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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 two weeks ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 6 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Engeekneer why? (573 comments)

What's wrong with slashdot beta?

about 7 months ago
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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.

about 8 months ago
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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!

about 9 months ago
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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.

about 9 months ago
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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.

about 9 months ago
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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
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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
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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 ago
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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.
KABLAM
"aargghh..." whines Windows
Reboot
"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 ago
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Ask slashdot: Which 100+ User Virtualization Solution Should I Use?

Engeekneer Re:OpenStack (191 comments)

I think this completely depends on how long term, how stable and how production like this should be. I have played with OpenStack for a bit over a year now. It's in no way trivial to set up properly (I'm not sure I have :)) , and the documentation really doesn't cover all cases, there are bugs, and it takes a while to get familiar with OS (other than a trivian one node setup).

That said, if you want an open source free alternative, and have some time to put into this, I think OpenStack would be a good choise. You can easily isolate production HW from playground HW and only let students use the playground. It has LDAP integration which mostly works. The quantum component lets you play around with networks.

After it's up and running, I have mostly had positive feedback from anyone who has tried it.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Is Considering Revoking TeliaSonera Trust For Sales To Dictators

Engeekneer Re:DNSSEC for certificate distribution (123 comments)

I partly agree, but there are problems with just trusting DNSSEC.

In the current situation, to impersonate a SSL protected site you need to MITM in some way (e..g DNS spoofing), and get a valid certificate for the domain. So you have to at least attack two different security measures (even if MITM is simple for some entities).

If certificate info is published in DNSSEC you need to compromise only one place to achieve both MITM and add fake certificates. Sure it might be harder, but if this method was used, I bet that the attacks on DNS servers would go up a lot.

about a year ago
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Music Industry Sees First Revenue Increase Since 1999

Engeekneer Re:CD's ARE digital (393 comments)

I have to agree with the GP. Calling CD's non-digital is stupid in any sense. It is a) factually incorrect, b) uses the wrong term for the wrong thing, c) confuses anybody who knows anything about the issue. If you want a name for decoupled from a physical medium, why not go for virtual music sales (which sadly would be ironically accurate too).

Or why not call it downloadable/streamable music or online music sales or whatever else? Even if nitpickers may argue that online music sales basically contains CDs ordered from e.g. Amazon, it's much clearer and more correct.

about a year and a half ago
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CAPTCHA Using Ad-Based Verification

Engeekneer Brand recognition? (174 comments)

In addition to all the other posters qualms about this, I really wonder how this would work on the internet. How many brands are generally recognized around the world? Fine, you can do some localization, but still.

It seems that this will be either choosing between the logos of Coca Cola, Apple and Nike, or presenting me with an ad of the biggest, most famous mattress company in the whole US.

about a year and a half ago
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TPB Files Police Complaint Against CPIAC for Copying Website

Engeekneer Damages (268 comments)

Now, while Finland has quite reasonable limitations for compensation (compared to the US), some of the cases have really had really unreasonable damages because the copyright holders demonstrated "how much revenue they have lost".

Piratebay should sue for lost income too, 5 million people, each could visit the site twice a day, and click on all banners. Then multiply that by days the site has been up, and that's a lot of ad revenue they have to pay back.

about a year and a half ago

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