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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

wvmarle Re:Well known brands? (159 comments)

Huawei is one of China's main phone manufacturers. The brand is quite well known around here, and apparently they try to expand globally. Their advertising is probably to create brand awareness in other parts of the world, such as where you happen to live - and considering your comment, they're succeeding.

2 days ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

wvmarle Police sponsoring piracy now? (159 comments)

Unless they have some special powers, I suppose the police will have to pay for those ads, just like the regular advertisers do. This would result in the police actively sponsoring these allegedly illegal sites. Can have interesting political repercussions.

2 days ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

wvmarle Re:OKC's match algos suck (161 comments)

Well, of course. They're digging too deep in that. In the real world, I believe that there is no such thing as "the one" or "the perfect match". Maybe it feels like it, but that's in part thanks to the "pink glasses" effect of being in love and because both parties tend to adopt to one another, especially when a relationship lasts long (years, decades).

People probably can form lasting romantic relationships with a large number of other people, after the following basic matches are followed (assuming heterosexual relations but some will apply for homosexual relations too):

  • Geographic proximity.
  • Speaking the same language, or at least share a second language.
  • Similar age, preferably the female 1-5 years younger than the male.
  • Similar educational level, or the male having higher education than the female.
  • Similar political/religious views (left/right wing, Muslim/Christian/Buddhist/etc).

The above are true for the vast majority of heterosexual relationships. Another major factor in partner choice is also the availability of the person, as in, that s/he is not in another relationship already. The fact that someone is active on sites like OKCupid fulfils that requirement. Coincidence plays a great role as well: whether you meet a person now (when he's single and looking) or in half year (when he's just got a girlfriend). Whether you meet the person at all. He may be a perfect match for you on all fronts, yet unobtainable due to living 1,000 km away.

3 days ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

wvmarle Re:Not everything that shines is gold... (153 comments)

At least in this case they made significant savings - or at least, so they claim. The question is now of course, how was this calculated, and will it pass muster if an independent accountant checks the figures.

It's harder to give economic returns of a F1 race track; even harder to make an overall profit on one.

4 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

wvmarle Re:Role reversal (394 comments)

Those customers will just get disconnected.

5 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

wvmarle Re:Alternative explanation (394 comments)

They forgot one thing, though; their residential customers. They are the ones who need the additional capacity, and without it their service will continue to degrade.

You're giving Verizon too much credit: the way you write this, you imply they care about their customers and the service they offer.

5 days ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

wvmarle Re:Cubic Inches? (260 comments)

You can easily convert to more useful measures using Google.

Of course it'd have been nice had they use their own tools to advance science. Or maybe that should be: to have the US catch up with the rest of the world.

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

wvmarle Re:I've heard this one... (260 comments)

Google requires AC output, so even if you're adding batteries in the mix, you still need to build the inverter, with even less space for your inverter part as added bonus.

Also Google provides a DC input, and a conversion efficiency. So they'll measure what goes in and what comes out. Having batteries in the box providing the power will show itself quickly there and then.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

wvmarle Re:Short-Lived? (778 comments)

Of course - but I hope you realise that the source of the income is rather irrelevant - it even works like that when the income they receive is something like an unemployment benefit that's almost as much as what they make when working, or under a guaranteed "basic income" system where the state provides an basic income to everyone.

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

wvmarle Re:Was there really an increase? (778 comments)

inflation != economic growth.

They're often not even closely related.

Just have a look at the rate of inflation in Zimbabwe over the past years (thousands of percent a month of even a week it has been) vs. the economic growth (highly negative) for an example.

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

wvmarle Re:Short-Lived? (778 comments)

Money is just one motivation for people to get a job.

There are other motivations as well: to have a life, for starters. To feel (somewhat) useful. To get out of the house, meet other people.

You may have heard of the concept of volunteering, people spending many hours every week doing unpaid work. In those cases, money is obviously not a motivation.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

wvmarle Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

You're nicely mixing up things.

Coal in power plants is a fossil fuel and has nothing to do with wood/charcoal burning in stoves.

China is very aware of the environmental issues of burning coal. The main reason for them to use coal is because they happen to have lots if it, even though they'd rather use other fuels. They also have a significant nuclear power supply.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

wvmarle Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

Interesting you give this totally flawed example. It's telling, really.

Burning wood is carbon-neutral. It's carbon that would've been released back to the atmosphere after the death of the tree anyway. It's burning fossil fuels that is the main cause of climate change, and that's what we do in the developed world at a massive scale.

Now there are serious environmental issues related to burning wood or charcoal, most notably air pollution. But climate change is not one of them.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

wvmarle Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

My argument is the exact opposite. It is that by being smart, you can improve your standard of living for a lower overall cost, benefiting yourself and benefiting the environment in the process.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

wvmarle Re:High entropy rules on low importance sites (280 comments)

At least one of my banks complained of a too long password when I used an 8-character password. I had to shorten it to no more than 6 characters.

Some forums don't even accept that short passwords.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

wvmarle Re:Good since OpenID failed to take over (280 comments)

I have three bank accounts, two PayPal accounts and a credit card account. That's six highly sensitive logins.

Then I have my local computer (remote ssh login) and a remote cloud server (remote ssh login). Also requiring decent passwords. That's eight already. Plus one generic password for slashdot and all the other forums.

So that's nine passwords to remember. Well, I may be able to manage that.

Now the second part: remember which password belongs to which service, without making your passwords something like (still have to remember the first part separately), which in turn would compromise your password's security.

For added difficulty: I don't use all the above accounts actively. It is quite OK to remember a rather complex password you use on a daily basis, it gets harder if you check your bank maybe once a week, let alone that dormant account that is accessed maybe once or twice a year.

That just doesn't work. As a result, the banks that don't allow me to use my password manager have a relative weak password, something that at least I can remember easily and link to the correct account, for actual security relying on the second factor in the authentication chain there. The alternative would be the good old post-it note, or having them written down (or stored in a plain text file) somewhere.

People are not computers. Memories falter and fail, and are inaccurate. We'll have to live with that.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

wvmarle Re:Barbara Streisand award (424 comments)

If so I doubt it'll pass the "right to be forgotten" criteria, one of which is that it is about something so long time ago that it is not relevant for the present. Can't say that about this case, which is positively current.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

wvmarle Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

It's change, but it's not a change that necessarily costs a lot of money. On the contrary, many environmentally friendly changes to people's ways of life can save them money.

Key to climate change is the amount of fossil fuels we use. Reduce that amount, by saving energy, and you can save money. A CFL costs less money over its lifetime than an incandescent bulb, an LED may end up even cheaper. Sure it's a bit more of an upfront investment, in the end you save money.

Buying a smaller fridge that's got better energy efficiency (more efficient cooling system, better isolation) and you're going to save a lot of energy - you save money.

Get a more fuel efficient car, less trips to the gas station, save money. Even better: use public transport or a bicycle. Especially a bicycle is a really cheap, fast and even healthy (gives your exercise in the process) way of getting around town.

Get proper isolation for your home. Double glazing, foam isolation in between the double brick walls. Save a lot of energy, and have a more comfortable home (no matter whether you try to cool it or heat it) to boot. It's an upfront investment that saves money over time. Get a fan, so you don't have to switch on that A/C when it gets warmer.

And the "few people changing is meaningless" argument is downright stupid. A few people changing IS meaningful. It has to start somewhere! Those few people that do change may well inspire other people to follow suit. Their changes in consumption patterns may prompt manufacturers to cater for them the moment the movement is big enough, again prompting more people to follow suit.

Change the world, start with yourself. Otherwise your whole "we've got to change!" argument IS meaningless.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

wvmarle Re:Still going.. (278 comments)

Indeed, poll question is flawed.

Just today I replaced two CFLs. One due to physical damage (outer glass bulb broken, lamp itself still working), the other burnt out after five years of almost daily use - so some 7500 hours of use. Not bad. The new one is markably brighter as well.

I have to replace the incandescents we still have in the staircase leading up to the apartment (not using CFL as those are used seconds a day and rather have them bright upon flipping the switch - one of the rare use cases where an incandescent makes sense) much more frequently, every year or so one out of the four fails.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

wvmarle Re:And, probaly, nothing of value was lost. (174 comments)

First of all, I'm old enough to remember a world without Internet, without mobile phones, even without computers (other than the occasional MSX or C64), and have been doing internet banking from the time you had to dial in and use a command line interface (probably telnet) with the bank to get things done.

Yet I still never heard of those products. Maybe they were US-only? Not worldwide?

No matter what, you totally confirm what I suspected: nothing of value was lost. Sure it may have been valuable, but such products long lost their value, being overtaken by much more powerful online solutions.

about three weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: backup solution for small business

wvmarle wvmarle writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wvmarle (1070040) writes "For my small business I am looking for a reliable backup method, allowing me to relatively easily recover my data from a crash. This includes email (Cyrus IMAP), LDAP, /etc, user home directories, and other user generated data. This is all stored on a single server; users mount /home over NFS. No important data on the work stations.
There are two issues I am struggling with: first of all the backup method. Currently I'm making a simple tarball (daily updates, weekly updates, monthly full backups); while reasonably effective it's not easy to recover data and ldap/mysql databases don't like to be recovered that way. I've been looking at software but there are so many solutions that I do not know where to start. Something reasonably easy to manage, and reasonably easy to restore, with a scheme similar to the above.
Secondly the storage medium. Currently my backups are on a separate hard disk inside the server. Again not the best solution. I have been looking to use e.g. flash drivers for external storage, but my .tgz monthly dumps are about 30 GB and the largest USB drive that I found is barely bigger, doesn't make me feel happy. Also too much for DVD-Rs. And it's not enough to think about tape. Removable hard disks I wouldn't like to just toss in my bag to take them home for off-site storage, just hoping they survive those trips. I'm not really looking for permanent backup, 3-6 months while rotating the media will do."
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Chinese surfers see red over Microsoft black-outs

wvmarle wvmarle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wvmarle (1070040) writes "Microsoft has decided to take action against Windows systems in China that fail the "Windows Genuine Advantage" check. Since the latest automatic updates, many users find their desktop background to be changed to black. This has left many users fuming and looking for alternatives. Also Microsoft Office is targeted, and Chinese software producers supplying competing products see their downloads soar by as much as 50% already. One of the main complaints is that Microsoft is hacking end user's computers, and users are afraid that if today Microsoft changes their background, what will they do tomorrow? More news reports available here and here."

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