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Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

Nikker Re:Great! (79 comments)

This is merely a waltz for the public. China knows what they are getting into with Alibaba, the ability to take what they have lying around and sidestep having to find someone else sell it for them. Right now China basically manufactures for the world but they sell at small margins so that resellers / contractors sell the goods at a markup to the rest of the world. Alibaba gives a chance to sell directly to the consumer. The Chinese government wants Alibaba to seem strong willed so "The West" builds confidence in buying their stuff. In reality most of what Alibaba sells is leftovers and over runs.

I personally don't think China would leave something this public to chance, most of Alibaba's backers are the who's who of Chinese nationals and Chinese mainland (which the govt controls) makes everything Alibaba sells. It's hard to picture Alibaba being as rogue as they put on.

2 days ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Nikker Re:Translation: (158 comments)

It makes sense for Microsoft to bide their time until they can just run everything on an X86. Why when Intel is only a couple of years away from making a (barely) suitable tablet processor would they commit to 2 architectures. Microsoft knows the tablet/portable arena is the way forward and the PC is just the bread that sops up the gravy, if they wait it out a bit they will have 1 install base rather than ARM vs X86.

about a week ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

Nikker Re:I guess that means ... (340 comments)

So does this mean playing a 7/2 split can win any hand? The pros were just doing it wrong?

about three weeks ago
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The Open Bay Helps Launch 372 'Copies' of the Pirate Bay In a Week

Nikker Re: Distributed DNS (63 comments)

How about if everyone seeds just one torrent to bootstrap? Possibly a list of all available magnet links and use DHT to sort it all out.

about a month ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Nikker Re:"The Surface Pro is a stable platform" (236 comments)

You mean: "The Surface Pro is a stable platform with industry leading device interoperability!"

about 3 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Nikker Re: Sounds like a planned PR stunt to me. (622 comments)

I think the interesting thing is if there are ever any laws passed that deal with personal data cloud providers would go out of business out of fear of being hacked. We've sold ourselves so cheap if "personal data" ever becomes a thing, most of the internet would collapse. Well maybe not Wikipedia. But the rest of it for sure.

about 4 months ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Nikker Re:They may still hire you (580 comments)

Exactly. It's a little convenient that the FBI is spilling the beans when they are about to interview a bunch of interns. They just want to spread the word and turn up the heat on these guys before the big day. I bet a choice few will be sweating buckets behind the desk when the day comes. The chances of them being able to staff more than a hand full of people that have never downloaded a MP3 in the Napster / Bittorrent era is just not going to happen. It's also an advantage of staffing people that know the culture.

But I digress.... Good luck guys!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Nikker Re:VPS (294 comments)

Even better idea:

Go to Low End Box and browse through hosts. Each one in the comments section will have a 10/100MB test file from one of their servers. As a bonus it will also tell you the geographic location of each server.

about 4 months ago
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AMD Building New GPU Linux Kernel Driver To Unify With Catalyst Driver

Nikker Re:Still not actually open (56 comments)

Something as an obfuscated driver will definitely not stop a major competitor unmasking processing units in a lab. That is what they do to their own hardware to troubleshoot, throwing the latest Nvidia or PoverVR across the same desk would be trivial. The blob will likely never go away. What ever the hardware is really capable of we may never know but any group can set up a kick starter to do the same unmasking, for the right price.

about 4 months ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Nikker Re:Well duh. (293 comments)

I think it has much more to do with the rates they charge for their services rather than their race.

about 4 months ago
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Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug

Nikker Re:Color me shellshocked! (69 comments)

A new console would have loaded the patched routines. The question of needing the reboot would depend on the first terminal.

about 4 months ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Nikker Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (153 comments)

How do you propose it gets around blackouts? If it did you would have the entire epicenter relying on fringe cell phones for service. It's like having an entire town piggy backing on a handful connections. Those who are in range will have their batteries toasted before you could say YouTube.

about 4 months ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

Nikker Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (242 comments)

This is just a fluff piece. Lying would be so ingrained into an agent of this type that their own mothers probably don't know their names anymore. If someone asks you your name for something like this you just make up a name, that is their job. If anyone asks just say your name is Lorem Ipsum.

about 4 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Nikker Re:Yes, there is a cost (354 comments)

Don't forget, if they are looking to obtain the contents of a single device that means they already have enough on that particular person to look into what you are doing. It's not like they found a person actively engaging in a crime and say "well we can't access his email or his smartphone we mine as well give up".

about 4 months ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Nikker Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

The point I was trying to make is since with web content both the content and advertising are on the same page at the same time they both have the same primary goal, catch your attention. The ads can distract the reader from the content making your content less effective. It's a trade off. But a co the creator should be wary of the ways the advertisers are interacting with their users.

about 4 months ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Nikker Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

It's not just the visual representation that the ad companies are after. It is their job to distract you from the info/content you are reading. So while the site might make a couple more dollars with ads they lose interest in their content or their messages are not being absorbed they way the content creator had intended.

On top of all of this many scripts on the page from ad companies are not only tracking the ad but sitting on every event loop. Now when you scroll change focus or many other actions your browser will have to deal with that as well again distracting from the content.

In the end the content creator is losing their power of conveying their message in relation to distraction ad revenue.

about 4 months ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Nikker Re: Wow ... (419 comments)

Because they accepted the transaction ?

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Nikker Re:FUnny (202 comments)

You just need *more* internet!

about 8 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

Nikker Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

Apparently the law says you cannot be billed more than a certain amount for going over your data for the month (I believe the overage amount is $50). So once you meet this threshold the tel-cos just nuke your access and send you a SMS asking you to waive your rights granted by said law. Not sure if this tactic is ongoing or just a month by month waiver but it's just another hollow law that had the loophole built in.

Basically business as usual.

about 8 months ago

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