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CERN Releases LHC Data

Maow LHC@home (41 comments)

I wonder how this relates to the LHC@home project?

I've got that plus a couple more running and it seems the LHC project has had some down-time lately.

Are they switching to releasing the data in this form now?


What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

Maow Re: the grass is decidedly not greener (142 comments)

My DSL started out at $39 in 2012 (not counting the new subscriber discount), and has steadily increased about every 6-8 months to its present price for roughly the same level of service.

Sounds exactly like my experience in Vacouver with Shaw.

When I found out that one of the brothers in charge got highly intoxicated at the AGM and insulted investors, and was fired - kidding! - was paid to go away - to the tune of an $80,000,000 retirement package, well that was the final straw for me.

Bonus - TekSavvy as ISP over cable modem in Vancouver uses Shaw's quite decent infrastructure, but it's much cheaper.

3 days ago

What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

Maow Re: the grass is decidedly not greener (142 comments)

Wow! That is a good deal. Out of curiosity, what is the non-roaming coverage like for Wind outside of major urban centres like Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Toronto? Also, is the 4G/LTE coverage fairly consistent?

Sorry for the late reply.

Whistler is covered. Barrie is covered. Oshawa to London is covered, I believe. All around the western shore of Lake Ontario.

No LTE (not an issue for me in the slightest). HSPA (sp?) is okay for my purposes - I've run my whole home network through my tethered phone while between cable internet providers. has a map of their supposed coverage. CoverageMapper app has very specific details as reported by users of the app on various networks (download and help fill in your carrier's coverage! (no affiliation)).

As for actual roaming, Wind customers roam on Rogers' network at what used to be $0.20 / minute (CRTC decisions of late might have changed that). When I was a Rogers customer myself, and my measly 180 minutes expired, I was charged $0.25 / minute. So... screw Rogers even though their network is good.

Wind also has apparently excellent US roaming (unlimited for $5 or $10 / month). I've never looked closely at it, but some people seem to like it.

Finally, Wind will provide the network unlock code for your phone if you get it through them, once you've been a customer for 3 months. So overseas travel is easy - swap SIM cards at your destination.

CoverageMapper allows users to report on their carrier's coverage world-wide... A great app that should be recommended by all mobile providers.

3 days ago

What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

Maow Re:the grass is decidedly not greener (142 comments)

We pay the price for the bit of regulatory advantage we have.

Not in my experience.

I see US commercials for home internet and mobile data and am blown away.

Canadians get offered advertised rates that are enough to "blow one away". In the small print, it's always "for the first 6 months, then it doubles". See Telus and Shaw for examples.

Data rates are so expensive up here in Canada compared to what is advertised in th US. My cell bill is 80 bucks a month, and I get a measly 1 gig a month shared with my wife's phone - she still has to pay 65 bucks for her phone service itself even though she shares my data (granted we get unlimited nationwide calling and texting, but this seems to be the norm for most plans).

Then shop around. I pay $40 / month and get 5 GB / month on mobile before throttling, unlimited global SMS, unlimited North America-wide voice calling, free MMS, voice mail, call conferencing, call display,... Wind Mobile. Oh, and the wife gets unlimited nation-wide calling for $25 too. Our accounts are entirely separate, there's no family plan or discount involved.

My DSL internet is 63 bucks a month at 15 mbps speeds and a 150 gigabyte cap (it was 60 gigabytes until six months ago).

I pay $30 / month for 7.5 mbps with a fuzzy 300 GB cap, which isn't really enforced and may only count during the hours from 08:00 to 02:00 -- never encountered an overage so I'm unclear. TekSavvy.

Don't even get me started on the cost of TV...

Yes, TV is a rip-off. Not sure that it's worse than in the US, so won't comment.

This site, Ars Technica, and others, are full of absolutely abhorrent behaviours and pricing from the US telecomm giants; I don't understand how you can look at them with any envy, or anything other than perhaps pity.

5 days ago

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Maow smtpd_tls_security_level=encrypt (245 comments)

I believe the setting for postfix smtpd to smtpd is this:


And for clients:


Any wizards with corrections or comments welcome!

about two weeks ago

Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

Maow Buried the lede: SENATOR agrees (231 comments)

The Ontario Provincial Police was part of the law enforcement panel and was asked by Senator Tom McInnis, a Conservative Senator from Nova Scotia, about what other laws are needed to address cyberbullying.

That's when Scott Naylor of the OPP gave the response outlined in TFS.

Of course, the Ontario Provincial Police have little influence nation-wide.

A Conservative senator, on the other hand, does.

Naylor’s comment was approved by Senator McInnis, who stated that he “absolutely agreed” with the recommendation.

Of course, the Supreme Court of Canada sides with anonymity on-line. But Senators and MPs have the ability to (attempt to) pass legislation that would attempt this lunatic idea.

about two weeks ago

Google "Evicted" the Berlin Wall From Property It Bought

Maow Re:donor wanted it in a public place, not Google p (59 comments)

just another DICEy post

Check the submitter.

TheoDP often posts such material, complete with copious links, but weak on premise.

about two weeks ago

Researchers Simulate Monster EF5 Tornado

Maow Presentation as seen on YouTube well done (61 comments)

That was a very well done presentation even if it was so far over my head that I understood little but, "oooh, pretty".

The pacing was fast, confident, and even had the audience laughing at times. Congratulations.

Now I feel an evil urge to make a joke about how, since your model didn't properly account for "hydrometeor centrifigal whatzits" then it is therefore worthless and you, Mr Orf, like those climate researchers, are in it for the big bucks in grant money to fund your lavish Toyotas and suburban middle class homes.

Or something. I've likely failed at humour. But you've succeeded in your research, kudos.

about two weeks ago

Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Maow Re:Hey - works for me! (150 comments)

"Civilized country" . . . by which you mean somewhere in the "Old World", I assume? Or perhaps you meant the Third World? I always get those two confused.

Wrong on both counts.

No, thanks. I'd rather stay here in the "New World". You remember us - we're the guys who bailed y'all out something like seventy years ago when you were busy doing the genocide thing?

Actually, while "we" (us New Worlders) were bailing out the "Old World", "you" were sitting on your asses watching the whole thing unfold for half the first instance and until the fight came to you in the second instance.

It sure woulda been nice if the locals had been able to oppose governments that did things like that - but being "civilized" apparently means that would be a no-no, doesn't it?

Yeah, and how's your armament helping you oppose the gubmint these days? Doesn't seem to have been working out for y'all, whether y'all includes American-borne slaves, anti-Vietnam protesters, civil forfeiture victims, Ferguson protesters with .50 cal rifles pointed at them, victims of the War on (Drugs | Terror | ...).

But y'all manage to keep your own numbers in check with all the guns, so carry on.

about two weeks ago

OpenSUSE 13.2 Released

Maow Re:Question for btrfs users... (42 comments)

I am using OpenSUSE 13.1 right now with ext4 partitions and I am pondering migrating to OpenSUSE 13.2 with btrfs or simply updating the distro with ''zypper dup'' and keeping my ext4 fs.

If you are using btrfs, what has been your experience? Better performance? As stable as ext4?

I set up OpenSUSE 13.1 in a VM and chose BTRFS on the root (and home?) file system(s).

Since it was a VM for testing, I didn't assign it a huge image space, maybe 8 GB.

Well, after installation and then updating all the packages, I'd run out of disk space before the updates finished.

What a PITA. "snapper" can be used to delete some of the snapshots, but I disagree with the snapshot taking after every package update. I understand it can be useful in some scenarios, but it's something I'd rather have on my /home partition.

That's the sum of my experience with poking at it a bit, other than the KDE version of OpenSUSE is probably the finest looking and most-polished OS I've every had the pleasure of using.

about two weeks ago

Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Maow Re:Hey - works for me! (150 comments)

This is why I travel with a handgun.

You ought to try travelling to a civilized country sometime.

On the other hand, most of them probably don't want you, so never mind.

about three weeks ago

Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Maow Re: This is silly (720 comments)

So we should retain inefficient practices and increase costs to the consumer because otherwise we'll have a glut of unemployed low-skill workers that may commit crimes?

CGP Grey has an excellent video entitled Humans Need Not Apply which makes a strong case for not just low-skilled workers becoming replaced by automation, but skilled workers, and even professionals.

For example, a lot of lawyer work involves sifting through massive document dumps during disclosure. Solution? Automation.

IBM's Watson is being focused on the medical field for research and diagnostics.

Perhaps it can be "taught" engineering to a sufficient degree to create a glut of unemployed humans in that field too.

Think you can compete with Watson?

The unskilled workers are merely the canary in the coal mine. Your turn is coming.

about a month ago

Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Maow Re:What has happened to Slashdot? (425 comments)

The information age is over. The age of lies has started.

Been saying it myself for a while:

The "Information Age" has become the age of mis-information and dis-information.

about a month and a half ago

Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

Maow Re:A truly smart person ... (391 comments)

Not true. I work with EE faculty, and a number of them can't seem to grasp the concept that the being a brilliant engineer doesn't automatically confer one with expertise in diverse other areas such as patent law, accounting, videography, etc.

I'll agree and add a couple more topics that engineers often make fools of them self in: politics and climate science.

And, to be fair, it's not just engineers that suffer this; it's any highly trained individual who lacks humility.

about 3 months ago

Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

Maow Re:Wish I could say I was surprised (178 comments)

1. I'm not interested in being brow beaten by some fool more interested in winning an argument then in addressing the argument.

If you're going to keep attempting an ad hominem then I'm going to simply not talk to you. And then what will you have accomplished?'re going to get asinine...

Jeez, pot meet kettle.

To top it off, he addressed your points quite well and it appears that it's you that seems intent upon winning an argument with your long-winded reply, which, of course, doesn't specifically and concretely address the issues raised by the person you're replying to.

Funding to reproduce coming from same institution? So they'll have half the money for original research then. And the suckers tasked with the reproduction won't be advancing their own careers under the Publish (original, ground breaking work) Or Perish model used today.

Like it was stated, in a fairly appropriate analogy, reproducing others' work is akin to re-writing a new software project - in software dev, it's a losing game.

In science it's important, but like in software dev, the boss isn't interested. And while the result may be beneficial, it's hard to convince people that it's a rewarding career move to play catch-up to others' work.

Having said all that, I think we all agree that reproducibility is important -- question is, how to go about it as the current system kinda disfavours it in all but the most important projects.

We need to implement specific, concrete changes -- having grad students do some of that is a good idea, but not sure if it'll completely solve the issue.

But laymen will at least understand what has and has not be verified. That is important. Science cannot be something only scientists understand any more then the law can be something only lawyers understand.

Laymen will never understand cutting edge science (unless they're quite keen on the topic at hand - a miniscule minority), and any layman that thinks they understand the law as well as lawyers generally get their arses handed to them should they attempt pro se representation.

Specialization in complex fields is natural.

about 4 months ago

Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

Maow Re:Drive amazon services? (61 comments)

+1 Interesting

(accidental Troll mis-mod being undone with this post)

about 5 months ago

First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

Maow Re:For all the USA haters on Slashdot (198 comments)

"Inventing the Internet" gives you the same rights over the international Internet as "inventing the English language" gives over English speakers.

I think I lost your point. Are you saying that England has the right to decide if it's spelled "colour" or "color" in the US?

Perhaps you're playing stupid on the Internet, or maybe you're just thick, so I'll spell it out for you.

If the USA wants to spell colour "kulor", England can't stop them.

England "invented" English. USA can do with it what they want.

USA "invented" the Internet. The world can do (or ought to be able to do) with it what it wants.

I believe that is what the +5 Insightful AC above you was getting at.

about 10 months ago

FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

Maow Re:The real motive (218 comments)

No unions? Sign me up!

Yet conservatives may be shocked to learn that their idol Reagan was once a union boss himself. Reagan was the only president in American history to have belonged to a union, the AFL-CIO affiliated Screen Actors Guild. And he even served six terms as president of the organized labor group. Additionally, Reagan was a staunch advocate for the collective bargaining rights of one of the world’s most famous and most influential trade unions, Poland’s Solidarity movement.

And Reagan said this regarding unions:

By outlawing Solidarity, a free trade organization to which an overwhelming majority of Polish workers and farmers belong, they have made it clear that they never had any intention of restoring one of the most elemental human rights—the right to belong to a free trade union.

So you modern conservatives even make Ronald Reagan look like a leftist. And guess what? He was no leftist.

That ought to give you reason to consider your blind partisanship, but something tells me that would be highly unlikely.

about 10 months ago

Google Buys UK AI Startup Deep Mind

Maow Re:Voice assistant (113 comments)

No they weren't. Cellphones were cool from the start. At least, around here anyway. Everyone wanted one. The problem with glass is the same with bluetooth headsets. People ware them even when they're not using them... which makes you look like a douche. Once Google has these embedded in regular glasses this will stop being an issue.

Agree with the first part, but on BlueTooth headsets - what's one supposed to do with them, take them off and pocket them? That risks losing them. I leave mine in place, even when turned off, when I'm out and about. 'Cause I know I'd lose it otherwise.

Maybe it helps that I grew up in a household where hearing aids were worn by a family member, so having something in the ear was normal. On the other hand, I hated wearing ear buds for the longest time, 'til I recognized the usefulness of them.

about 10 months ago



Edward Snowden says NSA engages in industrial espionage

Maow Maow writes  |  about 10 months ago

Maow (620678) writes "Snowden has been interviewed by a German TV network and stated that the NSA is involved in industrial espionage, which is outside the range of national security.

He claims that Siemens is a prime example of a target for the data collection.

I doubt this would suprise AirBus or other companies, but it shall remain to be seen what measures global industries take (if any) to prevent their internal secrets from falling into NSA's — and presumably American competitors' — hands."

Link to Original Source

Gory images, videos posted on website are art, jury decides

Maow Maow writes  |  about a year ago

Maow (620678) writes "The website was part of a personal project by [Remy] Couture designed to raise the bar of his make-up and special- effects work. Couture, who is self-taught, sought to bring a psychopathic killer character of his own making to life.

Couture described it as a sort of "fake diary of a serial killer," complete with his own universe inspired by horror movies and literature. But there was no victim in the case — all of the works were staged with willing actresses and a combination of fake blood, latex and silicone to create lifelike, horrific images.

The trial heard that Interpol received a complaint in 2006 from a user in Austria. The scenes were deemed so realistic that a pathologist in Europe couldn't rule out that a homicide had actually been committed. Montreal police began their investigation in early 2009.

Police officers who testified had doubts that Couture's work was real homicide, but still engaged in an elaborate sting operation with police posing as clients looking to do a gory photo shoot around Halloween.

"My objective was to create horror, plain and simple," Couture told the court.

It seems one cannot fault the police for the initial investigation, since we've now seen a Montreal snuff film posted on-line become the first indication of (an infamous murder)."

Link to Original Source

'Rogue (wandering) planet' spotted 100 light-years away

Maow Maow writes  |  about 2 years ago

Maow (620678) writes ""This object was discovered during a scan that covered the equivalent of 1,000 times the [area] of the full moon," said study co-author Etienne Artigau of the University of Montreal.

"We observed hundreds of millions of stars and planets, but we only found one homeless planet in our neighbourhood."

This planet appears to be an astonishingly young 50-120 million years old.

The paper is published at

Here's hoping the Mayan End-of-World-2012 people don't seize upon this as some kind of impending rogue planet on a collision course with Earth, but one can expect it'll be bantered about on such forums."

Link to Original Source

B.C. woman sues Apple over iPhone data

Maow Maow writes  |  about 2 years ago

Maow (620678) writes "A B.C. woman is suing Apple Inc. alleging the company has violated the privacy and security of users of its iPhones, iPads and iPods that are using the iOS4 operating system.

(Yeah, IOS4. Continuing:)

Amanda Ladas, of Surrey, has filed the lawsuit under the Class Proceedings Act in Supreme Court of B.C. Ladas’s claim alleges that in addition to the violation of security and privacy, Apple has “engaged in deceptive acts or practices” that entitle her and anyone who joins the suit “to aggravated, punitive and/or exemplary damages.”

Ladas said in a release Tuesday that she is concerned that, without her permission, anyone with moderate computer knowledge can find out where she’s been.

According to a report by digital forensics technologist Francis Graf, whose report is filed with the lawsuit, Ladas’s iPhone 4 contains location data, going back approximately one year, which was easily accessible using free tools readily available on the internet."

Link to Original Source

Samsung Galaxy Nexus ban overturned by US appeals court

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maow (620678) writes "The US Court of Appeals has overturned a ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone, in a blow to Apple in the ongoing battle between the two rivals.

It said the district court in California, which had issued the ban in June, had "abused its discretion in entering an injunction".

Link to the decision.

I always wondered why the pure Google (Nexus) model was banned, and why Google didn't file an Amicus Curae filing in that suit..."

Link to Original Source

Mozilla Firefox browser upgrade (v 16) taken offline due to vulnerability

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maow writes "The latest version of Mozilla's Firefox browser has been taken offline after a security vulnerability was discovered.

Users who had upgraded to version 16 were advised to downgrade to the previous safe release until Firefox developers released a fix.

Indeed, checking the Firefox download URL, it shows version 15.0.1.

Expect an update tomorrow."

Mozilla Firefox browser upgrade (v 16) taken offline due to vulnerability

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maow (620678) writes "The latest version of Mozilla's Firefox browser has been taken offline after a security vulnerability was discovered.

Users who had upgraded to version 16 were advised to downgrade to the previous safe release until Firefox developers released a fix.

Indeed, checking the Firefox download URL, it shows version 15.0.1."

Link to Original Source

Google Nexis QC problems? Phantom keypresses & loose screen

Maow Maow writes  |  about 2 years ago

Maow (620678) writes "In what could shape up to be a big PR blow for Google, it appears there are multiple Quality Control issues with the new Nexis 7 tablets.

Reports of "loose screens" have begun occurring almost since the devices first arrived. Some users have complained that the touchscreen glass is slightly lifted around the edge of the device. In some cases that means that light seems to "bleed" into the display of a page, while others have said it means the screen actually moves.

I have noticed that the glass on the left side is separating from the case When you look at it from the side you can see the glass sticking up a bit and when you push it back down you can hear the adhesive grab on then it lets go

Possibly more damning is the video of a tablet accepting "phantom" keypresses. It's registering letters (mostly "J") when there is obviously noone touching the screen."
Link to Original Source


Quality Control issues with Google's Nexus 7

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maow (620678) writes "As someone with no interest in purchasing a "fondleslab", this is still somewhat sad news: It seems there are issues arising with the Nexus7 such as phantom-typing: a video at primary link showing the keypad actively accepting key presses with no user's hand nearby. Also a video showing the screen separating from the housing. Apparently it also allows light to leak from the edges.

Complaints are multiplying online about quality issues with the new Google Nexus 7 tablet, with a number of people complaining about "loose screens" which bleed light from the edges or move when touched.

This looks like an impending PR disaster for Google."
Link to Original Source


Canada's Supreme Court ruling scraps fee for downloading music

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maow (620678) writes "Canada's Supreme Court has issued 5 rulings regarding copyright today.

The Supreme Court today scrapped the royalty paid to songwriters and music publishers for downloading music but maintained the tariff for the streaming of music.

Gamers might be interested in this part:

The court also overturned another lower court decision that allowed SOCAN to collect a tariff when video games are downloaded over the internet."

Link to Original Source

Canada's Internet Surveillance Bill: not dead after all

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maow (620678) writes "Despite a recent story claiming that Canada's Bill C-30, covering internet surveillance, has died a "lonely" death, the minister responsible claims otherwise.

"Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is denying reports that the Harper government intends to quietly shelve its controversial online surveillance bill, C-30. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday morning, Toews insisted the legislation was moving ahead."

This is the bill that you either support, "or you stand with the child pornographers.""

Link to Original Source

Blackberry maker RIM says co-chief executives step

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maow (620678) writes "Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has said its co-chief executives Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have stepped down in a shake-up.

Chief operating officer Thorsten Heins will replace them starting Monday."

Link to Original Source

Security firm settles Ohio woman's privacy lawsuit

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maow writes "An Ohio woman who sued a Vancouver company for releasing to police explicit images from her laptop has accepted a settlement only a short time after the judge rejected a motion to dismiss.

One thing never made clear (to me) was: did they intercept her email and instant messages, or take the web cam shots themselves, coincidentally at the same time she was naked-chatting with her boyfriend.

One thing made explicit in aforementioned link is that charges of is that "But charges of receiving stolen property were quickly dropped.""

Link to Original Source

Is Shroud of Turin a medieval fake?

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Maow (620678) writes "Scientists who recreated relic insist experiment proves cloth a forgery:

Scientists have reproduced the Shroud of Turin — revered as the cloth that covered Jesus in the tomb — and say the experiment proves the relic was man-made, a group of Italian debunkers claim."

Link to Original Source

GameStop drops Microsoft's Zune

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Maow (620678) writes "GameStop, which operates in Canada and other countries through its EB Games brand, has decided to stop selling Microsoft Corp.'s Zune digital music player because of a lack of demand.

Microsoft earlier this month announced it had sold two million Zunes since their launch in November 2006 ... Apple in its most recent quarter sold 10.6 million iPods, or more than five times Microsoft's cumulative total over a year and a half."

Link to Original Source

RCMP investigator says eBay trying to hide scam pr

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Maow (620678) writes ""RCMP investigator says eBay trying to hide scam problem
Calgary man loses $20K after eBay sale hijacked" is reporting that an eBay auction page has been hijacked. A Calgary man has lost $20,000 in the scam.

"When Duraj complained to eBay, the company wrote him a letter saying someone had temporarily taken over, or hijacked, the seller's page, and that he would have to contact police and the FBI."

If this gets out, I imagine it would scare a fair few people from bidding. At least on big-ticket items."



You've chased away InsightIn140Bytes

Maow Maow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Um, this isn't meant as a "submission", but a journal entry. I haven't posted to a /. journal before; hope I get this right...

Mr Ratzo,

I've noticed that one user named InsightIn140Bytes has posted only through the end of the day (roughly) since your epic takedown of his shillness.

Very good work.

Seems he's back though: now as user DCTech.

Since their posts are remarkably similar yet there's no overlap, one (well, me) must assume that they're the same person.

Thought I'd mention it, cheers.

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