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Comment: Re:Making a Safer World... (Score 1) 342

by nemesisrocks (#46811173) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

I think most parents would prefer to spend time with their children but can't afford to. Both of them need to work to pay the bills. Outsourcing is the only option.

In Australia, the cost of fulltime daycare is around $800 per week. That's often the entire take-home pay of one of the parents, especially if they're only working 9AM-3PM.

Most people aren't doing it to earn extra cash. It's so they don't "lose their place" in their career. Time out of the workforce is a killer for career progression.

Comment: Re:Quite Enjoyable (Score 1) 30

by nemesisrocks (#46521915) Attached to: Code Combat: Free, Open Source, Multiplayer Programming Lessons

Glad you like, I'm one of the cofounders, if you have any suggestions for us, would love to hear them, you can message me at george@codecombat.com

I'm gonna get pounded for this -- but it doesn't work in IE.

Regardless of how much people like or dislike IE here, websites need to be cross-platform, and work across a wide range of browsers, not just Chrome/Firefox. Not to mention, the computers at most schools will be running Windows+IE.

Comment: Re:reduce the amount (Score 2) 983

by nemesisrocks (#46469853) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Regardless of whether or not 20TB is hording / excessive / inefficient, what it almost certainly is is replaceable. Let's face it, you aren't CERN, most of you data is probably media that you can reacquire with relative ease. It's not being stored because it's irreplaceable it's being stored because it's convenient.

There's a large, flawed, assumption running through this thread that it's "easy" to reacquire all media.

Between torrents and usenet, trying to find good rips of content that's over 6-12 months old is often impossible. Good luck trying to find any older show that's not sci-fi or super popular. Often studios don't sell DVDs or Blurays of these shows anymore, if they even did to start with.

Comment: Re:findimagedupes in Debian (Score 2, Informative) 243

Why do I have this sneaking suspicion it runs in exponential time, varying as the size of the data set...

It's actually pretty nifty how findimagedupes works. It creates a 16x16 thumbnail of each image (it's a little more complicated than that -- read more on the manpage), and uses this as a fingerprint. Fingerprints are then compared using an algorithm that looks like O(n^2).

I doubt the difference between O(2^n) and O(n^2) would make a huge impact anyway: the biggest bottleneck is going to be disk read and seek time, not comparing fingerprints. It's akin to running compression on a filesystem: read speed is an order of magnitude slower than the compression.

Comment: findimagedupes in Debian (Score 5, Interesting) 243

whatever you decide on, it could probably be done in a hundred lines of perl

Funny you mention perl.

There's a tool written in perl called "findimagedupes" in Debian. Pretty awesome tool for large image collections, because it could identify duplicates even if they had been resized, or messed with a little (e.g. adding logos, etc). Point it at a directory, and it'll find all the dupes for you.

Comment: Re:A Microsoft Killswitch (Score 5, Informative) 214

by nemesisrocks (#45980575) Attached to: Microsoft Remotely Deleted Tor From Windows Machines To Stop Botnet

He surmises that Microsoft used its Microsoft Security Essentials software to eliminate the programs, a program users must install themselves.

Or he could read Microsoft's own statement, where they say exactly how they eliminated Tor:

October 27, 2013: We modified our signatures to remove the Sefnit-added Tor client service. Signature and remediation are included in all Microsoft security software, including Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Defender on Windows 8, Microsoft Safety Scanner, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection, and Windows Defender Offline.

November 12, 2013: Signature and remediation is included in Malicious Software Removal Tool and delivered through Windows Update/Microsoft Update.

Comment: Consider caching instead (Score 5, Informative) 159

by nemesisrocks (#45741685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Managing Device-Upgrade Bandwidth Use?

Since you're in such a remote area, your visitors very likely also have slow connections at home too. Why not cache the updates instead? You'll be contributing towards a safer, more secure internet.

The first person who downloads them would cause a drain on the network, but at least all future attempts would be served up from your cache. You could even have a spare machine downloading the updates overnight, pre-populating the cache for your visitors, to reduce the burden updates cause during the day.

I've used the instructions here with great success on Squid: http://wiki.squid-cache.org/SquidFaq/WindowsUpdate

Apparently Apple iOS updates can be cached too, e.g.: http://lkrms.org/caching-ios-updates-on-a-squid-proxy-server/

Comment: Re:Squid (Score 1) 277

by nemesisrocks (#45720535) Attached to: Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

He needs a squid proxy and also block the ads there.

Squid's effectiveness has been declining over the last 5 years. More and more sites are moving towards https, and most sites out there nowadays don't set caching headers in a way that allows for aggressive caching without breaking the HTTP spec.

Squid has difficulty even caching content from many CDNs nowadays -- and this is content that should inherently be cacheable (static, shared amongst all users, etc).

Comment: Re:Being different is a good thing for some uses (Score 2) 73

There are a few design issues in Sharepoint which make me see it as not viable as well - eg. encapsulating files inside a database instead of keeping them as files with a reference too them is a very major one once you get above trivial file sizes and a trival number of versions of the files.

Fixed in SharePoint 2010. In addition to storing the files within the database, they can be stored on the filesystem beside the database ("Filestream") storage, or elsewhere, including a SAN ("Remote Blob Storage").

Comment: Not really a Sharepoint replacement (Score 0) 73

I think this is a real game changer. Up to now, if you want document colaberation you have Sharepoint (Expensive) or the cloud. (Trust issues)

At this point in time, it's not really a viable SharePoint or SkyDrive replacement. While being able to work simultaneously on ODF documents is a great addition, it's not going to provide any real competition to SharePoint until you can have authors simultaneously editing MS Word documents -- in MS Word. For many small business (especially with remote workers), this is "must have" functionality.

On the flip-side, I presume simultaneous authoring in Word is going to be extremely difficult to reverse engineer; and MS ain't gonna give up those protocol specs anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Already happening - slowly (Score 1) 192

by nemesisrocks (#45185329) Attached to: Your Next Network Operating System Is Linux

Linux is already widely used on networking gear, especially fully pre-emptive variants like RT-Linux and Monta-Vista.

And if we follow the trend, pretty soon we'll be running Windows on those routers!

Don't laugh too hard, we already have Windows for Workgroups to replace Netware, Windows Web Server to replace Apache/Linux, and even Windows for Warships to replace, uh, sanity... Windows for Routers isn't too steep a slope.

Comment: Re: Free speech (Score 2) 432

by nemesisrocks (#44651227) Attached to: Canadian Hotel Sues Guest For $95K Over Bad Review, Bed Bugs

Any free speech story on slashdot inevitably involves international comparisons. If this had happened in the US, I'd expect comments about Canadian free speech laws as well as a variety of European ones. Likely Australian ones too.

FYI, there's no such thing as free speech in Australia. We don't have any equivalent to the Bill of Rights (or Charter of Rights and Freedoms).

There's an implied freedom of speech in our constitution, but it's certainly not explicit. It's been tested a number of times (with the result going both ways) in the High Court.

Comment: Re:like Windows? (Score 1) 397

by nemesisrocks (#43830761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

I prefer DERP. Delete, Edit, Read and Produce. Users are actually well ahead of the technology curve here - ask any tech support worker, customers have been DERPing for years...

Don't know about you, but most of my job involves Finding information, Analyzing it, and Producing something else from it. FAPing for short. And I've been FAPing most of my life.

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