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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

dotancohen Re:Ads (309 comments)

Haven't seen ads since I installed adblock plus and no script. Cost me nothing.

Exactly. Now I can get off Adblock and start contributing to the websites I visit.

I would happily pay $1-3 per month for an ad-free but publishers-making-money web. I think that they found the sweet spot of enough money to fund the program vs. too expensive for most web users. I signed up before even reading the comments here, I've been waiting for this for years.

5 days ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

dotancohen Re:quick question (210 comments)

I would love to see your pruned list. See this SuperUser thread, for which I put a bounty on but never got a good answer:
http://superuser.com/questions...

about a week ago
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Fascinating Rosetta Image Captures Philae's Comet Bounce

dotancohen Re:Moving "east"? (69 comments)

Where is "east" on the comet?

The comet's axis which appears to spin in a counterclockwise direction from above is its north pole. From a location in which the pole is perpendicular to the angle of view, east is the direction against the comet's rotation, i.e. the direction which appears to be rotating towards you.

Admittedly, this is somewhat difficult to imagine for a non-spherical object, but it works out.

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

dotancohen Re:Anti-Spam Measure? (245 comments)

Thanks. Going through this thread I do see that the consensus is against the use of port 465. I find this strange, but not the strangest thing that I've seen this week. Thank you.

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

dotancohen Re:Anti-Spam Measure? (245 comments)

MTA to MTA is still on port 25, yes, but mail submission via a MUA is no longer recommended on port 25, and many ISPs specifically block 25 as an anti-spam measure.

MUA submission is done on:
1) Port 587 plaintext, or
2) Port 587 encrypted by specifying STARTTLS, or
3) Port 465 encrypted

I've not heard that 465 is depreciated until now, and in fact I actively avoid STARTTLS so I use it.

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

dotancohen Re:Anti-Spam Measure? (245 comments)

I am aware of port 25 being depreciated, but not 465. Is there an RFC that I should be reading? I still submit mail specifically on port 465 so that I can avoid STARTTLS and require encryption. Of course, seeing how I manage the MTA I have that luxury.

If port 465 is no longer recommended I would like to know when and why that happened. Thanks.

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

dotancohen Re:Always RTFA (245 comments)

If you're relying on the MTA to keep your email communications secure, you're doing it wrong. If data is important enough to encrypt, encrypt it at the sender side first.

In this case, sending email over TLS is akin to browsing the web over TLS: You let the browser / MTA handle the encryption at a lower OSI layer than the application layer. Thus, it works transparently and without hassle to the end user. Would you suggest using GPG to manually encrypt and decrypt all your communication with any HTTPS website?

Note that the STARTTLS command is a fix for using port 587 to send encrypting mail instead of the port which is dedicated to it: port 465. It is like sending HTTPS down port 80 with a special flag. Properly configured MTAs should be using port 465 for email over TLS instead of port 587 with a "special flag".

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

dotancohen Re:Huh? (268 comments)

Any way, it shouldn't be a problem; they could just use a translation of the word 'Gnome' - for example, in Swedish: Nissan. Problem solved.

Uzi Nissan might have an issue with the use of his name:
http://nissan.com/

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

dotancohen Re:Gnome did the same thing to KDE, even worse (268 comments)

I meant this mouse:

http://becuo.com/xfce-mouse

You have no idea how happy I am that my misunderstanding was over a mouse-themed logo and not a cat-themed logo. My defence for "Just keep your hands off the pussy" is not appropriate for this audience.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

dotancohen Re:Gnome did the same thing to KDE, even worse (268 comments)

Actually, I'm a KDE user and I hardly ever touch the mouse. I'm not even sure if it is plugged into the particular machine I'm on right now.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

dotancohen Re:Gnome did the same thing to KDE, even worse (268 comments)

Did KDE have a registered Trademark for "Activities"?

From a legal perspective your point is made. However, from a usability perspective, Gnome has never cared about user experience and this move was one of the first to show it.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

dotancohen Gnome did the same thing to KDE, even worse (268 comments)

Gnome had no problem usurping the KDE term "Activities" as a synonym for "Virtual Desktops" even though KDE had been using the term to mean something else for years:
http://aseigo.blogspot.co.il/2...

The Gnome move is even more confusing than the Groupon move as the new Gnome term _replaces an existing term_ and additionally is also a UI term similar, but not quite exactly, like the KDE term. At least nobody is likely to confuse a Gnome tablet with a Gnome desktop environment.

about two weeks ago
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The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

dotancohen Re:The Pentagon is more important than climate cha (163 comments)

Is that parody or is that news? I cannot believe that one-sided, war-mongering, short-sighted propaganda piece is called 'News'. It packs more lies, ridicule, non sequiturs, and manipulation into three minutes than I've even seen before. Are people really expected watch that and then form their own opinions? If that is how Americans get their news, it explains so much about American ignorance, xenophobia, and thirst for war.

about two weeks ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

dotancohen Re:What is Debian? (450 comments)

I've never heard of Debian before - is it based on Ubuntu Linux?

Debian is destined to be merged into Ubuntu, it seems.

about three weeks ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

dotancohen Re:What does he mean? (450 comments)

What does he specifically mean?

He means that Debian, like many other FOSS projects, needs Giving Trees to drain.

Joey was one such tree, and all that is left now is a stump. Others are at various stages of being just a trunk, or perhaps having a few branches left. The Giving Trees are being chopped down faster than they are being planted.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

dotancohen Re:we need more detasils on this "big data thing" (147 comments)

I'm out of modpoints but I would like to stress that _this post_ is an example of why Ask Slashdot is so successful at answering questions that boil down to "I don't know what I need to know to get this job done". This is the type of answer that will put the OP on the right track to figuring out what he needs.

about three weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

dotancohen Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

Can we finally solve the age old question as to whether the seat should be left up or down? This is a function based on how many males vs females there are, and how often a male needs to, er, sit.

Pee on the seat twice, then she'll start begging you to leave it up!

about three weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

dotancohen Re:I would never give Home Depot my address... (99 comments)

It depends how fast you throw them away. My slashdot throw away address has been valid for 10 years at least. Still, I can throw it away without impacting anything else if I want and yes all addresses end up in the same inbox and I can edit the sender in my email client to enter anything I want.

You are going to love this:
https://www.absorb.it/virtual-...

Virtual Identity is a Thunderbird addon that automatically puts the right "sender" address when you send an email. It is the reason that I'm married to Tbird.

about three weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: How to handle unfixed Linux accessibility bugs?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  about 8 months ago

dotancohen (1015143) writes "It is commonly said that open source software is preferable because if you need something changed, you can change it yourself. Well, I am not an Xorg developer and I cannot maintain a separate Xorg fork. Xorg version 1.13.1 introduced a bug which breaks the "Sticky Keys" accessibility option. Thus, handicapped users who rely on the feature cannot use Xorg-based systems with the affected versions and are stuck on older software versions. Though all pre-bug Linux distros are soon scheduled for retirement, there seems to be no fix in sight. Should disabled users stick with outdated, vulnerable, and unsupported Linux distros or should we move to OS-X / Windows? The prospect of changing my OS, applications, and practices due to such an ostensibly small issue is frightening.

Note that we are not discussing "I don't like change" but rather "this unintentional change is incompatible with my physical disability". Thus this is not a case of every change breaks someone's workflow."
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German dam bursts

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dotancohen (1015143) writes "Thousands of people have been evacuated to safety in eastern Germany after a dam burst on the swollen River Elbe and farmland was flooded in an attempt to spare towns, with meteorologists forecasting more rain.

In Magdeburg, one of the oldest cities in eastern Germany and a regional capital, some 23,000 people were asked to leave on Monday as water levels in the Elbe rose to a record 7.48 metres — about 5 metres above normal and surpassing the level reached during devastating floods in 2002."

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Linux-friendly major motherboard manufacturers?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  about 2 years ago

dotancohen writes "I am tasked with building a few Linux machines for a small office. However, all the currently available motherboards seem to be Linux-hostile. For instance, in addition to the whole UEFI issue, my last install was a three-day affair due to the motherboard reporting a Linux-supported ethernet device (the common RTL8168) whilst it was actually using a GbE Ethernet device that does not work with the legacy drivers and didn't even work with a test Windows 7 install until the driver disk was installed. There are no current HCL for Debian or Ubuntu and I've written to Asus and Gigabyte but from both have received the expected reply: No official Linux support, install Windows for best experience.

Note that I did even turn to the two large local computer vendors asking if they could provide Linux-compatible machines ready to go, but neither of them would be of any help. What globally-available motherboards or motherboard manufacturers can one recommend today?"
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Maplesoft breached, database accessed

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dotancohen writes "MapleSoft, makers of MatLAB competitor Maple, just emailed all their customers to inform them about the company's recent security breach. “We deeply regret any inconvenience or concerns that this situation may cause our contacts and customers,” was the most important part of the letter, added by CEO Jim Cooper."
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Kubuntu 12.04 To Drop Support For Firefox

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dotancohen writes "Yesterday it was brought up that KDE support has been dropped from the Firefox package, so the firefox-kde-support will be stripped from Kubuntu 12.04, which is an LTS release. This is becoming because the Ubuntu Firefox maintainer no longer wants to maintain the KDE support patch, which isn't mainline in Firefox."
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Study links sexual content on TV to teen pregnancy

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dotancohen writes "Sexual content on television is strongly associated with teen pregnancy, a new study shows. Researchers at the nonprofit organization RAND found that adolescents with a high level of exposure to television shows with sexual content are twice as likely to get pregnant or impregnate someone as those who saw fewer programs of this kind over a period of three years."
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Greenpeace penetrates French nuclear plant

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dotancohen writes "Greenpeace activists secretly entered a French nuclear site before dawn and draped a banner reading "Hey" and "Easy" on its reactor containment building, to expose the vulnerability of atomic sites in the country. Greenpeace said the break-in aimed to show that an ongoing review of safety measures, ordered by French authorities after a tsunami ravaged Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant earlier this year, was focused too narrowly on possible natural disasters, and not human factors."
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Gigabyte's solution to the ASPM bug: use Windows.

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "Gigabyte's response regarding kernel power regression issues due to their BIOS bug:
"...since our products only support Windows OS... We suggest you to install Windows OS to prevent having problems. If you install the Windows OS and still have any problems, please provide the error message screenshot for us, so we can try to see how to help."
I wonder if Gigabyte will provide the unlock keys for the EFI boot loaders with a policy as clear as this?"

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AskSlashdot: Calculators with 1-2-3 numpads?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "Although the telephone has the 1-2-3 key on the top row, most calculators and keyboards have 7-8-9 on the top row. Switching between the two destroys muscle- and spatial- memory. Do any slashdotters use a scientific calculator with 1-2-3 on the top row? I've already scraped and resoldered my Casio fx-82 calculator to have 1-2-3 on the top, and remapped the numpad in Kubuntu, but if there exist any calculators like this already on the market I'd buy two."
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Another Paypal policy update: where to find info?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "Today there was yet another policy update on Paypal. There is no diff file, and the policies are all in lawyerese. My bank had a similar policy update recently, as has my domain registrar. Is there any corpus, legal or otherwise, who regulates or at least elaborates on these? Is there a legal forum to discuss these changes? How does the little citizen keep up?"
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Mars rover Spirit is no more

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "fter nearly a year of trying to reestablish communications with the Spirit Mars rover, NASA has decided to suspend efforts. Communications channels used to contact the vehicle (redesignated from "rover" to "spot" when it got stuck in a sand trap) will be used to develop a communications base wit hthe next Mars rover: the ambitious Mars Science Laboratory."
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Fedora 16 will number user UIDs from 1000

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen writes "Sharing users between Fedora and Debian-based distros just got a little easier. Beginning with Fedora 16, the Red-Hat based distro will number it's human user UIDs starting from 1000, as opposed to the old 500. Though this change is intended to facilitate interoperability with other distros, it risks breaking backward compatibility with older Fedora releases including the newly released Fedora 15."
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The Organic Elite Surrenders To Monsanto

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen (1015143) writes "In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto's GE crops from contaminating 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America's organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it's time to surrender to Monsanto. "The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must.""
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Paypal alternatives?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dotancohen (1015143) writes "It seems that everything that I used to do with Paypal is gone, and nobody has found a good alternative yet. This month I tried donating to Anki (but Paypal is no longer serving Japan for donations) and Virtual Identity (which stopped accepting Paypal due to the Wikileaks incident). The authors of both software are looking for alternatives. What can we recommend to them? What reliable and inexpensive money-transfer services exist today? What do you use?"

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