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Comment Re:So 30% of 4% is 1.2%. What is attractive here? (Score -1) 236 236

So instead of doing the 1 big thing and having a huge impact, you'd prefer to focus on this 1 small thing and hope 7 more just like it come along so you can have a minor (9.6%) impact? That's absurd.

If you want to reduce emissions (I do, just not for politically-motivated chicken little bullshit claims), there is one fucking thing to do: Replace coal with nuclear.

Comment Re:Battery and solar panel technology advances (Score 4, Informative) 34 34

This isn't big news for solar or batteries.

Just 2316 km over 81.5 hours is more like floating than flying, and the main advance came from the reduction in mass, not improved solar/battery tech.
It's 6.5 kg while the prior record holder was 13 kg. If you look at the thing, it's not much more than a really large wing.

The records it took were for longest flight among aircraft under 50 kg and longest flight for low-altitude, it doesn't have the overall longest flight, nor longest unmanned flight.

Submission + - 3DS and Wii U Getting Terraria in Early 2016, Playable at Gamescom->

on4play writes: 505 Games has released a statement on its website today announcing the release of Terraria on Nintendo platforms. Both 3DS and Wii U versions will feature touch controls and will offer different ways to play.

"The 3DS version offers local WiFi play supported for up to 4 friends, while the Wii U takes that even further, with up to 8-player online multiplayer or 4-player splitscreen using classic Wii Remotes," wrote 505's Community Manager, Justin Reynolds.

Terraria will be playable for the 3DS for the first time during Gamescom. Both Wii U and 3DS versions are set to release early next year.

Full Article — http://www.vgchartz.com/article/260245/3ds-and-wii-u-getting-terraria-in-early-2016-playable-at-gamescom/

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Submission + - Lennart Poettering Announces the First systemd Conference->

jones_supa writes: Lennart Poettering, the creator of the controversial init system and service manager for Linux-based operating systems, had the great pleasure of announcing the first systemd conference event. Dubbed systemd.conf, the event will take place later this year, between November 5-7, in Berlin, Germany. systemd developers and hackers, DevOps professionals, and Linux distribution packagers will be able to attend various workshops, as well as to collaborate with their fellow developers and plan the future of the project. Attendees will also be able to participate in an extended hackfest event, as well as numerous presentations held by important names in the systemd project, including Poettering himself.
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Comment Re:Best solution (Score 2, Funny) 316 316

Today "intensive testing" means "Bill in accounts receivable installed it yesterday and his computer seems fine.".

Look at Oracle, Adobe, MS, Google, Apple, etc. They're all HUGE fucking companies who absolutely have the resources to test things thousands of times over. Their QC track record is abysmal. The "standard" now is to have the users be the testers.

Google does this by rolling out updates slowly to unsuspecting users.
MS does it by dumping a load of shit on everyone at once and hoping the blogs sort it out.
Adobe does this by having "Continuous" track and a "Classic" track, then forcing you into the "Continuous" track if you want any of the cloud features you paid for.
Apple does it by denying there is a problem, pushing out a "fix" for it, and then letting half of the users placebo themselves into thinking it's fixed and censoring the other half on their forums.
Oracle does it by chugging a beer, putting its head down on a baseball bat and spinning around 10 times really quickly.

Comment What? (Score 1) 14 14

Isn't that the entire point of those FuelBand, FitBit, etc. things? Monitor hear rate, distance traveled, etc. and feed into an app where you can also add exercise details, food details, etc.? If these things don't track this shit, then what is it that they do, exactly?
I have no interest in these devices but I can't imaging what it is they do if they're NOT doing these things.

Or is the lawsuit claiming the advertising specifically said it tracked "health" and not these specific things (which are related to health)?

Comment Re:Tape (Score -1) 217 217

512 TB isn't really all that much. It's only a couple hundred disks at most.
Tape plus a disk cache, or disk only depends mostly on the cost/latency requirements.

Backup should be to tape for longevity, but depending on how much you need to write each backup, and how frequently you backup, that could be an issue.

Comment Re: Right ... (Score -1) 117 117

All the preview builds of Windows 10 I used (the earlier ones, sure) let you install and get to a desktop without an account.
The start menu was completely blank and you couldn't launch basic shit like windows explorer, but hey, you technically didn't need an account!

The account system is baked in deep, and many programs (or "apps", and not just the "modern" UI ones) do in fact require an account to run or to do basic things unrelated to any sort of online functionality. Running without an account mostly worked in Windows 8, and I presume it'll mostly work in the final build of Windows 10. But they're clearly heading toward the Windows as a Service model, as evidenced by Xbox Live and Office.

Comment Re:yawn (Score 0) 63 63

Percentages don't work that way, 20% and 80% means 5x1.25 which is 6.25 times power consumption or 16% efficiency, based on your numbers of course.

That's what he said.

I think its something like 20 percent in most cases and that's on top of the AC/DC conversion. So you lose 20~30 percent converting to DC and then you lose 80 percent of of the remainder transmitting it.

Start with 1 unit of wall power.
AC/DC represents a 20% loss using his numbers.
The remainder (0.8 units of wall power) is to be transmitted to the device.
"Then you lose 80 percent of of the remainder transmitting it."
0.8 - 0.8*0.8, or 0.8 * (1 - 0.8), or 0.2 * 0.8, or 4/5 * 1/5, or whatever.
16% of the power at the wall goes to the device's charging circuitry.

Comment Re:LibreSSL (MOO!) (Score 1) 157 157

A strong, unique password (aka a secret) is the only thing that matters.

Certificates are nothing but long passwords that people can't remember and thus need to store in plaintext.

Encrypted certificates are nothing but long passwords that people can't remember and store in an encrypted form, thus requiring a separate password.

Encryption of a connection is done using a password. Whether you call it a password, a pre-shared key, or a certificate, it's all the same. It's a secret known only to the legitimate user.

The password is the be all, end all of networked computer security. There's a reason every single attempt to replace passwords has failed - either they reduce security or they're simply dressing up a password as something else - a smart card, an RSA clock, etc.

The problem is you don't realize what a password actually is in relation to security. It's simply the secret.
Retards who don't know what they're talking about like to prattle on about "something you are", "something you know", and "something you have".

"Something you are" is your username.
"Something you know" is your password.
"Something you have" is your cell phone or your little hardware token (nothing but an RSA clock with a seed stored on the device and on the server).

If your "something you are" is a secret username, or a hash of a fingerprint, then it merely becomes "something you know", and is effectively part of your password. If you authenticate remotely using a fingerprint scanner, the server you're authenticating into has NO IDEA whether or not the bits are coming from the fingerprint scanner or not, whether it has been tampered with or not, etc. It's all "something you know".

Similarly for "something you have", a text message code or an RSA clock or whatever else are all "something you know" when you're presenting them over the wire. Unless someone is PHYICALLY INSPECTING your shit, it's ALL "something you know", and thus all effectively pointless if you already have a strong, unique password.

People think that codes sent via text message or the seeds in their RSA clock keep them safe. They don't. If your host or connection is compromised to the point that you're leaking your password (such as a keylogger or a MITM attack), these codes are available to any attacker working in real time because you invariably send them over the same fucking channel. It's a joke!

The ONLY thing you can do to protect yourself with networked authentication is to know a secret and keep it secret. It should be astronomically expensive to crack. Use that secret to authenticate, encrypt, whatever. But adding more secrets on top of it doesn't do SHIT.

That secret is called a password. What you call it is irrelevant.

Comment SJW Bullshit Like This Is For Cows (Score -1, Troll) 90 90

You are all cows, moo, moo, etc.
Are we going to get an article about how misogynistic this is when someone makes a video women can't see?
Or are we going to get an article about how progressive this is when someone makes a video that men can't see, thus creating a "safe space" for women?
Will Facebook let people further restrict by race using your 23andMe profile? Will Facebook require users to submit a DNA sample?

How about you dumb shits delete your fucking Facebook accounts?

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.