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How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

Pepebuho Re:I can't quite decide (83 comments)

The NSA should be split in three, similar to what they did to MaBell.
One part would be pure R&D
The Second part should be Apps to help their spying and data collection for foreign purposes (What they usually do today)
The Third part should be Apps to defend the country from someone else using apps similar to those used by the Second Part against USA.

The Second and Third part should have a real Chinesse wall, never talking, never knowing what each one is doing.
It is the only way we could trust again whatever help the Third Part provides to cryptographic standards and stuff like SELINUX. Likewise, the Third Part should work in the open in a as transparent way as possible.


about 4 months ago

Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Pepebuho Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Guess what, even if you are not using gmail, chances ae people that you communicate with regularly ARE using e-mail, therefore, some of your email still passes through google's servers.

Cheer up!

about 6 months ago

Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

Pepebuho Re:Stability (86 comments)

The night is dark and full of terrors..

about 6 months ago

The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

Pepebuho Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (263 comments)

The purpose of a patent is not to "reward inventors for their work". The purpose of patents is "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts". The do this by creating time-limited monopolies. If you create a new widget-building-machine, people who make widgets the old fashioned way are not affected. They can continue to do so, although at a disadvantage (less efficient, more costly, whatever). If you patent an abstract mathematical idea, like division, or sum, no one else can use that until the patent expires, hurting "the Progress of Science"


about 7 months ago

Ancient Roman Concrete Is About To Revolutionize Modern Architecture

Pepebuho Space Elevator! (322 comments)

Finally, we have what we need to build an Space Elevator!

about a year and a half ago

Legislators Introduce Bill To Stop Set Top Boxes From Watching You

Pepebuho Physical Switches (161 comments)

I want a mechanical switch to physically disconect any Camera / Microphone from the computer/TV/media box. I do not trust any software setting that just says that they are off. The computer can be lying. At least with a switch, where I can open up the box and verify that the switch really disconnect things, I can be sure that those sensors are off.

about a year and a half ago

Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards

Pepebuho Re:Not putting in DRM isn't going to eliminate DRM (351 comments)

if someone invented a perfect method of DRM that only stopped freeloading little jerks watching movies without paying for them but did not effect me (as a paying customer) at all I would be all for it.

Your problem is that it is impossible to do what you want. There isn't a magic bullet DRM that only stops freeloading jerks without affecting paying users.
Besides, DRM isn't there to protect copyrights. DRM is to give content providers leverage against browser makers. Nowadays content providers have zero leverage against browser makers (Safari, Mozilla, Chrome, Microsoft). If they cut a deal with Safari, Mozilla doesn't need to respect that.
But if they make it part of HTML, then ALLL browsers have to follow it up in general, or people wil not use them because the browsers will be incompatible. If DRM is implemented, then we will watch the rise of the rogue browser that pays lip service to the DRM, the same way that some gray market DVDs pay lip service to the region coding on the DVDs.

about 2 years ago

Judge Grants Defendant's Motion To Explore Alleged Fraud By Prenda Law

Pepebuho Re:Capitalism. (81 comments)

Let's take a page from the RIAA book.

Let's introduce a fee for each transaction and part of the fee goes to the company whose stock is changing hands.
After all, if the company did not have any stock, the person seling it would not be making any money. By making its stock available, the company is allowing the stockholder to profit, therefore the company should be able to profit as well.
The fee would add to the company capital.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: AT&T's Data Usage Definition Proprietary?

Pepebuho Re:Headers (562 comments)

Moron, You are measuring two different things.

Look at it like a pipe providing your house with water.
Following your example, When they tell you speeds of 25 Megabits per second, They are telling you the CAPACITY of the pipe to transfer data, in other words, how wide the pipe is. It is like 25galon per minute vs 5 galon per minute. The wider the pipe, they faster they can transfer water to your house. On the other hand, when they tell you 5GB per month, they are not talking of CAPACITY but VOLUME. That is how many GB total.

Think of it like filling a lawn pool. The pool can hold up to 5GB of data. And you can fill it up with a hose that can transfer 25MB per second. You can use a larger or a smaller hose, but once your pool is filled up with the 5GB of data, it is filled up, you have to wait for next month (another empty pool).
The telco is trying to profit two ways: by selling you a larger hose and by selling you a larger pool. It used to be that they would only sell you a larger hose and you could fill up any pool-size you wanted to. Now they are limiting your pool size too.

I know, it sucks.


more than 2 years ago

Researchers Create Working Nano Laser

Pepebuho NanoSharks! (39 comments)

Now we need nano Sharks

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs' Yacht Revealed

Pepebuho iDon'tLikeit (438 comments)

It looks ugly, it does not look like a seafaring vessel, but I may be mistaken. Ugly lines

more than 2 years ago

Increasing Wireless Network Speed By 1000% By Replacing Packets With Algebra

Pepebuho Finally, some use for High School Algebra! (357 comments)

This makes me glad that I learned Algebra in high school. At last I can apply it!

more than 2 years ago

After 7 Years In Court, Google Settles With Publishers On Book Scanning

Pepebuho Re:Intensely idiotic (127 comments)

In contrast to those that buy law to get what they want

This is so ignorant its not even funny. Copyright has been recognized by the US since its founding (its in the constitution, article 2 I believe).

If I recall correctly, US did not recognize English copyrights until late in the 20th centurh (ask Mark Twian and Oscar Wilde about it, they complained a lot about it)

more than 2 years ago

TypeScript: Microsoft's Replacement For JavaScript

Pepebuho Re:Remember the old addage (488 comments)

I thought Hotel California had a patent on this functionality :)

more than 2 years ago

Judge Posner Muses on Excessively Strong Patent and Copyright Laws

Pepebuho Ooops, Slashdoted already (100 comments)

Damn, coldn't read the original

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

Pepebuho Blocking these ads (646 comments)

How can I block and take out of my system those Ads?

more than 2 years ago

Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

Pepebuho Re:Probably (761 comments)

It may very well happen that sometime along your life, your "crime" may become legal. With Death Penalty, you are fucked up. With Life without Parole, you may get a chance and eventually get free. Ask Nelson Mandela about it.

more than 2 years ago

WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

Pepebuho Re:Why not a vacuum (356 comments)

Well, this means that NOW I can submerge reliably the whole PC into Mineral Oil without fear of oil getting into the only moving part, the hard drive. Can't wait to try this out!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Place To Relocate?

Pepebuho Go Panama young one! (999 comments)

Go to Panama.
Strongest growing country in the middle of America with easy connections around the world and an American standard of living with a third world country cost of living. Your money will go very far there without the paranoia you will find in other countries.
Our only curse is the politicians.... :)

more than 2 years ago



Is Panama about to pass the Worst Copyright Law in History in the world?

Pepebuho Pepebuho writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pepebuho (167300) writes "Enjoy Hadopi? Panama is about to one-up them with a new Copyright Law. According to this Law, (Law bill 510 http://www.asamblea.gob.pa/apps/seg_legis/PDF_SEG/PDF_SEG_2010/PDF_SEG_2012/PROYECTO/2012_P_510.pdf) The Law gives new powers to the DGDA (Dirección Geneal de Derechos de Autor, an administrative office) to fine you up to $100k regardless of any other criminal/civil action against you (Article 157). Second, You are assumed Guilty unless you can demonstrate your innocence (Art. 157) Also, the "guilty" party has to pay a publication in the media to tell everyone about what a rotten pirate they are. (Reminds me of the tale about the Chinese charging the family of the deceased for the bullets of the firing squad)
Worse, the proceedings of the fine does not go to the injured Authors, it goes to the DGDA and its employees (Art. 153). But we know it won't be abused, right?"

Link to Original Source

How will the Olympic flame be kindled?

Pepebuho Pepebuho writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pepebuho (167300) writes "A. Bow and Arrow
B. A Hobbit will climb up
C. Magic wand
D. Pirate Cannon shot
E. Obus + Bengala+ OMG!
F. Cowboy Neal's fire-throwing dragon

Is Yahoo email having trouble?

Pepebuho Pepebuho writes  |  about 2 years ago

Pepebuho (167300) writes "Scripts are not working with Yahoo
The mail app scripts are not working from Firefox.
-That is I cannot see more than the intital emails on the inbox.
-If I want to select all messages, I cannot click on the box on the headings line
-I cannot interact with a selected message (reply, forward, spam, etc.) those buttons are dead.
If you go to the help screen, the scripts ot the Form for asking for help are not working for any browser. I tried Explorer, firefox, Chrome and nothing, they are all dead.

Is it happening to someone else?

I already cleaned the cache, disabled all plugins etc. and the result is the same. Did mozilla pass an update (now that updates are silent) that broke things up? My Firefox says 13.0.1"

Swiss proprietary companies block government open

Pepebuho Pepebuho writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Pepebuho writes "orts from Switzerland say that proprietary software companies are complaining about government plans to release open source solutions it has developed on the grounds of cross subsidy. A report from OSOR.EU says the issue emerged early in July as the IT department of the Swiss federal court was planning to release OpenJustitia"
Link to Original Source

Magic Folding Cube

Pepebuho Pepebuho writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pepebuho (167300) writes "I love Magic Folding Cubes
(If you are not sure what they are, look them up here... http://www.math.nmsu.edu/~breakingaway/Lessons/MFC/MFC.html)
In fact, I built one for myself and they are fun.

Looking up whether I could make a small hobby/craft out of this, I found out that they seem to be patented.

On the other hand I believe there is a clear precedent that would make this patent invalid. There was
a prior invention, the Yoshimoto Cube http://www1.ttcn.ne.jp/a-nishi/y_cube/z_y_cube.html that shows the same kind
of moves that the magic cube have.

So far, my options are
1. Go naive, make several and expect not to be caught. It is possible, but I'd rather stay legal
2. Pay the royalties, although I could not find a website or anywhere to know where to go and negotiate those except sending a snail mail that most likely will be tossed out as spam.
3. Mount a challenge to the patent (expensive I think).
4. ??????

I know I should go to patent lawyer, but I would like to hear of people's opinion about this before commiting more time, and re$sources to this.


Windows 7 EULA

Pepebuho Pepebuho writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Pepebuho (167300) writes "What is Windows 7 EULA? I want to preorder it, but so far I have not been able to find it out. How many firstborns do we have to sacrifice?"

Beijing Huahai Business and Trade Co

Pepebuho Pepebuho writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Pepebuho writes "Is anyone else receiving something like this? — Dear friend This is the greeting from Beijing Huahai Business and Trade Co., Ltd ,one of the big Electrical wholesaler and Retailer in China. We mainly sell electrical product such as digital cameras, mobile, LCD TV, xbox, Laptops, DV, Mp4, GPS, please visit our website: www.shuenwoyi.com to find something you may interested and please contact us freely if you have any question, we will offer more competitive price and best service for business cooperation with you/your company. Mail : shuenwoyi@188.com MSN : shuenwoyi@hotmail.com Thank you and best regards. — This is becoming quite annoying because the company is taking e-mails from known people and using it to send the message."

Pepebuho Pepebuho writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pepebuho writes "Hi. I have seen a new Car Kit from nokia that allows you to connect also your mp3 player to the car radio using Bluetooth. The kit is the CK-20W. What have been your experience with it? It seems to be too new to have feedback on the net yet because I have not found much. Is there any option besides the CK-20W? I like the fact that the music goes to Line In at the radio. The Parrot equivalent (MK6000) totally hijacks the car speakers therefore any EQ or sound processing is lost. Thanks"


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