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Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

aglider Re:Blabbering (95 comments)

Rights exist apart from law.

Maybe that's true in your country. In mine, law is to enforce rights (and duties).

about three weeks ago
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Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

aglider Re:Blabbering (95 comments)

Any person shall have the same right to access the Internet on equal terms, using appropriate and up-to-date technologies that remove all economic and social barriers.
The fundamental right to Internet access must be ensured with respect to its substantive pre-conditions, not only as the mere possibility of connecting to the Internet.
Access shall include freedom of choice with regard to operating systems, software, and applications.
The effective protection of the right to Internet access requires appropriate public intervention to overcome all forms of digital divide - based on cultural, infrastructural or economic factors particularly as regards accessibility by persons with disabilities.

It's just blabbering without explicitly adding something like:

All authorization to operate will be withdrawn by the Italian Parliament, by means of the AGCOM (Agency for the Communication Warranties [but not freedoms]) from whoever will act against these rights and will prosecute it with criminal files.

Because of a typo in a database I had to wait two years before getting my ADSL.
My rights were thrashed and there has been no way for me to defend them.
The incombent telco simply ignored any communication of mine and never paid for that.
No law, no right!

about three weeks ago
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Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

aglider Blabbering (95 comments)

I cannot read anything really interesting (despite being Italian myself). Just words, no plans, no actual decisions. Just words.
Sounds like philosophy. Which we don't really need without a clear plan for actual actions.

about three weeks ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

aglider Maybe there is a simple answer (162 comments)

Once you know why loadable kernel modules have been introduced.
But this requires you to turn your brain on first.

about three weeks ago
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Taking the Census, With Cellphones

aglider Re:easy but inaccurate (57 comments)

They simply think you simply don't exist without a cellphone.
And if you don't exist, you can be ignored in the census.
Sorry, I have a call... later!

about three weeks ago
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Taking the Census, With Cellphones

aglider Technology breakthrough! (57 comments)

Scientists have figured out how to map populations using cellphone records.

This is a fast forward advancement in technology! Wooow!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

aglider It's all about the data prouction rate (170 comments)

You insensitive clod! In the age of MBs, we were producing KBs of data. In the age of GBs we were producing MBs of data. And in the age of TBs we are producing GBs of data. And so on. Thus a 90% full filesystem is as bad as 10 year ago. Unless you are still producing KBs of data.

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

aglider Call Italy! (407 comments)

We are having the opposite problem: too many people in too few prisons.

about a month ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

aglider No news! (147 comments)

Whoever did serious performance tests against PostgreSQL already knew!

about 2 months ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

aglider Re: WTF is 14.02??? (178 comments)

Nope! He wrote 14.02 'cause he meant 14.02. WTF!

about 2 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

aglider Ah! (358 comments)

Non-piratable == Non-copyable == Not working. Forget about it! Unless you want your music playing only within closed architectures (like the iPhone prior to jail breaking)!

about 2 months ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

aglider WTF is 14.02??? (178 comments)

Ditto!

about 2 months ago
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UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

aglider Re:Unfeasible (163 comments)

The ISS is almost dead ... and cannot even deflect a baseball sized body ... yet it costed billions ...

1 year,23 days
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UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

aglider Re:Impossible technology. (163 comments)

None of the mentioned technologies costed the mankind billions per year for years. But I could be wrong.

1 year,23 days
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UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

aglider Unfeasible (163 comments)

We would need:
1. A system to track "anything larger than a certain size"(tm) moving within out solar system and within "a certain maximum amount of time"(tm)
2. A reliable way to deflect/destroy "anything larger than a certain size"
3. A system to implement that way within "a certain maximum amount of time"(tm) available 24x7
4. The same as above multiplied by 2 or maybe 3, just in case.

It would take not less than 100 or 200 years, just to reach the agreement about who is going to look into it.

1 year,23 days
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

aglider Easy Things Made Complex Dept. (786 comments)

This department is highlky active in every big company and government. They like it this way. That's it.

1 year,25 days
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Time Lapse of Endeavour's Final Ride

aglider Thieves (59 comments)

That was posted on Astronomy Picture of the Day long ago.
This is another side-effect of the shutdown: online media theft.

about a year ago
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Finland's Algorithm-Driven Public Bus

aglider Thiefs! (123 comments)

That was put online long ago on Astronomy Picture of the Day. Thanks to a bunch of stupid people (you name them) we cannot see that any more!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?

aglider OpenWRT (193 comments)

I only buy hardware where OpenWRT can run. With USD 50.- you can buy a TP-Link box and get a great router later on.

about a year ago
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Using Laptop To Take Notes Lowers Grades

aglider Sadly and badly wrong! (313 comments)

surfing the net or checking email [...] reduces concentration

Surfing the net or checking email defies concentration.

about a year ago

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Africa makers get energy from pee

aglider aglider writes  |  about 2 years ago

aglider (2435074) writes "A few sources is reporting about this technology breakthrough.
A group of African students built a small generator where with

1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.

It's not 100% clear how much energy you can get out of that liter (you insensitive Imperial clod) though.
It's also not 100% clear whether the main aim of the setup is to purify water or to generate energy thanks to electrolysis.
In any case either aim would be a great thing in a continent like Africa. And the whole world as well."

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OpenWRT finally presents its lates brew: Attitude Adjustment (aka 12.09)

aglider aglider writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aglider (2435074) writes "OpenWrt has been delivering in the lastes 8+ years alternative, opensource firmware for a rather large (and growing) number of devices, not just routers, like Linksys, NetGear and TP-Link just to name a few. The latest version, like in the past 5 years, has been code-named after an alcoholic beverage, the attitude adjustment drink. From the original announcement:

The OpenWrt Team is happy to announce the beta release of Attitude Adjustment (12.09). This release is sligthly overdue, but it is now ready for testing.
General improvements:
* Improved LuCI interface
* Switch to the netifd infrastructure for better network configuration support
* Fixed Imagebuilder, relocatable SDK
* Full (?) eglibc support
* Release support for bridge firewalling
* Vastly improved ath9k driver stability and performance
* Dependency fixes for packages
* More iptables addons, improved netfilter performance
* Experimental support for 5 and 10MHz channels in ath5k and ath9k
* Support for 6RD configuration
* Experimental crashlog feature to track kernel oopses
* Reduced space requirements and improved squashfs/kernel compression
* Various package improvements and updates.

OpenWrt is a project based on a consensus decision model amongst the core team developers. With over 1000 binary packages, the Attitude Adjustment release is the biggest to date.
These 1000+ packages have the inherent problem that they need to be maintained. As the name of the release already suggests things are in a process of adjusting. The main change is that the developer group has arrived at the mutual agreement, that the packages feed is too much bloat for the project to carry around. This massive set of packages causes the developers not to have enough time for the core of OpenWrt.
The result is: The package feed is not being maintained in a way that ensures the required quality.

A couple of warnings are due here. First, your warranty can be voided by loading those firmware into your device.
Second, it can be tricky to do so, up to needing to solder a serial console adapter into your device PCB.
Third, you won't use your stock firmware any more!"

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Razor-Qt: A New Qt-Based Desktop Environment?

aglider aglider writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aglider (2435074) writes "Phoronix has an interesting piece of news about a new emerging desktop environment. And it's Qt based!
From the project home page:

Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast desktop environment based on Qt technologies. It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface. Unlike most desktop environments, Razor-Qt also works fine with weak machines.

Someone has already tagged Razor-Qt as

a KDE ripoff

What we have so far is version 0.4 as announced on a blog and, very important, a number of easy ways to install and test it on a few main Linux distributions. Maybe time has come for something really new in the desktop environment arena almost completely occupied by GNOME and KDE."
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Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On

aglider aglider writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aglider (2435074) writes "A few days ago Wired put some focus on the two deaths that plagued the world, not just the IT one.
The tributes to Dennis Ritchie won't match the river of praise that spilled out over the web after the death of Steve Jobs. But they should.
Again from the article:

Pretty much everything on the web uses those two things: C and UNIX, Pike tells Wired. The browsers are written in C. The UNIX kernel, that pretty much the entire Internet runs on, is written in C. Web servers are written in C, and if they're not, they're written in Java or C++, which are C derivatives, or Python or Ruby, which are implemented in C. And all of the network hardware running these programs I can almost guarantee were written in C.

And later:

Jobs genius is that he builds these products that people really like to use because he has taste and can build things that people really find compelling. Ritchie built things that technologists were able to use to build core infrastructure that people don't necessarily see much anymore, but they use everyday.

And before the flame war starts, I'd suggest to go for a complete read of this article. Even if the words "Unix" and "C language" don't make much sense to you."
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Hubble shots the movie of star births

aglider aglider writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aglider writes "A number of different scientific sources is giving big echo to one of the latest announce made by the NASA and the Hubblesite.ORG. Quoting from Hubblesite.ORG:

A team of scientists [headed by Rice astronomer Patrick Hartigan] has collected enough high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope images over a 14-year period to stitch together time-lapse movies of powerful jets ejected from three young stars. The jets, a byproduct of gas accretion around newly forming stars, shoot off at supersonic speeds in opposite directions through space.

The report is also accompanied by a number of photos and, of course, astounding small movies.
The complete scientific study, that dates back to 2011.07.20, has been published on the Astrophysical Journal (subscription needed) but also on European Space Agency's Space Telescope and Cornell University Library's arXiv."

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