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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

MetalliQaZ What about power? (92 comments)

I can't see the video but in the summary he mentions using two old servers to do the job of one new server. I appreciate the recycling, but it sounds like he is talking processing or I/O equivalence, and usually it is power that is the dominating factor in data center effectiveness. Are two servers really cheaper than one when you factor in electricity, cooling, and rack space?

about a week ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

MetalliQaZ Re:Symmetrical? (234 comments)

I posit that there really is a lot of overlap. I'd be willing to bet that the 80/20 rule applies at the border routers, with 80% of viewers accessing the same 20% of the content. Imagine the days/weeks when a new season of Orange Is The New Black is released, for example.

about a week ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

MetalliQaZ Re:Symmetrical? (234 comments)

Yeah. Wouldn't be awesome of Netflix enabled a P2P client on the Verizon network? They should do it. The technology exists. It would be glorious.

about a week ago

William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

MetalliQaZ Re:LoL... (278 comments)

You're just wrong. In fact, we now have proof (Snowden revelations) that things carried on at the NSA pretty much exactly like he said it would. I think you also underestimate how much compression can be applied to telephone conversations. They are, after all, mostly "dead air". In addition, speech is very predictable. The phone companies take advantage of this to fit many conversations over lines of surprisingly modest bandwidth. Since the NSA is directly connected at the backbone (their secret ATT closets are well documented), they don't even have to do the compression themselves. They can just log the packets.

about two weeks ago

William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

MetalliQaZ Thank you William Binney (278 comments)

I saw Mr. Binney speak at the HOPE conference in 2012. I remember a conversation with my parents where I relayed what I learned from him to them, and they thought I was buying into some conspiracy. When Snowden broke into the news, they asked me how I had known so far ahead of time.

I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion about Binney's whistle-blowing in the wake of the Snowden revelations. He has been sounding the alarm for many years now.

about two weeks ago

Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

MetalliQaZ I'd love some free Google classes (376 comments)

But I'm a white male. I have nothing Google wants. :(

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

MetalliQaZ Notepad++ / Python (359 comments)

On *nix I most use Vim. If I'm not using Python, I'm using C.

about a month ago

Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

MetalliQaZ MayOne/Mayday donor, checking in (209 comments)

I contributed to the first round that raised $1 million, and I contributed to the ongoing second round that is trying (with less success) to raise $5 million.

Please contribute if you can. As Lawrence said in his TED talk: your favorite issue may be the more important thing to fix, but this has to be the FIRST thing we fix. There can be no meaningful reform as long as the big money has the only voice in politics.

I understand how silly it sounds. Fight money in politics by raising money? How could that ever work? But just remember that we have to get our foot in the door somehow. We need the same lobbyists to get through to the people who need to hear us.

Lawrence is a good guy, a smart person, and incredibly passionate about his cause. He's someone we can get behind. Please donate if you can. Remember they don't take your money unless they make their goal.

Net neutrality, patent reform, etc. They all start here

about a month ago

Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices

MetalliQaZ Re:Why not just an outlet? (114 comments)

'cause that ain't what the cool kids are doin', man

about a month and a half ago

GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

MetalliQaZ That guy is going to need a lawyer real fast (307 comments)

I'm somewhat surprised that the company named names. I suppose the result of the investigation made it clear that his intention was only to cover his own ass, which must have tipped the scales.

Now if only we could get names of lawbreakers out of government agencies. I know it will be a cold day in Hell before that happens, but it would be nice

about 2 months ago

California Bill Would Safeguard Consumers' Rights To Criticize Firms Online

MetalliQaZ Not First Amendment (160 comments)

The First Amendment protects us from prosecution by the government. It doesn't protect us from civil matters with private companies. This Pérez guy should know that.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

MetalliQaZ Re:This (352 comments)

The first thing I thought of when I saw this post was "import this" in Python, which prints out the Zen of Python:
Beautiful is better than ugly.
Explicit is better than implicit.
Simple is better than complex.
Complex is better than complicated.
Flat is better than nested.
Sparse is better than dense.
Readability counts.
Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
Although practicality beats purity.
Errors should never pass silently.
Unless explicitly silenced.
In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
Now is better than never.
Although never is often better than *right* now.
If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!

Which is definitely relevant. Oh well.

about 2 months ago

7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

MetalliQaZ They can go to 110% and beyond (197 comments)

There are obviously huge numbers of poor and destitute that have no access to luxuries like mobile phones. Wealthier people are walking around with multiple mobile subscriptions. Either by work/personal accounts, or accounts for tablets and modems, or whatever. So I wonder how far past 100% they will be able to go? 150%? 200 even? It's a good time to be Samsung. Also hard to believe that HTC and Nokia are in so much trouble. Even a small part of 7 billion is a lot of business.

about 2 months ago

New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

MetalliQaZ Re:The customer always pays (248 comments)

Most people don't even have that choice. As sad as it is, Google Fiber is practically our last light of hope illuminating the shadow cast by ATT, Verizon, and Comcast.

about 3 months ago

New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

MetalliQaZ Re:bandiwth hogging is bad (248 comments)

Nice shill post but your assumptions aren't correct. ISPs can and do support massive streaming to large portions of their customers. They simply want to avoid paying for infrastructure upgrades while at the same time milking both ends of the wire for all the money they can.

Would you give up Netflix to protect Comcast's bottom line? How about innovators like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Google? Without Net Neutrality, they wouldn't exist. Go back to using AOL and Compuserve, see how much you like networks with no competition, fool.

about 3 months ago

New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

MetalliQaZ When they own the information... (248 comments)

...they can bend it all they want.

Tom Wheeler is a crotchety old sleazebag who has been bought and paid for by Big Telecom. Unfortunately he's probably also foolish enough to think he's doing right by the American public. That's the most dangerous kind.

RIP Internet

about 3 months ago

OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

MetalliQaZ ...and you can't buy one (196 comments)

At least not yet. Still unknown as to when it is going on sale, I believe. Also you will not be able to buy one from Verizon in the US. Not sure about other carriers but I sorta doubt it. Cool to see a phone ship with Cyanogenmod, though.

about 3 months ago

Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand

MetalliQaZ Please justify $5 for one rental (137 comments)

Dear Mr. Whedon,

Please justify the $5 cost to rent your film. I can rent your latest superhero blockbuster over the weekend for $2 from Redbox. I can own Louis CK's latest show forever for $5. Why is your content so much more expensive?

a fan

about 3 months ago

Emails Reveal Battle Over Employee Poaching Between Google and Facebook

MetalliQaZ Spank 'em hard (132 comments)

As an engineer that could have been affected by these shenanigans, I hope that each of these companies gets spanked and spanked hard. A message needs to be sent that abusing their talented, non-union labor force will have stinging consequences.

about 4 months ago



Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be "Abolished"

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  1 year,19 hours

MetalliQaZ (539913) writes "Last week, Dr. Joseph Bonneau learned that he had won the NSA’s first annual “Science of Security (SoS) Competition.” The competition, which aims to honor the best “scientific papers about national security” as a way to strengthen NSA collaboration with researchers in academia, honored Bonneau for his paper on the nature of passwords. And how did Bonneau respond to being honored by the NSA? By expressing, in an honest and bittersweet blog post, his revulsion at what the NSA has become: "Simply put, I don’t think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form.""
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Netflix Is Raising Its Monthly Rates, Again

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  about 3 years ago

MetalliQaZ (539913) writes ""Today, Netflix announced that they are raising rates on monthly plans that allow customers to get unlimited streaming and one DVD out at a time. The plan which originally cost $9.99 a month will now cost $15.98 a month. In addition, the company is now splitting out streaming only plans from DVD plans and consumers can get an unlimited streaming plan for $7.99 a month, or one DVD out at a time for $7.99 a month.""
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Facebook's 1-sided handling of copyright claims

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MetalliQaZ writes "Ars Technica is currently following the story of their own experience being the target of a fraudulent copyright complaint on their Facebook page. "Facebook is so eager to protect copyright that the mere accusation of copyright infringement is enough to get an account locked. Ars found this out the hard way Thursday morning when our own Facebook page became inaccessible, with no warning, no explanation, and no clear appeal process. To make matters worse, Facebook is not responsive to inquiries about account lockout, and the company provides absolutely zero useful direction on how to rectify a complaint.""
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