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How Silicon Valley Helped the NSA

WoLpH Re:Strange (163 comments)

No, I don't think we should give up. I am just trying to point out that making people aware of this has more effect than refusing to use these services.

People are not aware that this happens and/or is possible.

about 10 months ago

How Silicon Valley Helped the NSA

WoLpH Re:Strange (163 comments)

Even besides that. It doesn't matter if you're ok or not. Even if you don't share your information, if one of your friends has your information on a phone and shares this with facebook it will still be shared...

Regardless of whether you've ever consented to share it with facebook or anything else.

about 10 months ago

Would You Let a Robot Stick You With a Needle?

WoLpH Most definitely (209 comments)

Most of the times they screw up when tapping blood from me so I would have more faith in a robot

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

WoLpH Superior in some ways, not in others... (372 comments)

Both Oracle and Postgres have some merits.

Personally I would say, if you need more modern features/possibilities, go for Postgres.
If you don't like to do things manually (materialized views for example), use Oracle.

about a year ago

Google Street View Backpack Now Available To Volunteers

WoLpH Heavy? (108 comments)

That thing looks like it's at least 20 kilo's, not a very comfortable hike I imagine. Cool that you can but I would imagine it needs a little bit of slimming down before you can conveniently take it with you.

about a year ago

Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC

WoLpH Jailbreak? (607 comments)

Maybe I'll consider taking a look at iOS 7 once the jailbreak is available. Till that time... no way. iOS might be slick and snappy but it's also damn unusable for the power user.

about a year ago

Ad Exec: Learn To Code Or You're Dead To Me

WoLpH Re:Basic html and css (339 comments)

I think you forgot about the twitter button

about a year ago

$13 Txtr Beagle Ebook Reader To Sell For $69

WoLpH Still has potential, but needs some work (79 comments)

It could still be a great device if they'd simply fix the software

The bluetooth transfer idea is quite useful assuming it's used in a smart way. Having a screen where you can see your latest mails, messages, stock info, etc... all the time even in the bright sun could be useful.

Especially if it works for a much longer time than your phone will. I still see potential, but I have a lot of doubt that they'll use it.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

WoLpH Re:CRC (440 comments)

100 byte chunks would work just as well, but with a smart raid card and 2GB raid cache the difference in execution time is fairly low actually. When creating this I did try 1k blocks first and it didn't have any noticable (i.e. wall clock) slowdowns in the long run and did give me a few false positives.

YMMV though, for my use case this was useful. For you that might be different

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

WoLpH Re:CRC (440 comments)

Indeed, I once created a dedup script which basically did that.

1. compare the file sizes
2. compare the first 1MB of the file
3. compare the last 1MB of the file
4. compare the middle 1MB in the file

It's not a 100% foolproof solution but it was more than enough for my use case at that time and much faster than getting checksums.

about 2 years ago

Google Building Privacy Red Team

WoLpH Re:I think... (92 comments)

Unfortunately Ghostery and/or Adblock are not always an option.

My bank (ABN-AMRO) has recently updated their website and with that added Omniture tracking to all pages. If you use Ghostery (as I do) the site just stops functioning entirely and the entire Internet banking system doesn't work anymore.

So unless I permit Omniture to see everything what I am doing and effectively giving them access to my bank account including transferring money to other accounts... I cannot access my Internet banking system anymore.

BIG FAIL from the ABN-AMRO in my book. If you're going to use tracking/analytics software like this, make sure your website keeps working if it's not available...

about 2 years ago

Google To Start Punishing Pirate Sites In Search Results

WoLpH Re:iTunes is great (294 comments)

And is not available in all countries.

I'd probably get series through Netflix (iTunes is really garbage, even on OS X) if I was in the US, but I'm not so I have to make do with alternatives...

more than 2 years ago

It Costs $450 In Marketing To Make Someone Buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

WoLpH Re:Subsidized price (363 comments)

I regularly drink Duvel and/or La Chouffe at bars like that. And those are definately not produced by Heineken.

Although it may be that they are not allowed to have different beers on tap or something. But bottled is definately a regularly occuring thing.

more than 2 years ago

It Costs $450 In Marketing To Make Someone Buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

WoLpH Re:Subsidized price (363 comments)

I guess you really haven't gotten the point then.

The Heineken logo (not sure what the point of the thing is) can be found on just about any bar. But 99% of them (at least in the Netherlands) will serve you a plethora of different beers. I personally haven't seen a bar/cafe where they sold Heineken only.

The only thing the Heineken logo tells me is that there is _a_ bar at that location. I'm sure not drinking that stuff..

more than 2 years ago

Munich Has Saved €4M So Far After Switch To Linux

WoLpH Re:Not Surprised (370 comments)

He isn't saying that you should run on 10 year old hardware, he is saying that it runs on 10 year old hardware.

Basically, since it will run on 10 year old hardware you can just buy new low-end hardware and still get faster results than buying high-end hardware with Windows 7.

I have seen it happen quite a few times that the DE would just make a reasonable machine come to a grinding halt. My one-fast workstation with a dual Opteron was always blazingly fast using KDE 3.5. Since I upgraded to KDE 4 it has been horribly slow... but KDE 3.5 just isn't really an option anymore.

more than 2 years ago

Boxee 1.5 Will Be the Last Supported Desktop Version

WoLpH Re:BOB FUCKING SAGET (113 comments)

Those users don't pay money, but they help to remove the bugs and introduce new features. Or atleast... that's what I do with XBMC.

Personally I don't use Boxee though, I simply can't stand the Boxee user interface and bugs. Some bugs are ok but Boxee has had so many completely broken and/or missing features that it has never been a viable alternative for me. Too bad since some of the interfaces seem better than XBMC out of the box.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Won't Support Plug-Ins; the End of Flash?

WoLpH Re:Microsoft (661 comments)

It all depends... Silverlight is a plugin too, will they block Silverlight aswell or will they somehow integrate it so it's not a plugin anymore?

Wheter this decision is evil depends on that imho

about 3 years ago

68% of US Broadband Connections Aren't Broadband

WoLpH Re:Does it address what ports are open? (611 comments)

It's based on history. Every original internet provider provided you full access to the internet. So everything after that is unneeded degradation.

more than 3 years ago



Twitter button could take down the internet

WoLpH WoLpH writes  |  more than 4 years ago

WoLpH writes "As many of you probably know, Twitter has recently released their own button to replace Tweetmeme. After looking at their code snippets there should be a big warning though. The current twitter button implementation will stall the loading of your entire website if their servers face load issues (which seems to be quite the regular occurance). Thierry Schellenbach writes that there are 2 problems with the current implemenation:
  1. Loading the blocking script will make your site load slower
  2. If twitter goes down, You go down!

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