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Comment: Re:Unintended consequences (Score 2) 85

by oobayly (#49749601) Attached to: NSA Planned To Hijack Google App Store To Hack Smartphones

Moving Dropbox data to the Republic of Ireland makes it more legal for the NSA to access the data - they're definitely not accessing US citizen's data - not that I imagine it makes much of a difference.

The difference it does make is that it's harder for the TLAs to get warrants to access the data - they now have to go via a foreign government's legal system, rather than the US rubber stamp system. The Irish government *appears* to have been less than accommodating - as show in the Microsoft email case:

The US government has claimed a US warrant is sufficient to get emails even when stored in another country, while Microsoft has resisted, arguing the US warrant power does not reach that far. The case has made business rivals into temporary allies and forced Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Data Protection to ask the European Commission to formally support Microsoft.

The Faulty Logic at the Heart of Microsoft Ireland Email Dispute

That, and the fact that Dropbox probably have to pay a shitload less tax now.

Comment: Meanwhile Sky Go still uses silverlight (Score 1) 51

by oobayly (#49748993) Attached to: YouTube Live Streams Now Support HTML5 Playback and 60fps Video

I had a guy in our office asking why his Sky Go account wasn't working in Chrome - apparently they've no plans in ditching silverlight even though MS discontinued development three years ago - and since NPAPI has been disabled in Chrome (and will be removed in September). It also broke another colleague's Java cribbage game.

So, Google can do 60fps HD using HTML5 video and Sky need still need silverlight. I'm guessing it's a DRM issue, but if Netflix can do it then you'd have to imagine that News International can too.

Comment: Re:Real enterprise has not gone to SSD (Score 1) 184

by oobayly (#49662513) Attached to: Enterprise SSDs, Powered Off, Potentially Lose Data In a Week

Which is why you don't keep your data centre in the basement, in fact nothing of importance should be kept in the basement. Sandy and Fukushima are prime examples of that.

On this site there was a report after Sandy from a guy who literally had his team carry fuel up flights of stairs to the generators - the data centre and the generators were out of harms way, but the fuel was in the basement, along with the pumps. I'm guessing that storing fuel half way up a building is frowned upon. I don't know the feasibility of having the pumps beside the generators - it'd be a bitch to prime them, but in theory once the generator is running it doesn't matter if your fuel bunker is 6ft under water.

Comment: Re:Waste of Time (Score 1) 241

by oobayly (#49645059) Attached to: James Comey: the Man Who Wants To Outlaw Encryption

What have languages got to do with it? Languages are just like standards the GP mentioned (Unicode, ASCII, etc) - you need to understand the language to read the message, just like you need to understand how ASCII encoding works. Using a [non made-up] language means that you are designing the message to be read by anyone who receives the content - just because they may need to do some work to understand it doesn't make it encryption.

And yes, I'm aware that the US used Navajo radio operators during WW2, and that it worked. However, it would have taken just one Japanese linguist who had studied native American languages to have recognised Navajo (not necessarily understand it, but use it as a crib). Which is why the US didn't use this method in Europe - because of German linguists and anthropologists efforts to understand the languages (the method was used during WW1). It's also the reason why the US used *actual* encryption devices.

Comment: Re:Don't mess with Texas (Score 4, Informative) 1097

by oobayly (#49609583) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire have the most white populations, and their gun-related homicide rates are 0.3, 0.8 and 0.4 per 100,000 respectively. That's between 1.5 and 4 times the gun related homicide rate in the Netherlands. And that's the Netherlands as a whole, not a conveniently cherry picked stat that I've allowed for the US. I couldn't find a racial breakdown for Dutch murder rates either, not that it makes a difference.

I've had to use gun-related murder stats as I couldn't find comparable numbers for gun related violence.

Comment: Re: Venus is the hottest planet (Score 1) 108

by oobayly (#49591799) Attached to: Messenger's Mercury Trip Ends With a Bang, and Silence

Rely? I know people who would have read that article (on a site like the BBC), but don't know what the speed of sound is. They would however know it's somewhere between a commercial aircraft's speed and a fighter plane. So "10 times the speed of sound" is better than "3400 m/s".

Saying that, using the speed of sound can annoy me because if it's a high altitude thing, is it 10 times the local speed of sound or STP speed - at -40 there a 10% difference.

Comment: Re: So... relevance? (Score 1) 182

Exactly this. BT (I'm in the UK) hadn't given a shit about improving the infrastructure on our business park for the last 10 years. Then along comes a privately (funded by a bloke in The City) who is installing 100Mb/s fibre to homes, mainly to rural areas. More expensive than BT, but so what, it was 50 times fate.

We also got a leaflet about their business services - 1Gb/s (including 4hr on-site), was about half the price of our 100Mb/s leased line. Granted it doesn't have a 100% SLA.

Suddenly BT send around or local business manager, are doing site surveys, looking into putting a couple of 1GB/s pipes in. They only put in investment when the monopoly rug is about to be pulled from under their feet.

The landlord doesn't help either. He didn't want a company digging up his precious tarmac (he gave ownership of his conducting to BT a decade ago for some reason and they don't share), not realising that better internet connectivity is a lifeline of modern businesses.

Comment: Re: I'm confused: aren't these common already? (Score 1) 36

by oobayly (#49583619) Attached to: World-First Remote Air Traffic Control System Lands In Sweden

A made of mine is A330 and A340 rated (as well as Hawk and Hawker 125) - his comment was that he'd love the fly-by-wire setup of Airbus combined with a Boeing yoke.

Personally I don't see the problem with a side stick, but then I'm not a commercial pilot. However I remember seeing pilots take advantage of the lack of yoke and literally put their feet up.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable. -- C.B. Luce