if I seem like for the over use of acronyms, but hey, this is about a DoD system :)

As far as the OP goes, you might talk to some guys who are maintaining *nix systems on networks other than NIPRnet, to see if they have created their own distros, repos, or if they are doing something else. I do feel your pain, as I recall the days of STIGing Solaris 8, when it came with BIND 8 embedded in it, and even though you weren't running a DNS server on it, it would still flag as a vulnerability (No version of BIND 8 was considered secure, you had to use 9... but you didn't want to install 9 unless you were running a DNS server...what a great circular arguments were had over this), and if you got a new guy doing the STIG, you had to educate him all over about it.

Slightly OT, but one of the current issues that the US DoD faces, is that NIPRnet was supposed to be an administrative, non mission critical network, that has evolved into something more, but hasn't been protected like it needs to be. You can't just put its functions on a classified network, because the date simply is important or sensitive, but not classified. (You realize this when you have to get an UNCLASS downtime, and you get more push back on it, than you do on "other" networks, because some yahoo in the command center doesn't want be deprived of his sports score updates).

And the other age old problem is there isn't an admin out there that isn't fighting to get enough time to keep everything up to date (if there is, they're department is in danger of being downsized), and dealing with all the other day to day problems.

Good Luck

Comment Probably not the "right" target market (Score 1) 83

I think this would be interesting if they could get it to work on the scale needed to be profitable, but I don't see it happening.
I am guessing (and maybe incorrectly) that there are 2 kinds of Linux based web book users:

1) the proto typical techie who likes the freedom of configuration choices that it gives you or
2) the person who got it because it was cheaper or didn't know the difference and doesn't care, as long as they can get email and surf the web (and use their web based apps).

The evil capitalist in me thinks this would be a great thing for the revenue stream, if you could lock them into using our store and only our store (contrary to the open source concept), but I don't see that happening.

I realize this is slightly off topic, but I find it ironic that the mobile phone platform that seems to be the most open to allowing you to write and install what ever program you want is windows mobile (yes, that is what I currently use). Everyone is talking about "The" apps store, but WM phones don't have 1... they have an untold number of sites to get apps from, several dedicated to free (of cost anyway) sites, but this fact seems to be left out of the Iphone/Pre/Android discussions by various tech sites.

back on the original topic, I wish them all the luck, as it is nice to get compensated for your work, but I don't know if there is enough commonality to get enough return on investment for the vendor on setting up an app store. If this can be achieved, then it would pave the way for the developers to benefit as well.

Comment Re:Cell phone (Score 1) 1092

This is probably your most feasible solution. A cell phone is going to be able to accomplish most of these items, without being a giant brick.

Sprint ( I do not work for them, but do use them), has a service that works like this:

And I am sure that others do as well. I think the one saving grace about this, is that it sends a text message when it "locates" a person, so they know, that you know, where they are.

I am probably going to start using a service like this once my son gets older, just because of the peace of mind of "yes, I do know where my kid is at 2 in the morning".

The thing that I am having issues with is:

A. What age to I get it for him?

B. Will this conflict with school policy? Ideally, the phone will be in silent mode during the school day, and my son will have enough discipline to not get himself in trouble with it, and have it confiscated as a result.

Good luck

Comment Thank you (Score 1) 564

I think people are missing half the point.

Think of this as a different question:
"How do I change the search results on my own name?"

Yes, you could point him to a SEO document, but that may not be as applicable for an individual (or maybe it is).

What are some other techniques for "improving" the results on his name to have it come up before/instead of the one with the negative association?

Yes a good HR check should be able to distinguish between the two, but what about his new peers and co workers who want to know more about him? If a casual search engine check is going to show up with a sex offender, then it wouldn't be a bad idea to try to modify the results a bit.

Of course, worst case scenario, you could end up having your portfolio show up right next to the sex offender.
Then you will guarantee that your name will be associated as a sick criminal by the gossip pool that learned about using "the google" to check up on new people from their celebrity news mag :p

Good luck, and I hope to see some other suggestions on how to change a page ranking without spending a ton of money on it.


World of Warcraft's Brand New Rootkit 576

Captain Kirk writes "We all know that World of Warcraft has checked for hacks to ensure a safe game environment for all players. The latest version of these checks goes beyond anything seen so far in that what is being checked is now completely encrypted. Obviously this hits bot writers as can be seen from these complaints, But it also strikes at the privacy of all users. Now Blizzard has a tool that is encrypted and can run any type of scan, transfer any file or edit any document on your computer. That can't be right."

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