Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 279

by gl4ss (#47763571) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

they would be laughed at all the way to the court in most other western nations for displaying ads with "unlimited internet - only 29.99$" and then charging you at a limit.

if they want to sell per megabyte, they should advertise with the megabytes and not have unlimited anywhere on the promotions.

Comment: Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (Score 2) 254

by gl4ss (#47763277) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

first third wouldn't really do it on multiplatter drives though?
you'd have to do 100gb there and skip and 100gb and skip and 100gb... just the right way.

wouldn't surprise me if modders used to swear by bullshit though.

what I had do do once was to skip 600mbyte in the middle of a 3.2gb drive because that area was a broken platter or head and would crash the drive if tried to access - it worked just fine when I formatted around that area though...

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 1) 444

by gl4ss (#47755093) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

different tiers perhaps.

but then they should advertise it as such.

"buy our extremely limited internet shitniz that allows you to use just our inhouse services for extra fees, because we don't actually even want to provide you with a connection to other movie providers even if you pay use". because of the size of the isp's it's bad business for them to provide you with access to competing content services EVEN IF YOU WANTED TO PAY EXTRA because it's off from their other service, that they could charge for you too. this is apparent with netflix, all but the biggest isp's want to put the servers on their own isp networks - the biggest isp's however want netflix to pay them for doing so(the biggest isp's/cable companies also have their own netflix competitors).

the way it used to be was that you got what you paid for, now you have to guess.. if you wanted fast internet you bought fast internet and thats what you got. now you're being sold "unlimited high speed internet" only to notice that it is pretty fscking limited internet and not even high speed at that.

how nice would it be if you bought a ticket on a learjet with coke and ho's and then at the airport they stuffed you into a greyhound bus? it's false advertising...

even with net neutrality the isp's are FREE to choose to sell you different tiers of service - they would be more probable to do that, in fact. because without net neutrality being enforced they will try to get as many subscribers as they can while selling them just bits from their own network and limiting the connection speeds of the users on a whim.. so they will gladly sell you a 100mbps connection that you then find out you can only use at 100mbps for 12 hours of the month if you're using other services than their streaming service which maxes out at 5mbps anyways...

what they are doing currently is selling you lies, not different tiers.

Comment: Re:does airplane mode prevent tower contact? (Score 1) 74

by gl4ss (#47754583) Attached to: Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

I think you are not understanding what powering down means.

powering down means it's powered down, not that the screen is off and it's in powersave - and in that powersave mode you can choose if you want to look for wifi networks.

of course when it's really off, you can't receive any calls either - because it is off and not in contact with the network.

airplane mode/powering it off cuts it off from talking to the network - unless someone messed quite extensively with your phone to the point of adding extra hardware...

Comment: Re:So, 23 years ago he was trolling (Score 1) 102

by gl4ss (#47754499) Attached to: Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

in the timezone about 1995-1996 linux had better drivers and more drivers than windows 95. I ran linux on desktop back then because it was better in almost every possible way!

isdn worked pretty much "out of the box"(out of the stack of cd's bought from local pc shop).

graphics cards worked just fine. when 3dfx voodoo came out, it worked on linux just fine. soundcards worked just fine. you could run bigger virtual desktops than on windows with ease. friggin realmedia released software at the same time for linux and windows - so did a lot of other big name companies of the day.

it was a bit of downhill from there though.. so yeah it will be the 20th anniversary of linux on the desktop soon.

Comment: Re:There is no way this could work for me when I p (Score 2) 116

by gl4ss (#47754477) Attached to: Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

they pretty much only need to guess what happens if you pressed lmb.

of course, if they were testing with something with only digital on/off inputs, the whole thing becomes much more easier than sending 100 different frames for 100 different possible mouse moves(and calculating those frames at the server end too! it doesn't only need more bandwidth it needs the game that is being streamed do a lot more.. and have it's engine rewritten too... which makes this a lot less appealing).

it's the analog inputs that make this a fubared concept... of course they can guess that if you're moving the mouse at one frame to one direction you might be doing the same thing the next frame.

Comment: Re:Storm in a teacup (Score 1) 74

rare? it's not rare as it's easy to build such maps.

google has such a map. nokia/ms has. and apple has as well.

but the tracking doesn't really work for "anyone". rather it works for people who are using an operator from your country(or if you can snoop on the data).

that doesn't mean that anyone could buy just some sw and track anyone, it just means usa can track all verizon users and finland could track all finnish people moving all over the globe(provided they keep their finnish sim in their phone and the phone on. all data they use through that sim routes back through finland too, through their operator).

I fail to see the news.

Comment: Re:Won't work with new chips (Score 1) 78

by gl4ss (#47745583) Attached to: Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

in USA sure. just like square wasn't obsolete in USA on the day it shipped. doesn't mean that it's not obsolete in europe.

but you know what? they still need to get the CC companies on board for it to be legit. doing clones of magnetic cards has always been simple, but it is against the rules.

but again, since in USA you might have tills that only take your signature as verification that it's you and have you do self service checkout of the items without human interaction.. so there's an use case there that doesn't need another person.

at the very least anyone would be stupid to accept them without checking and recording the ID of anyone wanting to use it..

(oh and the issuer can expire the card before expire date stamped on it.. check your contracts...)

furthermore, the chip/pin technology is MEANT TO BE SO THAT YOU CAN NOT DO A SECOND GEN "COIN" TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE! it would defeat whole point of the chip - so they would have to do direct deals with the card provider companies and make it all a big hassle.

coin is a kind of product that is easy to come up with but pretty hard to implement so that it's not against any rules and works with tech that's not from the '80s...

Comment: Re:Google seems kind of serious about this (Score 1) 36

by gl4ss (#47740989) Attached to: Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara

the reason why it hadn't done on the scale before was that everything was -and is still- going to more integrated chip solution. it's cheaper and wiser to have the network stuff on the same piece of faber, to have the gpu on the same piece...display driver too preferably(there's really no point in cost design wise or power use wise to convert the data to some hdmi like format and convert it back to rgb 5 millimeters away).

the idea- of blockphone or whatever- has been floating around for as long as smartphones. it's just pretty hard to in a way that makes sense and is future proof in any way.

some kind of compromise I had been thinking about would be to have a "heart unit" that would just speak over the display in some hdmi like format(even if it's not ideal really). that heart unit would have a small battery and couple of notification leds, and you could place it in different shells or even insert it into your desk - and it would carry your data. the notification led could tell you of a missed phone call in case you didn't have it inserted when the call was made. the radio etc everything would be in the heart unit and the shells could provide additional radios, input mechanisms other than just touchscreen etc.

same goes for if you wanted to use it in a car entertainment system or whatever, all such devices would just be another shell - and the shells you could keep using when you upgrade the heart unit a year or two later, so if you spent 5000 bucks on an ivory shell you could still use the latest and greatest soc/heart unit five years later, with the latest radios, if you just could bare with the "old" screen(screens are already so good...).

Despite all appearances, your boss is a thinking, feeling, human being.