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NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

ThatsMyNick Re:Alibaba (188 comments)

That is interesting. Thanks for the link

2 days ago
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NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

ThatsMyNick Re:Alibaba (188 comments)

They are selling nvidia cards with a modded firmware? Why? Nvidia is going to change their hardware, and hardware will only accept signed firmware. Fake cards, can choose to simply not do any signature checks on their hardware. Unless the fake cards are real nvidia cards, which for some reason run a modded firmware instead of nvidia singed firmwares, this will have no effect on them.

This is to simply prevent modding. Modded firmware often pushed the hardware beyond the recommended limits. This is more like some of the android phones only accepting signed firmware.

2 days ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

ThatsMyNick Re:Solution (405 comments)

It is impossible. I am not aware of any merchants that dodge sales tax, but if it is a problem start imposing fines on merchants and book them for tax evasion. Number of merchants is obviously less than number of citizens. Since this is federal taxes, pass a law mandating online merchants (and online middlemen) to impose the tax too. It should be quite easy actually. Merchants already have systems that deal with sales tax (in most of the states atleast)

about a week ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

ThatsMyNick Re:Netflix already supports Linux (178 comments)

I see Roku actually supports both SmoothStreaming (used by netflix) and PlayReady. Good luck trying to get it to work on a typical linux distro though. HD content is DRMed, Roku just supports the DRM.

about two weeks ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

ThatsMyNick Re:Netflix already supports Linux (178 comments)

Their HD streams (720p) are DRM only. You cant get them on android or roku.

about two weeks ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

ThatsMyNick Re:containment (296 comments)

It is probably refillable (or I hope it is). Like every year you get to refill your helium. Containment is always a problem with helium, usually solved by regular refilling.

about three weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

ThatsMyNick Re:Scientific Consensus is: (770 comments)

You do realise the world of riches that awaits a scientist who could show AGW-denial to be nonsense, right? They'd end up with a Nobel prize, their own science department, and a large research budget. This is such an easily-disproven nonsensical claim made by AGWs it's not even funny. It only seems to work on other AGWs who applaud it and say "See! See! That's what happens!". Others just laugh and assume the AGW in question is a grade-A muppet.

FTFY

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

ThatsMyNick Re:Reclining should be banned in coach. (819 comments)

It makes it IMPOSSIBLE for the person to get any work done in the plane.

That should be quite expected. It is actually that people that want to get work done, that should take the business class seats. Most of the seats will be reclined in economy class, and you may not be able to fit anything on your tray, other than may be your food and a drink. It is not designed to sit a laptop, inclined or upright. You would also be expected to sleep most of the time (or use the on board entertainment system or read a book)

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

ThatsMyNick Re:cram lots of people in a confined space (819 comments)

Because you take up more space, and you cost more. There should be a height limit and weight limit, this addresses both your problem. This is not discrimination, this is for your own good in fact. Cramming you in smaller seats will be a problem for you, and people in front of you. These seats are obviously designed for a certain heights, making it explicit is a good thing for everyone involved.

What next, complaining that the local store doesnt care tall sized clothes and tall clothes are expensive?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

ThatsMyNick Raw videos devices are expensive (130 comments)

Devices that can do raw videos are quite expensive. If you want a simple/cheap solution, Apple ProRes is a quite good intermediary format. I would recommend just recording to ProRes, using a noise/grain filters/editing it, and finally converting to H.264.

about three weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

ThatsMyNick Re:They will just cheat anyway (322 comments)

Let me just add one more thing. Treaties that are not backed by military support from other countries are useless. Ukraine's agreement falls under this. The treaty could still be useful to Ukraine, who knows NATO might help Ukraine with it, and go on war with Russia. It is still too early to see how Ukraine invasion turns out.

about a month ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

ThatsMyNick Re:They will just cheat anyway (322 comments)

Jesus: Russia signed a treaty to not invade Ukraine, in exchange for Ukraine's nuclear disarmament. Ukraine disarmed. First nation to do so in the history of nuclear weapons. Then Russia invaded. You want to trust them with another treaty? Suckers!

Well, Russia already has enough test data to just rely just on computer modeling and simulations to develop one. Just like the US. The point is not to impose the treaty on the stronger nations, but the developing and weaker ones. Iran, NK, and the likes. You get to bomb Iran for breaking the treaty (if they signup for it). This is how treaties work, whether you like it or not.

Ukraine made a really bad deal, I agree on that. US was stupid to force/encourage Ukraine to give up its nuclear weapons too. That doesnt mean all treaties are bad ideas and will be broken.

about a month ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

ThatsMyNick Re:They will just cheat anyway (322 comments)

From TFA, "Such tests are easily observable from space and via radar and signals intelligence gathering (not to mention old-fashioned human spying)." The proposed ban is on testing hypersonic missiles. You can develop them all you want, just cannot test them (testing of which is easily observable). This is not something you can cheat.

about a month ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

ThatsMyNick Re:Oh god why. (174 comments)

With SSL, they only have source and destination IP, not your username. So association between username and IP is not possible.

about a month ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

ThatsMyNick Re:Oh god why. (174 comments)

Nope, it actually just requires your skype (or Tox) name. If you dont like your IP to be exposed, I am sure you will understand the concerns about tox/skype exposing IPs.

about a month ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

ThatsMyNick Re:Oh god why. (174 comments)

On slashdot, your IP doesnt get exposed to everyone, silly. It only gets exposed to slashdot (and routers in between if you are not using SSL). Finding your IP (and hence your location), by just your name viperidaenz, is a little bit worrying and a valid concern. If you dont find it worrying, you should start signing each of your slashdot posts with your current IP.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

ThatsMyNick Re:Real router hardware is the next step. (427 comments)

If you torrent you do. You should plan to keep routers for 2 years. I am quite certain comcast will increase the speed or you might even get gigabit.

about a month ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

ThatsMyNick Re:The subscription cancer spreads (71 comments)

Well, it is easier for me to pay them, than find other means. I would rather pay them. I do honestly think they are providing a good service. I can have VLC adblock their ads, but their premium service also has higher quality streams. (I am assuming we are still talking about di.fm/sky.fm)

about a month ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

ThatsMyNick Re:Slippery path (71 comments)

Thats how XM radio started, you pay a low price for ad free music, then after several years more and more channels started playing ads and prices went up.

Counter anecdote is di.fm/sky.fm. Prices have gone up, but not significantly. No ads after several years,

about a month ago

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