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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Askmum Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

I mean, how'd you feel if Russia took over Mexico?

About the same as if the US would invade Mexico. Or Iraq. Or Vietnam. Or Korea. Or take your pick from any number of countries on this world. There's just one word different in Yankee go home or Ruski go home.

about three weeks ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

Askmum Isn't this Modern UI thing a throwback to DOS? (681 comments)

"The new desktop will allow Modern UI apps to run in windowed mode". Like... Windows 1.0, 2.0 3.0 will allow MS-DOS programs to run in windowed mode? Look, I get (a bit) that windows apps on a touchscreen device are hard to implement. Even though they break a proper GUI (I use android and I hate the fact that there are no windowed apps, especialy since tablets are getting the resolution to support it) I can accept that it is just difficult. But what in the hell are you thinking of implementing a non-windowed environment on a desktop. That's just... going backwards in time 20 years.

about 2 months ago

US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

Askmum Re:Obama's police state? (272 comments)

You could ask the same for every TSA employee searching another airline passenger.

It's just "Stanford prison experiment"-syndrome.

about 3 months ago

Official MPG Figures Unrealistic, Says UK Auto Magazine

Askmum Re:Real-world conditions (238 comments)

Not true. The NEDC has one cycle going up to 120 km/h, but even driving with a maximum of 90 km/h does not make one reach the official MPG figures. The problem is more that the NEDC is an artificial measurement created in an era that cars were lighter and less powerful. It is not an accurate representation of how people drive.

about 4 months ago

Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

Askmum Re:Paltry (193 comments)

Not only can a paper voting system be hacked, incorrect or even malicious handling of paper ballots can have an effect on voting. Weblog organized a popular count of the vote for the EU elections on Thursday in the Netherlands. The government was not allowed by EU rules to release the total result before end of voting on sunday, but the Netherlands voted on Thursday. Because of Dutch law, an individual is allowed to observe the vote and can request a reading of the results.
Observed anomalies: voters having voted for a party and the party having 0 votes in the results. Or a counter leaving the room with ballots and returning again (with the ballots). No possibility to check what happened with those ballots during her absence.
From previous counts I have reports of tallies being added "to the wrong column" which resulted in votes for candidate #1 going to #2, votes for #2 going to #3, etc.

It bugs me that there are apparently one-count-only errors. If you count again, you would have caught those errors.

about 4 months ago

Why Lavabit Shut Down

Askmum Re:USA, the land of freedom (304 comments)

There is a difference between spying on your citizens and ordering businesses to help you spy on citizens and in the process sue them, deprive them of justice and generally treat them like they are Bin Laden incarnated.
I'm sure there are not a whole lot of countries that would go that far. Maybe countries like North Korea, Cuba and yes, the USA.

about 4 months ago

Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

Askmum YAYSNAFU! (83 comments)

Yet another Yahoo SNAFU. The seem very intent on killing their own company.

about 5 months ago

Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Askmum Re:tl;dr (712 comments)

We are currently on strike in our site of a US firm that basically invented everything about computers that we use now. Our bosses want to give us 0 extra but meanwhile the top brass divided $42.000.000 on bonusses between them. That's easily about 400 year's salaries worth for the people they want to give nothing to.

So: yes.

about 6 months ago

Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

Askmum "Similar" = time spent watching TV? (146 comments)

I'm not really sure since I've never used Netflix and am not up to speed. I watch TV 1-2 hours a day. I've downloaded series I like to watch. I record programs for later viewing.
Does that count as similar?

about 6 months ago

NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft

Askmum So, how much *does* it cost (166 comments)

And why won't the likes of Gates or Slim fund this. Just because.

about 6 months ago

Child Porn Arrest For Cameron Aide Who Helped Plan UK Net Filters

Askmum Re:Considering the news a few weeks back... (205 comments)

It was my first thought after reading the last sentence from the report:

Rock faced embarrassment last year when he was photographed walking up Downing Street clutching a document outlining progress on hundreds of pledges made by the coalition. Ed Miliband said the document, which admitted that some of the 399 pledges had not been met, was an "audit of coalition broken promises".

He has embarrased the current government. So there is a reason to implicate him.
I for one don't believe off the bat that these charges are legitimate.

about 6 months ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

Askmum Re:Take pictures, press charges. (921 comments)

Oh yes, a typical argument I would expect from the US. To extend that reasoning a bit: bring a gun, so when someone objects to you carrying a gun, you can shoot him.
Ironclad logic in the US. Flawed logic in proper a society.

about 7 months ago

Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

Askmum Re:Nice to have the choice (255 comments)

Well, I haven't liked Unity from the start. The fact that I do not have a list of the programs that are installed (like the windows start menu or the Gnome menu) is very upsetting. The fact that I have to know what I'm looking for in the dash to be able to look for it just doesn't work. I don't remember all the programs that I've installed on the computer?! Let alone know which ones were pre-installed.

Every time I install a new Ubuntu I go for the classic Gnome shell (which seems to have to be renamed in newer versions, because "we linux users are not afraid of change").
I'm sorry, but I don't want my UI to change drastically. Then I have to learn something new and I find myself to old to do this for trivial tasks like the use of my computer.

No, I also don't like or want to use Windows 8's metro interface or Office 2010's ribbon.

about 7 months ago

How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)

Askmum Re:BuzzDot...I mean SlashFeed, I mean UpNerds (124 comments)

If you have to seriously worry about how data on a device could upend your life, you should a) not keep that data on something you can loose so easily or b) keep it protected so that losing the device has no impact.

*Error* Faith in humanity not restored. Cancel, Retry or Ignore.

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Askmum Re:Funny (2219 comments)

That's a good sig. Mind if I borrow it?

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Askmum Ok, so you are deaf (2219 comments)

Some of you have suggested we're not listening; on the contrary, some of us are 'listening' pretty much full-time.

Good, you're listening. But obviously you are deaf. I have yet to see a single comment saying the beta design is good. Forget the bugs. The design is what people bitch and moan about.
Even more: most people ask to leave that beta and keep the current slashdot. But you keep on going forward. Keep on mentioning to make it better, fix bugs, etc. So if you are listening you are obviously deaf.

The majority of the users want the current layout. Simple as that. You can stop developing, stop putting effort in fixing bugs, because you are fixing bugs in something that is not wanted.

about 7 months ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Askmum Ugly (237 comments)

Why is the font that my comment is in all of a sudden some serif font? Half of the comments are serif fonts, half are sans-serif. The article is in sans-serif too. I'm not using any crazy formatting in this post. Furthermore: my non-javascript enabled Lynx browser is being redirected to the beta site so I can't see comments. For some reason it seems to be normal that you are doing everything ass backwards.

about 7 months ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Askmum Wrong font, wrong javascript (237 comments)

What's with this font /. is using for the headings? Can't you see it is ugly? I have a recent browser (FF 26.0) and it just looks hideous. And adding javascript to be able read comments is no improvement either. I also use a browser which does not have javascript, and I just can't read comments. And the bad part: for some reason /. has found it prudent to include me in the users to automatically redirect to the beta site when I click on the "read more". No javascript, can't read comments. So I have to switch browsers. Thanks for nothing /. I didn't ask for this.

about 7 months ago

Why We Need OpenStreetMap (Video)

Askmum Re:OSM needs better software. (118 comments)

The point made by viperidaenz is valid, OSMAnd has this flaw and it does not seem to be possible to change settings to fix it. OSRM has the same bug. The issue has been reported over and over again, with proposals for fixes, but for some reason the makers of these applications are not able or willing to solve the issue. The underlying problem is that their route calculation says it is the fastest road, so they show it. The problem is that they do not give proper penalty for taking an offramp and/or intersection.
Which is strange, because I never had those kind of issues with Garmin or TomTom.

about 8 months ago



Jacob Goldman, Founder of Xerox Parc, Dies at 90

Askmum Askmum writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Askmum writes "Dr. Jacob Goldman, founder of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center died in Westport, Conn., on Tuesday, December 20 at the age of 90.

Dr. Goldman was a physicist by training and led Xerox's founding of the Palo Alto Research Center which was the birthplace of many of today's computer technologies like the GUI, the WYSIWYG editor and ethernet networking on which the current computing world is built."

Link to Original Source

Dutch justice ban access to internet ban list

Askmum Askmum writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Askmum (1038780) writes "The Dutch justice department has created an "internet filter" to prevent access to child porn sites. But it will not disclose which sites are on the list, making it unclear if there may be other sites banned too. The reason given for not disclosing the list is because "the justice department has no access to this information". Makes you wonder who controlls this list then.
And it makes you think of the Australian internet ban list, which featured a lot of unrelated sites."

Link to Original Source

Trespassing made legal for Dutch government

Askmum Askmum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Askmum (1038780) writes "A proposed new law allows Dutch civil servants to enter homes and private properties without search warrant.
In the fight against misuse of public funds, such as disability benefit, old age benefit and child benefit, the government proposes a new law bypassing the necessity for a search warrant to enter private property. The social security office can decide for themselves if they want access to search private property to catch people receiving benifits to which they are not entitled. Refusing access for such a raid can result in immediate cuts in social allowances.
Reason given for this law is "to keep up the support of social securities" in the community. It is seen as a "preventative law", where the possibility of losing social allowances is deemed to be enough repression for people to cooperate."

Link to Original Source

Askmum Askmum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Askmum writes "While Microsft has been granted and been reaffirmed a patent on FAT in the US, the German Patent Federal Court ruled that the patent is invalid in Germany, because it is "not based on inventive activity".

Read more (, in English)"

Askmum Askmum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Askmum (1038780) writes "A few days ago, a Dutch citizen, going by the alias of "Oversight" on the Dutch forum Fok! tested the Dutch government by requesting an ID-card while supplying them with a photo of himself dressed (and face-painted) as the character "The Joker" from Batman movies.
There is a law in the Netherlands that states the rules a ID-photo have to comply to. Amongst others, your head should not be covered and the face has to be recognizable.
There are exceptions to these rules for religious reasons, so that muslim women do not have to take off their Niqaab or Burka on the photo (which does make a person unrecognizable).

This possiblity to effectualy be disguised on the photo on your ID-card (and as a result also on your passport or drivers license) resulted in public outcry, questions asked in the parliament and eventually in comment from the local government that the ID-card had to be returned because the request was made under false pretense (Oversight said it was his belief to be dressed a the Joker).

As there is no such law that the government can force a Dutch citizen to hand over his ID-card, Oversight has refused this and wrote an open letter to the mayor of is town and to politicians asking about his rights."


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