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Submission + - AMD months behind on Server CPU Deliveries to Dell

Jawaid Bazyar writes: Totally insane — from our Dell Rep on a server that's already a month late:

"The lead times for AMD processors are as follows (keep in mind, these are because AMD is having shortagesnothing caused by Dell):

  6376 – 38 Day LT
6386SE – 20 Day LT
6328 – 20 Day LT
6344 – 45 Day LT
6320 – 25 Day LT
6380 – 60 Day LT
6348 – 20 Day LT
6378 – 38 Day LT
6366HE – 16 Day LT
6272 – 20 Day LT"

Dell claims it's all AMD's fault. What's going on over at AMD? Is AMD dead?
Or is Dell passing the buck and it's really Dell's fault?

Comment Re:TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It? (Score 1) 839

Here is what I think. Commercials are ruining TV. It seems as though there is a LOT more commercials than TV. So much so that when a commercial pops up I immediately channel surf to fill in the commercial. I pretty much refuse to watch the crap that comes cascading through the screen. If only they made toilet paper for my TV screen. Not to mention abysmal selection of reruns that seem to rerun every 2 weeks or so. No wonder people are disgusted with "TV". Regards, Stewart B Lone

Submission + - Most Sophisticated Rootkit Getting An Overhaul (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "TDL4, a rootkit that helps build a powerful botnet, is pegged by security vendor ESET as one of the most sophisticated pieces of malware in the world. But its creators aren't resting on their laurels; they're rewriting some of the code from the ground up to make it difficult for antimalware to detect it, creating a hidden boot partition that gaurantees that malware code will be loaded even before the operating system is. It's part of a plan to turn TDL4 into a turnkey product that can be sold to other criminal operations."
The Matrix

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Dot Matrix Code Reviews 1

sentimental.bryan writes: "Are any Slashdotters using Dot Matrix Technology, and if so — do they have any recommendations?

When I was a child, I took a summer school class in computer programming. At one end of the lab stood one of those big old line printers complete with the ubiquitous continuous stack of folded green and white stripped paper. A computer user could print out an entire 10000 line computer program on that device, perusing it later at his or her convenience — on the bus, at the dinner table, at a meeting or even in the bath.

I recently tried something similar, a colleague (born physiologically incapable of the simple act of documentation) — was about to leave the company. A core part of his code-base remained non-functioning and undocumented. I printed out the five most important classes and taped them together forming a single sheet of paper, approx 20ft long.

We had our meeting, using highlighting pens to mark sections of code for review and comment. It was a resounding success, we cut out about 30% of the code, discovered 6 or 7 problems, clarified the DB schema, and much, much, more. I returned to my desk, scroll in hand, and set about correcting the code.

It was so easy to do! The code was corrected with about an hour of typing and it really felt like the job was finished. But it was tedious to tape the A4 pages together. Now I want one of those printers from the golden days. Do programmers still use them? Do you need to format all your code for 80 characters or can they print wider lines?"

Submission + - New JBOSS Worm Infecting Unpatched Servers (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: There is a new worm circulating right now that is compromising servers running older versions of the JBoss Application Server and then adding them to a botnet. The worm also attempts to install a remote access tool in order to give the attacker control over the newly infected server.

The worm has been circulating for a couple of days at least, and it's not clear right now how many servers have been compromised or what the origins of it are. It apparently exploits an old vulnerability in the JBoss Application Server, which was patched in April 2010, in order to compromise new machines. Once that's accomplished, the worm begins a post-infection routine that includes a number of different steps.


Pirates as a Marketplace 214

John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts, made some revealing comments in an interview with Kotaku about how the company's attitudes are shifting with regard to software piracy. Quoting: "Some of the people buying this DLC are not people who bought the game in a new shrink-wrapped box. That could be seen as a dark cloud, a mass of gamers who play a game without contributing a penny to EA. But around that cloud Riccitiello identified a silver lining: 'There's a sizable pirate market and a sizable second sale market and we want to try to generate revenue in that marketplace,' he said, pointing to DLC as a way to do it. The EA boss would prefer people bought their games, of course. 'I don't think anybody should pirate anything,' he said. 'I believe in the artistry of the people who build [the games industry.] I profoundly believe that. And when you steal from us, you steal from them. Having said that, there's a lot of people who do.' So encourage those pirates to pay for something, he figures. Riccitiello explained that EA's download services aren't perfect at distinguishing between used copies of games and pirated copies. As a result, he suggested, EA sells DLC to both communities of gamers. And that's how a pirate can turn into a paying customer."
The Internet

Submission + - ISP Tech Support - why reset the modem? 3

egburr writes: Suffering through yet another series of calls to "Customer Service" at my ISP, I have to wonder why the initial reaction is always to assume the problem is at my house. In the nine years I have had broadband service (originally DSL, now cable), the problem I have called in about has never been solved by unplugging the modem to 60 seconds and plugging it back in. All but one time has ended up being a problem on the ISP's side (DHCP server failure, DNS failure, hardware failure). Once I was losing connectivity for about four hours every evening; a technician came and replaced the modem (in the morning, while it was working), and the problem did not happen again. I still don't know what happened then, but I'm willing to count it as a problem on my side.

So, with only one time out of about 20 (rough guess, I haven't kept track) being a problem on my side, why do they always insist on wasting the first five minutes of *every* call with resetting the modem twice? Has that *ever* solved the problem for anyone?

Even with my doubts, I have bought into the idea so well that I do it a couple times before picking up the phone to call (my neighbor first, to verify that his is down too, then my ISP), a couple times while on hold, and still the one or two times they insist on before they will consider any other cause or even check to see that the rest of my neighborhood is also down.

Submission + - Bill Gates to finally receive his Harvard degree

coondoggie writes: "It's not like he needs it to beef up his résumé, but the world's richest college dropout finally is getting his degree. Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, will speak at Harvard University's commencement ceremony in June and, like all commencement speakers, will receive an honorary degree from the institution. It's hard to guess if Gates, the wealthiest person in the world and co-founder of a company that brought in $44 billion in revenue last year, cares. But the programming whiz who once dropped out of Harvard will likely feel some sense of satisfaction. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/032207-bill- gates-to-finally-receive.html"

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