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Comment Welchia, the 2003 "helpful worm" (Score 1) 78

The Welchia worm, also known as the "Nachia worm", is a computer worm that exploits a vulnerability in the Microsoft Remote procedure call (RPC) service similar to the Blaster worm. However, unlike Blaster, it first searches for and deletes Blaster if it exists, then tries to download and install security patches from Microsoft that would prevent further infection by Blaster, so it is classified as a helpful worm.


Comment Re:Analog DRM, no way (Score 1) 92

DRM is "blanket functionality removal." That is it's intention. It fails, but that is not the point...

While I certainly agree with that point for some implementations of DRM, I think there are cases where it's not altogether bad. Take Netflix, for example -- I am very clear that I am paying for the right to watch items that Netflix has, whenever I want to, so long as I'm internet connected. That's what I signed up for. I don't own every episode of M*A*S*H or Star Trek, but I'm enrolled in a service which lets me watch them on demand.

Of course, if I, say, buy a movie, then yes, I should be able to watch that movie whenever I want, wherever I want, on whatever device I want. But, in certain cases (particularly streaming services), I don't really have an issue with this.

Comment Re:10 Mbps (Score 1) 280

It all depends on the use-case. I have a 100Mbps (University) connection, and it's fantastic for web, streaming video, etc. -- never had any issues. But if I'm backing up my computer or transferring large data sets, then yeah, it's slow, and I'll just use a patch cable to transfer between two (gigabit) machines (or plug in an external drive).

It all depends on your usage. Netflix 4k claims 7GB/hour, or about 16Mbps ("normal" HD is less than half that).

Comment Re: Theory (Score 1) 591

Right -- this was the point he was referring to:

One of the most useful properties of scientific theories is that they can be used to make predictions about natural events or phenomena that have not yet been observed

He was speaking in jest, yes, but his point is that evolution is real, but compared to, say, the theory of gravity, it's very poor -- we know things evolve, but making quantitative predictions can be...difficult.

Comment Re:He made a few bucks on ads right? (Score 1) 235

I don't think the ad revenue is the damage -- it's the lost revenue from 12 million movies which "should" have been legally paid for. Now, multiply 12 million by the cost per movie and you get some figure for damages. An even more realistic figure would assume that not all the movies would have been purchased had it not been for this site (and that seems to be the figure they came up with -- because a movie generally costs more than 1 pound, though perhaps they're figuring in all revenue streams such as legal streaming, movie tickets, rentals, etc.).

Comment Re:... and Windows becomes less and less helpful (Score 1) 527

Yeah, and what are you going to do about it?

He/she just said: "Linux Mint was installed on that notebook (replacing Windows 7) over this past weekend."

If enough people do this, then more computer manufacturers start offering boxes with no OS (or pre-loaded with your distro of choice). Once this is enough to affect the bottom line (enough that it can't be offset by the gains of the "customer experience" improvement), then Microsoft will probably react in some way...

Comment Re:every 300m? (Score 3, Interesting) 84

I think recall a service (car share? Bike share? Figment of my imagination?) where the price was greatly reduced, or in some way incentivized, if you parked in a specific spot. (Bikes tend to accumulate at the bottom of hills, not the top -- that sort of thing.)

If properly incentivized, I suspect you could get your customers to de-cluster them for you.

Comment Re:Can't we just stop printing? (Score 5, Funny) 379

When I was staying in Europe for a few weeks (I'm from the USA) I had to wire some money over to the landlord. So I opened the PDF form from my (American) credit union, filled in the details, pasted in a signature and sent it back. "Sorry sir, but we are unable to accept an electronic copy; please print out the form, sign it, and then scan+email or fax it over."

So of course I just opened the document in GIMP, rotated it slightly, added some noise, turned down the contrast and sent it back. Landlord was happy, credit union was happy, and all I had to do was forge my own documents...

Comment Re: As a chemist, I have something to say. (Score 3, Insightful) 135

Raising a dimensional quantity to a power doesn't always make sense -- since [whateverthefuck] = [micrograms/serving], [whateverthefuck^9] = [something silly].

And if you want to do this as relative amount (0.1 meaning ten percent, etc.), then raising it to the ninth power makes it smaller, which isn't exactly what you intended.

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