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Comment: Re:Which is why you shouldn't be on such systems (Score 4, Funny) 127

by thegarbz (#47958087) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Facebook stopped being something you wanted to be on when judges decided it was a reasonable means to serve legal documents.

Get off facebook... it is only down hill from here.

Tell me about it. I gave up on having a phone, fax, email, and legally registered postal address a long time ago. I was using Facebook until now as the only means of my communication but now that I may actually get a legal letter through it I guess I better stop using that too.

God forbid the courts rule you can serve someone via a Slashdot reply, if that happens I'll never be able to communicate with anyone again.

Comment: Re:But wait (Score 1) 127

by thegarbz (#47958079) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Why? Isn't the principle of contract law that any form of communication can be deemed legal? Who's going to regulate a face-to-face conversation? And why does any kind of communication that is deemed to be legal necessarily need to be regulated?

For that matter how is sending someone something over facebook any less private than posting it to the wrong address, or nailing it to the door where someone used to live?

Comment: Re:Reciprocity (Score 1) 104

by thegarbz (#47957207) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

My comment wasn't meant sarcastically but rather meant with the view of an ongoing trial. Say I do something which isn't a crime, yet an overzealous person drags me to court for it. Same overzealous person lobbies the government to change the law while I'm in court in their favour.

That's what I was genuinely curious about. And the comment on court judges being voted in was just a dig a the system, given they should be completely without bias.

But all of that is irrelevant since you pointed out ex post facto laws are prohibited anyway :-)

Comment: Re:Obvious solution ... (Score 1) 121

by thegarbz (#47955775) Attached to: Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

You can detect the drones by monitoring commonly used radio frequencies, like 433MHz, 900MHz, 1.3GHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. It's not hard to flood those frequencies with plenty of noise to disrupt control as well as video stream.

It is very hard to do what you propose legally.

Comment: Reciprocity (Score 1) 104

by thegarbz (#47955763) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

The reciprocity comment is an interesting one. Since most countries respect sovereignty of other nations they have no need to pass a law to tell people that the law is only applicable in their own country. That just is.

So why make the comment? Is it a case of being able to say later: "We had good intentions but no other nation was willing to reciprocate so we dropped the law."?

As a side note, I wonder about the legalities of passing a law that affects an ongoing case. How does this work in the USA? Is the Government vs Microsoft case that is currently ongoing affected by the law if it is passed? If so why not do away with the judicial branch altogether? Why not just go straight to the politicians to have your problems solved, I mean you already vote for the judges.

Comment: Fidelity. (Score 1) 340

by thegarbz (#47952123) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Yes, DRM has been cracked in the past, but it gets harder and harder each cycle. Even Blu-Ray hasn't been fully cracked yet (it is still a race with each individual movie.)

That "race" is as effective as having a full crack already. Why work harder? I'm not sure anyone is really working on an effort to fully crack bluray anymore. Cinavia on the other hand people are actively working on and there are a few workaround already, but this is an end device problem.

The biggest problem that separates bluray from any kind of audio is the fidelity problem. The analogue hole was closed by switching to all digital links, and we all know the expected quality of pointing a video camera at the TV screen. On the other hand producing sound is an inherently analogue process, and high quality recorders are actually cheap. You can't close the analogue hole without removing speakers from the equation, and any signal that is sent to speakers or headphones can be recorded with very low distortion on relatively cheap gear.

So while typical cinema camera jobs make people's eyes bleed, I don't think 99.9% of people would notice if you re-recorded a signal, resaved it and served it up on the internet. Well some people notice, like those people who ripped the Metalica playlist from Guitar Hero and served it up on the internet. People noticed because it actually sounded a shitload BETTER than the album ever did.

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 1) 276

by thegarbz (#47952091) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Fascinating. Powerline networking failed miserably at my house. I actually ended up busting out an ethernet cable and crawling under it through the dirt.

I live in a bit of a mix. Internally we're all wood and plasterboard (dry wall I think it's called in the USA). Externally we have a mix of asbestos sheets and hardiflex. But it's not a materials issue. Inside I had problems with wireless reception due to the house layout (study is in the far end of the house) hence I put in a wireless ap, but even outside on my deck I can't pick up more than about 20 other networks and most of them so poorly that any attempt to connect would likely fail unless I bust out a decent antenna.

Comment: Re:So what's wrong with systemd, really? (Score 1) 377

by thegarbz (#47952079) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

The only thing that was conclusively said is that you fail at reading comprehension.

I have not problem with grep at all. I have a problem with being forced to use multiple programs tied together in a string to do a single task. But hey you may think of me incompetent when it comes to system design. I can live that with. Now go tell it to the 100,000s, programmers out there who actually build complex systems.

Comment: An endless downgrade cycle (Score 1) 276

by thegarbz (#47943817) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I'm working on an endless downgrade cycle tending towards appliances rather than computers. I used to have big hardware. Pentium Pros, Xeons, SCSI drives, etc, but as time wears on I keep seeing the powerbill and asking myself what am I really getting for my money.

My most recent upgrade saw me go from a quad core Xeon to an Intel Atom, and replace a rack of 12 HDDs with 2, though recently I added another 2TB HDD to that. The little Intel Atom motherboards runs headless with no GUI and makes a great file server / web server / email server / tinkerbox. However I'm getting tired of tinkering. I'm begining to think I'll just buy a Synology NAS or something similar and just move on with my life.

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 2) 276

by thegarbz (#47943793) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

You must live in an amazingly quiet RF area, or have paper-thin walls.

I see this kind of comment on Slashdot often, frankly I think you live in an amazingly noisy RF area. I've gotten pretty much full speeds of 802.11n. I can see 14 other access points from my phone but they are all relatively low dB compared to my main wireless router, and my access point on the opposite side of the house (installed because I needed access in the backyard, not because of deficiencies in a house). I suppose if you live in high density apartments then wifi can be a problem but doesn't most of the world live in suburbia, in either town houses, unit complexes, or actual proper houses?

Comment: Re:Thank you apple! (Score 1) 324

by thegarbz (#47935301) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

How many companies make android phones? how many have to compete to make the best?

And you've hit one of the biggest problems with this system on Android. Unless you're in one of the countries which supports Google Wallet your ability to use this system will depend on which company made which deal with which financial institution and offered the fruits on which model.

Open platforms are like standards, there are so many to chose from, all similar yet incompatible and none of them really do what you want.

Comment: Re:Too Late for Aus (Score 2) 324

by thegarbz (#47935285) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

NFC has taken off in Aus in a big way.

NFC yes, mobile payments, no. The only reliable solution I have found at the moment is customers of Commonwealth Bank and Mastercard (not OR, you can't use it with another mastercard) can make NFC payments from the phone. Google Wallet is not available (not supported anyway, if you have root you can side load it). And while Samsung claims they made a deal with VISA back when the Galaxy S4 came out, I've so far failed to get any solution working on my phone without rooting and sideloading apps.

This may not work out so bad for Apple. Remember how we have had 3G video calling since the late 90s yet when Facetime came out on the iPhone people collectively said "OMG AMAZING MUST HAVE!" Don't underestimate the stupidity of the collective.

Comment: Re:You don't need to make "deals" (Score 0) 324

by thegarbz (#47935257) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Google Wallet works EVERYWHERE, because it just emulates a Visa card.

You misspelt nowhere, but yeah everywhere/nowhere the keys are right next to each other.

Here's a fun fact. Google wallet actually works as you describe it. It emulates a card. It also works on pretty much any NFC terminal. It's just a shame that it is actually supported in VERY FEW COUNTRIES. Yep, despite looking like a generic VISA card Google Wallet is geo-locked and won't even appear in the Play Store in many parts of the world. Hence companies have gone and done their own thing. Hence my comment about fragmentation.

You can talk it all up as much as you want, but until it works without having to root the phone and side-load the application my original comment still stands, this is a good marketing move by Apple, and Google and the Android eco-system are so fragmented that they are effectively being bypassed by banks who are getting sick of this mobile shit (as mentioned in another comment some banks here offer NFC stickers people can glue to their phones to get around the solution that really doesn't at all work "everywhere").

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.