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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

DuckDodgers Re: What did you expect? (197 comments)

Thank you. I agree with you.

4 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

DuckDodgers Re: What did you expect? (197 comments)

The "I have nothing to hide" line frustrates me too.

The twitter-friendly response is, "Just because I have nothing to hide, it doesn't mean I'm happy with a webcam on my toilet."

The longer response is that the NSA is asking Google to record all of my searches, Comcast to record every website I visit at home, Verizon to record every place my cell phone goes and every cell phone call I make, and Voipo (my home phone service, similar to Vonage) to record the phone number on every home call I make. Even if I was comfortable with the government possessing that information without probable cause, it means a crooked law enforcement official, a disgruntled employee, or a criminal hacker can get a scary amount of private data about me from any one of those five sources and use it to stalk me or commit identity theft. If I am the only person with all of that data then the stalkers, the identity thieves, and the government have to hack my personal machines to get it.

5 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

DuckDodgers Re: What did you expect? (197 comments)

Dammit, I meant "Likewise Tor isn't a solution until it's integral to the HTTP 3.0 protocol."

5 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

DuckDodgers Re: What did you expect? (197 comments)

PGP or GPG is not a full solution. It's currently difficult enough to setup and annoying enough to use that only a tiny portion of the population will ever bother. The NSA can't watch everyone. But as long as GPG is in use by less than 0.1% of the population and of course PGP doesn't obscure senders, recipients, or even message size (though you can pad message size if you choose), the NSA can watch people who use it.

Likewise Tor isn't a solution it's integral to the HTTP 3.0 protocol.

We need to create better tools.

5 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

DuckDodgers Re:I won't notice (332 comments)

What I saw was a video that included footage taken from a helicopter. On the 1080p television, you could make out some of the detail on the cars. On the 4K, you could make out a lot more of the detail.

If that was the result of increased color space instead of 4K, then I'm sold on UHD for increased color space. Because no matter what the cause, the visual difference was noticeable and I could see details in one that were obscured in the other.

Elsewhere in the discussion, someone suggested that the retailer intentionally degraded the video quality on the 1080p television to promote the 4K television. In case you were going to mention that, I'll respond again - it seems unintuitive to push consumers away from your lower cost, much higher sales volume products just to get a much smaller number of higher margin sales. I can't rule it out, but it seems unlikely.

5 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

DuckDodgers Re:I won't notice (332 comments)

I think one legitimate objection to getting 4K is that a lot of 4K content isn't available yet.

I rip my DVDs so that I can skip the damn previews and warnings and just start the film when I want. (But if anybody cares, every single rip is for a DVD I purchased. Nothing is downloaded.) I want to do the same thing for my Blu Rays for the same reasons, but I haven't gotten around to figuring it out yet - a lot of websites mention the MakeMKV software, I'll try that.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

DuckDodgers Re:I won't notice (332 comments)

The 1080p was much cheaper. So if the seller (in this case, Costco) intentionally degraded the visual quality of their cheaper product in favor of the more expensive one, then they would be willing to forego a higher volume sales of the more affordable 1080p HDTVs to get the profits on a smaller number of 4KTVs. That seems unlikely to me, though definitely possible.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

DuckDodgers Re:I won't notice (332 comments)

Oh wow. Thanks. I hadn't been following the price of 4K televisions closely, I assumed it was still at least twice the cost of an equivalent size 1080p television.

Damn. We just got a second 37" HDTV in December for $245 (floor model). I thought that was a screaming deal, but $340 for 4K trumps it.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

DuckDodgers Re:Nope (332 comments)

You can see a difference in a store very easily, even from more than ten feet away. So you will see a difference in your house, even with a relatively small television.

I don't plan to be an early adopter, but when a 4K 37" television is under $400 I will probably get one.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

DuckDodgers Re:I won't notice (332 comments)

I disagree. I've watched a Blu Ray played on a 50" HDTV at 1920x1080 resolution, and next to it a 50" 4K (3880xwhatever) television was playing some UHD content. The difference in definition was very easy to see from even ten feet away.

Now, I'm perfectly happy to use $12 Blu Ray disks (6-12 months after a film comes to video) and a $300 37" HDTV for entertainment. 4K is gorgeous, but didn't buy an HDTV until my previous television was ten years old and I could get an HDTV for $300 or less. Once a 37" 4K TV costs $300, I'll upgrade.

about a week ago
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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

DuckDodgers Re:Why lay fiber at all when you can gouge wireles (201 comments)

That is the free market at work. What do you think happens when the libertarians get their way and the FCC, FDA, OSHA, and EPA get abolished? They stay gone forever and the market has perfect competition? Of course not. The richest incumbent companies buy some lawmakers again, and bring those agencies back with new names and even more rules favorable to the incumbent companies than we have today.

The only permanent solution to regulatory capture is the extinction of humanity. Otherwise, all we the voters and politicians can ever do is fight a holding action against it. Believing anything else is as much a libertarian fantasy as a worker's utopia is a communist fantasy.

Removing government interference isn't the fix. Fixing the regulations as best as we can, even knowing the solutions are still flawed, is the best option we have.

about a week ago
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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

DuckDodgers Re:You're really not missing much.... (201 comments)

I was paying $45 per month for the same plan, but I've been on it for years so they ended the 'introductory price' and jumped me to $67. Since Comcast is the only option I have, I can't use the threat of canceling the service to get them to lower the price.

about a week ago
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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

DuckDodgers Re:You're really not missing much.... (201 comments)

This is my problem. I was dumb enough to buy a house that only has Comcast as an option. I'm paying $67 per month for 25/5. And if they raise the price, there's not a damn thing I can do about it except sell my house and go somewhere else.

Comcast had 6.8 billion dollars of profit in 2013. So they have plenty of money available to build out their network and offer higher bandwidth for lower costs. But in any territory where they have an effective monopoly, why would they? Until there's serious competition for ISPs, we the consumers are screwed.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

DuckDodgers Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

My impression - and I'm no automotive engineer or even able to do more than change a tire - is that the automakers must be getting better at obtaining good all day behavior and stability under load from smaller engines with forced induction. Volkswagen (and Audi), BMW, and Mercedes have all replaced larger V8s with smaller turbocharged or supercharged V8s or six cylinder engines over the past few years. Ford's last GT super-car used a supercharged 5.4 liter engine, while the one they just revealed at the 2015 Detroit auto show makes more power (final numbers not announced yet) from a new version of the twin turbocharged V6 Ford looks like they're trying to use everywhere.

about a week ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

DuckDodgers Re:Crash-testing & strength? (128 comments)

Crash testing is more than strength. Your vehicle has to crumple properly or your nice, sturdy dashboard and windshield will be just fine and dandy with little bits of crushed driver scattered all over them. Or your airbag will bounce the front passenger's head into the passenger side pillar hard enough to crack a skull. Or the front of your hood will pop up at a 30 degree angle and decapitate the occupants of the vehicle you hit.

about a week ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

DuckDodgers Re:c++11 does it in (385 comments)

Thank you! I'll give some of them a look.

about a week ago
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

DuckDodgers Re:why the fuck (101 comments)

I had a Ting phone, and during a prolonged power outage due to an ice storm, my wife had flawless reception on her Verizon phone and I had nothing on my Ting phone. This was in the Philadelphia suburbs. That frustrating experience was the impetus for me to switch back from Ting - which was awesome in every way except reception - to Verizon.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

DuckDodgers Re:Congress Makes Cuts (253 comments)

It's not a religion. It's a considered set of ideas - and considering the common comments on Slashdot, I think assuming the person writing something is a radical conservative is a safe bet. This is the first time in a long time I made that bet and was mistaken.

A religion is blind to logic. I'm an atheist, and in terms of 'political religions' I am open to logical discussion on both sides. But libertarianism, which Rand Paul supports a flavor of, isn't logical.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

DuckDodgers Re:The IRS could shut down??? (253 comments)

I itemize deductions, but never needed to fill out a Schedule C. I've never been audited. So that means a Schedule C would be more likely to trigger one.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

DuckDodgers Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

I understand Formula 1 gets a lot more power, but I don't think their engines can pass street-legal emissions testing. The Koenigsegg, as far as I know, has.

about a week ago

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Potential database breakthrough

DuckDodgers DuckDodgers writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DuckDodgers writes "The database company Ingres announced a partnership with research firm Vectorwise to bring to market an efficiency breakthrough in databases. They assert that most complex queries run by a database engine can run over 100 times slower than a C++ program hand coded to get the same information from the files on disk. They're working on a database engine that closes the gap dramatically by using several methods, like batching tuples for processing in sizes that fit in the processor on-chip cache, other methods for minimizing back and forth between RAM and processor cache, and structuring the data to be processed in a way to make best use of CPU branch prediction. Their example in the whitepaper (unfortunately, it requires registration) is a moderate complexity aggregate query against 6 million rows of data that takes 16 seconds in the regular database engine, 0.04 seconds with a C++ application built to do the same thing, and about 0.2 seconds with their optimized database engine. The press release is here, and some of the technical details are discussed on this blog (no, not mine): Next Big Future. Is this impossible, impractical, or well within the realm of possibility? If it can be done, why haven't we seen it before?"

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