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eBay Deploys 100TB of SSDs, Cuts Rackspace By Half

angryphase Re:Reliability? (197 comments)

I read on the The Register that in fact these are far from consumer grade SSD implementations. Instead they are using specific set of flash module configurations:

The system uses 24 flash modules, not standard off-the-shelf solid state drives (SSDs), with different flash densities per module to provide the 2.5, 5 and 10TB capacity points.

more than 3 years ago

Will Android Flavors Spoil the Platform?

angryphase This Old Chestnut..Again! (405 comments)

Look, I think everybody is aware of the issues of segmentation and of following various forks on a main branch of any code base, whether it's open-sourced or not.

The fact that people are still discussing this as an issue whilst handset manufacturers and operators are supporting growth and proving that Android-based handsets are selling makes the whole argument moot.

Opinion pieces they may be, but unless it comes from the mouth of Google or other major contributors such as HTC, then the only ones complaining are people on slashdot, because your average mobile user in the wild doesn't seem to be too bothered.

Android is a platform, welcome to how platforms develop.

more than 4 years ago

What Game Devs Should Learn From EVE

angryphase Re:CSM elected by less than 6% of the players (270 comments)

Or perhaps the others didn't see somebody they could put their trust and beliefs in to vote?

Remember, this is the internet. Nobody trusts anybody else.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook, Zynga Sign Long-Term Virtual Currency Deal

angryphase Facebook Late to the Party (124 comments)

Well, it seems that Facebook's reluctance to (or slow) monetization of the site has certainly come back to bite it. When releasing details of the API for developers back in the day little did they know that the casual market would suddenly turn into a full blown business platform on top of their own infrastructure.

Unfortunately they are now in the position where Zynga are such a big part of Facebook that forcing them off the site through policy changes would be a loss for Facebook any way they looked at it. Luckily for Zynga they got in early to have the power or authority to cut a deal as well. Now all the new developers will seemingly be under the 70/30 rule of Facebook credits.

more than 4 years ago

Do Gamers Want Simpler Games?

angryphase Re:Lovely. (462 comments)

You seem to have missed the point that perhaps you are a part of the minority 'completionist' statistic they are banding around.

more than 4 years ago

Will Smith In For Independence Day 2 & 3

angryphase Re:Naming Technicality (464 comments)

  1. Days of Independence: Independence
  2. Days of Independence: Independence with a Vengeance
  3. Days of Independence: Even More Independence!

more than 4 years ago

Haptic Gaming Vest Simulates Punches, Shots, Stabbing

angryphase This just in ... (110 comments)

Technology that already exists becomes headline news.

more than 4 years ago

Mega Man 10 Confirmed For WiiWare

angryphase Re:uurrgghh (104 comments)

Another editor a sheep at the wheel, ewe would think baaad puns like this woolen be rammed into a summary.

Time to get the flock out of here.

more than 5 years ago

CIA Manual Thought Lost In 1973 Available On Amazon

angryphase Direct Links Already (190 comments)

An article on Slashdot linking to The Huffington Post, talking about a Wired story talking about an item for sale on Amazon. No need for the book, misdirection is alive and well.

more than 5 years ago

Chinese To Supply 600 MW Wind Farm In Texas

angryphase Oh, America. (453 comments)

I find it strange that already a lot of the comments seem shocked and confused by the fact that China is capable, willing and more than ready to provide this technology at a price that would obviously be deemed competitive with local markets. Has American industry really been asleep for so long?

Yes, other countries, even those that people think are so backward and lacking in knowledge are more than capable of producing high value goods at a reasonable price and a high quality standard.

I'm just waiting for the rest of the comments to come flooding in that:

a) China will try to takeover local industry
b) America will be seen as weak
c) Local industries weren't given enough opportunity
d) The American Life will be affected by reasonably outsourcing work.

more than 5 years ago

Comparing the Freedoms Offered By Maemo and Android

angryphase Re:How do I choose? (244 comments)

Most phones offer message templates. Create any generic salutation or excuse you can think of and then simply select the call from any call log application and in most cases you can send a templated SMS message without fear of being told off for not answering your phone.

more than 4 years ago

Will You Stream Or Download Your Mobile Music?

angryphase Not iPhone Yet (175 comments)

That link to youtube is actually for their latest demo of a Google Android application.

more than 5 years ago

US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linux

angryphase Re:Summary not quite right... (477 comments)

What is an "HP Linux Environment" (Does HP have its own version of Linux? What distro is HP using?)

As I posted earlier in reply to another comment, in a lot of cases, HP will attempt to bundle its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP-UX with large hardware solutions. However, if we can assume that the original article was correct that it is a Linux distro then it would most likely be RedHat Enterprise, as that is HPs preferred partner.

more than 5 years ago

Using the iPhone As a Pointing Device For the Real World

angryphase Oh Dear Lord (111 comments)

I wrote these apps for Windows Mobile, I've writtten a couple for Android, I've even written some into specialized devices using basic GPS Dongles and cellular network access for triangulation.

Now that Apple is doing it, suddenly it's going to CHANGE THE WORLD (tm). Location-based services/applications along with advertising have been looked at before, they failed then, they will fail now. People don't want adverts on their phones, they don't want bluetooth spam or to be bombarded with "Hey, come and enjoy a Pizza half-price at Hungry Joe's" everytime they walk past a pizza restaurant.

The article is poorly written, lacking in experience or significant research into previous implementations and sings the praises of Apple combining their award-winning expertise with this amazing new tech to change the marketplace forever.

Pass me a bucket, mine is full already.

more than 5 years ago

7-inch Android Netbook From GNB

angryphase Re:Some information would be nice. (150 comments)

  • CPU: 533MHz Freescale i.MX31 ARM-based processor
  • Operating System: Google Android
  • Display: 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen (Sascha says it's not glossy, but you can see a fair bit of glare in the video)
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Storage: Up to 8GB SSD
  • I/O: 3 USB ports, mic, headphone, and 4-in-1 card reader
  • Weight: 680 grams, or about 1.5 pounds

See working video of it here

more than 5 years ago

McDonalds Free Wi-Fi Users Soak Up Seating

angryphase Re:Wrong headline. (500 comments)

I hope this isn't indicative of the general opinion that is being bred into today's society.

McDonalds are a business that relies on a appeal to families as well as adult customers. Restricting the service like this promotes their own policies as a kid-friendly establishment (ignoring for now their impact on the growth of obesity and unhealthy lifestyles), one of their major requirements as a business. If they are seen to be promoting the freedom to surf porn within their premises then they lose this reputation as kid-friendly. Gone are the families and in come the nerdverts.

Just because they restrict, monitor and flag material that they, or their customers may find offensive (before possibly even passing it onto local authorities) does not make them evildoers, stealing your freedom and liberty. If you are currently employed then don't you think that this is happening in your workplace? Don't you think if they wanted to, people could (and in some cases do) monitor your usage at home already? Ignorance is bliss.

The question that should be asked is: Are McDonalds making their patrons aware that they must adhere to these policies when using this service (ToS, T&Cs)?

more than 5 years ago

Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In

angryphase Re:The damndest thing with these stories today (508 comments)

Far more fun to reverse your expectations every 1st April, the world (annoyingly) makes more sense. I FOR ONE WELCOME OUR NEW MONEY-SPEWING ATM OVERLORDS!

more than 5 years ago



Lobster Lament: Crustaceans Can Feel Pain

angryphase angryphase writes  |  more than 7 years ago

angryphase writes "According to animal behaviour experts from Queens University (Belfast), the belief that crustaceans are incapable of feeling pain may be false. After various research groups have delved into the nervous systems of invertebrates, studies have shed light on what '[...] has become an unlikely obsession for some scientists.' Professor Robert Elwood and his colleagues '[...] set about finding an answer by daubing acetic acid on to the antennae of 144 prawns.' A thankless task, that has not convinced many in the field of pain research. As Richard Chapman from the University of Utah (Salt Lake City) commented, 'Even a single-cell organism can detect a threatening chemical gradient and retreat from it [...] But this is not sensing pain.'"
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Mum Sends Stripper to Teenage Son's School

angryphase angryphase writes  |  more than 7 years ago

angryphase (766302) writes "According to recent reports one young Nottinghamshire schoolboy got a present to remember from his mother of all people. According to the parent in question there had been some misunderstanding by the agency, after she claims she had ordered a gorilla. A shaken and slightly stirred witness recounts, 'No one could believe it [...] she ordered him to get on all fours, led him around the classroom and hit him 16 times — once for each year — on the bottom with her whip. Then she took off some clothes until she was down to her bra and pants, pulled out some cream, put it on her buttocks and told him to rub it in.' As if this brazen overuse of props wasn't bad enough, the mother had requested that the teacher film the 'surprise'."
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Increase in Encrypted Torrents Spotted in the UK

angryphase angryphase writes  |  more than 7 years ago

angryphase (766302) writes "The British Phonographic Institute (RIAA-UK) has noticed a significant increase in the amount of encrypted torrents. Whether it follows a trend for hiding suspicious activities or an increased awareness of personal privacy is up for (weak) debate, either way, this change of attitude is apparently catching the eye of ISPs, music industry officials and enforcement agencies. Matt Phillips, spokesman for the UK record industry trade association explains, "Our internet investigations team, internet service providers and the police are well aware of encryption technology: it's been around for a long time and is commonplace in other areas of internet crime. It should come as no surprise that if people think they can hide illegal activity they will attempt to.""
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