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WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

Tim12s Re:Really though? (144 comments)

I'd have flown the entire negotiating team to Barcelona if it were to shave a billion off the deal.

Good for WhatsApp founders.

about 10 months ago

NSA Drowns In Useless Data, Impeding Work, Former Employee Claims

Tim12s All a crock of sh... (120 comments)

I've given this capability a long and hard thought. This interception only works during an economic war and does nothing during a real war. Once a real war kicks off on any global scale, these types of interception capabilities get turned off because countries will sever certain cables and links.

Companies that are hosted in the cloud will get disconnected destroying them in hours.

about a year ago

Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Tim12s Re:Subject (262 comments)

That seams reasonable advantage. If it could take me from 60K tps to 100K tps per blade its a no-brainer. I doubt its going to allow office/home application to run any noticeably quicker but with a blade centre of 16 blades, I'll want to get my monies worth before needing to expand.

about a year ago

Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

Tim12s Possible? (195 comments)

Well, pulling all the images certainly solves the problem of having to display emails with images. The only reason we (I) don't click the display-images button is because the images allow us to be tracked, the images may have some sort of exploit (rare). Originally this used to be due to limited download speeds.

I suspect caching the images allow pre-processing of the images and therefore making the whole system more secure by default. Images could therefore be displayed in full by default with images, preferably with some large images being intelligently excluded by default.

Google could release a mass marketing email API/gateway and monetise that allowing marketeers access to data regardless of whether you open the images/email or not. This is slightly more valuable information.

1 year,5 days

Google Opens Asian Data Centers But Shuns China and India

Tim12s Re:best to keep away from countries that spy and h (75 comments)

If the US can take a fibre copy of an entire Google data-centre/backup then so can any other country/organisation. That means that expect more than just the US having copies and keeping very very quiet about it. If they don't, then I am sure that certain countries are going "thats a good idea" and its a race between the Google team locking down their inter data center coms.

Any country that hosts a google datacentre and any fibre operator that has a managed service contract could be considered "compromised".


1 year,9 days

Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

Tim12s Older (629 comments)

The more I think of it, the more I am convinced that if you could unite a good portion of good older engineers, you'd have a consulting/engineering/system integration company to rival the big players in the market. Usually when people join they stop at 50-100 employees however you need to get to a massive size to compete with the bigger system integrators.

1 year,23 days

Warning At SC13 That Supercomputing Will Plateau Without a Disruptive Technology

Tim12s Micronize (118 comments)

The next step has already started.

Micronizing truely massive supercomputers is the next step for "applied sciences". We've gotten used to measuring data centres in power, I recon it will be computing power per cubic foot or something like that. It'll start with drones, then it will move to shipping and long haul robotics. After that it'll move to mining applications. I'm not talking about automating but rather truly autonomous applications that require massive computation for collision avoidance and programmed execution.

At this point it'll be a race to redo the industrial age, albeit with micronized robotics. Again, already started with 3D printing.

Hopefully by then someone figures out how to get off this rock.

about a year ago

US Intelligence Wants To Radically Advance Facial Recognition Software

Tim12s Inevitable (178 comments)

This is inevitable.

You need to continually track people's localized movements to reduce the total search space while obtaining multiple images of each person while they move; merging multiple images to get higher resolution images, over time (wind, rain, lipstic, changed hat, etc) all affect confidence, and then eventually match that to a known database of people.

Eventually, correlating time to location, credit card purchases, and cell phone, you'll have a perfect match. Your phone linked to email addresses will link your online identity and bam you get a full picture.

Of course, everyone who is not matched by this is a suspicious character since you're not in the database. Even sudden changes in appearance would signal suspicous behavior... why did you just put on a wig. Biggest trouble this database will have will be girls going to hair salons.

As someone from the US, you should eventually be in the database from birth. Anyone new, travelling from overseas will be suspicious. That doesnt mean its local to the US. With credit card databases, a few outsourced security firms and security cams globally monitored, you'll be tracked everywhere.

Who you meet for coffee, etc. Actually, that is the objective. Find who you meet for coffee.

Its going to happen because I can think about how to do this, so its possible.

about a year ago

6TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Take Flight

Tim12s Clowns (297 comments)

My First thought....A clown running around with helium filled disks... brain:WTF.

about a year ago

China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

Tim12s Re:I'm Sorry, China (634 comments)

And basically Germany and Greece...

about a year ago

Brazil Announces Secure Email To Counter US Spying

Tim12s First thing... (165 comments)

First thing the federal email system will do is determine how to snoop on email messages.... hehe

about a year ago

NSA's New Utah Data Center Suffering Meltdowns

Tim12s Clear Objective (241 comments)

There must be some clear objective to fast-track such a massive installation to skip certain of the build quality checks. This must exist under the guise of some approach not previously discussed since this is a new datacentre.

about a year ago

AMD Brings 3D GPU Documentation Up To Date

Tim12s Mantle (64 comments)

Late last-night a flash of insight grew out of the understanding of Mantle. Ultimately, long term, x86 and GPU instruction sets will merge. The problem is that once the instruction set has merged, the architecture is locked preventing subsequent drastic innovation. With mantle, there is a software "driver" that decouples the specific instruction/chip architecture from the software that utilizes it allowing massive subsequent innovation without disrupting the applications that depend upon specific instructions.


about a year ago

New Headphones Generate Sound With Carbon Nanotubes

Tim12s Rare Earth? (102 comments)

No need for rare earths now? Maybe we dont have to mine for that shyte anymore considering the refining process.

about a year ago

What Valve's Announcements Mean for Gaming

Tim12s Samsung & Huawei Consoles (182 comments)

Nice, due to this we'll have Samsung and Huawei games consoles. Give it all away.

about a year ago

Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

Tim12s Wakeup call.... (271 comments)

And round about now, someone in microsoft and sony just woke up thinking... f.k.u.c.

about a year ago

When Criminals and Terrorists Communicate In Real Time

Tim12s News Broadcasts (245 comments)

I believe that most of the 3rd world do not listen to CNN or do they listen to president speeches. Rhetoric and rebuttle is a problem as I am certain that societies that fully understood the arguments would be disgusted by their leaders ignorance. Unfortunately it is the masses, the lowest common denominator, the idiocracy, the mob, that feed the irrational organized terrorism and they have little desire to get educated when confronted with the breadline and minimum wage.

So what does this mean...?

Terrorists will use twitter and other forms of social media. Obtain universal damnation and subsequent richeous retaliation will just feed the flames. Not much will change.

about a year ago

A Little-Heralded New iOS 7 Feature: Multipath TCP

Tim12s Re:Siri: Bad use case? (172 comments)

But it is a great mass-market testcase.

about a year ago



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