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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

SgtChaireBourne Why lynx (2219 comments)

Why lynx? Because if it works with lynx it not only works with all browsers, it works with the search engines. That ensures that even the comments are searchable. As it is, the javascript is not only a major security hole it slows things down noticeably, even on fast hardware. I didn't buy this fast machine for Dice to use, I bought it because I want a snappy and responsive UI even when browsing the web. That includes Slashdot. Further, working in lynx ensures that screen readers can use the page, meaning that those with little or no sight can still use the web site. It's less work to avoid the javascript and reaches more people and search engines. Beta sucks and just needs to go away. If the powers that be still feel compelled to make changes, scrap Beta and start over beginning with usability and accessiblity.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

SgtChaireBourne Go after the advertisers (2219 comments)

Our support is important to you, Slashdice. And if you refuse to listen, you shan't have it.

Dice has had months of feedback to change or improve the situation with Beta but has chosen instead to respond with a giant "fuck you" to its user base. That includes Timothy's non-answer, which is just another "fuck off" in so many fine words. Needless to say, it is that user base which the site is about. It is why people come here and what advertisers pay money to reach. Since Dice has demonstrated an unresponsiveness for months, including this last message from Timothy, it is time to escalate to Dice's bosses, the advertisers.

about 2 months ago
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New Windows XP Zero-Day Under Attack

SgtChaireBourne Re:They Didn't save this? (241 comments)

Who's to say there aren't other, better things saved up for April? If they've managed to fritter away their window to migrate to GNU/Linux, well they'll have fun in April.

about 5 months ago
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Nokia Shareholders Approve Sale To Microsoft

SgtChaireBourne 20% (182 comments)

Fuck, these days they probably aren't even 50%

Most figure it's even lower than that. M$ market share is only around 20%, old numbers did not include phones. When you count phones, tablets, servers, super computers, and so on, M$ is well on its way to becoming irrelevant. It's only the nasty mess and the legacy of dirty business practices that they leave behind for us.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft To Can Skype API; Third-Party Products Will Not Work

SgtChaireBourne Re:SIP - Blink and Jitsi (330 comments)

Your friends, family and coworkers will only hear about them if you yourself bother to bring them up. Unlike Skype, there's no giant budget for marketing. As far as accepting calls over loopback, you'll have to look into that. Another way to hear your own voice would be to call 4444@sip2sip.info There are other echo services and even call back services if you look around.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft To Can Skype API; Third-Party Products Will Not Work

SgtChaireBourne SIP - Blink and Jitsi (330 comments)

Developers have already gotten on top of this. There are about a half dozen excellent cross-platform SIP applications out there. Jitsi, IMHO, blows away Skype. There is also Blink, despite the name it's good, too. These are the top two and are cross-platform. Use either to connect to either, they both work well.

about 6 months ago
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Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

SgtChaireBourne Solaris (394 comments)

It's about Illumos now. Solaris is stagnant. From what I gather, most of the developers moved from Solaris over to Illumos a while back and have been rather active since.

about 6 months ago
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D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Allows Full Access To Settings

SgtChaireBourne wget and curl (228 comments)

It's even easier to verify. You don't need to write your own program, though that would be fun. You can use curl or wget. Both support using custom User-Agent strings. One or the other will come pre-installed by default on your system, unless it is that Other OS.

about 6 months ago
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Brazil Announces Secure Email To Counter US Spying

SgtChaireBourne missing functionality (165 comments)

There is so much essential functionality missing from key management and encrypted e-mail, that it is in a barely usable state. For the Brazilian government, or any government for that matter, to provide end-to-end email encrytption for their own workers, so much more needs to be done.

Name me even one mail client or plug-in that can search encrypted messages, the body not just the metadata. Or how about re-keying stored messages? Federal employees often have an obligation to archive communications, but how will that fit with the recommended practice of re-keying? The list goes on.

E-mail encryption has been rather thoroughly thought through at the protocol level (thanks, Phil!) but when it comes to how it can be made to fit in with normal workflow, practically nothing has been done yet.

about 6 months ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

SgtChaireBourne Bundling (479 comments)

MS Word took off when they started bundling it. For most people it was simple math: Either buy MS Word + MS Excel for the same price as WordPerfect or Quattro alone, or double up the money and pay for WordPerfect and Quattro. d

about 6 months ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

SgtChaireBourne Secret APIs (479 comments)

Microsoft used secret APIs to give its programs an advantage over competitors. That had a big effect in the 1990's. It is apparently still going on in some things but we'll have to wait, as usual, a long time before it turns up in court records. And like before, the damage will have been done. The only way to stop it is to stop using M$ products.

You can find more like that if you wade through the material of the Comes V Microsoft case at the now archived Groklaw site. Basically anything bad that has been said about M$ and the people that work there is true.

about 6 months ago
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HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

SgtChaireBourne vpns (477 comments)

And that was just a lame excuse. She obviously had other motives for cancelling telecommuting as there is no need for a VPN for real work. SSH does not require a VPN. Nor do version control systems (git, bzr, svn). Nor do HTTPS for the intranet or IMAPS for the mail. Not even SIP or Skype for calls needs a VPN.

VPNs only add an extra layer of complexity and add little to nothing in return. That goes double for PPTP, which is garbage.

So regardless if her telecommuters were productive or unproductive, VPN use is an irelevant metric.

about 6 months ago
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Google Cracks Down On Mugshot Blackmail Sites

SgtChaireBourne Cookies (251 comments)

It's not enough to log out, you have to wipe the cookies, too. Google sets a lot of them and then there are Google-related sites like Youtube which also set Cookies. I'm not sure how much these other sites share Cookies with Google, but I wouldn't trust them on it.

about 6 months ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

SgtChaireBourne IRC helping to identify users (234 comments)

Which makes me wonder why IRC is being pushed so much. It helps very much with the scenario you describe. Being centralized and synchronous, it is practical to pull the virtual plug on a targeted user and then see which name drops out of the channel. That was one thing that Usenet had going for it, it was decentralized and asynchronous, making it all but impossible to censor or even track specific users. Remember, not long ago it was part of the package of Internet access advertised by ISPs, it was a key part "getting on the Internet". Suddenly all that stopped. It would not be surprising if there were a little pressure on the ISPs to phase it out, including especially the text groups and not just from the MAFIAA over the dreaded binary groups.

about 6 months ago
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The Hail Mary Cloud and the Lessons Learned

SgtChaireBourne iptables -m limit (99 comments)

Please note that the author did not mention Denyhosts since his servers run OpenBSD, which incorporates DenyHosts functionality through ''pf'', its packet filter/firewall software (see the brute-force configuration of pf for more details).

You can do the same with iptables on Linux using the module "limit". See the manual page for "iptables-extensions" for the details. DenyHosts may have it's good points, but mostly it just complicates things. There is already a lot of functionality in the packet filter that you can use, whether on Linux or BSD.

However, what I see now, in contrast to years ago, are slower paced attacks. These come in steadily but at a rate that just passes under the threshold. One of these days I ought to look at what is blocked to see if it's just the slow ones getting through or if all the probes are now timed that way.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Investors Call For Bill Gates To Step Down As Chairman

SgtChaireBourne Re:Real headline: Wall Street wants to loot Micros (218 comments)

BS. "trickle down" economics has long since been disproven. It was known to be BS even at the time Reagan and Thatcher were pushing it.

about 6 months ago
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Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

SgtChaireBourne Too big to fail bailouts (671 comments)

It's not voters, but those that really control the republic. That's exactly what is happening with the too-big-to-fail bailouts and other recent instances of corporate welfare.

about 7 months ago
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Molecule In Corked Wine Plugs Up Your Nose

SgtChaireBourne carafe (134 comments)

If you want to oxygenate the box wine before serving, just pour it into a carafe a little ahead of time. The wine remaining in the box stays as it is but the wine in the carafe gets the oxygen needed to take care of some of the tannins. Seriously, even with wine in a bottle, using a carafe is a good way to deal with tannins.

A nice carafe can also help show off the wine itself.

about 7 months ago
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Software Developer Says Mega Master Keys Are Retrievable

SgtChaireBourne sshfs (136 comments)

I don't get why they are wasting time and money building their own client, especially when they appear to lack the will or skill to make it secure. What they could have done instead, for zero effort, would have been to support sftp with RSA keys. That would be as secure as it gets, work out of the box, and allow ease-of-use addons like sshfs. As it stands now, even their design is flawed. It runs a client but one from their server. It has access to the users' passwords and could even be swapped for a malicious client with no effort.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Cyber Insurance. Solution Or Snake Oil?

SgtChaireBourne Re: Windows == negligence (71 comments)

In addition to security there is also the ease of maintenance that you gain by eliminating windows. But security alone should be enough to force the decision by insurance companies offering 'hacker insurance': Time may go by and the name may change, but it is still the old NT kernel underneath.

The Vista series is as vulnerable as XP. That includes Vista 7 and Vista 8. Every few months you have vulnerabilities that affect the whole zoo. On top of that you have a thriving ecosystem of malware flame and Conficker. New malware arrives and joins the old which never really goes away. It is the whole system that is weak, not just the pieces. Not even new, unready systems like Haiku-OS have that. The only way to leave it behind is to leave Windows behind.

No, the only real change since more than 10 years ago has been how M$ has been gaming the vulnerability reports and CERT. Even the shills and astroturfers defending M$ are nothing new.

about 8 months ago

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15 Overlooked Facts About the Assange Extradition

SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "Julian Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning, no formal charges have been made yet. The appearance is often otherwise due to incomplete or downright misleading information floating around. Now there is a list of 15 overlooked facts about the Assange extradition case which clears up a lot of misperceptions and disinformation."
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No place for corporate publishers in scholarly com

SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "With US Research Open Access In Peril from H.R. 3699, Bjoern Bremb's blog shows why there is no place in scholarly communication for corporate publishers. Researchers or their employers pay for everything from generating the data to writing and editing the manuscript and journals. At the other end, libraries must pay astronomical subscription fees for the same articles, effectively making institutions pay twice for the same material. There is no value added for the costs and the current publishers make enormous profits which could be used to drastically lower the price in a not-for profit model."
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The Church of Kopimism official in Sweden

SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "Just before Christmas, Sweden became the first country to officially recognize the Church of Kopimism as a religious organization. It took the Church three tries before succeeding in becoming recognized. The Church holds that information is holy and copying is a sacrament and the value multiplies through copying. Therefore, copying is central for the organization and its members. "Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for all of kopimi. Hopefully, this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution," said Isak Gerson, spiritual leader of the Church."
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The Church of Kopimism is officially recognized by

SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "Just before Christmas, Sweden became the first country to officially recognize the Church of Kopimism as a religious organization, founded in 2010. It took the Church three tries before succeeding in becoming recognized. The Church holds that information is holy and copying is a sacrament and the value multiplies through copying. Therefore, copying is central for the organization and its members. "Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for all of kopimi. Hopefully, this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution," said Isak Gerson, spiritual leader of the Church."
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What Could Have Been in the Public Domain on Janua

SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "Many works published in 1955 would have entered the public domain this year.
Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain has an overview of the movies, books, songs and historical works that are kept out of the public domain by changes to copyright law since 1978. Instead of seeing these enter the public domain in 2012, we will have to wait until 2051 before being able to use these works without restriction."

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Petition to End Software Patents Is a Hit

SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "On the White House's official website for petitioning the government, there is a petition to return sanity to the US software industry by overturning software patents. The petition calls for the patent office to cease issuing software patents and to void all previously issued software patents. Sign now."
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Getting a Windows refund the new way?

SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "Getting a Windows Refund on the unused, pre-installed operating systems used to involve a slow but well-documented and predictable checklist of actions and contacts with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Lately, white box systems are still rate, and new systems that don't come with either Linux or OS X pre-installed seem to be missing the EULA. In previous versions of Windows, upon first boot, there was a dialog box which asked if you agree or disagree with the EULA. The new ones seem to be missing this fairly crucial step.

Many people I am responsible for will be getting new notebooks within the next six months and the extra 150 EUR save from not bundling Windows could be put towards peripherals or better hardware. What is the new best practice for getting a Windows refund?"
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Lungless frogs

SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  about 6 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "The aquatic frog Barbourula kalimantanensis, found in Indonesia's Kalimantan province, has no lungs and breathes through its skin. This is the first frog species without lungs. A few species of amphibians share this trait, including a few species of salamanders and a wormlike creature known as a caecilian. It appears to have adapted to navigate cold, rapidly moving streams that are rich in oxygen, while minimizing buoyancy to avoid being swept away by the currents. (Note that the A.P. stories evaporate after a rather short while.)"
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CELF Embedded Linux Conference Europe videos

SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SgtChaireBourne writes "Videos from the CELF Embedded Linux Conference Europe / 9th Real-Time Linux Workshop, Linz, Austria, Nov. 2007 are now online. Boot time, real-time preemption patches, graphical libraries, and file systems for flash storage are among the topics covered. The papers are online at LinuxDevices as is the Call for Papers for the next Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) Embedded Linux Conference which will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California in April."
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Make legacy formats public domain

SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SgtChaireBourne writes "NLnet, a Dutch foundation for an open information society, calls for the maker of a widely used office suite to release its depreciated formats into the public domain. The maker of the infamous productivity suits has made large efforts during the last year to move against the industry backed standard, the OpenDocument Format (ISO/IEC 26300). These efforts have been producing a lot of commentary regarding the amount of data bound up in the Redmond-based company's undocumented, proprietary, binary specifications. It's a nasty situation to end up with files that cannot be read because the sole vendor with the documentation for the files has withdrawn permission. ODF is the way forward, or a step forward at the least, with new documents. But for the old documents in the legacy formats, the cannot be read without supporting software and that support requires full access to the specifications."
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SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  about 7 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "A lot of the all-in-one distance education systems are expensive, poorly done, or both. Distance education makes heavy use of text-based chat, shared whiteboards (including the ability to display PDF and OpenDocument), and conference calls with recording and playback. Many of these have been available for ages, individually, as Free or open source software.

Which F/OSS tools or components would be most suitable, either individually or combined, for distance education and why?"
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SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "A group of FOSS enthusiasts making a documentary film using a collaborative, open source-like methodology. The semi-raw footage is in the Internet Archive in small, modular chunks for other video enthusiasts to splice together to create a story under a Creative Commons Attribute-ShareAlike license. Can the open source development model be used to create a movie? The folks behind The Digital Tipping Point (DTP) are betting it can.

Linux and other open source software have been used in rendering farms for major pictures like Shrek, Lord of the Rings, and many others. Earlier this year the Blender project released Elephants Dream, the first movie made entirely with open source graphics software. The Digital Tippingpoint is the first to try to apply the development model itself to movie production.

Because the footage is available under the CC it can used by anyone to create their own movies or video shorts."
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SgtChaireBourne SgtChaireBourne writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SgtChaireBourne (457691) writes "Trolltech has released version 4.2 of Qt, its C++ based cross-platform development toolkit. This version adds CSS-like stylesheets for the desktop, a new 2D graphics view class, Qt/Mac has improved use of native Carbon widgets. Qt is dual licensed. Source code for the GPL'd version can be downloaded for OS X, Linux or Windows."

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