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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

horza ISPs may not have the same objective (316 comments)

Remember when BT got lambasted as they intercepted all their user's web page requests using Phorm to be able to track users and insert their own ads into web pages? There was a big backlash with everybody saying a web page should be allowed to travel from a web server to a web browser unmolested. It's no surprise they will jump at an excuse to be able to intercept all their users web pages and manipulate the content before it arrives at the web browser. Sets a great precedent for them.

It would be interesting to see transcripts of Cameron's speech as it's hard to believe he is as idiotic as he has been made out to be. His quote that we must "deal with the Internet" doesn't mean anything as radical as a report button on web pages. Though his quote "We must not allow the internet to be an ungoverned space" is bound to make him a hate figure globally online. I've no idea how his PR man let that slip past. "Just because you are online does not mean you are immune from the law" would have been much better.

Phillip.

about a week ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

horza Probably too late to be seen but... (269 comments)

Why does a distributed social network need servers at all? Why not just flag stuff on your PC to share? It gets copied encrypted into a bittorrent directory using a session key, and that session key is held in a wrapper than can only be unencrypted by the people/group you have 'shared' with. The bittorrent network will ensure it's available even when your computer is off. Adding nodes to boost network speed just means pointing some bittorrent client to that .torrent.

Phillip.

about a month ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

horza Best distro (303 comments)

I would say the winners of 2013 would have been Mint and Ubuntu Unity. The former kept up its head of steam from the previous year, and the latter became so polished it was winning over a lots of haters.

In 2014 Unity got shotgunned by insisting on sticking spyware in the desktop by default and veering towards mobile. Definitely the big losers of 2014. KDE came up with their latest distro based on the new QT but lack of polish on the desktop meant they didn't get much traction.

Gnome desktop has probably made the most progress, but screwed themselves by being the best on minority distro Slackware and the most popular distro Ubuntu running an old buggy version.

So I would say the winner would be Mint due to being the only one not to fuck up.

Phillip.

about a month and a half ago
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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

horza Re: Mozilla is looking for new sources of revenue (106 comments)

I have to agree with BarberaHudson. Of course market share is a major factor in how much advertising is worth. Companies also look at growth. When Firefox was expanding with no end in sight then signing an expensive deal would have been worth it for Google: if Firefox became de facto then they had an exclusive deal and captured all the eyeballs, and if their immature project took off and became de facto then... they still had all the eyeballs. Once growth starts tailing off the value of marketing drops.

However the funding had in part to do with the marketing aspect, and secondly to buy their way into creating a level playing field. They were perfectly aware of the Microsoft embrace and extend, and they way they tried to lock business users into IE using ActiveX plugins. A completely open source browser dedicated to open standards getting a majority share of the market would ensure that the market remained wide open and ripe for picking once they had advanced their own browser far enough to complete.

The deal probably will be renegotiated but will it be a lot of pain? Possibly not. If the investment was wisely used, refactoring, quashing most of the memory leaks, boosting the JS engine, etc, then if they "broke the back" of getting a great stable core then perhaps a renegotiated deal will be fine for both parties. Google certainly can't afford for Firefox to go away yet. With Google facing ant-trust cases in various countries, helping "promote choice" is not a bad PR move either. As well as providing yet another alternative to Safari on Apple.

Phillip.
PS - AC fuck off. You are wrong and BarberaHudson is right

about 2 months ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

horza Re:Useless Elements and Padding. (250 comments)

I have a task bar on my desktop. It's a simple shell extension. I minimise stuff all the time. Nautilus not having a minimise button is one of the only things that drives me nuts.

Phillip.

about 2 months ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

horza Re:Broken as always (250 comments)

Why not just click the suspend button under the power icon on the top bar (if you hold down Alt it displays suspend instead of shutdown)? Works for my workstation.

Phillip.

about 2 months ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

horza Re:Citation Needed (250 comments)

I think users tend to slop around from desktop to desktop. I know I have used most of them out there. I really really wish Ubuntu would move to 3.12, let alone 3.14. It's very annoying. Suspend is easy though, simply hold down alt, click power icon then suspend. Works fine on my 2 monitor tower.

With KDE still having usability issues and Unity having spyware, this would have been a great opportunity for Gnome to get market share. Instead you have a choice of installing Slackware and losing that amazing Ubuntu repository, or having the wide range in software but being stuck on buggy 3.10. What a waste.

Phillip.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

horza Re:Sales figures are news now? (206 comments)

Samsung galaxy S2 April 2011, S3 May 2012, S4 April 2013, S5 April 2014.

Apple iPhone 3S July 2008, iPhone 4 October 2011, iPhone 5 September 2012, 6S September 2014.

The Apple market are completely locked into one device, and are forced to wait twice as long on average to be able to upgrade. Therefore I would expect the numbers to be twice as large initially but dying off to a far smaller total than the Samsung devices.

Phillip.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

horza Re: Sales figures are news now? (206 comments)

If it's a video, you can see if he is going it correctly. With two factory resetted phones, pressing the on buttons at the same time and seeing which one boots first is not rocket science to do. Lab not needed. Same with launching a browser.

Phillip.

about 2 months ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

horza Re:Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (205 comments)

I don't get it. Germany is the most dependent on Russian gas and Angela Merkel has been the one most dragging their heels on even sanctions. Why would the open letter be addressed to her? Why all the Iraq WMD comparisons when the open letter even admits Germany didn't even want to get involved there? The Baltics states will be the only ones pushing for direct action, and Britian the only one able to take any.

In fact reading through their previous open letters they all seem a bit confused. The only common thread appears to be Russia should be allowed to deny Ukraine access to NATO and a bunch of odd vaguely but not really related historical incidents being thrown in to make the letters appear longer. Their language such as calling the separatists "anti-coup federalists" makes the letters appear to come from a Russian rather than a non-Russian perspective.

I think the "bury out heads in the sand and hope Russia doesn't do anything" is a little late. He's already invaded Georgia once and Ukraine twice. His home propaganda is a resounding success, with the people prepared to back future invasions, and the parliament is filled with his puppets. Ukraine joining NATO or falling under New Soviet rule seems inevitable and they probably prefer the former.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

horza Re:Which Invasion? (205 comments)

The invasion of Europe by Russia is pretty big news, and will have an impact on everything from the economy to space exploration. NATO has direct evidence of the invasion, and Russia is hardly trying to hide it any more apart from the loopy puppet Sergei Lavrov (the new Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf). Ukraine has already introduced conscription, so that's already a pool of potentially talented young programmers off to get slaughtered by Russian tanks. The Russian murder of those Dutch people in the airliner also has affected air traffic.

As Europe gets sucked unwillingly into war with Russia, this is going to get quite brutal as the Putin doesn't care how many people die on either side even his own. He's got a fair amount of cyber-warfare talent to call on too. Maybe this will be the wake-up call to start putting in place proper encryption EVERYWHERE. War with Russia is a little more important than the NSA passing on tips on drug dealers.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

horza Re:ES File Explorer for Android (167 comments)

Thirded. I wasted so much time (and some money) trying to get Plex up and going on my server/devices and the quality of the video is crap. I use ES File Explorer now on all my devices to browse the NAS and play videos. This and K9 Mail are two I install and it's not even worth looking for a replacement as they do their job so well.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Russia denies the invasion, though (848 comments)

Is this the Russia that denied having any active units in the Crimean region of Ukraine? Hmm... who to believe...

Phillip.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Probably lies again. Just give it a few days. (848 comments)

A bit like they were not invading the Crimean region of Ukraine?

Phillip.
PS you should probably look at a map. Ukraine is quite big.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:"I consider this an invasion." (848 comments)

Russians are being paid to flood the site with propaganda. Unfortunately it doesn't make any sense so you can't argue with it. You just have to sift through the crap to find the real comments.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Alternate views (848 comments)

I'm bewildered. Is this a real post or something computer generated? If the latter then the algorithms need some tweaking as it's the most bizarre drivel I have ever read.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Obama's Propaganda (848 comments)

It hasn't. This latest invasion by Russia is of interest to all free countries in the world. Putin has provoked that start of WW3, and we can forget for now this "economic crisis" which pales into insignificance compared to this Russian aggression. And to get ourselves completely off Russian gas is going to need some new tech otherwise we are going to suffer a lot of economic pain.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Cut the Russians Off (848 comments)

It's a shame /. doesn't have a way of allowing Anonymous comments but the ability to kill them off based on an IP. Then I could read this thread without all the spam from the Russian troll above.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Putin: (848 comments)

Wow that is some pretty powerful Russian propaganda you have been drinking there. Calling normal peaceful Ukranians "fascists"? Check. Calling it a "violent overthrow" despite it not being one? Check. Calling the government "ultra nationalist"? Check. Blaming the US despite them having nothing to do with anything? Check. Russians have a "right to use force"? Check.

Thanks for popping in Putin, but your deluded views aren't welcome here.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Putin: "Your move, West" (848 comments)

You've been listening to too much Russian propaganda. A peaceful revolution kicked out a corrupt Russian puppet president in Ukraine (you notice Yanakovich has gone to live with his mate Putin in Russia?). Ukraine wanted to build strong trade links with Europe and Russia. Russia wanted Ukraine to itself. Now Putin has had a tantrum and has vowed to destroy Ukraine.

Of course the West wants peace. However when a crazed dictator starts invading European countries then you need to sit up and take notice. This is the 3rd time he has invaded Europe recently.

Phillip.

about 3 months ago

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Britain, not Sweden, wants to jail Assange

horza horza writes  |  more than 3 years ago

horza (87255) writes "The Swedish government has denied it appealed against Assange being released on bail, and the British government confirmed they are the ones that are asking the court to have Assange jailed indefinitely pending extradition hearings. Assange's lawyers are shocked, claiming this directly contradicts what they were told by the British prosecution."
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CCTV used in France for parking fines

horza horza writes  |  more than 4 years ago

horza (87255) writes "The city of Nice, France, is rolling out 626 CCTV cameras over town giving one of the highest levels of surveillance in the world (1.8 cameras per 1000 inhabitants). The usual rhetoric was given, that they will be used solely for reducing violent crime, but the city has now started sending out parking tickets solely based on the CCTV camera evidence."
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