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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Midnight Thunder Re:'Bout time (163 comments)

These cities should build the infrastructure, focus on the infrastructure and then allow service providers to compete with each other for service. Essentially, government deals with infrastructure since they are generally good with that and private business on the sevice, since they are generally good with that when there is healthy competition.

yesterday
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

Midnight Thunder Confused (183 comments)

So a bug is a feature and per Google, a removed feature is a bug? Okay, I think I have it.

5 days ago
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Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked

Midnight Thunder Should retailers store credit card details? (101 comments)

Beyond transactions, I wonder whether retailers should even be storing credit card information? Surely debating this problem to the credit card companies would be better? The only thing combines should be keep is maybe some sort of public key value for the credit card, which can only be unlocked with a user provide value. The private key would be in the hands of the credit card company to access your account.

I am thinking on the fly here, but the main gist is the less credit card details stored by non-credit card companies the better. These retailers could secure their systems better, but maybe they shouldn't be holding on to certain critical information either? We need to review what financial data is held in light of these issues.

In Europe you have a one time key for your online payments, that requires a special calculator looking device. Probably not the best solution, but not a terrible one either - it's just inconvenient and not necessarily clear to the non-tech savie.

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Midnight Thunder It depends (155 comments)

Both have their place. If something represents a percentage of a total, then analogue displays are the best. If something has indefinite range, then digital is best. In the end the best solution should allow for getting essential information with minimum of effort, but it will also depend on the given context.

There are some places where is t is hard to decide which is best. One example is time, since at least for me, context of use makes a difference.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Midnight Thunder Re:Windows 9X (349 comments)

While I won't argue how important the Kernel is, if the kernel changes, then applications can continue working if libraries are binary compatible and the system architecture hasn't changed.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Midnight Thunder Re:Windows 9X (349 comments)

The Kernel is only part of the operating system. There are other things that go into an operating system, such as libraries, application and services. You will find most application are relying on OS version to find out about those , rather than about the underlying kernel. Sure they should probably not make assumption about the operating system as a whole, but developers make assumptions.

about two weeks ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

Midnight Thunder Re:Mixed (342 comments)

If your current company that makes it a fireable offense is in the USA, and I assume it is because your use of English seems American, it's breaking US employment law. Only managerial employees can be restricted in how they talk about pay.

It is American, but the offices where I am at are located in Canada. Either way, even if it is against the law, I am not sure I want to chance it until I leave the company.

about two weeks ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

Midnight Thunder Mixed (342 comments)

Small companies often have barely enough to pay employees that are present. To be paying for employees on leave is something else, male or female. I recently had to take leave and if it wasn't for my insurance I wouldn't have gotten a dime. At the same time all the tech companies I have worked at treated everyone fairly and had policies about 'poisoned workplace'. Sure there are people who have discriminatory attitude, but in a healthy work place they shouldn't be staying long.

As for pay I don't know enough about the realities and individual cases to know the truth. What I do know is companies will often give you a pay that you negotiated, which may be worse than you are worth. A good company will try give up something fair knowing that unfair salary if it becomes knowledge hurts them more. My current company makes it a fireable offence to talk salary. Other companies I have worked for have a ladder according to position.

Good colleagues come in many shapes, form, sexuality, culture and variations of gended, just as do the bad colleagues. We all screw up sometimes, but we should endeavour to treat each other fairly and with respect.

about two weeks ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Midnight Thunder Re:Moscow McDonald's! (224 comments)

Guy? I thought it was food they eat in Quebec and do serve in McDonalds? ... Oh the Russian dude.

about a month ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Midnight Thunder Re: I never thought I'd say this... (353 comments)

For your grandfather, would he have been allowed to install it himself the final 500 feet and if so what would have the telco cost been to establish the connection?

For the rural community, what sort of housing density are we talking about?

One thing that I would like to see it community networks that are then leased out to ISPs, with non-exclusive agreements. I would hope that in this scenario the ISPs and telco could not argue unfair competition and therefore be unable to block this.

about a month ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

Midnight Thunder Re:Not just one mobo (102 comments)

Or you need better warranty laws: the time they need to replace it doesn't count, each replacement (attempt) increases warranty by 6 months, if they fail 3 times they have to refund the money. That's e.g. (more or less) the rules in Germany.

One company I know will attempt to repair three times. If it still fails they replace, but the replacement part starts with a new warranty. I think that is the way it should be. The warranty should be on the part, so any replacement would effectively reset the effective purchase date.

That may get expensive for some companies, but maybe they should be rethinking their business model?

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Midnight Thunder Proposal (819 comments)

Two things come out of this:
    - IATA needs to regulate this.
    - Leg spacing and seat size should be mandatory provided information in any booking.

On one hand you can argue that the passengers are getting what they pay for, but on the other hand you can also argue that customers don't have this information, at time of booking, to make an informed purchase choice.

At the same time if fights break out often enough, requiring forced landings, then I think people will start realising this cost saving is actually getting expensive (extra cost due to unplanned landings, time and reputation).

about a month and a half ago
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Are the Hard-to-Exploit Bugs In LZO Compression Algorithm Just Hype?

Midnight Thunder Safe Buffer? (65 comments)

Given the number of security issues related to buffer over-runs, I wonder whether C/C++ should provide a safe buffer that would help alleviate these issues? Sure it might compromise performance slightly, though it might be acceptable when faced with the alternative of unexpected issues due to an unforeseen buffer overrun.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Midnight Thunder Multi-platform matters (636 comments)

I haven't yet decided whether this is yet another programming language we needed, but I will be interested to see whether Apple release the Swift support in LLVM as open source. One thing that I dislike more than new programming language for the sake of doing so, are single-platform languages.

about 5 months ago
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Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps

Midnight Thunder Re:Nyquist (116 comments)

I didn't see much in the article, but seeing the following PDF there appears to be multiple technologies at play. One of them being 'channel bonding':

http://www.kics.or.kr/Home/Use...

about 5 months ago
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Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps

Midnight Thunder Re:I'm so excited (116 comments)

Better, faster ways to access inept content.

Its not the content that matters, but the bragging rights on how you access that content.

about 5 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

Midnight Thunder Re:Anti-competitive (238 comments)

It does, but you should never under-estimate the ability of people to bother reading or paying attention to such details.

Apple does have a way to deactivate iMessage, but when you leave the Apple eco-system people don't realise that something that they were taking for granted suddenly gets in the way.

BTW the knowledge page for deactivating iMessage (never tried it): http://support.apple.com/kb/TS...

about 5 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

Midnight Thunder Re:Fix according to Apple is (415 comments)

Well, this isn't any different that a friend stopping using Google Talk.

about 5 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

Midnight Thunder Re:About time! (306 comments)

Network infrastructure. Despite the writing being on the wall, it has been considered as comedy. The comedy is now laughing at them. As usual it is going be a question of people panicking over something that could have been planned for.

about 6 months ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Midnight Thunder Re:Alternatives (242 comments)

They are by default, but there is the IPv6 privacy extension RFC4941. Also if you use DHCPv6, then you can decide exactly what IP each host gets.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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How to get out of developer's block?

Midnight Thunder Midnight Thunder writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Midnight Thunder (17205) writes "I have spent the past six months working on a software project, and while I can come up with ideas, I just can't seem to sit down in front of the computer to code. I sit there and I just can't concentrate. I don't know whether this is akin to writer's block, but it feels like it. Have any other slashdotters run into this and if so how did you get out of it? It is bothering me since the project has ground to a halt and I really want to get started again. I am the sole developer on the project, if that makes a difference."
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Monitoring your TV viewing habits?

Midnight Thunder Midnight Thunder writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Midnight Thunder (17205) writes "Most TV ratings are selected from a small portion of the population, by one monitoring system or another. How accurate the end results are is arguable and in turns affects what is shown on TV. How would you feel if you cable company or your satellite company started anonymously monitoring what their subscribers switch to, on the condition they provide you with an option to opt-out? It could mean better TV."
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Midnight Thunder Midnight Thunder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Midnight Thunder (17205) writes "Today I was contacted by support staff of a company, whoes software solution we use, because we were having issues installing the upgrade software. Their product runs on, amongst others, Solaris. To help them, they establish a conference session to the local computer, so they can see what the user is doing and help them along. The catch is the conferencing solution requires MS-Windows and Internet Explorer to run. Luckily for me I was using an X-Windows server on a Windows based PC, but would have had issues if my workstation was Solaris or any other non-Microsoft system. My question is whether there are any similar solutions that a support site could use in this manner, but which works on multiple platforms?"
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Midnight Thunder Midnight Thunder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Midnight Thunder (17205) writes "In a move that makes everyones fears about the limitations of DRM encumbered media files a reality, Microsoft will not allow you to play files purchased through the MSN store on the Zune. Their answer is for you to buy your files again. Is this another death blow to DRM or just Microsoft shooting itself in the foot?"

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Computing's accessibility advantage over Sciences

Midnight Thunder Midnight Thunder writes  |  about 12 years ago

Computing has a great advantage over other sciences. This advantage is defined by its level of accessibility. The level of accessibility is defined by the cost of the tools required to experiment and the minimum amount of knowledge needed before you can even try to be taken seriously. Computers are readily accessible, they can be bought for a relativley low cost at your local electronics store. Once installed you can download, buy or write software fairly easily. Try doing this with any science and the first sticking point is where do you buy the stuff? You also need to get a fair amount of maths under your belt and then you can start learning about the subject. You can't get a job in a science field without at least a Masters degree.

Since you have to learn so much before you can do anything in most science fields, it has the effect of scaring many people off (the attitude of many people in the field doesn't alway help either). I feel that this has the effect of reducing the amount of unorthodox ideas that can enter the field, and thus slowing down the rate of progress. Because IT has the advantage of it accessibility, almost anyone get take their crazy idea and try to make it work. Try doing the same thing in sciences.

Sure you can see knowledge as an upside down pyramid, getting built up one brick at a time. What happens when there are bricks missing at given levels because orthodox thinking makes it difficicult to see what is missing. This is where I like to use my description of a pink elephant in multi-faceted sphere. Conventional thinking will look at the elephant through one of the facets and see just a trunk or just a leg. Without the ability to look at the elephant from other angles, then it is easy to conclude that what you see is a trunk. You could also just see two points of view, a trunk and a leg and not understand how they are related. You can then have people thinking that there is nothing is no link between the two. Of course there will always be the small group that believes that there is more than meets the eye, but they tend to be shuned because no one can see what they are getting at. Like brute force computing where you have many computers trying different combinations, science could have a huge advantage if more people were able to participate. Sure there the possibility of a lot of noise, but like any forum, you find ways to deal with this, for you realise that sometimes it there is an advantage in numbers.

What could be done to make science more accessible I am not sure. Maybe one method is to take advantage of the accesibility of computers and make advanced science applications easy enough for any fools to use and understand.

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The killer application

Midnight Thunder Midnight Thunder writes  |  about 12 years ago

In the computer industry there is something known as the 'Killer Application'. Basically it is an application as revolutionary as the internet that will change the way we see and do things. Being able to create the killer application is the dream of many, as it is their chance to be able to say they made history.

I believe that anyone wanting to make a killer application shouldn't bother trying. What I mean by this is that it is the wrong way to about things. Such an application will result in someone doing what they are good at and just trying to make something different. The killer application is not defined by the application itself, but what effect it has on people's lifes. For example you could make a program that is wonderful and revolutionary in what it does, but for one reason or another it has zero effect on people's lifes. Maybe there isn't a need, maybe it is too hard to use or maybe you're trying too hard to make money from it, amongst possibilities. The internet succeeded because it was free and there was no cost in adopting it. It was only later, once it was established that businesses hard a market to make money in. Another possibility is that we expect so much these days that we may not recognise an application that has or is making a revolution.

Making a difference is what counts, not trying to make a revolution.

If you can make a tool that can simplify a task, or make it more accessible, then you have already achieved plenty. Imagine what astronomy would be like with out the telescope. In this case the telescope is the tool that provided the means to look beyond our solar system and even our galaxy.

If you are looking for applications that could make a difference, then, IMO, the best place is to look at professional applications and work out how they could be made simple enough for an idiot to use and understand. If an idiot can understand and do something that was once inaccessible to them, then you have already made a big difference. Another place to look at making a difference in, is something that you are interested in and understand, and wish others could share. Yes, in making such a tool you may invalidate your current advantage, but in doing so you open up doors to new opportunities, for you and everyone else.

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