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Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail

jggimi Re:citation needed (583 comments)

IIRC the 0.03% that were not approved were cancelled by the requesting agencies.

about a year ago
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Google Releases Chrome For Android Beta

jggimi Re:Where is the Source Code? (142 comments)

Is the LGPL really this weak...?

The LGPL license permits proprietary code to be linked with licensed libraries. The resulting program can be distrubuted under any terms unless it is derivative work. I cite Wikipedia so feel free to change it if you disagree with it. :)

more than 2 years ago
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New EU Legal Privacy Framework: We're Not Kidding

jggimi This is only proposed set of rules (243 comments)

The article could be misinterpreted to mean this is a done deal as is.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Google Wants Your Kid's SSN

jggimi Re:Kids shouldnt even have SSI numbers (391 comments)

Your assumption is incorrect. Go read a Form 1040 from any recent year. SSNs or ITINs are required for claimed dependents. Laws and regulations are subject to change. Reality shifts.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Demos Single-Atom DRAM

jggimi Re:Just one atom? (150 comments)

Oh, that's different. That only requires one rich fat man with a key.

about 4 years ago
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IBM Demos Single-Atom DRAM

jggimi Re:Just one atom? (150 comments)

Naw, it takes about 16 engineers to -start- a typical F1 car, and about 40 in the pits just to keep it running.

about 4 years ago
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Body Heat Energy Generation

jggimi Re:There is no spoon. (214 comments)

Or the woman in the red dress. :)

more than 4 years ago
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French Military Contributes To Thunderbird 3

jggimi Re:I love this joke (379 comments)

In the Great War, new technologies in small arms was brought to the field: The American Springfield, the British Enfield, the French Lebel, and the German Mauser. Many of these arms, and the internal technologies and engineering used, were seminal. One can find arms made today with designs that are rooted directly in features from some of these weapons.

Among collectors of WWI memorabilia, it is generally considered that the Springfield is the superior target rifle, the Mauser the superior hunting rifle, the Enfield the superior battle rifle, and the Lebel the superior lamp stand.

more than 4 years ago
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Gran Turismo Gamer Becomes Pro Race Driver

jggimi Re:Top Gear Anyone? (249 comments)

Yes, here's a compressed (10 min) version of the Top Gear segment from Laguna Seca posted to youtube comparing the real vehicle and track to the virtual vehicle and track.

Real gee forces, anyone? Real surfaces, real suspensions and tires? Fascinating segment.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Changes FiOS AUP, -1, Offtopic

jggimi Re:Windows ME (560 comments)

"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle if it is lightly greased."

Kehlog Albran

-The Profit-

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Investigates Windows 7 "Black Screen of Death"

jggimi Re:Hit me twice in 2 days (351 comments)

...since protected memory in 7 should not have allowed the gamr to crash the kernel....

Do not confuse a userland application requesting kernel services (such as DirectX) which then cause a crash, rather than the userland program itself scribbling in RAM where it should not.

Tthis is academic. The problem is likely not a crash, rather a failure to deliver video to your monitor in viewable form.

more than 4 years ago
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Two Senators Call For ACTA Transparency

jggimi Re:Most insightful department ever (214 comments)

they are written behind closed doors by industrial lobbyists, then given to Congressional Aides, who write a one page set of talking points for the Congressional Committee to review

FTFY.

more than 4 years ago
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English Shell Code Could Make Security Harder

jggimi Re:OMG! (291 comments)

=That= book is definitely worth the read.

more than 4 years ago
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MPAA Asks Again For Control Of TV Analog Ports

jggimi Re:Really? (466 comments)

...reliance on consumers to know what they are buying and choose intelligently doesn't really work.

Excellent point. Remember when lower quality VHS beat out higher quality Beta? Did consumers care? No. They went with what was either convenient or available.

Sony's inability to see the impact market forces on their closed architecture, notwithstanding, of course.

more than 4 years ago
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Justice Dept. Asked For Broad Swath of IndyMedia's Visitor Records

jggimi Re:A question (244 comments)

I noticed you didn't specify how it was unconstitutional.

Nope. See the EFF's second letter to the Atty G.'s office, as I'd recommended. If you don't find what you're looking for within it, his name and contact info is provided therein.

more than 4 years ago
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Justice Dept. Asked For Broad Swath of IndyMedia's Visitor Records

jggimi Re:A question (244 comments)

Please explain how the gag order is unconstitutional, including the relevant sections of the Constitution and other law.

According to Kevin Bankston, Sr. Staff Atty, EFF, in his first of two letters to the US Attty's office, wrote "...the secrecy requirements applying to grand jury proceedings do not reach grand jury witnesses (or prospective witnesses)." He cites F.R.Crim.P.6(e)(2), and United States v. Sells Engineering, Inc., 463 US 418,425(1983). He then goes on to cite 18 USC 2705(b) and the requirements for an accompanying court order.

He reiterated and enhanced this in his second letter. I won't bother to cite it, I recommend instead that you follow the link in TFA, as TFA was entirely and spectacularly unhelpful as to the history of the proceedings and their current state.

more than 4 years ago

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Dubai ends data services for Blackberry customers

jggimi jggimi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jggimi (1279324) writes "The United Arab Emirates has decided to end data services to its 500,000 users, according to widely publicized reports, such as this one in the New York Times. "The Emirates have been in a long dispute with Research In Motion, the smartphone’s producer, over the BlackBerry’s highly encrypted data system, which offers security to users but makes it more difficult for governments to monitor communications....The monitoring of information is a particularly thorny issue for autocratic regimes in the Persian Gulf worried that the Internet might be used for antigovernment purposes — a concern heightened by the passionate online response in Iran to the 2009 presidential election that helped energize the opposition and led to weeks of unrest.""
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Iranian NATSEC: Magic? Science? Who cares!

jggimi jggimi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jggimi (1279324) writes "In yesterday's New York Times, Iraq Swears by Bomb Detector U.S. Sees as Useless reports of sales of fifteen hundred remote sensing devices to Iran's Ministry of the Interior, at prices ranging from $16,500 to $60,000 each. Used for bomb and weapon detection at checkpoints, these devices, that have no battery or other power source, are waved about "'...on the same principle as a Ouija board — the power of suggestion — said a retired United States Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack, who described the wand as nothing more than an explosives divining rod."

Debunked by the US Military, the US Department of Justice, and even Sandia National Laboratories, the Iranians are thrilled with the devices. "'Whether it's magic or scientific, what I care about is it detects bombs,' said Maj. Gen. Jehad al-Jabiri, head of the Ministry of the Interior's General Directorate for Combating Explosives."

Last year, the James Randi Educational Foundation offered a $1 Million prize to "...any of the manufacturers, distributors, vendors, advertisers, or retailers of the ... device....Such test can be performed by anyone, anywhere, under your conditions, by you or by any appointed person or persons, in direct satisfaction of any or all of the provisions [in their promotional material]."

No one has taken the foundation up on its offer."
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Dell aquiring Perot Systems

jggimi jggimi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jggimi writes "This morning, Dell is reported to be acquiring Perot Systems, witih a cash offer of $30/share. Reported variously as a deal worth $3.6B or $3.9B, it is expected to close during the November — January quarter. The bid is a 67% premium over Friday's closing price.

Perot is intended to become Dell's services arm, and help boost Dell's financial outlook, which according to CNN, has been down 22% Y/Y in the last reporting quarter."
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All of us are X-Men

jggimi jggimi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jggimi (1279324) writes "The BBC reports today that "We are all mutants."

The article's tagline reports:

Each of us has at least 100 new mutations in our DNA, according to research published in the journal Current Biology.

"Scientists have been trying to get an accurate estimate of the mutation rate for over 70 years. However, only now has it been possible to get a reliable estimate, thanks to 'next generation' technology for genetic sequencing. The findings may lead to new treatments and insights into our evolution.""

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RMS, copyright, and control

jggimi jggimi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jggimi (1279324) writes "In John Edward's August 10 Infoworld article, Does GPL still matter?, he proposes that other licensing of open source program products have become more relevant than in the past. The article is interesting, of course, but the best part was this editorial comment:

[ Editor's note: InfoWorld tried to interview Richard Stallman, who runs the Free Software Foundation that created and manages the GPL, on this issue, but he demanded control of what we published, so we declined. ]

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298 Million net users in China

jggimi jggimi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jggimi (1279324) writes "The story was picked up by the Associate Press who only provided a reference to the home page of the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The report they cite cannot be easily located there. The AP says:

"China's fast-growing population of Internet users has risen to 298 million after passing the United States last year to become the world's largest, a government-sanctioned research group said Tuesday. The latest figure represents a 42 percent increase compared with a year earlier, the China Internet Network Information Center said in a report. China's Internet use is growing at explosive rates despite government efforts to block access to material deemed subversive or pornographic. Regulators are in the midst of a crackdown on sites accused of carrying sexually explicit material.... China is preparing to launch third-generation mobile phone service, which supports wireless Web surfing. That is expected to set off a new surge in Internet use and development of new services."
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Automotive Access Points

jggimi jggimi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jggimi (1279324) writes "The Detroit Free Press reports that Chrysler is expected to announce Thursday that most '09 vehicles will have WiFi Access Point capability as an option. "The wireless Internet will come as a dealer-installed option and will work over cellular telephone links." The article doesn't mention if a barista is also available as an option. I guess we'll have to wait for tomorrow's announcement."

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