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Comment Re:The classic double speak (Score 1) 441

Charge for extra service for the offending 3%.

"Offending"?

If someone buys "UNLIMITED" (all caps to match marketing material) access, shouldn't they be entitled to UNLIMITED (all caps to match marketing material) usage without being considered "offending"? That's like saying my family uses too much milk because we drink the full gallon instead of letting it go bad.

Comment Re:Assuming... (Score 1) 600


No it already happened, we just have not realized it yet, Friday September 13 1999 when the nuclear waste dump on the moon blew up and the Moon was torn from orbit, Remember?

The Gravitational sheer tore the planet apart.

We were all converted to Pure Energy and we formed a network of consciousness so our minds can live on called slashdot.

Comment Re:Amateurs (Score 2, Interesting) 600

We have a doomsday once every 365 days (except on leap years) when our calendar hits December 31.

I'm just being pedantic, I know, but our calendar (the Gregorian calendar) actually has a cycle of 400 years. The most recent cycle transition was in year 2000 (which was a leap year when it otherwise wouldn't have been).

Of course the rest of your comment is spot-on!

Comment Re:New Intel D945GSEJT & PC Engine Alix!!! (Score 1) 697

Thanks.
I've been advised to check out Alix boards as well, when my submission was still hanging in the air. I have looked at them and they seem a bit cheaper then Soekris boxes. Right now I'm in the process of buying an Alix board together with a small case and a 20 Gb disk. I can always upgrade that disk later on, or add an usb disk if I want to. I'm buying the complete system here in Holland for 138 Euro, so that's quite cheap. It comes with vga and 100Mbit nic, which should be good enough. If I upgrade the disk, it will cost me an additional 50 Euro for a 250 Gb disk (2,5").

Comment Re:In Tune... (Score 1) 338

We're native to earth.

There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. That they may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens...

Comment Re:Bede bede bede (Score 5, Informative) 342

DS9 only got good when they hired 1/2 the creative people off of B5

Which creative people would that be? There were 110 B5 episodes. Of those 92 were written by JMS. All 44 episodes of seasons 3 and 4 were scripted by him.

because fox said (You guessed it) B5 is cancelled.

That would be a peculiar thing for Fox to say, as B5 was produced by Warner Brothers and aired in syndication.

Amazingly they recanted

not quite... what happened is that TNT agreed to pick up the show.

which is why the last season of B5 was crap they had lost 1/2 their talent and squeezed the last 2 years of story arc into season 4 to finish the series.

The only person I recall leaving was Claudia Christian who played Cmdr Ivanova.

Damn you FOX!!

Fox had nothing to do with anything.

Good post. Next time try some facts.

Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons dies at 61 (slashdot.org)

BeanBagKing writes: From Amy Forliti of the Associated Press:
Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game and a pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle with cancer, his family said Thursday. He was 61.

Arneson and Gary Gygax developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys.

The full article can be found here

Comment Re:other potential things (Score 1) 433

"Warp speed" though, I'm not sure on. I'm pretty sure it predates Roddenberry though... Any takers?

"Warp", as a nautical term, is a method of moving a ship by pulling on a rope. C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower frequently does this in the novels (often having the crew in a rowboat carry the anchor some distance then drop it, then the shipboard crew pulls the line to drag the ship to the new location where the process is repeated). Seeing that Roddenberry frequently described Trek as "Horatio Hornblower in space" I would say that Roddenberry borrowed the nautical term to have a new meaning.

Comment Wrong question (Score 3, Insightful) 207

The question is, does gaming improve mental agility and make you a safer driver.

That's the wrong question. A more correct question would be "Is there a correlation between gaming and driving ability?"

It could very well be the there is no causal relationship between the two, but rather they share a common cause. Perhaps those without sufficient mental acuity/coordination to drive also lack the "mad skillz" needed for gaming, and thus they don't find games to be enjoyable and therefore don't play.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Steve Jobs's Obituary Mistakenly Published (telegraph.co.uk) 1

nevergleam writes: Bloomberg.com mistakenly published the obituary of Apple founder Steve Jobs late Wednesday afternoon. The obit was only up momentarily before it was removed. Jobs, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, is still very much alive. According to the Telegraph article reporting the mistake, Bloomberg News stated, "An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m.New York time today." That incomplete story asserts that Jobs "helped make personal computers as easy to use as telephones, changed the way animated films are made, persuaded consumers to tune into digital music and refashioned the mobile phone." Of possible interest is getting this small glimpse of how mainstream media plans to remember Jobs. It was of interest to me because I was not cognizant of the fact that obituaries of notable people are prepared well before they leave us.
Security

Submission + - Apple overtakes Microsoft in vulnerabilities count

peekay4 writes: Apple has the highest number of disclosed security vulnerabilities, according to the IBM X-Force Mid-Year Security Report.

Apple has also moved into the #3 spot of vendors affected by the highest number of public exploits, behind Microsoft and HP. The report notes that exploits which until recently only affected Windows-based systems, such as Trojan.Win32.DNSChanger, now have MacOS variants active in the wild.

According to the report, attackers are exploiting vulnerabilities within days of public disclosure. For example, the first public exploit of the QuickTime RTSP URL vulnerability was seen only two days after its public disclosure. 94% of all browser exploits occur within 24-hours of disclosure.

More on the report's conclusions from Infoworld
The Almighty Buck

Journal Journal: I miss teh OMG PONIES!!! 19

*sigh*

Part of why I like the dot is April the First. In jokes, dupes, ponies, and nonsense. It was a familiar reminder in this corporatized world that some people were still capable of not taking themselves too serious. Alas, not anymore.

Maybe the next slashdot poll should be, "Which editor do you blame for killing T3h P0n13s?"

Security

Submission + - Apple lags MS in security response (theregister.co.uk)

Computershack writes: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/31/apple_security_response_pants/
Apple is trailing way behind Microsoft in security patch responsiveness, according to a study by security researchers from IBM.
Stefan Frei and Bernard Tellenback of IBM's X-Force security division analysed several years of vulnerability disclosures and patching processes from various vendors.
They found that Apple is getting worse at dealing with security problems while Microsoft is improving. Apple is experiencing more vulnerabilities, longer patching times, and more attacks on unpatched vulnerabilities, according to the duo.
Frei and Tellenback presented their findings at a presentation entitled 0-day Patch — Exposing Vendors (In)Security Performance at last week's Black Hat conference in Amsterdam.
Colleagues of the duo reckon Apple's antagonistic attitude with security researchers is one of the reasons for its poor response.
"While I think that there are quite a few reasons why this is probably so, I'd be inclined to say that Apple's biggest problem appears to be that they treat every new vulnerability as a potential PR disaster rather than an opportunity to visibly reinforce their work in securing their customers," writes Gunter Ollman of IBM's X-Force.
"In recent times this has most critically been reflected in the way Apple works with security researchers."

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