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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

JMJimmy Re:No surprise (81 comments)

Apple hardware is over-priced, but then again you get the OS and the office suite for free with the system and free upgrades later, so it's kind of cheaper in the long run.

Amount paid for MS/Linux software: $0
Amount paid for Apple software: $700

PC hardware survival average: 6+ years
Apple hardware survival average: 14 months

Average price paid per PC: ~$1,200
Average price paid per Apple: ~$2,100

Between a $2,200 monitor getting a hot pixel epidemic in the first 7 months and a $2,000 Macbook Pro melting down to the point of complete failure in 21 months it was by far the worst investments of my life. Meanwhile, I still have an ancient $150 IBM 486 that works beautifully for my classic gaming needs.

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:It is terrorism regardless of target. (521 comments)

lol - and the truth starts to come out... he was staying at a homeless shelter for the past couple weeks raving about the end of the world and generally being incoherent/fixating. A real terrorist mastermind

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Oh noes! Strategic Syrup Alert! (521 comments)

...so what ya be needing a gun for?

How about self defense against against a nut job on a killing spree? The least successful spree killers in the US have all been stopped by an armed civilian, not a government employee.

You do know there's only been seven such "nut jobs on a killing spree" in all of recorded history in Canada. Only 1 in the past 25 years.

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Why (521 comments)

Nope it doesn't. There is no clear political aim. Being a political location does not give the attacker a political aim. That's what an organization, manifesto, or statement of claim is for - to give a political reason for the act, making it a terrorist act, rather than just a crazy person shooting up a location for no particular aim/goal.

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:It is terrorism regardless of target. (521 comments)

I'm not intimating that the number of victims had anything to do with it. Rather the form of the attack was not consistent with a terrorist. Dash cam video showed him outside his vehicle, not acting in a directed/purposeful manner. He actually walked AWAY from Parliament Hill, back towards the war memorial to kill the soldier - he was even parked on the opposite side of the memorial from where the ceremonial guards stand so he would have had to walk around it to get at them.

What's the statement? Was there a grievance with the government or a manifesto or any sort of reasoned logic? A statement of claim from a terrorist organization? Anything to indicate that it was anything other than an individual lashing out, either at a person, due to a personal issue, etc? The only source for such a link at this point is a claim by an unidentified US intelligence official which has not been verified/corroborated by anyone (including any official statements by US agencies).

It may have been a terrorist attack it may not - we don't know, all we do know is that a guy went out of his way to shoot a specific ceremonial guard and fled towards Parliament Hill where he got in a gun fight with guards/police and was killed. For all we know it could have been a way to commit suicide or the PCP finally got to him (he was convicted previously of possession of large amounts of PCP in Quebec) or maybe he was going to try to kill government officials. We just don't know.

For me, the lack of knowing is what makes a "terrorist" attack so dubious. It's easy to paint it with that brush but terrorists by their nature have an agenda and a message. If you commit the act but no one knows the reason then no message is delivered or agenda advanced so really it just becomes a random act of violence that can only be speculated about.

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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

JMJimmy Re:No. (284 comments)

By all means it's a standard, RFC1323 (now RFC7323) proposed standard. While it's an optional component that specific applications fail to implement, that is the fault of the application not lack of protocol support.

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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

JMJimmy Re:No. (284 comments)

How do you figure TCP window size can grow up to 2GB? The protocol limit for it is 65,535 bytes. The receive buffer can grow that large with scaling but not the window size.

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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

JMJimmy Re:No. (284 comments)

Actually AC was very correct. TCP window scaling was a proposed standard back in 1992 (rfc1323) and the issue does not lie with FTP/SSH/etc but with the application implementing those protocols failing to set a larger receiving buffer. Yes, both sides need to send the window scaling SYN option, however, once sent protocols running on top of it should not be affected (unless the receiving buffer is smaller than the scaling)

It's funny because they even make reference to LFNs (long fat networks) and how the proposal fixes the problem.

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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

JMJimmy Re:No. (284 comments)

1) TCP alternatives are already being developed
2) TCP_WINDOW_SIZE problem was solved long long ago with TCP_WINDOW_SCALING. The limit is roughly 100 Gbit/s at 80ms
3) Not sure where you're getting your data from but reality is a very different place from where you live. 25 MBps would be an Intel Atom 230 decrypting AES-128-CBC. 5 year old mobile/low power processors were never meant to stand the test of time. Take something from around the same period, like say an Intel T5550 and all the sudden you're up to 80MBps for AES-256-CBC (or 109MBps AES-128-CBC). Even dropping down to a P4 you can get 75MBps for AES-256-CBC.

Also, arc_four (aka RC4) is not even worth discussing as it's completely useless as encryption. RC6 is (comparatively) fast at low byte counts on specific platforms but quickly plateau with little performance increase after 128 bytes and slows by a factor of 3 if the hardware is not optimal. Rijndael, which was chosen for AES, had consistently fast speeds no matter the bytes or platform. The reality is that any chip with the AES-NI instruction set makes it a moot point, by example the i7-3960X is churning out 5.7GBps. Without it, performance does suffer, but you're still talking 250-400Mbps on a 4 core chip.

The real question is how the heck this got posted to Slashdot. DOCSIS 3.1 bumps the limits to 10 Gbit/s down, 1 Gbit/s up and even on DOCSIS 3.0 - who says you've got to be stuck at 4 channels? 24 Channel is already actively deployed in Canada at 200-250Mbps down/15-30Mbps up, 1.5Gbps/150Mbps in the UK.

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Why (521 comments)

By that definition we're all terrorists waiting to happen. While it's true that we all can be painted with that brush, that fact does not make us terrorists until we actually join/form a terrorist organization. As the RCMP so wisely said, it's not a crime to think something. Whether you want to call running over a soldier an act of terrorism, a mental disorder/fixation that was not diagnosed/treated, a political statement, or simply a hit & run - it's really immaterial to the larger issues. There was no instruction given, there was no organization, there was one guy who did a bad thing. Trying to link him to another guy who did a similar bad thing, without a shred of evidence, for the sole purpose of pushing a point of view is no better. In fact they are both crimes in Canada.

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Why (521 comments)

I know of many disturbed individuals who are not radical and of many radicals that would not be considered disturbed (just misinformed or working an angle).

...are insane. Every single one of them.

Is this your medical opinion? Somehow I suspect a good number of ISIL joined out of fear or simply due to the fact that ISIL would pay them a wage. Sure we see the craziest/worst of them in the media, but that'd be like saying all US troops are insane because of things like the Panjwai massacre, the so called "Kill Team", Guantanamo torture, etc.

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Why (521 comments)

The facts seem to disagree, see the Global Terrorism Database. While Sunni are the main perpetrators of terrorist attacks globally, Muslims are the primary target. What's interesting about this fact is that we (US/Canada/Europe) count those as terrorist attacks but do not count mass-shootings/bombings/etc unless they are carried out by a Muslim. They are "murders" if carried out by a non-Muslim.

Looking at the US data:
http://www.washingtonsblog.com...

7% of attacks by anti-abortionists vs 4.6% of attacks by Jewish terrorists vs 2.5% by Muslim terrorists. Who's the real threat?

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Why (521 comments)

He was blocked from traveling to Turkey because they "suspected" he was radicalized and they theorized he might want to join ISIS. There was never any confirmation/evidence that was his intent or that he ever made contact with anyone. "ferrying from Turkey to Syria" could be as innocent as someone "ferrying" someone from Mexico to the US - doesn't mean they have links to terrorist groups.

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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (521 comments)

oh and I should point out, the lockable device or trunk is only when it's in an "unattended" vehicle. If it's on your person it's perfectly fine. What is illegal in Canada, without a permit, is the concealment of the firearm. ie: if you want to walk down the street with an unrestricted shotgun you're free to do so, just keep it in plain view and unloaded. Minor restrictions apply like not in public meetings, you can't point it at someone even when unloaded, and you can't be "careless" with it - but other than that, you can do as you want.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (521 comments)

That completely false. Unrestricted firearms can be transported anywhere so long as they are unloaded and in a lockable device or trunk. Unrestricted firearms includes any firearm that is not automatic, has a barrel of 470mm or more, and is 660mm in length or more (or specifically prohibited).

That includes:
M-14
Ruger 10/22
Mossberg 500
SKS
M305
Ruger Mini 14 & 30
Most sniper rifles except the Gepard oddly.

The rest, you can still own/transport/display/etc but there are more restrictions like making the device inoperable, obtaining special permits, etc

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Dear Canada.... (521 comments)

They're checking cars headed to Quebec but have stopped searching for anyone else otherwise. Lockdowns for schools have been lifted, I'm sure yours are right behind.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Why (521 comments)

The "radicalized" Canadian was not a terrorist, he was a disturbed individual who latched onto the ideology on his own accord.

Every difference. If you embrace Islam and try to kill in the name of Islam, you're an Islamic killer. Trying to make a distinction between a crazy person and ChrisMaple is doomed to failure.

FIFY

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Why (521 comments)

Aside from the apt corrections from ClickOnThis, the memorial was not attacked; a single soldier near it was attacked. There's no symbolism in attacking a Canadian soldier.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

JMJimmy Re:Why (521 comments)

I've just paid attention to the warnings they issue that the "story is still unfolding ... there are conflicting reports ... very little can be confirmed at this point" etc. If it was a targeted attack as you suggest, shooting someone over half a kilometer away from any targets of importance is not logical. It's a 5-8 minute walk to Parliament Buildings from where the shootings began.

They haven't even been able to confirm that a second shooter exists. The only other person shot was a random staff person who was shot in the leg. The other person taken to hospital wasn't shot, just injured (probably tripping over their own feet).

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Healthcare.gov Problems Aren't All Incompetence

JMJimmy JMJimmy writes  |  about a year ago

JMJimmy (2036122) writes "Libby Shaw of Daily Kos writes

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there has been a number of right wing cyber attacks on the healthcare.gov site. It seems that there has been a concerted effort on several fronts in an all out Republican led war to kill and destroy the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. One has to ask if this war on Obamacare has been an intentional and coordinated effort.

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Whitehouse petition to make patent trolls pay

JMJimmy JMJimmy writes  |  about 2 years ago

JMJimmy (2036122) writes "The patent office has approved countless ridiculous patents that are clearly non-sensical or based on obviously long-known ideas, making it easy for trolls to collect ridiculous patents and use them as their flimsy excuse to file outrageously expensive lawsuits.

This petition seeks to make patent trolls think twice about suing. Perhaps it ought to be expanded to include copyright trolls!"

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