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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

jriskin Think like a lawyer... (135 comments)

1. Apple super rich
2. Statute of limitations probably running out (guess as its 10 years)
3. Reasonable possibility of winning (regardless of merit) or settling for millions
4. $$$

They probably were like, 'why not?'

about 4 months ago

How Many Seconds Would It Take To Crack Your Password?

jriskin Computing power (454 comments)

Shouldn't any reasonable calculation that attempts to illustrate password strength beyond a year take in to account the increasing compute power of the past 30 years or so?

more than 2 years ago

FDA To Review Inhalable Caffeine

jriskin Re:not inhaled (172 comments)

Agreed, if it looks like an inhaler and works like an inhaler... users are going to inhale...

Not that I have anything against people inhaling anything they want, but lets be realistic here.

more than 2 years ago

US House 'Creator' of TSA Wants To Kill It

jriskin How about we go back to pre-9/11 security? (681 comments)

Using planes as weapons only works once. In fact it didn't even entirely succeed as the plane that was downed by the passengers proves. Any future attempt would be foiled by passengers, on board air marshals, or by locked/reinforced cockpit doors.

So just drop the BS screenings and get back to having our personal liberties and rights to not be exposed to unreasonably searches.

Use some of that money for intelligent solutions. If you're spending money on airport screening, you've already missed the point. It's like defending at point blank range, you need to get the bad guys before they are trying to execute their plan. No matter how hard you try, there will be gaps in the system that will be exploited due to real world and the human factor. The bad guys won't come through the obvious front door where all the security is.

Kill it and save the money for making new jobs and improving the standard of living for those that hate us. If anything human beings are lazy and if you give them enough luxury, they will just sit around on the couch and complain rather than actually taking action :P

more than 3 years ago

Can Google Fix the Cable Box?

jriskin Re:SageTV (223 comments)

I'm another loyal SageTV user... I've been using it for close to 10 years and it's really nice. I never went crazy with the multi-tv setups, but paired with a Hauppauge HD-DVR i've been watching crystal clear HD on FIOS for years. It was disappointing when they basically sold it and shutdown the website. I highly doubt they'll put out anything as feature-rich as the original SageTV. It's not as 'cutesy' as Tivo but its easily better in a lot of ways. I can seamlessly watch DVR TV/LiveTV/Downloaded Content and streamed web content on the same box as well as watch any of that content on any computer or other TV in the house.

more than 3 years ago

1Gbps Wi-Fi Coming Soon To a Billion Devices

jriskin Meh... 5-6ghz? (202 comments)

I haven't looked, but isn't there anything 2ghz? Really all those high frequencies suck for wall penetration...

more than 3 years ago

What To Do With an Old G5 Tower?

jriskin Re:retire it (417 comments)

I'd love to do exactly that with my G5, but i'm dragging my feet because there are two choices:
1. Configure a generic linux box and spend ?? hours getting to work just right
2. Get an off the shelf NAS with mediocre performance.

I'd love to get a cheap NAS that will actually go close the full disk speed over gig-e. But the reality is most are really slow. 10-30MB/sec piles of junk...
In the end I'll find the time and do #1...

more than 4 years ago

How Bad Is the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

jriskin Ownership... (913 comments)

Not sure where you got those facts, but it looks to me like they own a 65% interest in the well. While it could be argued that a "working interest" doesn't imply ownership, it pretty much says 'owns' to me. Mitsui owns 10% and Anadarko the remaining 25%.

RIG Deepwater Horizon rig owner
BP 65% working interest (operator)
APC 25% working interest (operator)
Mitsui 10% working interest (operator)
CAM Manufacturer of blowout preventer (BOP)
HAL Provided cementing services to the rig

"Transocean Ltd (RIGN.S) (RIG.N) - The Zug, Switzerland-based company owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon Rig. The rig went into service in 2001 and was drilling the Macondo prospect about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

BP Plc (BP.L) (BP.N) - BP hired Transocean's rig at a rate of about $500,000 per day to drill the well. BP is the project's operator and has a 65 percent working interest in the well.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N) - The Houston company owns a 25 percent nonoperating interest in the well."

It was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard, Ulsan, South Korea in 2001.

more than 4 years ago

Extreme Close-Up of Mars's Moon Phobos

jriskin How does this qualify as extreme close up? (104 comments)

Looks pretty low resolution to me compared to NASA's HiRISE images from 2008. The wikipedia page has a link to a nice time magazine gallery and the Official HiRISE SiteGo ahead click on the 3374 × 3300 pixel image on this UCL page for an EXTREME closeup of Phobos.

So nice snap shots ESA, but hardly extreme...

more than 4 years ago

Judge Orders Permanent Injunction Against Psystar

jriskin DMCA is the issue (242 comments)

IMHO they should be able to create a computer that pretends to be a real mac.

The part that concerns me is "Circumventing any technological measure that effectively controls access Mac OS X, including, but not limited to, the technological measure used by Apple to prevent unauthorized copying of Mac OS X on non-Apple computers."

Why shouldn't they be able to make an OS X compatible machine? I agree they shouldn't be able to modify AND redistribute OS X. But shipping a machine that allows OS X to be installed seems perfectly reasonable. Activision went through this with Atari early on, making 'compatible software' and later on there are many cases of 'compatible hardware' that have been allowed. But these days the DMCA prevents this sort of thing,

"(a) Violations Regarding Circumvention of Technological Measures.—
(A) No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title."

To me that is just unreasonable. As long as it is not a copyright violation, there shouldn't be any rules restricting your rights build your own device/software to interact with any other device/software if it does not cause any harm to 3rd party system. Although, I'm sure this gets sticky when writing an alternative WoW client or some such that 'cheats' or causes some other form of mahem, currently the line is drawn too far in favor of protection over liberty.

more than 5 years ago

2 Companies Win NASA's Moon-Landing Prize Money

jriskin Carmack / Armadillo was robbed (110 comments)

If they were giving out extra free days last year Armadillo probably would have got 100% of the money a year ago! The judges should have taken this in to account, bonus points for accuracy? Sure, but they should lose a place just for having to try a 4th time. Fair would be armadillo gets $1.5m, being 'nice' would be $1m to armadillo and .5 to Masten. But the other way around is just totally bogus.

Armadillo definitely deserved the full million. IMHO...

more than 5 years ago

Car Glass Rules Could Impair Cell, GPS and Radio Signals In CA

jriskin Aerodynamics or Fractal Antennas? (762 comments)

So this really only effects devices that already don't have external antennas e.g. cell phones, aftermarket GPS devices and Radar Detectors. As soon as an automaker is required to include this, they'll also need to include a repeater for cellphones. Most cars will probably have built in GPS by the time this goes through, so that just leaves radar detectors, which will need external pickups.

For some reason I'm picturing cars with 3-4 different antenna nubs sticking out for cell, gps, fm, am, radar, satellite radio, etc... canceling out any real benefits.

Or alternatively, cheap fractal antennas with passive or active repeaters (although I would imagine active would ruin GPS timing).

more than 5 years ago

Building a 10 TB Array For Around $1,000

jriskin Re:Redundant Array of INEXPENSIVE Disks (227 comments)

RAID6 is pretty obvious, as drive sizes have increased and rebuild times increase the likelihood of a double failure also increases. It also gives you some security if you replace the wrong drive or some other mishap. I would love nothing more than to be able to fully back up my data, but, it's simple I'd rather have more storage than a fullback...NoBackupRAID5RAID6RealBackup

Critical data, I backup, but bulk media storage is just that, bulk media... while it would be very sad to lose it all I just can't justify the cost of backing up 5TB of storage for persona use. I suppose that's what the original DVD/CD/BD media is for anyway.

For now I will just keep on using the strategy of upgrading before my storage systems get unreliable.

more than 5 years ago

Building a 10 TB Array For Around $1,000

jriskin Redundant Array of INEXPENSIVE Disks (227 comments)

I've done this every 2-3 years three times now for personal use and a couple times for work. My first was 7x120 and used 2 4 port ATA controllers and software RAID5. My second was 7x400 and used a Highpoint rocket RAID card. My third one is 8x750gb and also uses a Highpoint card.

Lessons learned:
1. Non RAID type drives cause unpredictable and annoying performance issues as the RAID ages and fills with data.
  1a. The drives can potentially drop out of the raid group (necessitating an automated rebuild) if they don't respond for too long.
  1b. A single drive with some bad sectors can drag down performance to a crawl.
2. Software RAID is probably faster than hardware RAID for the money. A fast CPU is much cheaper than a very high performance RAID card low end cards like the Highpoint are likely slower for the money.
3. Software RAID setup is usually more complicated.
4. Compatibility issues with Highpoint cards and motherboards are no fun
5. For work purposes use RAID approved drives and 3Ware cards or software.
6. Old PCI will max out your performance. 33Mhz * 32bit = 132MB/sec minus over head, minus passing through it a couple times == 30MB/sec performance
7. If you go with software RAID you'll need a fat power supply, if you choose a raid card most of them support staggered start up and you won't really need much. Spin up power is 1-2amps typically but once they're running they don't take a lot of power.
8. Really cheap cases that hold 8 drives are hard to find. Careful to get enough mounting brackets, fans, power Y-adapters online so you don't spend too much on them at your local Fry's.

For my 4th personal RAID I will probably choose RAID6 and go back to software RAID. Likely at least 9x1.5TB if I were to do it today. 1.5TB drives can be had for $100 on discount. So RAID5 $800 for ~10TB formatted or $900 for RAID6. +case/cpu/etc...

I'd love to hear others feedback on similar personal use ULTRA CHEAP RAID setups.

more than 5 years ago

Administration Wants To Scale Back Real ID Law

jriskin Real ID == DRM? (317 comments)

Is it me or is Real ID like DRM? For anyone who really wants to circumvent the system, it's not very difficult for a determined individual to do so. But, it's a serious pain the a$$ for a certain percentage of the law abiding citizens to deal with it.

I don't see any benefits and I see privacy, cost and bureaucracy negatives.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Removes Nearly All Reference To ZFS

jriskin HFS2 - Total speculation (361 comments)

Maybe they will actually innovate and create something new. Personally I would love to see them go down a new path with consumers in mind. I would like to see something like what Drobo does for storage (at least in theory) make RAID seamless to end users. Have options like "Optimize this system for video production - less reliable data", "Optimize this system for general use", "Optimize this system for maximum space" those sorts of things. Then the system would automatically add volumes to the storage pool or allow them to be removed (if possible) in the most optimized fashion (striping, mirroring, etc...).

Obviously, do basic cleanup while they are in there (performance optimization, larger general limits, etc...).

Personally, if they dropped ZFS to do this I would be happy and say it was a good call.

more than 5 years ago

Anti-Piracy Dog Uncovers Huge Cache of Discs

jriskin Yes, they smell different! Try it! (283 comments)

I just opened a spool of CD-R's, DVD-Rs, and compared them to Pressed DVD/CD's. The burned disks are QUITE STRONG in oder and its EASY to tell the difference even between CD-R and DVD-R at least with the disks I'm smelling. While they may have trained the dogs to smell for all of it, the dogs nose is WAY more sensitive than mine and I can easily distinguish after smelling a few.

Dogs would have ZERO problem telling them apart. It should be fairly trivial to give dogs a sampling of various burned media and then have them sniff them out.

I'm surprised people even think this is even far fetched. Sound pretty straight forward to me. But, then again i'm practical and the first thing I tried was smelling a bunch of media...

more than 5 years ago

Safari Beta Takeup Tops Firefox, IE and Chrome

jriskin Re:Sticking with Safari 3 (342 comments)

Personally I appreciate anything that recovers vertical space. We live in a world of vertical webpages on widescreen monitors...so lame...

more than 5 years ago

Last Major Supplier Calls It Quits For VHS

jriskin Re:No players on the market (308 comments)

This is a case of FALSE NEWS...it was a SINGLE distributor who stopped selling VHS. There are PLENTY of other companies still manufacturing, selling and distributing VHS tapes.

I have no love for the format, but this is a total FAKE STORY...It's based on a SINGLE distributor in Burbank, CA, who some LA Times reporter interviewed...

about 6 years ago


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