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Comment "Look at me, I'm in the Tour de France!" Attitude. (Score 1) 696

I'm motorcyclist in Europe, and part of my hobby, the part I like best, is mountain touring. The worst thing that ever happens - and this is speaking as someone who has been in the losing side of a competition with a delivery truck - is coming around a corner on an up-hill mountain road and facing the backside of a pod of spandex-clad, "clipped-in" wanna-be Tour-de-France-competitors riding their bikes, weaving along at walking speed 6 abreast across the entire lane (and sometimes across the entire paved road). I have no problem with sharing the road with bicyclists, but sharing is a two-way street, so to speak. I cannot count the number of times where I have had to emergency brake or drift into the oncoming lane to avoid these idiots^h^h^h^h^h^h situations. I know some motorcyclists can be PITAs as well, but I'm talking about driving within the law, at the posted speed limit, taking all necessary defensive driving precautions.

The second worst thing, is on the downhill side, where suddenly the lane markings on the roads seem to become invisible to reckless suicidal-seeming bicyclists who low-high-low curves across the entire road at ridiculous speeds that can only be achieved on steep downhill grades. Tbh, I have no problem with these guys taking their own lives in their hands, but I take serious exception at their implicit decision to involve me and my bike in their demise.

Comment Re:5-year old video (Score 1) 224

Um... fact check. The indie short was shot by Patrick Jean, who then sold the rights to Sandler and Columbia. He was slated to direct, but turned the job over to Chris Columbus as the budget grew.

Comment Re:What bright spark (Score 1) 48

nope. For all her faults - and there are many - this one is all about the true Master of Disaster at HP, the incredibly incompetent and massively overwhelmed Hasso Plattner, the one-trick-pony from SAP who sees everything as an accounting software house, and runs it accordingly. He could run anything that isn't SAP into the ground without breaking a sweat. Maybe he should take over Carly's campaign...

There's this thing called Google, and it is full of little facts like this one... everyone should try it!

Comment Re:Carriers (Score 1) 312

Not to sound like a shill, but this is exactly that: . Again, most ISPs worth their salt already implement PeakFlow in their backbone IP networks to catch and control large scale DDoS events, but at multi-gigabit levels - setting the threshold just low enough to ensure that DDoS attacks don't wipe-out their backbones, a level that is much higher than any single customer link bandwidth. Today, they (we) are beginning to offer these services (based on BGP, threat intelligence shared between ISPs and Security Consultancies, and "live" feedback from CPE-Probes like Pravail at customer sites) and they do work for the most part. The only downside (other than pricing - which is kinda steep) is the fact that it is a defensive mitigation approach - you BGP-blackhole the bad traffic in the customer-side ISP backbone, not the source. It's not going to eliminate the ever-growing and extremely long list of asshats (including sovereign state actor-asshats) that initiate these kinds of attacks, but it can and does, currently, mitigate the vast majority of them. So, yay-ish.

Comment Re:Carriers (Score 5, Informative) 312

I work for a carrier. Together with companies like Arbor Networks, we already have systems in place that can mitigate most volumetric attacks, and many more intelligent attacks. Unfortunately, it's not cheap. Customers have to be willing to implement (and pay for) the protection services that most serious ISPs already offer as options on their IP traffic products. Keywords for your search are Pravail and PeakFlow.

Comment Re:The world of Art (Score 1) 657

well, the entire population of visual artists excluding at least the dumbshit photographer who filed the case. I'm pretty sure he's quite happy with the ruling. Somebody needs to find a photo by this guy, and then find a previous photo from another photographer with "appropriate" stylistic and compositional similarities, and then convince the other photographer to sue. If we can manage to do this often enough, we will eliminate all culture and arts, and could at least in theory insure that the direct descendents of the cave painters of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave (or the Corporation that bought the rights) finally get the royalties they so desperately "deserve".

This is obviously the goal of big copyright.

Comment Probably already been said... (Score 1) 361


video and music: redundant server storage with cifs/smb access and a front end like Media Portal (i use a windows home server box with about 12 TB on it and Media Portal on a nearly silent media pc connected to my tv via hdmi and my A/V Reciever and to the server via HomePlug networking- and yeah, i know xbmc will run on linux, but i find MP easier to use and keep working and aesthetically pleasing - XBMC is running as a toy on my classic xbox). Just for fun, I have StreamtoMe set up on my server to allow me to watch stuff on the go with my iPad or iPod, but this doesn't really help with the organization part too much.

comics: redundant server storage and ComicRack

Photos: redundant server storage and either Picasa, Adobe Photoshop Elements or Media Portal

and books i keep on my iTunes (ipod and ipad) or Kindle.

Use the stuff that a lot of people have already put a lot of thought into before you try to innovate, at least until you determine that their solutions are inadequate for your needs.

essentially what you need is some kind of fault tolerant network storage and a robust purpose built, database based front-end to handle the organization, access and presentation.

Easy-peasy. The hard part is finding all this stuff, and buying the necessary hardware... Google is your friend here.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.