183 posts • joined 31 Mar 2011
To paraphrase Ron Swanson
Soya is the food that my food eats.
Re: As long as...
"'Top 5%' is fine"
No, actually, it's not (and no I'm not one of them.)
This years top 5% usage is next year's average usage. It's their best indication of how much infrastructure they need to be installing.
Kneecapping the leading edge today leads directly to greater and ever increasing congestion tomorrow. Retransmissions caused by packet collisions count towards billable data overage.
It's not about making 5% pay today, it's about making 95% pay next year.
Re: I'd love to...
No need to sort. Name topic of the week on Monday, then draw a random submission on Friday.
It's a fact up here and will be down there soon enough.
Most Canadians still love our universal care of course but the political landscape will shift when it's the Baby Boomers that start getting told No instead of their parent's generation.
I don't doubt the desk jockeys that turn people down now would love to hand off the responsibility/blame to a machine.
Re: We know, you know.
That's the whole point.
Just like oddball job interview questions. It's not about what you answer, it's about how.
Re: how easy it was to speak to people without starting a fight.
Only because the local team won that day. Try avoiding one as an outsider when the local team loses.
Yes, actually, carriers WILL love it
Highest monthly bundle plan available from any carrier here has a 6GB cap. Anything over that will cost you extra and it's not cheap. Of course, if enough people use their mobile for torrents the bandwidth will quickly saturate, which means more collisions and more retransmissions, which means even more billable usage. I see a big uptick in the incidence of 4 and 5 digit bills in the near future.
Re: Why never any employees
Probably because that would require consent and most people don't like having their pictures taken by strangers.
So much wrong with this.
But losing DHCP whenever the internet connection goes down?
Show of hands, how many people never have more than one device on their LAN?
Re: On porn?
If anyone you know IRL even knows you have a Twitter account, much less your user name, you're doing it wrong.
I thought all of the images on Instagram were "Sickening and Obscene"
No, that's Pinterest.
and a lot more Indian food.
Re: more of Katarina please!
Sounds like the police should be getting a warrant for your HDD any day now.
Re: Store designs from hell
The Ikeas I've been in, left side of the walkway is the interior walls, so no, that won't work.
Formatting of the poll is messed up from 2.4 onward. All text at top of each section and all selection bullets below undifferentiated.
Based on her preferred engraving, I'm guessing she'll be carrying her phone in her front pocket and set to vibrate.
3M is just for the medical zone, another 8M just for shopping. Offices, residential, etc. or an overall total are all unspecified in the article.
I'm no fan of what Google has become, but Orlowski is out to lunch on this one. The onus of right-to-be-forgotten should be on the publisher/host of the information, no just on the biggest (of several) search engines.
They're approaching 60,000 requests so far. Probably about to get a surge due to the publicity around this story. There's no possible way for them to properly evaluate public interest for each request.
So either they leave them all up or take them all down. If they leave them up they'll be taken to court over hundreds if not thousands of them. On the extreme low end, if even 1% of current requests are contested if left up, they'd be looking costs approaching 50 million in lawyers fees. The only rational response is to take them all down.
Time, not frequency
I used to work for a telecom satellite firm and we would often get interference from unknown locations. By finding the same signal (at much lower power) on other satellites in nearby orbital slots, it was possible to triangulate the location from the time difference in when variations of the signal were observed on the different birds.
In this case, if the source material was recorded with an accurate timestamp, or on a device they had a reference timestamp for, then they would only need a few points, not thousands, on the grid to get pretty close. Maybe a block or two. Once you're in the ballpark, other techniques are a lot less work to be more exact if necessary. For a whistle blower interview though. it would probably just be a matter of looking at a map, seeing a hotel in the search zone and checking the credit cards used that day.
Re: and so, ad infinitum
Just to clarify, were you searching from an EU based Google.* ? As the filters are not being applied to Google.com .ca etc
And how much would it cost Google for lawyers and administration to individually dispute each and every one of those 50,000 (and counting) requests?
That's why they're letting the authors/publishers know. So they can choose to fight their individual cases if they want. There's no way even Google could afford to do so for all of them without going bankrupt.
I'd expect it more in medium than large places actually.
The biggest outfits I've dealt with have all tended to be tightly locked down, one or two sizes fit all, even 1/2 the IT folks don't have admin rights on their own desktops, type places.
Mid-size on the other hand are more likely to give (some) staff the ability to install whatever they like as they would at home while having a much harder time policing what that ends up being, compared to a small shop where the IT department is Bob down the hall.
Re: scaled-down representation of the structure
Didn't US Airways already do that recently?
My experience with social media invites from technically-disinclined friends and relatives is they've unwittingly authorized the site to spam not just everyone in their address book, but everyone who's been CC'd by a 3rd party in any saved email, or any address in their sent folder.
As for business Twitter, it's useful for announcements in a less spammy way than email. Odds are clients don't visit a business website except when they want something. So information there is only ever seen by those who already have cash in hand or a complaint. Title of themed sale announcement/new product line/etc. + shortened URL if they want details should easily fit in 140 characters.
Looking at Google.ca
In spite of having this appended to the bottom of the 1st page.
"In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 6 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at ChillingEffects.org"
Said 1st page still includes links to US retailers.
So yes, as a matter of principle, it does seem odd that Equustek seems to be pursuing this only indirectly and only in Canadian, not US courts.
However, as a practical matter, how many legacy PLCs are out there that need an ethernet adapter but have not yet got one in the last ~15 years? How many of that pool (shrinking as outdated equipment is replaced/manufacturing leaves the country) would Equustek have to sell to at $500-1500/unit to cover legal costs in the slower and more expensive US court system and still turn a decent profit on them?
Re: No sympathy.
The conviction stands because the specifics of the case didn't match what was being argued and the online laws aren't as well written as their equivalent meatspace laws (which have been refined by a couple centuries of Common Law precedents)
The police thought they didn't need a warrant to search a folder shared publicly on the internet.
That sounds reasonable to me. To use your analogy, they wouldn't need a warrant if I left an axe embedded in a body on my front lawn.
The court decided they should have had got a warrant anyway. I think that's more restrictive than necessary in this specific case where there's clear probable cause and the evidence is public. The current law for online searches is written more broadly than this case, however, so this is far preferable than not having adequate constraints for searches.
It certainly won't make it worse.
I think the stretch target is 15 minutes.
Of possible interest for such an endeavour:
Modular Robotics http://www.modrobotics.com/
Pretty much what it says on the tin. Of the 2 product lines their Cubelets are probably best suited for a quick introductory and very hand-on type session.
I'm telling you
it's those damned sand trout.
Supply of Uber drivers is not nearly as fixed as are licensed cabs.
A surge in price only increases profit as an interim step to increasing supply of currently active drivers. Incentive for drivers to make themselves available for extra/longer hours.
Adam Smith rides again.
Should be 140 characters, Shirley?
Canadian burger chain Harvey's got wise and came up with the Double Bacon burger with both types on it. Conflict resolved.
Good and bad
Sure video calls have been part of the sci-fi vernacular for decades, but I've never seen any appeal in that degree of privacy invasion every time I answer the phone. So I hate knowing that this will in time likely become as pervasive as Facebook, probably even more so.
However, if on the road to that particular hell, the herd finally moves off IE before they catch up and support it then at least some good will come of it.
Didn't we all at that age?
Re: Taking the bus will not help
Don't forget about the bus' video camera(s).
I recently set up an online account over the phone with an institution I'd never dealt with previously. They asked me a number of verification questions, including an either-or for which both options were wrong. Which was actually the point. A fraudster would make a 50-50 bluff and then call back later and try the other option if he got it wrong, whereas the real account holder would know the correct answer and say 'neither'.
I agree that pre-defined verification questions are terrible. The most likely person to attempt to fraudulently access any website under my name is my ex-wife (again) and she knows all the answers to the usual questions. Much better to let me write-in a question with a non-obvious answer.
That's a 3 page troll right?
Hypothetically I have a choice of ~15 ISPs. However, most are resellers, only 2 own hardware. So I have limited competition on price, caps and customer service, I don't have competition on the service itself.
It's either cable so over-subscribed dial up is faster between noon and 2 AM or 4Mb/s DSL that dies whenever it rains or the temperature is between -3 and -4 C (in Canada) Both last mile providers have 5 year upgrade plans, my neighbourhood is on neither list.
Do I live in a remote low density area where they don't have the client base to justify the expense? You tell me:
2 blocks away is the main CO for a city of over 100k in a county over 500k.
2 blocks further 2 universities, 1 is top 10 for business programs, the other is #1 in the country for engineering and computer science. Lots of apartments, townhouses and most of the detached homes are rooming houses filled, not just with students.
Also between my house and the tech university is the cities technology/R&D business park. Between that business park and the aforementioned CO? Raytheon, and most of the 20+ buildings in the city occupied by Blackberry.
The are businesses and schools can and have paid to put their own fiber lines in, but with such a high density of residential demand, if the market was how Orlowski thinks it is, why is neither company even thinking about upgrades?
Internet service IS a utility, and it's high time it was treated as such.
Also, having spent a couple decades on the hardware and network side of the wireless telecom industry, including cell and satellite, believe me, no wireless tech will ever be able to provide comparable viable economic broadband service in rural areas. Other than on the immediate periphery of an urban area, have you even looked at the rain fade characteristics of Ka-band (to say nothing of response times)?
You mean like the phone and cable companies that want to increase profits by charging both the sender and receiver for transferring each packet?
Yes, of course companies are going to argue for whichever rules allow them to maximize their profits. Fortunately in this case, at least some of them are on the same side as consumers and arguing against the big telecoms.
"on the basis that you couldn't actually rely on the user having made the choice."
Your logic is backwards. Consumers should have to opt-in to being tracked.
Re: Compulsory voting
I don't follow you.
Having an up to date list of who can vote seems like a very important step in making sure those who can't, don't.
Otherwise you end up turning into a corrupt 3rd world banana republic of dead people casting ballots at multiple polling stations...like the US for example.
Re: Yes I predict it will be exactly as terrible as Y2K!
I had to work that night, just in case any of our clients had a major issue.
Why wasn't my satellite owner/operator employer worried about their own systems?
They'd gone around a couple months before and told all the old, but critical systems, that it was 1985...
Could be interesting to see if any of that old kit that nobody even manufactures replacements for is still in use at the end of this year.
Re: Growing like Topsy
"but they seem better at not getting pwned."
You're kidding, right?
The MIs were practically subsidiaries of the KGB throughout the Cold War and there's absolutely nothing to suggest they're any less thoroughly infiltrated by foreign sympathizers now. Russians, Chinese, Iranians, etc. don't need a UK Snowden because they're already have a better FOI fulfillment rate than the UK public does.
Still, better to be like the UK with a few bad apples in the intelligence agency than what we see here in Canada. Reams of files passed to the Soviets during the cold war? Entrusted to a Hell's Angels groupie in the '08? Having a fling with a Chinese spy in '10? Must be someone in Cabinet.
There will be a scene with the 1812 Overture and more than a few Creepers.
She wasn't assaulted. People showed great restraint defending against an invasion of their privacy.
Re: Hate Crime?
If they weren't obnoxious and clueless, they'd have no interest in wearing the glasses.
Virtual currency banking has been done before
Anyone else find these repeated implosions of bitcoin banks reminiscent of Eve Online player-run banks?
It's been a few years since I played, but every single bank in the game eventually turned into a scam (dozens that lost some huge amounts of currency and many more smaller ones). Every single one.
Even those that were plausibly not founded with anything other than honest dealings as the goal. Sometimes the temptation grew to be too much for an individual. Other times success meant too much work for the original people necessitating eventually taking on others who turned out to be of lesser character.
I don't see any reason to think that every single Bitcoin bank would have any different ending than every single Eve bank.
Re: Seen this sort of pattern before
1970s? Try 2014 Argentina, Ukraine and Venezuela (with more to follow).
A) I believe such names are driven more by the desire for copyright/trademark than a flighty desire to appear 'creative'. Though of course it would then fall to the more...erm...esoteric types in the marketing department to come up with the new name.
B) Does the CEO rate high for amusing and low for intelligence? Have they spoken with a lawyer about how a low intelligence rating might affect their future senior executive employment opportunities? On second thought, based on many real world data points, they'll probably have no problem getting another corner office.
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