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Ask Slashdot: Best VPN Service For Australia?

fysdt proxnetwork.com (138 comments)

Prox Network is pretty good.

about 2 years ago
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The $100 Masters Degree From Udacity

fysdt $100... (191 comments)

One does not simply get a Master's degree for $100.

more than 2 years ago
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Court: Domain Seizures Don't Violate Free Speech

fysdt Oh come on (96 comments)

How can forcefully seizing a domain name, which is not criminal in any way, not be a violation of freedom of speech.

about 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Losing Contributors, Says Wales

fysdt No surprise at all (533 comments)

Some moderators are too strict. No wonder wikipedia is losing contributors.

about 3 years ago
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Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'

fysdt Abstraction layer (509 comments)

They would probably need to build an abstraction layer on top of MySQL. Something like "FBSQL" :) . This would create the ability to move to whatever database system they want.

more than 3 years ago
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Computer Glitch Friday Grounded US Airways Flights

fysdt Backups? (140 comments)

Why isn't there a backup available in case a glitch occurs?

more than 3 years ago
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Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard

fysdt Re:Ignorance of net neutrality (72 comments)

I was trying to explain that website owners can comply with the law by taking down copyrighted material if copyrighted material resides on their website. Anyway, torrent-finder was taken down by the ICE. However, the website does not contain copyrighted material. Is an iframe to isohunt considered as copyright infringement?

more than 3 years ago
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Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard

fysdt Re:Ignorance of net neutrality (72 comments)

The Internet has had a great effect on society by boosting innovation and the economy. I'm worried about blocking domains because this can certainly be misused. Suppose that a powerful organization lobbies the DoJ to block the next Google because is 'against their' policy or because 'they have a patent on it' .

more than 3 years ago
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Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard

fysdt Re:Ignorance of net neutrality (72 comments)

Copyrighted material can be taken down by the owners of the websites according to the DMCA. There is no need to block domains, it is plain wrong.

more than 3 years ago
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Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard

fysdt Re:Ignorance of net neutrality (72 comments)

Murder is an obvious crime. The people operating these websites did not commit crimes. For example, torrent-finder was taken down by the ICE and this website is not even close to criminal. It is metasearch engine. The DoJ is probably getting lobbied by the MPAA.

more than 3 years ago
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Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard

fysdt Re:Ignorance of net neutrality (72 comments)

This is plain old censorship so suppress people and misuse of power

more than 3 years ago
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Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard

fysdt Re:Ignorance of net neutrality (72 comments)

Are you telling me that you are perfectly fine with a government that blocks domains because they do not *like* it? What's next?
- Block a domain because it has offended the president
- Block a domain because they are 'against us'
- Block a domain because of activists

and the list goes on...

more than 3 years ago
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Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard

fysdt Ignorance of net neutrality (72 comments)

I really am against the policy of the DoJ. They are policing the Internet and are ignoring fundamental values that have made the Internet a great place.

more than 3 years ago
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Confessions of a Computer Repairman

fysdt watch your porn (387 comments)

Yes some even do that *double facepalm*... obviously not mine in this specific case but someone else's.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternatives To Tor Browser Bundle For Windows?

fysdt Re:VPN? (201 comments)

By default the MS PPTP client supports VPN chaining. The last VPN hop would send unencrypted data (comparable to a Tor exit node) which is afaik unavoidable.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternatives To Tor Browser Bundle For Windows?

fysdt VPN? (201 comments)

What about a free/paid VPN connection?

more than 3 years ago
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'Dating' Site Imports 250k Facebook Profiles

fysdt So what.. (140 comments)

Microsoft copies Google and they copy Facebook :)

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

fysdt Disturbing (1671 comments)

This is really disturbing..

more than 4 years ago

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Germany: Facebook's Facial Recognition is illegal

fysdt fysdt writes  |  about 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Although we think it's generally a pretty nifty feature, valid concerns over the misuse of Facebook's auto-recognition tagging have lead Germany to ban it entirely. That's right—Facebook in its current state is now illegal. Deep Scheiße, Zuckerberg.

The German government—which possesses perhaps the world's most adamant privacy laws as a result of postwar abuse—considers The Book's facial recognition a violation of "the right to anonymity," The Atlantic reports."

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Apple may launch video streaming service

fysdt fysdt writes  |  about 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Apple may have a "secret" video streaming service in the works, according to market analysts and other reports.

Apple is rumored to have a “secret” videos streaming service in the works, according to a note to investors from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, as reported by Business Insider.

“As part of Apple’s roll-out of cloud video services (and eventually an iTV), we believe Apple has unannounced deals with all/most of the studios/TV networks that are similar to the subscription streaming deal between Amazon and CBS,” writes Misek.

The Amazon-CBS deal Misek references allows Amazon to stream old CBS reruns, which adds more than 2,000 new episodes to Amazon’s streaming lineup."

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Governments,IOC and UN hit by massive cyber attack

fysdt fysdt writes  |  about 3 years ago

fysdt writes "IT security firm McAfee claims to have uncovered one of the largest ever series of cyber attacks.

It lists 72 different organisations that were targeted over five years, including the International Olympic Committee, the UN and security firms.

McAfee will not say who it thinks is responsible, but there is speculation that China may be behind the attacks.

Beijing has always denied any state involvement in cyber-attacks, calling such accusations "groundless"."

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Google's Chrome 13 introduces "Instant Pages"

fysdt fysdt writes  |  about 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Google just wouldn't be Google if it wasn't wringing out every last iota of performance from its products. The latest Chrome release is no different, ushering Instant Pages out of the dev channel and into the hands of the proletariat. The headline feature uses an algorithm to "guess" where you'll click next, pre-fetching and pre-rendering the result if it's confident enough. Mountain View says it's the only "high-profile" site to support the tech, but interested web masters can can partake of the instantaneous Google goodies by peeping the more coverage link below. Tweaks to the Omnibox — which now returns URL and title history results based on partial queries — and the addition of print previews for Windows and Linux round out the 13th version of the popular browser."
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Even Prisons Can Be Hacked Now

fysdt fysdt writes  |  about 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Vulnerabilities in electronic systems that control prison doors could allow hackers or others to spring prisoners from their jail cells, according to researchers.

Some of the same vulnerabilities that the Stuxnet superworm used to sabotage centrifuges at a nuclear plant in Iran exist in the country's top high-security prisons, according to security consultant and engineer John Strauchs, who plans to discuss the issue and demonstrate an exploit against the systems at the DefCon hacker conference next week in Las Vegas."

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Study: Internet Explorer Users Have Lower IQ

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser have lower IQ than their counterparts who use other browsers, a study from a web consulting firm reveals.

According to a large study conducted by Vancouver, Canada-based AptiQuant, those who use the Internet Explorer web browser scored lower in an IQ test they conducted.

The large study which involved 100,000 participants says Internet Explorer users scored lower than average in the IQ test."

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Mind Control: Brain Waves Control Car

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "It's the future. You're racing down the highway when, all of a sudden, the driver ahead of you slows down. You know you need to hit the brakes to avoid an accident, but your foot can't move as fast as your brain. You're about to rear-end the guy, except. ... ... except that your car has read your mind. It picks up your brain waves and automatically slows down. Accident averted."
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Apple holding more cash than USA

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Apple now has more cash to spend than the United States government.

Latest figures from the US Treasury Department show that the country has an operating cash balance of $73.7bn (£45.3bn).

Apple's most recent financial results put its reserves at $76.4bn (£46.9bn).

The US House of Representatives is due to vote on a bill to raise the country's debt ceiling, allowing it to borrow more money to cover spending commitments.

If it fails to extend the current limit of $14.3 trillion (£8.7tn) dollars, the federal government could find itself struggling to make payments, and risks the loss of its AAA credit rating."

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It's official - computerised agents do it better!

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Robot trading agents, which already dominate the foreign exchange markets, have now been definitively shown to beat human traders at the same game.

Results presented at a conference last Friday (22 July) showed beyond doubt that computerized trading agents, using the Adaptive Aggressiveness (AA) strategy developed at the University of Southampton in 2008, can beat both human traders and robot traders using any other strategy.

The new results were obtained after a re-run of the well-known IBM experiment (2001) where human traders competed against state-of-the-art computerised trading agents — and lost.

Ten years on, experiments carried out by Marco De Lucas and Professor Dave Cliff of the University of Bristol have shown that AA is now the leading strategy, able to beat both robot traders and humans."

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Apple wins global smartphone crown, Nokia now 3rd

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Apple, followed closely by Samsung Electronics, overtook Nokia in global smartphone market share during the second quarter.

Apple controlled nearly a fifth of the smartphone market, or a share of 18.5%, as it shipped more than 20 million iPhones, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. Samsung Electronics wasn't far behind, with 17.5% of the market share and 19.2 million smartphones shipped. Nokia fell to third, with its market share plunging by more than half to 15.2% from 38.1% a year ago."

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iOS Pulling Developer Interest From Android

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "The iOS platform has generated more support from developers between the first and second quarters of 2011. But new numbers from analytics platform Flurry don't necessarily mean that Android developers are unsatisfied with the platform. Rather, the launch of Apple's iPhone on Verizon and the launch of the iPad 2 itself have been large factors in the developer pendulum swinging over to iOS over the past quarter."
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Why opposing HTML5 and Flash is a non-sense

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "HTML5 is a hot topic, which is a good thing. The problem is that 99% of the writings has been about HTML5 replacing Flash. Why is it a problem? Because not only it is irrelevant, but also it prevent you from getting the big picture about interoperability."
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IMF Chief Calls on US to Raise Borrowing Limit

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "The International Monetary Fund's new chief foresees "real nasty consequences" for the U.S. and global economies if the U.S. fails to raise its borrowing limit.

Christine Lagarde, the first woman to head the lending institution, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that it would cause interest rates to rise and stock markets to fall. That would threaten an important IMF goal, which is preserving stability in the world economy, she said.

The U.S. borrowing limit is $14.3 trillion. Obama administration officials say the U.S. would begin to default without an agreement by Aug. 2.

Lagarde, who took over as managing director July 5, also addressed the fallout stemming from the sexual assault charges filed against her predecessor, Dominique Strauss-Kahn."

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German parliament backs nuclear exit by 2022

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "The German parliament sealed plans Friday to phase out nuclear energy by 2022, making the country the first major industrial power to take the step in the wake of the disaster at Japan's Fukushima plant.

The nuclear exit scheme cleared its final hurdle in the Bundesrat upper house, which represents the 16 regional states, after the legislation passed the Bundestag lower house with an overwhelming majority last week.

Germany's seven oldest reactors were already switched off after Japan's massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, causing reactors to overheat and radiation to leak.

A further reactor has been shut for years because of technical problems."

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Gene study offers clues on memory puzzle

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Scientists have shed light on why it is easier to learn about things related to what we already know than it is to learn about unfamiliar things, according to a new study.

The team says this is a paradox, as very different things are arguably more novel, yet adding to what we already know is so much easier.

Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Tokyo have found that building on existing knowledge activates a key set of genes in the brain.

These 'plasticity' genes do not respond so well to subjects about which we know very little, making it harder for us to form new memories about unfamiliar topics.

The team says this could help us understand how professionals acquire their knowledge gradually over time and may inform new educational strategies to boost learning."

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A-Team publishes list of alleged LulzSec members

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "An Internet hacker group calling itself the A-Team has published a document it claims reveals the identities of at least some members of the recently retired hacker network LulzSec, including phone numbers, addresses, Facebook URLs and even the identities of some of their relatives and associates.

The A-Team exposed the names of seven individuals, the first name of two others, information on a 10th and implied that there was another member of LulzSec who they were unable to find out about.

The A-Team, which said it has been following some members of LulzSec since a large online attack on the media network Gawker in December, said the group claimed to only be causing havoc for entertainment because they would only expose random information they could find."

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Google Boots Transdroid From Android Market

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Google has pulled one of the most popular torrent download managers from the Android Market because of policy violations. Before Google booted the application, Transdroid had been available for two years and amassed 400,000 users during that time. Thus far Google hasn’t specified what the exact nature of Transdoid’s violations are, but it’s not unlikely that they relate to copyright infringement.

For many Android users Transdroid is the perfect remote access app for managing their BitTorrent clients on the go. The app allows users to start and stop torrents, search torrent files and even use the barcode scanner to find matching torrent files.

Transdroid offered both a free and a paid version of the app, and judging from the 400,000 downloads people seemed to appreciate it. However, as of this week, Google decided that Transdroid is no longer eligible to be placed in the Android Market."

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Newsnight online 'chat' with LulzSec

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "The Lulz Security hacking group that has claimed attacks on high-profile targets including the CIA and Sony in recent weeks has exclusively told the BBC's Newsnight programme that it wants to target the "higher ups" who write the rules and "bring them down a few notches".

Lulzsec has claimed a new scalp — releasing confidential material taken from the Arizona police department.

The anonymous hacking group says they've not been knocked off course, or successfully exposed, by rival hackers who claim to have named them online — apparently because they object to their agenda."

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Hackers attack Electronic Arts website

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Cyber hackers have breached an Electronic Arts Inc website and may have taken user information such as birth dates, phone numbers and mailing addresses, the company said on its website on Friday.

Electronic Arts is the latest victim in a spate of global cyber attacks waged against video game companies. Last week, Sega Sammy Holdings Inc reported that user information had been stolen from 1.3 million customers, while Sony Corp is still grappling with the massive breach that compromised the data of more than 100 million of its video game users in April."

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Opera Founder Jon S. von Tetzchner Resigns

fysdt fysdt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fysdt writes "Opera founder Jon S. von Tetzchner has resigned from the company.

In an email to Opera employees, von Tetzchner said that “It has become clear that The Board, Management and I do not share the same values and we do not have the same opinions on how to keep evolving Opera. As a result I have come to an agreement with the Board to end my time at Opera. I feel the Board and Management is more quarterly focused than me.”"

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