662 posts • joined 15 Jun 2007
I don't know anyone who's trying to buy this confusing little cylinder of excess and deficiency. It sounds like a hardware problem is limiting yields.
Sucking is in the contract
The one reason that I don't have Comcast is their contract. You need to buy "Comcast Business" to get unfiltered internet service. It's a 2+ year contract clearly stating that there is no minimum level of performance. They could saturate their network until it's 1.2 KB/sec and I'd still be paying that $150/month for at least two years.
I already made that mistake with Sprint cellular service. I won't do it again with Comcast.
"the fresh crater appears blue in the enhanced colour of the image"
Translation: We clicked the "Auto White Balance" button.
"perhaps a peering dispute"
A peering dispute is how telcos were sneaking around net neutrality. They'd claim that competing service X was using too much bandwidth and must pay money for upgraded peering. Never mind that the traffic was requested by the telco's paying customers. Telcos, cable companies, and studios have merged into monsters that are very experienced in the game charging fees to everyone in sight. If only the infrastructure could get as much money as the lawyers and negotiators.
Once they graduate they'll have to chose from one of two internet service providers offering high rates, confusing and rapidly changing service bundles, modem rental fees, restricted uses, no privacy, route throttling, poor customer service, and an overall quality of service that makes graduates wonder if they should move overseas. They'll have withdrawal.
Hah, what I am thinking. The money will evaporate into corrupt teclos and contractors again.
Maybe the catch is that the drives don't come with an AC adaptor.
Makes everything fit and the cheap ones are orange.
Re: Has anyone done the energy budget calculations?
60W outdoors, with luck. More like 0.1W indoors. I've tried several 22% efficient solar cells indoors and the power that you get from LED and CCFLs lamps can barely overcome the few micro-watts of internal leakage. They run at maybe 5% on direct sunlight coming through windows with energy efficient coatings. The amount of power collected by a laptop covered with solar cells indoors might not even overcome self-discharge of the battery and internal leakage in the solar cells.
Apple's sapphire investments could make this happen. The problem I see is sunbathing laptops getting stolen. Energy efficient lighting and window coatings produces indoor light without the broad spectrum of energy needed to get usable power from solar cells. The visible spectrum is a tiny sliver of what solar cells absorb. Charging would only work outdoors, though it would still look cool indoors.
Go to jail
The rootkit is not over. Maybe you missed later news that Sony helped pass laws in Japan to throw people in jail for downloading their music. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19767970 They tried the same in other countries too but couldn't get it to pass. Or maybe you missed all the times they've lost their customer databases to hackers from negligent security. Sony can't make consumer devices anymore because it would enrage their rabid anti-consumer studio division. They're now a sad, conservative, and conflicted company that builds mediocracy and abuses their customers. I would not bet on their survival as they exist now. Japan invests heavily in their own corporations so it might be possible for Sony to break up and thrive as independents. S. Korea definitely needs a strong competitor to free people from Samsung's "you can make it work by buying the next model" attitude.
I get about one spam a day that takes advantage of various Yahoo vulnerabilities. When I send a complaint to email@example.com, their mail server successfully recognizes Yahoo URLs as spam and refuses it. That is one of the hundreds of moments when Yahoo should have realized that their days of being functional are long gone and closed the doors, yet they continue like a rotting corpse turned zombie.
Oh wait, the animated logo totally fixes it all. Sorry for ranting.
Telling people they need iTunes integration to spend money is nothing but stupid. iTunes is a bloated dumping ground for features that were never properly integrated elsewhere. It hangs, it crashes, most of its UI stopped making sense years ago, and playing music has become a minor feature. It has grown into a clumsy secondary operating system for iPhones, Apple TV, music, movies, books, "the cloud", storefronts, contacts, parental controls, remote devices, etc., etc. Micropayment integration with the iTunes system will probably be the point where Apple's remaining customers say, "I give up. Bye." If history repeats itself again, Apple will be nearly dead before they stop being so stubborn.
Security by straightjacket
The Nyancoin crypto should be based on playing the Nyan Cat music at high volume into a room, quantizing the reverb and distortion with a microphone, and then seeding the encryption with those parameters. For this to be perfect, the encryption technique needs just enough mathematical flaws that Nyancoin miners will go absolutely insane attempting to model and reproduce them.
Re: Energy density
cm2 seems to be translated incorrectly from "cm" and a "-2" footnote marker. Of course, now it's missing two dimensions instead of one.
The obvious answer seems to be electric assist bicycles. They could be very geeky high tech, very efficient, good for the environment, and an excellent way to travel in areas with good weather. I've seen many attempts at making them but they're still burdened with obsolete tech that doesn't excite anyone enough to make the purchase. They need to lose the cheap heavy batteries, lose the bulky clamps and adaptors, they need variable regenerative braking, they need some vibration dampening, they need detachable storage, and they need theft protection. Public specifications would be a big help too so people can do their own hacks. Not only is that easy geek cred and comfort to buyers, but it's getting free R&D from the public.
I think I see the problem
It could be that these vulnerabilities are CAUSED BY HAVING RMI ON A SECURITY SYSTEM. Seriously, why would you do that? That's like trying to create a safe and secure zone inside a forrest.
There's a better way to do it wrong
Run the plain text password through a one-way hash, base64 encode it, store that as your login, and modify the servers to do the same.
Re: Alternatives exist
NiMH is extremely difficult to simultaneously charge and use. Unless you have perfectly smooth and uninterrupted charging, the only sure indicator of the batteries being charged is that they get hot or vent hydrogen. The only sure indicator of them being low is that power stops coming out. The next best thing is integrating current flow and guessing the state of charge.
Lithium batteries can be simultaneously charged and used for buffering high loads, at least for some range of charge state. The odd thing is why they chose a fragile lithium cobalt oxide battery. LiFePO4 is more stable, durable, and the energy density isn't too bad.
What makes anyone think that this was a targeted attack? It sounds like normal Chinese traffic and the ZyXEL products are crashing from their lack of robustness.
I have a weekly task to add more of China to my firewall. They're a non-stop source of vulnerability scans and they make it a habit of providing fake network contact information. I have an American ISP with no throughput to spare for all of that garbage.
They said "IP packets," and then put down their gold monocles
The move to IP is needed but the telcos are doing as an opportunity to restore their monopoly power. The problem with using phone wires is that Bell competitors can offer inexpensive services over them. Getting rid of the wires puts the Bells back in complete monopolistic control over customers. The government could mandate net neutrality but I doubt that enough politicians can resist bribery from AT&T and Verizon.
When I was house hunting a few years back, I would be trying to negotiate down a price on a house that had obvious undeclared structural damage. It would be major issues like beams of sunlight coming through the roof, a wall buckling from termites, or DIY remodeling gone horribly wrong. Young couples wearing Google T-shirts would then approach the owners and demand to buy on the spot for 15% over asking. One could be angry, or one could feel that the Googlers were getting what they deserved.
There's nothing left to protest if Google has started paying the city for bus stop maintenance. Stop whining and figure out how to take their money.
Pervs supporting the NSA
Whenever I see a judge or politician make an irrational decision in support of the NSA, I figure that the NSA has photos and recordings of that person doing awful things that would enrage or horrify the public.
I hope the NSA never releases anything about their big buddy, DiFi. I don't want to know.
The other phone
I can see how working with Apple is a non-stop pain in the ass. I'd never write an iPhone app unless it had extremely high margins to cover the hassle. My question is why doesn't Nokia sell an Android version? Google Maps is becoming so intrusive about realtime information gathering that it malfunctions on typical cell signals and it runs crippled without a login. The market for other Android map apps is young so even the paid apps are still awfully unrefined. Here's Nokia's chance to make a comeback with a product that they still have. (Don't blow it)
Make it shiny
Apple does a great job of misinterpreting the requirements of professionals. Imagine construction workers asking for a better pickup truck: 350HP, tough brakes with traction control, and a very strong suspension. Apple would deliver those specifications in sports car made of glass. It would be a beautiful and powerful machine that's too expensive and totally unsuited for use. As the Mac Cube comes from an era of crippled bus speeds, Trash Can Mac has crippled expansion. Thunderbolt is fast but it's still slower and far more expensive than the internal expansion ports it's replacing.
Just a momentary problem... I'll have the Samsung up in no time. I swear this never happens. Let me try it without the gloves... Yeah, yeah, yeah.... No! It just sits there limp and stupid. Maybe it's cold and needs to be warmed up. Rebooting... Hey, where are you going?
Good luck. Even a seasoned MS Exec may find the burden of government processes overwhelming. I bet right now he has a stack of papers on his desk that needs to be photocopied in triplicate then sent by mix of certified mail and fax to a dozen places, just to determine which office will be handling his future paperwork.
What the Drobo has going for it is the brand name and reputation. They've been very good about doing exactly what they claim their drives do without any fuss. The performance specs are accurate, they alert you to problems, compatibility is good, rebuilds are fast, drives don't rattle loose, and I haven't yet had a situation where one of them gets too confused to function. Unlike many other brands of NAS, I haven't lost any weekends to fixing them or upgrading them. That justifies their high cost for some uses.
Just a small deposit to start the process
Sprint is dying because their network remains slow as dialup even after applying all the 4G buzzwords. Somehow upgrading went well for other telcos. It also doesn't help they sold a lot of Sprint-branded defective phones on contracts and told their customers that they're SOL. (Thanks for that defective Galaxy S2, Sprint)
I don't think the US Government would allow Sprint to kill the best candidate to challenge Verizon and AT&T. Despite this, I'm sure T-Mobile wouldn't mind starting the paperwork for a small, non-refundable, $4 billion deposit.
The building is driven by 10 megawatts of solar power, of course.
Public? Gimme! Gimme!
Though partially nonsense, the protest does bring up a good point about Google using public infrastructure for private use. The commuter busses, WiFi, TV whitespace, and Moffett Field are some examples. As much as I don't like excessive regulation, it's clear that these uses aren't scalable. Public WiFi is already clogged with commercial HotSpots (AT&T, Comcast, Google, etc.). Big tech companies borrowing public bus stops isn't going to work either.
Spring powered devices have been around for years and there's no mechanical governor wasting energy. A switching power supply is used with an inverted feedback loop. When there's too much output power, the switching power supply increases the output more. This burdens the spring/weight so that it slows down and produces less energy. When the output is low, it decreases the load and the spring/weight speeds up. Of course it's not very stable but one more layer of power conditioning is trivial when you're in the milliwatt range.
Just another day
Expect many thousands of intrusion attempts a day for an address with a domain name. The worst bot armies are smart enough to evade adaptive firewalls by having hundreds of bots attempt only four or five attacks each per day.
Your best bet for a tiny server is to determine which networks have the most bots and hackers then block them. My small business router pretends that nobody's home when Taiwan, China, or S. Korea calls because they'd otherwise saturate my computer and bandwidth. Anything mentioning "yahoo" to my mail server gets rejected so there's no need for a trip to a Spamhaus to confirm that it's junk. I occasionally sift through what remains and send out abuse complaints when it gets bad. An invalid network abuse contact gets the network in the firewall.
Where did the article go about Apple being listed in Spamhaus?
Google will do whatever makes it the most money. That means no HTTPS for the Chinese. HTTPS is only turned on elsewhere because Google spends a lot of effort collecting your most personal data and they don't want to share it for free.
China will do whatever makes it the most money. That means jailing dissidents, stealing software, blocking foreign Internet services, and hosting as many hackers as they can cram into their IPv4 address space.
Good luck to GreatFire.
No jail time?
What ever happened to jail time for massive copyright theft with massive distribution? It's what the big guys have been asking for, and they should get it.
Money for nothing and your chicks for free
This is what the telcos have been trying to get done with the FCC as their bitch. The plan is definitely to rip old copper wires out but you'll find no mention of replacement. They'd rather force everyone onto cell towers, which is highly profitable because they're easily made into a scarce resource. Do nothing and make more money - it's the telco way. Check out Verizon's "Voice Link" solution to Hurricane Sandy victims.
It's not in my world
I don't want satisfaction surveys, I don't want telemarketing, I don't want more bulk for the recycling bin, I don't want text messages coupons, I don't want e-mails of new product catalogs, and I don't want creepy product recommendations made by AI systems covertly analyzing my personal habits. I don't read billboards, I skip TV commercials, and the radio is turned off at the first advertisement. I do want a product that does what it claims to do, and does it well. I do want the product to come with a URL that leads to a well-designed web site showing me what other solutions are available for purchase. I do have money to spend.
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All I've ever seen from Tencent is phishing-like spam for Chinese parts suppliers. It would be awfully hard to use may free 10TB when they're firewalled.
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Does SQL injection still count as an attack or is it like breaking into a room by turning the door's knob?
Re: Comparing 'Walled Gardens'
Most of Google's slurping can be avoided by disabling Chrome, Maps, and Network Location Services. Alternatives are easy to come by. On the other hand, Apple is just getting their data slurping started and their mechanisms allow for no workaround.
Both are invasive. If you do nothing, iOS will probably spy on you less. If you work at it, Android will spy less. I'm not sure about Windows - I haven't even seen one yet.
The lines and seams are a wreck. It's like half the parts were too small and the other half of the parts where stretched to cover the naked spots.
The obvious product
Customer service. No pricing tricks will make somebody sign a long-term contract designed to screw and abuse them. Smoke and mirrors are to be evaluated on their worst-case scenario.
Maybe IBM and Comcast will be hanging out in a bar this weekend, complaining about how much customers suck.
Because it requires you agree to a new Googley TOS.
Don't use Google if you hate them. Don't give them data if you don't like them prying into your life. There are easy alternatives.
Throw it over the garden's wall
Just sync it with Bluetooth file transfer, or an SD card, or copy the file over USB... Oh, right, it's not supported. I don't understand the lasting popularity of this phone.
Re: MicroSD slot?
Any company that sells cloudy services and collects marking data is going to produce phones with as little working memory as possible. Offline use is unprofitable silence to them.
There's a simple solution to the "no SD card" trend: Don't buy them. I have 80GB of storage in my phone and I don't know what I'd do without it. I embrace cloud access (I am part of the cloud) but I prefer to have maps, music, and important data locally stored for speed and reliability.
It would be good to attack this from the software side too. Many analysis tasks have become too complex to implement with hand-crafted assembly language, or hand-crafted with anything. What happens is that many large and complicated frameworks are tied together with a relatively small amount of custom code. Each framework has a formal representation of data inputs and outputs that are each padded with protection against accidental misuse that would cause obvious data corruption. All of this formality and safety can end up being an enormous processing overhead. "Enterprise Edition" software is the classic example of nearly infinite inefficiency, but seemingly low-level tasks suffer too. What would be useful would be a radical new generation of JIT compiler that can make extreme optimizations across an entire system; analyzing enormous codebases and producing minimal hardware instructions to produce the correct result. Given that an entire data center is available to perform the analysis, it could be feasible.
Chock-full of it
No dodgy software or excessive privileges from Google? Chrome is crippled until you sign in and grant it permission to monitor everything you do. It's difficult to turn on GPS without Google monitoring your location, networks, and nearby WiFi points. Android Backup Service wants a copy of everything. Google Maps demands login for offline mode. As for sucking up resources, there's Google+, Google Play Music, Google Play Music & TV, Google Play Music Magazines, Google Play Books, Play Store, Gmail, Exchange Services, Picasa Uploader, Talk, Maps, Earth, YouTube, Google Search, Google Services, etc.
Just say no to EE
Enterprise Edition is a way of saying that it's so needlessly complicated that only millions of dollars worth of engineering, support, and hardware can get it working. This project really sums it up:
The challenge comes later
Any fool can encrypt a single e-mail so that it can never be cracked. You don't even need a computer. The attack is always against the services and operations of a company, which can become nearly infinitely complex and very difficult to perfectly secure. Would a hacker find 5% of the company to be more valuable than secretly maintaining access? I guess it depends on how many hackers have already claimed their 5%.
- One HUNDRED FAMOUS LADIES exposed NUDE online
- Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers
- Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64