Submitted by ant on Tue, 09/21/2004 - 11:53am.
Reading Materials | Software
Silicon.com's story says that someone forgot to reboot due to a bug in a Microsoft system. It was compounded by human error was ultimately responsible for a three-hour radio breakdown that left hundreds of aircraft aloft without guidance on Tuesday, according to a report in the L.A. Times (story (registration required))...
The newspaper said that a Microsoft-based replacement for an older Unix system needed to be reset every thirty days 'to prevent data overload', as a result of problems found when the system was first rolled out. However, a technician failed to perform the reset at the right time and an internal clock within the system subsequently shut it down. A back-up system also failed.
Submitted by ant on Tue, 09/21/2004 - 9:52am.
Apple | Funny Jokes/Stories | General Computing | Linux & UNIX | Reading Materials | Windows
I saw this funny joke in a /. poll:
Requires you to use your own can opener, and requires you to read the directions carefully before opening the can. Originally only came in an 8-oz. can, but now comes in a 16-oz. can. However, the can is divided into 8 compartments of 2 oz. each, which have to be consumed separately. Although soon to be discontinued, a lot of people are going to keep drinking it after it's no longer available.
Submitted by ant on Sun, 09/19/2004 - 1:33pm.
Reading Materials | Space | T(elevision/V/elly) (S(serie/how)/Movie/Film)s
Star Wars vs. Star Trek in Five Minutes article defines itself:
"First, Star Wars vs. Star Trek normally means "could t' Empire kick t' Federation's @ss". If it's a question o' taste (ie- "do you like Star Wars more than Star Trek"), debate becomes impossible because t' answer be subjective. Anyway, once we agree that we're talkin' about military prowess, people like t' perform substitutions: instead o' Federation vs Empire, suddenly it's t' Borg vs t' Empire, or Species 8472 vs t' Empire, or t' Q vs t' Empire, or perhaps t' race that built t' Dyson Sphere vs t' Empire, because all o' them showed up at some time or other in Star Trek. But lest we forget, Star Trek be basically about t' Federation, remember? That's t' technology base. Subject changes be quiet admissions that t' Empire would wipe t' floor with t' main characters o' Star Trek, so you've got t' resort t' one-episode wonders (even if they're long-gone, or just as likely t' turn on t' Federation, or if they've been stymied by t' Federation in t' past, which would call their abilities into question)."
Submitted by ant on Sun, 09/19/2004 - 1:54am.
General Computing | Linux & UNIX | Personal | Reading Materials
According my newsgroup thread in researching on the best motherboard brand and model (ASUS K8V SE Deluxe was one of them) for my upcoming gaming/production system upgrade (Windows XP and Debian), a poster pointed me this ASUS Anti-Linux Attitude Sucks article. Here is what it say:
For several weeks now, we have been very busy reviewing 32-bit and 64-bit, 2.6 Linux kernel, GNU-Linux distributions. During the course of our lab work with these distros it came to our attention that Asus, the motherboard manufacturer, has a rather nasty anti-Linux and anti-open-source software attitude. Moreover, the Asus people are arrogant about their anti-Linux policy. That sucks!
Submitted by ant on Sat, 09/18/2004 - 3:26am.
General Computing | Internet/Network | Reading Materials | Security/Privacy
NetworkWorldFusion has an article about EarthLink giving spammers the boot. It shows the behind the scene of what goes on with an abuse team member.
The most trying part of Louis Rush's job is confronting scofflaws, some of whom are hardened criminals, to inform them they've been caught. Often defensive, sometimes cocky, these would-be felons threaten Rush and dare him to stop them. "I already have," is Rush's response, as he cancels their account with EarthLink.
Rush, an investigator with EarthLink's abuse team at the company's headquarters in Atlanta, wields the power to disconnect spammers and other offenders from their lifelines by canceling their accounts.