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Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

goombah99 Tizen definition (44 comments)

Tizen is the german word for dingleberry-- those pieces of crap that cling to the hairs of your butt. I think if they ever intended to ship they might have checked that.

1 hour ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

goombah99 mine protein structures (206 comments)

install the rosetta @ home boinc project and predict and desing protein strucures.

yesterday
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

goombah99 Re:Human recall slows down too. (265 comments)

perhaps Apple and google will ration their back end service such that a user of an old phone only gets the equivalent compute power that was available at the time the phone was first sold. Newer phones thus pay for upgrades in the computing infrastructure, and thus are entitled to superior backend services.

yesterday
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

goombah99 Human recall slows down too. (265 comments)

Studies have also shown that as humans age their rate of recall also slows down, not because their brains are slower but because they have to navigate a database filled with entangled excess information. I've noticed that google searches by voice are vastly more word-accurate than siri searches by voice. But that's because google is doing something in the context of something else-- it has clues to context. Siri is trying to do free-form semantics over a much greater realm of possibilities. When you narrow Siri to a phone specific function, it does better than google. As the AI realm grows, perhaps to include sarcasm and slang, these services will require even more compute power to keep going.

However, these days, phone services are done on back end servers, so there is no great reason they should slow down in "modern" times.

yesterday
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

goombah99 crouton in nuts (222 comments)

I installed crouton and it totally sucks!
1) you have to run in developer mode which means one accidental miss boot or wake up and you entire hard disk is erased.
2) you get no live updates from google for the chrome portion
3) crouton linux has all sorts of network adapter problems, like seeing it at all, on my machine.
4) the archiving system for saving your current state for a reinistall after you accidentally press the space bar when it tells you to at boot (and reformats the hard drive) is byzantine and only for very serious experts who think there time has no value (e.g. want to buy a cheap computer and then waste tonnes of their time learing the tricks.
5) printing is a total disaster, and at a minumum requires a real computer or a special printer.

3 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

goombah99 call them (350 comments)

netflix listened to customer feedback when they tried to spin off their disc rentals to another company. so call them and give them feedback. they are easy to reach by phone. if you dont complain to them please dont whine on slashdot

about a week ago
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Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do

goombah99 debug my software please (62 comments)

SO I just post my software and these guys do a free security analysis. Cool, now I can be sloppy!

about two weeks ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

goombah99 Re:Lovelace? (285 comments)

"the server sucked my job right in"

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

goombah99 hexagonal? (139 comments)

A hexagonal screen would not only solve the vertical screen problem but also the 60 degree angle screen.

about three weeks ago
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Intelligent Thimble Could Replace the Mouse In 3D Virtual Reality Worlds

goombah99 no rest no peace (65 comments)

These 3D whizmos, like for example LEAP motion (incredibly cool), all work great.... for about 20 minutes. Then you put them in the drawer because they require too much muscle coordination and energy to operate. in contrast when you REST your finger on a scroll wheel or REST your hand on a mouse it is not merely not moving, it is at rest in 3 dimensions. it only takes a small effort to move it, but you are not having to run a whole lot of muscles in coordination to keep the hand or finger in a constant position. it's hard to poise your hand in empty space. In the old days, good typists could do this with hands poised over the KB and fingers hovering above the keys. Most people now days use palm rests or put pressure on the keys. those old time secretarial pool typists had to sit up straight and brace their feet on the floor to pull that off. Girdles probably helped!

the first successful mouse replacement will have that feature. Perhaps something with haptic feedback to support your finger a little till you really want to move it.

personally I suspect the some sort of eye motion or maybe a joystick like thing will be the first 3D controller that people can use for long periods.

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

goombah99 split the difference (468 comments)

why not just reduce the window area to half it's current size. If the savings is really significant then that would be significant too. Then compensate with the video system. the remaining window would be the failsafe.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

goombah99 Python is better overall but R is more like SAS (143 comments)

R has more single function high level commands devoted to stats, these are done right internally and are self consistent with other functions for further processing. But its not as general a programming language as python. if you want something different than the canned functions in R then you will need to write them yourself at which point you might as well be using python. however if you like SAS then chances are R will seem more like what you are hoping for.

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

goombah99 Re:FP (249 comments)

no problemo. they will just buy the self-same info from facebook or amazon and it's "affiliates" (anyone with money).

about a month ago
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Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

goombah99 Re: two factor ID based on cell phones is crap (47 comments)

It's better than nothing,

To the extent that this fig leaf is accepted in place of having real security via the simple expedient of a secondary e-mail address for password recents means this is getting baked into the system and hard to unwind later.

to see what I mean look at the silly "application specific password" kludge Google introduced to let you collect e-mail bypassing two-factor ID, and password storage vulnerabilities. nuts.

it should be baked in that all sites that use 2-factor also allow (or require) a 2nd address for all password resets.

about a month ago
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Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

goombah99 two factor ID based on cell phones is crap (47 comments)

currently the paradigm is if someone has control of your cell phone your two factor ID becomes zero factor ID. This is because nearly all cell phones can collect e-mail, allowing a password reset to be performed. Likewise cell phones display text messages with the second factor. So you are hosed. Even if you have a screen lock on your phone, have you ever lent your phone to a stranger to "make a call" or take a photo?

The workaround for this is to have a second e-mail address that you don't have associated with your phone's e-mail program. Then you can send all your finanical accounts to the e-mail address. But that's not really very convenient (e.g. amazon and google wallet would be awkward to use that way).

What needs to be done is to have financial companies send all non-critical e-mails (e.g. paypay receipts and notices) to your general e-mail, but require a second e-mail address for all critical transactions where money is movable.

or even better, they could simply require that all password resets go to a secondary e-mail address. this would be even more convenient.

until then two factor ID using cell phones is just a very vulnerable layer of the security onion.

about a month ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

goombah99 Re:What happens if (281 comments)

Also if the bit coin miners get concentrated into just a few, what happens if these 3 were to get DDOSed? if the big miners are off line then would the next largest miner have a window of time where they controlled more than 50% of the mine? Would they be able to pull off some shenanigans in that time?

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

goombah99 What happens if (281 comments)

I wonder what happens if someone with more than enough CPU power to get 99% of the mining jumps in one night. What kind of Damage could they do in a short interval before people notice? What if their goals were not to steal bitcoins but rather to snatch all the coins from, say, Kim Jong Un, or Al Queda. E.g. for example the NSA or Samsung or Saudi arabia. They would not care about the loss of value in their stolen coins, the point is to deprive an adversaries use of them.

Does the Amazon or Azure networks have enough rentable time to pull this off?

about a month and a half ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

goombah99 Adults are the carriers (387 comments)

Having had had family members with whooping cough I looked into this. Adults are believed to be carrier's with silent symptoms. This year (2014) when adults get their physical they will very likely be offered an immunization for whooping cough. I just got mine since I was exposed to it. Although vaccines after the fact may not be useful for protection, the wisdom apparently is that the vaccine helps your body supress the silent infection. Not sure I understand why.

about a month and a half ago
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TweetDeck Hacked

goombah99 First informative post (19 comments)

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I am amused that I'll be modded informative.

about a month and a half ago

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Netflix quietly ending saturday delivery

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  about two weeks ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "The USPS may not have gone forward with its plans to kill Saturday mail delivery, but Netflix isn't waiting. A few customers have noticed it's no longer processing shipments on Saturdays, opting for a five day schedule instead. Company spokesman Joris Evers tells Engadget that it's been transitioning in that direction over the past year and ended Saturday processing (usually a low volume day) entirely in early June."
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Peak Copper: The end begins in 30 years

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  about 5 months ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "If electrons are the lifeblood of a modern economy, copper makes up its blood vessels. In cables, wires, and contacts, copper is at the core of the electrical distribution system, from power stations to delicate electronics. As consumption has risen exponentially—reaching 17 million metric tons in 2012—miners have met the world's demand for 10,000 years. But that might soon change. A group of resource specialists has taken the first shot at projecting how much more copper miners will wring from the planet. Results of their model, described this month, show that production peaks by about midcentury even if copper is more abundant than most geologists believe. That would drive prices sky-high, trigger increased recycling, and force inferior substitutes for copper on the marketplace."
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What parts of a game can be copyrighted?

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  about 8 months ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "We've all seen how game makers copy each other's hot game, sometimes slavishly. Just when does a reimplementation become a copyright violation? Recently to learn objective c I implemented from scratch code for old Atari and Apple II games. As placeholders I initially screen grabbed some icons and sound effects from the original. The goal was to make it look and feel the Same not to improve it. The results were great and since I can't find these games anymore I thought I'd make them available. I got nervous about the copyrights in the icons and sounds so I replaced them with imitations that were intended to be similar. But that got me wondering if that was necessary and if it was what other aspects I might need to change? The game window layout? The scoring scheme? The game play? Would something as generic as pong be copyrighted? If not then what would make a game worthy of copyright ? Or Is copying games only something that rich folks with lawyers to stall C&D letters can do?"
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Online Banking Scares Me. How do you safeguard your accounts

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Brokerages where I keep my mutual funds are just password protected. They do sometimes ask extra security questions but these seem tissue thin (like "what's your favorite food?"). I can use above average passwords but then I need to write them down or put them in a key chain so I don't lose them. I fear key loggers or someone stealing my home computer or it's contents. Is there anything to stop people from draining your account if they have your password?"
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Google goes full court evil.

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "According to developers, executives and investors in mobile gaming and payment sectors , Google warned several developers in recent months that if they did not switch to Google Wallet or continued to use other payment methods — such as PayPal, Zong and Boku — their apps would be removed from Android Market, now known as Google Play. In one email sent to a developer in late August, Google said the developer had 30 days to comply, otherwise the developer's apps would be "suspended" from Android Market. Reuters obtained a copy of the email this week. "They told people that if they used other payment services they would be breaking the terms of use," said Si Shen, founder and chief executive of Papaya, a social gaming network on Android. "Whether it's right or wrong, we have to follow the rules.""
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iphone 4s benchmarks: A successful failure?

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "The initial response of geeks to the iphone 4s was a sort of Mehh. Which is odd considering one rarely hears of a computing device 2x faster than its nearest rival. Anadtech benched it and found the overall performance was about 2x faster than the new Galaxy S II phone. Indeed it's tied in speed with the ultra speedy Galaxy tablet yet runs at a slower processor speed for long battery life. The graphics boost is 6x that of the iphone 4. Then there is Siri, which how hard usefully accurate voice command is, ought to at least evince rubber necking to watch either a spectacular Apple boast fail or a surprising breakthrough. Then there's the fact that it not only sold out a rather large pre-release inventory but it managed to sell a million in 24 hours (to real people, not just into "channels". Yet various news organizations have called it a "letdown," a "dud," a "stumble," and a "gaffe." Geeks sometimes deride apple as nothing more than a pretty case, and yet here the only thing that didn't change is the look and feel. Are we geeks guilty of judging the book by the cover?"
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Iphone 4S is almost 2x faster than galaxy IIs

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Benchmarks from Anadtech show that on both graphics and overall benchmarks the iphone 4s is about 2x faster than it's nearest competition: Samsungs's Galaxy S II. In graphics frames-per-second it is more than 6x faster than the iphone 4. Indeed, it is essentially equal in speed to the larger Galaxy II tablet, while running at slower clock speed for extended battery life. The apple A5 strategy looks like a category killer."
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What's right and wrong with software patents

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Nilay Patel makes a very cogent argument that software patents are not a bad thing at all. He argues that the problem is the Trolls. And his solution is not only simple, but actually exists and is well tested in other countries, such as Germany so it's pretty easy to evaluate if he's right. He squarely puts down common strawmen like "software algorithms are just math and you can't patent math". And he points out that patents bring methods in to the public domain, unlike the bad old days of trade secrets. In a few years even those seemingly "obvious" patents will be legally obvious and free to all, so in a way there is a clearing house process in effect that is de-encumbering entire fields, such as Amazon-like stores, in the long run. And when people are forced to work around patented methods they explore new more diverse methods, broadening our knowledge. His solution is mandatory licensing at reasonable rates of all patents not in active use by the holder. This allows universities to continue profiting from patents while encouraging people to license widely rather than sit back and wait to litigate when someone succeeds. The end of trolling is within reach."
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What alternatives to Net Nanny do slashdotters use

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Net Nanny is the well known software to shield young children just getting started on the internet. But I figure that maybe computer savvy folks have other solutions or things that can be layered on top. If there was a list of naughty sites one could of course toss that in a Host file but, having tried that approach, those lists can be pretty long (and thus slow) despite being incomplete and they don't filter by content just IP. The other problem is that they are not per-user so mommy and daddy can't browse freely. I don't mind paying and don't require an open source solution. But I do need one for a mac osx computer. All this goes without saying that supervision and participation are important but you can monitor every key stroke and page load even when you are in the same room. Almost every google phrase you can think of has some close by salacious analog: My 5 year old like Ben 10, and I encourage him to use logic to form his own search phases, but there are some naughty Ben's in the world apparently. What do slashdotters do?"
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slashdot Poll: There is No...

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "There is No...
1) try
2) spoon
3) sunshine when she is gone
4) Third rule of fight club
5) Devil, it's just Cowboy Neal when he's drunk."
6) option 7"
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Victorian Postal Service Resembled E-mail

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Written mail in Victorian London was delivered and picked up 12 times in a 12 hour day. It also resembled e-mail in the way it was used. Messages often sought replies by the next postal pickup. And even the lazy practice of sharing links rather than writing a thoughtful letter became commonplace as people would send copies of previously read newspapers instead of writing. Like now, newspapers saw their circulations plummet as their content was shared freely this way. And as the price of mail droppped to negligible, junk mail was invented along with the 409 solicitations from strangers. All in all it seems like a good evidence that charging more for e-mail delivery would arguably cure its worst tendencies."
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Victorian post closely resembled e-mail

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Written mail in Victorian London was delivered and picked up 12 times in a 12 hour day. It also resembled e-mail in the way it was used. Messages often sought replies by the next postal pickup. And even the lazy practice of sharing links rather than writing a thoughtful letter became commonplace as people would send copies of previously read newspapers instead of writing. Like now, newspapers saw their circulations shrink as their content was shared freely this way. And as the price of mail drop to negligible, junk mail was invented along with the 409 solicitations to strangers. All in all it seems like a good evidence that charging more for e-mail delivery would arguably cure its worst tendencies."
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Is the free VOIP business model sustainable?

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "VOIP provider ooma offers no-charge, no-strings-attached, commercial-free, VOIP to anywhere in the US. While the service is free forever, you do have to buy their unit. Unlike Magic Jack or Skype, this is a stand-alone unit so it does not need your PC to operate and behaves like a regular hassle free phone. Moreover, reviews say the voice quality is consistently as good or better than Vonage, my current carrier. Since the price of the unit on Amazon is less than about 7 months of Vonage+taxes & fees, I'm thinking of making the jump. But somehow this seems too good to be true: given the quick payback period why is everyone not using this? So I'm asking Slashdot users about their experience. A summary and links to reviews can be found here and the most in depth ones are on Amazon. They claim there is no catch: it will stay free forever as long as ooma stays in business or your voip modem does not need to be replaced (e.g. you break it or want to upgrade it) I note that since 2005, there have been regular unfulfilled predictions they would shortly be out of business, but webmeters show their traffic has grown 450% in the last year and they are now up to about 1/8th Vonage's website traffic, so it seems like they have taken root. On the otherhand ooma's bundled services (voicemail, local calling, etc...) have changed from year to year so what you get depends on when you bought into it. Is there a catch?""
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What is your experience with ooma, the free VOIP?

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Back in 2005,I heard about the free voip phone service ooma, but their peculiar business model at the time let them make local calls on your local land line in return for free long distance VOIP turned me off. That business model is gone now and they are simply offering no-charge, no-strings-attached, commercial-free, VOIP to anywhere in the US. Since the price of the unit on Amazon is less than about 7 months of Vonage+taxes & fees, I'm thinking of making the jump. Unlike Magic Jack or Skype, this is a stand-alone unit so it does not need your PC to operate. Moreover, reviews say the voice quality is as good or better than Vonage, my current carrier. But somehow this seems too good to be true: given the quick payback period why is everyone not using this? So I'm asking Slashdot users about their experience. A summary and links to reviews can be found here and the most in depth ones are on Amazon. They claim there is no catch: it will stay free forever as long as ooma stays in business or your voip modem does not need to be replaced (e.g. you break it or want to upgrade it) I note that since 2005, there have been regular unfulfilled predictions they would shortly be out of business, but webmeters show their traffic has grown 450% in the last year and they are now up to about 1/8th Vonage's website traffic, so it seems like they have taken root. Is there a catch?"
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Your experience with ooma, the free voip service.

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Back in 2005,I saw the free voip phone service ooma a few years ago, but their wonky model of using your conventional land line in return for free voip turned me off. But now they are simply offering no-charge, no-strings-attached, commercial-free, VOIP to anywhere in the US and cheap rates outside the US. This will stay free forever as long as ooma stays in business or your voip modem does not bust. Since the price of the unit on Amazon is less than about 8 months of Vonage+taxes & fees, I'm thinking of making the jump. (The only recurring charge from ooma is $12 in E911 fees per year.) All reviews say the voice quality is as good or better than Vonage, my current carrier. I note that since 2005, there have been regular unfulfilled predictions they would shortly be out of business, but webmeters show their traffic has grown 450% in the last year and they are now up to about 1/8th Vonage's traffic, so it seems like they have taken root. But somehow this seems too good to be true: given the quick payback period why is everyone not using this? So I'm asking Slashdot users about their experience. Unlike Magic Jack or Skype, this is a stand-alone unit so it does not need your PC to operate. A summary and links to reviews can be found here and the best ones are on Amazon."
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DVD Piracy temporarily legal in UK now

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "TGD Daily reports that due to a notification glitch dating back to 1984, the UK laws governing DVD piracy are said to be unenforceable until the European Union Commission can meet to accept the UK law. This is said to be unlikely to happen before 2010. The problem arose in 1984 and was repeated in 1990, when the laws governing pornography and DVD piracy in the UK were not, as required under the EU agreement, sent to the the EU commission for approval."
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U.S. Judge halts sales of MS Office

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes ""On Tuesday, a U.S. district court in Texas issued a permanent injunction that bars Microsoft from selling recent versions of its Word software." reports many news outlets. Sales must cease in 60 days. MS will appeal to a higher court, however in addition to the judge's ruling, previously a jury as well upheld the patent infringement and awarded 200 million dollars. The ruling also bars not just Office 2008 but also any translation of documents between docx to word 2003 and later. The patent itself is for a specific way of serializing an XML document. Instead of putting markup tags amidst the text, you simply write the text out raw with out any inline tags. Then in a separate storage area you list each xml tag followed by a pointer to the character position it should be inserted into that bulk text. Since the tags and raw content can be stored separately, the claim is this encoding has the desired feature that changes to format tags won't require re-writing the whole document body, and you could associate many different format tags sets with the same raw text for different "views". The regenerated document inverts this to produce XML which can then be handled normally."
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Now as many Iranain as Chinese Users of Freegate

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "NyTimes Columnist Kirstof reports that the Global Internet Freedom Consortium, an organization that creates freespeech internet passages for China and other countries saw a surge of 200 million hits from 400,000 unique visitors on Wednesday. Since the release of the Farsi version of Freegate, a firewall evading anonymous browsing system, there are now almost as many Iranian users than Chinese. Note the Global Internet Freedom Organization is concerned about their servers overwhelming so I'm not supplying a direct link to quash the slashdot effect. Kristof notes that a pending bill in congress would support funding of block evading software platforms and it needs your help."
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Affordable 300mpg car on sale next year

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

goombah99 (560566) writes "Aptera is making all a hybrid powered car it says will get 300MPG on gasoline or 125 miles on a plug in electric charge and be priced in the range $30,000 . There's YouTubes of it driving around Carlsbad Colorado from CNN and Aptera's promo. It's been road tested since 2007. The "Typ-1" model looks looks like a stylish 3-wheeled airplane fuselage (think beechcraft). A four wheeled 5 passenger Typ-2 only exists on the drawing board still but the target selling price is even less (mid 20K). It's not the goofiest looking electric vehicle on display."

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