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Is Google Voice Doomed To Be 2nd-Class Messaging System?

elh_inny Doesn't work outside of US (172 comments)

Which means it's still very much a niche product.
Once it works in Europe, China and India then we can talk about it having any signficant market share.
Even if every single person in the US switched to Google Voice I think it would still be less users than Skype has already...

about a year and a half ago

Taking Telecommuting To the Next Level - the RV

elh_inny Not a great idea, so maybe spend less? (365 comments)

There's a great summary about similar project with people who wanted to live off their cars/vans/RVs to cut costs.
The problem is, it's not cheaper and the quality of life isn't superior in terms of daily amenities like Internet, hot water and stone baked pizza.
I think there's a reason a majority of people only go for vacation once a year for a relatively short period of time.

I really fancy travel and I do travel a lot, but some types of work, do not mix with travel that well and by comparison, software related work, having a good and reliable connection to the Internet is one a few concessions I chose to make - by comparison to other jobs it's still great - I can work when I want, choose what I work on etc...
I finally settled down and built myself a small but nice office. It's in the middle of nowhere but it has stable Internet and it's quiet, so I get the job done, with no external distractions.

Still, if I chose to travel, and it was for a fixed amount of time (say a year or two), I'd probably look into the numbers and get a relatively small car rather than RV and stay in cheap motels/hotels such as Super 8 etc. or camp in a tent, when it's warm enough. Small car is much more nimble, will surely fit a laptop and you can go places where an RV won't fit.

If after half a year, you're tired of the idea, it means, financially, you're much better off and you don't have to worry about selling or parking the RV etc...

more than 2 years ago

Book Review: The CERT Oracle Secure Coding Standard For Java

elh_inny Decent set of general coding practices (66 comments)

It seems they provide a decent set of good practices that should result in more manageable code overall, not just from security point of view, but one that is easier to maintain and better suitet to modern, multi-threaded, shared, virtualised environments where code is usually run...

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: The CERT Oracle Secure Coding Standard For Java

elh_inny Pretty decent general coding practices (66 comments)

It seem they provide a decent set of good practices that should result in more manageable code overall, not just from security point of view, but one that is easier to maintain and better suitet to modern, multi-threaded, shared, virtualised environments where code is usually run...

more than 3 years ago

OCZ Couples SSD, Mechanical Storage On a PCIe Card

elh_inny Re:It seems like bcache could do the same thing (201 comments)

Or ln-s on linux /Unix or mklink on windows.
Basically if you can afford to micromanage the caching and designate only specific files/folders to SSD, you will get the best performance characteristics.
No need to have your mp3 on SSD even if you listen to them often, likewise, even if something evicts your kernel files from the SSD cache, you will need it again soon enough...
That's why I have SSD and HDD separately and manage caching myslef to an extent.

more than 3 years ago

Taking a Look At High-End Programmer Salaries

elh_inny Re:Financial Industry (133 comments)

Not true in UK. An average is to charge between 200-240 days per year due to weekends and public holidays (heard of Bank Holiday in UK?) and ilness etc - that's why the rate is higher than equivalent salary - where you're paid even when on vacation.
Finally you still have to pay the tax which at this levels is not insignificant and with the most efficient methods (your own Ltd + dividends) is probably 60% take home. So really we are talking ca £150 000 in your personal account and most of that you'll be spending just to cover the rent and food anywhere near London city.

more than 3 years ago

New Siemens SCADA Vulnerabilities Kept Secret, Says Schneier

elh_inny Secure the perimeter (119 comments)

I would leave exposed SCADA interface in the open, after Stuxnet it should be clear that securing SCADA interfaces should be done on a higher level - by putting it in a different VPN etc.
Whether the vulnerabilites are public or not doesn't change the fact that a given setup is secure or insecure by design...

more than 3 years ago

Debriefing After Warsaw's First Startup Weekend

elh_inny Bravo, but a bit late. (21 comments)

Thank for the writeup Rysiu, good to see Poland catching up.
It's too bad I didn't even hear about it, try to focus on publicity before the event next time - makes more sense IMHO.

more than 3 years ago

id Software's RAGE To Ship With Mod Tools

elh_inny Things are looking good for the PC (94 comments)

Given the recent fiasco of Sony, lack of hardware updates for PS3 / X360 in the near future, the fact that you can get better hardware for similar prices (and play with more eye candy on the PC), you have the choice of the controller, or the kb+mouse, with Steam and it's low, low prices, the fact that you can do other things on your PC as well, possibly at the same time, there's no reason why the PC should not be on the rise now and console market share declining...
The only problem is the huge diversity and lack of big players marketing PC as the ultimate gaming accessory, If HP/Dell got their heads around, they have enough selling power to market the idea, and maybe even promote some baseline performance standards (like high performance, medium, low/mobile) as opposed to 20+ SKU that each generation of GPUs have...

more than 3 years ago

France Outlaws Hashed Passwords

elh_inny Re:plain-text OS? (433 comments)

I think I agree to an extent, reversible encryption in only a notch better than plain text, and some dumb policymaking politician doesn't understand technology and it doesn't mean we have to bow to such idiots at the helm.
A very strong message would be for google to withdraw from France and stop indexing .fr pages, I don't think they will do it unless they really have to.

more than 3 years ago

UK To Offer PCs For £98, Subsidized Internet Connections

elh_inny Immobilised PC with a Mobile connection (224 comments)

That's retarded a desktop PC with a crappy mobile Internet Connection.
Either sell Desktops with Broadband or laptops with dongles.

And the prices aren't that spectacular - I've bough second hand PC for less than that so I don't see what's so great about this?

about 4 years ago

Google Pushes New Chrome Release, Pays $14k Bounty

elh_inny Re:New business model: (182 comments)

If they can pay this much for reporting bugs, why can't they pay $8k or so for h264 codec licensing???
This was a lame move on their side...

about 4 years ago

Voting Opens For Mozilla Labs Web Gaming Competition

elh_inny Sloow (20 comments)

You can play games being hosted on Mozilla Labs or author's own server.
The games usually execute Javascript so run on your local machine, but the servers are still being hammered heavily on bandwidth.

I guess that's what you get for giving to community - a massive bandwitdth bill :)

about 4 years ago

AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

elh_inny just missed it (318 comments)

Funny how narrowly I avoided that - I had AVG installed as an inheritance.
Itkept bugging me to update, so I uninstalled it yesterday, just in time to avoid the disaster :)

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Competitor In the Works

elh_inny Don't mess with the bad governments. (333 comments)

I hope they understand the risks.
US is still relatively civilised (althought I know there have been cases of torture etc), but I'm pretty sure once they start messing with China the response will be far more radical than rape charge.

more than 4 years ago

Shadow Scholar Details Student Cheating

elh_inny Re:No engineering? (542 comments)

Surely you're talking about Pierre Étienne Bézier

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Parties Plan To Shoot Site Into Orbit

elh_inny Tracker on the Northern Sea? (301 comments)

It's too bad that Sealand was unaffordable, but what about some of the greek islands that were up for sale?
I'm certain that this would have better latency...
It also reminds me of all the 'pirate' radio stations operation from the Northern Sea, have things changed since then? Should be much cheaper to run a tracker from there, maybe even rent some bandwidth from nearby oil rigs or the fibers under the sea - a much more viable option in my view...

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Lineup

elh_inny Too little, too late (391 comments)

If you're into such gadgets and still don't have a smartphone (unlikely), other platforms offer better phones, more apps and a wider support and probably look better too...
Is it just me or is 10mm hardly thin for a 'thinnest' these days - after all, iPhone 4 is 9.3mm...

If you already have a capable phone - I can't really think of a single feature that could be considered an upgrade over latest in Symbian, Android or iOS...

more than 4 years ago

Jaguar's Hybrid Jet-Powered Concept Car

elh_inny A step in a right direction (334 comments)

THe 'early adopters' in car's world, the afficcinados, like Jeremy Clarkson will not go for a boring hybrid unless it gives them better thrill than a conventional gas guzzling supercar.
If this car is really fun to drive, it will be in demand, the markup on luxury is usually quite high, which means there's budget to develop something more mainstream with similar tech...

more than 4 years ago

Micro-Transactions Coming To Team Fortress 2 Via Steam Wallet

elh_inny Buy a kevlar for $800? (161 comments)

I wonder how long until I have to pay real $800 for my kevlar in CS:S....
I guess even at 1/1000th of the price this could get interesting as in the long run if you're decent you get more money then you spend in CS:S...

Perhaps they could balance it out a little and allow people to play with real money?

more than 4 years ago



elh_inny elh_inny writes  |  more than 8 years ago

elh_inny (557966) writes "IBM is going to reduce the workforce in US by letting go 400 engineers. 'The cuts are taking place at IBM engineering facilities around the country, including sites located in Austin, Texas; Burlington, Vt.; San Jose, Calif.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Rochester, Minn. The cuts have also touched IBM locations in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill, N.Y.'
More coverage on InformationWeek."



GTA IV for PC coming on 18th November

elh_inny elh_inny writes  |  more than 6 years ago Finally Rockstar Games have announced an official release date for PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV. The game will be available on 18th of November in North America and on the 21st in Europe.

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