Re: Shocked, shocked I tell you!
How to sum up the entire article
TL;DR Business as usual.
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How to sum up the entire article
TL;DR Business as usual.
"The database is a joint project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided most of the funding, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from several states. Amplify Education, a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, built the infrastructure over the past 18 months. When it was ready, the Gates Foundation turned the database over to a newly created nonprofit, inBloom Inc, which will run it."
Microsoft (via Bill G) wants to corner the market themselves.
IPv6 is going to go thru all the growing pains IPv4 did so many years ago. Now most IPv4 kit has been rolled up in libraries and modules for so long that the developers have forgot all the magic that's been done to keep it from exploding in users faces.
>If "just clicking on things" causes your computer to become compromised, it's not the fault of the user
Most modern browsers don't, not even IE. Most of the 'just click on things" these days are fake A/V warnings meant to trick the dull (some of them are pretty good). How is a browser suppose to stop someone from purposely downloading a file and running it (but the prompt said I had a virus and I needed to run this to remover it!)?
A/V is still mostly useless because the malware writers make lots of copies of their crap and release the ones that pass A/V detection that day, then release a new batch every day after that. A/V is a losing game.
Buyer B now can a)buy it.
a.1) maybe depending on where they live, with widely ranging prices
a.2) maybe depending on their operating system, player, method of connectivity
a.3) be prompted to install all kinds of weird shit to make it work.
a.4) still have it not work, or have it downgraded to low-def
a.5) not be able to play it on 2 different devices because of strange producer whims.
a.6) have the manufacture stop supporting whatever odd DRM after some amount of time
d) Steal it for one price
d.1) anywhere in the world
d.2) use it on any operating system, player, or method of connectivity they transcode it to
d.3) use their standard player of choice
d.4) have it just work
d.5) play it on 2 different devices
d.6) never have to worry about DRM.
Some people are always going to violate copyright on media, not much you can do about that. The rest of them want a cheap, easy, and fair way of getting your product. Itunes with all its bullshit DRM has shown that if you make it easy, people will buy. People are creatures of laziness, going out and pirating stuff is just hard enough that easy to use services like Netflix make it not worthwhile. Successful producers are going to have to realize the 20th century is gone, in the 21st century the world is globally connected. Putting up little 'content' walls is laughable.
For me the situation is simple: Adapt or die.
Historical quite attributed to Andrew Orlowski-Antoinette: "Let them eat digital cake."
""Intellectual property is a monopoly" is a child's logic." Meaning that even a child can recognize it, whats the saying? From the mouth of babies.
If this is the least-badderest way we can come up with then the whole system is screwed because it ignores human nature.
1. People want stuff to work,
2. they want it cheap,
3. they want it now.
What has the copyright cartel delivered them.
1. DRM - Sorry, that expensive player doesn't work right because, HDCP, Region flags, some other bug, etc.
2. Digital download, only $5 MORE then buying the disk! Whadda Bargain!
3. Regional Availability - Please wait till next year you kangaroo eating fucks.
Hey, let them keep their head in the sand making shitty products, worked well for American car manufactures in the 70's.
EA has missed a opportunity to profit.
"Error cannot connect; standard servers are busy." "If you would like instant service please purchase the premium server package for £25 now."
They just aren't milking their cows hard enough.
"VUPEN Security's crack on IE 10 running on Surface Pro was an eye-opener," Gorenc said. "The vulnerability was so elegant it didn't even crash the browser. They launched the process from outside the sandbox so the user wouldn't even know if they had been hacked."
Since this is the Pro version and not the RT, this pretty much means that Windows 8 is hackable (possibly 7 if you upgraded to IE 10)
Nitrates in large amounts aren't good for a person. Of course some of these people at a diet of 50% meat (crazy) which puts them at risks from ...
>More so when processed.
In historical terms, less so when processed. Pig is a very risky item to eat when you don't have proper cooking and cleaning available. Trichinosis is bad stuff.
Nitrates and high levels of sodium are not healthy, but I'm sure that counts for any product that has them.
It's very rare that someone 'just' becomes a vegetarian.
Most likely you also had other significant life changes at the time. Increased exercise being one of the most common changes. Also changes in diet tend to happen in a recovery stage of depression that the person was not aware of. Lastly it also depends on how terrible of diet a person had before, if they were eating 5 pounds of beef and no fibre, then yea the difference will be significant. If the person was eating a relatively balanced diet, then it is unlikely they can tell any difference unless they have a medical condition.
Off on a tanget to the article, but
The Java installer sucks (yes we already knew that with the Ask toolbar)
Resets Java update settings. Set java to download before installing and set it to daily. Install new update. It's now reset to monthly and warn before downloading.
I've had to reinstall J7v17 twice on many systems as it doesn't install the browser plug-in to IE or Firefox correctly. These days I'd consider this a benefit other then the computers really needed it for apps to work.
The manufactures bios choices and hardware drivers can make a significant difference at boot up, I swear some of it has lines like this
#Wait 5 seconds on firmware load to make sure crappy hardware interface has actually loaded
init_wireless_device_firmware ( wait 5);
Also, add Windows Pro to a domain server and you'll find on the average AD setup the majority of your boot time ends up waiting on the network.
If you are looking for huge amounts of storage, this is not the drive you are looking for, you want a 4TB drive.
If you are looking for super fast access, you are looking for an SSD.
If you are looking a trade off between both, this is the drive you are looking for.
I've used the XTs in notebooks and so far I've been impressed. I do wish the large desktop drives came with 16GB of flash, that fits my common 'working set' of data better. For the vast majority of office workers the 8GB does just fine. I've put a number of XTs in Core2 type laptops that have plenty of CPU and ram, but the manufactures disk that shipped with it was dog crap, and it makes all the difference in the world. The end users stop looking at buying new laptops because now the machine is more then 'fast enough' for their daily tasks.
My mom has worked for the county jail for close to 20 years now, the stories about mistakes in the paper shuffle would blow your mind.
Once recent case involved a guy my sister went to school with. He committed an armed robbery in Austin, was arrested in Dallas, but was shipped to the county of his residence which my mom happens to work at. Dallas county didn't send the felony arrest paperwork with him, he just just had a traffic warrant at the county here. The officer in charge was getting the court paperwork ready for the traffic ticket (in which he would have likely been bonded out the same day) when my mom recognized him and looked at the paperwork and noticed the serious problem. She quickly got the original warrant from the NCIS and reclassified him as a high risk inmate. Had it been her day off, or she was on vacation, the guy would have walked (which he was a flight risk because of an attempt to flee to Mexico).
Events like this are pretty common. : (
HP laptops normally come with the crappiest HDDs ever. The IO performance is unbelievably bad.
That said, I ordered a 17" HP a while back and it came with one of the XT's with 8GB of flash, it outperformed any non-SSD hard drive I've had in a notebook before. The clients loved the upgrade in speed, and the huge amount of space.
I've used a number of the XTs with 8GB Flash and they are much faster with Windows 7. In notebooks the difference seems (and feels) pretty large. XTs are great for single use clients. Multi-client/Server installs are looking for a different solution.
>Ban advertising of alcohol
You might take it out of the mags, papers, and bus stops, but what about the internet? You think that facebook accounts telling you about $ewer_brew of the week won't try to fill the vacuum?
Also, if you raise the cost of alcohol above the cost to make it illegally you create a black market, then you have to factor in the law enforcement costs of said black market. The enforcement costs are significant, possibly more then the tax income you raise.
How are they going to 'ban' internet advertizing? None on sites with a .co.uk? What counts as an ad? My blog where I talk about the newest swill released on the market? If they can't stop the ads or 'false' ads on the internet expect the billion dollar ad industry to go on the internet in one way or the other.
In Firefox 19 at least it had notified me that 7r15 was vulnerable even before I read it online. Quick moving on the Mozilla team.
Non-admin accounts are a good start, but can still be an issue if the 'virus' is persistent and updates from a server. The next local privilege exploit can then be used to fully own the machine.
Software restriction has worked great for me in larger businesses with AD and well defined use policies, but outside of that in the small business arena and standalone computer market it doesn't really exist in an easy to manage fashion.
>when they start to inconvenience someone important the rules can be thrown out of the window.
We need to publish lists of these someone importants on the internet so sustained attacks can be commissioned against just them until the time that they figure out not being a twat when it comes to policy is necessary.
"I want the secret of the Coca-Cola company not to be kept in a tiny file of 1KB, which can be exfiltrated easily by an APT," Shamir said. "I want that file to be 1TB, which can not be exfiltrated. I want many other ideas to be exploited to prevent an APT from operating efficiently.
MIcrosoft made this years ago by allowing you to embed flash in a .doc file.
I had a client pulling that same thing with a 100MBps switch, so I brought in a loaner GB switch for a day. They ordered a new switch the same day.
Designed to fail, because it's a single point of failure. I bet about everything else with the system is redundant.
The entire cert system needs to be ran off 2 different CA's, the entire system can run off one, but has a total fit about it (leading a person to correct the problem). Oh, and make sure the CA's expriy dates are significantly different.
Redundant Hardware: Check.
Redundant Network: Check.
Redundant DNS: Check.
Redundant Services: Check.
Single point of failure at certificate services: Check, wait not FAIL, crap ARRAHHH.
Design tip for next time, find a way for your services to use two different set of certificates from two different providers. Make sure the expiry dates differ. Have stuff warn, but not fail if there is a problem with one.
I'd like my consulting fee now.
Ugh, it's because the word cloud is used in places it shouldn't be.
It's not the WAN, it's the VM. Cloud isn't about the end user, it's all internet to them. It's about the server room. Cloud is not co-location, it's closer to no-location. Go back 10 years, ask your co-location service to have 150 servers up and running for you in 2 hours and then take them down 10 hours later. I think the words they would use is 'FAT FUCKING CHANCE' as they hung up. I see cloud as the abstraction of the server room. Apps have always had some abstraction when they used DNS to contact a server, now because of VMs I can push that same server to US, EU, or Asia in almost no time, depending on what I needed to serve. And then, I can take it all back down quickly.
Reality is, since running on VMs has become almost universal, that clouds will be here to stay.
Being a server guy I see the 'cloud' as a hardware abstraction layer for software that has rapidly changing demands. If I need extra 'burst' processing capability for rare events, I can have a number of VM images on the cloud provider of the day ready to go at a moments notice. I don't have to have $x extra servers taking up space and power sitting unused 95% of the time.
I tend to think of my server room as baseline power, a nuclear power plant. I have a lot of power available, but it is inflexible if large, short endurance spikes of demand (it would take days to add new servers, even after I got purchase authorization). The cloud works like natural gas generators for me. They are more expensive to use, but they can be fired up quickly when needed and then shut down.
If it doesn't feel like a quantum leap in technology, maybe you aren't using it. VM/VDI has made deployment, management, and backup of servers click and drool easy. People where time sharing in the 60's because computers were expensive. I time share (VM) servers because they fast and cheap, so fast that without VMs you'd have to put a lot of services on one box, which in the Windows world is a great way to have things go bad.
Just have your webserver block anything that says it's from GoogleBot.
Easy enough with apache.
A little more high tech then you make it out to be.
>Please summarise all science learned from the Mars missions so far, plus the cost of obtaining it
Mars is not made from gold and unobtanium. Oh, and we've learned how to send bots to other planets where the speed of light makes significant communications delays run around and do stuff, so lets say if in the future we want to mine rocks from there.
Real science isn't like the movies. Oh, and space is big and boring, pretty much the only place with interesting things occurring in real-time (on the human scale) is earth.
You do realize when you mix white and black people together, you don't get grey people. As much as the women tan around here it would seem that closer to a light brown is pretty popular.
Anyway, if the porn sites are giving me accurate statistics, all the black men are having sex with white women that have a very large derriere.
>Data transfer errors with SMB or FTP? Maybe the next fw update will fix it. (never did)
Our Linux router shows some interesting logs from one of these BlackArmors
'martian destination 127.0.0.1 from 192.168.10.143, dev eth2'
(.143 is the BA unit)
WTF, who fucked up the network stack in these units. How do 127 packets even leave the device?!?
Please explain why VM is the worst thing to happen to computing again? Why at some point in the future am I going to regret it, hell I regret not going to it sooner. Or is this just mixing VM and cloud together? Since I run my own VM servers I can balance out the need for IO and CPU, this has lead to far fewer servers and great cost reductions in the amount of systems I need. Instant snapshots (and the ability to back them up easily) has made system administration far easier. Being able to move guests easily or spinning up a second copy from a snapshot is something I only dreamed about 10 years ago.
That said I don't do much cloud stuff, but.. If I need a lot of extra capacity very quickly it is extremely easy to start up a number of instances and then shut them down again. There are a number of things I don't put in the could though to avoid HIPAA and other regulations.
>If I shoot you with a gun, it's pretty obvious it was me. If I shoot you with a remote controlled drone, it's not?
It's probably easier to train with a scoped rifle and hit someone then try to hit someone with a gun on a 'reasonably affordable' drone. You can hit someone with a scoped rifle from quite a distance, we tend to call the people who do it regularly snipers.
Lesson 1. Never believe the performance metrics giving to you from the people you pay. They will only show themselves in the best possible light.
Solution for lesson 1. Monitor your sites performance from different 3rd party locations, preferably from locations across the world where you have concentrations of customers.
Lesson 2. Proprietary software locks you in to a provider. Even though in the beginning the software sounds like the sweetest thing since sugar and is completely buzzword compliant, Even a simple change by the provider can send costs skyrocketing.
Solution for lesson 2. Standards compliant and/or open source software. Do not tie your data to one program. Look at your software/platform as an investment. If it has no liquidity or fungibility you are stuck with the pricing of one company rather than an entire market. Monopolies rarely treat their customers fairly.
Most desktop towers are built with the mainboard mounted on in inside right of the case (if you are looking at it from the front). Dell likes to build any number of units internally reversed, so not only are the connectors on the other side of the rear of the case, you have to flip the connector for it to go in.
Make sure your date and time are correct.
I was going to go beat a hooker to death last night, but I stayed home and played GTA instead.
Because saying colbalt monoxide just doesn't sound as cool, and most laypeople associate rust with any type of metal corrosion and not just that of iron.
>...and what happens when the knot at the end comes undone and the universe flies around the room making a 'pbltltttbhbbbttttt!' sound?
'The region visible from Earth (the observable Universe) is a sphere with a radius of about 47 billion light years,['
Perhaps when talking about the size of the universe, one should say 'observable universe', because the unobservable universe is much bigger, possible infinite.
Comoving distance makes trying to figure out where something would be now interesting, since 'the universe' is expanding equally (apparently) in all directions.
Yes, most of the time I run Windows on Xen or something like that, but I do have a few instances of the other way around.
In once case I run a small CentOS instance in Hyper-V on a 2008 Domain Controller. It runs a few scripts like MRTG, RRDTool, Smokeping, and some other SNMP stuff monitoring network metrics and performance. It was easier for me to set up Linux then try to have the commands work in Windows.
It's between $50 and $60 a day in the U.S., $15k doesn't even cover 1 year. His prison time alone will cost over $100,000, that's not counting the costs of the trial.
I read this article on Erlang and TCPincast and imagine application issues like this will cause the migration to 10G-E sooner then many people will think.
This page is even better at describing the issue. http://www.pdl.cmu.edu/Incast/
Sometimes it's easier to throw more hardware at the problem then fix the nature of the problem.
Could the increased cost of energy extraction and waste disposal be consuming our growth?
Without a significant decrease in energy costs any growth will be consumed by increased extraction costs. We've mined all the cheap and easy stuff and are digging deeper and farther out then ever. Solar, Wind, and other renewables are more expensive then their non-renewable counterparts and economies based on them will see a larger piece of their economic output used to support them. On the other side of the same coin we're globally *trying* to limit pollution, where once pollution costs were externalized (by dumping it where ever), now it's a cost of doing business.
Kinda like when people actually figure out the words to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lola_%28song%29
My rather conservative nephew was singing the song with the lyrics all wrong and was rather redfaced when I told him to go look them up. I still get a chuckle out of that.
There are many times finding the misattributed song has lead me to the actual artist. At least the internet makes it easily searchable when you have incorrect information and are trying to find what you are looking for. It was a real pain in the ass back in the day trying to sing to someone else to see if they could figure out the song you were talking about.
Oh, and my favorite "There's a bathroom on the right" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Moon_Rising_(song)
Why would you want a duplicate checker to check a whole file? In theory you'd only check files of the same size then check the file up to the first difference (which may be the entire file up to the last byte).
Now, if you wanted to check against any future duplicates you'd select a hashing system that makes sense for the number and size of files you will have (CRC may be fine, or SHA-512 if you want to reduce the chance of collisions), then hash the file as it comes in to your system since that should be the cheapest time to do it. You could then save this info to a database that could handle the comparisons quickly. Just make sure you figure a way to handle deletions and moves correctly.