×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

SlovakWakko Re:This really is a man's world... (377 comments)

I know it's a good image for this purpose, it's just the origin that is really sexist. I don't mind, but I can understand how some of our female colleagues would find it inappropriate - ranging from immature to degrading, depending on where in their cycle they are right now...

about a week ago
top

Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

SlovakWakko This really is a man's world... (377 comments)

...when even after 40 years it still flies to use a Playboy centerfold cropout as a standard test image in serious work :) And yes, the new format looks great.

about a week ago
top

Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

SlovakWakko Oh no, days of downloading movies are over! (302 comments)

What a neat trick! Now nobody will be able to create a pirate web site... on a server located in the City of London. Wow, we're all screwed.

about 3 months ago
top

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

SlovakWakko What it really REALLY means... (504 comments)

...is that you shouldn't leave your device where your child can get at it and start typing random passwords, unless you want it wiped regularly.

about 3 months ago
top

General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits

SlovakWakko Re:Nitpicking... (90 comments)

A correlational relationship is a specific one where correlation exists, but causality is missing/unproven. If there is both causality and correlation (and you're right about the former requiring the latter) then it's a causal relationship.
Of course then there are also casual relationships, which are much better than the previous two types... :)

about 6 months ago
top

EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

SlovakWakko You've got it wrong (171 comments)

It's "I for one welcome our commissioner-overlords and their total detachment from reality" :) I have lived in the pre-1989 Eastern Bloc and I can spot a centralistic, ineffectual project intended to just shuffle money from the taxpayers to the Brussels bureaucracy and its friends in the industry.

about 6 months ago
top

Why Lavabit Shut Down

SlovakWakko Re:Substitute "China" or "Soviet Russia" (304 comments)

Well d'oh! Secret court, man - what more do you need to see there's something rotten in the land of freedom? And even though it has been proven how evil this thing is - for example by the 2013 top-secret order for an all-metadata feed from VBNS to NSA - it still exists! The way you've allowed all kinds of extreme measures to be implemented out of fear of terrorists really reminds me of something in our history here in the EU. Just replace terrorists with jews and communists... but don't worry, you are bound to learn the lesson too, sooner or later, and in the course of the learning process also obtain some well-tended memorials which will help you never to forget it. You may think that I am exaggerating - well, our grandparents also thought so ;)

about 7 months ago
top

Why Lavabit Shut Down

SlovakWakko Re:Why not leave? (304 comments)

I can imagine operating Lavabit-type of service in some European country. EU's grip on the internet is much weaker than that of the NSA, and recent efforts towards strengthening online privacy give me the reason to believe that it would be difficult to actually shut down such a service. Provisions for obtaining private data through a court order exist also in the EU so there is a legal way for the government to go after criminals who would use it, and with the recent revelations of how thoroughly has the EU been penetrated by NSA (literally as well as figuratively), spinning it as moving from the no-longer-free USA to the still-free EU would also help to protect the service - should anyone try to lay a heavy hand on the service, I think that it would quickly escalate into a discussion in the European Parliament and a lot of scathing titles in big newspapers. Other indications - for example how big are current EU research grant calls in ICT on online privacy, security and trust - also make me believe that Lavabit could work here. So don't hesitate, come here and be free again, guys ;) Also, I don't think that the MU case is pertinent here, as it happened in a US colony.

about 7 months ago
top

Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

SlovakWakko Stop being such a bully... (238 comments)

...and start respecting other states' sovereignty. I mean for real, not just with words. Maybe then the number of attacks will start dropping...

about 7 months ago
top

The UK's Internet Porn Filter and Fighting Censorship Creep

SlovakWakko Good Old British Humour (234 comments)

I just can't think about this and NOT imagine Linda and Mr.Bean's discussion on this topic... :D

about a year ago
top

Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

SlovakWakko What problem? You've got to be kidding, Mr. Heyden (316 comments)

How about the problem of the US effectively putting themselves on the other side of the barricade, opposite to the rest of the free world and most of their closest allies?

about a year ago
top

F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

SlovakWakko Re:As an American (248 comments)

"Why are you not rioting then?" - several riots were attempted to be formed, but the NSA learned about them through their surveillance programs, and blew up the areas in question with drones, declaring them terrorist attacks. They then used their control over the internet to squash all news about it.

Who would mod this "funny"?? It should be "insightful".

about a year ago
top

F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

SlovakWakko Re:As an American (248 comments)

Strangely enough, I don't see anything like that happening in any other country, either, yet your governments are all doing the same thing as ours.

No they aren't - we make sure that our elected officials are neither so smart, nor so well funded, as yours are.

about a year ago
top

Mathematicians Team Up To Close the Prime Gap

SlovakWakko The 600 gap: Good news, everybody! (194 comments)

Good news, everybody! It's been now proven, that there's an infinite number of one-hundred-times sexier primes, so there's enough for all of you lonely geeks :)

You've got to find them, though...

1 year,27 days
top

MPAA Backs Anti-Piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students

SlovakWakko Great idea (250 comments)

The sooner you show kids that others get music and movies for free, the better.

This reminds me of a list of banned sites (usually porn) we had at my university. It was a veeeery popular list and a great introduction to internet porn... :)

about a year ago
top

Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

SlovakWakko This is a bad idea (752 comments)

Don't mess with the equilibrium. Less criminals means less need for cops means more unemplyed cops who usually go into organized crime means more criminals means you need to hire more cops means less crime means... - OMG, it's just a way to get the whole population into organized crime!

about a year ago
top

Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

SlovakWakko Re:Hey California, I have a solution for you (752 comments)

(I mean all of them, not one side)

Thanks for being politically correct. We wouldn't want to label politicians "good" and "bad" :)

about a year ago
top

Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

SlovakWakko This is crazy! But thanks anyway... (658 comments)

Here in the EU we often envy the enormous economical advantage you residents of the U.S.A. get from having to pay only half (roughly) of what we pay for the same amount of gas. Better mobility means better economy. And now you're about to be taxed for MOVING around? Wow... a couple more things like this or the NSA+FISA fiasco, and the unemplyment figures here will look very different :)

about a year ago

Submissions

top

Central Europe countries continue to oppose ACTA

SlovakWakko SlovakWakko writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SlovakWakko (1025878) writes "After Poland suspended its national ratification of ACTA on Friday, Czech Republic and Slovakia follow today (Czech or Slovak language needed). Both countries cite worries about personal rights violations, and Slovakia's secretary of economy calls for a public debate before he even considers starting the process of ratification."
Link to Original Source

Journals

SlovakWakko has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?