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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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Re: Mastering for iTunes

Problem is, formats like FLAC o Apple LossLess (ALAC) require a lot of space.

1378KB/s is what a CD has.. FLAC (and ALAC, monkey audio etc) can compress to about 670KB/s

Apple offers just 256KB/s bitrate... this means capacity would be reduced by a factor of 8.

A we know that Apple memory is 2.5x more expensive than regular one.. so... no FLAC.

As for SACD, 96 Khz 24 bit.. well, they can't even bother offering decent quality!!

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THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug

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Re: Android versions 4.4 and below = 100% of Android devices

And I am un 4.4.2.

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Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

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Similar to mine

I just got a chinese phone.. same Mediatek processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB flash, bigger & higher resolution screen, and cheaper.

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: I want a Mac and iPad without OSX/iOS preinstalled... and an Android without Google software

They aren't a monopoly.

With 90% marketshare, Microsoft IS a monopoly in desktops and laptops.

the trick was gaining a big market share and then charging oems per system delivered.. even if it has linux.

therefore, you rest assured thet they will offer Windows, as it is "free".

If they insist on linux, you just have to cut them from "marketing expenses share", etc, and they will pay 15/30$ more per laptop.. effectively halving their benefit on cheap computers.

Intel did even worse things, but all of this is history, you can check it.

Note; I do like windows 8.1, and paid for it...

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SAN-free, NAS-free? Scottish PHDs lift kilt on how they'll pull storage out of the aether

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Re: Anonymous Celt

Let's be fair.

If Scotland doen't get the pound and 10% of the bank of England, etc, you can't blame them for not accepting the debt: you get both or none!!

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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No SQL?

Terrible.

It has its advantages: speed, reliability, etc.

But, if you have functional problems in your system and you have to repair some "non expected use cases".. it is a real pain.

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Mozilla certification revocation: 107,000 websites sunk by untrusted torpedo

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Re: No Excuse

CAs are also known to to provide false keys to "law enforcement and similar clients".. so statesalready have the keys for MiM attacks..

As for Mozilla... well, they decided not to ban CAs that participate in MiM attacks by security forces, delete posts in forums about it, etc.

While I agree that at some point they should all be 2048 bits.. they are trying to fix something that is NOT the problems. The CAs are the problem.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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Illegal sites?

The thing is... they are illegal where?

If a judge has determined that they are illegal, I agree with them: they should be removed in that country.

If they complain that a website is illegal because it allegedly contains illegal material and/or links to such material.. no way... a judge has to decide.

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Loss of unencrypted back-up disk costs UK prisons ministry £180K

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Re: Fine should be much smaller

It shoud be 5-10K per person.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: Sir

I can tell you that driving over a cyclist on a straight road is cheaper...

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Heartbleed implicated in US hospital megahack

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Re: A new definition of 'trusted'

Waht they are saying, is that they have no idea how they got the user/password, but they do know that they patched the systems for heartbleed on JUNE.

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Brother, can you spare a DIME for holy grail of secure webmail?

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Problem?

He have to dump current certs.

Have 3-4 of them, on an independent country (swiss ppl maybe?), and if they leak the certs, dump them.

Otherwise, this "https" shit is that, shit.

Many big cos spy on their employees because they have systems that use bogus certs for MiM attacks. Law enforcement? They also have that. Some crooks also have it, as it really is in the wild.

So, me can't rely on todays CERTs. Fix that, and use certs for everything, and it is a done thing.

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: No problem at all.

Is it worth 300 quid?

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Re: 1000 quid!

I will weight more.

The base model has an OK pricing. I would say maybe even good.

The problem comes with the "upgrades".. it is plain stealing...

My missus dropped water on her laptop, and I was able to repair it buying a new (all integrated) keyboard on amazon.. 18 quid as it is an OEM part (the "equivalent" was just 8). Good luck with that problem and an Apple laptop.

Also, my mother in law has had many problems with her iToys.. apple refuses to honour US battery recalls in europe, for example.

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Nuke regulator hacked three times in three years

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Bullshit

If you get into their computers, the very least you can get is how they operate.

Then, you can also infect their computers so their systems place nasty targeted malware into sticks, etc etc.

It WILL get to the systems.. just ask the Iranians..

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Easy

thunderbird+ldap+mozilla lightning.

As you say, there are a TON of solutions.

Either complete incompetence, or someone decided to get a little money on the side.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Re: 20th century

I would say that automated testing (including regression) is not working ok for them... and that makes you wonder what else is slipping...

It is very difficult AND expensive to corectly test everything.. and if it is for me (an we have limited interfaces and SW collisions) the OS is even more difficult...

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Self promoting?

Anyway, you are just proving what I guessed. Thank you for it!

The AAs and AAAs I use today are all low discharge rechargeables,

Not only they a rechargeable, but last double with low discharge currents and 4x or more in high discharge.

They cost about 2 pounds each.. and if you have a good charger, that is the way to go.

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Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

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Re: "widely respected businessmen"

But he had the gut to say himself that he was a bad person.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Please refrain from NAT66

If you must, please read this lively discussion we have some years ago:

http://networkingnerd.net/2011/12/01/whats-the-point-of-nat66/

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NAT 66?

This discussion should be DEAD years ago.

NAT66 provides NOTHING.

Just give an IP and block incoming internet traffic, there, solved it for you.

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Fifteen countries KO'd in malware one-two punch

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Re: UTC +4

I would say it came from Georgia.. but not the Georgian government.

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

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Smart for LG

Is to track what you do:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/20/lg_smart_tv_data_collection/

Also, now you either consent to being tracked (a.k.a spied upon) or no smart tv for you:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/21/lg-admits-smart-tv-data-collection/

So only dumb people buy smart LG tvs... or maybe uninformed ppl.

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Resistance is not futile: Here's a cookie sheet of luke-warm RRAM that proves it

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Au or PT

That is EXPENSIVE

I just bought a platinum ring for my GF and I can tell.. 1500$/Oz -> about 50$ per GRAM.

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

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Re: ISP level caches are surely one of the first things

I guess we should also ban https, as it can't be cached...

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Report: Beijing watchdog reckons chip-slinger Qualcomm has monopoly in China

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Re: The Chinese government is striking against US companies it can't beat

Mediatek?

Cheaper, almost as powerful.. but terrible GPS, single channel and nointegrated 4G.

I know they just introduced MT6595 and MT6795 .. but too late...

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Re: Paper shortages

Rolemaster rocks. I played MANY long campaigns using it,

The problem is.. we ran out of players. We just have 2 qualified players.. the usual GM an me (the backup or short campaign GM). The rest of them either don't want to learn the rules or don't have time with the kids, etc.

So no RM for me.

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Re: Paper shortages

Most pple who still play that I know play Pathfinder...

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Wham, bam, thank you NAND: SanDisk SSD sales soar

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Re: 4TB SSD's

SATA? It is a big limit for SSDs.

First they moved to PCIe and now to DIMMs.. SATA is way too slow.

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

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Re: It's due to cost

Looks expensive, but is about 30-40 quid. for them.

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MIT and CERN's secure webmail plan stumped by PayPal freeze

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Travellers checks

Those I would never accept payment with.. they can be forged.

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Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

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Re: CPU the only risk?

You might even have luck, build all of those yourself.. and then be stuck with a security flaw.

As you have "secrecy" and noone checks your microcode/firmware, there you have it: a good backdoor you created... without knowing it.

So you can:

-Expend a massive amount of maney to make your systems secure. A keep expending for a long time.

-Reduce features: you crip yourself.

-Assume it is unsecure. It kind of defeats the initial purpose.

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Re: Don't believe everything you read in the papers or on the interwebs

The idea ,I guess, is to do the design and have them built at a foundry.

While it would work, I think it is plain stupid to do so when your economy is so small.. it is way better to use OTS tech..

Of course, to be sure about HW backdoors, you would need to make the boards and some components yourself.. good luck with that if you don't have the volume the chinese have...

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US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

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Re: China: Figures

They didn't invent alcohol.... just saying.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: Electric cars work fine for me

I would love that electric cars were "the thing".

But if you save 155 a month, it will take you very long to justify the price.

And really, a small generator connected to the AC part would be what, 500 pounds more? weigtht about 90 pounds? That would allow ppl to travel far at 60 miles, so no problems with habing to plan for that 5% of travels.. there, solved! at least that part, BMW got it!!

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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First modem

So you had a >9Mbit modem?

Mine was 2400 baud.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Have you red the project?

It was terrible for the environment.

Not everything is great about big hidroelectric!

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Kids hack Canadian ATM during LUNCH HOUR

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Re: how did they access it?

To save costs.

In those "small" ATMS, it is difficult to put a keyboard... BAD IDEA to allow the use of the "client" keyboard.

As we all know, the admin part should be both secure, and without access.. that way if one of the security levels fails, it is still secure..

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Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

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XEON

I would still prefer a dual socket, 12 core Xeon anyday.

WAY more powerful, and electric power/compute power, I guess the Xeon wins..

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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Re: Every sysadmin must make one really big screw-up in their career

rm /

My brother did that on a server we shared...

I also saw a guy do a PREPROD install.. and get a call to touch the PROD server.

He failed to change back to the PREPROD server and did half of the deployment there...

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

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Not new

We already new that entangled meant they shared one spin change. Just one.

It not only happens instantly, but distance douesn't matter.

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The Pirate Bay's stor ost Peter Sunde collared at farm in Sweden

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Re: A completely reasonable comparison!

If you want to kill somebody, just get into your car, and go to a straight road with bikes and choose.

Stop, lament the accident and ask for pardon. You won't go to jail.

Now, do that outside a car and go to jail... for a long time.

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Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg

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Re: It's really not hard:

Let me correct ir for you:

2. There isn't a continent the size of Africa in the way - it's just a rumour, unconfirmed by actual evidence.

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2.The scientists inform you that there is a continent there, but as it is an inconvient continent, you refuse to acknowledge it exists.

Similar for 3 & 4.

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Re: What about all the conventional capacity needed

A roof installed PV system costs 2€/Wp NOW, with a 1 axis solar tracking.

With 8 sun hours sun a day (and with rain you get at least 55% max power) and paying 0.16€ /KW/h

you run even at about 2 years of a system that can live with almost no maintenance for 25/35 years .

That way you can get rid of peak consumption hours, and scale back power generation AND transmission lines.

No need for subsidies.

I just made a relatively easy excel to prove it.

Suppose 2€/Wp, 8 sun hours/day (using 1 axis tracker, center of Spain. (Actual average hours are more, quoted prices are a bit lower for 4Kw installations). It includes all cabling, int. solid state inverters, etc.

Suppose we have 2000€ in the bank.

We can either install a small cap pv plant in our petrol station or we can keep paying the electricity bills, and keep gaining interests in those 2000€

Interest rate:0,0385 (spanish bond, 15 years.). I use it as an opportunity cost value.

Energy price: 0.16 Kw/h (includind all subsidies, mostly con combined cicle, nuclear and electic network) or 0,08, wihout subsidies.

We suppose that electric prices go up just 0.025, or 2,5%, yearly.

If you do the math, you will see that in 12,5 years you break even for the "full" price, and you need almost 28 years if there were no subsidies. As the tracker would need some repairs after 15 years, I would say PV and grid electricity cost about the same for small installations.

For big ones, the numbers change: they pay way less for Kw/h, but it will also cost them about 60% to install PV, and remember that they pay that tariff because their power CAN be legally cut off the grid.

And that is considering just a 2.5% cost increase every year..

I can provide the excel/ods is someone is extremely bored.

¿Can we get rid of coal/natgas with grid connected pv? NO. We can reduce our power generation and leccy transport needs, PV is competitive, TODAY.

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Re: If renewables can compete on price ...

In Spain, it is cheaper to use PV electricity than grid.. that is why IT HAS BEEN MADE ILLEGAL in practice. You have to indemnify the grid for giving away electricity to the grid...

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Google tells indie labels to take its YouTube deal or face OBLIVION

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Re: Do. No. Evil.

Maybe it was a typo: Do.No.Evil --> Dr.No. Evil.

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Big data hitting the fan? Nyquist-Shannon TOOL SAMPLE can save you

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I can't use it

I already knew the Sample Frequency I need, and I can't use it. Almost nobody in telcos can.

Reasons: it would bring to a halt all the systems.

So we are stuck with "good enough" and "hope for the best". We have also better approaches: a mix between data polling and SNMP traps (alerts).

Anyway, I think that what people need is top down alerts AND checks. so you just klnow the health of the system, you aren't really interested in components.

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Venus Express to get final acid bath before crashing to surface

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KSP

It is quite normal in KSP to use aerobraking.. but I find it hard on Duna.. on Venus, should be really really easy.. maybe even too much, as it is quite dense

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Chip and SKIM: How dodgy crypto can leave shoppers open to fraud

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You have to fiddle

Otherwise, you won't be able to charge money.

And the terminal you have compromised is able to charge money for your collateral victim (tesco, etc), not for you.

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A diskless workstation solution ..

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Re: A diskless workstation solution ..

I would say boot from network and then execute on server.. kind of what ernie ball did but more modern. there are several solutions using just opensource.

So you treat pcs as thin clients.

Anyway, using disks is not THAT expensive...

http://openthinclient.org/home

http://cult-thinclient.sourceforge.net/

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/thinstation/index.php?title=Main_Page

And mainly:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Terminal_Server_Project

I don't understand why you want to deliver a windows image to a local PC.. you might want to have tarantella, or VMware or whatever executed on remote, but where do you want to store a windows image if you don't have a hard drive?

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