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On test: Samsung 845DC EVO 3-bit Toggle MLC and 845DC PRO 3D V-NAND SSDs

Nick Stallman

Re: Am I missing something here

It could act like RAID 0 where some blocks for a request come from one disk, and other blocks from another, but its more useful if it can handle two unrelated read requests at once. The first scenario for spinning rust disks would actually be quite bad.

But yep RAID 1 does nothing for writes.

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

Nick Stallman

Re: low resolution???

My phone (Sony Z2) does 120fps at 1080p just fine. :P

Its a complete gimmick, but it does actually work well and the quality is very very good.

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Hosting outfit goes PERMANENTLY TITSUP after 'lifetime' plans kill biz

Nick Stallman

Re: Lifetime plans

If you actually wanted a real lifetime plan though, you'd need to stump up a lifetime of hosting costs upfront though.

I'll stick to monthly thanks.

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Microsoft Surface slabs borked by heat-induced DIM SCREEN OF DEATH

Nick Stallman

I'd love to know how overheating is a software fault.

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False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

Nick Stallman

Re: Cute li'l guinea pigs.

I've got 11 'free range' guinea pigs outdoors not even in a cage (just a 30cm tall fence around a large area).

This is in Australia as well where if you get bitten by a spider and it is just as bad as a wasp sting, you are lucky.

The pigs love it. They couldn't be happier.

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

Nick Stallman
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Re: This Drone

Mechanical failure would be interesting however. They'd have to trespass if the drone went down or the farmer has a shiny new toy.

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EA Origin vuln puts players at risk

Nick Stallman
WTF?

Re: Um

Erm you don't quite understand this issue at all do you?

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Roxon clarifies data retention proposals with ASIO support

Nick Stallman
Black Helicopters

Re: When the metadata is data?

And how deep can metadata be?

IP A connected to IP B on port 1234 at 12pm is Layer 3.

Thats pretty light and is a lot like telephones. A stupidly large amount of data though.

Email from User A was sent to User B at 12pm is somewhat deeper.

That actually means intercepting everything including the data and pulling the bits of interesting 'metadata' out.

User A is chatting to User B over IRC.

That goes really deep and isn't just a matter of listening to the headers. You need to listen to the entire connection for the entire duration that it exists and every fragment of data has to be analysed closely.

Its a lovely fluffy word to say but on a technical level it can mean any amount of deep packet inspection.

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NT Telehealth's high-definition medicarts are really CoTS

Nick Stallman
FAIL

Brilliant

All these tele-health services which require large amounts of bandwidth, provided by the NBN, will really revolutionise health in remote communities.

Yeah right. Remote communities aren't getting any fiber!

Its not commercially viable. Satellite will work, but not very well.

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Microsoft unleashes Windows attack tool

Nick Stallman
FAIL

CRITICAL SECURITY ISSUE: Windows located on computer

Title says it all. Thats like a 1 line bash script.

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AAPT confirms attack, through Melbourne IT

Nick Stallman
FAIL

Re: AAPT?

Considering we are talking about an Australian based leak, you are WAY off.

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Google denies Redmond report of a spamming Android botnet

Nick Stallman
FAIL

SPF is relatively new. Didn't exist 10 years ago.

The fact that every email has the same message id means its most likely someone who packet sniffed a android mobile sending a email from the app, and is duplicating the transmission with spam for the body.

Easy way to send email via Yahoo.

Message ids are unique for every email that is sent legitimately hence why its fairly obvious.

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

Nick Stallman
FAIL

That 5c coin that fell down the side of the couch? Yeah I ain't going to get it.

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Boffins program peripheral visions for ultra TV immersion

Nick Stallman
Happy

Re: Isn't this just a spin on...

Just use the projector for your paintings and furnishings.

Mona lisa? Yeah I'll have that on my wall this week.

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US military gives NASA two better-than-Hubble telescopes

Nick Stallman

Re: Lets do it in stereo

Too far away for stereo. At xxx,xxx light years away, a slightly different orbit will just get you the same image.

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Nick Stallman

Re: There are no cameras

They can declassify the mirrors. They are just mirrors.

They probably still want to keep the camera specs secret.

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

Nick Stallman
FAIL

Re: Worried

"Do some reading about cosmic rays (don't laugh) and their effect on computer memory. There's been instances of planes plummeting due to the effects of cosmic rays on "fly by wire" systems"

Yet they are *still* safer than getting in to your car. Funny that.

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Apple can't agree with Australian regulator on iPad 4G

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Re: Can someone explain this to me?

iPad with Wifi + 3G would be entirely acceptable by the ACCC I would imagine. The 3G part of it works correctly.

The ACCC should definately drive this point home because its not that there aren't any 4G networks it will work with at the moment, there will *never* be any 4G networks it works with in Australia.

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E-tax may return to Mac OS

Nick Stallman
Coat

All things considered...

Considering e-tax looks like a dog's breakfast, anything FireMonkey can do is a improvement.

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Unknown fault darkens Australia’s Internet

Nick Stallman
FAIL

Not a international cable

Its not a international cable - it definitely was internal. Connectivity from some of our servers in Sydney to Telstra was lost and our DC attributed it to Telstra's end.

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Faster-than-light back with surprising CERN discovery

Nick Stallman
WTF?

Wow

Oh god that link made me cringe. 40,000 bugs! Oh no! All their work must be wrong!

How many bugs has Windows had, and still does have? Yet most people seem quite happy with it.

Oh no hackers know C++ so they must be able to automatically hack other C++ code and break in to CERN.

Ugh

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Delete all you like, but it won't free up space

Nick Stallman
WTF?

Huh?

That problem was solved decades ago with memory garbage collection.

Store a counter with each file that is actually stored. For each reference to the file, add one. Each time a reference is deleted, subtract one.

If the counter gets to 0 then delete the file.

So simple.

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Google battles Derby cops over access to Street View data

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Why?

Why shouldnt Google keep the unblurred images?

Its a minimal privacy threat, as limited Google employees would have access, and they probably need the originals for improving their blurring and stitching algorithms.

The point of the blurring is to prevent users from seeing stuff which it does very well.

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SWAT team besieges Illinois school in 'butt dialling' incident

Nick Stallman
FAIL

I dont understand

I just dont have a phone with those stupid 'shortcuts' to call people.

On the N900, assuming no desktop shortcuts, it takes 5 touches to call a arbitrary number. 2-3 touches if you've been talking to someone in your address book recently.

The chances of accidentally doing that is nil. And it isnt a inconvenience at all not having a shortcut.

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Assange: Text messages show rape allegations were 'set up'

Nick Stallman
WTF?

What?

The setup plot was all about getting him in to Sweden, so they could send him to the US.

If thats the case, then being extradited would be the most stupid thing anyone could do.

I'm not sure why Sweden would be co-operating with the US and not the UK, but he is in the media far too much to be assassinated or 'taken out' any other way.

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'Super-secret' debugger discovered in AMD CPUs

Nick Stallman
FAIL

What? A backdoor?

How is it a backdoor

Hidden feature yes, backdoor no.

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Pentagon: Wikileaks file-dump didn't reveal anything important

Nick Stallman
Unhappy

I agree

When the Brits got attacked awhile ago and one soldier died, they were positively having fun, even though they saw the friendly identification marks.

After they got in radio contact with the guys on the ground, they realised that the game they were playing wasnt so fun any more.

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Microsoft confirms Russian pill-pusher attack on its network

Nick Stallman
FAIL

But...

The previous reg article said that they were running DNS servers. That means Microsoft got rooted.

I wonder what Microsoft was doing because its not exactly easy to root Linux in normal conditions.

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Coalition promises to kill three-quarters of its websites

Nick Stallman

Simplify

A single CMS designed for the government would be ideal. One web dev team with perhaps external designers.

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Google menaces penguins with Street View Antarctica

Nick Stallman
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While your there....

While your at Wikipedia, check out the page on tectonic plates. Its not arbitrarily decided.

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Hotmail still not working? Use Chrome to fix it, says MS

Nick Stallman
WTF?

Err what?

Does anyone else have difficulty understanding that last paragraph from carrynot?

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Smokescreen brings Flash to the iPhone

Nick Stallman
Happy

Too easy

document.write("<video....>");

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Mountain View delivers Google Analytics opt-out

Nick Stallman
FAIL

Websites?

And how should a website owner get statistics of his traffic then?

Google doesnt use Analytics data elsewhere. Its purely a service for webmasters.

Complain to the webmasters who use it if you want, not Google.

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Brit honeybees crawl through rotten winter

Nick Stallman
Happy

But

But Sarah dont you have a vested interest in Bees?

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Google tweaks search results with mystery site speedometer

Nick Stallman

Not complaining

You wont see me complaining about this.

Faster sites can only be good, and its only a weak 'signal' anyway.

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Mozilla betas Flash flak jacket with 'Lorentz'

Nick Stallman
FAIL

Uh...

Um the article didnt mention security at all. Its only crash protection.

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iPhone 4.0: iAds, multitasking, and 98 tweaks

Nick Stallman
Happy

I think

I think he just sold a million more Androids with that line.

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Software engineer demands source of his speeding collar

Nick Stallman
FAIL

Huh?

Yet if you dont speed, you dont get any fines.

Funny that. They seem to be working perfectly to me.

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Google remarkets behavioral ad eyeball creep

Nick Stallman
WTF?

Why the whining

They give you the ability to easily opt-out. Use it if you dont like it.

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Microsoft tickles Bing with feather duster

Nick Stallman

Ok

Thats fine.

Not sure why your using a spanner to hammer in a nail though.

I use the best tool for the job rather than trying to bring politics in to it.

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Google takes China-buffed halo to Oz

Nick Stallman
WTF?

What the hell?

Google makes several excellent moves with human rights, screwing the Chinese government and telling the Australian government that they wont cooperate, and most people here are just crapping on them.

If you dislike the way they keep your data private and secure, and never give it to third parties, then stop using Google and stop whining.

Some of us actually like quality free search results from a company who still has some morals.

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Mountain View promises Google Analytics opt-out

Nick Stallman
FAIL

Yeah...

Cause blocking them is one of the most stupid and pointless things you can do online.

If you block them, then thats your problem.

NoScript will handle stuff like Analytics without making every website fall over.

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Google 'personalizes' one in five searches

Nick Stallman
Happy

untitled

Try http://www.google.com/ncr

I think thats what you want.

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MS and Oracle's big dev tools - who needs 'em?

Nick Stallman
Happy

Kwrite

All I need is Kwrite. Syntax highlighting, brackets autocomplete, line numbers and the ability to minimise code blocks is perfect and lightweight.

Plus it has kioslaves so I can edit live on the server (usually dev server of course).

My entire coding routine is Ctrl-S, Alt-Tab, Up Enter or Ctrl-R.

No IDE is that easy.

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eBay Germany faces PayPal probe

Nick Stallman

Tough Position

On one hand I can see why they would do this. If they control the payment method then they can verify disputes such as non-payment which is in fact safer.

However they do take that 1.9% for the privilege.

Damned if you do, damned if you dont.

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Windows Live suffers user details identity crisis

Nick Stallman
FAIL

Servers

I just find it amusing that the removal of a single server caused the outage.

So much for redundancy.

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Google and Yahoo! join Oz protests

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Correct

That was software installed on say the home computer.

Everyone knows that it takes more like 30 seconds to get past the national filter.

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Aussie net censorship turning Chinese

Nick Stallman
FAIL

Wha?

So censoring the website of a competing party's website isnt a threat to democracy?

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Google suggests Islam is nothing

Nick Stallman
WTF?

Huh?

It can quite easily be a bug. No one here knows exactly how the suggestion system works so none of us can comment on what type of bug it is, but there are several plausible reasons for it.

I would wait a month or so before expecting it to be fixed.

Google may have fixed it already, but they dont exactly make updates live immediately.

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Santa Fe man demands half a mill for being near iPhone

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No no

Not a eco bulb. Fluros make quite a nice EMF field when you turn them on.

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