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So the research paper is claiming that everyone who was interested in bitcoin in the early days are all really aliases for satoshi, who then decided to transfer some coin to DPR in 2013? Sounds like people throwing names around to try and get some useless study published to me.Could the link be any weaker at all? Is it even a link?
Re: Destined to fail
I dont see that underpowered but consistant hardware specs is the benefit some say it is. I dusted off the old xbox 360 last night and fired up badlands. I noticed the game chunking quite a lot during the intro.
Conversely, PC games have been able to automatically benchmark the pc rig they're running on and configure to suit for years and years. Varied PC hardware is simply not the problem console gamers say it is. Its just an excuse to justify lame hardware and slow development cycles while the manufacturers milk more cash.
This will build on the success the steam platform already is.
Re: This will either save PC gaming or kill it.
They have said you will be able to dual boot it, so there are pleanty of ways you can also use it as a media player. Performance wise this leave the 'next gen' consoles for dead. I bet they sell a lot more controllers than systems though, as plenty of people will want to supply their own hardware (or use existing hardware).
Its because the Australian police consider piracy a civil offence (and it is, too).
If the MPAA want to act, then they should identify the sellers then take them to court themselves. The court system would then make a ruling.
Telling the police to do all the work at the tax payers expense is not how things work here. Hurrah for the police doing things the right and legal way.
So cisco is paying a site license for unlimited use on the h264 codec for the whole world? That would have to be one hell of a license fee. Something doesnt smell right. There will have to be limitations, or else the fee will have to be so large that mpeg la are happy to never accept a cent from anyone else.
I can see the license being restricted to use in FF and/or other browsers would work. But I bet I cant write my own unrelated video conferencing application and distribute it then say "cisco will pay up for that part".
i wouldnt trust huawai
After seeing what the NSA have done in the USA (and the rest of the world), breaking / backdooring crypto standards and possibly hardware (intels random number generator) I would expect that everything is backdoored. Sure the intel guy who made intels RNG says no way it is backdoored, but whos to say that one person in the right place didnt slip one on the silicon before it was produced? The same thing is surely happening in China. The regime is different, but people are people. So the question becomes whos back door do you want on your infrastructure? Im guessing China is enough of a threat to take seriously.
Or maybe the competitors of the named brand shoved a few boards in the competitors products then sold them to retailers, only to buy them again and get the story in the news. I would say this would be more likely!
Not that you couldnt put a cheap small allwinner chipset based system with wifi in an appliance.....
My mate has one of these. Ive used it with him to get some great footage, but have kept it away from everyone because the risks are real. Its about 50cm from side to side, made of hard plastic (not styrofoam) and quite soild. It would make a mess of a chopper stabilising rotor if it hit it, thats for sure.
Great device, but you need to respect the law and use common sense if you are going to fly one.
thats not a bug, its a feature
Other than really stupid flaws which can be detected automatically with tools like lint, if anyone chooses to run them, you cant do this automatically. How can you tell if its a bug or expected operation. I can see these tools closing holes, and breaking as much functionality, and it taking just as long for a human to create the original intended result.
Re: You lack sufficient cynicism young commentard
"The "public" can get FTTP under the coalitions plan if that is what they want. It has always been an available option that you can pay for if you require it."
Can you produce a link to current documentation for this? I want fibre to the premisis, and considering what it will cost me in stamp duty to move house, I am prepared to put down the thousands and pay for it if I have to.
I heard it was an option, then I read somewhere that it wasnt, and now I can not find current facts at all. If I can buy it, I will, and I dont know what happens next. Do they run fibre from the exchange to just my house? From the node? (I read that the FTTN architecture was not upgradeable and would need to be ripped up to swap to FTTP). Do they run a single house off a shared 30 connection GPON passive fibre card like the original FTTP plan (though it would have been blocks of 30 houses installed at one, withthe fibre pulled through the ducts in one hit), or do they install a dedicated link per household?
This is not just a pro FTTP rant... I really do want straight answers on if I can pay now and what happens. I want to take that option. Anyone?
Gee, nice bit of microsoft spam. I hope they paid well for it.
For a competing system, see redhat hats offering.
You can have public, private or hybrid cloud where you can lease extra capacity on an as required basis adding nodes via the net to your own private cloud on an as required basis.
But really, is this even news?
Why make everything so hard to move to a failing platform that needs some love right now? They must really hate their customers. The left hand giveth and the right hand takes some more away.
Re: undemocratic swill
We now know the NSA have been working with American security companies to weaken security systems and insert back doors. I would say its VERY likely that diebold are part of this, and the system is more open to corruption than we thought. Either turnbul is in on it, or ignorant. Eitherway we need to make sure this does not happen. We should never allow electronic voting on closed systems, or systems imported from anywhere else.
wikileaks lost the game the moment their preferences were announced, and the nazi party ranked high, and above the quality greens senator scott ludlam who has been doing a very good job pushing the issues wikileaks supposedly stand for. They were trying to play the preferences game but preferences were put in which were not approved by the wikileaks national council, and in doing so they became part of the problem they are trying to solve (and lost most of their supporter base). It turns out you cant say one thing and then do another when running on a platform of transparency and proper process.
More info here: http://danielmathews.info/blog/2013/08/statement-of-resignation-from-wikileaks-party-national-council/
Re: One wonders how stupid Nokia shareholders must be
well, option (1) building a better phone had been in development for more than 5 years. Nokia engineering had developed shedloads of drivers and IP against texus instruments OMAP chipsets, they owned QT, they had a theme that scaled desktop apps down to a small screen size very well. It was linux kernel based and it did already exist. All they had to do was stop elop from only allowing them to sell it to the wrong markets, then calling it a failure and tossing all that R&D in the bin. The N900 before it was well received http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N900 though possibly a little late but they were on the right track could have sold android along side it as another option, and had a certain amount of compatibility and shared development investment between both OS as they used a linux kernel.
So much quality work wasted to either devalue the company for microsoft and to sell win phone OS when nobody else would. This whole thing would have been like watching a train crash for the nokia engineers who understood what it could have been.
So google shouldnt be able to use the java api which is not protected, but its ok for oracle to take redhat linux under its open source licenses, then f**k it up craptasticly and collect support $ while giving nothing back to red hat?
At least redhat fund a lot open source development and give back heaps to the community.
True oracle do invest in some linux development (btrfs comes to mind) but I dont think they can talk, here.
For cloud hosting, host your own. Then you know what it is and where. Hire some skilled staff who can keep it running and keep the data backed up offsite. If your worried about web or email use SSL on your mail server and https in your browser.
IMHO No business should keep any private data out in the cloud. Its not a question of country.
Re: But why?
But why? Where I work I see large corporates buying IP and making custom chips for custom applications (think engine computers, motorola cpus, and other bits of hardware baked in to make a purpose build low cost application platform.).
This is something that people will keep wanting to do, and with IBM having been a large long time supporter of linux they will not worry about not being able to get vendor support.
In these applications it doesnt matter what chip it is. It'll come down to what options you can put in the silicon, and price point, and the existence of software tools. This will make ppc hardware or ppc + linux os a viable option in this field. Sure the chips were falling behind vs x86, but were not talking ppc from 3 years ago. Were talking the next gen, and if they have done the engineering right with regards to heat and power they may remain relevant in some markets.
Just dont expect one on your desktop pc or your phone. If thats what your thinking, you have not seen the deeper picture.
This is a good thing. Adam has been my ISP for nearly 10 years, and in that time ive been very happy with the local support from knowledgeable and helpful people, and with usually no wait to speak to them on the phone.
When telstra where looking to buy Adam, I figured that if they closed down the local office then I would move to iinet as a backup plan. Apparently the Adam owners were looking to cash in, so if they had to go somewhere Im happy that it is iinet. From all reports they look after their customers too, and I have a lot of respect for them taking the battle against AFACT to the high court, and winning at every level.
 but also thanks to the other ISPs that backed iinets efforts too.
Re: How, Now?
I dunno, there is a lot of x86 windows software out there. Intel have demonstrated x86 processors sucking less juice than arm. But windows 8 and surface dont have a reputation to justify the cost. They need to have a loss leader, sell them under priced and get them in to the market as quickly as possible. Once people have them they'll demand software suited to the platform (desktop apps will be there, but surface pro apps designed for touch with the right gui will help, and start to sell). Microsoft are not making anyone want these products. I dont know what adds the rest of the world are seeing, but the only one ive seen is a bunch of corporates sitting around a table where everyone has a surface pro, and then they all dance around. It looks stupid! a) nobody in business has a pro and there is no reason to get one. b) nobody in business dances in synchronisation at meetings c) its not different and cool, its apple 3 years ago and while apple have lost a lot of cool lately they still have a lot more than microsoft!
There are problems here with net neutrality. It is not the ISPs place to send their customers to specific stores. They say it'll be industry wide and send you to alternate sources "when" it is not available from the main ones - but this comment should set off alarm bells.
I do see this hurting the smaller and more new world content distributors who offer a fairer deal and have less money to hand to comcast. This is the beginning of comcast funnelling customers to clients who pay big and that is a very dangerous thing. Whats more its also one of those slipery slopes, there are sales and therefore money in it and once this begins nobody will be able to pull it back. It'll only get larger and more wide spread.
This should definitely be rejected by consumers. Unfortunately, few understand the larger picture.
Simon Hackett knows what hes talking about. Hes built internode (now owned by iinet) and the agile wholesale network and speaks from what hes learnt. Is there any chance we can get him in to a top job at the NBN co. I dont doubt that hes right on all accounts and his advise would be beneficial if followed.
Good on em! It'll save them money in the medium/long term, and provide yet another reference site to prove it is possible and does work. Since we cant wait for the whole world to be powered by one single epic 24x7 renewable power installation, every bit built and emissions saved is good - and a 1 megawatt hour plant is nothing to be sneezed at. Keep it up apple, and anyone whos in a position to do the same go for it. And im not even an apple fanboi, I have zero apple products and avoid itunes like the plague.
Nah, not speculation for funding if the CSIRO are involved. They have a very good track record of releasing good and impartial information, including on the climate. Much more on their site. http://www.csiro.au/science/Changing-Climate
Also what we need should be better defined. We dont need the internet at all, but it sure has benefits to the economy and quality of life. Perhaps what can we use, or what we need to compete with europe/asia and the usa in the cloud based services market.
Im happy to put up $100au (and have). Will make sure I put forward some good logic to those that do the study. If this kind of thing can gain traction im sure there will be good benefit for the NBN debate, and something those of us who want it can reference in our discussions. No doubt for the register will also benifit for organising it, and that is fair.
Re: why would MS buy now?
Because they have the cash to float the company. If nokia dies and their windows phones leave the market, then there are very few windows phone options left. Microsoft want to keep pushing windows 8 and windows phone with the same UI, thinking that some day people will start wanting it.... I guess what they are doing (destroying nokias value, and then trying to buy them for cheap) might have insulted too many and pushed too many too far so that talks fell apart though.
The question is not "is streaming worth it?" its "whats in the contracts?". Like anything you can have good and bad business contracts, and if you are an artist, then hearing "streaming" and saying "yes" or "no" based on that alone is a huge mistake, as big as you can make anywhere contracts are involved. If anyones wants to stream your music for free, read the fine print even more closely.
This article makes it sounds like he'll be running as an independent. I just did a little more research and see that he has joined the Finnish pirate party.
Any other company and i'd agree and say give them the access they need.... But Microsoft.... after being such asses since their early days locking in companies with buggy proprietary apps and doing everything they can to not support public APIs properly, keep all their information secret, spread FUD about competitors (linux) I say, suck it up Microsoft, how does it feel now?
this is surely going to be controversial, but this county needs fibre to the premises for the future. if the libs get from protest vote against labor they will do a lot of bad things.. waste $billions on a rubbish nbn that will set the country and companies technology investment back a long long way. Then they will damage or sell medicare, they wont invest in schools even though the education system needs some help. If you dont want to vote labor DO vote for one of the smaller parties instead. There are enough around to pick from, personally im thinking pirate party australia - worth searching them out if you think you might be interested.
Well, im happy to see some of my tax money go on it. Someones gotta do it first, and most tech improves as its developed and tested. Im also happy to see australia developing such tech. Lets hope its proven successful and keep an eye out for the next generation. Solar is good and getting better but as said above large scale geothermal runs at night. I also wouldnt worry about cooling the rock down. Our planet has a core of molten rock, theres a lot of heat down there.
I did wonder how kodak failed after inventing the first digital camera. But this article spells it out - too slow to improve it, and once behind not rich enough to catch up. Sad to see, but you cant undo poor choices by management.
As for solar, it is making quite a difference where I live. Details here:
Have a look with google maps around the suburbs near the citys in australia (eg: adelaide south australia ) to see just how much there is here. You wont have to look far to see it. My house has generated 3.5megawatt hours off a little 1.5kw system in the last 3 years. About half my energy needs. I just forget about it and it keeps ticking over. The tech keeps improving and becoming cheaper too.
This is very good. Not forcing people to use open source out of principal, but to evaluate it and choose it if its the best. Redhat's enterprise linux provides great API stability for the long term, and if paying to use it meets the requirements, does the job without lock in and still wins on the cost front, then its the great win I wish more IT contracts were made of.
Its legal, clearly the law needs changing to prevent this.
At least hes quoting real numbers, and hes got experience in private large scale telco business. He knows his stuff. We dont get the same details from the media that would cross his desk. I do hope we see the rollout start to speed in the next 12 months though. http://www.nbnco.com.au/about-us/our-people/executives.html
or... they'll just cash in on the 'were going to....' and it'll never actually happen.
Good questions, but one ive not seen asked yet:
What is the cost of re-routing as required and re-terminating every copper pair at the the node installations? And do people want many new dark green cabinets dotted around the suburbs.
Battery backup will be required, but the high end telco grade batteries last a lot longer than 2 years, and the lead can be recycled and acid disposed of cleanly (easy to do on a large scale).
FTTN Is not a good long term solution. Better than nothing, but very short sighted and wasteful. If they want to cost it they should include how much money already invested in FTTP will be wasted, how much an FTTN network will cost to complete, and how much it will cost to upgrade it to FTTP in the medium range future when we need it. If the total is more than 10% extra, its probably worth doing it right the first time and going straight to FTTP.
There are pleanty of areas that dont have copper at all, or have bad copper now, which telstra where telstra have not been deploying upgrades due to knowing the NBN is coming. Seems silly to go and install copper infrastructure in this day age. Just flog a dead horse that much longer will they?
Co-ax doesnt cut it. Even if high sync speeds can be obtained, put a whole street or more on the segment at those speeds and load it up and speed will fall. Same goes for long range wifi. Along with copper, both techs are not suitable for city population density in to the future.
we all knew it
nokia - big $ in R&D, linux.. had a great platform but failed to bring it to market quickly enough. Then MS got involved, and the good stuff was canned, R&D dollars in the bin, and now, they seem to think that bringing out 10 new models every few months that all look exactly the same with the same name and a new number is going to do it for them. Winpho.. so borning. And who ever though that a menu with a bunch of different size squares on it was appealing. That person made the biggest mistake in recent times!
I was at my mother in laws place last week. a housing estate where there is not enough copper to go around, thus to this day she has adsl only on pair gain and speeds are dismal, telstra are the only wholesaler and the service is expensive. So, its either lay more copper, or lay more fibre. I know which one is the best long term plan and its the one which would benefit everyone in such a situation - FTTH.
If the fibre option is expensive to the end user, and its quicker to make because you dont actually have to make it because most people cant/wont shell out the cash, then the market for high quality streaming services that can be delivered via FTTH will be smaller, perhaps too small to exist at all. That is a massive loose for Australia. We have the technology, the skills, so please feed the industry what it needs to grow for us to be leaders in the field.
"Swartz had opened a hole in MIT’s JSTOR system, allowing free access to academic papers"
Thats not true. He had legitimate access to the system and downloaded them with distribute the information. Once busted doing it legitimately, he broke open a network cabinet and kept going. He was again busted at this point but that was the end. The worst he had done was bust open a cabinet. He never did allow free access to the papers which is an important point - regardless of his original intent. He had returned the papers and said he would not do it, but they still wanted to go with disproportionate fine and jail time.
I do think anon need to be more productive for their cause than just doxing people with more money than them. Not all successful people are evil by default and such blanket attacks with collateral damage make them no better than the people they are against.
Well, Im in the city, about 2 mins from the CBD, and my house isnt even coming up on the 3 year plan yet. My ADSL syncs at 4.5mbit and is stable so i cant complain about that but know people who have bad luck and poor wires and sync at 800kbit (bad) with constant dropouts (makes it nearly unusable). And the mobile networks are not great - not enough bandwidth to go around. At peak times, the mobile networks are filled with calls and its impossible to get a data connection. H
ave patience, Australia is a huge place and this is a seriously geographically huge network. Some country towns will get fibre which will be up to scratch and some will get wireless, but you can bet that wireless will still be a damn site better than what is available now. The NBN is a well designed network. I havnt heard anyone complaining who has been connected to it yet, only good stories about how fast it is. Its just a pitty it cant be built quicker!
the linux based nokia phones were a real contender. I know someone who purchsed one of the first and last, before it was was pushed out of the lime light and killed by elop in his plans to go winphone. "oh no, hes got no aligence to microsoft, he is just a major shareholder^, and wants to trash all the quality IP nokia have developed in the last 5 years that is about to come to fruition, and kiss balmers ass while making the worst business decision for nokia, and finland".
My mate who bought an N700 i think it was - He really liked it. Nokia labs had done an excellent job making a lightweight linux OS for phone and QT themes that worked well on a small screen. As a phone it could stand on its own merits, and for a geek it was fantastic. He told me he was able to compile wireshark from source on the phone, and it 'just worked' and was useable with no code modification. Fantastic!
Whatever app you choose, being able to do that wins over the geeks (like android did with its openness in the early days) and the geeks are who less technical people ask for advice before they go to the phone shop. Most geeks now say "android, perhaps iphone if you like it... but what ever you do DONT get a windows phone - there is no software and nothing runs on it".
^ of course when it was reported he was a major shareholder, he sold all his shares. Im sure hes spewing about the money that netted him (enough to live rich for the rest of his life, and then some) before he kills nokia and with microsoft shooting them selves in the foot weekly by trying to push users where they dont want to go....
I dont know if state needs to go, but it does need to be reduced, and have no say in classification which should be a federal thing.
As someone who lives in SA, and voted the way I did over the r18+ issue, I can say for sure that other problems we have here - eg not enough water in the river murry due to too many water licenses along the river and in particular cotton farming licenses in the eastern states (in dry australia, how does that make sense?), would not be solved at the federal level as most people there do not see it from south australias point of view and dont take this environmental problem seriously.
Having said that though, there does seem to be enough problems solving that one even with a state government. Some issues can remain state, but most would be fine at the local or federal level.
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