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Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen Say Google Data Now Protected From Gov't Spying

data2 Re:Hahahahahahha (155 comments)

AFAIK, they were transferring the data over _their own links_. It's not like anybody else should have had access to it. But they have fixed that now.

about 5 months ago

WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

data2 Re:How do they not take a writedown? (257 comments)

The problem with that is that the intersection of Whatsapp users and Facebook users is likely to be large. So the number of new Facebook users may, relatively speaking, be close to zero. But this buy still makes more sense to me that the Snapchat price.

about 5 months ago

Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

data2 Re: Sure, why not? (410 comments)

If I had 100k to spend on an electric vehicle that could be used for 95-99% of my daily errands, what would I have bought before Tesla?


about 5 months ago

US Government Embraces Bitcoin in Hearing on Virtual Currency

data2 Re:Oh look! (233 comments)

It really depends on the amount of invested (or converted) money. The ups and downs are a symptom of the poor market depth of bitcoin. My real problem with it is that I don't see the market depth becoming deeper any time soon with the deflationary properties of bitcoin.

about 8 months ago

The Silk Road Is Back

data2 Others have already taken over (261 comments)

Other have already taken over. It might not yet be as trusted as Silk Road was, but there are alternate platforms that were just waiting for the big one to go away and took over without a problem. Too much money to be gained in a fairly secure market. Just don't be from the US but from Russia or somewhere where they don't bother going after someone mostly facilitating sales in the US and Europe.

about 9 months ago

Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?

data2 Re:Book of Unwritten Tales (285 comments)

Wanted to test the game, and while they seem to realize the importance both of demos and ports, they don't do both. Too bad for them, but after playing The Cave and being somewhat disappointed by the shallow puzzles, of which only a handful was hard due to absolutely random combinations, I am not going to shell out another 20 bucks for this.

about a year ago

Increased Carbon Emissions Creating Giant Crabs

data2 Re:Count Me Confused (203 comments)

I don't know the slightest thing about Chesapeake bay, but numbers may be tricky.

There was a study done on the Baltic sea, which concluded that private fishers caught more than half of the total fish extracted that year, something not previously being taken into account in the projections for quotas.

about a year ago

North Korea Declares a State of War

data2 Re:Didn't they get the memo? (628 comments)

I realize reading TFA is frowned upon, so just for you:

"The state of neither peace nor war has ended on the Korean Peninsula."

about a year ago

Re: Bitcoin, I most strongly agree with the following:

data2 Re:Mining (398 comments)

While the Petaflop number is interesting, a suitably skilled and powerful opponent could just create ASICs as can currently be seen. A single company can overtake the whole network with a fairly small investment of a few hundred K, but as Bitcoin has now entered the ASIC-age, it will most likely be more resilient against these attacks as well.

about a year ago

EA Offering Free Game to Users After SimCity Launch Problems

data2 Single player for On-The-Road (259 comments)

I often travel a few hours by train or other measures, where I have lots of free time on my hands. I would have loved buying simcity 5, and very nearly did, but then heard about the always on requirement. Which frankly, just doesn't make sense for this kind of game.
Also losing my save-state when the internet connection at home goes down: Who designs crap like that?

about a year ago

EA Offering Free Game to Users After SimCity Launch Problems

data2 Re:Too little, too late (259 comments)

Has been this way with battlefield 2 as well. Each "update", which seemed incremental, i.e. names such as update_103_to_104.tar.bz2, was a complete replacement and even overwrote your configs if you didn't save them someplace else. Servers were a pita to run as well, but I guess they solved that with their stupid rental model now.

about a year ago

CERN's LHC Powers Down For Two Years

data2 Re:TWO years?? (71 comments)

Well, as they say:

When a man says he is going to do something, then he will do it. There is no need to remind him every 6 month of it.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?

data2 Re:Firearms (340 comments)

Depending on how many you are, you will be outgunned in most cases. Besides the US there aren't many places where you are allowed to have guns, especially as a foreign national. Also, you will be searched in certain nations, depending on which nations flag you have and where you are coming from.
So I don't think that guns are a particularly good idea. Many have done it without and most places where piracy is rampant are well known and should be avoided.

about 2 years ago

Meat the Food of the Future

data2 Re:I, Caveman (705 comments)

Most serious vegetarians (I consider myself to be one), know full well that only modern methods of science are able to extract needed amounts of protein from plant sources, be it through tofu, seitan, tempeh or else. Humans are not made to be fueled solely by salad and grass.

Bio-availability of plant protein is lower when it is only from one source, and while most people eat a diverse enough mix, one can get problems with it quite easily. But by mixing, this can be greatly improved (as can be witnessed by the protein shakes for body builders that are purely plant based).

about 2 years ago

Android Jelly Bean Much Harder To Hack

data2 Re:unix permissions? (184 comments)

What they really need to do is to include fake data. Some apps just crash when being revoked access to certain things, while giving them fake access to an empty phone book e.g. would be a good way to circumvent this.

about 2 years ago

Apple Commits To 100% Renewable Energy Sources for NC Data Center

data2 Re:You mean Greenpeace lied? (108 comments)

While it might not be the case in the US, Greenpeace is highly respected in many parts of the world, so the danger to image is real.

Also, Greenpeace would never accept money from Apple as it is a corporation.

more than 2 years ago

'Social Jetlag' May Be Making You Fat

data2 Re:This is crap. (197 comments)

Actually, less sleep is responsible for more calories in, as we tend to eat lots of sugary stuff to stay awake when tired.

more than 2 years ago



Google removes censorship from

data2 data2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

data2 (1382587) writes "Google has just escalated their conflict with the Chinese government by redirecting all traffic from to . The latter is not being censored in any way by the Chinese government.
They also put up a monitoring site to see which services are currently reachable from mainland china:
Finally, one of the big ones takes a stand."

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Always Innovating ships Touch Book

data2 data2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

data writes "Always Innovating [] started shipping their new netbook. But this is not your average day netbook: It sports an ARM cpu and a detachable screen. (See the full specs []) We already had a report about its first demo in march. Priced at $299 for just the screen and $399 for screen and keyboard one gets 10-15h of battery life with both parts together or about five hours with just the screen. The OS is a custom linux distribution, but the producers encourage people to exchange it."
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Bernstein proposes alternative to DNSSEC: DNSCurve

data2 data2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

data2 writes "Dan Berstein, know as the creator of djbdns and daemontools, has created his own proposal to improve upon the current DNS protocol. He has been opposed to DNSSEC for quite some time, but now he managed to propose something of his own: DNSCurve. He also has a comparison between the two systems. His proposal makes use of elliptic curves, as the name suggests, while DNSSEC favors RSA. For this, he uses a curve named Curve25519, which he developed by himself as well. That DNS is vulnerable in its current state has been shown before, and if his numbers are correct, this might be an alternative at which it is worth looking."
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