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US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone

johnncyber Re:Here It Comes Again (150 comments)

Sadly already happening in Texas.

about 8 months ago

Site Copies Content and Uses the DMCA to Take Down the Original Articles

johnncyber Re:Indians in a nutshell (241 comments)

now what you have to hope is those indian doctors/engineers didnt do the same on their exams

Sadly as somebody who is a CS graduate student at a university whose CS graduate program is dominated by Indian students, I can tell you that this is absolutely the case. They see no problem with cheating, even after the professor has told them that he knows they are cheating and explains the consequences. Doesn't matter if it was homework, projects or tests they always cheat.

about a year and a half ago

"Self-Healing" NAND Flash Memory That Can Survive Over 100 Million Cycles

johnncyber Re:cant wait (76 comments)

He was probably reflowing the solder. Crappy solder / soldering jobs (such as those in the Xbox 360) are often fixed by heating up the solder to the reflow temperature. This liquifies the solder allowing it flow back into its proper place.

about 2 years ago

Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance

johnncyber Re:Reverse the tables (209 comments)

Where I live, I can only get Suddenlink (which involves paying for cable)...

I don't know where you live, but I know that Suddenlink does offer internet without bundled cable here in West Texas. A buddy of mine just canceled his cable tv while keeping his 10 Mb internet.

more than 3 years ago

Hackers Increasingly Using Twitter For Botnets

johnncyber Re:Why? (56 comments)

Twitter and social networks are more likely to be used by the average person. Whereas IRC has been getting a (undeserved) bad rap for nefarious things.

more than 3 years ago

OpenSolaris Governing Board Closing Shop?

johnncyber Re:Old Aggie joke (234 comments)

That is I thank you for making my morning.

more than 4 years ago

OpenSolaris Governing Board Closing Shop?

johnncyber Re:Old Aggie joke (234 comments)

And as a Red Raider I thank you.

more than 4 years ago

Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names

johnncyber Re:And that attitude is the whole problem (773 comments)

never mind that if he actually understood that underlying database, he'd know that a VARCHAR is not padded to that max length. If someone just entered "Alex", the same 4 bytes will be actually used in the database, regardless if the field is a defined as maximum 4, 32, 256 or 2000 characters.

That is not entirely true. While you are correct VARCHAR does not pad the string (char does), older versions of MySQL and other RDMS had/have an upper limit of 255 characters. Newer versions do allow for varchar of a larger length, however the storage size of each value increases.

more than 4 years ago

Telcos Waking Up To the Value of Your Location

johnncyber Re:Value (178 comments)

I pay $30 per month to AT&T. For that insanely high price, my wife, our two kids, and I can all send unlimited text messages, including MMS messages with attached pics. Each of us sends an average of about 1000 messages per month; that works out to 0.75 cents per message. Not 75 cents, 0.75 cents. I honestly don't get where the hate on SMS charges comes from.

FTFY, units are always helpful.

more than 4 years ago

Does HP + Palm = Facepalm?

johnncyber Re:I like it because it's crazy (236 comments)

I don't think anyone here is going to argue that Dell makes a better server, workstation, or laptop of various styles than HP.

Umm, I will. At least when it comes to laptop I have had horrible experiences with Dell. Of the three laptops that my company has from Dell each has had serious problems. 2 laptops of the same model failed at roughly the same time with a bad motherboard / graphics card. The third has had to be repaired by Dell on no less than 4 occasions in the past 2 years. Again for motherboard and other card failures. About the only good thing about Dell is their on-site repair and support (which does not come cheap mind you.) On the other hand my HP laptop has had next to no problems in the same time frame, other that a crappy AC adapter that is starting to fall apart.

more than 4 years ago

H.264 vs. Theora — Fightin' Words About Patentability

johnncyber Re:Patent risks (421 comments)

That said, I definitely think something like the RSA algorithm was as worthy of a patent as most anything else out there.

You do the realize that at the heart of the RSA algorithm (and most if not all cyptography algorthims for that matter) is a series of mathematical equations (See: Therefore under US law it should not be patentable, yet for some reason because it relates to computing it is was granted a patent.

more than 4 years ago

When the Power Goes Out At Google

johnncyber Re:Don't they have (135 comments)

Dude RTFA (I know, I know, shame on me). The backup generators kicked in, but 25% of the machines in data center did not receive power before crashing.

more than 4 years ago

Seattle Data Center Outage Disrupts E-Commerce

johnncyber Authorize.Net did have a backup (118 comments)

...except it failed as well. From their twitter:

"@gotwww The backup data center was impacted too. Don't have info as to why. The team is solely focused on getting us back up for now."

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Will Ship Windows 7 in Europe With IE Unbundled

johnncyber Re:MS Updates (578 comments)

Updates in Vista uses a seperate contral panel applet, presumably its the same in 7.

You are correct updates appear in a "Windows Update" control panel.

more than 5 years ago

Google Launches CADIE, the First True AI

johnncyber Re:Conflicker (246 comments)

How do we know that CADIE is not Conflicker? Maybe she is like Skynet, and is the virius.

more than 5 years ago

Mac Tax, Dell Tax, HP Tax

johnncyber Re:Upgrading (858 comments)

Ever priced a srick or two of RAM from HP?

Their part store prices a stick of 1 GB "Genuine" SODIMM RAM at $264.86.

more than 5 years ago


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