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Free Software For All Russian Schools In Jeopardy

ndik Re:Free (265 comments)

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. If by chance we were living in 1991, then free would cost money. However as we're in 2009, your statement is invalid.

more than 4 years ago

Unknown 7m Asteroid Almost Impacted Earth

ndik Re:How Much Damage? (289 comments)

67kg, but is increasing as they added a McDonalds to the local shopping centre. Sorry it's not in any other metrics, we Aussies only use kilos.

more than 4 years ago

Moving Away From the IT Field?

ndik Re:I'd never do it, but (783 comments)

That guy would be Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey)

more than 4 years ago

Android Phone Turned Into Virtual Reality Goggles

ndik Re:Do not want. (103 comments)

That's why contingencies such as an on-screen radar with human sensoring will be implemented. Though that's just one idea...

more than 4 years ago

IBM's Answer To Windows 7 Is Ubuntu Linux

ndik Slowly (863 comments)

Change takes time, especially when companies have been used to various programs such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Outlook. As SparafucileMan noted, it can take months before people are 'adjusted' to Linux systems. If you're wanting your workplace to operate under a *nix environment, bring it in slowly and teach people as you go, don't push it hard and fast.

more than 4 years ago

Xbox 360 Update Will Lock Out Unauthorized Storage

ndik Stop whining (435 comments)

Stick with a PC. They're versatile: Upgradeable AND modifiable!

more than 4 years ago

Washington Post Says Use Linux To Avoid Bank Fraud

ndik What's safety? (422 comments)

Nothing is safe, even with Linux. The banks however can do much more to prevent attacks by improving their processes, not to mention educating the common user.

more than 4 years ago

Cursive Writing Is a Fading Skill — Does It Matter?

ndik Pen to Paper (857 comments)

With such a technology dependent world, it's sometimes nice to write on paper and not on a keyboard.

about 5 years ago

Kingston Unveils $1000 USB Flash Drive

ndik Data warranty (119 comments)

"The DataTraveler 300 claims data transfer speeds of up to 20MB/sec, and comes with a five-year guarantee."

With 256GB capacity, I'd want a 5-year guarantee on my data too.

more than 5 years ago

Under my immediate control are X USB drives; X=

ndik Re:Full (412 comments)


more than 5 years ago

Doctors Will Test Gene Editing On HIV Patients

ndik wait.... (263 comments)

Wait! Let me grab my gardening scissors to cut that gene out, oh.. we actually need proper medical equipment? I thought we're talking about HIV here.

more than 5 years ago



Child porn filters to cut Aussie broadband speeds

ndik ndik writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Pokey writes "The Federal Government is distancing itself from some results in this week's ISP-level content filtering study, as industry criticism mounts over the test methodology. The study was conducted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority to demonstrate advances in Internet content filtering technologies. In a statement provided to iTnews, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy effectively confirmed that the scope of the study limits useful outcomes of the report. "The ACMA report is based on a laboratory trial of ISP filtering technologies, within a network that would be used by a small ISP," the spokesperson said. "It is therefore necessary that the Government proceed with a real world live pilot to test how these filtering products work with ISPs of different sizes and network configurations." Department and industry have expressed opposing concerns that preliminary findings on the degradation of broadband network speeds caused by the content filters may be inflated, or underestimated, respectively. Preliminary results from the ACMA study showed that five of the six filters tested degraded Internet throughput speeds by between 22 percent and 75 percent, or more. Just introducing a filter to the test network — without actively filtering any content — resulted in up to 10 percent degradation. But because the study did not distinguish between "inappropriate and innocuous content" appropriately, the Department is concerned that the reported outcomes of network degradation may be inflated. "It is important to note that the tests did not specifically test filtering of a black-list independent of over-blocking and under-blocking," the Department spokesperson said. "The Government's policy is to filter [only] a black-list of illegal content maintained by the ACMA." In addition, it has now emerged that the test network may have been operating at an "artificially constrained" traffic rate approximately half the speed of a dial-up modem, according to the Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU). This is potentially at odds with the Department's position, as it implies the degradation results achieved may have been under-estimated. "While it's probably true to say that filtering software doesn't present noticeable performance degradation when you've already artificially constrained the offered traffic rate to below dial-up speeds, it's difficult to see the relevance of that conclusion in a world where the Minister wants everyone in Australia to connect over 500 times faster," said Mark Newton, a SAGE-AU member. Despite the results, Peter Coroneos, CEO of the Internet Industry Association (IIA), is urging industry to wait for the real world trial before casting further speculation and judgement. "I believe that [the reported] level of degradation is unlikely to be acceptable even to government," added Coroneos."
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