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Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

Z00L00K Re:Iris or RFID (112 comments)

Reading the brain waves of a person may be better, harder to fake at least.

But a smart card with PKI and pin code authentication for every access needed will go a long way. If it's a facility with extreme security measures also add guards at checkpoints and make sure that some accesses requires counter-signed authentication.

2 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Z00L00K Re:In Finland (482 comments)

I live in Europe and lumber is the most common building material around here.

Even at a dozen houses per square mile it's still paying off to have the services underground. When you go below one household per square mile then it may be a point in not burying the lines.

Especially since the service lifetime for buried lines is averaging 50 years.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Z00L00K Re:Aerial or underground ? (482 comments)

Underground infrastructure requires a lot lower maintenance frequency than aerial infrastructure so the total cost in the long run will be a lot lower.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Z00L00K Re:Aerial or underground ? (482 comments)

Just remind them their responsibility to provide telecom service for emergency purposes. It may even be in their contract that they have to ensure a certain level of service that they can't back out from. The price they did put up was just their way of trying to say that they don't want you as a customer but they couldn't cancel your contract.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Z00L00K Re:Aerial or underground ? (482 comments)

No - it's not even a question. Bury the lines and you will remove a large number of causes for power outages.

Even more important - realize that each outage costs money for the community. In the long run buried lines will save money - even if you are in an area where the ground is filled with rocks.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Z00L00K Re:In Finland (482 comments)

Similar in Sweden, where I live there have been maybe 5 outages the last 15 years, none of them long enough to create any problems aside from having to set the clock radio again.

And we have underground wiring. Areas with above ground wiring sees more outages.

This is also what annoys me whenever I have been visiting the US - the air is filled with wires high and low, which definitely destroys the scenery of the otherwise picturesque towns that are common in New England among other places.

yesterday
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Z00L00K Re:that's because (370 comments)

Don't blame the cats at least.

If anything - you can't be upset at cats doing cat stuff. It's a relief.

French idea of relief is a bottle of wine and watching women walking by the café.

3 days ago
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

Z00L00K Re:Yeah right (128 comments)

Only true pressure would be if companies having their manufacturing in China moves elsewhere.

The Chinese government do whatever they like.

4 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Z00L00K Re:Monitor Tiling! (329 comments)

I went to 16:10 monitor with 1920x1200, but when coding then both width and height is important. 16:9 is not a great upgrade from most 4:3 monitors from the aspect of coding.

4 days ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

Z00L00K Re:dem poles yo (233 comments)

Considering the reliability of the power here no need for UPS. About 5 power outages the last 15 years. None of them major.

5 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Z00L00K Re:Meet Streisand (306 comments)

It depends on how reasonable the contract was beforehand.

If you strike out something that might not go well in court then you are probably fine anyway.

about a week ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

Z00L00K Re:Yes, it could be much cheaper (150 comments)

And what's wrong with commercial microwave links out in the boondocks?

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

Z00L00K Re:This article is useless (91 comments)

I don't do Facebook at all and I don't see any reason to either.

I do use Linkedin, but mostly as an address book.

about two weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Z00L00K Re:Split Comcast in two (135 comments)

Separate the ownership of the infrastructure (fibers, wires) and the ownership of the service providing regardless of area/company.

about two weeks ago
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Machine Learning Used To Predict Military Suicides

Z00L00K Re:spittake (74 comments)

If it's possible to find persons at risk and counter their behavior it's good. Most interesting are the high-skilled persons that joins late. It's not easy to put a diagnosis straight on each case, and if someone is depressed the cause may vary, ranging from bipolar disorder to post traumatic stress reaction and adrenaline junkies.

Sudden relief from stress to a mode of passivity can be highly problematic for some persons.

about two weeks ago
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Dealing with VOIP Fraud/Phising Scams

Z00L00K Telecom operator responsibility. (1 comments)

I see this as the responsibility of the telecom operators to verify that spoofed numbers can't enter the network.

about two weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

Z00L00K Re:Well, at least there are drones (120 comments)

You can always put in blocks for their IP address ranges as well as reverse lookups denying them communication.

The disadvantage is that you also will filter out possible channels for the opposition in those countries.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Z00L00K Re:Call Comcast? (405 comments)

They are likely to use some kind of block list service. So if you can find out which service that they are using you can get on.

There is also a possibility that Comcast do a "man in the middle" intervention on your mail traffic that you aren't aware of yet. Check the IP addresses that can be involved, and if you have account on servers elsewhere it might help.

But often whole net blocks are marked as dynamic addresses in anti-spam services even though they aren't.

about two weeks ago
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Hacker Builds a Dark Net Version of the FBI Tip Form

Z00L00K Re:Epic Fail (41 comments)

It depends on the tip if they investigate it or not.

A single tip may not be a case for action, but it may still be useful to raise awareness of that something is going on.

If more than one indication comes in then the tip may be useful.

about two weeks ago

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Snowflake-shaped networks are easiest to mend

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 2 months ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "Networks shaped like delicate snowflakes are the ones that are easiest to fix when disaster strikes.

Power grids, the internet and other networks often mitigate the effects of damage using redundancy: they build in multiple routes between nodes so that if one path is knocked out by falling trees, flooding or some other disaster, another route can take over. But that approach can make them expensive to set up and maintain. The alternative is to repair networks with new links as needed, which brings the price down – although it can also mean the network is down while it happens.

As a result, engineers tend to favour redundancy for critical infrastructure like power networks, says Robert Farr of the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

So Farr and colleagues decided to investigate which network structures are the easiest to repair. Some repairs just restore broken links in their original position, but that may not always be possible. So the team looked at networks that require links in new locations to get up and running again. They simulated a variety of networks, linking nodes in a regular square or triangular pattern and looked at the average cost of repairing different breaks, assuming that expense increases with the length of a rebuilt link."

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Swedish dad takes gamer kids to warzone

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 3 months ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "A Swedish father has come under fire for taking his two sons on a trip to Israel, the West Bank and occupied Syria in order to teach them the reality of war.

Meet Carl-Magnus Helgegren, a journalist, university teacher, and proactive dad.

And like so many other dads, Helgegren had to have the violent video-game conversation with his two sons, Frank and Leo, aged ten and 11 respectively.
"We were sitting at the dinner table last autumn, and my kids started telling me about this game they wanted to play, the latest Call of Duty game, and told me about the guns and missions," Helgegren told The Local on Friday.

So Helgegren struck a deal. The family would take a trip to a city impacted by real war. The boys would meet people affected, do interviews, and visit a refugee camp. And when they came back home, they would be free to play whatever games they chose."

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Disconnection of subscription through Comcast Customer Service

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  about 4 months ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "A customer wanted to end his subscription by Comcast and recorded the call. It did take some interesting steps to even be allowed to end the subscription.

Please note: this conversation starts about 10 minutes in — by this point my wife and I are both completely flustered by the oppressiveness of the rep. So! Last week my wife called to disconnect our service with Comcast after we switched to another provider (Astound). We were transferred to cancellations (aka "customer retention"). The representative (name redacted) continued aggressively repeating his questions, despite the answers given, to the point where my wife became so visibly upset she handed me the phone. Overhearing the conversation, I knew this would not be very fun. ...

The conversation can be heard at Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ryan-bl..."

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Pirate Bay judge 'biased'

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Z00L00K writes "According to several sources like The Local and many Swedish newspapers it seems to have been the case that the judge in the Pirate Bay trial was biased.

The judge who sentenced four men to jail for their involvement with The Pirate Bay is also a member of the same copyright protection organisations as a number of the main entertainment industry representatives in the case, Sveriges Radio's P3 news programme reports.

This means that the trial may have to be redone."

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Passive cooled case also looks cool

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "As any of us know the fans are evil creatures hiding in our computers. Noisy and prone to give up at the worst possible moment. Ville 'Willek' Kyrö has now done something about this problem by creating the "Passive cooling consept case." The end result is a completely fan-less PC.

I have wanted to build a fully passively cooled computer case since I had my first Athlon Thunderbird 800 MHz. That time the fan noise was amazingly high, and manufacturers didnt much care about the noise levels, and didn't offer products for building a quiet PC. Nowadays a quiet PC is not much of a challenge to build, but totally silent? It would require that there were no moving parts at all. But of cource there has to be the compromise of a hard-drive. One could buy a SSD drive, but at least I don't have that kind of money to spend. :)
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Infoworld has a Save Windows XP petition

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "The magazine InfoWorld has started a petition in order to save Windows XP as a product.

Microsoft will end OEM and shrink-wrapped sales of Windows XP on June 30, 2008, forcing users to shift to Vista. (System builders, meaning those who do white-box PCs, can sell XP through December 31.) Don't let that happen!

Millions of us have grown comfortable with XP and don't see a need to change to Vista. It's like having a comfortable apartment that you've enjoyed coming home to for years, only to get an eviction notice. The thought of moving to a new place — even with the stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and maple cabinets (or is cherry in this year?) — just doesn't sit right. Maybe it'll be more modern, but it will also cost more and likely not be as good a fit. And you don't have any other reason to move.
If this is good or not remains to be seen, but there are reasons to not move to Vista (yet), and even if not everyone loves XP it's wide-spread and well-understood (mostly) while a step to Vista can require the same amount of learning as a step to a different desktop like Linux or OSX."
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Disabled runner may not compete with able-bodied.

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "
A Paralympic gold medal winner will not be allowed to compete in the Beijing Olympics later this year after athletics' governing body ruled that his specially-designed prosthetic limbs gave him an unfair advantage over other runners.

The International Association of Athletics Federations ruled that Oscar Pistorius' shock-absorbing carbon-fiber prosthetics gave him a "demonstrable mechanical advantage" compared to able-bodied athletes.
All this according to an article at CNN.

Maybe he has an advantage during the race — but there are certainly disadvantages involved too. And it's not like this equipment will be useful to other runners. End result — a complete PR disaster."
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DuPont dos not like piercing or tattoos

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "The holder of the Swedish site www.teflonminne.org is threatened by a lawsuit from DuPont for the use of the word "teflonminne". (Translates to "Teflon Memory" or "Teflon Storage" — essentially a linguistic joke that means that one has a brain where at least some information doesn't stick.)

The cause is that teflonminne infringes on the product name TEFLON that is registered by DuPont and that they don't like some of the information on his site, more specific two pictures, one of a pierced ear and one of a tattoo.

This is referred in an article in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

A name collection is also started in support for the current owner Stefan Svensson.

And a search on Google reveals more than 30000 uses of the word "teflonminne", and also that there are several other persons and organizations that has registered a domain name with this word.

(Sorry for only linking to Swedish pages.)"
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Invention: Microsoft mind reader

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "And finally in an article at NewScientist — just another proof that Microsoft are the evil overlords of the universe:

Not content with running your computer, Microsoft now wants to read your mind too.

The company says that it is hard to properly evaluate the way people interact with computers since questioning them at the time is distracting and asking questions later may not produce reliable answers. "Human beings are often poor reporters of their own actions," the company says.

Instead, Microsoft wants to read the data straight from the user's brain as he or she works away. They plan to do this using electroencephalograms (EEGs) to record electrical signals within the brain. The trouble is that EEG data is filled with artefacts caused, for example, by blinking or involuntary actions, and this is hard to tease apart from the cognitive data that Microsoft would like to study.

Read the full Microsoft mind reading patent application.
So one must ask: Will the next step be to mind-read you to verify that you aren't running a pirated version of their software?"
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QuickTime plays havoc with RAID in Vista!

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "This may be old news to some, but anyway...

According to an article there is a serious problem with Vista when Quicktime is used.

I thought I was just unlucky the first time but when something happens two times in the exact same fashion, you just got to check into it a little more.

System is Vista Ultimate 32-bit with RAID 10 on Intel ICH8R chipset. A couple of weeks ago I tried running a .mov file using Apple QuickTime software (latest version) and that is when things started to go downhill. The file seemed very slow to load and eventually QuickTime crashed after a lot of persuasion. Once QuickTime was closed, I was notified of a RAID error through the Intel Matrix Storage Console but the same thing will happen if you reboot during the lockup as well.
The problem here is that a rather normal application is able to cause data corruption on this level. This means that there is an obvious problem with Vista that can be exploited by malware.

Maybe it's the cause of "Beauty is only skin deep but ugly is down to the bone." from where I refer to that Vista has got a new skin of security but under the skin it's still the same ugly security handling."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K writes "There is a collection going on to put Tux the Penguin on an Indy 500 race car at http://tux500.com/.

Marketing Linux has always been a tricky proposition. As a community, we have relied on corporations who have a stake in the Linux operating system to market Linux to the world at large. Today, we have an opportunity to change that, and make Linux marketing as much a community effort as Linux development. That effort begins with the Tux 500 project.


Why not make a donation? Hurry up — it will end May 21, 2007."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "Now it seems like Blu-ray also is cracked according to "muslix64" in a post at Doom9.

The supposedly cracked film is "Lord of war" and playable with VideoLan.

It's just to continue to consider the fact that copy-protection only benefits those with resources to circumvent it."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "Wibu-Systems posts a chance of winning of 32,768 Euro via the Hacker's Contest 2007

The challenge is to decrypt the encrypted competition software that is to be protected with a CM-Stick/M for the USB interface. The first contestant who can enable the protected demonstration software to run without a CM-Stick/M and describe the right solution will win the prize of 32,768 Euro. The competition will be completed when the first contestant can enable the protected software to completely run without a connected CM-Stick/M and if the contestant has sent the hidden solution text to Wibu-Systems.

The conclusion of the competition will take place at CeBIT during a press conference on March 15, 2007, 1 p.m., room 13 in the Convention Center by C.E.O. Oliver Winzenried.

So any /.:ers that are up to this challenge may register (registration started January 17, 2007)."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "According to Swedish newspaper Ny Teknik (Swedish article, I haven't found any info about this elsewhere) Airbus moves all the A380 manufacturing to Toulouse instead of having part of the construction made at the Airbus plant in Hamburg.

One of the reasons behind the troubles with the Airbus problems is that different versions of the CAD program Catia was used in Germany and France. The Germans used Catia 4 while the French used Catia 5. Bloomberg has an old article about this.

I hope that somebody will learn a lesson from this and figure out that it is a good idea to be consistent of software use within a corporation."

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