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Et Tu, Mozilla? Firefox 3 To Get Privacy Mode

Nymz Google != Wife (326 comments)

I'm assuming you don't normally expect strict secrecy from your wife regarding your correspondence, your house, your phone, and your...privates. If you do expect that, you'll probably have to engage in non-default behavior. Just like here.

That house, phone, and privates all belong to her because I married her. Using your analogy, would it be too much to ask for a purely platonic web browser without everyone flaming me as commitment phobic? ;-)

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Et Tu, Mozilla? Firefox 3 To Get Privacy Mode

Nymz Pivacy, Private, or Porn Mode (326 comments)

Shouldn't this be called default mode?

By default I put my snail mail in envelopes (keep my correspondence private), by default I put on clothes (keep my privates... private), and by default I expect the police are not searching my house or tapping my phone (4th Amendment privacy). Why isn't my browser private by defa.... oh wait, it's not my browser, it belongs to MS Google Mozilla, nevermind.

more than 5 years ago
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Virtual Telescope Zooms In On Milky Way Black Hole

Nymz Help Wanted? (181 comments)

Pics or it didn't happen

Oh, we have lots of pretty pictures (of colorful surrounding gas). We just don't have enough picture details to determine what it is, that is happening.

What we could really use, like out of a science fiction story, is to stumble upon an ancient astronomer's time-lapse photo project. About 10-20 million years should be sufficient. But in case our stumbling plan fails, how would like to go down in history, sayyyy in 10-20 million years from now, as the guy who got the ball rolling?

more than 5 years ago
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Solving Sudoku With dpkg

Nymz I Disagree and I Agree (190 comments)

Sudoku doesn't have clever logic and elegant methods.

Check out the various strategies listed on this Sudoku Solver.

Don't mod me down if you disagree. If you disagree, consider writing a retort instead.

You must be new here. Only posters that take the time to back up conclusions with reasoned responses are moderated down. Conversely, those that write short, unsupported attacks are moderated up... because in reality most people can only be trusted with 2 tags - I agree or I disagree.

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BBC's Open Player Claims Not Followed Through

Nymz Stop Complaining (311 comments)

The BBC iPlayer, like Apple, is a company that is free to use DRM, just as you are free to choose not to pay for it. The same is true for political bias. Some news is biased to the Left, and others are to the Right. You are free to purchase publications that lean either way. Stop acting like the government is taxing you, and then corruptly using it to support politically biased news, or a locked in DRM scheme.

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MediaSentry Hired By People's Republic of China

Nymz Events for Hacker Olympics (267 comments)

  • Crack official websites, and alter front page.
  • Sneak cameras into events, and post cam torrents.
  • Crack DRM on region-limited video of events.
  • Moderate this post as funny, as quick as you can.

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Microsoft's Annual Report Reveals OSS Mistakes

Nymz Discussion Topics vs OSS Angst (348 comments)

I've noticed that stories regarding Microsoft or Apple have difficultly cultivating constructive debate. For example...

Apple topic - The iPod design is amazing, I really want one, but am concerned about DRM. (Score:-1, Flamebait)
Microsoft topic - vista suxors!!11!!1 (Score:5, Insightful)

Would it be possible for Slashdot to have two sections? One for discussion of topics, that present conclusions based upon stated facts and assumptions. And a second section for free expression of angst, like 'Bill Gates is the Borg-Devil' or 'I want to have Steve Jobs iBaby!'.

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Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nymz (905908) writes "A recent wave of cyber-attacks has been directed at multiple Estonian institutions, including government ministries, political parties, news organizations, and banks. The scope of attacks suggest the entire country is the target, and with no clear solution for dealing with this type of situation, one has to wonder if an escalation to a conventional-attack or war is far off."
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Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nymz (905908) writes "Russian journalists today learned of new rules regarding free speech (the acceptable type). Namely that 50% of reports about Russia must be positive (the government perspective type), and that criticism of Putin is considered extremism (the land you in jail type), and that America must be portrayed as an enemy (the elimination of free speech type). Expect these new rules to be applied liberally (the coming soon to online speech type). New York Times article."

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Indian Operation Successfully Removes 20,000 Cows

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago After enacting the most comprehensive legislation to date, regarding the controversial cow menace in Haryana, India, it is being reported that the one year milestone can claim more than 20,000 cows have been successfully removed from the streets. The legislation required a yearly registration of all animals within municipal limits, proof of diseaselessness, heavy fines for violators, and selling off of all captured animals, that were neither branded nor tokened, to the highest bidder.

In this part of the world, opinions regarding cows are complex and diverse. Positive viewpoints include seeing the cow as a symbol of motherhood and as a giver of life. In rural areas cows provide milk, pull carts, and even their dung can be put to use as a slow-burning cooking fuel. Negative viewpoints include traffic jams, scavenging through refuse and defecating everywhere, producing greenhouse gases like methane, and giving diseased milk (tuberculosis causes 300,000 deaths a year in India).

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Farmers Test New Diet To Reduce Environmental Harm From Cows

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago A new diet is being introduced, to cattle in Britain, that has been developed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of their digestive process. The specific gas being reduced is Methane, which has over 20 times the heat trapping effect of carbon dioxide. Farmers participating in the trial have also reported a 15% higher milk yield.

Globally, livestock are the largest human related source of methane, producing about 80 million metric tons annually, 28% of total. Comparatively, wetlands are the largest natural related source of methane, producing about 144 million metric tons annually, 76% of total. Humans also emit methane as part of their digestive process, but the amount isn't notable. (Statistics derived from EPA.gov)

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Mandatory TV Conversion Creates Complications For Prisons

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago Over-the-air analog TV is free to be received, and is considered an appropriate method to disseminate news and entertainment to prisoners in order to keep them informed of current events, to keep peace within a very stressful and often violent environment, and to reward and encourage civilized behavior for the day when they are reintegrated into society.

But some prison officials are struggling with how to pay for the upgrade, brought on by the mandatory digital TV conversion, and others face additional legal hurdles that ban upgrades, because it was assumed there would always be free analog broadcasts available. Read more about - Why U.S. prisons want their digital television.

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150,000 Mexicans March in Abduction Protest

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago With the rising wave of abductions, as seen earlier on Slashdot's Idle section (our offtopic humor/meme/viral video/pictures section), Mexicans have marched (Saturday video) down Mexico City's main street to bring attention to just how serious they consider this issue, and to call upon President Felipe Calderon to carry out promises to crack down on crime.

Notable facts:

  • For those able to afford $4000 USD, with an annual $2200 USD fee, they can have a microchip injected into their body, for use with an external 'panic button' device, that will alert authorities of their location via satellite.
  • Between January and June of this year, Mexico has reported 194 kidnappings compared to 172 in Colombia, and 169 in Brazil, which for this time frame makes Mexico the new world leader in kidnappings.
  • This protest was sparked in part because of a recent abduction of a 14 year old boy, Fernando Marti. Kidnapped on June 4th, by men dressed in Federal Agency of Investigations uniforms, and after negotiations of a ransom thought to be around $2 million, he was killed.

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Barack Obama Q&A with Sarah Palin

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago McCain and Biden have both been around a long time, and are known factors, and thus boring. So after watching too many speeches that were so vague that either side could have read them, I decided a Q&A between Obama and Palin could be very interesting.

Obama: What did you think of my acceptance speech, where I spoke of my vision for America based on my "belief that I am my brother's keeper"? (1)
Palin: I can't say that appeals to me, thinking of Americans living in 2 by 3 meter shacks, and living off only a dollar a day.

Palin: You are only 40 something, and the Junior Senator of Illinois, do you really think you have the experience to be President?
Obama: You too are only 40 something, and the Governor of Alaska, but do you really think a woman should even be considered for vice-president? (2)

Obama: I heard you're a NRA member, could you show me how to load a gun? Just kidding, I don't believe in the 2cd Amendment.
Palin: I read your voting record, could you tell me how you could possibly support infanticide? Just kidding, I couldn't even consider feticide. (3)

(1) Yes, Obama actually used that metaphor in his nomination acceptance speech, August 28th 2008.
(2) Obama didn't even have the courtesy to vet Hillary Clinton as a possible vice-president, ouch.
(3) Palin's 5th child, in the womb, was diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, but she kept him anyway.

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Voter Fraud Crackdown in Washington

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago While some may consider defending the integrity of our democratic vote to be a racist act, that label hasn't discouraged one 67 year old grandmother from speaking out and making a difference. Jane Balogh, in the Federal Way, Washington area, single-handedly began a campaign of letter writing and phone calls to elected officials, in order to bring attention to just how easy voter fraud has become.

As a result of her efforts, officials were able to identify and foil a single case of a dog registered to vote. An Australian shepherd-terrier mix to be exact, that had signed all required forms with his own paw print, and had gotten an absentee-ballot to mail in. To ensure that no good deed goes unpunished, grandma was charged $240 for court costs, sentenced to 10 hours of community-service, and at the courts urging, pay an attorney $1000 to represent her.

The article fails to mention if the dog was registered Democrat or Republican, so for those of you that require that information to determine if this voter fraud situation, was ethical or not, I'm sorry.

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More Tax Credits for Alternative Vehicles

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago The IRS has announced the continuation of its very popular plan of tax exemptions for hybrid cars. Traditionally, poor people whom travel by walking, biking, or bus, have been unable to help the environment because they cannot afford a hybrid car with insurance, gas, and maintenance. But now, with help from the IRS, they will be able to subsidize those rich enough to afford hybrid cars. Tax breaks for the rich, and the poor can help save the environment, it's a win-win situation.

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Get Out The Vote - an opposing viewpoint

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago Low Voter Turn Out == Higher Quality
Get Out The Vote campaigns are disingenuous at best, and voter fraud at worst. In fact, countries should take pride in having a low voter turn out, because that means they have a more concentrated percentage of concerned citizens, that are doing the voting. Think of the quality difference of Slashdot stories on the firehose (all 100%) when compared to the choosen few on the frontpage (1%).
"Don't even get me started on the frickin' Firehose." - Captain Splendid

Coercion vs Choice
Countries with near 100% voter turn-out often have widespread ballot-stuffing (hollow appearance of choice), or use threats of violence (coerced choice) to maintain their hold on power, but in a free country you have free choice, and that includes choosing not to vote.
"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice." - Rush

Funny Exception To The Rule
Australia is an exception with their mandatory turn-out laws (not mandatory vote), which can be explained by the fact that they are down-under. It also explains why, when it's winter here, that it's summer down-under, and why their toilets drain water clockwise instead of counter-clockwise. (Corilis Effect) Not to mention they look kind of tough, so it's probably not wise telling them what to do.
"Where does an Aussie croc crash? Anywhere he wants to." - Mate

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Idle section for making fun of Mexicans? and the Blind?

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago As I'm writing this, the front page has an Idle story about Mexicans getting chips implanted because abductions are up over 40%. Is this funny because many abductees are never seen again (the subject matter), or is it funny to /. editors because it's happening to Mexicans?

Earlier I submitted this story, of the National Federation of the Blind asking for help, along with an article about developing technical solutions, and along with an article about growing government involvement. But I see it just ended up rewritten by Samzenpus to be a joke in Slashdots new Idle section. (our offtopic humor/meme/viral video/pictures section)

Here is an example of something that is actually funny, without being racist or belittling the blind. Polish actors hired to stand in line for iPhones. It's not funny because of Poland, but because the subject matter is about a company that hired actors, to pretend to stand in line, in order to manufacture hype, for an already over-priced product. So, is this Slashdot:Idle section really a good idea?

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Polish actors hired to stand in line for iPhones.

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago In Poland, the mobile operator Orange has admitted to hiring actors to stand in line (picture and video) and talk to passers-by in order to hype the launch of the iPhone 3G. Some offered to sell their place for 100-300 zlotys (30-90 euros, 45-135 dollars). Wojciech Jabczynski, a spokesman for Telekomunikacja Polska said "It was a marketing move. We thought it was a pretty interesting strategy,"

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Microsoft Influence at Democrat and Republican Conventions

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago Microsoft is making sizable technological contributions to the upcoming Democrat and Republican National Conventions. (August 25-28 and September 1-4 respectively) Both parties will take advantage of Microsoft software and services for online collaboration, document management, instant messaging, email, scheduling, and web conferencing, as well as Microsoft Surface Computing to deliver local information about transportation, restaurants, and hotels, as well as media of the current and past conventions.

For virtual attendees, the Democrat convention site is providing a progressive web experience (high definition Silverlight video , Digital Rights Management), while the Republican convention site is providing a more conservative web experience (low definition Flash video , downloadable MP3 audio). It would be going too far to say that Microsoft has a monopoly on the election process, but one could confidently say that the next President will have made judicious use of Microsoft technology.

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California To Fund Study Of Electric Car Noise

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago The California Senate recently approved a bill to fund a committee, and enhance the states $15.2-billion shortfall, that will study making those quiet electric cars... noisy.

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Low Noise Vehicles Can Be Highly Dangerous

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago As concerns over high gas prices, pollution, and conservation rise, so does the number of hybrids and electric cars on public streets. While these vehicles consume less resources, they also produce less noise, which for the most part is great, but at low speeds some are virtually silent thus making them a hazard to others sharing the road. Headlights and running lights are used to make oneself seen, similarly sound solutions are being called for and developed to make oneself heard. If vehicle manufactures don't proactively institute a solution themselves, then governments may form various commitees that will then each pass a different set of standards for each of their respective jurisdictions.

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Net Neutrality may encompass Fairness Doctrine in 2010

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago After the Fairness Doctrine wall was torn down in the 1980s, free speech and outlets for it have flourished, providing people with more options for getting information than anytime in history. But some politicians have been reminiscing about the good old days when news only had a limited number of portals, and those few could have their license threatened if they displeased the wrong politician. While some news organizations have been willing to keep silent in exchange for staying in business, others like FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell have been willing to speak out.

"I think it won't be called the Fairness Doctrine by folks who are promoting it. I think it will be called something else, and I think it'll be intertwined into the Net Neutrality debate." also "if you have government dictating content policy, which by the way is a big 1st Amendment problem, then whoever is in charge of government is going to determine what is fair." and "will websites, will bloggers have to give equal time, or equal space on their website to opposing views rather than letting the marketplace of ideas determine that." closing with "Stay tuned for 09 and 2010." video interview (2:04)

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Superheated Ground Anomaly

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 5 years ago Ground temperatures exceeding 800 degrees (C? F? HOT!) are being recorded at the Los Padres Forest in Ventura County, California. Geologists are uncertain why, but a popular theory is that hydrocarbons in some form (petroleum, gas, coal) are being exposed to air through cracks formed in dry ground. (Fuel + Oxygen + Heat = Fire Triangle) The last thing California needs are forest fires from below, after so recently fighting off forest fires from lightning above, so firefighters are closely monitoring the area.

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Ebay auctions 4 pieces of paper, for over 2 million dollars

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 6 years ago Imagine the path of a single seed, that grows into a tree, and is harvested to manufacture paper. Paper that is sold as stationary, used to print out a four page letter, and is signed by 41 Democratic U.S. Senators. In less than a single month, a letter only four pages long, became worth more that two million dollars. Amazing.

Now that two million will be matched by the patriotic U.S. citizen that is holding that auction to become over four million total, and donated to a charity that aids children of fallen soldiers and officers. Free Speech is hard to put a price on, but the Free Market has just spoken about its value, and that should send a clear message to those that would abuse their official power, and seek to deny us our sacred 1st Amendment Rights

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Are you an Internet Expert?

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 6 years ago Have you ever asked someone for their email address? Have you ever read a joke about President Bush on the internet? Have you ever refered to yourself as an 'Internet Expert'? Because Kim Jong Il, the leader of North Korea has done all three. During summit talks this week between North Korea and South Korea, Kim Jong Il replied "I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired" showing how clearly he understands the danger the internet poses to the people of North Korea.

Imagine how great your own government would be, if it had 'Internet Experts' like Kim Jong Il to protect you, and censor dangerous speech on the internet, TV, and radio.

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YouTube Continues To Prove Its Value

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 6 years ago Traditional media like newspapers, radio, and television are sometimes refered to as the fourth branch of goverment. This unoffical branch serves the public by keeping them informed of political and social events. YouTube on the other hand is mostly just a search repository for short video clips, but in the hands of citizens, armed with cameras, it can prove to be a powerful force for democracy. This power can be witnessed with how quickly news has spread of a recent incident involving University of Florida students, John Kerry, an annoying questioner, and six police officers that felt threatened enough to warrant use of a taser gun. YouTube1 YouTube2 Article1

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Proprietary Software Restrictions Threaten Space Station

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 7 years ago Software used on three critical computers that control the orientation of the station continue to fail, even upon reboots. Even worse is the fact that Russia won't troubleshoot the system over communications they don't fully control, which means they must wait until the station is within a line-of-sight of a Russian ground station, which won't happen until Thursday. Could this incident provide incentive to consider use of open source software for future international space stations?

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Computer glitch sends international space station spinning

Nymz Nymz writes  |  more than 7 years ago A glitch in a navigation computer, aboard the international space station, recently caused a number of problems that included a loss of gyroscope management. Gyroscope systems are used to keep the station properly orientated, and without them it began to spin out of control. Fortunately the space shuttle was there, and the crew used their thrusters to manually keep the station aligned until "flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston came up with an untried technique for switching orientation control back to the station's control moment gyroscopes without going through the Russian command-and-control computers." And I thought my job was stressful.

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