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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

dotancohen Re:Who cares about performance? (102 comments)

Besides gamers, who cares if it takes a few more milliseconds to launch a web browser or process an image?

My Note 3 cat get _three days_ out of a single charge because I don't leave the internet connected and I don't have faceschmuk / viber / fartsapp pinging home every N seconds. I charge it every night anyway.

Don't make me wait to open the camera, give me the best performance and don't spare the battery just because _other users_ can't disconnect from the internet ever.

7 hours ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

dotancohen Re:(not)perplexingly (98 comments)

Wikipedia editors aren't allowed to "know stuff" about a topic. The No Original Research policy mandates that facts and information must be Verifiable in published Reliable Sources.

Thank you. That seems to explain why Bjork's dress has it's own wikipedia article.

3 days ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

dotancohen Re:Headline Is Missing The Word "Highly" (89 comments)

A distinction that makes no difference. It's also always locally curved, for other definitions of "locally".

How should I mod this? It deserves a downvote, but it is not overrated (rated 0), not flamebait, nor a troll. It's not even redundant.

It's just plain wrong.

3 days ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

dotancohen Re:Headline Is Missing The Word "Highly" (89 comments)

I meant to attach that comment to the grandparent. The comment to which I replied was the correct one.

3 days ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

dotancohen Re:Headline Is Missing The Word "Highly" (89 comments)

How should I mod this? It deserves a downvote, but it is not flamebait, not overrated (rated 0) nor a troll. It's not even redundant.

It's just plain wrong.

3 days ago
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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

dotancohen Re:news for nerds? (77 comments)

I think If I am a developer, I know how to update my toolset just fine

I know developers who could not install the text editor that they edit PHP with. I'm not joking, and I have to deal with them regularly.

3 days ago
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Drupal Fixes Highly Critical SQL Injection Flaw

dotancohen Re:It's not that hard to do it right (53 comments)

Go google for "php prepared statements in clause" and see how the very first result is a "solution" that is vulerable to SQL injection.

5 days ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

dotancohen Re:Isn't this streaming? (197 comments)

What does it mean to stream an application? Data can be streamed, but an application is interactive.

about three weeks ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

dotancohen Re:Still waiting... (329 comments)

Still waiting for examples of how to exploit this (remotely or otherwise), without using an existing hole to do so.

Plesk has a test.cgi file enabled by default. Here, go exploit all these hosts:
https://www.google.com/search?...

about three weeks ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

dotancohen Re:HTTPS is not flawed (185 comments)

Thanks. I did untrust the obvious ones, such as the Turkish and Chinese certs, however the list is long and I'd like to tighten the security a bit. Is there any way to see which certs I've actually _used_ so that I could start making informed decisions? Take for example "Trustis Limited". On what basis would I decide to keep or leave it.

I don't mean to be a pain, but you seem to be the only person who understands this subject. Even googling the subject does not return many useful links. Thanks.

about three weeks ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

dotancohen Re:HTTPS is not flawed (185 comments)

Which CAs do you leave in place? Can you mention for each of those why you leave it? I ask as a user who intends to start doing the same, and I would like to know _why_ to trust or leave in place the CAs that are left.

Thanks.

about three weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

dotancohen Re: RT.com? (540 comments)

Mod points. Please, mod points for this.

about a month ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

dotancohen Re:SSDs will outpace platter drives (296 comments)

In comparison, shortscreen monitors (often mislabeled as widescreen) are a trend which has no logical or technical underpinning.

You are holding it wrong. No, really.

I've got a longscreen monitor (widescreen turned 90 degrees). It fits 120+ characters on a line and shows 122 lines of code plus two additional lines for the VIM status line. The other widescreen monitor is running Firefox with the tabs on the side (Tree Style Tabs) and the KDE panel on the left side of the screen, not the bottom. This is the absolute best setup that I could imagine.

Just stop wasting the vertical space and make better use of the horizontal space. I was a 4:3 holdout for the longest time, now I love the widescreens.

about a month and a half ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

dotancohen Re:Send Them Back To Hell (215 comments)

Sending IS back to hell with airpower is easy when they are out in the open. But once Islamic State fighters retreat to towns like Fallujah it will be very difficult to twist them out of their holes. It will require house to house fighting and the towns will be more or less destroyed in the process with great cost to any civilians in the area. If the Shiite dominated Iraq Army does it there will be all kinds of payback. But I doubt they will step up. It will be up to mostly the US with help from the UK and some token help from a few other countries.

Colin Powell was right. We broke it, we bought it.

This is exactly what happened in Gaza the past few weeks, to weed out Hamas.

about a month and a half ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

dotancohen Re:Bob's you Uncle (137 comments)

Where are the mod points when I need them. Sad day when nobody even at /. knows who Robert Zimmermann is.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

dotancohen Re:Perl: TMTOWTDI (729 comments)

Maintaining the code of others? Heck, I have found in perl, that it was easier to rewrite a program than try to debug it even if I wrote the original program.

I've often heard of Perl being referred to as a write-only language.

about a month and a half ago

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Ask Slashdot: How to handle unfixed Linux accessibility bugs?

dotancohen dotancohen writes  |  about 7 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 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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