* Posts by Justicesays

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

Justicesays
Devil

Re: Let them eat data

>If people started using their spare email capacity to spam encrypted messsages random data randomly across the planet then any system of surveillance would have an apoplectic fit.

>Mines the one with the One Time Pad in the pocket...

FTFY

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YOUR DATA could be SOLD in RadioShack's bankruptcy auction

Justicesays
Headmaster

Possibly the smelliest kind of havoc I agree

But you probably meant wreak...

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FAA speeds up drone flight approvals for firms that don't need them

Justicesays

Re: Visual Line of Sight

I guess it's some kind of definition of actually being there and looking at it with the mk1 eyeball.

As opposed to , say, flying two drones in tandem with camera's pointed at each other. Or a selfie stick on the one drone.

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Microsoft gets data centres powered up for big UPS turn-off

Justicesays

Wow!

I mean, I thought you saved money by centralizing everything for ease of maintenance and control. Now it turns out you save money by distributing and avoiding infrastructure while benefiting from "commoditization".

It almost seems like whatever you are doing currently is wrong, and you should switch to the opposite while spending cash on some vendors new kit.

Marketing eh.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

Justicesays
Unhappy

Oh yeah, I'm sure they saw those issues.....

You mean the incumbent Tory government found out their new voter registration system might disenfranchise a load of traditionally socialist voters and didn't jump right on it to fix that problem?

Who would have thought it.

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Solidfire offers unlimited SSD wear guarantee, punts software at market

Justicesays
Boffin

Re: ...SSD warranties of up to five years...

How many 20 year old hard drives are you using in your enterprise right now?

How many would you be using even if they hadn't failed at some point?

in 1995 5.25" 9GB SCSI disks had just come out.

IDE disks had just gone over 540MB.

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Chaos reigns as Coms plc CEO tries (fails) to stage boardroom coup

Justicesays
Mushroom

They took over my broadband provider

And turned the service to shit, so I moved elsewhere.

Their secret throttling "beta" that went on for several months, affected all live users and wasn't announced or even mentioned until people complained was one of the motivators.

Oh, and the fact they actually promised not to do that when they took over.

I wasn't even on an "unlimited" contract , it had caps, precisely to avoid throttling.

What a bunch of lying cocks.

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Unhappy

Bribery eh?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bribery_Act_2010

10 years and an unlimited fine apparently,

Although typically big companies appear to be able to bribe ..erm.. pay off .. "Negotiate a settlement" with the government investigating them for bribery to drop the charges.

As an MP, if a foreign company wants to present some suggestions for changes they would like to legislation in order to consider starting a business here or similar requests that might benefit the UK economy , then sure, point them to the right people, like the treasury or some under secretary somewhere, or consider sponsoring a bill yourself using their request as evidence of potential benefits.

Just don't ask them for money for doing your job eh, we are already paying you ...

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

Justicesays

Re: How to freeze animations?

I've been using the "superstop" mozilla addon ever since the Mozilla devs in their infinite "wisdom" decided that they liked making you watch animations and disabled the ESC key.

Not sure what is available for other browsers.

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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

Justicesays

Maybe not everyone can learn to program?

Some research throws doubt on the idea that everyone is capable of learning programming effectivly.

http://www.eis.mdx.ac.uk/research/PhDArea/saeed/paper1.pdf

Although I guess a good grounding could at least help people understand what programmers do.

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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WTF?

Who is going to provide the insurance and take the fall?

So which insurance provider is going to provide the mandatory insurance.

And how much is it going to cost for that?

I would assume any accident would hike the premiums on all the "self driving" vehicles at once, as the all have the same AI "driver", or will it all be based on the "test driver" despite the unlikely scenario of the human driver reacting fast and accurately enough to avoid an accident if the AI does something stupid at real car speeds.

Who will be registered as the "driver", and be prosecuted and/or sued for dangerous driving if it decides to swerve into a pavement full of pedestrians at 40 mph, the unlucky "test driver" I presume?

Will a defense of "I wasn't driving, it was the computer" be a valid one, because that's going to set a precedent that could cause a few problems down the line...

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IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

Justicesays
Devil

Re: the key to success

"Stock buybacks are the only thing that matters. Not growth, not profit, just artificially boosting the value of our stock grants for immediate cashing in before we abandon ship.

Signed

Ten years of thieving IBM executive management."

FTFY

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Justicesays

Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

You would be surprised.

When my fathers windows disk failed to boot, I got him to boot from a knoppix CD I had left as an emergency OS. He used that as his main OS for a month, managed to browse the web and set up his printer, before I got around to a tech visit.

I put him back on windows though, as he couldn't play medal of honor on Linux.

My dad is 70

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

Justicesays

The fingers you are swiping with are too fat...

To obtain an official Apple stylus accessory, please mash the screen with your palm now.

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IBM ushers in BIGGEST EVER re-org for the cloud era, say insiders

Justicesays

Re: "Didnt want to co-operate"?

So your suggestion is, IBM should say, "please sir may I have another?" and get screwed over again, and again , and again?

Sounds worse than their current plan don't you think? Or do you imagine Microsoft have become a big happy fuzzy bunny since then?

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Justicesays
WTF?

"Didnt want to co-operate"?

Pretty sure Microsoft took every opportunity to screw over IBM during their "Co-operation" period when IBM did try it. OS/2 Warp anyone? No surprise IBM would keep them at arms length after that.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

Justicesays

Re: I've been thinking about playing.... @Blinky

Maybe some people need to RTFM when playing games?

The c64 and spectrum versions (at least) of original elite had a key that disabled "roll dampening".

This allows you to match the rotation speed of the station docking bay so you can just slowly fly straight in, no "full power when its lined up" or "frantically tapping the roll key" needed.

Also the case with every version of elite since then

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

Justicesays
Devil

Ah, security by ignority?

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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MasterCard adds fingerprint scanner to credit cards for spending sans the PIN

Justicesays
Big Brother

Compromised?

Have you ever travelled to the USA?

Maybe the FBI will get their "front door" access if fingerprint recognition takes off...

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

Justicesays

Buttons

I prefer my ebook readers to have physical buttons for page turning.

Ideally somewhere my thumb can access them while reading.

Unfortunately all the manufacturers have decided that touch screens are the way to go.

I guess it saves a few pennies to remove the buttons once you have a touch screen.

As a result, still using my Sony PRS-650 (although custom PRS+ firmware, epub/adobe format support and ability to group books up and manage them via Calibre on my desktop also means I don't want to switch to, say , a kindle)

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

Justicesays
Devil

Duh,

The trailer has been out for years!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhwGEa7507g

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

Justicesays

Re: Abolish it @Down not across

In case you wanted to drive to the test centre?

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If your MOT has expired

You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT’s expired. You could be prosecuted if caught.

The only exception is if you’ve already booked an MOT and are driving your vehicle to the test centre

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

Justicesays

Hmm

Night's Dawn suffered from a terrible ending, literally a Deus Ex Machina that hammers a sudden stop leaving alot of the (multitude of) ongoing plot threads feeling cut short or irrelevant.

Still, if they make anything into a series they would probably start with Mindstar Rising et.al, except re-flavoured as an open-ended psychic detective series with umpteen episodes...

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Justicesays

Re: The trouble with "older" sci-fi...

Frederick Pohl still stands up pretty well imo.

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

Justicesays
Alert

And this is a problem why exactly?

So, just tell them in writing it's not vulnerable? Or better yet put a message somewhere on your main support site...

And, just because they are running windows, doesn't mean they are not vulnerable to stuff embedded in products.

Which is easier when making your previously UNIX only product run on windows, re-write all your scripts in powershell or compile and ship a bash interpreter for windows and just change some paths...

Cygwin based services can use bash, including apache with cgi etc.

These things can happen in the real world.

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Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game

Justicesays

£8.63 from WHsmith, which is probably a more open format.

As a Tor UK Imprint it should be DRM free, although I don't see it on their "Buy Direct" list, nor is it listed as DRM free on the Amazon UK site. Maybe someone should mail Tor about that.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

Justicesays

Although Mojang might not have made any money...

Pretty sure I saw somewhere that Notch had personally put away $100mil from Minecraft, so I assume much of the "potential profit" part of the revenue was distributed to the founders and/or employees via various mechanisms.

As you might expect for a privately owned company.

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US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

Justicesays

Actually

I'm not sure exactly how no-one would find out about it if your company was paying $250k a day in fines and still expected to submit accurate financial reports.

Once it got out that you were paying $250k a day in fines to a secret court no one can talk about it would become pretty obvious what that money was for...

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

Justicesays

Re: I don't think the author really understands the Coriolis Effect

"In the first quote, where something is thrown 'across the compartment' , the effect of rotation wouldn't turn it into a curveball; it would still follow a straight path _across_ the compartment, but instead would just appear to fall or rise at a different rate, depending on the direction in which it was thrown."

Only if you are reading "across the compartment" as "exactly perpendicular to the axis of rotation", which is unlikely to be the case.

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Not a load of Tosh: 5TB 'surveillance drive' from Toshiba hits shelves

Justicesays
Devil

Re: It'll outlive me!

This has been extensively tested via their time machine of course.

And not by hooking up 1000 of them for 2 months and taking stat's from that (after throwing away the ones that failed in the 2-3 weeks.) I'm sure.

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Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

Justicesays

Re: Pay By Phone

Barclaycard ( in conjunction with Orange) offer a "Quick tap" NFC app on certain phones , I think thats about it though.

You can get a "PayTag" (which is the contactless part of your card on a sticker you can stick on your phone case) and an app to manage it (also available from Barclays, other banks may also have this).

.

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'Unsolicited texts' outrage: Man fined £4k for DPA breach

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FAIL

Re: Not charged for SPAM txts?

http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public/topic_specific_guides/marketing/texts

http://ico.org.uk/enforcement/action/texts

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

Justicesays
Trollface

Re: MS should have

As I lie back in my chair, moving my mouse an infinitesimal amount to switch between stories, while tiny motions of my finger on the mouse wheel cause whole pages to roll smoothly by, I often dream of those days in the future where I will be hunched over my desk, swiping oily fingers across the 22" screen while my outstretched arm waves around the room like some demented conductor.

What a boon the touch screen is for desktop computers, and how nice of Microsoft to fully support that dream of mine by making it harder and harder to use mice.

How forward looking of them to drive users to typing their desired applications into text boxes, and encourage them use hot keys by removing any obvious visual cues, while simultaneously pushing keyboard-less devices.

This strategy is without flaw.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

Justicesays
WTF?

Re: Bad Decision

Not sure I follow your chain of logic here.

If I sell you a DVR, and you use it, thats fine.

If I rent you a DVR, and you use it, thats fine.

If I rent you a DVR at my house, *and you use it via a long cable* , that is also fine.

If I also rent out DVRs to a couple of other people in just the same way, I am now a criminal...

Also totally legal to rent multiple people DVRs at their houses as well of course, even though this does allow multiple people the ability to watch copyright material almost as soon as it is transmitted...

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Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

Justicesays

To be fair to the Nokia 820

It does have a microSD card slot, so the ability to attach USB-OTG storage devices won't be a huge priority for the owner, as compared to some of the non-slotted 8GB droid or apple phones

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Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

Justicesays

Re: GPFS versus ZFS

RAID 6 gives protection against bad data reads as well, as it has three methods of determining the correct data for a given block on an unfailed array, and can use the two that agree, assuming the specific implementation supports that. Even with just two data points (RAID 5 or single disk failed RAID 6), if its a transitory error, you can repeat the reads until the two agree, mark the block(s) up for special attention by a disk maintenance daemon, and then carry on.

Some RAID 6 implementations (such as the Netapp one) have a smaller overhead than others, they can use a diagonal disk stripe due to their RAID 4 style underlying layout rather than the computationally intensive standard method (although RAID 4 has its own performance challenges).

Given the size of current disks and the expected rebuild times, we are likely to need RAID-7 in the next few years (apparently) to maintain the expected data loss chances. At least with spinning rust. If we all move to SSD's then that may be less of an issue due to faster rebuild times.

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Justicesays

Re: GPFS versus ZFS

Not sure where you developed your requirements from...

A raid 6 setup with industry standard raid scrubbing would also resolve your issues, and would mean you could have sourced from almost any vendor out there. My personal preference is Network Appliance for a SME scenario, not too expensive and pretty easy to set up and maintain.

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Justicesays

Scalable is the idea

GPFS gets its performance and scalability from the number of nodes in the set up.

IBM do of course have a scalable file server offering to go with GPFS. It's called SONAS , and is essentially a load balanced nfs/samba set up fronting a bunch of GPFS nodes. I wouldn't say it is easy to set up either, and I imagine it also costs plenty, most things from IBM do.

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

Justicesays

Obligatory Niven reference

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_Fealty_(novel)

Probably more Googles style.

Based on these reported behaviours, probably not long before similar events to the novel occur.

How long before a protester gets shot for doing (or appearing to do) something potentially lethal.

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IBM job cuts: Big Blue starts 'slaughter' of Indian and European workforce

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Devil

Re: Yet the pitiful...

Come on, get with the program Granddad , times have moved on.

Its now:

When you are targeted by a "resource action", due to "returning value to shareholders" your "Human Capital Management Specialist" will guide you through the "Fully Transparent Consultancy Period"

You have to remember to change the terms you use every few years, in much the same way as insulting and unacceptable words evolve, and probably for the same reasons.

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Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children

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Facepalm

Oh Irony

I'm sure someone at a " Human Capital Management" Conference really *cares* about people, right?

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

Justicesays

Blame Intel & MS

Pretty sure the reason why netbooks have screens below 1024x600 and 1GB of memory is due to the OS and processor pricing discounts given to systems using Intel Atom CPU's and Windows XP/Vista netbook pricing (a discount given to prevent the early Linux netbooks getting market share).

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Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

Justicesays

Re: v4 IPs

Finally a reason to move to ipv6...

I guess they could keep blocking ipv6 addresses, but it would take a while to run out of free ones.

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Google SO CAN scan ALL BOOKS onto its sites - judge

Justicesays

Re: It's the thin end of the wedge. And don't be surprised where that wedge is going to end up.

The next step is getting to decide what the "Orphan Works" are, the defacto ownership and use basically going to Google due to its pre-existing electronic copies and distribution mechanisms.

Some mechanism where Google don't have to pay fines, but just set aside a small amount of money in case the missing owner "reappears", and a opt-in , check for my books and mark as "don't use" or "Pay me a pittance" mechanism complete the journey.

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Email-sniffing Linkedin Intro NOT security threat, insists biz network

Justicesays
Trollface

So, headquartered in the US? Just bcc all your emails spys@nsa.gov

Mountain View, CA, United States of America

LinkedIn Corporation, Headquarters

And so vulnerable to secret court orders from the secret court forcing them to grab all emails using their app, regardless of what they might say or currently intend.

But they are independently audited right?

iSEC Partners - San Francisco

Suite 1020

123 Mission Street

San Francisco

CA 94105

Tel: +1 (0) 415 268-9300

Oh well.

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

Justicesays

Maybe a use for one of these ..

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/richardhaberkern/soundlazer

Bonus points for some kind of head/ear targeting device.

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Hong Kong underground gets pay-by-bonk

Justicesays

Not Taxis

I'll just point out that you can't actually use the Octopus card to pay for taxis in HK.

People have been asking for it for years, and they did run a trial , but it wasn't popular with the drivers , and I imagine it cut into tips quite a bit.

So don't get into a taxi thinking the money on your Octopus card will pay for the trip!

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

Justicesays

Like?

eat an ham sandwich?

it's an hamster?

go to an hospital?

Most 'h' words do not use the "an" form.

You only use "an" if the 'h' is silent so that the word starts with a vowel sound.

The general rule is, if the word starts with a vowel *sound* (not necessarily a vowel) , it uses 'an' instead of 'a'

So you can use an for all 'h' words if you pronounce them with a French accent!

But in English there are a limited number of words with a silent 'h'

An honest man

An hour

An umbrella

An upside

but a University (sound is yew , not un)

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Azerbaijani election app announced winner before polls even opened

Justicesays

Re: And still

Some kind of cross between Invasion of the Bodysnatchers and Excalibur?

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