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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Mondor Re:Free market economy (514 comments)

Many people who are not stupid believe in things that are [obviously] false [to others].

Including you.

2 days ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Mondor Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

Some modern smartphones do not have external SD cards, only internal storage. Which can be accessed just like an SD card, excerpt that it can't be removed and disposed.

about two weeks ago

UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Mondor Re:But it wasn't for "national security" (353 comments)

Well, the guy in TFA did speak, and actually provided around 50 fake passwords. Apparently, he got a bad lawyer, if any.

about two weeks ago

UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Mondor Re:But it wasn't for "national security" (353 comments)

Did you just say that population of USA is 0.000001% of the "people who have walked the face of planet"?
That means that 1080 people in USA ever had a chance of justice. Perhaps you're right.

about two weeks ago

Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

Mondor Almasty? (198 comments)

Well, Russians are calling it the Snow Man. Almasty is what it's called in Caucasus - Chechnya and so on. Just saying.

about three weeks ago

Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

Mondor Re:A ban on swearing in books, plays, and films? (158 comments)

Slashdot is mass media. Mass media can't swear now too.
Bloggers are mass media too, if they have 3000 subscribers or more. Immediately after the parliament made that decision, (which now belongs to Russian company) removed the stats from bloggers, expressing numbers in Heroes Of Might and Magic style.

I assume, that this rule won't be enforced like it could happen in Saudi Arabia or other similarly enlightened country. Instead, Russian authorities are getting a license to kill, for later use, when the real cause could be personal dislike or business interests.

Also, if I remember right, they wanted to force all Russian mass media to be hosted in Russia. You know why.

about three weeks ago

Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

Mondor Microsoft Danger v2.0 (387 comments)

This reminds me the cloud service of Microsoft, called Danger. It died the same way - they simply lost all customer information, with no backups made (and, actually, the size of full backup could be less than 1Tb).

In my humble opinion, these people are too lame to stay in business. Having offline backups couldn't be the only problem of their service. As I can conclude from the article, they also had problems with security and lack of common sense and strategic thinking.

about a month ago

Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

Mondor Re:But no one really cares about Microsoft... (140 comments)

I would trade my Windows Phone (HTC 8X) for an iPhone!

I have to carry a backup Android phone to use 15 features (yes, I counted) that WP could not provide. Windows Phone is not ugly, but it's useless. I want a smart phone, not a feature phone with large screen!

about a month ago

How To Make Espresso In Space

Mondor Re:Short black with one (192 comments)

What you are making with your Aeropress is Americana. Espresso, for example, is made with nearly boiling water. Bialetti "percolators" make perfect Espresso, using the power of boiling water, which pushes itself through the grind coffee. I wouldn't call Americana a "progression" from Espresso. Or from "proper" spiced African creamy coffee, which is a totally different thing. And I'm not even talking about the coffee you may get in coffee shop in Amsterdam.

For space, Espresso is better, as it consumes less water.

There are filter machines (Dutch Technivorm, for example) which produce coffee of very high standard (of Americana). In my opinion, a way higher quality than Aeropress. And they waste less coffee in process. By Nordic standards, which are most coffee consuming of all (followed by Euro and American, if I remember right), you need 60 grams of ground coffee per 1 liter of water. For Aeropress, you need to go beyond that for the same result. For space travel that would mean a higher price of a shot.

Regarding the instant coffee - it depends from what is your source. Something tells me, that if you brew your perfect coffee and then freeze-dry it, you will get result of a higher quality than anything you could buy in shop. Except for mentioned coffee shop, of course.

I assume that bringing that 20kg machine to Space was PR stunt of Lavazza, otherwise I see no reason to not use the high quality instant coffee. If they need coffee in space anyway. Besides, if they have a coffee machine in Abrams tank, why not to have it in space station?

about a month ago

How To Make Espresso In Space

Mondor Re:Short black with one (192 comments)

That's the original way of making coffee. There is nothing wrong with it. Some coffee drinks are made with boiling water, some - with ice cold, without brewing.

And Jeremy is right, using that plastic syringe in ISS is impossible. Or at least - using it safely.

about a month ago

How To Make Espresso In Space

Mondor Re:Short black with one (192 comments)

Aeropress doesn't make Espresso. You can make a decent cup of coffee from instant powder as well.

about a month ago

GoDaddy Files For $100 Million IPO

Mondor Re:GoDaddy. (110 comments)

At first I thought to out-bid you. But then the common sense prevailed, so I pass.

about a month and a half ago

Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

Mondor Re:Oh for f_ck's sake... (346 comments)

Dirty nuclear missile, my friend, that's what it was all about on the first place. Snowden wants to kill all Americans. Those, who trust in God. Those, who have built this country. Our kids and our future.

Sorry, I answered your question with the quote from the future.

about a month and a half ago

After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

Mondor Re:Seems correct (53 comments)

Well, there are agricultural companies in Mexico, who sell apples. And since they produce fruits, and Apple produces cellphones, but not fruits (see the logic?) the next day someone would try to use "apple phones" in marketing material, this would be ruled out as illegal. Because consumers would be very much confused.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

Mondor Re:So... (90 comments)

Try to search for "opensuse" in both Bing and Google.

Question: how many _websites_ you see in results on the first page? Count them.

about 2 months ago

Estonia Urged To Drop Internet Voting Over Security Fears

Mondor Re:Only if we do away with secret ballots (116 comments)

I think the whole idea of assigning the single-use key is that there would be a complete list of keys and votes, so everyone would be able to look at the same document and see if his vote is registered correctly. Of course, there may be bogus keys in that list and of course that would make the whole event not secret anymore (as there would be a database of links between the key and the voter), but at least such system would be a bit more transparent.

If your token would be known to you long before the vote, and it would be up to you to use it or not, then you would see if your vote was registered by somebody else, like they do it with paper ballot. Also, there could be a limit of how many votes may be given from a single IP address. Also, there might be a procedure to simulate voting - for example, you could specify two passwords, and giving one of them would signal authorities that you were forced to give your vote, and while it would be "registered", you would have a meeting scheduled with FBI or whatever.

To make long story short - electronics give you previously unseen flexibility, and any problem can be solved with some logic, common sense and math.

about 2 months ago



Google blocks access to CompTIA

Mondor Mondor writes  |  about 6 years ago

Mondor (704672) writes "During the last 24 hours Google has blocked access to one of the top providers of IT certifications worldwide — CompTIA. When you're trying to visit their website at using Firefox, you see warning from Google, stating that their website contains "malicious code". Whether it's true or Google has something against CompTIA is still unknown. However, this raises a question — has Google become a new power in the Internet, able to prohibit access to other websites at will? Or, if the CompTIA, the alma mater of CompTIA Security+ certification, has been compromised?"
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