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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

SkunkPussy flawed measure (316 comments)

No matter how little bandwidth customers use, some of them will always be in the top 5%!

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

SkunkPussy Re: Laugh all the way to the bank (83 comments)

But the reason that say android is successful is probably not because of any specific patented technology it uses, rather it has a good enough user interface and google made it freely available for a while. The specific innovation behind android that led to its success is its open nature. None of microsoft's patents contribute to this.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

SkunkPussy Re:Laugh all the way to the bank (83 comments)

TBH if microsoft have continuously failed to gain traction in the mobile phone market, I don't really see why its reasonable for them to tax the companies who've made a product people want to use.

about three weeks ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

SkunkPussy Good Riddance (502 comments)

SB16 was great but in the end, Creative exaggerated the benefits of their cards - to the extent of deception sometimes. And the drivers for some of the later models were somewhat dodgy so in the end its better that they're irrelevant now - they drove themselves into the ground.

about a month ago

The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

SkunkPussy Old AI! (162 comments)

This just sounds like an expert system which they've had since the 70s or 80s, combined with a bit of planning/scheduling which is something they've had since then as well!

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Takes Down Domains

SkunkPussy unbelievable (495 comments)

You can't just mess with people's stuff like this, or potentially destroy a business. Fucking unbelievable that microsoft got a judge to permit this.

about a month and a half ago

Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

SkunkPussy They can probably afford the fine. (190 comments)

That's very interesting that they visited Cuba because the penalty for a US citizen travelling to Cuba is an administrative penalty of $50,000 with no judicial oversight. That means you get fined and there is no possibility of appeal. Internet access costs about £5 / hour in Cuba and something about £50-70 / month so its only really available in internet cafes.

about 1 month ago

Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

SkunkPussy health advice is 30-60 mins exercise per day (329 comments)

I have lost 2 stone / 28 lb / 13kgs over the last 18 months after I scrapped my car and started cycling to work (7 miles each way). I have no interest in going to the gym - no time for that - and I'm not particularly bothered about sport. If I had kept my car I would inevitably drive whenever I was going to be late for work, which would be all the time. So what worked for me was to leave myself no option other than to do exercise every day.

about 3 months ago

Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

SkunkPussy implications for computability (426 comments)

If consciousness is uncomputable, yet we quite clearly could generate consciousness if we were able to create/duplicate a brain, does this imply then that the brain is doing a higher level of computation? Perhaps the difference between polynomial and exponential, or perhaps something new entirely. If the brain is uncomputable then does this imply that P = NP using an appropriate computer (brain)?

about 3 months ago

Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

SkunkPussy Faulty Software (345 comments)

They have sold faulty software to people so they should fix any fault found until there are no more to be found.

about 4 months ago
top Ends Free Dynamic DNS

SkunkPussy Overvalued (242 comments)

The service they provide is worth about £1 or £2 a year.

about 4 months ago

Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

SkunkPussy Rent-seeking? (150 comments)

The floodgate of pay to play has been unleashed.

about 5 months ago

Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

SkunkPussy Re:Try harder (241 comments)

Presumably if you're arguing on slashdot its because you've got quite a long beard yourself.

about 5 months ago

Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

SkunkPussy Re:wrong (241 comments)

> People moved in hordes to RDP as a protocol because X sucks so bad on a LAN

That doesn't add up - VNC has been around since forever so people would have moved to that for the same reasons that they might move to RDP. (RDP is a bit better than VNC but that's not really relevant).

My experience of X on a lan is quite good - I use remote gvim all the time. X over the internet isn't so good. I have occasionally ran remote gvim sessions over the internet in the past but forgoing a GUI and running vim over SSH is preferable in that case.

about 5 months ago

Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

SkunkPussy Re:This could be good news... (241 comments)

Network transparency was conspicuous by its absence for a long time.

about 5 months ago

Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

SkunkPussy Guns (226 comments)

The elephant in the room is the saturation of guns. Far more people in the USA die or are injured due to guns than roads. Should probably focus on the more serious issues first...

about 6 months ago

Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

SkunkPussy Re:Sigh - what the heck ... (264 comments)

Isn't it the case that any application you install on your computer can secretly open a upnp connection through your firewall to your computer without you being aware of this?

about 6 months ago

Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

SkunkPussy Re:dd-wrt?? (264 comments)

DD WRT has a history of GPL violations, so anyone who's cool doesn't use it!

about 6 months ago

Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

SkunkPussy sensational (373 comments)

Some guy has decompiled (what he claims to be) a VAC (Valve Anti Cheat) module that seems to be downloaded and executed when you connect to a game server. He has found code that scans the dns cache, hashes the domain name and adds it to an array.

Its not clear what is done with the data - whether it is compared against a blacklist sent by the server, whether it is used as an anti-proxy measure to verify that the VAC module was downloaded from the correct server, or whether this data is indeed sent to Valve. Tellingly, the guy who found the code where Valve scans the dns cache, has not found any code where this data gets sent to Valve.

So until someone actually finds code that sends this data off to Valve, I'm leaving the pitchfork party early.

See also:

about 6 months ago



GNU/Linux more popular than Windows 8 amongst Steam users

SkunkPussy SkunkPussy writes  |  1 year,21 days

SkunkPussy (85271) writes "Windows is renowned for the slow adoption of new versions, but when it comes to gaming, Windows 8 can't even boast as many steam users as Linux does, despite Windows 8 being available for roughly twice as long as the GNU/Linux Steam client."
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Anti Piquepaille Manifesto

SkunkPussy SkunkPussy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I hate all these articles from Roland Piquepaille's blog. They strip the story down to the barest, blandest minimum; when you click through to the blog, you still have to then click on the links in the blog to read the story.

Maybe Piquepaille's articles are good if you don't have the time to read the full story. But if this is the case, what are you doing on slashdot? Slashdot is not for busy people.

Piquepaille is obviously making a mint with the advertising on his website from all the traffic from slashdot, so is he paying slashdot a cut of his advertising traffic? or is he cynically exploiting slashdot and doing not a lot of work for his advertising dosh? He certainly gets a lot of submissions accepted..

My final gripe is that it is always Roland himself who submits his own articles, never a websurfer who came across them and submitted them to slashdot on the basis they might be interesting to the slashdot audience. Self promotion.

Also can anybody think of a good (derogatory) nickname for Piquepaille?

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