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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

N1AK Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (143 comments)

I live in a town with a population of 70k in the UK and have had 76mb fibre for a couple of years; so no, no just in large cities or even large towns.

11 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

N1AK Re:Please don't (254 comments)

I sure hope you followed your own advice and stayed away from any career that could notably affect anyone else based on the piss poor logic applied here.

yesterday
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

N1AK Re:Decentralization (72 comments)

Between the extortionate prices they gouged Australians for to escape the shooting, and crap like this ..

Oh come on. They have an algorithm that detects high demand and increases prices. It's not like someone was sitting there watching the news and salivating at the idea of ripping off terrified Aussies. If that surge pricing actually got more drivers into the city, and more people out, then it achieved exactly what was intended.

I agree with just about every other criticism so there's no need to try and imagine up new attacks like this.

yesterday
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

N1AK Re:Now if only... (178 comments)

e.g. how come my local chinese food deliverery guy uses an electric scooter but not a segway? 'cause the scooter is a few hundred bux at best.

A segway would be a rubbish delivery vehicle for fast food, perhaps for something like delivering the post where you're stopping constantly and don't have time to reach a high speed between stops. Segways could be a couple of hundred quid and they'd still likely be a failure. I can already walk, and although the segway could speed me up a little the hassle of charging it, being unable to use stairs, avoiding obstacles in tight spaces and having to secure it when I need to leave it to enter buildings would make it a massive pain in the ass. If I can't walk it, or don't have time, then a car/motorbike/scooter/bicycle can all get me there faster than a segway.

yesterday
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

N1AK Re:duh, it doesn't have to be complicated (182 comments)

duh, it doesn't have to be complicated

The only people who think it doesn't need to be complicated are the simple; any method of splitting the Artic and its resources would have winners and losers, and the losers are likely to oppose it. Any fool can come up with a way of splitting land up, getting it accepted by dozens or hundreds of countries...

yesterday
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

N1AK Re:Quashed? (130 comments)

Sony Pictures legal department quashed the idea, saying that if pirate sites were illegal, it would also be illegal for Sony Pictures to upload onto them

Is Youtube a torrent site? The summary is pretty clear that it was the status of torrent sites that stopped them, so it neither relates to Youtube or does anything to suggest they wouldn't do something similar with 'legal' video sharing sites.

2 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

N1AK Re:Imagine that! (188 comments)

Google, being in a monopolist position may not be in a position where it can extort entire countries by just walking away (which it is doing in Spain). With current mood being like this across the EU, it just may trigger a pan-EU response.

You can't be a monopoly when you don't even offer a product in the country anymore! It isn't extorting Spain by no longer offering Google news there, anymore than it is extorting any other country it doesn't offer a dedicated service in. Existing, and alternative, operators can contest the market without competition from Google and unless it abuses its monopoly in search to stop them filling that niche they're doing nothing wrong.

2 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

N1AK Re:HAHA! (188 comments)

That being said, are people too stupid/too lazy to just go to the newspapers' websites and browse the articles?

Well some people are stupid enough to think using news aggregators is stupid/lazy so anything is possible... Google's entire business model is collecting information together so you don't have to search through hundreds of seperate sources.

2 days ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

N1AK Re:macro assembler (640 comments)

Any good programmer should be able to program on any level from assembler to C and C++ to Python and shell-scripts and up.

And every good butcher should be a great farmer, every good soldier an expert weapon maker, every good driver a world class mechanic ;)...

I learnt assembler, I think it was valuable to do so and I'd still suggest it to others, but it's nonsense to suggest that you need to know it to be a good programmer.

about a week ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

N1AK Re:No bigger than ... (325 comments)

But a bird is made up of meat and feather...whereas the drone could potentially contain titanium or other such strong material. It could contain explosives too. So size shouldn't matter.

What on earth is the point you are making. He said drones shouldn't be near airports then made the valid point that a typical drone would almost certainly not cause a crash when hitting a large plane. Obviously if you strap a bomb to one the calculation changes, but then so would the calculation if you shoved a grenade up a ducks ass and managed to hit a plane with it! Neither point is counter to his post.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

N1AK Re:I've hired people with misdemeanors before (714 comments)

Your statement seems to imply that a felon is some sort of untouchable non-human.

Only as much as your statement implies you can't resist trying to mold other people's points into hyperbolic strawmen! He wasn't suggesting anything about felons other than that some people would consider drug charges a non-issue and yet would reject immediately other types of felon. You yourself used violent crime as a line in your example, should I assume you consider them untouchable non-humans?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

N1AK Re:America, land of the free... (714 comments)

Yes, it's pretty high precisely because of all the people like yourself with such an attitude.

Anyone with high school level reading skills would be able to understand that his post was about how things are, not how he thinks they should be. He even suggested that more 'enlightened' countries might be more forgiving. Unfortunately you, and the people who modded you +4, failed to understand his point before railing against it (at least that's /. SO I suppose).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

N1AK Re:Every 30 days. (247 comments)

A password doesn't need to be overly complex to avoid brute force cracking, just sufficiently long. Most people are incapable of remember past 7 to 10 random character sequences. And any password system with limited character lengths is insufficient against brute force attacks.

A secure password depends largely on what you're priorities are. Personally I wouldn't put brute force attacks too high on my concerns list. My workplace locks out accounts after 3 incorrect attempts. Personally I think one of the biggest priorities with passwords should be ensuring that, even if every password isn't incredibly secure, you don't use the same password in multiple locations.

I'm probably more likely to have my password taken by a hack on a server than by someone brute forcing it. If I care enough about it then I'd rather have 2 factor protection (google authenticator for example) than a strong password. Beyond that I priotise having passwords I can remember/workout for every website/application which is unique rather than having fewer stronger passwords.

about two weeks ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

N1AK Re:The law is valid (446 comments)

Laws have existed for various odd things in the UK in the past, and certain examples like that and being allowed to kill Scots within York's walls at night were claimed to still be technically valid in widely spread urban legends. IIRC there isn't any law allowing the murder of someone in the UK that is still valid.

about two weeks ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

N1AK Re:5th Admendment? (446 comments)

Your logic is slightly flawed. An egg laid by a not-quite-chicken is still NOT a chicken egg.

Yet somehow vastly stronger than yours. If a chicken comes out of an egg, people would not unreasonably view the egg it came out of as a 'chicken egg'. There's simply no reason to define an egg by what laid it over what is within it. If we found an egg and it hatched into an alligator, we wouldn't consider that the egg was an 'species unknown' egg because the fact an alligator came out of it tells us it's an alligator egg.

about two weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

N1AK Re:The power supplies were their bad. (189 comments)

The power supplies were their bad. Not Apple's. Apple contracted for finished product, and didn't care about how it was made.

That's obviously nonsense, and the fact you'd post it just highlights you have no experience working with large multi-nationals. Firstly Apple will very much care about things like staff working conditions, following pollution rules etc which makes the general statement that they "didn't care how it is made" entirely incorrect. Secondly, it is very common for large companies to get extensively involved in the operations of suppliers. I've seen first hand examples of major retailers attending company strategy meetings and pushing for cuts in production costs which they will take a chunk of. It would not shock me at all if Apple had sent back GT's business plan with amendments like dropping reserve power suppliers and asking for a chunk of the savings to be deducted from their price.

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

N1AK Re:Yes, go ahead...Blame Apple (189 comments)

It wasn't bait and switch though. Bait and switch is offering one thing, then only agreeing to provide something else. Apple & GT agreed a contract and as far as this article is concerned they used the terms agreed. I can see why GT agreed to a one-sided contract, but they have to bear a considerable amount of the blame for the decision.

about three weeks ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

N1AK Re:EUgle? (237 comments)

What needs to interconnect with a "search" engine?

Nothing, but then why does the web 'need' search engines? It existed without them for years, they just make it easier to use. When I get emailed a flight confirmation it syncs to my calendar. It's hardly something I couldn't live without but it's a benefit of integrating services. Personally I wish the EU etc would push harder to force more integration data to be shared. If MS want to publish things from Outlook to google cal they should be able to use the same method as Gmail. If Gmail want to use my Gmail address book for improve my maps navigation then TomTom should.

Integrations between services only cause issues when they restrict functionality available to users who don't use the same company for all services.

about three weeks ago
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BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

N1AK Re:Hmmmm. (80 comments)

Where else would all the dragons be!? ;)

about three weeks ago

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