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Comment Re: Who makes these decisions? (Score 1) 628 628

Recently built a new gaming desktop for my son, I wasn't expecting vast improvement in boot times from previous machines (with ssd) but with 8.1 cold boot is around 3secs (yes three) and from hibernate is faster. To get into the bios usually takes two goes because you have to work fast and blind, normally by the time the monitor has synced up you are at login screen. Essentially full boot is as fast as restart from sleep on my laptops.

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DOJ Vs. Google: How Google Fights On Behalf of Its Users 78 78

Lauren Weinstein writes: While some companies have long had a "nod and wink" relationship with law enforcement and other parts of government -- willingly turning over user data at mere requests without even attempting to require warrants or subpoenas, it's widely known that Google has long pushed back -- sometimes though multiple layers of courts and legal processes -- against data requests from government that are not accompanied by valid court orders or that Google views as being overly broad, intrusive, or otherwise inappropriate. Over the last few days the public has gained an unusually detailed insight into how hard Google will fight to protect its users against government overreaching, even when this involves only a single user's data. One case reaches back to the beginning of 2011, when the U.S. Department of Justice tried to force Google to turn over more than a year's worth of metadata for a user affiliated with WikiLeaks. While these demands did not include the content of emails, they did include records of this party's email correspondents, and IP addresses he had used to login to his Gmail account. Notably, DOJ didn't even seek a search warrant. They wanted Google to turn over the data based on the lesser "reasonable grounds" standard rather than the "probable cause" standard of a search warrant itself. And most ominously, DOJ wanted a gag order to prevent Google from informing this party that any of this was going on, which would make it impossible for him to muster any kind of legal defense.

Comment Re:I for one, (Score 2) 401 401

Quick - define "hate speech" in a completely objective way.

Hate speech is speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as gender, ethnic origin, religion, race, disability, or sexual orientation.
 

And is that a _perceived_ attack or an _intended_ attack, and how do you tell ? Physical attacks are identified by their effects or the effects they would have had if successful (e.g. shooting at someone and missing). Speech attacks are defined... how ?

Is accurate factual speech an "attack" or does it have to be lies ? Is reading from religious holy books an attack, or would it rather be hate speech on religious grounds to criticise someone preaching from their holy book ? Could you be arrested for quoting from the bible or the koran, or would those who accuse you be arrested for attacking you, with an accusation of hate speech, verbally on the basis of your religion ? Or both ? Or neither ?

Turns out the most usual definition is that someone feels attacks, or offended. As a believer in free speech I find it terribly offensive when others suggest that speech should be curtailed merely to ensure that others do not take offence, even if none was intended. I do not try to ban such speech, but I do point out that it is offensive to me, usually only to be told not to be so silly, that no offence was intended and I shouldn't be so easily offended.

Comment Re:PDF/A (Score 1) 200 200

+2

Hundreds of people who do this for a living (they're called records managers), and have done for many years, have worked long and hard to come up with a standard format for exactly this. Doesn't do everything, but what does, but it does ensure that it will still do it in 50yrs if not longer.

Caveat 1: OP doesn't mention editing, if he needs it editable then don't convert, or store original and PDF rendition for preservation

Caveat 2: There is a trade off between doc size (OP mention compression) and digital preservation - PDF/A mandates embedding of fonts, which ensures readability in 50yrs at the expense of larger documents. If the OP doesn't need things to be readable beyond 10yrs (say) then PDF/A may be overkill. On the other hand, storage is cheap and getting cheaper, it is managing it that is expensive.

Comment Re:The question is (Score 1) 416 416

Correct but also wrong.

The Alcubierre warp drive is mathematically possible but practically somewhat difficult due to requiring planetary sized amounts of energy and/or stuff like negative mass.

The EmDrive is a bunch of microwaves in a tin can that for some reason we don't understand produces thrust without propellant.

The connection is that laser interferometer measurements of the EmDrive in operation apparently show space time distortion consistent with an Alcubierre warp drive. If confirmed, that would indeed be a WTF moment. We can all stop looking for negative mass or dilithium crystals because all you need for a warp field is a microwave in a specially shaped tin can. It would also neatly explain why no one has ever built and marketed a conical microwave oven, because you'd have to nail it down.

Comment Re:Enough of this (Score 2) 250 250

Bingo.

If this was only spotted recently in "lab testing" (and why was it being tested now, and not before flight... what prompted the testing...) then it was known / not documented that overflow of this counter would cause shutdown. Some future revision could easily be to increase the precision, at the expense of range, or persist the counter across reboots, and that might not be considered a problem because the system was thought to handle the counter overflowing because no one documented that it didn't.

That is why I think the AD is there - to ensure this issue is known when this software is messed with in future.

Comment Re:Not so uncommon (Score 0) 180 180

Yet when they happen on Windoze it's because the OS is insecure...

Real story is that Linux is the target for the payload, possibly in addition to Windows or instead of.
Linux has parity, at least, with Windows in the commodity web server space and as a result:
a) it is a target just like Windows
b) there are now clueless Linux admins just like Windows admins
c) Linux turns out to be vulnerable in the same way.as Windows (see above)
d) ...and people will blame the OS

Welcome to mainstream...

Comment Re:don't call these offers. they aren't (Score 1) 227 227

Bingo - they are no more job offers than the 30 emails I get every week from allegedly beautiful young Russian women who have "seen me online" and would really like to meet me and want me to look at their pictures (in the attached .zip file or the included .ru link).

Comment Re:What about a bus? (Score 1) 280 280

If efficiency is emissions per passenger mile, then it is the right thing to compare - it tells you the relative emissions for moving the same number of people between the same points by different means of transport.

If you want to just compare emissions, then you'll find that can make a much bigger difference by not going at all than by changing how you go - and indeed plenty of greens will argue that we should just travel less. This tends to miss the point that most people travel for a reason rather than just for the hell of it.

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