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Comment Sleeping is different. (Score 4, Interesting) 159

I've been a different sleeper for years. I used to think I was an insomniac; I would have trouble with not being ready for bed, then would lay there for hours, then finally get a few hours of sleep as I thought I *had* to get 8 hours to be healthy. I averaged between 3 and 5 hours of sleep a night for many years. It was cyclical though; sometimes it would be multiple weeks of 3, then multiple weeks of 5. I used to get upset that I wouldn't get 8 hours of sleep ever. I was still dreaming, and waking up recharged and refreshed.

I've learned over time that it's almost impossible for me to get 8 hours of sleep unless I've worked for multiple days in a row. I've done data center moves or had a crisis with production where I was up for somewhere around 48 hours or more, but when I went to sleep I would only sleep 8 hours before my body would wake me. I would then sleep again "for the night" in a shorter range of time (something like 16 hours of being up rather 20), but then I'd re-regulate after that.

I do kind of wish I slept more though. I don't think my brain feels as awake as it could if I had slept more.

Comment The Elephant Internet (Score 4, Interesting) 209

Great, so now the breakup of my ex-girlfriend from years is going to be used by others when judging my worth in relationships, or maybe health data. Or finance. Data is beautiful, but it can be really evil. Deeds will no longer be forgotten at some point; we'll be the sum of all of our decisions on the inside *and now* the outside for everyone to see.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 4, Interesting) 323

And unbelievably ignorant in terms of technology and the sanctity of passwords and system access. These are the people teaching our children and making policy? That's very frightening.

Schools should already be implementing some sort of technology instruction in terms of environment, protection, and safety starting in 4th grade or so. And for those that think this is too young, many kids have smart phones and tablets before they can read to watch videos and play apps, and are already growing up with these devices and the Internet being part of their lives. Now imagine your ten or eleven year old has this device and is on every social media, search engine, porn site, or board. It's not even the content we have to worry about, it's the other people on them. Schools are the perfect place for this, but the people there have no clue. Sure, give them your password. Ugh.

Comment Re:I wonder how long the NSA (Score 3, Insightful) 97

If they did have the exploit (and they probably did) the issue is visibility - they know they have this exploit, and probably a lot more, that can be used to easily get access to a system. How do you only patch "friendly" computers? Alerting Microsoft that this issue exists means that they will push out the patch to everyone, they simply aren't going to write patches for "friendly" computers. There allegiance is to the market, not to the country.

That's probably the big problem the NSA has in general - they have all these great exploits, but others could have them as well. They are the method for being able to do some of the critical things they need to do to get access, especially abroad, but the second they disclose they potentially lose their ability to utilize them. It becomes a spy race at that point - get as much important data as you can while hoping the "bad guys" aren't doing the same or are slower at it.

I wonder if the NSA ever feels a little guilty, knowing they have these exploits and could get them patched, and ultimately one of the could be used to do something very, very bad.

Comment Re:Android ftl? (Score 1) 358

Dammit, sorry, I fell asleep at my post. Long night playing Skyrim.

"I don't give a flying fuck why Windows..etc etc, I blame the big picture rather than what is wrong" is something non-techies do constantly. They only want to say it works or not at the 20,000 foot level, which equates to "Windows sucks" if it doesn't work. In reality it is probably that coupon app they loaded on their laptop that is causing the issue and has nothing to do with Windows or a server issue. It's important to look at where the problem is coming from; once you do that you not only understand the culprit but you can actually solve the issue (or have someone like us solve your issue). If you never take time to realize where issues are happening you'll just jump from one technology to another, but always have the same issues - throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Comment It's price. (Score 1) 417

Plain and simple, VMWare is pricey. I'd love to run them where I work, but it's extraordinarily expensive compared to Xen and Hyper-V.

Hyper-V is about 5 years behind and XenServer is about 3 years behind in terms of functionality and stability, mainly due to the fact that VMWare has been doing it for so long. VMWare is rock-solid and feature rich, and I'd love to use them. Currently we use XenServer, but with Citrix recently closing down their hardware API's and not playing nicely with anyone it looks like it is going to be the first casualty. I've been very upset by XenServer's HA so far, plain and simple it has sucked. I've had hosts reboot from crashes and the virtual machines go down, but the host thinks it has the machines and all of the other hosts think it has the machines. I've done everything XenServer has asked (HA quorum on a separate LUN, patches, etc), but it still just sucks. I've yet to see a host fail and the machines to go elsewhere, and the configuration is absolutely right and has been reviewed by Citrix. Maybe 6.0 will be better, but I just heard of major issues today with it. Hyper-V is really where the competition is going to come from, especially with how engrained it is in everything coming up. Want to run Exchange 2010 SP2? Recommendation is Hyper-V virtual machines.

God I miss VMWare.

Comment Detection and rules (Score 1, Interesting) 191

The problem is that the system is only as good as the ruleset and detection; it's the same theory behind antivirus. If you have a zero-day exploit that acts differently it's going to get through, and if you have someone that figures out a different way to capture data then the leak will happen. Can the software detect someone taking a picture of a document on the screen with their camera? Can it detect getting booted from an OS CD? Can it stop a person from telling someone what they read? This is just more window-dressing to make the people in charge feel a little safer.

Comment Re:Why replace? (Score 1) 462

This is a great example of why I sincerely appreciate ./

Thank you not only for saying what I was thinking about how ridiculous this story is and giving a great technical example, but for the brilliant imagery of a truck driving down the road and passing cars getting sucked magnetically toward the load. I actually laughed out loud at that. That made a terrible Friday quite a bit better.

Comment Re:I did this (Score 1) 725

That's the best part though - I didn't have to bounce around! Most of the stuff was cheaper on the net, and most had free shipping. Also, Target, Best Buy, Kohl's, and Toys R' Us are within about a mile of each other here as well, and I'll bet that's the case with most places, so bouncing isn't that bad anyway.

Your comment is very apt though, retailers need to figure out that they need to offer more than just an item or two lower than competitors and move to a different model, as technology is breaking their current sales model.

Comment Re:I did this (Score 5, Insightful) 725

I used my iPhone and the Red Laser app to scan all the toys my kids wanted. It shows all the prices for the stores around me, as well as online. I got approached by at least one sales person asking me what I was doing, and Toys R Us specifically was not happy. I got approached by a floor manager after the sales person approached me, and he asked to see the app. He looked none too happy. Why in the world would I not check if I had the ability??
XBox (Games)

Xbox Live Enforcement — No Swastika Logo 473

itwbennett writes "It's one of those questions that really should never come up, but as blogger Peter Smith points out, Stephen Toulouse, the head of Xbox Live enforcement, is used to fielding all sorts of strange questions. Recently, one of those questions was apparently 'Can I use a Swastika as my logo in Call of Duty: Black Ops?' When Toulouse responded with the obvious answer ('No, of course you can't, we'll ban you.') he was met with some pushback by people he refers to as 'contrarians' and 'internet pundits' who decided to educate him on the long and storied history of the swastika as a symbol of good fortune and how just because the Nazis used it, it doesn't make the symbol itself a bad thing. Toulouse covers the topic on his blog in a post titled Context and it's an interesting read if for no other reason than to get a peek inside the day-to-day issues the Xbox Live Enforcement team deals with."

Comment Re:So sad, but it's time (Score 1) 390

Absolutely. I can't count the amount of times I rented StarTropics and Mega Man for the NES and then Final Fantasy 3 for the SNES. My friends and I would have sleepovers and PRAY for that copy of FF3 to be in for that weekend so we could be up for 24 straight hours trying to play through it, as your save would never be there next time.

Oh yeah, and ARE YOU LISTENING MUSIC INDUSTRY? Innovate or die.

Developer Demands Pirate Bay Not Remove Torrent 203

An anonymous reader writes "This week TPB got a very unusual e-mail. It was a 'Notice of Ridiculous Activity' from a company that had found one of its apps cracked and listed as a torrent on TPB. The app in question is called Memoires, developed by Coding Robots. Memoires is marketed as the easiest way to keep a journal on your Mac. It costs $29.99 to buy after you've enjoyed a 30-day free trial. That, of course, didn't stop someone from cracking the software and making it available for free as a torrent. Dmitry Chestnykh, founder of Coding Robots, noticed the cracked torrent and decided to download it to see what had been done. After using it, he was upset — not because the cracked version was available, but because the cracker (named Minamoto) had done such a bad job of cracking it. The best section of the e-mail has to be this: 'I demand that you don't remove this torrent, so that people can laugh at Minamoto and CORE skills. However, I also demand the[sic] better crack to be made, so that it doesn't cripple the user experience of my beautiful program.'"

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