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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

aix tom Re:Nand flash Dropped only 13% in 2 years? (223 comments)

I only found a courve of the "2008 to end of 2010" prices. Which interestingly rose to double the value in the middle, just to be back on the 2008 level in 2010.

But one interesting fact seems to be, that spot price for 16GB NAND Flash seems only 19 cents below 32GB NAND Flash (2.79 vs 2.98 ):

(with 4 and 8GB being *more* expensive, probably because they are not produced in high volumes any more)


Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

aix tom Re:Keep your important data on current storage. (110 comments)

Which goes to show that you better don't use proprietary formats that are used only by one software vendor for archiving purposes, not matter how "everywhere" they are at a specific point in time.


TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

aix tom Re: "CipherShed" (244 comments)

It worked pretty OK for centuries. You could buy a "Plow from John Smith over in Blurn Hollows", or you could buy a "Plow from George Smith over in Redneck Fields", and nobody would be confused that they were called the same.

These days, if you buy a "FuxMatic3000XP from XentTeck" one day, you have to make sure if you want to buy one a year later that neither the FuxMatic3000XP nor the XentTeck Trademark have been sold in the meantime and are completely different things and/or products, or if the company itself did a product switcheroo in the meantime.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

aix tom Re:Standard remote access (334 comments)

That is all somewhat very bad.

When I consider what I had when I myself was "pretty in the neckiest woods there are" for a while, then I assume they HAVE the possibility to:

1) Receive e-mails in an email-client that allows them to "click on things", e.g. start a HTTP download from somewhere, however proxied that might be
2) Receive attachments in that mail client that they can run.

Then I would suggest a Linux distro with a lightweight Window manger. I have put about a dozen of "Mail-And-Web" clicker-people on LXDE (I did it with Debian, but Lubuntu might be simpler to set up). Pretty simple desktop, with task bar at the bottom where you can put a start menu or quick launchers or other widgets.
I did this setup for a few relatives when they ditched XP (or even Win95) in the last years. Basically just removed the start menu, just put a "Mail" and "Web" button on one side, and the clock and the logout button on the other side of the task bar. Nothing else.

Then you could write a script that you put on the machine (in bash, perl, python, whatever you fancy), which executes scripts you send them with a special extension, and configure those scripts to be executed with your master-script when they click on the attachment. (You could add a key/hash in the comments of the scripts you send them, and check that with the master script you put on their box), and then mail the output of the script back to you.

You could also put all kinds of helper functions in the pre-installed master script, like download files from http sources, or restore the last backup, or create a system report and mail it to you, etc......

2 days ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

aix tom Huh? What That guy undestands neither science ... (910 comments)

... nor religion it seems. More simplified:

- You believe in "God" (A) or you do not believe in "God" (B)
- You can be rooted firmly enough in reality that you realize science (for the most part) reflects the reality that exists (1), or you can be so absorbed in a dream-world that you don't realize that. (2)

(I have encountered people that were A1, A2, B1 and B2 in my life. Although A1 and B1 more often than A2 and B2.)

Totally *unrelated* to those two facts are other aspects of your personality, like if you are friendly to your neighbours and family, or a raving madman that likes to shoot people, etc, etc, etc......

But that B1 and B2 people "need to compensate the lack of a God-figure with some other quasi-god-figure" is pretty much the greatest nonsense I have heard all day. (And I hear a lot of crazy stuff each day) Nature ITSELF is so absolutely mind-boggling that you can spent ages being just enthralled by the basic facts of it. Just listen to the "Fun to Imagine" Series by Feynman on YouTube to see how a person can be excited about basic scientific facts without needing some sort of "God-Figure" or personalized "Mascot"

about a week ago

Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

aix tom Re:Yeah, so? (215 comments)

That's probably one of the problems of the KS Campaign. I read the article, and did some googling, and was never quite sure "What is this going to be? A card game or a computer game?"

about a week ago

Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

aix tom Re:Kickstarter's Problem (215 comments)

There are a lot of entities that take part of the money of a project and none of the risk.
- The postal service that is used to send contracts
- The caterer that puts the peanuts and coffee in the conference room
- The taxi driver that drives the participants
- The newspaper that published the add of someone seeking funding
- etc.....

about a week ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

aix tom Re:Anthropometrics (818 comments)

Maybe there would be a way do store passengers even more economically.

From a space usage standpoint it would require less space to store passengers lying down rather than sitting. Combine that with a flexible layout where you can pay for "cubic foot of space" for your and your carry-on. Might be an interesting alternative.

about two weeks ago

This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

aix tom Re:And, worst of alll.. (103 comments)

The rent's too high, the air's unclean,
The beaches are dirty and the people are mean,
And the women are big and the men are dumb,
And the children are loopy cuz they live in a slum!
The water is polluted and their mayor's a dork,
They dress real bad and they think they're New York ......

about three weeks ago

Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

aix tom Re:Never talk to US law enforcement (92 comments)

No. Capitalist America. They must do everything in their power, that the government of the money, by the money, for the money shall not perish from the earth.

about a month ago

A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October

aix tom Re:Chinese programming language (93 comments)

From experience, it is usually enough to have the comments and the variable names in a foreign language you don't understand to make source code completely unreadable.

about a month ago

What's After Big Data?

aix tom Re:Bigger data (87 comments)

Until you reach the big /dev/random at the center of the universe.

about a month ago

Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

aix tom Re: Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (98 comments)

Dunno about you. But mine must have skipped a bug fix or something. Because ever so often I go into the kitchen at night, open the fridge, look into it, wonder "what the hell am I doing here? I'm neither hungry nor thirsty at the moment, why did I have the urge to look into the fridge? Is it the old hunter-gatherer gene that prompts me to look at my food source location, to see if any interesting prey has shone up? This is madness!!!!", then I close it again and go back to bed.

about a month ago

Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

aix tom Re:Now this just might.... (254 comments)

Well, it might speed up the "Russian Coffee" fork of Java. Like sunshine mixed with happiness.

And when I say sunshine I mean coffee.
And when I say happiness, I mean vodka

about a month and a half ago

The Doctor Will Skype You Now

aix tom Re:Didn't we just see... (97 comments)

The major problem probably is people behind corporate or private firewalls, or on NATs, or behind proxies, or other things that prevent them from being a "server" that the other side can see directly over the internet.

So network-wise a "third party server" that has no such restrictions might always be necessary for those www-but-not-really-internet connected people so that their machines can talk to another. Of course if one of the participants is "really" on the internet that participant could run the server part.

about a month and a half ago

Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

aix tom Re:Put in a separate table (62 comments)

Ideally, the payment processor is the only one who has the hash, the merchant passes the hash they made from customer data on to the processor.
The payment processor doesn't even need to have the CC#. They just need the hash.

And where does the customer store that data? Or the printing company that prints the number on the credit card?

Also, if "the hash is all that is needed" when sending something to the payment processor, then you would have the same problems in the long run when you "store the hash" that you have now when you "store the credit card number".

about a month and a half ago

Perlan II Project Aims To Fly a Glider To the Edge of Space

aix tom Re:Stop this nonsense. (44 comments)

Yeah!!! If God had wanted us to fly, he would have given us first class tickets!!

about a month and a half ago

Comparison: Linux Text Editors

aix tom Re:Meeh (402 comments)

Hey, the Outlook Options Dialog has one named "Other" instead of "Misc.", which is basically the same in "dumbed down language" ;-)

(And every time I have to use THAT at work, I have to search through "Preferences" -> "Email Options", the "Mail Setup" and "Mail Format" Tabls, because the things that are sprinkled through them don't seem to follow any kind of logic on what is where.)

about a month and a half ago

Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

aix tom Re:Good... (181 comments)

An asteroid field. Granted, an asteroid field that attracts a lot of nostalgic sight seers.

about a month and a half ago

Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

aix tom Re:job killer! (24 comments)

Hey, it involves XML. In most of the projects I know, every time some "customized scripts" were replaced by "just one simple XML....." the manpower needed to maintain those functions has usually tripled. ;-P

about 2 months ago


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