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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

jones_supa Re:Why is this Google's problem? (74 comments)

What if I erected a sign with the text "Small Cock -->" next to you? You maybe wouldn't want me to have the sign there. At that point would it be OK to you if I just said "I ain't hosting the penis, I am just making pointers to it"?

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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

jones_supa Re:Android makes this worse. (89 comments)

AFAIK it's the only mobile OS doing so.

That seems to be true. Here's additional proof that Windows Phone and iOS do not currently support such feature.

2 hours ago
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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

jones_supa Re:Let me guess (80 comments)

It does not matter what they hope if they can't get the tricks to work.

4 hours ago
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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

jones_supa Let me guess (80 comments)

No one will ever bother exploiting this. Neither will anyone bother to exploit the red button attack or inferring audio from video recording. It's just too tricky to get these working in practice. Even with the gyroscope you get a crummy 100Hz frequency cap with terrible amounts of factors decreasing sound capture quality.

4 hours ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

jones_supa Re:Why bother? (199 comments)

Are you talking about used machines? Of course these HPs will be much cheaper too when bought second-hand.

11 hours ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

jones_supa Re:Still... (185 comments)

All right, so basically we're hanging on what kind of C-like features a subset of C++ happens to provide.

yesterday
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

jones_supa Re:2GB of RAM? (199 comments)

Graphics drivers take a lot memory these days. Try replacing your normal GPU driver with basic one and you'll see. You can free a cool 100MB.

yesterday
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

jones_supa Re:Why bother? (199 comments)

At $199? I doubt it. You almost have to chuck a double amount of cash on the table.

yesterday
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

jones_supa Re:2GB of RAM? (199 comments)

Is that even enough for Windows 8.1? And I don't mean enough as in bare minimum to run the OS, I mean enough to actually run more than four applications and a browser with at least ten tabs opened.

My testing has shown that Windows 8.1 at bare minimum grabs about 600MB on startup (no services or other stuff disabled). So yeah, provided that you have some swap available (just in case), 2GB of RAM will allow you to do some browsing with a dozen of tabs open, and have a couple of other lightweight apps running at the same time.

yesterday
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

jones_supa Re:Oh god so what? (185 comments)

With one thing you are spot on: C++ has a massive feature set. Even Bjarne says that he has trouble mastering the full feature set at any given moment.

But here's the catch: you're not supposed to know it all. C++ is like a large store where you go and "shop" just the features you need. You can keep it super simple and write C-style code and just use classes as the only C++ feature, if you want to.

Then again, modern C++ allows you to also write many things much more elegantly and safely than before.

yesterday
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

jones_supa Re:Still... (185 comments)

Interestingly, Visual Studio got C99 library support last year. I'm mentioning this because the C support in VS has mostly been a desert scene with tumbleweeds passing by. I'm not sure how close VS is to full C99 support and what pieces are possibly missing. Does anyone know?

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

jones_supa Re:LibreOffice/OpenOffice still kind of suck (558 comments)

Is bloated and slow and is the main motivator for getting faster computers.

That is not true at all. MS Office is very lightweight software and works snappily even with old netbook hardware (Intel Atom N270). I am not exaggerating.

yesterday
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

jones_supa Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (300 comments)

It is serious bug. It makes big amount of laptops overheat.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

jones_supa Re:We do not do that here? (378 comments)

The real mystery is the spam combining various pseudo-random words, usually containing the word "BSD" in somewhere, and putting them into a link which points to goat.cx. The topic of the message is usually something like "m0d d03n". That one has been around for many years.

2 days ago

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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  yesterday

jones_supa (887896) writes "After leaving his position as CEO of Microsoft a year ago, Steve Ballmer has still held a position as a member of the board of directors for the company. Now, he is leaving the board, along with a letter to the fresh CEO Satya Nadella. 'I have become very busy,' Ballmer explains. 'I see a combination of Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking up a lot of time.' Despite his departure, the former-CEO is still invested in the company's success, and he spent most of the letter encouraging Nadella and giving advice. Nadella shot back a supportive, equally optimistic response, promising that Microsoft will thrive in 'the mobile-first, cloud-first world.'"
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  yesterday

jones_supa (887896) writes "Apart from minor editorial tweaks, the ISO C++14 standard can be considered completed. Implementations are already shipping by major suppliers. C++14 is mostly an incremental update over C++11 with some new features like function return type deduction, variable templates, binary literals, generic lambdas, and so on. The official C++14 specification release will arrive later in the year, but for now Wikipedia serves as a good overview of the feature set."
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Man Plays Fetch With His Dog Using a Grenade

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  2 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "On a beach in Essex, UK, a man has been caught playing fetch with his dog, completely unaware that what he is lobbing is an old grenade. The man was spotted by an off-duty military explosives expert at Marine Parade in Harwich. The bomb expert halted play and set up a 30 yard cordon around the explosive, the police and coastguard were alerted, and the grenade was removed by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officers. Interestingly, this was reportedly the fifth grenade to be found in the area in as many weeks. All have been detonated by EOD crew. Police suspect the grenades are from a crate carrying World War II grenades out at sea, and have now warned beachgoers to take care. People visiting the beach are asked to dial 999 if they find any more of these devices."
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Nokia's future as a company focused on providing network solutions, rather than mobile phones, looks to be bright. The company made big profits in the second quarter of 2014 after selling its mobile devices unit — the cornerstone of Nokia's rise in the 1990s — to Microsoft. Meanwhile Nokia has been buying up other businesses such as the Chicago-based SAC Wireless. Now Nokia is acquiring part of Panasonic's network business in an effort to boost its presence in Japan. The deal announced Thursday will give the Finnish firm control of roughly one third of Japan's mobile network market."
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Brazilian superstar Neymar's (Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior) brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 per cent the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on "auto-pilot", according to Japanese neurologists Eiichi Naito and Satoshi Hirose. The findings were published in the Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience following a series of motor skills tests carried out on the 22-year-old Neymar and several other athletes in Barcelona in February this year. Three Spanish second-division footballers and two top-level swimmers were also subjected to the same tests. Researcher Naito told Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper: "Reduced brain activity means less burden which allows [the player] to perform many complex movements at once. We believe this gives him the ability to execute his various shimmies." In the research paper Naito concluded that the test results "provide valuable evidence that the football brain of Neymar recruits very limited neural resources in the motor-cortical foot regions during foot movements"."
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First Finn to Sign Major US Record Deal Comes from YouTube

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "YouTube celebrity Sara 'Smoukahontas' Forsberg has signed a record deal in the United States. As she reveals in her cheerful announcement, Sara will be first Finnish artist to sign a deal with an American major record label. Forsberg's record will be released by the major record company Capitol Records (part of Universal Music Group), her managers Jere Hietala and Johannes Ylinen report. The contract was made in Los Angeles in early April, but thus far the matter has been kept secret. The 20-year-old Pietarsaari-native Forsberg became a YouTube hit early this year. Her most popular video is called What Languages Sound Like to Foreigners, where Forsberg pretends to speak different languages, even though she speaks complete gibberish in German, French and Japanese."
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ScummVM 1.7.0 Released

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "It's been a while since a new ScummVM release, but version 1.7.0 is now here with many exciting features. New games supported are The Neverhood, Mortville Manor, Voyeur, Return to Ringworld and Chivalry is Not Dead. The Roland MT-32 emulator has been updated, there is an OpenGL backend, the GUI has seen improvements, AGOS engine is enhanced, tons of SCI bug fixes have been applied, and various other improvements can be found. This version also introduces support for the OUYA gaming console and brings improvements to some other more exotic platforms. Please read the release notes for an accurate description of the new version."
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GOG.com Begins Selling Linux Games

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "This spring, Good Old Games (GOG.com) announced plans to bring Linux support to the DRM-free online computer game store. Back then the planned date to go live was some time around this autumn, but things have been rolling so smoothly that they can start Linux operations ahead the schedule, more precisely right now. The site infrastructure is ready with 50 Linux titles — classic and new — prepared for distribution. The full list of Linux games can be found from the official announcement. If you happen to have some of them purchased already, you own the Linux version too. GOG.com will provide distro-independent compressed tape archives (tar.gz) and Debian format packages (deb), with Ubuntu and Mint being the officially supported operating systems."
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Nokia to Buy Mobile Phone Base Station Business from Panasonic

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Panasonic has apparently reached a basic agreement to sell its cellphone base station business to Nokia. Panasonic will part with the base station operations of subsidiary Panasonic System Networks, which include wireless control systems for communications equipment. The transaction's value is likely to be in the billions of yen. According to MCA, a Tokyo-based mobile industry research company, Japan's base station market was worth about 260 billion yen in fiscal year 2013. Nokia is the market leader with a 26% share. Since 2007, the Finnish company has had a partnership with Panasonic to develop products for NTT Docomo's LTE high-speed telecommunications services. Now Nokia intends to capitalize on Panasonic's ties with NTT Docomo to further expand its market share in Japan."
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Epic Games Donates to Blender Development

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Phoronix reports that Epic Games is financially supporting the open source Blender modeling software. This will benefit Epic's software ecosystem by improving the workflow of artists using Blender and Unreal Engine 4. The donation to the Blender Development Fund is €10,000 ($13,500). Out of that donation, they're hoping for greater Autodesk Filmbox file format work and Epic-Game-Style navigation controls. Official confirmation of this investment was provided in Twitter by Blender's Ton Roosendaal."
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Poll suggestion: How do you relate to Edward Snowden?

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Poll suggestion: How do you relate to Edward Snowden?

— He is the ultimate hero
— The person deserves the deepest thank you
— Snowden made the world a better place
— He has had neither good or bad impact
— He unnecessarily tampered with things
— The world became a worse place by his actions
— What Snowden has done is very wrong
— I have not been following the matter
— I am not the correct person to answer"
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Michael J. Fox Donates $2M USD to a Finnish Medicine Company

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Biotie Therapies from Turku, Finland has signed a USD 2 million research contract with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to investigate SYN120 in Parkinson's disease patients with dementia. SYN120 is a dual antagonist of 5-HT6 and 5-HT2a receptors and these two distinct modes of action could result in a unique therapeutic profile for SYN120 combining pro-cognitive and antipsychotic activities. MJFF will fund an 80 patient, Phase 2a, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 16 weeks duration in patients with Parkinson's disease dementia. In addition to assessing safety and tolerability, the main focus of the trial will be to establish efficacy of SYN120 on cognition using the Cognitive Drug Research (CDR) Computerized Cognition Battery as the primary efficacy endpoint. This trial, which is expected to begin in H2 2014, will be conducted by the Parkinson Study Group (PSG) at approximately 10 US sites specializing in cognitive dysfunction in Parkinson's disease."
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Operating System U Aims For The Year of Linux Desktop

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "A new Linux distribution under development is among the latest dreaming of commercial success in hopes of finally conquering the Linux desktop and having their OS pre-installed on systems being sold in brick and mortar stores. Operating System U is to be based off Arch Linux, run a modified version of the MATE Desktop Environment, and will use Wayland from the get-go. In the features page some criticism is given how buggy both MATE and X.org currently are and how better choices are needed. MATE shall also get a component they call "Startlight", which pairs the Windows Start Button with Apple's Spotlight. To make all of this a reality, the team is going to try a Kickstarter campaign later this month to raise $150,000 USD for the development of Operating System U, plus they're trying to rely on external funding as well. It is questionable whether that funding level will go very far for a team of ten with very lofty goals. Canonical has invested millions and employing hundreds of developers and still hasn't completely cracked the Linux desktop."
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Fabien Cousteau Beats Grandfather's Underwater Record

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Fabien Cousteau and a team of aquanauts were together on land for the first time in 31 days on Wednesday to celebrate the end of his record-breaking underwater stay. Mission 31 ran just one day longer than the underwater adventure that inspired it – one which was lead by Cousteau's grandfather, the renowned oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The point of the recent mission was to spend as much time as possible outside of the vessel to conduct experiments and become more attuned to the ocean environment. Fabien, who only saw daylight for the first time in 31 days five hours before speaking to the media, said some of his favorite experiences underwater included "making friends with a porkfish" and "looking out the window and seeing sharks or a barracuda". Cousteau said he hoped his 2014 mission would increase support for ocean conservation, a message his grandfather helped bring to the public, along with providing a platform for several climate change studies."
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Russia Moves from Summer Time to Standard Time

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Russia's legislature, often accused of metaphorically turning back the clock, has decided to do it literally – abandoning the policy of keeping the country on daylight-saving time all year. The 2011 move to impose permanent "summer time" in 2011 was one of the most memorable and least popular initiatives of Dmitry Medvedev's presidency. It forced tens of millions to travel to their jobs in pitch darkness during the winter. In the depths of December, the sun doesn't clear the horizon in Moscow until 10am. The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, voted 442-1 on Tuesday to return to standard time this autumn and stay there all year."
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Chimpanzees Develop A Grass-in-ear Fashion Trend

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Just in time for this year's primate-starring film event, the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, comes news from Zambia that also chimpanzees seem to form fashion trends. The behaviour appears to be "non-adaptive", i.e., motivated by frivolous rather than functional reasons. Dutch primate specialist Edwin van Leeuwen describes it as "quite unique". He first spotted the trend-setting chimp in 2010 when Julie, an elderly female, repeatedly popped long pieces of grass in her ear and left it there for several hours. The quirky idea was adopted by seven other chimps in her troop, who still continue to do it after her death. This may be the first fashion trend documented in the animal world, according to the study published recently in science journal Animal Cognition."
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Experimenting With Motivational Passwords

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month and a half ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "At Mauricio Estrella's workplace, the Microsoft Exchange server is configured to ask thousands of employees around the planet to change their passwords every 30 days. Mauricio often approached the situation with an angry grandpa voice in his head: "The damn password has expired." This input field with a pulsating cursor, waiting for him to type a password that he will have to re-enter for the next 30 days. Many times during the day. Then a lightbulb went on inside his head: "I'm gonna use a password to change my life." His passwords became little motivational snippets, every one being a condensed phrase for a goal or dream. He set his first motivational password to be Save4trip@thailand. Guess where he went 3 months later. Mauricio kept doing this and found the method to work surprisingly consistently for various goals, which he lists in his blog post. To summarize, this might be one way to make your passwords a bit more fun and to remind about good habits. Just for added security he recommends scrambling the passwords a bit more than in his examples."
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KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 2 months ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "IBM security researchers have published an advisory about an Android vulnerability that may allow attackers to obtain highly sensitive credentials, such as cryptographic keys for some banking services and virtual private networks, and PINs or patterns used to unlock vulnerable devices. It is estimated that the flaw affects 86 percent of Android devices. Android KeyStore has a little bug where the encode_key() routine that is called by encode_key_for_uid() can overflow the filename text buffer, because bounds checking is absent. The advisory says that Google has patched only version 4.4 of Android. There are several technical hurdles an attacker must overcome to successfully perform a stack overflow on Android, as these systems are fortified with modern NX and ASLR protections. The vulnerability is still considered to be serious, as it resides in one of the most sensitive resources of the operating system."
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YouTube Introduces 60 fps Video Support

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 2 months ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Google's YouTube announced that it's adding two new features that will especially benefit people who enjoy watching gameplays and those who stream games live. Most excitingly, the site is rolling out 60 frames per second video playback. The company has a handful of videos from Battlefield Hardline and Titanfall (embedded in the article) that show what 60 fps playback at high definition on YouTube looks like. As the another new feature, YouTube is also offering direct funding support for content creators — name-checking sites like Kickstarter and Patreon — and is allowing fans to "contribute money to support your channel at any time, for any reason." Adding the icing on the cake, the website has also a number of other random little features planned, including viewer-contributed subtitles, a library of sound effects and new interactive info cards."
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