×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

icebike Re:Vague article (319 comments)

At some point in time the cure becomes worse than the disease. I think we're already past that point.

You have to know that the spy agencies have a list of demands they hold for situations like this. Strike while the terror is hot.

If your tinfoil hat is on too tight you might suspect they fund some of these events when ever they don't get their way.
Nah, that's crazy talk. Where are my meds....

about three weeks ago
top

Microbe Found In Grassy Field Contains Powerful Antibiotic

icebike Re:The hard part is yet to come (84 comments)

Finding things that kill bacteria is easy. Finding things that kill bacteria and do not significantly harm the host, now that is the hard part.

The hardest part might be finding patients willing to spend a year dead and buried in some random field just to cure a case of jick itch.

about three weeks ago
top

Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

icebike Re:Why dashcams? (93 comments)

Cams are as much to stop citizen abuse as they are to stop police abuse.
In fact, will be born out after a couple years of vest cam usage.

Also, you may want to rethink your position. When the gunny drives by and peppers your house with automatic weapons fire just because your un-redacted face and voice appeared in a police video you will (too late) realize that you have surrendered the streets to the thugs.

about a month ago
top

Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

icebike Re:Why dashcams? (93 comments)

Exactly,

The conspiracy theorists have to dial it down a bit.

The redacting is for faces that must be protected by law, such as children, and witnesses.
Hardly make sense for the police to release photos of witnesses so that the thugs homeboys can put a hit on them.

The redaction is Like the redaction on street view, blurring of faces.
There are also places where the police have no right to film, such as in homes.

about a month ago
top

Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

icebike Re:No problem. (137 comments)

The other thing they fail to understand is that causality is patently obvious in the vast majority of cases where there are no confounding factors.

Probably the social sciences are most in need tests like this, as they are always trying to pin some outcome on some input in a bubbling cauldron of alternatives. But of course, the cauldron is full of confounding factors.

about a month ago
top

The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

icebike Re: ... Everything? (528 comments)

Some parts of this can be done even cheaper.

Don't hook up enough external bandwidth such that someone can copy 100 terabytes of data without anyone noticing. Even at gigibit Ethernet speed that takes an incredibly long time to copy that much data.

Sure, they have to move high-def movie clips, maybe even entire movies around between their various sites. But anyone stealing that much data would have to be INSIDE their network with a suitcase full of terabyte drives, or outside their network with a couple months to invest in the project.

about 2 months ago
top

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

icebike Re: DMCA (Defamation) (245 comments)

Finally, some on who gets it,

Set your client up right and stop all this hand wringing. Its a tempest in a teapot.

about 2 months ago
top

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

icebike Re: DMCA (Defamation) (245 comments)

Hey, if I write an email, I own the copyright, correct?

The encryption is a method I use to keep others from reading said copyrited work, correct?

This means that removing the encryption is in effect, circumventing a copywrite protection, and illegal under the DMCA.

No, you misunderstand what is going on here.

StartTLS is something that happens when your email client connects to the mail server with an insecure protocol on a non-ssl port, and then asks the server to switch to a secure connection. Its your clue that you are doing it wrong,

Connect on a secure port over ssl (usually 465) instead of 25. Set your client up right to use a secure port and they can't deny a secure connection. (Unless they don't support security at all, in which case run away from them like your hair is on fire).

WITHOUT doing it right, your email was never secure, never encrypted, so no DMCA violation.

They aren't denying you a secure connection, they are just putting the burden on you to do it properly instead of having their servers to the extra work of switching an insecure connection to a secure one, which usually entails a whole bunch of handshake-security dance.

Set your client up the right way on the right ports.

about 2 months ago
top

Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds

icebike Re:Contradiction (45 comments)

Well I assure you someone will have complete visibility into the cloud.

Money from government. We're here to help.

about 3 months ago
top

Recent Nobel Prize Winner Revolutionizes Microscopy Again

icebike Re:Toxic light (34 comments)

I like how smartass respondents like to gloss over confirmations in their own reference as if they didn't exist, and wouldn't be caught.

Phototoxicity often occurs upon repeated exposure of fluorescently labeled cells to illumination from lasers and high-intensity arc-discharge lamps. In their excited state, fluorescent molecules tend to react with molecular oxygen to produce free radicals that can damage subcellular components and compromise the entire cell. In addition, several reports have suggested that particular constituents of standard culture media, including the vitamin riboflavin and the amino acid tryptophan, may also contribute to adverse light-induced effects on cultured cells. Fluorescent proteins, due to the fact that their fluorophores are buried deep within a protective polypeptide envelope, are generally not phototoxic to cells. However, many of the synthetic fluorophores, such as the MitoTracker and nuclear stains (Hoechst, SYTO cyanine dyes, and DRAQ5), can be highly toxic to cells when illuminated for even relatively short periods of time. In designing experiments, fluorophores that exhibit the longest excitation wavelengths possible should be chosen in order to minimize damage to cells by short wavelength

It wasn't the light that was toxic you idiot.

It was the fluorescent molecules added to the specimen, and
constituents of standard culture media,
nuclear stains, dyes, etc.

Light itself is not toxic. Read reverseengineer's response http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

about 3 months ago
top

Recent Nobel Prize Winner Revolutionizes Microscopy Again

icebike Re:Toxic light (34 comments)

As best I can tell, even reading all the other replays, THIS reply is the only one that makes any sense at all.

about 3 months ago
top

Recent Nobel Prize Winner Revolutionizes Microscopy Again

icebike Toxic light (34 comments)

Toxic light is a new one.
Having no substance, light can't carry any toxins.

The light might fry the specimen. But no rational definition of toxic applies here.

about 3 months ago
top

Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

icebike Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 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.

about 3 months ago
top

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

icebike Re:Everybody Panic! (421 comments)

Do you have a computer that can access Google?

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 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.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

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

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 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?

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 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.

about 3 months ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

icebike Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

Tox does video and voice.
Totally encrypted.
Not backdoored like skype is.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

top

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."
Link to Original Source
top

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?"
top

Somali Pirates Attack Navy Ship

icebike icebike writes  |  about 3 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."
top

presidential Limo trapped on ramp

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 3 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."

Link to Original Source
top

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?"

Link to Original Source
top

Does Windows Vista Firewall contain a Tarpit?

icebike icebike writes  |  about 7 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."
top

icebike icebike writes  |  more than 6 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."
top

icebike icebike writes  |  about 8 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."

Journals

icebike has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?