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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

nemesisrocks Outdated before it launches (78 comments)

Outside of the US, Chip & Pin is king. In many parts of Europe, you can't even use a card that doesn't have a chip. No chip, no pay.

In Australia, for purchases under $100, you use Paypass/Paywave. Simply tap and go.

Coin is a cool idea, but it's stillborn. It would have been cool 10 years ago, but the world moved on.

about 5 months ago

Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

nemesisrocks Re:Making a Safer World... (342 comments)

I think most parents would prefer to spend time with their children but can't afford to. Both of them need to work to pay the bills. Outsourcing is the only option.

In Australia, the cost of fulltime daycare is around $800 per week. That's often the entire take-home pay of one of the parents, especially if they're only working 9AM-3PM.

Most people aren't doing it to earn extra cash. It's so they don't "lose their place" in their career. Time out of the workforce is a killer for career progression.

about 9 months ago

Code Combat: Free, Open Source, Multiplayer Programming Lessons

nemesisrocks Re:Quite Enjoyable (30 comments)

Glad you like, I'm one of the cofounders, if you have any suggestions for us, would love to hear them, you can message me at george@codecombat.com

I'm gonna get pounded for this -- but it doesn't work in IE.

Regardless of how much people like or dislike IE here, websites need to be cross-platform, and work across a wide range of browsers, not just Chrome/Firefox. Not to mention, the computers at most schools will be running Windows+IE.

about 10 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

nemesisrocks Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

Regardless of whether or not 20TB is hording / excessive / inefficient, what it almost certainly is is replaceable. Let's face it, you aren't CERN, most of you data is probably media that you can reacquire with relative ease. It's not being stored because it's irreplaceable it's being stored because it's convenient.

There's a large, flawed, assumption running through this thread that it's "easy" to reacquire all media.

Between torrents and usenet, trying to find good rips of content that's over 6-12 months old is often impossible. Good luck trying to find any older show that's not sci-fi or super popular. Often studios don't sell DVDs or Blurays of these shows anymore, if they even did to start with.

about a year ago

Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

nemesisrocks Re:findimagedupes in Debian (243 comments)

Why do I have this sneaking suspicion it runs in exponential time, varying as the size of the data set...

It's actually pretty nifty how findimagedupes works. It creates a 16x16 thumbnail of each image (it's a little more complicated than that -- read more on the manpage), and uses this as a fingerprint. Fingerprints are then compared using an algorithm that looks like O(n^2).

I doubt the difference between O(2^n) and O(n^2) would make a huge impact anyway: the biggest bottleneck is going to be disk read and seek time, not comparing fingerprints. It's akin to running compression on a filesystem: read speed is an order of magnitude slower than the compression.

1 year,8 days

Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

nemesisrocks findimagedupes in Debian (243 comments)

whatever you decide on, it could probably be done in a hundred lines of perl

Funny you mention perl.

There's a tool written in perl called "findimagedupes" in Debian. Pretty awesome tool for large image collections, because it could identify duplicates even if they had been resized, or messed with a little (e.g. adding logos, etc). Point it at a directory, and it'll find all the dupes for you.

1 year,9 days

Microsoft Remotely Deleted Tor From Windows Machines To Stop Botnet

nemesisrocks Re:A Microsoft Killswitch (214 comments)

He surmises that Microsoft used its Microsoft Security Essentials software to eliminate the programs, a program users must install themselves.

Or he could read Microsoft's own statement, where they say exactly how they eliminated Tor:

October 27, 2013: We modified our signatures to remove the Sefnit-added Tor client service. Signature and remediation are included in all Microsoft security software, including Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Defender on Windows 8, Microsoft Safety Scanner, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection, and Windows Defender Offline.

November 12, 2013: Signature and remediation is included in Malicious Software Removal Tool and delivered through Windows Update/Microsoft Update.

1 year,16 days

Ask Slashdot: Managing Device-Upgrade Bandwidth Use?

nemesisrocks Consider caching instead (159 comments)

Since you're in such a remote area, your visitors very likely also have slow connections at home too. Why not cache the updates instead? You'll be contributing towards a safer, more secure internet.

The first person who downloads them would cause a drain on the network, but at least all future attempts would be served up from your cache. You could even have a spare machine downloading the updates overnight, pre-populating the cache for your visitors, to reduce the burden updates cause during the day.

I've used the instructions here with great success on Squid: http://wiki.squid-cache.org/SquidFaq/WindowsUpdate

Apparently Apple iOS updates can be cached too, e.g.: http://lkrms.org/caching-ios-updates-on-a-squid-proxy-server/

about a year ago

Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

nemesisrocks Re:Squid (277 comments)

He needs a squid proxy and also block the ads there.

Squid's effectiveness has been declining over the last 5 years. More and more sites are moving towards https, and most sites out there nowadays don't set caching headers in a way that allows for aggressive caching without breaking the HTTP spec.

Squid has difficulty even caching content from many CDNs nowadays -- and this is content that should inherently be cacheable (static, shared amongst all users, etc).

about a year ago

Owncloud 6 Brings Collaborative Open Document Format Editing to the Web

nemesisrocks Re:Being different is a good thing for some uses (73 comments)

There are a few design issues in Sharepoint which make me see it as not viable as well - eg. encapsulating files inside a database instead of keeping them as files with a reference too them is a very major one once you get above trivial file sizes and a trival number of versions of the files.

Fixed in SharePoint 2010. In addition to storing the files within the database, they can be stored on the filesystem beside the database ("Filestream") storage, or elsewhere, including a SAN ("Remote Blob Storage").

about a year ago

Owncloud 6 Brings Collaborative Open Document Format Editing to the Web

nemesisrocks Not really a Sharepoint replacement (73 comments)

I think this is a real game changer. Up to now, if you want document colaberation you have Sharepoint (Expensive) or the cloud. (Trust issues)

At this point in time, it's not really a viable SharePoint or SkyDrive replacement. While being able to work simultaneously on ODF documents is a great addition, it's not going to provide any real competition to SharePoint until you can have authors simultaneously editing MS Word documents -- in MS Word. For many small business (especially with remote workers), this is "must have" functionality.

On the flip-side, I presume simultaneous authoring in Word is going to be extremely difficult to reverse engineer; and MS ain't gonna give up those protocol specs anytime soon.

about a year ago

Linux Kernel Running In JavaScript Emulator With Graphics and Network Support

nemesisrocks Re:So...? (177 comments)

What does one use this for?

To get chicks?

Unlikely -- doesn't work in Internet Explorer.

about a year ago

Your Next Network Operating System Is Linux

nemesisrocks Re:Already happening - slowly (192 comments)

Linux is already widely used on networking gear, especially fully pre-emptive variants like RT-Linux and Monta-Vista.

And if we follow the trend, pretty soon we'll be running Windows on those routers!

Don't laugh too hard, we already have Windows for Workgroups to replace Netware, Windows Web Server to replace Apache/Linux, and even Windows for Warships to replace, uh, sanity... Windows for Routers isn't too steep a slope.

about a year ago

Canadian Hotel Sues Guest For $95K Over Bad Review, Bed Bugs

nemesisrocks Re: Free speech (432 comments)

Any free speech story on slashdot inevitably involves international comparisons. If this had happened in the US, I'd expect comments about Canadian free speech laws as well as a variety of European ones. Likely Australian ones too.

FYI, there's no such thing as free speech in Australia. We don't have any equivalent to the Bill of Rights (or Charter of Rights and Freedoms).

There's an implied freedom of speech in our constitution, but it's certainly not explicit. It's been tested a number of times (with the result going both ways) in the High Court.

about a year and a half ago

BREACH Compression Attack Steals SSL Secrets

nemesisrocks Verisign Insurance (106 comments)

Perhaps Verisign can offer some form of overpriced "insurance" to make customers feel safer on the Internets. I'm sure it'll be thrown in for "free" with a "SecureSite Ultimate" package, for a mere $1500! GoDaddy will no doubt follow suit.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

nemesisrocks Re:like Windows? (397 comments)

I prefer DERP. Delete, Edit, Read and Produce. Users are actually well ahead of the technology curve here - ask any tech support worker, customers have been DERPing for years...

Don't know about you, but most of my job involves Finding information, Analyzing it, and Producing something else from it. FAPing for short. And I've been FAPing most of my life.

about a year and a half ago

Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

nemesisrocks Re: Not if it is for a computer (329 comments)

In Australia, extended warranties are useless due to Australian Consumer Law, which protects consumers by making manufacturers repair goods if they fail before a reasonable time. Essentially, if there's an extended warranty available, the item should last as long a the extended warranty.

Except that Australian Consumer Law is ridiculously difficult to enforce. I had a Fisher Paykel oven installed 2.5 years ago, and the glass shattered while preheating it just last week. No amount of arguing "Australian Consumer Law" with the manufacturer would get them to fix it under warranty, since their ovens only have a 2-year warranty. The "reasonable lifetime" of an Oven is certainly longer than 30 months.

about a year and a half ago

Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

nemesisrocks Re:Sure (599 comments)

Further south solar collectors are the way to go.

They work 24/7 all year round and are ideal of base load.

...except for when it's night time. Or when it's cloudy. Or when it's winter in Europe. Or when a volcano in Iceland erupts.

about 2 years ago

A Glimpse of a Truly Elastic Cloud

nemesisrocks Re:"stop using OSes"? (201 comments)

No, no, no! It can't be an OS without a graphical user interface, web browser, email client, calendar, media player, typesetting system, at least three text editors, five or more programming languages, drivers for every peripheral known to man and a collection of games.

So... emacs?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Company Their Subscriber List Is Compromised?

nemesisrocks Re:Write threatening letters (247 comments)

"I create a unique email address for each company I deal with, and each website I register on."

Why on earth would someone create a mailaddress just to register to a website when mailinator with their gazillion aliases exists?

$ mysql maildb -e "INSERT INTO aliases VALUES ('mythrowawaylogin@mydomain.com', 'mylogin')"

Ah, the joys of postfix+mysql and your own domain. Someone spams you, and you don't click the unsubscribe, you just drop the alias

I even have an alias on my phone to do it for me when I'm out in meatspace.

about 2 years ago



ASIC wants Australian ISPs to store all content visited

nemesisrocks nemesisrocks writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nemesisrocks writes "ASIC, Australia's version of the SEC, has called for phone call and internet data to be stored by Australian ISPs, in a submission to the Parliamentary Inquity into mandatory data retention.

Not only does the authority want the powers to intercept the times, dates and details of telecommunications information, it also wants access to the contents of emails, social media chats and text messages."

Link to Original Source

Australia tests vehicle speed limiting devices

nemesisrocks nemesisrocks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nemesisrocks writes "The New South Wales (Australia) Government is testing a device that will limit the speed of drivers because "excessive speed is one of the primary ways that people are killed while driving".

Located on the dashboard, it senses a driver's speed with the use of GPS. If the speed of a car goes over the posted legal limit, a warning sounds. If the driver ignores the warning, the device eventually cuts all power to the car because a cut-off switch has been installed between the accelerator and the engine."

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