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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

jonfr Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Not yet. I doubt Russia is going to make such claims until it has military capability that is greater than the one U.S has. Not even the Soviet Union did regard Alaska as an issue or the fact it used to belong to Russia (pre-Soviet Union). Russia today under Putin is dangerous country and its media is full of lies and deceptions.

As for list of Russia land grabs. It seems we have our next target. That is Kazakhstan.

http://www.theguardian.com/wor...

While Daily Mail is not the most reliable source, they just might have a point on Russia wanting to take over Belarus too. Even if they are now "allies", or so the dictator of Belarus believes at the moment.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

Putin is not out to build new Soviet Union. He is out to expand Russia and that is a totally different matter. He has already had some success doing to with his less economic able neighbour countries.

about 2 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

jonfr Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Well, you claim to know your history. Yet, somehow you didn't know this. Your argument is not looking any better. Mod my comment as "-1 Troll" does not change that fact.

about 2 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

jonfr Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

U.S did buy Alaska from Russia in the 1910's.

You really should know your history better if you are from the U.S.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about 2 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

jonfr Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Can you please tell me about a place that U.S has annexed a part of other country into it self?

If you cannot, then you are misguided in your effort to justify the invasion and occupation of Crimea. I also want to remind you that what Russia has done is against U.N charter.

What Putin is simple. He is a brutal dictator, what he has not yet done is to show it. The propaganda from Russia is massive, the world channel for that propaganda is RT network. It pumps out misinformation, lies and just pure KGB style propaganda all days and not only in English but also in several other languages. Other good example of this is ITAR-TASS. Here is the latest news. I don't have to tell you that this is total bullshit "news".

http://en.itar-tass.com/russia...

People in Russia have in general no idea what is going on. Internet coverage is not that good as in Europe or U.S. They also have to deal with censored internet today inside Russia. Washington Post sums this up nicely.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

There is a lot of people in Europe and U.S that accept Russia propaganda as the truth. There is just one problem with it, it's all lies and deception.

about 2 months ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

jonfr Re:Wait.... what? (254 comments)

That "separatist movement" was paid for by Putin and his allies. Mind you there are huge resources in eastern Ukraine that Putin needs if he wants to go into war with rest of Europe as he is clearly planning to do. I also want to remind you that Russia has already annexed Crimea from Ukraine in the most illegal way found.

Kosovo is a completely different matter.

about 2 months ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

jonfr Re:You had a VM w/ VLAN; TechCentral took a big ri (251 comments)

There is also chance that something was dropped on the network drivers and often data can be deleted from those networks drives by domain connected computer (if that is being used, as I assume is the normal set-up in those environments). It is not only stupid, it is highly dangerous. It should never be done and as you say, this type of stunt should only done in VM, but I recommend only on VM using Linux or *BSD as host Os for added security (where it is possible to run the whole thing inside an choort for added security). It would also be more added security to have that computer on its own LAN (own gateway and so on) disconnected from every other computer in the house.

As for the VM, drop some extra viruses in it in zip files or something that might get the scammers to copy it to there own network and let it burn to the ground in the IT sense of the word. They at least are never going to call you back after that.

I have received this type of call, but I don't have zombie VM with Windows XP or a secure set-up at the moment. So I just hang up on them when they call me.

about 2 months ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

jonfr Re:Broadcast standards in Europe (81 comments)

No cable company has started to use DVB-C2. I am not sure why that is. No television on the market support DVB-C2 at the moment. Many high end television support use of DVB-S and DVB-S2 today.

about 3 months ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

jonfr Broadcast standards in Europe (81 comments)

Only DVB-T and DVB-T2 are for over the air. DVB-C is for cable service. So Xbox One users in Europe are going to be able to use it with both over the air and cable service. In Europe using cable (DVB-C) is a common form of getting television and often it is part of the rent that people pay.

about 3 months ago
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Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

jonfr Re:Binary yes, planet no. (115 comments)

Anything that is a sphere and orbits a star is a planet. Asteroids don't have sphere shape. Same goes for comets. The reason for the name "dwarf planets" is that of naming issue. There are more than 100 planet object out there, most of them smaller than planet Mercury.

Haumea is a planet, but is minor elongated due it's rapid orbital period.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

List of other dwarf planets.

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/pl...

Then there is a chance of Earth size planets (both above and below in size and mass) in the outer region of our solar system that have not yet been discovered. At least there are clues about them today, even if they have so far not yet been found. It is my guess they are going to be found, given time and advances in technology that allows for better detection of outer orbital planets in our solar system.

http://www.space.com/7728-eart...
http://www.theguardian.com/sci...

There is a lot out there that we don't have no clue about and there are discoveries to be made (if the funding holds).

about 3 months ago
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Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10

jonfr So the new IT bubble starts bursting (45 comments)

So it appears that the new IT bubble (or internet bubble 2.0) is starting to show signs that it is about to burst. It always starts with companies like this one, since they normally run out of money first. This collapse is going to be interesting.

about 3 months ago
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EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

jonfr Re:Let's get rid of EU (272 comments)

> Tell that to the many nations that are not part of EU.

Here are the nations that are not in the EU currently. Many of them are currently in the process of becoming EU members.

Russia (Are never going to apply for EU membership under current status.)
Belarus (Are never going to apply for EU membership under current status.)
Switzerland (EFTA. Submitted EU application in the year 1992. Has been frozen since that time.)
Norway (EFTA/EEA)
Iceland (EU candidate) (EFTA/EEA)
Lichtenstein (EFTA/EEA)
Macedonia (EU candidate country)
Montenegro (EU candidate country)
Serbia (Not yet EU candidate but has applied for membership)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Has not yet applied for EU membership but is expected to do so in the future)
Kosovo (Has not yet applied for EU membership, when it might submit an application is unclear at this point in time)
Moldova (Are going to submit application in the future. When is unclear. No time plans on application as is.)
Ukraine (At this point in time it is too early to know when an application might be submitted. No time plan have been put forward for this move as is.)
Turkey (EU candidate and have been since 1985.)
Georgia (Have shown interest for EU membership, but not put out plans for EU application.)
Armenia (? I am also not sure if they meet EU legal requirement for EU membership or application as is.)
Azerbaijan (? I am also not sure if they meet EU legal requirement for EU membership or application as is.)

Micro states in Europe have not yet applied to EU and remain outside EFTA/EEA. They are however many in close cooperation with EU and many of them use the Euro as currency and have other deals that give them access to the internal market on the same level as EU member but without representatives and voting rights.

about 4 months ago
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EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

jonfr Re:Let's get rid of EU (272 comments)

You forget few things.

Ukraine is not a member of NATO by there own chose (that is why Russia did what it did). But for the countries that are members of NATO are now seeing military build-up due to actions of Russia.

As for states. I am using the same definition as is being used when it comes to U.S states. All of the states in question have some self-rule when it comes it there own internal affairs. All of them have there own parliaments to set local laws (far as I know). Germany has two parliaments, one on federal level and one of state level. This works for most part in the same way as it does in the U.S, there are differences between counties since not all countries have the same system. But the principal is the same in this case.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Russia is being hit by sanctions and its conflict in Ukraine. That is also the reason why Russia has been making stronger ties with China in past few months. They are going to continue to do so.

http://www.latimes.com/world/e...

about 4 months ago
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EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

jonfr Re:Let's get rid of EU (272 comments)

> The result is it can't adequately respond to challenges (ie: Crimea, the PIIGS debt crisis), but everyone still hates it for cramping their style

They did respond with sanctions and they hurt Russia badly. The effects take a little while to appear. Ukraine is not a EU member state and that is the only reason for Russia invasion into Ukraine.

> In the long term it's probably much better for Europe if Europeans decide to go the route we Americans did, and create a truly Federal state with it's own Army.

Countries in Europe and EU member are not interested in such move. Never have been and I don't expect that to change. There are also far more states in Europe then you think. Germany is made out of 16 states (U.S model type of federation), UK is made out of 4 or 5 (+ dependences and so on) states. There are in total of 50 states in Europe as it is today. Not all of them are EU members. This is according to Wikipedia.

Europe got NATO for defence.

Germany is made up of 16 Länder (states).
Switzerland is made up of 26 cantons (states).

Wikpedia information.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

There are 85 states in Russia alone and many of them are in Europe (geographically speaking). I am not counting Crimea, since Russia illegally annexed it into Russia. For me it is still part of Ukraine, it is just being military occupied by Russia in illegal manners against international law.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

The picture of Europe is far more complex then many anti-EU people claim. EU is just one angle of it.

about 4 months ago
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EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

jonfr Re:Let's get rid of EU (272 comments)

You clearly do not understand what EU is about. As a policy GM crops fall under Common Agriculture Policy as it is set by the EU member states ministers (along with EU parliament).

The whole thing about GM crops is ridiculous, since all food is in fact GM crop. It has all been modified genetically with selective breeding over a long period of time.

The anti-EU crowd in Europe does not know or have interest in reading history of how Europe was before the invention of EU and its predecessors. All they want is a Europe that doesn't work and would be powerless in today globalized world. Isolated nations in Europe is not good and never has been. EU is the only way, while it is far from perfect it is the only way that seems to work and is going to continue to work.

about 4 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

jonfr Re:Useful Idiot or Russian Agent (346 comments)

I am not a citizen of the U.S. Never have been and I don't plan to be one at any time in the future. What you don't realize is that Russia most likely are paying Snowden for his trouble. There is no such thing as free meal in the spy world. That rule clearly applies in this case.

Russia did go into great length into housing Snowden. They do want there investment returned in some form.

about 4 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

jonfr Re:Useful Idiot or Russian Agent (346 comments)

He is a "useful idiot" with a lot of information in his pocket. When they are finished with him, he is either going to be returned to the U.S or he is just going to "disappear" into the abyss.

about 5 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

jonfr Zombie Apocalypse is upon us! (466 comments)

I am sure this is going to create an zombie apocalypse due to some mysterious and unexpected side effects. I better get ready to build energy based weapons so that I can survive whatever is left once nature has taken its cut (vultures, dogs, cats and so on).

about 6 months ago
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American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

jonfr No jurisdiction (226 comments)

U.S has no legal jurisdiction in other countries. This verdict is meaningless. Just watch other nations laugh this off.

about 6 months ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

jonfr Why you should not get a job at Google (358 comments)

Google is the king of the new IT bubble. Last time there was an IT bubble Yahoo! was that same king. Guess what is going to happen, one day the bubble is going to explode and then implode and Google is not going to be king (monopoly) any more. There are many good reasons not to apply for an job at Google. But people have to find those reasons for them self.

about 6 months ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

jonfr In European Union (216 comments)

In Europe (this applies only to the 28 EU members and also EEA/EFTA members [including Switzerland]) member states this is against EU laws on consumer protection. I don't know if this is the case in the U.S since I don't understand the U.S legal system as it today.

about 6 months ago

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Android master key found

jonfr jonfr writes  |  about a year ago

jonfr (888673) writes "BBC News tells that security researcher has found Android master key.

"A "master key" that could give cyber-thieves unfettered access to almost any Android phone has been discovered by security research firm BlueBox.
The bug could be exploited to let an attacker do what they want to a phone including stealing data, eavesdropping or using it to send junk messages.
The loophole has been present in every version of the Android operating system released since 2009.
Google said it currently had no comment to make on BlueBox's discovery.""

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Spotify closes download loophole

jonfr jonfr writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jonfr (888673) writes "According to BBC News, Spotify has closed down a loophole in there system that allowed users to download the mp3 file of the music they where listening too. While this is just copying and nothing else, the spoke person for Briffa, Sheena Sheikh claims any such action to be nothing but stealing.

"Sheena Sheikh, a solicitor from intellectual property specialists Briffa, told the BBC that the law is straightforward on such downloading activity.
"It is effectively stealing," she said.
"You are committing an infringement. You're not authorised to download the songs. You don't have permission."""

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Lawyers target 'pirates' for cash

jonfr jonfr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jonfr (888673) writes "Around 15,000 suspected pirates may soon get legal letters accusing them of illegally sharing movies and games.
ACS:Law plans to send notes to the accused in the new year offering a chance to settle out of court for "several hundreds of pounds".
A lawyer who has defended people who have received similar letters described it as a "scattergun approach" that would catch "innocent people".

[...]

Andrew Crossley of the firm told BBC News it was acting to "eradicate" sharing of its client's products.
"We give them opportunity to enter into compromise right at the start to avoid having to deal with it [in court]," said Mr Crossley."

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Counting earthquakes with mrtg

jonfr jonfr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jonfr writes "I have always be interested in earthquakes. Today I have my own sensor up and running and I do monitor earthquakes trough the internet from the web pages of USGS, EMSC and IMO (Icelandic Met Office) to see what is going on in earthquakes in Iceland, where I live. But I want to do more. I want to know how many earthquakes there are on day to day basic and over the whole year. As I cannot get this static (how many earthquakes, sizes, etc) easy from USGS or EMSC for instance, but also IMO. I also want to know the daily change in earthquake numbers, in the case of big event. I want to use mrtg to do this, as it software that can already do this if properly configured. However, I am no good in scripting so I have no idea how to start or what to do. I have been trying to modified scripts that I have found on the internet but nothing works. Is anyone on slashdot.org that can help me write an script for mrtg to count earthquakes ?"
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jonfr jonfr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jonfr writes "The Register is telling a story of a hobbyist programmer how did develop a software that did make Microsoft software better. But he did develop a program called TestDriven.NET, but it allows unit tests to be run directly from within Microsoft IDE. In the beginning Microsoft was pleased with this, so pleased that they did give him a MVP status and a awards. However, that did not last as a executive called Jason Weber started to contact him and make threats and demands, along with take down notice.

"However, his cherished status did not last. In December 2005, he started getting emails from a Microsoft executive called Jason Weber. The problem was that TestDriven.NET supported the Express edition of Visual Studio. Express is the cut-down version that anyone can download for free from the Microsoft website. It is limited in various ways, and is intended only for hobbyists and students. Everyone else is supposed to shell out for the paid-for versions. In fact, as a .NET hobbyist himself, Cansdale says he used Express to develop TestDriven.NET. Ironically, he only got access to a fancier version of Visual Studio as part of his MVP goody-bag. But MS doesn't want you supporting Visual Studio Express with your add-ons. Weber wrote to Cansdale that he had violated Express licence agreements: that he was accessing APIs not available to those who only had the Express version of Visual Studio, or that he had reverse engineered APIs — also forbidden. Cansdale said from the off — and has stuck by this — that he only used APIs in the public domain, published on Microsoft's MSDN website for all to see. He invited Weber to be specific about the API/licence term that was violated."

I do not understand how Microsoft can expect to get away with this type of behavior."
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jonfr jonfr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jonfr writes "According to a news on cnn.com it appears the U.S government has put into effect laws that allows the government to read people email without a warrant. This will obliviously go trough any of the three letters law enforcement agencies out there. Here is what this is about.

"But when he signed the postal reform act, Bush added a statement saying that his administration would construe that provision "in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances. ..."

"The signing statement raises serious questions whether he is authorizing opening of mail contrary to the Constitution and to laws enacted by Congress," said Ann Beeson, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union."

This is going to race some serious privacy concerns in the U.S. The rest of the story is here, http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/01/04/bush.mail.a p/index.html"
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jonfr jonfr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jonfr writes "The Register tells us that Microsoft has started to claim to own Linux code. Here is part of the news.

"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that every user of the open source Linux system could owe his company money for using its intellectual property. The statement will confirm the worst fears of the open source community. Microsoft recently signed a deal for SUSE Linux, a Novell-owned distribution of the Linux operating system. The two companies pledged that they would improve the interoperability of their products. Open source advocates were amazed at the deal, but Ballmer's comments could vindicate the suspicions of some. Ballmer said in a question and answer session at a technology conference that Microsoft signed the deal because Linux "uses our intellectual property" and it wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation"."

The rest of the news can be read here."
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jonfr jonfr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jonfr writes "According to The Register, it appears that Florida electronic voteing machinces prefer Republicans, even when voters try to vote for Democrats. From the news artical.

"Florida voters using electronic ballot machines are having persistent problems choosing Democrats in early elections, the Miami Herald reports. The touch-screen gizmos seem strangely attracted to Republican candidates. One voter needed assistance from an election official, and even then, needed three tries to convince the machine that he wanted to vote for Democrat Jim Davis in the gubernatorial race, not his Republican opponent Charlie Crist."

I guess that voteing with paper and pen is not a bad idea after all. More on this news here."
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jonfr jonfr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jonfr (888673) writes "The Register is telling a news about Windows Vista EULA and the lockin that is store for the users of the newest version of the Windows Os. Here is a part from the news artical.

" The next version of Windows is just around the corner, so the next time we discuss software licensing in my course, the EULA for Vista will be front and center. You can read the Microsoft Vista EULA yourself by going to the official Find License Terms for Software Licensed from Microsoft page and searching for Vista. I know many of you have never bothered to read the EULA — who really wants to, after all? — but take a few minutes and get yourself a copy and read it. I'll wait.

Back? It's bad, ain't it? Real bad. I mean, previous EULAs weren't anything great — either as reading material or in terms of rights granted to end users — but the Vista EULA is horrendous.""

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