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Comment: Re:file magic - use the content to determine type (Score 1) 555

by Pentium100 (#49175337) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

That fails if the file is stored on tape or a similar archive. Let's say that there is a big file server with tape storage attached to it and the server automatically moves files that were not used in some time to the tape to save on disk space. This is transparent to the user, so he sees all files and if he tries to access one, it either comes from disk or tape (with some delay).

But if the operating system tries to access all files every time the directory is listed just to determine the file type you get a problem. Or what if the user is connected to the file server with a very slow link (dial-up, GPRS).

Comment: Re:if you run a VPN, they can't do shit (Score 1) 112

by Pentium100 (#49093861) Attached to: AT&T Patents System To "Fast-Lane" File-Sharing Traffic

Because it would be difficult to find a VPN service that could do 300-500mbps. Also because my ISP does not care that I upload a few terabytes per day.

My ISP does throttle me to 80-100mbps during peak hours, but I do not care (the average is still good enough) and the ISP would throttle me even if I used VPN.

Comment: Re:Uber is the problem! Let's ban it! (Score 1) 91

by Pentium100 (#49001271) Attached to: Uber Will Add Panic Button and Location/Journey Sharing In India

So, why add another potential rape by trying to save a few euros for a bus ticket? I understand the really poor people doing it as buying the bus ticket may mean not being able to afford to buy food. But not someone who has a PC, internet connection and a smartphone with internet connection.

Comment: Re:Uber is the problem! Let's ban it! (Score 1) 91

by Pentium100 (#48997505) Attached to: Uber Will Add Panic Button and Location/Journey Sharing In India

If the hitchhiker is a good looking girl the driver might be willing to giver her a lift to a nearby forest...

A very publicized case of this happened recently where I live. The girl arranged the ride trough Facebook (it seems to be the trendy thing to do among young people) and the driver raped and murdered her.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 495

The city built fiber and then didn't use it? And I though the politicians in my country are corrupt.

At least the government in my country encourages competition, for example:
1. Most of the cables in cities were given to the telephone company. However, they are required by law to allow others to pull new cables trough their conduits at a set price.
2. If you build a cell tower, you are required by law to allow others to place antennas on it at a set price
3. The telephone company is required to lease the customer phone lines to other companies (so that there is more than one DSL provider even though there is only one POTS provider).

As a result we have multiple ISPs to choose from in the cities and up to 500mbps up/down for 23.14EUR/month (and this is from the telephone company - one of the more expensive and reliable ISPs, there are other, more local ISPs that provide cheaper service).

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 5, Informative) 495

There is another reason (at least in my country).

Instead of giving money to ISPs and asking them politely to connect rural areas to a fiber network (like I understand happened in the US resulting in the ISPs taking the money and doing nothing) the government in my country is laying the fiber cables itself and then leases it to anyone who wants to use it at a set price. Which means that if ISP A does not want it, ISP B will get it.

Comment: Re:Ugly as it can be? (Score 2) 214

by Pentium100 (#48920931) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Yea, at least give an option of having either the classic look or the Windows 7 basic look. But then it wouldn't look like a tablet interface and not as modern. The look the primary reason for my hatred of Windows 8. I can get Start menu by using classic shell, I cannot get a proper interface though.

Comment: Re:Damnit, I knew this would happen. ok... (Score 1) 278

by Pentium100 (#48720929) Attached to: Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

The old tube tape recorder I mentioned is a low quality device, probably even for its time. And yes, the Beatles and similar (essentially, the music that was produced and originally released as mono) sound better for me with the added distortion and limited frequency range. Maybe because it was mastered with a device like mine in mind (since it is similar to what people would have used to play their brand new records and tapes) maybe it's because I like the "different" sound for some music.

On the other hand, the tube heaphone amp I built sound more like a transistor amp and does not have that much distortion or limited frequency range.

Comment: Re:Nah... (Score 1) 278

by Pentium100 (#48720383) Attached to: Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

Or I may want a reel tape, played on a tape deck that has vacuum tubes.

Yes, I fully understand that tubes have worse specs than transistors. A couple of tape recorders that I have (that use tubes) are objectively worse than my transistor tape decks. However, listening to older music (like the Beatles) is much more enjoyable on the tube devices, the sound is "different". At the same time, if I want to record a more modern song I'll use one of my transistor tape decks.

And yes, I am sure that with enough DSPs it would be possible to digitally produce the "tube sound", but then I have to ask - why would I want it? I already have the devices, I can use them and also it's not just the sound, it's the whole experience of playing a record or a reel tape that makes it "better" than digital for me.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.