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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

fritsd Re:Stunning. (227 comments)

I woudl have thought that the NSA with all its budget would have systems to audit what goes on.

Yeah, but the downside of that would be, you know, people in their function of "Grand Inquisitor" could audit what went on.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

fritsd Goodbye for a week! (227 comments)

putting it in my /etc/hosts file so I don't relapse :-)
BTW it is slightly evil of you to say
echo '127.0.0.1 slashdot.org' > /etc/hosts
instead of
echo '127.0.0.1 slashdot.org' >> /etc/hosts

Bye everybody! Bruce, you have my full mental support FWIW!

about 2 months ago
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Senator Makes NASA Complete $350 Million Testing Tower That It Will Never Use

fritsd simple maths example (342 comments)

Quadrupling is a 400% increase that would take 40 years at 10% via simple math, and even then it would be right.

No. Much shorter.

Simple math says:
(1+10/100)^y = 4 =>
log (1.10^y) = log(4) =>
y * log(1.10) = log(4) =>
y = log(4) / log(1.10) = 14.54 .
After 14.54 years you quadruple; after 15 years you would have a 418% increase.
Didn't they teach you exponentials and logarithmics in high school?

about 3 months ago
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David Cameron Says Fictional Crime Proves Why Snooper's Charter Is Necessary

fritsd Leprechauns (179 comments)

In other news, the UK PM Sir Mortimer Chris (played by David Cameron) said:
"It's all because of the invisible leprechauns. It's true, because I saw it in a film. We have to be much tougher on everything and everybody in order to eradicate this terrible pest. The Snooper's Charter is just the beginning; I'm now working on the draft Wear Your Underpants On The Outside For Hygiene Law (WYUOTOFH law).

Most of my cabinet ministers have agreed with me, and those who haven't (because the leprechauns subverted them) have agreed to be publicly crucified in Wembley stadium to atone for their weirdness and sins.

I have instructed our nuclear submarines to go to code Red. Death to leprechauns. God will save us!"

about 3 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

fritsd Re:OnStar already does this in GM cars (364 comments)

I thought GM was in dire straits due to the financial crisis of 2008, and had to think of ways to sell *more* cars to the public, rather than *less*.

about 3 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

fritsd Re:If it's legitimate, why is it secret? (364 comments)

Yes Stenvar, you're exactly right. Oh and for your own safety and well-being, be sure to never ever visit Europe. Thanks! ;-)

about 3 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

fritsd Re:What could possibly go wrong? (364 comments)

You're doing it wrong.. Of course the car will only be able to drive *as long as it keeps receiving the official "you're allowed" signal*.

Reminds me of FlexLM license manager program in the '90s. Look at it wrong, and it decides you're trying to tamper with its functions, and kills all legitimate paid for use of the licensed program.

about 3 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

fritsd Re:The EU (364 comments)

That reminds me of the U.S.A.'s use of treaties and trade agreements.

Heh "sorry, we'll just all have to harmonize our copyright law with Mexico. Oh! they have 100 years post mortem auctoris instead of 70?!? Gosh.. we didn't know"
(That's TPP I believe)

about 3 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

fritsd Re:Hacker Extortion Target (364 comments)

newspaper article:

"In other news, this morning during rush hour there was a random glitch in the Car Safety System, not caused by anything like blackmail at all (how dare you suggest such a thing!) which stopped every other car on the autobahn until .. the situation was resolved. Spokespeople said the CSS is very safe, and such glitches will not happen very often again. Possibly."

about 3 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

fritsd Re:Great idea (364 comments)

Just imagine: the police are surveilling you and all you do is push a button and your car's RFID tag says it's an undercover police vehicle with the <do_not_track> flag set. This is not the car you're looking for.

about 3 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

fritsd Re:The Oath (383 comments)

You have got to be kidding... I like conspiracy theories, but I don't believe THAT, [citation needed].

about 3 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

fritsd Re: Get Ready (383 comments)

There was IIRC one senator or somebody who called for W. Bush to be impeached; I think his name was Kuchinich(sp?). It was on the news (in Europe).
I was a bit surprised that there didn't seem to be any actual impeachment process, almost like
"yeah, but Congress is not *really* going to impeach the president for starting a war--that was just for laughs! silly rabbit! Impeachment is only for shoving your <[censored]> in immoral places"

about 3 months ago
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The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

fritsd Bucky to the rescue! O.M.f.S.E. (267 comments)

Earth is already a spaceship. The problem is, we have no control over where it's going.

The famous inventor and architect R. Buckminster Fuller has already written a (sufficiently loony) essay/book about this in 1968:
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth.

It has pirates in it, too. And the original coining of the word "synergy". But it is much weirder than you may think (IMHO).

about 3 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

fritsd I've been thinking about it (383 comments)

I've been thinking about it, and I think even more punishment needs to be dealt out:
The senators or whatever on the security services oversight committee have done the American public a great disservice by increasing Clapper's budget instead of starting an impeachment against him; therefore, they're clearly not up to their task, and their seats at the oversight committee should be given to different senators (probably replace each senator by another one from the same political party is easiest).

about 3 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

fritsd Re:Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress (383 comments)

No.. I'm a bit unclear about American politics, but I thought that Clapper was an *appointed* official, not an *elected* official. The *elected* officials are supposed to have more power, including the power of oversight and supervision of the *appointed* officials (directors of government organs).

I could be wrong though.. maybe it's different in the USA. Please correct.

about 3 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

fritsd Re:Clapper in Prison (383 comments)

I thought the American Way (TM) was to offer him a plea bargain of reduced sentence if he blabs on Keith Alexander's shenanigans
I though the American Way (TM) was to offer Keith Alexander a plea bargain of reduced sentence if he blabs on <his underlings>' shenanigans
(recursive)

about 3 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

fritsd Re:Upon orders of His Majesty (383 comments)

In fact, at this point it looks like the vast majority of congress, regardless of aisle position, and the white house didn't really know the extent of what was going on.

That means, that in the USA there's an organization (NSA) with a budget of billions, with no effective oversight, that specializes in (industrial) espionage on everyone in the world.

As a European, I feel so much safer now!

about 3 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

fritsd Re:Why does this come as a surprise? (383 comments)

You're right, but that is not the issue here.
The official mechanism consists of "sneaky and devious three-letter-organization" together with "independent oversight committee of important US congress members".
The surprise is, that when the oversight committee was publicly shown (by Snowden) to have been lied to, they didn't immediately start impeachment procedure against Clapper (because he embarrassed their oversight powers; not because of anything particularly devious that the NSA did) but rather INCREASED THE NSA BUDGET. THAT's a surprise.

about 3 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

fritsd Re:A positive step (383 comments)

Doesn't US Congress have the power to put Clapper in custody, assemble a group of congresspeople to form an impeachment procedure committee, and investigate whether he really lied to them (in which case he can stay in jail for a few years and gets fired)?
If so, then just complaining and gesturing to the president seems counter-productive, because it undermines their own powers that they already have. And, being congresspeople, they probably LIKE their powers.

about 3 months ago
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NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

fritsd Re:Angry Birds (144 comments)

Because they're "capitalist pigs", or because they're haram?
Never mind either case, you're on the watchlist now, Bob.--Meat packaging lobbyist group of America

about 3 months ago

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Help needed conserving the knowledge of the 1840's

fritsd fritsd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Most of you have probably heard of project Gutenberg: preserving texts that are finally in the public domain for our common heritage.
A spin-off project is PGDP: Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreaders (http://www.pgdp.net/c).
It allows you to use a convenient web interface to proofread one page at a time.

At the moment, the queue for new, freshly OCR-ed books (called "P1" queue) contains the following 1342 page english book:

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A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines
containing a clear exposition of their principles and practice
by
ANDREW URE, MD.
F.R.S., M.G.S., M.A.S. Lond., M. Acad. N.S. Philad., S. Ph. Soc. Germ., Hanov., Mulii. etc. etc.
Illustrated with twelve hundred and forty engravings on wood

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project description:

Exactly as the title describes: A 1440 page compendium of the arts and sciences of 1840. Reflecting the major industries of the day, articles concerned with the manufacture of cloth are many and lengthy, while articles on any applications of electricity are absent: even the voltaic pile had little application at this time in any field except telegraphy (also not mentioned).

Proofing: Relatively straightforward, the text is entirely in English apart from listing the foreign names for materials and minerals. and has generally OCRed quite well, considering the age and condition of the pages.
Numbers will need special attention:
# The decimal point has frequently OCRed as the hyphen character
# zeroes are frequently OCRed as capital Os.
A number of somewhat archaic spellings are used; don't update or correct these in any way. There are a few (very few) simple equations.
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I can add to this that the tables are absolutely horrid and should best be done off-line with vi or sed or something like that (something Slashdotters might be more adept with than an average proofreader?)
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If you want to help out with preserving this large work for the world, and if you have a good eye
for detail and you don't get bored quickly, why don't you go write yourself in as a volunteer,
study the proofreading summary carefully (its 2 pages), do a few dozen pages of the books marked "beginner", and then help proofreading this technology dictionary!

This is why I post this information here on slashdot:

If you read slashdot, you must have too much time on your hands anyway, so you might as well do something that is instructive for you as well as useful for other world citizens ;-).

A lot of the basic technology from the 1840's has *not* changed much in the past 160 years.
But where do you nowadays find a concise summary on how to drill your own artesian well, test which mosses are chemically useful to make "archil" clothes dye with, etc. etc.? OK, the difference between an atom and a molecule weren't clear yet (e.g. HO instead of H2O) but believe me, it's a fascinating read. And I'm only at the letter A so far.

When this book is finally finished in PGDP (could take a few years), it goes to Project Gutenberg which has a widespread popularity. Millions of people could access it if they download the Gutenberg DVD.

The two points I'm getting at are the following:
- If any part of our world hasn't reached the technology level of 1840 yet, this can be a valuable
free reference work (yes, I know it's in english and contains a lot of jargon and the science is outdated). Think: bzip2 compressed text file on your OLPC computer?
- Should any part of our world be thrown back to pre-1840 living conditions, this can be a valuable
free reference work. Think: technology bootstrap? (yes, I read too much science-fiction).

What do you think?

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