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German Intelligence Employee Arrested On Suspicion of Spying For US On Bundestag

Zoxed Re: There is some history here (74 comments)

Your final statement is not supported by your proceeding data. In neither case did "Germany" offer to surrender - it was a single man/group of man. High ranking maybe, but not speaking for either the nation or the leadership.

about 2 months ago
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Zoxed Re:Unfortunate.... (113 comments)

> But I think ASUS has one too.

Asus RT-N66U ? (I specifically bought this model based on it's TomatoUSB support)

about 5 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

Zoxed fine toothcomb ? (92 comments)

Sorry if I sound too cynical but has anyone gone over this with a fine toothcomb ? Seems strange to be given new freedoms without something being taken away ?

about 6 months ago
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New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA

Zoxed Pot, kettle ? (250 comments)

Would it not be surprising if they did not try ?

1 year,16 days
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Lord Blair Calls for Laws To Stop 'Principled' Leaking of State Secrets

Zoxed Please wake up the Guardian sub-editor (395 comments)

Since she announced it the Guardian has respected Chelsea Manning's wishes to be referred to by her new forename: the cited article seems to have slipped through the net !
(The Slashdot summary sits on the fence by quietly dropping her old forename from it's quote of the linked article !)

1 year,23 days
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Google Reader Being Retired

Zoxed Re:Declining? (386 comments)

I would go a step further: most people have no idea what a "feed" is, never mind what to do with it ! (present company excepted !)

about a year and a half ago
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Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

Zoxed Sticking it to the man (984 comments)

In further news a group of motorists worked out how to avoid getting fined for speeding: they always drove through the village under the posted speed limit. One driver, wishing to remain anonymous, commented "this will show city hall that they can not get money out of me without a fight".

about a year and a half ago
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San Diego Drops Red-Light Cameras

Zoxed Re:Hmmmmm..... (330 comments)

Did your girlfriend confess to the police ? Would that have got you off ?

about a year and a half ago
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You've Got 25 Years Until UNIX Time Overflows

Zoxed Re:64-bit computers DO NOT solve this problem (492 comments)

Then my goal is to thwart your retirement plan. I will contract a low-wage programmer from a yet-to-be-determined developing country...

Your plan-to-thwart contains a potential bug.
If, say, the US and Chinese economies continue for the next 25 years on their current trajectories it is quite possible that the "low-wage programmer" you speak of will live in the US, and hence the GP may get your contract !

about a year and a half ago
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AdTrap Aims To Block All Internet Advertising In Hardware

Zoxed Arhh: the irony !! (295 comments)

You are selling an Ad-blocker, so you circumvent ad-blockers (including your own !) by posting a Slashvertisement !! Sweet !!

about 2 years ago
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AdTrap Aims To Block All Internet Advertising In Hardware

Zoxed Re:Countermeasures Deployed (295 comments)

> does anybody know is there any reason people set $X.95 price sometime instead of "usual" $X.99?

Because people are getting wise to the fact that $X.99 is near enough $X+1, whereas $X.95 is closer to $X ? Not !

about 2 years ago
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NASA DTN Protocol: How Interplanetary Internet Works

Zoxed Re:IP already delay tolerant? (109 comments)

I am running a test: still waiting on a result:

ping -W 118000 voyager1.nasa.gov

about 2 years ago
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Germany Exports More Electricity Than Ever Despite Phasing Out Nuclear Energy

Zoxed Re:Could we hear some Germans tell this story? (473 comments)

(Anglo-German family in central Germany.) I am not sure they *have* to buy a proportion, but the do buy all the electricity we can produce from our community solar project on the apartment building roof, and they pay over the odds for it (it is better for us to sell to the grid and buy it "back" through a green tariff then to wire it directly into our homes !)

about 2 years ago
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Germany Exports More Electricity Than Ever Despite Phasing Out Nuclear Energy

Zoxed Re:RTFA (473 comments)

Yep: we live in a Passiv standard house in central Germany, heated by sun through large windows, body heat and whatever the appliances give off and helped by a ventilation system with a heat exchanger. Works great, and totally draught free, even next to the window in sub 0C temperatures.

about 2 years ago
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Germany Exports More Electricity Than Ever Despite Phasing Out Nuclear Energy

Zoxed Re:How does their per-capita (473 comments)

> A is quite bad and for many things even A++ is not state of the art.

FWIW I have noticed new stuff appearing rated A+++ (3 pluses !!)

about 2 years ago
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26 Nuclear Power Plants In Hurricane Sandy's Path

Zoxed Re:Around here (392 comments)

> slamming a jet fighter into a large concrete block at 481 miles per hour (775 km/h)

The post I replied to specified a 747
- F4 30,000 kg empty, 747 > 162,400 kg empty, 300,000+ max
- the F4 test had water in the fuel tanks
- F4 impact speed 775 kmh, 747 mac speed 998 kmh (probably not worse case: fully loaded, descending, thrusts on).

So a fraction of the weight, no fuel, low speed: not very reassuring :-(

about 2 years ago
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26 Nuclear Power Plants In Hurricane Sandy's Path

Zoxed Re:Around here (392 comments)

> Around here, the nuclear power plants are designed to survive a 747 flying into them.

Care to share a reference ? IIRC, the last I heard the *best* designs currently in use could only survive a direct hit from a light aircraft (sorry: no ref !).

about 2 years ago

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Icelandic volcanic ash alert grounds UK flights

Zoxed Zoxed writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Zoxed (676559) writes "BBC News is reporting that volcanic ash from a recent eruption is grounding flights throughout the UK due to the risk of engine damage. The conditions could continue for several days, but it is not stated whether the cloud could extend further over Europe."
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Euro MPs back better disconnection protection

Zoxed Zoxed writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Zoxed writes "The BBC reports that Euro MEPs overwhelmingly backed an amendment to the current European telecoms reform package (to ensure harmonization of regulatory measures) saying that web surfers' rights could not be infringed without a ruling by a judicial body.

It looks like a step in the right direction, and a rejection of the "3 strikes" bill currently going through the French parliament."

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UK "considering" anti file-sharing laws

Zoxed Zoxed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Zoxed writes "Hard on the tail of the OiNK shutdown BBC News is reporting that "the UK government could legislate to crack down on illegal file-sharers".

Despite referring to intellectual property *theft* Lord Triesman, the parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Universities and Skills "said that the government had no interest in "hounding 14-year-olds who shared music", it was intent on tracking down those who made multiple copies for profit."

(I leave it up to others on Slashdot to comment on the "Innovation" in Lord Triesman's title.)"
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BBC rapped again over iPlayer non-MS support

Zoxed Zoxed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Zoxed writes "BBC News reports that the BBC TV's regulators (the BBC trust) is trying to re-assert it's demands for platform neutrality in the face of less-than-enthusiastic comments from the BBC. However the BBC does seem keen to offer a cross-platform streaming service based on Adobe Flash. Whilst many Slashdotters will not consider this the best solution, at least it is widely available, for many platforms, and also many people will already have it installed."
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OLPC on sale to public from 12th November

Zoxed Zoxed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Zoxed writes "The BBC is reporting, and a special OLPC site X0 Giving confirms, that the laptop *will* be available to the public from 12th November as a buy-1-give-1 scheme for USD399 "for a brief window of time". (Alternatively, for USD200, you can just donate a machine.)

The BBC article expands on this slightly by reporting that the scheme will only run for 2 weeks or 25,000 units. And it will only be available in the US."

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BBC iPlayer restricted to Windows XP SP2 users

Zoxed Zoxed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Zoxed writes "BBC News is reporting that the new BBC TV on demand service, the BBC iPlayer, "will launch to the public on 27 July".

And it seems that not only are Linux and Mac users excluded but so are Windows Vista users. The service will serve the DRMed files to MS Windows XP SP2 users only with "a version for Apple Macs could be available in autumn, with versions for Window's Vista and mobile devices to follow.""
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Zoxed Zoxed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Zoxed writes "The BBC is reporting that the OLPC will be available to the public early next year on a buy-2-get-1 basis through eBay.

With its cheap price, fully open spec. and full/open hardware support for Linux, expandability, 2W rating and LinuxBIOS booting it sounds like an embedded-Linux hackers dream.

Where can I sign up ?"
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Zoxed Zoxed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Zoxed writes "The BBC today announced that it will be publishing some of it's content worldwide using Bittorrent technology, in partnership Azureus' Zudeo software. "Beth Clearfield, vice president of program management and digital media at BBC Worldwide, said that the agreement was part of a drive to reach the largest audience possible." As a UK ex-pat living in Germany it sounded great.

But: I read further to find that the content will be DRM'ed (no specifics yet). And I checkout the Zudeo website: Windows client only. (And they can not even manage valid HTML.)

So I guess Beth really meant "the largest, fee paying, DRM, Windows using audience possible." Nice try BBC."

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