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Comment: It is too good an accusation to pass up ... (Score 1) 280

by Alain Williams (#48670159) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

our governments love bogey men, someone who they can point at and make us forget their own faults or to use as an excuse for more spending on the military/spy-agencies/... We have been here before, anyone remember how Saddam was supposed to have WMD (in spite of doubts from Hans Blix), Tony Blair's ''dodgy dossier''. Finding other examples is not hard.

Time will (probably) tell if it was/wasn't NK - but by then the difference will not make a story.

Comment: Re:You want a family friendly internet? (Score 4, Insightful) 290

by Alain Williams (#48660629) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

".. other content inappropriate for children"

Curiously they do not block web sites of places like http://www.catholic.org/, https://www.churchofengland.org/, http://www.jewfaq.org/index.shtml, http://www.islamreligion.com/ ... all purveyors of ideas that really screw kids up: make them feel guilty of normal feelings, make them do strange things, ... If they insist on a banned list it would be good to see this sort of site added.

Comment: Wrong target ... (Score 4, Insightful) 161

by Alain Williams (#48659351) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

those being taken to court are those who have committed crimes that have been exposed by Edward Snowden; ie members of the NSA, high ranking officials in the USA government, ... These are the very people who will not be prosecuted, they have many friends in high places who will keep then free. Many of these friends want to protect them so that they, in turn, will be protected when their crimes become noticed.

Comment: It is not high enough to see 340 miles (Score 1) 176

by Alain Williams (#48620903) Attached to: Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

How far you can see depends on how high you are. At 10,000 feet the distance to the horizon is 122 miles, so 380 miles is over 2.5 the distance to the horizon. As for the word ''everything'' - what does that mean ? When they are that far away what they can see will be limited.

I think that someone is trying to bamboozle the senators who will be voting the funding for this.

Comment: Re:US Government to Microsoft (Score 1) 192

Exactly - I was wondering if this is all for show ... convince us Europeans that our data on servers in Dublin is safe from prying eyes in the USA. Once we stop worrying then it will be business as usual, but the heat will be off from the USA. Unfortunately: once suspicions have been raised, those who really care will not forget, so welcome to private pictures of cute pussies and of illicit love letters, but the stuff that they really wanted will, often, be located elsewhere.

Comment: They need to update their web site (Score 4, Interesting) 51

by Alain Williams (#48516967) Attached to: Samsung's Open Source Group Is Growing, Hiring Developers

I needed to replace my printer recently, I looked around for something that would work with CentOS 6 and the price of ink per page was reasonable. I was looking at a Samsung one - no mention of Linux; by the time that they replied to an email (10 days later) I had bought an HP multi function printer. So: they lost a sale because they could not be bothered to document what they had done.

The HP web site was excellent, each model of printer and what was supported by a wide variety of Linux distros. Unfortunately: I could not make it work, the support people said that it was a s/ware fault and then refused to do anything about it: https://answers.launchpad.net/hplip/+question/255970

I sent the HP printer back and then bought a Brother printer - no problem, worked once I downloaded the driver.

Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 0) 438

by Alain Williams (#48463051) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

No, you do not have to write large amounts of data to break the drive - you can break it by causing one block to fail - an important block. On a file system one of those heavy write blocks will be: the super block, the index to the free list, the transaction log; in a database it is going to be parts of the index. All these blocks will have writes many more times than most of the file/file-system. These blocks are also the really important ones. Damage one of these and you don't lose data, but you lose the ability to access it.

Comment: Re:Where do you fill up? (Score 1) 293

If one were to buy one of these, how would one proceed to fill up? Would it be a viable transportation option for a road trip?

Chickens and eggs; no_demand/not_viable to build hydrogen filling stations until there are enough cars -- people will not buy cars that might leave then stranded far from a hydrogen filling station. The (interim) solution has got to be dual fuel - a car that can run on either hydrogen or petrol. I don't see this as impossible, both burn a fluid to generate heat. If there are tax incentives on hydrogen (ie no/little fuel tax) then the number of these things will grow.

Petrol: note to those in the USA: I mean whatyou call 'gas'.

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