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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

Wolfling1 Missed the point (224 comments)

As is typically the case, the survey overlooks one of the most compelling reasons to run Gigabit: Latency (or as the plebs like to call it these days; ping).

Having an uber fat pipe is not really what most people need. Having a nice low latency (eg below 10ms) is what will really enable realtime thin client apps, cloud based n-tier apps (where part of the business logic layer is on the client), MOBAs and MMOs. I don't want Gigabit because I pump huge volumes of data (about 50Gb per month), I want Gigabit because I hit my latency wall several times every day.

about 6 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

Wolfling1 A drink for chilli lovers (285 comments)

My partner and I are very fond of super spicy food, but we've backed it off as we're getting older. The backside doesn't cope so well these days :)

Anyway, here's a simple drink we invented for those who really love the sting of a hot chilli:
Jalapaccini (pronounced Hal-a-pa-chee-nee)
1 nip of vodka
1 nip of dry vermouth
1 piece of your favourite chilli (not the full chilli, just a piece about the size of an olive)
Its just like a dry martini - but hot!
In the first 5 minutes, the sting isn't fully released into the fluid, but after 20 minutes, its at about 70%. If you make up a little bottle of the stuff and leave it in the fridge overnight, all the flavour is released from the chilli, and you can throw the chilli away - though you might want to keep it for decoration. I tend not to cool it though, as its best served at room temperature.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?

Wolfling1 Two change logs (162 comments)

We encountered the same problem, so a few years ago, we started running two changelogs. One of them is the full changelog, with every ridiculously miniscule change listed. This is made available to customers, but not promoted to them.

The other is the 'enhancements only changelog' - or what we colloquially refer to as 'the readme'. It only contains feature enhancements or significant bug fixes.

about 10 months ago
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How To Hijack a Drone For $400 In Less Than an Hour

Wolfling1 Drone wars (161 comments)

Begun the drone wars have

about a year ago
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Brazil Announces Plans To Move Away From US-Centric Internet

Wolfling1 Re:Happening everywhere on all levels (285 comments)

+1
I'm astonished at the posts in this thread that have been modded up, but just don't get this point. This is about the only one I've seen so far that is truly insightful. The NSA's dragnetting is why we can't have good things. It will progressively push all other countries to legislate that information on their citizens must be hosted inside their borders. And Brazil's approach is the right one. They won't go after their citizens, or the big bad NSA. They'll just go after the businesses themselves. For companies like Google, this will be an inconvenience, but for any small company wanting to do international business on the internet, their options just evaporated. Here's hoping that they'll get some international law in place to declare the NSAs actions illegal - and some decent penalties applied at a 'per capita' rate.

about a year ago
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Chain Reaction Shattered Antarctica's Larson B Ice Shelf

Wolfling1 Re:The 400 reading is from atop Mauna Lua (232 comments)

OK. It doesn't sound like you're trolling, so I'll give a more useful post this time:

Check out this site. It has some really good material and references about the science behind this stuff.

You might also find this interview with one of the key scientists interesting.

I don't profess to be a climate change guru, but this stuff looks reasonably legit to me.

about a year ago
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City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica

Wolfling1 Re:Crud (249 comments)

I'd mod this up if I had points...

about a year ago
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Sent To Jail Because of a Software Bug

Wolfling1 Try healthcare (239 comments)

We make software for Healthcare professionals. As you can imagine, the risk footprint is pretty ugly.

We have special testing programs that are targeted at protecting patient safety.

We also have insurance up the wazoo (a technical term). Our PI Insurance covers us for several millions of dollars per claim, and hundreds of millions for class actions. It is our single biggest insurance expense for the entire organisation.

I'm happy to say that in 18 years, we've never made a claim against it, and we've never been notified of any negative consequence on any patients.

about a year ago
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U.S. Independence Day is a ...

Wolfling1 Re:Will Smith (330 comments)

I'm in the middle of repairing a customer's old XP machine that asks for an Adobe install every time you open anything to do with Explorer - so your comment is absolutely hilarious to me right now...

Thanks

about a year ago
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U.S. Independence Day is a ...

Wolfling1 Re:Will Smith (330 comments)

Terrible compared to what? Transformers?

Yes, yes... its got a bajillion plotholes, some of which you could drive an interstellar mothership through, but the eye candy is good, its got some laughs, and its kiddiesafe. I wouldn't call it terrible... just cheesy. Like Independence Day...

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Wolfling1 Complementary products (543 comments)

Since the Windows 3, there have been complementary products to supplement Microsoft's short-sighted approach to their OS.

Who remembers products like ICS, and the early CD-writer plug ins for Explorer?

They're still around, and as good as ever.

This one provides a Start button for Windows 8. Its very cute...

The problem is, if this is the most significant/compelling difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8(.1), why would anyone buy it? Microsoft's obsession with rationalising their product set down to one-size-fits-all will ultimately result in them losing all markets instead of simply continuing to dominate one. We all knew that Bill Gates departure from the M$ helm would result in its downfall. Its just painful to watch someone die of cancer.

about a year ago
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More Details Emerge On How the US Is Bugging Its European Allies

Wolfling1 Re:We are dishonest lying scumbags, but it's okay! (442 comments)

Well played, sir.

I agree with most of your assertions, but I think that there are grey areas, and that it is important to acknowledge them.

For example, if a friend of mine is having a conversation with a third person, I may sit in on the conversation without any intended malice. I may hear things that I might not otherwise hear. These things may alter my perceptions about 'how friendly is my friend'.

This is vastly different to bugging his house, but it is an example of me gathering information about the world around me. And I think the difference between the two is to do with a) being open and honest about the information gathering efforts; and b) respecting people's privacy, by allowing them to exclude me from their conversation - though that act would make me concerned about my 'how friendly is my friend'.

I think that there is a line between reasonable intelligence gathering and blatant spying - but that is not so well defined. Snowden has revealed behaviour by the US that is clearly over the line - I think that much is agreed. Whether it represents an act of war against allies, or is simply a bargaining chip at the next G20 summit is a debate that will never happen. Politicians are consummate professionals at not answering the questions that matter.

And that, I believe, is the point. Most western societies are fed up with their governments lying and deceiving them, but are hopelessly disempowered from changing anything. Governments are in the business of disempowering their people for their own good. I doubt that will change in our lifetimes.

about a year ago
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Sony, Microsoft Squabble Over Console Features, But the Real Opponent Is Apple

Wolfling1 Is this marketing? (315 comments)

Is it just me, or is the tone of this article and the use of superlatives suggesting that it was written by an Apple fanboy? Or worse, their marketing division?

The content may indeed be factual, but the tone makes me suspicious, and somewhat mistrustful of anything reported.

about a year ago
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

Wolfling1 Gimmick (359 comments)

Yes, I really like putting my finger in front of the thing I'm trying to look at. That'll really help me to see it better.

I also really like having to move my hand several inches instead of using a mouse and moving it a fraction of an inch.

I definitely herald the introduction of new data input devices, but this is probably one of the nastier ones. Only an advantage for a very narrow range of uses.

about a year ago
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UK Police Now Double As CCTV Cameras

Wolfling1 Re:all for it... (161 comments)

There are plenty of scenarios where the concept won't help - or could be misused/abused...

Having said that, those shortcomings do not invalidate the concept.

Whenever there are two police officers present, they would need to conspire to turn off their cameras (or delete the footage). That can still happen, but the likelihood will reduce significantly for each additional officer. And it only takes one officer with a healthy conscience to keep their camera rolling.

I don't think that there is a silver bullet, but steps that reduce the odds of miscarriages of justice are a step in the right direction.

As a side note, I'm pleased to see a general trend toward allowing citizens to record police activity. Hopefully, that will be adopted more widely over the coming years.

about a year ago
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Vint Cerf: Data That's Here Today May Be Gone Tomorrow

Wolfling1 Re:We should have listened (358 comments)

And we're not doing it now with Apple products?

about a year ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

Wolfling1 Re:Oh, well... (551 comments)

You may well be right (I don't know the constitution well enough), but I suspect that the previous poster's sentiment may still be valid.

The NSW police would have to petition the State Government to get the laws changed.

Having said all of that, the laws in Australia that relate to firearms give the police quite broad powers. And IMHO, the appropriate steps for police/governments around the world is to legislate 3D printable weapons regulations that relate to the other laws in their jurisdictions.

We cynical folks in /. know that those laws won't stop all the 3D guns from being printed. However, that is the way things are done in our modern society. The government legislates, the police (attempt to) enforce. If and when the problem starts to get out of control, the police are granted heavier powers and they go on a 'blitz'.

I'm quietly pleased to see the police dotting their i's and crossing their t's on this one. The first thing any good scientist would do to validate the stories on the internet is 'build one and test it to see what happens'. Let's hope that no-one publishes a 3D printable nuke, eh?

about a year ago
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"Dramatic Decline" Warning For Plants and Animals

Wolfling1 Timeframes (696 comments)

Seems we're suffering from a bit of Climate Change Fatigue... which suggests that the less than 1% of credible scientists who doubt AGW have managed to sow enough seeds of dramatic dissent for the rest of us to lose interest.

Or perhaps, it is something a little simpler in the human psyche. Whilst we bemoan politicians who have no more future vision than the end of their current term, it seems that we too are particularly short-sighted about the future of this planet. I suspect that the majority of us look little further than how we're going to satisfy the physical aspects of Maslow's Heirarchy of needs.

When our life expectancies are extended to 1000 years (or more), and we face the very real prospect of living on the planet we are currently terraforming, we may take a slightly different view. Somehow, I doubt it. Most of the people alive today will live to see an increase of 4-6 degrees C... and yet, we're far more interested in gun control and the Kardashians.

I feel sad for our children (and their children) when I think about the world they will inherit from us.

about a year and a half ago

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Ask Slashdot: What to do when your hotel WiFi is filtered

Wolfling1 Wolfling1 writes  |  about a month ago

Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "So, I arrived at the hotel, connected their WiFi, and promptly discovered that my feed is filtered. Web pages appear different. My immediate action was to connect the VPN back to the office, and run all my data through a (relatively) safer feed. Things return to normal.

But the question is : What to do now? Should I tell the hotel? Should I just do nothing? Should I book in for treatment because I'm being paranoid?"
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Binary Compatibility and versioning

Wolfling1 Wolfling1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "Binary compatibility is a common problem when there are multiple versions of a library. This is particularly topical given the mess Microsoft made of ADO with the recent release of Win7SP1. I have some opinions about how version numbering should be used to ensure consistent interfaces, but I am curious to read /.'s opinion on how libraries should be deployed to prevent unwanted backwards/forwards compatibility issues."
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NOAA tracks X2 class solar flare

Wolfling1 Wolfling1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "At approx 2am UTC, GOES craft measured and started tracking an X2 class solar flare. Whilst this is not a particularly large or nasty flare, it is likely to cause some radio/electronic disruption when the associated geomagnetic storm strike the east coast of the US around dawn."
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American/Israeli admission of creating Stuxnet?

Wolfling1 Wolfling1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "...Israel has spun nuclear centrifuges virtually identical to Iran’s at Natanz, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium. They say Dimona tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms."
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The first law of robotics

Wolfling1 Wolfling1 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "An Australian lecturer has warned of dangers to humanity if we continue further developing military robots.

Dr Robert Sparrow, senior lecturer for the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University, says that unmanned weapons systems encourage war and can give the "illusion of a god-like power".

Dr Sparrow is part of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), a group dedicated to halting the development of robot weapons.

Their online mission statement states: "Machines should not be allowed to make the decision to kill people."

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/australian-bioethicist-warns-of-robopocalypse/story-e6frfro0-1225934861279#ixzz11YJpmk9c"

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Australian Liberal party denounce ISP filter

Wolfling1 Wolfling1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "Joe Hockey's public denunciation of Labor's controversial mandatory ISP filtering plan late yesterday was warmly welcomed by the Greens and others, but slammed by the peak Christian lobby group.

"We believe the internet filter will not work and we believe it’s flawed policy ... it is not going to capture a whole lot of images and chatter that we all find offensive that are going through email.

"The ISP-based filter system does not work therefore it creates a level of assumption of trust that cannot be met by the technology," he said. "And I know it's a contentious issue.""

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iPads

Wolfling1 Wolfling1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wolfling1 (1808594) writes "What about a poll for iPads.
a) Revolutionary awesomeness
b) Must have useful
c) Nice features, would like
d) Double-touch is clever, but ho hum
e) Its a bit overhyped
f) Its hype without substance
g) What's an iPad?"

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The 2-queue dilemma

Wolfling1 Wolfling1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago An interesting experience at the 'check out' today. I only had 4 items, so I made my way to the express aisles. Lo, there were two cash registers operating in '12 or less' mode. One of them was occupied by a woman who clearly had about 25 items piled up. The other, a short queue waiting. So, I queued between them. A cunning plan I thought to myself... I had finally overcome the 'stuck in the slowest queue' syndrome. Sixty seconds later, a queue of about three people had formed behind me, all patiently waiting their turns. My non-conformist behaviour had started to draw some followers (albeit mostly out of politeness I suspect).

That's when it happened. An off duty staff member joined the queue. She was not going to stand for this situation. She quickly identified me as the trouble-maker and loudly pointed out that 'we don't do it that way here'. Her uniform, and her bold behaviour gave her instant credibility, and with the flood gates opened, people began swarming around me to choose the queue that 'kind of looked to be a bit further away from where I was standing'.

Named and shamed, I took my place in one of the two queues, and quietly waited my turn.

This set me to thinking. Why do I have a problem with this? Am I just feeling a little embarassed that I was called out on my outrageous conduct? Am I annoyed that my cunning plan was foiled by this intrepid staff member? Or perhaps, it is a little more..

This staff member called me out. Why? I had established a single queue for two cash registers. I was forcing a model whereby each customer would be served in turn. People would not benefit from being able to guess the faster queue. I had hijacked the shopping-queue-lottery with my socialist attitude. An age old tradition of capitalist benefit had been usurped. Well... Larraine was not going to stand for it. She re-asserted the norm, and the crowds were pleased.

How does this bode for humanity at large. Our entire concept of liberty and capitalist freedom is based on the concept that one person can gain more than their neighbour by luck, persuasiveness, guile or the strength of their arm - so long as it doesn't break the law. And in the eyes of many folk, its OK to break the law as long as you don't get caught.

Is this what we want? Is this how we would like to be seen? When the aliens arrive and assess our viability to join the larger galactic community, what will they think of us? Humans are an intrinsically selfish and jealous species, and have established large scale economic and governmental structures to reinforce that pattern of behaviour. These behaviours are even programmed and strengthened by everyday behaviours, such as the queues at the check outs.

Perhaps I was the selfish one. I wanted the first available check-out, and I was prepared to make everyone else behind me wait purely because I was the first person to get there. All sarcasm aside, perhaps I was wrong. Capitalism is the best model we have had since humans crawled out of the swamp. Who am I to question and undermine it?

Sadly, I do not know the answers. At least now, I am no longer angry about it.

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