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Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

RichardDeVries AI (90 comments)

a living, breathing algorithm

Wow.

about 3 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

RichardDeVries Interesting discussions here (1746 comments)

In the comments above I've read some of the most interesting discussions I've seen in a while around here. This is the stuff I come to /. for. Thank you all!

about 6 months ago
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My SSID Is...

RichardDeVries Named after a ship (458 comments)

My SSID is the name of a ship of the explorer my street was named after.

1 year,29 days
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New Study Shows Universe Still Expanding On Schedule

RichardDeVries Re:8 year old's question (173 comments)

Thanks! The article even has a heading called "What space is the universe expanding into?".

about 2 years ago
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New Study Shows Universe Still Expanding On Schedule

RichardDeVries Re:8 year old's question (173 comments)

Thanks! I've read about the balloon analogy, but it's hard for me to grasp. I'm not made for this, I guess.

about 2 years ago
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New Study Shows Universe Still Expanding On Schedule

RichardDeVries Re:8 year old's question (173 comments)

Question 2

There is no space & time outside the physical universe.

Are you sure? How do you know?

Etc. etc. ad infinitum. It's a good answer though, even I can understand it and it's helpful. Thanks!

about 2 years ago
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New Study Shows Universe Still Expanding On Schedule

RichardDeVries Re:8 year old's question (173 comments)

On behalf of all 8 year olds: thank you, that was very informative. As for myself: I'm supposed to have an IQ well above 130, but it would probably take me months to make sense of that page.

about 2 years ago
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New Study Shows Universe Still Expanding On Schedule

RichardDeVries 8 year old's question (173 comments)

It expands into what?

about 2 years ago
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Judge Rules Takedown of Pirate Party General Proxy Illegal

RichardDeVries Re:The Netherlands is important because... (74 comments)

BREIN's stated mission:

The BREIN foundation is the joint anti-piracy program of authors, artists, publishers, producers and distributors of music, film, games, interactive software and books; A unique bundling of forces of the entire entertainment industry in the fight against Intellectual Property theft.

may not be what you or I agree with, but to many people it sounds like a reasonable idea.

In my experience the attempts to shut down filesharing sites are seen as annoying and as something that makes it a bit harder to get music and movies. The point that shutting down websites is a threat to the freedom of speech is lost on most people. In fact, the whole concept of freedom of speech is something many don't fully understand.

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Rules Takedown of Pirate Party General Proxy Illegal

RichardDeVries Re:The Netherlands is important because... (74 comments)

The problem is not whether or not people believe in individual freedoms and rights. The problem is that the consequences of BREIN's actions are hard to explain, while BREIN's motives sound good to the layman (protecting creativity and all that).

I think the Dutch are spoiled in a way. We grew up knowing that are freedoms were taken care of by politicians, the media and the judicial system. Now that certain freedoms are being questioned, we don't know how to interpret the issues, let alone how to respond to them.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Digs Out Basement Using Radio Controlled Toy Tractors

RichardDeVries Re:OMG (169 comments)

Watch a bit longer. The boredom will pass. Oh that's terrible, I'm sorry.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 To Include Head-Up Display Menus

RichardDeVries Re:It's NOT Quicksilver (449 comments)

I didn't know that, even though I used Quicksilver in the few months I tried out OSX. The article, however, implies that the Ubuntu implementation will suggest actions from applications that are not active.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 To Include Head-Up Display Menus

RichardDeVries It's NOT Quicksilver (449 comments)

There are a lot of comments saying that this is copying the Run command in Windows or Quicksilver for the Mac. It's not. These don't get you to commands within applications, As Shuttleworth says: “It’s all hooked in below the application level.”

more than 2 years ago
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North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70

RichardDeVries Re:It's a big deal (518 comments)

For a brief and alternate explanation of the fire-in-a-crowded-theatre case, see the beginning of this video of the late Christopher Hitchens.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

RichardDeVries Re:Sure, send me an invite! (1223 comments)

Hi Chill, I'd like an invite too, if possible. Thanks in advance! richarddevries (atatat) gmail (dottt) com

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Going Beyond Comment Threads?

RichardDeVries Re:Not really (393 comments)

Brilliant! Post a story and the system will instantly provide comments from an archive! Now, what are the readers supposed to do? Just read?

Seriously, I like your idea. It addresses a well-known problem (wise posts having no staying power) and it's simple. It might also be advisable to make comments taggable.

more than 3 years ago

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24h BlogTV broadcast raises more than $ 20.000 for

RichardDeVries RichardDeVries writes  |  about 5 years ago

RichardDeVries writes "A group of YouTube users led by dprjones, is currently doing a 24 hour broadcast raising money for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). The target amount was $ 10.000 but 6 hours into the show, the $ 22.000 mark was passed.
Somewhere between 13:00 and 13:30 EDT, Hayden Panettiere (of Heroes fame) is to make an appearance. Donations can be made at FirstGiving and JustGiving, or you can participate in the auction at eBay."

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Google solves sharing bug in Google Docs

RichardDeVries RichardDeVries writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RichardDeVries writes "Three weeks ago, I contacted Google about had a bug in Google Docs that shared documents without permission. The issue has been resolved and affected documents have had their collaborators removed. The documents' owners have been notified:

To help remedy this issue, we have used an automated process to remove collaborators and viewers from the documents that we identified as being affected. Since the impacted documents are now accessible only to you, you will need to re-share the documents manually.

See my journal entry for details on my contact with Google.
Although I think Google handled the issue admirably, this raises questions (again) about cloud computing, as well as Google's eternal beta-status for a lot of their services."

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How Google handles a bug report

RichardDeVries RichardDeVries writes  |  more than 5 years ago A bug I reported to Google about a sharing issue in Google Docs seems to have caused a bit of a stir: thousands of Google Docs users must have had an e-mail this morning. I'll try and explain what happened below.
I work for a small Dutch company that uses Google Apps. This means that we can share documents with users within our domain (www.deondernemers.nl), as well as @gmail.com accounts or other Apps-domains. About three weeks ago, we discovered that some fifteen documents and spreadsheets were unintentionally shared with a lot of people, some of whom were outside of our domain. We found out that one of us had been wanting to share these documents with a colleague (within our domain). He selected the documents on the documents list and added one user. Google Docs then shared all these documents with everyone who had access to one of the selected documents.
Fortunately, we found this out fairly quickly and were able to revoke the unintentionally granted rights before any damage was done (we think). These documents weren't ultra-secret, but you can imagine what could go wrong. I decided to try and contact Google about this. At first I wasn't able to find out how to file bug report, so I posted on the support forum (read if you want more details on the bug). Someone pointed me to this 'unknown issues' page, so I filled out the form. This was February 22nd. On the 25th, I received an e-mail asking for more details and that I add a Google support-account as a contributor to a few affected documents. On March 3d, Google replied:

Thank you for taking the time to write. We were able to reproduce the issue based on the information you provided, and are actively working on a fix.
We'll announce the fix in the help forum when it's live.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience and thanks again for your patience and for taking the time to write.

On March 5th:

Thank you for your reply. This issue should now be resolved.
The root cause was a product issue that in some cases inadvertently shared collaborators between documents that a user selected from their Docs list. Our fix should prevent this issue from recurring.

This morning, Google apparently removed contributors from all suspect Google documents and sent e-mails to their owners:

We wanted to let you know about a recent issue with your Google Docs account. We've identified and fixed a bug which may have caused you to share some of your documents without your knowledge. This inadvertent sharing was limited to people with whom you, or a collaborator with sharing rights, had previously shared a document. The issue only occurred if you, or a collaborator with sharing rights, selected multiple documents and presentations from the documents list and changed the sharing permissions. This issue affected documents and presentations, but not spreadsheets.
To help remedy this issue, we have used an automated process to remove collaborators and viewers from the documents that we identified as being affected. Since the impacted documents are now accessible only to you, you will need to re-share the documents manually. For your reference, we've listed below the documents identified as being affected.

I think Google handled the issue admirably. It was solved within two weeks, they un-shared affected documents and notified their owners.
Of course, this (again) raises questions about cloud computing, as well as Google's eternal beta-status for a lot of their services. At my company, we double check with whom we share our stuff, but we'll keep on using Google Docs. The only (theoretically) safer option for sharing documents is software on our own server, but that won't be bugfree, either.

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