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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

ewanm89 Re: The larger question: (610 comments)

Manufacturing process has bearing on firmware is flashed to an EEPROM.

SSDs do not optimize for small frequent writes as a) the blocks a strictly limited number leveltimes, fancy wear levelling algorithms must calculate where actually put each write. b) to write a block already containing data a slow erase operation has to happen first and all data in that block gets erased. what SSDs do optimise for is lots of reads. Finally most other manufactures already included in their laptops for the, Apple was quite late to that party.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

ewanm89 Re:Option: Linksys WRT1900ac (427 comments)

The open source firmware does not run on the WRT1900ac yet as there are issues in the wireless drivers.

To the questioner though, I recomend 802.11ac over 802.11n. Myself I'm using ASUS RT-68Us for my network, good hardware and the stock firmware is actually pretty good but they support openwrt tomato and dd-wrt too. There is also a NETGEAR box it that that has better hardware and supports the open source firmware but apparently the stock firmware is pretty bad. However compared to WRT54-GLs these routers are about twice the price.

about 2 months ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

ewanm89 Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Just because one does not vote it as mathematics didn't mean it's not mathematics. Only education can fix this, and this education is currently sorely lacking.

about 2 months ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

ewanm89 Re: Equating language to math is insulting (241 comments)

Are you going to argue that recursion and iteration is not mathematics? Yes you may not understand everything in the branch of mathematics that you are applying, but one is still applying it, that doesn't make it sent less mathematics.

about 2 months ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

ewanm89 Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Formal logic is a branch of mathematics. It's part of a branch that is called decision and discrete mathematics. Programmers specialise in the application of that branch, just as staticians specialise in statistics and probability.

about 2 months ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

ewanm89 first up let's get one thing straight. (241 comments)

Programming is mathematics, it is the application of decision and discrete mathematics. Not all mathematics is infinitesimal calculus (there are different kinds of calculus), algebra or geometry.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

ewanm89 Re: Why in America? (155 comments)

If we are telling about the same incident involving a NYPD helicopter as I think we are, I believe the NYPD is being asked some serious questions over their involvement, seems to me both sides were likely breaking the law. I believe all the regulations state that one should not endanger other air traffic, which means both sides should give way, similar rules exist for boats where all craft must do what they can to avoid an incident.

As for the Phantom 2 flying near airfeilds, it carries onboard a database of airfields coordinates and used this to enforce strict limits on altitude around those coordinates (including a no fly zones altogether). This is actually an issue I'm the UK were you can get a commercial licence to operate unmanned aircraft and it's registered to a specific aircraft with proficiency test on operation of that aircraft being done at an airfield.

about 3 months ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

ewanm89 Re:if they float they are guilty (216 comments)

Aapparently we are just over a decade behind the US where a hacker could "start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone".

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

ewanm89 Re: This research should receive enormous funding. (202 comments)

'Ye cannae change the laws o' physics'

Classical information is still limited by the speed of light. Quantum teleportation can not be used for traditional communications.

about 4 months ago
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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

ewanm89 Re: Exactly (155 comments)

1) PNG8 can support full alpha transparency.
2) PNG is better with fewer colours And blocks of one shade, as it compresses by merging close shades. JPEG is better to compress With lots of different colours like photos as it merges neighbouring pixels.

about 7 months ago
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Google Chrome 31 Is Out: Web Payments, Portable Native Client

ewanm89 Re: Why? (123 comments)

For the sake of security then we shouldn't be allowing the browser to run any remotely fetched code, whether it is high level or low level is irrelevant. Fundamentally it is a form of remote code execution fire both JavaScript and c/c++. If you are going to allow it, the chrome team has come up with a good method to make it as secure as possible running all such code in a managed sandbox environment with extremely limited APIs.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

ewanm89 Re: Damn poop detector is going off again (510 comments)

You forgot my favourites, national security and in the national interest. Whatever they mean!

about a year ago
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German Federal Police Helicopter Circles US Consulate

ewanm89 This is all a bad joke (239 comments)

As already pointed out, The west German government was upto their necks in supporting this during the cold war, they know how it worked and were willing partners. Not to mention, under the UKUSA Securty Agreement http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA_Agreement, Europe and European Russia are under the UK's responsibility to spy on, the least they could have done is fly over the right consulate.

1 year,20 days
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Apple Receives Patent For Accessing Sets of Apps With Different Passcodes

ewanm89 Re: Prior art (156 comments)

Version 4.3 of the same software on a tablet can even have restricted user profiles with own postcode that can access a whilst of applications.

1 year,26 days
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In India, the Dot Dash Is Done

ewanm89 what dot dash (86 comments)

This wasn't using Morse, in fact outside amateur radio, Morse hasn't really been used for several decades now. Until 2010 this would have been using teletype printers, likely using baudot or Murray code, neither of which use a dash even if one-off keyed. In 2010 the. Company in India upgraded.to a 'web based system's, according to Wikipedia.

about a year ago
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FreeBSD Team Begins Work On Booting On UEFI-Enabled Systems

ewanm89 it already does (248 comments)

FreeBSD already runs fine on UEFI, just ask Apple who use a modified version of FreeBSD in OSX and all Intel based Macs are UEFI now let's start calling this UEFI secure boot, an optional feature in the UEFI specification.

about a year ago
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Millions At Risk From Critical Vulnerabilities From WordPress Plugins

ewanm89 Re:Every language is unsafe. (145 comments)

Strictly speaking, it can't be impossible in any Turing complete language if you can do it in another Turing complete language. But the main point stands, the language doesn't matter, one can do bad things in any language.

about a year ago
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MS To Indie Devs: You Have a To Have a Publisher

ewanm89 Re:Who cares? (463 comments)

I wonder what you call "Microsoft Game Studios"? If not the publishing arm of Microsoft?

about a year ago

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