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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

Gaygirlie Re:Better Link (152 comments)

I'm not sure that WhatsApp has a leg to stand on as reverse engineering is allowed, and could be opening themselves up to legal action.

Companies providing an online service are perfectly within their legal rights to deny users of 3rd-party applications, it has nothing to do with reverse-engineering. They can't deny you from reverse-engineering stuff and using that stuff on your own, but they can deny you access to their services, then.

yesterday
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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

Gaygirlie Re:It's actually a nice feature. (88 comments)

Me, I don't really like watching other people play, per se, but every now and then I stumble upon a game on Steam that looks interesting and then just with a few click of the mouse I can actually check out what it looks like when being played for real. I find that pretty great.

4 days ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

Gaygirlie Re:Benchmarks for that AMD chip look bad... (180 comments)

Personally, I think it's actually pretty swell. I have a Core 2 Duo T7500 - laptop serving as a small-time server at home and compared to that this AMD E1 Micro-6200T provides 75% of the performance at ~11% power-consumption! Of course, compared to desktop CPUs it's going to suck ass, but hell, would it be fair to compare a Pinto to a Ferrari and complain about the performance?

about two weeks ago
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Using Facebook Data, Algorithm Predicts Personality Better Than Friends

Gaygirlie What if I have no likes? (80 comments)

I have a Facebook-account due to family, but I make maybe one post a year there and I never like anything whatsoever. What does such an algorithm tell about me? I mean, it sounds to me like the algorithm is already biased towards certain kind of people from the get-go if it only applies to socially-outwards people who enjoy "liking" stuff on Facebook.

about two weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Based Basic Income Program Started In Finland

Gaygirlie Re:It's a con... (109 comments)

It sure looks like scam, and even if it wasn't it at least doesn't look like trustworthy or that the people behind it are too skilled. Even their website is like it was made by a 12-year old, including faulty UTF-8 and all. It certainly doesn't instill any sort of confidence in these folks!

about two weeks ago
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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

Gaygirlie Re:HTTP isn't why the web is slow (161 comments)

A lot of the various Internet-engineers disagree with you. Have you looked at how much traffic is spent on nothing more than headers? There's a lot of stuff spent on those. Now, multiply that with the said scripts and other files you mentioned, with every single file or request generating all those headers. Then, multiply all that with the number of users accessing the servers, and you have shitloads of traffic eating away at your bandwidth all needlessly. There have been a lot of attempts all around that try to reduce this clutter, like e.g. Comet, WebSockets and so on.

You're only seeing things from the perspective of the end-users, but for those running servers or those providing the bandwidth it does really matter.

about two weeks ago
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Finnish Bank OP Under Persistent DDoS Attack

Gaygirlie Re:So get protection (92 comments)

Actually, it seems the attackers are mostly just a loose bunch of youngsters trying to emulate the big groups, ie. Lizard Squard and Anon et.al. I certainly have not heard anything hinting towards any ransom. F-Secure already has identified and knows from before of several of the attackers, so we can expect arrests soonish.

about three weeks ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

Gaygirlie Re:'make -j64 bzImage' (449 comments)

The compiler doesn't actually do parallel processing when you're compiling the kernel, it does multi-processing and that's the crux here; when you're compiling the kernel each process that spawns works on its own set of files -- multi-processing, that is -- whereas if it was doing parallel-processing they'd be working on the same files simultaneously. They are two very different concepts and you're confusing them.

about three weeks ago
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6 Terabyte Hard Drive Round-Up: WD Red, WD Green and Seagate Enterprise 6TB

Gaygirlie Re:HDD Advantage (190 comments)

Is SSD reliability/longevity still lower than the HDD's, or is that no longer true (or is the opposite true nowadays)?

http://hardware.slashdot.org/s... -- Two petabytes of data written on a cheap, consumer-grade drive and it's still going strong. Not all drives last that much, but basically you can use the drive for two decades without much worry. Of course you're still better off using a non-SSD for something that keeps on chugging data to the drive 24/7, but for pretty much any other use-case they're perfectly fine these days.

about a month ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Gaygirlie Re:Why Steam? Why? (160 comments)

"Because people will move or travel, and all there games will stop working" -- This has nothing to do with the games not working, it's only about being able to buy games or gift games in those cheap areas. If you have bought the game it'll still continue to work, regardless of where you bought it or where you're playing it in.

about a month ago
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Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

Gaygirlie Re:Sounds like my Sony Blu-Ray player (82 comments)

Have you checked if it uses HTTP or HTTPS for its traffic? If it's just plain-old HTTP you could redirect the traffic to Sony's servers to a server of your own instead and always just reply with "everything is ok, no updates available, please continue." That's what I've done to several apps and appliances, thereby removing myself from their prying eyes and granting me access to things even when manufacturer's servers are unavailable.

about a month ago
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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

Gaygirlie Re:This game has issues with both nVidia and Win 8 (91 comments)

What is a disaster is the PC controls.

Ugh. Why do so many AAA-games ship with broken controls on PCs? That really pisses me off. I was planning to buy the game, but now.. well, I've been burned by horrible controls so many times in the past that I'm just not so keen on repeating that anymore :S

about 2 months ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Gaygirlie Re:How about SuperSu? (234 comments)

Your wife's phone is rooted, that's what SuperSU is about.

about 2 months ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

Gaygirlie Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (132 comments)

Are you seriously advocating having people shooting guns into the airspace around an airport?

Of course not, you silly, it was sarcasm. Shooting drones down would be more fun than legislating them, though.

about 2 months ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

Gaygirlie Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (132 comments)

Regulation or banning would be ineffective, it's so easy to order parts online and build the things yourself. Or 3D-print them. A sniper or two with good rifles on airport grounds, though, would most likely work much better.

about 2 months ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Gaygirlie Re:Wow, that's very deeply insightful (594 comments)

Many things in life were not originally designed for the tasks they were later used for. SpaceShipTwo and any future revisions may still yield useful tech or information. Dismissing it all just because it's not designed for deep space is short-sighted.

about 3 months ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Gaygirlie Re:Unfortunate... (242 comments)

As much as it is off-topic, I do swing both ways.

about 3 months ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Gaygirlie Re:Unfortunate... (242 comments)

Windows 8 is pretty much the same OS as 7 with a slightly worse UI.

I've been using Windows 8 with Start8 for well over a year now and I really don't have much to complain. I just simply disabled all the Metro-related hot corners with Start8, set the system to boot to desktop and changed the default apps from Metro-ones to the standard desktop-ones. Visually the only difference to Windows 7 is the lack of translucent window-borders -- something that I do not mind -- and it feels a tad faster in pretty much everything. I upgraded my boyfriend's PC and went and installed a similar Win8 - setup for him, too, and he hasn't been complaining about it, either, and he's just the kind of a person who tends to complain about even quite irrelevant things if they just happen to differ from what he's used to.

All this is to say: I feel Win8 is perfectly useable as long as you don't delve into Metro.

about 3 months ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

Gaygirlie Re: Packages can't be removed? (126 comments)

No, they're responsible for maintaining their packages in every repository they wish to add their package to, though. If they want to be part of the Ubuntu repo, rather than hosting their own repository, they play by Ubuntu's rules. Don't like it? Run your own repository.

They do: http://software.opensuse.org/d...

They're not the ones maintaining the packages in Ubuntu's repos, that's Ubuntu-folks' own doing.

about 3 months ago

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

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 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 3 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 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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