* Posts by Syldra

19 posts • joined 9 Sep 2009

Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer


Re: Was it a MITM or what?

Either the statement comes from a PR person who knows nothing about IT and used the wrong word unknowingly, or said PR person is French-Canadian and the statement you have read was a (bad) translation. In fact, the term used in the french statement was "soutiré" which is mostly correct as it grossly translate to "extort" in English.

Orange customer clobbered with SIX-FIGURE phone bill


Why not a "maz"... honoring poor Mr Mazkouri

Starting with Busby's guess of Mr Mazkouri's bandwith usage (1,631,600MB) it could go like this :

1maz = 1,556TB or 1593.36GB or 1,631,600.0MB

1mmaz = 1,556GB or 1593,36MB

1µmaz = 1,556MB

1kmaz = 1,556PB

it is large enough to remain useable with current storage (sorry WraithCadmus).

Why are scribes crying just 'cos Google copied their books? asks judge


@Kevin 6

"By his logic the movie, and music industry should be happy places like TPB bother advertising most of the crap they churn out."

The main differences are :

1- I'm pretty sure TPB doesn't link to where you can actually buy the stuff and

2- TPB makes available the work in full

I'm no writer myself and knows none to speak of, but I believe they aren't against exerpts of their books on Amazon/B&N and the likes... Google makes their work searchable so I would think it brings more customers than less...

Greenhouse gases may boost chances of exoplanetary life


So it was a hospitable hospital ?

What work? Tablet owners prefer to slack off with their slabs


Re: God

... what !?!

Have you typed this on a tablet with auto-correct set to the wrong language ?

Canadian TV station wails: NFC bonking... it's not SAFE


Re: No Chip and Pin in America?

No, only chips and pints...

Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks


Re: Ugly @Eadon

I bought myself a Windows 8 upgrade for my ThinkPad x220t and yes, I had to learn a few new tricks but now I find it a HUGE improvement over 7. And no, I didn't install a start menu because when you learn how to use the Start screen correctly, it's actually faster than the start menu.

Improvements after Win8 upgrade :

- Starts faster (20 seconds from off to "ready to work" instead of a minute to "started but not yet ready")

- Battery life extended (I believe by as much as 25%)

- Improved file copy/move dialogs

- Account synching across computers...

And that's only what is really obvious.

I've yet to meet someone who really tried it and still dislike Windows 8. And I mean really tried, not just read somewhere that it's bad.

'Mauro, SHUT THE F**K UP!'



Actually, I quite like the idea of following the students when at school. The school is responsible for the kids and if a student says he goes to the bathroom but doesn't and goes somewhere and has an accident, I'm sure the parents would come and say "How come you let him go to <insert dangerous place> ?". It's far less invasive than cameras too.

Mars rover harangues empty landscape with loudhailer


Re: at that very moment...

Nah... you know they all speak proper English... haven't you watched Stagate SG-1 ?

Pope's PR says Vatican in grip of WikiLeaks-style scandal


RE: Burn them all as witches

Miracle power is granted by God to one who prays fervently and live a holy life respecting God's commandments.

Witchcraft power is gained by a mix of orgies, sacrifices of virgins, using all kinds of drugs and worshipping the Devil.

I for one prefer the latter, much less hassle...

Two million-degree matter from SLAC laser


@Maybe they wanted to play dice at 2 million K

I think you mean 2000273.15°K don't you ?

No one cares for precision these days...

Boffins quarrel over ridding world of leap seconds


... servers, air traffic control, GPS and space missions...

This sounds too Y2K for me.

Doomsday Clock ticks one minute closer to annihilation



So if I can't pay for all my children alone, I'm a weight for the system and if I do have enough money it's because I'm overpaid ?

If I really had to "build the barn", then I believe I wouldn't have stopped at 4 kids because I would need hands to help me. More kids now would mean more hands later. And if I had the need to hunt for my food, that would mean even more kids because accidents do happen. Can't really take the chance to have a shortage of hands because the wild boar killed our youngest now can we ?

I can respect your decision of not having children, even if I don't understand it. But don't try to pass it as the one good "self evident" thing to do because it is not. Over population is not the problem, it's over utilization of resource that is. There's room for far more if you don't waste what you don't need. There's already food enough for everyone, but we (developped countries) prefer to throw it in the garbage instead of sharing it with those who need.

Parasites spark swarm of zombie bees


What do you think happens to the bees that don't die...

Ecclesiastical judge tells church: Let there be Wi-Fi



Allow me to clear this up a bit, if you will...

From what I gather, it's not so you can browse the web while attending, it's for communities that don't have broadband access available, then they could have an antenna at home and connect to the church's WIFI and get access. The church is for the height only... for coverage.

Thank you !


Parmo v poutine: The ultimate post-pub nosh deathmatch


Bravo au chef

Nice that you could make a reasonable looking poutine... always tought non-Canadian (and I'd say non-french-Canadian) couldn't. I'm impressed !

I usually replace the gravy with spaghetti sauce but the important thing is that it must taste like salty fat.

For those who care, the origin of the word "poutine" is not clear but it would seem it's derived from the english word "pudding" which was, my father told me, some mix of mashed potatoes, lard and gravy and cheese when they could afford some (I'm talking rural Québec of the 50's).

Tape sucks, sniffs EMC


What's in a name...

We should believe when he says it sucks... his name's BJ after all.

Student boffins take on iTunes' not-so-smart Genius


@Grease Monkey

What you describe cannot be done.

I believe those students did a good job given what they wanted to do.

It's all about statistics and probabilities.

If you liked "Song X" by Artist X, there are good chances you'll like the cover by Artist Y, because it uses the same instruments, has the same rythm, speed, whatever they use to categorise songs. You may not like it because Artist Y sucks in general, but the software would be right to propose it because given your taste, you "technically" should like it.

Mind you, I for one use neither.

A phone in every car gains hard-won GSMA support


Some things need clarification I think...


here are some things I believe to be, hmmm... inacurate in the article. But despite that, I do agree with the reporter's view.

- 200m X 100 = 20bn, not 40bn

- they said they'd fit "new" cars with phones so the 200m cars figure is way too high.

- even at 40bn this year, the savings (26bn) are yearly so the project _might_ be cost effective in 2-3 years.

Anyways, nice article really.


Mine's the one without the cell phone in the pocket.


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