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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

countach Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (353 comments)

It would only take bandwidth if it crossed the divide between ATT and the customer, and then was lost. But if there are packets getting lost at that point, one would presume an equal number would be lost going outwards, in which case the customer would record them sent, but ATT would not. In other words, any packet loss should be a net nil.

4 days ago
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Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

countach Re:What can be done about this? (107 comments)

Yes, the whole point of sending folks into the space station is to do experiments in microgravity. Otherwise, might as well stay home and watch TV.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

countach Nothing (353 comments)

Here's what you should do: nothing at all. Life is too short and there are better battles to fight.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

countach Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (353 comments)

Or at least, losses incoming and outgoing should cancel each other.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

countach Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (353 comments)

Errm, if any packets get lost that should *REDUCE* his billing, not increase it.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

countach Re: maybe (353 comments)

I don't buy it. A petrol station might have an irreducible overhead of evaporation in storage, but the point is when I fill up one litre or one gallon, that's how much I expect to get. If there is irreducible overhead, that's their problem.

4 days ago
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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

countach Yeah but.. (74 comments)

I can picture a scenario that if they were encrypted, the recovery key would be lost, or the person holding it would die or resign or quit and suddenly all the backups are unrecoverable. You can say ok, so the key should be kept somewhere secure, but where? When you answer that question, then why not put the actual backups there? It's not like you could have just one key forever either. That would be insecure to never change it. But to change it means having some filing system to keep the whole list of them from years and years back and storing them so people can find them. Then how are you going to encrypt THAT?

4 days ago
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Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

countach Re: microsofties here is your chance to party (98 comments)

Was the glibc boffin who said it looked unexpoitable just expressing a casual opinion, or was he actually trying to wriggle out of fixing it? If the former, then its not very interesting. If the latter, then yeah it's a problem.

5 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

countach Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (315 comments)

I suppose, but if your data is only small, a good OS will probably put it all together at the beginning of the drive anyway.

Plus, OSes perform better when they have got a lot of space to work with. So not all usage scenarios would improve.

5 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

countach Re:Prosthetic arm hacking FTW (194 comments)

Perhaps, but its hard to see how linking it to a hardware ID is especially secure. A hardware ID is probably just a sequential number, whereas a proper security token would be an encryption key.

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

countach Monopoly (525 comments)

Anti-neutrality laws are marxist in the same way that anti-monopoly laws are marxist. But thinking people recognise that you have to restrain rampant capitalism sometimes in order to maintain correct competition and market relationships.

5 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

countach Re:Prosthetic arm hacking FTW (194 comments)

How would you hardwire it anyway? I highly doubt the iPod hardware is modified. So that means there is some kind of security token on the iPod. But the iTunes/iCloud backup should backup any application data. This should be secure AND allow recovery in the case of loss.

5 days ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

countach Worldwide reach (233 comments)

An interesting case of how one US state could change worldwide products.

5 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

countach Re:Evolution... (281 comments)

How is the human race ever going to develop the genes needed to resist a modern diet unless we let fatty burgers, salty fries, and sugary drinks kill off the ones with weak wills?

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

countach Re:Keyword: Believe (281 comments)

" If you're paying that much attention to the food you're eating, you're probably not throwing garbage down your throat like most fat people do."

Yeah, but what is "garbage"?

One might argue that garbage is anything not natural, exactly like the Paleo's say.

The reality is italian bread and cold beer will tend to make you fat, if you don't carefully control quantities. We all know that many people don't control their input of beer and bread, and we see the results.

But you probably won't get obese just eating steak or pork chops. It's just not feasible to eat that much steak and pork chops, because they make you full quickly and they keep you full for a long time. And the mozzarella cheese is ok too. As an animal fat its digested slowly.

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

countach Re:put a label on it. (281 comments)

Most likely (or at least hopefully) the chemical makeup of Monsanto corn is the same as regular corn.

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

countach Re:neo diet (281 comments)

The points you miss is firstly, the bad health conditions of the modern diet probably won't kill you until you are least 40... past peak reproductive age, so its not likely to affect evolution of humanity any time soon. Secondly, medical technology like pills can to some extent compensate and keep you alive when you would otherwise be dead. That means we also won't evolve to the new conditions.

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

countach Re:Scientific American doesn't agree ... (281 comments)

Hmmm. Mummies were likely to be aristocracy and kings, not common people. They would have had access to very rich diets like we do today. I didn't read the study but it sounds very suspect

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

countach Re:"Paleolithic diets" now vs then (281 comments)

The issue is not to get overly technical about exactly what fruit of veges they ate. The issue is whether our bodies can handle food with a similar makeup to "paleo times" compared to now. For example, our bodies simply are not built to withstand the amount of sugar and salt we put into them these days. That's a fact.

Yes they might have died young in old times. BUT... they lived as long as evolution would allow GIVEN the diet and circumstances they were in. Their bodies were evolved to make the best use of that diet, not sugar and salt and carbs like today.

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

countach Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

Yes, sugar is treated by the brain a bit like cocaine. That's part of the issue, but its not the whole story. High GI foods give you the quick hit of cocaine which wears off quickly. Low GI foods give you a slow burn that keeps you satisfied longer.

I very much disagree that baked potatoes are a weight loss food. You can eat anything if in moderation, but any kind of potatoes is not a great choice in the weight loss stakes.

about a week ago

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