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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

jandar traitor or not is irrelevant (441 comments)

It's irrelevant what kind of people a law is targeted at. If you can't prove them guilty in proper style you have to let them go. If they (or the jury) are denied relevant information, they can't be prosecuted.

This asssumes you are living in a country with proper free government under the law. Apparently the USA doesn't qualify.

about 3 months ago
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E-Books That Read You

jandar skewed results (120 comments)

The results are skewed because the population of e-book vs paper-book readers is different. I hope the books I read won't be altered to match the apparent short attention span of e-book consumers.

about 4 months ago
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E-Books That Read You

jandar Re:Romances go fast... (120 comments)

Eroticas go faster because people are skipping over the pages of badly written sex trying to find more plot.

If you want plot over sex don't buy erotica. Probably the plot of erotica is skipped to find more hot carnal sex :-)

about 4 months ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

jandar Re:It's not only RAM (262 comments)

But you just compile with 32bits losing all the advantages of x86-64?

Yes. Our data-structures are very pointer-heavy and thus not cache-friendly. The most critical hardware part of our servers is the cache.

about 4 months ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

jandar It's not only RAM (262 comments)

The company I work for compiles almost all programms with 32 bits on x86-64 CPUs. It's not only cheap RAM usage, it's also expensive cache which is wasted with 64 pointer and 64 bit int. Since 3 GB is much more than our programms are using, x86-64 would be foolish. I'm eager waiting for a x32 SuSE version.

about 4 months ago
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RSA Flatly Denies That It Weakened Crypto For NSA Money

jandar Re:This settles the matter. (291 comments)

They said they didn't do it intentionaly. Why being specific about intention? This smells.

about 4 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

jandar Re:Konqueror (381 comments)

We should develop a secret handshake ;-).

What's not to love: some pages don't work. E.g. I can't save slashdot accounts slashboxes, the save-button isn't visible. Mostly it's non-functional video. For this I have firefox as stopgap.

about 4 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

jandar Re:Digg version 2.0 (1191 comments)

And you have NO visual perception where you are in the comment-section. Scrollbars are a concept of the past, WEB 2.0 can do without. This new "design" is retarded.

about 7 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

jandar users choice (1191 comments)

If I like small columns I can make the browser-window small. If a site patronizes me about column-size I feel disregarded in my preferences. This is patronizing attitude is found more often in the last years.

about 7 months ago
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Yahoo Deletes Journalist's Pre-Paid Legacy Site After Suicide

jandar Why illegal? (403 comments)

Why would suicide be illegal? Where I live it isn't. How could be someone prohibited from suicide save livelong incarceration in a padded cell?

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Asynchronous RAID-1 Free Software Backup For Laptops?

jandar Btrfs send/receive (227 comments)

Btrfs send/receive should possible be doing the trick. After first cloning the disk and before every subsequent transfer create a reference-snapshot on the laptop and delete the previous one after the transfer.

$ btrfs subvolume snapshot /mnt/data/orig /mnt/data/backup43
$ btrfs send -p /mnt/data/backup42 /mnt/data/backup43 | btrfs receive /mnt/backupdata
$ btrfs subvolume delete /mnt/data/backup42

I havn't tried this for myself, so the necessary disclaimer: this may eat your disk or kill a kitten ;-)

about 9 months ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

jandar Re:Wrong by law (601 comments)

You confuse me only by misleading comments. The notion of "by law enforcement" was missing in your initial wording and given that the whole topic was about secret services this is a major change of meaning.

Nevertheless I stand by my first remark about spying on own citizens. If a case involves foreign citizens and local ones, no secret service would gather only half of the information because own citizens are sacrosanct.

about 10 months ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

jandar Re:Wrong by law (601 comments)

Once you allow any domestic spying, it inevitably deteriorates into that. The only way to avoid that is to subject domestic surveillance to judicial review and hold abusers legally responsible.

So you say: there is absolutely no way domestic spying can be allowed, unless you do in a special way. Doesn't this seem to be contradictory?

about 10 months ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

jandar Re:Wrong by law (601 comments)

What isn't normal or acceptable is that a nation spies on its own citizens

A little bit spying on own citizens is acceptable if there is a current cause. Not acceptable is the dragnet type of surveillance with all-encompassing records of every citizen. This is a major characteristic trait of totalitarianism.

The former communist countries have mostly overcome dictatorship, some with more remaining autocratic elements some with less. Even Chinese have now more personal freedom and demand accountability from persons in high positions. To counter this trend the USA swings to the other side.

about 10 months ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

jandar Re:Wrong by law (601 comments)

you don't know that the chinese knew

This spying into everything of everyone by NSA was a secret to the same degree as the existence of an Israeli atom-bomb is. Known to every person on earth (with possible exception of a few US Americans) but not officially admitted. Given that China resides on earth they knew.

about 10 months ago
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DRM: How Book Publishers Failed To Learn From the Music Industry

jandar Re:buy DRM free books (212 comments)

From time to time, if you are into using ebooks, you will find that there are titles you want that are not available in non-DRM versions.

It's a matter of principle for me. Buying any DRM-contaminated book is a sign to the publisher that this abomination is acceptable.

There are e-books with DRM from authors I have all published paper-books from. It sucks there are stories from my favorite authors I can't read but DRM is a red line I don't cross.

about a year ago
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DRM: How Book Publishers Failed To Learn From the Music Industry

jandar Re:buy DRM free books (212 comments)

I love paper-books and wouldn't buy any DRM encumbered e-book because some 30+ year old books I'm reading once a while and I don't trust any DRM-server to last that long.

But if a paper-book would get me a download of the same as an e-book I'm willing to spend a little bit more to have a significant chunk of my 4 digit number of books during travel.

I'm considering to build a scanner linear-book-scanner to make my portable library but question my ability to build it ;-). This scanner seems to be able to scan a book without any human help. Start one book before going to work, one coming home and one before going to sleep gives more than 1000 books a year. A few years of minimal efford and all is done. If one could buy such a scanner for 1000-2000 eur I would start building my e-books tomorrow.

about a year ago
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How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?

jandar Re:Gravitational tides will kill you (412 comments)

That depends on the rules of the known universe. in 1915, Karl Schwarzchild transformed Einstein's theories of relativity into a form that would require black holes. This means that Einstein's formulas can only be correct if the universe allows black holes. If the universe does not allow black holes, then Einsteins formulas must be wrong - though less wrong than the aether theory they replaced.

If some (not yet understood) quantum effect would prohibit the mass-density required for a black hole, e.g. the minimum radius of a mass would be 1 ppm above the Schwarzschild Radius, general relativity would have no defect without existence of black holes.

Black holes have been observed many times.

Strong gravitational fields have been observed but no black holes. If the radii of the generating masses are 1 ppm above Schwarzschild Radii the observed effects would be the same as with black holes. There are indications for black holes but no real proof a sure observation would be.

1 year,12 days

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