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Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 1) 486

So 200+ ships at billions of dollars each? Yeah, that's gonna happen.

The US spent more than that dropping bombs on the Middle East, not benefit was achieved by the effort, and almost nobody wanted it.

Imagine if all the people on Earth actually wanted something and we could effectively solve the coordination problem (coming soon to a blockchain near you)

Comment Re:Only when it costs them money. (Score 1) 114

There are a few options but all of them require high-jacking IoT devices.

If I were feeling more energetic I'd pull out some comments from here I left a decade ago talking about a guild of Internet engineers and a trust system where certified operators could send cryptographically-signed messages upstream to shut off attacking ports (or requests to do so - that's a local detail).

Yes, we're decentralized, and that's good, but we also need to cooperate.

When homeowners get their Internet shut off because their IoT is attacking and they have to call a local tech to diagnose the problem and pull out the offending light bulb before it's turned back on, suddenly everybody will demand secure light bulbs (except us 'luddites' who are still using dumb dishwashers because we know that complexity breaks).

Comment Re:IoT is an unnecessary security risk. (Score 1) 114

Yerrrr! fucking technology, taking our jobs. I remember when Jeeves would stand there and sing to me whilst holding a candle, I didn't need no speaker light bulb. Jeeves would never attack me as he knew his place unlike these internets, good old Jeeves, I miss him. Damn slavery laws, fucking god damn liberals and their "progress"!

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 2) 248

Whilst I'd never defend manufacturers grossly inflated ink prices, I do recall years ago, in my first ever job I had to repair printers sometimes and you could always tell when people had bought 3rd party ink because it genuinely did completely fuck up the print heads. It would just clog the things up, and it'd be a nightmare cleaning the dodgy ink off, my advice back then was to suck it up and buy 1st party, because it was still cheaper than getting your printer repaired, or replacing it every 6 months. The other advantage of 1st party ink is that you could go without printing for months and still be able to print, with 3rd party your printer would basically be dead at that point without excessive use of solvents to eliminate the ink and even then it was hit and miss.

Does anyone know what the quality is like on these 3rd party inks nowadays? I'm assuming it's improved, or is there still some merit in the buy 1st party because 3rd party ink still clogs up your machine? If it was the latter I'd have at least some sympathy for HP, because it must have drastically increased support costs for them back then for a problem that was not really of their making. Does it still remain true now does anyone know? I haven't used ink based printers in a long time now, let alone had to repair any for the best part of 2 decades so I'm not really up on their resilience.

Again though, given this is Slashdot and you have to repeat yourself a lot, I'm not defending the costs here of 1st party ink, I agree it's extortionate and I absolutely agree what HP did here was wrong - you should never retroactively change people's systems, at worst they should just detect refilled or 3rd party cartridges and void warranty for repairs resulting from their use but still leave it up to users to decide what they want to do.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 307

Well, when I was 16-24yrs, I was into and enjoyed high fidelity stereo....my friends all did as well.

Er, not unless your parents and friends' parents were very well off, or all of them were in the military and bought their equipment duty-free in Asia you didn't. Before digital, in America a high fidelity stereo (let alone quadraphonic system) would cost your a couple grand.

I used to have an audiophile-quality system I bought stationed in Thailand, but it was stolen in a burglary. I have a pair of JBLs now, three way with twelve inch woofers. I miss my old stereo.

But I rip from YouTube occasionally, and rip from KSHE every Sunday night when they play six full albums. With Windows all it takes is Audacity and a setting in mmsys.cpl to capture a signal sent to your sound card, you don't need those goofs' web site.

I make CDs from KSHE's albums for the car, and they sound as good as factory CDs -- in the car. Their difference in quality in the house with the JBLs is marginal. It's a LOT better sound than a cassette recorded at home.

If you're in St. Louis (I'm not) you can plug your digital FM radio's "out" jacks into your computer's input jacks and you actually will have CD quality music.

The labels are fighting a losing cause.

Comment Re: So basically ... the attack wins? (Score 1) 208

Thinking about it (and I should've probably included this in my previous post!), you can actually put some numbers on it quite easily. Netflix recommend 5Mbps for 1080p streaming, and so 655Gbps = 670720Mbps.

670720Mbps / 5Mbps = 134,144 simultaneous 1080p streams.

That's quite a lot of users, but when you consider that Netflix has 83 million users it's fairly easy to see how that's the sort of typical surge they may get for their most popular releases (especially as 70% of Netflix subscribes apparently binge watch, meaning their consumption of data could easily go on for 10hrs+ on release day of a new series). Of course you may be able to drop the 5Mbps down a bit as well as that's no doubt an estimate and hence increase the number of concurrent viewers, but the point is that traffic is still within reasonable surge bounds for some of the bigger services, or some of the surge periods on the net like Black Friday even if you do so.

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