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* Posts by eldakka

43 posts • joined 23 Feb 2011

Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

eldakka

Re: Sloppiness or malice?

If I was the coder, i'd be pointing my finger at the NSA and saying "they made me do it."

Everyone would believe that, and who could prove otherwise? Who'd BELIEVE any proof the NSA provided that they weren't responsible?

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

eldakka

Re: @nevets23 -- Odd timing

@Someone Else

nevets23 post was directed at Reg users who are not "in the know" of the Linux Kernel/Systemd development. I.e. outsiders.

Torvalds rant was not "public", it was directed at those "in the know", i.e. insiders, who would understand the context. Therefore for his target audience, it was appropriate. Just like nevets23's post was appropraite for his target audience.

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eldakka

Re: coding

Is stupid a good lay?

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WTF is … the multiverse?

eldakka
FAIL

Re: You've done my brain in

"providing any kind of rationisation of why we're here and what the point of us is."

Why do you care? You exist because you do. "I think, therefore I am".

Its up to you to choose what you do with your existence. It's up to you to define the why of your own existance. To party and have fun? To better the world? To better humankind? To save the world from humankind? To kill as many people as you can? To leave a legacy to the world? To spread your genetic makeup (i.e. have kids)? To drift through life aimlessly? To hear voices from a god? Only you can define that for yourself. And only you care, noone else cares why YOU exist.

" Earth as a piece of hardened mucus flying out from some 13 billion year old sneeze, isn't a concept I find very motivating."

If you need science or philosophy to motivate you as to your existance, you don't need a scientist or a philosopher, you need a mirror and a psychologist to find out why you need that.

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Apple beats off troll in German patent fracas

eldakka

Re: "Apple beats off troll"

Yeah I read that and thought "Actually, sounds like the troll won"

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

eldakka

Re: Time to get the calculator out

Burglary and Robbery are 2 different offences.

Burglary is the intent to break into a building without consent with the intent of committing a crime inside (including theft).

Robbery requires both theft and a form of violence or threat of violence used to deprive someone of their property.

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

eldakka
Coat

Re: You can fix that bug...

Maybe the "Golden Cock" and the "ARSE" camera are designed to go together...

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Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

eldakka
Coat

The 'other' Justin, Bieber that is.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

eldakka

15Mbps streaming over the internet?

Hmm, I pay $60/month for 150GB month quota.

hours/month = (quota (MB) / rate (MB/s))/ seconds in an hour

= (150GB*1000) / (15Mbps/8) / 3600

= 22.22 hours

So I can get 22.22 hours of 4K TV for my $60/month.

Of course, I ALREADY use up all my quota each month on SD TV shows and the odd 720p/1080p movie plus game downloads/patches.

Yeah not gonna happen.

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PGP wiz Phil Zimmermann and pals tout anti-snoop mobe – the Blackphone

eldakka

Re: Potential Legal Problems

The GSM standard includes encryption, see the A5/1, A5/2, A5/3 ciphers. Therefore that would make all telco's that support the GSM standard criminals?

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Apple fails to shake antitrust watchdog loose, receives judge slapdown

eldakka

Perhaps if they co-operated with the watchdog he wouldn't have to spend so much time trying to investigate/interview staff members which is probably what's driving up his hours.

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Virgin Galactic's supersonic space ship in 71,000-ft record smash

eldakka

Re: Research

"if they could have one of the crew twiddle some of the knobs as well"

Ahh, so they want to enter the mile-high (maybe now it's the 100-mile high) club?

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Take off, nuke 'em from orbit: Kill patent trolls NOW, says FTC bigwig

eldakka

Re: Nice thought, logical ideology, BUT...

The inventors of a patent are listed on the patent itself.

If no named inventor is part of a lawsuit involving the patent, that's a good indicator (but only AN indicator) that the scenario you've presented is not applicable.

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Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

eldakka

So they make a profit...

Quote: "If the city was charging prices equivalent to local Bay Area Rapid Transportation system then that would yield a revenue of around $18.2m per year, compared with the $1.5m or so the City is claiming it will make out of this scheme."

Why yes, they would make $18.2m in revenue, but how much would it cost the city to provide those services for 9.1m rides? $20m? More? So in effect they are making $1.5m profit rather than the loss they'd be making if they ran it themselves.

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HTC: Shipping Android updates is harder than you think – here's why

eldakka

at least 2 steps are problems of their own making

1) They don't need to provide their own customized (Sense) UI. They could use the stock android UI and hence skip this step entirely. If they really have a hardon for their (unnecessary) customized UI, make it an optional component and provide it as a separate package. That way they can release a stock version sooner with a Sense UI update later and give customers the choice of stock android or waiting for the Sense UI version to be available.

2) Carrier requirements? huh? This sounds like a chipset provider problem, i.e. provide the correct drivers/firmware for that android version that corresponds to the appropriate GSM/UMTS standards etc for the included chipsets. Any 'carrier specific' customizations like specific software should be the carriers problem and just like with the Sense UI just provide stock android ASAP and provide carrier/UI customizations later.

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Mixed bag of motors lifts India's budget Mars shot

eldakka

Re: But...

Nuclear power is a RESULT of nuclear weapons research.

The Governement didn't go "Hey cool concept, generate electricity from a nuclear reactor". They went "let's make a big bomb. What? to get better, more effective fissile material to make 'bigger' bombs smaller we need to build a nuclar reactor to refine the material to a more effective level? That's gonna be expensive, but look, as a byproduct of making nuclear weapons material we can also generate electricity!"

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AMD will fling radical 'Kaveri' chips onto streets in January

eldakka
Coat

Not quite true

"it will have four CPU cores running at 3.7GHz, and eight GPU cores running at 720MHz each with 512 processing units."

It will have 4 CPU cores running at 3.7GHz. Correct.

It will have 8 GPU cores running at 720MHz. Correct.

Each GPU core has 512 processing units. INcorrect.

Each GPU core has 64 processing units (SIMDs). 8x64 =512.

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

eldakka

I can't reconcile these 2 statments.

With respect to this Nobel:

Quote: "The award of a Nobel is as close as we get to an affirmation that this is the scientific consensus."

With this statement:

Quote: "The Nobel Prize in Economics isn't quite a Nobel as it's awarded by the Swedish Central Bank"

How is an award from A, one, singular, central bank of A, one, singular, coutry, a scientific concensus?

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

eldakka

Re: Hehe.

QUOTE: "replacing Win7 on your desktop is "the right choice" with "one UI for all"."

Sorry, I prefer "the right UI for the job" rather than the "1 UI for all" when that UI is inadequate for all tasks.

How stupid do you have to be that you can't adapt to 2 or 3 different, regularly used, UIs?

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Google Chromecast: Here's why it's the most important smart TV tech ever

eldakka

Re: Damn

Hmm, just out of curiosity, wouldn't this break HDCP?

I thought the whole point of HDCP was so that the video/audio stream COULDN'T be interefered with in any way, no copying, no modifying, etc.

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

eldakka

Re: capacitor-based overwrite

The zeroing of RAM wouldn't be the CPUs responsibility.

It should be lower level than that. Ideally it'd be on the RAM packaging itself, or directly on the memory bus.

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

eldakka

Re: Can see

Tax AVOIDANCE IS illegal. This implies hiding money, not reporting money, laundering money etc.

Tax MINIMIZATION is legal. This implies using legal means to reduce your tax bill.

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

eldakka
WTF?

Was there a survey?

"85%, she said, use the vestigial desktop on the first day. In the first three weeks, the average user adds 19 tiles to the Windows 8 start screen. 25% have added 30. 90% of customers use Charms on the first day they get the product."

How are they getting this data? Was there a survey? How big is the sample size?

Or is Windows 8 'phoning home'? Is there an optoin to disable this? Whats the default? What notification is given that it is phoning home?

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Re: Old hat

xload FTW.

I remember using that at least as early as 1992 (perhaps even 1990) on SunOS.

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Canberra set to host solar farm

eldakka
Paris Hilton

errm, isn't royalla in NSW, not ACT?

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

eldakka
Mushroom

Re: done way more for Free Software than you probably ever will

What comment on the story?

The reference made was to someone who attacked one of the subjects of the story.

There was no comment referring to the story itself. No references to statements people made, no explanation of what torvalds said in relation to the story to back up the opinion. Not even an "OMG your grammar suxxor" which would at least be expressing an opinion about the story itself.

it was more of an off-topic rant than a comment on the story.

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What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

eldakka

How about hosting your own website?

And using Facebook et al as a launch page to redirect to your own website?

You can host it yourself. Most NAS boxes from Thecus or QNAP allow you to host a webserver/site on the NAS. Keep it on 24x7 with a xDSL line.

Or use a webhosting service that allows you shell access and the ability to create your own website from top to bottom and just copy the entire website when you move hosting providers.

Using pre-canned web templates or a site builder it's no harder creating your own website than writing a document in word or office.

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Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

eldakka

Re: No (m)SD or (m)HDMI?

Replying to my own post...

Tho if the USB is MHL (OTG would be good too) then the HDMI aspect is somewhat ameliorated

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eldakka
FAIL

No (m)SD or (m)HDMI?

Fail.

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Game of Thrones Blu-ray disc set

eldakka
Megaphone

Best fantasy TV series ever?

Nah, that title has to go to:

Krod Mandoon!

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

eldakka

Re: Try this one on for size...

Delete your account.

Tell them you don't have an account.

Once interview is over, re-activate your account.

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Lords say data roaming costs 'unacceptably high'

eldakka
Holmes

"many people feel they need to turn their mobile phones off when travelling abroad"

Aha! If people turn off their mobiles, then there is no tracking data of where their citizens are. Therefore this is an attempt to enable more pervasive tracking by trying to have people leave their phones on while travelling.

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Software bug fingered as cause of Aussie A330 plunge

eldakka
FAIL

"The article clearly states the light was on."

It does? Where?

The article states:

"Around 60 people were flying without their seatbelts fastened, despite being warned not to do so,"

Being warned is not the same as saying the seatbelt light was on.

Also, as the aircraft was cruising at 37,000 feet, it's unlikely the seatbelt light was on before the incident occured.

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Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'

eldakka

On the register, all the various articles about Carrier IQ surely (don't call me shirley!) demonstrate the capabilities?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/01/al_franken_carrier_iq/

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BUSTED TWO: Carrier IQ monitor-ware on iPhones too?

eldakka

And "not using Carrier IQ" is not the same as "not using Carrier IQ or any similiar product".

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BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

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Thumb Up

Ahh yes, the redoubtable IP over Avian Carrier (IPoAC, rfc1149). Although I'd probably opt for IP over Avian Carriers with Quality of Service (RFC2549).

It's bandwidth is pretty impressive (how many 32GB micro-sd cards can you tape to the leg of a pigeon?) but it's latency is a bit high for a MMORPG let alone a FPS,

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HELL ON EARTH: The Great Dying

eldakka
Holmes

"This is all related to the Deccan Traps in India."

The Deccan Traps in India are dated to 60-68MY bp (i.e end of dinosaur era).

The KT Great Dying is ~250MY bp, which puts it 190MY before the Deccan Traps.

The Siberian Traps have been dated to ~251MY bp, which makes them a more likely culprit.

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Apache insists OpenOffice is alive, well, and flush

eldakka

Mobile versions?

Until I can get a mobile version for Android (for iOS too tho I don't use it atm) I'm not getting excited by OO/LO.

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Spotify adds 'temporary' private listening mode after Facebook backlash

eldakka

Purchasing music/merchandise directly from an artist (if they've set up a way to do so) is usually the best return.

Folllowed by going to an artist's concert.

CDs/vinyl are way, way down the list. Most artist's, those outside the top 1 or 2%, never make a cent from CDs/vinyl done through a record company deal. In fact, most artists still are in debt to their record company.

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'Satnavs are definitely not doomed', insists TomTom man

eldakka
FAIL

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

"Indeed, and I think that a lot of the recent models of satnavs have 3G in them to get live traffic updates, roadwork information, etc. So there is a lot of hardware commonality between phones and satnavs. But some of the little features of satnavs that are missing from phones (like better sensitivity, no need for cell coverage, live traffic data that automatically alters the route) add up to something that the dedicated road warrior benefits significantly from."

Of course, there are some basic things that phones have that Satnavs should have. And in fact some Satnavs used to have but have now, for some reason, disappered from the latest models. And here I'm referring to a bluetooth profile to allow navigation instructions to be sent to a bluetooth receiver. But all the latest generation of Garmin and Tomtom satnavs seem to have lost this feature, even the top-end models.

And with many of the top-end models having voice navigation, why don't they allow an external mic (either via bluetooth or a socket)? In my old HiLux with off-road tires, the cabin noise is too great for the voice navigation to work on my Tomtom GO1050.

I'd like to use the Tomtom on my motorbike too, however no ability to route audio directions via some sort (any sort) of headset is a big fail. And voice navigation is (or at least would be!) a huge increase in safety on a bike, but again, can't plug in an external mic, which makes it another fail for both Garmin and Tomtom.

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 gets aired

eldakka
Flame

HDMI? USB?

I've been waiting for a nice 7"-8" tablet as I think it's a better size than the current 10" ones.

However if it doesn't have HDMI/USB (or the micro versions of them) then it significantly loses appeal.

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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

eldakka

Snow crash!

enough said.

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South African dam sluices 609 elephants per second

eldakka

re: 609 elephants per second

It would be more correct as:

6.09 Ps^-1 = 6.09 Pachyderms per second, or

6.09x10^-10 Pps^-1 = for Pachyderms per picosecond (or should that be x10^-12?)

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