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EU May Not Unify Its Data Protection Rules After All

drolli Re:Special service available!=net neutrality viola (55 comments)

It is fine if i have to pay for more bandwidth/allocated bandwidth.

As long as everybody has to pay the same price for this. Because then I (as a customer or provider) can compete in a special area with google.

If only companies who can affort their own ATM networks and are powerful enough to push anybody else to give preference to their traffic, then nobody can compete.

Which is why i think a mandatory split of companies into branches and trading of bandwidth of all kinds (guaranteed, allocated, and opportunistic) on a stock marekt would be appropriate.

And actually: yes, there is traffic, which I as a consumer need with higher priority than other traffic. I just would appreciate if I have the choice.

about two weeks ago

With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

drolli Re:Big Mistake (33 comments)

i think there will be. Too big to fail....

about two weeks ago

EU May Not Unify Its Data Protection Rules After All

drolli Special service available!=net neutrality violated (55 comments)

IP packets had a TOS field from in the beginning. IP v6 has this again. I am fine and appreciate prioritization/TOS if:

* ISP explicitly list these classes of traffic in their Terms
* Everybody (no matter if google or a 1 person specialized SW shop) can buy priority traffic on the backbone with a specific latency/reliability class
* Traffic/Capacity is traded only trough a open market (tick exchange), with no "secret deals"
* Costs for traffic appear separately on the bills of the customers - even if the overall product is free.
* The "last Mile" is a deal between the Customer and *his* ISP. Cross financing the last mile from other businesses should be considered as abuse of a vertical monopoly.

about two weeks ago

Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

drolli What to wonder about? (197 comments)

The MPC565 is pretty standard in Airospace. Has all the features you need and not more:

* Clock: in the low MHz range. Pretty easy to make transmission reliable, even if a PCB trace is damaged or the board deteriorates.

* No MMU: Why the hell would i put a MMU in a Controller which should perform identical operations over 5years-40years and has no additional unplanned tasks, and is running software which is somewhere between well tested (level D) and insane (level A). The complexity of a MMU is incompatible with ceritfying this thing as level A (critical) for any reasonable price.

* big SRAM on chip. Buffer the voltage to the processor well and it does not matter to you if the clock fluctuates wildly.

* Flash on chip. (for program storage). So you can be pretty sure that as long as your program runs, it will run well.

That being said it should be mentioned that a variant of TFTP (35years old) is the standard for Loading SW onto parts in Planes.

about two weeks ago

With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

drolli Re:Big Mistake (33 comments)

I dont think that they will set up the EUV Production lines there.

about two weeks ago

Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

drolli No (545 comments)

Overtime needs to be paid appropriatly.

If somebody (in my case: simulation experts) do something for me, in want them to be motivated to do a good job every hour they work. If i misplanned the project and they are the only ones who can handle it, it should be on my bill/ the companies bill, not on theirs. I also want them to be not disgruntled and ready for sleeping for 5 weeks because some other PM pushed them the last 6 months to 80h/week, since I need them to have a clear mind.

Unpaid overtime gives wrong incentives, since "too good to be true" Project Management Plans are not pnished, but rewarded.

about two weeks ago

Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

drolli Absolutely (310 comments)

It's ok in the game to beat up people, shoot them, drive them over with trucks, use granades in the middle of the city and help the mafia.

But heaven help, should the game allow show that Mafia people actually beat women. Everybody knows that organized crime and human trafficking are completely independen and that truely, there are 'honourable' mafiosi which just shoot among themself, without earning money from such things.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

drolli From somebody who likely had/has ADHS (312 comments)

a) Learn in the library. Leave your laptop/smartphone/tablet at home whenever possible.

b) When you notice that you became distracted on the computer, make a note about how long you stayed focused.

c) Make enough breaks (>1/hour) when learning.

d) Sleep enough (corollary: computer should not be taken into your bed)

d) Go to the doctor and let yourself check for possible root causes. It could very well be that it's not the electronics which reduced you attention span, but that you have some other problem (mild depression, organic problem, stress, anxiousness)

e) Seriously question if you study choice is really something you love and are well suited for. It's very hard to stay focused if you dont like the subject.

f) Play games requiring steady concentration on your phone (my favourite is 'fly dragon fly')

about two weeks ago

Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

drolli Re:Some actual information (257 comments)

I care.

I updated my kernel to the 3.17 and the machine locks up every few days (no when stress testing, when web surfing). No trace, no panic, nothing (which coincides what was described in the tread.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

drolli Problem is not the PC (720 comments)

You wife may have misunderstood "i like to play exciting games for one hour every day".

about three weeks ago

Debian Forked Over Systemd

drolli Re:What's the name again? (647 comments)

Just call it -traditional-init

What is this thing about creating supposedly funny or original names for technical things (a branch is not a brand). Just makes things hard to remember.

And look at:

Are you really telling me than not one of the countless existing forks of debian wants to stay with traditional init and you could help there? would that not increase the chances of continued support. Or is this just about being the boss of something?

about three weeks ago

Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

drolli Re:filling it with enough *air* (116 comments)

No, calling Nitrogen Air is as justified as calling Helium Air.

Colloquially air is something you can breathe without dying.

Technically air is well defined as a mixture of gases.

about a month ago

Startup Assembly Banks On Paid, Open-Source Style Development

drolli Open? (33 comments)

Sorry somehow i could not get a list of products without signing up.

And there are no written examples on the html5-web2.0ish HP.

about a month ago

Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

drolli filling it with enough *air* (116 comments)

You can fill it with as much air as you want, and it wont fly.

And that is not what the google statement says

about a month ago

The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

drolli Really? (66 comments)

* including 3D printing,
Nope. wont change my life or work. For the things I am involved in it is either too expensive, or already relevant.

* embedded systems
Nope. changed my life already. I saw how the analog chips which we used in the end of the 90s for signal processing became obsolete and unavailable/expensive (-> Burr Brown being bough by TI) Not a new tech at all.

* and evolving Web APIs
Oh yeah, because that going to mache such a big difference

about a month ago

Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

drolli Wow (226 comments)

Being a web programmer is the same as brein able to enter University?

I mean dont get me wrong, i appreciate people who early in their life know what to to and do that well, even if there is is no academic education involved.

But somehow i dount that such people will be the main participants in such "bootcamps".

about a month ago

Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

drolli Re:Rain attenuates the radio signal (150 comments)

Why should a radio link have higher latency than a fiber?

about a month ago

Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

drolli Re:Nope (91 comments)

Fascist? Nope.

Your Employer provides with tools and guidelines. if something is not explicitly allowed, then it is your responsibility to check if it is according to the rules of the company. Giving up the control over data usually is not acceptable.

If you use tools which essentially give up the control over the data to any third party (as you do in evernote), possibly even with terms and conditions which have zero accountability of the service provider, just because you like a service because it is "practical and free".

These "practical and free" services would be where i as attacker would start targeted attacks.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

drolli Re:But what do you need? (147 comments)

"Big Data is data that cannot be dealt with using regular RDBMSes"

Let's say: you may need or use a "regular" (RDBMs) for some things in big data, but it's not going to be your "Data Warehouse".

about a month and a half ago

Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

drolli Nonsense (260 comments)

Let's clearly separate the cases

a) You are an institution which is powerful/rich enough to build (AFAIU they were talking about the raw metals here) operate a isotope enrichment plant, breeder reactors, and compose these to a *working* nuclear device (Ahem even countries like North Korea or Iran take a while for this): It's very likely that you were able to contact sellers of these required equipment without the internet (and doing so via the internet may get you on a list of the NSA to watch)

b) You are a terrorist organisation with a moderate amount (~0.5-1B Dollar), but no backing infrastructure: Good luck in powering up the centrifuges without anybody noticing; you have to buy the plutonium directly.

about 1 month ago


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Unbundling Windows from a Notebook?

drolli drolli writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I know, the question is asked from time to time, thats partially because the situation really changes, so i ask it again. I want to buy a subnotebook. Some of the most interesting candidates (e.g. Sony P-Series) are sold bundled with Windows, which i am not interested in buying at all (the last personally bought MS product was Windows 3.1, included in OS/2 2.1).

So what is the current strategy about refusing EULA, annoying the support etc? How did it/does it work out? The Reports on the net vary strongly. I am less interested in how the world should be, how it from a philosophy of law perspective should be or how the theoretical legal situation is. I am interested in what really worked, how much time it took and how annoying it was.

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