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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

Hamsterdan Re:Neither (178 comments)

They have to pay the bills somehow. That means they need money (which they have to get from ads since they give the stuff for free)

If ads are not too intrusive, and related to the website, by all means go for it.

3 hours ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

Hamsterdan Waste of time (153 comments)

I'm pretty sure this will work as well as the unskippable FBI warning on DVD movies.

yesterday
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Hamsterdan First Netflix (262 comments)

Then the users. Perhaps every of their customers should begin throttling payments. But coming from an industry where charging both the sender and recipient of the same SMS is the way to do business, not surprising.

3 days ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Hamsterdan Re:not likely (199 comments)

And that is why they're offering those servers *for free*, to cut down traffic.

4 days ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Hamsterdan No sympathy at all... (199 comments)

Cable companies have been gouging customers for decades (high prices, low speeds, low quotas, even worse in Canada), they're trying to extort streaming services. They're afraid of competition and are doing everything they can to stop them instead of competing.

The problem is ISPs are also TV providers in most cases, something that should never have been allowed. Of course they'll try to protect their TV business. Here in Canada (Montreal), Both Bell and Videotron sell internet and TV services, why do you think they have such ridiculous quotas? 60GB is not that much, especially when watching Netflix.

ISPs should welcome those servers since it will cut down on traffic, not charge Netflix.

4 days ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Hamsterdan Swoop will be happy (139 comments)

But my guess is the other Dinobots won't like it.

"Me Grimlock no like being bird"

4 days ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Hamsterdan Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

Sheldon would be so terrified...

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Hamsterdan Re:Because (540 comments)

From what I've read, because they reshape the cornea, close-up vision could be worse when you age. (what I read)

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Hamsterdan Re:However minute, risks remain. (540 comments)

I'm intrigued about the cost compared to LASIK or Implantables (those run for 8-12,00$)

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Hamsterdan Re:Cost and Usefulness (540 comments)

Depends on your needs. I never thought about getting it, because my vision isn't that bad without glasses. But one of my friend needed to put on her glasses just to be able to read the LED display on her alarm clock (not even 3 feet away), so for her it was worth it. (yet she still wears glasses for fashion)

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Hamsterdan Re:Caution is appropriate (540 comments)

" but if you aren't bothered by glasses and they don't cause you problems then there is no need to get the procedure."

THIS -^

I've never felt the need to have it done (-1.00 and -1.25). I can pretty much function without glasses (reading, computer, taking a walk). Besides, I'm 43 and it would be a waste of money since in a couple of years I'll probably need reading glasses anyway. And, I only have one set of eyes, I won't risk losing one of them...

The *only* advantage of having it done would be I could wear different sunglasses every day (girls have shoes, I have sunglasses :)

5 days ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Hamsterdan Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

Only send vital info at intervals (like every minute), and compress before sending it. Voice using modern codecs takes very little space, and since you're compressing it, It could be measured in KBs for every minute. Modern telephony codecs are very efficient

about two weeks ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Hamsterdan Re:DoD (118 comments)

Why? There's no oil in space.

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Hamsterdan Re:Compilers lose to assembly language programmers (236 comments)

"CPUs are so overpowered for nearly all tasks we can live with less efficient compiler generated code."

And this is why an OS needs 15GB of disk space, a game 40GB, and a word processor around what? 2-3 gig?

Meanwhile a C64 runs a full blown flight simulator in 38K...

about two weeks ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

Hamsterdan Re:Notes (126 comments)

Aargh!... Please just let it die...

about two weeks ago
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Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do

Hamsterdan Re:Legality? (62 comments)

Corporations and NSA are exempt from most laws

about two weeks ago
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Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do

Hamsterdan Re:Limit to COTS (62 comments)

Still covers a lot. Almost every software checks for updates.

Besides, HOW will they fincance that operation?

about two weeks ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

Hamsterdan Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

Besides, we were warned Europa is off limits

about two weeks ago

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Cinavia defeated

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 2 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Cinavia's anti-piracy technology has been a thorn in the side of many file-sharers, who are unable to pay pirated files on their DVD-players without being interrupted by a warning message. In a breakthrough development, software vendor DVD-Ranger has cracked the protection, including for popular movies downloaded from pirate sites.

Cinavia’s anti-piracy technology relies on a unique type of watermarking that allows it to remain present in pirated movies despite re-recording, transcoding, compression, or other type of transfer."

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Farscape movie in the works?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 5 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage is in talks to star in the pilot for an HBO series scripted by Sydney-based Justin Monjo and produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films.

The prolific Monjo is also writing the screenplay for Farscape, a movie spin-off of the sci-fi series that ran on the Nine Network and the Sci-Fi Channel in the US, for Jim Henson Productions, to be directed by Brian Henson.

Dinklage would play a dwarf detective in The Beasts of Valhalla, based on a series of novels by the late George C. Chesbro. Monjo read the books years ago but could not think of an actor who was right for the role of the sleuth named Mongo until he saw Dinklage in Game of Thrones.

“It’s a grounded sci-fi series,” says Monjo, who flies to New York next month to discuss the project with Dinklage, with whom he has corresponded. “HBO and Red Hour think he’s the perfect guy for the part and are very excited about the project.” The intention would be to shoot the one-hour series in 2016 after Dinklage finishes Game of Thrones.

Monjo was one of the writers on Farscape, which ran from 1998-2002, followed by the 2004 miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, co-produced by Jim Henson Productions and RHI Entertainment."

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Toshiba Completes Acquistion Of OCZ Technology Group

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 6 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Right on schedule, OCZ Technology is receiving an injection straight to the heart via Toshiba. After falling into bankruptcy last year and nearly instantly being rescued by Toshiba, the latter has announced today that it has "finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group, making it a wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company." Effective immediately, the Group company will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions, which means that we'll yet again see OCZ storage products making the rounds and breaking benchmark records."
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Who makes the best disk drives?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 6 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Backblaze, which open sourced their Storage Pod a few years ago, is now giving drive failure rates. They currently have over 27,000 consumer grade drives spinning in Backblaze storage pods.

Almost 13,000 each are Seagate and Hitachi drives, almost 3000 Western Digital drives and a too small for statistical reporting smattering of Toshiba and Samsung drives.

One cool thing: Backblaze buys drives the way you and I do: they get the cheapest drives that will work. Their workload is almost hundred percent write. Because they spread the incoming writes over several drives their workload isn't very performance intensive either."

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Germany: We Think The NSA May Have Tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cell Phone

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 9 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The German government's spokesman said it believes Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone may have been monitored by the National Security Agency, Der Spiegel reports.

Obama "assured" Merkel that the U.S. "is not monitoring and will not monitor" her phone calls, but there was no mention of the past.

Merkel said that targeting her phone would be unacceptable."

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Time Capsule Has Steve Job's Computer Mouse

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 10 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The time capsule was buried in 1983 during the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colo., and was supposed to be exhumed in 2000, but when the landscape changed, the time capsule was lost. The capsule was uncovered by members of National Geographic Channel's Diggers team who worked closely with one of the former design-team members who buried the capsule, Harry Teague."
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Parcel sensor knows your delivery has been dropped

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Called DropTag, the gadget combines a battery, a low-energy Bluetooth transmitter, an accelerometer and a memory chip. Stuck on a parcel as it leaves an e-commerce warehouse, it logs any g-forces above a set risky shock level that it experiences. The idea is that when the courier puts it in your hands, you turn on Bluetooth on a smartphone running a DropTag app and scan it before you sign for it."
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Skype Introduces Ads Into Free Windows Voice Calls

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Hey, Windows users — seeing ads in your Skype calls? Fret not, it isn't a rouge version of the software; it's just a new twist on "free" VoIP calling. Skype has today announced the launch of Conversation Ads, finally, a way to make cash off of free calls. These new display ad units will appear within the calling window of users who do not have Skype Credit or subscriptions when they're making 1:1 Skype-to-Skype audio calls using Skype for Windows. Strangely, no other platforms — desktop or mobile — are mentioned; perhaps ads are being ported elsewhere as we speak."
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Apple finally releases Flashback Security Update for older machines

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Apple released an update to kill the Flashback malware several weeks ago, in early April. However, until today, Cupertino had yet to issue a patch for users running its older operating system. Apple's Flashback Removal Security Update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware. If the Flashback malware is found, a dialog will notify the user that the malware was removed. A second update disables versions of Adobe Flash Player that do not include the latest security updates and provides the option to get the current version from Adobe's website. If you're running anything earlier than Mac OS X v10.5.8, you'll also need to update your OS before you can install these two new updates."
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Symantec: Anonymous stole source code, users shoul

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Symantec has confirmed that the hacker group Anonymous stole source code from the 2006 versions of several Norton security products and the pcAnywhere remote access tool.

Although Symantec says the theft actually occurred in 2006, the issue did not come to light until this month when hackers related to Anonymous said they had the source code and would release it publicly. Users of the Norton products in question are not at any increased risk of attack because of the age of the source code and security improvements made in the years since the breach, but the vendor acknowledged on Tuesday night that "Customers of Symantec's pcAnywhere have increased risk as a result of this incident.""

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Apple website hacked

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 3 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "After idahc successfully discovered vulnerabilities on an Apple business website, a dump of more than two dozen usernames and hashed passwords appeared on Pastebin — though he claims the data was not posted by him. Access appears to have been gained via a flaw in a survey posted on the Apple Consultants network site that was being served from abs.apple.com. That server remains offline for the time being, presumably while Apple attempts to batten down the network hatches.

While idahc admits that the situation is “not yet serious,” the breach still means that Apple could find itself scrutinized by the same people who have recently gained entry into dozens of high-profile sites — from PBS and Citibank to just about every Sony site and service imaginable."

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cia.gov under DDOS by LulzSec ?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The CIA website at cia.gov is currently inaccessible, having apparently fallen foul of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by hackers.

Almost inevitably, fingers are pointing towards the notorious LulzSec hacktivist group who have made a name for themselves recently with a series of attacks against corporations, organisations and websites — sometimes forcing them offline, and on other occasions stealing personal information by exploiting security flaws.

A post to LulzSec's Twitter feed appears to confirm their participation in the attack..."

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RSA finally comes clean: SecurID is compromised

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "RSA Security is to replace virtually every one of the 40 million SecurID tokens currently in use as a result of the hacking attack the company disclosed back in March. The EMC subsidiary issued a letter to customers acknowledging that SecurID failed to protect defense contractor Lockheed Martin, which last month reported a hack attempt.

SecurID tokens are used in two-factor authentication systems. Each user account is linked to a token, and each token generates a pseudo-random number that changes periodically, typically every 30 or 60 seconds. To log in, the user enters a username, password, and the number shown on their token. The authentication server knows what number a particular token should be showing, and so uses this number to prove that the user is in possession of their token."

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Wanne buy PSN Credit Card info?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The ongoing PSN saga has taken a dramatic turn for the worse with evidence that hackers responsible for the PSN breach last week are attempting to sell users' credit card details online.

It's believed that hackers have obtained unencrypted databases including names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, email passwords, date of births, credit card numbers, expiry dates and the all important security codes found on the back of credit cards."

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Networks Block GoogleTV

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service, exposing the rift that remains between the technology giant and some of the media companies it wants to supply content for its new products.

Full-length episodes of shows like NBC's "The Office," CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and ABC's "Modern Family" can't be viewed on Google TV, a service that allows people to access the Internet and search for Web videos on their television screens, as well as to search live TV listings. Logitech International S.A. and Sony Corp. began ...

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303339504575566572021412854.html#ixzz136swdEfQ"

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Rogers pulls HTC Dream off shelf due to 911 fix.

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The Rogers HTC Dream is not having a good start to 2010, actually the Dream is turning into a bit of a nightmare. First the beloved Android was informed that it would not receive an upgrade to a new OS and stay exactly how it is Dream owners didn’t like this news and decided to revolt. Rogers heard the feedback and said Dream customers can upgrade to a Magic if they wish.

However, news came early this morning from Rogers that the HTC Dream has been pulled off the shelf from all locations and online. The reason is because an urgent software fix that is needed for 911 calls to be completed. Kinda important. All Dream owners were contacted by text message about the issue."

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Delete a file shooter for OS X

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Lose/Lose is a video-game with real life consequences. Each alien in the game is created based on a random file on the players computer. If the player kills the alien, the file it is based on is deleted. If the players ship is destroyed, the application itself is deleted."
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The king of POP is dead

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Times is reporting pop star Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50 after being rushed to hospital in a coma. The newspaper cites city and law enforcement sources in the report. Earlier, the Times reported that the self-proclaimed "King of Pop" had been taken to hospital by paramedics, and was not breathing when they arrived. http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2009/06/25/9936481-wenn-story.html"

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