* Posts by James Loughner

103 posts • joined 4 Apr 2007

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

James Loughner
Facepalm

Re: ...

As if there was not enough reasons to slap more embargoes on NK LOL

At first headlines it seemed a slam dunk it was NK but when you look at how it unfolded may not.

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Did rock-hard aliens turn young Earth MOIST? New probe data emerges

James Loughner
Boffin

Some may be further away

in 4 billion years there is plenty of time for comments to make the trip to and from our neighborhood systems. We have looked at 5 out of millions We should not make sweeping assumptions on such a small sample.

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Author fined $500k in first US spyware conviction

James Loughner
Big Brother

USA USA

Only the USA is allowed to spy on people. Shame on any one that may need to track what a teenager is doing on the net.

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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

James Loughner
FAIL

Erase cycle??

So what is the erase cycle I see that this is never talked about lately but it is the prime ware on a SSD. Yes I know about leveling but really number of erase cycles is still an important point. Also a lot of small writes is a lot harder on the erase cycle then lots of big writes. If you change a single bit the block has to be swapped out and erased. So clams of 20 gig per day for 5 years life may not mean much if you simply change 1 bit on one sector as fast as you can. I suspect early failure

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

James Loughner
Windows

Re: market value

"And you write stuff that either panders to their ego, or about god or something. Something that they can play to their rich pals and won't upset the bishop."

And exactly what do you think Record companies are?? Rich patrons that pay musicians to play what they want to sell. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

James Loughner

Re: It's gotten better.

Same type of problem in Windows (Yes Windows goes tits up too) means a reinstall. You can repair Linux problems far easier then you can the equivalent Windows problem.

The biggest problem is doing the initial install. Since you may need to find drivers or configurations for your particular hardware. Note also you got the same problem on a OEM Windows install. People don't see this because 99% get Windows pre-installed or an image disk from their computer maker.

I help out on the openSUSE forum and in the fast number of cases everyone is treated with respect. The exception is when some one simply does not want help and simply wants to vent. Note respect goes both ways.

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Oracle: What's the X4-4? In-memory monster slams jaws down on 3TB, for starters

James Loughner
Coat

FLight simulator

but does it run flight simulator???

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

James Loughner

permisions

Code on Unix like systems can not run with any more permissions then the program at the interface ie the web server. If you have a server running as root you deserve what you get.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

James Loughner
Coat

Easy pezee

Dragon call St George

Meteor kiss ass good buy

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

James Loughner
Big Brother

Re: Has anyone given thought to the fact that...

The interesting thing is that this happened in day light on the street there are other witnesses and the authorities have not even talked to them yet 5 days after the incident. So the only story the establishment has heard is the officers. I call bullshit

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

James Loughner
Headmaster

Exactly how much do merits weigh and whose scale is to be used to weigh them????

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

James Loughner
Windows

Still have a 64K Altair in the basement LOL

Also a 30 meg Corvus hard driver that I bought for $7K It hung off an Apple II and you could connect 30-40 Apple II to it and the back up was to Video tape.

You young guys just don't know :)

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D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

James Loughner
Coat

But does it

run flight simulator??

Had to be said

Mine is the one with the joy stick in the pocket

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Autodesk CEO: '3D printing has been way overhyped'

James Loughner
Boffin

I agree

Everyone knows we don't need more then 640K and the Internet thing is just a fad

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

James Loughner
Holmes

let add it up

13 years X 12 X 3meg average patch day = 468,000,000

hmm could have replaced the whole OS with the patches

to extend

468,000,000 x 400,000,000 average number of user (just a guess) = 1.872e+17 byte sent out

No wonder my internet is slow :)

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Microsoft alters Hotmail policy amid blogger inbox probe outcry

James Loughner
Holmes

Which will cause MS more damage?

The early release of some test code

or

The attention brought to the fact that their terms of service allow them to look at any thing they damn well please.

Hmmmm

And a bought and paid for judge will decide in the future if they get to peek. Really???

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

James Loughner

Re: Why tie these people into the MicroSoft symbiosis.

More like parasitic

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What did you see, Elder Galaxies? What made you age so quickly?

James Loughner
Happy

Red shift only says that an object is moving away from us. So these objects are just moving faster then the general expansion. Does not really tell use the real distance or age. Just an inferred age due to the red shift

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

James Loughner
Thumb Down

Hardware hardware hardware

It is all about the hardware. Many machines that run XP just fine won't run 7 and above. I have a nice IBM Celaron 512 meg machine, perfectly fine hardware. No way you can install 7 on less then 1 gig and expect it to work and totally forget 8 for the same and so many other reasons. So I'd have to buy new hardware just to run something I really don't want. Maybe put Puppy on it :)

I run openSUSE on my main machine with XP in a Virtual Box using 512meg. That is about the max I want to take from the host. I only have 2 gig on that machine so to go to 7 I'd have to drop at least a gig if not 2 into that machine. Since all the mem slots are taken that means totally new RAM.

It is all about the hardware

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

James Loughner

(Until the Singularity, I guess. Then they could start running some *really* cool games.)

At last a use for IBM's Watson. Ultimate DM

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MIT wants quasars to help put free will to rest

James Loughner

Not real

Since from the point of view of a photon there is zero distance between objects and the universe has stopped. It shows that relativity like quantum mechanics just is a limit to what us electromagnetic beings can measure. Yes think about it everything we know is from electromagnetic fields. Bang you hand on a table that is the result of electrons repelling one another.

Relativity is based on the fact that we must use electromagnetic things to measure the universe and are thus restricted to the speed of light which cause distortions in our measurements. Like quantum mechanics is limited because we can not measure things exactly because we change what we measure by measuring it. So both are more a statement of our ability to measure the world then the true nature of the world.

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'Polar vortex' or not, last month among the WARMEST Januaries EVER RECORDED

James Loughner
Headmaster

Re: Doing the Warmist shuffle

Please write on the blackboard 100 times

WEATHER IS NOT CLIMATE

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Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

James Loughner

Old News

What ever happened happened already about the time we humans were crawling out of the caves.

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

James Loughner
Facepalm

Tulips any one

A Dutchman told me they are a great investment

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

James Loughner

NVIDIA as been slow getting drivers for the newer kernels out the door. Try getting the newest driver and I thing you want the 02 flavor for that card 03 is for newer cards. Install the hard way or wait a bit for the repos to catch up.

When riding the cutting edge expect to bleed

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James Loughner
Headmaster

Re: Win8 to Linux Alert

At least on openSUSE UEFI on most machines works fine even in most cases with secure boot. But unfortunately the Hardware people have not uniformly used standard UEFI specs. So It can be difficult on some hardware. But then again it can be hard to install Windows 7 on them also and Win 7 does not support secure boot.

BTW it is Linux not Linus

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James Loughner
Linux

Re: @Matt The big wrinkle is still there

Linux is COMMUNITY supported. If you are part of the community you need to report problems a way to payback the free software you got. Even if you are not a coder or power user. reporting things helps all and is little cost to you.

If you have done several version upgrades with the same configuration files often wiping the configs will fix thing. Yes config file structures do change over time and an upgrade may miss the odd setup you have.

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OpenSUSE 13.1: Oh look, a Linux with YOU in mind (and 64-bit ARMs)

James Loughner
Linux

A word about BTRFS

Looks like it is the making of a good file system. But there are some caveats . As shipped the snapshot feature is on so backup snaps are taken hourly. Thus you need to allow extra space. how much is still a question, and depends on you usage, but you should allow at least 2X the space you plan to use to be safe. Snapshots can be turned off and there are other adjustment that can be made but it is on by default. Also the space used does not yet show up in the standard Linux tools so you can be surprised to run out of space when the normal tools show plenty.

Just a word of warning

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James Loughner
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Re: I want to quit my addiction to Microsoft products...

Ir comes with Libra Office which should handle most legacy MS Office docs. You maybe able to run older versions of MSOffice in wine and there is always VirtualBox to run Windows if you really need it.

Pros are that you are free of lock in openSUSE the full OS stack is open source. It is not a huge deal to move to Ubuntu or any other Linux disto if you want to. It is much easier to maintain then Windows and you really don't need to worry much about malware unless you deliberately install it. KDE has so many bells and whistles you can activate you can get carried away with eye candy

Cons are that Linux is not Windows so you will have to learn some stuff. But the basic KDE desktop will be vary familiar. Also Linux file system are not Windows file systems. you have to lurn about partition and mounting not drives and drive letters. Some hardware may have a difficult time with the install and initial set up but the openSUSE forms are great to solve problems

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Fukushima fearmongers: It's YOUR FAULT Japan DUMPED CO2 targets

James Loughner
Happy

Re: Well, two thoughts...

Radioactivity = energy. why throw away perfectly good energy sources. Convert Reactor waste to nuclear batteries. They run for decades and if done on a large scale they can be protected and supply supplemental energy.

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Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK

James Loughner
Thumb Up

great for speeders

I want one for my car so I can drive as fast as I want. Just null out the radar guns

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Boffins build R2-WEE-2: The urine-powered robot with a human-like heart

James Loughner

Beer anyone?

So our robot overlords will force feed us beer.....hmmmm

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NSA: Yes, some of our spooks DID snoop on overseas lovers

James Loughner
Big Brother

Misuse

That is the problem when you build the wolds biggest spy machine.

For the most part I think the people who are building this monster have good intentions. The problem is what happens when these people are no longer in charge 10 or 20 years down the road. No matter how many rules you layer on the fact is people will misuse this toy and the people in power will see it as a way to stay in power. Hello Big Brother

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Austerity BITES: Greece ends extra hols for civil servants forced to use hated COMPUTERS

James Loughner
Headmaster

Re: Bankrupt - No wonder

Since when is Greece an island??? Did it finally break off of Europe??

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

James Loughner
Unhappy

Add Groklaw to the list of closings

PJ has stopped Groklaw because of all of this

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Groklaw goes dark

James Loughner
Unhappy

Groklaw goes dark

Because of NSA spying PJ has decided to stop Groklaw.

So very very sad

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NSA admits slurping thousands of domestic emails with no terror connection

James Loughner

How about 20 million quaries a month

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130819/02153624228/nsa-reveals-that-it-does-20-million-database-queries-per-month.shtml#comments

That is about 7 every sec

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

James Loughner
Linux

Re: But I thought 2014....

Yes you will wear the Desktop on your wrist.

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Publishers put a gun to our heads on ebook pricing, squeals Amazon

James Loughner
Facepalm

Re: ebooks in general

Balderdash.... Why have I spent thousands over the last 10 years to Baen which has never had DRM??

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James Loughner
WTF?

Re: Publishers brought it on themselves

Since Baen signed on with Amazon the ebook price on Baen's site went up about 30% ($6.99-$9.99). I guess to bring into line with the price charged by Amazon. Really the cost of an ebook to the publisher is next to zero. Just editing cost + author payment+ some small amount for IT and Network. No dead tree price involved.

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Microsoft loads botnet-crushing data into Azure

James Loughner
Linux

????

Wouldn't it be easier to just write a secure OS :)

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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

James Loughner
Holmes

Re: I see a flaw

I recommend further education. You don't seem to grasp what radiation is.

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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

James Loughner
Holmes

Re: I would imagine...

Would you like to eat your words???

The Dawson College computer science student who was expelled after discovering a security breach in a system used by students across Quebec has been offered a scholarship by the company behind the software.

"We will offer him a scholarship so he can finish his diploma in the private sector," said Edouard Taza, the president of Skytech.

ww.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2013/01/21/montreal-dawson-college-hack-hamed-al-khabaz.html

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

James Loughner
Headmaster

Re: Depends...

You do know that radio wave propagate at the speed of light don't you??? Da

So light and radio will be 1000 years old when it get here. the true present position id immaterial

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NASA: There are 17 BEEELLION Earth-sized worlds in Milky Way

James Loughner
Holmes

Re: Must be time to renew budgets...

Ever hear of asteroids???? Chunks thrown up by a big hit can easily reach escape velocity. And since Mars is only about 50 million miles at closest approach some of those chunks could easily get here.

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Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance

James Loughner
Devil

Re: A Positive Review?

Couldn’t have something to do with the 1.5 billion MS is spending on advertizing? Might not get a taste of that if you had a bad review.

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You know who else hates Windows 8? Hackers

James Loughner
FAIL

Re: AGAIN:

Try it sometime. Some BIOS do not allow you to and all RT hardware don't allow it.

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Windows System Center 2012: The review

James Loughner
Windows

SCA

Society for Creative Anachronism

Is MS going medieval???

Inquiring minds want to know

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One more try: Metro apps are now 'Windows Store' apps

James Loughner
Big Brother

I for one

I for one welcome our Window Store App overlords

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

James Loughner
Unhappy

Re: 90+% dont't give a red rat's ass

Exactly how is one to recognize it is Windows when the boot up the OS formally known as Metro???

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