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Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

foma84 Re:wikipedia (252 comments)

I'm not part of the vocal crowd, but I do support the efforts. Let me explain clearly and concisely on what's going on.

1. You are considered "audience"; /. is useful mainly because of the discussion threads (ie. user contribution), yet the management consider you "audience", even if you are actually the reason of the site's traffic.
2. In 2013 the site failed to increase on ad-revenue. And there is no evidence it will increase in the future. Hence Dice decided to slash the site's budget from several millions to zero. (source: "Recent Developments" chapter).
3. Hence, in layman's terma, Dice has (most probably) decided to kill the site.
4. Since there is no budget, you will (most probably) not see the Classic functionality implemented in Beta (comment and moderation system, which is the heart of the community, which is the heart of the site)
5. Hence, Dice's "reaching out to the audience" at this point is pretty useless, as they might as well listen, but they will do nothing about it.
6. Hence, this site is already dead. The community wants to migrate to better shores and there are several ideas as to how/where. Not calling them out by name, because I don't want to be slanted.
7. At this point, I don't think the Slashcott will be of any effect, but it's worth trying; you never know.
Bonus Point. Since the heart of the site is user-generated content, an aspect of the boycott is stopping the regular flow of comments. Can't argue with that.

Hope this helps.

about 5 months ago

DARPA Publishes Tons of Open Source Code, Data

foma84 Re:Public domain? (39 comments)

It's says that the code is 'sponsored' and not 'contracted'.
If the government sponsors a research of yours, you still get the credit and aknowledgement. Should work the same with any kind of project, I guess?

about 6 months ago

Rovio Denies Knowledge of NSA Access, Angry Birds Website Defaced Anyway

foma84 Re:Vigilantism Hackers (71 comments)

The action in itself is highly symbolic. It's not like a brief distruption of service (at the web page) will cause any major or even minor damage to the company. The point is raising awarness in users about all of this spying. Both by the agencies and the industry.
I actually find the Agencies' technology brilliant: sniffing the traffic of the Industries' spying on you. Genius. Evil Genius, tho.

Anyway, only here to say that it's sybolical and to raise awarness. I actually didn't have the perception of how far the industrial spying went. Thanks Snowden!

about 6 months ago

Searching For Dark Matter From Deep Under an Italian Mountain

foma84 Re:From the severed horsehead's mouth. (62 comments)

While I support your position, I won't mod you up, because you could have at least provided some detailed information and some links.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

foma84 Re:BioMetrics (381 comments)

Sure someone can hack off your hand and get your passwords.

In my day and age, hackers were much more of a sophisticated bunch.

about 6 months ago

Researchers: Global Risk of Supervolcano Eruption Greater Than Previously Though

foma84 Re:Priorities (325 comments)

To be fair, they were convicted because they actually they DID predict there would be NO earthquake, and encouraged people to return to their homes. For political/economical interests.
The journalists got it wrong, no one ever checked the sources.

about 7 months ago

FSF Responds To Microsoft's Privacy and Encryption Announcement

foma84 Re:Predictable (174 comments)

Yes, I immagine that from an anti-open perspective it does sound like that.
Good thing that you don't actually need to be particularly pro-open to see that they have a point. No closed software can be considered secure, ever; no steps to assure more security "regardless of promises or even intent" can change that.
"Even if this looks like a good thing, this can't be a good thing because it's proprietary". How can you disagree? They bother making the statement, because it's their mission, and to warn off non tech-savvy people who might fall for it.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

foma84 Re:Ingress (555 comments)

A Massively Multiplayer Augmented Reality Game. Very Unique, even if sometimes it gets a little repetitive. The "grinding" isn't as boring tho.
If I had the time, this is the game I'd play.

about 8 months ago

Seattle PD Mum On Tracking By Its New Wi-Fi Mesh Network

foma84 Why should they care if Cellnet? (107 comments)

I seem to be missing a point here, why sould the PD care about identifying devices by MAC Address if they alredy have the capability (and have had this capability for decades) to trace the same device by it's phone number and just make your tipical Verizon collaborte with them. I mean, this is how you recieve phone calls, it wouldn't even work without this capability. So what do they plan to do with it?

about 8 months ago

CyanogenMod Powered Oppo N1 Will Be Released In December

foma84 Re:Play store? (82 comments)

Since nobody else pointed this out: there are also other apps and markets similar to Play Store, just "unofficial", with all the benefits and quirks that come along. Just sayin'.

about 8 months ago

Researcher Allows Sand Flea To Grow Inside Her Foot To Study It

foma84 Re:Pics or it didn't happen (63 comments)

I couldn't support this post more.

about 8 months ago

How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

foma84 Re:Umm... (250 comments)

("binaries match the source code" + "compiler exploits") modulo "compiler exploits" = "binaries match the source code". Thank you.

about 9 months ago

How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

foma84 Re:Generic problem to solve? (250 comments)

You can have it signed by Microsoft ;)

about 8 months ago

How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

foma84 Re:Can you trust the compiler? (250 comments)

You CLEARLY missed the whole point of a Ken Thompson attack. It's a very interesting read, highly reccomended.

about 8 months ago

How I Compiled TrueCrypt For Windows and Matched the Official Binaries

foma84 Re:Umm... (250 comments)

Why everybody in this area keep on using the modulo notation? It makes no sense.

about 8 months ago

The NSA Is Collecting Lots of Spam

foma84 Re:Serves 'em right (159 comments)

I picked on Islam because its 2013, and its culturally aware.

So, following your logic, because it's 2013 it is "culturally aware" to associate Islam with terrorism?
Yes, that is discrimination/racism. I'm not throwing terms around.

about 9 months ago

The NSA Is Collecting Lots of Spam

foma84 Re:Serves 'em right (159 comments)

The list wouldn't be complete without "Allah", would it?
It really shows the level of your discrimination and/or racism.

about 9 months ago



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