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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

drolli Filter bubble (130 comments)

What actually disturbs me more is: why should they do this? The answer is simple: They want to determine the most effective non-obvious way of creating filter bubbles to make the user feel well and stay longer.

It is so-to say a "second order filter bubble", i.e. the use of a positive feedback mechanism.

about a month ago

Despite Project's Demise, Amazon Web Services Continues To Use TrueCrypt

drolli Re:AWS Email (75 comments)

It is fine that they introduced it. It protects against very specific things:

a) S3 data in there to stay, probably for many decades. To me it is a difference if all S3 data is unencrypted if there is a bug in the system at some point, or a new insitutional requirement in the future, or just the data which is accessed during the unfixed bug or after the change in laws.

b) One more layer of safety is never bad. You can use this to transport the key safely to the system of the user and the rest of the requests via normal html.

about a month ago

Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

drolli Sounds gynocentric (190 comments)

"Yes officer, he was meant to be beaten"

about a month and a half ago

Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

drolli Re:Good luck with that (155 comments)

Slashdot comments dominated by software guys. I can tell you, with the *right* (semi-expensive ~ 10k) equipment, the hardware part of this is fairly trivial. (lets say 1h)

Police and secret services use IMSI catchers and trojan-based attacks on a large scale, so why should they not set up a DVB base station for an attack on a specific target (nevertheless infecting 1 Mio of devices in the target area).

Large-scale phishing attacks could get *much* easier. Imagine a News channel which broadcasts a warning about credit card fraud with a contact number to call.

Imagine a finance stock market TV which broadcasts a sudden warning about a stock on which you placed your bets before.

Criminal easily spend 10000s of $ for bullet-proof hosting, so buying DVB Test devices and applications from Agilent could even reduce their costs. If you earn enoung money with it, it pays off.

Everything which worked via spam now can be done without any chance of blocking it. I am fascinated by the idea that a semi-modern device would accept anything withou authentication. (oh, i forgot, typing in a verification number would be *so inconvenient*, so it would hinder shoveling advertisements up into everybody's ass).

about a month and a half ago

Sparse's Story Illustrates the Potholes Faced By Hardware Start-Ups

drolli One year (103 comments)

from "no company" to "company delivers a product to customers" is not bad at all.

about a month and a half ago

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

drolli Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (583 comments)

The implications of a technology like this go far beyond taxi drivers.

In the moment when autonoumous cars go mainstream, half of the car manufacturers will go bancrupt and the other half will have a very good time.

about 2 months ago

Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

drolli And nothing of value is lost. (225 comments)

I yet have to see many convincing cases of extensions for browsers (for everyday applications). I am unisg firefox, and the extensions i use are scrapbook, nojs, foxyproxy.

about 2 months ago

Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

drolli Re:just because (143 comments)

Probably my post was to long to understand for the AC.

about 2 months ago

Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

drolli Re:just because (143 comments)

And you actually have to share it only with the person you are giving the binary to.

about 2 months ago

HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

drolli HP is a big name (182 comments)

but recently mainly for low-price products. i dont complain, i bought a HP low-cost notebook 3 years ago, and i am happy - despite the obvious drawbacks, since the price was more than ok.

about 2 months ago

After Knocked-Down Damages Claim, Apple Again Seeks to Ban Some Samsung Phones

drolli Re:Apple is no longer competitive... (114 comments)


Android development started a long time before the iphone was released. Taken into account the first target market for any mobile company back in that day (Japan), it seems indeed likely that there were *many* other devices which influenced the design of samsungs mobile phones. (Most notably the huge amount of PIM devices in japan like the Sony Clie Series).

What indeed was manifested by the Iphone is that even mobile phones should not be designed as PIM devices but as media players (thus the loss of buttons makes sense).

about 2 months ago

Google Rumored To Be Making 3D-Scanning Tablets

drolli Next generation erotic webcams? (55 comments)

Yeah, i would like to say that these things are probably a great source or creativity and enable next level of machine learning algorithms to understand life, but 20 years of internet made me a realist.

about 2 months ago

German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

drolli A complicated thing. (334 comments)

What really worries me about this is that such a thing cant be enforced or checked without decrypting all my storage, how unrelated it may be.

I find that court rulings should have the property of being enforcable without confiscating all of my stuff if i am not guilty (or accused) of any crime.

about 2 months ago

Fixing the Pain of Programming

drolli Eclipse? (294 comments)

I mean, thats the elephant in the room, isnt it. I found that everything thich can be automated easily is automated in eclipse.

about 2 months ago

Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

drolli I am 39 (232 comments)

My advice is: train your analytic skills and understand where thing go right, wrong, or just different. This can only be done by experience. While i learn programming languages slower than with 25, i learned to analyze code. Having seen code written by many very different people (everything from physics professors to psychologists), i understand the idea of most code better than the authors (since i see the limitations the author is placed under). If you apply your analytic experience and skills to the problem, you will be welcome to any team.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

drolli How about (281 comments)

you just ask on slashdor for people volunterring for the setting it up, knowing the specific requirements, and thinking about it.

The real question is: is tehre already a MS Access DB?

If yes, then dont touch a running system.

about 2 months ago

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

drolli Idiotic (409 comments)

I love the cloud. I have a 24/7 EC2 instance for personal use (vpn, charing files between my computers in the vpn), I use the compute instance whenever i need to number crunch something (FEM, Inductance calclulations).

But there are reasons to keep things in your own responsibility. The most important reason would be that iff you dont want the cloud service provider to write something "if it fails it fails" then the cloud is as expensive as your own serve, and that only if you dont count the lawyer cost which you would need to check if yout fulfilled all obligations for your purpose by making some contract.

about 2 months ago

How To Approve the Use of Open Source On the Job

drolli Re:With a small company, this is easy. (123 comments)

inadverted creation of obligations:

-the matlab compiler signs code for execution. no GPL3 is compatible with it (even if they never mention the term "DRM" in the manual).

-what happens if a part of your software sits in controllers owned by your customer (for whom you develop) which logs data as a service offered to his customers? as long as you own the controller they dont need to pass the code on, but at whuch point should that happen?

-assume that you develop software to be delivered to a daughter company. is it enough to create builds and give them access to the repository to enable them to fulfill their obligations?

about 2 months ago

How To Approve the Use of Open Source On the Job

drolli Re:With a small company, this is easy. (123 comments)

i have been working in two of theand really big companies (both > 100k employees), one Japanese, one german.

  in the Japanese company there was no strategy regarding software and "whatever works" was fine, which included open source.

the German company had the strategy to explicitly manage the obligations from open source. effectively the rules were:
Apache style, bsd style licenses and LGPL where white listed
GPL 3 was blacklisted
GPL needed special consideration (so kind of blacklisted)

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

drolli Re:Startup or frat party? (274 comments)

Employers favor people getting things done in a professional way. I have colleagues who stay in office 20% more than i do (10h instead of 8h), yet they produce less code and much less *well working not completely bugged code*. Planning my work and dissecting a problem into small, doable (and commitable) tasks came to me with age and experience. If a release date comes close, it gets even more important to think twice before you type and avoid stupid mistakes - and thus, my experience shows: avoid stupid all-nighters or 100h/week coding marathons. A missing feature usually can be explained and added later. But if a fucking show-stopper bug causes an undetected gross miscalulation, then things escalate quickly and nastily, up to loosing the customer.

I had the case that some moronic project leader did not honour the feature freeze, but forced a junior colleague of mine (he knew I would not follow his order in that) to patch something in the middle of the code on the last afternoon before the review meeting (wihtout telling the rest of the team). He did not even put the time into looking into the new pdf report generated by the program and sent it directly to the customer as a demonstration. I can tell you, the customer was impressed that we presented software the output of which were not inspected by a human a single time (Reported cost error was by a factor of 10^12).

about 3 months ago


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Unbundling Windows from a Notebook?

drolli drolli writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I know, the question is asked from time to time, thats partially because the situation really changes, so i ask it again. I want to buy a subnotebook. Some of the most interesting candidates (e.g. Sony P-Series) are sold bundled with Windows, which i am not interested in buying at all (the last personally bought MS product was Windows 3.1, included in OS/2 2.1).

So what is the current strategy about refusing EULA, annoying the support etc? How did it/does it work out? The Reports on the net vary strongly. I am less interested in how the world should be, how it from a philosophy of law perspective should be or how the theoretical legal situation is. I am interested in what really worked, how much time it took and how annoying it was.

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