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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

TranceThrust Re:How to refund if the money's gone? (203 comments)

Precisely. The eBay thing is a bit exagerrated though; there is buyer's protection that works (I've had to used it myself). It is a rather abitrary process, though: I could take the iPhone, but in a brick, and then start complaining they sent me a brick. It's based on perceived trustworthiness, as should be backing a kickstarter.

about a month ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

TranceThrust How to refund if the money's gone? (203 comments)

From TFA (since the slashdot `summary' does not specify any of the new rules): ``[upon failing,] creators are expected to explain what is happening and how the money was used, giving refunds to any backers who request them.''. Now, if, for example, MyIDkey `burned through' 3.5M$ of backed money, then how would those who backed it get a refund? The money's gone, period. The kind of risk is inherent to these kind of fundraisers.

about a month ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

TranceThrust Great! (185 comments)

Electronic mail being equated to how our regular mail was functioning. Will be looking forward to email confidentiality as well!

about a month ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

TranceThrust Re:What? (314 comments)

Hehe, quite possibly!

about a month and a half ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

TranceThrust What? (314 comments)

``Through a Google Summer of Code project this year was work to emulate systemd on OpenBSD.''
What?

``so a student developer has taken to implementing the APIs of important systemd components so that they translate into native systemd calls.''
What?

``systemd-hostnamed, systemd-localed, systemd-timedated, and systemd-logind utilities''
The `d' at the end of each of those stands for `utilities'?

Seriously, please do some editing before posing.

about a month and a half ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

TranceThrust Seven solutions, all bad. (383 comments)

TFA actually speaks on seven ways passwords may be avoided, with biometrics being but one of them. All seven build on extracting unique identifiers from physique or behaviour. All seven are wrong because of one simple reason: if someone mimics whatever chosen identifier good enough (either by hacks or by actually mimicing me), how can I change my `password'? I can't. Trashcan.

about 2 months ago
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New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

TranceThrust Why `sadly paywalled'? (117 comments)

It's Science. Accessible through any respectable library.

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

TranceThrust Meanwhile... (454 comments)

an Israeli from Tel Aviv estimates the success rate at 90%, which is thus high that some civilians actually go out and see the interceptions, instead of going into the shelters. Of course, Tel Aviv is farther away from Gaza and possibly has less rockets fired at them, but the difference in ground reports and what is reported here is staggering. Maybe these scientists need to dial back and first get some more data, instead of just looking at a couple of videos and/or photos.

about 3 months ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

TranceThrust Fortunately..? (125 comments)

Why fortunately? Is this a Microsoft press release? Windows tablets are crap. I've played with one recently, and Windows without a keyboard is indescribably awkward: all use cases I was trying (starting notepad, type something in it, browsing apps, looking for the configuration screens/system info) go forward in snail speed. That's less than turtle. Even the salesperson standing next to me had nothing to say in defense.

about 3 months ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

TranceThrust So... (424 comments)

Mod parent up. Still I think the judge an idiot for ruling like he did. The reason for not having a lawyer and just paying whatever fine would apparently be the blogger was scared of any extra costs the lawyer would have brought in face of the non-certainty of winning (which still might have been more expensive than what she paid now if the procedure was lengthier but in the end still not in her favour). The restaurant owner was trolling, there's just no better word for it. By awarding even this tiny win the judge is inviting his whole judicial system to similar crap (and threats to ordinary citizens). On the other hand, wasn't there a public lawyer she might have used?

about 3 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

TranceThrust LXDE (611 comments)

LXDE. Then perhaps GNOME 2, tty/bash, BASIC.

I wonder if this gets awarded 5 mod points too.

about 5 months ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

TranceThrust Why is this on slashdot? (479 comments)

A badly written rant containing ill-informed opinions, even when accounting for the author being no `geek', as she puts it.

The problem is not the `glorification' of hackers (seriously?). The problem is that laws remain outdated to cope with this digital age. The problem is that governments rely on badly protected and badly regulated technologies.

The problem is not having enough hackers.

about 7 months ago
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Google Patents Software To Identify Real-World Objects In Videos

TranceThrust Re:Update on Allison Chang case (150 comments)

It does seem a bit odd to sue in Texas. Did they file a case in Australia as well?

more than 2 years ago
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Unbreakable Crypto: Store a 30-character Password In Your Subconscious Mind

TranceThrust No coercion? (287 comments)

How does the scheme prevent ``play this game or I'll kill your family''?

more than 2 years ago
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German Science Minister Faces Plagiarism Scandal

TranceThrust Embarassing... (166 comments)

to get caught, yes.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Copyright Terms For a Thesis?

TranceThrust Re:post it online; problem solved (211 comments)

Yep, exactly what parent says. I don't see any problem (what more, I have not encountered problems) with just reserving all rights for yourself (copyright by you, as is (should be) possible with any respectable university), and then distributing it yourself, over the internet. Free and open access, and nobody can legally run off with it or put it on shady websites.

more than 3 years ago
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Pledge Asks Chinese Hackers To Reject Cybertheft

TranceThrust Re:This is a good thing (48 comments)

What the hell kind of news are you watching then?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Clusters On the Cheap?

TranceThrust All the cloud-goers; (264 comments)

give some thought to data security as well please. If the research done is sensitive, don't use clouds.

On the other hand, costs of self-hosting are indeed underestimated very quickly, which is not a good thing when budget is low.

Also, while manycore machines seem cost-effective, look at the solutions you are using for computation; it is hard to press a 48-core machine to peak performance, much harder than driving more standard distributed-memory supercomputers. But this depends on your application.

Buying time on an existing cluster (local university, or a dedicated HPC company) seems the surest way, and also reasonably secure when done at a trusted institute or company.

more than 3 years ago
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Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

TranceThrust Re:Reading comprehension #fail (500 comments)

Not even with a `left-wing' government dude. I can imagine only one left-mid party who would maybe support it, but both green parties would never support the idea as it is presented in this slashdot article due to privacy.

more than 3 years ago

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