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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

51M02 I hope... (169 comments)

I hope they read him his Miranda rights... :D

about 10 months ago
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Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:

51M02 Books? (298 comments)

Books? Where we're going we don't need books.

I pretty much believe the printed books will disappear in the near future.

more than 2 years ago
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MAME Running In Chrome

51M02 Re:Is Google trying to fragment web? (165 comments)

We had that shit before with ActiveX.

Native Client runs in a sandbox so it's nothing like ActiveX.

HTML5 does nothing in itself, it still needs some coding to be done in Javascript. While Javascript interpreters did get better and faster it's still far from native speed. And it's still only Javascript. If you have a game developped in C I still don't see how to convert it to Javascript. MAME is one example of a complex C program hard to translate to Javascript but could be ported easily (4 days) to the Native Client platform.

Chrome is available for most platform including Linux and is open source. So stop whining about it not being a standard. It's not IE we are talking about.

more than 2 years ago
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Greenpeace Breaks Into French Nuclear Plant

51M02 Re:Alternate Outcome: Greenpeace Activist Shot... (561 comments)

Since a law passed in 2009, it's the responsability of special teams of the Gendarmerie called peloton spécialisé de protection de la gendarmerie, trained by National Gendarmerie Intervention Group to secure special site like nuclear plant.

The question is why did they not intervene? Officially they are saying it's because they recognized it was some GP activists and as such did nothing. Sounds like a huge BS to me. There is some history between the French government and Greenpeace which demonstrate the French could be more than happy to shoot, and the role of such special team would have to intervene in some way.

Anyway Kudos to GP.

about 3 years ago
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Greenpeace Breaks Into French Nuclear Plant

51M02 Re:What if it turned out the other way? (561 comments)

There was supposed to have some gendarmes on site already since a law passed in 2009 (before the security was implemented by the French energy provider directly). Those units are supposed to be trained by the French Counter-Terrorists SWAT team (the GIGN).

Anyway they did nothing to stop Greenpeace. The French government said they recognized it was some activists and did nothing. Officially.

about 3 years ago
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Filmmakers Reviving Sci-fi By Going Old School

51M02 Do you really need CGI??? (422 comments)

For your information, the most realistic Sci-Fi movie ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey, did not used any CGI nor green screen. Of course those technologies did not exist back in 1968 and it was 9 years before Star Wars which again did not use CGI nor green screen at the time of its release.

The first movie to include most of its action in a computer generated set was Tron in 1982, almost 30 years ago. In that time we went from miniature models and ingenuity in creating special effect to a software based point-and-click interface.

LoTR still used sets, some being really large. I can't imagine Rivendell or Edoras being 100% CGI. Some TV shows now use CGI almost everywhere like Sanctuary, to make them cheaper to produce and in that it makes senses. In the end I think CGI is used not because it gives the best result but because it's cheaper and easier to produce than miniature models. On the other hand, we have shows like Doctor Who who still is a show produced on a budget with minimum CGI films with proper and "real" props and set, proving it still can be done.

In the end knowing the battle cruiser in the beginning of Star Wars is a lot smaller than you typical Sedan car and still being blown away would maybe not happen if we knew it was only done by a computer file.

about 3 years ago
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Technical Glitch Lets Reporters Eavesdrop On Obama, Sarkozy

51M02 Re:Question (411 comments)

I'm no isolationist, but why does he have to talk to the president of Israel every day?

One word : Florida :)

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

51M02 It is just a part (301 comments)

I've set up a few mail relay and spam filtering server and I can tell you it helps a lot to reduce the number of spam arriving to them.

I am a Postfix kind of admin (hell with sendmail!) and I know you can set some filter just before the reverse DNS check to accept the connection if it comes from a particular host/IP address, bypassing the reverse DNS check. Or you could add that reverse DNS to your local/client DNS server but it seems not that a good solution.

Anyway following standards is always the best solution.

more than 3 years ago
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As a target for malware, my main computer is ...

51M02 To the Windows users feeling pretty secure... (429 comments)

I have only one thing to say to you : Anti-Virus? What is it? :)

Reading the comments I see MBR virus, Email virus, malware, attacks banner ads infected computer and only one operating system seems to know those joys.

What? And you paid to have that system? And you have no control over what that mighty corporation will do to its next version? Hell you don't even have access to the source code to make a better one?!

And you're defending that piece of crap too. Whouah that's great mind control. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Cites 2001: A Space Odyssey In Apple Patent Case

51M02 And what about teleportation device? (432 comments)

So according to Samsung, if someone "invent" one day a Transporter like in Star Trek, that someone would not be able to patent it?

That's a shame, I'm sure that guy could make a fortune. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Compromised WordPress Blogs Poison Google Image Searches

51M02 Re:Blame PHP. Blame JavaScript. (87 comments)

The syntax is a shitty imitation of C. The semantics, even for basic things like boolean values and comparisons, are extremely fucked up.

And yet you are posting on a website coded in Perl which, no one will argue with, is a pretty f**ked up language but a powerful one. And Slashdot even use Javascript. Is this site insecure?

A language, in itself is just an abstraction for machine code. Assembler code is just a literal version of machine code. C is a the closest language to machine code and the primary one used everywhere like core OS components to video game. A language in never secure or unsecure, it's its interpretation in machine code that may be more secure with additional code to prevent hazardous events. PHP is just a script engine that use similar semantics to C and is mostly a big wrapper around some well known C libraries like PCRE and cURL. It is open-source and its community is regularly releasing maintenance releases to fix any security flaws, which is a must. On itself it is pretty secure.

That being said and with the majority of computer issues, the problem is most often found between the chair and the keyboard. If developers don't check users input and send that directly to a SQL backend, in any language it will result in a security flaw. Its developers practices that are to blame, not language semantics.

more than 3 years ago
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IE6 Still Going Strong In China

51M02 About size... (158 comments)

"...about the size of two football fields, or your average restraining order". -- Adam Savage

Why always comparing numbers to the size or anything else? In all media there is always the "it's about the size of ..." quote that always seems it does not mean anything related to the subject discussed.

I know, completely unrelated subject. I missed it by about that much.

more than 3 years ago
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Standards Expert — "Microsoft Fails the Standards Test"

51M02 Re:Microsoft IS standards (177 comments)

The "average user" is not the one targeted by Office 2010, if I recall correctly, but the IT dept. whose boss/mayor/president may wants open standards documents.

The "average user" is still running Windows XP to surf the web (watch pr0n) and play video games and he is fine with his copy of Microsoft Office 2003.

more than 4 years ago
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SoftMaker Office 2010 For Linux Nearing Release

51M02 It's Wine, people. (110 comments)

I just installed the 64-bit deb on my Ubuntu machine and launch it just to see that it's just a Wine application.

It also brings integration into KDE and Gnome

My ass. It's just the Windows version compiled with winelib and on my Ubuntu desktop it is really looking ugly. And I mean more than usual for a wine application. It's all "Windows 2000" greyish.

Look for yourself http://twitpic.com/1b8ds2.

Not free, not native and really ugly. Don't bother with it.

more than 4 years ago
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HTTP Intermediary Layer From Google Could Dramatically Speed Up the Web

51M02 Yeah, right... but WHY?!? (406 comments)

I mean reinventing the wheel, well why not, this one is old and let say we have done all we could with HTTP...

But why, WHY should you call that with a stupid name like SPDY?!? It's not even an acronym (of is it?).

It sound bad, it's years (decade?) before it is well supported... but why not. Wake me when it's done ready for production.

I guess they start to get bored at Google if they are trying not rewrite HTTP.

more than 5 years ago
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Test of 16 Anti-Virus Products Says None Rates "Very Good"

51M02 Now here's your problem... (344 comments)

Furthermore, in some cases it is not possible to know if the registry values (or the hosts file) were modified by the malware or by the user itself (or third-party utilities used by the user).

I don't know what they mean, my /etc/hosts files are only modifiable by "root". :)

Joke aside, what would you expect from a system where configuration files are not protected.

more than 5 years ago
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Watch TV On Your Satnav

51M02 Oh I promise (225 comments)

I will never watch TV while driving. I swear it.

Now give me that Satnav and please desactivate those warnings. I swear they are not needed.

more than 5 years ago
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Parallels Desktop For Mac Vs. VMware

51M02 Re:Citrix? (195 comments)

Being on /. I should not asked if you read the article (I don't so why asking anyway) but this is a comparative between virtualizations solutions on Apple hardware and software using the VT technology found on new Intel chips to run unmodified guest x86 operating system. Main target : playing DirectX games.

Putted in other words is a comparative between two consumer grade virtualization software for Mac OS X. No datacenter, just plain old home computer.

more than 5 years ago
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French President Busted For Copyright Violation

51M02 Re:He's not directly involved (317 comments)

Well again it is not the the UMP party fault either. It's their advertising firm that used this song illegally. And it's this firm that is paying for the song. After all they are paid by a political party to make them looks good to the youngters and used, without permission this song.

Let's be clear here, it's not that old party of old folks that knows about MGMT. It's like Reagan and "Born in U.S.A"'s Springsteen song all over again.

more than 5 years ago
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French President Busted For Copyright Violation

51M02 Re:The band in question (317 comments)

After all, I thought Slashdot users had an above average intelligence.

You must be new here.

more than 5 years ago

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