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EU Parliament: Other Countries Spy, But Less Than the UK, US

Cyvros That's not the problem (170 comments)

The problem isn't so much that countries engage in spying. That's to be expected, really. The problems are in 1) how they go about doing it, 2) whom they're targeting and 3) what data they're collecting. So if they're 1) using backdoors in consumer products without use of warrants, 2) targeting members of the public without necessarily having good cause to do so and 3) collecting everything they possibly can, then there's a big problem. Spying on other countries or persons of interest with good cause and/or warrants is what these agencies generally do. What the NSA and GCHQ in particular are doing is far more than this and far more invasive for what seems like little meaningful return and at the risk of their reputations and their respective countries' reputations.

about 10 months ago
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DuckDuckGo - Is Google Playing Fair?

Cyvros Re:Nobody plays fair (178 comments)

which is why DuckDuckGo, a so called "privacy oriented browser", uses bing for it's underlying searches. Any time you hear "anticompetitive search", it's 100% microsoft/fairsearch funded. It's not even remotely about privacy or security as a result of that. Anyone who believes duckduckgo is about your privacy when bing has your information, is misinformed.

if you wanted privacy in your search, use a multi-search engine and get real results the way you want. It's that simple, and they do exist. To act like people are somehow " at a loss" when they can go to any website they want to search is to fail to acknowledge that bing is a horrible search engine.

TLDR: anti-google (and pro-microsoft) article.

Right, so even though this is a blindly ignorant comment, it gets a score of 5, Interesting because it's anti-Microsoft? DDG isn't a browser, it's a search engine. It doesn't solely use Bing for its searches. It uses a variety of search engines, amongst them Yahoo and WolframAlpha, to generate its results. It's in no way funded by Microsoft, it's not affiliated with FairSearch and information does not get passed from DDG to Microsoft. DDG works as an intermediary and keeps no personal data.

And that's the primary appeal of DDG to the majority of its users - you avoid the filter bubble effect and none of your personal data is stored. Maybe you should've read their privacy policy before commenting. It would have made you sound less like the kind of typically reactionary cretin that all too often brings down the level of conversation on Slashdot.

Good grief, you would've thought this guy was just blindly commenting without having read the... Oh, right.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Open Sources Browser Sync

Cyvros Re:dupe (113 comments)

Indeed, most of the comments seem to be duped as well.

more than 6 years ago

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University building uses glass panels for power

Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fyc writes "RMIT University in Australia has recently announced that one of its new buildings will use glass panels as a means of cooling and powering the building. The Design Hub will have a translucent "smart skin" of over 16,000 sandblasted glass cells — some of which will be able to capture sunlight as a power source — that can shield the building from the Sun and turn transparent when it comes in contact with water (so you can see out on those rainy days)."
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Can Linux find one good way to install software?

Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fyc writes "Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has written about the latest attempt to create an API that would allow independent software vendors to create software packages that are integrated into the distro's package manager, the LSB Package API. There are similar projects to this, including Linspire's CNR (Click N Run), which is planned to support distros using the Debian and RPM package managers, including Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu and Linux Mint."
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500,000 affected by media file Trojans

Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fyc writes "BBC News carries a report of a large outbreak of Trojan media files making the rounds on P2P networks, particularly eDonkey and Limewire. The files, disguised in various languages as music tracks, movies and pr0n, are ASF files that instruct media players to download and install a codec that carries various adware, most of which plague the user's computer with pop-ups and the like. McAfee's Avert Labs blog has posted two notices about the files, which have affected at least half a million Windows users."
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Did Earth once have multiple moons?

Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fyc writes "A new study from NASA's Ames Research Center has suggested that the collision of Earth and a Mars-sized object that created the Moon may also have resulted in the creation of tiny moonlets on Earth's Lagrangian points. 'Once captured, the Trojan satellites likely remained in their orbits for up to 100 million years, Lissauer and co-author John Chambers of the Carnegie Institution of Washington say. Then, gravitational tugs from the planets would have triggered changes in the Earth's orbit, ultimately causing the moons to become unmoored and drift away or crash into the Moon or Earth.'"
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Comparing Clinton, Obama and McCain on space

Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fyc writes "Rand Simberg at Popular Mechanics has compared the rhetoric and the realities of the space policies of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain, especially in relation to future US manned spaceflight. In brief, McCain could freeze NASA's budget, Clinton could restrict Project Constellation to Earth-orbiting flights and Obama could increase the gap between the Shuttle and Constellation to a decade. From the article: "So perhaps the real question to ask McCain, Clinton and Obama is not what they're going to do for NASA, but whether they're going to come up with a more innovative federal space policy overall. Could America's future in space extend beyond simply giving NASA money to build its own rockets and send a few astronauts to the moon at billions of dollars per flight? Instead, could we encourage private enterprise to come up with solutions that enable far more pioneers to reach orbit?""
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NASA wants its MMO created for free and for fun

Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fyc writes "It seems that the educational MMORPG NASA's proposing will no longer have a budget of $3 million. Instead, any prospective development partner is being asked to create and maintain the MMORPG for free under a "non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement". It won't be a one-sided agreement, though. From NASA's RFP: "In exchange for a collaborator's investment to create and manage a NASA-based MMO game for fun and to enhance STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics], NASA will consider negotiating brand placement, limited exclusivity and other opportunities.""
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Google Pages to be replaced by JotSpot

Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fyc writes "According to a presentation by Scott Johnson, ex-JotSpot executive and recent Google employee, the JotSpot wiki service acquired late last year by Google is to replace Google's own Pages service. The new service will be called as "Google Sites" and will launch next year. From the presentation: "Based on JotSpot collaboration tools, Sites will allow business to set up intranets, project management tracking, customer extranets, and any number of custom sites based on multi-user collaboration.""
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Google Desktop for Linux released

Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cyvros writes "After a long wait and a release for Mac OSX, Google has released Google Desktop for Linux. From the article:


Not only can you rediscover important documents that have been idling on your hard drive for years, but you can also search through emails saved in Gmail or other applications. All office files, including documents and slides created with OpenOffice.org can be easily found.

Now a serious competitor to existing desktop search systems, such as Beagle, all three versions (Windows, OSX and Linux) are now available on the Desktop site."

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Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cyvros writes "According to an article from seopher , getting a clean, Windows-free laptop from Acer may set you back more than the value of the OEM. Acer may charge you up to £50 more than the cost of the laptop (with Windows) so that you can send them the laptop, get them to remove the OS and pay you the value of the OEM and send it back to you. The only problem with this is that you pay for the shipping."
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Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cyvros writes "Linux Today mentions two comments ([1] and [2]) by "jerryleecooper" at ZDNet about why Linux cannot possibly succeed against Windows.

The reason? Linux runs on Windows. Apparently. From his second post:
"I hope you realise that windows is more than just Office ? Its a whole system that runs the computer from start to finish, and that is a very difficult thing to acheive. A lot of people dont realise this. ... Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer fron start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible."

Whoa. Could this mean... Linux is no more than Office?"
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Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cyvros writes "Microsoft has decided that it wants to patent RSS. The full patent application can be viewed here. Wired's Monkey Bites blog has also covered it.

From the Wired article:
Public outcry quickly followed since Microsoft had little if anything to do with the development of RSS. Dave Winer, the self-described inventor of RSS, lashed out via his blog claiming, "presumably they're eventually going to charge us to use it."

As an aside, it'll be interesting to watch just how Apple and the Linux/BSD crowd will react to this, especially if the patent is granted."
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Cyvros Cyvros writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cyvros (962269) writes "Howdy. I'm Cyv and some people might know me from the myriad forums and rooms I'm a part of.

I really have no idea what to write in this entry, you see; I already have a blog called (and here comes the sad bit) Unisyc.2. To explain the name of the blog would mean three cups of coffee, four toilet breaks and a crash course in Advanced Doctor Who-Viewing, so I shan't subject you to it.

That is, of course, if anyone is actually reading this. Good grief, I hope you aren't...

And so a Double Rimmer salute to the great chaps and chapettes of /.


A quick talk about who I am. My name is Jordn, I live in Australia, I am in my third year at university and doing a double-degree (Arts and Science), hoping to eventually do Honours and a PhD in Astrophysics. After that, if I have enough time, energy and money, I hope I'll be able to head back to uni and do some computing (preferably logic and programming).

I like to think of myself as a geek, but I probably am not. I can't programme (apart from basic shell-scripting; HTML and XML don't really count as programming, do they?) and I can't install hardware. I also seriously stuffed up my dual-boot installation of Xubuntu and ended up having to reinstall XP for the second time in a week.

But my biggest tech-related ambition is to get myself some uber machine (preferably with fifteen terabytes of RAM and 120 terabytes of space to play around with, but I can't have everything) with SUSE Linux, Ubuntu, Windows Vienna (I think ahead) and, if there's space left over, maybe a little PCLinuxOS for the weekend.

I also admit to having a totally unreasonable obsession with Doctor Who that has consumed most of my life since I was about four years old. Time flies when you're trying to be a super Whovian."

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