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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

ihtoit Re:What could possibly go wrong? (100 comments)

I was going to go there with the Clarke reference, you saved me the trouble...

about two weeks ago
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British Domain Registrar Offers 'No Transfer Fees,' Charges Transfer Fee

ihtoit While the behaviour is illegal (76 comments)

(I'm talking about changing terms of contract without the consent of the signatory)

The fact that you clicked "I AGREE" with that clause in place mitigates any claim you might have against them.

I have found such clauses in paper contracts; what I tend to do is put a line through them and initial next to the strikethrough, to indicate that I do not consent to such clauses. Covered. Yes, Virgin Media have/had such a clause, they also have/had a clause that said that the customer was still liable for service charges even in the absence of service and to the end of the initial contract period (24 months!) in the case of early termination of contract! Oh yes, that bitch got a line through it!

(more difficult to do in the case of electronic contracts, but there again you do have the option of shopping elsewhere...)

about two weeks ago
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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

ihtoit Re:Simple.... Odds are even (167 comments)

actually, as each choice beats one and either ties or is beaten by the other two, the odds of winning any random round of RPS is 33%.

about two weeks ago
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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

ihtoit put a spin on it (167 comments)

Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock!

Scissors cut paper
Paper covers rock
Rock crushes lizard
Lizard poisons Spock
Spock smashes scissors
Scissors decapitate lizard
Lizard eats paper
Paper disproves Spock
Spock vaporizes rock
Rock crushes scissors

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

ihtoit Re:Not in the 90s (219 comments)

yeah it's doable but I can't be arsed going to the roof and realigning it to the nearest digital ground relay (which is about 140 degrees off from where it's pointing now). With the switchover here came the news that the analogue relays were being shut down and the sites abandoned, which was bad news for TV owners but great news for cable and satellite companies.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

ihtoit Re:Dish/Direct TV should offer free basic channels (219 comments)

not even that. I live not many miles from the Prime meridian, and to align my satellite dish (done it several times, most notably after I had to replace it after my south wall fell off the back of the house), all I did was point the thing South and elevate it about 20 degrees. 65% average signal strength on the Astra constellation - enough to actually decode - a full channel list on my 5K receiver (Fortec Star 4400). I'm pretty sure if I used a satfinder I'd get better than 90% signal strength, but that doesn't bother me too much if I can pull enough signal to lift it above the noise floor and decode it, I'm golden. :)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

ihtoit Re:Not in the 90s (219 comments)

I use my analogue antenna as part of my HF radio array now since there's no analogue TV in England anymore.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

ihtoit a very typical digital setup (219 comments)

Fortec Star receiver with a handy USB port for channel programming and the facility for adding a hard drive (or SSD, flash, whatever) off a standard Sky 90cm dish.

Outlay: £50 for the receiver, £0 for the dish. 5,000 channels and nothing on.

about two weeks ago
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Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid of Proprietary Firmware

ihtoit Re:Winprinter (147 comments)

tried several bottom-shelf Lexmark inkjets, a couple of the Canon portables (BJ-10e and a BJC-80) and an HP Deskjet 320 as well. Ended up hooking up a Brother HL1030 (laser with manufacturer-supplied CUPS driver) and a HP Officejet 6210 MFD (ran through HPLIP), the other gear is gathering dust and spider colonies in a closet somewhere - can't even give the bloody things away...

about a month ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

ihtoit Re:How? (320 comments)

they probably won't be seeking permission, they'll more likely be tasking the system as the political landscape changes. Exchanges switching to IP-PBX from traditional PBX would make the task far easier, they'd just intercept the trunk via the Internet and pull the whole lot in one go instead of having to locate a specific physical point to carry out the intercept. This latest revelation sure is a step up from simply logging call endpoints and durations, though. We're into tinfoil territory here (though I do know from observing it myself that the police can access cellular location data - which in 2010 was accurate to 3 metres 24/7 and retained for well over a year - for use in evidence, and they apparently don't need a warrant to do it (R -v- Stafford A (arson, attempted quadruple murder))).

about a month ago
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Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid of Proprietary Firmware

ihtoit Re:Silly Rabit (147 comments)

I love Zipslack... still use it on a positively ancient Dell CP (Pentium MMX) laptop. It's handy when all I want to do is type and don't need to be hearing the fan (which hasn't worked since ever and that isn't an issue anyway as the processor barely gets warm).

about a month ago
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Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid of Proprietary Firmware

ihtoit Re:Silly Rabit (147 comments)

Yeah, most of those popped into my head one second after I hit "send"(!)... but speaking from my own experience, I've never been able to get a Winprinter working under CUPS (maybe I'm being 'tarded about it). As to graphics, I wasn't even going to pick up the whip if it wasn't an ATI/AMD or NVidia chip (OK, the drivers are proprietary for both, but I'm not bitter - I even managed to get Beryl running on an upgraded Rage Pro). Trying to get anything near "accelerated" on any other graphics chip was for me, like pushing a cow backwards up a staircase.

about a month ago
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Shuttleworth Wants To Get Rid of Proprietary Firmware

ihtoit Re:Silly Rabit (147 comments)

it's called reference frameworks. By the time you get to Userland, a Creative soundcard looks to the software identical to a Turtle Beach. This would be impossible without a reference. One obvious example is DirectX. What you want out of the arse end of the driver layer is a device interface that's compatible with DirectX. What happens between the driver layer and the hardware is entirely up to the manufacturer, but the DirectX compatibility is a certain requirement for even the slightest hope that you'll even get a peep out of it in Windows. And one of the reasons why the Linux driver model, at least from my own personal perspective, is horribly broken. Is there a reference framework for *anything* in Linux?

about a month ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

ihtoit The problem isn't one of resources (401 comments)

The problem is one of the continued and rampant upward flow of monetary wealth and the specious notion that everybody has to earn a living - read: "everybody who is not moneyed should be employed in drudgery for drudgery's sake". One day those exploited workers who are still alive will down tools and give the fat lazy cunts the biggest finger the world has ever seen.

I look forward to that day.

about a month ago
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Transformer-Style Scooter Lets You Ride Your Briefcase To Work

ihtoit Prior Art (102 comments)

Mike Jittlov.

about a month ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

ihtoit missing option (192 comments)

"...has me even more convinced than ever that my money is not safe in the hands of others."

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

ihtoit Re:Ah, "unlimited"... right. (*cough*) (983 comments)

All marketing is deceit. That's the point of it.

Prime example right there; another one is these ads for DVD/BluRay movie releases: "OWN IT NOW!" No - you don't "own" it, you have merely bought a limited and revocable license to view the content. The movie is still owned by the copyright holder, which is why they're still bitching about format shifting and not only trying to reverse SCOTUS decisions on it, they're making it ever more difficult to pull it off by going for DeCSS developers with all but tactical units on dawn raids and six year old girls on Gramma's broadband connection.

Oh, not marketing here, this is purely anecdotal: I have a 3G connection on an "all you can eat" pay-as-you-go plan. I regularly pull upwards of 20GB/day, often more, and as far as I can determine I've never been capped or throttled. Not in over five years on the same plan. I wish I could work out how to pool daily packet statistics on Windows 7 (which I've been using since March 2011 - and the warranty on the laptop expired today), but hey, you'll just have to take my word for it :)

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

ihtoit Re:Good luck. (983 comments)

my legal file is more than 5GB. In fact, that would just about cover the preliminary court bundle from 2008. Hell, the audio recordings run half a Terabyte.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

ihtoit Re:Ah, "unlimited"... right. (*cough*) (983 comments)

your average user will probably never fill the 8GB memory in their phone with all the irreplaceable data they commit to digital their entire lives. That's what these "unlimited" plans rely on; average users having no more than 8GB of data to back up. Sure, there'll be some dick with 8TB, but if you've built for 1000 customers and just one kills your storage then you've got to do something. "Fair using his ass" is only fair!

(OK, vastly oversimplified things, your average cloud provider will probably have built for a million potential customers - 8PB total storage with multiple failover and power contingencies up the wazoo, but again, bump up the stats - it'll only take a thousand 8TB dicks to kill *that*. I'd like to know how Google are doing it, my byte clock is showing 14.2GB of "free" storage right now that I don't use, I guess the other 800MB is my mailbox, and their platinum plan is $800/mo for 16TB).

about a month ago

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Leon's Law: Police Cam Pilot Commences In London

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 2 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Following the death of Leon Briggs in police custody last November, public calls for police to wear recording body cameras have at last borne some fruit: a pilot scheme on East London has beat officers wearing switchable video cameras for them to record interactions with members of the public. However, some are not as thrilled about the idea of being surveiled while going about their public duty as those members of the public asked and responded who said that public accountability is the only way to restore public trust in the police. Supporters of "Leon's Law" have already expressed concern that these cameras have switches that allow the officers wearing them to turn them on and off at will when the technology exists on a commercial basis to equip officers with continuous-recording HD cameras.

More on this, continually updated with media links."

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Stars In His Eyes: New England Electrician Takes 14kV, Shrugs It Off

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 3 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "An electrician was let with stars in his eyes after an electric shock left him with some unusually shaped cataracts.
The 42-year-old man from New England went to doctors a month after he received a 14,000 V shock to his left shoulder, when his eye sight deteriorated.
He has since had the cataracts removed and although it is believed the cause was damage to his optic nerve doctors are not sure why they were star-shaped.
Sources: New England journal of Medicine, ITV"

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John Doe Lawsuits Baseless, So Says DC Federal Judge

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 3 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Four people accused of sharing illegal copies of the movie "Elf-Man" persuaded a federal judge there is not enough evidence to support copyright infringement claims against them.
          Elf-Man LLC, producer of the direct-to-DVD release "Elf-Man" sued Eric Cariveau et al. in Federal Court a year ago, accusing them of sharing a peer-to-peer file of the movie.
          Elf-Man claims the defendants illegally copied and distributed the movie online.
          "Despite the industry's efforts to capitalize on internet technology and reduce costs to end viewers through legitimate and legal means of online viewing such as through Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, there are still those that use this technology to steal motion pictures and undermine the efforts of creators through their illegal copying and distribution of motion pictures," Elf-Man's attorney Maureen VanderMay wrote in the complaint.
          U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik granted Elf-Man's motion to initiate discovery on the IP addresses of defendants, but noted that "the risk of false positives is very real."
          "It is not clear that plaintiff could ... make factual contentions regarding an Internet subscriber's infringing activities based solely on the fact that he or she pays the Internet bill," Lasnik wrote in the order.
          Elf-Man named 18 individual defendants in its first amended complaint. A default judgment was ordered against two of them; claims against the Doe defendants were dismissed. Claims against four other named defendants were also dismissed on the grounds of their implausibility."

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New views of famed supernova reveal giant dust factory

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 3 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Astronomers using the ALMA radio telescope in Chile have released images and data showing the oft-postulated but unobserved (until now) dust shell ejected by the supernova remnant SN1987A. "We have found a remarkably large dust mass concentrated in the central part of the ejecta from a relatively young and nearby supernova," astronomer Remy Indebetouw, of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the University of Virginia, said in a statement. “This is the first time we've been able to really image where the dust has formed, which is important in understanding the evolution of galaxies." SN1987A was the first catalogued supernova event in our Galactic neighbourhood in 1987. It lies 168,000 light years (987 quadrillion miles) away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which means that at the time of the explosion, woolly mammoths still roamed Europe and Mitochondrial Eve saw her first sunrise."
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Cancel the eulogy: ISON survives brush with Sun

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 5 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Comet ISON flew through the sun's atmosphere on Nov. 28th and the encounter did not go well for the icy comet. Just before perihelion (closest approach to the sun) the comet rapidly faded and appeared to disintegrate. This prompted reports of ISON's demise. However, a fraction of the comet has survived. Spaceweather.com has an animation captured from satellites showing the emergence of what remains of our visitor."
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