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Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

arnodf right (293 comments)

AAAHAHAHahahahaha

about 9 months ago
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Antigua Looks Closer To Legal "Piracy" of US-Copyrighted Works

arnodf not piracy (327 comments)

It's not piracy, it's privateering when it's legal!

about a year ago
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Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death on Earth

arnodf Better link (2 comments)

Better link to view the map:

Roadskillmap

about a year ago
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NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

arnodf Re:This is stupid (407 comments)

Belgian ffs.
Belgium, I hate it when people mistake us for Dutch!

about a year ago
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With Sales Down, Whale Meat Flogged As Source of Strength

arnodf Re:Counter-campaign (311 comments)

Needed energy, don't like red bull.
Ate whale instead.
Can't move

about a year ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

arnodf esr (623 comments)

Discovered Eric S. Raymonds 'How to become a hacker' as a 14 year old kid. Then started out with HTML from Dynamic HTML For Dummies, went to C++ and even, contrary to his advice, VB6.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

arnodf Re:Reinstall Ubuntu. (573 comments)

your comment does not deserve being voted troll

about a year and a half ago
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Indie Horror Film Shows What You Can Do (And Get) For Free

arnodf Vodo (109 comments)

I'll leave this here: Vodo
Great stuff there

about a year and a half ago
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New Java 0-Day Vulnerability Being Exploited In the Wild

arnodf In the wild (193 comments)

In the wild, is that the same as in cyberspace?

about a year and a half ago
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The Hacker Who Found the Secrets of the Next Xbox and PlayStation

arnodf Re:Sort of interesting, but... (214 comments)

That's more like the neighbour breaking into your house, standing there creepily in your bedroom, only to notify you that your locks suck.

A better analogy would be if he was looking for you to return your drill he borrowed and tried the front door which was locked so he tries the back door which isn't locked and leaves a note to tell you he was looking for you, leaves the drill on the kitchen table and that the back door was unlocked.

about a year and a half ago
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Open Source Emoji Project Wants Money For Icons

arnodf those were the days (156 comments)

There was once a time when people just did this kind of stuff without begging for money. The open source community was founded by people who often didn't have the money so they created stuff themselves and now every idea that spawns needs to be funded.

Now git off'a ma lawn

about a year and a half ago
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NASA: Huge Freshwater Loss In the Middle East

arnodf less water (228 comments)

Fracking trades water for energy, and lack of water limits fracking in many parts of th world.

So what we need is less water!

about a year and a half ago
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Belgium Plans Artificial Island To Store Wind Power

arnodf Re:Belgians drilling a hole in the ocean?? (242 comments)

1. there are no mines near the coast. Who would mine sand since that's all there is?
2. transportation from the sea to the coast would be incredibly expensive because you need to build pipelines, several pumps (as compared to only a few to pump it from the sea into the doughnut). We have (this will sound chauvinistic but I'm allowing my self to do so in this case) the best dredging companies in the world (Jan de Nul and Deme).
3. It's 3km off the coast... that's nothing. The shipping lanes are way out into the see. The only thing that may cause perhaps some problems is the harbour of Zeebrugge. The distance between Calais and Dover is what? 60km?

about a year and a half ago
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Zuckerberg Updates Relationship Status To "Married"

arnodf really? (335 comments)

really Slashdot? Has it come to this?

more than 2 years ago
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W3C Member Proposes "Fix" For CSS Prefix Problem

arnodf Re:CSS is annoying (144 comments)

I suggest a name for the replacement: Advanced Style Sheet or ASS

more than 2 years ago
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Growing Evidence of Football Causing Brain Damage

arnodf wrong name (684 comments)

it's handegg, not football

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Raises UK Prices By a Third and Can't Rule Out Future Hikes

arnodf Re:The British are proud of their Pound (185 comments)

that is an A with a hat followed by the pound sign. Somehow it shows as a pound now

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Raises UK Prices By a Third and Can't Rule Out Future Hikes

arnodf Re:The British are proud of their Pound (185 comments)

I'm seeing lots of £ so I wonder which currency you're really referring to. Damn Slashdot encoding

more than 2 years ago
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Belgian Rightsholders Group Wants To Charge Libraries For Reading Books To Kids

arnodf Re:Crazy! (244 comments)

Another Belgian cunt here. I just don't understand what the English have against us. Even on the BBC (which should be considered of higher quality) you often hear them joking about Belgians and not the kind of joking we and the Dutch do about each other in a more friendly way.

more than 2 years ago

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petition to require congressmen and senators to wear logos of sponsors

arnodf arnodf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "Since most politicians' campaigns are largely funded by wealthy companies and individuals, it would give voters a better sense of who the candidate they are voting for is actually representing if the company's logo, or individual's name, was prominently displayed upon the candidate's clothing at all public appearances and campaign events. Once elected, the candidate would be required to continue to wear those "sponsor's" names during all official duties and visits to constituents. The size of a logo or name would vary with the size of a donation. For example, a $1 million dollar contribution would warrant a patch of about 4" by 8" on the chest, while a free meal from a lobbyist would be represented by a quarter-sized button. Individual donations under $1000 are exempt.

Link to we-the-people petition, 55000 signatures still needed."

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Flightgear 2.10 released

arnodf arnodf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

arnodf (1310501) writes ""The FlightGear development team is happy to announce the v2.10 release of FlightGear, the free, open-source flight simulator. This new version contains many exciting new features, enhancements and bugfixes. Highlights in this release include improved usability, better terrain rendering and a fully scriptable 2D rendering system."

"Highlights to FlightGear 2.10 include improved usability, a fully-scriptable 2D rendering system, and better terrain rendering. There's also improved modularization, atmospheric light scattering, improved performance, better internationalization support, Rembrandt renderer improvements, AI improvements, and much more. An extensive list of FLightGear 2.10 changes can be found from their Wiki-based change-log. ""

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Belgian trades EU for US to build Star Trek medical device

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "tfa: 'Start Trek fans will know about the Tricorder, a handheld device used by Captain Kirk and company to, among other things, scan the biological state of the living creatures they encountered on their interplanetary voyage.'

'The Tricorder, he says, will be not much more than a smartphone extension and be able to monitor and diagnose your health conditions without needing blood, urine, saliva, physical contact or even cooperation from the patient.
Instead, the Tricorder works with light, says De Brouwer, without going into details. “Advanced optics. Everything is light.”'

'The advent of the Tricorder came a step closer in January when Qualcomm, an American telecommunications company, launched a $10 million prize for whoever builds the device first. De Brouwer is officially competing.

'De Brouwer takes the example of the VScan handheld ultrasound device, recently presented by General Electric. “In Europe, people would say: It can’t be done. In the US they say: It will be done.”'"

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EU court rules social networks cannot police downloads

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes ""The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck the latest blow in the debate over internet policing, ruling on Thursday (16 February) that online social network sites cannot be forced to construct measures to prevent users from downloading songs illegally.

The court, which is the highest judicial authority in the EU, stated that installing general filters would infringe on the freedom to conduct business and on data privacy."

"The case was brought before the ECJ by Sabam, the Belgian national music royalty collecting society, against social network site Netlog. In 2009, Sabam went to the Belgian Court of First Instance to demand that Netlog take action to prevent site-users from illegally downloading songs from its portfolio. It also insisted that Netlog pay a €1,000 fine for every day of delaying in compliance. Netlog legal submission argued that granting Sabam’s injunction would be imposing a general obligation to monitor on Netlog, which is prohibited by the e-commerce directive."

In other new: Sabam is going to be prosecuted (google translation, dutch original) for "forging accounts, abuse of trust, bribery, money laundering and forgery" which took place from the early 90's till 2007"

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New MEP to head ACTA dossier

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "FTA: 'British Labour MEP David Martin was appointed on Tuesday (7th February) as the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the European Parliament’s report on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international treaty on copyright and intellectual property protection.'

This comes as news after the former head of the ACTA dossier resigned in January

in other news: The socialist group, with 189 MEPs, within the European Parliament, indicated they may veto the ACTA treaty."

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83-year old woman gets new '3D-printed' titanium jaw

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "'The University of Hasselt (Belgium) announced today (bad Google translation, Dutch Original) that Belgian and Dutch scientists (English article) have successfully replacing a lower jaw with a 3D printed model for a 83 year-old woman. According to the researchers, It is the first custom-made implant in the world to replace an entire lower jaw.'

'The 3D printer prints titanium powder layer by layer, while a computer controlled laser ensures that the correct particles are fused together. Using 3D printing technology, less materials are needed and the production time is much shorter than traditional manufacturing. The artificial jaw is slightly heavier than a natural jaw, but the patient can easily get used to it. '"

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Battle lines drawn up in EU row on ACTA

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "FTA:
'The European Commission has stepped into the growing row over the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, Acta, as leading MEPs refuse to fast-track parliamentary approval due to bad faith in the talks.

Speaking to EUobserver in Brussels on Thursday (2 February), EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding reiterated her position that Acta does not detract from any laws already in force in the EU, noting that the commission has "tested it on European law and results are positive. It is fine with European legislation."'"

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Swedish supreme court denies final hearing TPB

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "FTA: 'In what can only be described as an all-out declaration of war with the Internet, the Swedish Supreme Court has denied the final hearing in the trial of the original The Pirate Bay operators. This means that the Appeals Court verdict stands, unless appealed to the European Court of Justice.'

The article is also has a good recap of the case and outlines many things that went wrong such as a judge who is a member of the Swedish Association for Copyright.

more FTA:
'In the raid, over a dozen violations of the constitution were committed; among others, the legal counsel of The Pirate Bay gets his DNA permanently registered with the State, and a constitutionally protected publisher is shut down (though restored a few days later).'"

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BBC show stargazing live ends. Exoplanet discovere

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "Tonight BBC's show stargazing live ended after three days of live astronomy with comedian Dara Ó Briain and professor Brian Cox. Throughout the show they were trying to make the viewers help in finding an exoplanet via Zooniverse. Thanks to the program they managed to get 1,084,760 classifications in 48 hours and two volunteers discovered an exoplanet which now bears their name. From the planethunters website:

Thanks to your help and BBC Stargazing, we managed 1,084,760 classifications in 48 hours. There's still more to do, and more discoveries to be made, so keep clicking!

"

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Iron Sky also goes dark

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "Iron Sky, the new film from the creators of Star Wreck, has also gone dark with a message on their website. they rely heavily on torrents to distribute their free films and might therefore be affected by these laws; FTA:

Corporations should not be allowed to have this kind of power, especially when it serves only their own interest. Both SOPA and PIPA pose a grave threat to the freedom of expression, which is something we, as filmmakers and as private citizens, hold very dear. We urge you to sign the petition against both these legislations right here: sopastrike

"

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Android Data Leak

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 3 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "FTA:
Nearly all Android smart phones running a version of the operating system prior to 2.3.4 are potentially "leaking" sensitive data, according to researchers at the University of Ulm. Here's what you need to know to stay safe and keep your information to yourself.

Certain Android applications, including ones officially bundled with the OS such as Calendar, Contacts and Picasa, send certain data, including authentication tokens (a form of password used to identify a user), in a clear rather than encrypted format.

Worse still, these tokens have a long life (up to 14 days) and aren't attached to the phone from which they originated. This means hackers could steal a legitimate user's credentials and use them elsewhere on a different handset."

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Varying voltage of chip cracks RSA

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "Many websites use cryptographic systems to scramble key data, such as credit card numbers, when customers pay.

Scientists have found that by varying the voltage to key parts of a computer's processor, the ability to keep this data secret is compromised.

The researchers also discovered that a method that helps chips beat the attack could also make them more reliable."

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Tutankhamun died from broken leg and malaria

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "Scientists have finally discovered how King Tutankhamun died, nearly a century after the boy-pharaoh's tomb was unearthed in Egypt.

A DNA study revealed today the 19-year-old died from complications from a broken leg that was exacerbated by malaria.

It also found the famous king suffered from a cleft palate and club foot and was a 'frail king who needed canes to walk.'"

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Wind powered umbrella truck

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

arnodf (1310501) writes "Today is Earth Day. In honor, we jump back to Earth Day 1980 to tell the story of the Electro-Harmonix wind-powered umbrella truck: Shortly following the oil crisis of the late 1970s, EHX founder Mike Matthews wanted to draw attention to the increasing need for alternative energy. As a result, he managed to tap into what you might now call one of the world's first sources of alternative alternative energy."
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Alarm raised on teenage hackers

arnodf arnodf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Arno Igne (1310501) writes "Increasing numbers of teenagers are starting to dabble in hi-tech crime, say experts. Computer security professionals say many net forums are populated by teenagers swapping credit card numbers, phishing kits and hacking tips. The poor technical skills of many young hackers means they are very likely to get caught and arrested, they say. Youth workers added that any teenager getting a criminal record would be putting their future at risk. "I see kids of 11 and 12 sharing credit card details and asking for hacks," said Chris Boyd, director of malware research at FaceTime Security."
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