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Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

Seth024 pay for use (191 comments)

Is there a cloud service provider that allows complete usage-based payment? Where you don't select how much storage/computing/bandwith you need when you select your plan but at the end of the month you have to pay for whatever you used.

Maybe my website only needs a few Mb/s of data transfer, but if a video suddenly goes viral, the cloud provider can automatically increase the bandwith to my website. And at the end of the month I only have to pay for whatever data upload/download I used. (and similar for cpu cycles, data storage and memory use)

about 9 months ago

Javascript Game of Tron In 226 Bytes

Seth024 spam gives you points (115 comments)

if you keep spamming i,j,k and l, your score keeps going up.

also, why doesn't it work in firefox??

more than 2 years ago

Belgian Rightsholders Group Wants To Charge Libraries For Reading Books To Kids

Seth024 Re:They are horrible (244 comments)

Not sure about local bands playing their own songs, but I can confirm everything else unfortunately.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Makes Privacy Settings More Obvious

Seth024 Finally. (88 comments)

"Another change Facebook is introducing is allowing users to modify the audience of a post after it's published, which they couldn't do before."

Finally. Why did this have to take so long to implement? I was considering deleting all posts I made that were viewable by everyone to clean up my profile for future job interviews. Luckily now I don't have to.

about 3 years ago

How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

Seth024 Re:Wall Street (791 comments)

So what do you recommend people finishing college look for in a job? What did you do?

more than 3 years ago

Hacker Group LulzSec Challenges FBI

Seth024 Re:Really, no salt? (308 comments)

Your math is correct if you want to know how many entries it would take to cover the entire hash space.
However more advanced tables don't store all entries. (rainbow tables)

In short: they repeatedly hash a word and turn the hash into another word. After many of these iterations they store the word they started with and the word they end up with. If you want to look up a hash, repeatedly turn it into a word and hash it until you find a word that's in the table. They you can start off at the starting word of that chain and continue until you end up at the password you were looking for.

It saves you a ton of storage space.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Compromised, Again

Seth024 unencrypted again (452 comments)

I was hoping Sony would have increased the security of their system. With everyone being forced to enter a new password they could at least encrypt it this time around.

It serves them right to still be this unconcerned with security to get hacked again.

more than 3 years ago

The Rules of Thumb For Tech Purchasing

Seth024 Re:Old rules (401 comments)

Mine is "Never be IPS-ing". Once I get used to an IPS panel, I'll have to keep buying expensive IPS panels instead of cheap TN panels.

more than 3 years ago

Google Videos Going Offline; Time To Grab What You Want

Seth024 Re:Oh no! (131 comments)

Yes you might not care about a single promo video anymore but think of all the information that will disappear from the internet, never to be seen again, if nobody uploads it anywhere else. If you no longer have the originals, you'll never be able to watch that video again.

more than 3 years ago

Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

Seth024 Re:Maybe 3-SAT isn't NP-complete (700 comments)

I believe it was based on the NP-completeness of the general SAT.

1) 3SAT is a special case of SAT so it's also NP.
2) A SAT problem can be reduced to 3SAT (add some variables to it: x||y becomes x||y||z && x||y||NOTz (similar for clauses with 1, 4, 5, 6... numbers of literals)
3) the reduction is clearly done in polynomial time

more than 3 years ago

Smartphone As Your Most Dangerous Possession

Seth024 Re:And how many people actually protect their phon (154 comments)

Yes the iPhone 4 has full device encryption but Android phones don't. A thief can root a phone and read all unencrypted data from it when connecting it to a computer. example:
There are a number of open issues about it on the google android site; ex.

more than 3 years ago

Considering a Fair Penalty For Illegal File-sharing

Seth024 Re:Pretty simple. (728 comments)

Sure I'm already paying levies on blank media (€9 for a TB HD and €0.59 per DVD (yes that's 60% of the retail price)) here in Belgium.

However, it's still illegal to download or upload a song or movie.
The levy is just used to "compensate" for making copies of copyrightable material. Yes, for personal copies/backups of the data.

more than 3 years ago

Pentagon Makes Good On Plan To Destroy Critical Book

Seth024 Re:Talk about censorship (306 comments)

From the article of the original slashdotted article (

"Shaffer's book was reviewed and cleared in writing by the Army Reserve earlier this year."

They did clear it. Afterwards they realized they forgot something and are paying for the damages of the first run.

more than 3 years ago

Pentagon Makes Good On Plan To Destroy Critical Book

Seth024 Re:Talk about censorship (306 comments)

They were always willing to cooperate but they already made the first run. It's just the DoD paying for the damages of forgetting to censor something in the book beforehand.

more than 3 years ago

You Are Not Mark Zuckerberg, So Stay In School

Seth024 Re:Put in the time (438 comments)

I'm counting a good part of my college education into those 10,000 hours. (comp sci & engineering)

more than 3 years ago

Belgian ISP Claims One Customer Downloads 2.7TB

Seth024 some comments (276 comments)

I'll post the same thing here that I posted on Digg yesterday. This was the first month Telenet was offering an Unlimited (fair use) subscription (the previous download cap was 100GB). I'm sure many people tried to download as much as possible just to see if there was a hidden download maximum and if they would get capped at a lower speed. The real mass downloaders are on different ISPs that have offered unlimited for many years now. And FTA: Telenet has not posted this information as a complaint of what they have to deal with, but to give us "a better picture of what exactly is possible with this new way of surfing." FYI Turbonet costs 61 per month for 30 Mbps download & 1,25 Mbps upload speed. Fibernet is a bit more expensive for 50Mbps

about 4 years ago

ISPs Lie About Broadband "Up To" Speeds

Seth024 Re:Only 98% lies. (547 comments)

I get up to 675KB/s download speed on my 6Mb/s connection (that's the maximum; when I'm downloading big files from a good server)

675 * 1.1 (ATM overhead) = 742KB/s = 5.94 Mb/s

Unfortunately when I upgraded to a 12Mb/s connection I remained capped at the previous speed because "I'm too far away from the central".

more than 4 years ago

Claimed Proof That P != NP

Seth024 Re:Proof by example? (457 comments)

NP-complete (= NP hard + in NP) means: As hard or even harder than any other NP problem. (so they're the most difficult of any NP problem) if P=NP, then they're actually pretty easy to solve since it's in NP thus also in P. if P!=NP then they're the most difficult to solve of any NP problems, so there's no polynomial time solution. (or else every NP problem would have a P solution and thus P=NP) the unsolvablity of minesweeper has nothing to do with its complexity.

more than 4 years ago


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