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Comment SunTrust (Score 1) 667

Funny how I see all the rage about Bank of America charging $5/month to use debit cards, but what about raging against banks such as SunTrust who wants to charge both $5/month for debit card usage and $7/month on banking accounts that have less than a required minimum that were forcefully converted from Free Checking to Standard Checking for a total of a $12/month fee charges and that would be $144 taken each year out of the poor's checking accounts. SunTrust also decided to cancel the monthly debit card usage fee for now, but they're still going to charge us poor folks who can't manage to keep at least $500 in the account a $7 fee each month.

Yeah, that seems so fair to charge the poor to have a checking account...

Comment Re:Lua? (Score 1) 425

Python being the poorer choice because it is not designed to be an extension (scripting) language.

Well somebody needs to tell CCP of Eve-Online they're doing it wrong, same goes for Stackless Python project, and the authors who wrote the official Python documentation that they were wrong to document Embedding Python in Another Application. Because batrick on Slashdot said it wasn't designed for that...

Comment Re:This reminds me... (Score 2) 106

You're thinking of the Psychic Mode plugin that comes with Pidgin of which is also used by the Bot Sentry plugin to filter out spam messages. I remember the first time I got Bot Sentry working and noticed that it pretty much eliminated the spam problem coming from both ICQ and MSN networks, but the first time I saw "You feel a disturbance in the force" a week later kind of freaked me out as I didn't realize that was Psychic Mode's default behavior.

Comment Re:What about a Linux port? (Score 1) 84

do you remember a company that ported some Windows games into Linux in late '90? Many nerds bought that games (I was one of them) ...

Loki Games, indeed I do remember them, and they ported one of my favorite games of all time Tribes 2 to Linux. Back in 2003 when I was using Redhat 9 majority of the time instead of Windows 2000 I wanted to play that game natively in Linux (WINE wasn't that great back then for games) and couldn't find anybody who sold it, until Tux Games made an announcement they received a limited resupply from a warehouse that wanted to get rid of the existing stock of them.

I think I spent $74 USD total on the game and ~$16 of it was for shipping for a game that was going for just $20 at the local CompUSA (remember them?) that was only the Windows version in a jewel disc. Tribes 2 updater for Linux seemed to work much better than the Windows variant except for the very last update that was done by GarageGames, that required a reinstall and manually applying the final update directly for whatever reason. Ah, those were the good old days. Sadly the Linux port of Tribes 2 of course no longer works since the master servers were shutdown in Nov, 2008 and the game is hard coded to only work with the old WON master servers for authentication purposes, and TribesNext is currently Windows only.


Submission + - Google Preps Chrome For IPv6 Test Day (

An anonymous reader writes: Google released an update for Chrome that patches a lack of adequate support for IPv6 in major operating systems. There is now a fallback option that will revert Chrome from listening to IPv6 to IPv4 connects.

Comment Re:PWS-Zbot.gen.ds trojan detected (Score 2) 121

Yep, clamwin reported this:

F:\zeus\ZeuS\output\builder\zsb.exe: Trojan.Spy.Zbot-142 FOUND
F:\zeus\ZeuS\output\client32.bin: Trojan.Spy.Zbot-142 FOUND

----------- SCAN SUMMARY -----------
Known viruses: 950447
Engine version: 0.97
Scanned directories: 49
Scanned files: 436
Infected files: 2

Data scanned: 36.92 MB
Data read: 34.83 MB (ratio 1.06:1)
Time: 15.219 sec (0 m 15 s)

So, basically the zeus.rar archive contains a few precompiled executables that I assume were created with the provided source code and antivirus vendors already have the signatures for it.

Comment Re:Need compatibility with FF 2.0 and SeaMonkey 1. (Score 1) 2254

Whatever happened to HTML degrading gracefully for older browsers?

Cause the new in town moron web designer of this new slashdot design gutted out all the nice XHTML slashdot transitioned to a few years ago and have gone with apparently the omg-its-new-therefore-good&cool versionless HTML tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>

So now older web browsers have no idea what version you're trying to work with. It also explains why some others are complaining that this new slashdot looks like crap due to lack of a valid DOC tag and browsers are going into quirks mode instead. Also, has anybody noticed that the italics <i> no longer works anymore?

Comment Re:My argument against the Net Neutrality (Score 5, Insightful) 604

I normally don't reply to trolls, but in case anybody takes your comment seriously, consider this.

How about this, I'm trying to have a skype video call with aunt Betty, but keep getting video and audio packet loss cause people like you keep hogging up all the neighborhood bandwidth by watching your netflix, youtube, and other media streaming services when you all could just go out and get DirecTV or something. And little Johnny down the street says you're killing him in online gaming cause his ping is so high he's unable to snipe the enemy sniper in the battles on 2fort in Team Fortress 2. That's not all. Dave next door says you're causing him to get up very early in the morning, say 3 AM-ish so he can get decent VPN connection speeds to the work VPN server in order to get work files uploaded and synced on time.

It's so easy to blame everybody else for your connection issues, when in fact what you and countless others have been doing is causing grief with everybody else. And who's at fault? Not you, Betty, me, Dave, or little Johnny. The people at fault are the ones managing our connections, the ISP. They're the ones that are suppose to be managing this shit correctly by keeping their networks maintained, upgraded when necessary, using something like a round-ribbon load balancer to keep neighborhood bandwidth usage per peer fair (basically evenly distributed), and not deliberately cripple services in order to justify their yearly price increases.

And look at it this way. The ISP sold me a up to 1.5mbps / 256kps DSL connection. So, who are you to say what I can and cannot use it for, and when and when not I can use it? I paid $53/month for this connection and I'm going to use it how I please. Just as you want to use it how you please. You want to watch your netflix and I want to watch a web cam of a christmas light setup from somebody in Boulder, Colorado.

Net Neutrality is an idea to prevent ISPs from deciding that netflix and youtube traffic to their customers isn't cost effective, so they either throttle it way down, basically giving them the lowest QoS priority, unless they get paid extra by charging you additional fees to be able to use said services, and also billing netflix and youtube for the traffic going to their customers. Doesn't make sense since we the ISP customers pay the ISP already for said internet service, and netflix and youtube, etc... pay their ISPs for internet service. So, everything is already paid for. But its the greed of the ISPs that want to change the rules.


Submission + - Homebrew Cray-1 (

egil writes: Chris Fenton built his own fully functional 1/10 scale Cray-1 supercomputer. True to the original, it includes the couch-seat, but is also binary compatible with the original. Instead of the power-hungry ECL technology, however, the scale model is built around a Xilinx Spartan-3E 1600 development board. All software is available if you want to build one for your own living room. The largest obstacle in the project is to find original software.

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