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Twitter Moves To Curb Instagram Links

gronofer Re:Serious question (114 comments)

At least you managed to make an account. I'm not sure how you do that on Instagram: it points you to some app that doesn't run on Linux.

yesterday
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

gronofer Re:What's unclear? (92 comments)

Is there any law against breaking a "public promise"? If you ignore the promise and sue somebody, would the promise make any difference to the outcome? It's not a licence or a contract.

yesterday
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

gronofer Re:Do we need another open source browser? (165 comments)

Otherwise it's just a huge duplication of effort, a lot of time wasted at MS.

Of course Microsoft are already spending their resources developing IE. You have to wonder whether they are getting value for money: why not just ship Firefox or Chrome with their OS?

Open sourcing it as abandonware (or nominally to some new or existing "foundation") is an option they should take seriously.

5 days ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

gronofer Re:Great (105 comments)

What do you mean? Is the lag on satellite Internet connections too high to do anything interactive? Low-orbit satellites would avoid that. Or is the uplink capacity too low to do anything other than request downloads? I'm not sure that there'd be any technical reason for such a limitation.

Personally, I'd love to have more options in Internet connectivity. Not every location in the world is supplied by the perfect ISP at a low cost.

about a week ago
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Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

gronofer Re:Of course! (170 comments)

If I remember correctly, they did have a scientific explanation for that. The explosion that separated the Moon from the Earth was so powerful that its relative velocity was close to the speed of light, so distance was contracted according to the theory of relativity.

However, I don't remember any explanation for how the moon and its inhabitants could survive intact with such a powerful explosion and rapid acceleration. Maybe I need to go and rewatch the series to find out.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

gronofer Re:Why all the complexity? (482 comments)

In theory, since the "free market" is suggesting that that's where the greatest labour shortages are, and you'd think companies would be keen to cut their costs in this area. However I'm not really sure that these people's salaries are set by anything resembling a free market, and they don't seem to have much trouble crossing national borders anyway.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

gronofer Why all the complexity? (482 comments)

Immigration systems are always unbelievably complex. The intention is apparently to allow immigrants to fill labour shortages. Labour shortages can be seen when people are getting paid well over the median wage. So create a visa that allows working in any job paying over three times the median wage, or whatever.

about two weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

gronofer Re:Microsoft benefits from this (463 comments)

How many laptops still have DVD drives these days? The last one I saw doesn't even have an ethernet port (and the laptop was too thin for one to fit anyway).

Can they make backup bootable USB sticks?

about three weeks ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

gronofer Re:What Bullshit (391 comments)

Artificial life forms could be resistant to many kinds of accidents. All they have to do is keep an offsite backup of their mental state and restore to new hardware after the accident.

There's no reason to think that every form of high-speed data transfer must be susceptible to viruses.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

gronofer Re:Don't be passive, DO something (312 comments)

I don't think games are the answer. Sure you can concentrate on a game for hours on end, but games are designed to be addictive and hold your attention. You can't expect that experience to translate to any real-world activity, and the game will just be an additional distraction.

I don't see anything wrong with queuing up a few web pages to read because they load slowly, as long as there's a good reason to be reading those pages in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

gronofer Re:A related concern (312 comments)

Same with my Nokia from 2007. Keeping it switched off unless you are using it does wonders for the battery life. I use a prepaid plan that costs $20 a year, which is fine since I don't generally make outgoing calls.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

gronofer Re:Haters gonna hate (187 comments)

Never say never. But how about they stop extorting royalties from software patents first? That's pure evil by many programmers' standards. I'd also like to be clear that they are no longer in the business of inventing "standards" that are intended to make their own products incompatible with anything else. I see that their office software still doesn't use the Open Document format by default.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

gronofer Re:Good riddance (110 comments)

Google can't select for public domain (or CC0) however. On the other hand, the Bing search seems to be pretty bad, missing images from Wikimedia Commons for example.

about 2 months ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

gronofer Re:Lost!? (375 comments)

If you think a wallet is too bulky to carry then would you really want to lug around a smartphone instead?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

gronofer Re:I think you missed the point ... (376 comments)

I think it's obvious that you can't work if you have serious health problems that prevent it. But what does that have to do with age discrimination at age 35? Many people remain in good health well into old age (which I consider to be 70 plus, not 40 plus).

about 2 months ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

gronofer Re:The lesson (329 comments)

What stops a poor psycho from leasing one?

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

gronofer Re:Dishonesty (429 comments)

A vacuum has space, time and a certain amount of energy. If none of those exist, how can anything ever happen? What does "ever" mean if time doesn't exist?

about 3 months ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

gronofer Re:So what qualifies? (489 comments)

However the Communcations Act of 2003 is interpreted, is seems. See Wikipedia:

Malicious communications

Section 127 of the act makes it an offence to send a message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character over a public electronic communications network.[8] The section replaced section 43 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 and is drafted as widely as its predecessor.[9] The section has controversially been widely used to prosecute users of social media in cases such as the Twitter Joke Trial and Facebook comments concerning the murder of April Jones.[10]

On 19 December 2012, to strike a balance between freedom of speech and criminality, the Director of Public Prosecutions issued interim guidelines, clarifying when social messaging is eligible for criminal prosecution under UK law. Only communications that are credible threats of violence, harassment, or stalking (such as aggressive Internet trolling) which specifically targets an individual or individuals, or breaches a court order designed to protect someone (such as those protecting the identity of a victim of a sexual offence) will be prosecuted. Communications that express an "unpopular or unfashionable opinion about serious or trivial matters, or banter or humor, even if distasteful to some and painful to those subjected to it" will not. Communications that are merely "grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false" will be prosecuted only when it can be shown to be necessary and proportionate. People who pass on malicious messages, such as by retweeting, can also be prosecuted when the original message is subject to prosecution. Individuals who post messages as part of a separate crime, such as a plan to import drugs, would face prosecution for that offence, as is currently the case.[11][12][13]

Revisions to the interim guidelines were issued on 20 June 2013 following a public consultation.[14] The revisions specified that prosecutors should consider:

whether messages were aggravated by references to race, religion or other minorities, and whether they breached existing rules to counter harassment or stalking; and
the age and maturity of any wrongdoer should be taken into account and given great weight.

The revisions also clarified that criminal prosecutions were "unlikely":

when the author of the message had "expressed genuine remorse";
when "swift and effective action ... to remove the communication" was taken; or
when messages were not intended for a wide audience.

about 3 months ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

gronofer I hate to say it... (366 comments)

Seeing as most 'potential' human beings never make it, I don't quite share the moral dilemma in choosing the best of the best.

Raising not only humanities average intelligence but much more importantly the lower end seems a phenomenal gain to me.

You are assuming that parents would choose the embryo with the highest IQ. I'm wondering if a lot of people wouldn't be more likely to pick the one in the middle, because they don't want their child to be a "nerd".

about 3 months ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

gronofer Re:Is this counting Apple's new encryption scheme? (210 comments)

I'm not sure whay "key" means in this context. If I encrypt a file archive, I need to enter a pass phrase, preferably over 20 characters and not easily brute forceable. This pass phrase is they key, as far as I know. What is the equivalent on Apple's devices? Are they encrypting with a 4 digit pin?

about 3 months ago

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NZ botnet mastermind released without charge

gronofer gronofer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gronofer (838299) writes "Owen Thor Walker has been released without charge after pleading guilty to charges relating to an international cyber-crime ring. He was ordered to pay $9526 in reparations for damage caused to the University of Pennsylvania and $5000 in costs. Justice Judith Potter said she did not think he was motivated by criminal intent and did what he did to show that he could. She acknowledged his high level of skill and said a conviction could jeopardise his prospects, saying he has a potentially outstanding future ahead of him. The court heard he had received job offers from overseas companies and there was a possibility of him working for NZ Police.

I think it's nice to see somebody given a second chance instead of being locked up for 50 years."

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