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* Posts by Tom 38

2091 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

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You can still pick up a decent 1TB drive for about 60 dollars, working out to the low price of $5 a month over a year versus Google's $9.99.

This is why you are a journalist and not an engineer or an accountant. Your drive costs you $5 a month, but you have not taken in to account the costs of the server to put it in, the electricity to power it, and the network connection to make it accessible. You would also normally buy hard drives that last a bit longer than a year, so running the depreciation over one year seems unnecessary.

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Re: De-Dupe on a gloibal scale

They might run dedupe on specific datasets, but the example you gave - uploading audio to the Play Music service - definitely would not use dedupe, it performs psychoacoustic fingerprinting to the file, and only uploads if it does not already have a match for it.

Dedupe is insanely expensive computationally, you need a really good dataset for it to be useful.

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Web inventor Berners-Lee: I so did NOT see this cat vid thing coming

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Re: Que?

Which bit of that was the joke?

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

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Re: @Tom 38

No John, I did not forget that the patriot act puts any US registered company in the NSA's pocket.

You however failed to grasp that the entirety of my post was that US registered companies choose to be US registered. They could choose to not be a US registered company, if what the NSA asked them for was so abhorrent - they make out that it was, now that we know about it.

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Re: Or do you really think it's going to all be okay even in 100 years time?

Actually, the worst we can do is fuck it up so badly that all the humans, possibly all the large mammals die.

Give it a couple of million years, the old girl will get going again.

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Re: I know the Reg hates Google but

None of these companies have a choice in 'co-operating' with the NSA, it's all done at the end of a metaphorical gun barrel. Point your hate in the right direction, the US and UK govs.

No, you are absolutely right, when the NSA comes to those companies, they have to obey. Except those companies do have one thing they can do - they do not have to have physical nor corporate presence in the US. If google were *so* upset about it, after the first order came in they could have announced that they were upping sticks and moving everything outside of NSA's explicit reach.

"Due to the current political climate and state intrusion we can no longer operate in the US. Please direct all queries to Fort Meade."

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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Re: I can rotate my widescreen TFT into portrait mode

Yes you can rotate it, but I've yet to come across a desktop OS and monitor that automates the screen rotation … Windows 8.n, MS's tablet OS, can't, likewise Linux.

Well, I personally I use FreeBSD, this works pretty fine for me:

> $ grep xrandr .xinitrc

xrandr --output DP-0 --rotate left

xrandr --output VGA-0 --rotate left

I guess you meant "automatically detect what way up a screen is".

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

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Re: I know it's contentious in a free internet

Its alarming just how many routers one can find in the internet with open admin logins and for which the name 'admin'; and the password '1234' will actually work..

This only became a problem when ISPs forced/cajoled router makers to allow the possibility of remote logins by your ISP. There should be no management interface of your router on your WAN iface. Ever.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: Are they blond?

But Dell aren't charging for distribution, they are charging for installation, configuration and support of the installation. If Mozilla isn't careful, then Dell will just stop offering this service thereby ensuring that the only browsers available are IE via the OS and chrome via Google nagging...

That is just weasel words, they are charging you to place firefox on some media and deliver it to you. That is basically the definition of distribution.

The cost paid is above what you would pay if you did not have firefox distributed to you.

Plus, no-one will ever choose to pay an extra £16 for Firefox. If they know they want it, they will know to install it themselves, if they don't know they want it, they will forgo paying for things they don't want.

This is basically a rehash of the Dell/MS tax on PCs with no OS, I wonder how much they are being bunged now drive IE usage. Of course, now Dell are privately owned, we need never know.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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A fridge that can order you milk when it notices you are getting low

I don't get it, how will fresh milk make me feel better?

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Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

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Re: StoreNav

The other thing with ikea kit is that a lot of their pieces - and I don't know if this is accident or by design - are precisely the right width for 19" rackmount kit. Yep, instead of seeing it as "the 4th goddamn coffee table we've looked at this morning", look at it as "my new AV unit and projector mount".

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Twin GEEKS: NASA studies identical brothers – one on Earth, one IN SPAAAACE

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Ideally the test subject that stays on the ground should not have been to space before at all, in order to properly test the effects. Mind you, you wouldn't want to be the one left behind.

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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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Re: An event horizon for economists?

I suppose if you're spending $3bn in opex, sometimes it can be worth speculatively spending $50m in capex to try and reduce that to $2bn, but delivering 4 times the capacity.

Plus facebook imagines itself a disruptive company. You don't pay IBM $50m when you can put some geniuses in a shed with some credit cards - much more disruptive.

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Re: Cool!

The point of the exercise is to knock things up quickly and cheaply from commodity components.

Yeah, but they did it by defining their own commodity components in way of the open compute project. All that stuff is custom, but its now "facebook custom".

If facebook said "We're going to order $100m worth of 5" SSDs each year for the next 10 years at least", there would be companies falling over themselves in Taiwan to assemble them for them, and anyone else using OCP spec kit.

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Re: !!STOP THE PRESS!!

3D is the new colour laser?

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Dell thuds down low-cost lap workstation for cheap frugal creatives or engineers

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Re: low cost?

Did you not see the bit where it has workstation graphics and drivers?

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British Pregnancy Advice Service fined £200k for Anon hack, data protection breaches

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Re: From the BBC article

Yes, that is the entire purpose of the data controller, they are responsible for ensuring an entity confirms to the DPA where they deal with personal data. Admitting they had no clue they were even storing the data just demonstrates their failings in regard to the act.

BTW I said misfeasance, not doing your job competently. Malfeasance is deliberate wrong doing, completely different.

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From the BBC article

BPAS chief executive Ann Furedi said: "We accept that no hacker should have been able to steal our data but are horrified by the scale of the fine, which does not reflect the fact that BPAS was a victim of a serious crime by someone opposed to what we do.

"This fine seems out of proportion when compared with those levelled against other organisations who were not themselves the victims of a crime."

This sort of attitude makes me angry - yes you were the victim of a crime, that crime exposed your own illegal practices, ergo fine.

Someone at BPAS was being paid to be a data controller, and was plainly not doing their job. They should not be appealing the fine, they should have dismissed their data controller for incompetence and sue them for professional misfeasance to recover the fine.

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How AGILE DIPLOMACY will spike PUTIN'S GUNS

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Re: Where's BoFH

The whole thing can be described with one word: Hipocrisy.

Want to try again?

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Great headline!

Maplins have to keep stock, pay staff and rent prime (ish) retail locations, which is why it does cost more. On the other hand, you can walk in to a shop on your high street and buy a lot of useful kit that you cannot get other than online.

I miss the old fashioned kind of ironmongers/everything shop that you went in with a sheared bolt, gave it to the old timer who would wheeze, then scurry off to an impressive wall of cabinets, rummaging around and then pulling out the exact thing you were looking for. B&Q does not compare.

This may be rose tinted, as when I was a kid almost every saturday involved Dad popping off to Martin & Newby's to get the one thing he was missing. I was talking to him about this the other day, it was brilliant when it worked, less so when it didn't...

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Re: This is why you have transactional systems.

Tulip Mania wasn't a ponzi scheme, it was a pricing bubble. Your "real physical" money is exactly the same as tulips, prone to fluctuations in value.

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Re: theft in plain sight.

The blockchain address is not a real address, it does not enable you to find an entity.

Instead, it is an identifier. When BTC are transferred from one address to another, all you know is that ID <n> now has <x> more BTC. When <n> sees it, he adds the BTC mentioned to his wallet.

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Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

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WTF?

Buddi's founder claimed the MoJ wanted a system that was a "figment of their imagination" … said in a leaked email to staff that the ministry wanted "the development of a product which does not yet exist".

Crikey, she's never come across the idea of someone developing a new system that does exactly what the client wants?

Or the concept that a client, having paid you a lot of money to develop a new system, would expect you to hand over the IP that you generated developing that new system.

I make my daily bread developing things that do not exist yet and only exist in the figment of someone's imagination, have done for quite some time.

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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Spy vs Spy

I'm only playing if I can be Black Spy - White Spy is such a wuss.

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GNU security library GnuTLS fails on cert checks: Patch now

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Danger of using GNU "standards"

GnuTLS only exists because of extremist GNU zealotry. The rest of the world is perfectly happy with the BSD licensed OpenSSL, but this is not "free enough" for the GNU, and so we have GnuTLS, an SSL implementation for the lawyers.

Coming soon, GnuPNG.

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Re: The only reason this is news worthy...

I was listening to Security Now today, where that was being discussed and Steve Gibson was going on about what a mess the GnuTLS code is

grc talking shit - film at 11?

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Chicago cabs embroiled in debit-card breach claim mystery as bank tells folks: Pay by cash

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From my experience 2-3 years ago, you do not want to pay by card in a Chicago cab anyway. They are all required by law to offer pay by card, but when I gave my cabbie my card at the end of an hour long trip from Loop to O'Hare, he looked at me as though I'd given him a turd in a bag.

He then threw my luggage out of the boot, before rummaging around to find a manual imprinter - yeah, I thought those things were extinct too. We then spent an enjoyable 5 minutes trying to find carbon paper that wasn't already marked through on to the copies, and 3 or 4 attempts before he got one that had my credit card details properly printed on to the copies.

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

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The most likely explanation

Yes, you've lost a bunch of bitcoins. On the other hand, I finally got that gold Psychatog card.

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Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

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So what you're saying is..

"We fought a single issue saying that we need to inconvenience everyone with default filtering for all, having achieved this aim we have found that it has no effect whatsoever on CP, and so we still need funding. In fact, we need some more funding, as the bad guys are getting sneakier"

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AC, you need to re-read and comprehend. IWF have only just noticed this, it does not mean that this has only just started happening, only that until now IWF were not aware of this

Do you think IWF are omniscient?

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Re: Unintended consequences.

There is no such thing as reasonable doubt with CP, it is a strict liability offence. If you possess CP, you are guilty of possessing CP. If you tell IWF where the CP is, you are confirming to a third party that you possessed CP. It really is a lose-lose scenario.

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Re: Balancing Imbalance

Don't forget the dropbears.

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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Re: Sort of

Naturally authorities don't want a panic but the situation is far more lethal than many folks want to admit.

And yet, impossible for you to cite any sources - obviously a conspiracy eh!

PS: For things to be "lethal", in the traditional sense of the word, there have to be deaths.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Re: Damn thieves

Volts thrill, amps kill.

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Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation

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Re: Easy

Surely Apple could turn around and say "Bumfuck, Iowa: you we're my second choice, time to play first string! Now - how about those kickbacks eh?"

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Re: As I read it.

How does one "server" someone? Does it have to be rackmount or can you use pedestal?

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Nokia to Devs: PLEASE DON'T make Nokiadroid apps look like WinPho

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Re: Now if they can get ports the other way

You've obviously never seen Photosynth or People app for that matter.

You sir, are 100% right. That is mainly because I have never seen a WinPho in the wild.

Quod Erat Demonstrandum.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Re: Brilliant

More bits also mean more registers. More registers means doing things in less cycles. Doing things in less cycles mean less running the processor at full speed. Less running the processor at full speed saves battery.

Sorry if I went too fast..

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Re: Cue the selective amnesia

He does have a point though, the reason the S5 has a fingerprint scanner is so that when a thicko chooses a phone, he doesn't choose an iphone just because it has a fingerprint scanner and the S5 does not. Sales people also like tickboxes as product differentiators.

Admittedly, the fingerprint tech in the 5S works quite well, I'm sure it also will in the S5

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Re: Anyone know what it is using for water resistance?

Phones are slippery and have no brakes. If you dropped you phone on the wrong part of the piste it would just go - if you've ever seen a detached ski where the brake hasn't enabled scooting off down the slope, you know what I mean.

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G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

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Wrong targets

They should be giving warnings to Ireland, Lichtenstein and The Netherlands that they need to bring their tax regimes in line with the rest of us or fuck off from our "common" economic area.

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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

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Re: I'm begining to wonder

The downvotes are from people who think what you said is true, and don't like you sharing the info with the world.

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Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

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City datacentres are for the city boys with their financial data, or those who are too rich to care. Everyone else is either in docklands or in a real cheap DC on the outskirts of town, Park Royal, Slough, Gatwick - that sort of area.

PS: Looking at munin in the iphone browser is not an iphone app.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Re: Go take a Placebo AC.

AC, when your argument is "I'm not <some variety of bigot> I've got loads of <bigot target> friends", you've already lost the argument. This is not HYS.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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With the health data, we get some benefit from the selling of the data (cash), but the overall benefit should take in to account (hopefully) the new and improved drugs that can be produced from researching the data, which should give "us" a net benefit; we'll be healthier for longer.

Not as much of a benefit as the owners of the biotech companies buying the data I suppose.

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Elon Musk ADMITS he met Apple: iCar 'great idea', keeps schtum on Tesla hookup

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Re: No thanks

Mercedes had a self-driving car take itself from Germany to Denmark

Depending where you start and finish, that might not be that impressive.

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See me after class: Apple scores AAA rating from brand-botherer

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Are these the same kind of ratings companies that were giving Greece a good credit rating just months before they defaulted on their debt, and the USA triple-A despite being just days away from defaulting during their mad few weeks of government stalemate?

No - completely different.

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Nasty holes found in Belkin's home automation kit

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Re: Don't buy security from box shifters

Way to miss the point AC. I didn't say people needed to write the damn thing themselves, just that that should be the source of the software. Many easy to use mass market consumer electronics have at their base open source software, the people using them do not know or care (as evidenced by your delightful musings).

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

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Re: In a C-shell ...

A patron asked the front of the house, loudly, "do you allow glassholes at this establishment?", pointing at said potential customer.

Well they seem to let regular assholes eat there...

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

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No, they'd send me more pizza menus, plus vouchers for an extra large doner pizza with extra cheese and jalapenos :/

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