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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

flyingfsck Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt... (105 comments)

Encrypt everything you can, always, everywhere. Even bad encryption will slow the spies down and increase their costs.

yesterday
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

flyingfsck Re:WTF? (159 comments)

Wow, then I must be super intelligent, like 200 IQ smart, since I've been using KDE on all my chinines since about 1998 or so and I never thought that it is complicated.

yesterday
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

flyingfsck Re: "CipherShed" (244 comments)

Careful dude, you may get a ton of pre-orders for your new FuxMatic3000XP by advertizing on Sloshdat.

yesterday
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

flyingfsck Re:Why does this always happen? (244 comments)

There is nothing wrong with the word gimp in most of the civilized world. It is only a slightly derogatory teenager slang word in some US high schools.

yesterday
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

flyingfsck Thought crime (164 comments)

The problem is that the general public now wants the police to keep them safe against everything and anything, not just prosecute criminals. In this case, the people that were arrested haven't actually done anything yet. They have only thought about it. So they are being prosecuted for a thought crime.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

flyingfsck Android tablet (334 comments)

I have given an Android tablet to my mother in law (an old farmer in a remote region). It works like a charm. No problems.

3 days ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

flyingfsck Re:High reliability? (93 comments)

Minix has been around since the early 1980s, so it is hardly novel anymore. Microkernels are also quite popular, Apple Mac OSX uses one and that is what I am using right now. Slow? Maybe. I never tried to do a proper benchmark, but sometimes it does feel annoyingly sluggish.

5 days ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

flyingfsck Re:A microkernel-based OS that 'just works' (93 comments)

Finally I have something useful and old fashioned to do with my Beaglebone Black. Running Linux on it was kinda boring.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

flyingfsck Why bother? (267 comments)

You will never watch them again anyway. Most meticulously saved data is never accessed again.

about a week ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

flyingfsck Re:Baking Soda May Help! (140 comments)

Hmm, I think that the patients on which nonsense treatments actually work, likely were misdiagnosed and didn't have cancer in the first place, but were rather ill from something lesser, which was cured by their immune system as normal.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

flyingfsck Re:Answer me this if you will... (249 comments)

No, the OS is perfectly fine thanks. And don't tell me you don't know about XFCE or LXDE.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

flyingfsck Re:Money (249 comments)

Of course they are being paid. OSS maintainers work for IBM, HP, Red Hat, Canonical, Debian, Oracle, Novel... and a few even work for Microsoft.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

flyingfsck Re: Cue the fanbois (249 comments)

No, they would still need IT people to purchase the several hundred different types of ink ribbons and fix all the broken and stuck daisy wheels. The good old days weren't.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

flyingfsck Re:Yes they need individual desktops (249 comments)

You are forgetting something. They will save money by NOT buying new computers. In a bureaucracy the size of a city, there are tens of thousands of users that can use thin clients, tens of thousands more that can use thick clients and only a few thousand that need real desktops or laptops.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

flyingfsck Re: maintenance costs (249 comments)

Worst is, they even believe that they were the first with everything.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

flyingfsck Re:The Microsoft Tax can buy you... (249 comments)

Exactly. My wife is an accountant. She has Fedora with KDE on her laptop. It basically just works. She also has a smartphone and a tablet that both run Android. I never need to help her with anything. Her mother is a farmer. She now runs a tablet with Android. Nuff sed.

about a week ago

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The year of the little Linux PCs

flyingfsck flyingfsck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flyingfsck (986395) writes "Well, this sure has turned into the year of the little Linux PCs. I just received an email from Mandriva about Linutop http://store.mandriva.com/product_info.php?products_id=381 a tiny Geode based PC that runs Mandriva off a 4GB memory stick. It pales a bit when compared to the Asus EeePC http://eeepc.asus.com/global/ which has a keyboard, screen, WiFi, Camera and so on all built in, but the application is different. This one is a metal cladded desktop replacement, not a flimsy plastic laptop replacement. Together with the XO and Classmate, 2007 may be remembered as the year Linux was finally ready for the little desktops."
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Carbon Dioxide didn't end last ice age - new study

flyingfsck flyingfsck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flyingfsck (986395) writes "Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070927154905.htm — Carbon dioxide did not cause the end of the last ice age, a new study in Science suggests, contrary to past inferences from ice core records.

Lowell Stott, professor of earth sciences at the University of Southern California, examines a sediment core. (Credit: Dietmar Quistorf)

"There has been this continual reference to the correspondence between CO2 and climate change as reflected in ice core records as justification for the role of CO2 in climate change," said USC geologist Lowell Stott, lead author of the study, slated for advance online publication Sept. 27 in Science Express.

"You can no longer argue that CO2 alone caused the end of the ice ages."

Deep-sea temperatures warmed about 1,300 years before the tropical surface ocean and well before the rise in atmospheric CO2, the study found. The finding suggests the rise in greenhouse gas was likely a result of warming and may have accelerated the meltdown — but was not its main cause.

The study does not question the fact that CO2 plays a key role in climate."

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flyingfsck flyingfsck writes  |  more than 7 years ago

flyingfsck (986395) writes "Are IMAP password attacks the latest annoyance?

The Nessus toolkit includes THC Hydra http://www.thc.org/thc-hydra/, a fast, parallelized login brute forcer. I noticed the following in my mail server logs today:

BSN-61-107-201.dial-up.dsl.siol.net[86.61.107.201]
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28250]: imap service init from 64.5.44.212
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28248]: imap service init from 64.5.44.212
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28251]: imap service init from 64.5.44.212
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28248]: Command stream end of file, while reading line user=??? host=UNKNOWN

This doesn't bode well for the new year.

A simple fix would be to add a 'sleep(10)' to the IMAP server login routine to discourage brute forcing, but that means I have to get the source code, do some reading and compiling. Thank GNU for open source software though, since without the source I'd be in trouble."

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