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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

houghi Well, that is not the only reason they go down (422 comments)

My Great aunt, who donated her body to Science (Also in an Open Source way(1)) never drank any Cola, yet they were still way down when she died at the age of 115.

A search on van andel telomeres will give more detail. I have the study somewhere around here, but am not able to find it just now.

(1) Not only did she donated her body to science, she wanted the science to be used for people to learn AND have her name linked to it. To be honest, she thought she would end up on a shelf somewhere after they cut her up. She never thought it would result in so much results in research.

Also because of her, they now have proof that alzheimers is not a given with old age thus a solution is at least possible. There were no traces of Alzheimers found anywhere.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

houghi Technical solution for s social problem (113 comments)

What you are looking for is a technical solution for a social problem.

First you must look at what they will most likely try to charge you with. Is it copyright related or rather defamation. Second is to look who they are related to and estimate how far they are willing to go.

You can look worldwide, not only in the US. Look where Torrent sites are hosted. That would be a good start. Also look where similar sites are hosted.

And be prepared that things will go down at one point, so have a backup plan available. e.g. a running mirror that is not visible, but will be the moment your main site goes down. You can even have a 'site went down because of ...' prepared already to handle the Streisant effect.

I would look also carefully into the TLD you are going to pick. com, net and org might seem fine, but might also be easy to delete.

Last but not least, look if it is realy worth the trouble. Will they make life hard for people you have contact with in Poland? Also: Don't be disapointed if nobade cares.

5 days ago

Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

houghi Re:This should have been a no brainer (114 comments)

That is so cute that you are able to quote some random text that is meaningless, unless people act upon it.
So when are you going to act upon it?

As long as it is not enforced, it means nothing. I am sure that I could find relevant quotes in other random texts that would be relevant, but mean nothing because we do not act on it.

If a kid steals a cookie and all you do is saying that he should not steal the cookie and that he is a very bad boy, he will take the next one. If a dog defacates in the houde and all you do is mutter your disaproval, he will do it again. If Governement Officials are told they do something they should not be doing and we stand by and just Facebook about it, they will do it again.

For now they do not give a shit what you consider your phone. They consider it data that they can take and they will.

5 days ago

South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

houghi Just copy the Belgian one (59 comments)

The Belgium part is free (as in both speech and beer). It is a chip that is on the ID that everyybody has to have (when older than 12 years).
Sources are available for developers for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Readers can be bought easily. Store or bank needs your ID? They just read the card. No mistyping it anymore.
The content on it is:
Name, Given name, Plave and date of birth, Gender, National Number, Nationality, Titel, Special status, Address.
Card number issue place, chip number,m valid from-until
It has a pin number, so you can use it to sign over the Internet.

The only downside, I think, is that not more online companies in Belgium use it. This is because now the burden is with the customer.
They need to type things in.

I will NOT prevent abuse. It will make things just a lot easier for all. And with verification online it will be cheked if the card is stolen and if it was not tamperd with.

And again, this stuff is open source.

about a week ago

Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

houghi Re:Oh great (549 comments)

How do I have access to that database? Or are you talking about just a file? If I am at a friends, I do not want to install any software on it, just as I would not want them to install anything on mine.

I already had to explain once that running putty was NOT the cause of their virus.

about two weeks ago

Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

houghi Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

Why not have both? Wind AND Nuke plants. And water. And ...

about two weeks ago

Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

houghi Re:Understandable. (158 comments)

Most I watch in 480p. I have a 52" screen at the end of my bed, so the distance to watch is somewhere between 8 and 9 feet (2.5m).

For the majority of things I watch this is sufficient. Now if encoding has been done badly, I go to 720. So untill I get a screen that is 100+ inches in 4K, I am good with 1080p and wait till prices drop seriously.

about two weeks ago

Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

houghi Re:Oh great (549 comments)

Also there are so many places where you need to enter a password that it becomes unusable for the majority of people.

All to often what I see is that IT people do not factor in the weakest link: humans. They do not factor in that their system is not the only system that needs protection.

At work I am forced to change my password every month. As I want to be able to work, I use the same one (and thus have more issues remembering my logins than my password.)

Next to that I have systems at home. I have ones on my phone. I have ones on a seperate PC. I log in at friends and ant to access my sites.

Use program X they say, as if that will never fail. If it is local, I will break it. If it is remote, I do not trust it with all my passwords.

about two weeks ago

The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

houghi Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

They do want people to see those photos, it's just that they want to control which people and not have them published for all to see on the internet.

Then do not publish it on the Internet.
If you want to keep a secret, don't share that secret.

Long before the Internet at the age of 16, we had discussions about privacy. We had compromising fotos of a politicians (nothing illegal) and had to decide what to do with them. We were talking about what privacy actually is. And what the line is between privacy and secrecy.

When I came on the Internet, I realized immediatly that privacy would be a HUGE issue and that you should protect yourself. You should also assume that what goes onto the Internet will get out sooner or later, no matter what anybody said. Once you give the photos away, you have no control over them anymore.
This happens with hard copy photos as well. It happens with family secrets. It happens.

I am amazed that kids that have grown up with the Internet are not aware of this. When I was their age I knew and my friends knew (which makes it a bit harder to find them online.)

about two weeks ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

houghi Re:Biased summary (282 comments)

Why can't I have someone give me pieces of paper when I drive them somewhere?

Because of laws. Just as you can't sell any service without the proper licence and not being the correct legal entity.

See it as selling alcohol in a dry county. Or practicing medicine.

Just because it is your property, it isn't always your rules. It is always "our rules" and the Dutch have tlll now decided against it.

about two weeks ago

Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

houghi Re:Pardons are for the guilty. (228 comments)

Using classification to cover up billions of felonies is something the American people should never tolerate again.

Again? As in it stoped and should not restart? When did it stop? Why was I not informed of this?

It has never stopped. There was a temporary relaps in the disagreement in what governement wants and what the people want in around 1776, but it went downhill from then on.

But don't worry. This is not the first country where this has happend and it won't be the last. On the downside, histrory has shown us that it can get worse, much, much, much worse.

about two weeks ago

NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You; That's Classified

houghi Re:Propaganda (106 comments)

Well, the 'But you can vote'-part still keeps the people thinking they have a say still works. An extra plus is that you only have two parties, so half the people can blame the other half.
Devide and conquer is not a new idea, but it works, so why change it? (Together with panem et circenses

Companies are smarter than people and do not vote on just one party. They vote on both parties and they do it with their wallets.

about two weeks ago

FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

houghi Re:Polygraph (580 comments)

That is because they only use 10% of their mind. And we have the E-meter to prove it.

about two weeks ago

Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

houghi Re:Pixie Dust (252 comments)

Greenpeace. The company that is against everything but gives nio real alternatives.
They were heavily against atomic energy in Germany. That worked out well, right?

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Announces Windows 10

houghi Re:we are DOOOMED!!! (644 comments)

As if those release names only are there for marketing ...
Oh wait, they are. They could call it "Windows New" for all I care. The names mean nothing. They just figured that they could sell more by naming it with a higher number than the previous one. If tbhey thought they would sell more by using something else, they would use that.

about three weeks ago

At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

houghi Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (242 comments)

I am not a coffee drinker, so I never went into Starbucks. Why is it even needed? When I go into a place and I order something to eat or drink, the person serving me makes the drink and gives it to me and takes my money.
Having worked in bars they either are too cheap to pay enough staff or too cheap to buy enough hardware to make the coffee. A third option might be that they save on training, so not everybody can do it.

Amazing what marketing can do. From what I hear it is lousy service for lousy quality at lousy prices and people stand in line for it. THIS is the reason sales and marketing people get away with so much, because they are actualy the people bringing in the money.

about three weeks ago

Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embraces Douglas Adams

houghi Re:The film sucked; the miniseries before it was g (39 comments)

Each mediam was made with the author who was well aware that they are different mediums, so the stories were adapted to each medium.

So the books did not portray the radio broadcast. The movie did not portray the books. If anything, it is a 'based on' movie and book.

I have the audiobook which is read by Adams himself, which is not a standard for audiobooks. Great for listening while in traffic instead of the mindless radio stations.

about a month ago

Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

houghi Re:I still don't get this. (304 comments)

I sit on my Nokia all the time.

about a month ago

2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

houghi Re:If I own the car (269 comments)

Yeah, that is why you don't see any obvious warning labels. And people have seen so many tv shows, reading people their rights is also not needed anymore.

What might actualy happen is that they need to sign a consent form

about a month ago



Famous paintings help study the Earth's past atmosphere

houghi houghi writes  |  about 7 months ago

houghi (78078) writes "From European Geosciences Union:
A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth’s past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red.

The original paper can be found right here

Furthermore, in the last 150 years, the sunsets have become redder, likely refelecting increased manmade polution."

Guantanamo Bay defense lawers emails are read and files are removed

houghi houghi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

houghi (78078) writes "The defense lawyers of Guantanamo prisoners are ordered to stop using government computers for sensitive information.
They are also asked as can be read on, that they are asked to stop using e-mail as well. It is stated there as well that 7 GB of information is gone for good.
The Washington Post quotes that there is no proof, but when you can read between the lines, it is clear that they believe they have been hacked.
One News from New Zealand says "In another case, system administrators were searching files at prosecutors' request and were able to access more than 500,000 defense files, including confidential attorney-client communications, [...]". There were also bugs placed.
Due to all this, hearings are postponed as can be read on reuters"

openSUSE 12.3 is out

houghi houghi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

houghi (78078) writes "OpenSUSE 12.3 is out. There are several methods of downloading, as well as different media. It is also possible to boot the live CD from a USB stick.
When using the DVD or Net install ISO, the standard is to select between KDE or GNOME, but XFCE and LXDE are then also an option.
ARM images are available as well.
More information about the release can be found in this announcement by Jos Poortvliet."

Link to Original Source

Google changes the images layout

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "Google has a new Bing style layout for their images section as explained here. It shows only the images with an on-mouse-over. On the page of the image, you are not able to browse the site itself anymore.
At this moment it is available to about 10% of the people and depends on country and browser.
A demonstration can be seen here. The first part is the new layout. The second part is after changing the User Agent identity."

openSUSE 10.3 released

houghi houghi writes  |  about 7 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "openSUSE 10.3 has been officaly released. From the anouncement: The openSUSE team is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 10.3. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, the openSUSE project provides free, easy access to the world's most usable Linux distribution, openSUSE. openSUSE is released regularly, is stable, secure, contains the latest free and open source software, and comes with several new technologies.

Downloads can be found at in both CD and in DVD, both BitTorrent and FTP/HTTP"

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "openSUSE 10.2 Beta 1 is anounced in this mail. There are several ways to download it. Normaly you only need CD1-3. There are 7 CD's in total and a DVD containing those 7. Obviously the best way is with Bittorrent.
32 bit torrent and a 64 bit torrent to the DVD.

From the mail: openSUSE 10.2 Beta1 comes in different medias:
* 5 CDs, you need CDs 1-3 for a normal installation with just GNOME or KDE (any language)
* 1 AddOn CD with only binary packages on it
* 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for our tier 2 languages (tier 1 languages are english, french, italian, spanish, german, chinese, japanese and czech — and support for those is on the standard 5 CDs) (the 5 CDs have support for installation in all languages, just extra packages are only on this extra media)
* 1 DVD containing the contents of the above 7 media
* a FTP tree with open source packages (only for the final version, for now use the factory tree)
* a FTP tree with binary packages (only for the final version, for now use the factory-extra tree)"


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