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UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

Engeekneer Nooo (150 comments)

My first thought was "Good, they seem to have a problem with it in the authorities."

My second thought "Crap, they mean a local databse of all that stuff. What are they going to do, copy it off an MP's hard drive?"

about three weeks ago

Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Engeekneer Re:Up north (302 comments)

Oh Scotland. You had a chance to get away from this madness.

Scotland isn't governed by the City of London, nor is London governed by the City of London either. Scotland is governed by the Scottish Parliament, then the UK parliament (where Scotland has a powerful voice) and then the European Union (where nobody but undemocratically selected people have absurd amount of powers - The 'no' voters still wanted to be part of the EU mind you).

Sure, that's a given. But England in general seems to be really tripping when it comes to internet regulation, both local and national scale. Disassociating from this whole madness, even if it doesn't directly affect them, seems like a good idea.

As for EU, I have a bit different view on it, but at least they seem to have a good view on end-user rights, and actively try to act in their interests. Not in all cases of course, but in many.

about 3 months ago

Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

Engeekneer Up north (302 comments)

Oh Scotland. You had a chance to get away from this madness. You should have taken it. Maybe it would have encouraged others to follow and eventually left a small insignificant cluster of insanity.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

Engeekneer The IT side, not the students (191 comments)

I think the question is completely wrong, it's not how they should remember their passwords. It's why do they have several usernames and passwords in the first place?

First the resources that are school controlled should of course be behind one username/password pair, preferably SSO for the web parts (e.g. a CAS variant is quite simple).

For external resources, is there a real reason they really need to log in? E.g. can IP based access control or something work for some cases. I understand you don't control everything, but as users(/customers) one can at least complain, and try to push it in the right direction. If there is a reson to log in, do they support something like Shibboleth/SAML or OpenID for login federation? If so, that should be used. It's not trivial, but making the lives of the students hard for something stupid like that is even worse

I think that for an elementary school student, if the amount of username/password pairs they need is over 1, there's something wrong somewhere.

about 3 months ago

Japanese Firm Showcases "Touchable" 3-D Technology

Engeekneer "Touchable"? (41 comments)

Touchable? Really? At least it's in quotes, but, really? How about "tactile" which is a word?

What is this, technology for corrupt cops?

about 4 months ago

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Engeekneer Re:Taixs are leases? (276 comments)

I see two basic ways this ends up being implemented (not working). Also there might be some combination of these methods.

1) You have people pick you up and take you places. This will work reasonably well for pre-planned activities - such as your commute, but be very crappy for spontaneous needs. Just like normal taxis.

Actually this is overkill normal work commuting. For most of that a basic combination of bus/tram/train/metro/ferry works fine.

Kutstuplus is a service between a taxi (and Uber) and a bus. They have had it running as a test for a while now. You have a mobile app where you enter where from and where to you want to go. Their side takes the request and optimises it into one of the routes of their minibuses, and returns a suggested pickup place (it uses bus stops) + time and dropoff place + time. So a single car services a lot of people at once. The transport time might not be quite as fast as a taxi, but it's cheaper.

I haven't sadly used it myself, since their current test service is limited to areas I don't travel between. But I'm excited for it to be more widespread

about 4 months ago

Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

Engeekneer Ask Slashdot? Really? (432 comments)

"Hey guys, ethanol sucks as fuel, amirite?"

Does that pass for and ask Slashdot? Putting a question mark after an anecdotally supported charged opinion doesn't make it a question.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Engeekneer Humble Bundles (669 comments)

I'm quite a big fan on the Humble Bundles (one going on now). Many have at least 1 or 2 very nice games. I also try out some AAA titles on Linux, it seems like the new X-Com is being ported, which is nice.

about 10 months ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Engeekneer Re:Everything. (573 comments)

Ok, I hadn't had much time to look at the new site, but I thought it seemed nice. I haven't delved deep into the commenting system. Mainly because well, to be honest the /. commenting sucks. It used to be the best thing ever, but the web has moved on since 1995. Compare to e.g. the reddit commenting system.

I barely use /. anymore because there are much simpler and easier sites. I think the beta seemed like a good step in the right direction. It feels much cleaner and less cluttered,

But that is just my 2c

about 10 months ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Engeekneer Re:why? (573 comments)

Ah, the deepgoing analysis and communication of the dislikes of the new site.

Really, "it sucks"? Are you serious? That''s not a complaint, that's being an idiot. Fine, two can play this game

You suck

about 10 months ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Engeekneer why? (573 comments)

What's wrong with slashdot beta?

about 10 months ago

Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Engeekneer Bitcoin is not anonymous (691 comments)

I agree with some points, but in general he seems to be only somewhat correct.

First of all, BitCoin is not anonymous. BitCoin is pseudonymous. Once mining dies out (which also solves a lot of his other qualms), you need to trade bitcoins some way. You have to exchange your real money to bitcoins. ALL transactions are public which means it's really easy to start profiling people. In the future it's probably easier to trace a person's bitcoin transactions than normal ones.

1 year,2 days

NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life

Engeekneer Why not Counterstrike? (293 comments)

Come on! It's so much easier to find terrorists there!

1 year,12 days

Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

Engeekneer Re:Voluntary payments! (244 comments)

The thing is, if you could just harvest your play histroy, you really would not neet Spotify as a middle man. Of course, it would be simpler if they were involved, but them not being involved could make this a generic service which would work with Spotify, RDIO, Grooveshark (actually, I think they already have some integration), etc..

Then again there are tons of practical issues with this, but I'm sure they could be solved.

1 year,17 days

Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

Engeekneer Voluntary payments! (244 comments)

I'd really want to see some Spotify - Flattr integration (and in that case, better Flattr adoption), so that you could voluntarily and automatically pay more to the artists you listen to. You can replace Flattr here with any "Automatically-share-a-monthly-fee-between-the-artists-you-listen-to System"

What's does basic Spotify cost? 5€ a month? Out of which maybe 1-2€ go to the artist? If I could direclty add 10€ per month to be spread directly to the artists I listen to as voluntary donations, I'd gladly do that. That would be 15€ a month for me, which I think is reasonable (~price of an album per month). If even 10% of spotify users would do this, it would roughly double the artist income. Even making small donations easy {~2€/month) could have a huge impact.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who would gladly pay a bit more.

1 year,18 days

Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

Engeekneer Re:Hmm... (535 comments)

Sure, Nokia was not in the perfect shape. Symbian was getting old, but there was a migration strategy. Also Nokia still had 40% mobile phone marketshare IIRC, and Symbian was still pulling in TONS of money (there was a great writeup about this by an ex-Nokian a while back). Elop with his comments and strategies sent Nokia into a nosedive it never recovered from. From the outside at least, he pretty much singlehandedly took a "meh" situation and killed Nokia.

As for the emergency solution, Nokia had good (well decent at least) plans and roadmaps before Elop came. Elop made a totally horrible deal with the Windows *#%&, and the whole motivation of that deal is pretty obvious.

about a year ago

Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

Engeekneer Re:Hmm... (535 comments)

It's just incredible. I don't even blame Microsoft that much. What the hell was the Nokia board thinking? "Oh, this guy has run our company to the ground, he seems ok! Let's give him a few more years as CEO."

about a year ago

MS Handed NSA Access To Encrypted Chat & Email

Engeekneer Re:Tired (379 comments)

What would you have people do? "Yeah, they spy on every aspect of my life, next week they come and install the showercams, that's ok.."

Screw that. I'm from Europe, and I find these actions horribly offensive, I already moved away from skype and gmail (not /. yet though).

What I'd really like is for European countries to strongly step in here. And screw the US reply that "We will respond to the European concerns via official channels". Oh that makes me so happy, since this only affect politicians. I wish someone in Europe (sure, we're not all innocent either) would have the balls to reveal anything the US reveals to them. Then possibly start suing american companies for violations of European privacy law.

This whole thing is in no way ok, and as much as possible should be dragged out into daylight, and hopefully get enough outrage that there will be people thrown in jail for it.

But I'm sorry, you must be getting tired. I should stop.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Engeekneer "Better?" (543 comments)

We have a Win 8 laptop at home that nobody uses, since it's.. just horrible. Not bad, horrible.

I thought I'd install the preview "because it can't be worse, right?". I seem to underestimate Microsoft all the time.

I got far enough to log in again.
Silly old me goes "Ok, I'll just log in with the local account."
"Local account?" Windows asks. "Im not sure what you mean" it says.
"You know, the one I created so I wouldn't need some silly Microsoft online thingie" I say.
"Ah! now I know what you mean" Windows exclaims! "Don't worry, I've been upgraded. You can't get in to your own laptop without going through an online Microsoft account".
"You're kidding" I say. "I can't get on to the computer?"
"Nope!" Windows happily chimes.
"aargghh..." whines Windows
"Good morning! What can I do for you today?" Ubuntu asks
"Could I log in and use the computer without getting horribly frustrated and angry?"
"But of course!"

The End

about a year and a half ago


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