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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

crazyvas Punctuality. (111 comments)

One thing that has always impressed me about the Shinkansen is its near obscene punctuality:

Quote from http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Shi... :
The Shinkansen is very reliable thanks to several factors, including its near-total separation from slower traffic. In 2012, JR Central reported that the Shinkansen's average delay from schedule per train was 36 seconds. This includes delays due to uncontrollable causes, such as natural disasters.[14] The record, in 1997, was 18 seconds.

about 4 months ago

For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

crazyvas Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

To add to that: generally, personal income is not double taxed either in this respect. Anything one hears to the contrary is usually political FUD.

Quote below from IRS. Heck, they even point out how to give them the least of your money. http://www.irs.gov/Individuals...
If you paid or accrued foreign taxes to a foreign country on foreign source income and are subject to U.S. tax on the same income, you may be able to take either a credit or an itemized deduction for those taxes.

Taken as a deduction, foreign income taxes reduce your U.S. taxable income.

Taken as a credit, foreign income taxes reduce your U.S. tax liability. In most cases, it is to your advantage to take foreign income taxes as a tax credit.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

crazyvas Re:ASUS RT-N16 (427 comments)

Follow the herd:

When I read "follow the herd," for a second, I was sure you were recommending Buffalo routers...

about 6 months ago

Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

crazyvas Re:Match (146 comments)

Sorry, meant to login FWIW before posting that:
Thank you. Mine:

sha1sum *
16e6d7675d63fba9bb75a9983397e3fb610459a1 *TrueCrypt 7.1a Mac OS X.dmg
7689d038c76bd1df695d295c026961e50e4a62ea *TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a.exe
1d503ddb5f619ca868ea42bd7435f0dff5975997 *TrueCrypt_v7.1a.zip
c2a8c78a23f97ffb17bf47448c9f2daa3c8f80cd *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz
a53a7a609a25d9a1e33f720ce5c0265ddd4e8b25 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x86.tar.gz
086cf24fad36c2c99a6ac32774833c74091acc4d *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x64.tar.gz
0e77b220dbbc6f14101f3f913966f2c818b0f588 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x86.tar.gz

sha256sum *
04db58b737c05bb6b0b83f1cb37a29edec844b59ff223b9e213ee1f4e287f586 *TrueCrypt 7.1a Mac OS X.dmg
e95eca399dfe95500c4de569efc4cc77b75e2b66a864d467df37733ec06a0ff2 *TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a.exe
4b87892bf9f217deb28eb67570803664512613aee7cf92df6e31dcca6e26fab7 *TrueCrypt_v7.1a.zip
3f48210cca1c17f433572845586d5e2a1a717a545480d136cb970689a44e3c32 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz
7871a40aaca4556d2c6f3377d62347bc38302f4f1ef191e7d07123bdf4a4d008 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x86.tar.gz
43f895cfcdbe230907c47b4cd465e5c967bbe741a9b68512c09f809d1a2da1e9 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x64.tar.gz
9d292baf87df34598738faef7305cddaa15ea9f174c9923185653fb28f8cfef0 *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x86.tar.gz

md5sum *
89affdc42966ae5739f673ba5fb4b7c5 *TrueCrypt 7.1a Mac OS X.dmg
7a23ac83a0856c352025a6f7c9cc1526 *TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a.exe
2c664c527ee622b17da6fcd76979fba4 *TrueCrypt_v7.1a.zip
eb71d8108afec84d4dc72c523b57763a *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz
218d80bbe69cb63dba124efb62600e0f *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x86.tar.gz
bb355096348383987447151eecd6dc0e *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x64.tar.gz
09355fb2e43cf51697a15421816899be *truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x86.tar.gz

# file sizes
9526318 TrueCrypt 7.1a Mac OS X.dmg
3466248 TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a.exe
24467591 TrueCrypt_v7.1a.zip
1642506 truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x64.tar.gz
1648060 truecrypt-7.1a-linux-console-x86.tar.gz
2667681 truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x64.tar.gz
2644819 truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x86.tar.gz

about 8 months ago

Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions

crazyvas Re:Boring and repetitive? (394 comments)

Fundamentally, I don't think he knows that trading freedom for convenience is something that people always do, in every society, and always have. Without that acknowledgement, he thinks that it's reasonable that perhaps everyone would rather go without a phone instead of give up a bit of theoretical freedom.

The real issue at present is people trading freedom for convenience *without knowing they are doing so or being aware of exactly what their costs are*. And by the time they find out, it might well be too late. As you pointed out, the value of someone like RMS and his message is to illuminate what is happening so people can make that tradeoff in a more informed manner.

about 9 months ago

Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution

crazyvas Re:There is this button. (184 comments)

Stop spinning this as a personal responsibility/freedom issue. That's complete BS. The real issue at stake is the freedom of other people to exist, and to exist without injury caused by your stupidity.

I'd rather you get busted if you fuck up too, but instead, what will likely happen when you fuck up is, someone will lose an arm or leg...or a life. Stop thinking about whether you will be "found at fault," and start thinking about someone losing their life or limb, because that is the consequence of relevance here.

about 9 months ago

CyanogenMod Integrates Text Message Encryption

crazyvas Re:Spy vs Spy (118 comments)

One other point to add to the parent: Whatever you give up now, whether it's metadata alone or metadata + content, consider that this will be stored forever. It might be become easier/legal to probe into these several years down the line. If the govt's storage systems are incompetent, they might all even become public at some point.

It is /still/ worth protecting what you can.

about a year ago

Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

crazyvas Re:Google, Money, Mouth (248 comments)

The only way to securely use GPG with webmail is to type the message in a text editor, encrypt and only then paste the cipertext into your webbrowser.

Which is exactly what mailvelope (mailvelope.github.com) does (I'm in no way associated with them).

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

crazyvas Re:Extensions needed! (399 comments)

Here it is: http://mailvelope.com/

- works with Chrome, Firefox in development
- provides end-to-end encryption
- reduced the complexity of creating/setting up new keys etc. to a bare minimum. I've sent instructions to non-tech friends who set it up in a few minutes with some very basic handholding.
- is not mail client specific - all it does is encrypt a textarea, so you can get it to work, for instance, on google calendar in addition to yahoo mail or gmail or whatever
- uses its own editor so you can avoid using the web gmail provider's textarea (gmail, for instance, autosaves drafts)

Disclaimer: I am in absolutely no way connected with mailvelope. I'm just a very happy user.

about a year and a half ago

DuckDuckGo: Illusion of Privacy

crazyvas Re:Credibility? (264 comments)

And even if the arguments on the blog article are poorly made or outright incorrect, my personal hope is that it would initiate a more technically correct and interesting debate here that will help us all understand DDG and similar search engines better.

What's that? No, I'm not new here. I can still hope, can't I? :)

about a year and a half ago

DuckDuckGo: Illusion of Privacy

crazyvas Re:Credibility? (264 comments)

I agree that it seems to be a biased article with not much emphasis on quality. However:

1) Slashdot likely has a higher proportion of DDG users than the general population given the interest in privacy, security, and tech here.

2) Since there are very few DDG users in general (compared to google, etc.), it's difficult to find an opposing view to DDG's stance. An opposing view can be helpful in seeing where the problems lie, and what all a DDG user might want to be concerned about.

Hence, even though this blog might lack any credibility at all (and its misspellings and seeming bias don't help it any), it still holds some value here on Slashdot, IMHO.

about a year and a half ago

The Savvy Tech Strategy Behind Obamacare

crazyvas Re:Too bad someone didn't figure this all out (146 comments)

This. And it gets even worse if you have a diagnosis that you don't agree with (much more common than you think). That stays on your centralized, global record forever too. It doesn't take much imagining to see the consequences.

about a year and a half ago

Extended TeX: Past, Present, and Future

crazyvas Re:mixed feelings (300 comments)

Well summarized list! I've used LaTeX for years as well, and could immediately relate.

tex.stackexchange.com is helpful (wish it existed years earlier), and will hopefully become much more helpful. For instance: http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/23650/when-should-we-use-begincenter-instead-of-centering

But I completely hear you: it's frustrating I have to constantly look up things on a forum (or ask the local TeX guru) even after years of advanced usage. BTW, I use https://code.google.com/p/latex-makefile/

about 2 years ago

Plans Unveiled For Full Scale Replica of the Titanic

crazyvas Toothbrush Trivia (292 comments)

And that passenger who was on all three ships when they crashed/sank, became a pro at handling ship sinkings:

"She had also made sure to grab her toothbrush before leaving her cabin on the Britannic, saying later that it was the one thing she missed most immediately, following the sinking of the Titanic."


about 2 years ago

Comcast Buys Out GE's Remaining 49% Stake In NBC

crazyvas Re:Vertical Integration (149 comments)

Jack:Imagine that your favourite corn chip manufacturer also owned the number one diarrhea medication.

Shouldn't that be number two?

about 2 years ago

Solowheel is for People Who Think a Segway is Boring (Video)

crazyvas Slashdotted (94 comments)

www.solowheel.com slashdotted.
Solo server, solo core, solo thread, eh?

about 2 years ago

SSD Prices Continue 3-Year Plunge

crazyvas Re:Here's another WTF (347 comments)

Sounds right, don't know why you're modded funny. Using percentages always carries the risk of ambiguity for this very reason, unless phrased well. It would be nice if people instead started phrasing these things as "hard drive prices are a fourth of what they used to be" or if they insist on using percentages, "hard drive prices are 25% of what they used to be."

more than 2 years ago



Patent trolls getting the attention of the Feds

crazyvas crazyvas writes  |  about a year and a half ago

crazyvas (853396) writes "The New York Times has published an article on the FTC which is planning to investigate the patent system, and likely patent trolls such as Intellectual Ventures. From the article: 'To its defenders, Intellectual Ventures is a revolutionary company unfairly viewed, in the words of its co-founder Peter N. Detkin, “as the poster child of everything that is wrong with the patent system.” To its critics, it is a protection racket otherwise known as a patent troll. This summer, the Federal Trade Commission is expected to begin a sweeping investigation of the patent system after the agency’s chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, urged a crackdown. She has singled out a particular kind of miscreant, one that engages in “a variety of aggressive litigation tactics,” including hiding behind shell companies when it sues.'

How does Intellectual Ventures describe itself? See for yourself here."

Link to Original Source

Smartphones may help reduce traffic in the near future

crazyvas crazyvas writes  |  about a year and a half ago

crazyvas (853396) writes "From the New York Times: "Experts say services that use smartphones to connect drivers and passengers could help end the reign of single-occupant cars (and unending traffic) in Los Angeles." One would hope that combined with a recent article from Time stating that Generation Y doesn't think car ownership is cool might pave the way for less car traffic, more efficient public transit, more pedestrians and bikers, even leading to a healthier population?"
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Princeton goes open access to stop staff handing a

crazyvas crazyvas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

crazyvas (853396) writes "Princeton University will prevent researchers from giving the copyright of scholarly articles to journal publishers (except if a waiver is requested).The new rule is part of an Open Access policy aimed at broadening the reach of their scholarly work and encouraging publishers to adjust standard contracts that commonly require exclusive copyright as a condition of publication. Universities pay millions of dollars a year for academic journal subscriptions. People without subscriptions are often prevented from reading taxpayer funded research.

This is a bold first step in changing the face of how research (especially when taxpayer funded) works in the country, and a step towards weakening the current culture of charging increasingly exorbitant prices to view academic research publications."

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TSA 'Jeopardy' Board in FL ridicules minorities

crazyvas crazyvas writes  |  about 5 years ago

crazyvas (853396) writes "No points for guessing this would happen. From the article:

In a a TSA air marshal field office in Florida, supervisors are alleged to have used a crew assignment board to ridicule and keep score on women, gays and minorities. The board, resembling the TV game show "Jeopardy," includes categories such as "pickle smokers," "our gang" and "creatures," which sources said were names used by managers for gay men, African-Americans and lesbians."

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