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Comment Questionable sanity (Score 1) 131

One crappy cord, and his $1500 computer would be fried.

From the article. It almost sounds like the guy was determined to continue his quest for a crappy cable until he destroyed an expensive laptop.

Any sane person - or one using equipment they have paid for, themselves - would have tested on something less expensive if not actually sacrificial. But no! This guy decides that a high-end computer should be his victim.

Comment Re:Isn't this the fault of the repair shop? (Score 1) 391

The only functional difference between a 'proper repair' and a 'third party repair' is typically just $$$$$$$.

If you discount the small detail of the phone getting bricked by the unauthorised repair, yes.

I can see a lot of people tossing their (slightly) damaged phones and a surge in reported "thefts". Then simply claiming on their insurance, instead.

Comment Sounds like good money. (Score 1) 84

For most people - excluding the 5% who are american, this represents a good level of income. No wonder there are so many hackers and attacks.

As for stopping 60% of attacks by delaying them for 2 days - again, this doesn't sound like much of a deterrent. In fact when you couple it with the above statistic, it just shows that the serious hackers are willing to carry on for days, to make their year's income.

Comment The basics haven't changed (Score 4, Insightful) 425

If we're talking about obesity, then it's still a case of you only get fat if you eat too much. And here (for those who haven't already clicked Reply and are starting an argument) "too much" means more than your body needs to function, for however much or little exercise you take.

If your weight is increasing and you don't want it to: either exercise more to burn off the excess, or eat less. That is independent of whatever unit of energy you use - or the accuracy of the food labeling.

Comment The RPi's "secret weapon" (Score 4, Informative) 120

Is its following, community and wide range of available software.

Without something comparable, all the SBCs in the world amount to very little. For example, consider the Orange Pi. It's based on a different architecture, it uses a different boot-up process. Sure, it runs Linux, it's probably hardware compatible up to a point, it's cheaper: $15 compared to what? $30 for a RPi (I'm not up to date on US dollar prices). Has it taken the world by storm? No. Can you buy it without sending your money to China and waiting 1 - 2 months? Definitely not.

What it, and all the other SBCs, lack is the ease of use. The wide range of almost-working software. The examples to create your own almost-working software. The documentation about what almost works and the "experts" (those people who can make TWO LEDs flash) who can and will answer questions - preferable with correct answers.

Comment Re:"Active cooling?" Please explain like I'm five (Score 4, Insightful) 90

Please explain like I'm five

OK, i t ' s . . t o o . . e x p e n s i v e.

The plastic enclosure can be stamped out for a penny a piece. The aluminium one would cost more. The device only has to last as long as its warranty period. No reviewer is going to have the device for more than a few days before they write their glowing, uncritical and simplistic reviews (basically: it's shiny, buy it) so the chances of one failing is minimal.

Comment Not Facebook (Score 1) 250

All the long-term successful technology companies have had to re-invent themselves to adapt to changes in the way people and technology interact. They diversify, experiment and can fail without it being fatal.

So far Facebook, which has only been going for 12 years (yes, I know that for all the NOOBS, that seems like forever - and considering their age, it probably is) and has no history of changing itself to adapt to radically different challenges. It might be able to, but until it has gone through a couple of metamorphoses, I wouldn't put any money on it's ability to change and survive.

Comment Tools of the trade (Score 2) 329

Tools are judged by their ability to do the job repeatedly and without fail. To achieve this, only the best of design and manufacturing will do

Utter rubbish - it sounds like "reassuringly expensive" - an amusing phrase when applied to lager (beer), but trite in the real world. Tools are judged on their ability to get the job done. Most normal people are origin-blind. They don't, nor should, care where a tool, device, object was made or sold from. Just so long as it's fit for purpose and cost-effective.

As for buy .... <name of country> this is little more than subsidising inefficient or lazy production and fooling yourself that you're a "patriot". Great if you a re a politician - who's main job is to fool the gullible and ill-informed. But for most people it's irrelevant. There are factors that come into play: support, warranty and spares. However, buying from a local producer is no guarantee that you'll get any of those and the internet makes everywhere as accessible as they choose to be, Buying from a known and trusted brand should be sufficient but since so much of the population just looks at the price, even brand recognition counts for little - and supplies the same - in these days of disposability.

Comment Webcams just an example ANYTHING that runs OpenWRT (Score 1) 77

If you want to know what consumer devices pose a security threat (whether cheap or expensive, webcam, router/modem or other device), just look at the list of devices that other people have loaded some version of a Linux based O/S on to. These are the devices that can be easily subverted. If your organisation is sensitive to security threats, the list of "hackable" devices should also be your list of products that should never be allowed to connect inside your company's security fence.

Of course, there's probably a "dark" list of devices that can be hacked - just not by kiddies with a simple PC. Ultimately, nobody can defend against them.

Comment Re:Long Term Support? (Score 1) 132

Yes, the term is largely meaningless. It seems to me that LTS actually means that so long as you don't need to upgrade any third-party applications (that inevitably have dependencies on newer, non-LTS, libraries), then any bugs you report might get fixed - provided you're a MAJOR PLAYER in the Linux arena with clout and someone in the support team is bored enough to choose to fix bugs ... and picks on yours as being easy enough to tackle.

So it's long-term support, all right. Just so long as you don't change anything that hasn't been "blessed" by whoever is providing that support. Of course, by the end of the LTS period, your system will be so out of date, that the only way to upgrade it will be to wipe it and start over. Ho, hum.

Comment Email - or spam? (Score 3, Insightful) 122

who didn't bother answering critical emails

I don't answer critical emails either. However, if you send me nice ones, or polite ones I might even read them.

You'd think that if this was something SERIOUS for Cisco, they'd at least bother to pick up the phone - maybe even go to the effort of finding someone who spoke russian. As it is, this outfit, like everyone else on the planet probably gets spammed senseless. Especially through public email addresses. Who can blame someone for ignoring emails from unsolicited sources?

To sum up, this sounds like the lazy excuse of an indolent individual: Why haven't you done X? asks the boss. "Well I sent them an email, but they never replied" whines the guy who just wants to get back to playing Facebook.

Comment The slowest thing in the datacentre ... (Score 3, Interesting) 100

... would be the pundits.

This piece is citing articles written in 2005 as "ye olde world" and saying "OMG! something amaaaazing has happened.

Well, those 10 years represent 2 or 3 generations of datacentre hardware, depending on how you amortise your assets. So if the author has only just woken up to SSDs or SCMs then what have they been doing for the past decade?

In practice, the biggest bottleneck in the datacentre has been the network for a longish time. And the biggest bottleneck in most systems is the user's think-time. It is that last aspect which lies at the heart of multi-user systems.

However, the guy does have a point: the need for "olde worlde" performance management - designing the bottlenecks out of a system and diagnosing where the choke-points are (ans. the network) when things slow down has largely disappeared. But as for the rest of his stuff? Yes, we know all that.

Comment Same old same old (Score 2) 239

Internet freedoms will be slightly (more) curtailed
Linux will push out more fixes and hardware support - but nothing compelling that will be worth an upgrade (unless you like dickin' about with your computers, or need the fixed stuff)
Windows will continue to be Windows - nothing new there
There will be more cyber attacks, exploited security holes, scams and cockups
The Greek economy might finally crash - or it might not.
Apple will probably release some more stuff. The fans will all tell you they are the best versions ever and worth every penny
China will make more, faster, better, cheaper stuff then ever before

Oh yes - and there will be the olympics. But nothing else of any consequence.

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