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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) 249

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: 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.

AI

Why Data Is the New Coal (theguardian.com) 75

An anonymous reader shares a report on The Guardian: "Is data the new oil?" asked proponents of big data back in 2012 in Forbes magazine. By 2016, and the rise of big data's turbo-powered cousin deep learning, we had become more certain: "Data is the new oil," stated Fortune. Amazon's Neil Lawrence has a slightly different analogy: Data, he says, is coal. Not coal today, though, but coal in the early days of the 18th century, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine. A Devonian ironmonger, Newcomen built his device to pump water out of the south west's prolific tin mines. The problem, as Lawrence told the Re-Work conference on Deep Learning in London, was that the pump was rather more useful to those who had a lot of coal than those who didn't: it was good, but not good enough to buy coal in to run it. That was so true that the first of Newcomen's steam engines wasn't built in a tin mine, but in coal works near Dudley. So why is data coal? The problem is similar: there are a lot of Newcomens in the world of deep learning. Startups like London's Magic Pony and SwiftKey are coming up with revolutionary new ways to train machines to do impressive feats of cognition, from reconstructing facial data from grainy images to learning the writing style of an individual user to better predict which word they are going to type in a sentence.

Comment Re:Centrifuge therapy? (Score 2) 126

because there's no evidence that the therapy is safe or effective

It's clearly effective. They got the idea from bungee jumpers whose kidney stones "shook out" after jumping.
Trouble is, in humans, unlike with their silicone simulator, it's the passing the stone that hurts. A lot.

Meaning that they will have to warn both kidney patients and amusement parks about it.
Or they can just ignore it and we can all just sit back and wait for youtube videos of Mickey and Pluto trying to give CPR to someone lying on the ground howling in pain while pissing themselves.
You know... entertainment.

Next up: signs saying "You can't take this ride if your kidney stone is THIS big."

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 126

Still, it would be preferable to jump on a coaster, dislodge a sand-grain-sized kidney stone such as I passed AfTER my laser surgery, and 1) not have any pain and 2) not have any surgery and 3) not have any bleeding.

I doubt that the number 3 is possible.
In the study they used silicone models of kidneys and the ureter. Silicone tends not to bleed. Or feel pain.

In fact, the original observation was with bungee jumpers in Taiwan having "severe pain in the back and stomach about 10 minutes after the activity".
So, number 1 would still be painful.
On the other hand, getting it dislodged and moved down to ureter without surgery should make it easier to break it up and pass it.

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

They have a lot of spare capacity atm because they scaled up to support companies like Microsoft but Microsoft has now built it's own cloud and so no longer needs them, and they never really scaled down again afterwards.

As such they could more than withstand this attack without customers being affected. The problem is that because they have lost big customers their ability to maintain year on year growth has of course suffered and become far harder. As such I'd wager this is more about cost cutting in not having to pay the staffing costs of dealing with this type of attack as there should be no bandwidth limitation that would prevent them handling this.

To be clear, if this was a bandwidth issue, then that means that they also couldn't handle similar surges caused by things such as Netflix releasing the latest series of House of Cards. Yes, 655Gbps is a lot, but it's something a company like Akamai should have no problem dealing with, and if it now is, then they have bigger problems - like not being able to fulfil existing customer SLAs during times of extreme load even without a DDoS.

Transportation

Uber Is Researching a New Vertical-Takeoff Ride Offering That Flies You Around (recode.net) 134

If Uber's recently launched self-driving cars surprised you, wait for the company's "flying" vehicles. Speaking with Recode, Uber's head of products said the company is research small planes that can vertically take off and land, so that they can be used for short-haul flights in cities. From the report:The technology is called VTOL -- which stands for vertical takeoff and landing. Simply put, VTOL is an aircraft that can hover, take off and land vertically, which would also describe a helicopter. But, unlike the typical helicopter, these planes have multiple rotors, could have fixed wings and perhaps eventually would use batteries and be more silent. In time, like cars, such aircraft would be autonomous. Jeff Holden said that he has been researching the area, "so we can someday offer our customers as many options as possible to move around." He added that "doing it in a three-dimensional way is an obvious thing to look at."

Comment Re:Php tied to platform? [Re:PHP] (Score 1) 398

R has a big following amongst people who aren't actually programmers per-se. Typically you see it used for analytics everywhere ranging from credit scoring, to insurance risk analysis, to demographic/health/geographic analysis by health services, city planning services and so on and so forth.

That's probably why R does so well because although it's not a great choice for programmers in a lot of cases, it's fantastic for analysts.

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

Even this DDoS attack is still drastically smaller than Akamai's purported bandwidth. The whole point in their network is that they're supposed to be so distributed, with so much bandwidth that withstanding even this should be trivial - they claim to serve upto 30% of the world's daily requests, their network has a capacity of 30 Tbps and they're bottling it in the face of a 0.6 Tbps DDoS attack.

This was really always Akamai's selling point - precisely that they do have far more bandwidth than any DDoS will ever muster. DDoS protection is in fact one of Akamai's single largest selling points - it's plastered all over their site, so if they're now saying they can't be bothered to deal with them then again, what's the point in Akamai?

So sure you're argument makes sense for a provider that doesn't own a colossal amount of bandwidth, but you obviously don't know Akamai else you'd realise your entire argument is moot in relation to them because they're not short on bandwidth. You argued that you can't ever win against DDoS attacks unless you have more bandwidth, and, er, well, they do - by a massive margin and the chance of anyone building a bot net with the bandwidth to rival Akamai's capacity is basically zero.

Taking the DDoS on the chin, which they could trivially do even with existing customer commitments whilst working with ISPs to deal with infected machines would've been a massive benefit for InfoSec (and been great for their profits as it would let them boost their reputation further and reduce future impact on their network). Instead they've decided to act with the attackers and tell the world they can no longer be trusted on their main selling point.

Comment Re: Actually, idiots are always a loud minority. (Score 1) 852

Half the population has above average intelligence.
Yet the last time voter turnout in US even ticked 65% was over a hundred years ago. And that's just the presidential elections.
Similarly, mid-term elections ticked 50% turnout at about the same time. Now even 40% is A LOT.

In both cases, if the intelligence were a factor in voting, it's either that nearly all voters (or all when it comes to midterms) ARE of above average intelligence - or that they are all idiots.
Depending on how that correlation would work out.
The fact that most of those below average IQ are closer to the average (34% are between 85 and 100 IQ) than to people who are not actually functional individuals... that also indicates that neither those 40% or those 60% are of the below average IQ.
Cause there simply aren't enough of such people.

Skills as in learned skills... like logic or solving problems related to elections... That's again nothing but education.
Or the lack thereof. Or the consequence of bad education - i.e. adoption of prejudice and misinformation.
Which, again, Trump is doing a fabulous job of presenting.

He is doing a fantastic job presenting to the entire world what not to vote for.

Comment Re:Nope. It's quite a measurable health risk. (Score 1) 176

My posting was in reaction to whiny people who want to try to get us believe there is any health risk to people smoking outdoors.

No. Your post was about representing "office building entrance, and in couple of corners around my location" as "outside".

Which may very well be so - or it may be the only place one is allowed to step out to in order to get a breath of if not fresh than at least not stale air.
Or to reset one's focus from half a meter in front of one's face onto something a bit more distant.
A place where one can see a sky without looking at a pane of glass.

If one goes there to catch some air and everyone else goes there to smoke... everyone goes there to inhale smoke.

I am a semi-vegetarian and I can't stand the smell of cooking/burning meat. To me, the odor is very offensive. But is I went around claiming it was "harming" me or a "health risk" that would be similarly ludicrous.

No, that would be a false analogy. Meat is not an addictive neurotoxin.

Hell, I once had a nicotine overdose from a mousepad.
A brand new mousepad - except its packaging had an opening so you can feel the softness of the silicone.
And clearly, store I bought it at used their storage room as the break room.
How much nicotine condensated in it and for how long I don't know. I only know that after several washings and shampooing, drying out for a few days - it still had enough nicotine in it that after using it for half a day I started getting headaches, dry mouth, my heart was pounding...
All that from skin contact with something I thought of as "not smelling that bad anymore".
Like a nicotine patch, only bigger and softer.
It took a few more rounds of washing and airing it out to get the smell out.

Smokers are desensitized to how potent a drug nicotine is or how badly cigarettes can smell.
Particularly industrial kind. Homegrown tobacco doesn't smell half as bad and airs out of the room in hours.
I don't know what gets mixed into each brand, but boy does every one of them smell far worse, lingering for days when someone who smokes prepackaged smokes comes over.

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