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Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?

jdb2 Want real security? Get an N900 or an N9 (291 comments)

The N900 and N9 are full blown Unix/Linux machines with all the bells and whistles that come with a non-neutered version of the GNU/Linux environment.

That being said, they support many Unix/Linux security mechanisms, but if you want proof, how about full disk encryption for starters?

jdb2

more than 2 years ago
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Hackers Attack Nintendo, But Company Claims Data Safe

jdb2 Brick Nintendo? (159 comments)

I wonder if this has anything to do with the FSF's "Brick Nintendo" campaign. Perhaps the hacker in question was trying to further the FSF's efforts with regard to bringing attention to the super-draconian TOS of the 3DS, but in the wrong way of course. Since this is not "Anonymous" it makes me think that the answer to the former hypothesis is "no" and this is just another immature teenager up to stupid sh*t.

Oh, BTW, have you bought and sent your bricks yet?

jdb2

more than 3 years ago
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The last time I switched my usual GUI:

jdb2 Do GUI versions count? (249 comments)

In that case I switched to KDE 4.6 around the end of January. If you count minor versions, then I switched 4.6.3 about 4 weeks ago.

jdb2

more than 3 years ago
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Brain Cancer Worries? Look Up Your Phone's SAR

jdb2 Nokia N900? (165 comments)

Seems they don't have any data on the Nokia N900. That's OK; We can get it off of Nokia's web page :

"The highest SAR value under the ICNIRP guidelines for use of the device at the ear is 0.80 W/kg."

Not bad at all, especially compared to the HTC Nexus One or the Motorola Droid Pro at 1.39 W/kg .

jdb2

more than 3 years ago
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Duke Nukem Forever Demo Released

jdb2 Duke demo under Wine (188 comments)

I've tried to run the game under wine 1.3.21. It installs perfectly ( as does Steam ) but crashes when you click "PLAY".

This might not be entirely Wine related though as a lot of other people ( see the Gearbox forums ) have been getting crashes upon start-up that look almost exactly like the one I'm getting under wine and furthermore the demo is *extremely* buggy.

See the wine AppDB page for it :

http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=23644

jdb2

more than 3 years ago
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Gmail Accidentally Resets 150,000 Accounts

jdb2 IMAP (401 comments)

This is *exactly* why I have my Gmail account linked to Thunderbird via IMAP and I perform regular backups.

jdb2

more than 3 years ago
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How Much Math Do We Really Need?

jdb2 Math is the foundaton for physics yet to be (1153 comments)

Hmmm.... I wonder what would have happened if this guy would have lived circa 1853 right before Bernhard Riemann invented calculus on smooth manifolds, also known as Riemannian Geometry. Maybe Riemann would have been discouraged and scrapped his work. Too bad, since that work, which had no useful applications at the time, would turn out to be the core mathematics Einstein needed to complete General Relativity some 61 years later.

Math is the language that describes the universe. Stop pursuing new heights in math an you will never reach new heights in reality.

jdb2

about 4 years ago
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Court Rules Against Stem Cell Policy

jdb2 Re:What is life? (388 comments)

Ok, then tell me why before blurting out an unaccredited statement from the blue.

Often a thesis statement precedes the evidence. It's very standard English construction.

It's also standard argumentation practice for your thesis statement to support your evidence, which it did not.

Bacteria aren't people.

Neither are pluripotent stem cells or blastocysts.

I think you're deliberately missing the point. Human blastocysts are human, the DNA settles this.

And I think you're deliberately misconstruing the point. Human blastocysts are a small collection of Human cells -- nothing more. They are not conscious and they do not suffer. There is absolutely no evidence to the contrary regarding this point. And about the DNA, we share 94% of it with chimps and some fraction will all life on earth. What is "Human" is a continuous gradient whether you look at it genetically or evolutionarily. The 4% that is unique to us gives us our sapience.

Bacteria are quite clearly not human.

They are distant genetic cousins, and they are cells, so why is their destruction any less worse than the destruction of tiny quantities of nascent Human cells?

Whether the blastocysts are alive is the question at hand.

They are alive by the definition provided to us by biology. The fallacy you are perpetrating is using life to conflate a self-sustaining chemical system and the ability to experience.

Sperm can't grow into a human.

If they're coupled with an ovum they can. Ever heard of sperm banks?

You were talking about the destruction of un-coupled sperm. Again, they can't grow into a human.

And neither can blastocysts unless implanted into a working uterus. Your argument is vacuous. Whether something can grow into a human is beside the point. You are talking about potential, which the DNA of any cell in one's body can provide, but what you ignore is that potential has to be coupled with a conscious choice.

then it's a human being, at one stage of development.

And you think my arguments are weak. Go look up "non sequitur" again. This statement has no logical connection to your previous one.

This is the very crux of the matter for those who are concerned. Of course it has a logical connection - some people believe that it is a living human deserving of full protections. You can't wish that away or pretend to be too obtuse to recognize it.

"If the blastocyst is 'alive'" --> "then it's a human being, at one stage of development." The implication here is fallacious. "Alive" here is nebulous and undefined. Your logic fails because you are once again equivocating your use of the term "life" which in this context could mean "ability to experience", which we already know is wrong, "ability to develop into a human" which we know is wrong because it is implicated on conscious choice, or some other unknown definition which brings us back full circle to "what is life?." You can't wish away a non-statement or pretend to to be too obtuse to recognize it.

Defining 'life' is tricky.

And it's also irrelevant to this conversation, unless you're talking about "Human Life."

Of course we are, that's the subject of the whole debate.

Should we treat the suffering of an orangutan or dolphin any different than the suffering of the non-sentient brain impaired of our species, or even the non-brain-impaired, just because the latter looks like us?

Of course, this is a fundamental premise of our society and system of justice, no matter what your take on embryo research is.

Just because something is a "fundamental premise" doesn't mean it's right or isn't open to debate. In my opinion it is seriously flawed. Talk to a Buddhist.

Killing a bull, even painfully, is not a crime (in fact, it's bragged about on product labeling). Killing a handicapped child will get you life to death, depending on jurisdiction.

That's a nice straw man you have their. I never said anything about killing a handicapped child. Nice appeal to emotion as well. You've deliberately twisted my words. The untwisted version was meant to emphasize that ignoring the real suffering of the other species we live with is arrogant at best, and criminal at worst. And the thing about the bull is disgusting. Don't we have animal rights laws that prohibit such unnecessary mistreatment?

For me, life is anything that can suffer.

Oh, you have a working definition of suffering? That's escaped philosophers for centuries.

You really know how to construct a straw man. Every human innately knows what suffering is, just like we know what heat or cold are, or what the color red is. Life, in the general ( universe-wide ) sense, is another issue altogether.

Positing that Humans are a higher form of life, other than the fact that we're sapient, is just cruel anthropocentrism and has led to the full scale destruction of the ecosystems that made us and sustains us.

Full-scale? Strange the world doesn't seem dead ... yep, just checked, my forest is quite healthy.

You fully know that I meant destruction in the progressive sense ( I accidentally omitted the "ongoing" ) and "full scale" in the "by every means possible" sense. ( go check a dictionary if you don't agree ) Now you are just slinging mud.

You're a radical vegan localvore, I presume?

Thanks for launching the first ad hominem attack and handing the argument to me. You must be getting desperate.

just stop.

I'd advise you yo do the same.

I'm not funding any 'public' research.

Feel free not to contribute to the cause of eliminating human *suffering* and disease by the advancement of biological science, and eventually, that of the Earth's ecosystem as well.

jdb2

more than 4 years ago
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Court Rules Against Stem Cell Policy

jdb2 Re:What is life? (388 comments)

Even if your conclusion is right, your arguments are weak.

Ok, then tell me why before blurting out an unaccredited statement from the blue. You're reasoning in the above is equivalent to saying "You're wrong!." Let me introduce you to my friend -- his name is called Non Sequitur.

Bacteria aren't people.

Neither are pluripotent stem cells or blastocysts.

Sperm can't grow into a human.

If they're coupled with an ovum they can. Ever heard of sperm banks?

If the blastocyst is 'alive',

It is, and so are the bacteria in my shit.

then it's a human being, at one stage of development.

And you think my arguments are weak. Go look up "non sequitur" again. This statement has no logical connection to your previous one.

Defining 'life' is tricky.

And it's also irrelevant to this conversation, unless you're talking about "Human Life." And if you want to elevate Human life above all other "animal" life just because we're the only surviving sapient species on the planet, please provide a reason why the emergence of any new Human in our grand ecosystem is any "better" than the emergence of any other form of life which it encompasses. Should we treat the suffering of an orangutan or dolphin any different than the suffering of the non-sentient brain impaired of our species, or even the non-brain-impaired, just because the latter looks like us? For me, life is anything that can suffer. Sentio igitur sum is more primal. Positing that Humans are a higher form of life, other than the fact that we're sapient, is just cruel anthropocentrism and has led to the full scale destruction of the ecosystems that made us and sustains us.

- just stop.

I'd advise you yo do the same.

jdb2

more than 4 years ago
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Court Rules Against Stem Cell Policy

jdb2 Give me a fucking break (388 comments)

"Destroying embryos?" First of all these aren't "embryos" -- that is a weasel word often used by fundies and Republicans to conflate an undifferentiated blastocyst with a viable fetus as probably both parties believe that the blastocyst, ney, the zygote, has a "soul." "Embryo" implies more advanced development which is what a blastocyst becomes when its development differentiates it as a human being . A blastocyst is a sphere of about 100 cells filled with fluid, the blastocoele, which contains a clump of pluripotent stem cells attached to its inner wall called the ebryoblast. This is what they're talking about when they say "embryo" : a blob of stem cells. And when they talk about "destroying" the "embryo" what really happens is that the blastocyst is punctured ( Oh no! It's destroyed! ) and the embryoblast stem cells are extracted and allowed to multiply a petri dish. These cells ARE NOT VIABLE -- that is babies won't sprout up like fucking mushrooms from the petri dish. And the blastocysts, they aren't viable unless implanted into a working uterus. Furthermore, what's going to happen to the "embryos" ( blastocysts ) that aren't needed? Can you say medical waste and a furnace? If "destroying embryos" is the equivalent of killing a person, then you commit mass murder every time you take a shit because there are more bacterial cells in your intestines than in your body. Going further with that thought, don't you also commit mass murder when you ejaculate? You know those sperm could have been babies! For fucks sake I'm damn sick of this bullshit.

jdb2

more than 4 years ago
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Lasers Approach Their Ultimate Intensity Limit

jdb2 Re:No death star :( (384 comments)

"Death Star style superlasers? Don't bet on it."

People using their imagination to go beyond the limits of current technology? Don't bet on it.

But seriously, anything with the firepower of the Death Star would probably be using high intensity anti-neutronium particle beams or something to that effect.
Reminds me of a Star Trek TNG episode where the Enterprise-D was threatened by a ship armed only with high power lasers -- the crew thought it was quaint of course.

jdb2

more than 4 years ago
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Boeing Shows Off First Commercial Spacecraft

jdb2 7 people? (114 comments)

If that many people can be crammed into this capsule then I think some design "compromises" had to be made in order to save space.
One example that comes to mind is the space toilet -- it would really suck if you had to shit or urinate in your space suit on the way to the/a station.
Personally, I'm hoping something like the Kliper design takes off. Horizontal lifting body designs lend themselves to more space plus the added advantage of not having to take as many Gs on atmospheric re-entry.

Anyway, here's a somewhat tacky video detailing a hypothetical (CST)-100 mission.

jdb2

more than 4 years ago
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Black Hole Emits a 1,000-Light-Year-Wide Gas Bubble

jdb2 Re:How can a black hole emit anything? (145 comments)

An inner and outer event horizon? last I checked the event horizon was the point at which nothing not even light escapes. By that definition theres only one event horizon. If something goes in and is able to come out, it obviously hasn't entered the event horizon. I assume what you are talking about is the gravitational swing effect by which an object enters the gravitational field long enough to gain speed before it is slingshots away before being sucked in.

I think he's talking about the ergosphere.

jdb2

more than 4 years ago
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IE9 Flaunts Hardware-Accelerated Canvas

jdb2 Re:Zero to botched in 60 nanoseconds? (265 comments)

Until it is build into the kernel, I'll pass, thanks.

It's your loss. I have 8 gigs of DDR3-1600MHz and preload is running right now, keeping my most used loadable libraries and applications in a large portion of that 8 gigs and with a very noticeable effect on program startup time.

There are many drivers that are not built into the kernel. Perhaps you would like to "pass" on those as well.

jdb2

more than 4 years ago
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IE9 Flaunts Hardware-Accelerated Canvas

jdb2 Re:Zero to botched in 60 nanoseconds? (265 comments)

One of the things I like the most about Windows 7 is that unlike XP my RAM actually is being used for something useful, instead of sitting empty most of the time. I have about 500Mb of my 8Gb free, because thanks to Superfetch Windows knows which programs I use and when and has them waiting in RAM for me.

Linux has this as well. It's called Preload.

jdb2

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Should Focus On Going To..

jdb2 Re:Who's taking out the garbage? (508 comments)

Earth orbit is, in terms of energy and delta-v, halfway to anywhere (at least in the Local Group of galaxies).

Hmmmm.... Have you read "Halfway to Anywhere" by G. Harry Stine? :) ( great book )

We need something like the DC-X again since that design seems very promising. Also, given the current state of NASA -- ie. the retiring of the Space Shuttle Fleet -- I'd think they'd be more amenable to such a design. ( If you don't know, the DC-X was a military project that got transferred to NASA. Unfortunately on one test flight someone left a hydraulics line unplugged resulting in one landing strut failing to extend which caused the vehicle to fall on its side and blow up due to a crack in a crappily designed LOX tank. Viewing the DC-X as a threat to the Shuttle program, NASA quickly came up with an excuse to kill the project. )

jdb2

more than 4 years ago
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The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships

jdb2 Bah. If you really want to frag get a PXL (207 comments)

Seems these people haven't heard of the Assassin 3D which was released almost a decade and a half ago. It was designed with similar goals -- ie. a trackball for aiming -- but was coupled with a real joystick for movement. This setup proved to be one of the great innovations for mouser haters. Indeed, I've had much fun fragging mouse+keyboard users since I bought my first Panther XL back in '98 -- the philosophical successor to the Assassin 3D. Nowadays I use a hacked/modified PXL where the mechanical 2-axis ( rotary ) sensor for the trackball has been replaced by the guts of a high end optical gaming mouse and the joystick electronics/sensor have either been modified to translate the joystick motion into eg. WASD key presses that are sent down a USB cable or in my case they've been replaced by a Panther DX USB joystick. ( The Panther DX is essentially the joystick component of the Panther XL )

jdb2

more than 4 years ago
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Petaflops? DARPA Seeks Quintillion-Flop Computers

jdb2 Re:Old news (185 comments)

As I rode my motorcycle past the Oak Ridge exit on the interstate on my way to North Carolina, I wondered why computing centers are located where coal is used for power generation, whereas Google places they're computing centers where cheap, renewable energy is available. Probably gov. pork (i.e. I want this in my district).

Heh, yeah, especially since it's estimated that the power consumption of an exaflop machine would, at a minimum, be 20 megawatts, at least with the projected advancement of current technology.

jdb2

more than 4 years ago

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AMD releases super-overclocker 'TWKR' CPUs

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "As reported by Legit Reviews AMD has released a limited number of 'TWKR' edition CPUs, also known as AMD Phenom II '42' Black Edition, to a select ( and lucky ) few of the extreme overclocking community as a "Thank you" for their support. These CPUs are basically cherry-picked Phenom II X4 955 BE chips that can take significantly more voltage at the cost of high leakage current. Although these CPUs run hotter, AMD reports that they will at least overclock 100MHz higher on air and 200MHz on liquid-nitrogen/liquid-helium cooling at the same or lower voltage than that of the 955 BE. Confirming this, Tom's Hardware was able to get this chip past 6.4GHz at 1.75v using liquid nitrogen and Legit Reviews was able to reach 4.0GHz at 1.46v using air cooling and 6.6GHz at 1.8v using liquid nitrogen. More impressive results are expected with sophisticated liquid helium setups — official pictures of the CPU from AMD are available here as well as a new extreme overclocking video which is available here.

Unfortunately, only around 100 of these chips are available and are "not for sale" being given away "as is" with no warranty. According to AMD there are currently no plans to make these available for sale.

With that said, there is still a chance of getting one as Maingear and Tom's Hardware are both holding random drawings in which 2 chips will be given away."
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AMD to release new 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 next week

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "According to TweakTown AMD will be releasing, or sampling I should say, new 3.4GHz Phenom II X4s sometime next week. This chip will have a PR number of '965' and is expected to have the same or lower price as the current 955 BEs — AMD will certainly be putting pressure on Intel who have already lowered the prices of their enthusiast class chips.

Obviously this part is directly targeted at overclockers and one might wonder if this and AMD's clandestine 'TWKR' chip are one in the same. If that is the case, then according to numerous recent reports this chip may be able to break the 8GHz barrier with extreme overclocking."

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KDE 4.3 Beta 2 Released

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "From the KDE homepage :

'June 9th, 2009. The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.3 Beta 2, the second preview of the 3rd iteration over the KDE 4 desktop, applications and development platform. KDE 4.3 focuses on polishing and completing the user experience by providing a modern and beautiful Free working environment. KDE's award-winning tools and applications are available in more than 50 languages. After the first beta, the focus has now shifted clearly from the implementation of new features to polishing the user experience for the 4.3 release.'

Binary packages for KDE 4.3 Beta 2 were actually available yesterday, for those keeping track of the release schedule.

Overall the usability and general look have improved significantly since Beta 1, with many bug fixes and new features especially with regard to Plasma and Kwin. ( for example, the new folder preview feature, support for single preview of all windows assigned to a panel tab, and a new Kwin effect wherein windows slide underneath each other when the focus changes )

For Kubuntu Jaunty users, the Beta 2 updates can be obtained from the Kubuntu 9.04 Backports repository. I just recently updated and haven't noticed any major problems.

More can be read about what's new and what's been fixed in the release announcement."

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AMD shows off 6-core Opteron in performance demo

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "The Tech Report and the Inquirer both report on the outstanding benchmark numbers coming from a recent demo by AMD of their 6-core Opteron, code named 'Istanbul'. Reportedly due to be released in H2 of this year, or earlier, not only does 'Istanbul' outperform current 'Shanghai' Opterons by nearly a factor of 2, but it includes new features, the most prominent of which is AMD's new 'HT assist'. 'HT assist' is marketing-speak for what is known as a 'Snoop Filter' or 'Probe Filter' as AMD calls it. Basically AMD's 'Probe Filter' is meant to reduce traffic over socket-to-socket Hypertransport links by 'storing an index of all caches and preventing unnecessary coherency synchronization requests' in contrast to the current 'Shanghai' Opterons which use a broadcast based cache snoop protocol.

With the above new feature, 'Istanbul' Opterons can now easily scale to configurations which include 8 sockets or more. This, combined with 'Istanbul' Opterons' compatibility as drop-in replacements for Socket F 'Shanghai' Opterons and their greatly improved performance, puts AMD in a position to take Intel head on in the server market when Intel releases their new 4-core 'Nehalem' based Xeons."

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AMD 6-core Opteron demo raises the performance bar

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "The Tech Report and the Inquirer both report on the outstanding benchmark numbers coming from a recent demo by AMD of their 6-core Opteron, code named 'Istanbul'. Reportedly due to be released in H2 of this year, or earlier, not only does 'Istanbul' outperform current 'Shanghai' Opterons by nearly a factor of 2, but it includes new features, the most prominent of which is AMD's new 'HT assist'. 'HT assist' is marketing-speak for what is known as a 'Snoop Filter' or 'Probe Filter' as AMD calls it. Basically AMD's 'Probe Filter' is meant to reduce traffic over socket-to-socket Hypertransport links by 'storing an index of all caches and preventing unnecessary coherency synchronization requests' in contrast to the current 'Shanghai' Opterons which use a broadcast based cache snoop protocol.

With the above new feature, 'Istanbul' Opterons can now easily scale to configurations which include 8 sockets or more. This, combined with 'Istanbul' Opterons' compatibility as drop-in replacements for Socket F 'Shanghai' Opterons and their greatly increased performance, puts AMD in a position to take Intel head on in the server market when Intel releases their new 4-core 'Nehalem' based Xeons."

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UK MP plans talks with Obama Adm about Web Ratings

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "Reuters reports that a UK Cabinet Minister named Andy Burnham — secretary of state for culture, media and sport — intends to talk with the Obama administration about plans to implement a web site ratings system, similar to the ratings system used by the MPAA for films, in order to 'protect' children and the general public from 'harm' and to better 'police' the Internet. According to Burnham 'If you look back at the people who created the Internet they talked very deliberately about creating a space that governments couldn't reach ... I think we are having to revisit that stuff seriously now.' In order to effect this system 'the UK and the U.S.' would need to 'work[ing] together' to create 'an international norm' which 'will set an industry norm'. The proposed system would implement a protocol whereby websites would be issued 'take down times' at which the Web site in question would have to remove by law any 'offensive' or 'harmful' content. In addition a law in which ISPs would be mandated to offer services that only allow access to 'child safe' material is being considered.

I don't know who this idiot is but I want some of what he's smoking. Even if ( and that's an if with a vanishingly small probability ) such a system were to somehow gain international support, you still cannot change the nature of the Internet : You *cannot* regulate a system that has no central ( governing ) authority which no one person, nation, or coalition of nations can control due to its heterogeneous highly interconnected but resilient structure and geographical dispersion. Why is it that these types politicians who hide their own lust for control and power behind 'decency' and who have appointed themselves a 'moral' authority on a subject about which they have no clue cannot get the above through their heads? Maybe I've answered my own question."

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Britain plans talks with Obama about Web Ratings

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "Reuters reports that a UK Cabinet Minister named Andy Burnham — secretary of state for culture, media and sport — intends to talk with the Obama administration about plans to implement a Web site ratings system, similar to the ratings system used by the MPAA for films, in order to 'protect' children and the general public from 'harm' and to better 'police' the Internet. According to Burnham 'If you look back at the people who created the Internet they talked very deliberately about creating a space that governments couldn't reach ... I think we are having to revisit that stuff seriously now.' In order to effect this system 'the UK and the U.S.' would need to 'work[ing] together' to create 'an international norm' which 'will set an industry norm'. The system would implement a protocol whereby websites would be issued 'take down times' at which the Web site in question would have to remove any 'offensive' or 'harmful' content. In addition there are plans to implement a system in which ISPs would be mandated to offer services that only allow access to 'child safe' material."
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Britain plans talks with Obama about Web Ratings

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "Reuters reports that a UK Cabinet Minister named Andy Burnham — secretary of state for culture, media and sport — intends to talk with the Obama administration about plans to implement a Web site ratings system, similar to the ratings system used by the MPAA for films, in order to 'protect' children and the general public from 'harm' and to better 'police' the Internet. According to Burnham 'If you look back at the people who created the Internet they talked very deliberately about creating a space that governments couldn't reach ... I think we are having to revisit that stuff seriously now.' In order to effect this system 'the UK and the U.S.' would need to 'work[ing] together' to create 'an international norm' which 'will set an industry norm'. The system would implement a protocol whereby websites would be issued 'take down times' at which the Web site in question would have to remove any 'offensive' or 'harmful' content. In addition there are plans to implement a system in which ISPs would be mandated to offer services that only allow access to 'child safe' material.

The fact that the Obama administration would even *consider* such talks brings into question whether the president elect is truely sincere in what he's promised to do in office and puts an ominous cloud over his head which bespeaks as to whether there is really any difference between the Republicans and the Democrats concerning Liberty. Is this just one idiot British MP spouting unrealizable bullshit or does this forebode the UK's further descent into the abyssal police state that they're already in and forebode the setting of the stage for the formation of a 1984 style 'Oceania' ?"

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Phenom II available to distributors this week

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "Fudzilla reports that AMD's Phenom II is already available to distributors, and will be available to sell to consumers in the week of the 29th of December. The Phenom II is AMD's consumer version of its 'Shanghai' 45 nanometer SOI process Quad-core Opteron chip and will reportedly ship in 3 and 2.8 gigahertz flavors corresponding to the model numbers '940' and '920' respectively. This first release will be packaged as a Socket AM2+ part which only supports DDR2 memory. The following month AMD is reportedly going to release a new '9x5' series of Socket AM3 versions which support DDR3 memory. — these will be backward compatible with Socket AM2+ .

This may be an inflection point for AMD if the Shanghai architecture lives up to the performance numbers from preliminary reports and if so it will no doubt also be a welcome belated Christmas present for the already salivating hordes of Tech Junkies."

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Phenom II available to distributors this week

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "Fudzilla reports that AMD's Phenom II is already available to distributors, and will be available to sell to consumers in the week of the 29th of December. The Phenom II is AMD's consumer version of its 'Shanghai' chip, and reportedly will ship in 3 and 2.8 gigahertz flavors. This first release will be packaged as a Socket AM2+ part, which of course supports DDR2. The following month AMD is reportedly going to release the Socket AM3 version which supports DDR3 memory.

This may be an inflection point for AMD if the Shanghai architecture lives up to its potential from preliminary reports and if so it will no doubt also be a welcome belated Christmas present for the already salivating hordes of Tech Junkies."

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Xilinx PLD programming under (K)Ubuntu

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jdb2 writes "After switching from Windows to Linux over a year and half ago, I finally dumped running Xilinx EDA software in Windows under VMWare and decided to try to get it running under Kubuntu. After jumping through hoops — several forums posts, reading "how I did it" guides, etc. — I finally got their tools running. Aside from the occasional segfault, they work pretty well under (K)Ubuntu. It seems I'm not alone though : Googling the topic brings up a multitude of posts from people in the same situation, but with different problems. As I plan on upgrading to Kubuntu 9.04 from my current 8.04 install in January, I expect I'll be jumping through hoops again trying to get Xilinx' software to run.

That said, I was wondering what other people's experiences have been in this regard as compared to my own, — eg. if there's a better method — as well as wondering why Xilinx doesn't support Ubuntu — one of the 'Big Three' Linux distributions."

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Nvidia rumored to be readying x86 chip release

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jdb2 (800046) writes "Rumor has it that Nvidia is preparing to release an x86 microprocessor with its guns targeted directly at its two major rivals : Intel and AMD/ATI .

According to the Inquirer : "THE HOT RUMOR going around IDF ... [is] that the company will do an x86 part. The background whispers say that the part will be announced next week at Nvision ... Nvidia's men in white coats certainly have the brainpower to do it, but they also most certainly don't have a license to sell such a part. NV is basically locked out unless Intel and AMD both decide to be magnanimous, and we would not recommend holding your breath waiting for this to happen ... That leaves the lawsuit option open ... Any attempt to enter the market without a license would bring down Intel legal on them like flying monkeys blackening the sky. It would get ugly. Really ugly. Expensive too.""

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Dead Web Forum Links

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jdb2 (800046) writes "I do a lot of intensive and comprehensive (no alliteration intended ;) searching on the Web, particularly in the field of computer hardware. One thing that drives me crazy though is Web forums. Why? Because most of the links to a forum post or the forum itself are dead if the forum or post in question are "old". I have seen this problem getting worse over the years and no one seems to have tried or even given any thought to some type of universal archiving solution. (like Usenet) So, my question is threefold. When faced with a broken forum link, are there any special tips and tricks you can give me that you use to find what you want? ( besides The Internet Archive ) Also, does anyone see this problem being solved anytime soon, if solving it is even possible? In addition, Usenet is getting old and all that I see for the future is the continuing explosion of Web forums as replacements for news groups and the eventual death of Usenet. When that time comes (and it will) what are we going to do? (or hopefully, what will we have done?)"

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How to get Xilinx' ISE WebPACK 10.1 to run under (K)Ubuntu

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago How to get Xilinx' ISE WebPACK 10.1 to run under (K)Ubuntu

Having moved from Windows to Linux over a year ago, I've been migrating what I used to do while imprisoned by Microsoft to the free world of Linux. One of these things is digital hardware design via FPGAs. I'd used to use Xilinx' tools under Windows, but since I had no Windows installation save for VMWare I needed to get the latest WebPACK tools running under Kubuntu ( 8.04 ) -- Xilinx' tools are officially only supported under RHEL and Suse. Here's my step-by-step guide on how to do it.

  1. First you'll need some prerequisites in the form of shared libraries and the portmap server.
    • sudo apt-get install libmotif3
    • sudo apt-get install portmap
    • sudo apt-get install libstdc++5
  2. Unzip the installation package : unzip 10.1_Webinstall-1.zip -d webpack
  3. Run the installation script : cd webpack ; sudo -E ./setup
  4. Set up the startup script
    1. cd /opt/Xilinx/10.1/ISE ; sudo cp settings32.sh /usr/local/bin/startise
    2. sudo echo -e 'export DISPLAY=:0\nexport LD_PRELOAD=/opt/usb-driver/libusb-driver.so\nexec ise' >> /usr/local/bin/startise

      ( The 'LD_PRELOAD' will be explained later.)

    3. sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/startise

    Remember *Don't execute startise yet* -- we're not finished. :)

  5. Getting the cable to work

    Xilinx' jtag cable (usb and parallel) programming drivers are compiled against specific versions of RHEL and Suse so we can't use them. But, luckily there is a user mode driver that emulates their functionality. This is the driver that the LD_PRELOAD environment variable points to. We need this as it tells the loader to override the RHEL/Suse shared library dependencies in Xilinx' iMPACT tool with our own custom shared library.

    1. sudo apt-get install libusb-dev
    2. wget 'http://git.zerfleddert.de/cgi-bin/gitweb.cgi/usb-driver?a=snapshot;h=HEAD;sf=tgz'
    3. tar xvzf usb-driver-HEAD.tar.gz
    4. cd usb-driver ; make
    5. sudo mkdir /opt/usb-driver ; sudo cp libusb-driver.so /opt/usb-driver
    6. ( Some of the following may be redundant. Better safe than sorry though )
      sudo usermod -a -G lp,scanner root ; sudo usermod -a -G lp,scanner [YourUserName]

  6. Setting up your environment
    1. cd ; mkdir Xilinx ; cd Xilinx ; cp /opt/Xilinx/10.1/ISE/settings32.sh .
    2. cd .. ; echo -e 'source /home/[YourUserName]/Xilinx/settings32.sh' >> .bashrc
  7. You're done -- just type startise to launch ISE WebPACK 10.1 . Happy FPGA/CPLD programming! :)

If you find any omissions or errors in this guide please comment

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This just in : Either the mods are morons or my humor sucks

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago Well, I decided to test my sense of humor today by posting something jocular and on-topic. Apparently, either my humor suuuuuuuucks or the mods were particularly clueless. Just look or do a search for scatological and sexual humor on /. and you'll find loads of +5 Funny 's. Particularly ironic is the fact that you'll find that when the above gets combined with any Star Trek reference, it's almost always up-modded. Well, like I said, either my humor does indeed suck donkey balls or the mods are clueless as usual. Their brains were apparently unable to find this obvious line of thought, at least for the "Off Topic" part :

Nanotubes -> nanoprobes -> Borg -> Star Trek Voyager -> 7 of 9 -> Joke involving nanoprobes and 7 of 9's huge pleasure pillows.

Oh well.

jdb2

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De-MarketSpeak translation of Microsoft"'s" "SIP"

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Since one can't post and moderate in the same thread, I'm posting this here :

"SIP", or "Software isolated processes" is just MS marketing hype speak for what is known as a Language-based system in which seperate processes can be isolated from one another without paging or other hardware protection mechanisms. This is done using the semantics of the language in which the processes are programmed which excludes any possibility of one process intruding into the address space of another. .

One example of a similar OS would be Bell Labs' Inferno. ( thanks to Knots for pointing this out ) Also, there's JX, which is an open-source microkernel based operating system in which the (micro)kernel and the applications are written in Java and run under a modified version of the JVM.

jdb2

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Making Use of Terabytes of Unused Storage

jdb2 jdb2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago It seems no one really provided a satisfactory answer to your problem.
Here's a relatively elegant (if I may say so myself ;) and simple solution :


http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=447752&cid=22363564/


To be more detailed, first create a uniquely named empty directory on each
drive and set it to shared in Windows. ( eg. D1, D2 .. D105 - This can be
done with a script ) Then, set up a Linux system running Samba and UnionFS.
Mount all of the Windows shares on the Linux box. ( again, a script ) Next
create some new directory -- say "D-Store". Then use something like
'mount -t unionfs -o dirs=D1=rw:D2=rw:... unionfs D-Store' to make a union
of all these directories. Lastly, make "D-Store" a Samba share.
And, you're done. :)


Hope this helps.

Regards,

jdb2

P.S. You can use RAIF ( an error-correcting redundant extension to UnionFS )
if you want to ensure data integrity. ( works like RAID, but with file
systems )

: http://www.filesystems.org/docs/raif/index.html/

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