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LinkedIn Ditches Feature That Was a 'Dream For Attackers'

chebucto Re:Joining the Slashcott in 47 mins. (70 comments)

Nice UID! I got mine while trying to get the fabled UID=1,000,000. Not sure who ended up getting that prize.

Just a reminder, comp.misc on Usenet is being used as a temporary discussion forum. Usenet access is available through eternal-sepetember.org

Let's hope Dice reverse their decision and cancel plans for Beta. If they don't, though, this is as good a time as any for people to break away from slashdot as a group. Good luck to everyone in the slashcott.

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

chebucto Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

A lot of trust has been lost between users and management. And the first problem with a discussion site staying successful is keeping enough users. So, the question as to whether technocrat.net will succeed hinges on whether enough trust has been lost at slashdot to prompt enough people to move.

Assuming enough users do move, the second problem will be running the site. Editorship at slashdot, jokes aside, is a full-time job. So, another question is, will there be enough editor-hours to keep the machine running.

Will enough slashdot readers leave? I'm really not sure. There are a lot of upset readers, but the one thing that will really cause a big exodus, a forced switch to the new interface, won't happen for months. So, users who leave would have to leave a slashdot that is still, on the surface at least, passably acceptable.

Personally, I would like to see a few-month trial of technocrat.net. If things get moving, good; if not, then there will still be some time before slashdot becomes unusuable, and so some time to work with.

Either way, thank you for looking into this.

Regards

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

chebucto Evolution not revolution (2219 comments)

Why? We want to take our current content and all the stuff that matters to this community and deliver it on a site that still speaks to the interests and habits of our current audience, but that is, at the same time, more accessible and shareable by a wider audience. We want to give our current audience the space where they are comfortable. And we want a platform where we can experiment with different views of both comments and stories

A few points.

- What exactly do you mean by 'make content more sharaeble'? I can already link to individual comments; there's even a 'share' link below each comment. I've never used it, but surely that would be the place to start if your goal is to make content more shareable.
- If your goal was to make content more shareable, then why, at this late stage in the game, is it still impossible to link to single comments in Beta?
- Nothing is stopping you from experimenting with the current layout

Incremental change is how the current slashdot was built. Taco, Hemos, et al slowly added pieces and tweaks together, according to the needs of the day, to create what we now know as the moderation system and the classic comment layout. Over fifteen years of design thought have gone into the current system.

You can accomplish all the goals you have laid out by continuing in the same, incremental-improvement spirit. Throwing out all of that work and starting fresh is unnecessary, wasteful, and pretty much bound to fail.

about 10 months ago
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Major Internet Censorship Bill Passes In Turkey

chebucto Boycott (104 comments)

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet.

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system. If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.

We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
http://slashdot.org/recent [slashdot.org] - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention. Links of note:

Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=56395415
Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=3321441
Alternative Slashdot: altslashdot.org
IRC Discussion: freenode #slashdot-refugees
IRC Discussion: slashnet.org #slashdot

Marked-up text of this comment: http://pastebin.com/mc2rhHBh

about 10 months ago
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Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

chebucto Boycott (156 comments)

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet.

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta http://slashdot.org/recent [slashdot.org] - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

Discussion of Beta: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=56395415
Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=3321441
Alternative Slashdot: altslashdot.org

about 10 months ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

chebucto Boycott (180 comments)

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet.

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
http://slashdot.org/recent - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

Captcha: fuckbeta

http://developers.slashdot.org...
http://developers.slashdot.org...
http://yro.slashdot.org/commen...
http://science.slashdot.org/co...

about 10 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

chebucto Boycott (573 comments)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

I propose that we boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

about 10 months ago
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Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

chebucto Boycott (164 comments)

I propose that we boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta.
Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

Captcha: fuckbeta

about 10 months ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

chebucto Re:Fuck the beta (206 comments)

Beta must die

about 10 months ago
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Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves

chebucto I do not want Slashdot Beta (72 comments)

If they follow through on their threats that might be it.

Who knows, maybe a mass exodus to Kuro5hin will revive that old refuge just as Slashdot dies.

about 10 months ago
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NASA's Greatest Challenges In 2014

chebucto Re:I hate change! (97 comments)

I forgot to say:

- The old (Malda-era) layout is fine
- One area that does need improvement is the mobile version of the site; something like El Reg's layout would be greatly appreciated.

about a year ago
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NASA's Greatest Challenges In 2014

chebucto I hate change! (97 comments)

Am I the only one seeing this?

When I clicked on the story link, I got redirected to

http://beta.slashdot.org/story/195783

which looks like

http://imgur.com/uVnwWHl

I do not want to browse 'Latest Tech Jobs' whilst browsing slashdot.

If you need more money to run the site, ask for donations. You'll probably get them.

PS - I can't post anonymously! That totally goes against my cowardly nature! I protest in the strongest terms!

about a year ago
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FAA Wants All Aircraft Flying On Unleaded Fuel By 2018

chebucto Re: mostly some small private planes left (366 comments)

Those emissions are going to be concentrated around airports, not distributed evenly amongst the population. Also, a tiny amount of lead can lead to drops in IQ and long-term problems.

The question you need to answer is whether the amount of lead being released is safe or not; the proportions don't matter:

According to one 2003 estimate, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, blood lead levels below the supposedly âoesafeâ limit of 10 micrograms per deciliter still produced a reduction in IQ of around 7 points. (Approximately 1 in 50 American children has lead levels above that threshold.)

(Wired)

Others are saying the same thing:

After taking account of factors likely to influence the results, they found that blood lead levels at 30 months showed significant associations with educational achievement, antisocial behaviour and hyperactivity scores five years later.
With lead levels up to five microgrammes per decilitre, there was no obvious effect.
But lead levels between five and 10 microgrammes per decilitre were associated with significantly poorer scores for reading ( 49% lower) and writing (51% lower). A doubling in lead blood levels to 10 microgrammes per decilitre was associated with a drop of a third of a grade in their Scholastic Assessment Tests (SATs).

(BBC)

5 mcg/dl is 50 ppb, if I'm not mistaken. Intuitively, do you think that the people working around airports who are exposed to aircraft exhaust would get levels above that? Remember, too, that lead persists in the environment, collects in dirt, is kicked up in dust, etc.

And the effects are truly felt throughout life. Indeed, there is convincing evidence that the crime wave of the 80s was due to lead in cars:

We now have studies at the international level, the national level, the state level, the city level, and even the individual level. Groups of children have been followed from the womb to adulthood, and higher childhood blood lead levels are consistently associated with higher adult arrest rates for violent crimes [19]. All of these studies tell the same story: Gasoline lead is responsible for a good share of the rise and fall of violent crime over the past half century.

(Mother Jones)

about a year and a half ago
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Browser tabs I have open right now ...

chebucto Not answering. (300 comments)

I'm boycotting these ridiculous polls.

Where are the cowboyneal options?

Say, 'One tab for every heart CowboyNeal has broken'

That's just an idea. In the end, it is up to the editors. But by gawd, CowboyNeal options used to bring a little light into my day and helped, maybe just a little, to bring together this diffuse group of sysadmins and other assorted computer folk.

about a year and a half ago
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Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

chebucto Re:Don't forget the free and open source people to (303 comments)

He specifically says

http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/why-not-lgpl.html

Proprietary software developers have the advantage of money; free software developers need to make advantages for each other. Using the ordinary GPL for a library gives free software developers an advantage over proprietary developers: a library that they can use, while proprietary developers cannot use it. ...

  This is why we used the Lesser GPL for the GNU C library. After all, there are plenty of other C libraries; using the GPL for ours would have driven proprietary software developers to use anotherâ"no problem for them, only for us.

However, when a library provides a significant unique capability, like GNU Readline, that's a horse of a different color. The Readline library implements input editing and history for interactive programs, and that's a facility not generally available elsewhere. Releasing it under the GPL and limiting its use to free programs gives our community a real boost. At least one application program is free software today specifically because that was necessary for using Readline.

Just as free software is not a religion, proprietary developers do not have a freedom to use libraries created by free software developers. Where did you get that idea from?

Developers in general have a right to use software under the license it was released, and RMS is suggesting that free software developers use the license that best promotes the adoption of free software.

Indeed, this is one issue where he clearly shows pragmatism, by suggesting that commonly-available libraries be released under the lesser GPL. Yet you turn this around and claim that, by doing so, he is going 'to great lengths to compromise on freedom in order to push his free software religion'.

about a year and a half ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

chebucto Re:!(Prisoner's Dilemma) (626 comments)

This is the prisoner's dilemma:

Two people commit a crime.

Both are arrested, but there is no physical evidence.

They are put into separate rooms and each offered a deal:
1 year in prison for you, and 10 years for your partner, if you admit to the crime first

If either of them admits to it, they both go to jail - because they both took part in the crime. If they both stay silent, they both go free. However, each has a strong incentive to admit to the crime, because the other person might admit to it first.

In this case, however, only one person might be guilty. If that's the case, the innocent party has no incentive to rat the guilty one out. The essence of the prisoner's dilemma is lost.

about 2 years ago
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Interviews: Ask What You Will of Paleontologist Jack Horner

chebucto Finding dinosaurs (208 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but to find dinosaurs you just start digging in mesozoic-aged sedimentary rock, correct? Do you focus on alluvial deposits?

about 2 years ago
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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

chebucto Re:The Aaron Swartz Act (656 comments)

I'm not up on the subtlties of this law, but as a layman:

'Protected Computers' should include those machines that store personal information. Many machines do that, some store personal information over the long term, others over the sort term, so it is difficult to express exactly what should and what shouldn't fit that definition.

Further to that, the definition of 'computer' is getting harrier all the time. Where does one start and another begin?

So maybe it makes more sense to define protected information on computer systems.

Maybe make accessing systems you do not have the authority to access a petty crime, with penalties equal to trespass.

Then, make accessing private, secret, or financial data that you don't have the authority to access a more serious crime.

So, if you break into someone's laptop but just sit at the command line, you get fined $50. If you read their private files, you get prison time.

about 2 years ago
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Wiki Weapon Project Test-Fires a (Partly) 3D-Printed Rifle

chebucto Re:Why is this considered a good thing? (289 comments)

You're safer with a gun because so many others have guns. If there were fewer guns, there would be less reason to have one to protect yourself. I'll admit the situation in the US is hard, because there are so many guns out there, but I don't think the solution to guns is more guns.

Time does not start when the attack starts. People who rely on police for protection do not rely on them only when their house is invaded, they rely on them to keep the crime rate low and put criminals in jail, where they pose no threat.

Partisans fought the Nazis by and large with guns they got after the war started. And, with the possible exception of Yugoslavia, the most they did was hinder, not evict, the occupier. In WW2, like in any other war I can think of, partisans were able to mount a fight because they possessed two things: the will to fight and outside support.

about 2 years ago
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Wiki Weapon Project Test-Fires a (Partly) 3D-Printed Rifle

chebucto Re:Why is this considered a good thing? (289 comments)

Don't nit-pick. I didn't confuse 'can't' with 'isn't allowed to', my word choice was perfectly valid. You would have a point if I had said 'one person is unable to attack another', but that would be silly.

It is a truism that the state fails at its protection every day, but perfection is an impossible test outside of math. The better test is whether a given type of weapon improves or harms individual security. Do the liberal gun laws in the US make people in general safer? Are armed people safer more or less likely to be victims of crime, or more or less likely to be harmed in a crime, than unarmed people? These are the kind of questions you should ask.

The fantasy of the armed patriots rising up against a facist new order is a silly argument to use unless you also advocate for personal ownership of RPGs, landmines, tanks, nukes, and other heavy weapons. Practically speaking, if such a totalitarian state ever takes over the US government, then there will likely by defections from the armed forces which will join the regular people in the fight against the government. That is usually what happens - see Libya and Syria recently, for example. You might point to Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia, but to that I'd just say that a plurality voted for Hitler and Russians seem to return to the strong state model often, implying they like that sort of thing, or at least it's the best model given their human geography.

about 2 years ago

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EU 'Unitary Patents' could mean software patents

chebucto chebucto writes  |  more than 3 years ago

chebucto (992517) writes "RMS has an article up at the Guardian about the proposed EU Unitary Patent system, which would make any patent issued by the European Patent Office (EPO) valid in all of the EU except for Spain and Italy. The unitary patent system would remove national jurisdiction over patents, leaving the European Court of Justice (the ECJ — the highest court in Europe) as the only body with appeal power over EPO decisions. There's a real chance that patent policy throughout much of Europe will be decided by an organization that's shown, in practice, that it supports software patents."
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Europe's 'unitary patent' could mean unlimited sof

chebucto chebucto writes  |  more than 3 years ago

chebucto (992517) writes "RMS has an article up at the Guardian about the proposed EU Unitary Patent system, which would make any patent issued by the European Patent Office (EPO) valid in all of the EU except for Spain and Italy. The unitary patent system would remove national jurisdiction over patents, leaving the European Court of Justice (the ECJ — the highest court in Europe) as the only body with appeal power over EPO decisions. There's a real chance that patent policy throughout much of Europe will be decided by an organization that's shown, in practice, that it supports software patents."
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Spider-Man Foils Comic Book Thief

chebucto chebucto writes  |  more than 4 years ago

chebucto (992517) writes "The BBC reports that 'A comic book shop owner in Australia became a real-life superhero when he caught a robber red-handed. Michael Baulderstone, who was dressed as Spider-Man for a promotional event, spied a customer behaving suspiciously during an International Free Comic Day celebration. CCTV footage shows him "leap" into action and confront the would-be shoplifter who had slipped a AU$160 (£97) X-Men book into his bag. ... He said a group of Jedi knights blocked the door to prevent the thief from escaping, as The Flash looked on.'"
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Buried glaciers found on Mars

chebucto chebucto writes  |  about 6 years ago

Yo mama (992517) writes "NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed vast Martian glaciers of water ice under protective blankets of rocky debris at much lower latitudes than any ice previously identified on the Red Planet. Scientists analyzed data from the spacecraft's ground-penetrating radar and report in the Nov. 21 issue of the journal Science that buried glaciers extend for dozens of miles from edges of mountains or cliffs. A layer of rocky debris blanketing the ice may have preserved the underground glaciers as remnants from an ice sheet that covered middle latitudes during a past ice age. This discovery is similar to massive ice glaciers that have been detected under rocky coverings in Antarctica."
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Warning on Chinese cyper-spying

chebucto chebucto writes  |  about 6 years ago

Yo Mama (992517) writes "The BBC reports that 'China has stepped up computer espionage against the US government and American businesses, according to a Washington congressional panel. In its annual report to Congress, the panel warned that China was gaining increasing access to sensitive information from US computer networks. It said China was aggressively pursuing cyber-warfare capabilities to gain an advantage over the US in any conflict.' The report can be found here. The section on cyber-security begins on page 7."
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Math prof uncovers secret chord

chebucto chebucto writes  |  more than 6 years ago

chebucto (992517) writes "The opening chord to A Hard Day's Night is famous because for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord Harrison was playing. Musicians, scholars and amateur guitar players alike had all come up with their own theories, but it took a Dalhousie mathematician to figure out the exact formula. Dr. Brown used Fourier transforms to find the notes in the chord, and deduced that another George — George Martin, the Beatles producer — also played on the chord, adding a piano chord that included an F note impossible to play with the other notes on the guitar."
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Run MacOS on a PC using Kalyway

chebucto chebucto writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Yo mama (992517) writes "The Register has a screenshot-heavy, step-by-step howto on installing MacOS on generic PC hardware. The OSX86 Wiki also has an installation guide for MacOS on PCs. Both use the Kalyway DVD (release notes here), which gets past the EFI, Apple's equivalent to the IBM PC BIOS. If your hardware is supported and you don't mind using unofficial, unsupported software, you too can run MacOS on your beige box."
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New SETI telescope array opens

chebucto chebucto writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chebucto (992517) writes "The International Herald Tribune reports that a SETI will open a new, partially-completed telescope array tomorrow. Called the Allen Telescope Array, after Paul Allen (of Microsoft fame), its main sponsor, the array will eventually use 350 20-meter aluminium telescopes, at a total cost of about $40 million. This relatively low cost is achieved by using off-the-shelf components and mass-producing the dishes. The competed array will be able to survey one million stars for radio signals over the next two decades, or map the entire sky at low frequencies over the course of a single night. The array will also be useful in searching for natural phenomena in the universe, including so-called 'dark' (star-less) galaxies."
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