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How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the FTC On Privacy Issue

Fred_A Re:What are "secret cookies"? (120 comments)

>(you can safely assume it will be maximised since nowadays almost no website works if it isn't, sadly).

What kind of strange sites do you browse ? I haven't maximised my browser ever since I upgraded my 800×600 screen. And that was quite some time ago.

more than 2 years ago
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The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships

Fred_A Re:Trackball (207 comments)

I might get this mouse, if it's big enough to fit comfortably in my shovel-like hands.

Same problem here. How I'd wish to get a double size mouse. Or at least double width.

It's not a problem for regular desktop use. But for gaming, my major problem is my pinky dragging on the mouse mat. Apparently all the people designing mice are eight year old asian girls.

more than 3 years ago
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The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships

Fred_A Re:A doctor... (207 comments)

Why are we still using a ball or laser on a cable to point on a screen where we want to do stuff?

Because poking at the screen only works for 10 minutes at a time and trackpads are much less precise ?

more than 3 years ago
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The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships

Fred_A Re:Mod parent up (207 comments)

My Razer Mamba would beg to differ. Although you can *also* plug it in and use it on a wire if you like (which is some pretty good design IMO).

more than 3 years ago
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Khan Academy Delivers 100,000 Lectures Daily

Fred_A Re:Everything Old is New again (213 comments)

10 weeks to learn how to install Windows Vista and set up printers and file sharing.

*Weeks* ?

I've never installed Vista, much less set up printers and file sharing, having never used Windows as a server (more of a Unix guy) but I'm fairly sure it wouldn't take me 10 weeks.

I'm pretty confident most casual users could do it in a couple hours by poking around a bit.

more than 4 years ago
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FBI Failed To Break Encryption of Hard Drives

Fred_A Re:Wrong dictionary. (486 comments)

Well, even a Portuguese dictionary would not have helped. You don't find "1234" in a dictionary.

Is there a dictionary for luggage combinations ?

more than 4 years ago
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FBI Failed To Break Encryption of Hard Drives

Fred_A Re:Wrong dictionary. (486 comments)

Fifty bucks says the password is GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

It was probably salted with vuvuzelas though.

more than 4 years ago
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USPTO Grants Bezos Patent On '60s-Era Chargebacks

Fred_A Re:Brainless (144 comments)

This belongs in a fucking contract, not a goddamn patent.

I thought Bezos has already patented contracts. Obviously he had to find something different.

more than 4 years ago
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ICANN Approves .xxx Suffix For Porn Websites

Fred_A Re:What is the point? (273 comments)

All this will do is rake in registration $$$

That's the point. You nailed it in one.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook's "Evil Interfaces"

Fred_A Re:Less deceptive now (244 comments)

Anyone have any solutions to suggest to Facebook?

To go f* themselves ?

more than 4 years ago
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I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...

Fred_A Re:stupid windows! (505 comments)

With seven you can finally key drivers in from the computer's front panel, the way it was always intended to be (or so I heard).

more than 4 years ago
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OLED Film Could Provide Cheap Night Vision For Cars

Fred_A Re:Toyota (120 comments)

But even if it's safer, I'd love to see someone try to explain it to a LEO why they were driving at night with the headlights off...

But they can't see you from Low Earth Orbit if your headlights are off !

more than 4 years ago
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Fake Antivirus Peddlers Outpacing Real AV Firms

Fred_A Re:Why use an unknown AV program? (245 comments)

If someone showed up at your house and told you that your water could kill because of some microbe you have never heard of that they claim is getting into your pipes and the only way to make yourself safe is to install this helpful filter that they are selling would you believe them?

A /. reader probably not, but the general public ?

If there was any profit in it, you could easily create a scare campaign about DHMO which could turn very messy. People can be insanely gullible when you present things the right way.

more than 4 years ago
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Was Flight Ban Over Ash an Overreaction?

Fred_A Re:From what I've heard, it really is that bad... (673 comments)

Did Airbus and Boeing say what levels of ash were OK?

If they don't say it's OK, you can't fly their planes through ash unless there's practically no ash.

AFAIK the regulators did their jobs properly.

The pilots and airplane engineers were singing a very different tune from the bosses of the airlines.

Here in France where the ban lasted quite some time (and the airlines were fairly vocal as well), the air force was supposedly conducting test flights using alpha jets which would then be examined by the maintenance crew.

more than 4 years ago
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Was Flight Ban Over Ash an Overreaction?

Fred_A Re:From what I've heard, it really is that bad... (673 comments)

What's not fine is that airlines would rather have people dying than lost revenue.

Of course if you put it like that...
But from their point of view it makes perfect sense... There will always be more people but lost revenue is lost. All businesses have always held this kind of reasoning. That's why everybody loves them so and gives them their money whenever they're in trouble.

more than 4 years ago
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Aral Sea May Recover; Dead Sea Needs a Lifeline

Fred_A Re:If not us, who? (131 comments)

I'm fairly sure there is no life in the Dead Sea outside of small amounts of bacteria. That's why it's called the Dead Sea. The salt content prevents life from living there.

There's quite a bit of life in the form of a fair number of tourists which are quite important to the area (on both banks) which apart from that is quite a hellhole (an interesting one to visit though if you ever go in the area).

The Dead sea is more than 400m below sea level and there are huge temperature extremes in the area which gets very little precipitations and has few springs. It's a great natural wonder and definitely worth a few days for it's ruins, it's fauna and the vista, but really not a great place to live.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Linux Claims 12,000 Cloud Deployments

Fred_A Re:So when does Canonical need to start making mon (165 comments)

I think any future changes in the companies are still going to reflect the culture of emphasizing a good, widely deployed Desktop Linux rather than necessarily turning a profit.

There could also be the fact that in many people's (and PHB's) eyes, if you don't pay through the nose for it then it has to be crap.

Hopefully a more commercial Ubuntu will help make it more visible in the corporate space as well as promote the integration of tools in that area (they're already there of course, you just have to add them yourself).

more than 4 years ago
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More Evidence For Steam Games On Linux

Fred_A Re:Nitpick... (256 comments)

You do know that Linux was born as a desktop OS, don't you? :)

Not to mention that it has its roots in Unix, probably the first system designed specifically to play games (in this case Space Travel).

more than 4 years ago

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Secure email with French military and Thunderbird

Fred_A Fred_A writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Fred_A writes "The French military have for a while both evaluated and in a number of cases switched to FOSS.
When the DGA (lang=fr) needed a secure email client and couldn't find a commercial one, they naturally also used FOSS and used Thunderbird to create Trustedbird.
The email client supports a number of useful features such as triple wrapping (sign, crypt, sign), signed receipts, delivery status notification...
As expected from users of FOSS, the new developments are being open sourced and could well end up in a Thunderbird near you one of these days.

And just so that it's out of the way, " (.deb, .tar, .exe and src), FOSS crypto email client, only dropped once".
(Disclaimer : despite my being French, I have nothing whatsoever to do with the project)"

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