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Facebook's Graph Search: Kiss Your Privacy Goodbye

Virtual_Raider Re: Yeah, right (245 comments)

The word is "scroogled" ;)

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Management Software For Small Independent ISP?

Virtual_Raider Inomial's Smile (141 comments)

Look into Inomial's Smile ( http://www.inomial.com/ We use it and it's better than Platypus somebody mentioned; might suit you.

about 2 years ago
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USPS Ending Overnight First-Class Letter Service

Virtual_Raider Re:What? (713 comments)

They probably have some fancy-fangled-ass-shit to pop open and reseal an envelope without showing signs of tampering, too.

The word you are looking for is "equipment" ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Secure Syslog Replacement Proposed

Virtual_Raider Re:I don't know... (248 comments)

when you see a post from someone with a low 6 digit Slashdot user ID you probably want to refrain from contradicting them.

Yeah right. Low ID = genius. That's the universal rule of /.

Yeah, move over Einstein! ;)

more than 2 years ago
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New Media Giants Take Out Print Ad Against SOPA

Virtual_Raider Re:Lobby (234 comments)

That's one of the reasons I kind of hope it does pass initially it will cause a lot of problems (technical and otherwise). But we'll have to come up with solutions to those problems and when they really want to censor us it will be a lot more difficult. Where as if it doesn't pass it will likely be replaced shortly by more reasonable and enforceable means of censorship.

I think that's actually a bit too optimistic. What Hollywood, "traditional media", Politicians and associated Moneypolists want is to turn the web into Television. They want a one-way medium to distribute their content, whether it be entertainment, political platform or other stuff they sell. They don't want the regular Joe to generate their own content, hence the extremes they go to brand anything not made by them as spurious and pirated.

If this law was to remain, it would cement their grip on the medium so they can turn it into the advertisement broadcast platform they want it to be: sanitized, monetized and sales-orientated. They want to know who you are and where you are so you can't dodge them; they want you to be a trapped consumer, and they want to keep tabs on you to better tailor their efforts at shovelling their crap down your throat. This is why that MoFo Murdoch (or was it Turner?) said the Internet should have been patented from the start. This is why politicians and law enforcement agencies everywhere want it muzzled, they don't want disent they want obedience and mindless consumerism.

more than 2 years ago
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New Media Giants Take Out Print Ad Against SOPA

Virtual_Raider Lobby (234 comments)

Would that make any impact? This would appear the perfect moment to use all their lobbying power, clearly appealing to the masses is passe and doesn't work anymore in the US. Witness the OWS movement.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ Opens To Businesses With 'Pages'

Virtual_Raider Re:URL? (159 comments)

using Google, you're doing it wrong.

http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=%2Bpepsi

Hate to break it to you but this is absolutely not the same and not better. If you type www.facebook.com/business you land on the business page straight away, and the first thing you see is whatever content business placed there.

If one follows your method, you land on a Google search page where the page you look for is one of many links. Yes, it is the top link but you are still on google, you still see the listing of other random crap (or related crap if you're [un]lucky). It takes an extra click to get to the goods, and all the extra links are potential distractions that in some cases will take you away from the business you were looking for originally. plus.google.com/business would be a much cleaner solution.

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?

Virtual_Raider Re:Look at how we take care of our planet. (904 comments)

Hatred of our fellow man didn't put us at the top of the evolutionary chain. Banding together and sharing the burden of survival as a group did.

I beg to differ. We are unquestionably at the top of the food chain, but evolutionary chain? very debatable. Just because we have culture and technology and other nifty stuff doesn't mean we're more "evolved" than oil-eating bacteria, or sharks, or cockroaches, or...

more than 2 years ago
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Comet May Have Missed Earth By a Few hundred Kilometers

Virtual_Raider Re:Typical Slashdot comments pattern to follow... (265 comments)

That's a lot of words to dance around "Yes, there's no evidence"

I disagree; in any case it should be "There's no conclusive evidence" because his whole point is that there is some of it. If whatever evidence there is isn't enough to convince you that's fair enough, some areas of human knowledge aren't as solid as math and physics (biology, medicine and psychology to mention three biggies) and have much more hazy areas than the "hard" sciences.

more than 2 years ago
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Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

Virtual_Raider Re:Assange condemns greed? (944 comments)

(Off topic)

I have no mod points. So all I can do is post that I agree.

The moderation system works because most moderators mods up the insightful, informative and funny. And refrains from modding up because they agree, or worse, mod down because they disagree.

Great point. What /. should do is have a dual system. An "Agree/disagree" button that does absolutely nothing but count the number of either paired with the current moderation system. To reduce a bit the potential for abuse and promote fair moderation, they could make the Dis/Agrees invisible to people with moderation points.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Discover Mechanism That Gives Shape to Life

Virtual_Raider Re:According to its kind (138 comments)

Yeah, but the Christian notion of an omniscient & omnipotent God is a later conception. The story in Genesis taken at face value depicts a God who is neither.

So the christian god... evolved to become omniscient and omnipotent? that is awesome :)

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Discover Mechanism That Gives Shape to Life

Virtual_Raider Re:OMG!!! (138 comments)

Snakes have a defect!!! Then, they ARE in league with the devil! Grandma was right all along!

Crap, Annon, you beat me to it. It's only a defect if what you wanted is not a snake, for them is a feature. Opinions may vary but I for one don't feel so defective because I don't have gills or feathers for instance...

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Discover Mechanism That Gives Shape to Life

Virtual_Raider Re:According to its kind (138 comments)

It all hinges on the precise meaning of the word translated "kind" in Genesis (...) Humans were created during the sixth period of creation as God's attempt to see how many of his own qualities he could squeeze into free space in the chimp genome.

Allow me to point out that an "omniscient" and "omnipotent" god would have no need to attempt anything. He's omnipotent, thus he can do anything and everything, no holds barred, no need to attempt something that he is guaranteed by definition to be able to do. And being omniscient he would know the outcome of any such attempt without trying.

The christian god is said to be both omniscient and omnipotent, which is one reason any human attempt to understand such a being or even explain his actions is futile, we simply couldn't. Note I'm not saying that such a god exists or doesn't, merely that all these rationalisations about his supposed motives are nonsense.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ Loses 60% of Active Users

Virtual_Raider Re:Is this thing on? Hello? (519 comments)

The remaining 40% are people who talk to themselves.

I wonder if most people don't just talk within circles. I've caught myself thinking a few times "why is this person from my +Photograpy/Cooking/Blah circle talking about $UNRELATED_TOPIC"? When I share with them I usually make my general coments to my +Smalltalk circle, Nerd comments and post to the +Geeks circle, etc. I don't make that many public posts and most of my contacts don't either. So maybe outsiders see a drop in Public posts, but how do they know for sure there is an overall drop in activity? If they talked about measured traffic I missed that bit.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ Loses 60% of Active Users

Virtual_Raider Re:Critical mass (519 comments)

Apple's products convinced an awful lot of people that they wanted Apple's products.

I have seen a quote on here somewhere that says that "there is no tablet market, there is only an iPad market." - which did not even exist before SJ. And while Apple does consistently produce decent products, I was alluding to the people who are willing to slap down money for a product they have yet to see, and have no idea whether it does anything more for them than any other product in the market.

They do pay sight unseen now, but there is a reason. Apple came out with the iPod and wiped competition off the floor. Then they came out with the iPod touch and pundits and users demanded there be an iPhone. So Apple gave them one and people still love it because it builds on stuff they know to be good; Apple has yet to drop the ball so its a pretty safe bet that the new product will be at least as good as the last (regardless of 1st gen sindrome and the like that only us nerds really care about).

more than 2 years ago
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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

Virtual_Raider Re:Her Defense Was Pretty Good Too (699 comments)

You missed the best part when she defended herself:

Rebels mad cuz I used iPhone to tell you Steve Jobs is in hell.God created iPhone for that purpose! :)

She's just confirming what Apple fans already knew: God works at Apple.

You misunderstand her. She said "God created iPhone", and we know that Steve also "created iPhone". Therefore Steve is God. But Steve is dead... quite the Nietzsche moment there...

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Virtual_Raider Re:http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/ (1613 comments)

His final will stated that he be buried in a glossy white coffin with no visible hinges or latches. RIP Steve.

Makes sense since no longer has any user-serviceable parts. I hear his last words were: iDie

RIP Steve

Typed from my Macbook pro

more than 2 years ago
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Robot Workforce Threatens Education-Intensive Jobs

Virtual_Raider Re:You get a job making widgets... (496 comments)

When labour is out-sourced, money moves from a wealthier country to a poorer one. Eventually, they don't want your crappy jobs, or you can't afford to hire them. Robots however, only drive costs down. Economic development multiplies labour, so it takes less work to produce the same output. You just have more time on your hands to think big ideas. With universal hands-off automation, demand for labour is almost non existent, but supply is only limited by the mass of the solar system. You can't get work, but everything is free. Computer: tea: earl grey: hot.

Most people aren't as well educated as the average /. reader and these changes won't happen overnight. Displaced people will need to find something to do in the interim between losing their job and the automated utopia. And the point of my first comment is that angry, uneducated people tend to react very, very badly when you take away something that 'belonged' to them. What happens if you piss off millions of people? Even on ST before the universal replicator there was a last world war that nearly wiped off humankind.

about 3 years ago
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Robot Workforce Threatens Education-Intensive Jobs

Virtual_Raider Re:completely, utterly, tragically, wrong (496 comments)

You failed to address the point he made about the automation of automation. What happens when most jobs are replaced by robots designed by robots?

Until we have AI that's as smart as humans, there will be plenty of jobs for humans to do, so long as they get off their butt and don't sit around complaining about how their super-important job actually turned out to be so simple that a computer can do it better. We've been replacing jobs with 'robots' for decades and we still have more people working than we did when we started to do so.

Once we have AI that's as smart as humans, we're fscked. But that's still probably at least a century away.

What you fail to understand is that there may be an opportunity or even a need for people to do intelligence-intensive tasks that can't be automated, but these are much much fewer than there is intelligent and capable people able to perform those jobs. How many designers and engineers do Apple or Samsung or Google need to come up with The Next Big Thing? and how many workers (robotic or otherwise) do they need to materialize those designs?

The number of people keeps rising, if automation takes over all menial tasks in, say, 30 years, there will be close to 11 BILLION people in the planet. Sadly, the vast majority of them will live in infrahuman conditions just like they do now, a ghastly and miserable existence of dispair while they wait for starvation to end their suffering. The kicker is that people in first world countries will soon start to join them by the thousands, then by the millions when there is no menial minimum-wage work available and most creative intelligence-intensive jobs are already taken.

Best case scenario would be to put everyone on welfare, provide food and shelter and let them dedicate themselves to the pursuit of their interests and leisure activities. The problem with that is, well, people. Individuals may make good use of the chance, but individuals don't live isolated from their society, and they will just become a mass of disaffected and resentful people with no hope. Just like it is already happening today in the UK and in the ghettos of the US. And machines are nowhere near taking over low-brow jobs yet.

Another problem is the rabid nationalism and bloodthirsty mood of some of the large economic powers (again UK and US, but throw in China and Russia too). They already know how to incentivate economies by killing surplus population off in random (or resource) wars far from home. Out of sight, out of mind. War is a good way to employ all those restless unemployed "parasites" living off welfare and too lazy to train themselves to do more elaborate jobs that aren't available anyway...[/rant]

about 3 years ago

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Apple patents Kinect

Virtual_Raider Virtual_Raider writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtual_Raider (52165) writes "Apple patented a method to control an iPad using "3D Gestures", which basically are nothing but hand waving like "hand swirls and swipes". From TFA:
"As suggested by a newly uncovered Apple patent, you would be able to manipulate and control graphical elements on your display, such as icons, media files, text and images. The gestures themselves could take many forms: geometric shapes (e.g., a half-circle or square), symbols (like a check mark or question mark), the letters of the alphabet, and other sorts of predetermined patterns."

I guess these guys better come up with other ideas."

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Fake news are good news

Virtual_Raider Virtual_Raider writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Virtual_Raider (52165) writes "Wired is running a story about a new twist in the never ending struggle to make true Barnum's adage. Old: Scammers are creating fake news sites that look almost like the real thing. New: They are advertising on real news sites, making it hard for unwary readers to realize they are being duped with fake coverage of get-rich-quick scams. Amongst those affected are the Huffington Post and Salon

From the article, "The story has art, it has a sidebar, there's weather, supposed reader comments — even ads. Steadman is described as "a mother from San Francisco" — at least, when I read the article. Thanks to cutting-edge reporting techniques perfected by News 5, she will automatically move to the geolocation of your internet IP address when you read it. Look, she lives right in your neighborhood!""

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Youtube bans Terrorist Training Videos

Virtual_Raider Virtual_Raider writes  |  about 6 years ago

Virtual_Raider (52165) writes "Terrorist training videos will be banned from appearing on YouTube, under revised new guidelines being implemented by the popular video-sharing site.

The Google-owned portal will ban footage that advertises terrorism or extremist causes and supporters of the change hope it will blunt al-Qaeda's strong media online campaign.

Along with other uncomfortable subjects such as sniper footage and home-made bombs. Is this a sensible move or plain censorship?"
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TrueCrypt v6 released: now with Hidden OS goodness

Virtual_Raider Virtual_Raider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Virtual_Raider (52165) writes "A new version of TrueCrypt is out for Linux, OSX and Windows. It includes several parallelized encryption/decryption on multi-core processors (or multi-processor systems), up to 20% faster resuming from hibernation when the system partition/drive is encrypted on Windows, native kernel cryptographic services (by default) for volumes encrypted in XTS mode in Linux, and a new weapon on the plausible-deniability warchest: Hidden Operating System.

Now you can hand over your decoy operating system decryption key without fear, as you can have another SO safely tucked away in a hidden partition (although this feature is Windows-only). Now you can be better protected from the prying eyes of your competitors or friendly US/EU airport officials :P"

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TrueCrypt v6 released: now with hidden OS goodness

Virtual_Raider Virtual_Raider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Virtual_Raider (52165) writes "New version of TrueCrypt is out for Linux, OSX and Windows. It includes several parallelized encryption/decryption on multi-core processors (or multi-processor systems), up to 20% faster resuming from hibernation when the system partition/drive is encrypted on Windows, native kernel cryptographic services (by default) for volumes encrypted in XTS mode in Linux, and a new weapon on the plausible-deniability warchest: Hidden Operating System.

Now you can hand over your decoy operating system decryption key without fear, as you can have another SO safely tucked away in a hidden partition (although this feature is Windows-only). Now you can be better protected from the prying eyes of your competitors or friendly US/EU airport officials :P"

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Windows Home Server eats files for lunch

Virtual_Raider Virtual_Raider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Virtual_Raider (52165) writes "An entry on Downloadsquad's blog (I'm not affiliated I just like it) points us to this not so amusing bug. From TFA:

"a distressing bug has surfaced on the Microsoft Knowledge Base. According to the article, Windows Home Server can corrupt or eat files created by several popular Microsoft applications, Quicken, Quickbooks and even Bittorrent downloads".
I guess those Mac users that experienced a similar problem with file-moving will now feel less alone in the world :)"

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Virtual_Raider Virtual_Raider writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Virtual_Raider (52165) writes "Wired is carrying a story about the method that a security researched used to identify anonymous computers behind anonymity services.

From TFA

His victim is the Onion Router, or "Tor" — a sophisticated privacy system that lets users surf the web anonymously. Tor encrypts a user's traffic, and bounces it through multiple servers, so the final destination doesn't know where it came from. Murdoch set up a Tor network at Cambridge to test his technique, which works like this: If an attacker wants to learn the IP address of a hidden server on the Tor network, he'll suddenly request something difficult or intensive from that server. The added load will cause it to warm up.
From The Onion Router's site:

Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.
I'm left with a couple of questions such as, what additional meassures could a private person take to prevent against this new vector of attack? What legitimate uses can this technique have for law enforcement seeking to pinpoint a criminal? Interesting all around."
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Virtual_Raider Virtual_Raider writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Virtual_Raider (52165) writes "Foxnews reports that Microsoft is releasing a new update designed to fight 'counterfeit' copies of Vista that are already floating about on the net. From TFA:

Microsoft has released an update to Windows Vista that is designed to prevent a type of piracy of the operating system in which files from various test and final versions of the software have been mixed so as to bypass the product activation technology, an approach the company has dubbed the "Frankenbuild" monster.
Of course Microsoft is well within its rights to try to deter counterfeiters, crackers and assorted pirates but would this add to the hassles of their 'genuine advantage' scheme?"
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Virtual_Raider Virtual_Raider writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Virtual_Raider (52165) writes "From TFA: "Researchers at the University of Michigan announced the testing of a drug delivery system that involves drug-toting nanoparticles and a guiding peptide to target cancerous cells in the brain. Their study finds that via this method more of the drug can be delivered to a tumor's general vicinity."

Ah, and it also uses lasers to activate the nanoparticles (40nm) inside the brain. No mention of sharks tho'

+Raider of the lost BBS"
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Virtual_Raider Virtual_Raider writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Virtual_Raider (52165) writes "A survey indicates that iPod owners may not be as loyal to their devices as Mac owners are to their computers, thus opening the possibility for Microsoft's Zune to enter the market. Surveyed people also indicated a high likelyness of buying the much maligned brown device. But that doesn't mean that the market is now at Microsoft's mercy. RTFA for a change!"

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