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Comment Re:How do they know? (Score 1) 63

Facebook is on the TOR network in the sense that they run their own TOR service/node. Traffic coming from those can be (and very probably is) tagged correspondingly. They do not rely on third-party (aka NSA) provided exit nodes from the Tor network to the "general" internet which would not qualify as being "on Tor".

Comment Re: "Free" internet (Score 1) 115

We are talking about corporates and non-profit entities here. Both have their own advantage at heart, which happens to correlate with many user's desires to access their service. You can't force a company, which spends a lot of good money on promoting their product, to freely promote other services. If we were talking about sponsored internet, right. However despite the name this is not sponsored internet but a product in itself!

Comment Re:Not this old info again (Score 5, Insightful) 521

While I do agree with you, it's basically the same point underneath. Proving that attacks without encryption could not be stopped shows that encryption does not really matter in the first place. And as such we've landed on your standpoint. What some political dimwits are not getting is that no trained attacker would be stupid enough to make the information publicly available. Be it through encryption, obscurity or just by having the plans drain in the sea of useless information surrounding it... there are always methods of getting something done in secrecy.

Comment Any will just do (Score 1) 138

General plug-in surge protectors just short to ground whenever the component inside triggers over X volt. According to Wikipedia the lowest trigger voltage is 330V for 110V circuits, so even a 110v-rated protector will work fine as the device MUST be able to handle such spikes without damage for certification. However note that especially in developing countries the surge protector may NOT be enough but the adequate solutions are probably far too heavy for you.

Comment Re:You shouldn't.. (Score 1) 63

My buest guess is that Slashdot, being a large site, has several geographically distributed caching servers (which are btw running Varnish)
It takes some time to populate and propagate the content to all proxies. Add possible time desynchronization and there comes your too-early/too-late.

We are talking tech news, not some high-precision announcement so the amount of cpu-power, engineering and system maintenance required to reduce the delay to e.g. a few seconds is simply unacceptable

Comment Re:Which is an... odd way to talk about graphics (Score 4, Informative) 989

No and yes.
A dual-core CPU as first produced by Intel really was only 2 CPU's on a single die.
However a real multicore CPU has multiple calculation cores while sharing certain parts (e.g. a common L3 cache or the ALU) and using a ultra-high-speed inter-core communication system

Furthermore a x86 CPU is huge due to it's sheer size of internal high-clock memory, X86 instruction set with additions like 64-bit, Hyperthreading,....
ARM CPU's as found in your mobile devices are a lot smaller due to a different (smaller) instruction set and being optimized for size, not high performance.

A GPU core on the other hand is even smaller (only several thousand transistors as compared to several millions in an average CPU) as it has only one and one purpose alone; mathematic calculations.
At least that was true untl OpenCL and Cuda came along, now they can execute -with great performance loss as compared to int and float calculations- other commands.

Comment Re:Rationale from the article (Score 1) 1005

I agree. Next time I report a break in to my customer's webspaces I fully expect chinese and russian officials to hunt down and turn over the crook owning the automated bot and bring him to Germany for fair justice
Oh well, he could also be shot in the raid in his home and claimed a danger to mankind for all I care.

Just make sure the system works BOTH ways, not only the money-stuffed-ass way

Comment Re:bits or bytes (Score 1) 367

Thtats because most users do not know the difference between Bit and Byte.
"Wow, you have 30 Megabyte internet" is a quote i've heard often enough on the bus. Note the absence of timespan AND the incorrect unit.

I guess it doesn't help that many providers advertise their features as "30MB/S" all in upper. Wondering if I could force them to fulfill their promise for the offered price...

Comment Re:Erm... (Score 1) 151

Well it's not very surprising considering that at least a Diebold I saw was running Windows 2k and seemingly without ECC-RAM since it kept blue-screening with the same tell-tale message over and over, ran through BIOS, booted up, tried loading it's user interface and eventuelly the cycle began anew...
I'm astonished they manage to keep the things from blowing up all by themselves

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