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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Blue Stone Re:LibreOffice (272 comments)

>which is the fork and which the original ... is a matter of sometimes heated opinion.

I don't care too much about that. I am interested in which is better though.

Which is better?


Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

Blue Stone Re:It's not enough (202 comments)

>Flamebait is about intentionally trolling to insight a response.

>Reading a damn dictionary is not that hard, so stop making up your own definitions for words.

Modded: Ironylicious

(ps. it's spelled "incite" in that context).

3 days ago

Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

Blue Stone Re:Say goodbye (149 comments)


I propose we call it "FaceFucked".

about a month ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

Blue Stone Re:There's no default title in a reply in slashdot (463 comments)

Readability is less in the new version too. A lot in uselful info of a comment is dimmed. The contrast is diminished all over a post. No clear demarkation between a title, user details and post content.

It really sucks.

about 2 months ago

Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge

Blue Stone Re:And so it begins... (330 comments)

If they treat him the same as HSBC, he'll be OK. Slap a minor fine on him (5 weeks-worth of profit) and the government take their cut of the proceedings.

Now, the government wouldn't treat individuals charged with wrongdoing differently to multi-million/billion dollar businesses, would they?

about 3 months ago

UK Company Successfully Claims Ownership of "Pinterest" Trademark

Blue Stone Re:Like what Budweiser did back then... (133 comments)

See also Havana Club rum and their trademark dispute with Bacardi, who claimed it in the US (with a little anti-Cuban US government help, of course).

about 3 months ago

Battlefield 4 Banned In China

Blue Stone Re:First Shot (380 comments)

It's not that, though. It's that the game allows players to (gasp) imagine attacking China.

Perhaps the Chinese government are actually astute and realise that their ability to control the Chinese people is fragile and anything, even a fictional representation of insurrection could tip them over the edge into thinking 'hey, why not actually do this!?' ... or perhaps they're simply paranoid. Either way, it doesn't bode well for them, if this is what they consider a threat. If it's the former it will happen sooner or later. And if it's the latter, paranoia, they'll create a self-fulfilling prophecy by doing things like this (and, of course, much worse).

Flexible democracy is the best systems for a stable society, not a brittle authoritarian regime.

about 4 months ago

UN Votes To Protect Privacy In Digital Age

Blue Stone Re:And how is (124 comments)

...and if they're feeling particularly angry ... resolutions!

about 4 months ago

BP Hired Company To Troll Users Who Left Critical Comments

Blue Stone Re:Did not happen in the US (263 comments)

The oil spill did not happen in the United States. It happened in International Waters under the supervision of a British petroleum company.

A British company?

[J]ust how British is BP? Obviously it’s listed in London. And it’s got a British CEO. But BP employs 23,000 people in the US, compared to 10,000 UK workers. Around 40 per cent of BP’s shares are held in the UK. But around the same proportion is held in the US. And a glance at BP’s 2009 report (p29)shows that 26 per cent of BP’s crude oil production comes from the US (665,000 barrels a day out of 2,535,000 globally). A similar proportion of BP’s natural gas comes from the US. And 18 per cent of its oil is sold in the US too. And BP’s entire US operation is largely an inheritance from the 1998 merger with Amoco under Lord Browne.

So we have a company with a large number of American workers, a large number of American owners, which sells American oil and gas to American customers, which is being attacked by an American president for polluting the American coastline.


about 5 months ago

How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

Blue Stone Re:Blockbuster failure sits at the CEO's feet (385 comments)

Blockbuster saw the new model and unnecessary risk (comfortable encumbent's almost-inevitable, flawed thinking: preserve what we have).
Netflix saw the new model as necessary opportunity (startup's raison detre; nothing to lose, everythign to gain).

Blockbuster would have had to destroy themselves to save themselves. Very few are capable of doing this. Netflix wasn't ebing held back by having anything to preserve.

about 5 months ago

LinkedIn's New Mobile App Called 'a Dream For Attackers'

Blue Stone Re:Why is anyone surprised? (122 comments)

It amazes me that people still don't understand that social networks don't exist to provide services to users.... they exist to turn users into products that can be sold.

People don't realise this because it isn't true. What you describe is a relationship in which only the social network provider gains, but this isn't what people experience: people do get utility out of the functions the networking sites provide.

You can certainly argue that the relationship is skewed, or that the price users are paying for the networking is greater than they realise (I think it is) - but, this is not a one-sided relationship. The users get networking services AND the providers of that service turns their users into products.

It's a symbiotic relationship. It may also be an unhealthy symbiotic relationship, but it's not parasitic.

about 6 months ago

David Cameron Wants the Guardian Investigated Over Snowden Files

Blue Stone Re:Double standards? (279 comments)

The Guardian has a great companion article detailing several ways the government has used the term "threat to national security" to cover up nothing more than embarrassing facts about the way it conducts itself.

One example:

National security was said to be under threat in 1972, journalists were bugged and blackmailed by police, and threatened with prosecution under the Official Secrets Act, when the director of public prosecutions ordered Scotland Yard to identify the source of a leaked document.

The reason? The document, from the Ministry of Transport, disclosed that ministers were quietly considering the closure of 4,600 miles of railway lines - almost half the nation's network. And if the culprit would leak that secret, the ministry and the DPP reasoned, what else would he or she expose?

about 6 months ago

A Teletherapy Startup Removes Barriers To Mental Health Care

Blue Stone Confidentiality (102 comments)

Unfortunately no therapy transacted over the internet or the telephone system can, these days, be said to abide by the confidentiality agreement the therapist is supposed to abide by.

about 6 months ago

Police Demand Summary Domain Takedown, Traffic Redirection

Blue Stone Re:Douche-o-matic (251 comments)

From the City of London Wikipedia page:

Author and journalist Nicholas Shaxson argues that, in return for raising loans and finance for the British government, the City "has extracted privileges and freedoms from rules and laws to which the rest of Britain must submit" that have left the corporation "different from any other local authority". He argues that the assistance provided to the institutions based in its jurisdiction, many of which help their rich clients with offshore tax arrangements, mean that the corporation is "a tax haven in its own right". Writing in The Guardian, George Monbiot argued that the corporation's power "helps to explain why regulation of the banks is scarcely better than it was before the crash, why there are no effective curbs on executive pay and bonuses and why successive governments fail to act against the UK's dependent tax havens" and suggested that its privileges could not withstand proper "public scrutiny".

In the past, the Labour Party has pledged to abolish the corporation. Former British Prime Minister Clement Attlee wrote, "Over and over again we have seen that there is in this country another power than that which has its seat at Westminster. The City of London, a convenient term for a collection of financial interests, is able to assert itself against the Government of the country. Those who control money can pursue a policy at home and abroad contrary to that which has been decided by the people." When he became Prime Minister he nationalised the Bank of England.

In December 2012, following criticism that it was insufficiently transparent about its finances, the City of London Corporation revealed that its "City’s Cash" account – an endowment fund built up over the past 800 years that it says is used "for the benefit of London as a whole" – holds more than £1.3bn. The fund collects money made from the corporation’s property and investment earnings.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_London_Corporation

The City of London is pretty dodgy, if you ask me. This sort of thing doesn't surprise.

about 6 months ago

'Dangerously Naive' Aaron Swartz 'Destroyed Himself'

Blue Stone Re:and my grandma says... (362 comments)

>Just out of curiosity, exactly what "offense" did he commit [...] ?

Looking sexy while being raped. This article is nothing but a tech version of 'blame-the-victim'.

about 6 months ago

Activists Angry After Apple Axes Anti-Firewall App

Blue Stone Re:I wonder.... (196 comments)

Did they have to suffer any imposed financial pressure? I'm fairly sure Apple (and most large corprations) are happy to collude with oppressive regimes (wherever they exist in the world) when there's a profit to be made.

about 6 months ago

VLC Reaches 2.1

Blue Stone Re:Great player missing some key things though (127 comments)

I thought that one of the points to VLC was that it got shit to work.

That's always been my impression of it, when after exhausting all other players to try to get something to work, I used VLC and it just did.

It's one of VLC's USPs (unique selling points) and I thought was why it was (among other things) held in high esteem and has such a good reputation.

about 7 months ago



How Do I Stop Google Stalking Me?

Blue Stone Blue Stone writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Blue Stone (582566) writes "I recently noticed and was alarmed to see Google displaying the name of the (small) town in which I live in its search results (previously it had been very innacurate). Despite disabling the geo.location function in Firefox (unethically enabled by default) and ensuring that all private data was deleted (history, super-cookies, no toolbars) on accquiring a new IP address Google still knew where I was. My IP addresses come from a large national ISP and I'm solely using Firefox with geolocation disabled. Where is Google getting my location from and more importantly, how do I stop it creeping me out and behaving like a (giant, corporate) stalker?"

UK's MI5 Drools Over Oyster Card Travel Data

Blue Stone Blue Stone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Boiled Frog from a Nation of Suspects (582566) writes "The Oyster card, an RFID single-swipe card (recently cracked) was introduced to London's public transport users purportedly to make their lives easier. Now British Intelligence services want some of the benefits by trawling through the travel data amassed by the card to spy on the 17 million Britons who use it.

Currently the security services can demand the Oyster records of specific individuals under investigation to establish where they have been [3,000 requests for passenger journey data in 2006] but cannot trawl the whole database. But supporters of calls for more sharing of data argue that apparently trivial snippets — like the journeys an individual makes around the capital — could become important pieces of the jigsaw when fitted into a pattern of other publicly held information on an individual's movements, habits, education and other personal details. That could lead, they argue, to the unmasking of otherwise undetected suspects.



Zone Alarm 8 Causing Firefox to Hang

Blue Stone Blue Stone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

As mentioned in the previous entry, I updated Zone Alarm after high DPCs caused by version 7.5s outdated True Vector service (vsmon.exe) caused my system to become unusable. The problem disappeared and everything was fine until a new problem occurred: Firefox would hang after ~30 minutes usage, refusing to load new pages. Firefox would also refuse to quit or start again, requiring a restart of the computer to fix this ... before it would happen again. Ridiculous.

I did a little Googling and the evidence seemed to mount up against the new version of True Vector. Suggested solution: use a different firewall. Uninstalled Zone Alarm. Installed Comodo Firewall. Using it in Custom Policy Mode pretty much replicates Zone Alarm's pop-up allow/deny dialogue (with the minor niggle that the 'allow permamnently' tick-box's state is persistent (from a previous answer) instead of always defaulting to 'do not remember this answer' - and so allow or deny on a case by case basis unless a deliberate exception is chosen.

Firefox no longer hangs. Seems to confirm that True Vector was indeed the culprit. Silly Check Point.

The Comodo firewall seeemed to have issues with Avast! antivirus (not exactly confirmed - it caused running firewall after initial reboot to fail) so I uninstalled Avast! (which I liked) and used Comodo's antivirus - along with the entire Internet Security Suite (using the built-in Defence+ instead of Windows Defender). I do like all the information that Comodo gives me (details of every connection etc.) although some aspects of it are slightly non-intuitive (especially compared to ZA's user-friendly interface).

One day and one night running successfully. Early days.


Vista High Deferred Proceedure Calls (DPCs) Causing High CPU

Blue Stone Blue Stone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

After the latest round of updates from Microsoft, Vista's Deferred Proceedure Calls would go though the roof on certain network activity. Actually it was rather too high before the latest updates (as of the date of writing) but they increased exponentially after the updates.

Before the updates, and for some time now, on loading a webpage in either Firefox or IE, especially one that had heavy image content, audio would stutter (in Winamp and other audio programs) and the mouse pointer would jitter. On my Quad core Core 2 Duo Quad Q6600, Core0 would be at around 85%. The others would spike at around 50 to 75%. The fault was due entirely to high DPCs. Running Azureus would result in similar high DPC. It was suggested that the shitty audio drivers (Sigmatel) were to blame. This turned out not to be the case.

After the updates, the situation worsened, with Core0 pegging at 100% and the others reaching up into the 80s. I could do nothing else while a graphic heavy webpage was loading, or a torrent was downloading (seeding was without incident) as my mouse pointer lurched all over the place and the system was almost entirely unresponsive. Process Monitor revealed that the vsmon.exe (Zone Alarm) was doing an awful lot of something.

I checked for an update for Zone Alarm (7.5) and updated to version 8 and all these problems went away. Whatever Microsoft had been tinkering with had severely fuxx0red with what Vsmon.exe was trying to do, and it couldn't keep on top of things anymore.

Once again, Zone Alarm, that free, ubiquitous (and actually not too shabby) firewall had proved to be the culprit. Nothing to do with Azureus, Firefox, Sigmatel audio drivers, my chipset or Vista.

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