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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

HappyPsycho Re:So what? (242 comments)

If you change the OS and the manufacturer finds out it is possible that they will not honor the warranty seems like a good reason to not touch the pre-installed OS. Especially when you factor in the system recovery will put said OS right back (assuming you didn't kill that partition during the install of the alternate OS).

Then you open the can of worms that is drivers, quite a few Windows 8 machines lack drivers for win 7 and previous (then again makes a good argument for switching the users to Linux).

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

HappyPsycho Re:Boy toy (786 comments)

I agree with your point (assuming you are talking about a decade ago, I expect the computer access issue has changed slightly) but that doesn't counter the GP's point of the tech industry isn't the one doing that discouraging.

In the 90s (when I was a teenager) girls looked down on geeks (then again so did most of society), allot of the time computer science had the same set of questions to answer as theoretical math "What good is it? What can I do with it?" In the 90s tech was only making large effects in very limited areas. Compare that even to Civil, Electrical and Mechanical engineering; you can see the bridges, televisions and cars respectively. Only recently (say the past 5-10 years) did the effects become easily visible to the general population.

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

HappyPsycho Re:Boy toy (786 comments)

Why does porn have to be visual?

Even the "floppy" floppy disks can hold a couple books (given that more women seem driven by intellectual stimulation they should have been more interested than their male counterparts).

about a month ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

HappyPsycho Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (385 comments)

If its doing more than it should be then yes, theres more code that could have bugs, unhandled exceptions, etc.

Its the same logic thats applied when hardening a system, minimize what it is running so there is less that can be attacked / have a bug / crash.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

HappyPsycho Re:Seriously? (533 comments)

Or maybe if your running at 240p, 4Mbit isn't enough for 1080p (which is around 5Mbit) so even with their definition you can't enjoy youtube to its fullest either.

Dial up is (barely) enough to run a single VoIP session (assuming you are not using G711 at 80Kbps).

Of course this is all assuming a single user per connection at a time.

about 3 months ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

HappyPsycho Re:"Best" users (129 comments)

For your company, remote users are the most expensive to support. It often takes several minutes to try to make the user understand what you want them to do, and to do it PROPERLY, where locally, you could just go to a user's desk and fix the problem in seconds.

Therein lies a pretty big problem IMHO, even if it takes you a couple minutes the remote user can now deal with the issue themselves (assuming its something that doesn't require co-ordination with us). Also they now have documentation (in the form of e-mail) in the event they forget. If you just walk over to the user's desk they are not going to bother remembering how to fix it themselves they will remember where your desk is the next time.

I acknowledge from a debugging perspective it can be harder but I work for an ISP, most cases are remote and we've put in lots of instrumentation to help in those circumstances. As for some of my local users, they know where my desk is by heart and almost never provide any sort of useful information in their reports.

about 3 months ago
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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

HappyPsycho Re:Add a little abrasive language (91 comments)

Given that "net neutrality" doesn't officially exist how would the US government enforce it?

about 3 months ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

HappyPsycho Re:Welcome to Australia, Ferengi. (139 comments)

I have a few issues with such a sentiment:

From the article Valve's policy is "was not under any obligation to repair, replace or provide a refund for a game where the consumer had not contacted and attempted to resolve the problem with the computer game developer". Whereas the assertion by ACCC states "It is a breach of the Australian Consumer Law for businesses to state that they do not give refunds under any circumstances, including for gifts and during sale".

I don't see a real issue here, Valve are essentially saying you at least need to make contact with the developer of the game first and attempt to get your issue rectified before they will step in (the "had not contacted and attempted to resolve the problem with the computer game developer" part), maybe I'm speaking a different english than Australia (or words mean different things over there) but this seems quite reasonable. If I buy something from a third party via either amazon / ebay and have an issue with it I'm pretty much required to at least speak to the supplier (through their messaging system so there is a record) before amazon / ebay get involved.

Also most of the "broken" games on steam have a common tag, "Early Access". I'm guessing if this lawsuit goes through the entire section will get locked off to Australia. Which brings up a interesting question, how well does Australian law and crowd funding get along?

about 3 months ago
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NASA's JPL Develops Multi-Metal 3D Printing Process

HappyPsycho Re:Gradients (32 comments)

While I doubt it is unique to 3d printing (I could be wrong though) but the simple pour into mould methods won't work without taking into account the relative densities of the metals involved (depending on how long they take to cool they may separate out anyway).

The real benefit I can see here would be from the ability to control how fast you move from one material to another which seems to be one of the major benefits (having the gentle transition of the alloy removes the transition point and the matching weak point).

What may be unique is the control that 3d printing offers, I'm sure someone can create http://www.3ders.org/images/bu... without using 3d printing but I'm also sure its not a quick / easy process.

about 4 months ago
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FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

HappyPsycho Re:FCC Reminds American Public... (38 comments)

Given the pushback from the supreme court and lack of fuck given by congress this is actually one of the few ways the FCC can actually enforce net neutrality (or in this case force the ISPs to say up front they are not neutral, which assuming an educated public should result in lost business to the non-net neutral ISPs).

about 4 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

HappyPsycho Re:I disagree (390 comments)

Sorry that scenario doesn't fly:

http://www.cidr-report.org/cgi...

Netflix has peerings with:
        AS2828 XO-AS15 - XO Communications,US (Tier 1)
        AS55095 AS-NFLXCORP - Netflix Inc,US
        AS3257 TINET-BACKBONE Tinet SpA,DE (Tier 1)
        AS4436 AS-GTT-4436 - nLayer Communications, Inc.,US
        AS3356 LEVEL3 - Level 3 Communications, Inc.,US (Tier 1)
        AS16397 ALOG SOLUCOES DE TECNOLOGIA EM INFORMATICA S.A.,BR
        AS26592 ALOG SOLUCOES DE TECNOLOGIA EM INFORMATICA S.A.,BR (Tier 2 - Has large footprint in latin america).
        AS1299 TELIANET TeliaSonera International Carrier,SE (Tier 2 - Apparently the largest fiber providers in Europe).
        AS174 COGENT-174 - Cogent Communications,US (Tier 1)

So no this isn't a case of exclusive peering, Level 3 being such a large provider just happens to be the best connection between Verizon and Netflix.

Secondly, that whole thing of 'Level3 to Verizon: "Ok, that will be $X"' has no bearing on a peering agreement, the statement would have been more like "The link between us is congested, want to upgrade the link?" each side upgrades their switch (if neccesary) and they connect the cable / fiber (given that they are in the same location we are talking about a multimode fiber patch at the high end).

about 4 months ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

HappyPsycho Re:This makes sense. (280 comments)

And this is why the algorithm method won't work: people can't keep their mouths shut.

I can think of a simple counter to this statement, RSA (or any other major encryption scheme) are published algorithms whose security is decided by the strength of the keys used.

Given the GP's algorithm I see numerous points where I can choose my own keys / base passwords / padding words. These are defenses to stuff like rainbow tables and word lists and should deny an attacker any benefit over raw brute-forcing of the password (from say a hash).

For those sites which require frequent password changes and don't allow repeating passwords something as simple as tacking on a series of digits in order like "012" then "345", "678", "901", "234", etc. will make brute-forcing a password significantly more difficult (if you notice the sequence doesn't repeat immediately when you loop back around, there are 10 combinations so it has increased the difficulty by an order of magnitude). You can easily change this to other keys on the keyboard or leters of the alphabet etc to increase security without altering the algorithm itself (just like RSA the size of the keyspace dictates the security).

about 4 months ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

HappyPsycho Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

After dismantling one of my phones after a broken screen, higher pixel densities can probably be used to increase the resolution of projectors as well (most I come across don't pass 1024x768, the few that do are extremely expensive).

I'm concluding this after finding 3 layers in my phone's display, the digitizer then the screen and finally a backlight. I've been tempted to dismantle other screen of this type and get a 5W LED behind it to build my own projector, biggest problem was how to drive the display from something other than a phone.

about 4 months ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

HappyPsycho Re:Why not limit them to one per customer? (131 comments)

Actually, during the pre-release phase, they can and often will limit things to one per development shop until they have actually satisfied the other demand

In a pre-release phase, what other demand with there be? No consumers should be able to get it at that point. If Microsoft / Sony send a pre-release XBox / PS4 to some dev shop that is creating games for it they wouldn't be sending a single unit (how the hell would you test multiplayer?), also if the specs of the hardware change they have to send the updated hardware (where I believe the cost is covered by MS / Sony).

This isn't some large corporation which can absorb such costs, and they don't need the NDAs so you get to own the hardware and as they say at https://support.oculusvr.com/h... if you get a dev kit you are not automatically entitled to the newer versions.

about 5 months ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

HappyPsycho Re:Why not limit them to one per customer? (131 comments)

If a one-per-customer is being enforced by requiring separate credit cards / e-mail / paypal addresses / street addresses you may need some external help.

Given the scalpers markup may not be that much per unit, they may need to get a certain number of units sold to validate investing both the cash and effort.

about 5 months ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

HappyPsycho Re:Who cares, it's just bits (131 comments)

Simple reason its a problem, they only have a certain number of of the units (these are dev kits not consumer units). These units are probably not being sold with a high profit margin.

They want these units to get to people who will either provide apps for it (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?... ) or developer level feedback for bugs / improvements. When you are trying to get developers onboard with your platform and having scalpers doesn't help as it only increases the cost to develop for your platform.

Oculus isn't unique with this problem, I remember not getting a raspberry pi from the first batch yet finding it at 3-4 times the price on eBay (I had to wait a couple months for the next batch). Sadly, the same thing is going on with the beaglebone black atm.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

HappyPsycho Re:seems to be a common theme (154 comments)

While I would be inclined to agree with you, the fact that the exceptions pointed out by GP already exist seems to indicate regulatory / congress capture has already happened.

Providing information to the public may not work in this case.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

HappyPsycho Re:Over-reacting is required (148 comments)

As much as I agree with your statements (and would love to see them implemented), is that what the law says?

Until the law is updated to allow the ISPs to apply common sense to the decision your utopian vision will remain just that.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

HappyPsycho Re:Over-reacting is required (148 comments)

I don't believe you dealt with the GPs point, from what I'm reading in your post you have covered a normal ISP and (definition assumed from the GPs post) Tier 1 hosting (you put your own box in a cage at ISPs site).

If you buy a shared hosting account the ISP is hosting the content on their machines and based on your statement is not eligible for the protections you describe.

about 5 months ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

HappyPsycho Re:Malicious Compliance (210 comments)

What legal argument do you have against google in this case?

Google is not the one abusing the EU law here, the tons of takedown submitters are.

I take issue with the spokesman's comment "not a good judgement", last I checked Google is not in the business of making judgements (and I'm happy they aren't), that is the job of a Judge. Prior to the ruling that started this whole mess, if google got a court order for a link or group of links to be taken down based on whatever law it was taken down. The EU is effectively trying to push the cost of enforcing this law onto google.

about 5 months ago

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