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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

buchner.johannes Re:Not the correct application for this (64 comments)

1) Ever heard of caching? 2) Browsers do not need to support HTML standards, but real-world HTML practices, which is messy. Such as tested by Acid2.

6 hours ago
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Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

buchner.johannes Re:Yo (39 comments)

Not to worry, it's not clickbait, because TFA does not say.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

buchner.johannes Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1219 comments)

I liked this comment: "Her arguments [are] open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games."
So many things wrong with this sentence. Somehow, people have the urge to bend their view so the troll side, and their means of death threats, is also justified.

4 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

buchner.johannes Re:I forced myself to watch it (300 comments)

I know that someone was beheaded. It is clear that this is an horrible and cruel act, that nobody and nobody's family should experience. What information does it add to watch the video? You can convey the relevant information in text.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

buchner.johannes Seems like they found something (463 comments)

“Also what can they possibly sue me for? I have no job, no savings and no means of paying any compensation regardless of the outcome. Is it simply going to be a waste of everyone’s time?” he concludes.

about two weeks ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

buchner.johannes Stone (193 comments)

Wouldn't it more useful for it to be set in silicone?

about two weeks ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

buchner.johannes Re:So I'm confused... (69 comments)

...the headline and article summary at the top says that air travel is threatened

Read again. The headline and the beginning just state that ash can be expelled again, and we remember this from last time when it caused air travel to stop. It does not say air travel is threatened.
In fact, by the end of the last event, I believe it has been established that those ash clouds do not harm the air planes, and you can just fly through them without worry (Airplane companies' CEOs got together to do a fly-through to inspire confidence). Anyone got more detail on that?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

buchner.johannes Re:What trolls (382 comments)

The reality of the internet is different for different groups of people. Everybody lives in their own bubble depending on what websites they log into, and what software they use. That also dominates the civility or absence thereof.

Remember back when you were 14, what you understood as the Internet was an entirely different thing. All of us have made one or a few transitions between the bubbles -- but it is extremely difficult to do so except serendipitously or through contacts.

about two weeks ago
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Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

buchner.johannes Speech recognition (84 comments)

Perhaps the problem of speech recognition is that we try to teach computers our language. We could also make a spoken system where the language and pronounciation is drafted for the task.
The second unnecessary difficulty of speech recognition is to convert sounds (triphones) into letters.

about a month ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

buchner.johannes Re:Hilarious (160 comments)

So it's a MITM attack essentially ... similar to this one ... and works on all pirates visiting websites when users are not using SSL?

about a month ago
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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

buchner.johannes Re:Bullshit.... (133 comments)

This point comes up often in genetic algorithms, when more than one quantity should be optimized for. A common solution is to build a Pareto frontier, and declare them the best.

A combination between two quantities is always a personal weighting. It may be useful, but it may also be limited in application. In the case here, the balance between compression speed and achieved size is too personal to be general-purpose, but perhaps the metric is useful for the use case of TV streaming content providers.

about a month ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

buchner.johannes Re:wat (227 comments)

A lot of phenomena in astrophysics are ridiculous, but real.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

buchner.johannes Re:No (381 comments)

A smart watch is a smart phone with less functionality that you have to wear around your wrist. I don't understand the appeal at all. Everything it does a smart phone does better, only a smart phone is not strapped to one of your body parts.

A smart phone is a laptop with less functionality that you have to put in your pocket. I don't understand the appeal at all. Everything it does a laptop does better.

about a month and a half ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

buchner.johannes Re:Just imagine "if" (347 comments)

NSA is the National Backup Service

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

buchner.johannes Re:Python (466 comments)

There are two possible answers to the question: Python and Javascript.

Python is a general-purpose language, with a large number of user areas. It is your best bet for general applicability.
However, if you want to aim for the web market -- which, granted, is huge -- go with Javascript.

That's pretty much all you need to know to make your decision.

about 3 months ago
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"Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

buchner.johannes Re:Eskimo?! (166 comments)

Alaskas perspective: http://www.uaf.edu/anlc/resour...

Although the name "Eskimo" is commonly used in Alaska to refer to all Inuit and Yupik people of the world, this name is considered derogatory in many other places because it was given by non-Inuit people and was said to mean "eater of raw meat."

Linguists now believe that "Eskimo" is derived from an Ojibwa word meaning "to net snowshoes." However, the people of Canada and Greenland prefer other names. "Inuit," meaning "people," is used in most of Canada, and the language is called "Inuktitut" in eastern Canada although other local designations are used also. The Inuit people of Greenland refer to themselves as "Greenlanders" or "Kalaallit" in their language, which they call "Greenlandic" or "Kalaallisut."

Perhaps we are trying to force a term on a group of peoples which never considered themselves as a group of peoples.

about 3 months ago
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"Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

buchner.johannes Re:Eskimo?! (166 comments)

Some Inuit in Canada and Greenland object very strongly, which is as good a reason as we need not to do it.

This whole topic is a bit of minefield, it's fair to say. We can initially divide the Eskimo/Aleut people into three - the Inuit, the Unangax (Aleut), and the Yupik.

The Unangax of the Aleutian Islands don't care to be called Inuit or Eskimo. They see themselves as distinct from Eskimos and don't mind being described as Native Americans; other Eskimo/Aleut people don't identify as being such. The Unangax are easily distinguished by their language (many borrowings from Russian, including the system of verb inflexions) and their religion (most are Russian Orthodox).

The Yupik have no objection to being called Eskimos, and will use that term to encompass both themselves and the Inuit. The main groupings within the Yupik are the Alutiiq of the coast, the Yuit or Siberian Yupik, and the Yup'ik of Central Alaska.

Then we come to the Inuit. The two largest groupings are the Canadian Inuit and the Kalallit or Greenland Inuit, both of which would prefer you not to call them Eskimos. (The Greenlanders are happy with Inuit to mean both themselves and the Canadians.) Ethnically speaking, two smaller groupings - the Iñupiat of the North Slope and the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic - are also Inuit, although the Iñupiat would rather be described as Eskimo.

I said it got confusing ...

by "suze", from http://old.qi.com/talk/viewtop...
further in http://old.qi.com/talk/viewtop...

The word "Eskimo" is non-PC in Canada, much as it's fine in Alaska. The particular indigenous person of the north who was featured on QI was a Yupi'ik from Alaska - Sarah Palin's husband is one of those as well - and hence "Eskimo" rather than "Inuit" is the term to use. The plural of Yup'ik is Yupiit.

Had the person been an Aleut, then again "Eskimo" might have caused offence. The Aleut are very sure that they are not Eskimos; while they don't object to "Aleut", they prefer one Unangax, two Unangax, three or more Unangan. (Note that most of the Eskimo-Aleut languages have what's called a dual number; this comes between singular and plural and is used when there are two of something. It's rare in European languages; Slovenian and Sorbian have it, and it's on the point of vanishing from Lithuanian.)

The indigenous people of Baffin Island and such like places absolutely are Inuit, although "an Inuit" or "lots of Inuits" are always going to be wrong since "Inuit" is the plural. One Inuk, two Inuuk, three or more Inuit.

While the people of the central Arctic would prefer Inuinnaq to Inuit, they won't get especially upset at the more general word. As for indigenous Greenlanders, the preferred term is Kalaallit, singular Kalaaleq. (There's no dual in Greenlandic.)

Wikipedia is not informative on why/where it is considered offensive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... But it has a nice map of the tribes.

about 3 months ago

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Btrfs becomes stable, releases v3.12

buchner.johannes buchner.johannes writes  |  about 8 months ago

buchner.johannes (1139593) writes "Btrfs is the next-gen filesystem for Linux, likely to replace ext3 and ext4 in coming years and filling the space between ZFS and Reiser4. Btrfs offers many compelling new features but development has been a long time coming in the "unstable" status leaving many users unsure whether to entrust their data to. Since August, their web page declares Btrfs as stable. Have you tried it since? What has been your experience with Btrfs? Fedora users probably are already using it on a daily basis."
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My primary work is

buchner.johannes buchner.johannes writes  |  about 2 years ago

buchner.johannes (1139593) writes "My primary work is
  [a] developing software for a company
  [b] developing software for a research institute
  [c] research
  [d] management or consulting (not coding)
  [e] I'm unemployed
  [f] something else"
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WebM license made GPL and Apache compatible

buchner.johannes buchner.johannes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

buchner.johannes (1139593) writes "Google updated its licensing terms for WebM, which is now a pure BSD license, with a standalone patent grant.

Using patent language borrowed from both the Apache and GPLv3 patent clauses, in this new iteration of the patent clause we've decoupled patents from copyright, thus preserving the pure BSD nature of the copyright license. This means we are no longer creating a new open source copyright license, and the patent grant can exist on its own.

Here is the WebM license FAQ. Time to make a GPLv3 fork?"
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Ethics of producing Non-malicious Malware

buchner.johannes buchner.johannes writes  |  more than 4 years ago

buchner.johannes (1139593) writes "I was fed up with the general consent that Linux is oh-so-secure and has no malware. After a week of work, I finished a package of malware for Unix/Linux. Its whole purpose is to help whitehat hackers point out that the system can be turned into a botnet client, by simply downloading BOINC and attaching it to my user account, helping scientific projects. It does not exploit any security holes, but loose security configurations and mindless execution of unverified downloads: I tested it to be injected by a PHP script (even circumventing safemode), so that the web server runs it, hell I even got a proxy server that injects it into shell scripts and Makefiles in tarballs on the fly, and adds onto windows executable for execution in wine (Z: is /). If executed by the user, it can persist itself in cron, bashrc and other files. The aim of the exercise was to provide a payload so security people can 'pwn' systems to show security holes, without doing harm (such as deleting files or disrupting normal operation).
But now I have a problem: I am unsure of whether it is ethically ok to release this toolkit, which, by ripping out the BOINC payload and putting in something really evil, can be turned into proper Linux malware. On the one hand, the way it persists itself in autostart is really nasty, and that is not really a security hole that can be fixed. On the other hand, such a script can be written by anyone else too, and it would be useful to show people why you need SELinux on a server, and why verifying the source of downloads (checksums through trusted channels) is necessary.
Technically, it is a nice piece, but should I release it? I don't want to turn the Linux desktop into Windows, hence I'm slightly leaning towards not releasing it. What does your ethics say about releasing such grayware?"
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Common charger for mobile phones coming in the EU

buchner.johannes buchner.johannes writes  |  more than 5 years ago

buchner.johannes writes "The EU Commission and companies agreed on common charger for mobile phones:

Incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is a major inconvenience for users and also leads to unnecessary waste. Therefore, the Commission has requested industry to come forward with a voluntary commitment to solve this problem so as to avoid legislation. As a result major producers of mobile phones have agreed to harmonise chargers in the EU.

Discussed before here and here. The text continues:

Industry commits to provide chargers compatibility on the basis of the Micro-USB connector. Once the commitment becomes effective, it will be possible to charge data-enabled mobile phones from any charger compatible with the common specifications.

"

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Your average disturbance timescale?

buchner.johannes buchner.johannes writes  |  more than 5 years ago

buchner.johannes (1139593) writes "In your office, your work is disturbed or interrupted on average after (e.g. people walking in, calls, etc.)

  — less than 5 minutes
  — less than 15 minutes
  — less than 30 minutes
  — less than 2 hours
  — more than 2 hours
  — depends on how fast slashdot throws out stories"

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Jake looking for developers

buchner.johannes buchner.johannes writes  |  more than 5 years ago

buchner.johannes writes "Jake is the new kid on the block for team collaboration. Developed by students in Vienna, this serverless, open-source, cross-platform versioning tool is aimed for non-developers. What makes Jake unique is that the communication is done over XMPP, and that the look-and-feel is very native (unlike most Java apps).
We turn to Slashdot as we look for developers interested in picking up the work, forking it, contributing or reusing concepts in other projects. Slashdot already discussed the need for a painless, easy-to-use tool once. About Jake shows a small comparison to other tools."

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Bittorrent reverse hash database

buchner.johannes buchner.johannes writes  |  more than 6 years ago

buchner.johannes writes "Story at: http://twoday.tuwien.ac.at/jo/stories/305252/
This is probably the first reverse hash database for torrent files.

When watching torrent traffic as an network administrator, you might want to know if the data is legal and complies to your policies.
On the other hand, if you see a torrent loading in your network as a user, if you know what it is, it might be _very_ interesting to join it, as the speed can be expected to be very high.
Database at: http://stud4.tuwien.ac.at/~e0625457/bittorrent/hostedsummary.html"

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Jake looking for developers

buchner.johannes buchner.johannes writes  |  more than 5 years ago Jake is the new kid on the block for team collaboration. Developed by students in Vienna, this serverless, open-source, cross-platform versioning tool is aimed for non-developers. What makes Jake unique is that the communication is done over XMPP, and that the look-and-feel is very native (unlike most Java apps).
We turn to Slashdot as we look for developers interested in picking up the work, forking it, contributing or reusing concepts in other projects. Slashdot already discussed the need for a painless, easy-to-use tool once. About Jake shows a small comparison to other tools.

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