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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

Nichotin Yeah, let's solve problems we made ourselves (250 comments)

Yep. Let's invade some foreign countries and occupy them. Then when we get the extremist fallout following our actions, then let's try to solve it with more draconian actions! I would have had some level of sympathy for for targeting extremist material online (while I would still be against by principle) if UK was a country that had approached the 'War on Terror' in a humane way rather than going to war (and going to war on false premises as well...)

about 6 months ago

Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

Nichotin In related news about cryptocurrency (209 comments)

The Dogecoin community wants to help the Jamaican bobsleigh team get to Sochi, and there is a donation up! I hope we will see a lot more of this in the coming years, people who have earned big on cryptocurrency and who ends up helping others with some of their earnings.

about 8 months ago

Rupert Murdoch Wants To Destroy Australia's National Broadband Network

Nichotin Re:Rupert Murdoch can die in a hole already. (327 comments)

It is both funny and tragic how these people, who can build such large conglomerates, fail to see the business opportunities that arise when 93% of the population has 100Mbit fiber...

about a year ago

Chemists Build App That Could Identify Cheap Replacements For Luxury Wines

Nichotin Any word on the technique? (206 comments)

If I were to do this stuff myself, I would probably use Partial Least Squares and build a regression model using the chemical composition as X, and the customer ratings as Y. Or depending on the number of variables in the chemical composition compared to the number of samples (wines), one of the Sparse Partial Least Squares variants might prove to give better predictions (and it would also be interesting to see which variables in X it discards as less important).

So, any word on what they do?

about a year ago

It's Time To Start Taking Stolen Phones Seriously

Nichotin IMEI blacklists, use them! (282 comments)

I am from a country where all the operators adhere to the CEIR blacklists. Phones are blocked by IMEI, and it is not necessarily trivial to change the IMEI on modern phones. The problem is that most users who have their phone stolen do not bother (or know how) to blacklist. Just reporting the phone stolen does not automatically blacklist it, one has to fill out a separate form for that. If something was done so that close to all stolen phones are blacklisted, stealing a phone would immediately become a lot less lucrative. At least from my experience in Norway, phones are stolen to resell locally or for the thief to use. Effective blacklisting would make sure that stealing a phone would only be feasible for anyone who would send them to a country where blacklists are not enforced, or someoene with the equipment and knowhow on changing IMEIs. This would pretty much rule out petty thiefs.

about a year ago

Man Accused of Selling Golf Ball Finders As Bomb Detectors

Nichotin Vice News (131 comments)

Vice has a report from Iraq titled In Saddam's shadow, where these devices are shown (and it is pointed out that they are a hoax). This kind of fraud is really one of the worst kinds...

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8

Nichotin DreamSpark (formerly MSDNAA) (570 comments)

Do you have access to DreamSpark via your school? I study IT in Norway, and with my Microsoft DreamSpark login I can get a good bunch of their operating systems for free. If you do, then get a Windows 8 laptop (just make sure Windows 7 compatible drivers are available), then install Windows 7 from DreamSpark.

Another option is to install Start8 from Stardock or similar, if it is the new interface stuff you don't like. I found Windows 8 quite likable with a proper start menu.

about a year and a half ago

Budget 27" IPS Displays From Korea Are For Real

Nichotin 2560 x 1440 is sweet! (266 comments)

For "real" 27" displays that have 2560 x 1440, and not just full-HD, the experience is really good. I first regretted shelling out for a Dell UltraSharp U2711, but after connecting it and seeing the amount of screen real estate I eventually bought another one for my second computer. 2560x1440 eliminates my need for an extra monitor completely, and by using the Windows+(left arrow|right arrow) function in Windows, or Divvy on Mac, I can easily fill the browser on one side and the application I work with on the other.

more than 2 years ago

Tech Manufacturing Is a Disaster Waiting To Happen

Nichotin Obligatory tin foil hat (224 comments)

This could probably be chalked up as being deliberate, judging by the standards of our current power structures. When everything collapses, the rich and powerful will find ways to concentrate and extend their power even further. While not having to starve while the rest of the population does, of course. I mean, it is a reasonable possibility that some current wars are fought to fuel the military industrial complex, so an economic collapse to gain power seems plausible to me.

more than 2 years ago

Of all my locally stored data, I encrypt ...

Nichotin Since encryption is the topic (261 comments)

Is there a good way to encrypt just the home directory in Mac OS X? FileVault can only encrypt the whole drive in Lion. I don't need to be secure from Mossad / CIA or anything, but it would be nice if my personal stuff was decently encrypted in case my MacBook is stolen.

about 2 years ago

Sources Say Meg Whitman To Become HP CEO

Nichotin How about promoting from within? (277 comments)

So that you actually get someone who understands the company and the products, in that doesn't...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

Nichotin Not to hijack this, but: (398 comments)

Does anyone have any recommendation for wireless router that can handle a 100 Mbit internet connection that requires PPTP (student accommodation requires PPTP)? I have had no success with Linksys E4200 and D-Link DIR-825, which became bottlenecks. Within a reasonable price range (max $250, just to set some limit).

about 3 years ago

Synaptics Working On Advanced Touchscreen For Phones

Nichotin Re:That's great, but why don't they... (62 comments)

Their "Mac-ish" trackpads are really horrible. They sort of look like those on Apple laptops, but do not work even half as good. One big problem is that the mouse pointer will move unevenly if you have two fingers on it (if you prefer to click with your thumb for instance). Try having your index finger and your thumb on it, and then move the thumb, and you will see the pointer moving. Later drivers have made the issue less bad, but the pointer will still hove horizontally. Try that with a Mac pad and the pointer will keep still if you move the thumb, which is how it should be to avoid uneven movement.

And also, why the hell do they still insist on having left and right button on the left and right side of the trackpad? It is horrible and erases the border between the two, unless the laptop manufacturer has made a dent in the surface or something. I must say I prefer the Apple solution to this - clicking with two fingers equals right click.

HP was one of those who were early adopters of these trackpads, which ended up with Gizmodo giving them the nickname "HP FrustraPad".

about 3 years ago

CyanogenMod: the History of an Android Hack

Nichotin Re:Superior power control widget (118 comments) and

A lot of stuff is listed there. I think Cyanogen provides a pure Android experience, plus some handy extras that I find pure AOSP builds lacking. If you'd rather have Sense, you can find all sorts of supertweaked Sense ROMs on XDA. But heck, go ahead and try CyanogenMod and see if you like it. After rooting, taking full backup of your phone is trivial, so experimenting after that is not that much hassle.

more than 3 years ago

CyanogenMod: the History of an Android Hack

Nichotin Re:Cyanogen deserves credit (118 comments)

Thanks for reminding me to donate. They truly deserve some extra beer money for their effort.

more than 3 years ago

CyanogenMod: the History of an Android Hack

Nichotin Superior power control widget (118 comments)

I use CyanogenMod based roms on my Android devices, and the main reason is the power control widget. It has many more features than the stock one. When you add it you can choose to have toggle buttons for stuff like 2g/2g+3g/3g, flashlight, orientation, wireless hotspot and many more, including the ones from stock like bluetooth, wifi and data traffic.

First thing I did when I got my Desire HD was to get rid of the stock sense rom and install CleanDHD (Cyanogen 7-based).

more than 3 years ago

Lawmaker Reintroduces WikiLeaks Prosecution Bill

Nichotin Re:de facto (389 comments)

They might not be able to prosecute him for what has already been done, but what about future leaks?

more than 3 years ago

Does Typing Speed Really Matter For Programmers?

Nichotin Re:Fast Well (545 comments)

Fingers on the keyboard

Can anyone explain me this stuff? The top layout thingie is the standard one I found on wikipedia, and I find it horribly unnatural to use, therefore I created my own distribution of finger use pictured on the bottom, which feels much more comfortable. The finger names in the picture are in Norwegian, but they correspond from left to right on your left paw. The best example is the C button. Even the thought of using the middle finger for that button makes me shrug, therefore I rather use the index finger.

(As a side note, I do use the Dvorak layout, but this is not a question about layouts.)

more than 3 years ago

Gamers Abandoning DS, PSP In Favor of Smartphones

Nichotin I abandoned my PSP and DS (305 comments)

I commute every day, and after having read through one of the monthly magazines i recieve (Aftenposten Innsikt, articles about everything from nuclear power to oil in Nigeria), i play DS or PSP. Or, at least I used to. That made me "abandon" them is that no good games (with some exceptions) come for them any more. I have a phone that I could probably play on, but I prefer having battery left to actually do phone stuff.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon LTE Can Use the Monthly Data Allotment In 32 Minutes

Nichotin Re:Any user-defined throttles? (273 comments)

My Norwegian provider NetCom has a surfing package for 125 NOK (15,5 EUR / 20,5 USD), where you basically get unlimited traffic over GPRS/3G/HSDPA. What they do is that they cap your speed to 100 / 100 kbit after 6 GB (monthly quota), and you can purchase another 1 GB for 99 kr if you need the speed. Without this package, you pay maximum 9 kr per day for data traffic, but they cap the speed after 200 MB in month. I think this is a very good offer, way better than paying for a certain amount, and then having to pay more if I go over that. I take bandwidth caps over extra fees any day when it comes to data traffic on the phone.

There are probably better offers in other countries, of course, but by Norwegian standards it is pretty good.

more than 3 years ago


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