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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

Zanadou Re:Only win32? (94 comments)

Runs in WINE for me. ("wine-1.7.31") Not an issue.

Naturally, it didn't find any spyware. :)


World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

Zanadou Re:Dagnabbit! (276 comments)

And, I can count to 21 if I take all my clothes off!

5 days ago

The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

Zanadou Insightful Point (176 comments)

"If everyone always wants to look different than everybody else, [then] everybody starts looking the same."

Whoa. Probably the most insightful thing I've read all year. Worthy of putting on a T-shirt and wearing around (like a hipster).

(It's turtles all the way down...)

about two weeks ago

Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

Zanadou Re:Land of the Free (231 comments)

Well, there's your problem right there.

The iPad doesn't have keys!

about two weeks ago

Birds Found Using Human Musical Scales For the First Time

Zanadou So, in other words... (80 comments)

...that underlie many Western and non-Western musical scales...

So, in other words... that underlie all musical scales??

about three weeks ago

Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Zanadou News With a Bullet (217 comments)

Wow. [White] Anglo guy come to China and speaks Mandarin ("Holly Shit! Look, THE DOG'S DOING CALCULUS!!11"), but a Chinese tech CEO (Jack Ma? Charles Chao? Robin Li? pick one) coming to The USA and speaking English in a meeting... well, obviously that's not news-report worthy. Hell, everyone important in the world speaks English without question, right? And, if not - what's their excuse??

Holly crap Anglo world, get over yourselves, will you? Of course Mark Zuckerburg speaks Chinese... in China. What would we expect him to speak, French?? Notice how everybody focusing on how he spoke, rather than what he said.

about a month ago

The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Zanadou "Okpo" not "Opko". (275 comments)

Both this and the original source at Wired have the name of the Korean place wrong, it's "Okpo", not "Opko".

Signed, your local friendly Korean geography nazi.

about a month ago

VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

Zanadou Big Caveat: not a drop-in replacement forTrueCrypt (220 comments)

Note that VeraCrypt can't open existing TrueCrypt container files, nor can it create new container files that are backward compatible with TrueCrypt. Instead it suggests you do a clumsy, "un-enecrypt, copy over, re-enecrypt" lock-in process in order to "upgrade". At least the others (, Ciphershed, Tcplay / Zulucrypt, et. al.) allow you to keep working with existing TC container files.

Why this isn't in screaming bold text at the top of the VeraCrypt page (which is here, btw), is beyond me.

about a month ago

Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Zanadou The spec wars are over (554 comments)

This. The desktop PC CPU spec wars were over about 5+ years ago. With the benefit of hindsight, it seemed to hit this point with the release of the Intel Wolfdale Core2 Duo / AMD K10 Deneb cpus.

After that, there seemed to be little new CPU technology that made desktop computers "seem faster" in great multiple leaps, except for hard-core gamers and other edge cases. However, having 2 or more gig (ideally 4+ gig) of ram seems to be important. For example, I got an Intel E8500 Core2 Duo (what's that... circa 2009?) and maxed it out to 8 gig of ram (motherboard/slot limit).... the thing hardly breaks out in a sweat in Windows 8.1. I don't think I could tell the difference between it and some new i7 thing if they were sitting next to each other doing the same (non-gaming) tasks.

Naturally hard-core gamers want more CPU power, but a lot of the needed grunt comes from the newer and greatest GPUs. For those in an office and/or just internet surfing, anything beyond a RAM-maxed Wolfdale/Deneb is just overkill - reflected in Microsoft's almost static system requirements for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and beyond.

about a month and a half ago

Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Zanadou Huh (224 comments)

Huh. So, they're more like humans than we first thought.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Zanadou How about (334 comments)

How about a Macintosh SE/30 and Cyberdog?

I'm only half serious.

about 2 months ago

Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Zanadou Re:Uber Fresh? (139 comments)

Ironically, they are actually doing something similar to this in some Asian countries (well, minus the "copter" part), as "McDelivery".

They trialled this in Australia a while ago and people carried on like it was going to end western civilisation - oh, wait...

about 2 months ago

Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

Zanadou Re:Good luck. Nice knowing you. (78 comments)

Yes, just like that.

Wait—were you making a joke?

about 2 months ago

3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Zanadou Re:first explosion (138 comments)

I think you mean Whaam!.

about 2 months ago

News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

Zanadou Re:Paywalls (132 comments)

Add the following rule to AdBlockPlus:


Result: no more paywall for all Fairfax sites. The paywall's not terribly sophisticated.

about 3 months ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Zanadou Re:Iceland is also moving - Bárðarbunga (135 comments)

. . . but nobody seems concerned that maybe the Earth could bust apart at its seems.

Seams okay to me.

about 3 months ago



Swarmops, the Swarm Management System of the Swedish Pirate Party, Seeks Funding

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  yesterday

Zanadou (1043400) writes "Swarmops was written by Rick Falkvinge and is back-end business software system that automates accounting (claiming to be "Bitcoin native"), is able to able to mobilise and communicate with thousands of people, and has the ability to decentralise power and authority in "swarm-type organizations" by pushing all the crucial decision-making out to the edges of the group where the most information is available. Originally it was used by the Swedish Pirate Party, where it was key to putting people in European Parliament on a shoestring budget. Although it still needs funding, it is available now for free; not as copyrighted open source software, but as in "absolutely free" software: all code (and code contributions) being copyright free, in the public domain.

A live version of it seems to be up here; it looks rough (1990s design?), but interesting."

Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse in The USA

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zanadou (1043400) writes "Australians are well used to paying what's called an "Australian Tax": high(er) prices for international products and services simply because they are are being accessed from an Australian IP address and/or being delivered to an Australian mail address. But Australia Post, Australia's national mail service, might have a solution: last week they opened a new warehouse/delivery depot in Oregon, USA allowing Australians to use a US-based delivery address for mail items, which can then forwarded onwards to Australia.

However, this service, called "Shopmate", comes at a cost."

Ubuntu Turns 10 Today

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about a month ago

Zanadou (1043400) writes "Ten years ago today on October 20, 2004, Mark Shuttleworth's first Ubuntu offering 4.10 "Warty Warthog" was released on to the world. Since then, riding countless Window Manger swaps and Kernel updates, Ubuntu has become—arguably!—one of the most popular and successful Linux distros of all time. Scott James Remnant gives a detailed account of some of the almost eight month's work that went into bringing the first release of Ubuntu to existence."
Link to Original Source

South Koreans Flee from KakaoTalk to Telegram Messenger due to Surveillance

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Zanadou (1043400) writes "At the beginning of October, KakaoTalk users in South Korea got an unpleasant surprise: President Park Geun-Hye announced a crackdown on any internet messages deemed as insulting to her or generally "rumor-mongering" — including private messages sent through KakaoTalk service. The South Korean Goverment began actively monitoring the service for violations, promising punishment for anyone spreading inappropriate content. In response to the crackdown, South Koreans have voted with their feet, heading en masse to encrypted chat programs hosted outside the country, particularly an app called Telegram known for its encryption features."
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Apple Outrages Users by "Automatically" Installing U2's Album on their Devices

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about 2 months ago

Zanadou (1043400) writes "Apple may have succeeded at breaking two records at once with the free release of U2’s latest album, titled Songs of Innocence, via iTunes. But now, it looks like it’s also on track to become one of the worst music publicity stunts of all time.

Users who have opted to download new purchases to their iPhones automatically have found the new U2 album sitting on their phones. But even if iTunes users hadn’t chosen automatic downloads, Songs of Innocence will still be displayed as an “iTunes in the Cloud” purchase. That means it will still be shown as part of your music library, even if you delete all the tracks. The only way to make the U2 album go away is to go to your Mac or PC and hide all of your “iTunes in the Cloud” purchases, or to use iTunes to manually hide each track from your purchased items list.

Other reactions include rapper, Tyler, The Creator, saying that having the new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was 'like waking up with herpes', while Twitter user Mez pondered 'If Apple can forcefully download a U2 album onto everyone's phone, imagine what else they can do.. and see.'"

NASA Begin Testing New Lightweight, Revolutionary Space Propulsion

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about 4 months 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."

Link to Original Source

Google Removes CyanogenMod Installer App from Play Store

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  about a year 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  |  1 year,9 days

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  |  about a year ago

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?"
Link to Original Source


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.


Link to Original Source

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

Zanadou Zanadou writes  |  more than 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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