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Spooked By His Sci Fi, FBI Looked Into Asimov As Possible Communist Tipster

Aguazul2 Re:Same story, different time (190 comments)

What the FUCK is going on with this country?

It has made so many enemies, it doesn't know where the next attack may come from. So universal surveillance is necessary. Maybe make less enemies next time?

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What Are You Doing For Hallowe'en?

Aguazul2 Re:What am I doing on "halloween" ? (273 comments)

I think outside of the US whatever fun there may have been in visiting the neighbours and eating sweets is completely lost in its commercialisation. My memories are of Bonfire Night ("Remember, Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder Treason and Plot"), roasted chestnuts, fireworks and burning Guy Fawkes. (You should be glad we remembered and burned Guy Fawkes all those hundreds of years, or whose face would have become the symbol of Anonymous, Wikileaks, etc?)

about 10 months ago
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RIAA Targets 21 Sites For Shutdown

Aguazul2 Shutting down Virgin Media? (140 comments)

I thought for a moment this was going to be more interesting. "But you can't shut down our ISP, how will we connect to the internet?" "We don't care. Virgin Media has been used for copyright infringement and must be eliminated from the face of the earth. Our business model requires it, and we all know that the well-being of the music industry overrides all other concerns."

about 10 months ago
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Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

Aguazul2 Re:Lennart Poettering explains why Upstartd is bad (362 comments)

Wow, with such a superior, arrogant and manipulative attitude, I think it is time for Debian to write their own, or continue with what they have. I would have nothing to do with someone who has so little respect for anyone else's efforts, using FUD against other projects, and who is so obviously trying to lure people into his self-serving spider-web trap. Perhaps his vision is that systemd will be the one process to rule them all, my precioussssss... and then finally Linux will be all his. Run away!!!

about 10 months ago
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Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

Aguazul2 Re:At what speed? (722 comments)

Maybe if everyone's cars drive at exactly the speed limit, then people will realize how ridiculous some of them are and get them changed.

about 10 months ago
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NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

Aguazul2 Re:20 year lifespan (372 comments)

Yeah, exactly. Someone somewhere has won a huge contract based on probably unverifiable claims of LED lifespans.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Scraping Buddy Lists and Address Books From Live Internet Traffic

Aguazul2 Re:Foreigners (188 comments)

Then do something about it and stop using US-based web services.

Also European and Australian ones, in fact any web services that are in a country where there is an NSA-affiliated tap point, or where your traffic crosses one of those countries. In fact, if you are a 'foreigner' best disconnect completely and go live in a cave -- but not one dug by the CIA because then you're a terrorist and we will send drones.

about 10 months ago
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The W3C Sells Out Users Without Seeming To Get Anything In Return

Aguazul2 Re:Sad (348 comments)

This is my concern. If you give them DRM implemented widely, they will use it for EVERYTHING, even things that don't need it. DRM by default.

about 10 months ago
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The W3C Sells Out Users Without Seeming To Get Anything In Return

Aguazul2 What if everyone DRMs everything? (348 comments)

If it's in a standard, you're not fully standard-compliant until you implement it.

And then what? What if every company says, "Can we fully DRM our website?". Sounds like a good idea, more security, people can't read your JS code, whatever. What happens if the default position becomes everything DRM'd and locked down. That isn't the internet we grew up with.

And to those who say "I won't use those browsers or visit those websites", right ... so if everything is DRM'd by default you're going to not have much choice if you want to read news or visit your bank or whatever.

about 10 months ago
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If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

Aguazul2 Re:Java won't die. (577 comments)

Oracle should completely discontinue Java in the browser. It only causes misconceptions about Java's overall quality, and constant bad press which seems to inform almost all Slashdot opinion on the matter.

Also, I don't agree with your assessment. Java is used because it does a good job. You could say that popularity builds on popularity (e.g. widely-used, means courses, which means more use), but constant exposure means refinement and stability as well, and also mature libraries (Doug Lea concurrent stuff for example). None of this is to be sneezed at.

about a year ago
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If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

Aguazul2 Re:Android is not always Java (577 comments)

It would have been better if Android supported Python instead of Java.

To develop stable applications quickly, you want MORE compile-time checking, not less. Like if Java could mark variables as nullable or not and compile-time check that (there are some extensions for that, but they don't always keep up). Java/JVM does so much right ... If people can't see that, then I suggest they attempt some reasonably large project in several languages and compare. (I have done exactly that, in C, Vala and Java; Rust will be next when I get some time.)

about a year ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

Aguazul2 Re:Important to note ..... (318 comments)

Best all the buyers (in the US) learn their rights then. Or form an organization to defend themselves en masse.

about a year ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

Aguazul2 Re:Important to note ..... (318 comments)

Buyers are not much at risk. It is the sellers they are after.

about a year ago
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Digital Revolution Will Kill Jobs, Inflame Social Unrest, Says Gartner

Aguazul2 Re:Someone kindly post a link to the story. (754 comments)

The one where they move to Australia which has been transformed to a kind of equal-sharing Eden. Racking my brains for some suitable search keywords.

about a year ago
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More Evidence That Piracy Can Increase Sales

Aguazul2 Re:what about the musicians? (196 comments)

Artists are always the last to be paid. It says so in their contract.

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Aguazul2 Re:The decay of Slashdot (1191 comments)

I'm ready to jump ship. Anyone else interested?

If we all jump at the same time, life will go on as normal. Who can knock up a new Slashdot in a week or two? (And has a lot of spare hosting capacity.)

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Aguazul2 Any other Slashdot-alike sites? (Just in case) (1191 comments)

Do you know any other sites like Slashdot I should consider reading if this goes to the wall? It took a year to find a reasonable Reader substitute. How long to get a reasonable Slashdot substitute?

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Aguazul2 Complaining punters == Marketing problem (1191 comments)

Oh, yes, this is absolutely a "beta, so you'll get used to it" not a "beta so we can get feedback". Otherwise you'd see at least a little editor participation in the comments.

If they don't like it, the problem is for the marketing department to solve! I seem to remember this with copy-controlled CDs (aka corrupt CDs).

about a year ago
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California Elementary Schools To Test Anti-Piracy Curriculum

Aguazul2 Re:What about getting it into Church as well? (356 comments)

They are not just paying to have something created and then controlling it to make a profit. They are also attempting to distort the whole world to fit their business model. Should we all allow a Sony rootkit to run on our machines just so that they can protect their property and business model? If they were unchecked there would be no internet. Instead there would be some tightly controlled cable-TV like service which does 1% of what the internet does. There would be no innovation, most of what we know now online would not exist. Is that the kind of world you want to live in? That is what they would create if given half a chance. I do not want to live in your world. Given the choice, I would keep the internet and drop the big media industries and all their 'content'. There is plenty of interest in a world without them.

Also there are other business models than theirs -- for example here in South America, musicians make money by playing gigs. The music is copied freely on bootleg CDs and online. But people are accustomed to having live music at all major events (weddings, celebrations), and paying for it -- it would be an embarrassment not to have a band (or two). So musicians earn a living, but there is no mega-corp creaming a fat percentage off the top and trying to pass laws to stop movement of information.

Have you never looked at how this industry works? A musicians 'advance' is nothing of the sort. Rather it is a loan, which the music company aims to spend completely on producing the music and promoting it. The musician sees none of it. When the music starts earning, the musician's profit must pay off all of this loan before he/she sees anything. They are nothing but a bunch of parasites on both musicians and the public. Some musicians work around the edges of the system and avoid the worst of it, though, but it would be no big loss if this all went away completely.

That you support it suggests that you are badly misinformed -- either that or you are actually working for this industry, in which case I am wasting my time replying.

about 10 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: How to Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

Aguazul2 Aguazul2 writes  |  1 year,3 days

Aguazul2 (2591049) writes "I live in Peru and use OpenVPN to connect to my own Linux VPS in the UK for non-live TV. Recently the VPN connection has slowed to a crawl (5% previous rate). Further investigation shows that all connections to my VPS from Peru (even HTTP) are equally slow, whilst the rest of the 'net seems fine. My VPS host says they do no traffic shaping, and connections from Germany to the VPS are fast. This leaves the NSA and Telefonica (Movistar) as suspects. Could the NSA be slowing all VPNs to/from South America because of Snowden and Greenwald? A traceroute shows traffic going through domains with NYC in their name — are my packets being indefinitely detained in transit? Or maybe it is Telefonica and their Sandvine traffic management? Either way this certainly isn't network neutrality, especially on an 'unlimited' plan. Is there a way to tell for certain who is throttling me? If Telefonica have throttled traffic to/from that one IP address, what options do I have to work around it? It seems that separate connections are throttled independently, so can I multiplex over many UDP ports without having to hack OpenVPN myself? This is really frustrating, especially with two untrustworthy parties on the route. I wonder, is this kind of mess the future of the internet?"
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Beware the courier scam: an express way to lose your money

Aguazul2 Aguazul2 writes  |  1 year,28 days

Aguazul2 (2591049) writes "On the Guardian: "When I agreed to hand over my bank cards after some fraudulent activity on my account there was no reason to be suspicious – especially as I was the one making the phonecall". The key to this scam is the thief phoning the victim, asking them to phone the number on their credit card, but not hanging up and playing them dial tones and stuff to make it seem like their phone is working normally. The victim thinks they've called their bank but actually they are still connected to the thief. Seems like the thief had also set up a fake automated phone response system to request and capture the victim's PIN. They also gathered convincing details by following them around — a mix of phone tricks and tech and legwork to pull off this scam. Only way to be sure is to phone some other number first to check. Do all national phone systems have this weakness?"
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German IT Firm seeks Autistic Workers

Aguazul2 Aguazul2 writes  |  about a year ago

Aguazul2 (2591049) writes "The German software giant SAP has announced it plans to recruit hundreds of people with autism within the next few years. The project has already started in India and Ireland where a total of 11 people with autism are employed by the company. The programme to take on software testers, programmers and data management workers will spread across Germany, Canada and the US this year. People with autism have a neural development disorder that often undermines their ability to communicate and interact socially [...] but in the world of computers the tendencies they often display such as an obsession for detail and an ability to analyse long sets of data very accurately can translate into highly useful and marketable skills."
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Police Taser man soaked in inflammable liquid

Aguazul2 Aguazul2 writes  |  about a year ago

Aguazul2 (2591049) writes ""A man has died after suffering horrific burns in an incident when he was "Tasered" by a police officer while doused in a flammable liquid. Police were called to the home of 32-year-old Andrew Pimlott ... and told that he was in the garden and had a can of flammable liquid with him. An officer discharged a Taser and, according to eye witnesses, Pimlott was seen "fully on fire from top to bottom". One of the police officers jumped on him to try to put out the flames." Poor guy — I guess you assume some common sense about mixing ignition sources and inflammable liquids."
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UK license-plate cameras have "gaps in coverage"

Aguazul2 Aguazul2 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Aguazul2 (2591049) writes "UK police are sad that despite having the most comprehensive driver surveillance system of any developed country, there are still gaps in their coverage. From the article: The cameras automatically record plate/time/location information and send it to a central data store, which has complete nationwide records for 6 years. Also interesting is that a unspecified "particular driving style" can be used to evade detection by the cameras. It appears, however, that criminals are well aware of the cameras and take other routes. Big Brother technology, coming soon to a country near you!"
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Opus Dei to hunt down Vatican whistle-blowers

Aguazul2 Aguazul2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aguazul2 (2591049) writes "In a familiar story relocated into the bizarre world of the Vatican, a whistle-blower who brought to light excessive overpayments on contracts to friendly suppliers was sent to the USA as punishment, and further sources of leaks are now being hunted down by a crack team headed by an 82-year old Opus Dei cardinal. It's just like Wikileaks, only with parchment and quills — probably."
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John Carter flop to cost Walt Disney $200m

Aguazul2 Aguazul2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Aguazul2 writes "Has this film fallen to the curse of all Mars missions? BBC reports: "Walt Disney has said it expects to lose $200m (£126m) on its movie John Carter, making it one of the biggest flops in cinema history. "The story telling is incomprehensible, the characterisation is ludicrous, the story is a boring, boring, boring two and a quarter hours long."" In other Mars news: "The Hollywood Reporter says that last year's biggest flop was Mars Needs Moms, which cost $150m to make and only took $39m at the box office.""
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