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Comment Re:It's now the slog-through-mud age (Score 1) 114

We are also in the 'ship the game, patch it later' age, in the days of ROM cartridges developers had no choice but to ensure that their games shipped virtually bug free. Now we have multi-gigabyte day zero patches. Granted game development is a lot more complex than it was in the 1990s but there's no excuse for some of the unplayable trash that's released to market nowadays.

Comment Re:Samsung Washing Machine (Score 1) 96

Stop using the 'quick wash' program, they are bad for both your clothes and machine and the low temperature encourages mold.
Always use the correct detergent dose for your level of soiling, load size and water hardness. RTFP.
Run a high-temperature (95c) maintenance wash once a month with laundry powder but no clothes, as recommended by most manufacturers.
As others have pointed out, leave the door open after a wash to let it dry out.
Top loaders are not the solution, they have horrendous power and water consumption and their cleaning and spinning performance is mediocre.

Comment Re:Major incident caused by a "computer virus" (Score 4, Interesting) 127

From what I've heard it's a ransomware variant. The NHS is virtually all-Microsoft.

I currently work in IT for an NHS trust. We've had several incidents involving ransomware encrypting files on shares but they've been contained and easily dealt with because 1) we have a highly granular file structure, users only have write access to shares and folders that is absolutely necessary and access is regularly audited. 2) a snapshotting file system which makes it a lot easier to recover files than restoring from tape. 3) by identifying the ownership of the encrypted files we can nail the culprit quickly and remove their access immediately to prevent further damage.

Anti Virus has proven to be useless, the people who write this stuff are always one step ahead of the AV vendors.

Submission + - Royalties are bullsh*t

aemoser writes: A musician on a blues news site argues that the "war" between YouTube and big artists (looking at you, Tay) is meaningless, and that we should end royalties in favor of universal basic income. He cites everyone from Big Mama Thornton to the Federal Writer's Project to make his case, and concludes with the impending robot takeover.
http://bg.buddyguy.com/royalti...

Comment Re:Not needed here (Score 3, Interesting) 17

When the story broke there were dozens of threads speculating that it was a neo-Nazi or other right wing nutjob which the mods had no problems with. As soon as it was revealed that the shooter was a Muslim, operation 1984 went into full effect. It was actually scary to see not just individual comments, but entire threads being deleted in front of my eyes.

This is why I believe the Slashdot moderation system, while not perfect, is probably the best out there, and is why I would like to comment on news and current affairs here over the cancerous shithole that Reddit has become.

Submission + - Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History (cnn.com) 17

An anonymous reader writes: From CNN:

"Fifty people were killed inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter opened fire in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 53 more people were injured, Mina said. Police have shot and killed the gunman, he told reporters.

The shooter is not from the Orlando area, Mina said. He has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement officials tell CNN.
Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While investigators are exploring all angles, they "have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can't say definitely," said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Orlando bureau."

Comment Don't agree (Score 0) 300

My own observation is that obese people tend to skip or have a very light breakfast. They then make up for it by having a big lunch, dinner and then snacks right up until bedtime. I've always felt that you should be a little hungry when you go to bed, then have a good size breakfast in the morning. Improves sleep, and sets you up for the day, with only a light lunch and dinner required. I also find that it prevents you from feeling tired in the afternoon.

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