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Comment Wrong headline: Not banned in France (Score 5, Informative) 218

Uber is not banned in France, and it most probably won't be. Uber was fined because of UberPop, a service that connected "drivers" with no training and no business license with customers. UberPop was illegal from the get go, I have no idea what went through the mind of the executives in charge when they launched this service. The regular Uber service (with professionnal drivers) works just fine.

Comment Actually, way worse (Score 2) 73

On one hand, the code of software-based encryption solutions such as TrueCrypt and dm-crypt can and has been audited. It is also easy to update if a problem is found. On the other hand, a SED is a blackbox. You have no idea about what's going on inside. For all you know, the drive is just locked with a password and the data is not actually encrypted. Furthermore, the reports of people who take a peek inside the blackbox can usually be summarized as "It's crap", and this research is just one additional example. What do you expect from companies who don't have to prove that their product are secure?

Comment Already everywhere in France (Score 4, Informative) 720

I live in France and these things are in every McDonalds already. I did not realize that they were not common elsewhere.

Ordering at a self-service kiosk is convenient because few people uses them, so usually there's no queue. This may be related to the fact that they only take cards. Ordering from the kiosk also prevent misunderstandings.

I've also used their mobile app and their website to order (for pick-up, they don't do delivery) but the benefits are minimal compared to ordering from the kiosk. Paying with a card on a mobile phone is annoying, especially when 3D-Secure kicks in and I have to copy the confirmation number from the SMS to the app. I'm sure that for McDonalds the main benefit of the mobile and online offerings is that they lock in the customer and prevents her/him from changing their mind on the way to the restaurant (but not really as you pay only if you collect the meal).

Comment Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (Score 1) 819

I hope that you're being sarcastic, because it's very simple really. Cruise lines uses a loophole in work regulations: they pay their staff according to the flag they fly. In other words, cruise lines rely on being able to bring thousands of third-world workers to the developed world, while still paying them third-world rates, just because they live on a boar. Imagine how sweet would life be if you could hire a maid in New York for the price of a maid in Vietnam!

Airlines do the same, plus subsidized, cheap fuel. Oh, and no large pensions obligations either.

Now I'm not saying that american airlines are not mismanaged, but that's not the only reason why they seem so bad in comparisons with other.

Comment CrashPlan PRO Enterprise (Score 1) 321

CrashPlan could help you a lot. First, CrashPlan is a backup system, so it makes and manages a copy of your data, including every version of every file. CrashPlan addresses the bitrot problem on their side by running their own checksums on the stored files : if they detect an issue with a stored file, they will replace it with the original version, still stored on their computer. If some files get corrupted on your computer, you can restore them from CrashPlan, but you will need something on your side to tell you that something went wrong. Now, even if you realize that the file is corrupted years after it happens, you can still recover the previous non-corrupted version from CrashPlan.

Now, 2TB is a bit much to store on CrashPlan's cloud : unless you have a very fast connection (at least 100MB) it's going to take you a while to upload your data. The solution is to run your own CrashPlan PRO Enterprise server onsite (with periodical offsite backups of course). Don't be fooled by the name, it's pretty easy to set up and administer, and the licenses are fairly affordable (75$/user/year).

I've supporting CrashPlan PRO Enterprise in my company for 3 years, with 25 clients and about 1TB of data. While I'm not super-happy with the way the Code42 people run their CrashPlan business, the tech is solid. I'm kind of thinking that other backup systems work in similar ways.

Now, I hope that you'll excuse me for asking this question, but which kind of crappy file systems and hard drives are you using that generate significant levels of "bitrot" in files which are basically just sitting there?

Comment Storm in a teacup (Score 4, Informative) 177

A few facts :

  • It's only a primary for the Paris mayoral election next year, i.e. not a national election.
  • The journalists shown that it was really to vote as someone else if you knew a couple of easily and legally obtained piece of information about them i.e. no hacking involved. However, so far there's no indications that fraud is actually taking place.
  • The same party is having a primary in Lyon as well, but they are using a traditional paper ballot, and so far it seems to be going pretty well.

OK, so electronic ballots are proved to be less "secure" than paper ballots, again. The UMP is proved to be technologically illiterate, again. Yawn.

Comment Looks like a model (Score 3, Informative) 260

Not sure whether this is a hoax or not, but the pictures seems to show a model, not a real plane. Have a look at the cockpit :
I don't know anything about jet fighters, but I can recognize a Thrustmaster Mark II joystick stuck to a pole. And the material on the border of the cabin definitely looks like duct tape. And the canopy does not seem to lock into anything. And so on.

Comment Hiddent costs? (Score 2) 286

Let's say Apple buy Nokia for those reasons (Maps, patents and Fuck Microsoft). Apple now has to fire 95% of the company (they only keep the IP lawyers and the mapheads). Nokia has 122,000 employees, many of them in Europe were they cannot be fired easily. That's 116,000 pink slips. A $100000 redundancy payment per person seems about right ("Apple is loaded"). That's about $12 billions. Combine that with Nokia's market cap (about $10bn) and the price rises to $22bn. I guess Apple could technically afford it, but the damage to their image could cost them even more.

Comment VirtualBox (Score 3, Interesting) 171

In VirtualBox v4.0, Oracle released the core as an open-source projet and the proprietary extensions as a plug-in. This proprietary extension is free for home use but commercial users must by a licence. The extension is not 100% necessary but does provides some very useful features, such as being able to connect to the "console" of a headless VM. Cool right?

Well, not really. There is at the moment no way to actually buy such a licence from Oracle, so all the people using VirtualBox v4.0 with this extension in a business are technically out of compliance.

VirtualBox is cool, but they really need some leadership from Oracle.

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