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NASA's Next Mars Mission Will Join the Interplanetary Internet

deains Re:Network structure (53 comments)

Perhaps we should start by assigning an IP address to every star in the galaxy, and see how many are left over. Or we could try area codes.

about 9 months ago

Have 100GB Free? Host Your Own Copy of Wikipedia, With Images

deains Re:2013-11-04 (151 comments)

This is a news-for-nerds site. It’s reasonable to assume dates are in ISO format. :)

about 10 months ago

25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last

deains Re:No one else? (277 comments)

I think the difference is that the Google study used commercial hard drives, whereas this one, since it comes from the upstarts, is about consumer-grade drives. Of course, the conclusions are pretty much the same, which is good news for us ordinary plebs I suppose.

about 10 months ago

Google Updates ReCAPTCHA With Easier CAPTCHAs For Humans

deains Re:Plus the audio version (81 comments)

On those ones have you ever tried hitting the button that's supposed to say the captcha out loud just in case you can't read it?(Which is most of the time) I swear it sounds like some sort of inhuman moaning straight from the Necronomicon that would be more appropriate to summon some sort of demon.

And thus, Inglip was born.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

deains Re:Are you serious? (682 comments)

But that would be completely disregarding the trials of the current job market. The best thing would be to get your 4-year-old's CV onto as soon as possible.

about a year ago

55,000 Sign Twitter Abuse Petition After Jane Austen Campaigner Threats

deains Re:What's the big deal (421 comments)

TBH I think the issue about the bank notes themselves is fairly peripheral to all this. The "people" (for want of a better word) sending these abusive tweets probably couldn't care less about who's on the back of their money, they just simply hate women and so will take any opportunity to threaten, belittle and abuse them anonymously. This article in the Telegraph kinda gives some insight:

about a year ago

You Will Get DirectX 11.2 Only With Windows 8.1

deains Re:Will make them angry? (403 comments)

Pretty much this. If you need to make big, structural changes to an OS, backporting it is gonna cause all sorts of problems. Can you imagine if they produduced a service pack upgrade for XP, or an older version of Windows and broke compatibility with tons of classic games? There'd be uproar. And that's not even considering the corporate sector. Basically, breaking existing functionality is generally a bad move, and MS isn't quite that stupid yet.

about a year ago

Apple Deluged By Police Demands To Decrypt iPhones

deains Re: Is Apple being compensated? (239 comments)

Or better yet, don't store sensitive data on your smartphone. Android/Windows Phone are likely to have their own backdoors as well, so simply avoiding Apple doens't necessarily solve the problem.

about a year ago

Sequoia Supercomputer Sets Record With 'Time Warp'

deains Re:Really? (39 comments)

10 LET JUMP = "to the left"

about a year ago

Sequoia Supercomputer Sets Record With 'Time Warp'

deains Re:This sounds familiar... (39 comments)

The system's so efficient it managed to travel back in time by 23 hours.

about a year ago

UK Court Orders Block of Three Torrent Sites

deains Re:So... (99 comments)

There are a million and one proxies for Pirate Bay that are accessible in the UK. As far as I know none of these have been shut down by authorities since TPB itself was banned in the country. So if we assume the same model here then chances are proxy sites will be left alone.
Nothing to say the BPI/government (more or less the same thing now) might not change tack of course.

about a year and a half ago

SSH Password Gropers Are Now Trying High Ports

deains Re:Security by obscurity ... (349 comments)

Correction: most of the hack attempts you're seeing appear to come from China. I expect it's likely most of the attacks would come from botnets, which thrive in China thanks to the high adoption rate of pirate software. The actual hackers could be anywhere.

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Breaks Major Websites With Redirection Bug

deains Re:so... (179 comments)

Let's just get in touch every CDN in existence and get them to shut down everything they're doing then. Clearly centralising providers of commonly-used resources is an abysmally terrible idea.
(Sarcasm, just in case you can't tell)

about a year and a half ago

Online Ads Are More Dangerous Than Porn, Cisco Says

deains Re:This is why I block ads (110 comments)

So do you block ads, or block content from unknown domains?

about a year and a half ago

The Trouble With 4K TV

deains Re:Welcome back to 2005 (442 comments)

This time's a bit different though. Not only are we talking about double the resolution again (so an exponential increase), the frame rate has to go up too, else you get screen tearing. When HD first came out, it didn't stretch the current limits of hard drive technology, nor was it really a massive leap for PC monitors to meet the new resolution.
Yes the market will adapt, but the chances of it happening as fast as it did for 1080p are extremely low. 4K is going to be the next big thing for quite a while yet.

about a year and a half ago

Hurricane Sandy Nears East Coast

deains Re:See what happens? (281 comments)

It's the same everywhere really. Not a single snowflake can fall on Greater London without half the British press running a story about it, meanwhile in the North of England and Scotland, it could be 10 feet of snow and the media wouldn't even blink an eye. It's all about perspective, and the world experience of a journalist stuck working in a dingy skyscraper all day is very limited.

about 2 years ago

BBC Keeps Android Flash Alive In the UK

deains Re:Get rid of it (102 comments)

Unfortunately it's kinda tricky to focus on not being cheap when your budget is repeatedly cut, despite viewing figures and general approval going up. This is why we can't have nice things.

about 2 years ago

Police Probing Theft of Millions of Pounds of Maple Syrup From Strategic Reserve

deains Re:Damn (399 comments)


about 2 years ago


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