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EFF Hints At Lawsuit Against Verizon For Its Stealth Cookies

Barefoot Monkey Science! (81 comments)

What happens if you send your own X-UIDH header? Does Verizon add a second header, replace the one you sent, or leave it alone? Can anyone on Verizon's network test this? I imagine that they probably ignore what headers are already being sent and simply add an additional one, as that would be the least work for them, but if they abstain from adding a X-UIDH header when one is already present then one could use this to re-anonymise your connection.

about three weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

Barefoot Monkey Re:No GPS? Where's the E911? (132 comments)

I've never heard of such a requirement until now. It's probably mainly a US thing.

about 2 months ago
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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

Barefoot Monkey Re:and also should be worth mentioning (72 comments)

You know what never stops being weird for me? The fact that Ultima Underworld is older than Wolfenstein 3D.

about 2 months ago
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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

Barefoot Monkey Re:and also should be worth mentioning (72 comments)

It is weird, looking back from a time when they're so closely associated with another kind of game.

There are other good examples - such as The Lost Vikings, made by none other than Blizzard. And before Epic became all about shooters and engines they made Jazz Jackrabbit, Tyrian, One Must Fall 2097 and Epic Pinball.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

Barefoot Monkey Re:The 'evironmentally-friendly' fuel propane (82 comments)

Note that the FTA's bacteria eats fatty acids, not cellulose as I used in my example, but the same principle applies.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

Barefoot Monkey Re:The 'evironmentally-friendly' fuel propane (82 comments)

A environment-friendly way of producing something does not mean that the product is suddenly environmentelly-friendly to begin with.

Not in general, but it does if the production is the main reason why the product isn't environmentally-friendly to begin with. If you have - just as an example - grass which captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to make cellulose, which then gets fed to bacteria to create propane, which gets burnt to produce carbon dioxide (and short-lived carbon monoxide) then you have a cycle with no significant net effect on the atmosphere. This is more environmentally-friendly than digging up fossil fuels, shipping them across the world, and burning them, which pumps into the air carbon which had until then been sequestered underground since before recorded history.

At the end of the day octane is octane and propane is propane, but what matters is whether it can be produced/consumed in a carbon-neutral manner or if we're just digging up more crude oil.

about 3 months ago
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Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

Barefoot Monkey Re:Bizarre (173 comments)

My money's on Hans Reiser.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

Barefoot Monkey Re:Anybody please! (270 comments)

Well, I already mentioned that it let's you control whether tabs appear on top or below the address bar, but there are also pages of other options too. Just go to the addon page - there's a big list right there in the description.

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

Barefoot Monkey Re:Anybody please! (270 comments)

Classic Theme Restorergives you the option to put the tabs below the URL bar. I recommend it, even if you like Australis, because of all the nice customisation options it gives.

about 6 months ago
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SpaceX Cargo Capsule Leaves Space Station For Home

Barefoot Monkey Re:2 tons? (56 comments)

True - that's the term consistent with the current SI definitions, but I'd personally prefer calling it a kilograv :p

about 6 months ago
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SpaceX Cargo Capsule Leaves Space Station For Home

Barefoot Monkey Re: 2 tons? (56 comments)

The word "pound" can refer to mass, weight, or currency. To disambiguate, terms such as "pound-force", "pound-mass" and "Pound sterling" can be used instead, but otherwise the meaning is often clear in context. In particular, the ton is defined in terms of the pound-mass (2000lb or 2240lb, depending on who you ask), although officially the various "ton" units are defined in terms of the kilogram - also a unit of mass. And of course, the metric ton is 1000kg.

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

Barefoot Monkey Re:Don't care (688 comments)

I doubt Mozilla was responsible for, or even wanted, that scandal. If they didn't want him to be CEO then all they needed to do was... not make him CEO in the first place. Whether Mozilla pressured him to leave because of the scandal (not "perfectly fine" at all) or whether he chose to do so of his own accord is something that you and I can only speculate.

about 7 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

Barefoot Monkey Re:as fast as Chrome? (688 comments)

What we need are window managers that handle the "tabbing" natively. This whole thing with every application having to implement its own non-standard tab system is completely stupid. Not only will it simplify applications, but they'll also all be the same.

Like Fluxbox? I loved that WM :)

about 7 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Barefoot Monkey Re:What kind? (115 comments)

Fairly easy - the hard part is getting the game out of the installer. You'd need to use something like innoextract or WINE. But fortunately GOG is busy working on adding Linux support right now, so sometime in the near future it should be as easy on Linux as it is in Windows.

about 7 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Barefoot Monkey Re:What kind? (115 comments)

Did retail copies bought in Poland have SecuROM, or any DRM at all? Those are the only copies that were published by CD-Projekt. In North America Atari had publishing rights (later, Warner Bros. took over), Europe and Australia had Bandai Namco, and Japan had CyberFront. It was the other publishers, not CD-Projekt, who added DRM to retail copies. CD-Projekt responded by arranging it so that if you bought The Witcher 2 from anywhere then you could go here and get the game DRM-free from GOG at no additional cost.

So I think The Witcher 2 is an excellent example of the lengths they'd go to against DRM.

about 7 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

Barefoot Monkey Re:Please change the name! (360 comments)

I don't disagree. In fact, I love that idea for a name, and will be delighted if they decide to use it. LibraSSL is very awkward; LessSSL is slick.

about 7 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

Barefoot Monkey Re:Please change the name! (360 comments)

Or they could go with MoreSSL, which sounds delicious.

about 7 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Barefoot Monkey Re:Swiss gun laws are nothing like the US (1633 comments)

Sorry if that meme response was immature of me :/ It probably was. I do feel much the same as you - that having everyone armed means you need to enforce diligence or face unpleasant consequences - the need for child-safe storage of firearms is one obvious example, and having untrained people walking home from the pub at night with pistols in their holsters would be a boon for robbers (and a hazard for anyone else in the area). The regulations are extremely strict, but they don't seem to be anything the populace isn't capable of following, and it seems to be working well for them.

about 7 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Barefoot Monkey Re:Swiss gun laws are nothing like the US (1633 comments)

In Swiss law use, storage and transport of weapons is VERY heavily regulated. Everyone is armed, but you don't get to walk down the street with your SIG 550 or leave it propped up in your hall closet. There are sane rules on ownership, storage and transfer, and the penalties are incredibly severe. There is no comparing the US and Swiss systems. Anything but bolt-action or single-shot weapons (beyond your militia-issued weapon) require special permits.

ftfy

about 7 months ago

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