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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

dnaumov Re:Greasing Palms. (280 comments)

The idea that we need to regulate me paying one person to transport me from one spot to another is, frankly, ridiculous.

Try riding a cab in city where they aren't properly regulated and you may change your mind after you get in a cab with a driver who asks you for directions in a city you do not live in and is driving a clapped out ex cop car with bad shocks, a check engine light that's on and whose brakes squeal like metal to metal contact is being made whenever he uses them.

OK, so basically, you have never used Uber.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

dnaumov Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

This very much depends on "what average IT job". I am in Finland and work a "very average IT job" and a major telco, me and my colleagues don't just have to provide our criminal record to the employer - the Finnish intelligence services (not regular police) do a full background check on us.

about two weeks ago
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Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

dnaumov Re:Misleading summary (219 comments)

Except, of course, for the the inconvinient truth that gun violence has been on a decline for decades.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

dnaumov Re:Battery Life Is Worse (504 comments)

...no more than 2 days without charging is considered acceptable? WTF? Thanks for just providing me with another argument I don't need a smartphone (besides privacy issues, shit update policies, the amount of malware, the fragility of the things, their price, the fact that I don't need at least 90% of what they can do...). My Nokia 2610 can easily go 2 weeks without recharging, so long as I use it as an alarm clock, for texting and a few calls. And then I was worried because it used to take longer before needing to be recharged, and now the battery is kinda old (8 years or so...). No more than 2 days without recharging, unbelievable...

No more than 1 day of active use without charging is considered acceptable. Very very few smartphone models last 2. These are very very different devices from what you would call a "phone". For many users, the ability to make/receive calls and SMS is utterly secondary to all other features.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

dnaumov Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

There won't be and never has been a user revolt due to this because Apple has NEVER ever helped users recover from a forgotten security code to an iPhone/iPad. Nothing is changing in this regard.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

dnaumov Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

Thankfully, there is no way for this to actually work unless you were tranquilized as well. TouchID requires the finger to be very steady when touching the sensor and I don't see it being particularly feasible to force your finger to be steady unless you were drugged.

about 3 months ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

dnaumov reading the results wrong (208 comments)

If you are comparing A8 performance vs A7 (as the title would imply you are), then you need to take into account the different screen sizes and pixel counts. The iPhone 6 has a fair bit more pixels that have to be pushed by the GPU.

about 3 months ago
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AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

dnaumov Hahahhahaha, NO thanks. (64 comments)

Considering how a lot of problems with SSDs are generally related to various obscure firmware bugs and considering just how horrible ATI/AMD is at writing software for their hardware, I would run for my fucking life.

about 4 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

dnaumov Unforunate developments (560 comments)

I haven't even looked, but I bet the comments are full of posts saying something along the lines of "What if I forgot the password?" Unfortunately, this cop-out won't work or if it will, it won't for long. In many countries, the courts have already taken a stance that in such a scenario, it's at the court's discretion whether to actually believe your claim of forgetfulness or not. There is no reason to believe the exact same thing won't happen in the US.

about 6 months ago
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US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

dnaumov In other news... (220 comments)

... Supreme Court has upheld the patentability of software concepts, while setting limits: Companies can't patent a mere abstract idea on a computer, but can patent software ideas that advance or improve upon existing ideas.

http://recode.net/2014/06/19/s...

about 6 months ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

dnaumov Re:His 'role in the site' (221 comments)

Ah, yes, and gun manufacturers and distributors facilitate murder, right?

about 7 months ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

dnaumov Re:That's not true and you know it. (221 comments)

Except laws and court proceedings are supposed to precisely deal with exactly semantics. That's half the reason they exist in the first place.

about 7 months ago
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Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

dnaumov Re: next 50 to 100 years? (453 comments)

You are looking at this in precisely the wrong way: there are countless and countless planets in the universe, as such, the odds of our planet being the only one to have civilization are extremely poor.

about 7 months ago
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Google May Be $1 Billion Behind In Tax Payments To France

dnaumov Re: So few (199 comments)

This is not how the world works in the 21st century anymore. Of course, Google does have offices in France, but don't assume they coudn't just close them. The internet is a funny thing, it doesn't give a crap about arbitrary geographic borders. I provided you with content: my reply to your post, do I now "operate" in your country?

about 8 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dnaumov Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

When the constitution was ratified, the militia was the only defense that the United States had, and all able bodied men were expected to be ready to serve.

Now, whether the militia is the intent of the second amendment is a question that we have been asking for a long time now. The wording of the second amendment is not particularly clear on that.

It can be reasonably argued that the whole point of the second amendment is to allow citizens to protect themselves from an oppressive goverment. So no, limiting it to only people serving in a federally sanctioned militia would go "just a tiny bit" against the original idea.

about 8 months ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

dnaumov Re:But there's nothing wrong with Bitcoin! (357 comments)

It's the people, goddammit!

No, It's because Bitcoin is stupid.
It can't expand and shrink to fit economic use.

That's a feature, not a bug. A lot of Bitcoin proponents are backing Bitcoin PRECISELY BECAUSE it's a medium of exchange free of government meddling.

about 9 months ago
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Turkey Heightens Twitter Censorship with Mandated IP Blocking

dnaumov Re:Censorship requested by people (102 comments)

Source, google-translated:
The people asked for the ministry that on twitter, laws are broken (insults, privacy laws etc).
Twitter was contacted by the ministry and did nothing, so a court ordered that the only way to preserve Turkeys peoples right is to block twitter.

This is not how the internet works. You don't get to dictate what a service provided by a company located in another country does or does not offer. And the sooner your realise that your futile attempts to "erase" said service from "your internet" by various blocking methods, the faster you stop making a moron deserving utter humiliation out of yourself.

about 9 months ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

dnaumov pundits keep on getting this wrong (221 comments)

I always chuckle when I read yet another pundit claim that Bitcoin is going to fail because it's not government-backed. A significant part of current Bitcoin userbase are libertarian-minded folk who believe (and with very good reason) that a goverment-backed currency equals a currency that's constantly meddled with by said government, so having a government-backed crypto currency is precisely what they DO NOT WANT. Not having central banks fuck about with the money supply and the lack of need for banking institutions are features, not bugs.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

dnaumov Re:Why do they need to unlock it? (465 comments)

They would like to use the device? Since iOS7, there is an anti-theft security measure that prevents a "misplaced" iOS device from being activated with a new AppleID unless the device was specifically "unregistered" from the AppleID of the previous owner. Wiping the device won't help, as the activation of the wiped device will ask for AppleID credentials of the previous owner.

about 9 months ago

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FreeNAS switching from FreeBSD to Debian Linux

dnaumov dnaumov writes  |  about 5 years ago

dnaumov (453672) writes "FreeNAS, a popular free NAS solution is moving away from using FreeBSD as it's underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."
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Blizzard introduces World of Warcraft pet store

dnaumov dnaumov writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dnaumov (453672) writes "Despite their previous claim that they won't be intoducing sales of in-game items for real money, Blizzard today announced the introduction of the Pet Store. Currently 2 pets are available for purchase, each one costing 10$. Many old-time players have by now noticed a definate shift in direction towards introducing more additional paid services to the game and wonder whether the Activision — Blizzard merger had anything to do with this change."
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China chooses FreeBSD as basis for secure OS

dnaumov dnaumov writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dnaumov writes "A report by the Washington Post claims China is equipping all of its government and military PCs with a version of the Kylin (site in Chinese) operating system to make hacking attempts by foreign intelligence services more difficult. The information about the highly secure operating system was made public during a US China Economic and Security Review Commission hearing in late April. In addition to the secure operating system, the computers will also contain a special microprocessor to prevent attacks. The Kylin (Chinese page link) operating system was developed by China's University of Science and Technology for National Defence, and although it appears the system is claimed to be proprietary, an analysis of the code (site in Chinese) in the kernel indicates that it is in fact a hardened version of FreeBSD 5.3. Kylin"

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