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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

Entropius Re:Mischief in Relation to Data (103 comments)

Are my students guilty of "mischief in relation to data" by 1.1b after the garbled lab reports they sometimes hand in?

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Entropius Re:Kim Philby II (378 comments)

We *did* see revelations in the press: WaPo and the Guardian know more stuff than they've published, and redact things. They won a Pulitzer recently.

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Entropius Re:Useful Idiot (378 comments)

Yep -- if the US wanted to not give Putin a propaganda tool, they could have welcomed him back home with a guarantee of safety.

We made our choice, and he took refuge in the only place he could.

yesterday
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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

Entropius This is a good idea... (132 comments)

... if and only if it involves me having the option to generate a public-private key pair when I get the phone, putting the public key on the phone, and telling it "melt yourself if someone gives you the private key". Then I can guard that private key however I like -- I can give it to the police, to the cellphone company, or to nobody.

I am fine if *I* have a killswitch. I'll be damned if I'm going to give someone else one.

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Entropius Re:Revolt? (793 comments)

Hogwash. The US government controls the media very little here. Go read about what's happening in Russia, or the recent hubbub when the Turkish government banned Twitter because someone called him a doodoo head. And Turkey and Russia are pretty liberal compared to the real authoritarian regimes: North Korea, China, Zimbabwe, etc.

No, the US isn't perfect. But we are far from a totalitarian hellhole compared to the real totalitarians out there.

2 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Entropius Re:Justice (446 comments)

Indeed -- but that doesn't matter.

When Bush pushed Colin Powell to do something unethical, he pushed back. He lost his job and kept his integrity.

Condi made the opposite choice.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Entropius Re:Justice (446 comments)

This goes beyond that.

Rice directly contributed to the waste of O($1 trillion) of taxpayer money, the loss of thousands of lives, and the torture of prisoners. That should make her persona non grata to any organization that gives a damn about not wasting public money for political gain, not murdering people, and not engaging in state violation of human rights. This isn't "gave some money to a dishonest and illiberal election campaign" (Eich). This is "shit on American values and wiped with the Constitution for good measure".

That's on top of the security/espionage concerns.

If Condi Rice were the checkout clerk at Safeway I'd refuse to do business with them.

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Entropius Re:PORAC (325 comments)

So, in other words:

--if you drive dangerously you get a ticket no matter what, because you're actually jeopardizing public safety
--otherwise, you have to pay the police even though you're driving safely, unless you already paid them

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Entropius Re:Forget licking their boots (325 comments)

SCOTUS has ruled that in all states it is legal to record police in a public place, no?

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Entropius Re:European driver license allows infinit speed (325 comments)

Please send your German police to the US so they can teach the Americans how to fund police departments without allowing them to engage in highway robbery like they currently do.

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Entropius Re:Or you can... you know... just not speed. (325 comments)

In some places you will get a fine for forcing people to pass you on the right -- if you're one of those legalistic rulebook-humpers that shows up in any slashdot thread about driving you might keep that in mind.

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Entropius Re:AZ License plates (325 comments)

Arizona summers are glorious for precisely this reason. No damned snowbirds.

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Entropius Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

The difference is that the ethnic diversity in Europe looks different than it does in the US: in Europe, it's because of immigration. Folks generally don't cross an ocean to then shit on the society they've come to join. Sure enough there's really not that much violence in most immigrant communities in the US. I used to live in the slums of Baltimore, and finally moved to a new apartment in DC. I got to the laundry room and saw a lady in there speaking Spanish to her daughter, and thought "Alrighty, if the immigrants have come here, this is a decent place." I was right.

But the highest crime rate in the US is in the black enclaves in the inner cities. That population was never an immigrant community; it's the descendants of former slaves. We (the American whites) did horrible things to them, and then after emancipation continued to do horrible things to them in part of the country while not really doing enough to facilitate the integration of the liberated slaves and their descendants into society. By the time we passed the Civil Rights Act there were endemic social problems in the US black community, to the point that there's a long and very respectful Department of Labor study into them (the Moynihan Report).

So now in the US those black enclaves have a sky-high murder rate, and the rest of the country has a pretty low one (broadly similar to Europe's). Why? A whole constellation of historical and cultural reasons, many of them traceable back to horrid racism years ago. Should we still blame whitey for the problems? Is it slavery's fault that kids in the ghetto kill each other for silly reasons and don't want to learn to read and write? I dunno.

But saying simply "Europe has diversity too" misses the point: the non-white folks in Europe are there because they came there and wanted to be European, for the most part. (This is pretty similar to Asian-Americans, a group with a low crime rate.) That has vastly different cultural effects than hauling people's ancestors over in chains and wrecking their society.

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Entropius Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

The US is not a first-world country, nor is it a third-world country. It's a first-world country with pockets of third-world society in it: the inner cities of Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, Chicago, and the like. Grandparent's odds of being killed, assuming he lives outside of these places, are rather similar to what they would be in Europe. (I used to live in inner-city Baltimore -- not the worst part of the city, but a pretty bad one, the sort where you have to shoo the junkies out of your car so you can use it sometime. Actually, it was my roommate who had to shoo the junkie out of her car. I had to shoo a crackhead out of mine in Washington DC, though.)

Americans, for better or for worse, have come to accept crime in those places. Y'know the horrible Newtown school shooting? That many people get killed every few weeks in Baltimore and it doesn't make the news. The US is a very pluralistic country; we have lots of mini-cultures and mini-societies embedded in it with very different demographics and crime statistics.

So grandparent is probably perfectly fine with his odds, since they're similar to yours.

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Entropius Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

Mod +1, inconvenient but true.

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Entropius Re:And yet... (386 comments)

In the US, there is very little correlation between gun ownership and murder rate. Many states like New Hampshire and Utah have very liberal (=loose) gun laws and not much murder. Others like Mississippi have loose gun laws and lots of murder; still others like Washington DC have very restrictive gun laws and lots of murder.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Entropius Re:Looking like Windows (451 comments)

True story:

I needed to buy a laptop once, and wandered into a Best Buy and started poking at one of the machines. I hadn't seen Win8 before; all of my machines run some linux or other, or Win7 with the classic UI.

I'm curious about the system specs of one machine, so I want to go to Control Panel->System and see. I call over one of the Best Buy reps:

"How do I get out of whatever tonka-toys demo software this is and back to the OS? I want to check the specs."

The guy answers: "Uh, that *is* the OS. Don't like Win8 either, eh?"

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Entropius Re:Lol don't (451 comments)

Same with Windows.

With Windows, it takes a ton of time for people to get stuff done.
With Linux, it takes a little time from one person who really knows what she's doing to get stuff done.

It's your choice between "drag and drop ALL the things" or "one-liner regex magic" to organize files, for instance.

But Linux these days lets you do things the GUI way, too, so it's not really a problem. I gave an old laptop to a friend of mine who is completely tech-naive, and threw Lubuntu on it with some shortcuts on the desktop, and showed her how to use the package manager. She has no complaints and is able to do her stuff.

about a week ago
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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

Entropius Re:Do not want (146 comments)

The Titan was a clever thing from Nvidia: a product marketed to gamers that the budget supercomputing crowd is buying. This means that they don't have to provide professional-level support for the things, but can sell them at semi-professional-level prices. They give top-end performance and are (as far as we can tell -- we have a few dozen of the things) as stable as anything else.

An Nvidia K20X costs many thousands of dollars and is actually slower than a $1K Titan (by about 10%, according to lattice QCD benchmarks). My research group recently bought 32 Titans (for $32K) and used them to upgrade an older cluster; we get better performance per GPU than the top-end supercomputer across campus that uses K20's. Both computers have two GPU's per node, but the top-end supercomputer cost somewhere around $20K/node.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

Entropius Re:Crypto (146 comments)

I should qualify: by "low-ish end" I mean "low end compared to what we put in supercomputers". I don't mean Intel integrated graphics here; I mean things like an Nvidia 760 GTX or something -- cards that budget conscious gamers use.

about two weeks ago

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RawTherapee goes GPL, improves GUI

Entropius Entropius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Entropius (188861) writes "RawTherapee, a flexible geek-friendly RAW converter for Linux and Windows, has just released its new version (with major UI improvements) under the GPL; it was previously proprietary but free. It uses selectable, unique demosaicing algorithms that are both resistant to Bayer artifacts and produce sharp, detailed results; see the comparison page. I've found it in the past to be the best Linux RAW converter available. The new UI improvements mean that its combination of usability, geek-friendliness, and sharp results is strong competition for ACR/Silkypix/whatever on Windows, and further improvements should no doubt follow now that the community can hack on it."
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