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Comment Re:So basically ... the attack wins? (Score 1) 207

What would that accomplish other than to make sure there are no players left in the market except for the really, really big ones? You know that if this topples Akamai, the attackers will take on another target and bring them down the same way, and so on, and so on...

Comment One white elephant for sale. (Score 4, Insightful) 65

Whoever buys them is taking in a white elephant. It will continue to bleed money, and won't be re-sellable for anywhere near what they pay for it. Changes to the service intending to make it less of a money pit could well drive away the few serious users it has.

This isn't like Microsoft acquiring Mojang, where they knew they would make money. They may still not get back what they paid, but at least the division is profitable, and they have done a good job of staying out of the way and letting it do its own thing (plus whatever spinoffs they request). With Twitter, the buyer most likely will lose money on both ends of the deal.

Yahoo is another white elephant. It probably won't be as loss-heavy, but it also offers less potential for turnaround.

Comment Re:So basically ... the attack wins? (Score 2) 207

Unfortunately, this has always been the case. The whole point of a DDoS is the ability of the attacker to multiply its efforts enormously. The only possible defense against any and all DDoS attacks would be to own more than half the bandwidth of the network, which hopefully nobody ever will -- or at least more than any adversary or group of adversaries can ever point your way. Since the attackers are not paying for the bandwidth, and Akamai is, the attackers win by economic siege.

Either Akamai can bow and take down Krebs, or they can let the whole ship go down in a symbolic gesture. Which one would you do, if you had a business to run?

Comment Re:Confused (Score 4, Informative) 189

Quantum teleportation is instantaneous, but first the entangled particles must achieve some distance between them, and this is subject to the usual speed-of-light constraints. In this case the photons achieved that separation over a length of fiber, rather than being sent through free space. Fiber is likely to scale considerably better than line-of-sight transmission.

Entanglement won't survive optical repeaters, so I'm not sure just how well this actually will scale in the real world. Still, 6.2km is a useful distance for some limited applications.

Comment Re:Not surprising. (Score 1) 207

I'd most likely build my stack from the bottom up just as I do now, just without bezels. Foreground task, lower right. Supporting materials (usually a browser and a text editor), lower left. Skype and other messengers, upper right. Quick reference materials, upper left. I have already set up my workflow to spend as little time looking up as humanly possible, but having messengers available at a glance to see whether they're worth responding to -- without actually having to change the foreground task -- is much more valuable than having them in my line of sight. Besides, the most recent messages are always on the bottom.

The main advantage would be the ability to exceed 2048x1152 with a single task and not have bezels in the way. Despite this, I'd probably have it representing itself to user space as four 1080p monitors in an array.

Comment Re:What device can use 1Tb? (Score 2) 98

Similarly, my board is specced even now to have a maximum capacity of 16GB (4x4), but in the list of supported memory configurations which still gets updated every few months (kudos to Asus for doing this for a 6 year old mobo), there are a fair number of 4x8 configurations shown. When I upgraded from 8 to 16, I did so by adding a single 8. This means at least one of the sticks will carry over when I eventually max it out at 32. (I see no need to replace a CPU-mobo combo that runs with the mid-tier Core i5 pack now,, five years and counting after purchase.)

I have tested 128GB SD cards in devices that officially support only 32 -- Chromebooks, an Aspire One from 2009, various Merom laptops from circa late 2007. I haven't had a single failure yet. They often come up well short of the rated speed of the SD media, but they still work. My general impression is that SDHC support implies SDXC support, even if it doesn't say so on the tin.

Comment Re:Not surprising. (Score 1) 207

There are many apps where the bezels between monitors make it impractical to allocate more than 2048x1152 to them, but I really wish I could. Notation software with full orchestra scores really benefits, as does Cubase. Image processing also would benefit, though the bezels are a bit less of an issue there. The color calibration not even remotely matching except between the two identical monitors below is a bigger issue.

I might end up flanking a 4k with the two 2048x1152 panels turned to Portrait, though they suffer from poor range of viewing angle on their (normally) vertical axis and rotating them means my eyes are never on the same level with respect to them, leading to color-related fuckery. It would still be a much more versatile setup than what I have now, and software that makes apps think a large screen is actually an array of smaller ones (or vise versa) has been around for years.

Comment Re:Not surprising. (Score 1) 207

The cup never contains anything but water. Sometimes cold, sometimes room temperature, often somewhere in between, but always just water. If I'm drinking coffee or soda, it goes in a normal ceramic mug that is easy to wash.

The junk, well, it's there because it's what I reach for the most. No sense in having it a mile away.

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