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Intercontinental Mind-Meld Unites Two Rats

ingo23 Two rats, wires, wiskers.... (176 comments)

They've been doing it with humans on a mass scale for decades without a need for any brain implants.

It's called TV commercials.

about a year ago

Multi-Target Photo-Radar System To Make Speeding Riskier

ingo23 32 targets? And that's all? (506 comments)

You got to be kidding - it can only track 32 targets?

S-300 SAM can track up to 100 and engage up to 12.

That's what would make speeding riskier.

How many targets that puny Cordon can engage at once?

more than 3 years ago

Google's New Design

ingo23 Soon the Google's front page will be your desktop (294 comments)

So start to get used to the black bar at the top with e-mail notifications, IM pop-ups, battery status, 3G and cell signal strength.

Then when your OS application bar and browser toolbar/menu will gradually disappear, you will not be surprised.

more than 3 years ago

Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

ingo23 SafeDeposit for PalmOS (1007 comments)

One of the reasons I got a Palm (Zire and then Treo) was to keep track of the passwords. My list at that time was 4 pages long and growing. Since that time I have been using SafeDeposit on Palm - http://www.freewarepalm.com/database/safedepositpda.shtml

It does encrypt the passwords with a master password and having them on a PDA/phone is much more convenient than a file/application on a laptop.

more than 5 years ago

Banking Via Twitter?

ingo23 Why is this less secure than an online banking? (193 comments)

It all depends on the implementation. Nobody is shocked by a bank having a web site opened to a public where all one needs is a user name and password to part you with your money (transfer it to another account or send an bill payment). With the common password recovery options it is not impossible for someone to get a hold of your logon credentials.

On the other hand, an ideal banking service should make it impossible to perform a real transfer or payment (when your account is debited) without letting the customer know and receiving a positive confirmation that the customer (and not someone else) has been notified and approved the transaction.
From that perspective if someone manages to break into my banking account but can only view the information, it is a significantly lower risk that doing the same with a ability to send money out. So having this information on twitter may actually increase the security (e.g. I will know immediately that someone used my credit or debit card number).

Of course, once it comes down to the implementation, another external service will just open another attack vector. But twitter here is no more or less secure than another account consolidation service or electronic bank statements.

more than 4 years ago

GPLv2 Libraries — Is There a Point?

ingo23 "Linking" is the weakest link of GPL (585 comments)

The whole idea of "linking" is too specific to a technology or architecture. It assumes that some code is "compiled" into some form of library and the functions become available through a "linking" process during the build.

What if I call functions in my library over SOAP? The application is still "linked" to a service ("library"), but using that logic a web browser would have to be GPLed if you access any GPLed web server.

more than 5 years ago

SAP — Open Source Friend Or Foe ?

ingo23 Re:SAP is open source (155 comments)

You are talking about modifying the SAP developed code. What was the last time you made your own changes to Apache or Linux kernel source? In the SAP world almost nobody is changing the SAP code, although almost everybody looks at it and uses parts of it. There are multiple ways to customize SAP application without changing their own code, that's one of their strong points.

I am not saying that SAP is an open source product in EFF terms (of course you cannot contribute back). But the source code is openly available to customers to peek into. Unlike most of the software vendors that only give you binaries.

more than 5 years ago

SAP — Open Source Friend Or Foe ?

ingo23 SAP is open source (155 comments)

Technically speaking, SAP is probably one of the first companies to distribute the source code with their product. Any company that purchased an SAP product gets complete source code for the business application (except for the core, which is more like an OS). One does not even need to apply for access to it, the whole application part is developed in an interpreted language with the source, IDE, and debugger readily available.

The article complains that SAP does not support all the OSS community initiatives (as if nobody in OSS world ever has had any disagreement) and backs software patents.
As a software development company, SAP has no other choice than to hold on to their patent portfolio, even if for defense reasons. I am not saying that SAP will (or have) never sue anyone for patent infringement, but I have not heard of any widely publicized case of them doing so.

more than 5 years ago

Collateral Damage From Cyber Warfare?

ingo23 Re:Hmmm... (134 comments)

They use Mexicans here illegally to do jobs that Americans would do if they were paid appropriately.

Why don't you change that by paying $100 every time you lawn gets mowed?

more than 5 years ago

US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu

ingo23 What's next? (695 comments)

First it was bird flu, now it's swine flu.

What's next - flying pig flu?

more than 5 years ago

SoHo NAS With Good Network Throughput?

ingo23 Re:SMB (517 comments)

I got some noticeable (but still not reaching Win-to-Win speeds) improvements on Gigabit network when I replaced the NIC (and kernel modules, obviously). For some reason motherboard built-in Gigabit adapters are getting better results. I also noticed some strange degradation of HD performance when LVM is built on top of RAID (all Ubuntu server 8.10).

more than 6 years ago

Russia To Require Registration For Wi-Fi Use

ingo23 Re:And... (155 comments)

The rebuttal article (http://www.rsoc.ru/main/about/858/887.shtml?id_news=628) cites a government regulation stating that any device in 2.4GHz range with transmission power less than or equal 100mW is NOT subject to registration. Google automatic translation did not do a good job on that particular piece, that might have caused the panic.

more than 6 years ago



ingo23 ingo23 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ingo23 (848315) writes "Everybody knows that the Slashdot crowd just loves the software patents. If not the patents, what would you rant about? Now imagine this — at work you are developing a piece of some cool software. And one day your employer decides to file a patent for it naming you as an inventor. Would you gladly accept the honor or would you get on a soap box and stir up a little revolt against software patents?"


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