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Case Closed On Jerusalem UFO Video

Voulnet Bummer (336 comments)

Awww....

more than 3 years ago
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HarperCollins Wants Library EBooks to Self-Destruct After 26 Loans

Voulnet LOL (181 comments)

Inspector Gadget style?

more than 3 years ago
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Employer Facebook Password Requests Suspended

Voulnet Re:Oh, it was Voluntary! (209 comments)

Hahaha! You don't want to be doing the bare minimum now, would ya?

more than 3 years ago
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Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport

Voulnet Re:Joke Time (640 comments)

There are many places in which Muslims are defending their countries, and there are many places where Muslims are, like any other nation, defending their rights of liberation.
However, there are other groups that either use religion as a cover or bait (to bait recruiters, you all know how easy it is) to hide their own agenda and selfish needs. There are also groups who flat-out misunderstand their religion.
For me to decide on these places you mention, I have to inspect the conflict's history thoroughly, because it would be a big mistake to just judge with little information. Just because there are Muslims involved (1/6 of the world) doesn't mean Islam is the reason in it. Many of the conflicts, in Sudan for example, have reasons of tribal warfare, fighting over resources, as well as external hands playing into the scene.
If a government of an Islamic country ignores its religion's teachings and takes money from the people and preventing them the sweat of their brows, then it's not a religious issue anymore; for example.

more than 3 years ago
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Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport

Voulnet Re:Joke Time (640 comments)

Quran tells you about events that happened in the past to learn from, including asserting your right to defend yourself. There is a lot of context in these verses, including the early Muslims's patience in face of murder and oppression for more than 13 years, and this is where these verses come into context, marking the first time early Muslims used military force to defend themselves.
One's failure to learn a context of a story; any story is not a problem of the storytelling medium.

more than 3 years ago
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Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport

Voulnet Re:Joke Time (640 comments)

9:5 and 9:29? Way to miss context. These verses are talking about certain events in history in which people of Quraish were killing/torturing/robbing early Muslims for more than a decade, until them the Muslims were given the light to fight back and defend themselves. If you don't know Arabic, it isn't my fault you take your translations or (mis)interpretations for wrong sources. What is the point of reading something without knowing its context?

more than 3 years ago
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4chan Has Been DDOSed

Voulnet Re:Aw thanks... (710 comments)

This is made of win

more than 3 years ago
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Putin Orders Russian Move To GNU/Linux

Voulnet Re:Glyn Moody is just trolling again (500 comments)

I am not a simpleton who believes USA GOOD RUSSIA BAD, so I have no reason to think that the Russian gov't can actually make good use of FOSS, even if it doesn't support all of its ideals.
Is there a memo I missed that says any prime minister in the world can't possibly be supportive of some FOSS ideas such as ridding one's self from Microsoft's crap systems?
No matter the ulterior motives; wanting to get rid of Microsoft's systems is always a good thing.

more than 3 years ago
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Putin Orders Russian Move To GNU/Linux

Voulnet Re:Politically motivated. (500 comments)

I honestly expect something of the sort in some stupid US media.

more than 3 years ago
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US To Host World Press Freedom Day

Voulnet Re:Irony (614 comments)

I'm more worried about them insisting it is still confidential although it is available for the entire world. Will they, for example, prosecute an employee for accessing classified info if they find trails of WikiLeaks in his browser history?
One can hope that this is just a facade, and that people will not prosecuted for accessing info that is publicly available on the web.

more than 3 years ago
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US To Host World Press Freedom Day

Voulnet Re:Irony (614 comments)

As far as I know, they just "asked" them not to. Voluntarily. Have they prosecuted or arrested anyone for doing so?

Whether or not somebody has been prosecuted for it is as far as I know unknown as of yet, but a google search will show you many of the news about the military censor of WikiLeaks, amongst which is this.
A memo from the US Marines says this:USMC Personnel (Marines/Civilians/Contractors) are hereby cautioned and directed to NOT access the WIKILEAKS website from a personally owned, publically owned or US Government computer system. By willingly accessing the WIKILEAKS website for the purpose of viewing the posted classified material - these actions constitute the unauthorized processing, disclosure, viewing, and downloading of classified information onto an UNAUTHORIZED computer system not approved to store classified information. Meaning they have WILLINGLY committed a SECURITY VIOLATION.
Obviously committing a security violation as an employee of the US Marines is, well, not a laughing matter.

Which .com domain have they seized and blocked access to? Sorry if I've missed something here.

You might find more info here.

Yes, governments can, have always, and always will try to control anything and everything and suppress citizen rights. What I am saying is that in the case of Wikileaks, I don't think they have succeeded yet, whereas the statement "censoring websites from the entire world" suggests they have.

In fact I have, as a non-US citizen living outside of the US, have seen one of the results of this censor when trying to access one of the censored sites, getting a warning page with a FBI DVD-like warning. The problem with censoring the domain name itself is that the website can be hosted outside of the US, and yet they'd have power to censor it.

more than 3 years ago
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US To Host World Press Freedom Day

Voulnet Re:Irony (614 comments)

It happens eventually, step by step. What I'm talking about in terms of WikiLeaks censorship is the US gov't preventing US Army as well as US gov't employees from accessing WikiLeaks.

As for censoring websites from the entire world, I meant by it seizing websites that reside in the .com domain and preventing access to it not just for US citizens, but also for everyone around the world who may want to access that domain name. A country blocking a .com domain (Note that I'm not talking about seizing the actual site, because it may be hosted in the US but blocking the domain name itself means even if the site was hosted outside of the US).

The ongoing trend does not bode well for the freedom of the internet, and the US gov't, unfortunately, has been showing us worrying signs of intentions to control the cyberspace.

The problem with saying "We are still able to do this and this" is that soon you may not be able to, and as a non US-citizen, I care about this because it will affect the entire internet, not just, say, US newspapers.

more than 3 years ago
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US To Host World Press Freedom Day

Voulnet Irony (614 comments)

Irony is: Hosting a World Press Freedom Day while censoring WikiLeaks and censoring websites from the entire world.

more than 3 years ago
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Programming Mistakes To Avoid

Voulnet Programming Mistake #0 (394 comments)

Programming mistake #0: Believing that your computer degree (Computer Engineering or Computer Science alike) automatically puts your code in a high level of quality.

Not to bring any academia vs industry argument, but many students miss the idea of a Computer degree with programming courses in it: The degree intentionally doesn't go to details because it needs to give you a background into a broader set of subjects. Industry needs one to be very attentive to details in that one thing he's doing at the moment.

more than 3 years ago
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Explosive-Laden California Home To Be Destroyed

Voulnet Re:Owner? (424 comments)

Poor guy was just preparing for some massive debugging.

more than 3 years ago
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Explosive-Laden California Home To Be Destroyed

Voulnet Owner? (424 comments)

Who is the house owner and why this amount of explosives?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Earth Engine To Provide Climate Change Data

Voulnet Ion Cannon Detected (107 comments)

Google Earth having a new feature that's not Ion Cannon? Not interested.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized

Voulnet Point (429 comments)

"Personally I think anyone who spells their nick with numbers in an effort to look 'leet' deserves to have their computer confiscated"

This.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Spying Company Gamma Possibly Violates LGPL in its FinFisher Trojan

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  about a year ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "According to analysis and report by CitizenLab of the Gamma FinFisher trojan spyware used against dissidents in the middle east and around the world, the FinFisher codebase uses a LGPL component of the The GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic Library, possibly without adhering to its restrictions.

This could spur an interesting avenue of fighting surveillance software used against the populations around the world, especially with Mozilla now taking legal action against the same firm, Gamma, because it distributed a Trojan with Firefox's brand and trademark."

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Blogger Sued by Restaurant for Bad Review

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "A recently opened Benihana branch in Kuwait sued 248am.com, a well known Kuwaiti blog, for posting a bad restaurant review about its food, asking for the blog to be shut and more than $17,500 in damages (5000 KD).
Kuwaiti bloggers everywhere have announced their support for the reviewing blogger; even though it is highly unlikely the restaurant will get anything from the court, since journalists are almost always favored in libel cases in Kuwaiti courts.
It seems Benihana hasn't heard of Cooks source magazine."

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U.S Gov't Censors Websites from the Entire World

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN — not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks?

Body scanners, sexual assault patdowns, censorship laws, seizure of property without even a notice (let alone a court order or conviction), even without doing or having done anything illegal. Welcome to the police state."

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Kuwait Ban of DSLR Cameras turns out to be a Hoax

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "The Kuwait Times, the newspaper that started the false rumor of Kuwait banning DSLR cameras, has posted an update saying that after investigation, it turned out that they didn't verify their information, and issued a retraction: "On Saturday, November 20, 2010 the Kuwait Times published an article titled 'Multi ministry camera ban frustrates artists' in which incorrect information was provided. The newspaper regrets failing to verify the information. The article wrongly stated that a ban on DSLR cameras was implemented by the Ministries of Information, Social Affairs and Finance. This information is false. In a follow up investigation, it was proved that no such ban has been issued. We regret this error and deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused""
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U.S Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "This morning, visitors to the Torrent-Finder.com site are greeted with an ominous graphic which indicates that ICE have seized the site’s domain.
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the exasperated owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak this morning.

“I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN,” he explained.

Aside from the fact that domains are being seized seemingly at will, there is a very serious problem with the action against Torrent-Finder. Not only does the site not host or even link to any torrents whatsoever, it actually only returns searches through embedded iframes which display other sites that are not under the control of the Torrent-Finder owner."

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Hackers circumvent Ubisoft's Assassin Creed 2 DRM

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "Not only did a group of hackers 'save' the sanity of many players of the long-awaited Assassin's Creed 2 by disabling the game's repugnant DRM, but they also safeguarded it against reverse-engineering from other hacking groups as well as Ubisoft. The hackers wrote, according to David Oxford's article (mind the hackers' misspellings)
"Thank you Ubisoft, this was quiete [sic] a challenge for us, but nothing stops the leading force from doing what we do. Next time focus on the game and not on the DRM. It was probably horrible for all legit users. We just make their lifes [sic] easier."

While breaking DRM is nothing new, the fact that the hacking group 'Skid Row' tried to protect it from reverse-engineering begs the interesting question; are hackers starting to feel the importance of protecting their IP product, even though it was used to destroy the protection of another IP? And just in case there are any British lawyers around, IP here means Intellectual Property, not Internet Protocol."

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Standard and Interesting Books for IT?

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "Hello Slashdot, I am a Computer Engineer, fresh off graduation, and I would like to educate myself on a broad range of technological fields and aspects. I am the kind of person who is easily distracted while reading from a screen, and so I would like to ask fellow slashdotters about the best books for computer related topics. I consider my level to be intermediate in some fields, and beginner in others.
Some books are de facto standards in a certain technology field, others can be classified as Hidden Gems, while others are Interesting Reads (like GUI Bloopers). Therefore, I would love to hear what is everybody's book recommendation in the following fields:

- Programming (C++, C#, Java, Python, Ruby, Pike..etc)
- Secure coding
- Networking
- Electronics (design and simulation)
- Security (attacks and countermeasures)
- Web development (especially Ruby and Perl)
- Unix systems
- Win32 development
- Databases
- Computer Architecture
- Infrastructure (Think national level)
- Computer industry business management

These are my desired topics for the next 8 months or so, and I would like to immerse myself into said topics in different methods.
So what do you think is the best book for the aforementioned categories in terms of being a (de facto standard/ Hidden Gem/ Interesting Read)?

Hopefully this submission passes through, being so useful to me, young engineers and developers. Thanks in advance!""
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Standard and Interesting Books for IT?

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "Hello Slashdot, I am a Computer Engineer, fresh off graduation, and I would like to educate myself on a broad range of technological fields and aspects. I am the kind of person who is easily distracted while reading from a screen, and so I would like to ask fellow slashdotters about the best books for computer related topics. I consider my level to be intermediate in some fields, and beginner in others.
Some books are de facto standards in a certain technology field, others can be classified as Hidden Gems, while others are Interesting Reads (like GUI Bloopers). Therefore, I would love to hear what is everybody's book recommendation in the following fields:

- Programming (C++, C# and Java)
- Secure coding
- Networking
- Electronics (design and simulation)
- Security (attacks and countermeasures)
- Web development (especially Ruby and Perl)
- Unix systems
- Win32 development
- Databases
- Computer Architecture
- Infrastructure (Think national level)
- Computer industry business management

These are my desired topics for the next 8 months or so, and I would like to immerse myself into said topics in different methods.
So what do you think is the best book for aforementioned categories in terms of being a (de facto standard/ Hidden Gem/ Interesting Read)?

Hopefully this submission passes through, being so useful to me, young engineers and developers. Thanks in advance!"
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Standard, Interesting Books for IT

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "Hello Slashdot, I am a Computer Engineer, fresh off graduation, and I would like to educate myself on a broad range of technological fields and aspects. I am the kind of person who is easily distracted while reading from a screen, and so I would like to ask fellow slashdotters about the best books for computer related topics. I consider my level to be intermediate in some fields, and beginner in others.
Some books are de facto standards in a certain technology field, others can be classified as Hidden Gems, while others are Interesting Reads (like GUI Bloopers). Therefore, I would love to hear what is everybody's book recommendation in the following fields:

- Programming (C++, C# and Java)
- Secure coding
- Networking
- Electronics (design and simulation)
- Security (attacks and countermeasures)
- Web development (especially Ruby and Perl)
- Unix systems
- Win32 development
- Databases
- Computer Architecture
- Infrastructure (Think national level)
- Computer industry business management

These are my desired topics for the next 8 months or so, and I would like to immerse myself into said topics in different methods.
So what do you think is the best book for aforementioned categories in terms of being a (de facto standard/ Hidden Gem/ Interesting Read)?

Hopefully this submission passes through, being so useful to me and young engineers & developers. Thanks in advance!"
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Standard, Interesting Books for IT & Engineeri

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "Hello Slashdot, I am a Computer Engineer, fresh off graduation, and I would like to educate myself on a broad range of technological fields and aspects. I am the kind of person who is easily distracted while reading from a screen, and so I would like to ask fellow slashdotters about the best books for computer related topics. I consider my level to be intermediate in some fields, and beginner in others.
Some books are de facto standards in a certain technology field, others can be classified as Hidden Gems, while others are Interesting Reads (like GUI Bloopers). Therefore, I would love to hear what is everybody's book recommendation in the following fields:

- Programming (C++, C# and Java)
- Secure coding
- Networking
- Electronics (design and simulation)
- Security (attacks and countermeasures)
- Web development (especially Ruby and Perl)
- Unix systems
- Win32 development
- Databases
- Computer Architecure
- Infrastructure (Think national level)
- Computer industry business management

These are my desired topics for the next 8 months or so, and I would like to immerse myself into said topics in different methods.
So what do you think is the best book for aforementioned categories in terms of being a (de facto standard/ Hidden Gem/ Interesting Read)?

Thanks in advance!"
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Actual Joystick Emulation

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "Hello everyone, I have been tasked with writing code that allows a program to emulate a real joystick programmatically. This functionality is to be added for an accessibility system for disabled users, and using joystick emulation; a disabled person is able to use custom hardware to control a joystick for gaming more easily.

Problem is, I have done quite a bit of research and asking around, and it seems there is no documented method of emulating a joystick, as opposed to how easy it is to send keyboard and mouse messages for example. Add to that Microsoft's possible lockout of DirectInput, so this task gets a bit more difficult.

So, for Windows systems (You know, gaming), is there a way to write code that would send the same messages to Windows that a joystick sends? Would it require writing virtual drivers, perhaps?

I would like to know the possibility of performing this task, and the methods to do so. If anyone asks, the preferred programming language for this task is C#.

Thank you for your time."
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Plans and Guidelines for a Web Application Project

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "Hello there fellow users, I have been entrusted with the task of designing and implementing a financial system for a charity foundation where I live. The charity foundation requires its work (addition and retrieval of records, for example) to be done online, using a web app. The app connects to a database server for storage and the charity's numerous branches connect to the central database center.

So what I would like to ask for is guidelines and suggestions on what technologies to use to accomplish this task:
- A suitable, well-supported and secure programming language or framework for the web app. (ASP.net or JSP for example)
- A suitable and secure database system (MySQL for example) that supports Arabic records.
- Methods, guidelines to implement critical security measures.

Although we have worked on similar projects before, the level of security and accuracy wasn't as critical as for a project such as this; that is why I'm asking for guidelines from the experts here.
This post may not be as detailed as it should, but I'm happy to listen carefully to any suggestion or guideline.

Thank you."
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Plans, Guidelines & Decisions for Web Applicat

Voulnet Voulnet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Voulnet (1630793) writes "Hello there fellow users, I have been entrusted with the task of designing and implementing a financial system for a charity foundation where I live.

The charity foundation requires its work (addition and retrieval of records, for example) to be done online, using a web app. The app connects to a database server for storage and the charity's numerous branches connect to the central database center.

So what I would like to ask for is guidelines and suggestions on what technologies to use to accomplish this task:
- A suitable, well-supported and secure programming language or framework for the web app. (ASP.net or JSP for example)
- A suitable and secure database system (MySQL for example) that supports Arabic records.
- Methods, guidelines to implement critical security measures.

Although we have worked on similar projects before, the level of security and accuracy wasn't as critical as for a project such as this; that is why I'm asking for guidelines from the experts here.
This post may not be as detailed as it should, but I'm happy to listen carefully to any suggestion or guideline.

Thank you."

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