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Comment Re:Far from it... (Score 2) 314

The problem with your logic is this: Those billions in India and China are A.- In the third world where anything more powerful than the moped powered quadracycle will cost more than a year's wages, and B.-Due to all the jobs being in highly packed urban centers it will be cheaper and more efficient for them to simply take the bus/rail which a good portion of the USA simply doesn't have and is doubtful they will be getting any real public transport anytime soon, since we are big on "government is bad" ATM and pretty much the only way to make rail and or busing affordable in the vast areas of the USA would be to subsidize them.

Then you figure in that most inner cities are hellholes and you can see why urban sprawl won't be going anywhere. I live about 45 minutes from the capital, by having that amount of distance between me and the major population center I have a nice large apt in a nice neighborhood and can walk to the local Walgreen's at 3AM and the worst I'll encounter is someone asking if I have a cigarette they can bum. Compare that to when I lived in the capital where 4 times what I'm paying now got me a dinky apt where the sounds of gunfire and sirens were pretty much an every night occurrence, where you sure as hell weren't walking or riding a bicycle anyway, not unless you liked taking your life in your hands, and where if you didn't pay extra to have your vehicle stowed in a secure car park when not in use you would come out to find it on blocks with the stereo and battery gone to boot.

So even if the price hits $200 a barrel I'll just borrow a relative's beep beep car for long trips and keep my nice paid for 14MPG Ranger and my nice bullet free apt, thanks ever so much. You may like living in a place where "Welcome to the Jungle" is the theme song, but it isn't for me or the multitude that live outside our decaying cities. Thanks anyway.

Comment APK you ignorant slut! (Score 1) 277

Hi trollie! Sorry to rip off some classic Dan Akroyd but you know it is usually considered good form to at least make a sock puppet, posting AC to plug your own AC posts? Kinda sad. And for the 400th time Correlation != Causation. I can build an XP Sp2 machine with NO patches, NO AV, and change the desktop to a LOLCat. Now if I only use this machine to check my email and go to my bank I will NEVER get a bug, but I don't think it was my magical LOLCat protecting it, do you?

The simple fact is this: no matter how many times trollie says "1+1 = 3" the math simply proves you wrong and THAT is why all you can do is throw insults. You have 190,000 to 340,000 infected websites at this very moment and that list will change by the thousands per minute as sites are cleaned, new sites are infected, new vulnerabilities found, etc. Now for his HOPES file to actually be a REAL protection and not just a woobie? It will have to dynamically scale and keep up with that ever changing list of infections. Now even if he had twenty fingers and subscribed to every security list on the planet his HOPES file will ALWAYS BE OUT OF DATE and behind the curve. Always.

Now if you have a mathematical proof that shows how a static .txt file dropped into system 32 can magically scale dynamically? Lets see it. Otherwise it is NOTHING more a magical LOLCat pic backed up by anecdotes. That is the nice thing about math, it doesn't lie or believe in anecdotes. And if there is ANYONE that should be LOLing it is me, for pointing out there are still morons that believe 16Mb HOPES files can do anything but block ads since ad servers are...what do you call it...oh yeah STATIC, just like your HOPES file, but really you are just kinda pathetic. You're like the idiot that just keeps hanging onto that three years out of date copy of Norton, because he is just so damned sure it still works, only the Norton guy is actually better protected than you are, since it did used to work in the past 5 years.

So please, keep posting APK, I do so enjoy pointing out the total uber fail of your magical woobie so. I also personally consider it a public service to point people to solutions that actually work instead of relying on magical woobies and anecdotes. And of course bitch slapping your around is also quite fun!

Comment Re:Totally inane (Score 1) 124

Hey! Quit making us greaybeards feel old! I still remember holding my first 1GB drive in my hand and thinking "How in the hell am I ever gonna use this much space?" and then in what seemed like the blink of an eye I', holding a 40GB and thinking "Now what? Even if I install every app and game I ever liked I'm STILL not gonna be able to fill this thing!". Now I have dual 500Gb drives onboard, with another 1TB USB for backups, and instead of being marveled at the space I'm just waiting for the 2TB drives to come down to yank the 500GB. And this flash stick, no bigger than a stick of gum, at 8GB has more space than my first 8 drives put together. My first flash was $100 for 64MB and I thought "Wow,dozens of floppies in my pocket! What will I do with it all?" Man times they do change. Now get off my lawn!

Comment Re:Goodbye Orwell (Score 2) 124

Exactly. It really doesn't matter if you have the slowest (and thus longer lasting and cheaper to operate) HDD on the planet if all the important data is in RAM and kept there. RAM since DDR has gotten so ridiculously fast that NO SSD has a snowball's chance of catching up anytime soon, if at all, and the economies of scale have made RAM one of the cheapest if not the cheapest upgrades you can add to any system.

Even in the consumer market falling RAM prices and changes to OS design make the hard drive pretty much a backup and long term storage medium more than anything else. I advise my customers on new builds to go ahead and let me install 4GB, because with Superfetch after a week of Windows 7 learning their usage patterns all of their apps are preloaded into RAM making launching and using instantaneous, and with suspend to RAM booting is pretty much a thing of the past. It cost less than $100 to add 8GB to mine and now everything I use is ALWAYS preloaded, making the speed just insane. Everyone that comes by the shop is always amazed at how I can launch a half a dozen apps while another 4 or 5 are doing various jobs and it is always instantaneous. But with 6GB reserved by the OS for Superfetch all the apps I use are simply waiting for me in RAM.

So I have to agree with TFA. With the prices of RAM cheap and only getting cheaper having data you actually use often needing to swap in and out of the HDD or SSD is just nuts. And then if you have it all in RAM you can use the lower speed and less power hungry "green" drives for persistent backup instead of using SSDs which haven't come anywhere near the GB per $ ratio of spinning platters yet, although their speed is incredible. But if everything is already in RAM, do you really need to spend the crazy $$$ for the large SSD?

Comment Re:Ubisofts DRM (Score 4, Informative) 233

I'll add another "legal user gets screwed" anecdote to yours showing why this crap sucks: Older Games. My older games play just fine on Windows 7 HP X64, hell thanks to MSFT's backwards compatibility they work without a hitch. What DOESN'T work is the &*^%*^&%*&%^* ring 0 DRM garbage! If you are lucky all you get is classic "insert disc" even though the disc IS inserted, and if you are not? Well lets just say I hope you have a dual boot or a very recent backup, because the ring 0 crap will turn your OS into a crashing unstable nightmare.

WARNING: Many of the older SecuROM and Starforce ring 0 "drivers" WILL NOT UNINSTALL ON X64! which means if it makes your OS an unstable mess you better be able to dual boot to rip it out from another OS, or be ready to restore from backup. Their "uninstallers" hosted on their websites DO NOT WORK ON X64, yet their garbage ring 0 DRM crap will happily try to jam its X86 buggy poo code right into your X64 kernel. What fun! How they are allowed to get away with that kind of behavior I don't know, because it IS malware, no different than Sony's rootkit or any other nasty your would pick up from the web. Can you uninstall it? Nope, just like malware. Does it cause instability? Yep, again just like malware. Finally do you have to have detailed knowledge of its inner workings just to remove it, such as which reg keys to toss or which hidden files are buried deep in system folders? Yep, strike three and you're out. If it walks like a duck and quacks it is a fricking duck folks.

That is why I pretty much shop exclusively at Good Old Games now. I like to be able to replay a game I liked, not just shitcan it because I have a new OS or the company doesn't "support" it anymore. With GOG there is NO DRM, NO phoning home, No limits to how many machines I can install it to that I own, NO limits to how many times I can redownload it and NO *&^%$*&$*& "Game Client" or other BS I have to run in the background just to use what I fricking paid for. If you haven't tried them they are having a massive holiday sale with nearly 300 games on sale, many of them half off their already cheap prices. They have something for everyone, shooters, RPGs, flight sims (including IL2 with all the expansions built in), puzzlers, platformers, you name it. So support the company that actually treats you like a customer and not a criminal, buy from GOG. This is a classic example where we can "vote with our dollars" and show companies that placing their games on GOG is a wise move. Oh and all games have been tested on X64 as well as X86 so no troubles! It all "just works" OOTB, but if you do run into a glitch their forums are top notch. Enjoy some DRM free gaming today!

Comment Re:hairyfeet exactly how many bad sites are there? (Score 1) 262

I don't have to be exact, because I'm not the one making outrageous claims If someone claims they can stretch their dick into a giant slingshot and shoot themselves to Scotland it is not the readers job to prove them wrong but the posters job to back that up with real proof, not an anecdote that says "well my cousin Joey saw me do it last Halloween!".

I have also shown repeatedly that at the absolute reported minimum number of new pieces of malware and website infections, which Petey is free to pick whichever reputable website he likes Securina, MSFT's malware reports, AVG, which ever, that at an absolute minimum we are talking about 1.2 million sites PER DAY with that number changing by 15,000+ PER HOUR which means even if he typed at 1 IP address PER SECOND, and never slept, and had a perfect list (which doesn't exist) he would be 14 days behind by the very first day with that number growing linearly every single day, making Petey farther and farther behind.

But if Petey wasn't completely batshit insane I wouldn't have to explain this, because this is why everyone makes fun of him. it is so obvious it is like someone arguing gravity is actually invisible pants gnomes trying to steal your underwear. It is the classic "default allow" which has NEVER EVER worked. Because if a piece of malware isn't in Petey's magical HOPES file he is royally fucked, and yet again I have shown that it is simply a roll of the dice whether he gets creamed or not, simply because he will always be behind. So it is all on Petey and his magical HOPES woobie now. He made the extravagant claims, back them up with the math. If he can't? Well then he is full of shit, case closed. Notice how ALL PETEY CAN DO is throw insults and trollbomb? Why is that? I'll tell you why, because math doesn't lie and he just can't show the math He just can't, it would be like trying to mathematically prove PETEY is not an idiot. It just can't be done.

Comment Re:Ahhh, the good ole days... (Score 2) 163

I just got finished installing a Quantum Fireball 18.2Gb yesterday. A frequent customer wanted to know if I had any older machines lying around because he needed a replacement for the PC he used to control his laser cutting table and I told him I had enough parts lying in the back to Frankenstein him something together. I slapped the Fireball into a 1.0GHz Celeron board I had left from a customer upgrade awhile back, along with 512Mb of PC100 and he is a happy little camper. Funny part is the XP Pro license he handed me to put on it was worth more than the box it was going on, but hey, whatever makes the customer happy. It is now sitting in the corner of his shop quietly cutting the parts to a new model gas rig he is fabricating for a client.

It just goes to show ya never know when them old parts in the bin might be useful for something. And if you ever need some weird older part be sure to check out your local mom&pop repair shop. We hate to throw anything running away so it is like a flea market of older tech stuff in the back of most shops. BS with the guy running it for a little while and we'll be happy to let you pick through the bins. And it never hurts to have a shop willing to help you out, as David would have been hurting if he hadn't come up with a replacement ASAP and I know on those models he gets paid upon completion so I was more than happy to let him just carry it out and bring me a check at the end of the week. Always better to help out a good customer, keeps them coming back ya know.

As for TFA, don't waste your time. I don't mind the slide-show format as long as there is some information in the slides but the info contained wouldn't even qualify for the blurb under the pics at Wikipedia. And they seemed to waste about 1/3 of the slides going over RAMDAC. Surely they could have come up with better items instead? Maybe show the dead ends, like Core and Bubble? Or how perpendicular recording has suddenly given us another size boost? I've heard of slie-shows that were just some copypasta to get page views but this is beyond anemic. This is supposed to be news for nerds, and this thing is about like something you'd use to show your grandma what a hard drive was.

Comment Is that little Petey, the HOPES file troll? (Score 1) 262

And this coming from poor wittle APK, also know as "Petey, the idiot HOPES file guy"? As in you HOPES that one of the 300,000+ constantly changing array of websites that are infected doesn't happen to be the one you visit today? Or that you HOPES that nobody notices after repeatedly being asked you have FAILED to show even the tiniest shred of mathematical proof that your magical woobie can scale? That you HOPES nobody notices your only "proof" is anecdotes, often by your own sock puppets like Kingsjester?

If there is ANYONE that should be LOLing it is me, for pointing out there are still morons that believe 16Mb HOPES files can do anything but block ads since ad servers are...what do you call it...oh yeah STATIC, just like your HOPES file, but really you are just kinda pathetic. You're like the idiot that just keeps hanging onto that three years out of date copy of Norton, because he is just so damned sure it still works, only the Norton guy is actually better protected than you are, since it did used to work in the past 5 years.

So please, keep posting APK, I do so enjoy pointing out the total uber fail of your magical woobie so. I also personally consider it a public service to point people to solutions that actually work instead of relying on magical woobies and anecdotes. And of course bitch slapping your around is also quite fun!

Comment Re:Whats next? (Score 2) 1219

I'm not him, but I'll be more than happy to! In my state when the capital forced the locals to get rid of "speed traps" and all the other nasty "revenue generators" which were ONLY used on those with out of town plates, they came up with a new scam, what we call the prohibition dance. And it goes something like this: Get caught driving even if your alcohol is BELOW the limit? That's impaired driving! Passenger in a car, such as what is advocated in all those "designated driver" commercials? That's public drunk. walk? Same, public drunk. Take a cab? That's public drunk and if you have less than $200 cash vagrancy as well.

Notice a pattern here friend? Notice how there is no answer that doesn't involve giving the state $1000+ of your hard earned money? News Flash: ALL LAWS WILL BE ABUSED BY THE AUTHORITIES...full stop. Look at 16 year olds in prison as "sex offenders" for sexting their own tits to their BFs. What if the cops decide there isn't enough "revenue" (Which is ALL this is about, if you think the average Florida cop gives a shit about you and whether you wrap you car around a pole or not I have a nice bridge for you to look at) and decides they need to do "spot inspections" on every vehicle, in case they can find something to rob you...errr...detain you for? Got a judge right there baby, no pesky 4th amendment troubles here!

Comment Re:Bring back 8 track (Score 2) 262

While this is true, with analog you get a kind of "warmth" that is simply hard to get out of digital. Compare a digital amp to a good tube one, no comparison. And even though digital recording is cleaner often you will run a tube preamp just to give a track a little "breathing room" but even then it will never have the natural sound of a good 8 track studio rig.

Sadly I can see tube amps easily going the same way as Kodachrome, because for the masses digital modeling amps are "good enough" and like Kodachrome there are simply too few producing the the expendables (tubes) required to keep them going. Hell do they even make classic 8 track studio tapes anymore? it seems like in our society "good enough" is the eternal enemy of great.

Comment Re:hairyfeet: What's the exact # of badsites? (Score 2) 277

And this coming from poor wittle APK, also know as "the idiot HOPES file guy"? As in you HOPES that one of the 300,000+ constantly changing array of websites that are infected doesn't happen to be the one you visit today? Or that you HOPES that nobody notices after repeatedly being asked you have FAILED to show even the tiniest shred of mathematical proof that your magical woobie can scale? That you HOPES nobody notices your only "prrof" is anecdotes, often by your own sock puppets like Kingsjester?

If there is ANYONE that should be LOLing it is me, for pointing out there are still morons that believe 16Mb HOPES files can do anything but block ads since ad servers are...what do you call it...oh yeah STATIC, just like your HOPES file, but really you are just kinda pathetic. You're like the idiot that just keeps hanging onto that three years out of date copy of Norton, because he is just so damned sure it still works, only the Norton guy is actually better protected than you are, since it did used to work in the past 5 years.

So please, keep posting APK, I do so enjoy pointing out the total uber fail of your magical woobie so. I also personally consider it a public service to point people to solutions that actually work instead of relying on magical woobies and anecdotes. And of course bitch slapping your around is also quite fun!

Comment Thanks for proving me correct AGAIN (Score 2) 277

You know, I shouldn't respond to crazy people, but it really does illustrate my point beautifully. What did I say? What were my words? That you could not produce a SINGLE SHRED of actual mathematical proof that your magical woobie would scale, and that instead you would copypasta and troll bomb the entire thread.

And what did you do? You posted some complete rambling bullshit about 0.99 (Is that your "magical number of protection" Petey?) which had exactly fuck all to do with your magical HOPES file, because you just can't do it can you Petey? You see, it is simple. Math doesn't fall for anecdotes, math doesn't pick sides, and no matter how many times you try to change the subject you STILL cannot show us how 18,000+ pieces of malware released per week + 1.3 million currently infected websites + 180,000+ websites added PER DAY to that list, with another 20,000-35,000 taken off that list PER DAY, can all be stopped by a static text file.

You can't do it, changing the subject won't change the fact you can't do it, and no matter how hard you trollbomb or wish upon a star printing your magical .99 protection symbol, nothing you can do or say can change the fact that after repeated requests you still can't show your work and do the math showing that a static file can magically scale to those kinds of numbers. So give it up Petey, you can't do it. Admit you're a failure, accept it, and move on. Otherwise you can prove us all wrong by putting your supposed "genius" where your mouth is and show us the REAL figures and not your crazy VB6 math.

Comment Too late for that I think (Score 1) 277

Hell just count his ranting posts on this single thread. you are looking at about 3 dozen, each getting more and more crazy, all because I pointed out he is a known troll and his math doesn't work.

Look at that huge amount of math he put that has NOTHING to do with anything and makes NO sense as supposed "proof" of his delusions. What ".99" (Is that a "magic number"? A number of protection? Who the fuck knows) has to do with fuck all is anybody's guess. It still doesn't explain how 1.3 million websites, 18,000 NEW pieces of malware released on average a week PLUS 180,000 new websites infected PER DAY is supposed to be stopped by a static file.

Anybody with the slightest bit of logic will see it simply CAN NOT work. It is frankly as bugshit crazy as perpetual motion. Even if he typed at a rate of one IP address per second, and had a PERFECT list of constantly updated malware IP address handed to him (which of course is again impossible, as it isn't like malware writers hand out their infected IP lists like press releases) he would still be BEHIND by 100,000+ websites PER DAY. And that is giving him 24 hour days with no sleep and perfect typing of an IP address per second.

But that is the thing with those that suffer delusions, no matter how much you point out they can't fly they still want to jump off the building. Like you I hope he seeks professional help, but most likely judging by just the ranting he has posted in the past few weeks he'll probably be found wandering the streets muttering about how MSFT is watching him, and how all the execs at every security firm owe him millions for his "brilliant idea". Kinda sad really.

Comment Re:As a voter who normally leans Democrat... (Score 1) 1128

I hate to say it, but if the choice is Caribou Barbie or Shuckabee, I'll take Barbie. Huckabee was the worst governor a state could ask for, pretty much everything was breaking down all over the place because Heaven Forbid Shuckabee spend a penny of the ever growing surplus he was sitting on. picture the worst "aww shucks" traits of Dubya, mixed in with a ton of "the correct answer is tax cuts" and a shitload of bible thumping anti everyone who isn't Xtian.

Sadly if the best they can do is preacher boy or the bimbo, I'll take the bimbo. Both of them would be the worst possible choice, but the bimbo at least isn't TV preacher sleazy, and Shuckabee is pretty much Dubya with TV preacher thrown in. Not a good combination, and it is really fricking sad Obama is such a shitty president that either shuckabee and Caribou Barbie could actually end up POTUS. If ever we needed proof our current system is broken? Those choices make "shrimp VS Wimp" look like Kennedy VS Nixon.

Comment Parent is known troll and spammer (Score 1) 277

Parent is known troll APK, also known as KingsJester or the HOSTS file troll, which spams several sites trying to show off his supposed programming skillz by writing badly designed VB6 "apps" and loves to spam threads with his rantings on 16MB HOSTS files, which after repeated requests to show how a 16Mb static HOSTS file can scale against a threat of over 1.3 MILLION infected sites with more than 200,000 being added or removed PER DAY has refused to show proof and instead throws insults.

So anyone who listens to APK, Kingsjerker, or whatever he wishes to call himself this week, and thinks a HOSTS file will do anything but stop static ad servers, really needs to do the math. Not to mention on any machine before Vista it will seriously slow down the machine as it is read line by line per access, and frankly isn't much better on Vista/Win 7. About the most inefficient way to block a static site as one can get IMHO, and anyone actually pushing it as an effective solution to the ever revolving malware out there frankly needs their head examined. But then again we know trolls aren't the brightest creatures, now don't we?

For examples of his trolling simply watch this thread or any I post to, as he has been following me for weeks spamming since I pointed out he doesn't have basic math on his side.

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