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Air Quality Apps and Bottled Air Thrive On Beijing's Pollution

Glorat As someone living in China (102 comments)

My new bookmarked website is http://www.aqicn.info/ which recently popped up. It's very pretty and they built a little widget that goes on my android phone home screen. I'm grateful people have taken time to build this type of information as I've been paranoid about the pollution whilst living here. Only 2 years ago, pollution was a topic not even discussed by the locals and the best one had to go on was a twitter feed from the US consulate giving the PM2.5 levels.

And the best thing is that people are building these sites and apps for free.

about a year and a half ago
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Root DNS Zone Now DNSSEC Signed

Glorat Re:For the rest of us... (94 comments)

Of course they *can* easily block DNSSEC. They can also easily block OpenVPN and other such things but they are choosing not too for now. But while they are not, wouldn't it sure be good to make use of this new standard?

more than 4 years ago
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Root DNS Zone Now DNSSEC Signed

Glorat Re:For the rest of us... (94 comments)

They poison *all* DNS requests to any DNS server and return a random IP address for sites like twitter. This is precisely the type of thing that DNSSEC should help with (if only people knew how to set it up... it shouldn't be that hard)

more than 4 years ago
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Root DNS Zone Now DNSSEC Signed

Glorat Re:For the rest of us... (94 comments)

And what should DNS clients do if you're staying in a country with an ISP where many DNS requests are getting poisoned? (Including those to 8.8.4.4 and root servers)

The obvious thing would be to set up a local recursive bind forwarder to forward to dnssec signed servers, that either is or are children of the root. But I've never done that before

more than 4 years ago
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Ask the UK Pirate Party's Andrew Robinson About the Issues

Glorat Re:Naming Rights (391 comments)

Second this

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Asks Judge To Shutter Psystar's Clone Unit

Glorat Re:Once again (346 comments)

The software loaded onto the Psystar machines were legally paid for.

Not exactly - the software was a modified derivative of what Psystar paid for. A derivative that was not allowed by the original licensor (Apple). Therefore this copy is illegal.

It's like taking GPL software, modifying it, distributing it and then not following the original licence agreement (that you must then distribute source code). That's why this case is such a big deal for FOSS. If Psystar win, GPL begins to be in trouble

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Asks Judge To Shutter Psystar's Clone Unit

Glorat Re:Once again (346 comments)

Thank you for the good reference. And as many have been missing, the whole point here is that Psystar did here alter the goods in a material manner (by bypassing software restrictions that detect hardware). Maybe if they had just sold a machine with a Hypervisor to run an unmodified OSX they would be on more solid ground

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Asks Judge To Shutter Psystar's Clone Unit

Glorat Re:Duh (346 comments)

What is the difference though? Lots of manufacturers like Dell use master copies to clone their PCs.

What you're suggesting is insane. The only difference is having to install everything manually on every computer, or just cloning the same bits and bytes. What's the difference as long as Apple got the same amount of money?

This very argument was tackled by Apple. The point is that Psystar made an illegal modified master copy, which they then went on to clone onto all their PCs. The difference is that Dell were entitled to make master copies since they had a licence from Apple to do so. IMO, it's somewhat analagous to taking a Windows install, sticking a pirate key on it, then cloning it to 1000 PCs. That you've then also provided a retail Windows package doesn't help you escape.

The law should not be stupid, but be interpreted according to common sense. If this is how it is, either this broken legal system needs further fixes, or we just need to stay away from proprietary software altogether - too much risk and arbitrary decisions in the hands of the wrong people..

The law is verbose, like a good computer program so that there is less ambiguity about what people think is common sense. Agree that sticking to FOSS will get you in less trouble

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Cashback Can Cost You Money

Glorat Re:The first thing that came to mind... (333 comments)

To be fair to them, the Dell employee purchase scheme does say that it's discount is applicable *on top of* any pre-existing sale discount. They just make it hard to find - when you go through the EPP site, they hide all the "regular" discounts

This didn't stop me from purchasing this Dell Studio I'm typing on, having received -£300 from the regular offer and a further 5% off via the EPP. Make use of it!

more than 4 years ago
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FDA Says Homeopathic Cure Can Cause Loss of Smell

Glorat Re:i can totally see this happeining (452 comments)

Patient: I've been farting a lot lately. They are always silent and do not smell but it causes my skirt to move and I'm embarrassed that people are noticing. Is this something you can help me with?

Doctor: Take one of these pills every day and see me next week

- 1 week passes

Patient: I'm afraid my farts haven't stopped. And not they've started smelling horribly!

Doctor: Right, that's your nose fixed. Now for something for your ears...

more than 5 years ago

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