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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Zanadou And thus: (367 comments)

And thus, the natural extension of "possession of child pornography" laws begins.


Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Zanadou That's how citations work: (541 comments)

Now, nearly 140 senior human population geneticists around the world, many of whose work was cited in the book, have signed a letter to The New York Times Book Review stating that Wade has misinterpreted their work.

Guys, he can "misinterpret" your works as much has he likes, that's the whole point of "original research" and "original opinion". He takes your works and forms is own conclusions. It's him, not you. As long as he cites you.

Hell, you don't have to agree with him. Obviously.

about two weeks ago

Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

Zanadou Re: Not Ubuntu to blame (267 comments)

A follow up-follow up: I'm on Ubuntu 14.04, and Skype was updated to [ ] a few days ago via the "Canonical Partners" repo (check it in the "Other Software" tab via the "Software Sources" panel). Surprised the hell out of me as Skype on Linux seriously hasn't been updated in a long, long time (makes me wonder what NSA junk they needed to add into it).

Also, Skype loaded up and connected fine ("online") just now, before I started typing this out.

about two weeks ago

Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

Zanadou Re:Sponsors (138 comments)

You forgot one:

"Given our success in the "War on Child Pornography", we should declare war on rational thinking."

about three weeks ago

Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

Zanadou Re:None of them. (436 comments)

The right app you're looking for is AdAway, but you won't find it on Google Play, for damn obvious reasons.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Zanadou Re:Too long (161 comments)

"And then finally, tell it to me like I'm five year-old who's been given three double espressos and a new kitten to play with."

about a month ago

The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Zanadou Re:Well here we go again. (552 comments)

Comes with that rack of Pentium IVs in the closet.

I wonder why? It's so trendy to be a gay Pentium right now.

about a month ago

Geographic Segregation By Education

Zanadou Re:Why is location irrelevant for some groups? (230 comments)

I'm not an American, by the way, [...] If that hurts your feelings, bugger off.

I think we've worked out your nationality. Cobber.

about a month ago

The Future of Wearables: Standalone, Unobtrusive, and Everywhere

Zanadou Re:NOT ME !! (56 comments)

These watches from the 1970s have since been ridiculed because they were actually dumb, as I expect we will conclude again with the current offerings, once the madness dies off.

I believe this is actually the origin of Douglas Adams' point of referring to Earth as "an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea." --remember, he wrote that in the 1970s.

about a month and a half ago

Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

Zanadou It's the darkness... (240 comments)

Guess what teenagers like to do in the dark, away from the teacher's supervision?

about 2 months ago

Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

Zanadou As my Father used to say: (289 comments)

As my Father used to say:

"You're not actually sorry for doing it, you're just sorry for being caught doing it."

about 2 months ago

Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

Zanadou Re:NO it does not. (686 comments)

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.


about 2 months ago

Behind the Great Firewall: What It's Really Like To Log On From China

Zanadou It's a little like Fight Club... (90 comments)

As soon as you talk about how to get around the Great Firewall of China...

...that method suddenly stops working.

(Somewhere in Beijing, a Zman adds "*" to the blocklist.)

about 2 months ago



NASA Begin Testing New Lightweight, Revolutionary Space Propulsion

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zanadou (1043400) writes "NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio, scientists with NASA's Eagleworks Laboratories in Houston, Texas, presented a paper indicating they had achieved a small amount of thrust from a container that had no traditional fuels, only microwaves, bouncing around inside it. If the results can be replicated reliably and scaled up — and that's a big "if," since NASA only produced them on a very small scale over a two-day period — they could ultimately result in ultra-light weight, ultra fast spacecraft that could carry humans to Mars in weeks instead of months, and to the nearest star system outside our own (Proxima Centurai) in just about 30 years.

The type of container NASA tested was based on a model for a new space engine that doesn't use weighty liquid propellant or nuclear reactors, called a Cannae Drive; a variation of the controversial EmDrive."

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Google Removes CyanogenMod Installer App from Play Store

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about 9 months ago

Zanadou (1043400) writes "CyanogenMod have posted that their Android "companion app" that's used with CyanogenMod's recently released Windows-based installer has been pulled by Google from the Google Play Store due to the fact that it is "in violation of Google Play’s developer terms"—noted specifically as that it "encourages users to void their warranty". Fortunately, the app is still available to be downloaded directly from CyanogenMod's website and then sideloaded, but it ain't so Grandma-friendly anymore."

CyanogenMod Windows-based installer released, with supporting Android app

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about 9 months ago

Zanadou (1043400) writes "CyanogenMod today released for general availability a friendly[er]-to-use Windows-based installer that will automagically (no need to first root and/or unlock the bootloader) step users though downloading, flashing and setting up an appropriate CyanogenMod version on supported Android phones. Along with this, a "companion app" that apparently helps setup the installer is now available the Play Store, along with a newly-refreshed download page. Still no image for 'hammerhead' (Nexus 5), though."

WSJ claims that the FBI can "remote activate" microphones in Android and laptops

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  1 year,19 days

Zanadou (1043400) writes "Another day, another story to toss on to the "are-they-watching-you?" pile: an article published today on the Wall Street Journal about "FBI hacker (sic.) tactics" reports this:

"The FBI develops some hacking tools internally and purchases others from the private sector. With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google Inc.'s Android software to record conversations, one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones in laptops without the user knowing, the person said. Google declined to comment."

Sounds like they're talking about ex post facto compromised/tampered laptops—but who knows about Android? FUD, anyone?"
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Kick-started remake of Leisure Suit Larry now on sale

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about a year ago

Zanadou (1043400) writes "Al Lowe, the original creator of Leisure Suit Larry and other classic games, announced earlier today the final release of the remake of the first game of the series, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards:

This is the moment I’ve been waiting a year for – Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is finally available! Right now. Tonight. For PCs and Mac. At the Replay Games site. (It would also be available via Steam, but they refuse to release a game at midnight; they said “Tomorrow.” Hmm.) iOS versions will be available as soon as Apple releases it in the iTunes store. Android will follow shortly. What a night! Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign. It’s been a long, hard year but I think this game is well worth it.


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Could UK Law Force Freetnet Developer to Distribute "Corrupted Builds"?

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about 2 years ago

Zanadou (1043400) writes "Matthew Toseland, a.k.a. 'Toad', a lead developer of the Freenet peer-to-peer distribution project, recently wrote a blog post detailing his response to a group of academics' published findings concerning "an effort to unmask Freenet users". Not surprisingly, Toad goes on to describe what the Freenet developers might be able to do to close any perceived security holes, and so on.

But what is of most interest is this little nugget that Toad wrote—perhaps added as a quick afterthought—right at the bottom of the post in bold: "PS if you can run the build verification scripts (in the github maintenance scripts repository), please do! Under UK law likely to be passed soon I could be forced to distribute corrupted builds, and on penalty of 2 years in prison not be allowed to tip anyone off about it."

A search of the net reveals little news about any applicable "UK Law", either current or under parliamentary debate. Is Toad trying to give us all a tip off about some incoming legislative storm? And what could this mean for the code integrity of Freenet and/or other (UK-based) open source projects in general?"


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