* Posts by Adam 1

738 posts • joined 7 May 2012

Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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Re: I don't get it

>I'd venture for most people, 500MBps is going to be plenty.

640MBps ought to be enough for anybody.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: A small step in the right direction

Fire with fire!

Find the sales office for these de auth tools and return fire.

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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In your analogy, Google is not the importer. It is an index. Once you click to the link, the content is delivered from the source website. So the source website is the importer.

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>Time to show the politicians (and in places like France, that includes the judges) the only language they all understand:

I thought they were using the language of retreat quite well.

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SURPRISE: Telstra STILL wants all its promised NBN booty

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Re: NBN=Rort

No. The rort was to privatise Telstra in the 90s without splitting their retail and wholesale arms.

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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Re: £58m lost revenues

They need to decide if they sell a product or a licence. If a product then you should be free to do as you like with it once purchased. If a licence, then as a licence holder you should be able to purchase a replacement media or exchange format at (or reasonably close to) cost price.

In simple terms, if you want to force someone to purchase another copy for a format shift, then you are starting that they have purchased something physical rather than a licence.

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DRAM! Speedy software upstart PernixData's caching up fast

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Re: Um...

Also windows since vista. There are basically two reasons to write to disk.

1. A requirement to not lose the data when shutdown or other system crash (including the VM host).

2. Overflow storage where there is insufficient RAM to work in memory (very large datasets).

This solution doesn't solve 1 and if you are using it for 2 then why not just give it that RAM as RAM?

RAM backed SSD can make sense to boost longevity by avoiding overwriting the same block (discussed here) but this use case smells weird to me.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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>Have I missed something?

I thought the download links in my comment would suffice as a sarcasm tag. ;)

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@patient1

Deskman is/was always a *Microsoft* powertoy. It is not third party any more than the .net runtime could be considered third party.

Desktops was made by sysinternals but Microsoft bought them out a few years back (one of their more sensible acquisitions) so that is third party in the same sense that Skype or Nokia are third party.

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> What else is new... virtual desktops

Yes. Definitely new. Not available on Windows XP, that is for sure. There are also no options for Vista, 7 or 8 so glad this is finally coming.

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Atlas snubbed! Ad blocker says it can kill Facebook's stalker tech

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Re: Not with a bang, but with a whimper

>What do you mean...? How else can one access cyberspace...?!?

It is so sad what is happening to the information superhighway.

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Re: This bendy meme

But will it bend?

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DARPA joins math-secured microkernel race

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Re: Good luck with that

Plus provably secure compiler. Even this can only secure against software bugs (buffer overruns etc). What about side channel attacks? The area of the various chips that heat up effectively leaks information too.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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he has a point

I mean, it is only in the last decade that people started to carry pocketable computers that happen to occasionally make phone calls. We seem to forget that before that point in time there was no way to catch criminals. It is only now that crime has been solved.

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Supercomputers: The Next Generation – Cray puts burst buffer tech, Intel Haswell inside

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Re: Very nice -

Just whack bash on there. Then you can sit wherever you feel like.

/ducks

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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Re: Don't get too upset

> "guess where I'm calling you from" for hours on end at 30k feet.

I'm on the plane. Hello? Yeah, the plane. Did you hear me? OK what did you hear up to? I'M … ON … THE … PLANE. No, plane. Yes. Anyway, nearly out of credit. I will call you later.

/yeah, that would definitely get old quickly.

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Re: What's changed?

If the cell tower antenna is capturing signal from above and responding in the same direction, they are doing it wrong.

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Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights

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Re: Here We Go Again.

>But what if it's not "a little temporary safety," but "the only thing standing between you and utter oblivion"?

I am not familiar with the situation in the UK, but here are the official stats from Australia. You were 45 times more likely to die least year from diabetes than from the last 2 decades of terrorism activities.

It is a threat, but nowhere near existential threat. That is just an absurd assertion. Any 'victories' in a military perspective that any terrorist organisation can have in the West is militarily insignificant (notwithstanding tragic for the families involved). There are regions where terrorism is an existential threat to some populations, but you can't sacrifice freedom to obtain security because you ultimately end up with neither.

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

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so what you're saying is

They're testing it wrong…

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Telstra, Vodafone at odds over data retention

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Re: Cue stampede of punters

Can anyone confirm which VPN services work on Vodafone?

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Windows 'not 8'

Should sell like hotcakes.

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Re: How about...

No!

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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Worse still; it has all been drunk and whizzed out by at least one dinosaur.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: Listen to the same song on FLAC and MP3 - there's your answer

Um, you can't make such a statement without clarifying what you mean by mp3 and what is being played. A 96kbps CBR sounds very different to a 320kbps VBR. Most people could pick the 96. Almost no one could pick the 320 in a statistically significant way in a double blind test.

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Re: Self inflicted

>Suddenly, all of those 128 kbps MP3 audio files you grabbed from Napster in the 1990s are garbage to your ears.

I think 128kbps is low enough that most people could pick which is which for some types of music. If you double it to 256 and add some VBR, the difference is physically inaudible to most the population. At 320, you would have a lot of trouble in a double blind test to pick one from the other.

That is not to say that it doesn't sound better to you. We know for example that the placebo effect is real. Someone who is told that a particular medication will help their breathing performs better at altitude tests than control even if the medication is just a sugar pill. I am in no doubt that someone who knows they are listening to a lossless encoding will experience in their brain a better quality of sound.

Nonetheless, your point about 1990s tracks sounding like garbage is correct* but that has little to do with how the music is encoded ;)

* especially only happy when it rains.

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Re: Good source material and very good speakers or good headphones needed

>(Most headphones under £50 and most speaker systems under £500 cause far more alteration to the music than a high rate MP3 produced by a reasonable encoder.

Some headphones over £50 are pretty terrible in this regard; not to mention any specific brands that may have been pictured in the article.

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

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Re: I'm safe. I use a Microsoft Windows system.

EPIC MICROSOFT SUCCESS!?

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Re: Bash Vulnerability?

>Write this down: You can't inject anything into machine code, which is what your CGI should be made of.

Yes, heartbleed only worked because openSSL is runtime interpreted rather than compiled.

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Re: FUD whack-a-mole

>Still no word of JUST ONE commercial site (or device!) being pwned by this one

How do you propose to validate that this bug was the source of the mentioned pwnage? It would bypass the logging. Your server could be pwned without you even knowing. And Apache cgi-bins are just one vector we know of.

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Re: How to check?

BTW, I would usually recommend against taking any BASH advice from someone called rm -rf / (although his advice is correct in this instance ;p)

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Re: re: simple solution

>We've all got iPads now...

But will it bend?

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

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Re: Is it just me...

I'm waiting for the series "but will it toddler", where various things are put in the hands of a two year old to see how resilient they really are.

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

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That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!

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Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

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Re: Kaboom?

Personally, I prefer "Supercapacitors are like batteries, but more awesome"

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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They'ren't

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You're folding it wrong.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: sigh

It is not that a 4K frame isn't better than 1080p frame. Of course it looks better paused side by side but you are at normal viewing distance* hitting some seriously diminishing returns.

It is also quite a way to misunderstand how it is that our eyes work. Our eyes track with a central high resolution focal point and periphery low resolution. If something on our periphery captures our attention, our eyes will move to focus on it and our brain magically stitches it together. You have no doubt seen the kids books in the Where's Wally series. If so you will know it can take a few minutes to find him, but if Wally had an animated hand waving at you with the rest of the image still, you would see him in under a second. Our eyes** are very good at picking movement.

In the real world, I would prefer the bandwidth used to better represent the movement in the frame, even to the point of dropping below 1080*1980 resolution briefly during that movement because that would "look better"

* er, that would be my definition of normal viewing distance; not that of my 2 year old.

** technically our brains rather than our eyes

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sigh

Does anyone else think that 4K is solving the wrong problem? If you are going to provide 4x the bandwidth of 1080p then take a closer look at that 60Hz figure. I would take a 1080*1980@240Hz over this.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: Shallow analysis?

>Why can't I download my upgrade for Opera mini from Opera's site, etc.? Opera sure isn't 'spyware is us!'

Check on Settings / security / allow apps from unknown sources.

Then you or an app can download APKs to your heart's content. I personally like the all updates in one spot rather than having each vendor produce their own auto updater, and I find Google's rules for submitting an app for approval far less arbitrary than certain fruity competitors.

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Ten years on, TEN PER CENT of retailers aren't obeying CAN-SPAM

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Re: Apple being the biggest spammer ever

Be reasonable! Apart from trying to scam you out of your life savings, what has spam ever done to you? They may be bad, but there is no need to liken then to distributors of u2 songs.

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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Re: Bah!

If there was a backdoor, as a US based company, could they be under a secret order from a 3 letter agency to not disclose the said backdoor?

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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Re: Ah, the t'internet of things ...

Iot; a solution in search of a problem.

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

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Re: Spinal Tap...

You would need an amplifier that goes up to 11; that's for sure.

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So if an excited atom vibrates and there isn't another atom to hear it, does it make a sound?

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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Re: Pebble's nearly there

>tapping is way more discreet, I have no desire to advertise to all and sundry what I'm doing with my smartphone

Siri, listen to Rick Astley.

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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There are a couple of options. You have SD cards with built in WiFi that can mirror to any android or ios device. You also used to be able to get external card reader + hdd with a one button "clone what's on this card to the HDD" button. I had one about 10 years ago when a 512MB CF card cost would empty your wallet with around 40GB on the HDD.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber Pool is bogus: Ride sharing biz is illegal in the state, says regulator

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+1 for article title of the year.

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

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Re: F'ing Hell.....

It'd be cheaper to just fly on the unicorns themselves than the number you would need to make that quantity of printer ink.

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Three photons can switch an optical beam at 500 GHz

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Three photons walk into a bar. The bartender asked "three lights?"

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