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Australia's Bureau of Meteorology Dumps Water Data Project

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Agencies taking their clients money (112 comments)

How much did you pay for Slashdot?

Using RIAA/MPAA maths, many billions (if not trillions) of dollars.

And, since (giving feedback) = (being ignored): fuck beta.

about 8 months ago
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Canada Quietly Offering Sanctuary To Data From the US

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:You Know They'll Roll Over! (184 comments)

... International Tribunals are permissible, but Canada arresting an NSA guy because of something he did in Canada that was legal under both US Law and international law is not. ...

Looking for clarification, are you also saying:

... International Tribunals are permissible, but USA arresting a Canadian guy because of something he did in USA that was legal under both Canadian Law and international law is not. ...

I

about 9 months ago
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Canada Quietly Offering Sanctuary To Data From the US

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:You Know They'll Roll Over! (184 comments)

It WOULD technically be legal for the NSA to hack their way into these out-of-country systems...

Under Canadian law? If not, what are the chances that the crackers would be extradited?

about 9 months ago
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Experiments Reveal That Deformed Rubber Sheet Is Not Like Spacetime

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Why did they bother? (264 comments)

Who seriously expected the physics of a marble rolling on a rubber sheet to exactly match the physics of a planetary body in orbit? Who thought the analogy was ever meant to make that statement? It's still a pretty good analogy for giving a layperson the gist of how gravity works, and I seriously doubt it was ever meant to do any more than just that.

So in class I can still use a room full of mousetraps loaded with ping pong balls as an analogy for a nucular chain reaction?

about 9 months ago
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Experiments Reveal That Deformed Rubber Sheet Is Not Like Spacetime

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Um... (264 comments)

And there was a spherical cow

... in a vacuum.

about 9 months ago
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Researchers: Global Risk of Supervolcano Eruption Greater Than Previously Though

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:But Still Only Every 100,000 years (325 comments)

It would cost a lot more than the Apollo project to get a permanent self-sufficient base on the moon or mars, probably hundreds of times more, maybe thousands, especially is it has to be truly self-sufficient (no external supplies ever, no margin for error). ...

To put costs into perspective:

Cost of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects reported as 28.4gigabucks (1.7+1.3+25.4).

The Vietnam war probably cost the US 600gigabucks and the 2003-2010 Iraq War cost the US 3-6terabucks (this figure is more for interest's sake, because I can't be bothered converting it to 1960s equivalent).

And the cost of setting up a lunar/martian base could be spread around the world (assuming racial survival trumps political games).

about 9 months ago
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Public Domain Day 2014

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:It's for the best (225 comments)

Who is John Galt?

Keyser Soze's equally well known second cousin.

about 10 months ago
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No Question: Snowden Was 2013's Most Influential Tech Figure

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Slashdot linking to Slashdot (108 comments)

there is no need to use Google docs. Using those services is your choice

I have as much choice about that as people who work in a Windows shop have about using MS Excel and Word.

None, unless I want to find a new job.

I worked in a "Windows shop" and had no problem keeping my job while using OpenOffice.org (from the time it was still Star Office).

about 10 months ago
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No Question: Snowden Was 2013's Most Influential Tech Figure

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Feel free to continue the recursion... (108 comments)

The NSA has been trusted with the discrete use of sigint since ww2

This has not resulted in any widespread misuse of data or emergence of a fascist state

Snowden's actions on the other hand have made each of us a little less safe

way to go dumbass

Only for a nonstandard definition of "misuse", and perhaps you should look at some properties of fascism.

about 10 months ago
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USA Today Names Edward Snowden Tech Person of the Year

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:It doesn't work that way (228 comments)

If your 'debate' is out in the open so your advisories know exactly where you are watching or what you can track, then what is the point of debating? The 'civil libertarians' (who lost the last election), get their way. And then Snowden/Glenwald are in control until the NSA comes up with new ways to monitor everybody and keeps their secrets locked up a lot better.

FTFY

about 10 months ago
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USA Today Names Edward Snowden Tech Person of the Year

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Edward Snowden is a god damned TRAITOR (228 comments)

To all you idiots out there, if you've got nothing to hid then you have nothing to fear. Edward Snowden is a big a danger to the US today as the Soviet Union was 4 years ago. He should be executed without trial.

Thank you for that brilliant insight into your psyche, Mr. Mussolini - by the way, your black shirts are ready at the cleaners.

Respectfully fixed that for you.

about 10 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:@$$? Really? (321 comments)

This is a guess I'm pulling out of my @$$

You can say "ass" at Slashdot, we are mostly adults here.

And even more, if it's a "personal thing" about profanity, if you are typing "@$$", you are thinking "ass", and so you are just as "guilty" of offending whatever thing it is about the word "ass" that offends you.

Donkeys are offensive now?

about 10 months ago
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Australia's National Broadband Network Downgraded

fido_dogstoyevsky The only real news is... (122 comments)

The only real news is that a politician kept their pre-election promise.

During the campaign Rupert Murdoch ^w^w Typhoon Tony PROMISED fibre (probably) to the street (or near the street (or somewhere, anyway)) and whatever Telstra had left after a lot of neglect to the home. Not this [sarcasm] unnecessary luxury [/sarcasm] of fibre to the home.

about 10 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Not an issue, provided... (229 comments)

And you would rather the state nationalising a private asset?

Like a shot. Vital infrastructure belongs to the country, not just a few shareholders. Privatising was a mistake.

I'm sorry that is just plain scary. It was privatised and the government got money for it. If you want it to go back into public hands then it has to be bought. ...

Yes, it does. Just like a house standing in the way of a freeway.

about 10 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Not an issue, provided... (229 comments)

Yes. A major bit of the cost was Danegeld to Telstra to get access to the ducts that the taxpayer paid for not so long back (since Telstra haven't done much wired infrastructure since). Without that the cost would have been a shitload less. Simon Hackett of Internode wrote a few well reasoned articles back when the NBN ws proposed about how it couldn't possibly cost as much as proposed - but then it became clear later that Telstra had to be bought off.

And you would rather the state nationalising a private asset?

Like a shot. Vital infrastructure belongs to the country, not just a few shareholders. Privatising was a mistake.

about 10 months ago
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Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Have you noticed? (219 comments)

The real question is at what point do these ideas become "common knowledge" enough that the patent should be no more. After all, every TV was rectangular with rounded corners in shape, with button (touch) controls in the lower right or right hand side. That's right, this is the USA where the patents are made up and the durations don't matter.

Sorry, couldn't resist fixing that for you.

about a year ago
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MPAA Backs Anti-Piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:I teach... (250 comments)

Are your principles worth more to your than your career?

- In reply to "I dare the administration to tell me I have to teach this curriculum to my students. I'll give my own slant on it and end up teaching anonymous proxy, torrents, ripping, you name it..."

If they really are a teacher - yes (it's part of the job description).

But there's no need to concentrate on "anonymous proxy, torrents, ripping, you name it...", although they merit discussion - I'd just spend time on the public domain and how copyright can be, has been and is being used to steal from society.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Wins Austria's Big Brother Award

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Freedom isn't free (116 comments)

They could just ask people to buy a license... It doesn't have to pirate-proof, just ask for a small payment in exchange for a license key, those who want will pay for it and those who don't want or can't afford will use a pirated key. Way back, I paid for an Opera license even though I could get a free Netscape or IE, because Opera was a much much better product IMO. I also drop some money into buskers' hats when I appreciate their performance, many other people do too. I'd pay for a solid spy-free Ubuntu as well.

Trouble is, it (the licence) isn't Canonical's to sell.

They can, however, charge for support, documentation, physical medium (the DVD set), access to their servers for downloading and a whole lot of other things I can't be bothered thinking up. But not for a licence. And if they charge too much for any of those things we can all look forward to the new free (as in beer) Tatmsa 9000 distribution (which will look a lot like Ubuntu).

about a year ago
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Trans-Pacific Cable Plans Mired In US-China Geopolitical Rivalry

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Sovereign nations? (162 comments)

I am not sure I understand this story: why US has its word to say about who is connecting Australia and New Zaeland? Aren't theses territories sovereign nations?

We like to think so, but we have our doubts (especially now that Tony is PM).

1 year,29 days
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Trans-Pacific Cable Plans Mired In US-China Geopolitical Rivalry

fido_dogstoyevsky Re:Then let the countries decide (162 comments)

Who do you prefer listening into your communications? The US or China?

Given the inherent malignity of corporate entities, which is the least-worst?

An alternative and eqally valid wording.

1 year,29 days

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