Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

TranceThrust Re:What? (314 comments)

Hehe, quite possibly!

about two weeks ago

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.''

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

``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 two weeks ago

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 a month ago

New Process Promises Ammonia From Air, Water, and Sunlight

TranceThrust Why `sadly paywalled'? (117 comments)

It's Science. Accessible through any respectable library.

about a month ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 6 months ago

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?

about 2 years ago

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

German Science Minister Faces Plagiarism Scandal

TranceThrust Embarassing... (166 comments)

to get caught, yes.

more than 2 years ago

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 2 years ago

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?

about 3 years ago

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.

about 3 years ago

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

Internet-Spreading American Gets 15-Year Sentence In Cuba

TranceThrust Completely biased , /. (386 comments)

The article linked to speaks of 'covert actions' to bring about 'democratic reforms', and the slashdot article speaks of a 'social worker'. Site's losing trustworthiness quickly this way. Sad.

more than 3 years ago

'Anonymous' WikiLeaks Proponents Not So Anonymous

TranceThrust Sorry, but (390 comments)

this is inane. The point is the attacks not only come from the LOIC network, but other bot networks can also be employed. Therefore it is not possible to differentiate if the computer involved with an attack is a willing participant or a worm victim. So unless the authorities act on every IP-address involved and pay those IP users a personal visit, and IF these people indeed have used LOIC and managed not did not wipe it, only then they have a problem with their non/relative-anonymity. Every one of the conditionals is very questionable to ever occur.

`Anonymous' as the group is called is called such only to indicate that this group does not exist in the sense of identity or organisation. It is plain stupid to speak of anonymous as a group of this or that. One can laugh about it if the mass media doesn't get it, but it's said when universities think something like this is noteworthy. If anon bombs an address with pizza deliveries, it has never been implied that the people who call the pizza delivery companies did so using a untraceable telephone connections. Please.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Word Patent Case Going To Supreme Court

TranceThrust Canadians (207 comments)

Microsoft will not be arguing software patents are ludicrous before the supreme court; it will be arguing the patents are not valid. Translated: the rules apply, just not to Microsoft.

Let them get bitten in the ass by their own supported rules, and hope it happens enough times so they'll reconsider their stance.

more than 3 years ago


TranceThrust hasn't submitted any stories.


TranceThrust has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>