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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

quantumphaze SSH and HTTPS support? (64 comments)

This looks interesting but I can't find any information on whether it can run an SSH server or HTTPS on their site or through google. Does anyone know if it would be possible to port something Dropbear SSH to NuttX (assuming the CPU can handle it)?
They claim they have a POSIX-like system, which Dropbear needs so it should be possible, but has anyone done it yet?

about 9 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

quantumphaze 121 tabs in Firefox (381 comments)

TabMixPlus and the built in tab groups make it possible for me to just leave things open to read later. Close and open Firefox and the tabs are back as they were as I left them. Bookmarks are ok for long term keeping of pages I may want to view again, but leaving tabs open makes me more likely to actually view it again during the upcoming Great Tab Purge of 2014.

I just wish that middle click wasn't stuck on the harder to click scroll wheel.

about a year ago
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Omate TrueSmart Watch Stands Alone — No Phone Required

quantumphaze Re:Charging position (167 comments)

Placing the charging position in the high corrosion area against the skin seems like a bad idea.

Good point. I notice that the charging pins are indented to avoid direct contact with the skin, though whether that is enough to reduce corrosion I can not say. Arm hairs can still deposit corrosive oils.

This would be great if it could use inductive charging instead. Coils in the wrist strap maybe?

about a year ago
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Rupert Murdoch Wants To Destroy Australia's National Broadband Network

quantumphaze Re:What is a 100Mbit connection good for? (327 comments)

You have to include the $30 line rental or compare the Naked ADSL prices in your comparison.

The whole point of NBN other than fast speeds, is that gets rid of the broadband lottery. So that 25/5Mbps plan gives you 25/5Mbps, not 1.8Mbps. The opposition's FTTN will not with download speeds varying depending on how far you live from the node.

Quite honestly most people who oppose the NBN oppose it because it's a Labor project and would just as readily oppose FTTN it if the parties' chosen technologies were reversed and Abbot/Turnbull were going to switch to FTTP.

about a year ago
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Australian Government Releases Report Into IT Price Fixing

quantumphaze Re: Logistics (125 comments)

In a the magical free market the profits are meant to be squeezed down by healthy competition. In this case the only competition is importing from the USA, losing all consumer protections granted under Australian laws.

As everyone here knows, there is no such thing as a free market. When there is a distribution network filled with exclusivity contracts that prevents parallel imports and DRM that makes your licensed software deactivate itself when they discover your an Aussie you can't call that a success of capitalism.

And for "willing to pay more". It's not like deciding between a $5 HDMI cable and a $120 one where the consumer made a choice to pay more. There is only one company that makes this particular movie, game or software.
How can one be willing to pay more for a necessity in the case of MS Windows/Office. This makes as much sense as people willing to pay $5 per litre for petrol if the oil companies so wished.

about a year ago
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Xbox One: No Always-Online Requirement, But Needs To Phone Home

quantumphaze Re:Why? (395 comments)

Interesting point. With the NES however, I'm sure it's all down to the CIC chip that Nintendo used to act as gatekeeper (like Apple's app store) to prevent the problems that led to the video game market crash back in the 80s (didn't prevent shitty games though).

Which brings up another point I should have touched on in my earlier post. You can't make a console game without the blessing of Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony, then or now. This usually does keep most of the terrible indie games off the market but does nothing to shitty big budget ones and it completely locks out those rare great ideas like Minecraft from ever starting off on a console.

about a year and a half ago
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Xbox One: No Always-Online Requirement, But Needs To Phone Home

quantumphaze Re:Why? (395 comments)

The NES and SNES aren't so innocent since they still had the form of DRM known as region locking. The PAL/NTSC limitation is complete bullshit when the digital game ROM has no analog video signalling components.

At least my old games still work on those old consoles. The future is pretty bleak as to the longevity of current games with activation servers going offline after they become an expense. Cracking teams are our only hope of preserving our gaming history.

about a year and a half ago
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Xbox One: No Always-Online Requirement, But Needs To Phone Home

quantumphaze In other news (395 comments)

Sony's stock jumps 9% during Xbox One announcement.

about a year and a half ago
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Browser tabs I have open right now ...

quantumphaze Re:Only 20? (300 comments)

Ah ... you've been to TV Tropes too.

about a year and a half ago
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Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

quantumphaze Re:Windows 95 (712 comments)

Hell, you couldn't install Win95 on a brand new PC without resorting to some kind of USB boot disk trickery because most new machines don't even have floppy drives anymore.

Floppy drives? I'm sure you will be hard pressed trying to find a Core2duo era motherboard with a floppy controller. New Ivy Bridge boards don't even have IDE controllers any more.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

quantumphaze Re:Valve / Steam... (371 comments)

My favourite example of #2 is when my brother preordered Skyrim from Playasia. Playasia sent him a notice that the game may not be playable from Australia as Bethesda used geo-IP region locking to enforce regional pricing (and Valve are guilty for implementing the code for it). We are talking $55 (including shipping) vs $89 full retail. Playasia offered a refund and we went to EBgames to pay full retail.

I hope the government restricts the use of geo-IP price discrimination when it comes to online licence validation.

about 2 years ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

quantumphaze Re:Valve / Steam... (371 comments)

And yet if I was to go overseas and buy as many copies of Photoshop as I can fit in my bag, jet back to Oz and resell them it is illegal.

about 2 years ago
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Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

quantumphaze Re:I Got It! (538 comments)

This is how I think things would probably happen in real life.

When an attacker cracks passwords in the hash table from some insecure forum they don't instantly get your bank account since (if it works like my bank) you aren't logging in with your usual online username or email address to the internet banking sites.
The forum has your username, hashed password (now assumed to be cracked) and the email you registered with.
The email account has to be sharing the same password (working out if users are prefixing "psn_" isn't worth the hackers time when there are thousands of other suckers who don't). With the email account now compromised the hacker has access to all your archived emails and knows of all the sites that you have registered for and can even reset your passwords if they wish to. Steam, WOW, ect. with access to the email account they can change the email account associated with it and sell if off.

Now if the victim happens to receive transaction statements in that same email account then now the hacker does have the bank and customer/account numbers needed to log on. Provided that the user has done all the wrong things (top500 password, reusing password on all sites) they are screwed. Sadly, as TFA argues, enough users do all the wrong things to make this highly profitable for the bad guys.

about 2 years ago
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Why Australian Telco's Plan To Shape BitTorrent Traffic Won't Work

quantumphaze Re:More intelligent plan (84 comments)

I have never downloaded a torrent other than using the command line client on a screen session running on a 24x7 monster file server. However, the family gets unhappy when I use up all the BW in and out of the house while they're home. I've always had throttle-able settings in clients even in the oldest suprnova days. But I want a semi-intelligent auto configuring client such that it cranks wide open from midnight to 5 am, then down to 20% or less during morning time, then wide open during work days of the week but slow on weekends and holidays etc etc.

Consider trying the Transmission-cli Bittorrent client instead of rtorrent (which it sounds like you are using). It runs as a daemon that can be connected to via a web page or an RPC client (apt-get install transmission-qt transmission-remote-cli).

You can then use cron to send commands to the daemon when you want to throttle the torrents.

about 2 years ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

quantumphaze Re:US Metric System (1387 comments)

We use Base10 instead of Base20 because most of us wear shoes these days.

about 2 years ago
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Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains

quantumphaze Re:DRM (295 comments)

Try to use HTML entities. € should be substituted for €
But then again, this is Slashdot.

Game, Steam, NotSteam
Skyrim, €25(sale), €21
Duke Nukem Forever, €20, €6
Dishonoured, €25(sale), €18.43
Bioshock 2, €20, €3.30

about 2 years ago
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USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

quantumphaze Re:Boggle (909 comments)

$484 thousand million.

484 G$

This is a metric topic after all.

about 2 years ago
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Minecraft Ported To the Raspberry Pi

quantumphaze Other ARM Linux platforms (57 comments)

I really hope that we can also use this port on other Linux ARM boards such as all the A10 platforms that are ever so popular and my old Nokia N900.

I ordered a Cubieboard (mostly for SATA and real Ethernet) and would love to have it run Minecraft when it finaly arrives.

The question is, will binaries compiled for the Broardcom chip's armv6 and FPU work on other chips?

about 2 years ago
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Minecraft Ported To the Raspberry Pi

quantumphaze Re:Hmm (57 comments)

If it is the case, maybe it will also work on the N900 (also 256 MB RAM).

about 2 years ago
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Water Bottle Fills Itself From the Air

quantumphaze Re:Thermodynamics (173 comments)

I suppose I should have wrote more details. You are right about condensing heating up. The refrigerator I'm thinking of would be a system with an evaporative cooler on one end, and this material on the other. A low power heat pump fuelled only by fans.

(Speaking of heating up, can you make a mug out of it to keep my coffee hot?)

about 2 years ago

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Humble Indie Bundle 6 Released

quantumphaze quantumphaze writes  |  more than 2 years ago

quantumphaze (1245466) writes ""You can pay whatever you want to get these DRM-free games on Mac, Windows, and Linux: the critically acclaimed action-RPG Torchlight; the rugged sci-fi action platformer Rochard; physics-based brick breaker Shatter; top down space combat sim Space Pirates and Zombies; and steampunk puzzle platformer Vessel. If you choose to pay more than the average price, you will also receive the incredible, frantic acrobatic platformer, Dustforce! Many of the games also come with their own soundtrack!""
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