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Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 99

by Ponder Stibions (#43066675) Attached to: UK Court Orders Block of Three Torrent Sites

As far as I know none of these have been shut down by authorities since TPB itself was banned in the country.

I know of only one - the UK Pirate Party hosted one which they were requested to take down and threatened with legal action if they did not comply. I believe some other proxies hosted in the UK may also have been shutdown by similar legal action against them.

Comment: Think outside the box... (Score 1) 63

by Ponder Stibions (#42666811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Webcam To Augment Impaired Vision?

I know it doesn't fit the 'hand held' part of the requirements, but in education there's a tool designed for viewing printed documents on a projector.
SMART does a document camera which has a built in stand to hold it over the text, an LED light to help in low light conditions, and will output to VGA or DVI/HDMI directly with no need for a computer, so you can just plug straight into a modern TV or any computer monitor. It also can act as a USB webcam as well.
It does wonderful resolution (720p isn't bad for what is basically a webcam) - the only downside is the price: £450 - there are cheaper alternitives by other brands but they lack the image quality and often the direct VGA outputs.

Comment: Re:Mini-PC and pulseaudio (Score 1) 85

by Ponder Stibions (#41072155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Recording Business Meeting Audio On an Intranet?

We have a (very nice) audio recorder which is about the size of a walkman and records to SD card in MP3 or WAV formats when the big red button is pressed.
We use it for recordings where qulity is important so have a high end one, (Roland I think the brand is) but actually there are dictaphones which record to SD cards which will probably cover your use.

Comment: Re:Zero results (Score 1) 340

by Ponder Stibions (#38347588) Attached to: Site Offers History of Torrent Downloads By IP

I'm am currently downloading using Transmission on Ubuntu with Pirate Bay as one of my trackers. It could not find any downloads on my IP. I call this site out, it can't cope with the scale of the issue to actually be doing this. Even it admits that private trackers stop it from picking you up.....

Comment: Re:no one CARES what paypal says (Score 1) 391

by Ponder Stibions (#36703296) Attached to: PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015

""They" is about the dumbest son of a bitch I have ever met."

""They" are". Not ""They" is"

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

And yes, I agree, 'they' often are wrong. The wallet is not just for carrying cash in, it carries your identity which many people are not about to hand over to a centralized database of iris scans, and all a credit card along with your signature or pin number is is an identity. Wallets also carry other more personal things safely - like the picture of your wife/girlfriend/child etc, your receipts and even somewhere to put your ultra high capacity super micro usb pen drive.

Comment: Re:Really bad idea. (Score 1) 1173

by Ponder Stibions (#36655276) Attached to: Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

Magic roundabouts are great fun. Biker gangs are scared of them, and grown men fear driving through them. They make everyone think about things and not drive on autopilot. There's also one in Hemel Hempstead near me, I did it twice as a learner driver. When you have roundabouts on your test, they simply aren't a problem.

Comment: DNS Based blacklist finder (Score 1) 212

by Ponder Stibions (#36639854) Attached to: Telstra Starts Implementing Australian Censorship Scheme

Connect to google DNS/open DNS etc and resolve domain
Connect to ISP DNS and resolve domain
Compare 2 results, if 2 do not match, flag up censorship.
Not 100% foolproof yet...but probably simple enough to create a shell script to automatically go through domains checking.
Obviously it will take time, but DNS queries are small, have lots going at a time, bit more programming and suddenly the blacklist is very secret anymore....

Comment: Re:Caps of traffic management? (Score 1) 372

by Ponder Stibions (#35839684) Attached to: Comcast's 105MBit Service Comes With Data Cap

This isn't entirely true...BT infrastructure supports FTTC now (in some areas). BTs deal on it is capped at 300GB a month Fair usage policy, but this just throttles your upto 40Mb connection to 2Mb! The 10Mb upload is unaffected I think.

This tech is avalible to other companies via BT wholesale, and Andrews and Arnold offer it, where you simply pay for a bandwidth you use. No caps, no network management, native IPv6, you just buy as much bandwidth as you want for the month, in blocks of 100GB off peak and I think 25GB peak. Massive downloading is fine by them if you pay for what you use!

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