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Doomsday Clock Could Move

MatthiasF Re:Might as well have the doomsday popomatic (145 comments)

I agree. Several of the moves seem completely political and not realistic. For instance, the fall of the USSR should not have been seen as such a positive development for world safety. The army in Russia was severely underfunded up to and for much of the decade after the USSR dissolved, meaning the likelihood of a nuclear warhead being stolen and sold was significantly more realistic. Or worse, a rogue general going ballistic about the union breaking up.

about a week ago

BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

MatthiasF Re:Am I missing the point? (124 comments)

No, they literally copied over the LAN and are intentionally being vague to throw people off that fact. The original Sync blog post did not use Sync across the Internet but the Venturebeat author did disclose sharing across the Internet and stated:

"The transfer process was much longer. Times were in the double digit minutes, and largely depended on what connections my friends had."

In other words, in real-world scenario using the Internet, Bittorrent's Sync was not any faster than the times posted for the other services.

This is a terrible hack job by Bittorrent to spread lies and a horrible job by Venture beat repeating them with no critical thought.

Original Sync Blog post - http://blog.bittorrent.com/201...

about 3 months ago

BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

MatthiasF Re:Comparing LAN to WAN Speeds (124 comments)

a.) Yes, we do because the blog post says as such.
b.) True, and that is why they intentionally nerfed the Dropbox test by creating a new random file to not only avoid "deduplication" as they say, but the LAN Sync being available as well (which they do not admit).


about 3 months ago

BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

MatthiasF Re:Comparing LAN to WAN Speeds (124 comments)

Maybe because 3-4 people actually read the Sync blog post where it states, and I quote:

"Our tests were conducted over local LAN – on the same switch – in order to rule out available bandwidth as a limiting factor. It’s important here to note that Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive all rate-limit uploads and do not fully utilize the 1 Gbps bandwidth available (in regards to the office Internet connection, not the LAN switched). We’re confident that a slower Internet connection would yield similar results."

In other words, people agreed with me because they knew what I said to be true.

Not only did they give themselves the preferential treatment of same LAN, they also intentionally adjusted their tests to discount an advantage of a competitor. Again, quoted verbatum from the blog post:

"Dropbox has a deduplication scheme in place – what this meant for our tests is that even though we deleted the video file from our Dropbox folder, traces of it still remained and Dropbox got ~50% faster at transferring the same video file each subsequent time we uploaded it. To correct for this, we needed a new file that wasn’t bit-for-bit identical to the video file we previously transferred. "

Why don't you RTFA.


about 3 months ago

BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

MatthiasF Re:OwnCloud? (124 comments)

If the OwnCloud server is on the same LAN as the laptops, I bet it is the same speed or faster than Sync.

If off-site from the server, I doubt the OwnCloud clients are smart enough to know a friendly computer is on the same LAN to share already downloaded chunks.

Which I might add is the only advantage to Bittorrent Sync. The technology only provides an increase in speed if one of the clients on the LAN has pieces of data already downloaded so the Internet connection is not as necessary. If neither computer has any of the data and both start downloading the same file, there is no advantage at all since the bandwidth shared between the two of them is the same finite amount.

about 3 months ago

BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

MatthiasF Comparing LAN to WAN Speeds (124 comments)

They compared the transfers between two laptops on the same LAN using a direct P2P client (BitTorrent Sync) and several Internet-reliant sync options, finding the direct file copy was faster. No, duh.

In other news, you spend less time on an airplane when you take a staycation.

about 3 months ago

As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

MatthiasF Re:Prison population (407 comments)

Mod parent up.

Obligatory link to Mother Jones article exposing the link between leaded gasoline and crime rates.


And yes, I grew up in the 80s so I blame the double post and bad link on leaded braincells.

about 3 months ago

Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

MatthiasF Re:please no (423 comments)

[quote]In the Southern Ocean in particular, they estimate past heat tallies were 48% to 152% too low. Globally, past estimates could be as much as 25% off. [/quote]

So, article states there was a massive underestimation of measurements but you state that past models were accurate. Yet if they were accurate before then they are not now. Which is it? They were accurate before but not accurate anymore or they were inaccurate before and are accurate now?

Hint: They were never accurate.

about 4 months ago

Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

MatthiasF Re:Not Brute Force (93 comments)

Or just grab a list from one of those studies of stolen passwords and sort by most used password.

Pretty sure one of the top 20,000 passwords on those lists will get you into 80% of the accounts out there.

about 4 months ago

Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

MatthiasF Re:Reporting bias? (460 comments)

Um, 30% and 20% means Women are 50% more likely.

That is pretty drastic.

The article mentions "71% of women and 41% of men respondents", which is a 75% difference.

If your study was indeed accurate and the numbers from this article plays out too, than academic environments have a significant issue with sexual harassment. Either it literally is an issue, or the young men and women in academia are poorly educated on what is sexual harassment (and are over reporting it).

about 4 months ago

Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

MatthiasF Re:What this proves is: (635 comments)

1. Wrong. AGW is a culture created by those who believe human beings are evil and the world was better off before they arrived. Every effort over the last 120 years has been made to push this religion on the world and government policies, climate sciences use of proxies, averages and dishonest or manipulated data sets is just the modern way for them to convince people to join the religion.
2. Thinking that one data set, controlled by one set of people, altered by like-minded people and literally limited in access to those same people is not fact. That is a controlled narrative, aka fiction being sold as fact. Their work has not been reproduced in any other data set, they even tried to do it an failed in the 90s but refuse to admit it publically or re-try.
3. True, no one model has predicted anything to a reliably significant degree of accuracy.

As far as your assertions:
1. Stop being a condescending ass.
2. Most of the energy coming from the sun is not in the visible light range. Why are you focusing on the visible range?
3. No, not true in all cases. Some collisions can amplify to blue light.
4. Most gasses absorb light, why specifically target Infrared when there is a huge spectrum?
5. Unless you have accurately measured all sources, then this has not been tested. It has been ESTIMATED, but not measured to an accuracy that can be regarded as fact (except by those who want it to be fact regardless).

You're last question, prove it is being trapped. The rolling averages over the last thirty years prove otherwise. CO2 and greenhouse gases have increased significantly but temperatures have declined or stalled in most regions. In fact, since 1998, when the 10 year average from 1987, which had a drastic reduction of temperature sensors across the globe and full swap over to satellite systems that were hit by a massive solar storm that same year, ended and showed no increase since should garner a pause in thinking the data has not been as accurate as suggested.

about 4 months ago

City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

MatthiasF The Microsoft Tax can buy you... (249 comments)

A entire brand new PC capable of running Linux, LibreOffice, web browser, and typical programs that the average office worker or bureaucrat needs.

Hell, you might even be able to buy a smart-TV for $300 that can run the same items.

Microsoft either better cut their prices or give out free XP upgrades, unless they want to be upgraded out of business.

about 5 months ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

MatthiasF Re:Science is a religion, so this makes no sense (221 comments)

I present a rational argument and instead of addressing the fact by definition Science is a religion, you go off into a strawman argument trying to ostracize me long after my comment had been censored by others sharing your views.

The irony being that you literally did what you say religious people do and yet you seem so certain it is not a religion.

about 5 months ago

Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

MatthiasF Re:5.1? (94 comments)

Microsoft is not a part of WHATWG. They have cooperated with it's members, but are not adhering to the standard. And for good reason it seems, since they avoided the CANVAS specs worried that items in it were not royalty-free and sure enough Apple patented it and numerous other issues.

WHATWG is just as incompetent as W3C. The only way to reach a reasonable standard is for dialog and not bullying. Google has done nothing but bully over the last five years, making WHATWG more dangerous than helpful. Chrome itself has numerous behaviors that are counter-productive specifically to differentiate itself and cause a divide instead of a method of progress.

I firmly believe that those who are deciding these standards should be working as independant contractors, following an ethos and not being paid directly by any one player. Otherwise, there seems to be a lot of bias going on because so many rely on Google (from advertisements or direct payments), and we should not be trusting Google if we want an Internet without massive invasions of privacy.

about 5 months ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

MatthiasF Science is a religion, so this makes no sense (221 comments)

The fact people are convinced that Science is not a religion is really distressing. I know many people immediately think of religions as being relying heavily on the supernatural, but there are and have been plenty of religions that had no gods or mysticism. A religion itself is simply a set of shared beliefs, rituals and philosophies, just like culture is a shared set of preferences, symbols and styles.

Science itself is just that, a shared set of beliefs as detailed by theories, the Scientific method itself a dogma and there are numerous common philosophies mingled together all rooted in materialism.

The latter, materialism, is why most people do not believe Science is a religion, because most religions over the years always had elements that at face value seemed supernatural and thus non-material. This misinterpretation is mostly because materialists recognize integrated symbols (from the cultures of the people in the religions) or allegories as literal when that is not the case.

And this is also why there is so much of a rift in politics concerning Science, because many people that support it do not realize that the knowledge it presents is not absolute and thus just as fallible as some of the seemingly ludicrous alternatives. Numerous theories are also heavily laced with other religious beliefs and many people do not even see the relationship.

Don't get me wrong, there are numerous aspects to Science that have been a huge help to innovation and progress, such as the requirements of reproducibility, but anyone that thinks that the Scientific method is they ONLY way to discover things needs to spend some time diving into the history of humanity's technological progress.

about 5 months ago

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

MatthiasF Re:All of these are supported by Red Hat (232 comments)

Red Hat also has many spin-offs that offer services under their own brand but are partially owned by Red Hat.

Ansible for instance, a competitor to Chef and Puppet mentioned in the summary.


They also have a lot of commitments to shared libraries, such as Gnome.


So, I do not understand what the summary is getting at exactly.

about 5 months ago



I don't want to live in a world...

MatthiasF MatthiasF writes  |  about a year ago

MatthiasF (1853064) writes "Where I need to worry that any moment of my life can appear on online without my permission.

Where I need to worry someone has turned on and off their recording at opportune times of that moment that appeared on online to make me look bad without giving full context of the situation.

Where I need to pay money to remove said videos from the Internet.

Where I cannot walk down the street, eat at a restaurant, workout at a gym, or celebrate at a bar without worrying someone is recording to be uploaded and judged harshly by tens of thousands if not millions of people.

I doubt anyone else wants to live in that world either, but every time someone resigns themselves to allowing it that world arrives that much sooner."


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