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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

_merlin Re:HTTPS Everywhere (145 comments)

Any idea why they do this? Of all the sites to not to https...

CPU load. SSL/TLS greatly increases CPU demands on the server(s). For a high-traffic site that costs real money.

6 hours ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

_merlin Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (328 comments)

AKG isn't even that great. For pro work these days people are moving to Audio-Technica and Shure.

about a week ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

_merlin Re:It only takes one ... (381 comments)

When H1N1 was spreading around Melbourne, people wouldn't go to the doctor if they thought they had caught it, because if you did and they diagnosed you with it you were legally required to take time off work and isolate yourself. People just didn't want the inconvenience, and taking your chances with swine flu didn't usually kill you. Ebola's a bit more risky to play with.

about a week ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

_merlin Re:same here. Installed Linux, run Chrome OS (345 comments)

Seriously, what do you do with your machine? I need to run Photoshop and Lightroom for graphics, Apache, text editors and a collection of browsers for web development, Quartus II for FPGA development... None of this would work on ChromeOS. Do you even use your computer at all?

about two weeks ago
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Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

_merlin Re:Flash IDE ? (57 comments)

I thought of the ATA Flash PCMCIA card variant.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

_merlin Re:One quote *is* the story (478 comments)

I had H1N1 swine flu and my coworker's girlfriend had it. It was pretty widespread in Melbourne. But all it seemed to really do was make people feel like shit for a week. People weren't even taking time off work for it. Yeah, not taking time off work is likely to spread it, but it didn't seem to take out entire offices. It may or may not have been overblown, but it definitely didn't kill anyone I knew.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

_merlin Re:Cell (338 comments)

My LSI SAS controller card has an 800MHz PowerPC processor. Lots of car ECUs use PowerPC. It's anything but dead.

about two weeks ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

_merlin Re:PTT ? (153 comments)

GSM push-to-talk is an abbreviated call establishment sequence with preconfigured recipients. It still runs everything via the base station and hence via the carrier's network, so you'd be paying. If the network didn't advertise the feature as being available it would disable it, even if you bought an unlocked phone directly from Nokia.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

_merlin Re:Nvidia is shooting themselves in the foot (192 comments)

"The FOSS community" is tiny. The vast majority of the time Linux is selected for practical or pragmatice reasons. Most people using Linux aren't using it for ideological reasons. There aren't enough people prepared to boycott NVIDIA over this to make a difference. Also, it's firmware that needs to be signed, not drivers.

about a month ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

_merlin Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

You conflicted with their ideology and got a "-1 makes me uncomfortable" mod.

about a month ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

_merlin Re:That she didn't call their bluff... (590 comments)

Means that she probably did take some nudies at some point.

So? I've taken nudies of myself and others. It's a natural result of technology combined with curiosity. Nudies are more prolific than ever since with digital cameras you aren't implicitly sharing your pictures with the minilab operator. Why do people make such a big deal of it?

about a month ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

_merlin Re:Manufacturing (408 comments)

Samsung's packaging for the Galaxy S3 is very slick. Also, Dell's origami packaging for their 4k displays is absolutely brilliant.

about a month ago
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

_merlin Re:Keep your important data on current storage. (113 comments)

Yeah, SVG renderers have more chance of being around in 50 years than WMF or PICT. But you still need to actively go through your data archives, find things in "endangered" formats, and migrate them to more future-proof formats. This requires substantial effort that increases as the collection grows. Then there's verifying that nothing was lost in the conversion to consider.

about a month ago
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

_merlin Re:Keep your important data on current storage. (113 comments)

ImageMagick doesn't support PICT with vector information. I'm just trying to make a point that even if a format seems to be widespread now, it may become effectively useless in the future. Believe me PICT files were everywhere in the classic Mac days.

about a month ago
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

_merlin Re:Keep your important data on current storage. (113 comments)

You're picking easy formats. What about Macintosh PICT, including vector information (not just a bitmap PICT)? What about WMF? I could see both those formats becoming effectively unusable within a decade, as they effectively depend on the drawing API/environment of ancient operating systems (classic MacOS and Windows 3).

about a month ago
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

_merlin Re:Keep your important data on current storage. (113 comments)

But seriously, JPG is everywhere now but how long will it last? Could you read pre-JPEG image formats? Do you have software that will open PhotoCD, or PBM, or XBM or IFF in all their variants? I expect some formats like DNG will be around for a while, but the XMP processing instructions contain a "process version", and how long will software continue to support the process versions we use today? Data security really isn't straightforward when you don't know what the future holds.

about a month ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

_merlin Re:Hmmm .... (112 comments)

Because you can see the doors being operated out the windows of the departure lounges as the ground crew load and unload baggage.

about a month ago

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Reinventing myself as a troll

_merlin _merlin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I keep having these thoughts of reinventing myself as a troll. I could try to make first posts, and join the GNAA, and post goatse links and ASCII art, and flame Mac users and other stuff like that.

But then I'd lose karma, and I'd start out at -1, so no-one would see my trolling, anyway, and if I did post something worthwhile, no-one would see that, either.

I could make another account, just for trolling, but that stinks of effort. Oh well, I guess I'll just stay my boring self.

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