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Comment: Re:Great! (Score 1) 79

by Gaygirlie (#48937823) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

I took a look at Alibaba once, searching for GPUs. There were literally hundreds -- if not thousands -- of fake GPUs there, what with someone selling a GTX 980 for $100 and stuff like that. The one, most obvious thing about these being scams was that the cards came with VGA-ports; no modern high-end GPU has in years had a VGA-port in them. Taking some of the images and using Google's image search often reveals it to actually be a Geforce 7800 or 9800 with just modified firmware.

Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if there was any actually legitimate products there at all. I at least can't recall seeing any.

Comment: Re:This doesn't sound... sound (Score 2) 327

by Gaygirlie (#48915889) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

You're right. I focused on what he's actually done for Valve which is make a gamblers economy which is eerily similar to what John Law did.

No, you foolishly assume that it was all his decisions and that he actually wielded so much power in the company as to be able to steer its direction as he wishes all the while ignoring the fact that he only joined Valve in 2012 when the company was already very much doing what they are doing now.

Comment: Re:This doesn't sound... sound (Score 5, Informative) 327

by Gaygirlie (#48915189) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

I know it's fashionable to jump on the Valve-hating-bandwagon, but would it be too much of an effort to, you know, not follow the flock and use some common sense instead? lists a lot of reasons for why he seems like a good person for this, like e.g. the following exerpt on his academic career:

After training in mathematics and statistics, Varoufakis received his economics doctorate in 1987 at the University of Essex. Before that he had already begun teaching economics and econometrics at the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia. In 1988 he spent a year as a Fellow at the University of Cambridge. From 1989 until 2000 he taught as Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Sydney. In 2000 he moved to his native Greece where he is still Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens (currently on leave). In 2002 Varoufakis established The University of Athens Doctoral Program in Economics (UADPhilEcon), which he directed until 2008. Since January 2013 he has been teaching at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

This guy has written several books, he appears as guest analyst for news media like the BBC, CNN, Sky News, Russia Today and Bloomberg TV and he seems to be quite well-respected everywhere. But no, you just focus on the fact that he also happens to work for Valve.

Comment: Re:Better Link (Score 5, Insightful) 192

by Gaygirlie (#48893589) Attached to: WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

I'm not sure that WhatsApp has a leg to stand on as reverse engineering is allowed, and could be opening themselves up to legal action.

Companies providing an online service are perfectly within their legal rights to deny users of 3rd-party applications, it has nothing to do with reverse-engineering. They can't deny you from reverse-engineering stuff and using that stuff on your own, but they can deny you access to their services, then.

Comment: Re:Benchmarks for that AMD chip look bad... (Score 1) 180

by Gaygirlie (#48815029) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

Personally, I think it's actually pretty swell. I have a Core 2 Duo T7500 - laptop serving as a small-time server at home and compared to that this AMD E1 Micro-6200T provides 75% of the performance at ~11% power-consumption! Of course, compared to desktop CPUs it's going to suck ass, but hell, would it be fair to compare a Pinto to a Ferrari and complain about the performance?

Comment: What if I have no likes? (Score 2) 80

I have a Facebook-account due to family, but I make maybe one post a year there and I never like anything whatsoever. What does such an algorithm tell about me? I mean, it sounds to me like the algorithm is already biased towards certain kind of people from the get-go if it only applies to socially-outwards people who enjoy "liking" stuff on Facebook.

Comment: Re:It's a con... (Score 3, Interesting) 109

by Gaygirlie (#48781523) Attached to: Cryptocurrency Based Basic Income Program Started In Finland

It sure looks like scam, and even if it wasn't it at least doesn't look like trustworthy or that the people behind it are too skilled. Even their website is like it was made by a 12-year old, including faulty UTF-8 and all. It certainly doesn't instill any sort of confidence in these folks!

Comment: Re:HTTP isn't why the web is slow (Score 1) 161

by Gaygirlie (#48774413) Attached to: HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

A lot of the various Internet-engineers disagree with you. Have you looked at how much traffic is spent on nothing more than headers? There's a lot of stuff spent on those. Now, multiply that with the said scripts and other files you mentioned, with every single file or request generating all those headers. Then, multiply all that with the number of users accessing the servers, and you have shitloads of traffic eating away at your bandwidth all needlessly. There have been a lot of attempts all around that try to reduce this clutter, like e.g. Comet, WebSockets and so on.

You're only seeing things from the perspective of the end-users, but for those running servers or those providing the bandwidth it does really matter.

Comment: Re:So get protection (Score 3, Informative) 92

by Gaygirlie (#48735397) Attached to: Finnish Bank OP Under Persistent DDoS Attack

Actually, it seems the attackers are mostly just a loose bunch of youngsters trying to emulate the big groups, ie. Lizard Squard and Anon I certainly have not heard anything hinting towards any ransom. F-Secure already has identified and knows from before of several of the attackers, so we can expect arrests soonish.

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