* Posts by Peter Hartley

9 posts • joined 15 Jun 2007

Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

Peter Hartley

Comparison shopping for NASes

As long as the performance isn't execrable (where execrable is, say, not enough to stream compressed 4K video), my two primary criteria for selecting a NAS would be quietness and power-consumption. (Quietness particularly important for the one which thinks that it should be in your lounge plugged into your telly!) Any chance of graphs comparing these systems' performance on those metrics, both active and idle?

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Little devil: Electric Imp is an Internet of Things Wi-Fi PC-ON-AN-SD-CARD

Peter Hartley

SD compatibility

Just a note on "Imp’s connectors are electrical incompatible with a real SD card"... they're compatible in the sense that neither the imp nor the camera you plug it in will blow up (the power pins are the same). It just won't *do* anything :)

Peter

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When algorithms attack, does Google hear you scream?

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Spamfestation of search results

Like poster Number6, I'm right behind any Google algorithm, special-cased or otherwise, that keeps price comparison sites out of the search results. I'd always assumed that Kelkoo, for instance, retained its annoying presence due to a bug in Google's algorithms rather than any deliberate "whitelisting". Google should provide a setting (implemented like the Safe Search setting) that lets the end-user turn the whitelisting off, so that Kelkoo, Foundem and the rest remain at 119th place or beyond, where they belong.

Peter

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Clever attack exploits fully-patched Linux kernel

Peter Hartley

@spendergrsec: no, Mikov is right, you're scaremongering

The simple bug is dereferencing tun in the line "tun->sk". The fact that after that there's a NULL test on "tun" which GCC correctly optimises away, doesn't make it a more serious or unusual bug -- although it would certainly be nice if GCC issued a warning "optimising away NULL test because you've already dereferenced it". In particular, your contention that "from a source review the bug is unexploitable" is wrong, unless the source reviewer in question somehow misses the "tun->sk" line with the bug in.

The bug in PulseAudio, which the Reg article somehow conflates with this one, is of course completely separate.

Peter

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Philips Streamium NP2900

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Gapless?

"We think Philips missed a trick by not enabling the NP2900 to access iTunes – or Squeezecentre - as a server in the way Roku's Soundbridge can. Doing so would not only have meant gapless playback for opera fans..."

Um, what's the connection there? Surely gapless playback is a client-side feature, not a server-side feature; if NP2900 can't do it against Twonky or other UPnP servers, what makes you think it could manage it against an Itunes or Squeezebox protocol server?

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Apple cracks down on rogue app stores

Peter Hartley

SDK licence, or Developer Agreement?

The original Ars Technica piece says that the new conditions are attached to the Iphone Developer Program, not to the SDK download itself. The Developer Program is the extra thing that you have to do, and pay $99 for, to get your programs on the App Store. If that's the case, and if they aren't changing the SDK licence conditions, then it's more like they're saying "You can choose EITHER to be a registered developer and get stuff on the App Store, OR to distribute your programs for jailbroken phones, not both". Which dichotomy may be uncomfortable for some, but is a lot more reasonable than the blanket ban that the Reg article suggests.

Peter

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Emtec Movie Cube S800 DVR

Peter Hartley

@Jason

You're right, in fact, that I hadn't previously seen the Rapsody gear -- but AFAICT the ones that have screens (RSH-xxx) can't do streaming (i.e. don't have a network connection), and the ones with a network connection (N3x) don't seem to have a screen.

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What's interesting about this...

...is that it's the first gadget I've seen that lets you stream video to a TV, *and* has its own screen for listening to audio without having to turn the TV on, both in the same box. Shame about the software, then, as having good, intuitive software is an essential part of that experience.

Peter

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Kids get early start in electronics

Peter Hartley

Electronics

> "From the headline, I'd conjured up a wonderful mental image of a class full of eager seven-year-olds wielding soldering irons and reciting the colour codes for resistors. Now that would be a great news story."

OK, it was age ten, not seven, but the headmaster at the state primary I went to had us doing just that. And learning about transistors, logic gates, 74 series TTL (real 74 series, mind, none of that modern 74LS or 74HSC nonsense), and all the rest. It was indeed a good news story, we all got on local radio and even Granada Reports with it. It was 1982.

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