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What's the Damage? Measuring fsck Under XFS and Ext4 On Big Storage

Nick Ives Re:Why bother? (196 comments)

Unrecoverable read error. It was mentioned in the OP.

If you have a 200TB hard disk array then it's certain that you will encounter data corruption.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?

Nick Ives Re:UK mags rock (562 comments)

CD Zone was worth it just for Culky.

more than 2 years ago
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VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

Nick Ives Re:DVI is HDMI without sound and video cards (704 comments)

DVI is HDMI without sound and video cards are not the best for sound and PC displays do not have more then 2 speakers any ways.

Does any PC display with HDMI have some kind of DD pass though or 5.1 or more analog out?

Video cards are as good for digital sound as anything. All they do is take the digital signal from your applications and send them digitally over HDMI. Barring driver bugs, it's just the same as any digital output on anything.

I think for DD pass-through a device has to support DD. I have my 360 connected to my TV and my TV connected to my surround sound and DD5.1 works fine. My TV doesn't support DTS though, so I have to connect my PS3 directly to my surround sound in order for that to work.

more than 2 years ago
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VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

Nick Ives Re:30 Years of VGA (704 comments)

All the three you listed are electrically compatible. You can buy cables with a different one of those three sized connectors on either end.

The reason there are three different size USB connectors is for devices with different form factors. A mouse is fine for full size USB, a mobile phone will want micro-USB and something like a PS3 controller uses mini-USB.

more than 2 years ago
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Launch Your Own Nanosatellite Into Space

Nick Ives Re:Great!!! (119 comments)

If you're tired of that, you're tired of /..

more than 2 years ago
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Doctorow: the Coming War On General-Purpose Computing

Nick Ives Re:Raspberry Pi (439 comments)

Doctorow is making the argument that stuff like that is being proposed and fought for in the current copyright war. Desire for it may spread to other developed sectors of the economy.

If it's Intel v everyone else and they do it on an international basis as part of a treaty, it could happen. The argument being made is that we should be aware of and prepared for this kind of thing because if other sectors of the economy start to get as annoyed by general purpose computers as the *AA have then there would be a serious fight.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Sued Over PSN 'No Suing' Provision

Nick Ives Is this US only? (384 comments)

I looked in the PSN agreement last time I updated a couple of days ago and couldn't see it; I live in the UK though. This sounds like it would be totally unlawful here.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Wallet Stores Card Data In Plain Text

Nick Ives Re:Stupid headline (213 comments)

Oh, so this is on a users phone? (Yea I didn't read FTA).

If so, this is right up there with the previous scandal about Android keeping passwords in plaintext. In that case you had to be root to gain access them, meaning whether or not they were stored as plaintext would be a moot point. If you're root, then surely you can do anything including invoke any methods used for decryption. Same goes for this.

more than 2 years ago
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Oxford City Council Mandates CCTV Cameras In Taxies by 2015

Nick Ives Surprised politicians would go for this... (235 comments)

I'm from Blackpool and, back in the day, both main parties used to have their conferences here every other year. My parents operated a taxi so they always overheard lots of gossip from the MPs they were ferrying around.

Having the goings on in the back of a taxi being recorded by default would be staggering. No politician or business person could so much as have a phone conversation under those circumstances! I bet every pissant local government hack in Oxford will be trying to justify having a private driver, paid for by the council, when this comes into force.

more than 2 years ago
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No Tab Relocation Coming For Chrome

Nick Ives Re:This (574 comments)

Chrome devs have been quite vocal that if you don't like the design choices they're making with Chrome then you should go and use something else.

Google doesn't lock in our data and offers services for free (our eyeballs being the product, obviously, as they make money from advertising). If you don't like Google, don't use them.

I generally refrain from posting in Apple threads because, as much as what they do annoys me, nobody forces me to use their stuff and so I don't. I appreciate that this entire story is about the location bar, but that's just the editors trolling.

about 3 years ago
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No Tab Relocation Coming For Chrome

Nick Ives Re:This (574 comments)

Yea, this is shocking behaviour.

We should organise a class action to get a refund for the money we've spent on Chrome!

about 3 years ago
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Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

Nick Ives Re:Videos I've seen (961 comments)

I've seen individual officers act out on demonstrations here in the UK. The one incident that always sticks in my mind is when, on an anti-Iraq war protest about 7 years ago, I saw a copper lunge into a crowd to grab a young teenage girl who was in tears and was swearing at him. As far as I could make out, she was upset that a friend of hers had been arrested. She was surrounded by several other individuals who were taking her away from the police and she actually had her back to him as she called him a "fucking bastard". The copper lost his cool and dived into the crowd to grab her; the other coppers on the line with him went in after to subdue everyone.

Unfortunately when one copper goes too far, instinct seems to kick in and the rest of them pile in to save their colleague. I guess their attitude must be "calm this down now, sort the mess out later".

The police really need to be open and honest about when they screw up public order policing and the need to keep the dicks away from demonstrations.

more than 3 years ago
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Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

Nick Ives Re:Don't let Reality hit your ass on the way out (961 comments)

We get the same behaviour from our police here in the UK.

There's something fundamentally wrong with our model of policing. It seems even in liberal, western democracies police forces regularly use violence - even unjustified deadly force - against peaceful protesters. To people who are aware of results in psychology like the Milgram and Stanford Prison experiments this isn't entirely surprising. It's also understandable how the powers that be - whoever they might be at any particular point in time - don't feel the need to change things. Even the most ardent reformist generally loses the will to change things when they have the levers of power.

Something must be done, I'm sure you agree.

more than 3 years ago
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VLC Player For Android Is Almost a Reality

Nick Ives Re:Irrelevant (144 comments)

Well duh, it's not like the copyright holder can just delete it themselves now is it?

If Apple allowed anyone to sign or otherwise distribute & install binaries on iOS devices then the original copyright holder would have had no standing to ask for the removal, as it would have been distributed in compliance with the GPL.

You can distribute GPL2 on locked devices - that was TiVo's great innovation - so you get plenty of GPL2 software in the App Store. As far as Apple is concerned, they're just the man in the middle. If you upload something, they assume you have the rights to do so. If you tell Apple that a particular app violates your copyright, no doubt they'll take your word in good faith and pull it from the store.

more than 3 years ago
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VLC Player For Android Is Almost a Reality

Nick Ives Re:IOS + Handbrake (144 comments)

Wrong.

VLC is GPL3. GPL3 is incompatible with the App Store due to the anti-Tivoisation provisions. On that basis, nobody has the right to publish an iOS App Store version without the consent of all contributors.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Responds To Linux Concerns Over Windows 8 and UEFI Secure Boot

Nick Ives Re:translation (389 comments)

I despair, how is this insightful? MS isn't going to bully OEMs into doing anything. They've already been dragged through the courts for bullying OEMs during their anti-trust days, I'm sure they realise it's not worth it.

What will happen is that some OEMs won't release certificates allowing you to install third party OSs. Most major OEMs like Dell, HP and Lenovo will allow it.

This won't affect most home users who care about these things as we all build from scratch, no? Except for laptops of course, but I'd be amazed if the big OEMs shot themselves in the foot by making it hard to install your own OS. In fact OEMs have to sell you PCs with no OS installed if you ask as the competition authorities have taken the view that insisting that a machine should come with Windows is unlawful tying.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Accused of "Cooking" Search Results and Charging MSFT Too Much

Nick Ives Re:Pot meet Kettle, Black? (285 comments)

That's because MS appear to have removed their adverts. Apple still seems to advertise on Google fine.

If MS wants to get all butthurt that's their problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Accused of "Cooking" Search Results and Charging MSFT Too Much

Nick Ives Re:The Google chairman was on a hot seat (285 comments)

If I'm searching for a product and it appears in the text ads, I'll click the ad. I make a point of clicking the ad if I'm looking for something on the Apple or MS website!

more than 3 years ago

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Sweatshop Scannners at the Googleplex?

Nick Ives Nick Ives writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nick Ives (317) writes "In September 2007, Andrew Norman Wilson was hired to do video production work at the Googleplex.

He noticed that the workers in the adjacent building 3.14159~, employed as ScanOps for the Google Books project, left everyday at precisely 2:15PM. They seemed to enjoy non of the privileges of other Googlers, such as the free shuttle rides or meals, and were kept strictly segregated from other Google workers.

This interested him and he decided to film them leaving work. You can see the HD video at Vimeo.

Filming this video resulted in a security incident and Andrew Wilson losing his job. Why would Google be so ashamed of how it treats ScanOps employees? What, if anything, are they trying to hide?"

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Duke Nukem Developer 3DRealms shuts down

Nick Ives Nick Ives writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nick Ives (317) writes "Via ShackNews:

"A very reliable source close to Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms today confirmed to Shacknews that the development studio has shut down.

The closure came about as a result of funding issues, our source explained, with the shut down said to affect both 3D Realms and the recently resurrected Apogee. Employees of both entities have already been let go."

A 3DRealms staff member has confirmed that this story is true. Duke Nukem will no longer be forever!"

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