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Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10

jonfr So the new IT bubble starts bursting (42 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.

yesterday
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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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

jonfr Re:Well, that does it (148 comments)

You do not know your history. Go look it up. EU has an history for almost 60 years as it currently stands (predecessor did go under other names).

about 4 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

jonfr Re:Well, that does it (148 comments)

> D) Greece has been reduced to a third-world country because of EU's, ECB's and IMF's decisions. Even free vaccines have been cut. Spain, Portugal and Ireland are sharing a similar fate. Italy has also experienced a huge recession because of EU's policies.

Greece did this to them self. I also want to point out that health care related matters are not subject to EU rules or laws. Expect when it comes to travellers and tourists getting health care if they need to via the EU blue health card. As for Spain, Portugal and Ireland. They are all recovering. If you want to know why this happens you have to ask your bank (if it is an big international bank, but ask anyway if its your local bank. He may have taken part in this too).

about 4 months ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

jonfr Re:I dont get it (551 comments)

This.

> The referendum was observed by 135 international observers from 23 countries with no violations registered.[14][15][16] The EODE observer mission concluded that the referendum was conducted freely and fairly.[17] [...]

Is this.

> Eurasian Observatory for Democracy & Elections (EODE) is an election monitoring organization led by the Belgian far-right activist Luc Michel.[1] Since its founding in 2006, it provided monitoring missions to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Caucasus, Balkans, the Black Sea region, and North [...]

This translates to friends of Putin. There is no reason to believable anything they say. Being a corrupt and all.

Sources:

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

about 4 months ago
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Turkey Heightens Twitter Censorship with Mandated IP Blocking

jonfr Re:IPv6 needed (102 comments)

While that is true to some extent. It is also the amount of IPv6 addresses out there. I doubt Turkey or anyone for that matter can block all of the IPv6 address all the time. The block file would be huge if it was to be done. I am also not sure if current censorship software supports IPv6 blocking. It might do so already, but I don't keep up with those things.

Twitter can get its own /32 range. That is a lot of IPv6 addresses to have. Even if you just use one /64 block at the time. Maybe we need 512-bit IP address space (that way above massive IP address space) to prevent censorship for good.

about 4 months ago
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Turkey Heightens Twitter Censorship with Mandated IP Blocking

jonfr IPv6 needed (102 comments)

It is clear that twitter and other such websites need to move into IPv6 space to avoid censorship. Twitter is not on IPv6 today.

ping6 -c 4 twitter.com
unknown host

about 4 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

jonfr Re:View from a writer who is starting his career (381 comments)

The problems are in the basic sense two or three. I am not sure. One of the problem is that people creating the content are not getting paid. This applies mostly to writers and musicians. I am not sure the status of actors in this regards. One of the problem is also copyright grab of corporations this is done via exclusive agreements that remain valid for number of years sometimes decades. There are often also agreements that means (common in the music industry) that means the corporations them self own the copyright not the creator. This has also been taking place in book publishing. It's bad and I don't think it's getting any better in this regards. There is also no point in having copyright 90 years after authors death. Unless when you view it from the corporation preservative. Since corporations can and do last for hundreds of years this amount of time is no issue at all. As for my published material, it's all going to be publish domain sometimes at the start of next century if it's not grabbed by some corporation (I plan on doing my best to stop that from happening).

The there is the public. Today public want the free lunch. I don't have much problem with that if the supplier is willing as often is the case. Sometimes it's not. Piracy isn't a problem since it increases sales of DVD and blue-ray's. So I don't technically have a problem with it. People who don't intend to buy the music, show series or films are not going to start to do so just because they downloaded the material in the first place (it just gets watched and then deleted in most cases). As Netflix has shown this is also an service problem. People are willing to pay for entertainment if it's at low price and easy to access. What the Sons of Anarchy doesn't understand is the service issue. If his shows are getting pirated it's because they are not easy to find or access.

Here is an news about the end of the free launch. This applies to more then just internet companies, http://www.economist.com/node/...

about 4 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

jonfr View from a writer who is starting his career (381 comments)

I'm just starting my writing career and as such I have not sold many copies of my short story that I have published now.

The larger problem is not Google or Disney. It is the culture of free or close to free material that has been created in the past few years. The $0,99 books are good example of this. While people still have to pay for things in real life they have to get income. This applies to writers as it does to anyone else. People now have unrealistic expectation of what items cost when they are digital. It is not the cost of distribution that is the issue. It's the cost of living for the writer in question. This is also why many old time writers (and other types of artists) are having hard time adjusting to new times and the digital age.

The digital publishing is not without it's problem. It's only at certain price range that I can get 70% of the sale price. Where I sell my e-books if I go over 12,99€ (or local equal) I only get 45% (still better then the physical copy returns) of the price directly in my pocket and this out before I pay local taxes of that income. If I sell paper version of my book, the e-book has to be 20% cheaper then the paper copy. If I want to make a decent living from writing I have to sell a lot of copies. I might one day do so, but so far it has not happened.

Let's be clear on copyright. Today it's set-up to service the corporations. Not the actual content creators, regardless if that are writers, visual artist or music creators. That is why it's so long and that is why it's always getting extended. There is nothing complex about this issue and never has been. DMCA type laws are also good example of this. I am not sure if they help people like me, a lone writer with no lawyers or the financial resources to stop anything if an book gets torrented (in fact, that might actually help me I guess). Since DRM lock are no good since they get stripped away from the e-book. People who did not buy the e-book in the first place are also the people how are unlikely to do so at later stage.

At last. The shameless plug of my first published short story. It's DRM free.

Link: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook...

about 5 months ago

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Android master key found

jonfr jonfr writes  |  1 year,28 days

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 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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