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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: I just had a stupid idea ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Okay. I just had a stupid idea. But it might be crazy enough to work. What would happen if people learned about permaculture and started growing their own food in urban and rural environments. Here's the crazy part. What would happen to the economy if after they started to bring down their monthly expenses, they asked their bosses to pay them less? Please slashdot. Just figure it out for me? I am too tired.

Comment Re:No. (Score 3, Informative) 305

Only logon information about accounts that have logged on onto that device are being cached. Not all accounts, that would too resource intensive. Also that information is not obtained from a domain controller, but from user input.

So you can only compromise accounts that are used on that computer. However if you could steal a domain controller than you are correct. But the same goes for authentication servers from any other vendor.

Comment Re:Forget it (Score 1) 197

You are correct.

If you read the article closely, you will notice it is not about the productions systems, but the testing systems of the Quality Assurance Division.

It makes sense to use VM's for Q & A just for flexibility. If your production storage is about a few hunderd PB, 100 TB for testing seems obvious. When you run production on the scale of eBay, Doing Q & A work on just a server or 2 doesn't work out.

I suspect they need 4000 VM's for Q & A, for more than just simulating the production system. For instance they are likely to test on multiple EBay instances for multiple projects or versions of their own software. They might also need a lot of systems to test data replication. And of course they need to simulate a lot of simultaneous clients for performance and reliability test, you need systems for that too. When Q & A work is done on that scale you need to collect, store, and analyze huge amounts of testing data.

Of course when this works out fine, eventually the production storage will likely be equipped with SSD technology as well.

PC Games (Games)

EA Editor Criticizes Command & Conquer 4 DRM 266

Command & Conquer 4's DRM hasn't garnered Electronic Arts as much bad press and fan outrage as Ubisoft's scheme, despite being very similar. Nevertheless, it's been causing problems and frustrations for some users, including's own editor-in-chief, Jeff Green. An anonymous reader points this out: "Green wrote on his Twitter account late last week: 'Booted twice — and progress lost — on my single-player C&C4 game because my DSL connection blinked. DRM fail. We need new solutions.' He continued later, 'Well. I've tried to be open-minded. But my 'net connection is finicky — and the constant disruption of my C&C4 SP game makes this unplayable. The story is fun, the gameplay is interesting and different at least — but if you suffer from shaky/unreliable DSL — you've been warned.'"

NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List 189

MojoKid writes "From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring the back pages of gaming review sites and magazines, trying to evaluate whether the tot at home is ready for Big Bird's Egg Hunt or Bayonetta. Luckily, The New York Times is here to help. In a recent article provokingly titled 'Ten Games to Cross off Your Child's Gift List,' the NYT names its list of big bads — the video games so foul, so gruesome, so perverse that we'd recommend you buy them immediately — for yourself. Alternatively, if you need gift ideas for the surly, pale teenager in your home whose body contains more plastic then your average d20, this is the newspaper clipping to stuff in your pocket. In other words, if you need a list like this to understand what games to not stuff little Johnny's stocking with this holiday season, you've got larger issues you should concern yourself with. We'd suggest picking up an auto-shotty and taking a few rounds against the horde — it's a wonderful stress relief and you're probably going to need it."

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