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Get Your 15 Years of Slashdot Shirt (For free, Depending)

alfredos Re:I'd rather have a first post T-shirt. (146 comments)

I might as well, if Thinkgeek finally got their act together and shipped to Spain.

about 2 years ago
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Man Physically Assaulted At McDonald's For Wearing Digital Eye Glasses

alfredos Re:brave nerd on bleeding edge of wearable nerdine (1198 comments)

Or just stay out of Europe. In case you've not seen the news lately, the EU is turning into a pretty violent place with citizens attacking police & vice versa.

I heard the US is full of mad people with big guns who keep going to McDonald's and make the larger carnagge ever.

There, are we done with stupid stereotypes? Or should we Europeans continue counter-attacking with the stupid lost American tourist?

Only on slashdot - stupid and desperately misinformed stereotypes modded 5 insightful.

more than 2 years ago
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Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

alfredos Re:Whats the difference... (486 comments)

As a former BMW car owner and current BMW motorcycle owner, my experience is quite the opposite. Not cheap indeed, but not expensive either and at all times very professional. I claim no serious study but my company owns a Smart (which is maintained by Mercedes, at least here in Spain) and I find BMW far more reasonable.

more than 2 years ago
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Electric Airplane Ready For Production

alfredos Re:If you're going to crash (239 comments)

Thanks Commander Data. That was very informative.

I beg to differ, ensign Crusher. Many fatal crashes on small (propeller, single engine) airplanes could be avoided if the pilot had taken gliding lessons. Also, small and low altitude have a high correlation but, as usual, correlation is not causation - many small airplanes out there can fly into altitudes on which loss of pressurization leaves precious little minutes of useful conscience before hypoxia makes the pilot lose it. Unfortunately, high performance requires altitude - that's why the airliners take the trouble to go way up there.

more than 2 years ago
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China's Green Data Center Plans

alfredos FTFY (45 comments)

China is the largest investor in renewable energy of any country in the world.[citation needed]

more than 2 years ago
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NASA May Send Landers To Europa In 2020

alfredos Re:exactly! (156 comments)

Not sure about "crappy". It's a classic of its genre and, just like the books, has that feeling, typical of the time, that the author smoked something really weird while writing some parts.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Data Centers Finally Ready For DC Power?

alfredos Re:Telco power connectors (462 comments)

What efficiency? That of the manufacturer's sales team?

A series diode is only a 0.6V drop and, for low-power devices like these, its power use is comparable to all those fancy LEDs in the front. Only that none of these LEDs will protect the device from plugging the wrong supply.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Data Centers Finally Ready For DC Power?

alfredos Re:Telco power connectors (462 comments)

ADSL modem and ethernet router, same brand. Same connector for the DC power supply. Opposite polarities. So if they were ever unplugged at the same time there was a 50% chance of letting the magic smoke out, which did happen.

A pair of devices so brokenly designed can't, of course, include a series diode. Oh no, that would cost one more cent per device - prohibitive!

more than 2 years ago
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Are Data Centers Finally Ready For DC Power?

alfredos Re:Edison reaching out from beyond the grave (462 comments)

Electric power steering feels like crap, though

As a 3rd gen Prius user, I beg to differ. Granted, it's not the addictive feel of a BMW coupe, but it feels just fine and if I have to find something needing improvement it's the initial response. But I am rather pleased with this car's handling and especially its power steering, all things considered.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Breathes New Life Into Pentium

alfredos New legal battle on the horizon (207 comments)

So if Intel is now pushing the Pentium brand, and having suffered Intel's legal belligerence myself, I feel sorry for all those who have brand names starting with P and having less than 12 letters.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Approves Unified Full Body Scanner Regulations

alfredos Re:Sometimes they get it right (225 comments)

you can have guns

You say that as if it was a great thing. What is so cool about everyone in a country with a nine-digit population (which statistically makes the percentage of insane people millions) being able to have deadly weapons with them at all times?

Personally, in that regard I feel much more secure in my country (which is in the EU, by the way) because people can carry guns if: (a) they work for the police, (b) they work for the army (and then not at all times) or (c) has been life-threatened, and a judge decides the threat is serious. All of them have to pass an exam to assess their suitability to carry guns, kind of ensures his/her sanity. Add to that another special permit for sports, which does also require an examination, and allows only for certain classes of weapons and ammunitions. Net result? No guns in the streets. Almost no deaths by gunfire. When there is a shot in the street, it hits the news because it's so rare.

more than 2 years ago
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BT Ordered To Block Usenet Binaries Index

alfredos So BT eats the cost? (308 comments)

So, I am walking down the street, in the next block someone lifts a wallet and I have to pay for the wallet just because I'm on the same city?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

alfredos Re:Better Question... (301 comments)

They chose to simply moderate +1 instead, while two suspected PTR-less postmaster wannabes moderated -1 Troll. Oh well, such are the Slashdot ways.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

alfredos Re:Better Question... (301 comments)

Incompetence.

more than 2 years ago
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5 Years In Prison For Selling Fake Cisco Gear

alfredos Re:speculating about the real purpose (239 comments)

Cisco sells packaged services. If they cover the need, then the provider is not relevant.

about 3 years ago
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(Possible) Diginotar Hacker Comes Forward

alfredos The organization is the interesting part (215 comments)

How does an organization that works with moderately complex technology, where security is of the utmost importance, go down such a dark alley so many others have treaded before with foreseeable and dreadful consequences? Point-haired bosses? perhaps appointed by politicians? Too good a business to think about the pillars? Seriously, did they never ever have anyone raise the alarm? What happened if someone did?

about 3 years ago
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Google and OpenDNS Work On Global Internet Speedup

alfredos Re:P2P (151 comments)

Your first statement is true. As for IPv6, I don't see IPv6 as making a case for multicast globally, perhaps unfortunately. Even the contrary may be true: Since deploying IPv6 costs large sums of money, multicast will have to wait. Also, multicast and IPv6 have little in common that can create synergies; it's not as if IPv6 brought by design a multicast proposal that was radically more convenient than with IPv4.

about 3 years ago
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Google and OpenDNS Work On Global Internet Speedup

alfredos Re:P2P (151 comments)

Very. It's content delivery in real time, latency optimized, what this is about. P2P, using residential low-speed links and desktop computers, is simply not suited for the task.

What is not is new. Distributed content caches were all the rage at the end of last millennia - everybody remembers about Squid, I guess? - and DNS geo load balancing (including fancy boxes with large price tags), and all that stuff. Ever fatter pipes have always reduced the need for this sort of solutions and my guess is that it will continue to be the case.

Multicast is another example of a technology that was created to improve content delivery, basically for audio and video. Almost nobody uses it. Instead, CDNs distribute unicast feeds globally. It was also a good idea, but it required a ton of resources and a different thinking than traditional routing.

about 3 years ago
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CloudStack Goes Open Source

alfredos Meanwhile, in VMWare's HQ... (17 comments)

Guys, someone else is offering a free hypervisor with goodies. Quick, rename and split again everything. And let's make a few things other than the hypervisors actually work this time!

about 3 years ago

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Ballmer on iPads

alfredos alfredos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alfredos (1694270) writes "Sometimes interesting, sometimes just noisy, the most colorful CEO of the software world has a couple bad things to say about the iPad, while speaking fondly of competing Windows-based tablets. They still have to begin selling them, though. Will his words at the D8 conference come back one day to bite him?"
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