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WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

Rotten Basically it's what a security agency should do (241 comments)

I endorse privacy, but i have to recognize that this practices are the most probable cause of why we have not seen more 9/11's in the last 10 years. I gladly pay the price. Of course one could think that there's more elegant ways to achieve the same, but when this started, elegance was not a choice.
I believe the practices will change over time and under public pressure, achieving the same goals without having to analyze every single communication around, besides the privacy concern, is really not that efficient...

about 4 months ago

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

Rotten Hype Hugger (409 comments)

Who on earth is this guy Curtis Peterson? Server Huggers? What about Hype Huggers?

Curtis, don't be a Hype Hugger, don't get trapped in yesterday's hype, you could end up unemployed tomorrow when "the clud" turns into vapour.

about 4 months ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

Rotten Nothing new here - RAM/DISK scans are part of AC (511 comments)

Anticheat software have been scanning memory forever.and when if scans memory it's obviously comparing data to a pattern to decide if tha'ts a cheat or not.

Not sure what's the difference between you mail account lying open on the background holding all your personal communications beeing scanned by punkbuster or vac, or the dns cache beeing scanned too.

Code caves, hooking, etc. I'm not sure if anticheat software can't beat online game cheaters.

about 7 months ago

NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide

Rotten Metadata (256 comments)

Depends on how you define metadata. Nowadays the line between privacy, metadata and your last name, habits, shopping, etc seems to be a single "SELECT" line involving one or two tables.

The information is obviously a valuable law enforcement tool. Just like phone records, like wiretapping (under a judge auth.).
At least my perception, way before snowden and all the latest leaks, was that this was actually happening. This is just a confirmation.

Would be great if, as in wiretapping, this would be supervised by justice, and used only in criminal investigations. Sound naive ...i know

about 9 months ago

Nasdaq 4000 — This Time It's Different?

Rotten 2000-2013 comparison (241 comments)

Economy is in a much better shape now. Top 10 NASDAQ companies are producing tons goods and giving 1000's of jobs to the people.
Thanks god society is eager to buy those "likes" thingies that boost the economy. And what about those "character" things? 1 is not enough, everybody wants 140 of 'em!

about 10 months ago

Popular Android ROM Accused of GPL Violation

Rotten Android mod world (197 comments)

Android mod world (modded roms, cyanogen forks, custom kernels, etc) has tons of examples like this. People who distributes compiled kernels and refuses to share their patches because that way they would "loose" their "exclusive l33t" kernel, since some other modder/coder may "steal" their job (which is basically some minor editing or patch merging on top of a real kernel for 10 lines of code to make something happen).

about 2 years ago

Nintendo Ranks Last In Conflict Minerals Report

Rotten Re:Fallacious II (134 comments)

typo: "Eastern Congo IS NOT the only..."

more than 2 years ago

Nintendo Ranks Last In Conflict Minerals Report

Rotten Fallacious II (134 comments)

"Conflict Minerals", it's a whole misleading concept. The Conflict is human, those minerals can be found at Eastern Congo, and are available in many other places.

Eastern Congo is the only available source, nor the most important or #1 producer of any of the so called "Conflict Minerals".

It's sad when political agenda mixes up in EVERYTHING. This is clearly -IMHO- of another NGO acting in the publicity area against companies who do not follow or play along their agenda.

my 2 cents

more than 2 years ago

CowboyNeal On Dota 2, Modern Games, and Software Development

Rotten Re:Who's this CowboyNeal? (148 comments)

The other half was trying to Imagine a Beowulf cluster of that...

more than 2 years ago

CowboyNeal On Dota 2, Modern Games, and Software Development

Rotten Re:Who's this CowboyNeal? (148 comments)

... back then nobody bragged about the ID number...

more than 2 years ago

Of currently dead inventors, my favorite is ...

Rotten Marian Rejewski (542 comments)

Inventing things against the clock has an extra "bonus" in my ranking.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?

Rotten Libpcap and teach. (338 comments)

I once achieved this on web traffic for a large corporation back in the days where internet @ work was "new" and pr0n was the main "misuse" in working hours.

I proposed to do it as ethical as it could be done, so we agreed about obfuscating domains, the idea was to educate users that were "new" to internet, so the administrator would only get notice about a "violation of terms". (using regex for the usual++ pr0n and other stuff related terms).

There was no actual "snoop", no logging, just a hint on who to talk to "use internet wisely and stop fooling around in working hours".

If i had a request like the one in this "Ask Slashdot" i would just tell the guy it can't be done, or at least, i wouldn't do it since it's not ethical at all.

more than 2 years ago

French Court Calls Free Google Maps Unfair Competition

Rotten Re:OpenStreetMap (238 comments)

Same maps that were altered/changed/wasted by google's IP range "contributors"?

more than 2 years ago

French Court Calls Free Google Maps Unfair Competition

Rotten Re:Is everything you wish were different unfair? (238 comments)

The marketplace haven't really changed, it's the same marketplace but now there's a new player offering things for free for some years, wiping out some competitors or pushing them away from the marketplace. And now....when their product it's a heavyweight they start to charge. That's unfair.

The fairness of including someone else's information in their product it's another story.

I'm a big supporter of the idea that information and knowledge should be free. But if that "freedom" has a price for the people who made that information, then it's no longer free. If the people who makes the information disappears, then the whole model has no sustainability. It's just a shortcut for google to make some quick money.
I don't see google funding automated mapping projects. Are they? 'Cos they will need it soon.

more than 2 years ago

French Court Calls Free Google Maps Unfair Competition

Rotten Re:True depending how you consider the whole issue (238 comments)

I found myself a more specialized line of work, some line of work google won't move into. High precision mapping won't be the case for google maps in the next 10 years. Unless my work starts appearing for free on google maps.... get my point?

more than 2 years ago

French Court Calls Free Google Maps Unfair Competition

Rotten Re:This was predicted to happen two years ago (238 comments)

False: Linux is not windows, you can give it for free, people wanting windows will have to pay for windows. Linux it's a fair competition, not a free giveaway of the same product.

more than 2 years ago

French Court Calls Free Google Maps Unfair Competition

Rotten True depending how you consider the whole issue (238 comments)

As somebody working on the remote sensing/mapping/gis field for 10+ years. I tend to agree.

It's a long debate, but clearly the new concept of "paid api" it's confusing.

I perceived gmaps as a free tool in the beginning, but now, as they charge, it's no longer a tool, but a competitor.

Many hi definition data available "freely" on google maps/google earth, it's the result of a private customer paying for that data, and the by some weird agreement between the companies that run the satellites and google, the information ended up "FREE" on google maps.

A real life story:
I paid 250+K for 1 meter imagery (ikonos) for a project that was covered in google maps using old 30m imagery (90's landsat). Months later google has the 1m coverage i ordered and paid for, available for FREE to anyone else.

So i'm not only competing against google, but against people who no longer needs to order a quality work, since now it's there FREE.

Duh! That's certainly UNFAIR.

more than 2 years ago


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Rotten Rotten writes  |  more than 9 years ago

That's it, a success story.

crond is still a little shaky, don't ask me why but it keeps duplicating calls to cron'ed jobs

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