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Comment This is not new... (Score 1) 176

I can not remember which Science Show I was watching at the time but I learned that it was the lower frequencies at least in the early 2000's.

While I'm not sure if they mentioned the specific 2k-4k range, they had broken the noise into low, mid, and high frequencies and did a test with people listening to the noise. While some did flinch at the higher frequencies, most reacted to the lower range.

So unless they took almost a decade to isolate the specific frequency this really new?

Comment I wouldn't mind the campaigning if... (Score 1) 462

I wouldn't mind the campaigning if it wasn't for all the "I'm not going to run a smear campaign" then turning right around and start running a smear campaign.

Honestly I think it's a requirement that they have to break that campaign promise or they're not eligible to run for office.

And after a while you just get sick to death of the "My opponent kicks puppies" and the "Oh yeah? Well MY opponent whips babies with live rattlesnakes" ads everywhere.

Makes me glad I don't have television anymore.

Comment Blu-Ray support (Score 1) 332

Actually I'm fine with their decision. My media setup involves a dedicated Blu-Ray/DVD player, the media PC which has a Blu-Ray drive in it, and the PS3 which has a Blu-Ray drive in it. All of them hooked up to my home theater system and my 40 Inch LCD HDTV.

I really don't NEED "yet another Blu-Ray player".

Redundancy is nice and all but really.

Comment The simplest solution is... (Score 1) 615

The simplest solution that I can think of is to use an authenticator system.

That way the passwords can be as simple as the users want, they do not have to be changed every 90 days (the duration of a password in our facility) and with the code changing every 60 seconds, it means that even if they somehow managed to snag your passwords, they can't do anything with them.

And I know that such a system is not fool-proof. But until someone develops a way to break that system it may be the simplest and the best solution for now.

Comment Re:This is why... (Score 1) 243

> Problem with a fresh install

"Install" is a verb. I install Linux for a living.

The noun for which you were searching is "installation". That is a fresh installation of Linux.

Couldn't think of anything intelligent to say so you have to nitpick the language? Sad really. You're like the little 5 pound yippy dog who barks at the big 200 pound Mastiff from the safety of his fenced in yard because you know that they can't get to you.

Bark away little yippy dog...bark away.

Comment Re:This is why... (Score 1) 243

Oh and you probably wiped the recovery partition/data.

Problem with these software stuff is trying to make it easier and making it harder in the process.

Don't care really. Since the recovery partition usually contains the data needed to recover the hard drive to its bloated, choked and drowning in useless crap state, I'm better off without it. In fact that's where I store a local copy of my PING backup so I can recover my kid's computers when (not if...WHEN) they download something and really shag it up good and proper. And if the hard drive itself goes tits-up I still have my PING recovery DVD's I made as a backup

Comment Re:This is why... (Score 1) 243

Uhhh... These are desktop PCs? You specified "laptop" in your first sentence, so I would have thought you'd specify it further down if that's what you meant. There's no reason to have user data stored on the local machine at all. All it does is needlessly choke up bandwidth when synchronising (you do sync it with the server, right? Or do you have some other backup mechanism in place?).

My bad. At the hospital we use Desktop PC's except for the areas where we need mobility and we use laptops on rolling carts and more recently the Pellham Sloane PC's on Howard Medical mobility carts with built-in batteries.

For those machines, we're using an application called Cerner which is a web-accessible, citrix application with the hosting computers (and all the data and the backups, and everything) located at the remote facility. So there is no need for the nurses and the doctors to have anything saved on those machines be they the desktops at the observation areas and nursing stations, or on the mobile units.

The administrators on the other hand need things like Office and have non-EPHI data stored on their local machines. We encourage placing the data on the RAID where it'll be protected and backed up...but some just do not and thanks to the administration, this is not something we can force.

As for the rest? Well done, you've started taking system images instead of reloading all of the patches, drivers, and necessary software for every build. Save yourself a little time and do the same thing with your home PC with PING

Already using it at home and on the servers at the hopsital. It works, it works well, and it's free. Can't beat that with a stick.

Comment This is why... (Score 3, Interesting) 243

This is why whenever I buy a computer or a laptop, the first thing that I do is to slick the damn thing and install the operating system as I see fit.

Whether this be Windows or some flavor of *nix, I just wipe out all the partitions and install from fresh.

I learned that lesson with an HP laptop I bought in 2005. No matter what I did, no matter what I uninstalled, I could not get more than 45% of my hard drive free.

I did a fresh load of XP and low and behold, I was only using 10% of the drive with Office, XP, my music files, a couple of games and my applications in my "Must Have" list.

Ever since, I do this on all of the ones at the hospital. I made a fresh load version for every configuration we have and I keep an image saved on our servers. Since we don't allow anything to be saved on the local computers that are on the hospital floors (our way of enforcing HIPPA on our electronically protected health information (EPHI)), this means that if someone sneaks online and lets slip in a virus, I can just wipe-restore from the network, run updates, and the computer is back in business in usually less than an hour. Less than 15 minutes in some cases.

For administration PC's, it's a bit longer. I have to backup their data first and then slick and reload. Then I have to put the data back. So that's more in the 30-90 minutes category.

Comment I'd say that it makes us safer. (Score 1) 220

And here are my reasons.

1. There is the fact that with most video games, we are forced in game to pay attention to everything that moves as it may be a threat. This is the case in First Person Shooters as well as driving games. In order to not get ganked by either the game's AI or by other players, we gamers need to learn spacial awareness and the ability to access and analyze anything that could potentially be a threat and/or opposition.

2. The Unites States Air Force frequently uses Microsoft Flight Simulator installed PC's in the dorms of trainee pilots. While it does nothing whatsoever for actual feel of the plane in flight, they have noticed that avid players of MSFS are often many hours ahead of "raw" pilots when it comes to simulator practice. It also is a great teaching aid for plotting courses since MSFS shoots for realism. If you're landing at LAX on Runway "X" in the game, it is going to look like and have the same landmarks as the real Runway "X" in the real world. Not to mention the flight paths, routings from airport to airport, fuel considerations, etc.

3. There is also the issue of getting out the pent up aggressions that one can develop on the real road. How many times has someone cut someone off and that person wishes that they could just gun the engine and ram that sonovabitch off of the overpass and into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer? God knows I've wished that many times myself. With the video games, you CAN. You can get your anger out by either firing up a FPS and blowing something away all the while imagining that it is the person who cut you off, you can fire up a road racing game and just randomly start slamming cars into a multi-car pile up of Brobdingnagian Proportions. You can even lose yourself in an RPG or a MMO game to let yourself de-stress and forget what was bothering you.

So my bet is for safer because of gaming.

Comment Way to go Microsoft. (Score -1, Flamebait) 613

Picking on a mentally disadvantaged child.

What's next? Stealing candy from babies? Stomping kittens in front of toddlers? Or how about an XBox Live message to all accounts under the age of 7 telling them that Santa Claus is dead because you killed him and sodomized his rapidly cooling corpse?

And just when I was starting to not dislike Microsoft as much as I used to.

Comment I disagree...sort of (Score 1) 362

While I do agree that the split-screen way of playing is getting a little dated. I know I've certainly never enjoyed playing that way (too distracting and hard to follow who is playing what some times and some games), I do not agree that we are seeing the end of the LAN party and face-to-face interaction while gaming.

My Tuesday night World of Warcraft gaming group is an example of that.

Every Tuesday, my wife and I and three of our friends meet at our house and we'll to Random Instances and general quests all the while having dinner, trading amusing anecdotes, showing off strange YouTube videos, etc.

And I'm not the only ones who do that. Many in my guild are clusters of friends who LAN party at their friends houses. There is the Texas Cluster, the Washington State cluster and there's us which is the Maryland cluster. We have the scattered ones, but that's 15 people (three groups of five) who enjoy an online game as a personal interactive experience with real people under the same roof.

So is it as dead or as dying as the article says, or is it in a state of evolution? A change into something a little different than we're traditionally used to?


Building the LEGO MMO 116

Gamasutra has a lengthy interview with NetDevil's Ryan Seabury, creative director for LEGO Universe, which is due to launch next month. He talks about some of the difficulties in graphically optimizing a game with so many discrete, interactive objects, and mentions that they'll be keeping an eye out for inappropriate contructs to avoid problems similar to those that cropped up with Spore. "One thing we can say is when you build models you have your own property, and you can share that if you want to. If you share something publicly, it will be monitored by a human before it's seen by other people." Seabury also explains their desire to keep the game simple, using players' creativity as a driving force, as well as NetDevil's decision to stay away from a micro-transaction business model.

Comment Is anyone REALLY surprised? (Score 1) 161

And here is the biggest problem with dealing with anything that evolves. Someone or something else will come along and evolve a way to defeat it. This happens in the world of biological viruses and bacteria, this happens in the world of animals, this happens in the world of Electronic Viruses and Spyware, and this happens with encryption.

I remember when the contest was to crack either the 56-bit or the 64-bit (do not remember exactly which) and it was done in a matter of days and not the years it was thought of happening in.

I remember when 8 character alpha numeric passwords were thought to be enough to be secure.

My brother-in-law at the NSA who works on securing the Government's firewalls says that it is an uphill battle at best.

I can honestly say that none of the stories of anything getting cracked surprises me any more. It seems that it is not a question of "if" it can be cracked, but "when" and "how quickly".

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