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Comment: Re:TLDR; 2D arrays wit a ton of spares are reliabl (Score 1) 160

by Kjella (#48932391) Attached to: Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Even if the mean time between failures for consumer drives was 6 months, the odds of 'popping' two more spares in the month after the first failure would be less than 3%. If the MTBF is 1 year the probability drops to 0.7%.

Except if you got a bad batch where some kind of material or production defect will cause many disks to fail near simultaneously. The overall MTBF might be true for all the disks they produce, but unless you make a real effort to source them from different batches over time you can't assume that's going to be your MTBF.

Comment: Re:Amazing work.. (Score 1) 108

by hairyfeet (#48928949) Attached to: <em>Star Trek Continues</em> Kickstarter 2.0
Oh lord, she liked the third one? man just shows you women will eat the most dumb stilted "romance" dialog if its delivered by a pretty boy, because the whole "love has blinded you?" scene was so damned tone deaf and unlike actual interaction by...well anybody not doing a line reading for dinner theater it just made me cringe the entire way, fucking terrible!

Comment: Re:Wiped my Grub though. (Score 2) 192

by hairyfeet (#48928843) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

.Jesus Tap Dancing Christ on a damned cracker are the FOSSies on this site so dang ignorant that they are actually gonna bitch that when A NEW OS IS INSTALLED it actually gives you a motherfucking way to boot the damned thing? Really? Does Grub ask if you wanna keep the Windows bootloader? FUCK NO IT DOES NOT so have some damned common sense and realize when you install a new OS you need a fucking bootloader! For fuck's sake the FOSSies is getting as bad as the damned knee jerk partisan political hacks, rushing to cheer or fucking boo without even understanding WTF they are cheering FOR or booing AGAINST, its just "us VS them" with no damned brains involved!

And FYI you are previewing a build of a CONSUMER OS, its NOT made for those that load custom bootloaders, ok? its NOT FOR YOU so don't bitch when an OS designed for the masses doesn't assume that you know about loading custom bootloaders and leaves you to deal with it, that is Linux way of leaving the user with their ass flailing about in the dark, NOT the Windows way, again don't like the Windows way? ubuntu is just a hop to your left, enjoy the biannual update deathmarch and drivers getting crapped on,the rest of us will be enjoying an OS with 10 years of free updates WITHOUT reinstalls (which now even Ubuntu advises you to do, even Canonical couldn't fix the clusterfuck that is the Linux update process) where the drivers work from RTM to EOL as my Hairyfeet Challenge has shown, now celebrating 8 years of FOSSie fail.

Now for those that actually care about Windows 10 and isn't just here to bleat on about ubuntu prostituting porcupine or whatever the fuck the latest one is called, or the "new hotness" distro, Mint? Elementary? Who the hell knows, more damned distros than bad coffee in a food court these days, but back to Windows 10...for those that do not know the way I like to test a beta OS is as follows, which I think gives us the best idea how it will run, I call it the "If it can run on that" test as I take the weakest system I current have (oh and for the guy who didn't understand CPUs on the last Windows 10 article...a first gen Core 2 Duo is NOT, I repeat NOT slower than an AMD E350, the E350 was to compete with ATOM and gives the performance of the Atom+Nvidia ION chipset so even if you have the shitty Intel IGP when it comes to raw CPU power your C2D curbstomps an E350) so here is the specs followed by my impression..

AMD E350, 8GB of RAM (the only thing that could be considered not below average, but fuck I scored 2 4GB sticks for $30, how could I pass that shit up? Does NOT affect the performance of the OS enough to consider it a major factor, as Win 10 is pretty RAM light) with a 320GB 5400 RPM drive, currently running the latest build, whatever the fuck that number is...Cortana...cute idea, pretty voice, SUCKS on accents, will probably not use if I can help it as it just doesn't seem to be there yet. Reminds me of Dragon Naturally Speaking as it seems like something you will have to "train" and I can type faster than I can train the damned thing. New Icons....OMFG will SOMEBODY pretty please hire somebody with damned taste to work on icons? It reminds me of a bastard child of KDE 3 and those tablety Windows Mist8ke flat shaded abominations, blech. I see an icon themepack for my netbook in the future, yep those be fugly.

Now for the important shit...how does it run on hardware so slow? WOOOO HOOO YEAH!!!! Don't ask me how they did it but this thing boots crazy fast, it seriously gives my Windows 7 desktop which is several orders of magnitude a run for its money on boot time, battery life? Meh, I'd say its added maybe 20-30 minutes maybe with the new battery saver on, but its an old battery so really not surprising. When you are dealing with ULV SOC like Intel Atom and AMD E series they either idle or go full bore, not really much tweaking you can do there, would probably do better on one of the new mainstream lappys like a Haswell or Vishera chip.

Control panel...I'm REALLY mixed on this one, as the default that comes up when you hit PC settings just sucks, its the "category" noob style that NEVER seems to have what you are looking for listed, but on the other hand you can tell its designed for you just to use the search to get where you need to go. problem I have with that is...what if you don't know WTF the setting you need is called? Then again if you know enough to go digging in control panel they figure you know how to google so not sure about that one. Networking is GREAT, the new wireless subsystem really kicks it up a notch, in the apt on Win 7 it could be hard for Win 7 to keep good throughput and I don't know what they changed but my speedtests have gone up and its not some bias, the wife's Win 7 laptop is still getting the lower speed like I was. Wired it works even better, damned good networking, thumbs up there!

Final verdict? If you are on Win 7 this is not a slam dunk, there are some things that are better, faster speed, better networking, some things that are worse like the fugly icons, reliance on search and I personally liked Windows Media Center and DVD maker and will probably keep my C2Q on Win 7 just for those, but if you are trapped on Windows Mist8ke its a no brainer, its better than that Metro POS in every single way! All in all I'd say its a worthy upgrade to Win 7 and if they can get the pricing right so they don't encourage piracy (I'd say have Home in the $25-$40 range, they can always charge more for pro and Ultimate if there will even be an Ultimate) and it could wipe the stench of mist8ke out and be a worthy replacement for Win 7.

Comment: Re:What complete and utter bullshit. (Score 1) 213

by Kjella (#48928589) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

What complete and utter bullshit.

95% of 250 coders. That means that out of a million programmers they will misidentify 200000.

You know it's not a contest to come up with the worst bullshit. If you're left with one person 95% of the time when you have 249 possible wrong answers, it's like being left with 4000 people when you have 999999 wrong answers. If all those are too close to tell apart you'll misidentify >99.9%.

Imagine for example that you wanted to find people by height and weight, as measured to nearest cm and kilo. It might work decently on a small group, but if you scale it up to a million people there'll be a lot of duplicates and then you're just guessing, double the population and you halve the chance of being right.

Comment: Re:Uh, okay? (Score 2) 347

by Kjella (#48927323) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

It doesn't bode well for Linux that it is also not the year of the Windows Desktop or Apple Desktop. It is the year of the smart phone. The year of the desktop may never return. Desktops are better suited for developers and smart phones are better suited to consumers.

Developers and a ton of other professionals. If Linux/FLOSS could replace Windows, Office, Outlook/Exchange, Sharepoint and SQL Server that's probably 15 of Microsoft's $26 billion dollar revenue. Open source has not managed to commodify basic business and collaboration tasks, despite so many years of trying. It's not all about smartphones and tablets.

Comment: Re:Security is a process ... (Score 2) 46

There will -always- be flaws. However, part of a company selling security is how they respond to issues, and here, BlackPhone has performed quite well. There was a problem, they fixed it, and that is what matters.

I agree that how a company handles incident response is important and the BlackPhone guys have apparently handled this well.

However, there are several things that are troubling about this story which lead me to not trust BlackPhone and question the security experience of the people designing it.

The first thing we notice about this exploit is that the library in question appears to be written in C, even though it's newly written code that is parsing complex data structures straight off the wire from people who might be attackers. What is this, 1976? These guys aren't programming smartcard chips without an OS, they're writing a text messaging app that runs on phones in which the OS is written in Java. Why the hell is the core of their secure messaging protocol written in C?

The second thing we notice is that the bug occurs due to a type confusion attack whilst parsing JSON. JSON?! Yup, SCIMP messages apparently contain binary signatures which are base 64 encoded, wrapped in JSON, and then base64 encoded again. A more bizarre or error-prone format is difficult to imagine. They manage to combine the efficiency of double-base64 encoding binary data with the tightness and simplicity of a text based format inspired by a scripting language which has, for example, only one kind of number (floating point). They get the joy of handling many different kinds of whitespace, escaping bugs, etc. And to repeat, they are parsing this mess of unneeded complexity .... in C.

Compare this to TextSecure, an app that does the same thing as the BlackPhone SMS app. TextSecure is written by Moxie Marlinspike, a man who Knows What He Is Doing(tm). TextSecure uses protocol buffers, a very simple and efficient binary format with a schema language and compiler. There is minimal scope for type confusion. Moreover, the entire app is written in Java, so there is no possibility of memory management errors whilst trying to read messages crafted by an attacker. By doing things this way they eliminate entire categories of bugs in one fell swoop.

So yes, whilst the BlackPhone team should be commended for getting a patch out to their users, this whole incident just raises deep questions about their design decisions and development processes. The fact that such a bug could occur should have been mind-blowingly obvious from the moment they wrote their first line of code.

Comment: Re:Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (Score 1) 375

by hairyfeet (#48922539) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

You REALLY don't know anything about hardware, do you? the E350 is the first generation of bobcat, AMD's answer to Atom. And while it stomps the Atom that is pretty much ALL that it stomps, with performance around that of a 1.3GHz Celeron dual...and it still runs great!

And as I said I got the RAM stupid cheap, but just FYI just to test I popped it out and popped back in a 2GB stick I had lying in the RAM drawer. Now even though the 2GB ran at 1066 instead of the 1333 my 8GB runs on it STILL ran just fine, it just took a little longer to load. Honestly I don't even know if I can blame that on the memory as I had a little over a GB that was just being used for a cache and when dealing with a 5400 RPM drive instead of an SSD (I'd put in an SSD but this model requires major surgery to get at the drive, I dread the day I need to change it) but the only way to rule out the HDD would be to run a dozen boots and average the thing out and sorry Charlie, you ain't paying me so if it takes more than 10 minutes tough luck.

Comment: Re:18B on 75B (Score 1) 492

by Kjella (#48921981) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

That is 24%. That means your device could be 20% cheaper and they would STILL make more money then anybody else in percentage per product in the electronics world. So instead of 500USD for the Ipad2, you could be paying 400USD and they would still make money. And some people don't think Apple is overpriced.

Don't worry, you can buy a $500 phone from my non-profit, $400 will be my for salary and $100 for a junk Android phone. Profit is an indication that you're delivering more value relative to cost than the competition, after all sales price is just a number you decide. They're not competing against some imaginary non-profit, the day Google, Microsoft etc. deliver a competing product forcing them to lower prices they will. Until then, keep blaming the one delivering what people want and not the ones who don't.

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