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Cisco Releases Open Source "Binary Module" For H.264 In WebRTC

crush Title has the quotes on the wrong phrase (95 comments)

It should be Cisco Releases "Open Source" Binary Module For H.264 In WebRTC :)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

crush Re:Stephen R.Donaldson- Chronicles of Thomas Coven (1244 comments)

Donaldson has a terrible writing style that has a few brief moments of greatness and a lot of tawdry mediocrity. He doesn't come close of Tolkien on any level, and I found "The chronicles of Thomas Covenant the unbeliever" to be very dull for the most part. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone.

Agreed. Turgid prose made worse by the uncritical application of a thesaurus. Anyone that enjoys the adventure and poetry of Tolkein should steer well clear of Donaldson.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Begins Country-Specific Blog Censorship

crush Re:Blogger only - it seems (250 comments)

I would imagine that Google don't want users to just switch to other search engines.

This change (coupled with their bias towards google+ results) is probably going to push more users in that direction as they doubt the quality of the information resulting from a google search.

I've switched to using DuckDuckGo! and Ixquick about 6 months ago. They work perfectly.

https://duckduckgo.com/
https://www.ixquick.com/

more than 2 years ago
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OpenPGP Implemented In JavaScript

crush Re:FireGPG (167 comments)

FireGPG has to call a local copy of GPG outside of the browser. This GPG4Browsers all happens within the browser. The eventual goal seems to be to be able to provide OpenPGP even in environments where GPG is not installed on the OS and the user only has rights to run a web-browser.

The authors are aware of the following problems in the _prototype_:
      - this uses HTML5 local store which can't be cleared securely
      - it lacks validation of certificates
      - it can't generate keys.

But it is very interesting. Danke schÃn!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Statistical Analysis Packages For Libraries?

crush Re:R or WEKA ... Wait, What Exactly Are You Doing? (146 comments)

Sorry to burst *your* bubble but your argument fails on several fronts:

1. There already exists a succesful support company based around R: http://www.revolutionanalytics.com/
2. The model of making money by providing BETTER support and releasing Free Software is proven by Red Hat, MySQL AB (pre-acquisition), etc
3. The OP doesn't sound like they need anything besides out of the box functionality, which is incredibly full-featured in R (especially compared to Excel!)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: When and How To Deal With GPL Violations?

crush Confusion of Free Software with Open Source (151 comments)

The icon attached to this story is for "Open Source" yet the story is discussing GPL licensed software. Ironically the objective of OSS advocates was exactly to hide the obligations that Free Software licensing imposed on distributors. It would seem from the problem being discussed that they've succeeded.

more than 2 years ago
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Wolfram Launches Computational Document Format

crush Re:CDF? Really? (167 comments)

You're assuming malice. But the most likely thing is that they used Wolfram Alpha to search for "CDF" instead of using Google or Ixquick. ;)

Similar cluelessness abounds in their comparison chart which claims e.g. that HTML5 is incapable of a "dynamic document hierarchy" while "Readers can dynamically open and close chapters and sections in CDF documents. CDF also supports hierarchical, tab, slide, flip, opener, and other document organizations."

more than 2 years ago
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What Internet Searches Reveal About Human Desire

crush Re:Fake "Science" (224 comments)

And now that this study has been published there will be a spike in the number of people searching for "granny porn" and "aged cunts". ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: FOSS, Multiplatform Skype Replacement for PC-to-PC Video Chat?

crush Re:Jitsi (281 comments)

This is another recommendation for Jitsi.

In addition to all the above advantages it also offers encryption of audio calls through ZRTP.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Adds Two-Factor Authentication

crush Facebook adds mobile phone number capture (124 comments)

So Facebook gets to ask it's unsuspecting users for their mobile phone numbers in addition to the other data they now spew out into the eager hands of crackers and marketeers?

Sweet.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Launches Social Login and HTTPS

crush Re:entice people to put names on the faces (273 comments)

Even better, it creates an evolutionary pressure for spammers to invest in databases of peoples faces linked to names and associated face-recognition technology. Brilliant. Something else for which to thank the Facebook tards.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Google's Patents Too Weak To Protect Android?

crush Re:Well.. (257 comments)

True. And also the money to pay for any ensuing legal costs. Patents are virtually useless except as a weapon for large companies.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Google's Patents Too Weak To Protect Android?

crush Google has deep pockets (257 comments)

Florian is an "interesting" character. He consistently denigrates the efforts of: Groklaw, the Open Invention Network, FSFE, Eben Moglen and now Google. Sounds to me like he's positioning himself as the loyal opposition.

Not all patents are equal. And more importantly PATENTS ONLY BENEFIT THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD TO GO TO COURT.

Google has a big enough warchest to take on any patent claims.

more than 3 years ago
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EasyDNS Falsely Accused of Unplugging WikiLeaks

crush Re:Truth matters? (267 comments)

Seeing as you care about accuracy: the phrase "security theatre" doesn't mean what you think it does.

more than 3 years ago
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EasyDNS Falsely Accused of Unplugging WikiLeaks

crush Re:"Stand up for the cause"? (267 comments)

what it results in is an environment where closed and repressive societies have an advantage in the information realm over open and democratic societies.

Here here! Obviously the proper response is to stop being an open society and keep hiding information from the people in this, our God-given democracy, until such time as the baby-eating fascists from Oceania are driven back to their watery realm. Do you have a news letter to which we may subscribe?

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Releases Cache of 400,000 Iraq War Documents

crush Re:the US and Israel butchers assassins torturers (676 comments)

How is it Ralph Nader's fault that Obama is busy bombing the fuck out of the Afghans and is letting circa 50,000 mercenaries from US-based firms continue the brutal occupation of Iraq?

more than 3 years ago

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UK: Man Mistakenly Arrested, DNA Stored For Ever

crush crush writes  |  more than 6 years ago

crush writes "A man arrested in the UK when his mp3 player was mistaken for a firearm will now have his DNA stored for ever in the national police database. The story reported in The Guardian details how armed police tracked him with CCTV, arrested him, detained him in a cell and have now stored his fingerprints, photograph and DNA even though no one is contesting that he is completely innocent. This appears to illustrate all the arguments civil liberties campaigners have made against the Orwellian police state which is unfolding."
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Godwin's Law De-bunked?

crush crush writes  |  more than 6 years ago

crush writes "Mitch Frazier, the Linux Journal sysadmin, decided to test Godwin's Law using the LJ comment database. His results appear to show that the null hypothesis that thread length should not be positively correlated with mentions of Hitler is not disproved. Discuss (without drawing analogies to National Socialists!)"
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Apricot Team Selected For Fully Open Source 3D Gam

crush crush writes  |  more than 6 years ago

crush (19364) writes "The Linux Game Tome notes that the final team to produce a fully OpenSource 3D game using the CrystalSpace engine and Blender has been chosen. The project (known as Apricot) aims to produce a cross-platform, 3D game with completely Free (CCA) graphics, music and code. An important side-effect of the project is to improve open source tools for the professional game development industry."
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Brian Aldiss: Global Warming Too Soothing

crush crush writes  |  more than 6 years ago

crush writes "Writing in The Guardian eminent sci-fi writer Brian Aldiss laments the lack of good writing addressing the problem of climate change and speculates that because it is gradual it is difficult to explain the urgency: 'Here is today, 2007, with its diseased ideas of drugs, Darfur disputes and suicide bombers. The truth is that we are at last living in an SF scenario. Little wonder the tiger is almost extinct, the polar bear doomed. How do you think the algae feel, in the great wastes of warming ocean? Can you not hear the ecosystems crashing down? Ideal fodder for SF, one might think. However, one might not if one was brought up on Isaac Asimov and AE van Vogt. SF is not designed for realism but for imagination. Our new and creepy scenario is already in the hands of the scientists, if not MGM.'"
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Qumranet Virtualizes Enterprise Desktop

crush crush writes  |  more than 6 years ago

crush writes "Qumranet, company behind the OS virtualization technology KVM, has revealed for the first time its business plan in a crowded market which includes Lguest, KVM, Qemu, VMWare, Xen, OpenVZ/Virtuozzo and others. Their plan is to concentrate on providing an easy means to virtualize desktops instead of servers. Specific attention is paid to making it easy to provide legacy Win2K support."
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UK internet banking fails first slashdotting

crush crush writes  |  more than 6 years ago

crush (19364) writes "Customer panic due to the instability in the mortgage market in the UK demonstrated inadequate server capacity at the UK's fifth largest mortage lender according to the Guardian UK "[...] websites at Northern Rock and many other banks crashed as savers tried to access their accounts. Police had to be called to a branch in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, when a couple barricaded the manager in her office when she refused to let them withdraw their £1m savings." Financial institutions have reduced costs by replacing physical locations and staff with web and other online services, but have they adequately designed those services to cope with Slashdot-like loads?"
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crush crush writes  |  more than 7 years ago

crush writes "If you were building a desktop box to experiment with Xen, KVM and OpenVZ on Linux what hardware would you choose? It seems that it would be necessary to get a processor that has the Intel VT extensions or else AMD's Pacifica extensions. Intel seems to win extra points by the fact that many of their integrated graphics chips are fully supported under Linux which makes it less trouble to deal with. Are there any other hardware considerations you'd take into account, and are there any mass-market systems which meet these requirements?"
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crush crush writes  |  more than 7 years ago

crush (19364) writes "According to Linux Mag Novell has seen a massive surge in Linux related sales this last quarter: 'The company reported last week that revenue from Linux Platform Products was up 46% from the same quarter last year to $15M and Linux-related invoicing was up a staggering 659% to $91M.' Their conclusion is that Jeremy Allison is the only person that has decided that it's safer to take their linux custom elsewhere after last year's revelations of Novell's shady patent indemnification deal with Microsoft."
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crush crush writes  |  more than 7 years ago

crush (19364) writes "From the social-engineering-101 department: The well-known British impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner pulled off an amazing coup when he managed to get British cabinet ministers Peter Hain and Margaret Beckett to talk to him about highly confidential Labour Party internal matters. Imitating the (inimitable!) gruff scots accent of Gordon Brown (who is the likely succesor to Tony Blair) he was quickly transferred by Downing St. switchboard operators to the private lines of senior cabinet members. Margaret Beckett appears to have divulged 10 minutes of sensitive information to Bremner's tape-recorder. "Security is all about people" is hopefully a message to which this identity-card pushing government will wise up as a result of this exposure. Bremner is going to publish the tapes on the net."
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crush crush writes  |  more than 7 years ago

crush (19364) writes "The BBC and Microsoft have announced that they have inked an agreement with Microsoft to provide "next generation broadcasting" using a Microsoft-developed "Web 2.0" interface to reach XBox users, Windows Media Center users and other proprietary protocols and hardware. This follows a long-standing pattern of the BBC developing MSN-tethered services and reveals another aspect to earlier announcements about a BBCPlayer. Essentially a publically funded broadcaster in the EU has announced that it will be delivering content only accessible to users of a restrictive OS made by a company that is being fined by EU courts."
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crush crush writes  |  more than 7 years ago

crush (19364) writes "An Irish website RateYourSolicitor.com, which aims to let clients rate and find solicitors (which is apparently a type of lawyer) has received an Irish High Court injunction to remove defamatory material about one such rated solicitor. The site is hosted by a US provider (gmax.net) who have reportedly been served notice by lawyers acting for the defamed solicitor. Reportedly (registration required) GoDaddy, as the domain name registrar, have "locked" access to the site (amusingly the records are all for a "John Smith" in the Russian Federation at "lawyercatcher@lawyer.com"!). The interesting twist to all of this is that according to the Communications Decency Act an ISP is not to be held legally liable as a publisher responsible for what their clients do. So, how can GoDaddy justify this censorship, or are registrars the weak hole in what seemed to be a system robust to censorship?"

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