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The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

irix Re:A quick google search (845 comments)

Hundreds of posts by idiots who don't know what they are talking about and this one from someone in the industrial/mechanical engineering field who does. Thank you!

more than 3 years ago

In France, Hadopi Reporting Begins, With (Only) 10,000 IP Addresses Per Day

irix Re:That's Everyone (376 comments)

DHCP option 82 will contain the MAC address of the cable modem as inserted by the CMTS. This is checked before IP address allocation is done, and is verified by the DHCP server (this is how they identify subscribers).

The DHCP servers will be synced with NTP.

I'm not saying it will stand up to "any scrutiny" but most cable operators are already putting this information in to a reporting database and can query who had what IP address and when with a one-line SQL statement. They may have to preserve this data longer that they are now. In your example assuming the DHCP client is well behaving (not always) then the IP address will be given up by the client on RELEASE. The issue is that most clients never RELEASE an IP address - the server ends up timing it out, and you hope the client plays nice. This is why most DHCP servers are handing out IP addresses in a least-recently-used manner so that you reduce the likelihood of conflicts and also the likelihood of an IP address being handed out again right after it was used like in your example.

Anyway, it isn't an exact science, but my guess is that in 99%+ of the cases they know exactly who was using an IP address and when and can automate the retrieval.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Releases Final Windows Phone 7 Dev Tools

irix Re:CDMwhat? (170 comments)

It is a good thing you live on the prison island then. Clearly the rest of the world doesn't exist or have any meaning.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Releases Final Windows Phone 7 Dev Tools

irix Re:CDMwhat? (170 comments)

So, to me, CDMA is as obsolete as AMPS, which was shut down in 2000.

CDMA is still being actively deployed today. CDMA has over 200 million mobile subscribers worldwide. CDMA was first to market with 3G by several years. If you think it is "as obsolete as AMPS" you are an idiot.

Sure people are migrating to LTE from CDMA. They are also migrating to LTE from UMTS.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Releases Final Windows Phone 7 Dev Tools

irix Re:CDMA, seriously? (170 comments)

There are two ways to go from CDMA to LTE, which is where everyone is going.

One is to obsolete your CDMA/EVDO network and deploy GSM/HSPA which has a direct upgrade path to LTE and provides inter-network mobility. This is what Telus and Bell did because they are running comparatively tiny networks.

The other is to move your CDMA/EVDO gear to CDMA/eHRPD and then deploy LTE with mobility between CDMA and LTE. This is what Sprint (modulo WiMAX as a step in there) and Verizon are doing, because their networks and number of deployed devices are an order of magnitude larger and deploying a GSM/UMTS network a year before switching to LTE is not viable.

I'm Canadian too, but it isn't like we have some sort of technical superiority or that Bell and Telus know something that Verizon and Sprint don't.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Releases Final Windows Phone 7 Dev Tools

irix Re:GSM only? CDMA next? WTF?? (170 comments)

No one is installing new GSM or CDMA at the base stations. It's strictly "keep it running for now" on the carrier side.

UMTS/HSDPA/LTE is what is currently happening.

Read the article. In "casual" parlance, GSM = UMTS/HSPA. Also, people are still installing CDMA networks.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Set To Release Unpublished Iraq War Docs

irix Re:Horse puckey (411 comments)

Oh sure, why not:

1. There isn't any proof of this, only conjecture. And even if this was the case, so what? Other than smug satisfaction for people like yourself does it matter?

2. Wow, the military underreported civilian casualties. Shocking.

3. Soldiers have been taking souvenirs from the bodies of enemy combatants since forever. If you didn't think this was going on you are impossibly naive.

4. The CIA operating in Afghanistan? And directing military operations there? This was news in what, the early 80s?

5. Sure, the military has been saying that the Taliban capabilities are on the rise. That is why more soldiers have been getting killed and we've deployed more forces in Afghanistan. Oh wait, the US military has actually been claiming the exact opposite!

Go back to reading Chomsky and spitting at your computer monitor though, I know cognitive dissonance is difficult to take.

about 4 years ago

What Went Wrong At Yahoo

irix Re:What went wrong? (162 comments)

Do you remember the internet around that time?

Do You?

Yahoo was an index, not a search engine. Altavista (not Astalavista, we're not trying to find warez) was the best / most popular actual search engine became the provider of search results to Yahoo as early as 1996 - Yahoo was not in the search engine business they were in the portal / media business.

Altavista was popular because of its minimalist interface, and because their crawler was fast and indexed much more of the web than anyone else had at the time. What Google did was come along and provide the minimalist interface, crawled as much or more of the web but on top of that it gave results what were much much more relevant than Altavista, AskJeeves, etc. There was absolutely a market for a better search engine at the time and Google seized it, which is why they became so dominant so quickly - it was hardly "slightly better" - it was way way better.

more than 4 years ago

Blizzard To Require Real First and Last Names For Official Forums

irix Re:What about WoW Armory (833 comments)

Are you being deliberately obtuse while you whiteknight Blizzard in here? It isn't just the guild recruitment forum - typically recruitment officers also post in the realm forums to recruit on-server as well. You need to reveal your character as a contact for recruitment (or it will be obvious who it is - my guild has used the same 2 officers for recruitment for the last 2 years). Then there are posts for support where you need to reveal your character/realm in order for them to assist you with an in-game problem. In other words there are plenty of reasons to divulge your character name on the forums but absolutely no reason to divulge your real name.

The Blizzard forums are mostly trash, not so much for the trolling as for the lowest-common-denominator for 3M North American players. They have a bunch of options for cleaning them up:
- Allow people to see your other characters when you post, which will get rid of the "level 1 troll alt" problem
- Start moderating the forums more severely ... get more people involved, start handing out warnings/bans more quickly
- Reduce the number of forums

The answer to their problems with the forums are probably all of the above. Instead this RealID nonsense is going to cause nobody to ever post on their forums again. They will become a wasteland as people migrate to fansite-hosted forums in larger and larger numbers. I play WoW with people who have been playing for 3+ years and the opinion as we discussed it tonight was unanimous - nobody will ever post on Blizzard forums again after this is implemented. This entire idea is so idiotic it is beyond comprehension as to why they decided to do it.

more than 4 years ago

Cutting Through the 4G Hype

irix Re:4G? (283 comments)

You are both wrong on multiple accounts.

1. Bell and Telus have been running "3G" before their recent network changes. EV-DO is the CDMA 3G data standard and Bell and Telus have been shipping phones that support it for a long time.

2. Bell and Telus have installed an HSPA 3G network, yes, but they have not "switched over their whole network away from CDMA". They're still running and growing the CDMA network and will be for years.The HSPA network is there for several reasons, including as a means to transition to LTE.

3. Rogers had no serious plans to deploy LTE in Vancouver. What devices would they have been using exactly?

more than 4 years ago

The Amiga, Circa 2010 — Dead and Loving It

irix Re:My First Computer (383 comments)

Pretty much. In the early 1990s I worked in a lab doing video training and computer-based training. We used an Amiga A3000 with Video Toaster for doing video production and similar vintage Mac IIs (IIci/IIcx/IIfx) for literally everything else. By that point in time the Mac kicked the stuffing out of the Amiga for doing everything but the video production, and don't get me started on how much better of an OS System 7 was as compared to AmigaOS.

more than 4 years ago

Report Claims Iran Has Data To Build a Nuclear Bomb

irix Re:Tehran can build a nuclear bomb. (630 comments)

Actually, that is, shall we say, a "gross oversimplification". Briefly: the formation of modern Israel in '48 was at best a rather high-handed move by the UN, and even by the UN's standards, Israel has been a rogue state since it's 1967 land-grab. Beating up on Lebanon periodically has not done much to improve it's reputation, either. Few people have kind words to say for Hezbollah, but it's hard to get from there to a justification for Israel's recent actions in Gaza (e.g. using banned weaponry on civilian populations).

Wow, talk about a gross oversimplification. The Israel that was 'formed' by the UN partition agreement in 1947 was much smaller than what exists today. What happened in 1947/1948 was a civil war between the Israeli and Arab populations in Palestine followed by a full on war between Israel and Egypt/Jordan/Syria/Iraq/Saudi after the British mandate in Palestine ended. The current borders of Israel are the result of a war that Israels neighbors started and lost in 1948.

Calling the 1967 war a "land grab" is a bit of a joke too. Do you seriously think there was not provocation for that invasion? What's your excuse for 1973?

Finally I'll note that White Phosphorous is not "illegal".

more than 4 years ago

Is Cataclysm the Next World of Warcraft Expansion?

irix Re:It has a story? (259 comments)

After you've explored a world once it gets really fucking boring treading back and forth, and you're wasting real world time that could be spent on other games

You do realize that WoW has put in city portals, a 30-min CD on hearthstones, summoning stones at instances and given Warlocks what effectively amount to portable summoning stones. Right? Or is this a rant about WoW from 3 years ago?

Most WoW'ers I suspect have really awful gaming tastes..... If you're used to single player RPG's of yesteryear it breaks all the conventions and sticks in maddening things like extended travel time (instead of town portal like in say diablo 1+2 another blizzard game).

I played the single player RPGs of yesteryear in to the ground and I loved many of them. Besides your extended travel time canard do you have anything else to add besides insulting the game taste of 11 million people with one broad stroke?

more than 5 years ago

AT&T Says 7.2Mbps Wireless Coming This Year

irix Re:LTE is coming - and it will smoke HSPA (And AT& (141 comments)

You're overhyping. I don't really care to dig up all the links to prove that you're exaggerating everything, but let's just try one...

"Yes its a huge forklift upgrade from CDMA to GSM/LTE for Verizon - but it is already well under way."

Just wrong. VzW is going to continue to run EV-DO and will run an overlay LTE network for data. Voice will stay on CDMA for the forseeable future. VzW is not upgrading anything to GSM.

more than 5 years ago

AT&T Says 7.2Mbps Wireless Coming This Year

irix Re:LTE is coming - and it will smoke HSPA (And AT& (141 comments)

You've overhyping big time.

LTE dongles will not be commercially available in volume until 2010. Chipsets for LTE phones won't be available in volume until 2011 at best. Verizon will also be late, so the net of it is you won't see widespread coverage and widespread device availability until the 2011-2012 timeframe anyway. Verizon will be selling EV-DO phones, dongles and netbooks for several years to come, there is no "changeover from CDMA to GSM in 2010" in any way and their CDMA network is not going anywhere any time soon.

Furthermore, Verizon isn't "skipping" HSPA since there isn't an upgrade path for them unless they wanted to forklift upgrade their 1x/DO network to HSPA which is never going to happen. AT&T on the other hand has an easier upgrade path from HSPA to LTE since the HSPA packet core can be upgraded to support LTE so they are really just looking at a RAN upgrade.

The net of it is that you won't be doing much with LTE for 2-3 years, and while Verizon will undoubtedly be first to market with LTE in the US AT&T won't be terribly far behind.

more than 5 years ago

ioquake3 1.36 Goes Gold

irix Re:10 years old now... (176 comments)

I still play BF2 a couple of times a week and enjoy it, but the number of players is still way down from a couple of years ago. At some point EA will pull the plug on the servers, which will be a shame. I still miss Desert Combat :(

more than 5 years ago

"Live Expansion" Announced for Warhammer Online

irix Re:"and it will be rolled out free of charge. " (170 comments)

... seriously. Is it "catering" at that point or "producing the product their player base is expecting?"

I never said it was bad. The OPs point is that Blizzard only cares about and only releases "free" content for raiders, which is demonstrably not true.

more than 5 years ago

"Live Expansion" Announced for Warhammer Online

irix Re:"and it will be rolled out free of charge. " (170 comments)

Hate to break it to you buddy, but having to gather 10 other people of specific classes at the same contiguous timespan is not casual.

Is gathering 5 other people of specific classes for a contiguous timespan casual? You do realize we're discussing a multiplayer game, right?

ZA was getting cleared by trade-channel PuGs before too long. The instance was designed for casual players - the timed run for the warbear mount was thrown in as a bone for raiding guilds.

more than 5 years ago

"Live Expansion" Announced for Warhammer Online

irix Re:"and it will be rolled out free of charge. " (170 comments)

In the TBC cycle, off the top of my head, the following was added for "casuals":
- Netherwing quest hub
- Shatari Skyguard quest hub
- Ogri'la quest hub
- Zul'Aman 10-man raid and associated quests
- Sunwell Isle, including multiple quest hubs and a new 5-man instance
- Added a new quest hub in Dustwallow Marsh for people leveling new characters

They also progressively nerfed the crap out of the raid content to make it more accessible for casual players.

On top of that the vast majority of content in the TBC and WLK expansions is for "casuals". Look at the amount of quest content, the number of 5-man dungeons, new battlegrounds, etc. as compared to the amount of raid content.

If anything Blizzard is completely catering to the casual player.

more than 5 years ago


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