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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

alphatel Re:Naive to say the least. (243 comments)

100,000 hours = 273 years. Does anyone believe that?

Everyone except you apparently.

yesterday
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The Quantum Experiment That Simulates a Time Machine

alphatel Re:How is this news? (132 comments)

This isn't news. They already did the same experiment in January 2015.

Stop reposting that.

yesterday
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Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

alphatel Re:Nobody should trust these scammers (79 comments)

This major change in the investment possibilities has sent shockwaves through the BTC community. The price change in the past month has been so dramatic as to herald a new world order for those who depend on it for their fidelity and fu...

Oh wait, I was looking at an oil chart. n/m

5 days ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

alphatel Don't apply compression gently (304 comments)

a third of ... accidents were the rear-end crashes and a "large number" of the drivers either didn't apply the brakes at all (what?!) ... before impact.

Because Russian

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

alphatel Re:USPS (382 comments)

So the Postal service is still the most secure legally protected method for sending data. Just mail CDs.

The USPS scans all mail
The USPS monitors mail on behalf of the feds without any authorization.
What's to stop them from opening it without a warrant? Sorry but the whole system is controlled and abused by your favorite government officials.

Sidenote: CDs were replaced by DVDs and now Blu Rays. Just fyi if you want to send more than 700mb of crap.

about two weeks ago
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Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

alphatel Re:Is it really inexpensive? (98 comments)

Wait until the first windy day until you see the real costs.

I can see the 2019 headlines now:
Come visit the 3D Printed Tower of Pisa!

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

alphatel Re:White House... (1350 comments)

Also, we need to have more surveillance. This could have been prevented if we just allowed the government to track us all the time and listen to every conversation and see every email.

Oh right, they already do that. Well, we need to invent something more invasive. Think of the Cartoonists!

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

alphatel Re:Islam - the religion of peace (1350 comments)

...or 72 clones of themselves.

or 72 transsexual clones of Madonna impersonators.

about three weeks ago
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Finnish Bank OP Under Persistent DDoS Attack

alphatel Known Customer Lists (92 comments)

Unlike ecommerce sites that are open to any new customers, it seems a bank could easily have warded off such an attack with a Bayesian or other learning algorithm. Assuming two-factor auth, you have a list of all of your clients most common authenticated IP addresses. Add those to an allow or positive factor list. Then take all unknown IPs and add them to a negative list. When you are being overwhelmed by a DDOS, the negative list can simply be discarded while the positive list has priority at the router. While this would not entirely stop the effects of a DDOS it should make it a much more underwhelming attack rather than a an all-out crippling of infrastructure.

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

alphatel Re:Initiators vs promoters (180 comments)

The headline is highly misleading. It should read '65% of Cancers Types Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment'. This means the steep rise of cancer can be attributed to the 33% types that now take a larger share and depend on environmental or genetic factors. You need really careful with omitted words as people want to see and hear what they want and not what you want to converse. I guess a lot of don't regulate us, let's pollute and save money guys will soon join the bandwaggon.

Indeed, let me rephrase. No wait, let me sum up.
Remove the two largest types of cancer, breast and prostate, from the analysis. Then apply the remaining "types" of cancer, and state that 65% of those are not attributable to known factors. This is a "study" in hijinx that no one should read. People are pointing fingers at /. but it was initially picked up at WSJ - which should never be posting such muck.

Instead of getting lost in the fear factor of this thing, look at it this way. Percentage of total registered vehicles in the US:
Cars/Wagons 54%
Pickup trucks 18%
SUVs 12%
Minivans 9%
Trucks 3%
Motorcycles 3%
Now, remove those Cars and Station wagons, they have no relevance to my study. I have been able to prove that SUV Drivers are at the Highest Risk of Injury in a Vehicle. Why? Because pickup trucks have a slightly lower incidence of injury and I have excluded cars. But Wait! Did you know that the majority of the remaining vehicles are also over 4' tall? I now have a new study.
Study proves all Motorcycle Fatalities caused by SUVs and other oversized vehicles.

Well that was just some deductive reasoning. Remember I removed cars entirely? The other 2% were traffic barriers, bicyclists and pedestrians "known factors". You buy into that kind of crap and we know you are heading to stupiderville in a hurryboat.

Fuck the WSJ study and any asshole that dares to be fearmongered into believing that shit so that some sucktwit lobby group can go out and petitiion even dumber politicians that we need to impose a "35% liability limit" on all cancer lawsuits because 65% "just can't be explained!"

about a month ago
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The Making of a 1980s Dungeons & Dragons Module

alphatel Re:How many virgins were involved? (59 comments)

Not sacrifice, just the 40 year old kind?

Well that brings me to a fun story of how I got into D&D. I was trucked off by my parents to Florida one summer to stay with a relative for a few weeks. Lucky me there was a hobby store nearby and I had stashed a jar of quarters that had been untapped all year. After looking around for a few hours (what else was there to do in Florida when you're 14?), I found the D&D books, they were already second edition but something about them intrigued me. They were way beyond the scope of playing a video game (we're talking monochromatic consoles/handhelds back then), but they offered so much wealth in terms of creation and exploration. I made the decision to buy a kit complete with DM Guide, Monster Manual and a few starter adventures. I went to the register to inquire if my terms could be met.

I asked the nice lady behind the counter "Can I pay with all quarters (in my New York accent which I didn't know until that day that I had one)" To which the lady replied "What are kawters?". I hadn't brought any with me, so it took me a few minutes to explain that 25% of a dollar was a coin that had a $0.25 value. When she finally got it she said "Oh you mean Kwat-ers." I came back the next day and paid with my Kwa-ters, laughing the whole way. It's one of those things you never forget, and part of it was because it was about D&D, a game that literally helped saved the bored skull of a preteen.

In the end, I actually became friends with someone I never got along with previously, simply because we wound up at a rather raucous D&D game together. Still best friends decades later.

about 1 month ago
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Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

alphatel just wait... (170 comments)

Bart: I'm rapidly becoming a big underground success in this town.
Jim: See? In another twenty-five years, you'll be able to shake their hands in broad daylight.

about a month ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

alphatel Re:Stone Age diet ? he wants to live all 20 years? (441 comments)

Hedley Lamarr: My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.
Taggart: God darnit, Mr. Lamarr, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.

about a month ago
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Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

alphatel Re:Singles ad? (39 comments)

And can just as easily settle for any amount without worrying about the plaintiff getting huffy about it.

about a month and a half ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

alphatel Re:Cloud (241 comments)

The cost of the Cloud is cheap. And for IT, we just say "not as secure, but if you're okay with that, go ahead" and when the Cloud services fail, or get breached or whatever, the CIO can simply say "not my fault, that was your choice". The real cost is hidden.

It's the security of the infrastructure that matters. A company is rarely going to lose their shirt because someone found their marketing material in cyberspace, two weeks before it would be released. Of course your mileage may vary.

about a month and a half ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

alphatel And then add some age (244 comments)

A few weeks ago an older relative asked me "What's all this We're up for Mexican Lucky about?" I was admittedly boggled.
Turns out he thought We're up all night to get lucky sounded like a nice riff about gambling across the border.

about a month and a half ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

alphatel From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

Yet, despite common ground with some of the findings of the Committee’s Study, we part ways with the Committee on some key points. Our review indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom EITs were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives. The intelligence gained from the program was critical to our understanding of al-Qa’ida and continues to inform our counterterrorism efforts to this day.

Just when will the CIA get off its high horse of believing that this program, in its former form, or any newer form, produces value for the American citizen or state as a whole? They need to stop defending this indefensible stance that it's okay as long as the CIA is in charge of capturing, detaining, violating rights, and denying everything it does or has ever done.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a felon work in IT?

alphatel Re:What convictions? (10 comments)

Felon = committed a felony, distinctly worse than "several prior misdemeanor convictions". Did you? If not, you probably shouldn't describe yourself as a felon.

My first instinct was if you can't correctly describe your indictment under the law you're not going to do very well in at any data-centric job. In IT, a proper description of the nature of a system, problem, solution or outcome is highly contingent on using the right words. "CPU Cycles" won't do when "Memory Leak" is the correct statement.

about 2 months ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

alphatel CPM rates, etc (319 comments)

So The Onion's online edition is essentially worth some small fraction of what a reader is willing to pay for their $1 to visit 50 websites per day. I guess that amounts to about $0.05 per subscriber or considering 10 pageviews per visitor that's $5 CPM. No matter how bad ads are, they pay out closer to $20 RPM for USA visitors and most of these companies claim they are barely breaking even right now. How would getting less revenue help more?

about 2 months ago

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Wikipedia to US Congress: Stop Trolling

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 6 months ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Wikipedia has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of "disruptive" edits. These otherwise anonymous edits were brought to light recently by @Congressedits.

The biography of former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard". Mediaite's Wikipedia page was modified to label the site as a "sexist transphobic" publication."

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RSA encryption further compromised by NSA engineering

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about 10 months ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "It was revealed in December that the NSA paid RSA $10 million to insert a random number generator with a deceptive NSA backdoor built-in.

A group of professors have found that a second tool, known as the "Extended Random" extension, could help crack a version of RSA's software tens of thousands of times faster.

RSA Chief Technologist Sam Curry declined to say if the government had paid RSA to incorporate Extended Random in its BSafe security kit. An NSA spokeswoman declined to comment on the study or the intelligence agency's motives in developing Extended Random."

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Swedish Politicians find themselves bare as Disqus reveals IDs

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "The Swedish company Resarchgruppen has cracked the Disqus commenting system, enabling them to identify Disqus users by their e-mail addresses. The crack was done in cooperation with the Bonnier Group tabloid Expressen, in order to reveal politicians commenting on Swedish hate speech-sites.

Also widely discussed (pun intended) in English on reddit and ycomb"

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Politicians & Celebrities Personal Data Stolen in Limo Cloud Service Hack

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "In as yet another Plain Text hack, a company which handles bookings for Limousine companies through an online portal had user credit card, address and personal data exposed, including pickups and activities. These may be the same attackers who recently lifted PR Newswire and Adobe info from the same servers. Beyond the credit card data were important personal notes, including who to contact and what, if any, illicit activity may have occurred in the vehicles.

It must be interesting to have all your data exposed to a group of violent strangers, like the way the rest of the world is exposing itself to the NSA. Shoe, meet foot."
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Wake up, something's happening nearby

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "This morning, millions of residents in the NY Metro Region were awoken by an emergency message issued to their cell phones at 3:30 AM. Another Hurricane Sandy, or perhaps even a tornado watch? No, today an Amber Alert was issued which simply read "LIC/GEX1377 NY 1995 Tan Lexis".

Apparently a bipolar mother kidnapped her child, and police issued the alert in an attempt to help track her down. Is this the new age of messaging where any law enforcement can spam their special cases all over the region?"

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EPA: No Single Cause for Colony Collapse Disorder

alphatel alphatel writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Citing a wide range of symptoms, a federal report released today has concluded that no single event, pesticide or virus can be held responsible for CCD in North American bee colonies. Meanwhile, Europe has moved towards banning neocotinids for two years.

EPA's Jim Jones stated, “There are non-trivial costs to society if we get this wrong. There are meaningful benefits from these pesticides to farmers and to consumers, as well as for affordable food.” May R. Berenbaum, head of the department of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a participant in the study, said “There is no quick fix. Patching one hole in a boat that leaks everywhere is not going to keep it from sinking.”"

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Choose your geolocation wisely, shopper.

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Plan on buying Milton that Swingline Stapler he always wanted? Better be sure you're not right next to Initech's office where Staples.com will mark up your price 10% or higher over someone working at Initrode.

A Wall Street Journal investigation found that the Staples Inc. website displays different prices to people after estimating their locations. More than that, Staples appeared to consider the person's distance from a rival brick-and-mortar store, either OfficeMax or Office Depot. If rival stores were within 20 miles or so, Staples.com usually showed a discounted price.

The Journal identified several companies, including Staples, Discover, Rosetta Stone, and Home Depot that were consistently adjusting prices and displaying different product offers based on a range of characteristics that could be discovered about the user."

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Instagram: So long, and thanks for all the pics!

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users' photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.

The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out. Perhaps most alarming? Underage users are not exempt.
Athough Instagram's terms of service state you must be at least 13 years old to sign up for the service, the new terms indicate that if a youth signs up, they are agreeing that a parent or guardian is aware that their image, username and photos can also be used in ads."

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Charlie Hedbo publishes nude Mohammed, suffers outage

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Potentially adding fuel to an already incensed crowd, satirical French magazine Charlie Hedbo has published an article titled "Intouchables 2", depicting the Prophet Mohammed on several pages in the buff.

Attempts to read the paper have proven difficult as the site is either overloaded or has been brought down."

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RIM CEO Heins: We're not in a a Death Spiral

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

alphatel writes ""There's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now," said CEO Thorsten Heins when he spoke to Canada's CBC Radio Tuesday morning.
"I'm not talking about the company I took over six months ago. I'm talking about the company [in the] state it's in right now."

RIM just had one of its worst quarters in years, delayed its next-generation smartphone platform, and announced layoffs that will affect nearly one-third of the smartphone maker's employees. What's important to keep in mind that these results paint a picture of decisions made months, if not years, ago."

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Backify might have been fraud scheme

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "In early October, new backup service Backify send out press releases announcing free 512GB accounts. A week later, the new accounts were told of an error and price increase for the service. Follow-up to a few days ago, Backify sent an email wanring customers their accounts would be terminated if no billing information was entered.

Flash forward to today and LiveDrive has been sending emails to Backify customers warning them to call their credit card companies and find a replacement backup provider immediately. Apparently backify used the reseller account status as a tool to commit fraud on thousands of customers."

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The geek dress-down dream come true

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "New York has now ranked as the 5th best-dressed city in the nation, behind rival Boston. GQ blames this all on men who "walk down the street in unison, should-to-shoulder, outfitted in tacky black 'Go Out' button-downs, embroidered denim, and product-inspired conflagrations on their head. These are the men that are sapping one of fashion's capitals, stride by douchey stride." What was once a victory for geekdom, walking around in baseball caps and jeans, has catapulted the fashion capital of the world to looking more like a dress rehearsal for Animal House."
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Mister Wong bans everyone

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Mister-Wong sent out an email today to a large number of users, claiming that it could "no longer support spam" on its bookmarking site and would "only be free of charge to private users with 'trusted' status". Attempting to sign in causes the new notice page to appears, with a link to the new pay to bookmark pricing page.

Is social bookmarking doomed to become a paid service for SEO, no different from spammy link directories?"

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US Calls for "unrestricted internet access"

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Hillary Clinton today called for all nations to embrace online freedom, stating that "There is no silver bullet in the struggle against Internet repression. There's no 'app' for that."
The Obama administration says it is ready to help dissidents evade internet restrictions to promote human rights and democracy in repressive states.
One wonders if the administration will help Americans gain internet access post kill-switch or takes issue with this as a typical example of it's right for thee but not for me."

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Demonoid Relocates

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "From the Demonoid.com website:
We are in the process of migrating the site to our new address, Demonoid.ME

Please update your torrents to the new tracker address, inferno.demonoid.me
Additionally, you can re download them and get them with the new address automatically Also, don't forget to update your bookmarks and RSS feeds"

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Old kids on the block

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Those who ponder timeless brands such as Rustler, Victrola or Handi-Wrap might notice that many of these marks were never brought back into 2010 for a face-lift. A few names were acquired by investors, others held by bankruptcy receivers, and many were simply retained by the large firms that dismantled the original corporation. An auction in December seeks to unload many of these popular trademarks. You could be the Lucky-whip to pour yourself a Meister Brau, slip into some Discowear and start building the next Infoseek."
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Angry Voter easily caught by County Police

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "Christopher R. Sutherland, 37, of High Falls Road Extension in Catskill was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor, after he allegedly sent an e-mail using the email alias "michael smith", the name of a Catskill town councilman. The criminal email, sent from Angryvotersign@Gmail.com on September 20th, quotes a town of Catskill law stating that political signs should not be placed more than 42 days prior to an election. Subpoenas issued to Google and Mid-Hudson Cable traced the message back to Sutherland, according to the district attorney's office.

Sutherland will be arraigned in Catskill Town Court Nov. 4 — two days after the general election."

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Phone Apps sending location data without notice

alphatel alphatel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alphatel (1450715) writes "It's hardly surprising that apps on cell phones are grabbing customer data, but a recent study showed that unique identifiers of phones, such as IMEI and SIMM, are being sent along with GPS data. Co-authored by Penn State and Duke University the study tested a random batch of free Android apps, and determined that at least half had given away device-based data, including location.
Some applications only leaked this data when showing ads to users, others even when the application was closed. "In some cases, location information was being shared as frequently as every 30 seconds.""

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