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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

Posted by timothy
from the pardon-us-fellas dept.
An anonymous reader writes Now that its file synchronization tool has received a few updates, BitTorrent is going on the offensive against cloud-based storage services by showing off just how fast BitTorrent Sync can be. More specifically, the company conducted a test that shows Sync destroys Google Drive, Microsoft's OneDrive, and Dropbox. The company transferred a 1.36 GB MP4 video clip between two Apple MacBook Pros using two Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapters, the site as a real-time clock, and the Internet connection at its headquarters (1 Gbps up/down). The timer started when the file transfer was initiated and then stopped once the file was fully synced and downloaded onto the receiving machine. Sync performed 8x faster than Google Drive, 11x faster than OneDrive, and 16x faster than Dropbox.

Comment: Wut? (Score 1) 7

by smitty_one_each (#48207627) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Gets Some Help

Of course they are. What else can you do when someone is trying to murder you?

How can a union, as such, possibly be an object of murder? All Walker did was enact some common-sense reforms, right?
Public sector unions are a mutiny awaiting their moment, or, in the case of Wisconsin, trying to have their way with taxpayers.
I hasten to add that I have no problem with private sector unions, insofar as there are right-to-work laws to keep them in check.

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 59

by smitty_one_each (#48207557) Attached to: It's Official: Joe Biden's Son is a GOP Candidate
No, no: are you willing to do an interactive read with me of this text? We can go back and forth in ~300 word chunks.
I'm willing to slog through the cess pool of Marx's thought. . .if you are.
I'm also willing to do the same with, say, the Gospel of Mark with you. It's the shortest. But let's do yours first.
Because I'm a giver like that.

Deutsche Telecom Upgrades T-Mobile 2G Encryption In US 7

Posted by timothy
from the tell-all-your-grandparents dept.
An anonymous reader writes T-Mobile, a major wireless carrier in the U.S. and subsidiary of German Deutsche Telecom, is hardening the encryption on its 2G cellular network in the U.S., reports the Washington Post. According to Cisco, 2G cellular calls still account for 13% of calls in the US and 68% of wireless calls worldwide. T-Mobile's upgrades will bring the encryption of older and inexpensive 2G GSM phone signals in the US up to par with that of more expensive 3G and 4G handsets. Parent company Deutsche Telecom had announced a similar upgrade of its German 2G network after last year's revelations of NSA surveillance. 2G is still important not only for that 13 percent of calls, but because lots of connected devices rely on it, or will, even while the 2G clock is ticking. The "internet of things" focuses on cheap and ubiquitous, and in the U.S. that still means 2G, but lots of things that might be connected that way are ones you'd like to be encrypted.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 321

by lgw (#48207439) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Bad analogy. If this was deliberate, which seems likely, there's no legal loophole which lets you destroy someone else stuff. With a court order you can go after unsold inventory with a vengeance, but not consumer gear.

None of which will matter if they end up bricking government PCs, no matter what their excuse is.

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 59

by smitty_one_each (#48207403) Attached to: It's Official: Joe Biden's Son is a GOP Candidate
Of course the lottery "can work". In pointing out S.P. as a potential officeholder from it, I kinda seem to have stipulated that it must work. (Duh?)
I'm discussing the kind of consequence you'd face, and pointing out an apparent contradiction: your support of the mechanism seems at odds with a potential result.

You're only trying to find a way to satisfy yourself that the lottery can't work. All the inconsistencies are on your side.

Your perceived inconsistency is what, exactly?

Operating Systems

The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone 79

Posted by timothy
from the good-riddance-or-sorely-missed dept.
jones_supa writes In Windows 8, there was an arrangement of two settings applications: the Control Panel for the desktop and the PC Settings app in the Modern UI side. With Windows 10, having the two different applications has started to look even more awkward, which has been voiced loud and clear in the feedback too. Thus, the work at Microsoft to unify the settings programs has begun. The traditional Control Panel is being transformed to something temporarily called "zPC Settings" (sic), which is a Modern UI app that melts together the current two settings applications.

+ - The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll 3

Submitted by (3830033) writes "James Swearingen writes at The Atlantic that the Internet can be a mean, hateful, and frightening place — especially for young women but human behavior and the limits placed on it by both law and society can change. In a Pew Research Center survey of 2,849 Internet users, one out of every four women between 18 years old and 24 years old reports having been stalked or sexually harassed online. "Like banner ads and spam bots, online harassment is still routinely treated as part of the landscape of being online," writes Swearingen adding that "we are in the early days of online harassment being taken as a serious problem, and not simply a quirk of online life." Law professor Danielle Citron draws a parallel between how sexual harassment was treated in the workplace decades ago and our current standard. "Think about in the 1960s and 1970s, what we said to women in the workplace," says Citron. "'This is just flirting.' That a sexually hostile environment was just a perk for men to enjoy, it's just what the environment is like. If you don't like it, leave and get a new job." It took years of activism, court cases, and Title VII protection to change that. "Here we are today, and sexual harassment in the workplace is not normal," said Citron. "Our norms and how we understand it are different now."

According to Swearingen, the likely solution to internet trolls will be a combination of things. The expansion of laws like the one currently on the books in California, which expands what constitutes online harassment, could help put the pressure on harassers. The upcoming Supreme Court case, Elonis v. The United States, looks to test the limits of free speech versus threatening comments on Facebook. "Can a combination of legal action, market pressure, and societal taboo work together to curb harassment?" asks Swearingen. "Too many people do too much online for things to stay the way they are.""

Swap read error. You lose your mind.