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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Gaygirlie Re:Is this legal? (542 comments)

Deliberately destroying equipment because it uses a fake component goes to a whole new level of nastiness.

I came here to also say that deliberately destroying property that doesn't belong to you is, as far as I know, illegal. If it was a private person doing that they'd probably land jailtime real fast, but companies tend to get mere slaps on their wrists, so we'll see..

13 hours ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Gaygirlie Re:Yawn (72 comments)

No, it means you have questionable taste in Shadowrun games.

Considering that I have no previous experience with Shadowrun games at all I find my experience so far pretty good.

about a week ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Gaygirlie Re:Yawn (72 comments)

Anyone who contributes money to a Kickstarter project deserves what they get.

I didn't use Kickstarter, but I backed a game while the devs were still asking for funding on both Kickstarter and a few other places. I got a great, worthy game and didn't feel even the tiniest amount cheated out of my money: the game was Shadowrun Returns. Does that mean I deserve great, enjoyable games?

about a week ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Gaygirlie I posted a question (72 comments)

I referenced the following part: The anonabox has been developed and refined for the sole purpose of running the open source software Tor, considered the best and most secure way to access the Internet anonymously. All traffic coming out of or going into your computer or network is encrypted this way. The result is strong, secure anonymity.

Relating to the above, I asked exactly how can they make such claims when proper anonymity requires the users to also understand the concept and to actively avoid doing things that would compromise that anonymity, like e.g. logging to Facebook or checking e-mails. I did say that they are very specifically making it sound like the box can just magically make you anonymous even when you do your usual stuff over Tor and they should either rephrase their sales pitch or I'll assume they don't even want people to really understand the concept. My question has gone unanswered, so take what you will!

about a week ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

Gaygirlie Re:Does anyone still use Gnome? (58 comments)

If you prefer Gnome to KDE, why?

Well, I just dropped KDE today after trying it briefly. I noticed my system slowing down to a crawl after a while and after digging into it I noticed kded4 eating nearly 14GB RAM due to some memory-leak. Googling for the issue it seems to be an issue that's been around since 2010 or something. The suggested workaround -- disable power-saving service called "Powerdevil" -- didn't work, and no one on KDE's IRC-channel even tried to assist with the issue, so yeah, I dropped it.

about a week ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

Gaygirlie Help for women with no sex drive? (216 comments)

There are a lot of women out there who have very low or no sex drive and nothing seems to work, so I can't help but wonder if oxytocin would be useful in this area. Especially in a relationship the woman wouldn't be the only one reaping the rewards as the partner would likely also be quite happy with increased sexual activity around the house.

Disclaimer: I admit to being totally ignorant of what oxytocin really is or what it does and I have no idea if it would work the same in humans.

about two weeks ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

Gaygirlie Re:half-true, half-not-true (97 comments)

In your rush to complain about Android you made a few mistakes, there. For one, it's an alternative client on Android to the official one, so how would you actually use it without network-permissions? Secondly, they also offered a web-client useable on browsers, useable on desktops and laptops and whatnot, so again, how's Android at the fault for stuff that isn't even running on Android?

about two weeks ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

Gaygirlie Re:IDWISOTT (97 comments)

(and why in god's name does a service like SnapChat have an API?)

Because it's not possible to design a server-client model without an API?

about two weeks ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

Gaygirlie Re:half-true, half-not-true (97 comments)

But what seems to have happened here is that users installed an app which, unbeknownst to them, sent copies of the images to a third-party server.

No, it was the recipients who used Snapsaved. If you can receive the image, you can save it somewhere, too.

That threat model is possible to guard against, although it's arguably more an issue with Android than Snapchat that something like that easily happens without users noticing, because Android's app-permission model leaks like a sieve.

Don't try to blame Android for this. There is nothing Android can do to stop people from hooking to other peoples' APIs, especially when the server isn't even running on Android at all.

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Gaygirlie Re:My Car integration is simple (208 comments)

I've been trying to tell the same thing: physical knobs and buttons don't randomly change place and they can be felt with your fingers even when your eyes are elsewhere. Not so with touchscreens. Of course, there are various kinds of attempts at providing haptic feedback, but that really only means that you'll know that your touch was registered, not where it was registered nor does it help you place your finger at the right spot in any way. It's just kind of braindead to push touchscreens where they don't belong, but people generally seem to like flashy stuff, regardless of how useful it actually ends up being, and companies are all too eager to give people exactly that. Urgh.

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Gaygirlie Re:On Distractions (208 comments)

Isn't speaking to passengers a distraction too? If a conversation with a passenger starts to get too heated, there's no way to hang up on them.

Around here driving-schools and the books and whatnot teach you to simply tell any passengers to let you focus on driving if it feels distracting to you. You can always argue or chat or whatever when the car isn't moving anymore. Of course, just telling them to quiet down may not always work, but at least it's acknowledged that it can be a serious distraction.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

Gaygirlie Re:Spyware status (132 comments)

preferably one of the GNU/Linux distros recommended by the GNU project

"This means these distros will include, and propose, exclusively free software. They will reject nonfree applications, nonfree programming platforms, nonfree drivers, nonfree firmware “blobs”, nonfree games, and any other nonfree software, as well as nonfree manuals or documentation." -- Translation: will be hated by most average users and would be totally the wrong thing to recommend for anyone except the most die-hard enthusiasts.

about three weeks ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

Gaygirlie Re:Spyware status (132 comments)

There has been a simple on/off - slider in the settings for a while now, no need to install Kubuntu or uninstall the lens or anything like that.

about three weeks ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

Gaygirlie Re:Nobody even uses tablets! (132 comments)

The stupidest thing is that nobody even really uses tablets.

I guess I'm a nobody, but I do use my tablet quite a lot for reading stuff. It's great for that, much more comfortable than reading from a laptop or desktop screen.

about three weeks ago
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Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

Gaygirlie Expectations (77 comments)

Considering how huge hurdles people have to overcome every single time anything is launched into space I'd say these tourists should expect there to be lots of delays and that these delays could well last even for a few years. Once -- if ever -- space-tourism is totally trivialized we could expect delays to be minimal, but as of now I think you really should have any expectations of them being able to keep to a schedule really, really low.

As for the price to flying to space I can't really comment since I wouldn't be buying tickets at all. Maybe one day when we have colonies somewhere to actually travel to, but not as things currently are.

about a month ago
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The Minecraft Parent

Gaygirlie Re:Is minecraft really 'creative'? (174 comments)

I kind of wish there had been something like Minecraft around when I was a kid, too. I think it's a great way of encouraging some creative exploration and problem-solving and expressing oneself, and I certainly would've needed some of that. I never learned to truly use my creativity and I feel I'm quite stunted in that regards. There are plenty of great games these days that explore various kinds of settings and things and could be of great influence in kids, I just wish more parents were willing to explore and think about what could be useful for their kids. Also, one thing that comes to mind is how my ex has trouble learning stuff, especially foreign languages, so soaking her in an English-speaking environment in the form of a game she enjoyed really boosted her skills; I see no valid reason for why similar approach couldn't be used for children with trouble learning this or that.

And as far as TFS’ assertion that, “Setting a child free on the Internet is a failure to cordon off the world and its dangers,” may I just say, “Fuck you!” I’ve never once felt the need to shield my son from reality. We’ve talked to him throughout his life about the fact that there are bad people and that there are things you should never do online because they could put you at risk in the real world (sharing personal information, arranging to meet people, etc.). I think my son is a much better adjusted young human being for the trust and faith that we’ve shown that we have in him. Teaching, guidance, and trust are much better tools than surveillance and censorship. It’s the same approach that my parents took with me (admittedly more out of ignorance of what the Internet was at the time on their part). It worked out alright for me, and my son has never done anything to make me regret taking the same approach with him.

I agree with you there. Shielding the child from all the bad things seems like a way of causing more permanent harm to the child than letting the kid know about all the bad things and then discussing them. Of course one should pay a little bit attention, but going overboard with protection is just wrong, kids *will* sooner or later find out about all the stuff anyways. You sound like a reasonably good parent, I give you props for that, and hopefully your kids will do that too when they grow older :)

about a month ago
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The Minecraft Parent

Gaygirlie Re:Is minecraft really 'creative'? (174 comments)

The creativity involved from my limited exposure seems close to nonexistant.

I don't really see any benefit from it, compared to any other game. Are parents just deluding themselves? Or is there some substantial creative benefit that I'm not seeing?

It's not the game itself that is terribly creative, the creativity comes from those playing it. As others have said, the game doesn't have much going on it unless you make something happen, and that's definitely something you want to encourage in children.

about a month ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Gaygirlie So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal.

They have no evidence of you doing anything illegal, they cannot prove that everyone using Tor is a criminal, but even the hint of suspicion is apparently enough for them to cancel your subscription. I must ask, however, if such behaviour is "so-to-speak legal?"

about a month ago
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Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells

Gaygirlie Re:Education requested (75 comments)

However, scientists have struggled to generate human pluripotent stem cells that are truly pristine (also known as naïve). Instead, researchers have only been able to derive cells which have advanced slightly further down the developmental pathway. These bear some of the early hallmarks of differentiation into distinct cell types – they’re not a truly ‘blank slate’. This may explain why existing human pluripotent stem cell lines often exhibit a bias towards producing certain tissue types in the laboratory.

Taken from the article. Basically, even if they shouldn't show any bias towards the kinds of cells they'll transform into they still do, and that's why the need for true placenta.

about a month ago

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Ask Slashdot: cheap ARM-boards not gimped by software?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "For a while I've been ranting online and offline about the possibilities and prospects cheap, ARM-based boards like e.g. the Raspberry Pi or the Pandaboard could provide, what with giving youngsters cheap computers to learn with, simple home automation systems, cheap HTPCs or TV-connected emulation boxes, always-on video chat systems, and so on and so forth — the possibilities are nearly endless!

These systems, however, are seriously gimped by poorly-designed drivers, constant breakage of features and the generally disheartening lack of support by the SoC manufacturers. I like e.g. the hardware of the Cubieboard at only $49 as it's quite well rounded all around and provides a good selection of connectors for most tasks, but... well, the Mali-400 drivers apparently break all the god damn time (#1), and the video acceleration — features are available only via the proprietary Cedar-library — no GStreamer, no Phonon, no OpenMAX, not a single standard method is available (#2.) A good example of what this means is VLC: VLC only works from console (#3,) no GUI, and since Cedar lacks YUV420 there's no OSD, either! (#1, #2, #3 )

With the above in mind, does anyone know of any boards in the planning where the software is actually guaranteed to work properly, be supported for longer than six months, and offers access to all the capabilities the H/W possess? Also, what are your thoughts on the matter as a whole?"
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Valve officially acknowledges Steam for Linux

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "While it has been known for quite a while now that Valve is indeed working on a Linux-port of Steam they haven't actually admitted to the fact before. Well, now they have on their Steam for Linux — blog with the announcement that they're targeting Ubuntu 12.04 at first, are hard at work at optimizing their already-native port of L4D2 and will in the future try to support other distributions as well."
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Multiword passwords secure or not?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "An article over at Gizmag says: "It's a meme that's been doing the rounds on the internet in recent years: multi-word pass-phrases are as secure as long strings of gibberish but with the added benefit of being easy to remember. But research from Cambridge University suggests that this may not be the case. Pass-phrases comprised of dictionary words may not be as vulnerable as individual passwords, but they may still succumb to dictionary attacks, the research finds."

I find this to be twisting of words and general concensus; of course any password whatsoever is going to be insecure against offline attack, and using common, popular words is going to make guessing the password much easier. But is this really an issue in a world where most attacks are done online? Should general populace still be coaxed into using randomly generated passwords?"

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Quantum coherence found fueling photosynthesis

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Ars Technica has posted an interesting article about new findings regarding quantum physics and photosynthesis. Their excerpt for the article: "Physicists have found the strongest evidence yet of quantum effects fueling photosynthesis. Multiple experiments in recent years have suggested as much, but it has been hard to be sure. Quantum effects were clearly present in the light-harvesting antenna proteins of plant cells, but their precise role in processing incoming photons remained unclear."

For those unaware of what coherence and quantum coherence means I suggest reading the appropriate Wikipedia page: Coherence (generic) and Quantum coherence"

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Victory for music locker services?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Michael Robertson, the owner and founder of the MP3Tunes music locker service, has been locked in a copyright infringement case with EMI Records for a while now, especially because of the Sideloading search engine that is tacked along with the locker service. Now the case has been resolved though: EMI Records won. But lost on all the accounts that actually really matter.

Michael Robertson is a man known to not shy away from legal fights and is known to always be seeking new boundaries to push. He founded the MP3Tunes service in 2005 with mostly the money he gained from running Linspire back in the day."

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Sony after visitors on Geohot blog

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Yet another interesting twist has appeared in the Sony vs. Geohot case: judge has allowed Sony to subpoena all visitors to Geohot's blog and any related YouTube videos, no matter if they just visited the blog by a chance or actually contributed something. Also, Geohot's Twitter account was handed to Sony on a silver platter.

Read the story for more details and prepare a massive facepalm for the sheer stupidity of it all."

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