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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Max_W It is not only about a chair... (154 comments)

Buy a silent mouse, which is used for recording studious. A quality silent keyboards. And most important the best monitor you can afford, and use it as a second display for your notebook.

Plus the fiber-optic internet access.

A good chair and a foot-rest will not harm too.

about a week ago

Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

Max_W Curiousity (46 comments)

I would expect that the Curiosity with the nuclear power source would blow out of the water all other rovers.

Is it wheels' design that slows Curiosity?

about three weeks ago

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Max_W 11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

It is a lot. Why car industry does not make cars like this?

about a month ago

Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

Max_W It is about getting out. (129 comments)

Privacy is about getting out. Put on light t-shirt, thin-sole running shoes, light shorts and go with your partner to a park, a stadium, etc.

Or go to a beach for a swim.

Have a meaningful private conversation while running, walking or swimming. Speak in a calm quiet voice, not louder than necessary.

So getting out is good not only for health, but for privacy too. Besides, it is much safer to run together or to walk together.

about a month ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Max_W Could be a 3rd or 4th party (667 comments)

There are nowadays portable hi-tech rockets capable to fly to very high altitudes with enormous speed and precision. They are obviously very expensive and out of reach of Ukrainian or DNR military.

How do we know that it was a DNR or Ukrainian rocket? It could also be a portable hi-tech rocket smuggled into Ukraine by a 3rd, or 4th, or even 5th party of this conflict.

about a month ago

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

Max_W Re:It's a fake! (211 comments)

I wonder if it is possible to prove or disprove a human landing on the Moon irrefutably?
And if yes - how and when?

about a month ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Max_W Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

Or why it is still one large black box, but not, say, 20 orange 64GB flash drives, which fall all over the place?
An aircraft costs hundreds of millions and 20 flash drives cost peanuts. And it is not a problem at all to write to several flash drives simultaneously.

about a month ago

New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

Max_W Re:Security through legislation is no security at (206 comments) for Russians...

The Russian society is divided in numerous socioeconomic groups, the same as the US or any other society.

These groups have different understanding of security, and completely different interests in general. For some, security means keeping control over their power and billions, for some finding at last a job or starting a modest web-based business.

There are not only Russians, French, Americans, etc., but also socioeconomic groups with very similar interests and aspirations.

about a month and a half ago

Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

Max_W Being credible (190 comments)

I think reaching out to Cuba would do much more good than publicly worrying about its dissidents and freedoms.

It all lacks sincerity, especially after Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Sarah Harrison.

Co-development, sincere equal cooperation would do a lot of good to Cuba and to the USA itself. There are a lot of people and business in the USA who need assistance not less than people and companies in Cuba.

about 2 months ago

The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

Max_W CERN (188 comments)

Later this year the CERN Collider will work for the first time at 100% power:
Perhaps, we will meet God at last.

And then the new, 100 km in diameter, Collider will be constructed at CERN.

about 2 months ago

Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

Max_W Re:Art.12. The Universal Declaration of Human Righ (104 comments)

But UK signed the The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It should either follow it, or withdraw its signature. I am not singling out UK or any other nation. Every government, which signed it, should work on compliance.

If there is a criminal activity, then a judge must look into it and give a permission to search the Gmail account of a particular individual. It is as simple as that.

about 2 months ago

Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

Max_W Art.12. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (104 comments)

Article 12.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Universal means it is about all humans, not only Anglo-saxons, British or US citizens.

about 2 months ago

Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

Max_W Re:I'm a bit surprised. (179 comments)

Yes, I agree. It would be nice to have new technologies, like - matter transmitter, teleportation, or at least a wormhole. But these are hard scientific and technological problems. It will take some more years.

about 2 months ago

SpaceX To Present Manned Dragon Capsule

Max_W Soyuz influence? (128 comments)

Chairs and cabin look like on Soyuz space ship.

about 3 months ago

The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call In the Bahamas

Max_W endless opinion poll (205 comments)

Recording and analyzing intimate private conversations en masse allows to know what people think, what are they hopes, fears, etc.

I allows to evaluate effectiveness of different media, etc.

about 3 months ago

Silicon Valley's Love-Hate Relationship With President Obama

Max_W Re:Is intertnet a CIA's project? (131 comments)

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Very interesting idea.

about 3 months ago

Silicon Valley's Love-Hate Relationship With President Obama

Max_W Is intertnet a CIA's project? (131 comments)

President Putin said on the April 24, 2014, that internet is a " CIA project"

I invested years, a life, in learning internet technologies. I feel myself diminished and humiliated.

Was I working on the 1984-Machine?

I thought that I was contributing to one of the greatest innovation of human civilization, and suddenly - "a CIA project", a military ploy, a lie,...

Could you, please, convince me back that my life was not spent in vain?

about 3 months ago

Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Max_W an effective solution (329 comments)

Closing cities to all automobile traffic. This is it.

Commuting becomes very fast as bicycles do not need traffic lights.

There are cargo bicycles too for supplying shops. Strangely people will eat less as they move more. Anyone who was on a long distance cycling tour could not to fail to notice it. People overeat due to to an anxiety. And regular physical activity reduces anxiety dramatically.

As a by-product we get that there will be no bad areas in a city due to traffic noise and pollution.

about 3 months ago



Microsoft and HP joined sanctions against seventeen Russion companies and banks.

Max_W Max_W writes  |  about 4 months ago

Max_W (812974) writes "Article in Russian language:

The technical support, new equipment shipments are over. The IT fears that existing licenses will stop working too. Now the IT departments of these enterprises are facing a formidable task of switching from Microsoft, Oracle, HP products to open source solutions just in a few days(!).

Cozy days of corporate soft, of white shirts and ties are over for these ITs, now they are in the harsh cold brave world of the Open Source on their own."

Internet and computing in post-Snowden world

Max_W Max_W writes  |  about 10 months ago

Max_W (812974) writes "Edward Snowden has not received any international award. Neither the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, nor the Nobel Peace Prize.

Snowden had stopped releasing any new documents and stopped giving press-conferences. We had a glimpse under the hood, into the machinations of the world, and it seems to be over.

So, is jinn back in the bottle and we can carry on as before with "secure computing", "unbreakable encryption", "safe browsing", "social networking", etc.? Or are the Internet and computing will never be the same again?

As for me, I am a bit worried nowadays anytime I switch on a computer or smartphone. Who or what is lurking beneath a glossy hardware and graphical user interfaces? How can a feeling of security could be returned? Or are the Internet and computing in general inherently unsafe?"

Lon Snowden, former Coast Guard officer, is on the way to Moscow

Max_W Max_W writes  |  1 year,14 days

Max_W (812974) writes "Lon Snowden, the father of Edward Snowden, gave an interview to the Reuters: He is also practically on the way to Russia, to visit his fugitive son. He applied for the Russian Federation entry visa already.

Edward Snowden's deeds could be debatable, but I am absolutely fascinated by his father's courage. He is calm and absolutely fearless in trying to save his son. Is it a former Coast Guard character? As we know Coast Guard officers are facing grave danger on a daily basis. Or would anybody act like this in his place?"

Is the Article #12 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights outdated?

Max_W Max_W writes  |  about a year ago

Max_W (812974) writes "Here is the text of the Article #12 :
"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."

The United Nations insists on the compliance. U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said yesterday : "While concerns about national security and criminal activity may justify the exceptional and narrowly-tailored use of surveillance programs, surveillance without adequate safeguards to protect the right to privacy actually risks impacting negatively on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Is it realistic to expect the compliance with this article from the world's major players in the age of large storage disks, fast networks and computers? Or are we entering a new brave world, a new phase of human civilization, where quaint notions of privacy and traditional moral principles are becoming ridiculous?

Then what to do with the Article #12? Shall it be "intentionally left blank"? Shall it be updated to a new wording? What words could they be?"

A song from 1976 USSR went viral on Youtube

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Max_W (812974) writes "A song from 1976 of the Soviet singer, Eduard Khil, went viral on Youtube among mainly US listeners, 2 million hits. A song is without words, that is why the international audience call the singer a trololo man

I had to listen to this song in 1976 and, frankly, I cannot get it why it is popular now."

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Popular video blogger-policeman Aleksey Dymovskiy

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Max_W (812974) writes "Aleksey Dymovskiy, an officer of the Russian militia, whose videos on Youtube were seen by millions of Russian speaking viewers, is arrested on January 22, 2010. He is in prison in the south of Russia.

It seems only a president is allowed to have a video blog in Russia."

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Russian Federation selects open source PHP

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Max_W (812974) writes "The government of Russian Federation selects open source PHP programming language for its central portal (short for "gosudarsvennye usugi" — state services). One even can see ".php" file extensions.

This website is being updated directly from more than 60 ministries. It will work for one year in the testing mode, but it provides even now the real forms, for example, to get a civil passport, travel passport, etc.

We were talking a lot about Russian government's plans to use Open Source OSs on desktops, but it seems it became a reality first in a server-client environment.

It is not clear to me what database is being used. But if it is MySQL this thing may work after all."

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Tech solution to swine flu virus problem

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Max_W writes "The flu viruses are incredibly smart. They mutate to avoid an immune system, they are minuscule, they can transmit fast over large human population. Viruses use sort of a system of their own.

Can we, engineers, suggest decisions, which can outsmart viruses?

I hear medics suggest to wash hands often to protect oneself. I would suggest an international law to ban the handshakes totally, all over the world. And substitute a handshake with a bow like in Japan. Or maybe in some other cultures too?

What else geeks, system architects, software engineers, who are to deal with the computer viruses on daily basis, can suggest?"

Google maps satellite view is gone

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Max_W writes "Google maps satellite view is gone on 20FEB'09 at about 17:00 GMT. Any idea why this happened?"

Exhibition and Conference "Photos08", Gene

Max_W Max_W writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Max_W writes "The leading Swiss magazine "L'illustré" (in French) and "International Committee of the Red Cross" organized on June 27, 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the exhibition and conference "Photos08" (in French).

Almost everyone of us nowadays carries a digital camera. Why do people are interested in images, what are the obvious and hidden goals of taking a photo? How these hidden goals can interfere with story telling?

What is the difference between a great image and mediocre one? What it takes to make photos for albums of The Beatles, Françoise Hardy, and Rolling Stones?

I attended the conference and wrote a short article in English (with my photos) about it , in which I as concisely as possible tried to report the interesting ideas and answers, which I learned at the conference.

Next time before pressing a button on your camera think about these issues."

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