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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

postbigbang Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (256 comments)

The incentive to find the boundaries of what kills your clientele and what just makes them gnash their teeth but return is becoming a science of profitable intolerance.

Bribed legislatures have trashed consumer protection laws or made them ignore updating them. It's almost like large organizations have voting rights. But nobody cards them at the polls if the campaign contributions are fat enough.

4 days ago
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Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

postbigbang Does fiber containing photons have current? (103 comments)

Is this just static building up along the lining, or is there actual photonic/electrical conversion going on?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

postbigbang Re:The plans of mice and men (123 comments)

There's a sufficient amount of "shit happens" that isn't benign neglect, rather the pernicious pursuit of profits without examining consequences, and they're huge.

Jail is forensic. This poster needs solutions. Are there filtration methodologies available? Ways of mitigating the pollutants? Something learned from tech fab by products that can help solve the problem? PHBs are now after the fact. Cool heads and geek examinations are what's needed. My advice: find a recovery methodology financed by the sale of assets or Crown Lands so as to rapidly build the infrastructure necessary to stanch the flow. How? With what? Good questions.

about two weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

postbigbang Re:They deserve it (286 comments)

Should you try to take an objective view of 1080i, p, 720i, p, and rate them with a high quality source media, some eyes will notice the difference, dramatically. 1080i rarely delivers a poorer raster than 720anything, and it's usually under extreme circumstances like poor tuner re-rasterizing/conversion often inside a poorly designed tuner.

The gradients are subtle, but the differences in bandwidth utilization, when you're cramming a thousand+ channel allocations into copper cable can be obviously stark-- when compared to high quality media sources playing on decent quality ATSC-equipped TVs.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

postbigbang Re:They deserve it (286 comments)

But it's not HDTV. It's EDTV, as in Enhanced Definition. ATSC can be a transport, but that doesn't make this sow's ear into a silk purse.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

postbigbang Re:They deserve it (286 comments)

I realize this. 720p is the lowest upgrade to NTSC. This is what Comcast shot for. Everyone must upgrade, and they get the minimum.

When you rent or buy a 1080p(or i) and player to watch a video, after having seen the same in 720, the difference makes people go crazy. They feel robbed. That's how I feel. This isn't a screed about customer service, monopolies, etc. It's about resolution, and Comcast and others are delivering the bare bottom media.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

postbigbang Re:They deserve it (286 comments)

Not so frivolous.

This sort of deception is endemic. Comcast/xFinity creeps most "HD-TV" down to 720p. Not HD in my mind. If Sony says: 1080p, and they lied, then the litigation seems warranted to me. Usually vendors bury this stuff under the rug.

about three weeks ago
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Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

postbigbang Re:But... but nucular is bad! (143 comments)

After drilling down to the article, this one, should it work (big if) would burn down existing spent fuel rods by squeezing more energy from fission reactions. It would therefore have a huge amount of already-a-problem fuel to decontaminate even further.

It's said to use uranium or thorium as a fuel source. Indeed it could fuel the expense of your desalinizing plant and conceptually a helluva lot more in a package that's much smaller that shuts itself down safely in the event of failures. So, IN THEORY, no Chernobyls etc because no contaminated water to escape.

about three weeks ago
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EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

postbigbang Re:Duh! (78 comments)

A good judge would take action against the prosecutors for any number of varying reasons, and the one that I would pick would be: vexation.

about three weeks ago
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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

postbigbang Re:This doesn't seem legit (182 comments)

Hey- Google does this, and legally, and gets child porn emails!

The ends always justify the means. That's what the world has come to.

Sadly.

Rule of law? Holders of the gold filigreed rulers get the law, it would seem.

about three weeks ago
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Recipe For Building a Cheap Raspberry Pi Honeypot Network

postbigbang Re:I don't get the hype (68 comments)

Honeypot. Flood.

You don't get it.

You can put these on isolated segments, VLANs, whatever but importantly: wherever in the system you want to attract the bees.

So long as it can send even one "ouch" packet, it's done its job, saved your ass, and saved you hours looking through even great syslog managers to find symptoms of internal infections.

Do they cost? Not much. Aren't VMs cooler to use? No, because you want them randomly everywhere, not just in your VM farms. Yes, VM honeypots are a great idea. No, you can't simply put them in a dev pool or out in the cubes. But you *can* put a pie anywhere your network has a connection, and your switch ports allow admittance. Hint.

about three weeks ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

postbigbang Re:If true. If. (200 comments)

Sadly, sedition would be vilified. Look at Mr Snowden. Enemy of the state, now exiled in Moscow. He's one of many, and as there are no controls, and the game of extortion is played at the highest level like a bad poker game, the chances of clarity, openness, and even "just the right thing" are nil.

Martyrdom doesn't work with 72 virgins, and it doesn't work when corporate America controls the press-- especially Murdoch. Who has the WSJ by the printing press short-hairs? None other. Most of us just duck low, shaking our heads.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

postbigbang Re:don't have money to waste (114 comments)

Some people get a lifestyle choice with ACA coverage that's impossible without the ACA: they can breathe.

Others might remove that choice. There's a civics lesson there. If you're talking about covering people with HIV, or who were smokers, then please charge admission for the times when you walk on water. I genuflect.

about a month ago
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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

postbigbang Re:So, like all other rewards programmes? (75 comments)

Your dignity sold. What every ad man wants. Everyone has their price, and the price is frighteningly small.

Verizon already gets LBS, GPS, WiFi, and other info from most phones unless users go to fiendish depth with Snoopwall and other products to stanch the data flow. I'm wondering WHY they're asking for permission. Seems ludicrous to do so when everyone's already giving it up for free. Making it legit?

Legit like net neutrality? Legit like stonewalling their clientele? Doesn't make sense.

about a month ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

postbigbang Re:They re-invented static scheduling (83 comments)

Nah. They put MPLS logic-- deterministic routing by knowing the domain into an algorithm that optimizes time slots, too.

All the hosts are know, their time costs, and how much crap they jam into wires. It's pretty simple to typify what's going on, and where the packet parking lots are. If you have sufficient paths and bandwidth in and among the hosts, you resolve the bottlenecks.

This only works, however, if and when the domain of hosts has sufficient aggregate resources in terms of path availability among the hosts. Otherwise, it's the classic crossbar problem looking for a spot marked ooops, my algorithm falls apart when all paths are occupied.

Certainly it's nice to optimize and there's plenty of room for algorithms that know how to sieve the traffic. But traffic is random, and pathways limited. Defying the laws of physics will be difficult unless you control congestion in aggregate from applications where you can make the application become predictable. Only then, or you have a crossbar matrix, will there be no congestion. For any questions on this, look to the Van Jacobsen algorithms and what the telcos had to figure out, eons ago.

about a month ago
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Telcos Move Net Neutrality Fight To Congress

postbigbang Re:I don't know any such thing (52 comments)

The throttling began long ago, when we let carriers give us asymmetrical connections, e.g. (ex:) 80% download and 20% upload. This is how FIOS, and many other schemes will come unraveled. Upload speed is important if for this fact: pooling web services is now done via ISPs/MSPs and other data centers, instead of a distributed pattern of symmetrically-supplied carriers-- like your own home. It requires us to host our stuff at ISPs, and even more-- if you're delivering streaming content-- via specialized providers called content delivery networks/CDNs, like Akamai instead of some place else. This tends to optimize delivery for multicasted services and on-demand services, but screws anyone wanting to make the next YouTube without an oceanliner full of cash-up-front.

We're already heavily throttled. This just prevents it from getting WORSE.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Wear Is Here

postbigbang Re:Watches? (129 comments)

And all the ostensible features of the watch that are worth something beyond geek chick are at the full whimsy of Google. Will they support this five years down the road?

Most people use their smartphones for watches these days, and the rest is usually for glitz or weaponry. Those values-- glitz and weaponry-- aren't dependent on vendor services from a vendor that tosses them away seemingly at will. Not gonna view a map on my wristwatch, so that's out. No phone calls. Movies are impossible. Browsing would be a joke, and a built-in camera would be pretty silly.

Dick Tracy aside, I can see some cultures adopting such a thing, but the prices are huge for such frivolity.

about 1 month ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

postbigbang Re:What happens if (281 comments)

There are still botnets, yes running on ancient XP machines with CPUs best measured in furlongs per fortnight, with zillions of captured kernels that might, for that brief moment, create hashing power of the kind that the world has never known. Dimming the planetary grid, perhaps even the very sun itself, t even phashes would be spewed higher than a volcano, and for that brief moment, a new zillionaire would be annointed.

And at the end, we'd just have more hash. Pass me the ketchup bottle, please.

about 2 months ago
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Transforming the Web Into a Transparent 'HTTPA' Database

postbigbang Re:That's literally the worst idea I ever heard (69 comments)

You're missing a bunch of steps.

You need to diff it all, make sure it MD5s (or better). Other dependencies have to be checked. While many of the Deb repos are fine, there's then the rest of the stuff you're using-- whose dependencies might not be in a cute and highly watched (if we're lucky) spot.

So you can apply this technique with other OS families and come up with similar questions, and no good airgap answers. You update only a core set of stuff, yes, the OS, but only after a lot of steps. And we hope you don't use a flash drive or other media that doesn't have/get an infected bootsector. Rootkits are ugly.

about 2 months ago
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Transforming the Web Into a Transparent 'HTTPA' Database

postbigbang Re:That's literally the worst idea I ever heard (69 comments)

But no one ever really does that. Although you can state-freeze an OS, none of the OS makers have useful constructions that allow vetted air-gap updates via media transfer.

The entire scheme looks like a paradise for someone that wants to crack it like an egg. This, too, shall pass.

about 2 months ago

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Does anyone make an photo de-duplicator for Linux? Something that reads EXIF?

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  about 7 months ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Imagine having thousands of images on disparate machines. many are dupes, even among the disparate machines. It's impossible to delete all the dupes manually and create a singular, accurate photo image base? Is there an app out there that can scan a file system, perhaps a target sub-folder system, and suck in the images-- WITHOUT creating duplicates? Perhaps by reading EXIF info or hashes? I have eleven file systems saved, and the task of eliminating dupes seems impossible."
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WSJ rumors that VMware will buy Novell

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 3 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Steven J Vaughn-Nichols speculates on the WSJ piece that speculates VMware may be buying Novell's Linux assets (along with other core Novell assets). Will Big Red be Big Dead? Will SUSE be used as a fighting tool against Windows platforms? Will ex-Microsoft throne pretender Paul Maritz use Novell's Directory Services to sling against Microsoft? Discuss."
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Acer Founder: Apple's iPad and iPhone are Viruses

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 3 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Stan Shih, founder of Acer, is apparently unhappy with Apple's iPad and iPhone success, and calls these products a virus. Acer, it should be noted, is the #2 maker of PCs in the world. Stan believes that Apple can be "isolated" so that companies will become "immune". Is this the ultimate sour grapes?"
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Jury finds Novell owns Unix Copyrights; SCO Loses!

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 4 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Novell won its jury decision as defendant in the SCO Slander of Title charge against its ownership of Unix copyrights, and ostensibly, intellectual property. It was a fairly short trial, and it leaves SCO nearing Chapter 7 despite an influx of funds. They have few assets, and if they appeal, it'll be against the results of a laborious discovery process, severe rulings by the trial judge largely against Novell, and will cost them still another fortune they don't have. Cheers and champagne corks for FOSS and especially Linux users-- and the famous and tenacious Pamela Jones, who documented it all."
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US House Bill prohibits government file sharing

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 4 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "HR4098 attempts to prohibit file sharing software on government and contractor computers or 'telework' home computers used by these employees. Another RIAA/MPAA muscle play on government machines? Is the HR afraid of illegally shared copies of Celine Dion MP3s on government systems?"
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postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 7 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Ray Noorda, controversial head of numerous investments in the computer industry died at age 82, according to http://www.sltrib.com/ci_4465776 .
Noorda once pressured National Semiconductor to lower the price of Ethernet cards, then took on Bill Gates, buying the keys to Unix and then giving them away, then many software packages to fight Microsoft's Word and Office with WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, and others. When the world went to the IP protocols, Novell's IPX protocol set was arguably more prevalent than IP at the time. And then the Internet train departed, and Novell's strategies weren't ready — and Gates had (if now viewed frighteningly) a plan.

Noorda's investments in many companies, and his training academy for future execs in IT, also showed the supportive Mormon side of Noorda and the companies he spawned. Arguably, he's the father of the LAN more than any other business exec in the industry today. Many captains of industry, including Google's Eric Schmidt, owes their boot camp to Noorda."

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