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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

coofercat Re:maybe (349 comments)

Yeah right - what if they decide to use some proprietary encapsulation that adds 200% to the original data. Should you have to pay for that? If you should, then it's only a matter of time before someone figures out this could be a nice revenue stream :-(

I'm not sure, but ToS or none, I doubt this sort of thing would be legal in most of Europe. You can't really be charged a variable amount for something you have no control over. All that said, I wouldn't be surprised if someone somewhere is charging for encapsulation (knowingly or otherwise).

2 days ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

coofercat How Stupid are Elected Representatives? (522 comments)

How stupid do you have to be to read this sort of thing and say "oh yeah, good point". I mean, if you see "public utility" and "Marxist" being joined together, do you think "hmm... yes, I see what you mean", or do you think "hang on, but aren't the electrical grid, water, gas, roads and other things public utilities? We're not in a marxist state, so what's one more utility to worry about?".

3 days ago

How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

coofercat Re:Thirty minutes is ridiculous. Swap out the pack (190 comments)

...and do what in the meantime? Hydrogen isn't piped around the city or country *at all*, at least electricity is - so right now, today, you can use it. You could be waiting 5 years, 10 years or longer for the hydrogen economy to be properly viable. Besides, it's not like doing any of this slows down any of the work on getting fuel cells to work sensibly.

I agree the tech has a while to go before it fully replaces petrol/diesel, but it's a good enough option for a lot of use cases. Therefore, for people who fall into those use cases, they get to use a fossil fuel free solution for $n years until the hydrogen solution gets worked out. When it does, Tesla will have all the real estate and mind share to take advantage without having to spend millions on getting the basics in place. Seems like a pretty sensible way to go to me...

about a week ago

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

coofercat Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

You must live outside some shit cities. The ones I've lived in have been great - there's always something going on that's worth spending your time on. You have a number of friends who live a similar distance as you from $thing, so you can arrange that a few of them meet you there to do whatever it is you want to do.

Additionally, there are (usually) more job opportunities, and generally higher paying jobs in the (good) cities, with the really good cities having suitably affordable housing - although you don't need to spend too much time there, so don't need the garden and clear views in all directions (there are parks just up the road for that sort of thing, which get maintained without you needing to use up your valuable time on the task).

Having said all that, I now live in a village. It's nice to have actual knowledge of your neighbours, and even the people that work in the local stores. We'll be moving somewhere bigger soon though - there just aren't any opportunities for the kids here.

about a week ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

coofercat Stick it in the Cloud (426 comments)

Pff! IE's a security/update nightmare. Just stick it in the cloud and call it IE 365 or IE Live or something.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

coofercat Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

Ford - Fix Or Repair Daily
"By a Ford, you'll never be bored"

about two weeks ago

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

coofercat Touch and feel (165 comments)

I'd live to give my kids a copy of "That's not my ___" ( with it's touch and feel areas on Kindle. I'm sure they'd find a way to get some touch and feel sensation out of it, by maybe chewing the corners, dribbling on it it generally trying to use it in ways the manufacturer doesn't advise.

Closing libraries in preference to kindle (or any other e-book reader) is quite probably the stupidest idea I've heard on the subject. It's great for the trash novels and other ephemeral crap, but for just about anything decent, or *shudder* different, it fails entirely.

about two weeks ago

The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

coofercat Re:Ah yes (145 comments)

I think it's more about the end of the MHz wars. Nowadays, to get more power, you add more cores. If you can't do that, you add more boxes.

If you've got a single threaded million instruction blob of code, it's not executing very much faster today than it was a few years ago. If you're able to break it into a dozen pieces, then you can execute it faster and cheaper now than you could a few years ago, though.

Moore's law hasn't really run out of steam, it more that it's rules have changed a bit - the raw power may be going up and getting cheaper, but the way to use it all has changed.

Back on topic, I'd say TFA is roughly right - the data centre isn't going through mainframe/big iron/commodity hardware changes any longer. Things are getting refined and improved, but the major shifts in approach seem to be coming to an end.

As others above have mentioned, there's still plenty going on in the world of coding/testing/deploying. In some sense, stabilising the physical kit gives us room to think about those things in more detail.

about two weeks ago

Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

coofercat Re:Send your data to the CCP faster? (135 comments)

I have no idea what I'm talking about here, but could the tap be applied while they're still laying the cable? I mean, at some point a ship with a coil of cable sets off from the US, unreeling the cable as it goes. Once it's a couple of kilometers away, the NSA sends in the sub and applies the tap before the ship's even got over the horizon. Presumably that'd work, wouldn't it? Or do they have the cable lit with some sort of test data while they're laying it?

about two weeks ago

Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

coofercat Re:Not all bugs are in difficult code (116 comments)

Not all bugs are in difficult code ...just in difficult tasks. Going to the management meetings ought to make their machine explode ;-)

about three weeks ago

UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

coofercat Re:Use a Cell ID identifier on a phone (52 comments)

How about RedPhone + TextSecure?

Although if cells are your bag, then Llama can trigger events based on the ones you're tuned to.

about three weeks ago

Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

coofercat Re:It was me. (204 comments)

There's a Mrs. Jenkins? No wonder my CI system can't keep it's mind on the job at hand.

about three weeks ago

UK Spy Agency Certifies Master's Degrees In Cyber Security

coofercat Re:Satire that Writes Itself. (45 comments)

Yeah, we sort of need "The Only University Masters course NOT certified by GCHQ" ;-)

Come to think of it, if there were such an online course, I'd probably take it...

about three weeks ago

Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

coofercat Re:If true. If. (200 comments)

As a spectator, I wonder how many of the recent presidents I can think of will/have written or said anything as insightful and eloquent as any of the quotes above.

Expanding it out the senate - even with all those extra stuffed shirts to choose from, how many now?

about a month ago

"ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

coofercat EULA (100 comments)

I hope they have a good EULA ;-)

about a month ago

A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

coofercat !headphones (43 comments)

I don't have my 'phones handy, so had to watch with the sound off. The video doesn't show the machine actually working, which makes it a pretty boring watch. Hell, even the guy in the checked shirt looks bored talking about it.

I know us geeks aren't great at PR, but if you've got a machine that does something and you're at a trade show, then make sure your machine runs 24x7 - even if it's not your machine and it's just an incidental part of what you do, it's still better than leaving it idle.

about a month ago

Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

coofercat Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

Wasn't there some bug where Chrome left your microphone on and used Google's text-to-speech to listen in on everything you said? (

I'm sure Firefox has some "duh!" bugs too, but I have to say, this Chrome was was pretty awful.

about a month ago

The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

coofercat Re:Dismantle DHS (190 comments)

...and be sure to spread that malware that uses Tor for command and control. Even your elderly neighbour could be a terrorist! Add to the fact that she gives sweets to the kids that come around asking if they can get their ball back from her garden, and you've got a paedo-terrorist. They're the worst kind of all.

about a month ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

coofercat Re:Actually, (242 comments)

You're confused who the 'leaders' are. It certainly isn't the politicians, and it was never the people.

about a month ago


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About Coofer Cat

coofercat coofercat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'm a chap from London, UK, trying to make his way through this ole' life as best as possible.

I've been a sysadmin for most of my professional life, mostly playing with Sun systems, latterly more Windoze and Linux though. I'm quite good at "getting things to work" - that is, making things work they way they ought to.

At the moment, I'm working for my own company, Pre-Emptive Limtied. It's a small company that makes appliance based products, the first of which is a search engine. We make use of open source products and "glue" them together with a bit of development and a proprietary administration and usability layer.

In my spare time, I can often be found boozin' in pubs, or scaring off the opposite sex. I've also got a blog.

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