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Justice Dept. Names ZeuS Trojan Author, Seizes Control of P2P "Gameover" Botnet

dhammabum Waste of time (76 comments)

Why aren't they going after terrorists? We all need to sacrifice to defeat terrorism, and if it means compromised systems and stripped bank accounts, well, that is the price we all have to pay.

about 2 months ago

Why Lavabit Shut Down

dhammabum Re:USA, the land of freedom (304 comments)

OK, I'll bite - so just because other countries abuse people's rights, that makes the abuse of the US courts and government OK? The point is: most other countries abusing such rights don't hypocritically pretend to be "the land of the free." Except the UK, of course. Once this may have been true for the US but that time has long gone.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

dhammabum Re:Friends? (206 comments)

That is fine once or twice but you can't keep bothering them. Also some can be pretty unreliable ;-)

about 9 months ago

Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

dhammabum Re:It's a fucking cockroach (512 comments)

Not always. We once lived in an inner-city neighbourhood with a high cockroach population. Didn't matter how clean we were (and we were clean, plugged holes in walls, made sure there was no water, etc) they still came in just from population pressure. Not much you can do if they crawl up through the drains.

about 10 months ago

Monju Nuclear Plant Operator Ordered To Stop Restart Preparation

dhammabum So, not a Tepco site (72 comments)

According to the Japan Times, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency runs the site. Well done for not allowing them to get away with the same old practices.

about a year ago

Dual Interface Mobile Devices To Address BYOD Issue

dhammabum Re:Fail To See The Point (116 comments)

This happens all the time. Not so much selling the info to competitors but sales people taking their client's info when they leave the company, often to go work for a competitor. There is also people losing their phones along with corporate data. Best that data never leave the premises.

about a year and a half ago

UN Takeover of Internet Must Be Stopped, US Warns

dhammabum Re:UN takeover must be stopped? (454 comments)

I was being facetious - every government wants to control whatever they can. While I would rather no one controls the Internet, and having Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Iran guiding matters would be disastrous, it is probably only a matter of time when the game will be over, the Internet becomes just another tool of governments and corporations, and we'll all have to go home. I do despair....

more than 2 years ago

UN Takeover of Internet Must Be Stopped, US Warns

dhammabum UN takeover must be stopped? (454 comments)

The only thing they are worried about is that the US would not control it.

more than 2 years ago

Why Open Compute Is a Win For Rackspace

dhammabum open standards for hardware (46 comments)

They have some really good ideas for rack/server design - eg they reckon they are getting 34% power saving by supplying 12V DC to buses in the racks so servers don't need individual power supplies and with improved cooling paths.

Manufacturers won't standardise unless they are pushed like rackspace is doing. This is a big advance.

more than 2 years ago

Aussie Case Unlikely To Solve Piracy Riddle In Fast Broadband World

dhammabum Re:MPAA / RIAA Astroturfers Unite! (219 comments)

Really? You think all these pro-*AA comments are genuinely held views? And knowing the pathetic efforts the *AAs make to twist the debate? It makes a lot of sense to me astroturfing would be their next attack point. Though I agree, /. is an unlikely venue, but they are so clueless, they could easily waste effort here. Though not money, apparently. ;-)

more than 2 years ago

Aussie Case Unlikely To Solve Piracy Riddle In Fast Broadband World

dhammabum MPAA / RIAA Astroturfers Unite! (219 comments)

Funds dried up since Microsoft has pulled out of the astroturf market? Want penalty rates for having to endorse such appalling subjects? Join the AWU, the Astroturf Workers Union, and at least get decent pay for your perfidy. Our charter: "We're not doing it for the money, we're doing it for a shitload of money!" (apologies to Mel Brooks)

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Counted As Key Linux Contributor

dhammabum look at the license (305 comments)

Yeah, great, "Reay Linux drivers" - are just binary blobs. No source code. DId you look at the license? All the usual can't modify distributed code, etc. And a specific clause (under 2.iii) that excludes inclusion with GPL'd code.

more than 2 years ago

Taking Down DNSChanger: A First Person Account

dhammabum Re:Couldn't get pass the picture of the unibrow (46 comments)

This is an insult to all inter-ocularly hirsute techs everywhere. We who sport the unibrow (or monobrow as it is known in Australia) - all look up to Mr Vixie, and I myself am proud to have been compared to Mr Twit of Roald Dahl's inspiring book, "The Twits" fame.

Such comments are just jealousy, I suppose.

more than 2 years ago

Supreme Court Limits Patents Based On Laws of Nature

dhammabum you haven't thought this through (173 comments)

It would be chaos if natural laws or facts were patentable. Imagine a researcher discovers some new natural law governing a particular biochemical transformation occurring in white blood cells. They patent the discovery, then demand payment from each person having white blood cells that exhibit this law for a license to use the law. Preposterous.

more than 2 years ago

The Science of Humor

dhammabum Re:Two things (344 comments)

Are those european goldfish or american goldfish?

more than 2 years ago

The Science of Humor

dhammabum Is having fun humour? (344 comments)

So many animals play, looks like humour to me.

How can the cerebral dissection of humour in this research be applied to beings that don't have concepts? Absurd. Humourous even...

more than 2 years ago

German Paleontologists Find a 'Near-Perfect' Dinosaur Fossil

dhammabum dumb question (99 comments)

Why does it have such a long tail?

more than 2 years ago

OCaml For the Masses

dhammabum Re:Concision? (338 comments)

ConcisionMan = {
      v > speeding bullet;
      F > locomotive;
      1 leap > tall building;
      ! bird;
      ! plane;

more than 2 years ago



Indian touchscreen tablet for $US35

dhammabum dhammabum writes  |  about 4 years ago

dhammabum (190105) writes "The Indian government and several Indian Institutes of Technology have developed a cheap, linux-based prototype for eventual use by students once production starts — projected for 2011. The government became involved after a "lukewarm response from known corporates in this sector"."
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Corporation runs for Congress

dhammabum dhammabum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dhammabum (190105) writes "In view of the Supreme Court's recent decision granting corporations the right of free speech, part of that right is the right to vote and hold office. Murray Hill, a PR firm in Washington DC, is trying to register itself as a Republican, its first step in running for Congress. It would certainly cut out the middleman if corporations represented themselves. Why pay lobbyists when you can get it wholesale????"
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British pub fined for WI-FI copyright infringement

dhammabum dhammabum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dhammabum (190105) writes "Few details yet but a British pub lost a civil case brought against it because someone allegedly downloaded copyrighted material on their WI-FI hotspot. I'm sure this will give the RIAA et al ideas for other countries. Should hotspot providers be considered carriers?"
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Rodents Of Unusual Size

dhammabum dhammabum writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dhammabum (190105) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting the discovery of extremely large rats in New Guinea. Hard to take this all that seriously, it is just crying out hoax, but the picture is cute. They apparently just walked into the explorers' camp, the area is so isolated."

dhammabum dhammabum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dhammabum (190105) writes "Groklaw reports the Software Freedom Law Center's response to this nefarious agreement: The patent covenant only applies to software that you develop [FOSS] at home and keep for yourself; the promises don't extend to others when you distribute. You cannot pass the rights to your downstream recipients, even to the maintainers of larger projects on which your contribution is built... PJ has been following this issue closely, it looks like Microsoft has started the next phase of their attack on opensource as the SCO-IBM case is all but history. My question — why, oh why did Novell do this?"


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