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Google Co-Opts Whale-Watching Boat To Ferry Employees

AtomicJake In other news about G+ (373 comments)

From this summary: "...some expressed concerns on Facebook..."
From another summary today: "Google today announced new integration between Gmail and Google+..."

Oh this irony!

about 8 months ago

Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

AtomicJake Re:I only want to use GMail. Don't want Google+ (339 comments)

Just give me GMail.

No problem: Just do not sign up for G+. Or delete your G+ account; your Gmail account is not affected.

about 8 months ago

Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

AtomicJake Re:bad bad idea (339 comments)

I had G+ (until today, but before this Slashdot article), and just closed my G+ account. I still have and keep my Gmail account. You do not need G+ for Gmail.

about 8 months ago

Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads

AtomicJake The HOW it is implemented is important (138 comments)

If this feature is implemented as a cloud service, i.e. each URL will be checked by Google before the browser is executing it then say good-bye privacy. It would be the last thing that you would like to have: a browser that spies on you.

If this feature is implemented with a signature file that is updated from time to time, then it is the same snake-oil as each anti-virus and is probably not harmful. It might even be useful for those people who also have use for anti-virus software.

about a year ago

UK Mobile ISP Blocks VPN, Citing Access To Porn

AtomicJake What about roaming users? (195 comments)

I am not a UK citizen, but travel from time to time to the UK.
How do those filters interfere with my roaming Internet access?

1 year,10 days

My NSA-induced paranoia level:

AtomicJake Re:Missing option (290 comments)

They probably don't care about me, ...

Wrong. You just changed your status with your post, Mr. Sootman. They care now.

about a year ago

Angela Merkel Tells US Firms To Meet German Privacy Rules

AtomicJake Re:This is only possible at the moment (153 comments)

Reason #2 "problems with EU privacy laws" is actually quite real. While the law itself is toothless (regarding the possible sanctions), it would disturb me as an IT manager or sales manager to just use a great service like and to have migrated all my data there and trained mys stuff - just to learn that I was convicted to adhere to privacy laws in the EU and that any US based company cannot comply (because of US laws) and are now obliged to change everything. Too much of a hassle; I would simply directly go with a non-US service or run the software by my own.

Reason #1 "competitive information to US companies". This is a thread, but probably only to companies that are from interest to the US. If EADS or SAP would use Google mail, they would be truly insane. Same for some small companies in the very hightech market (e.g. for sensors, advanced software, etc.).

In any case: Two issues that weight enough to not use US based services aka cloud services if you are running a European company.

BTW: This has been known for a while and since the Patriot Act is in effect no European firm should have made other assumptions. Nevertheless, seems that we needed Snowden to remind us.

about a year ago

High-Frequency Traders Use 50-Year-Old Wireless Tech

AtomicJake Round based system (395 comments)

The system should be modified to be round based rather than real-time. 10 seconds per round is long enough that all traders can have equal access regardless of how far they are from the stock exchange, and it is short enough that it won't be a hindrance to long-term investors. A round could spend a couple of seconds executing the trades, then publish the results, add another couple of seconds for communication, and traders will still have six seconds for calculations before the deadline for the next trading round.

This! Best idea I have seen so far - is it yours or has it been researched in more detail and been published somewhere?

about 2 years ago

How the Eurograbber Attack Stole 36M Euros

AtomicJake Re:SMS for Security (57 comments)

How it works for me for example is I log on the online banking site, authenticate with extra-long user-id (which in itself acts as a password), a pin I've memorized, and check a number from a key-list just to log on. If I try to transfer money, they will send an SMS to my phone telling to enter n:th number on my keylist on the online banking site.

This is indeed secure - but a static predistributed key-list is a major pain. You always need to have access to it, before you can do anything. So, you can do Internet banking, but only from home (or where you store your key-list).

about 2 years ago

EU Issues Largest Antitrust Fine to Date for CRT TV Price Fixing

AtomicJake Re:And who will pay the fines? (153 comments)

The consumer will pay the fines in higher prices.

Or: The consumer will pay less taxes as the fine is paid to the governments. Equally improbable.

about 2 years ago

Report Warns That Censorship Will Not Stop Terrorism

AtomicJake Bingo! (101 comments)

*Report* *Warns* That *Censorship* Will Not Stop *Terrorism* - (Bullshit) Bingo!

about 2 years ago

Swiss Spy Agency: Counter-Terrorism Secrets Stolen

AtomicJake Swiss counter-terrorism definition (88 comments)

Swiss counter-terrorism includes probably a list of tax agents of foreign countries (such as the USA, most EU countries, and other countries looking for black money of their citizens).

about 2 years ago

Movie Studios Ask Google To Censor Links To Legal Copies of Their Own Films

AtomicJake Re:Many of the links (196 comments)

The good news is that Google has so far left many of the links up.

No, good news would be that Google has completely disregarded any communications. The fact that the word "many" was used rather than "all" means that it is in fact quite bad news.

No, good news would be that Google (and probably all other search engine, who do not show the DCMA requests) had completely followed all requests. There is no better way to show how stupid this whole DCMA business is.

about 2 years ago

Political Science Prof Asks: Is Algebra Necessary?

AtomicJake Re:yes (1010 comments)

At the very least you should understand the concepts of exponential growth and decay.

Fully agreed! But unfortunately, I think that only 1% (pure speculation, could be also 5% or - more likely - 0.1%) of our population understand those concepts (i.e. are able to see that those concepts are at work even if the question was not mathematically formulated for them). If we now just would get 1% more students leaving the school understanding those concepts every year ...

more than 2 years ago

Florida Accused of Concealing Worst Tuberculosis Outbreak In 20 Years

AtomicJake Re:Florida TB hospital closed too (409 comments)

Spain has a robust social security program

Spain is also a fucked up mess. They've spent decades feathering their public services nest and now they're busted. They will spend generations wallowing in servitude to their creditors while public services get cut and cut again.

Spain is a fucked up mess, because of the same reasons the USA is a fucked up mess: A house building bubble. Spanish people got obscene credits (longer than 50 years sometimes) for financing their homes. Most people looked for work in construction as it was booming like hell. The bubble burst and the economy went belly-up.

It has nothing (or close to nothing) to do with public services.

more than 2 years ago

Is Gamification a Good Motivator?

AtomicJake Re:It is like TPS cover sheets. (290 comments)

It's really a shame system.

This is one obvious issue. However, my main issue is that such a system fosters competition between employees. I would argue that competition only works well, if the employees do not need to collaborate. Commissions on sales work well, if the employee has an exclusive territory - I would argue that it does not work well, if one employee can snatch the customer from another employee. Sames with those badges etc.

more than 2 years ago

Yahoo Board Director Patti Hart Stepping Down Over Thompson Scandal

AtomicJake Re:Seems typical, actually. (96 comments)

Long story short, she kinda had it coming for failing to do due diligence.

Nobody likes lying, and it's pretty hard to defend someone who gets caught telling a lie, but, do you really believe that Yahoo hired Scott Thompson because they thought he had a CS degree, from 1979, from some tiny college that nobody has heard of?

No, but do you want a CEO (who is also responsible for all employees) who lied in his CV and got caught? Isn't this lie "unethical" behavior and cannot be tolerated in a public company?

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Coming Attractions

AtomicJake Re:Stick a fork in it (410 comments)

I think a spam mod would be more helpful - flag posts for review

We rather need it to flag some stories lately ...

more than 2 years ago

NOAA Study: Radiation From Fukushima Very Dilluted, Seafood Safe

AtomicJake Re:Sanity vs. politically motivated scaremongering (267 comments)

Risk is damage * incidence. A high damage event with low incidence can be lower risk than a low damage event with high incidence. This is in fact the case when we compare nuclear with coal power.

This is correct. The problem is that apparently we cannot give concrete figures (in dollars) for "damage" nor for the likelihood "incidence" - otherwise it should be possible to get an insurance policy for nuclear power plants, or did I miss something obvious?

more than 2 years ago

French President Proposes Jail For Terrorist Website Visitors

AtomicJake Internet, Terrorists, Pedophiles (402 comments)

Great, so he could put "terrorist" and "pedophile" in the same sentence as "Internet". Only missing word is "killer game" in this sentence (for computer games that show violence). And the Americans might want to add "drug dealers" as replacement ... - what a farce!

more than 2 years ago



AtomicJake AtomicJake writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AtomicJake (795218) writes "Security weaknesses in the hugely popular file-sharing Web site have exposed the user names, e-mail and Internet addresses of more than 4 million Pirate Bay users, according to information obtained by"
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Is your camera only for personal content?

AtomicJake AtomicJake writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AtomicJake (795218) writes "If you buy a new camera, you are bound by its MPEG LA license to only use it for "personal use and non-commercial" purposes. So, if you put your own movie with ads on your server, you may actually be liable to pay royalties. Even, if the distribution format is not under the MPEG LA license. This view is explained by Eugenia Loli-Queru, who thinks that our civilization's video art and culture is threatened by the MPEG LA."
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WIPO advisory comitee has nuanced views on piracy

AtomicJake AtomicJake writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AtomicJake (795218) writes "As the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in known for a very rigid course combating counterfeiting and piracy in general, it comes as a surprise that during a meeting of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement, several presenters have shown nuanced views on the economics of enforcing the intellectual property rights. Combating clothing piracy might not be beneficial for the welfare of a developing country. Most surprising is the presentation (PDF) of WIPO Chief Economist Carsten Fink, which says that illegal copies of software may actually be beneficial even for consumers of the original goods. Also the piracy of audio-visual goods creates not only losses but also benefits for e.g. hardware manufacturers. Maybe this is because Mr. Fink wrote the presentation before joining WIPO?"

AtomicJake AtomicJake writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AtomicJake (795218) writes "Symantec and McAfee have published statistics and graphs that show from where most malware attacks origin. Symantec XI thread report maps top countries for malicious activity with geographical data on: bot-infected computers, bot command-and-control servers, phishing Web sites, malicious code reports, spam relay hosts, and Internet attacks. McAfee's Mapping the Mal Web concentrates on the relative risks when surfing the Web for the different top level domains."


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