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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

icebike Re:I'm betting on balloons (93 comments)

The whole story is a balloon, a trial balloon.
Let's promise broadband everywhere and see if the sheep will buy into (pay for) our surveillance platform.

yesterday
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

icebike Re:Everybody Panic! (421 comments)

Do you have a computer that can access Google?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (284 comments)

Nobody transfers video to POTS, so it hardly matters that you are unaware of such.

TOX really didn't re-invent the wheel. They simply re-deployed the original concept of Skype, with public nodes located via Torrent-like technology and encryption keys that are in the hands of the client, and unknown to the nodes or anyone else. And they did it with open-source code.

As to why they did it, you would have only to review what Microsoft did to Skype and who they did it FOR to understand that Skype is totally backdoored, and unsafe to even have on your machine. There is no way microsoft will ever recoup the price they paid for Skype. Someone else footed the bill for them.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (284 comments)

Who, besides you, cares about your mom's problems?
Who, besides you, set your mom up on Skype in the first place?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (284 comments)

Uninstall Skype Install any one a dozen open source package that do the same thing.

Works on almost any IP network, without any major configuration and allow you to make free calls to many and cheap calls to many networks. Please name that package? I've been looking for years.

https://tox.im/ for private person to person calls voice and video calls.

Any number of SIP packages with a carefully selected SIP provider for direct calls. CSipSimple for instance.
Jezus even Google Hangouts on Android and Iphone provided direct connect and video calls either free or cheaper than skype for calls to POTS.

How can you have been looking for "years" and not found any of these? Just how hard have you been looking AC?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (284 comments)

There is nothing "open source" that could offer the services Skype offers.

Bullshit. You certainly haven't looked very far.

https://tox.im/
Android, Windows, IOS.
Voice, text, video.
Totally encrypted.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (284 comments)

Who cares.
The network is hopelessly backdoored. Most people use skype just to talk to family and friends, and moving all of that to one of several TOX clients, or even to Google Hangouts is smarter than handing the entire conversation over to Microsoft.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (284 comments)

Uninstall Skype
Install any one a dozen open source package that do the same thing.

4 days ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

icebike Re:Everybody Panic! (421 comments)

CDC has already apologized for blaming the victim.

So your failure to see them doing the original blaming, and your apparent failure to see the apology suggests you weren't paying attention.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

icebike Re:No WMD's...Really? (376 comments)

Really? Huffington post is your bible? Seriously?

What about all the scrap metal missile parts that went through the port of Rotterdam? Did Huffington post knock that story down too?

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

icebike Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Because when you start talking about that kind of amperage even the resistance of the cables becomes significant.
Look up cable requirements in the electrical code some time.

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

icebike Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Put a hundred connectors in. Same problem.
Too many amps in too short of time.
Are you going to cover the entire rear end of the car with a 4 foot wide connector? How is that going to sell?

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

icebike Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Do 4 or 6 plug-ins hanging from each car?
Don't see that happening any time soon.

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

icebike Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Moving all of the energy that a 85 kW-hr lithium-ion EV battery can hold into a battery in 2 or 5 minutes would require some truly dangerous amperage,
and some enormous amount of heat could be generated.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

icebike Re:No Carriers (149 comments)

I don't disagree that is what they should have done.

But I suppose they have to allow for some sites that don't support ssl/tls.
It seems very ham-handed, and easily detectable.

Still, Golden Frog should have Named and Shamed, instead of protecting the guilty.

I've run into hotels that wouldn't allow smtps or secure imaps connections over their wifi.
I checked out, and filled out the complaint form, and mailed to corporate headquarters. (I was pissed).
I've never stepped foot in that chain since.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

icebike Re:No Carriers (149 comments)

Seems to me its more of a denial than an attack.

They want you to only connect outgoing SMTPS connections on 465. Golden Frog never even tested that, even after showing in a footnote that this was "possible" (their wording, I suspect they didn't want to admit it is the preferred way). Tempest Teapot.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

icebike Re:No Carriers (149 comments)

This is a case of the client side trying to connect on port 25 then switch to SSL.

On the foot note of Page 8, they acknowledge that the proper way, and the way most modern clients do this, is to connect
to on port 465 with SMTPS, rather than on port 25, and then switch.

Golden Frog presented no evidence that they tried this same provider with a properly configured mail client.
So while it sounds all nasty, it may just be the carrier enforcing a better security method than connecting insecurely
and then changing mid-stream. Saves a lot of unnecessary double negotiations.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

icebike Re:Hoax (984 comments)

You opened the PDF but you clearly didn't read a single word of it.

Stop looking at the pictures. Its not a porn magazine.

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

icebike Re:Hoax (984 comments)

How do you know the engine works, if you aren't allowed to open the hood.

When I open my hood, there is nothing there to assure me its "working", other than a rotating fan, some noise, some heat and a big chunk of metal.
How could I know its working? It could be all batteries and speakers and butane lighters inside that chunk of metal.

Does the car move, well, lets see....

Step 1 Open door, get in car.
Step 2 insert key
(You can see where this is going)....

Nobody I know disassembles a motor in their new truck to make sure the goddamed thing runs.
Even for new an novel things like a Tesla, nobody I know insists the dealer take it appart and show them every winding and bolt.

Ultimately it comes down to "Do you really Care"? If your are a motor head, you probably do, but mostly as a point of interest.
But on the other hand, if you view it just as transportation, and it came with some kind of warranty and performed acceptably on the test drive, then for transportation purposes who cares if its 40'000 well trained mice under the hood who eat gasoline and poop only tail pipe emissions, or electric motors or an internal combustion engine, or batteries and fans and speakers making throaty sounding roars.

Manufacturer said it would do THIS, and when I tried THIS it worked, or it didn't. And it worked for all the other people who bought it for many years, and none of them came around with stories about their mice escaping en mass and killing their cat.

I don't open my cell phones either. Not on purpose anyway.

about two weeks ago

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E-book Agency Model struck down

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "Federal Judge rules against the Agency Model devised by publishers to fix the price of e-Books (as well as paper books) by preventing retailers from setting their own prices, offering loss-leaders, or sales. Still not agreeing to the settlement is Apple, whose entry into the e-book business gave the publishers their foot in the door to impose the Agency Model. (Some suggest Apple may be in bigger trouble than the publishers). Refunds are likely to be imposed for book buyers. Link above contains entire ruling."
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The Twitter Patent IPA - Will it work

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "The Register has a story covering the Twitter Proposal for an Innovators's Patent Agreement (IPA) to put an end to endless patent wars. The agreement is meant to be signed by inventors working for corporations, when they assign the invention over to the corporation. The Agreement becomes from that point on similar to a covenant in a real estate purchase, binding on all parties, successors and heirs. The Full Text of the proposed IPA can be found on Github.

The operative portion of the IPA stipulates that "Company, on behalf of itself and its successors, transferees, and assignees (collectively “Assignee”), agrees not to assert any claims of any Patents which may be granted on any of the above applications unless asserted for a Defensive Purpose." It then proceeds to define "defensive purposes".

  It would seem that it would pretty much end any chances of monetizing the patents due to the promise not to use them as a first strike weapon in court, thereby allowing anyone to use the patent without fear of lawsuit.

Will this actually work, and would any companies actually adopt this method of Patent Assignment?"
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Somali Pirates Attack Navy Ship

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "In what must rank high in the Dumb Criminals Hall of Fame, a skiff load of Somali Pirates Attack a Spanish Navy Ship. The ship, The Patino has markings characteristic of naval ships and twin helicopter hangers on the rear deck. The weapons systems include two Oerlikon 20mm guns and two Izar FABA Systems Meroka 20mm close-in weapon systems (CIWS). Spanish sailors returned fire, wounding all but one of the attackers, launched their choppers and arrested the entire group."
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presidential Limo trapped on ramp

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "The BBC has footage of the Presidential Limo being trapped on a steep ramp while exiting a gate at the US Embassy in Dublin. The odd part of the video, is that it seems to suggest that rather than simply dragging its belly, the car seemed to trigger some sort of protective action.
Rather than grating to a stop, as anyone who has high-centered a car remembers, the car stops abruptly and completly.
The front wheels collapsed into the wheel wells, to the point where the car with 6 to 8 inches of clearance between the road and car frame suddenly appears to have less than 3, and the back end jumps into the air and stays high. If the vehicle was high centered, the front wheels should be hanging down, as the weight would be born by the rear wheels and the belly of the car. Instead the front wheels remained collapsed into the wheel wells, and the security detail brings a bus in front of the car so as to cut off the camera view, and provide some protection.

The car appears later in the video seemingly moving under its own power."

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Noctilucent clouds likely caused by Shuttle Launch

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

icebike writes "We recently covered the hysteria of Noctilucent clouds here, where there was some suggestions that these were the product of Global Warming due to moisture being lofted high into the atmosphere due to warming.

It now may be that these are simply the product of Shuttle launches.

Science News is reporting in a story about the Tunguska blast that:

"Each launch of a space shuttle, which burns a combination of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as fuel, pumps about 300 metric tons of water vapor into the atmosphere at altitudes between 100 and 115 kilometers. Soon after the January 16, 2003, launch of the shuttle Columbia, a liftoff that took place just after the height of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, noctilucent clouds appeared over Antarctica. Similarly, a widespread display of the night-shining clouds showed up over Alaska two days after the shuttle Endeavour blasted off on August 8, 2007. Previous studies show that in both instances those clouds included material from the shuttle plumes." So Man made after all?"

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Does Windows Vista Firewall contain a Tarpit?

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 6 years ago

icebike writes "While testing some TCP network software recently I noticed that an attempt to connect to the software on a Vista machine will take forever (greater than 45 seconds) to time out when the software is NOT actually running AND a firewall exception is in place, or when a firewall exception was specifically not allowed.

However, tearing down windows firewall will let the connection fail quickly (less than 5 seconds) when the target software is NOT running.

All other windows platforms (XP,2K, 9x) appear to fail the connection quickly when the software is not running AND a firewall exception is configured.

I can find no mention of this behavior in Microsoft's site or in any KB article.

This amounts to a defacto Tarpit which seems undocumented.

The software in question is designed to listen on a specific port for a TCP/IP connection, and display information sent from the other end (chat program). I tried several other similar software products with the same result."
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icebike icebike writes  |  more than 7 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "SCO has been notified by NASDAQ that it currently fails to meet the requirements for continued listing on NASDAQ due to its price being below 1 dollar for the last 30 days.

This means that if the stock price can not be held above 1 dollar for 10 consecutive days out of the next 180, SCO will be delisted. It would then join the Pink Sheets, where penny stocks are traded, (and usually hyped by untold volumes of spam promising a big campaign).

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070427/laf053.html?.v= 60

Just another step in the downward spiral of a company with few customers, and little to sell, and a business model based on litigation."
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icebike icebike writes  |  more than 7 years ago

icebike (68054) writes "David Harris, the New Zealand developer of Pegasus Mail has announced he's calling it quits. The Pegasus Email client and Mercury Email server which have been under active development since the 80s have seen their last release.

Aways a secure product (on a scale of one to Outlook) Pegasus had a faithful following world wide, but a small share, and insufficient funding for it to continue.

From the announcement page at http://pmail.com/ David announces
  "It has been a privilege to be of service to the Internet Community for such a long period of time — I am only sorry that I am not able to continue doing so."

Always a class act, Harris gave away Pegasus. If you wanted to help fund the development you could buy manuals. His product did not contain any annoying advertising, and handled Pop and Imap elegantly with a simple clear interface."

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