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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

burning_plastic Filesharing sites (294 comments)

I've found the best speedtest solution is to choose a couple of the major fileshare sites (ie. the ones that ISPs love to throttle or block). I then upload a non-compressible junk file of about 100MB and try downloading it directly and via a VPN. I then compare those results to my ISP's speedtest.

I've seen some impressive throttling or within-ISP network congestion/lack of interconnects.

about two weeks ago
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Spotify Announces Single User Hacked, No Personal Data Stolen

burning_plastic Data Breach Notification Law (50 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if this is in part a way of ensuring that all data breach notification law requirements are met by broadcasting the notification in such a way that no agency or person can claim to have not been aware (even if they claim they didn't receive notification directly).

about 5 months ago
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Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

burning_plastic Re:bayonet mount- on a computer (160 comments)

Each different type of bayonet mount will be patented - eg. Nikon F mount, Pentax K mount, Canon EF mount. Apple patenting a set of specifications for a mount is a perfectly understandable concept - they're not trying to patent a completely generic mount...

about 7 months ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

burning_plastic Ono-sendai (202 comments)

I'll be truly interested when Ono-sendai start releasing their cyberspace series of decks.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

burning_plastic Linux and Crossover Office (408 comments)

I did Linux Mint and MS Office using Crossover as it meant that she could keep using the MS apps, but had a safer stable base to work from.

And - so my littlest sister couldn't keep installing her toolbar / chat app of the week on it - those caused more problems than anything else.

about 10 months ago
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On the subject of robots ...

burning_plastic Not Cherry - Chalmers (318 comments)

I'd prefer a Chalmers to a Cherry. Best damn model they ever put out.

about a year ago
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UK Town To Get Driverless 'Pods' Mixing With Pedestrians

burning_plastic Good Omens (111 comments)

"Note for Americans and other aliens: Milton Keynes is a new city approximately halfway between London and Birmingham. It was built to be modern, efficient, healthy, and, all in all, a pleasant place to live. Many Britons find this amusing." -- T. Pratchett and N. Gaiman, Good Omens

We used to go bowling there when I was little as it was the only place within an hour's drive with a bowling alley... I mostly remember parts being very empty and then almost never-ending lines of roundabouts (although at least they were in straight lines unlike Swindon)...

about a year ago
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Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC

burning_plastic Re:My Mac Sucks (607 comments)

Yay! Haven't see this one posted for a long time ;->

about a year ago
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My cumulative GPA, thus far:

burning_plastic All you really need... (441 comments)

Is a magical accident and the luck to leave the human race before death...

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Urges Businesses To Get Off XP

burning_plastic Re:$500,00 equipment with WinXP (727 comments)

When dealing with certain pieces of equipment, the cost of service contracts often gets renegotiated after each expires and if the vendor doesn't want to support it anymore they just jack up the price of the contract to a non-viable level. So then you just wait until the machine stops working before you upgrade. We had this happen with a Leica confocal microscope - the contract expired, and then the proprietary board that connected the scope to the computer died. Since no more boards existed world-wide the scope was useless as a confocal and so was eventually repurposed as a standard epi-fluorescence scope.

about 2 years ago
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IT Industry Presidential Poll: 'Not Sure' Beats Both Obama and Romney

burning_plastic Re:The toilet water guy?!? (238 comments)

His shit wasn't fucked up - it was retarded...

And that's fine because plenty of tards can live kick-ass lives!

Brought to you by Carl's Jr.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rugged E-book Reader?

burning_plastic In the bath (126 comments)

I regularly read on my Kindle in the bath. I just double-bag with regular ziploc bags, and I've never had any issues.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With a Math Degree?

burning_plastic Move Abroad... Teaching is still a respected job. (416 comments)

There are plenty of countries where teachers are actually respected, paid decent wages and supported by their schools - my little brother ended up in Australia, and even though he's not currently in a particularly nice school (inner city...) he still says it's a massive leap above most schools in the US/UK...

more than 2 years ago
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Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Robot or Android?

burning_plastic Here I am... (608 comments)

...brain the size of a planet and they ask me to answer this poll...

Call this job satisfaction? 'Cos I don't.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera Advice?

burning_plastic Panasonic GX1? (402 comments)

The linked article is a good start - my personal preference would be a panasonic GX1 at the moment - it offers enough control so that you can grow with it and the panasonic G series cameras have generally been of fairly high quality for the field.

If I didn't have a DSLR, I would probably get one of these as in most situations (especially when size is an issue when travelling) these cameras can produce images as good as a similar level DSLR.

more than 2 years ago
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DARPA Seeks App Developers For War App Store

burning_plastic Iron Man (174 comments)

There was an Iron Man storyline (Stark Resilient) not too long ago that had a game app being released that pretended that real missions were actually part of the game, with the players controlling UAVs...

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook: the Law Says You Can't Have Your Data

burning_plastic Re:Lies, lies, lies ... (165 comments)

The UK Data Protection Act can force them to delete any data they have on you even if they won't reveal exactly what it is (as long as they're not the government or someone you owe money to)...

about 3 years ago
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Do you take a print newspaper at home?

burning_plastic Free Newspapers! and lighting fires... (316 comments)

We get deliveries of the main city newspaper at the university we work at for the undergraduates (no deliveries during the holidays) so I read it then, and take it home for lighting the evening wood fire.

There's also a little free local paper that gets dropped in mailboxes even if you have a 'no junk mail' sign.

more than 3 years ago
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I Name My Servers After:

burning_plastic Cowboys, Constellations & horror story Charact (722 comments)

Macs get names from cowboys in Western movies (eg. Jake)
Linux boxen get names from star constellations (eg. Cassiopeia)
Windows gets names from horror story characters (eg. Igor)

External hard drives for my main machine get names from The Abyss (eg. Pseudopodia, Deep Core, DeepSuit)

more than 3 years ago
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How To Tell If Your Cell Phone Is Bugged

burning_plastic Flight mode? (338 comments)

Many recent phones/PDAs have a flight mode so that you can use the music/PDA functionality of the device while on a plane that doesn't allow cell phone use.

Wouldn't allowing remote circumvention of this flight mode be a safety risk in some cases, and if evidence of this kind were brought out in court, couldn't the defendant charge the law enforcement agency for reckless endangerment (or something similar) for making use of a device that had the potential to interfere with the navigation/takeoff/landing electronics of the aircraft.

Similarly, if the flight mode directly turned off the transmitter/receiver, unless the firmware had a built in time delay switch on or something like that, how would you remotely re-activate the phone?

more than 7 years ago

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