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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

KiloByte Re: Trolls are bad people (240 comments)

which fork to use during which course during a fancy dinner

Whichever fork does the job. Any smart person will realize using fork X only for dish Y is an old fad.

about a month ago
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Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

KiloByte Not only in Midgard (85 comments)

We know that warlike once-nomadic Aesir mingled with settled farmer Vanir.

Which speaks heaps about their worshippers.

about a month ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

KiloByte Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (385 comments)

It's not rebranding -- it'd be like calling your home an El-Gaz because you got central heating from El-Gaz.

The kernel is just one of many components -- and not even an irreplaceable one (Debian kfreebsd for example).

about a month ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

KiloByte Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (385 comments)

No, the distinction is important, although for not Stallman's reasons. We need different names for the kernel (Linux) vs kernel+bionic (Android) vs kernel+mostly-GNU (GNU/Linux) vs some embedded stuff.

about a month ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

KiloByte Re:America Cannot Compete (324 comments)

As usually, it's "intellectual property" that's a problem. Stop treating licensing as goods/work, and the ability to shift profits goes away.

about a month ago
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Digia Spins Off Qt As Subsidiary

KiloByte Re:Sink or Swim time. (33 comments)

It's so needed after GTK went to the crapper.

about a month ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

KiloByte Re:Double-edged sword (118 comments)

No, innovation is usually good. Without it, we'd never move forward, including having gotten to where we are now. It's just that you need to weed good innovation from bad.

about a month ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

KiloByte Re:Double-edged sword (118 comments)

Actually, GNOME3 is a counterexample. I wish Microsoft held a patent on obnoxious tabletized UIs.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

KiloByte Re:Good decision? (352 comments)

You mean, they're usually without a real strategy?

about a month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

KiloByte Re:It should be (364 comments)

It boggles me why, on the left side of the pond, you have people with multiple DUI convictions who still get permits to drive on selected routes.

Here in Poland, quite a few people push for the first DUI mean losing the driving license for life. I'd say that's overkill, but 5 years or so of absolute driving ban for a DUI would be just right. It's a kind of a murder attempt, after all.

about a month and a half ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

KiloByte Re:Or so they say... (142 comments)

It doesn't matter if they are lying through their teeth when they say that. Because they claim it to be true, we can use that as further justification that the NSA's mass-surveillance hasn't done squat.

Because they're busy using that surveillance spying on political and business opponents. Come on, citizen, you don't want to take resources away from that to put then to unimportant stuff like catching criminals and preventing terrorism, do you? Heck, if we caught terrorists before they strike, the terror would be gone and this would risk pulling resources away public support from the surveillance!

about a month and a half ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

KiloByte Buck feta (102 comments)

Why in the blazes the inter-Slashdot link leads to the Beta travesty? If I, due to some mental malady, would prefer Beta, I'd set it as my default.

Why does even Dice keep Beta afloat after it failed? I seriously hope the plans to make it the main -- and only -- interface are gone. Oh well, there's still Soylent...

about a month and a half ago
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LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

KiloByte Re:What's all the fuss about? (99 comments)

With compilers, what counts is the speed of compiled code rather than compilation speed, and here clang loses by quite a bit.

Compilation speed really matters only in rapid compile-debug cycles, but there clang, despite winning on compile speed, is hindered by producing worse debug info.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

KiloByte Re:There are several problems with this (152 comments)

Just install the "Classic Theme Restorer" add-on and Firefox is as usable as it was before.

about a month and a half ago
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Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

KiloByte Re:Why a hardcoded list? (90 comments)

The .cn TLD is can be MITMed by the Chinese government, yes. That's why you need to host your chinese-dissident page in a TLD of any country that hates China (ie, almost any of them). Same for a site that reveals wrongdoings of the NSA. Any point other than ICANN can be avoided by simply chosing a different TLD, and ICANN itself can be secured by pinning TLD keys.

This goes in sharp contrast with the CA cartel model, where you need to trust the sum (rather than alternative) of 400+ entities, some of which are known to be actively engaged in MITM, like CNNIC or Etisalat.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

KiloByte Re:Why a hardcoded list? (90 comments)

Uhm no, you can't MITM DNSSEC, you can't do anything except a denial of service unless you control one of three entities:

  • ICANN
  • that particular TLD
  • the registrar your victim uses

That is, unless someone is stupid enough to trust some external DNS server, but no reasonable DNSSEC client would use a dumb stub resolver this way.

about 2 months ago
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Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot

KiloByte Re:News to be filed under "duh..." (60 comments)

For me, some extra resiliency against snooping is a bonus rather than a "critical vulnerability".

about 3 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

KiloByte Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

Hmm yeah.. if this was reliable information, we'd have heard more by now.

about 3 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

KiloByte Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

It was in the news a couple days ago, reporting a first sighting of 300-400 men in plain (green) uniforms of Russian army. Without distinctions, same as in Crimea.

about 3 months ago

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Wikipedia to censor images

KiloByte KiloByte writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KiloByte (825081) writes "To appease "morality" watchdogs, Wikipedia is contemplating introducing a censorship feature, where images are marked as containing sexual references, nudity, "mass graves", and so on. At least in the initial implementation, it is supposed to be "opt-in". However, with such precedents as UK censoring artistic nudity, Turkey censoring references to the Armenian genocide or China to the Tianenmen massacre (note that any sensitive photos like the Tank Man are already absent!), I find it quite hard to believe this feature won't be mandatory for groups of readers — be it thanks to an oppressive government, their ISP or school."
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