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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

goombah99 Kafka said (518 comments)

You become what you hate.

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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

goombah99 Re:Article misses the point (518 comments)

4.4 won't run on devices with less than 512M so even if the carriers wanted to they can't upgrade.

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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

goombah99 embedded OS (518 comments)

This is not an unreasonable solution.

What???? it's totally unreasonable for a web connected but embedded OS.

yesterday
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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

goombah99 What, no Capcha? (85 comments)

1) You could use the last 4 digits of the package tracking number as the delivery driver's PIN, and tell him or her what to do in a note stuck to your front door.

I think they need to have a Capcha as well so the delivery person can prove he's a human not an autonomous drone. Make him do a mathc problem to compute the number.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

goombah99 Playing cards in the bicycle spokes (800 comments)

All kids under 10 love to have a playing card clipped into their bicycle spokes. It just sounds so bad ass.

4 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

goombah99 The Movie: The Dilemma (800 comments)

This is the plot gimmick used in the horrible movie "The Dilemma" starring Vince Vaughn and his fake sound makers to make Dodge electric car engines sound "less gay".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

4 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

goombah99 Re:This had nothing to do with science (459 comments)

Gravity is a hoax. The earth is a large flat disk accelerating through space on the back of a rocket propelled tortoise and the sun is small light source only 100 miles above the plane of the disk. It's really the B-ark space ship carrying away the descendants of the true earth's telephone sanitizers and hairdressers. Don't fall for the lies of "big globe" and their well paid "scientists".

5 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

goombah99 Tobacco science (459 comments)

I take it you are not yet persuaded by the science against smoking cigarettes?

Please mod parent -1 disagree.

5 days ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

goombah99 Re:Actually I was quite happy about them doing it (179 comments)

Smoking in public spaces was as much your "right" not long ago. What the law allows is subject to renegotiation. In this case there is a compelling argument that unrealized value to the public might be had by controlling wifi access. There are also compelling arguments that say this could undermine some other virtues as well. After all this looks a little bit like the encroachments on net neutrality and compelling cases have been made for keeping the net open. But it may be you who is arrogant to assert that my arguments are specious by saying I'm taking your "right". It's just a regulation and one the FCC has already sought public comment on in contemplating changing it, so it's not really a "right".

Another example might be proposals to lightly tax stock trades to curb abuses by privledged high frequency trading networks . Is it your right to freely contract with others? Or would most people be better off if abuses of the market that skim your profits by advantaged traders were ended.

Creating a regulated market often allows greater access and use of themarket by the public. My original post noted that more people would benefit than lose. Peace of mind is not a trivial things when losing your gmail password can ruin you.

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

goombah99 Re:Actually I was quite happy about them doing it (179 comments)

The easy solution would be simply to put a card on the nightstand giving the name of the safe hotspot you should connect to. And/or name the hotspot "Mariott Internet - all other hotspots should be avoided"

Warnings in my hotel room Do me no good in the lobby or bar or front desk when I'm trying to pull up my reservation on the e-mail.

So I gain peace of mind and lose nothing of value if they do this. Why should I not like this.
Well, aside from the $15/day they're charging you to connect, even if you already have your own personal hotspot anyway.

As I noted, blue tooth works fine for tethers. Blue tooth requires pairing so it's not anonymous like Wifi. USB is often convenient as well, especially when I'm charging things. Blocking wifi doesn't inconvenience me at all for tethering.

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

goombah99 Re:Actually I was quite happy about them doing it (179 comments)

Even if they could make the case that all airwaves inside their hotel belonged to them, their blocking could affect people near their hotel as well. How can they tell that SOME_WIRELESS_HOTSPOT is located in one of their rooms as opposed to in another building right next door?

As a thought experiment, if they could technologically create a reliable perimeter to their blocking would you then be in favor of it?

Technically it is possible to do such a thing either by clever directional electronics or by simple agreement with the neighbors. They might not go that extra mile of course but they could, and in fact they pretty much would have to if their neighbors complained to the FCC. Furthermore, most of the marriots I have stayed in are isolated buildings so the strawman you describe would never occur at many of their locations.

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

goombah99 Re:Actually I was quite happy about them doing it (179 comments)

Isn't this just the same as bars that jam cell phones. It's a customer service. People go there to escape their own ambient connectivity and the grating rudeness of person at the next table talking on their cell. It seems very logical to me that businesses should be able to control the airwaves in their own spaces.

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

goombah99 Actually I was quite happy about them doing it (179 comments)

I know I'll get hammered for saying I was in favor of what marroitt did but here me out. When I travel, I'm terrified of connecting to hotel networks. I don't really know which of the many possible SSIDs that I see are the bonified hotel network. And since it's normal on Hotel networks to do some DNS redirection to hand you off to the authorization site, you really can trust anything that masquerades in that way either.

Thus I'd gladly forego the trivial inconvenience of them blocking my wifi tether to my phone network (to bypass the hotel network), if they would take charge of their airwaves and block all rogue hotspots in their building. Peace of mind.

Now the litmus test here would be, are they just doing that to make money by taking away something I have for no extra cost (my cell phone tether) or do they really have my interests at heart in squelching hostile wifi hotspots? And that's really easy to figure out. If they allow short range blue tooth then they haven't taken anything away from me. I can still tether just as well as I could before.

So I gain peace of mind and lose nothing of value if they do this. Why should I not like this.

Now I suppose someone could dream up an edge case like say a LAN party or maybe some poor-mans meeting where one fellow is hosting all the others on his little conference room server. But that's so narrow a case ocmapred to the millions of guests all of whom just want a safe casual ad hoc connection to check their e-mail. Lan pary people too cheap to pay for the connection can probably figure a workaround anyhow.

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

goombah99 new theory (154 comments)

Speaking helps you pick up chicks, or nag husband to bring home fat bear kill to feed kids; both will also spectacularly advance the species.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

goombah99 Re:Dewhat? (150 comments)

the presentation was confusing. It seems that you still need the mac address to be able to listen at all. but you can brute force scanning for all of them. you just don't neeed it for the decrypt.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

goombah99 selling your vote versus the secret ballot (480 comments)

The secret ballot has two purposes. one is it maintains your privacy and that's good for you. The other is it prevents selling your vote and that's good for the public. If I have a bitcoin ballot then I can easily transfer that coin to someone else to vote. thus I can sell my vote and the buyer knows for sure how it will be cast.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

goombah99 transparency (480 comments)

the purpose of elections is to convince the public the election was fair. crytpography isn't transparent. worse in some forms of crytography it gains security from centralization of the key control making single point of attack more likely. It's much better when the public can see how the election works.

about two weeks ago
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Glitch In OS X Search Can Expose Private Details of Apple Mail Users

goombah99 Re:not really a bug just a behavior (49 comments)

It IS worse. Whether or not to accept tracking cookies is up to me. Whether or not my email address gets confirmed as being active and in use is not up to me, because this search program is doing it.

yes it is up to you. You can turn off spotlight in mail. Nothing breaks.

about two weeks ago
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Glitch In OS X Search Can Expose Private Details of Apple Mail Users

goombah99 Re:not really a bug just a behavior (49 comments)

conversely your mail.app won't necessarily have your tracking cookies. each leaks some privacy. they are just different not worse or better.

about two weeks ago

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Netflix quietly ending saturday delivery

goombah99 goombah99 writes  |  about 6 months 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 a year 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 a year 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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