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BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Easy enough to get around. (80 comments)

Running Bittorent over Tor is a bad idea. As the linked article says, look at I2P instead.

But it would be fine to run your browser over Tor in order to get the torrent magnet link, and then use the "normal" network with your favorite torrent application to get the actual file ?

about three weeks ago

Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Pascal Sartoretti Schneier says (212 comments)

I didn't know what to exactly think about this, then I saw what Bruce Schneier says about it:

This is an absolutely fantastic idea.

Good enough for me.

about a month ago

Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

Pascal Sartoretti Re:So what you're telling me (146 comments)

a couple corrections to your inaccuracies (intentional?): * iphones back up automatically to icloud.

By default only. Mine doesn't.

about 2 months ago

Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

Pascal Sartoretti Re:1 B$ for open source software ? (107 comments)

The value is not in the code but rather in the developers. I challenge you to take a few of your friends take the current version of cyanogen mod and get it working on the next Samsung phone when it gets released.

You are totally right. I could not do it, but the current CyanogenMod could easily fork it after having cashed Google's Money.

This exactly what happened with MySQL in 2008 : Monty Widenius sold it to Sun Microsystems for $1 billion. He then left to start MariaDB, a MySQL fork.

I don't think that Google is stupid or desperate enough to spend $1 billion on a company having only brilliant developers but no IP.

about 2 months ago

Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

Pascal Sartoretti 1 B$ for open source software ? (107 comments)

CyanogenMod being open source, what is the value of such a company ? Once bought by Google, anybody could fork CyanogenMod...

about 2 months ago

Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Very sad (277 comments)

I hate, hate, hate, hate large phones. If I needed a bigger screen, I'll pull out my tablet or my laptop. I'm a skinny guy, I wear tight-ish jeans (fiance hates it, but I gotta be me), and pulling a big-ass phone out of my front pocket is a pain in my ass, and that's with an IPhone 5S.

I'm going to pass on the 6 and hope they come out with a traditional-sized one for the 6S or 7.

I agree with you. Unfortunately, I think that Apple wants us to have a large phone in our bag and an Apple Watch at the wrist.

I would not hold my breath for an iPhone 6s (with "s" for "small").

about 3 months ago

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Silly design decision (425 comments)

I see no reason why Apple felt it necessary to slim the device down even more - when they could have just had the same thickness as the 5/5S resulting in no silly bulge for the camera.

Plus, they could have put a bigger battery in the case and maybe get an hour or so extra time out of the thing. Which I can imagine would be a lot more useful than shaving a couple mm off an already perfectly slim enough phone.

Did you consider weight ? The iPhone 5s weights 112 grams, versus 129 grams for the iPhone 6. Apple certainly didn't want to make it heavier. And I don't even mention the monstrous iPhone 6 Plus...

I am very happy with my iPhone 5s. My ideal phone would be a 5s with NFC.

about 3 months ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Disappointing (730 comments)

I'm not a giant Apple fan, but one thing that I actually liked about their strategy up to this point was keeping their phones smaller.

Same here. My iPhone 5S is great, but I wouldn't want it to be bigger. I guess I will need to wait one year before seing an iPhone 6C (with "C" as in "Compact").

about 3 months ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Pascal Sartoretti Re: Good luck (149 comments)

It's not stupid website. It's just stupid 4 char tld that shouldn't exist according to the standards.

Please show me in RFC 1035 where you see this 3 letter limitation.

By the way, the ".arpa" pseudo-domain has always existed.

There are myriad of validators out there that will reject it

No, most validators correctly implement the standard, only a handfew are incorrect.

they worked well for decades.

Something on the web that worked well for decades has necessarily been enhanced at some point...

about 4 months ago

40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Pascal Sartoretti So 60% positive ? (256 comments)

Then it means that 60% from this list have terrorist ties ? Good result.

about 4 months ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Pascal Sartoretti Re:+ in an e-mail address (149 comments)

"+" or plenty of other special characters. Stuff like quotes can even be valid if used properly, while we still have some website that won't even accept a dash/underscore.

I had to wait nearly 10 years for my ".name" domain to be accepted by most websites (say, 99.5%).

For "+" or other funny characters, my estimate is that you will need at least 10 years starting from now.

I would not hold my breath.

about 4 months ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Pascal Sartoretti Good luck (149 comments)

My e-mail address ends with the suffix ".name". It is perfectly correct (even if not common), but I still sometimes have issues today because some stupid website has an outdated regular expression which says that ".name" is not correct.

Now imagine this with non-latin characters (or just non-ASCII characters)... If you only write to people also using GMail, it might work.

about 4 months ago

Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot

Pascal Sartoretti Breaks Traffic Inspection ? (60 comments)

From TFA : Breaks Traffic Inspection

One good reason to use it !

about 5 months ago

Google Shifts Editing From Drive to Docs and Sheets In 'Confusing' Switch

Pascal Sartoretti DropBox (89 comments)

This is why I love the DropBox concept : it is just a local folder on my machine and I can use any application I want to edit the files stored in there.

And if one day DropBox becomes too evil or too expensive, I can transparently switch to an other solution to sync my documents without changing the way I edit them.

about 7 months ago

The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

Mass deployment of nuclear power could almost completely replace fossil fuels in half that time.

Nuclear fission is based on fossil fuels.

about 8 months ago

iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Original iPads Work Well ... (386 comments)

So why would I want to use a new one yet?

If you have the original iPad, there are plenty of reasons to upgrade (size, speed, limited to iOS 5, etc.)

But my iPad 2 still works very fine, I see no reason to replace it.

about 8 months ago

WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

Pascal Sartoretti Re:What?? (116 comments)

This looks like a "messaging" app. It seems like the only point is to get around the few remaining billing plans on the planet that don't have unlimited text messaging

Few billing plans ? Maybe in the USA, but in the rest of the world (including Western Europe), many people use pre-paid plans. Especially kids, who happen to be heavy users of messaging.

And remember that "unlimited" text messaging is usually only for domestic messages : you often pay to send messages to another country, and you often pay when sending from abroad.

about 8 months ago

JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Communication skills (112 comments)

"Brenda"? Are you saying this heterosexist is actually trans?

Freudian slip...

about 9 months ago

JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

Pascal Sartoretti Communication skills (112 comments)

I once saw Brenda Eich at a conference in Amsterdam maybe 10 years ago, where he did the final keynote.

As usual for such conferences in Europe, 90% of the audience was not of English mother tongue, but spoke and understood it quite well (thanks, Slashdot). But Eich's keynote was barely understandable to many people : he managed to speak at the same time too fast and too low, with inside jokes that only a few Americans seemed to understand.

Most of us thought "What a jerk".

about 9 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Similarly... (409 comments)

Why use Google Apps when LibreOffice is not only economically free, but spyware free?

And works in off-line mode.

And doesn't need a Google Account.

And respects your privacy.

And can open MS Office documents.

And has a familiar GUI.

Feel free to add to this list...

about 8 months ago


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