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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Skylinux Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

mhhh what is that called ... oh yea Bullshit! and citation needed!

4 days ago

Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Skylinux Re:Trust the USA (92 comments)

Almost forgot. The place where you get punished for not revealing your encryption key(s) to the court.

"I have something to hide, my privacy."

about a month and a half ago

Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Skylinux Trust the USA (92 comments)

Nevertheless, Apple assures its Chinese users that their personal data on China Telecom is encrypted and that the encryption keys will be stored offshore.

So the keys are only stored back at the headquarter in the USA?

The place where a "judge" can order any company to deliver the customer's data to the state?
Data of users who may not be citizens of the USA and even data that is stored on foreign soil.

about a month and a half ago

Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

Skylinux Re:It's more than the tie (166 comments)

so the issue isn't isolated to government.

True but these people in government are directly responsible for wasting the taxpayers money. Their incompetence costs any of us dearly.

I recently quit my cushy government job because I don't want to be part of the problem anymore. These people are so stuck in their ways that they are not interested in saving money or improving things.
"This is how we have been doing things for years, so this is how we keep on sailing."

I have had a few government jobs in the USA and Germany and the one thing I noticed is that the same lazy people hold the same positions. Only the name of the country changes.....

about a month and a half ago

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

Skylinux Revenge is Google (790 comments)

So all I need to do is get an image that Google knows to be child porn and send it to people I don't like. Political assassinations have just become very easy.

I have been vary of Google for a while but now they have gone too far.

What is next? Calling the police because I send someone a mail about cannabis, sex with men or anything that is illegal in some countries.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Skylinux The better question is (190 comments)

Do you really believe that your vote matters?

Your vote does one thing and one thing alone. It legitimizes the current system.

about 2 months ago

A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

Skylinux Re:one please (43 comments)

A proper power supply and steppers are "expensive" but I would buy one if he can manage to make a unit for around 1500 EUR.

about 2 months ago

Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Skylinux Any 100% nuclear DC? (288 comments)

Amazon, .... only 15 percent of its energy comes from clean sources, which is about the default national average.

Well that sucks!
Are there any 100% nuclear powered DCs out there?

about 2 months ago

Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

Skylinux Re:Holy grey area! (159 comments)

The dough does not contain any THC; just the yeast that can create it.
Is my business legal?

It used to be legal to purchase cannabis seeds in Germany because they do not contain THC. As far as I know, it is still like this in the UK and Spain.

Austria is also very funny when it comes to the "evil plant". One may purchase cannabis clones and keep them at home. However, flowering them is not legal.

about 3 months ago

Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

Skylinux So not a total ripoff anymore? (365 comments)

So instead of extremely high prices we are going to get high prices? Awesome!
Lists an average price of 26,4 ct/kWh for 2012 in Germany. gives me a current price quote of 25,72 ct/kWh.
The average in Europe is 18,4 ct/kWh.

Power may be cheaper on the exchange but the consumer is still getting shafted.
The only people who will profit from this are energy traders and power hungry corporations. They currently pay ~15 to ~12 ct/kWh.

about 3 months ago

Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Skylinux Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

We Germans may end up being the first country to run on 100% "renewable energy".... awesome!
Just need to get all of our neighbors on board since it won't really matter if the nuclear reactor blows up in Germany, France, Poland or any of our neighbors.

Energy is way too expensive in Germany, thanks to this BS. I won't run my servers here because energy is taxed to hell and back when you are not running a huge corporation.

about 3 months ago

The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Skylinux "an industry luminary" (205 comments)

Another "expert" with an opinion but no solid solution.
Sorry but I just ran out of fucks to give.

about 3 months ago

Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Skylinux Re:Give Microsoft a try (364 comments)

Ahh yes Microsoft. A company with a history of repeatedly doing the right thing.
What was the latest? Oh yeah, accessing someone's e-mail account for an investigation without a warrant.

about 3 months ago

EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

Skylinux Re:The science behind GMOs show they are safe. (272 comments)

We should hold anti-GMO zealots with the same disdain as we hold climate change deniers.

Go lookup what happened to some of the old corn lines when GMO corn was introduced to Mexico. GMO corn has crossed with old strains and have produced crippled plants.

This isn't really a GMO problem but rather a problem on how we use it. For me GMO === Monsanto and their "you must not plant produced seeds" license agreement. It has also been shown that their plants cross with current lines AND WILL FUCK THEM UP to the point where they become useless.

Ban greedy companies so we may have an honest discussion about GMO crops.

P.S. What is this BS that we can not feed our current population without GMO. While it may be true, it is most certainly the wrong way to approach the problem as GMO does not mean unlimited food. So we ignore the true issue until we hit what, 20 billion people?

about 3 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Skylinux Re:I have a MendelMax 1.5 (251 comments)

Thanks for the tip!
I did not come across Solidedge when I searched for software.

The UI and workflow appears to be similar to Solid Works

P.S. Anybody interested in 3D printing might want to take a look at the above tutorial to get an idea what is involved in designing your own parts.

about 6 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Skylinux Re:I have a MendelMax 1.5 (251 comments)

> Blender?

Tried it but the software is made for creating 3D models used in video games and such. These kind of models are hollow shells where 3D printed parts need to be solid objects.

There are plugins to handle 3D printing with Blender but the lack of good documentation / tutorials and the UI made me uninstall the software after a couple of hours.

about 6 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Skylinux Re:I have a MendelMax 1.5 (251 comments)

EDIT: AutoCAD 123 should be 123D Design

about 6 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Skylinux I have a MendelMax 1.5 (251 comments)

I recently purchased a MendelMax 1.5 kit because I need small plastic parts for some of my projects. The kit is less expensive then most, yet is build very well. It looks like a tank and handles like a tool, this is not a toy. I can highly recommend it.

I decided to get a kit because it is not that easy to source all the parts in Europe and I wanted to focus on designing my objects without spending months to source the individual parts.

That said. The 3D printer is actually very easy to build and to get going. The problems starts when you want to create your own designs......

  • AutoCAD 123 - is easy to use but it is "cloud software" that will not allow you to open locally saved designs without an active Internet connection. This is crippled desktop software, PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THIS!
  • OpenSCAD - looked interesting because you "code your model". Unfortunately there is a bug with some Intel video cards so I could not even finish the tutorial on my Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook.
  • Google Sketchup - this is really good for very simple designs but the over simplified UI will bite you once you start to adjust dimensions or need precision below 1mm. I also noticed a lot of holes in my 3D objects when exported from Sketchup
  • FreeCAD - Too many options and I ran into problems with some of my "complex" designs. This may replace SolidWorks one day.
  • SolidWorks - I was really disappointed by my previous CAD experience and was close to kicking my printer into a corner. I worked my way through some tutorials on YouTube and really like the experience. The major issue with SW is that the license is way to expensive for a hobbyist so I had to get a "TPB Edition".

SolidWorks is the only software that works as promised.
I hope the company will offer licenses to hobbyist soon because I hate using pirated software for everyday use.

3D printers are really cool if you are a tinkerer / hobbyist but I would only recommend one if you have the need for one. You will spend days designing, printing and re-adjusting your models.
3D printers are not hipster toys!

about 6 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

Skylinux Re:Permnent Markers (250 comments)

"What are backups?!" and "What is encryption!?"

Why would you keep important things on a USB Drive in unencrypted form and without backups?

Use both and the drive becomes expandable. Lose it, buy a new one and restore data from backups/git repo.

about 7 months ago

IETF To Change TLS Implementation In Applications

Skylinux Re:End of certificates, please? (80 comments)

Let them decide who do they trust.

It will fail right here. Most users can not be trusted to make informed decisions.
How could they when they don't even know the difference between a hard drive, a modem or the case housing the individual components?

I prefer your solution but the industry is not moving towards "more user rights".

about 9 months ago


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