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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Vlado Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

Regarding the missile system:
There's no doubt that it's of Russian manufacture. But why are you so sure it's Russian, as in "it belongs to Russian military at the present"?
These same systems are currently in hands of Ukrainian government, the Ukrainian "rebels" (or whatever they're supposed to be called) as well as the Russia itself. I do not think that there is a lot of doubt that BUK system was where the missile came from. And in my opinion it's also fairly likely that it was the rebels who are responsible for the shooting. But that is my opinion and I don't think there are lot of actual facts to support it.
Video may show a system missing a missile, but apart from that, everything else is a lot of speculation.

about two weeks ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

Vlado Re:Wait what? (140 comments)

Stealling deprives revenue.

Copying deprives potential revenue and may, in fact, boost revenue of a certain product.

Take an example a popular TV show:
Someone may ("illegally") download a few of the episodes of it, based on the advice of a friend. They love it and from that point onward they watch it on TV. The show gets another regular viewer and the creator gets all the revenue associated with it. See what the HBO has to say about GoT pirating.
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/...

about a month and a half ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

Vlado Re:Wait what? (140 comments)

I don't know how it is with video and audio content.

But, according to a previously published article, about 37% of Steam games never get played. And it's probably safe to assume they don't get downloaded either...
http://games.slashdot.org/stor...

about a month and a half ago
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UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

Vlado Re:UK EU more problems than solutions? (341 comments)

Surely the "ease of travel" would not be limited if UK was not in EU anymore? As a matter of fact UK is not in the Schengen area. That means that you actually still have to use the passport while traveling anywhere, while the rest of us "UE-ians" :-) only need it for UK (I'm of course exaggerating, there are other EU countries that are not part of Schengen area either).
As a matter of fact, I can travel without passport to several countries that are NOT part of EU or Schengen, such as Bosnia, and Serbia. Of course this has to do with bilateral agreements between my country and those two. But surely a well established country, such as UK, would maintain same level of access as it had so far?

about 2 months ago
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UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

Vlado UK EU more problems than solutions? (341 comments)

It looks like the whole UK as part of EU is causing lots of issues on both sides.

In general I'm for the union, but if a single country can keep on causing problems for majority and if that single country is genuinely displeased with common rules by which others would like to abide, then re-evaluation might be in order.

Are there any benefits that a random British person could point out, that are the result of UK being in the EU?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Vlado Re:True Costs (589 comments)

That may be your experience, but it's not something that I've seen since the times of Office XP.

I develop lots of training materials that go through people on all sides of the planet in their revision/editing process. It's not very unusual for some to have Office 2008, others 2010 and some 2012. In all cases I do not remember formatting problems to occur. And that includes different regional settings and so forth.

And I'm not even sure what you meant with the printer drivers...

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Vlado Re:True Costs (589 comments)

One of the main reasons (or THE main reason) for why MS is still leading in the end-user environment is the Office.

Even though it may be hated by a lot of people for any number of reasons it is the standard. Why? Because FOSS simply is not compatible enough with it. If it's because of the fact that MS uses proprietary formats or because FOSS solutions could not be bothered to be compatible enough does not matter at the end of the day. If I can not use Libre Office or Open Office (or anything else) to edit Word-generated documents and return them without formatting disasters, I cannot use anything else than MS Office products.
End of story.

You may argue that others should switch to FOSS as well. Well, until they do, my livelihood depends on whether or not they will accept my products (documetns, presentations, spreadsheets,...). And if they don't then I simply don't have the alternative.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Vlado Re:What a joke (195 comments)

Company giving you bad cell/internet service is considered more important (and as a result worse) than company that on a global scale potentially causes health problems and effectively attempts to control which food you'll be allowed to eat?

Priorities?

about 4 months ago
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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

Vlado Physical access? (150 comments)

So, this method requires quite a bit of physical access to the ATM. You have to attach a phone (why smartphone, by the way?) to the actual ATM controller.

In my opinion this begs a whole set of other security questions first....

about 4 months ago
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JetBlue Launches Satellite-Based Inflight Wi-Fi

Vlado Re:So, about Slashdot (79 comments)

My problem here is that this is announced as something that could be a global first.

It's only new for the Jetblue. Lots of other carriers had this for years and years. I remember I flew with Lufthansa somewhere between 7 and 10 years ago and they were doing this. And yes, I'm fairly sure it was satelite-based since it was on a transatlantic flight.
The only thing is that at that time the service while being free, was fairly useless for economy passengers, since there was no electrical power in the cabin and at that time and my laptop could only go on a couple of hours on batteries, there were no smartphones to speak of and no tablets. Now, however, I still find it useless, since they want to charge for it. And it's my opinion that I pay enough for the flight ticket as is. :-)

about 8 months ago
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JetBlue Launches Satellite-Based Inflight Wi-Fi

Vlado Re:Why can't people just enjoy the peace and quiet (79 comments)

While I do agree with you, that economy cabin seats could be more roomey and comfortable, I do think that you exaggerate.

I'm 6'1" and around 240 lbs and I have no problem relaxing on a plane. And before you say anything, I'm not spilling over to the person besides me either. What I do is simple: I always (if possible) get a window seat. That way I can lean on to the fuselage wall and away from the person besides me. I stretch my legs underneath the seat in front of me and I fall asleep. If I want to I can be asleep before we even take off.

I admit, if I were to get stuck in a middle row, I would be unhappy. But in the last 250 flights that only happened to me 7 times.

about 8 months ago
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AirPlay Alternative Mirrors and Streams To TVs and PCs

Vlado Re:Miracast (62 comments)

Actually there is mention of Miracast, alongside with Chromecast and Apple TV. The section you're looking for is the "Competitors" section.
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/airtame-wireless-hdmi-for-everyone--2

I have to say that I haven't been playing around with any of these things yet, but what they (Airtame) are claiming, seems quite cool to me. Especially the part about desktop extension and multicast sharing.

about 8 months ago
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Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

Vlado Re:Oh, I totally agree... (791 comments)

A lot of Nokia phones had (prior to 2010) dual-charging option. Nokia E72 (announced in 2009) has the Nokia charger connector, but also has micro USB port which also supports charging. My GF still uses that phone and these days we have no Nokia proprietary chargers anywhere. Just USB.
And N97, which was announced at roughly the same time, only had micro USB.

about 9 months ago
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Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

Vlado Re:Oh, I totally agree... (791 comments)

"Huge" part of the marketplace, that you're referring to, has no choice in the matter. It comes from a single vendor who is refusing to play with others because (in my opinion) their main selling point is that they're "different".
And it's not really fair to say that their market share is "huge" with less that 18 percent in EU, this year (source below).

I know that in the past one of my motivators to NOT switch mobile phone vendors was that I had a significant number (home, office, car, travel,...) of chargers available for a particular vendor. And going to another vendor and having to re-stock was an added expense and a bother. Now, I don't have to think about that anymore.

Also, one thing that people seem to forget or misunderstand. The EU directive for micro USB is for charging-only. It doesn't mean that there can't be another connector on the phone for other features. Like connector for car holder on HTC One X, for example.

The only thing that I envy the iDevice crowd is the accessory market, though. Although (again in my opinion) problem with accessories for android devices isn't so much connector oriented, as much as it is location oriented. If all the vendors would put USB port in the middle of the bottom of the phone, then accessories would be able to take advantage of that with relative ease.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2013/09/04/apples-iphone-gaining-share-in-u-s-but-dropping-in-europe-and-china/

about 9 months ago
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Why Protesters In Cairo Use Laser Pointers

Vlado Re:Whats the laser used in laser wars (303 comments)

Interestingly enough, the crowd on Tahrir square was actually cheering the military on. Every time the helicopters showed up it was cause for celebration. The crowd likely had no idea that they were annoying the pilots.

1 year,23 days
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Microsoft XBox One Kinect Will Not Work On Windows PCs

Vlado Re:Microsoft seem determined (198 comments)

it comes with a 30-pin to USB cable.

So you answered yourself then... Apple uses a proprietary connector, that is converted to USB.

And that goes for both the old and a new version of the connector.

about a year ago
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Sexism Still a Problem At E3

Vlado Re:doesn't help people take games seriously either (737 comments)

I do like looking at pretty women. Pretty women in skimpy outfits serving me food will get me to visit their establishment more often than an establishment where buff (or for that matter overweight) guys do the same job.

You can say that the "environment is more pleasant". I say that I like to look at boos and asses.

Thus, they sell me more than they would otherwise.

They don't have to charge more than the competition because on same prices they have more customers and very, very likely higher tips.

Sex sells. If whoever is doing the selling is not forced into it and doesn't feel demeaned, I have absolutely nothing against it.

about a year ago
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Sexism Still a Problem At E3

Vlado Re:doesn't help people take games seriously either (737 comments)

There are lots of women that will gladly go and see a Chippendale gig. There are lots of women that wouldn't.
While we men are mostly (I use myself as an example and my friends) fairly shallow when it comes to observing the female physique, I believe that women are slightly less so.

And just a note to any guys, who may think that they will have an easy time scoring with a chick that's all hot-and-bothered after a Chippendale show: If you think that after what she's just seen on a stage, looking at you is a turn-on, you should BE on that stage instead :-)

about a year ago
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Facebook and Microsoft Disclose Government Requests For User Data

Vlado Re:Treason (140 comments)

You do realize that the majority of mass killings and other terrorist incidents in the U.S. have been the result of the actions of right-wing white male Christians, right?

So try to keep THEM out of the country and keep the ones there under close supervision :-)

about a year ago

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Police in Slovenia to have "clandestine entry" rights to install spyware.

Vlado Vlado writes  |  about 7 months ago

Vlado (817879) writes "There is a law in emergency express discussion that, if and when it passes, will grant police in Slovenia rights to enter private premisses in "a clandestine manner" in order to install "monitoring software" on computer equipment at the point before communication channels are encrypted (link to a local article in Slovenian below). Reasoning by the police is that it is not always possible to remotely install spyware when they want to monitor their targeted subjects.
All standard excuses apply: This will only be used in extreme scenarios. This will only be used for the most serious offences (children, saving, think...?).

The law, if enacted will be very problematic on multiple levels:
In Slovenia, currently private property and especially homes are considered fairly inviolate. Police cannot enter a private home without search warrant, or if they're not in direct pursuit of a suspect who flees through private premises, or if they don't suspect that there's an immediate threat to life. Even with search warrant witnesses are required in order to guarantee some level of oversight.
This law will remove that oversight as otherwise it will probably not be very "clandestine" of the police to enter the home in question.

Also, even though the law stipulates, that the spyware in question should only allow for "monitoring" of communications on the affected equipment and does not give permission for the spyware to actively change any content, it's fairly difficult to assume that this will actually work out like that in practice.

It's an extremely disturbing turn of events, which would give local police unprecedented amount of power with virtually no oversight in their actions."

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