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Silent Circle, Lavabit Unite For 'Dark Mail' Encrypted Email Project

Gerzel Re:Did the NSA just kill SMTP? (195 comments)

And it won't go anywhere at least as they are selling it now. Darkmail? Protect against the NSA? To get widespread adoption you have to sell this as security and as an upgrade not as armor or defense. You have to make Grandma an Grandpa want to have it to help stop what to there minds are hackers and spammers.

about 9 months ago

The W3C Sells Out Users Without Seeming To Get Anything In Return

Gerzel Re:Anyone noticed (348 comments)

Then why are the bullets still in the air?

about 9 months ago

Researchers Create Mid-Air Haptic Feedback System For Touch Displays

Gerzel Re:Just because... (62 comments)

Yeah but you don't need muscle memory to find the control points as that IS the point of haptic feedback. You FEEL where the control points are which means it is also a display that you can feel which makes it good for those who can't see.

about 9 months ago

Google Cracks Down On Mugshot Blackmail Sites

Gerzel Re:The solution is simple. (251 comments)

I'd think the simple thing to do is make the picture copyright of the person of whom it is taken in the case of exoneration/dropped charges.

about 9 months ago

X.Org Foundation Loses 501(c)3 Non-Profit Status

Gerzel Re:Solution (208 comments)

And start how many trade/real wars by breaking a multitude of treaties?

about a year ago

X.Org Foundation Loses 501(c)3 Non-Profit Status

Gerzel Re:No one to blame but themselves (208 comments)

software folks if working with money of sufficient amounts should hire an accountant.

about a year ago

Sony & Panasonic Plan Next-Gen 300 GB Optical Discs By the End of 2015

Gerzel Re:Great (289 comments)

More importantly, is the price per gig going to be competitive?

If they can't get the price down then they won't be worth it unless they can prove their disks are shelf stable for extremely long periods of time or they can get up to the terabyte range HDDs and Flash will be the better option in nearly all cases.

about a year ago

America's First Eco-City: Doomed From the Start

Gerzel Re:In otherwords (258 comments)

Building a new city as Environmentally Friendly is pointless.

You build new cities for a purpose. Usually the purpose is to house the people moving there. Designed cities always have a purpose, one example, Washington DC had the purpose of housing the Federal Government.

The way you make an eco city is you improve on current cities where you can.

1 year,5 days

Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

Gerzel Re:Depends on the energy source duh! (775 comments)

Yes but you also have to measure the efficency in production as well. Those magnets are expensive and built out of limited resources. They are not called RARE-earth for nothing you know.

1 year,6 days

Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

Gerzel Re:Linus management technique works (1501 comments)

Doing a fork of the Linux kernal would not be a trivial matter.

Yes STARTING a fork would be trivial but actually DOING anything with it of note is much harder as to DO have to get developers on board and you have to at least keep pace with the mainline.

To surpass it you not only have to keep within pace, or better (slightly) excel at the development you also have to SELL that fork for others to use.

So no it is not a trivial matter to replace Linus.

1 year,6 days

Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

Gerzel Re:Depends on the energy source duh! (775 comments)

I think the greatest off-set is in the research. It might not be the electric car itself but the research into power storage and efficient electric motors will at least further engineering and give more options to engineers and scientists in the future.

In the end a green car is probably going to be a small, few-thrills, high-miles per unit energy vehicle no matter what fuel/unit energy you're using, at least for long-distance single person transport.

Real efficiency will come from mass transit.

1 year,20 days

Automated Plate Readers Let Police Collect Millions of Records On Drivers

Gerzel Re:Had this in the UK for years (276 comments)

In many ways I attribute the trend towards panopticon and surveillance state and a matter of laziness and unprofessionalism among police forces.'

A professional uses their knowledge to weigh the pros and cons of what they are doing for their client. It isn't just giving the customer what they ask for like some sort of service vending machine but actually listening to needs and desires and working to fulfill them for the client. This is a lot harder than simply doing what needs to be done to "get the job done."

Widespread surveillance and net tactics are easy to use to produce basic results of lowering crime but don't consider other aspects and duties of the job such as watching out for citizen's rights or privacy or in many cases, actually following the law.

Secrecy is used to much the same effect. You don't have to do the work of explaining if you just label it a secret.

1 year,24 days

Will PCIe Flash Become Common In Laptops, Desktops?

Gerzel Re:Yes (372 comments)

Don't be so sure.

Moore's law was only formulated to last a decade or two. It's gone longer but eventually we will start hitting some plateaus of development in all likelyhood. Though we probably won't notice too soon as once faster equipment becomes too expensive to develop we'll still have a lot of room to work on faster more efficient code.

You'll know Moore's is starting to fail when companies start advertising faster code for their products.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

Gerzel Re:version control (480 comments)

The server itself is still public and it isn't your code to commit. You are being paid, generally, to create code for someone else; thus it is their code. This means that you are putting the code on an outside host of unknown security, and is still wrong.

about a year ago

Moore's Law Fails At NAND Flash Node

Gerzel Re:Shortage, no. (147 comments)

Didn't Moore's Law include a ten year limit anyway?

about a year ago

Vastly Improved Raspberry Pi Performance With Wayland

Gerzel Re:Yes, let's bring that back (259 comments)

At least until Moore's Law ends. Dunno when it will happen but assuming the continued survival of the human race there will come a time when our computers are not becoming more powerful with each generation.

For the short and moderate term you can risk relying on Moore's but in the long run all good things come to an end.

about a year ago

FiOS User Finds Limit of 'Unlimited' Data Plan: 77 TB/Month

Gerzel Re:Sounds reasonable to me. (573 comments)

Yeah the VPN would be re-provisioning and the streaming service would defiantly count as high-volume

about a year ago

FiOS User Finds Limit of 'Unlimited' Data Plan: 77 TB/Month

Gerzel Re:Sounds reasonable to me. (573 comments)

I'd bet the ToS violations had nothing to do with his data usage and everything to do with the server racks. A lot of ToS's specifically ban servers.

about a year ago



The Best Platform for a Budding Hacker

Gerzel Gerzel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Gerzel writes "Looking over some recent reviews of the iPad and how it is a poor platform for experimentation as well as the growth of lock-out technology in most computer technology has me wondering what would be the ideal platform to inspire new hackers for the next generation?

Obviously price is one of the higher considerations as you have to get the item into the hands of young people for them to use it. Another highly important consideration would be durability as hacking involves making mistakes and it helps if mistakes don't destroy things. Then you have to make something that kids might WANT to use and they can work with.

Perhaps a sustained campaign to get Apple to change their ways would work best?
Or an Open Source solution?

What can the hacker/computer activist community come up with the encourage the next generation?"



Getting something to write with to go

Gerzel Gerzel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I am considering getting a second computer to use at school to take notes and compose reports and other articles. My primary computer is a desktop running Ubuntu Linux which I update often. I am looking to spend no more than $500 to $750 USD. I want something that is easy to carry, and reasonably rugged given school life is often less than optimal for keeping computer equipment in good shape. Besides typing I would also like the ability to handle pdfs, and internet wi-fi capability. Just because I run Linux on my home machine does not mean that I have to run Linux on this new machine. Any suggestions as to what I might get?

ps My handwriting is very poor and slow compared to my typing speed thus a pen and paper are not reasonable alternatives.

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