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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

houghi Lack the power to do much harm? (214 comments)

It could easily carry 3 or 4 nail files and we know how dangerous they are.

yesterday
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

houghi Re:A call for Write Protect (89 comments)

Minor slap? When did that happen? All I heard was that they were called a very, very naughty boy. A slap would be going in the right direction.

yesterday
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

houghi Re:It was known before.. (89 comments)

Way more then just the website.
More info on http://www.net-security.org/se...
Not only the website, but "26,000 systems were found to be infected: email and share point servers, as well as the technical staff's workstations."
Belgacom is the largest telecom operator and is also the largest ISP. I would guess almost all political individuals would at least use their phone system, but most likely also their internet.

yesterday
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

houghi Re:Saddest line ever (139 comments)

Paranoia is when you THINK you are being watched. I KNOW I am being watched. Huge difference.
People are getting fired because they said something on Facebook. Something people would never had to worry about in the past. You did something in a pub when drunk and a few people would laugh about it. Most would perhaps have no idea who you were and if you saw them at a job interview a week later and sober, they would have no idea.
Now I have no idea if that will be the case. He could just have seen my picture on some random website.

So yeah, I WISH it was paranoia. Much more pleasant then what we have now.

And yet I do not post as AC. (Although perhaps I did and I am now replying to my own comment.)

yesterday
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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

houghi Re:Bad economics leads to bad policy (143 comments)

Let the free market sort it out.
Let God sort it out.
Let Darwinism sort it out.

See? Everybody is against forbidding people into dangerous situations.

yesterday
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

houghi Re:Saddest line ever (139 comments)

This has nothing to do with Communism. It has everything to do with oversight and more about agencies abusing that oversight.
Mind you, many western countries are running towards the same model where everybody is being watched and the slightest will make your life miserable. People will soon start to whisper. I already notice how I am wording things, because I know that in a few years what I said now WILL be used against me.

yesterday
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

houghi Re:SIP Replacement? (258 comments)

Would IPv6 not solve that? OTOH, why would providers go from IPv4 to IPv6 when soon there will be a shortage of numbers and they can charge (even more) extra for those who want a fixed IP with the excuse that they had with dial up.

Even now when I connect with my phone, I get a 10.x.x.x address. Why would they give up that control? I see only downsides for the providers and they are the ones that need to implement it.

yesterday
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

houghi Re:Simple solution (430 comments)

Use it for road safety. e.g. make dangerous crossings less dangerous. Start building roundabouts with said money. Look where the dangerous points are and make them less dangerous.

But indeed do NOT give it to the police.

yesterday
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

houghi Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (430 comments)

One does not exclude the other. In Belgium the police often announces when they are going to do alcohol checks or speed checks. Many fixed camera's on the highway are indicated by signs that there is a camera.
Next to that they also do unannounced speed controls. However that might be just a camera.
On the radio they are often announced where they are. For that reason they stay there one or maximum two hours and go to the next place.

So one does not exclude the other. They can be out in public AND stealty at the same time.

As for the tickets. In Finland the tickets are linked to your income. So if some billionaire gets a ticket, he will pay a LOT and he will feel it. (No, he will not go bankrupt)

yesterday
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

houghi Re:"They" is us (320 comments)

I am old and I don't know anybody personally in that range. And approaching does not mean you are there. And it get harder and harder to approach it.

When I look at the people that retired that I know and have done full payment on their house, then perhaps 500.000 EUR. And that is where the money is, in their houses.

yesterday
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

houghi Re:"They" is us (320 comments)

For the Billionaire, it depends on how you got there. By itself it means nothing, but if you got it over the backs of others, then yes, that is a problem.

If you scam people and then get money from the government if your scam fails, you are a problem. If you buy out the government and get laws that favor you, but hurt all the rest, then you are a problem. If you are a shareholder in a company and you have millions your staff needs food coupons to survive, you are a problem.

Everybody knows that by just working hard, you won't become a billionaire. Perhaps a millionaire, but not a billionaire.

And sure, what they did might all be legal. But morality has nothing to do with legality.

yesterday
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

houghi Re:Screenshots (364 comments)

I just bought my first Windows PC since Win95. The first thing I did was download a browser. The second thing i did was install Classic Shell on my 8.1.

That said, I never understood the 'start' button that is used on Linux as well. Why only one button? Luckily under XFCE I am able to have several 'start' buttons. Each one has a few programs that I often start grouped by how I like it. So no whole tree that I need to go past.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

houghi Re:Thrift store (421 comments)

It is inferior in that when trying to do a middle click (e.g. for a paste function in Linux) you also do a scroll up or down. This means that you paste it to the wrong place.
As this did not happened when there was no scroll.

If something is not an issue for you does not mean there is no issue for anybody.

I solved it by using a multi-button trackball and assigning the middle click to another button.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

houghi Re:just swap the buttons (421 comments)

You can buy mice with more then 3 buttons. (4 and 5 often are scroll up and down). Buy one where your thumb also has a function like on on this one and there are many, many more mice like that. Cheap and expensive both.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

houghi Re:Performance Mouse MX (421 comments)

I use a trackball where there are more buttons. Using a mouse gives me personally more strain then using a mouse.

Using the scrollwheel as a middle button is not very precise as sometimes you will scroll before you paste.

So I have turned one extra button into the middle button for the paste. The middle button and the other extra button I use for volume control.

2 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

houghi Re:Under Search Warrant (190 comments)

If the data was in the US, not so much. The fact that the data was ALSO on non-US servers would not matter.
I could imagine that Google has a LOT of duplicate information around the world, so that it can serve the customer as fast as possible. Just like Amazon has several warehouses and not just one.

2 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

houghi Re:US Datacenter hands over non US data (190 comments)

Foreign shell corps exist for tax purposes, the actual lines of managerial control are not mitigated by tax structures.

When the data is there, that means that it is not just a shell corps. That means they actually have a datacenter there.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

houghi What do you need the 3D for? (106 comments)

Just curious. No flame bait. What do you need the 3D for? I have 3 screens and don't do anything 3D related. I just have the cheapest cards that I can find. I use NVidea as I like the nvidia-settings sofware.

I use three (differnt) cards. Each connected to a differnt monitor running in standard mode (no xinerame, no mirrors). Cheaper to have three cheap cards then one that could do all three easily. And by cheap I mean the cheapest that is available and for the connection that I need. Under 50EUR for 3 cards.

So I am curious what you need the 3D for.

2 days ago

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Famous paintings help study the Earth's past atmosphere

houghi houghi writes  |  about 10 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."
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Guantanamo Bay defense lawers emails are read and files are removed

houghi houghi writes  |  about 2 years 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 politico.com, 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"
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openSUSE 12.3 is out

houghi houghi writes  |  about 2 years 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
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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."
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openSUSE 10.3 released

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 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 http://software.opensuse.org/ in both CD and in DVD, both BitTorrent and FTP/HTTP"
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houghi houghi writes  |  more than 8 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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