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Comment: Re:Hijacking (Score 1) 111

by Albanach (#47496045) Attached to: Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Presumably most domain owners have some technical savvy, no? I have gotten dozens of those letters and they went right in the shredder.

And how many times do you think someone in a management position finds it lands on their desk and then, thinking it's a valid bill simply sends it on down to accounts for payment. Even if the folk doing the registration are typically tech savvy, that doesn't mean it will be a tech savvy person that receives the 'renewal notice'.

Then there are those that set up a website from one of the many one-click web presence builders. Folks like builders and plumbers who again may not be tech savvy. Perhaps their partner simply pays the bills as they come in, or they do it themselves in the evening. Never having owned a domain before, they see no reason to believe this isn't legit, so off goes the check.

Comment: Re:nice job (Score 4, Insightful) 102

by Albanach (#47494847) Attached to: "Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

I don't think the OPs point was that the waits for check in and security are such that the miracle that is manned flight has been wasted upon us. Rather that if we are going to spend money (and yes any cost comes from tickets, so it's a collective we that will pay for this) perhaps there are other parts of the airport experience that would deliver a better return.

Frankly when I have been able to use automated check in, the existing terminals have been pretty clear and efficient. They're certainly not the most stressful part of the flying experience.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 5, Insightful) 743

by Albanach (#47494287) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Allow me to take these blinders off of you and show you the entire industry that is hiring illegals to pick your produce. In fact, do a search for "H2 workers" and be amazed by the wonders of our legal system.

You seem thoroughly confused. You talk about an industry of illegals and then suggest we look at those legally here on H2B visas as an example.

Are you suggesting that there's a huge amount of US workers just waiting to pick fruit and plant pine trees? And the only thing holding them back is that the minimum wage is too high?

Comment: Re:Controlling prices? (Score 2) 189

by Albanach (#47490329) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

Then the problem is finding good work. Self publishing appears to come with a stigma, and many authors seem to be dismissed from receiving praise because their work is self-published, perhaps with an exception for authors who already had a publisher and have left simply to make money.

Now I know some authors who make some money self-publishing, mostly in niche market areas where it might be easier to get noticed. But, for other markets I think people have become reliant on publishers acting as some sort of minimum quality filter, and their associated marketing departments for bringing books to the purchaser's attention.

Comment: Depends what you want to do with them (Score 4, Informative) 271

by Albanach (#47482817) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

If you have a business division that you want to maintain, then there's a limit to how many you can get rid of. But Microsoft are clearly closing divisions. They are closing their x-box spin off TV studios, so all those staff can go. Clearly there are large chunks of Nokia that they want to close, likely maintaining the hardware designers but if you're in Nokia marketing, or Symbian/Android software development your coat is on a shoogly nail as they say in Scotland. Similarly, it looks like Nokia manufacturing will also be outsourced, so there are thousands more jobs that will go.

Inside Microsoft is a bit different. From what I've read, it looks like there will be some streamlining of management, so some layers of management will be cut. Most people on here will have seen how management can breed more management, so this is a pretty typical corporate response. Unfortunately for the managers losing their job it may be harder to find a new job. Where a division closes there's always the possibility of a sale to a competitor or some form of management buy out.

Comment: Re:is "developing" news appropriate? (Score 1) 750

by Albanach (#47477929) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Is it? Does it still say that anywhere? Not that your point doesn't stand.

Yes, the HTML title for is News for nerds, stuff that matters. I notice if I'm logged in that my browser shows an unread count rather than the title, but it's there in the HTML.

Comment: Re:Will it run on my WRT54G? (Score 2, Interesting) 70

by Albanach (#47457699) Attached to: OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

Presumably people need to know version number. I think one of the big problems with the original wrt54g is network throughput. With cable services regularly hitting 50Mbps+ mine can't really cope - even on the wired connections.

So, a question for those of you running openWRT or similar, which not too expensive router would you recommend to replace my decade old wrt54G?

Comment: Re:Rather far north. (Score 1) 151

by Albanach (#47448865) Attached to: Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

While Kinloss is certainly quite far north, you have to account for the warming effect of the ocean and particularly the gulf stream. Scotland is more wet than cold as a result, with the average low being above freezing year round.

I don't know how big an issue cloud cover and rain would be, but the temperature associated with latitude is probably less of an issue. The latitude itself isn't far off that of the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska.

Comment: Re:Download only? (Score 5, Informative) 72

by Albanach (#47437759) Attached to: Finnish National TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain

The summary was quite lacking. For those not wanting to rtfa, here's what it says under why broadcasting the blockchain in a way that can be picked up by low cast receivers is or might be useful. An AC post below also mentions that TV coverage may be better than mobile internet coverage.

This scheme makes it easy to construct affordable receivers that do not need mobile data connections in order to follow bitcoin traffic and to react to the received bitcoin payments. This would make it possible to build bitcoin counterpart for cash payment terminals, anything from a cash register to a coin operated self-service laundry. If the receiver application follows only transactions relevant to itself, it will be possible to build it using even an ARM microcontroller.

Also, it allows an alternative way to access the bitcoin network in cases where only a very low speed Internet connection is available. And, for all the tin foil hat wearers out there, this is a way to connect to bitcoin network without a trace! You only need online access when you want to make transactions yourself.

The data stream can contain other information, such as exchange rates between bitcoins and traditional currencies.

Comment: Re:Windows or everyone? (Score 2) 62

by Albanach (#47433051) Attached to: Gameover ZeuS Re-Emerges As Fast-Fluxing Botnet

Of course linux is targeted. There are large numbers of linux servers, with fast processors and very fast high capacity network connections. Making matters worse, because they often to run important services, people may be slower to upgrade packages/kernels.

I don't know about this particular botnet, but it's been a long time since saying "I don't run windows" counted as a security strategy.

Comment: Re:why the word needs openstreetmap (Score 4, Interesting) 132

by Albanach (#47426543) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

Fifteen years ago, you opened the yellow pages for the same information. Did you say then, who controls this book? Did you worry about all the power being in the hands of a single phone company?

Likely not, and for two reasons. If the phone company abused it, they'd lose the trust and goodwill that makes the very product valuable, and if it was no longer accurate someone else would come alone and make an accurate version.

Why is that not the same for Google? If their maps become unreliable, won't people move to Bing? If not, why not?

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