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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

ickleberry Re:This isn't really surprising at all (176 comments)

13 years == barely outside the factory gate. 25, 30, 40 years is old for a car but not 13

about a month and a half ago

Water Cannons Used Against Peaceful Anti-TTIP Protestors: the Next ACTA Revolt?

ickleberry Re:The Secrecy Sucks (142 comments)

Time was when Ireland and a handfull of other countries did have to ratify some stuff by popular vote, but Ireland recently gave away that right. 2 or 3 times Ireland voted no on various steps towards the European superstate but the local politicians just re-ran the election when they didn't get the answer they wanted. See Nice Treaty, Lisbon Treaty

about 8 months ago

$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

ickleberry Barbara Streissand (252 comments)

Expect scanned and even perfectly good text copies of this book to be on all good torrent sites around the time it's supposed to be released

about 9 months ago

Elon Musk Says Larger Batteries Might Be On the Way

ickleberry Re:Wake up SAE. Standardize TREs now. (191 comments)

Ordinary consumers don't tow range extenders. Most won't go near anything that isn't an ordinary saloon / SUV with a PRNDL gate transmission. Using a hitch and towing stuff is beyond the capability of most

about a year ago

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

ickleberry 'Merica (1038 comments)

Damn USAian barbarians just love their death penalty. Backward ould fools..

1 year,12 days

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

ickleberry Undetectable adblockers are the future (731 comments)

Maybe the current crop of adblockers don't download the ads and can be monitored using JavaShit but eventually one will be created that downloads the ads but simply leaves that section of the screen blank. These days most ads are recognised by URL and that URL is usually hosted on a different server to the site itself. Future adblockers could use a thunderbird anti-spam type algorithm to visually recognise ads and match them with a database of things that people reported as ads

The race is winnable alright. Even if the end result would be the demise of "free sites" who get rich off the ads or the more recent trends of sites not getting very rich of the ads but hoping for acquisition by some supermassive company who will plaster the said site with ads until all users leave.

1 year,12 days

U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

ickleberry Re:Don't imagine it stops there. (348 comments)

They don't make discrete semiconductors or capacitors. No China == no more electronics for us. Even the stuff that Intel make in the States is often shipped to Malaysia or the People's Republic to be put in a case and shipped back.

1 year,25 days

World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

ickleberry Re:Worlds biggest shipyards (166 comments)

Apparently at the Samsung shipyard this thing was built in, it's a good month if nobody dies in an accident that month. At least that's how it was in 2006 when they had almost made it a month without anyone getting killed, then 2 lads decided to fall to their deathsfrom a crane.

about a year ago

Barcelona Will Be a Big Test For HotSpot 2.0 Wi-Fi Connections

ickleberry Open Wifi AP FTW! (18 comments)

Why bother requiring authentication for a bit of bandwidth that costs about 0.01 of a cent per person to provide? If anything this will make the internet a less-free place, with a debit card & address traceable from every packet that's sent.

The only good thing is if the grubby mobile phone network operators get in on this, maybe we will see more powerful wifi standards emerging and we will eventually do away with the proprietary UMTS/LTE standards and hopefully we will eventually see the end of having to pay for bandwidth while on the move (everyone simply runs and shares their own AP, kind of like FON)

about a year ago

Patent Battle May Loom Over 'Copenhagen Wheel' Electric Bike

ickleberry Prior art (152 comments)

These have been available for years. I bought a no-brand Chinese one for my bike not too long ago, of course without the fancy batteries, sleek plastic cover on the hub and iPhone app.

If that's not good enough then here's a petrol version petrol version (engine inside the wheel! from 1901)

about a year ago

Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

ickleberry Hmm I might get one (307 comments)

I am sick of the Android+iPhone duopoly and never liked either of those OS to begin with. Now if they could only make a phone with a hardware keyboard

about a year ago

Adults Make Riskier, More Inconsistent Decisions As They Get Older, Study Finds

ickleberry When you might only be years away from death.. (225 comments)

It makes sense to say "feck it!" and live whats left of life to the fullest. Young people would have it in their mind that they are going to be around for another 50-100 years. As I get older myself I find it more and more tempting to try something just to see what happens. When you are young you start off nice and naive and with little to lose so you make risky decisions, spend a couple of decades as a boring risk-averse PHB type who worries about absolutely everything but then after a while you will get tired of that too.

The world is ruled by grey-haired folk who are still a good bit away from retirement, have lots to lose (career, assets, life). Which explains why the world is getting more boring by the day.

about a year ago

My ISP...

ickleberry No cap but they do block thepiratebay. (290 comments)

Good old Eircom, the feckers!

No bandwidth cap (adsl line connects at 8m down and 800k up, so there are probably people here with capped connections who can actually transfer more data per month than I can)

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

ickleberry Re:Roll your own... (410 comments)

I run my own email server as well. Not hard to set up and maintain dovecot+postfix + roundcube (optional) at all but unfortunately a lot of people are a bit *too* addicted to convienience and have outsourced everything to the Big Bad GOOG

about a year and a half ago

The Last GUADEC?

ickleberry Re:I still use GNOME. (376 comments)

The more serious problem is that with the obsolescence of GTK+, we may end up not having a good standard GUI toolkit to write applications on Linux anymore. There is much focus on graphics lately with the alternatives to X.org being developed, but Linux still doesn't have a good solution to make graphical apps with resolution independence, proper text rendering, fluid layout and good accessibility. Not that other operating systems are being that much better at any of this.

This is already the case in many ways, hence the popularity of web based apps and native applications that run their own webserver to be accessed via localhost. I actually found GTK+ easier to use than Qt, but there is no windows version for GTK3, not even one in sight so it turned out that I was writing a Linux-only program without realising it! GTK3 itself is not too bad to use, it's just a bit limited and needs work.

The Gnome desktop though, is a whole other story, it seems to be controlled by developers who lost the run of themselves and tried the Steve Jobs approach - "We're giving you a UI change and you're going to like it!"

about a year and a half ago

Wikileaks Aiding Snowden - Chinese Social Media Divided - Relations Strained

ickleberry Re:Done us all a favor (629 comments)

I notice you left out the Youkay. Perhaps on purpose because of GCHQ, but most of Ireland's international internet traffic goes back to the UK where GCHQ can get their hands on it. The only other link AFAIK is to the Good Ole US of A :)

about a year and a half ago

My view of touchscreen laptops:

ickleberry Nothing against putting a touch screen on a laptop (359 comments)

The problem starts when all OS and applications are written in such a way that requires you to use the touch screen. You know, silly rounded corners, oversized UI widgets and lousy multitasking support

about a year and a half ago

Cerulean Studios Releases Trillian IM Protocol Specifications

ickleberry TLS encryption is junk (95 comments)

Easy for the NSA to get a false cert from the CA

Self signed certs are worthless too. Most people will accept any ould cert without wondering why a new one was issued

about a year and a half ago

Google Aims To Cull Child Porn By Algorithm, Not Human Review

ickleberry Re:What is the point of this? (306 comments)

Query the database so you can fap with a clear concience :)

about a year and a half ago

Saudi Arabia Set To Ban WhatsApp, Skype

ickleberry Decentralised messenger (122 comments)

What about a decentralised app that uses end-to-end encryption, packets masquerading as something else and maybe a dose of onion routing for good measure? Would they have a go at blocking that as well? Exactly how Orwellian are these guys?

about a year and a half ago



British spy agencies need to 'snoop on every call' to fight terror

ickleberry ickleberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ickleberry writes "THE ability of UK spy agencies to combat terrorism will be severely hampered without powers to monitor every email, phone call and web visit, a parliamentary committee warned yesterday.

Advances in forms of communication mean MI5, MI6 and the British government communications headquarters GCHQ will increasingly lose the capability of spotting and monitoring potential terrorists, the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said.

The warning came as the coalition split on the plans to extend snooping powers deepened. A defiant Theresa May, the British Home Secretary, insisted she was determined to get the measures into law during this parliament."

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