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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

Barryke Re:Ukrainian hackers? (148 comments)

From Stargate SG1:
"Plausible deniability. In the event of a future breach of security, we'll be able to point to this television program. That is, if it stays on the air." - Hammond

Well they sure solved that last part... fast turnaround times. I wonder who had the idea first.. (i hope the engineers that developed it)

about two weeks ago
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Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads and Organic Search Results

Barryke Re:Do not overreacht please (187 comments)

772876 < 956533, so you tell me.. :)

about a month ago
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Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads and Organic Search Results

Barryke Do not overreacht please (187 comments)

I see weirder A/B tests flash by on a monthly basis at the least. They never get rolled out as seen in these experiments.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Barryke Re:Upgrade is reinstall (860 comments)

OSX 10.2 (2002) had applications better sandboxed than Windows XP (2001).
Windows by its nature doesnt have sandboxes, and is part of why it grew so fast. The newer Windows RT OS did implement application sandboxes i believe, tied right into the distibution/installation method like on iOS and Android

Its a shame the current (which was not even using RT .. all the more puzzling) users/customers did not want to know any of it due to the new Startscreen. I rather like the RT idea. Not going to use it myself, but its perfect for those of us not brainwashed with the traditional GUI "workflow", in which case its suddenly very intuitive.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Barryke Re:Upgrade is reinstall (860 comments)

In a good design, the OS is in its own directory with its settings, and each app is in its own directory with its settings.

Like .. Linux?

On Linux, i have yet to find any desktop application (thats not part of a distro) that installs in the ever-the-same, proper directory since its v1.0 release. At least most of the time it is /opt/* or /usr/bin/* or /bin/* .. its time Linux got some proper application-sandboxing too. I should not need to be root to install software, there should be a userspace level that can manages sandsboxes only. The Synaptec Package Manager (same for apt-get) software installer was way ahead of its time compared to other OS, but why is it overtaken?

Insights on this are welcome .. but keep the blind MS/*ux hate-love to yourself.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Barryke Upgrade is reinstall (860 comments)

This article is bogus and even /. MS bashing unworthy. A proper upgrade is a OS reinstall, not a wizard that performs some half-ass "lets copy files and hope it works". Windows XP was never intended to boast a upgrade system like this. Applications can do anything on the whole computer and there is nothing to properly wall these in, except for using a sandboxed OS like Android or iOS. But these are, ofcourse, not as productive.

Quit the whining, just buy the new hardware and accept that the world doesnt stop spinning because you got stuck in 1994.

about a month and a half ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Barryke Re:So..... (445 comments)

So the only risk factor here, is when the laser points through the windows into the cabin?
What is the risk involved when the laser beam goes vertical parallel to (not hitting) a cabin window?

about 2 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Barryke Re:So..... (445 comments)

> Laser dazzle is complete and can last quite a while.

The pilots and their windows are on the top side of the aircraft. The lasers are pointed to its belly. Can that do any dazzle/harm whatsoever?
I imagine a landing with horizontal lasers would, but while trafficking (likely by autopilot) i doubt that.

about 2 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Barryke Re:So..... (445 comments)

They should just inflate the autopilot.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Barryke Re:Tempest in a teapot (2219 comments)

> Seriously, /. without the comments is like Playboy with no pictures.
Hear hear. I find the pictures on beta a distraction.

about 2 months ago
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QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

Barryke I have nothing against the BETA design (197 comments)

I have nothing against BETA design, except perhaps that it has less room for text.
I just hope my boss doesnt think i'm venturing on some "The 9 Things About Cats You Should Know" website or Youtube..

about 2 months ago
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How Google Broke Itself and Fixed Itself, Automatically

Barryke Re:Well congratulations (125 comments)

I believe they designed servers and integrated some smart software to be able to do that with great performance.
But you can duct-tape this kind of recovery on commodity servers if they boot via PXE/TFTP on a rudementary but very effective level though, in tandem with one configuration channel each that you could have fallback for quite simply.

I imagine rollout scripts would first check if rollout to a test-subset is succesfull before continueing with all production servers. I speculate this article might just be about this subset, but story being spiced/beefed up in spite of more exceting/serious errors at server heaven.

about 3 months ago
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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

Barryke Hardware not YET efficient enough to scare me.. (469 comments)

The hardware is not ready, at least not until they use hardware to build composite mutation-images that show relevant (pixel) changes only. There is no point in trying to parse a single image a second, or -on the opposite side- a video stream.

In my opinion, efficient wearable vision software should ignore lower quality versions of what it already saw, it would make a huge efficiency leap. I believe this architecture ultimately would be a software skeleton for a mental world reconstruction much like humans perceive.

about 4 months ago
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Coldest Spot On Planet Earth Identified

Barryke Celsius (182 comments)

> minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius)
minus 92 degrees Celsius (minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit)

There i fixed that for you.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

Barryke Re:Any Android Tablet (370 comments)

No. For simple users i would go with an ipad.
Seniors dont care about investing (time/attention/money) in more possibilities or the latest technology, they just want the most fool-proof solution to their problem.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

Barryke VLC and files in folders (317 comments)

Works great. Searchable. Allows any hierarchy. Downside is a file can/should only exist in one folder, you could migate this using multiple playlists.

about 4 months ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

Barryke Nuclear Bumperstickers (923 comments)

Mexico is going to see a whole lot of trucks with a nuclear sticker soon, if this proves to help being stolen.

about 4 months ago

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QuakeNet addresses government sponsored attacks on IRC networks

Barryke Barryke writes  |  about 2 months ago

Barryke (772876) writes "Like FreeNode, it seems more and more legitimate businesses or non-profit organisations are being targeted by government subsidiaries, in attempts to disrupt and spy their users. One of those tactics applied by governments is the DDOS which (perhaps not so) coincidental is what their (criminal?) suspects are accused of. Is this irony or hypocritical?"
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NSA Information Dominance Center looks like Startrek Enterprise bridge

Barryke Barryke writes  |  about 7 months ago

Barryke (772876) writes "National Security Agency director Keith Alexander apparently sold the concept of surveillance to members of Congress using an operations centre styled on the bridge of the starship Enterprise from much-loved sci-fi series Star Trek.

The PDF seems down, but pictures are here http://www.dailypaul.com/299358/nope-your-eyes-are-not-lying-to-you-nsa-chief-alexander-is-a-star-trek-captain-dr-strangelove-wannabe.

Well, at least its not the Death Star."

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LEGO announces a new MINDSTORMS EV3 platform

Barryke Barryke writes  |  about a year ago

Barryke (772876) writes "Today LEGO announces the new mohawk (NASA's turf) sporting MINDSTORMS EV3 platform, press release:
http://aboutus.lego.com/en-us/news-room/2013/january/new-smarter-stronger-lego-mindstorms-ev3/ (we all like the source)

And with details on its features and innards a story (dutch) at http://tweakers.net/nieuws/86473/lego-kondigt-nieuwe-mindstorms-robotkit-aan.html which in short comes down to:
"Its intelligent brick sports an ARM9-soc running Linux on 64MB RAM and 16MB storage memory, and supports SD cards. There are also four ports, which allow four other 'Bricks' can be connected. The intelligent brick can be reached by WiFi, USB and Bluetooth, and supports control via Android and iOS devices. It comes with 3 servo's, two touch sensors and an IR sensor to track other robots at upto six meters. It also includes 17 build plans, shown in 3D using Adobe Inventor Publisher.""

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LEGO announces a new MINDSTORMS EV3 platform!

Barryke Barryke writes  |  about a year ago

Barryke (772876) writes "Today LEGO announces the new mohawk (NASA's turf) sporting MINDSTORMS EV3 platform, press release:
http://aboutus.lego.com/en-us/news-room/2013/january/new-smarter-stronger-lego-mindstorms-ev3/ (we all like the source)

And with details on its features and innards a story (dutch) at http://tweakers.net/nieuws/86473/lego-kondigt-nieuwe-mindstorms-robotkit-aan.html which in short comes down to:
"Its intelligent brick sports an ARM9-soc running Linux on 64MB RAM and 16MB storage memory, and supports SD cards. There are also four ports, which allow four other 'Bricks' can be connected. The intelligent brick can be reached by WiFi, USB and Bluetooth, and supports control via Android and iOS devices. It comes with 3 servo's, two touch sensors and an IR sensor to track other robots at upto six meters. It also includes 17 build plans, shown in 3D using Adobe Inventor Publisher.""

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bigger Surface Pro

Barryke Barryke writes  |  about a year ago

Barryke writes "The current trend towards smaller machines is hitting me in the Windows 8 touch lineup, where i would really like to buy a 18" touchscreen device. However understandable, the current lineup of devices is all about 7" tablets and 10" netbooks or convertables. I find it hard to developing software or do other creative things on such small screens, to me they are for media consumption only. However windows getting decent touch hardware should turn things around and allow me to have the best of both worlds. Is there a device out there that basically is a Surface Pro XL?"
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SmartSim, a new digital circuit designer and simulator

Barryke Barryke writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Barryke (772876) writes "shley Newsom is a sixth-form student from Oxford. Alex Bradbury and Rob Mullins from the Raspberry Pi Foundation met him at the University of Cambridge Computer Lab open day, where hecame over with an SD card ready to show off a demo of SmartSim, his home-grown circuit design and simulation package. It was, said Alex, hugely impressive – I’ve had a play too now, and couldn’t agree with him more. Ashley’s now polished it off andreleased it for public consumption under the GPLv3."
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Off the shelf Home Automation with Webinterface + Voice?

Barryke Barryke writes  |  about 2 years ago

Barryke writes "My tech-savvy girlfriend and i will be moving to our first house soon. Since we have to redo the central heating boiler, meter, doorbel, fridge, light switches, window curtains, and other things, we consider domotics. We wonder if there is a home automation solution that sports a web interface (so its usable on any hardware), and allows future DIY extensions or voice control. Any first hand experience is welcome, as we're not sure yet what route to take or what products to look into."
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Timothy: error in title article Dutch Hotels ISP

Barryke Barryke writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Barryke (772876) writes "Due to title and text of this article, I see all kinds of people assuming this is required by dutch law, but it is not.

There exists no law or other statute that requires Hotels with Wi-Fi to register as ISP. Its just OPTA suing 10 hotels for being an ISP .. they are testing a vague law.

Please see my post here which explains better.

As for why the OPTA sues 10 hotels: the law is vague and the OPTA decided to trial this so it (the law) gets less vague."

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PS3 firmware 3.21 is no joke: OtherOS removed

Barryke Barryke writes  |  about 4 years ago

Barryke (772876) writes "Sony effectively castrated the PS3 of all customers by removing the OtherOS feature. The patch also tightens a video related security breach and is said to enable better quality video downloaded from PSN. Currently PSN (Play Station Network, its online service) seems broken, possibly as a result of this patch. Users are fustrated about a selling-point feature being removed, and i wonder how Sony will respond, if at all. Users who refuse to install cannot play online. Geohot (known for paving the way for the iPhone jailbreak) has stated on his blog that he seeks a way to keep the OtherOS feature. Many expected this to be a april fools joke because Sony's earlyer statement of it not removing the feature from 'fat' PS3's already sold. Seems they dont care as much anymore."
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LAN trafficshaping to get the most out of your ISP

Barryke Barryke writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Barryke (772876) writes "I'm looking for a easy to set up traffic shaping solution, for a small LAN.
After spending over a year toying with software, reading more about Linux than i'd ever thought, i'm no further.

Is there "Traffic Shaping Made Easy" software out there?

Sharing my 1/10Mbps internet uplink with 4 people isn't the best of joys. Especially if someone pushes the upload to its limits. The rest of the network users will experience timeouts due to the ISP enforced ADSL QoS/Limit. How to avoid this?

I would like to know how you guys solved this problem, as i'm sure i'm not the first.
How to spread the available uplink bandwidth evenly?

Five people using a 1000Kbps (100KB/s) uplink breaks down on each being guarentied to 1/5th of it.
This is a start, but what if 3 users aren't uploading at all? It would be a waste to not utilize it.

So in short:
- Each user has several fixed IP's.
- Each user has a guarentied 20KB/s uplink.
- Bandwidth not utilized by other users may be put to good use.

The trick is in the above line.
How to dynamicly allocate this not utilized bandwidth to the active users?

I've stranded there, as i'm not that experienced at linux.
Maybe you guys have some insights, what is the best solution?"

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