* Posts by NumptyScrub

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AT&T suddenly finds demand for 1Gbps fiber in Kansas City – just after Google arrived

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Re: We need Judge Green again!

Verizon *is* doing market research. I just got 50m/50m for 45 / month from them (no bundles). Not sure if I'd go for 1g/1g at almost twice the price (i am not a gamer).

Just to put that into perspective for you, you are paying $45/mo for 50Mbps, and the fibre offering detailed here is $70/mo for 1000Mbps. That's $25/mo for an extra 950Mbps, or from another perspective, a net loss for Verizon of $830/mo for selling 1Gbps of client bandwidth as a $70 package instead of 20 lots of 50Mbps packages.

You may only use 5GB of data per month regardless of your actual line speed, but a gigabit line will mean far less time spent waiting for that data you do use to get to you. You would also be doing consumers a favour getting the gigabit connection, and forcing Verizon to start pricing the slower packages more in line with the actual costs of provision; even $10/mo for 50Mbit ($200 per gigabit) makes them more overall ;)

Protip; once they reprice the slower connections, you can switch back and benefit from a package that is quick enough for you, but at a fraction of the old cost :D

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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That was exactly what Labour expected when they introduced RIPA. "Oh, as a child-molesting, money laundering terrorists I could go to prison for two years if I don't reveal my key and my evil plans...or reveal the key and go down for life. Fair cop, there you go, guvnor, here's me keys".

Which is why they changed it. It now reads:

(5)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding [the appropriate maximum term] or to a fine, or to both;

(b)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both.

(5A)In subsection (5) ‘the appropriate maximum term’ means—

(a)in a national security case [or a child indecency case], five years; and

(b)in any other case, two years.

I seem to recall some judge thinking it should be increased to the same term as the potential offense it could be hiding, so 10+ years for failing to decrypt a file that might contain child porn (but cannot be proven to contain anything). May as well go hog wild and make it a life sentence to fail to provide a password, because you can tell they just want the good old days of "guilty until proven innocent" back.

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Actually, I think that the generally recognised phrase is "nothing to hide, nothing to fear". Puts a different emphasis on things, doesn't it.

They took away my wealth, so I need not fear theft

They took away my children, so I need not fear paedophiles

They took away my vote, so I need not fear political corruption

They have taken everything from me, so I have nothing left to fear

Yep, definitely puts a different emphasis on things :)

A population and its government must use every means possible to keep pushing back against those who would exploit, kill and abuse them. What is guaranteed is that if we stop doing that, or we completely prevent our law enforcement agencies doing it for us, then the criminals, burglars, terrorists, paedophiles and corrupt will pay heed. They will be rubbing their hands with glee. And they will, quicker than you can blink, be giving you real reason to be afraid.

"Stopping" pushing back against those who would do us harm, would require us to remove existing powers from law enforcement, not failing to give them more powers. They already have the ability to get a warrant to target surveillance, and to detain suspects. 50 years ago that was considered perfectly adequate, and targeted surveillance is still available and still capable of providing useful information, including the ability to catch all communications data over cellular or fixed telephony and internet connectivity, for a known suspect, and to install and operate means of overhearing communications. All the encrypted VoIP or chat apps in the world are unable to stop someone from using a microphone to record you talking, or a camera to record you typing on a keyboard.

So the issue would appear to be all that fuss about getting the warrant in the first place? It would definitely be a lot easier for law enforcement if everyone was always under surveillance. You could easily identify political dissidents paedophiles if you have 24/7 recordings of everything they ever do, and then disappear them lock them up for good. The problem I have is that a 24/7 surveillance state is, pretty much by definition, a totalitarian state.

So give the politicians a break. You're worrying about comparatively minor intrusions into your use of technology.

I'm worrying about the ongoing erosion of privacy in the name of "safety", when the demons I am being "protected" from are less dangerous than driving my car; cars hurt and kill more people each year in any country than terrorists and paedophiles put together.

They're worrying about preventing people like you being killed, maimed, abused or exploited by some properly nasty baddies who really couldn't give a flying fuck for your privacy.

They apparently aren't worrying about me being killed or maimed by cars though, even though it is orders of magnitude more likely. They apparently aren't worrying about me being abused or exploited by corporate entities that want my personal data for marketing purposes, and are willing to lie, cheat and steal to get that data.

And it's clearly getting harder for governments to do that job. No thanks to those companies that make heaps of money providing internet services and pushing profitable adverts to baddies and goodies alike. It'd be nice if they lent us all a hand.

You mean those companies that provide a huge amount of political funding in order to ensure that laws favour their side? Here's a good one; my government already takes my medical data (gathered by the NHS) and hands it over to "selected" 3rd parties that provide a product or service that may be relevant to my medical history, as part of the Care.Data initiative. I have to specifically opt out if I do not want that to happen. I am told that opting out might mean I miss vital, life-saving offers.

"Be advertised at or you might die from something preventable". How fucking awesome is that?

There is of course far more to law enforcement than trawling through internet traffic (though the prior warning potentially gained could presumably be life saving). But do you honestly think that a democratically elected politician with less than four months before an election would risk vote-losing adverse publicity unless they thought that the alternative was worse? Now that might be something to really worry about.

If you honestly think Cameroon's outburst is anything other than an ill judged, badly misunderstood appeal to fearmongering then I think you may be mistaken. He hasn't got a clue what the actual outcome of "banning cryptography" would be otherwise he would have kept his fool mouth shut, this is a knee jerk "because terrorist!" response hoping to get scared citizens to vote for him out of fear.

Did you know, a recent study shows 100% of terrorists use transport to get to the place where they subsequently kill innocent people? I am also reliably informed that transport is responsible for some deaths every year just on its own! I reckon, if we really want to deal a terrifying blow to terrorists and save the lives of innocent people, then we should ban transport as soon as possible. It will quite literally save thousands of lives every year.

The recent focus on terrorism is because it makes them (the government) look bad, not because it saves lives, otherwise we'd be spending all that legislatory time making the roads safer by eroding driver privacy forcing drivers to be under surveillance at all times while driving. All right-thinking citizens obviously support drivers being under surveillance at all times (while driving) because only criminals break road traffic regulations. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear, right? :)

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Re: The Point

The point is, and you'll not like this, is that a society based on "secrets" is a broken society. Who cares who you get up to things with? As long as you don't harm anyone else, you've nothing to fear. Oh, you're scared of ridicule? You'll grow up at some stage I'm sure and be more confident in your actions and your choices.

I have literally no problem with an open society where everything is publically available. I just demand that the government go first to prove their intent :)

Protip: they will never go first.

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What exactly is the government's thinking for this?

Do they really expect terrorists or child molesters or possessors of abuse photos and videos to go "Better not use encryption. I'll be breaking the law."

Of course not. The thinking is this: encryption = guilty*

See encryption anywhere, and the person or people involved can be automatically sentenced to the maximum term for being a serial child molesting terrorist, without needing to spend any time investigating or creating a case. Obviously any encrypted data should be treated as if it contains the worst possible content and sentenced as such

*unless it's government, because they need encryption to do their job and thus it is a legitimate business tool and not criminal at all. Only other people who use encryption are all guaranteed criminals of the very worst sort, honest.

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Re: Nothing to hide if you have done nothing wrong ?

Having a crap is not illegal, so why do toilets have doors ?

Shitting in public is illegal (public indecency laws), so we are basically being asked to install toilet doors that are opaque to the public but transparent to GCHQ (and transparent to anyone who knows how GCHQ make them transparent). Next we'll have to make walls out of the same stuff, and wear clothes made out of that stuff. GCHQ demands the ability to see all things at all times lest one terrorist be overlooked.

Then they decide to overlook suspected terrorists that they already know about, because they've not done anything for a few months, et voila! Charlie Hebdo

Asking for the ability to watch more people, because some people you chose to stop watching killed people, is pretty fucking disingenuous.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: [Pi's] full value has never been expressed...

π may be 10 in base π, but I reckon it's more amusing to use base 10π/3

Purely because then π = 3

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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Re: Tank controls?

Like the original Resident Evil, where you press forwards to walk the direction your character is facing, push left to turn left etc. Most games these days instead map directions to cardinals (i.e. push the direction you want to go) rather than make them dependent on character facing.

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

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Re: Is this racist...

Can Germany be trusted with privacy?

Absolutely. You will actually struggle to find any other country who values privacy as much as Germany, in fact.

I love going there, the beer is good and the people are awesome (some can be a little stuffy until they get to know you, but that is the same anywhere).

As noted above, it's the part we gave to Russia that had the problems. You might want to blame Russian influence on the running of East Germany for that whole privacy clusterfuck. The German people who lived through that are still really sore about it, hence a unified Germany taking a pretty dim view of Panopticon style privacy policies ^^;

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Tearful boffins confirm grav wave tsunami NOT caused by Big Bang

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Phantom particles are particles that come in and out of existence on the quantum level. Space "bubbles" with these particles, but because they are matter/anti-matter pairs and self annihilate quickly they do not count as matter or energy being created.

Guys I think I found that "phantom particle" Doctor Drew was talking about :D

Except we've known about them for nearly a century (first proposed 1916) and yet cosmology has not been shaken to it's very core yet. Not sure why, maybe there is more thinking needs to be done about it :/

Phantom particles are not nearly as strange as quirks and anti-quirks and the subatomic particles that surround them. If you don't like the idea of Phantom particles popping in and out of existence your going to just hate it when you find out we live in a Hologram Universe...

Ahh, bless, that old "the universe is a fiction" meme that's been around for a few thousand years and has been (and is) a staple of philosophy. Unfortunately, in the absence of an alternative method of perception (i.e. Morpheus and Trinity busting you out of the Matrix), then your personal perception of "reality" is really the only one you can actually use to make your own judgements and decisions.

Solipsism for the win! I'm glad I keep imagining people like you, it does keep me amused :D

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Re: In the beginning

I suspect it may have been more "fuck that's cold!"

Although since we're talking about gravity wave tsunami, maybe "belly flop!" is more appropriate ^^;

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What do China, FBI and UK have in common? All three want backdoors in Western technology

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Re: citation needed

From the cryptome link:

Access to Telecommunications

[IUR 1] Law enforcement agencies require access to the entire telecommunications transmitted, or caused to be transmitted, to and from the number or other identifier of the target service used by the interception subject. Law enforcement agencies also require access to the call-associated data that are generated to process the call.

"Call" in this context means the entire telecommunications transmitted, or caused to be transmitted, to and from the entity associated with the number or other identifier specified in the legal authorisation. "Number" or "Identifier" is the means by which telecommunications facilities determine specific communications. Identifiers may refer to a physical or logical entity (e.g. user addresses, equipment identities, user name/passwords, port identities, mail addresses, etc.) and may differ according to the type of telecommunications system.

Typical, but not exclusive, examples for some specific services are: For PLMN IMSI, MS-ISDN, IMEI; for PSTN/ISDN directory numbers, port identification, personal and vanity numbers; for Internet (access) services IP addresses, account number, logon ID/password, PIN number and E-mail address.

Apparently European ISPs have to (are legally required to) store passwords in reversible encryption so they can provide them to (duly authorised) law enforcement for intercept purposes, unless I am reading that wrong.

What is this I don't even

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Re: Understanding between nations is a beautiful thing!!

So which is safer, a single common backdoor that you give the key to dozens of different agencies in a hundred different countries - or a 1000 separate backdoors each allegedly known only to that agency.

No backdoor. Due process takes care of investigatory powers against known targets already, like being able to record conversations at the telephone switch, or forward all internet packets to a separate router for storage and deconstruction.

When surveillance is difficult, only important targets will be surveilled. When surveillance is trivial...

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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Re: A long way to go

Elite: Dangerous - 3 (4?) million quid and the persistent universe, multiplayer game has been playable for the last 12 months, although many are arguing that it is not in a release state and should still be qualified as a beta.

Star Citizen - 40 million quid and the persistent universe, multiplayer game is "in design" (not "in production", note, still being designed) and the only playable module is an arena shooter

I tend to agree with most concerns I see raised about E: D (although I have literally zero care about offline mode, I purchase games to be able to play them with my friends) but the fact remains that 10% of the budget has, on the face of it, apparently provided an order of magnitude more playability for backers in the last 24 months.

Wasn't aware that Sq.42 was being made episodic, nor that episode 1 is due this year though, that is good news :). Just to ensure I'm not being a total dumbass, Sq.42 is co-op capable story-mode play, right, and not solely single player? It's the co-op multiplayer experience I'm most interested in for Star Citizen ^^;

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Re: Sol Trader

So this is where I prove that NoScript can make you look like a tard on the internet; apparently the tiers are only visible when you allow scripts from kickstarter.com

I have no-one to blame but myself :'(

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Re: Sol Trader

The Sol Trader page could do with discrete pledge levels so people can "just click button" to pledge (even just "£X - one copy of the game", "£Y - 2 copies of the game"). As is, I'm assuming that any pledge here is simply to fund the developer, and if it is produced I would then also need to purchase a copy of the game separately.

You'll note that all the big projects have a pretty obvious tiered pledge system, and that pledging for the big packs is not always cost effective, but does usually have some extra (even a trivial extra like "£200 - includes one copy of the game, and one crayon drawing made by my 2 year old").

You can see what you are getting for your money, and easily decide if it is worth it to you. People will happily pay over the odds for dumb stuff if it also supports a game they like the look of; I paid $90 for alpha access to Planetary Annihilation, £100 for beta access to E: D, and I'm considering paying $115 for a Cutlass / Freelancer pack for Star Citizen, and that is well over the odds considering $35 is all I would actually need to pay for the game.

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Re: 14nd place?

They're in 14nd place with three million dollars. Where will eleventy million put them?

ith place? Or maybe I'm imagining it ^^;

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Re: You crack me up, Mr. Pott

When you put your opinion into the public domain, you should have the cajones/backbone to back up that opinion when someone calls you on it.

Well, I'm willing to back up my opinions on the internets, and I've decided I like this asploding kittehs game enough to have just backed it myself. I'm also old, and have several decades of experience in games of board, card and dice.

So, what opinion of Senor Potts was it that you took umbrage with, so I can attempt to debate by proxy?

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Re: A long way to go

Betcha I get my copies of "teh kittehs asplode" game before Squadron 42 is playable though. I keep hoping I am wrong and just being a stupid butt, however I can't help but get a Duke Nukem Forever (or Daikatana) vibe out of the rate of development progress for Star Citizen. :'(

Full disclosure: I've played more Chris Roberts games than I care to count and I was all up for getting the Cutlass (or Freelancer) package back when both this and Elite: Dangerous got announced. I thought I would be sensible and wait until there was a bit more functionality before dropping monies on either game (rather than my usual impulse buying everything in sight). I didn't buy in to E: D until after I played the alpha at a friends, and could see the flight model, basic trading mechanics etc., then I dropped £100 on the beta because I could see the game I'd be getting.

Elite: Dangerous is now released (opinions vary on whether it is in a releasable state, but still), and Star Citizen still only has a Hangar module where you can see your ship(s), and an Arena module where you can fly one of those ships in a couple of pew pew missions. I haven't seen any estimates on when even a beta of Squadron 42 (the single player / co-op game mode) will be released, although since I still haven't backed, I may just not be privy to super secret internal comms. Still, the fact remains that Star Citizen made over 10 times the backing the E: D did whilst simultaneously being the least visibly developed of the 2 titles.

I'm just waiting for Sq. 42 to drop (even in beta) and I'll happily cough up the readies. Unfortunately I've already been waiting a couple of years for that, and still no estimated date in sight :(

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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Pity This is my last "windoze" pc, all others here run xubuntu, which works, for free NOW .... 365 days a year, until crack of doom .... (or icebergs)

I'm pretty sure that 5 years (for the current LTS version) is not "the crack of doom". 5 years from now (or less) you will have to install a new version if you wan to continue to run a supported operating system.

You probably want the Mint Debian rolling distro if you don't want to have to install new versions every so often, that what I switched to ^^;

Last 3 "windoze" brought here by people, had 1500 virus/malware hits each, @ the point I formatted the crap & installed Xubuntu on them for those people,

Yeah ok you are a massively opinionated person. I support a few thousand Windows boxes for a living and if you set them up right they work fine and do the job they need to. It sounds like you have never experienced that, so I can only assume you have never seen them set up right in the first place.

If you want to talk about exploitable code that can get new users screwed over by malware, shall we start with a discussion on how Ubuntu (and thus Mint) now come with Flash Player as standard? o.O

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Re: We will tell them it's free - Muuhahahha

The Win8.1 it's currently running is Technet provenance, so volume licensing rather than OEM. I have no idea whether that would make me more of a pariah than an OEM customer, or less, when it comes to them letting me activate a reinstall ^^;

I miss Technet, apparently MS want to make sure I consider alternative OS vendors (mmm... minty) when I need to spin up a new machine at home, rather than just install Windows by default. Net result, only the gaming machine(s) still run Windows. :'(

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Re: Windows10 just plain sucks. HoloLens are a useless crap.

The Hololens is not a bad copy of Glass, it appears to be a see-through version of the Oculus Rift.

Assuming that the MS promotional video I watched earlier is intended to be indicative of the user experience (items placed hovering over real world objects in a true perceived 3D environment), then it's a head mounted 3D display (check), with motion tracking (check), and gesture sensing input (unique to the hololens), which is transparent enough for the user to see through (unique to the hololens).

I have seen more than one person post on the Elite: Dangerous forums about how they would want the Rift screen to either be transparent, or provide a video overlay of the real life scene, so they can accurately type / pick up a drink / make notes on a pad then go back to the flight controls without needing to remove the HMD. Potentially, the "hololens" could provide such a head mounted display option, although a lot depends on the actual hardware implementation.

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Re: We will tell them it's free - Muuhahahha

The key quote is "This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost."

So for the warranty period (and extended warranty period where applicable), as that can can be considered the "supported" lifetime.

I build and support my own devices, and I suspect that MS will class this collection of bits as "the same device" only until I change the motherboard. To be fair, mobo (and thus CPU + RAM) changes I always fresh reinstall for anyway, but I'd like to be sure that Win10 will actually let me reinstall onto "this PC but with different CPU/mobo/RAM in" and not require I buy a new copy of the OS to do so. All the previous OSs that have been installed on it (98 SE, XP, XP 64, Vista 64, Win7 64, Win 8.1 64) have allowed reinstalls after hardware updgrades, I'd want 10 to be no different.

That integrated XBox app sounds intriguing as well; a lot of my Steam titles are multiplatform XBox titles, and it would be interesting to actually be able to play them in a XBox party with friends. I'll have to see if I can find out more info on what functionality it actually offers.

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Thailand: 'The nail that sticks up gets hammered down'

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Oh, the old "Thai is tonal" gag. Thai has 5 tones, English has 6. Can you speak English?

I don't recall any English words with multiple meanings (like "down" or "render"), or English homonyms (like "there", "their", and "they're") having the meaning specified by the tone it is spoken in. In spoken English, meaning is determined by context alone, and tones are used purely for emphasis.

Does Thai really work the same way?

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Re: I respect this ...

I think we need to be clear that, inasmuch there are 'nuances', these should not exist at the level of the IT professional, however senior or experienced. Judge says surveillance on those people there, IT professional says OK. Anybody else says surveillance on those people there, IT professional says NO.

Judge says "surveillance on all people at all times, because we can never be too careful also it is now the law". As intimated at the end of this interview, and also as intimated by the so called "snoopers charter" we'll be revisiting due to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris.

How does an IT professional answer that?

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Sorry, Qualcomm, Apple – your patents don't scare us

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Re: Inventing the IP ≠ Being The Bully

What exactly are Android devices if not a ripoff of Apple invented IP?

Why exactly is ripped off Apple invented IP called 'competition' against Apple? It's plagiarism.

Apple did not invent icons (that was Xerox PARC)

Apple did not invent touch screens (that was E. A. Johnson)

Apple did not invent touchscreen phones (that would be the IBM Simon)

Apple apparently did not invent the first "rounded corners" rectangular phone where the touchscreen was the main interface (that might be the LG Prada)

So please, enlighten me with exactly which "Apple invented IP" that Android ripped off? From here it looks like Android "copied" exactly the same other people's IP that Apple copied used to make the iPhone, but I'm willing to be corrected. :)

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Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron

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Re: Two very different incidents

But the handing out of a mobile number, whether classified or not, for any employee, let alone a senior one, is a serious security breach.

I'm expecting "prank calling" to be reclassified as "phone terrorism" at some point over the next few weeks, so that the perpetrator can be extraordinarily rendered (definition 18).

Also note that many employees put their mobile number in email signatures; those things sent plain text over the internet that anyone with a mail relay can intercept and read, not to mention programmatically parse for "M: <number>" or variations therein. You have to assume that anyone with an agenda already knows the phone numbers of most of your workforce, because it is fairly trivial to get hold of that information (you can even just buy a cold calling list or 2 and filter it for contact details for your own company, as a quick check of how much is out there already).

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MYSTERY RADIO SIGNAL picked up from BEYOND our GALAXY

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It's evidence of spiral galaxy bigotry at work, I tell ya!

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That would be news in itself, as everything else in the universe is moving away.

Apart from Andromeda, of course, which is coming over to say hi sometime in the next 4 billion years. And it's impossible to say one way or the other regarding anything outside of the "observable universe" boundary.

The vast majority of stuff definitely seems to be actively avoiding us, though ^^;

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Video nasty: Two big bugs in VLC media player's core library

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Well, if no-one is able to access the machine then it makes no difference if it is supported or not. And are all of the bugs, exploits, holes stomped on, fixed or blocked in the latest o/s? No.

Then it doesn't matter two hoots what I use.

It was more a dig aimed at the usual response given when someone asks for help with issues with Software v(N-2), aka "version N is the currently supported version, please upgrade".

An airgapped XP machine is as secure as any airgapped machine. I'd still recommend rebuilding that dodgy Win7 box (it should be stable, we have stable Win7 boxen here) and when you have it working properly, migrate to that as your dev box. The additional thread scheduling and handling thingies, and the ability to just throw RAM at the problem (yay 64-bit OS!) hopefully outweigh the effort of kicking it into shape.

Secondly, there are some compatability issues with the later o/s which aren't in the older ones for some applications which MS have 'promised' to fix and haven't.

Whenever I've had support requests for older apps on a newer OS, I've usually gone the route of upgrading the user to the version which is certified to work with the newer OS (and waiting for that version to be released, in one or 2 cases). I don't know how much effort is required to build Win7 / 8 / 10 compatible apps out of an older XP codebase, however given XP is unsupported I had kind of assumed that everyone would be making the switch anyway.

And, lastly, shove XP on a new machine run a massive database bashing exercise (say a few million SQL queries) then do the same on Win7. Compare the run times for both.

So, assuming you mean to run both on the same hardware and only the OS differs, I'll specify a machine with an i7 5960X (8 core with hyperthreading), 32GB RAM and running 2x 512GB SSDs in a RAID stripe. I've deliberately picked stuff I think XP will struggle to support or use; 16 virtual cores (does the XP HAL allow for 16 simultaneous threads?), more than 4GB of RAM (32-bit XP will also only allocate 2GB to any one user process), and SATA3 drives.

Will XP be quicker in that situation? I suspect not, because I've skewed it to try and hobble XP. However any enthusiast (and most corporate number crunching users) run a 64-bit OS and have >4GB RAM for very similar purposes. We have a few data analysts here that run local database servers (16+GB RAM in those boxes), are you sure that they would see a performance increase if I were to switch them to XP?

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Perhaps he prefers to use a stable system. As I do for my development; the Win7 machine is too flaky compared to XP.

If a professional developer does not understand the implications of using an outdated and unsupported version of someone else's software, then I really don't know what to say.

I am disappoint.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Re: @Jimmy: Would have been more impressive (and believable) @fruitoftheloon

You didn't see the "Imitation Game" movie then did you? Where they made a decision not to provide actionable intelligence for a US food/material ship convoy being targeted by German submarines as that would tip the Germans off that the Enigma code had been broken? Or where it might by comparison be silly to say anything about the NSA having compromised the DPRK's network?

So they let Sony get hacked, only to tell us anyway a little while later. Yet we have not been told of whatever major Nork hack they did manage to thwart that has tipped the DPRK off that their systems are compromised.

If it was far more important than a tiny global megacorp like Sony, I'd have thought they might have been crowing about it. As is, all I see is some additional "evidence" presented to make a previous statement sound more convincing, and nothing regarding why they chose to sabotage their (apparently successful and long running) intrusion at this time by doing so.

It is a mystery ^^;

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: ACturd @Camberwick Green

Ah, I see you're sticking with your your usual level of offering and adding nothing to the conversation. This is my surprised face, honest.

It's no different to your contribution to the debate tbh, Matt. I see you unequivocally support the idea that deletion of data =: destruction of evidence, without stopping to ensure that the data in question has been properly classified as (or should be classifed as) "evidence" first.

In the absence of any warrants requesting that data, and in the absence of any arrest and/or charges, any data is not classifiable as "evidence", and thus can be freely destroyed without consequence. Imagine a file called "test.txt" containing the 4 characters "test" (created to ensure that SMB share permissions are functioning correctly). Is deleting that file a criminal offense? Since you have provided no clarification to your assertion that removal of any data is obviously destruction of evidence, I'll have to assume you think it is, even though the idea that deleting a test file is "destruction of evidence" will sound somewhat ludicrous to most people.

Unless you care to clarify your assertion, so that we can ensure that we are on the same page as regards which data is actually "evidence" (aka data which is legally definable as evidence with respect to the "destruction of evidence" offense), and which data is not and can be freely removed without fear of sanctions?

Note that blanket assumptions that all data is considered protected as evidence sounds just a little bit totalitarian. I'm hoping you've thought it through a little better than that :)

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: @PeterGordon (was:electricty is so clean right

The fact is, ingesting too much of anything can be toxic. People actually die each year from drinking too much water so your argument is quite incompetent.

The fact remains that Tesla batteries are 100% non-toxic and recyclable exactly as I said.

I'm fine with EVs and think the Tesla is a great idea, but seriously look at those 2 statements. If too much of anything can be toxic, then the Tesla batteries are, logically, potentially toxic. Thus, they cannot be claimed to be 100% non-toxic.

If you are going to point out flaws in other people's debating technique, it is prudent to ensure yours is not similarly flawed ^^;

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Re: That's nice.

My old Japanese rally homologation model: I used to average 140 miles per tank (45 litres / <18mpg), and on a "spirited" drive could get the low fuel light on before 100.

My current Japanese sport-tourer motorcycle: I average 140 miles per tank (18 litres / ~35mpg) and on a "spirited" ride can again piss through it in less than 100 miles.

So your friend's Tesla is getting similar range to a saloon based sports car, and similar range to a sport-tourer motorcycle, when driven in real world conditions by someone who enjoys a "spirited" drive. The P85+ apparently manages more than 150 miles even in "spirited" mode, so it apparently has significantly better range than a petrol sports car or a sport-tourer motorcycle.

Some people want more than 400 miles out of a tank, and some people want less than 5 seconds to 60mph, and never the twain shall meet :)

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Re: If only..

Not to mention the impossibility of sending High Definition TV over the air - "There would only be enough bandwidth for one HD channel".

And, who knows if they ever can get above 56kbps on a twisted pair copper wire, I hope they do.

The 56k limit is because you have to fit an analogue signal into a 64kbit digital channel. If you need to fit an analogue carrier inside a 64kbit digital transmission channel, 56k is about as good as you are going to manage, even with today's technology. We already had far superior "data transfer over twisted pair" options before V.90 hit.

If you want to compare the 2, here's the timeframe for Ethernet versus the timeframe for modem development. 10Base-T (10Mbit, 1990) is contemporary with the ITU V.32 standard (14.4kbit) in 1991, and V.90, (56kbit, 1998) is contemporary with the first Gigabit / 1000Base-T ethernet standards.

ADSL services were first patented in 1988, or at the point dialup modems were about to go from 9.6kbit to 14.4kbit. The kit was apparently horrendously expensive up until the late 90s though, which is potentially why consumer takeup (and market presence) was extremely low up to the turn of the century. Still, by the time V.90 hit, DSL services had been around for a decade, and you could get a 512kbit or 2Mbit service for a "reasonable" price (aka less than 3 figures per month).

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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The majority (by far) of the vehemence I've seen directed at Win 8 is from having a touch optimised interface on a non-touch device (TIFKAM on the desktop). And then I read this in the article:

It's still a ways off, but Melamut reckons Ubuntu for phones and Ubuntu desktop will "ultimately… converge into a single, full operating system that will work across different form factors from mobile to tablet and PC."

Which is exactly what MS tried with Win8, have the same experience across phone, tablet and desktop, and which (due to the interface) annoyed so many people. I've already seen echos of the TIFKAM vehemence aimed at Unity, so it's up to Canonical to avoid all the mistakes and pitfalls MS faceplanted into if they don't want the same level of revulsion at this converged (device agnostic?) Ubuntu.

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

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Re: @G.D.

But those anguished folks aren't the one's who're blowing up buildings and shooting non-Muslims terrorists.

Our Western Civ, philosophical meanderings will not defeat our butchering Muslim terrorist enemy. Nor will futile reposte-snark and ill-advised humor.

Our Western Civ. philosophical meanderings are rendering us very vulnerable right now. Our problem is learning how to apply our Muslim terrorist enemy's tactics and strategy against our Muslim terrorist enemy.

You seem to be conflating "muslim" with "violent psychopath using religion as an excuse" so I've edited your quote for you. Dumbfuckery of that magnitude (conflating "westerner" with "those soldiers here shooting or drone striking innocents") is what they do, not what we should do. We should be taking the moral high ground and not be contributing to any escalation of violence, because escalation of violence never ends well. I learned that quickly enough at school, I had assumed all schoolkids did.

Much like the escalation of surveillance that this thread is actually about, in fact. I am struggling to think of one positive (i.e. benevolent to its citizens) historical use of a surveillance state, and I can think of a couple of negative uses right off the bat (the words "secret police" have a negative connotation for a reason, it seems).

Also, kudos for at least not using the phrases "fight fire with fire" or "you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs", even if I was getting that kind of vibe from some of your references.

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Re: It should be obvious

Anyone capable of reading will also be well aware that the people committing these heinous crimes were already known to the security services, and were demoted to "not interesting enough to keep an eye on" only a couple of months before this attack.

Please, enlighten me how giving them unfettered access to read my Facebook account and emails could have prevented a tragedy perpetrated by someone in France that they knew about, but chose to stop watching?

Apparently if you don't want to be monitored by your own government, all you need to do is associate with known terrorists, go get some proper terrorist training in the Middle East, then come home and don't do anything for a few months; they'll get bored and completely ignore you then. >.<

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Re: Destroyed All Braincells

"....Libya...." Hold on a sec, weren't you and your chums claiming only not too long ago that Libya was part of that "wonderful" Arab Spring, and all due to the Great Revelations brought to us by Bradley/Chelsea Manning? Seems that much repeated claim has been forgotten now that the Arab Spring has turned into such a big mess (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30003865).

Well, in fairness I've also seen it claimed by many (yourself included) that more surveillance powers are required for security services to fight terrorism. We then find out that those same services are already surveilling well beyond their remit (apparently this is fine because they don't care about normal people) and yet they still completely failed to prevent the Paris attacks, done by people who were already on their radar as persons of interest.

If the security services are already just blanket scoffing all the data they can get their hands on, and yet they still fail to prevent these atrocities, then it would appear that blanket scoffing of data isn't working too well. It would also appear that the criteria they use to downgrade potential threats are also flawed (these people apparently having been downgraded prior to going on a rampage).

Now I've done some thinking on this, and if you truly want to wipe out internal terrorism (aka a 0% chance of a terrorist event occurring in-country), the only viable solution is permanent surveillance of the entire country. Anything that is not under constant surveillance has the potential to be used by terrorists for secret meetings, so everything has to be under constant surveillance or the whole exercise is pointless; someone will inevitably slip through and people will die anyway.

So you have to be comfortable with GCHQ filming you on the bog, and filming your kids in the bath, if you truly want to prevent terrorism. Terrorists are apparently perfectly capable of using encryption to avoid detection, they are also going to be perfectly capable of using sign language in an unmonitored bathroom to avoid detection. On the plus side, it would also make it impossible to commit a crime and remain undetected, and it would be impossible to go back on your word without facing the consequences, as we would have recordings of all actions and conversations available for evidence at trial.

It does, however, also allow those people collating and reviewing the surveillance the ability to choose what to disseminate, and what not to disseminate, and as such I could not countenance it without hard proof that those people were truly incorruptible.

How far would you be comfortable for government surveillance to go? 24/7 monitoring of everything, or something short of that (which would allow terrorists enough leeway to continue to meet and plan in secret)?

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Google unleashes build-it-yourself 'Ara' SLABLET phones (in Puerto Rico)

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Re: No way, no how

There might be a market for a replacement screen, but an upgrade screen when yours works fine? What's the market for an upgrade battery in a world where many phones already have a replaceable battery, and those that don't can have a battery 'case' that adds capacity?

I think it is unlikely to extreme that anyone will ever want to upgrade the wireless, cellular or GPS in their phone. Does anyone with a phone that does "only" wireless N want to pay to upgrade to wireless AC? If your phone "only" does LTE will you pay to upgrade to LTE Advanced? (assuming you actually have towers with it nearby)

I'd buy one*. My gaming desktop is a "grandfathers axe" machine, because I only upgrade the parts when they break or are no longer fit for purpose. The case is 15 years old, because sheet aluminium lasts for ever when stored indoors ^^;

That works in exactly the same way as this phone; I have a chassis and I just purchase and install the bits I want as and when it becomes useful for me to do so. I might be an edge case, but I'm also definitely a market for that kind of device.

*Caveat: as long as the APU / RAM and storage were also upgradeable, because there's no point adding ever more complicated bits to a processor that's already starting to struggle. I don't care if it is a single module containing all 3, I do care that I can throw more FLOPS (or RAM) at it when it inevitably slows down due to software "upgrades" hogging more resources.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Risk vs benefit

If terrorists kill up to (say) 20 citizens in the UK every year, are we happy to put up with that to maintain freedom ? Many people might say "yes". How about 100 ? Or 1000 ? Is anybody going to stick their neck out and name a number ? If a certain disease killed 100 people in the UK a year, would we be as worried, or is that different ?

I'll draw a line in the sand; when terrorism regularly kills more people than cars, I'll support more draconian measures to curb terrorism. If it ever did happen though, I'd have to suspect that someone was deliberately letting them through in order to support an unpopular political agenda (such as curbing or removing basic freedoms from your populace in the name of "safety") ^^;

Je suis cynique

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Is VAT not basically a transaction tax? Is there a situation where I can be liable for VAT without it being directly attributable to a specific transaction (the purchase of goods or services) I have participated in?

I note that the article proposes that transaction taxes are batshit insane have the highest deadweight cost, and that VAT as a "consumption tax" has almost the lowest deadweight cost, just above land value taxation. I must be missing something, because as far as I can see consumption taxes look an awful lot like transaction taxes with a different name.

Also WTF is up with paying taxes on duties? I pay VAT on fuel duty (not 20% on the price of fuel, 20% on the price of fuel+fuel duty) and the same goes for all items with a specific duty levied. Increasing alcohol duty by 10% increases the revenue raised by more than that 10%, thanks to an extra 20% VAT on that increased levy. That is pretty batshit insane, hiding increased revenue in the knock-on effect of taxing an increase in duty.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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Re: @Robinson - OK but

Let me give you some examples. Freelancer had a single player campaign that really engaged the player. That was its "thing" (combat was fun too). X2 had a unique economic model and the ability for the player to run little scripts and remote control his assets. That was its "thing". Eve Online puts the massive into massively multiplayer and has a totally player run economy (some things still get seeded by NPCs of course). That's its "thing". Having a "thing" maintains the player's interest. So, what is Elite Dangerous's "thing"?

Freelancer also had a campaign that artificially restricted what the player could purchase (ships or equipment) until specific story milestones were passed. That works in the context of a defined narrative, but grates if the game is supposed to be a "sandbox" type.

X2 (and the X3s) let you buy what you like and build what you like right from the start, if you have the money, so it's a much better sandbox. It only has a hundred or so locations though, and each location is only tens of kms across. I also ran into unforseen issues where one story mission causes a sector to get totaled; I had 3 thriving factories in there with a decent amount of combat ships for defense, and lost the lot thanks to it being a scripted battle. Not a lot I could do about that except cry :'(

EVE is the definitive "space sandbox", to the point that CCP intended piracy and griefing to be part of the game experience. Scammers in Jita (and corporate moles in general) are there because scamming a player out of in-game goods, or working your way into a position of trust and then cleaning out the corporate hangar and account just after downtime, are considered fair game; only phishing for account details, or exploiting game mechanics to make money are considered verboten. CCP have to sell PLEX somehow ^^;

Elite's "thing" probably depends on who you talk to. IMO the "thing" for E:D is that it is larger in scope than existing sandbox games, and provides 1st person combat for those that prefer that to the stats-driven MMO style combat. I love combat flight sims and I like sandbox space games, so that's why it works for me.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: Tce Engine

But on real congested motorways it's a very different story because the Prius comes into its own in slow traffic when it is on electric. A car with stop/start is stopping and starting the engine every time a few yards progress is made, causing a lot of wear. A Diesel or petrol car without is using fuel all the time to do nothing. Shortly after I got the Prius I was stuck in traffic on the M6, and in three quarters of an hour made barely a quarter mile of progress. Suddenly there was a strange noise, and I realised that the engine had only just come on to charge the battery.

If you can be sure of driving mostly on motorways at unsocial hours your Diesel may have an advantage, but my experience is that in mixed real world traffic conditions the Prius uses less fuel.

If you can make the charge back from the regenerative braking, then I completely agree with you, electric mode will be better than running the engine. However, if you are making the charge back by using the internal combustion engine as a generator (it is not designed to be an efficient generator, it's designed as a car engine), I suspect that the total power efficiency of motive force from engine generated electric charge sent to the wheels, vs total power efficiency of motive force from the ICE, are going to be comparable, if not slightly biased to driving directly from the ICE. Storage losses plus electric motor efficiency will need to be as good as, or better than, transmission losses for it to be better using the engine to charge the batteries than just drive the axle.

Does anyone know those comparative figures for hybrid vehicles? If driving the car from an engine-charged battery is still 10% more efficient than just using the engine then hybrids are a (literal) no-brainer for fuel economy, and ICE only cars should be phased out. If driving the car from the engine is even 1% more efficient than driving it from an engine-charged battery, then the design should really only allow for charging via regenerative braking (that literally is free energy, since you want to lose the kinetic energy anyway, you might as well get some use out of it).

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Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial', moan players

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Docking is a piece of piss if you have a half-decent stick with a hat switch bound to lateral thrusters. I would consider the docking computer a waste of 4500Cr and an internal bay, although I understand that other people may not feel the same way.

I'm one of those retards that bought in early (for a comedy sum) and then spent even more money getting a better HOTaS (my old Logitech Force3D was getting a bit wobbly) and then recently pissed away a ridiculous amount getting an Oculus Rift. Anyone pissed off at Frontier Developments (for whatever reason) could immediately assume that I'm just experiencing Post-Purchase Rationalisation and thus any statement I make regarding how much fun I am having is immediately suspect.

I would counter with the assertion that I don't spend 3 figures on kit if I'm not enjoying myself. I played the alpha at a mates (on his X52 Pro) before I bought in to the beta and got myself a HOTaS. I tried out the DK2 at the same friends before I got my own. When you can see what you're going to get before you pay up, you don't have to try and rationalise the spending decision after the fact ;)

I'm still waiting for a mate to get a Star Citizen login so I can try that out before I buy, although it would be nice to see more than just the dogfight module (the E:D alpha had 6 systems to fly in so you could see the basics of travel and gameplay, rather than just test the combat flight model). If it looks good enough I'll probably get the Cutlass edition ^^;

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Re: It really is a vocal minority

Where's the mercenary edition content?

Since the scam-company that is Frontier never responded to my refund request from weeks ago I might as well put some time into this game and get a little out of the money I put in.

Where's the promised content that was to come with my Beta purchase?

So are you saying that you paid for beta access and have been playing (and potentially enjoying) the beta builds in online-only mode for a few months? If so it is possible you may be one of those people that FDEV decided were not eligible for a full refund, as you would have already used the (time limited, perishable) beta access part of your purchase. Possibly you may be able to convince them to refund up to the retail price from your purchase because there is no offline mode, but the beta part was never offline, and it's usefulness expired when they moved to gamma.

Deciding you don't like the main course and want a refund is one thing, but demanding you also get refunded for the starter and the beers (which were exactly as advertised) is a bit rich, don't you think?

You've got the download (duh) and paintjobs - it's the green/white/black 'Mercenary' skin for the Cobra. Guess you will have to save up to use it if you didn't get the Explorer starter kit though!

The skin is actually for the Sidewinder, unless there is also a mercenary skin for the Cobra (or maybe even other ships?). My starting Sidey got painted up and the skull decal thingy applied as soon as they became available ^^;

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Re: It's for kids!

Well one of you can spot a joke. To the rest, thanks for your informative posts and many downvotes! I'm here all week. Try the fish!

Hey, I wouldn't downvote a comment like yours that could just as easily be parody rather than serious, but I can't resist also providing a rebuke, for the edification of those people who agree with what you said, rather than what you meant ;)

That's why you need smileys in forum posts (and especially in sarcasm), because you lose so much of the contextual nuance when you can't see the wry smile or cheeky grin over the internet.

You got waaaaay too many downvotes on that one though. I've upvoted you to try and even the balance a little ^^;

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Re: @AC

This is an idiotic statement. I've worked fairly extensively with Oracle and MySQL*. Oracle is certainly the more feature-rich, but for many applications there is little or no time penalty for using MySQL. The advantage may even be the other way, as you don't need the army of DBAs that seem to be part of every Oracle installation.

I think that statement was actually meant to imply that many people bandy about the term "free" without considering cost implications of the people required to implement and maintain the aforementioned "free" software. You can move from an Oracle DB backend to a MySQL backend, but unless your time (and the time of your staff) is valued at nothing then there is going to be a cost associated with it, even though MySQL (or other backend of choice) has no licensing cost. Whether the cost of switching is less than the cost of not switching is a question that can only be answered by actually looking at the specific scenarios involved; some cases it will be significantly cheaper overall to switch, and some may actually be more expensive overall (although these may be mostly edge cases).

I could ditch all our Windows clients and implement "free" Linux clients; they have office software and can connect to SMB shares out of the box these days, and to be honest a lot of users would barely notice the difference until they tried to find the Control Panel.

What I cannot do is change all our clients over in zero hours, and implement an immediate (and zero cost) skillset upgrade for our support staff, or even a zero cost skillset upgrade for our users (some may already be familiar with MATE / KDE / <insert desktop manager of choice> but many will not be). Those costs are the ones that stop it from being a "free" upgrade.

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By the power of Xbox, WE HAVE THE POWER! - Leakers publish One's SDK

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But by then the PS4 will ALSO cost much less. PS3's started at $500 and are now around $200 depending on the model. Similarly, a PS4 will always undercut the PC, meaning my statement still stands. A $400 budget today would reduce to $200 in four years time, and even today a $200 budget is tricky just to get a decent mobo/CPU/RAM combo, let alone the video card (and I've checked).

A Zotac ZBox AD02 (AMD E-350 APU with Radeon 6310 GPU), 250GB HD, 2GB RAM is apparently $160. I can get a preowned XBox 360 250GB for £109 (which is about $160 according to xe.com).

The main question is really whether an AMD E-350 (dual 1.6GHz, Radeon 6310 w/80 shader cores) provides equivalent performance to the 360, and whether Mint Debian with the Steam client (total cost $0) would allow the ZBox to be considered a gaming machine, or whether you would require it to be running Windows (with the additional license cost) to be considered "equivalent" in functionality to the 360.

I actually have an AMD E-350 based unit under my TV at home (It's not a Zotac, it's a rebranded Foxconn NTA350 mini-PC), that runs Win7 with Steam and Kodi installed. It plays Dungeon Defenders and Castle Crashers, games I own on both Steam and on the XBox 360, at 1080p at speeds that are indistinguishable from the XBox 360. If it was already running when I walked in, and you put a 360 controller in my hand, I'd actually have to look at the lights on the box to work out which device was actually playing the game ;)

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