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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Gaygirlie So-to-speak legal (371 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?"

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Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells

Gaygirlie Re:Education requested (73 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.

2 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Gaygirlie Re:Let's push it further! (412 comments)

I hate the keyboards that come with laptops. I have a perfectly good USB keyboard that I always use. Why do manufactures insist on bundligna crappy chicklet keyboard on the hardware? I want a refund for the keyboard, since I never use it.

My laptop is also plugged into an external monitor (the 11" display is useless), so why am I forced to pay for a display?

Oh, but you aren't forced to any of that. They're called "desktops."

3 days ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Gaygirlie Re:So many things wrong here... (253 comments)

The former; it does not consume any resources whatsoever to keep one in a box somewhere. Obtaining one could consume some resources, but you can just store your old phone when you upgrade, thereby sidestepping even that issue. Cleaning up phones after they've been used as loaners by people, tracking who has been given what, charging people for broken loaners, making sure you always have an adequate number of loaners available and so on requires more resources and as such is less resource-efficient. Even less so if you take into account all the resources spent on drafting the laws and then upkeeping regulation on this, as per your rather naíve suggestion. Don't mix resource-efficiency with personal comfort.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Gaygirlie Re:So many things wrong here... (253 comments)

You're not quite thinking this straight. In your case you got a replacement for your primary phone in a day. You can certainly get by one, single day on a less expensive phone. Also, there are hundreds of low-end Android-smartphones for $50 that can you well for that time, including Internet-access. There is no point in buying a high-end phone just to let it rot in storage.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Gaygirlie Re:So many things wrong here... (253 comments)

Now, (4) what if we mitigated the cost to the store by (a) only requiring them to give out a loaner phone, not necessarily the same model that you have (as I wrote elsewhere, I hate anything that doesn't have a slide-out keyboard, but I'd live) and (b) only requiring the loaner phones to be available from some store in the area, not necessarily the one where you bought your phone?

Or, you could just do the same as any sane person does and buy a second-hand phone that you can use as a backup should something happen to your primary one.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

Gaygirlie Re:Time to cut prices (98 comments)

I suspect my next CPU will be arm(MIPS)

ARM-devices are awesome, fun toys to play with. There's a good selection of them on dx.com if you happen to be interested. I think it's amazing how full-fledged a computer you can get with a 60€ ARM-device, you just need to supply a HDD, kb+m and display and POOF, you're all set. Plus most of the board allow you to tinker with all sorts of addon extensions and whatnot.

about two weeks ago
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Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit

Gaygirlie Re:neither science nor news. (54 comments)

https://soylentnews.org/ is good, but lacks userbase from what im told.

Doesn't look good. The colour scheme is basically lots of grey and a splash of red here and there, and why the fuck are there some icons at the top that are spaced oddly and don't fit with the theme at all or do anything useful accessibility-wise?

about two weeks ago
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Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit

Gaygirlie And we should care? (54 comments)

It's a suit made of metal, of course it's going to protect him against some small fireworks. He didn't invent anything here, metal suits for protective purposes have been around for hundreds of years and in this case it's even pretty poorly made, too. If I covered myself in bricks and then had fireworks launched at the bricks would I also get on Slashdot as an "inventor?"

about two weeks ago
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MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released

Gaygirlie Re:Because the summary won't tell you (73 comments)

decentralized

What makes it decentralized? Do the MediaGoblin-servers communicate with one another? Do they allow browsing of all the servers' contents? I mean, if they're just servers running on machines and not actually communicating with one another then they aren't "decentralized" platform at all. I took a look on their website and at least at a glance I couldn't find anything actually explaining what makes it a decentralized platform.

about three weeks ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Gaygirlie Re:They're not gamers. (276 comments)

The obvious questions here are: how many hours, exactly, does one have to play a week to belong in this group of "gamers?" Does the type of the game being played determine if they are "gamers" or not? What if they have long stretches where they don't play at all and long stretches when they don't do much else than play?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Gaygirlie Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

How? ON what basis? Apple is not based in China, and there certainly isn't any international law that would compel Apple to do so. You argue:

If they wish to do business in China they have to comply with the Chinese law. It's that simple. I can't for example launch a company here, then start breaking the laws in the US while still being able to do business there. I have no idea why that is so damn difficult for you to understand.

So you really think China would willy-nilly force Apple out of the country, and in the process (because they would have no choice) shut down some of their own largest companies, which make Apple products?

The factories do a lot of parts for a lot of companies, not just Apple. They would not be shut down if they lost Apple, they'd still have plenty of other customers.

You really don't get it. Governments can't just do any old shit they want, and damn the economy. I mean, we know Obama thinks he can, and look at the mess he's made.

The Chinese economy isn't dependant on Apple.

about a month ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Gaygirlie Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

You still aren't getting it. The whole point here is that unlike Chinese citizens, Apple does not have to ask for permission to store its encryption keys offshore. It can store them anywhere it damned well pleases. And if the Chinese government doesn't like that, well, they can just close down those companies that work for Apple. Which... coincidence? I think not... are some of the largest, most successful businesses in China.

Oh, please, don't be stupid. I never said Apple needs to ask for permission to store keys anywhere, I said the government can come and tell Apple to give access to the data. As for the companies: why would the Chinese shut down other companies when they can shut down Apple themselves? Apple can't conduct business on the Chinese soil unless the Chinese government lets them, so they have no other choice than to do anything the government tells them to. If Apple were to decline the government could stop Apple from selling any devices at all in China, ban all import of Apple-devices, ban all export of parts and devices to Apple, throw any Apple-employees in China in jail for contempt of court and basically ruin Apple as a company since they still totally rely on Chinese import of parts for their devices. Do you really believe that Apple would be willing to ruin themselves like that worldwide, just to spite the government?

about a month ago
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Leaked Documents: GCHQ Made Port-Scanning Entire Countries a Standard Spy Tool

Gaygirlie Re:And we're surprised why? (58 comments)

Let me show you my shocked face ... :|

I raise you my face ... (^_~(__*__)

about a month ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Gaygirlie Re:Not just China (92 comments)

Does every slashdot article have to come back to trashing the USA these days?

Well, they would certainly have earned that by now.

about a month ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Gaygirlie Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

"End users" in China don't want the government to control their information. This is the 21st Century. They're not fucking stupid.

And? The government doesn't need their fucking permission. Do you think the NSA goes around and asks people for permission to mine their data? Why do you think Chinese government would need to do that? As long as Apple wants to conduct business on Chinese soil they gotta play by whatever rules the Chinese lay on them, including giving access to data, and what the end-users want is going to be totally irrelevant.

about a month ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Gaygirlie Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

its manufacturing

This is about end-users, not manufacturing. Even if Apple managed to completely move all of their manufacturing to the U.S. they wouldn't want to lose all the possible end-users of their products in China.

about a month ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Gaygirlie Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

However, Apple should be given huge kudos if their claim that they store it encrypted, and that the encryption keys are offshore, is correct. If so, it's a brilliant move. Eat that, China!

No, that's just marketing. They can just order Apple to decrypt the data since Apple has the keys. Their location doesn't matter since the data is in the country already.

about a month ago
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Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

Gaygirlie Re:Gartner cynic here - enlighten me (98 comments)

Well, I guess it could be a nice checklist for the PR-people and marketing departments on what buzzwords people are most likely to have heard and which ones to use in advertisements and stuff? I may be totally off the base, but that's at least something I could see the lazier people and departments riding on.

about a month ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Gaygirlie Android and call recording (368 comments)

I don't think Android lets you record phone calls properly. I know there are a few apps that turn on speaker phone and then record all audio from the microphone, but the audio quality sucks. As far as I know, Android never gives access to the audio stream to userland space at all. It's one thing I dislike about it, I've wanted a good call recorder myself on Android, too. My old Nokia N900, running Maemo, does let you record both incoming and outgoing sound and gives you proper recording.

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  |  about 3 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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