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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

dutchwhizzman Cubic Inches? (255 comments)

Please Google, educate the people and use metric specifications in your projects and requirements

2 days ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

dutchwhizzman ICANN is not the police, prosecutor, judge or jury (112 comments)

You'd have to wait for the government to declare Brandon Gray an illegal organization or punish them some other way if you want to rely on the criminal part of the law to deal with this. That is why you want obvious criminal actions to be named in your contract as a reason to suspend/stop delivering services or payments.

5 days ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

dutchwhizzman Look better it's already there (160 comments)

KVM, Xen and other hypervisors make Linux systems look like IBM mainframes. The whole "Virtual Machine" hype where we have guest operating systems running on hypervisors is just like IBMs Z series.

5 days ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

dutchwhizzman But they can (749 comments)

They have done so in the past and succeeded.

If a company does business in the USA, they can force them to comply or they will lose their business in the USA. If a company has even a single USA employee, they will force the employee or the employee will lose citizenship and/or risk detainment when entering USA territory. They will even arrest and detain foreign employees of companies not complying if they set foot on USA territory for this.

There are actual companies in the EU that will take great care to not have any USA customers or employees or be dependent on USA vendors for their IT infrastructure just because of this. Plenty of EU organizations and companies have chosen or are legally mandated not to use USA vendors for products and services and to not employ USA citizens because of this. If anything the USA is biting themselves in the ankles with this sort of legislation.

about two weeks ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

dutchwhizzman power usage (145 comments)

If you can buy a new computer that will consume less power to do the same, chances are that within a few years you'd be cheaper off using the new hardware, even if that means that the old machine is written off completely. Scrap value, land fill or whatever happens to it doesn't matter then. I have plenty of old machines that have sentimental or "collector" value standing about my home. I don't power them on and actually buy new hardware (NAS boxes and raspberry pi) or run VMs to do things that the old hardware is more than capable of doing. My power bill has gone down since I started doing that, easily paying back the new hardware in a short amount of time.

about two weeks ago
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

dutchwhizzman They failed (132 comments)

Try searching for *anything* on Google search. Over half of the results are commercial, even if you're not looking for a commercial thing. Either they failed, or they are in it for the advertisements after all. If google had balls, they'd blacklist any company that pops up with a commercial result (that they didn't get paid for) for non commercial searches. I suppose it would backlash so hard they don't want to put in the effort, or they actually failed at it.

about two weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

dutchwhizzman That doesn't work (231 comments)

"resetting" your phone to manufacturer settings doesn't wipe any data. Even manually "deleting" it and then "resetting" the phone doesn't do that. It merely marks the flash memory in the phone to be "reusable".

The only way to make sure the data is gone is to fill the phone up with garbage data after you've done a factory reset so there is something else written to the flash memory. After you've filled it up to the last bit, do another factory reset and you will be as close as you can get without destroying the physical device to wiping your data properly.

about two weeks ago
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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

dutchwhizzman Nothing New, not relevant (122 comments)

There are plenty of development boards that come as a base board with several CPU/RAM options on a daughter card. Just the fact that it fits in a raspberry pi case may make it a bit more interesting for some people. However, if you're truly into developing, you're either going to stick with the pi or get the board with the hardware specs you need and not worry about the form factor. If you're into the Pi as a consumer, it's most likely because of it's media playing capabilities. Unless this board will support XBMC with proper hardware acceleration, it's not going to be relevant for those folks either.

about three weeks ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

dutchwhizzman The companies are merely hindring themselves (370 comments)

By severely limiting the type of candidate they are willing to consider, the companies are limiting themselves to a very strict model that will not allow for "star performers" to do well in that company. They will be limited to quickly going through new hires and only keeping the mediocre ones. The bad ones get fired and the good ones move on to greener pastures. This will make the whole group perform below average and recruiting costs will remain high. I don't see a need to regulate this, since the job market tends to regulate itself quite well because of this. By the way, this isn't limited to age, but also applies to gender, education, nationality and ethnicity.

about a month ago
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Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster

dutchwhizzman No overclocking (143 comments)

This isn't about overclocking. Most GPUs get set to a power saving speed for boot that is way below their maximal factory rated capacity. A 1GHz GPU could well be clocked at 300MHz or even lower during boot by the BIOS settings.

about a month ago
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Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

dutchwhizzman There are more countries next to USA and China (188 comments)

It will be a minor annoyance for this company to not be able to directly deal with the USA, but there are plenty of companies, banks and countries outside of the USA that will be happy to provide a way around the FCC.

about a month ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

dutchwhizzman That's not a backup (387 comments)

Sorry, but a backup is something you keep *off line* for a good reason. This is a near-line copy, possibly at another site we're talking about here.

about a month ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

dutchwhizzman Instant doesn't always work either (240 comments)

We had polaroid and competing instant photo's back in the seventies and eighties as well. Those were used by professional photographers to check if what they envisioned was what was going to happen on print/film and not just by people taking snapshots.

The screen on the back of your camera will tell you something about your picture, but in no way will it tell you if you've made a successful photograph without already knowing what to look for and how to achieve it first. It can help you quickly adjust your exposure settings, if you zoom in you can see if you have your focus sorted out and if you have motion blur. You can watch the edges of your image to see if you've framed your shot properly and the tiny image will give you clues about your composition.

You have to know all this stuff already in order to be able to judge the picture you just took and it will take you probably about a minute to do so. During that minute, you have no time to take additional shots, while often "the good stuff" is happening right in front of you.

I have many images taken during many shoots that looked "great" on the back of the camera, but once I got back home and looked at them at a larger screen and started processing them, turned out to need a lot of work and often were mediocre at best. There are some things that a digital camera will give you instant feedback on, but having to be way more convinced about your shot because it will cost you one of your precious 36 exposures will make you take better shots just as much, albeit based on different presumptions and criteria. In the end, having to wait for the final results before you can make your ultimate judgment on your picture applies to both.

If anything, digital allows you to take more shots for the same money spent on equipment and materials and the tooling gives you much more ways to repair or improve the initial image captured. With film, you can develop the film only once and then you'll have to figure out the correct sequence and timing for how you will be exposing your print. This means that you have an extra "point of no return" in developing the film and physical limitations in what you can do exposing your print. In practice, that means that if shot digitally in RAW, you can get away with messing up your exposure a whole lot more and in post processing, you can "develop your film" differently for different parts of your image. Once you're there, you can do the same for the development of your "print", not being limited by the amount of time and how much you can burn and dodge areas of your image.

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

dutchwhizzman Unfair competition clause is going to bite Google (364 comments)

Hello Google. How the fsck do you think this won't get you large fines for unfair competition practices in the European Union? By forcing people to have you represent them, you are being unfair competition to other streaming web sites and small record labels. You may have oodles of lawyers up your sleeve, but even they won't be able to get away with this in the EU.

about a month ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

dutchwhizzman Times spun up was a factor too (164 comments)

Stopping and starting a drive is also a moment where you can break/wear down a drive. This can be explained by the fact that heads rest on platters (unless in parked position) when the platters are not spinning at the right speed. Also, because a drive that is being spun down will cool down and warm up again when being spun up. These temperature fluctuations will be of influence on the drive reliability. The most plausible explanation I can come up with is that temperature shifts will make parts inside the drive align differently, possibly permanently changing alignment enough for head-misalignment to occur.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

dutchwhizzman Can't migrate just yet (250 comments)

Migrating those services would mean shutting off IPv4.

That would mean that every customer that would want to access these services, would have to have IPv6 connectivity. If anything, MicroSoft should encourage their customers to get IPv6 connected, so they can eventually shut off the IPv4 connectivity for their services.

Given the time frame they'll have to observe for their Enterprise customers, an announcement to do the shut down would have to be at least 3 years prior to the shut down date. They can't get away with shutting off more than say 5% of their customers with an action like this, so they can't do that until they have a good indication at what date over 95% of the internet globally will have IPv6 connectivity. Even if the entire planet will start trying to accomplish that really hard all of a sudden, it will be at least two years before the bulk of it will have end to end facilities for IPv6 in place.

This puts a realistic time frame of at least 4, probably more like 5 to 7 years on your suggestion to "migrate to IPv6 so they can free up IPv4 space". That's hardly a solution for a problem they are facing right now, is it?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

dutchwhizzman Not just Google (250 comments)

This trend is annoyingly spreading to a lot of websites and software vendors. "Hey, I see you have a public IP that's located in some tiny country with an obscure language. Let's assume you want to use their language, never mind your preferences set in your web browser or the language setting of the OS you have installed." Naming and shaming here not just Google, but Adobe, LibreOffice and Avast as well. Got more offenders to add? Please do.

about a month ago
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Despite Project's Demise, Amazon Web Services Continues To Use TrueCrypt

dutchwhizzman It's not about in transit or use (75 comments)

This encryption is about protecting data against theft of storage, or accidental loss of unwiped storage due to for instance upgrading hardware by Amazon and disks not being wiped/destroyed before they are sent off to be recycled. At the time that you are actually working with your data, it will be unencrypted and the keys to unencrypt will have to be on their systems. That means there is no way you can have your processing in the cloud happening without working with unencrypted data.

By not having Amazon use their "default" keys to encrypt data, you are ensuring that some thief that somehow got their hands on Amazon's "default" key, can now decrypt stolen/found/bought storage with your data on it. This *is* an improvement over the previous situation. For all other situations that people are talking about, the encryption that was and is in use does not apply at all.

about a month ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

dutchwhizzman Please make it a mental one (625 comments)

Obesity is a mental disability, most often an addiction to a wrong diet containing many addictive ingredients.

The way most people feed themselves is by stuffing enormous amounts of carbs, often a lot of them sugars in their face. Combine those with a little fat and all your body does is store fat and try and balance the glucose content of your blood. The carbs make your gut bacteria generate "happy hormones" that get in your blood, making you hungry and cranky if you don't get your fix, whether your body actually needs food or not.

The symptoms of this addiction are obesity and diabetes type 2. Please treat it as an addiction, not as a phyisical disability. If you do that, for example being taller than 6ft5 should be treated as a disability too and be given all benefits that should come with such a status. If being a size that's outside of what society will cater for is a reason to call people disabled.

Tall people can't help being tall, fat people in over 95% of the cases can help it if they kick the habit. If you treat obesity as a physical disability, you are insulting everyone with a physical disability for which there is no cure.

about a month and a half ago

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Facebook breaks net neutrality to buy users

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about 5 months ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Facebook is convincing partner mobile operators in third world countries to unlock not the entire internet, but just facebook for it's subscribers with a special "facebook only" subscription. By doing so, they are promoting a model where an ISP or operator can charge a fee per web site, instead of flat access rates to the entire network. With the recent agreement between Netflix and Comcast where netflix has to pay Comcast to provide proper service to it's already paying subscribers, we're seeing a worrisome future for flat fee data plans emerge."
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New Super Doping Winter Olympics undetectable?

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about 6 months ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "A journalist bought a substance known as "full size MGF" that is said to be undetectable by current doping detection methods. The substance has only been used in clinical animal trials and is supposed to reinforce muscle tissue. The press in Europe is running a big story that the drug can't be detected and people that spend 100,000 dollars will have an unfair advantage at the Winter Olympics. While current methods may not be able to detect the substance used, it is inevitable that future detection will be possible. Shouldn't the question be rephrased to "Will the samples taken from athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics contain traces of full size MGF?""
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Hackers vs Police paintball match

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about a year ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "In a small town in the Netherlands, people from the hacking scene, police, cyber soldiers and several government agencies gathered to discuss their differences. (https://www.opcyberpaint.nl/ Dutch Language, as well as the video link below) This time, not only words were used, but paint ball guns were chosen to make arguments that words just could not bring across. Pictures can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/40532667@N08/sets/72157633705123865/"
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Oracle knew for months about java 7 zeroday

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Polish security researcher Adam Gowdiak submitted bug reports for the current Java 7 zero day exploit that's wreaking havoc all over the Internet months ago. It seems that Oracle can't or won't take such reports seriously? Is it really time to ditch Oracle's java and go for an open source VM?"
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Kimble out on bail

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Kim Dotcom, Also known as the hacker Kimble, owner of MegaUpload has just been released on bail. The judge thought he wouldn't be able to flee, because he won't have access to his money. The question is now, if someone has dozens of bank accounts and a safe room, wouldn't he be burying some maple leafs around the globe as well?"
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Monty Python to reunite for movie

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "The surviving members of Monty Python have announced they will make a new movie. It will be titled "Absolutely Anything". Graham Chapman won't be there to join them anymore, but they think the movie will still be in the spirit of "Life of Brian", "The meaning of Life" and other movies they made in the past."
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TomTom reorganizes 10% of staff away

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Today, Tomtom, fabricator of location and route planning software and devices, announced a big reorganization. Once the biggest player in the market, TomTom is now one of the many companies offering a little box or an app that guides you to where you want to go. Also the built in navigation features of many new cars eat away at TomToms empire, it seems. Roughly 10% of the staff will have to find employment elsewhere. About half of them will be fired, the other half will not be replaced when their contracts end."
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Southern hemisphere yellowstone sized caldera foun

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Uturuncu is a Bolivian supervolcano. Research suggests that it has an eruption frequency of roughly 300.000 years and the last eruption was, give or take a few years, 300.000 years ago. Research suggests that it started raising in a 70 km circumference by 1 to 2 centimeters per year, making it the fastest growing volcano on the planet.

Break out the tin foil hats, and store plenty of canned beans, because it may just erupt before Yellowstone pops it's cork."

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Binary usenet groups prohibited in the Netherlands

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Amsterdam based Usenet wholesale provider News Service Europe has been mandated by the court to remove all copyright infringing content on their servers, or face severe financial penalties. Dutch copyright MAFIAA organization BREIN has won a court case making the usenet provider responsible for the content posted on other platforms than their own.

Could this be the end of usenet as we know it, or will an appeal be won by NSE? Why didn't the judge make the provider that allowed the posts responsible? Why did the judge not honor the "cancel message" procedure that technically exists in the NNTP protocol?"

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Dutch court bans Samsungs Android 2.3 devices

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Today a Dutch court banned the Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 and the Ace. The ban will only apply to these devices when running Android 2.3 and is effective starting October 15th. The ban is based on apples scrolling patent and this is "fixed" in Android 3. It is expected that Samsung will upgrade to Android 3 very soon, probably before October 15th."
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Google to cut off most of Labs

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Bill Coughran, SVP for Research and Systems Infrastructure, announced severely limiting of Google labs. They won't pull the plug completely, but the nifty features in several google apps that were available via labs, will most likely not get updated, and fewer new ones will appear."
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Plan to test Shakespeare remains for marijuana

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "A team of scientists has submitted a formal request to test the remains of William Shakespeare for drugs. Notably, for marijuana, since remains of clay pipes found in his garden have been tested positive for four-twenty. If they get permission, we may have to adjust our view on his world famous plays quite substantially."
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MicroSoft Office 365 goes live

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "MicroSoft today officially announced the worldwide launch of their in-browser office collaboration suite. They have recently been communicating that they are planning on a cross browser, cross platform support for all their apps in the future. Now is the time to see if they can live up to that plan and if it's any good."
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Bittorrent and uTorrent sued for protocol

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman writes "Bittorrent and uTorrent are sued for using techniques in their clients and the bittorrent protocol. From the article it appears that technologies are used that were submitted in a 1999 patent, that was approved in 2007. This itself is not uncommon, but reading what technologies are used, HTTP could very well be prior use, or violating at least part of the same protocol."
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Fedora refuses to fix broken flashplayer in 14_64

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "After over 150 entries in a bugzilla bug over Adobes' broken 64 bit flash player, there still is nobody that is fixing the problem. Even Linus Torvalds himself has given his comment that no matter who broke it, Fedora should just fix it, since the end users don't care. Fedora developers so far refuse to revert a change to glibc that triggers the bug in Adobes's software, "because the bug is in Adobes' software and Adobe knows it's in there".

In the mean time, end users are left with glitches and broken sound in their 64 bit OS experience, and only a few found the cause and remedy for this in the bug description. Right now there is even a plea to stop submitting comments to the bug, in the hope that the developer might want to revisit it and read what should have been done weeks ago. Is it really so that developers, in this time and age, can dictate what gets commented to a bug and what gets fixed in such a big community project, just because they are the ones with write access to a repository?"

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