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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Hamsterdan Re:Not just 9 (228 comments)

5 was 2000/XP, Vista was 6. But seriously, I'm wondering why they're skipping 9

2 days ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

Hamsterdan Re:4-8 LITERS?! (89 comments)

According to Braindead (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103873/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_17) a hell lot more :)

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Hamsterdan Re:Small setup (287 comments)

I'm using an old hands-me-down Airport Extreme, seems to do the job fine...

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Hamsterdan Re:Small setup (287 comments)

Ethernet is faster, more reliable, and less susceptible to interference. Right now I'm picking up about 40 access points (might be more, my card is only 2.4. Besides, transfering stuff is faster with Gigabit ethernet...

about two weeks ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Hamsterdan Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

Netflix is available in Canada, and we're 35 million, not much more than Australia.

Installing their CDNs in Australia should cost about the same as anywhere else.

So it's probably license related (or should I say license retarded)

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Hamsterdan Re:Approved Lists? (243 comments)

That's the problem when the ISP is also the TV provider and content producer. That's why we have such pathetic bandwidth quotas here in QC province. both Bell and Videotron own TV stations and are TV providers, so yes they're afraid of Netflix and such.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Hamsterdan Re:It's not your phone (610 comments)

That was kinda my point. What's the market share for that phone?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Hamsterdan Re:911 was down for us Friday night (610 comments)

So people that own cars should be mechanics?
What about a house? do I need to know about plumbing, electricity and such?
If I want a cellphone do I need to study RF or electronics?

I know even more than the basics on stuff I own, but most people don't (and don't care).

So those people should all be using public transportation and rent their places (and not own any electronics and other stuff) ?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Hamsterdan Re:It's not your phone (610 comments)

iPhones can be jailbroken. You then use Cydia to load apps.

How many phones come with cyanogen? please don't compare running a custom OS with a stock one.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Hamsterdan Re:The larger question: (610 comments)

Could it just be natural market growth?

I don't think the new iPhone would look like another generic phone if Jobs was still there. He was an asshole, but the products were beautiful.

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Hamsterdan Re:Why not gorilla like everyone else? (207 comments)

Excuse me, but the iphone 4 I'm using (gift from as friend) has a scratch near the top edge from when he fell down on it while biking (he weighs around 240). His jeans did not survive the fall, the phone did.

My old 3G never had any kind of screen protector on it and survived without a scratch on the front for years...

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Hamsterdan Re:Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

Those are really cool to play with...

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Hamsterdan Re:didn't have to be worse.. (207 comments)

You're holding it wrong...

about two weeks ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Hamsterdan Re:didn't have to be worse.. (207 comments)

1 Billion won't hurt Apple that much. They're not using it for now, but might use it in the future (and/or) in other products...

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Hamsterdan Passenger using the phone? (326 comments)

I sometimes use the driver's phone to send a text message (we're stuck and traffic and will be late), or use the GPS function (again, on the driver's phone).

Unless it can determine if the phone's in the driver's or passenger's hands, it's a very bad idea.

about three weeks ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

Hamsterdan Re:power consumption? (208 comments)

^this

I'm still using an old Core2Duo (2.53 running at 3.8). It *only* has 4GB, but I put in and SSD and an ATI 6770 a couple years ago. Does everything I need, the only things it has problems running are recent games, not a reason to upgrade in my case. Many components got upgraded from machines found in the trash.

For the last 6 years the only part I paid for was my 3TB HDD (recording OTA TV takes around 8GB/hour)

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Hamsterdan Re:No thanks. (108 comments)

How many of those JesusTV or Ethnic channels? I've looked into hooking up my FTA receiver, but decided to go OTA instead.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Hamsterdan Re:Canada Begins Hearings on Forcing A La Carte TV (108 comments)

Our national broadcaster (SRC/CBC) would prefer to have people pay to get their signal, even if they are financed by our taxes and advertisers. I'm pretty sure TVA (owned by Quebecor) and CTV (Bell), Global (Shaw) and CITY-TV (Rogers) would like that too...

about three weeks ago

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Apple Denies Any Breach Of Its Systems In Celebrity Photo Leak

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about a month ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Apple has released an official statement in response to accusations that its iCloud storage system might be somehow behind the recent leak of a large number of nude or otherwise private celebrity photos, whose victims included Jennifer Lawrence. In the statement Apple denies any breach within its systems, but does concede that celebrity accounts were compromised by attackers using standard phishing techniques to guess user names, passwords and the answers to security questions.

Apple’s statement in full:

        CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

        To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht...."

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Cinavia defeated

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 4 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 a year 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  |  1 year,5 days

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  |  more than 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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