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NSA Can Spy On Data From Smart Phones, Including Blackberry

cdp0 Re:And the saga continues.... (298 comments)

And protesting puts you on the list.

When the list is big enough, it won't matter. In fact, when the list is big enough, we might see changes that would make such lists a thing of the past.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

cdp0 httptunnel (251 comments)

I had a similar problem with O2 Telefonica, over 3G, in Czech Republic. Their FUP is quite bad. After you reach the imposed limit, they will throttle *all* connections individually to something like 4-5KB/s. Using OpenVPN, or even just HTTPS was impossible.

However, I noticed that HTTP connections were allowed a throughput 4-5 times higher. It's still very low, but usable. My guess is that they separate HTTP connections from everything else. Note that using OpenVPN over TCP port 80 did not help. So, I've started using OpenVPN over httptunnel. While it has some problems, it did offer me an overall better throughput. The downside is that you need it server-side too.

Bottom line, try httptunnel

about a year and a half ago

Iran Blocks 'Illegal' VPNs, Google, and Yahoo

cdp0 Re:How Can We Be Supportive? (176 comments)

Those governments can only block so many IP addresses and they have the big VPN providers in their crosshairs.

You obviously haven't considered DPI. I have been to Iran in the past and OpenVPN to my own server in Europe was entirely blocked, no matter what protocol/port combination I used. I could see the initial packet exchange (tcpdump), and after a short while the connection was identified as illegal and dropped, and the protocol/port combination entirely blocked from there on.

However, they did allow PPTP (possibly because it's so insecure), and SSH. As a side note, I haven't seen any try to do MITM on SSH.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

cdp0 Re:Answered in reverse order (464 comments)

Alternatively one can right-click a message and select "Open Message in Conversation". If I recall this isn't even new.

People should stop waiting for reviews and actually test the applications themselves. Make your own damn opinion instead of waiting for someone else to make it for you.

more than 2 years ago

Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

cdp0 Re:Wow (396 comments)

Sooner or later, even if we find primitive life, we should start thinking about what can be done with the planet, even if it takes 1000 years to get something to live there.

Let's first decide what we do with this planet for the next 100 (one hundred) years. So far we seem to be incapable of doing that.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?

cdp0 Re:Use your stero (474 comments)

Crank up the sound level on your stereo to really high levels and use it constantly to mask street noises. Magically, after a while, you won't need it any more.

There is nothing magical about (partial) deafness.

more than 2 years ago

Nokia Closing Australian Office, Looking To Sell Qt Assets

cdp0 Jolla? (125 comments)

Maybe Jolla will buy Qt? It may be useful to them considering their plans, but I have no idea what the price is and if they can afford it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Scripting-Friendly Smartphones?

cdp0 Re:N9 or N900 -- full *nix (197 comments)

You can use FingerTerm on Nokia N9, like I do. It isn't as good as a HW full keyboard, but it's the next best thing. Even more, it is also opensource.

Aegis security system is a bit more limiting than I would like it to be, but you can easily bypass the limitations with inception (for the moment the site seems to be down, so just use your favorite search engine to get some info). With inception you don't even need a computer, everything is done on the phone afaik. Haven't yet tried it myself, because so far I am fully satisfied with the official "developer mode" which can be easily activated from settings menu.

One extra feature for N9 is the community backing it up. You can join IRC freenode network and join #harmattan channel for instance and get help in matters related to SW development.

An alternative would be to try to find a Nokia N950, but as I recall although it has a full hw keyboard, it has some drawbacks compared to N9.

Finally I must also add that as far as I can tell you can't get a better user experience than with N9 UI. It's simply amazing. I hope Jolla will be able to provide it in their future phones.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III Launched, Hands-On Testing

cdp0 Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (107 comments)

I specifically like the motion based silence mode, if I see a call I don't like, just upturn the phone face down, put it on the desk - silenced, love that.

My Nokia N9 has that. It works for calls and alarms of any kind (clock, calendar).

Only "con" I know of is that there's some issues installing swype to it but that can be gotten around.

Nokia N9 has Swype by default and it works extremely well. Although I thought I would never use it, now I use it for everything.

more than 2 years ago

The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

cdp0 Re:Classic 2D is best (710 comments)

I think a classic book like the Hobbit should be available in classic 2D.

Are you kidding?! A classic like that should be black-and-white and silent!

Joke aside, the theaters in my area are extremely bad and 3D is simply put a painful experience. I always choose 2D when I have the option.

more than 2 years ago

Can You Buy Tech With a Clean Conscience?

cdp0 Re:Yes. (412 comments)

Capitalism. It works.

Where? To whose benefit?

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Pirate Party Dragging BREIN To Court

cdp0 Re:I don't understand... (123 comments)

Anything that may hurt the profits of some ridiculously rich individuals can and will be blocked. It's as simple as that. Our freedom ends where their profit starts.

more than 2 years ago

Should Failure Be Rewarded To Spur Innovation?

cdp0 Re:Better phrasing (146 comments)

I appreciate my assistants and try to tell them that on a regular basis. And yeah (answering someone else's post here), they DO appreciate mentions and little letters from the company president. If it's a larger company, a little recognition goes a long way.

I'm not sure if and how it applies to your field of work and more specifically to (your) assistants, but I will generalize and talk about workers: if they are productive it means the company probably makes more money. If the company makes more money and you give them just letters and words, they will actually be demoralized. Sure, few of them will ever let you know, because they are afraid of criticizing the employer; some of them will even fake being happy. But that doesn't make them happy bees.
Letters and words don't feed you (or maybe paper does?), don't pay your bills and so on. If you want to show your appreciation reward them in a way that actually matters to them.

Otherwise, I appreciate the way you are dealing with people, encouraging them to come forward when they make mistake (after all everybody makes mistakes sooner or later) and encouraging them to be creative.

more than 2 years ago

Early Exposure To Germs Has Lasting Benefits

cdp0 Re:Of course it is (136 comments)

Both of you are right, so let's just say it's about balance. Let the body fight and adapt as much as it can, help it when it can't do it anymore.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Smart Phones Made Under Worker-Friendly Conditions?

cdp0 Re:Short answer... (371 comments)

Nokia N9 is made in Finland. Probably other models from Nokia too.

more than 2 years ago

IBM Seeks Patent On Judging Programmers By Commits

cdp0 Re:Translation (182 comments)

This has the potential of bringing them more money than the rest of their business, then.

more than 2 years ago


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