Re: Anandtech Article (Score: 1)

by in Seagate introduces new 10TB Barracuda hard drives on 2016-07-25 16:02 (#1NE2J)

Unfortunately the press release doesn't mention it, and even the official manual for the Barracuda Pro seems silent on that. However, their previous annoucements (from January and April 2016) about the 10TB line did specify that the upcoming 10TB disks were helium-based, but no mention of the barracuda at the time.

It's a bit weird that the information is not clearly stated anywhere (yet). The case for the Pro version of the Barracuda sure looks similar to the sealed ones used for other helium disks.

Re: BWAHAHAHAHA! (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Comcast nearly has service disruption for failure to pay utility pole fees on 2016-07-03 09:57 (#1K516)

Don't forget the last bit of it :-)
Comcast claims Duck River is using their position as a monopoly to gouge customers with high rates.
The irony is not lost on this one ...

Confusion? (Score: 1)

by in Walmart, Home Depot suing Visa, MasterCard over not allowing use of chip+PIN on 2016-06-23 07:41 (#1J3NF)

requiring PINs with credit card transactions could cause confusion for consumers
We've been using credit cards with PINs in EU for at least 10 years (country-dependent, some countries have been a bit slower) and I don't remember anyone being confused about it. What kind of confusion are they talking about? Maybe mixing up the various PINs we use (phone, debit card, eID, etc.)? or some other kind of confusion?

Re: I grew up with tapes (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Tour the very last audio cassette factory on 2016-06-17 20:11 (#1HHZA)

Although now that I think of it, you likely could have played from the speaker jack on a radio to the mic jack on a PC and recorded that way.
Maybe you're joking but I actually happened to be doing exactly that 20 years ago. I also used that setting to record the output of an old LP turntable to save impossible-to-find (or so I thought at the time) old records. Hours of hand-cleaning of crackles for each track ensued.

Re: Or did he... (Score: 1)

by in 15-year-old discovers a new Mayan city based on star constellations on 2016-05-11 18:38 (#1DDHD)

Yes, indeed, I saw it this morning. Some other experts argue that the human-made structure could as well be abandoned corn fields.

Oh well. Guess we will have to wait until someone actually gets there before publishing the (non-)story.

Re: Keep up the good work. (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Fuel cell plane for zero emission flying on 2016-05-11 07:43 (#1DB6T)

I have a source of interesting very technical articles, many with an exploration/military twist. Perhaps I should start submitting them, to fan the flames, and help Pipedot become that third party that we all claim to want but never have time to nurture.
Please do :)

Another problem is that there are stories in the pipe, but they don't get upvoted enough to make it to front page (and yes, I'm as guilty as anyone not upvoting stories there).

Re: "Fly" (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Fuel cell plane for zero emission flying on 2016-05-10 08:18 (#1D84N)

the HY4 will take off to its maiden flight during the upcoming summer.
I guess they're a bit further than CGI renderings ;-)

But, indeed, it will be interesting to have an update on this by summer's end.

Motives (Score: 1)

by in More efficient new LEDs now available, over 200lm/W on 2016-04-20 09:52 (#1B510)

I remember reading two scientific papers about this, one was about significantly increasing visibility around dusk and dawn, when the sodium lights are not very efficient (illumination-wise, not energy-wise) It could, for instance, help reduces accidents at pedestrian street-crossing. The other sounded less scientific and tried to show a decrease in crimes when using whiter lamps.

And I've heard so many times the argument "LED consume less energy" touted that I actually believed LED were much more efficient than sodium lights already. Could it be possible that the people ordering all new lights to be LEDs incorrectly assume the same?

Re: Obama's phone security (Score: 1)

by in Obama popularises phone fetishizing on 2016-03-18 10:50 (#17GK6)

The US government has shown repeatedly that, constitutionally speaking, their understanding of the words "unreasonable" and "probable cause" was definitely not the same as mine. That's enough for me to argue on an ideological basis.

Obama's phone security (Score: 1)

by in Obama popularises phone fetishizing on 2016-03-15 07:32 (#174F9)

Re: Atomically thin != 2D (Score: 1)

by in Scientists Create Atomically Thin Metallic Boron "Borophene" on 2016-02-18 08:40 (#14AWN)

Dimensionally speaking, yes, it is 3D. Structurally speaking however, it is a 2D arrangement. Just like a matrix.

Re: Yes and yes (Score: 1)

by in Google Is Finally Killing Picasa on 2016-02-17 19:33 (#1493M)

My (quite old) parents haven't and won't. They use Picasa (the desktop application) only to organize and tag their photo collection, but they don't even have a google (or picasa) account and don't intend to. Backup is on two USB hard drives.

Hopefully, the desktop app will keep working "as is" for many years down the Windows versions line. Otherwise I'd be interested to hear from whoever tested other Windows applications doing a good-enough job at this (opensource, if possible, but not limited to)

And so does Microsoft (Score: 1)

by in TensorFlow - A New Machine Learning System Released as Open-Source Software by Google on 2015-11-16 06:50 (#TQ67)

original post & article (Score: 1)

by in What? How is a CD or a flash drive not "light" based? on 2015-11-11 12:21 (#T8D5)

add links to MIT article and video? (Score: 1)

by in MIT's New System Converts 2D Video Of Soccer Games Into 3D Automatically on 2015-11-10 17:31 (#T5QD)

Here they are ;-)

I'll admit that the second link by itself is not much of interest, but still informative.

Real-time audio effects (Score: 4, Informative)

by in Friday Distro: Ubuntu Studio on 2015-11-03 21:19 (#SG5V)

For what it's worth, at work, some people have to do real-time audio processing (guitar effects, sound distortion, additive or subtractive synthesis, you name it. Those who run Linux use Pure Data for such thing as an open source replacement to the OSX + Max/MSP pair).

When Ubuntu Studio was released they all gave it a try, but they didn't stick with it for more than one or two release cycles and are all back on bare Ubuntu. I'll try to ask them why.

Re: Other search engines? (Score: 3, Informative)

by in France rules Google must remove offending search results worldwide on 2015-10-07 08:10 (#PQ61)

from the ruling:
Par ailleurs, ce droit n’est pas absolu : il doit être concilié avec le droit à l’information du public, notamment lorsque la personne concernée est une personne publique, sous le double contrôle de la CNIL et du juge.
which loosely translates to:
The right [to be forgotten] is not absolute: it must respect the right to inform, especially when the person [asking to be forgotten] is a public person. The decision must be made under control of the CNIL and a judge.
So, no, we likely cannot forget all about Nixon.

Re: Article is incorrect (Score: 3, Informative)

by in France rules Google must remove offending search results worldwide on 2015-10-07 08:04 (#PQ5S)

To be fair, the so-called "right to be forgotten" was decided by an European court, not a French one. The French regulator only claims to apply that decision. Here is the "ruling" from CNIL:

World's least free place (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in France rules Google must remove offending search results worldwide on 2015-10-06 07:47 (#PKC0)

I'm not saying that I agree with France's regulator point of view, but Google's argument ought to be:
The Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place in which we operate
They stopped their operations in China for reasons if I remember correctly. But sure Google, feel free to operate in North Korea to make your point and see how that goes.

Re: A bit embarrassing... software developer for years.... (Score: 1)

by in June Will Be 1 Second Longer on 2015-05-28 11:57 (#9Y0H)

Mmmh, I agree, in Google's case it seems more about synchronisation of their multiple machines across their multiple datacenters (and locking issues that go with it). But a bit of googling showed some other more crash-like reports:

In this case, the "2012 crash", it was kernel-related (something about a multi-CPU race inside the kernel that caused lock issues if I get this right), so not really a problem that you could do anything to avoid in userland.

Now if you're using *BSD, of course, you're most certainly safe ;)

Re: A bit embarrassing... software developer for years.... (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in June Will Be 1 Second Longer on 2015-05-28 10:12 (#9XSV)

I remember reading that technical post on Google blog about problems they had with leap seconds and how they fixed them.

The section "Why time matters at Google" might especially be of interest ;)

Re: Python versions (Score: 1)

by in GNU Mailman 3.0 is out ! on 2015-04-29 16:34 (#82HH)

I do know that there are incompatibilities between the two versions. But there are also old 2.x codes that will run just fine on 3.x, so what I meant is that maybe these Mailman tools could run just fine on 3.x ... or maybe not. I agree that going all-3.x would simplify this for us. Apologies for not being clear in my phrasing :-)

Re: How many people (Score: 1)

by in Microsoft may one day open source Windows on 2015-04-22 21:03 (#7M29)

You'd be surprised to know that the source code of Windows is actually already available (and has been for quite a while) to various governments, companies and universities. It is distributed under very restrictive license and non-disclosure agreements for research (security, new technologies, etc.) and new product integration purpose.

see for more info (Microsoft Enterprise Source Licensing Program, Microsoft Windows Academic Program, Microsoft Government Security Program, Most Valuable Professionals Source Licensing Program)

disclaimer: I swear that I've never ever had a look at Windows source code (that way or another).

Re: What makes this news? TEMPEST ANYONE (Score: 1)

by in Stealing Keys from PCs using a Radio: Cheap Electromagnetic Attacks on Windowed Exponentiation on 2015-03-24 10:20 (#5KYS)

In this case, the attacker doesn't necessarily need you to touch the keyboard or anything. Their attack scenario is the following:

1. they send you an email with specific content and encrypted using your public key.
2. your email client fetches the email
3. the moment the client decrypts it (e.g. using Enigmail in Thunderbird), they can infer your private key just from the CPU's EM radiations.
4. Profit !!

Besides, their hardware is very small (as in "fits in a pocket") and quite cheap (as in less than 300$) compared to what (they claim) existed before.

Fixed for GnuPG (Score: 1)

by in Stealing Keys from PCs using a Radio: Cheap Electromagnetic Attacks on Windowed Exponentiation on 2015-03-20 21:20 (#5BTV)

From the paper (page 5):
Current Status. Following the practice of responsible disclosure, we worked with the authors
of GnuPG to suggest several countermeasures and verify their effectiveness against our attacks
(see CVE-2014-3591 [MIT14]). GnuPG 1.4.19 and Libgcrypt 1.6.3, resilient to these attacks, were
released concurrently with the public announcement of the results presented in this paper.

Re: Google Yanks Another One (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Google Code Shutting Down on 2015-03-20 10:22 (#5AAH)

not only that, but I'm pretty sure that GMail actually generates tons of money (directly or indirectly) through targeted ads and user's profiling (aka Big Data).

People also tend to forget that there is a paying version of gmail for companies (I'm not putting the link but you can easily google it). I know some companies that use it. I don't know whether there ever was a paying version of google code though.

Re: 11 Year Old (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Mars One is a massive scam on 2015-03-20 07:45 (#5A2Q)

Indeed, this article is much better, it's the original and detailed interview of Dr. Joseph Roche, one of the 100 remaining candidates to Mars One.

Re: A great accomplishment (Score: 2, Funny)

by in A brief history of Maxwell's equations on 2014-12-02 15:26 (#2VGX)

only physicists know Maxwell
Hey! I'm an engineer! [insert jokes about insensitive clods and Howard Wolowitz here]

link to equations (Score: 1)

by in A brief history of Maxwell's equations on 2014-12-02 07:49 (#2VFJ)

looking back at the text, maybe I should have put a link to the equations themselves (but they're in the article ;-)):
the well-known 4 equations that we all read once

FYI (I got confused) (Score: 1)

by in Microsoft vulnerability allows remote code execution via a malformed SSL packet on 2014-11-13 14:36 (#2V1R)

For the record, this is about CVE-2014-6321 (aka MS14-066) , which is different from CVE-2014-6332 (aka MS14-064), both released last Patch Tuesday

I say this simply to avoid confusion, it seems that so far the news focused on CVE-2014-6332 (national news only talked about that one over here, especially the "19-year old bug" part) whereas CVE-2014-6321 went quite unnoticed.

Re: This one is really serious (Score: 4, Informative)

by in wget prior to 1.16 allows for a web server to write arbitrary files on the client side on 2014-10-29 15:08 (#2TSB)

Note that it applies only to using wget with both an FTP connexion and recursive flags, which significantly reduces it's potential.

Not to say that it is not a serious one, it is, but it's not as bad as wget on a http url for a single file (which is something I do daily). Now, that would be really messy.

The GR doesn't attempt to change the default init for Jessie (Score: 1)

by in Debian to vote on init system... again on 2014-10-18 07:27 (#2TEX)

from the GR itself, section 3:
The TC's decision on the default init system for Linux in jessie stands undisturbed.
In other words, to systemd supporters: "don't panic", to systemd haters: "they're trying to find a solution that's good for everyone".
Is this vote an attempt to delay the inevitable?
On the one hand, there is no delaying systemd as the default init, that's a given. On the other hand, indeed, the main concern is that we're supposed to be only 3 weeks away from Jessie's freeze and that GR could delay the whole thing (as in a 2-month to 2-year delay depending on many factors).

Re: That's no moon (Score: 1)

by in New Tablets Announced on 2014-10-16 08:07 (#2TDD)

That's no tablet either, but Google simultaneously announced the Nexus Player, a TV player and that the "L" in Android L stands for Lollipop.

See also

Thunderbird ? (Score: 1)

by in POODLE: A new SSL vulnerability on 2014-10-15 19:24 (#2TCZ)

Thunderbird being based on the same technology as Firefox, can it be considered vulnerable too ? it seems the vulnerability "only" requires javascript enabled (which I believe is the default for TB)

On an unrelated side note: there is an interesting and detailed technical explanation of POODLE available at (pdf file)

Re: Debian is a dying project. (Score: 1)

by in FFmpeg back in Debian on 2014-10-03 09:06 (#2T2H)

I could make a lengthy comment about why I think the original AC is wrong (also evilpiper already made a good point over here) and why his post qualifies as a rant (the Troll mod might be exagerated ... or not, let the mods decide), but instead I will summarize my thoughts in the standard good old-fashioned way:
Debian is a dying project.
[citation needed] (insert netcraft-related jokes here)

disclaimers: I did not downmod the original AC but I won't upmod it either

Re: Debian is a dying project. (Score: 1)

by in FFmpeg back in Debian on 2014-10-01 07:05 (#2T1D)

Getting caught-up in the market-share horse-race is a fool's errand that does no good for anyone.
I don't know about that. I always thought that this competition was at the heart of the "my-acid-test-results-are-better-than-yours" and the "my-js-engine-is-faster-than-yours" things a few years back, which I'd call good for the users ;-)

Now if what you mean is that this race would cause a browser to be abandoned whenever its market-share drops below a given threshold, then I agree it does no good.

bug report: November 2013 (Score: 1)

by in FFmpeg back in Debian on 2014-09-30 07:32 (#2T0W)

oops, my bad, the bug report is dated November 2013 not 2012 ...

Re: No words: (Score: 1)

by in Favorite Magic Phrase on 2014-09-26 14:41 (#2SYZ)

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious FTW!!

Incomplete patch (Score: 1)

by in Vulnerability in Bash Shell widespread and serious on 2014-09-25 15:19 (#2SWZ)

Note that the patch issued yesterday fixes only part of the issue and some vulnerabilities remain, so patch now but be ready to patch again soon ;-)

Also, according to the bug report, the remaining problems also impact zsh. (edit: this has been refuted since then)

Some more detailed info on the general issue can be found at Red Hat's security blog

Re: mksh workalike (Score: 2)

by in Vulnerability in Bash Shell widespread and serious on 2014-09-25 15:18 (#2SXM)

Oh my ... d$, yw, p, u, it all works !! that's insane (as in vi: press "ESC" and "i" to switch modes)

I never even had heard of that and I've been using it for years. I owe you a beer and probably some new hours of life expectancy too :-)

edit: ... "edit" ? is that an awesome new feature of pipedot for logged-in users?

Re: Incomplete patch (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Vulnerability in Bash Shell widespread and serious on 2014-09-25 12:32 (#2SXA)

Also, according to the bug report, the remaining problems also impact zsh.
This has been refuted in the same bug report, so zsh is safe from this issue. You can consider the upgrade ;)

Re: Nvidia & Nouveau (Score: 1)

by in Friday Distro: Trisquel GNU/Linux on 2014-09-22 15:52 (#2SS5)

Thanks for the input.
Intel GPU is smooth sailing all the way because they have free stack.
I've been sticking to Intel for that very reason and I can confirm.

Fading memories (Score: 1)

by in First computer system I used on 2014-09-22 11:28 (#2SR9)

It's so far away in childhood that I can't possibly remember whether the first was commodore 64 or Atari. I just remember I played with both and voted C64. Only later came DOS, with logo, dBase 3, prince of persia and the park command.

Something to do with balancing karma ... I guess (Score: 1)

by in KDE rumored to be focusing now on simplicity on 2014-09-20 22:27 (#2SP2)

[Ed. note: I've got a bad feeling about this.]
"The Lord giveth (uselessd) and the Lord taketh away (this)"

But let's be positive: the good thing is that they're not Gnome's developers. So maybe they can get it right ?

Re: Pirate talk idiocy is not amusing. (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Friday Distro: Trisquel GNU/Linux on 2014-09-19 12:28 (#2SKN)

Arrr. I, for one, enjoyed the subtle erudition laid on the deck by this fine piece of writing, if I ever saw one ... may you find water and shade.
Drop in at the Trisquel tavern where you can break yer jaw askin' yer questions
I shall nominate thee for the quote of the week award :-)

Now, about that Nvidia business: I haven't had Nvidia hardware in a while, but what is the current state of "nouveau" ?

Re: This is spectacular (Score: 1)

by in Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet on 2014-09-17 11:04 (#2SGH)

I wouldn't be surprised if we find they have some extremely peculiar adaptations for life in that environment.
on the other hand, it's likely that sunlight is deadly to them, isn't it ? just like their natural environment is deadly to us

Re: already on soylent (Score: 1)

by in Los Angeles Area Public Broadcasters KLCS & KCET to Share Single Channel on 2014-09-17 10:56 (#2SGE)

well, I think that discussion was covered widely when we imported all SN article here (for a few hours) as a test. Overall, the conclusion of the experiment was something along the lines:
  1. keep |. original, don't copy SN, we can go there to read it if we want
  2. we want articles more tech-oriented than SN & /.
Now I think some articles from SN indeed do have a place here, and I guess that's why yours got accepted. In other words, my opinion on this is: please, by all means, keep sending to the pipe, but be also aware that not all of them fit in and that copy-pastes with a 2-day delay are not that interesting anymore ;-)

ps: I really enjoyed the article on microbial life in the arctic :-)

Re: offtopic? (Score: 1)

by in Court orders Seattle man to stop infecting people with HIV on 2014-09-17 10:34 (#2SG9)

for the record me neither, doesn't fit with the kind of articles we got here ... plus it's a duplicate from SN ;-)

Re: 1.7.2 unusable (Score: 1)

by in Popular PGP Email add-on Enigmail addresses security gaps on 2014-09-12 14:59 (#2SB6)

I definitely switched to vim several months ago and feel so much better, give it a bit of time and you'll see me join the Mutt crowd soon enough :-)

Re: 1.7.2 unusable (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Popular PGP Email add-on Enigmail addresses security gaps on 2014-09-12 14:57 (#2SB4)

Besides being suddenly very slow, it is now saving *all* drafts as encrypted
okay, in all honesty, it's highly likely that the slowness is because it is saving all the drafts and that the mail I was working on had several embedded figures making it quite heavy in size.

Still, this shouldn't happen. I disabled all the checkbox and I'm not even using IMAP, so not a chance that the draft could leak to a distant server.