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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

DiSKiLLeR Youtube speed test won't tell you anything (294 comments)

Youtube speed test won't tell you anything as youtube content tends to be cached locally at your ISP by GGC (Google Global Cache).

about two weeks ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

DiSKiLLeR Re:my solution is the gym (819 comments)

I'm sorry, what?

The parent said he is 6'3 and I can sympathize as I am also 6'3. There is literally NO ROOM for the person in front to recline, my knees are already jammed hard into his seat and getting bruised. The gap in between seats is too small.

Now on longhaul flights (between Aus/NZ and the US) economy seats DO have more room and even fully reclined I fit fine. (It's still a small uncomfortable space, but my legs are no longer being fucking crushed like on shorthaul flights in the US.)

I literally could not fit my legs into the space infront of me on an LAX to SFO light. It's ridiculous.

Flying in economy is only for short people now....

about a month and a half ago

Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

DiSKiLLeR Tox? What happened to BitTorrent Chat? (174 comments)

Tox? What happened to BitTorrent Chat? I though the bittorrent folks themselves were making a secure decentralised chat client, it even made news on slashdot once.

about a month and a half ago

Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

DiSKiLLeR Re:Duration??? (162 comments)

The Opportunity (MER-B) Rover landed on Mars January 25, 2004. More than 10 years later, it is still going strong even though it, too, was only expected to perform a 3 month (90 day) mission.

The success and longevity of the earlier Mars rover missions sort of sets expectations that future missions will last just as long....

We of course realise that is not possible. Plenty of missions end early, Spirit (MER-A) got its wheel stuck and got in trouble years ago but Opportunity keeps on running and sets unrealistically high expectations of Curiosity and future missions.

about 2 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

DiSKiLLeR Re:Not such a good idea... (753 comments)

Have more than one bank account?

Preferably in more than one country? I have bank accounts in 3 countries: Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. I can use my plastic card from any bank/country anywhere I go.

Works for me.

Never had a problem with a bank account getting "frozen".

about 3 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

DiSKiLLeR Haven't carried cash in like 10 years... (753 comments)

I haven't carried cash in like 10 years. I just never use it.

This is living in Australia, and then in New Zealand for the past 5 years.

In New Zealand road side fruit sellers accept cards. Literally EVERYONE accepts cards, because everyone uses cards.

Cash is pretty much dead here.

about 3 months ago

Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades


Actually.... yeah, we do.

Just because YOU don't give a shit doesn't mean other people don't.

about 8 months ago

Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

DiSKiLLeR Re:ZFS filesystem with dedup (243 comments)

whalah is not a word.... seriously. wtf people. It's voilÃ.

As for ZFS, sure, I recommend ZFS. But I'm not sure how i feel about ZFS's dedupe. Besides, the multiple files are still there even if it no longer takes up extra space.

You'd want a script that finds dupes by hash but that will only detect images that are identical copies, not 'simliar' say an image has been cropped or retouched or resized. A program that can find image dupes even with changes like would be ideal. Anything like that exist?

about 9 months ago

Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

DiSKiLLeR Re:Flex? (160 comments)

We were planning to buy a bunch of flex system chassis... (after all, bladecenter is now obsolete and replaced by flex.)

Guess we'll be looking at HP now.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

DiSKiLLeR Research (324 comments)

In this day and age there is no excuse to not have done your research before hand.

Any time you plan to move somewhere (whether renting or buying but especially if you're buying a home) find out what is available for internet at that address.

In NZ we're rolling out fibre to the premises over most of the country but there are lots of places that get screwed and will probably never get it, so RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH.

Property that can't get decent internet should be worth less because it will forever be less appealing.

about 9 months ago

OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014

DiSKiLLeR Re:Power Bill (277 comments)

New Zealand and Australia.

about 9 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

DiSKiLLeR Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

Windows 2000 was not a server OS, but it was marketted as a business desktop OS.

At the end of the day though, Windows XP *WAS* Windows 2000 + that annoying blue/green skin + DirectX.

That's it.

about 9 months ago

Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

DiSKiLLeR I'm somewhat shocked (1043 comments)

I'm somewhat shocked that 1 in 7 american's is dependent on foodstamps to get by...

about 9 months ago

Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

DiSKiLLeR Re: First major retailer to accept Bitcoin (182 comments)

Ross was an idiot who gave away his identity when he first started working on silkroad (forum posts asking for help) and many otherr mistakes, poor opsec, hiring hitmen (cops in disguise), and ordering fake ids (another trap) and much more. He didn't even use tor to connect to the silkroad server in iceland which led to that being located and imaged as well.

Ross was truly and idiot and its amazing how long it took LE to find and catch him at all as he was not trying to stay hidden at all.

That said, SilkRoad is still up and doing very well.

about 9 months ago

Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

DiSKiLLeR Re:Fantastic news (182 comments)

They use coinbase which, like bitpay, will convert the btc into usd for the supplier. They will have their usd payment just as quickly as any other payment processor so there is no issue of the price dropping before an item is even prepared for shipping let alone before it is shipped.

about 9 months ago

Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

DiSKiLLeR Fantastic news (182 comments)

This is fantastic news, and I hope more major retailers follow.

about 9 months ago

A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

DiSKiLLeR Re:ENOUGH. OF. THE. BITCOIN. (396 comments)

I don't understand the bitcoin hate.

Bitcoin is the most amazing thing happening in the world today. It is the internet revolution now taking on the finance industry after conquering the media industry.

about 9 months ago

A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

DiSKiLLeR Re:Bitcoin is vulernable to government manipulatio (396 comments)

So what? Why does the price of bitcoin even matter? Bitcoins strength lies in its ability to be used as a payment processing network - and at a fraction of the cost of traditional payment networks (visa, mastercard, paypal, SWIFT, etc).

Everyone is obsessed with the price of bitcoin (and therefore comparing it to a ponzi scheme because of its price) and treating it as a speculative investment scheme or get rich quick scheme. This is actually very detrimental to bitcoin.

But no. Bitcoins power lies in using it as a payment processing network not its price. It does need some more price stability, however, so this crazy speculation needs to stop.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

DiSKiLLeR Re:A piece of paper in a drawer (381 comments)

Umm... what about server passwords? What about core router and switch passwords? What if you work at a telecommunications company and are in charge of the a large part of the network?

Do we want another Terry Childs incident here?

OF COURSE your Boss has every right to know your passwords. Maybe not your personal windows login password, but that is NOT what we're talking about here. Passwords to core and critical systems in a business SHOULD be accessible to senior management in case something should happen to you.

Of course we're side tracking from the OP's original question at this point.

about 9 months ago

The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

DiSKiLLeR So the solution (366 comments)

So the solution is to just use croudsourcing outside of the US? If you want to start a croudsourced business, move to Canada or elsewhere in the world?

about 10 months ago



New Zealand High Court rules Dotcom searches illegal

DiSKiLLeR DiSKiLLeR writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DiSKiLLeR (17651) writes "The High Court has ruled the police raid on internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's Auckland mansion was illegal and the removal from New Zealand of cloned copies of hard drives seized was unlawful. Justice Helen Winkelmann found the warrants used did not adequately describe the offences to which they were related. "Indeed they fell well short of that. They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid.''"
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DiSKiLLeR DiSKiLLeR writes  |  more than 13 years ago


Just thought I should post at least one journal entry.

Maybe i could use this instead of ?

D. :)

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