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Germany Considers Banning Wild Facebook Parties

AffidavitDonda Re:How is this a FB problem? (100 comments)

Yes, 5,000 would be a problem. The police wouldn't be prepared for that. They would have to call in reinforcements from other towns first. Even 500 people drunk enough could become dangerous if the situation gets out of control.
The bill in this case would be the taxpayers burden in Germany. That's what we pay taxes for (one reason), the police protecting our health and property. They could try to get some money back from the illegal party goers. At least those who don't follow police orders to leave the place. The police can give this kind of order. In case of public danger they can tell you to leave a certain area.

But the main point here is, that the call for a new law is just utter nonsense. We have enough laws to cope with such situations. There where illegal parties long before facebook and nobody asked for new laws. If such events didn't run out of control, nobody cared. If they did, most likely somebody called the police and they handled the situation depending on actual events and based on existing laws.

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Germany Considers Banning Wild Facebook Parties

AffidavitDonda Re:How is this a FB problem? (100 comments)

Actually you have the option to allow somebody to enter your private property or to send him away (and call the police if he doesn't go). Even if you invited him. The few events I remember where parties really went mad was, when parents let have the kids the house (or where away for other reasons) and the kids simply lost control. Anyway: As pointed out by Asic Eng, around this time of the year we have to cope with less popular politicians using the opportunity to get media attention.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Blocks KDE Photo App, Deletes Users' Pics

AffidavitDonda Facebook? (262 comments)

What's Facebook?

more than 3 years ago
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An IP Address Does Not Point To a Person, Judge Rules

AffidavitDonda Re:So slashdotters (293 comments)

Maybe that's right. But police, once they have the address, has more option than blindly raiding the house. They could scan the network and see from where it's used and maybe even intercept the packages.

That would mean one more step for the police. And anyway, the main question was, if it's making police work impossible, what it doesn't, since police with evidence that a certain IP was clearly used for criminal activity would get the address and other data necessary to carry on their work.

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An IP Address Does Not Point To a Person, Judge Rules

AffidavitDonda Re:So slashdotters (293 comments)

I don't think this ruling applies to normal police work.

from the order:

"the imprimatur of this court will not be used toadvance a “fishing expedition by means of a perversion of the purpose and intent” of classactions."

The police can still get the address of the suspect and than do some their job by observation to collect evidence. I think if they can proof, that the suspect is at home every time the IP was used for some criminal activity, this would be enough.

more than 3 years ago
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Judge rules: ISP is not a person

AffidavitDonda Re:Sorry, voted down (3 comments)

Thanks for the correction. I took this from the article, while in fact it doesn't appear in the judges text. Resubmitted with corrections and a few quotes from the judge.

more than 3 years ago
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The Internet's New Alternate Reality

AffidavitDonda Re:kind of like religion (869 comments)

While "explaining the unexplained" may be a reason for some people to believe in god, in my opinion that is a minority. Most deeply religious people don't care about the "unexplained" and wouldn't even come up with any of the questions that where driving science and modern society for centuries.

Most religious people simply seek a omnipotent protecting father figure that shields them against plain everyday peril and distress. Something where they can take refuge in cases of illness or poverty. And something that gives them the hope, that they may see again those who they have lost in some "paradise" after death.

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Convicted Terrorist Relied On Single-Letter Cipher

AffidavitDonda Re:mpm (254 comments)

erad ot kaerb siht ythgim rehpyc ytrid tsilairepmi

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Japan Battles Partial Nuclear Meltdown

AffidavitDonda Re:Considering ..... (769 comments)

I mostly agree with you and I'm not opposed to nuclear energy. And if things in the Arab world spread from Northern Africa, oil will become even more of a problem anyway.

But there are a few more problems about the highly toxic waste produced in nuclear plants. First of all it's by far not everywhere easy to find a storage place. Here in the more densely populated Europe and especially in Germany it's near impossible to find such a place that's not within a few kilometres of a city.

Then there are questions of security. For a very long time to come. We have seen this problem in Russia and other countries. Governments change, borders change. Can we be sure, that such storage facilities will only be accessed by nice guys? There is always the risk of somebody taking even small amounts of this waste to built a dirty bomb.

My main hope here is, that scientists in near future will find a better way to handle all or at least the most dangerous of those substances. Maybe if fusion energy would be available, we could bash the stuff with some extra accelerated neurons to make something harmless out of it. Maybe even something useful. (I know that this is most likely nonsense from a scientific view. Just meant as a kind of abstract picture)

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Ask Slashdot: Could We Reconnect Eastern Libya?

AffidavitDonda Re:Not sure this is the time to work on internet (290 comments)

Starting with WWII every single war of the 20th/21th century was won with the help of computers and communication. Its not about propaganda, but to allow rebels to exchange important strategical information.

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Making the Case For Microscopic Life In Meteorites

AffidavitDonda Re:Of course.. (103 comments)

Or they would show a close shot of the remaining samples in some dark corner. And the stuff, now with air and moisture, starts to GROW!

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Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

AffidavitDonda Re:That would be awesome (312 comments)

I would like to have a mammoth wool sweater

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The Logical Leap: Induction In Physics

AffidavitDonda Re:Philosophy... (630 comments)

That's just envy. If you work in a field that in centuries didn't come up with anything better than "I think therefore I am" (somehow obvious, isn't it?) then to beef about other peoples success seems to be a common retreat...

more than 3 years ago
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How Much Math Do We Really Need?

AffidavitDonda Re:A little more (1153 comments)

At least enough to understand, why "double your previous bet" in the "best roulette system in the world" doesn't work...

more than 3 years ago
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Pay Or Else, News Site Threatens

AffidavitDonda Re:Aw (549 comments)

did work:

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, webmaster@northcountrygazette.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

so now we all can start to ask their webmaster about the important details. how many emails will he get?

more than 3 years ago
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Pay Or Else, News Site Threatens

AffidavitDonda proofreading service (549 comments)

If I find spelling errors on their site, can I charge them for my proofreading?

more than 3 years ago
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Electronic Life Makes Evolving Art

AffidavitDonda Re:What is it? (54 comments)

It doesn't explain anything at all but will give you epilepsy after two viewings.

That's just to give the music enough time to burn holes in your brain...

more than 3 years ago
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Thief Returns Stolen Laptop Contents On USB Stick

AffidavitDonda Re:I bet (352 comments)

fellow teacher would have given back the laptop, but never his scientific work

more than 3 years ago

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researchers find wood-digesting enzyme in bacteria

AffidavitDonda AffidavitDonda writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AffidavitDonda (1736752) writes "University of Warwick researchers have identified an enzyme in bacteria which could be used to make biofuel production more efficient by making sustainable sources of biofuels, such as woody plants and the inedible parts of crops, more economically viable.

The researchers identified the gene for breaking down lignin in a soil-living bacterium called Rhodococcus jostii. Although such enzymes have been found before in fungi, this is the first time that they have been identified in bacteria. The bacterium’s genome has already been sequenced which means that it could be modified more easily to produce large amounts of the required enzyme. In addition, bacteria are quick and easy to grow, so this research raises the prospect of producing enzymes which can break down lignin on an industrial scale.

By making woody plants and the inedible by-products of crops economically viable the eventual hope is to be able to produce biofuels that don’t compete with food production."

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IBM builds first graphene integrated circuit

AffidavitDonda AffidavitDonda writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AffidavitDonda (1736752) writes "IBM researchers have built the first integrated circuit (IC) based on a graphene transistor.

The circuit, built on a wafer of silicon carbide, consists of field-effect transistors (FETs) made of graphene. The IC also includes metallic structures, such as on-chip inductors and the transistors' sources and drains.

The circuit the team built is a broadband radio-frequency mixer, a fundamental component of radios that processes signals by finding the difference between two high-frequency wavelengths."

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Judge rules: ISP does not point to person

AffidavitDonda AffidavitDonda writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AffidavitDonda (1736752) writes "A possible landmark ruling in one of the mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in the U.S. may spell the end of the “pay-up-or-else-schemes” that have targeted over 100,000 Internet users in the last year. District Court Judge Harold Baker has denied a copyright holder the right to subpoena the ISPs of alleged copyright infringers.

Among other things Judge Baker cited a recent child porn case where the U.S. authorities raided the wrong people, because the real offenders were piggybacking on their Wi-Fi connections. Using this example, the judge claims that several of the defendants in VPR’s case may have nothing to do with the alleged offense either.

From the judges order:

"IP subscribers are not necessarily copyright infringers."

"Where an IP address might actually identify an individual subscriber and address the correlation is still far from perfect, as illustrated in the MSNBC article. The infringer might be the subscriber, someone in the subscriber’s household, a visitorwith her laptop, a neighbor, or someone parked on the street at any given moment."

"The imprimatur of this court will not be used to advance a “fishing expedition" by means of a perversion of the purpose and intent” of class actions.""

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Judge rules: ISP is not a person

AffidavitDonda AffidavitDonda writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AffidavitDonda (1736752) writes "A possible landmark ruling in one of the mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in the U.S. may spell the end of the “pay-up-or-else-schemes” that have targeted over 100,000 Internet users in the last year. District Court Judge Harold Baker has denied a copyright holder the right to subpoena the ISPs of alleged copyright infringers, because an IP-address does not equal a person.

Among other things Judge Baker cited a recent child porn case where the U.S. authorities raided the wrong people, because the real offenders were piggybacking on their Wi-Fi connections. Using this example, the judge claims that several of the defendants in VPR’s case may have nothing to do with the alleged offense either."

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Did Stuxnet Take Out 1,000 Centrifuges at Natanz?

AffidavitDonda AffidavitDonda writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AffidavitDonda (1736752) writes "In late 2009 or early 2010, Iran decommissioned and replaced about 1,000 IR-1 centrifuges in the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz, implying that these centrifuges broke. Iran’s IR-1 centrifuges often break, yet this level of breakage exceeded expectations and occurred during an extended period of relatively poor centrifuge performance.

Although Iran has not admitted that Stuxnet attacked the Natanz centrifuge plant, it has acknowledged that its nuclear sites were subject to cyber attacks."
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Stuxnet under the Microscope

AffidavitDonda AffidavitDonda writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AffidavitDonda (1736752) writes "Aleksandr Matrosov, Senior Virus Researcher together with Eugene Rodionov, Rootkit Analyst give a very detailed analysis of the Stuxnet worm. They introduce information about distribution and the vulnerabilities it exploits for infection. So far the most accurate and detailed text I've read about Stux."
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