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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

Troed Re:This isn't news (216 comments)

The actual question is: what are you going to do about it?

I became an active politician (and since I'm in a non-two party dictatorship it made a difference). /me - board member of the Swedish Pirate Party

about a week ago

Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

Troed Re:Seems pretty different, not a gesture (408 comments)

No phone manufacturer ever thought of making a touchscreen based hand-held device prior to Apple as it was believed (and very correctly too) that it was inherently difficult to operate a 3.5" touch display. It was the app store that outweighed the negatives of iPhone touchscreen

Sony Ericsson P800 - released in 2002

Full touch, full web, app store

about 4 months ago

Surrogate Database Key, Not Bitcoin Protocol Flaw, To Blame For Mt Gox Problems

Troed Re:unbelievable (81 comments)

It's been known and well documented since 2011. It's in the wiki. What programmer does not study the API documentation when implementing a multi-million dollar service?

An incompetent one. The transaction id is an id of that specific transaction. If another transaction is created with the same inputs and outputs is a new transaction, thus a new transaction id.

(A better id to use if you want to track actual transfers is a hash over the sorted input and output adresses)

about 6 months ago

How Russia Transformed a Subtropical Beach Resort To Host the Winter Olympics

Troed Re:Stupid (359 comments)

with current trends there is a very high risk of not having enough snow

Winter northern hemisphere snow cover trend is on the increase - not decrease - since decades back.

about 6 months ago

Astronomers Investigating Unknown Object That Hit the Earth In 773 AD

Troed Re:Why unlikely? (84 comments)

2000 years of global extreme climate events from historical records: http://www.breadandbutterscien...

773 A.D. In 773 A.D., a severe drought struck Shensi (now Shaanxi province) in central China at Sian.

In 773 A.D., there was a great drought in Shensi province in China.

774 A.D. In Scotland, there was a severe famine with a plague.

Winter of 774 / 775 A.D. In the year 675, there was the greatest frost in England.
[This entry was out of chronological order and I believe Short was referencing the year 775 A.D.]

775 A.D. In England, there was a drought with excessive heat, after a great frost.

The winter was so hard that the Euxine Sea (Black Sea) was quite frozen over. The ice was 30 foot or
cubits thick. People could walk 50 or 100 leagues (150 to 300 miles, 240 to 480 kilometers) on the ice
from the Danube River to the Euphrates River. On the ice fell 30 cubits deep of snow. When the ice
broke, it appeared like great mountains on the sea, which demolished and carried down whole villages
standing on the shore. This winter was succeeded by so excessive heat during the summer that all springs
dried up.72 [The Danube River probably refers to the Danube Delta in Europe, eastern Romania and south
western Ukraine. The Euphrates River rises in Turkey, passes through Syria, and joins with the Tigris
River in southeastern Iraq to form the Shatt al Arab, which empties into the Persian Gulf.]

In the year 775, “Snow fell, and lay 30 Cubits on a Level.”

[In Byzantium], the summer was hot and all the wells dried up.62 [Byzantium at this time included
Turkey, and the western part of the Balkan peninsula.]

In 775 A.D. during the period 1-30 August, floods struck Chekiang (now Zhejiang province) on the east
coast of China at Hangchow.

about 6 months ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

Troed Re:SLAPPed hard (393 comments)

it gets them frothing from their slack jaws and mouth breathing even harder than usual

I'd say that's a good description of your argumentative style in this thread :)

Fact of the matter: Mann has referred to himself on several occasions as the winner of a Nobel Prize. He is not.

about 6 months ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

Troed Re:SLAPPed hard (393 comments)

He WAS awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Vice President Al Gore and his colleagues of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

No, he was not.

Thus it is incorrect to refer to any IPCC official, or scientist who worked on IPCC reports, as a Nobel laureate or Nobel Prize winner.

The above quote is from the IPCC official statement on the matter:

To freshen your memory - this is the exact statement still available in a post by Mann on his own Facebook page:

Dr. Mann is a climate scientist whose research has focused on global warming. In 2007, along with Vice President Al Gore and his colleagues of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Presumably this was written by a legal counsel, not by Mann himself.

Irrelevant - that's what he or someone under his guidance submitted to a court - "a Nobel prize recipient". Whatever happened later to that submission does not change the wording that was used.

I fail to understand what benefit you see from posting falsehoods into a discussion. Are you often in denial to proven facts?

about 6 months ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

Troed Re:SLAPPed hard (393 comments)

Mann referred to himself as a Nobel prize recipient - which the IPCC has stated he's not allowed to do. Why are you posting obvious falsehoods in his defence throughout this thread?

Dr. Mann is a climate scientist whose research has focused on global warming. In 2007, along with Vice President Al Gore and his colleagues of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

It is one thing to engage in discussion about debatable topics. It is quite another to attempt to discredit consistently validated scientific research through the professional and personal defamation of a Nobel prize recipient.

PS: I'm also a "Nobel laureate" if Mann is:

A peace prize made possible by the people has now been passed on to the people. The EU won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, but the European Parliament believes this honour belongs to everyone. During a special ceremony in Strasbourg, the prize was symbolically handed over to 20 citizens of different ages and nationalities to represent the people of Europe.

about 6 months ago

Ulbricht Admits Seized Bitcoins Are His and Wants Them Back

Troed Re:Still an idiot (243 comments)

Even if he somehow could get out of the drug dealer and murder for hire charges he would still have the problem of proving how he legitimately got the money and why he didn't pay taxes on it. Penalties for failing to report tens of millions of dollars in income could easily put him in prison for a decades and would still result in the loss of the bitcoins because he can't prove any legitimate means why which he got them.

I assume he will claim he mined them (which could very well be true - an early adopter could've easily mined that many - although it will be interesting to see how the argument will be countered with block chain analysis) and that they aren't taxable until the gain in value is realised (by selling them for dollar).

about 7 months ago

Norway Rejects Bitcoin As Currency; Taxes As Asset, Instead

Troed Re:How is Norway going to know? (245 comments)

When the time comes that you can easily buy a Ferrari for bitcoins

Don't know about Ferrari, but this Lamborghini purchase for bitcoin is legit:

... which followed this Tesla purchase from the same dealer:

about 7 months ago

How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

Troed Re: On the Early player advantage (174 comments)

I know a lot about Bitcoin. "Mining" and "Verifying transactions" are the same thing.

We need the latter even when there will be "no" new coins minted (tiny block reward). The miners (= the ones who verify the transactions) will still get the transaction fees.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

Troed Re: If you can't be the best (476 comments)

Thank you, non EU-citizen, for trying to explain to an EU-citizen what the correct action is ;) As would be quite obvious to anyone reading this - but you - you're of course wrong.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

Troed Re: If you can't be the best (476 comments)


1) Apple isn't the seller. The post Lessig referred to applied to those having bought their phone from the carrier. The correct action in the EU is to make your claim towards the seller - not the manufacturer.

2) Lessig himself did try the reinstall.

Why is it apparently this important for you to misrepresent the issue?

about 9 months ago

Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

Troed Re: If you can't be the best (476 comments)

I live in the EU. If the product does not work as advertised it's completely irrelevant whether it's due to software or hardware. The seller is responsible for making sure that it starts working as intended.

The definition of "as intended" is judged by price level and what's considered the norm in the relevant market place. I.e, you cannot just claim your product is "special" and get away with it.

about 9 months ago

EU Parliament: Other Countries Spy, But Less Than the UK, US

Troed Sweden's FRA was set up to help the US (170 comments)

Wait what? It's no secret that the reason FRA exists is to tap the underwater cables carrying almost all of Russia's traffic and hand it over to the US. There was an uproar against the creation of FRA in Sweden - but it was met with statements from our prime minister to the effect of "It's best for us all if we don't talk about this anymore".

Earlier documents put in context with recent revelations show that Sweden has been systematically wiretapping Russia on behalf of the United States. This is clear after putting a number of previous questionable agreements and developments in context today.

about 9 months ago

Scientists Explain Why Chairman of House Committee On Science Is Wrong

Troed Re:data sample question (476 comments)

they are all in broad agreement that the temperature rises in the last century have been exceptional

They most certainly are not - if you don't happen to cherry pick ~1850 (the coldest part of the whole Holocene) as a starting point.

Until a few decades ago it was generally thought that all large-scale global and regional climate changes occurred gradually over a timescale of many centuries or millennia, scarcely perceptible during a human lifetime. The tendency of climate to change relatively suddenly has been one of the most suprising outcomes of the study of earth history, specifically the last 150,000 years (e.g., Taylor et al., 1993). Some and possibly most large climate changes (involving, for example, a regional change in mean annual temperature of several degrees celsius) occurred at most on a timescale of a few centuries, sometimes decades, and perhaps even just a few years. The decadal-timescale transitions would presumably have been quite noticeable to humans living at such times, and may have created difficulties or opportunities (e.g., the possibility of crossing exposed land bridges, before sea level could rise)

about a year ago

97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

Troed Re:I do believe it because it based on sound scien (1105 comments)

Are their 'pre-human'** cycles? yes. This is an impact outside those bounds.

How can that be when we're not warmer than during large parts of the Holocene (yet)? If anything, the fact that the coldest period in the whole Holocene was just a few hundred years ago, isn't there more support for saying that the _cold_ was outside pre-human cycles?

about a year ago



Apple sends Cease and Desist to the Hymn project

Troed Troed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Troed writes "Legal (in many countries) iTunes DRM removal has for a long time flourished and been available using tools from the Hymn Project website (myFairTunes7, QtFairUse6) but on the 20th Apple sent a Cease and Desist note to their ISP forcing the site admins to remove all download links. It is speculated that this is due to a new tool (Requiem) being created that attacks FairPlay through cryptographic means instead of copying the unprotected music from memory while being played, but since the tools are no longer available (and there are still after several days a lack of public mirrors ...) discussions around this has died out. Many users buy music from the iTunes store and rely on DRM removal to be able to play the content on their mobile phones. Is Apple on dangerous grounds here, since those users might now start checking out competing services?"
Link to Original Source

iTunes fraud - six months and counting

Troed Troed writes  |  about 7 years ago

Troed writes "iTunes support seem unable to remove faulty products from their store. The support personnel are being given answers from the engineers that are then ignored. It's as if record labels can send incomplete content to be sold and Apple cannot remove that content even temporarily waiting for replacements. Purely technical issues, or problematic licensing deals?

Read on for a tale about two cut off songs, and six months of broken promises."

Link to Original Source



Troed Troed writes  |  more than 11 years ago

There's were my thoughts will end up - not here. I don't trust an american site to allow me free speech - too many new laws in the US restrict this.


Confession from my foe

Troed Troed writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Here's the confession from the person who's moderating all my comments down because of my signature. Written as an Anonymous Coward ...


Think twice

Troed Troed writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I get all my old posts moderated down -1 Offtopic whenever a certain person gains moderator status (or if he has multiple accounts, I don't know). See my history for proof. I also get numerous replies to my signature attacking my person.

That's weird. It seems that USian Slashdot posters are like the rest of the american John Does - they actually believe that Israel is nice and that all arabs/muslims are terrorists. How come they're the only one with this view? How come there are daily protests in all big cities in Europe against Israeli warfare against Palestinians? How come food-chains in Norway are boycotting Israeli fruit because of this? How come USA is the only nation stopping UN from dealing correctly with Israel? How come myself - 27 year old Swedish white well-educated male with neither jews nor muslims as close friends give money to Palestinian help-organisations and actively in mail and in my Slashdot signature URGE people to actually learn the truth about the most serious conflict in the world themselves?

I know, do you? The last time this was brought up here at slashdot a USian slashdot poster told the moderators to mod myself and another poster down before we "strapped bombs to teenagers" or something as stupid.

Remember: Nelson Mandela was marked as a terrorist by the South African leaders, and put in prison. All freedom-fighters have been called terrorists. If you'd care to read up on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict we might have chance to stop the US arms supply to Israel. Rockets against rocks, you know.

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