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Comment Re: So move to Chicago. (Score 1) 264

Then the question becomes, how far out will you let the latency be set? 100ms? 200? 300? What if you have a person playing on a crappy dsl line? Do you you want to bring everyone to their level? If not then what do you do with the high latency player?

This plus a multitude of other questions come into play when trying to start this type of management. Typically you just end up pissing most everyone.

Comment Fond memories (Score 4, Informative) 245

Back in the day I would dial into Chrysalis BBS in Dallas, TX. At one point the BBS had 96 lines into it so it had chat rooms and multi-player games. I started out on a 2400 baud modem, stepped up to a 14.4 modem and when I got the 56K modem, I was on top of the world.

They had one MUD that I would play, every night at 3am the in game goodies would reset. There was one area that you could buy gold, silver and copper. The supply was very very limited so you had to be in the area when the game reset cause it was gone with in mins. I remember setting my alarm for 2:55 one morning, I got up got the goods, sold them and went back to bed. This MUD had active devs that would add new areas which kept it fun. May I wish I could remember the name of it. At one point the SysOp tried to bring the BBS back online through a web portal about 10 years ago, but it really went anywhere.

Comment Re:Auto Elevation (Score 1) 58

Problem 1: Why would you use the registry to find an app path? What happened to using the system environment path which is already secured? Registry. Pshhh!

Problem 2: Auto Elevation. Microsoft introduces UAC. People get annoyed with it. Microsoft introduces Auto Elevation. Guess what, still annoying and now possible security hole.

I am fine if Windows asks me to enter a user and password to elevate. It works on my *cough* Linux desktop. Annoying? Yes. Secure? More so. But really, how often does one use admin functions?

The way Windows handles stuff I need/user admin features daily. I routinely change my IP address on my interface to work with various systems. I use the task manager to diagnose issues with a system. There are others, but every time I go into the network interface it prompts for the password, I leave the interface for and then go right back into it, I type the password. I understand what the UAC was supposed to accomplish, but in the end it's another layer upon layer of stuff Microsoft has added to attempt to make it more secure.

Comment Vendors no longer require IE (Score 5, Insightful) 205

In years past to use some web based software supplied by vendor you HAD to use IE or it wouldn't work. It's more and more that vendors are not requiring IE and have gone one additional step. They now recommend a different browser like Chrome or FireFox. I have run across a few packages that almost refuse to render correctly in IE.

Comment Re: Question (Score 1) 146

I had a legacy program that was DOS only. The only copy of the program the customer had running on the legacy equipment was in that program. I got it running well enough to dump the code to an output text file that I was able to then migrate forward to the modern version.

Comment DEC QBus console (Score 1) 620

I support equipment in the industrial sector. We have a few of the Vax QBUS consoles left in production that are from the late 80's to early 90's. They use 46 MB MFM hard drives and to load them 5 1/4" floppies are used. The console support 4 heads via RGB video and serial cables for the keyboard. No mouse on this thing. Some of the units support touch screen through an XY IR interface but those were rare since they were very finicky. The console has removable boards that allow for different combo's of CPU, Memory, Video, and disk controllers. The consoles are surprisingly robust with the exception of the hard drives which have a very high failure rate.

Comment Limited use for credit monitoring (Score 3, Interesting) 48

The problem with most of the credit monitoring companies is the little they do can be done by the consumer for a lot less. The real work comes when your identity has been stolen and the hundreds of hours it takes to clean up the mess. This is where you need a company that will do the legwork for you. I use Zander Insurance's ID theft program. I look at it as one more insurance that I pay per year. If/When I need them they are there and I won't have as much pain to endure and the massive learning curve to cleaning up ID fraud on your own.

Comment Used the online version once and never again (Score 1) 237

I have used TaxCut for years and have had very few issues with it. The one year I tried the online variant of it was horrible. There was one particularly nasty bug that caused my return to be rejected twice before I had to go over the print out with a fine tooth comb. I found they were inserting a bogus figure into one of the fields instead of leaving it blank. I finally was able to work around the system to get the issue fixed, but it caused way more work and aggravation than it should have. I did try calling their "help" line, but the person on the other end was completely useless.

Comment Limited 3rd party support? (Score 1) 435

I use K9 on my older Android phone and it works great with my Gmail accounts. I use Thunderbird at home and it also works just as well. I have no issues with the way Gmail "Labels" messages. K9 and Thunderbird treat them as folders and shows me the messages I have flagged.

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