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Sony Continues To Lose Ground In Mobile Gaming

Sillygates Re:Who trusts Sony? (202 comments)

That describes all floppy disks.

more than 4 years ago
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The Hidden Security Risk of Geotags

Sillygates Re:This is why... (175 comments)

But, if they can better pinpoint your location to a few meters, they can start trying to send you spam in the mail, or, maybe even sell your information to those people search sites. More metrics always helps. It can even work to become a stronger confirmation of your location, if your IP and geotags all match.

more than 4 years ago
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Company Builds Fast Charging Station For Electric Cars

Sillygates Re:Some quick math says... (359 comments)

This thing is putting nearly a quarter megawatt (240kw) drain on the power grid during use.

The quick charging station probably has some sort of means to store charge (e.g. large capacitors [boron/carbon nanotube supercapacitors?]), which can be charged over a great amount of time, and then quickly dissipated in to the automobile.

more than 4 years ago
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The Curious Case of SSD Performance In OS X

Sillygates Bad Summary (205 comments)

The thing about TRIM is that its to help the wear-leveling on the drive, not the data throughput performance (TRIM does nothing to guarantee consecutive blocks, etc....It actually would likely cause more fragmentation, because what the system sees as consecutive logical blocks could be reallocated several times on different portions of the disk, creating an extra layer of fragmentation that the OS isn't even aware of).

Even without TRIM you should expect similar performance characteristics until the cells in a specific region of the drive start to fail, because the drive doesn't know when its safe to reclaim blocks for the wear-leveling-- To have any wear leveling at all without TRIM the drive must actually set aside blocks, making it so that the user doesn't see all of the available space on the drive (when a block is rewritten, the drive can allocate a block elsewhere from the pool of free physical blocks, and then assign the old block to the pool of free blocks).

more than 4 years ago
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How CDNs and Alternative DNS Services Combine For Higher Latency

Sillygates Re:Leave Canada Alone (187 comments)

This still violates the DNS specification, and there is no way to effectively turn it off. Why is this a problem? Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS_hijacking#Use_by_ISPs .

For this reason I use Internet2, Level 3's (4.2.2.2 - 4.2.2.4), and now google's dns servers.

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

Sillygates Re:checks and balances, sue and cash in (1590 comments)

And if you are a us citizen what do they do? Do they ask you to prove it? Do they demand to see ID for no crime?

more than 4 years ago
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64-Bit Flash Player For Linux Finally In Alpha

Sillygates Re:This isn't news... (172 comments)

I've been using it for at least a year, probably edging toward a year and a half...

Now I'll be waiting for someone to realize that the beta java plugin *just* became available....

more than 4 years ago
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A Printer That Uses No Consumables

Sillygates Re:Define "consumable" (240 comments)

Yeah, they're re-usable. But if it's stuck in a filing cabinet then you can't re-use it now can you.

And, even in a good office, I'd be amazed if even half of them got recycled into the system, and not lost/thrown away.

Confidential documents?
* Recovery of the last print might be possible?
* It's a pain to erase the pages (refeeding into an appliance)

more than 4 years ago
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Benchmarks of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD vs. GNU/Linux

Sillygates Re:Holy moley ! (143 comments)

But on x86, you are only guaranteed 4 *real* general purpose registers. x86_64 increases this number. With a good compiler, the register allocator would use all of these, and you would have much fewer loads from main memory, which can take on the order of 75+ cpu cycles on a cache miss, or 5+ cycles on a cache hit.

more than 4 years ago
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Not Enough Women In Computing, Or Too Many Men?

Sillygates Re:My say on this (686 comments)

My say on this

"Not enough women" implies that the proportion between men/women is too unbalanced
"too many men" implies the same thing

so, are you saying that there is a target ratio of men to women that you want to hit?

If so, all your question basically is asking is whether there are too many people in the technology industry (being that the ratio could be met with less or more overall people).

Now to answer the real question, "Are there too many people in the technology industry?".........

about 5 years ago
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Canada Supreme Court Broadens Internet "Luring" Offense

Sillygates Re:So... (596 comments)

Does this include forums and the like? I didn't see anything defining what a conversation is

Or responding to them verbally in a videogame when they start swearing?

about 5 years ago
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SETI@Home Install Leads To School Tech Supervisor's Resignation

Sillygates Re:$1 Million... Really? (621 comments)

I'd say they lost money on power consumption. Not up keep.

Running your processors at full speed raises the temperature of computers.

In the department where I work, we have seen many heat related computer deaths (especially with these machines: https://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/surplus/uploads/full_size/6630_dell_gx260-01.jpg ). I have seen the SMART statistics off of several hard drives that report them as running over temperature in their lifetime. The logs on the machines are also full of "cpu over temperature" warnings.

about 5 years ago
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ZFS Gets Built-In Deduplication

Sillygates Re:Does that mean... (386 comments)

but ditto blocks are highly replicated. Even if a file gets corrupted, and ZFS is unable to recover the error, the metadata should not be damaged. This means that whole directories, full of files, and such.

more than 5 years ago
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Federal Judge Says E-mail Not Protected By 4th Amendment

Sillygates Re:Not the same, in several aspects (451 comments)

It's not about transportation, it's about destination.

So, how about your safety deposit box at the bank?

They can't just search that...

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Charter Communications To Start AD Hijacking

Sillygates Sillygates writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Josh Lange writes "Today, I received a letter from Charter Communications citing new 'enhancements' that they are planning on sending my way. In the body of the letter, they gave a basic description of deep packet inspection, and AD hijacking.

I have never been a satisfied customer with Charter, its the least reliable internet access that I have used in several years. This letter just adds to my disappointment."
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0-day privilege escalation exploit In RedHat Linux

Sillygates Sillygates writes  |  about 7 years ago

Josh Lange writes "After fooling around with one of my freshly installed, fully patched Fedora linux systems, I found a serious flaw in autofs's configuration file, which can lead to lead to a local user gaining root access without a password in an "out of the box install".

After looking further into the problem, I realized that this configuration vulnerability also affects a default load of CentOS 5 (which is a direct clone of RHEL 5, RedHat's current enterprise linux platform). Coupled with a common PHP script vulnerability, this flaw might even open the door for arbitrary code to be executed as root, from remote, on a webserver.

While /net seems like a nice little feature, it allows any user, with minimal access on a system, to mount remote nfs filesystems. Is that really the type of power sysadmins need to give to their users?"

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Charter Communications To Start AD Hijacking

Sillygates Sillygates writes  |  more than 6 years ago Today, I received a letter from Charter Communications citing new 'enhancements' that they are planning on sending my way. In the body of the letter, they gave a basic description of deep packet inspection, and AD hijacking.

I have never been a satisfied customer with Charter, its the least reliable internet access that I have used in several years. This letter just adds to my disappointment.

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Zeroday privilege escalation exploit In RedHat Linux

Sillygates Sillygates writes  |  about 7 years ago After fooling around with one of my freshly installed, fully patched Fedora linux systems, I found a serious flaw in autofs's configuration file, which can lead to lead to a local user gaining root access without a password in an "out of the box install".

After looking further into the problem, I realized that this configuration vulnerability also affects a default load of CentOS 5 (which is a direct clone of RHEL 5, RedHat's current enterprise linux platform). Coupled with a common PHP script vulnerability, this flaw might even open the door for arbitrary code to be executed as root, from remote, on a webserver.

While /net seems like a nice little feature, it allows any user, with access minimal access on a system, to mount remote nfs filesystems. Is that really the type of power sysadmins need to give to their users?

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