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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

KiloByte Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (157 comments)

It did find only 60 out of 221 fonts installed on my system, but that's still good enough for some serious fingerprinting.

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

KiloByte Re:Check your math. (860 comments)

Except, have you read his holy book? He's doing exactly as commanded, that's why his imam finds it hard to protest. The whole idea that "jihad" might mean something else than murdering and subjugating non-believers is an invention of an 11th century scholar, with no basis in the Koran.

There's a large amount of people who self-identify as Muslims yet find jihad to be abhorrent. That doesn't make the Koran any better, though -- it just makes those people not evil, unlike what their holy book demands. You're confusing the Koran with the Bible -- the latter is a large collection of often unrelated works, with hardly any internal consistency. Try for example Psalms 82:1 which says "Jahveh sits on the court of the God of Gods, and passes judgmements to other gods in his name." -- it's really interesting how various translations try to wiggle this statement around towards the current religion. The Koran has no issues of this kind: it's a highly consistent work edited by one man (Uthman) (ok, ok, plus a bunch of scribes doing his bidding). It does deliver a consistent message -- and I really don't like what the message says.

More reading: Skeptic's Annotated Koran, an analysis of references to "jihad" in the Koran.

2 days ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

KiloByte Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (157 comments)

The problem is not in fonts (on non-embedded there's no such thing as too many good fonts!), but in letting a random webpage poke that deeply into your system.

The message "No Flash or Java fonts detected" suggests who the culprits are. Flash belongs behind FlashBlock, Java belongs in /dev/null.

2 days ago
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'Revolving Door' Spins Between AT&T, Government

KiloByte Re:Damned Republicans (59 comments)

Hmm... let's check if there are any democrites on the bribe list. It looks like AT&T has only a small bias towards repugnicans.

4 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

KiloByte Re:The case for not: (563 comments)

So set your hinting to vertical, duh. Any OS but Windows supports that.

5 days ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

KiloByte Re:Compare to... (377 comments)

Because JPEG 2000, JPEG XR, WebP and others don't work in browsers without specifically added support, BGP does (via javascript).

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

KiloByte Re:This really is a man's world... (377 comments)

Except that this test image has just a face and part of a shoulder, without any naughty bits. Not even erotic at all.

It's a good test image because it catches both distortions of detail and color damage to areas with a gentle gradient.

about a week ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

KiloByte Re:All for poisioning the well (285 comments)

He will get targeted ads, yes. He'll also click on them again (at least from the advertiser's point of view). All while not being aware of the ads' existence because they're being blocked!

about a week ago
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In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

KiloByte Re:Maybe sony should have (102 comments)

It takes just one of those elite hackers literate enough to read about this.

about two weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

KiloByte Re: Cubic gigaparsec ... (184 comments)

3200 Gpc? Er... how's that possible in a ball of radius 14.3Gpc (4.2Gpc before counting expansion)? Unless you lost ^3 somewhere.

about two weeks ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

KiloByte What about a low-food diet? (252 comments)

You want to lose weight? Stop stuffing your pie hole.

Both of these diet fads, low-carb and low-fat, fail at providing balanced food intake. An unhealthy diet can make you lose weight fast, but that's not a good idea.

about three weeks ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

KiloByte Re:What a moron! (119 comments)

He had 20 mil worth of Bitcoins? He should have sold them all himself and then fled the country.

Unlike the US marshals, Dread Pirate Roberts has a sense of decency.

about a month ago
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Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

KiloByte Separate the hidden service from the tor daemon (106 comments)

Rule #1 that should be enforced: contrary to all popular docs, the hidden service should never, ever, be on the same logical machine as the tor daemon. The latter needs connectivity to arbitrary IPs, which means as soon as any part of the service is pwned -- or just sports a data leak -- the bad guys can learn who you are. If the hidden service machine doesn't know its IP nor other kinds of data that can be used to identify it, it can't leak that.

This won't avoid traffic analysis, but (most likely) the majority of hidden service breaches so far has been done by exploiting some bug in a http daemon and making it query http://home.spooks.gov/ outside tor.

about a month ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

KiloByte Re:Gnome3, systemd etc. (450 comments)

The GR doesn't override the TC decision, it enhances it.

The CTTE decision said "systemd is the default init for jessie", without saying whether non-defaults are to be supported or dropped. This is the part the GR is for.

about a month ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

KiloByte Re:Gnome3, systemd etc. (450 comments)

So these days daring to use the means the constitution provides is called "abuse"? Interesting...

With that logic, trying to use the 1st, 2nd or 4th amendment to the US constitution means you're a terrorist, right?

about a month ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

KiloByte Re:PETA (164 comments)

So you're going to go mass-murdering cats and dogs too? (Intentionally using the wrong word between "murder" and kill", to follow your idols.)

about a month and a half ago
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Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

KiloByte Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (106 comments)

The only shady thing here are claims by the pro-mutilation party that it somehow reduces the risk of transmitting AIDS. The only study that shown this result was Camp Orange, and it: 1. was ran by a group funded by MGM proponents, 2. has multiple claims of scientific misconduct pointed against it, 3. contradicts actually peer-reviewed studies, 4. included the time of recovery from the surgery within study time (a man with a penis in pain isn't exactly going to conduct in sexual contact), 5. gave sexual education to only one of the groups (during the surgery), and 6. destroyed the control group, making any further study on those people impossible.

about a month and a half ago
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Trisquel 7 Released

KiloByte Re:Fallback was GNOME 2, now it's Flashback (39 comments)

llvmpipe is i386 amd64 only, though. In addition with Gnome's 3D not working with almost any graphics drivers other than Intel, Nvidia and Radeon, this means in practice that Gnome3 is x86-only after they dropped Fallback.

about a month and a half ago
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Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

KiloByte Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (106 comments)

Even his "charity" can be bloody and harmful. The guy put $50M for a campaign to promote genital mutilation.

about a month and a half 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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