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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

Defenestrar Re:1440 wide vs 1080 wide (139 comments)

No no no - the pixels aren't the same because the Blackberry has true square pixels - which is the best, and the Samsung has the narrow rectangular pixels which aren't very good for spreadsheets or other business applications.

about two weeks ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

Defenestrar Name That Show! (139 comments)

"1, 1, 2, 3, 5, eureka!"

about two weeks ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Defenestrar Re:not taking the stand (560 comments)

I'm glad to hear it.

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Defenestrar Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

Sorry - I made the mistake of assuming that people knew what lawful search and seizure means (i.e. a warrant except in very specific cases). In most cases judges don't hand out blanket warrants and, like you said, need to have justification more than "fishing expedition" (FISA cases aside).

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Defenestrar Re:WTF? How is this not self incrimination? (560 comments)

... The "self" has been redefined to mean: A collection of molecules that you used to be, but are not now.

Indeed - you can't cross the same river twice (or exact aggregate quantum spin state).

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Defenestrar Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

No, as the series of court rulings have gone, the Fourth Amendment does not protect you from lawful search and seizure (such as a safe or hard drive). The combination to the safe, or encryption key to the drive, is not incriminating evidence and providing it to allow for lawful search and seizure does not violate your rights. They can admit evidence produced by oneself into court (such as two sets of books in one's own handwriting for a case of fraud) and that is not a violation of the Fourth (or Fifth) - just so with information one puts on a hard drive. What they can not compel one to do is testify against oneself (which is the Fifth by the way) nor assume guilt because you do not take the stand (not that a prosecutor won't toe that line with the jury). So, if one can keep all details of a crime in one's head and manage to destroy all other evidence which could be subject to lawful search and seizure - then you've got a shot at being a criminal mastermind.

I'm not sure I entirely agree with the line of thought - but I can certainly follow the logic as well as the precedence.

What would be interesting is if one's pass-code was material evidence with respect to the case - but a possible way around that would be limited immunity or ruling it as inadmissible evidence...It would make for an interesting case study.

about a month ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Defenestrar Re:so incite immenent lawless action (646 comments)

You realize that the case in which "falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater" came up in the justice's opinion was overturned almost fifty years ago?

I don't mind you bringing up the rest of your opinion, especially as there seems to be an objective trend of chilling free speech in the US, but please try not to further your argument by invoking invalidated information.

about a month ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

Defenestrar Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

The European presence can be seen as victory acquisitions which allow for a more global reach of the US military force projection.

On the other hand, the cease fire in Korea was signed without notifying the South Koreans first - UN has itself to blame for a non-decisive conclusion there. Of course the flip side would have been a commitment to victory which had the potential for cost and escalation beyond anything anyone other than the South Koreans were willing to pay (discussing the possible ways of deterring the Chinese from sending three soldiers for every gun into North Korea is what got MacArthur canned).

about a month ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

Defenestrar Re:BSES (169 comments)

No no no! What you really need for good coffee will be the mechanic or tech from trade school. The engineer won't listen to him/her and will put the lever on the wrong side due to a misplaced concept of efficiency. The scientist will complain that the engineer isn't doing it with appropriate reverence with the theoretical underpinnings (to which the engineer has comments on what the scientist can do with the real world non-ideological coffee processing device's lever) and the artist will be secretly wondering why they listened to their school's recruiter about there "not really" being any difference between schools which offer a BA versus the schools which offer a BS in the same field - all while nodding along with the scientist trying to promulgate that myth to his/her current employer. Then one of the non-techs will be promoted into management and then the inferno-roast will break free as he/she suspects that the previously derided business major might have known how to keep spreadsheets from biting back.

about a month ago
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Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

Defenestrar Re:Urine a source of "nutrients" no to waste (83 comments)

Blaskowicz is right about the mineral source though - recycling phosphorous will probably be needed before potassium in terms of a ready source.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

Defenestrar Re:Energy density? (83 comments)

The URC acts a catalyst in the fuel cell, not the fuel itself. The catalyst is what lowers the activation energy for the reaction and in this case also serves as the conductor which transports the generated electricity for other use.

about a month and a half ago
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A Year After Snowden's Disclosures, EFF, FSF Want You To Fight Surveillance

Defenestrar Re:No point encrypting if you're the only one... (108 comments)

Thanks for the update and comment Tobias. I'm sorry it's not as easy on the development side as I had been given to understand and I apologize for being wrong and spreading that misconception. I do still think that until encryption is adopted as an industry standard (which means Outlook) people won't be taking it home for personal mail (which means there will also need to be simple gmail/hotmail/etc... web plugins - those however seem at least slightly more accessible to the general public).

It is also my opinion that until it is free (as in beer) it also won't see mainstream adoption. Perhaps you could do a trial sale on the Office store for a nominal price (0,99 EUR) and see if you make up in volume what you lack in individual price. You could also try something similar at other software sales locations (i.e. get in on a Steam sale for 98% off or something like that - I'd bet you sell tens of thousands of copies).

about a month and a half ago
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A Year After Snowden's Disclosures, EFF, FSF Want You To Fight Surveillance

Defenestrar Re:No point encrypting if you're the only one... (108 comments)

Really? It's easy enough? Let's talk market share then. How many easy to use GPG FOSS plugins are there for Outlook 2013? 2010? How about the light email clients which comes with Windows 7 or 8? What about the Android basic email client? of the Android Gmail client? In the Windows environment all of the recent Outlook versions have hooks for plugins. There's even what's effectively an MS Office App store for addons. That sounds like a dead easy way for people to get a GPG plugin for the industry standard client... but where is it?

about a month and a half ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Defenestrar Re:Windows (611 comments)

Sure - but the bit where it remembers what you picked last time, orders the search, and more or less minimizes the keystroke isn't available in 7. For example:[windows][s][h][a][down arrow][down arrow][enter] will get me sharepoint designer 2010 instead of sharepoint designer 2013 (no I'm not trying to start a flame war about sharepoint, it's just a program I have to use multiple versions of and the first example that came to mind). It's a way shorter search-and-launch than the way you do it in 7.

about 2 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Defenestrar Re:Windows (611 comments)

Actually I prefer 8 to 7. At first it was a bit tough to get used to, but now I find myself missing features anytime I have to use a Windows 7 machine. The Windows key and typing a few letters of the program I want to launch is probably the biggest new feature for me - it's as fast as a Linux terminal autocomplete and works for any installed program or searchable document (proper indexing is important). Right clicking the start button is probably the other feature I like a lot that 7 doesn't have (well 8.1 has it).

about 2 months ago
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Zenimax Sues Oculus Over VR Tech

Defenestrar Re:Shady wording of trying to claim prior work? (97 comments)

Unless he transmitted any information to Oculus before formally resigning from Zenimax - such as things like, you know, texting, emailing, talking, illicitly copying data to his gray matter, entangling photons, collapsing wave functions by observing, etc...

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  about 5 months ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "I've recently taken a job at a large state university where I manage the laboratories for a couple of departments. We have a good system to pro-rate costs for shared use of big ticket items, but don't have anything in place for small to medium expense pieces which don't require software control (i.e.AD user authentication logs). It is much more efficient to designate a common room for things like water purifiers and centrifuges. but log books have a history of poor compliance. Also, abuse or neglect of communal property has been an issue in the past (similar to the tragedy of the commons).

Do any of you know of good automatic systems to record user/group equipment usage which would allow for easy data processing down the line (i.e. I don't want to go through webcam archives). Systems which promote accountability and care are a bonus, but for safety reasons we don't want the room's door locked (i.e. no pin/badged access). Most of these systems also require continuous power — so electrical interlocks are not a good option either.

I call on you my fellow Slashdotters to your best and get quickly sidetracked while still including the occasional gem in the comments."
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Best device for handwriting recognition and simple sketching?

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Schools may have stopped teaching cursive, but the tech crowd has long been asking about the obsolescence of typing. Digital note software is already here, as the increasing prevalence of OneNote and our old discussions of Unix software equivalencies demonstrate. But I, for one, would like to take notes and sketch diagrams without juggling input devices.

Touchscreens might be on their way, but graphic pads and pen mice are here today. What do my fellow readers use for their handwriting recognition and sketching needs? Are there any options of sufficient quality for a low enough cost to become standard office equipment issue? And does anyone remember which sci-fi author coined the phrase: light pen?"
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Hollywood Stops Financing Obama Campaign After Whi

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Individuals and groups within the wealthy Hollywood circles have stopped their previously generous financial support for Obama's campaign after the White House responded to yesterday's blackouts, petitions, and protests with assurances that they “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

In a telling response about pay-for-favor American politics, "the moguls are reminding Obama et al that, in the words of one studio chief, 'God knows how much money we’ve given to Obama and the Democrats and yet they’re not supporting our interests.'""

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Porn sites sue internet regulator over .xxx web ad

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "Solicit the industry or not, you may desire to know that some owners of pornographic websites have raised dirty allegations about the advent of the .xxx domain in what may turn into a legal battle touching the authority of ICANN in what could be a personal way."
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A voter mandate against Net neutrality?

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "CNN money is reporting that of 95 candidates who had pledged support for Net neutrality — not a one was elected. Trouble with the FCC proposed law met with trouble earlier this year when the House Democrats shelved the legislation in light of Republican opposition.

The existing legislation was attempting to classify broadband providers as Title II telecommunications — mandating the same neutral carrier regulations that are imposed upon telephone companies. Those against this Net neutrality plan claim that it prevents broadband providers from implementing so called neutral traffic shaping saying that Title II status "is a nuclear option, since it could potentially prevent broadband providers from implementing legitimate controls over their service, such as curbing massive downloads that swallow up bandwidth for users."



With congress failing to act, it is possible that the FCC will have to go it alone but this will likely lead to a series of lawsuits such as the one it lost last April."

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Congress leaves net-neutrality issue undecided

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "The AP reports that congress will not resolve the question of net-neutrality or clarify the internet regulatory role of the FCC at this time. The reason cited is the elevated attitude of no-compromise which permeates DC near mid-term elections.

House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., abandoned the effort late Wednesday in the face of Republican opposition to his proposed "network neutrality" rules. Those rules were intended to prevent broadband providers from becoming online gatekeepers by playing favorites with traffic.

There is some thought that the failure of this legislation will allow for an alternate plan legislating internet service providers as telecommunication services subject to common carrier status, which the current proposal did not do.

With Congress making no progress to resolve this issue, several public interest groups on Wednesday called on Genachowski to move ahead with his proposal to reclassify broadband as a telecom service.

However, this plan would likely meet with stiffer opposition from broadband providers and political opponents

But Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the House Commerce Committee, said Genachowski's proposal would "stifle investment and create regulatory overhang in one of the most dynamic sectors of our economy."

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Net Neutrality Loses Firepower

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "The Hill reports that Gun Owners of America (GoA) have withdrawn their membership from the group Save the Internet of which they were a charter member. Originally joining to prevent the censorship of their views on the Second Amendment they have quit the group because they believe that "the issue has now become one of government control of the Internet, and we are 100 percent opposed to that." This was in response to criticism GoA had received in belonging to an association where membership was shared by groups such as the ACLU and ACORN.

The GoA retreat reduces the efficacy of Net Neutrality's argument that it is a bipartisan issue. This year's the extra-partisan midterm election seems to be forcing the left and right to take sides on an issue which is increasingly in the national focus."

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Hopes for net neutrality dies in court

Defenestrar Defenestrar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Defenestrar (1773808) writes "A federal appellate court has decided that the FCC has no congressional authority to regulate net neutrality, and as such; companies such as Comcast are free to shape traffic as they see fit until the United States Congress empowers the FCC with regulatory power over internet traffic within the United States (and consumer protection from ISP intentional data corruption for the sake of traffic shaping)."
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