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"Liberated" Tunisia Still Censoring Websites

clickforfreepizza Re:OT Technical probs; mod points expire soon. Hel (108 comments)

Thanks. I use an ordinary connection: PC behind consumer router. I'll wait for other comments; as a last resort, I'll try upgrading Firefox (risking broken plugins; Opera is current already).

more than 2 years ago
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"Liberated" Tunisia Still Censoring Websites

clickforfreepizza OT Technical probs; mod points expire soon. Help! (108 comments)

I'm sorry for posting OT (and such a stupid question, too), but my mod points will expire soon. If there's a better place to ask, please let me know (I don't think it rates as an FAQ suggestion.)

I have recently gotten mod points for the first time.

I see the dropdown box under comments. I select, say, Insightful on a +3 posting. But the score does not change. /. still tells me I have all 5 mod points left.

I tried reloading, waiting overnight and 2 browsers (Firefox and current Opera; Linux). For testing, I allowed all scripts.

How is it supposed to work? Just the dropdown box, and as soon as you select an entry, the moderation takes effect?

I'd be grateful for any helpful suggestions about what I'm doing wrong. I have read the FAQ and moderation guidelines.

more than 2 years ago
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US Air Force Buys iPads To Replace Flight Bags

clickforfreepizza Re:Tablet, not iPad (348 comments)

Well, I hope that they would insist on looking very closely at the source code before they sign anything (and that the hardening would be a joint effort by vendor and customer).

more than 2 years ago
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US Air Force Buys iPads To Replace Flight Bags

clickforfreepizza Tablet, not iPad (348 comments)

TFA specifies once that in truth, they are looking at tablets, not just iPads. Than it's back to Apple this and iPad that. If it indeed is a forgone conclusion, they should have explained why. That's some mighty fine journalism, there. Also, they mention iOS isn't certified yet; don't know if any tablet is.

more than 2 years ago
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US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

clickforfreepizza Re:no 5th? (1047 comments)

And they just assumed your translation was correct? What if you had made a mistake in your favor? As translating is not an exact science, an honest interpretation might be construed as a mistake.

Maybe your text was trivial to translate; just wondering. I believe it's just a gesture showing good will.

more than 2 years ago
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US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

clickforfreepizza Re:no 5th? (1047 comments)

I don't disagree, just asking in addition: So if one cop (thinks he) saw something before a computer is turned off and testifies with enough confidence, this testimony would not be scrutinized as strictly as if a conviction were based on it, but it would suffice for an order to hand over the encryption key. What if they then find evidence of a different crime? Would that be the fruit of the poisonous tree?

the court already had consistent and concurring testimony from 2 Customs agents, if they had committed perjury it would have been ridiculously easy to very that without much compromising the defendant's privacy

Sorry, it's not obvious to me which method you suggest.

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US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

clickforfreepizza Re:no 5th? (1047 comments)

Then how do you explain the presence of encryption software? Even if you have that entirely on a memory stick, they may find it.

more than 2 years ago
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US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

clickforfreepizza Re:no 5th? (1047 comments)

But surely you know of some way to access your data, even if you haven't seen the bits of the key themselves. Wouldn't handing over that method satisfy the court order?

more than 2 years ago
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'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech

clickforfreepizza Re:Nothing new (331 comments)

Fry adresses this, when he talks about job interviews.

more than 2 years ago
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Earth's Core Made In Miniature

clickforfreepizza Re:How can this produce accurate results? (175 comments)

Yes Mr Pizza, "This cannot work. Case closed." is exactly what I read from a comment like that.

I explained why it seems to be more than that. You ignore that. I talked about what if there was indeed no more to it. You ignore that. The rest of your reply I find inaccurate. So I'm not sure what to make of it.
But that doesn't matter: The existance of an informative answer proves that your and others' rants are moot.

more than 2 years ago
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Earth's Core Made In Miniature

clickforfreepizza Re:How can this produce accurate results? (175 comments)

I'm sick and tired of this kind of banal and destructive comment. Please read GP again. Is "This cannot work. Case closed." really what you get from it?

I think GP is trying to understand the experiment. Pointing out issues which are problems according to his current understanding is an excellent first step to learn more.

Always adding a disclaimer that we are aware that we are no experts would be as superfluous as your answer. Don't you hate it when you teach someone and it goes like this: "Okay, what don't you understand?" - "Well... everything." Pointing out "Here's what doesn't make sense." should be a relatively obvious and welcome form to ask for clarification.

And even if you do not believe that the poster wants to learn, you could answer him in a constructive manner and thus help others with similar questions. If you cannot or do not want to do that, please ignore him.

more than 2 years ago
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Bavaria Confesses To German State Trojan – S

clickforfreepizza Title cut off: "... – Sort Of" (2 comments)

The title was not cut off in preview. It should have ended in "– Sort Of", because of the implied possibility that the final version of the code was totally different and legal. Yeah, right.

more than 2 years ago
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German Government's Malware Analyzed

clickforfreepizza Re:Frosty Piss (162 comments)

It has also resulted in the attitude that cops who break the law are already "punished" by being unable to present the evidence in court (and often therefore unable to convict a criminal), and that this is sufficient punishment for the cop.

Well, not so in Germany. Typically (at least according to popular lawblog.de) it's like this: Prosecutor gets judge to sign a search order which is blatantly illegal. Search victim goes to court; result: a letter to hang over the fireplace saying the search was illegal.

If the search victim is prosecuted, the court has to weigh what's more important: the injury of the illegal search or dealing with the crime. Hint: answer's always the same.

Whereas in other jurisdictions the cop would lose their job, or end up in jail themselves, in the US they typically don't.

Unless it's something big like the recent blanket surveillance of all mobile phones in a city, I don't know there's ever been any consequence in Germany.

more than 2 years ago
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Help Shape the Future of Slashdot

clickforfreepizza Narrowish Browser Windows (763 comments)

To make /. usable, I disable Javascript, log in, use the Classic Discussion System and Opera's User Mode (to make comment lines wrap).

I want the above without log in and user mode.

Also, I agree with pretty much all top rated comments so far, especially about quality of editing and submissions.

The above problems are so annoying that this is my second attempt not to let my account slide into oblivion. I've been able to muster up a few months' active participation vs. many years low-intensity read-only.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA develops memory-storing "e-textile" material

clickforfreepizza Stereotypical Suspicion of Sensationalism (1 comments)

In this case, though, the researchers used copper wire that is 1 millimeter thick -- but there's no reason that it couldn't be scaled down to just a few nanometers

Theoretically, I'm sure... but that would still be quite an achievement. Am I to understand that the progress from the 1-millimeter tech to the nanometer tech will be very small compared to the achieved progress from state of the art tech to the 1-millimeter tech?

a small one-square-centimeter patch, assuming 50nm gaps between wires, could store over a gigabyte

If we can do that with flexible memory, we can probably make ordinary memory with higher density and string together as many chips of a few square millimeters as needed with flexible connections. Should be easier.

Stepping even further outside the box, [...] Everything you touch and interact with could be smart. Curtains could remember if you like them being up or down.

Yeah. Wow. If this is your example why we need gigabytes of memory, you're reaching, perhaps?

more than 2 years ago
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Returning Power From Electric Cars To the Grid

clickforfreepizza Car owners will store little unneeded energy (247 comments)

If I know I won't need my car, I probably will not have charged it (so that it doesn't leak energy). I will usually only have energy to spare if I mistakenly suspected I would need the car.

Also, we will have more electric cars, and therefore probably more choice in electric cars. Batteries will remain quite expensive. Consequently, people will on average by batteries that are just large enough.

more than 2 years ago

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Bavaria Confesses To German State Trojan – S

clickforfreepizza clickforfreepizza writes  |  more than 2 years ago

clickforfreepizza (2465094) writes "News on the German "state trojan" analyzed by the CCC:



[The] Bavarian Interior Minister [confirmed] that state officials had indeed used the software, but argued that the use had been conducted legally.

[...]

[A] lawyer said his client had had the software in question installed on his computer during a customs check.

That software, which could be legally used for monitoring telecommunications, had been altered to allow it to grab screen shots.

The H's sister reports (German) this case involves nothing like terrorism, but legal substances which "may become" illegal when exported.

The Bavarian press release (German) also says the code analyzed by the CCC might be an earlier test version."

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