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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

NotInHere WTF (236 comments)

From TFS:

They further estimate that GRBs prevent complex life like that on Earth in 90% of the galaxies.

So, life possible on 10% of the galaxies means that those are none at all? What about our own one? This smells of clickbait.

3 days ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

NotInHere Re:So that's how Voyager escaped (111 comments)

And they wouldn't have doctor programs that can't sing. I mean they will have doctor programs that can't sing, but none that think they can in fact they don't.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

NotInHere Drivers (61 comments)

Does anyone know whether the drivers for all those wonderful devices will be open source? Will they have open APIs at least, or will I have to install the app of the vendor instead, where some "extra features" cost money? Will I give every device connected to my smartphone basically root access, or access to a system bus which can be used to read and write arbitrary data to RAM?

about two weeks ago
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KDE Frameworks 5.3 and Plasma 2.1 – First Impressions

NotInHere Re:X or Wayland? (84 comments)

KDE on wayland is not complete yet. There has been work for kwin, but one thing is sure: if you want to use it on wayland, you will need, as usual, systemd. Of course, the author points out that this does not imply you will also need to install a web server and a ntp daemon, and that the dependency is on the API not on the program itself, but then show me an alternative implementation i can use. You know, systemd brings nice new APIs and so on, but then I read about the next thing systemd broke. Its in the man page of the shutdown command that this should work.

about three weeks ago
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NASA's New Horizons To Arrive At Pluto With Clyde Tombaugh's Ashes

NotInHere Re:Discoverer? (108 comments)

Watch interstellar. Its future however.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

NotInHere Competition (437 comments)

recently I saw a microsoft ad that featured a device that always has the most recent OS. Seems google gets some competition. lets hope it aint gonna be MS.

about three weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

NotInHere Make leap miliseconds (289 comments)

Then engineers build their systems so that they work with leap miliseconds, as otherwise they would fail more often. If your system fails only every 4 years and then only for a few seconds, you won't invest in fixing the problem. If the event occurs more often, then you're forced to.

about three weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

NotInHere Re:Leap hour (289 comments)

or several million years, and add a second every day!

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

NotInHere aggregate all my communication channels (421 comments)

I'd like to see that too, unfortunately the walled gardens of the industry seem to make this impossible. For everybody wanting to have such an app, I'd suggest to only use non-walled-garden communications: app developers should be abled to develop compatible apps for certain services.

about a month ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

NotInHere Most apps are bullshit (421 comments)

they are made to collect your data for later liquidation by means of selling or exploiting them. While usage statistics (with opt in!) are ok, for app improvement and good, I don't think there is really an user respecting app for everything.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

NotInHere Re:Does it use or support ActiveX? (248 comments)

Hope that mode only ships with windows enterprise.

about 1 month ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

NotInHere Streisand (349 comments)

Everybody playing streisand bingo can now yell "BINGO".

about a month ago
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Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

NotInHere Re:Does it use or support ActiveX? (248 comments)

This. Microsoft should force corporations to ditch that shitty "technology".

about a month ago
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PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Comes To Samsung Smart TVs In 2015

NotInHere Re:DRM... (43 comments)

The "best" (as in most effective) DRM ever, in fact.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

NotInHere Re:Actually.. (227 comments)

Of the movies you listed, I've only watched Lucy and Transcendence. While I agree that Lucy is a really bad movie, I think that Transcendence was quite good. Except of the scenes following the "installing satelite drivers" scene, everything was possible to happen in the future. It doesn't give characters the "good" tag or the "bad" tag, breaking with the usual "humans good - skynet bad" principle. There are multiple characters changing sides during the movie. It shows how technology can advance humans, but also shows that it needs to be seen critically, as you don't know whether you really own the device (which can be your artificial limb), or there is a backdoor. Think of those people the AI "healed", they got power but gave up ultimate control over their bodies.
The central questions of the movie are: Can I trust this machine? Can human will be uploaded into a machine, and can it then still feel love?
I think the question "Can I trust this machine?" will be one of the central questions of the 21st century.

about a month ago
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NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

NotInHere Re:NetworkManager (164 comments)

$ bash -c "compgen -c | grep ^[A-Z] | wc -l"
31
$ bash -c "compgen -c | grep ^[a-z] | wc -l"
5893

  1% is few for me.

about a month ago

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Leaked documents show EU council presidency wants to impair net neutrality

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 2 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "The advocacy group "European Digital Rights" (EDRi) reports from leaked documents that the presidency of the council of the EU Italy plans to remove vital parts from the telecommunications package that introduced net neutrality. The changes include removing the definition of "net neutrality" and replacing it with a "reference to the objective of net neutrality", which EDRi critizises impair enforceability. Also the proposed changes would allow ISPs to "block, slow down, alter, degrade or discriminate" traffic in order to meet "obligations under a contract with an end-user to deliver a service requiring a specific level of quality to that end-user". EDRi writes that "[w]ith all of the talk of the need for a single digital market in Europe, we would have new barriers and new monopolies."

The council of the EU is one of its two legislative chambers. The EU parliament can now object or propose further changes to prevent the modified telecommunications package from passing. Currently, Italy is presidency of the council of the EU."
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Hungary to introduce 62 cents/GB internet tax

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 3 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "In Hungary, the government of Victor Orban wants to impose world's first traffic-based tax of 150 HUF (0.62 USD) per gigabyte of internet traffic. According to economy minister Mihaly Varga, this has been neccessary to "plug holes in the 2015 budget", and to compensate for the people's move of communication habits from 2 cents per min taxed POTS to the untaxed internet. This tax has not just raised criticism by telecom providers, but also resulted in heavy revolts, even though the government later announced to cap the tax at 700 HUF for consumers and 5000 HUF for businesses, and let the telecom providers pay the remaining part."
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Mozilla publishes Online news site "The Open Standard"

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 3 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "According to its Mozilla wiki page, the Open Standard will "explore the role of openness and transparency in all aspects of society". Since the writing of that wiki page, the article "Welcome to The Open Standard" has been published, so The Open Standard (how it got its name here) is officially launched. The article currently has rendering difficulties on my desktop, therefore I'll paste it here:

From its start, Mozilla has advocated for the open, transparent and collaborative systems at work in our daily lives. This is the next step in that mission.

Welcome to The Open Standard.

From the beginning, Mozilla has dedicated itself to advocating for an open Web in wholehearted belief that open systems create more opportunity for everyone.

From its advocacy work to web literacy programs, to the creation of the Firefox browser, Mozilla has exemplified the journalism adage, “show, don’t tell.” It’s in that tradition that we’re excited to bring you The Open Standard, an original news site dedicated to covering the ideas and opinions that support the open, transparent and collaborative systems at work in our daily lives.

We advocate that open systems create healthier communities and more successful societies overall. We will cover everything from open source to open government and the need for transparency; privacy and security, the “Internet of Things” vs. “pervasive computing”, to education and if it’s keeping up with the technological changes. The bottom line? Open is better.

This is just the beginning. Over the next few months, The Open Standard will open itself to collaboration with you, our readers; everything from contributing to the site, to drawing our attention to uncovered issues, to crowdsourcing the news.

We thank you for joining us and hope you will make us a regular part of your day.

Best,

Anthony Duignan-Cabrera
Editor in Chief
The Open Standard"
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 3 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "Only three days after the large public has known about ChromeOS to disable ext2fs support for external drives, and linux users voiced many protests on websites like reddit, slashdot, or the issue tracker, the ChromeOS team now plans to support it again. To quote Ben Goodger's comment:"

Thanks for all of your feedback on this bug. We’ve heard you loud and clear.

We plan to re-enable ext2/3/4 support in Files.app immediately. It will come back, just like it was before, and we’re working to get it into the next stable channel release.""
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Firefox 33 gets Cisco's OpenH264

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 6 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "As promised, version 33 of the Firefox browser will fetch the OpenH264 module from Cisco, which enables Firefox to decode and encode H.264 video, for both the <video> tag and WebRTC, which has a codec war on this matter. The module won't be a traditional NPAPI plugin, but a so-called Gecko Media Plugin (GMP), Mozilla's answer to the disliked Pepper API. Firefox had no cross-platform support for H.264 before."
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India forged Google SSL certificates

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 7 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "As Google writes on its Online Security Blog, the National Informatics Centre of India (NIC) used its intermediate CA certificate issued by Indian CCA, to issue several unauthorized certificates for Google domains, allowing to do Man in the middle attacks. Possible impact however is limited, as, according to Google, the root certificates for the CA were only installed on Windows, which Firefox doesn't use, and for the Chrom{e,ium} browser, the CA for important Google domains is pinned to the Google CA.
According to its website, the NIC CA has suspended certificate issuance, and according to Google, its root certificates were revoked by Indian CCA."
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Are the hard-to-exploit bugs in LZO compression algorithm a hype?

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 7 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "In 1996, Markus F. X. J. Oberhumer wrote an implementation of the Lempel–Ziv compression, which is used in various places like the linux kernel, libav, openVPN, or the Curiosity rover. As security researchers have found out, the code contained integer overflow and buffer overrun vulnerabilities, in the part of the code that was responsible to process not compressed parts of the data. Those vulnerabilities are however very hard to exploit, and their scope is dependent on the actual implementation.
According to Oberhumer, the problem only affects 32 bit systems. "I personally do not know about any client program that actually is affected", Oberhumer sais, calling the news about the possible security issue a media hype."
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Mozilla launches student coding program "Winter of Security"

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 8 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "Mozilla has introduced a new program, called MWoS or "Mozilla Winter of Security", to involve university students into security projects. The attending students will write code for a Mozilla security tool during (northern hemisphere) winter. Unlike GSoC, attending it involves no monetary payment, but the student's universities are expected to activlely cooperate and to give the students a credit for their work. From TFA:

MWoS is a win for all. Students get a chance to work on real-world security projects, under the guidance of an experienced security engineer. Professors get to implement cutting-edge security projects into their programs. Mozilla and the community get better security tools, which that we would not have the resources to build or improve ourselves."

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