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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

kbahey Berserkers (144 comments)

Reminds me of the Berserkers in Viking stories, who went into battle and fought in a trance like frenzied state.

2 days ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

kbahey Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (132 comments)

Another Tiny Tiny RSS user here. I run it on the home server, and never looked back.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

kbahey Wrong reason ... (536 comments)

I am no fan of Perl, but if you have an application that is mission critical, has lots of legacy code, and just works, then you do not go about rewriting it just because there is some dislike for the language.

If it was something related, such as difficulty of finding suitable candidates for developer positions, then I would understand. But just because "perl is ossifying" does not cut it as a valid reason.

about a month ago
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Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

kbahey Dedicated camera button? (192 comments)

There's a dedicated physical button on the side of the phone that will turn it on and put it into camera mode when pressed.

What?

I've had that since 2013 on my Sony Xperia ZL.
And even before that on the Sony Xperia Arc.
And even before that on the Sony Xperia X10 since 2011.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

kbahey Market share predicted to be 0.3% by 2018 (76 comments)

Blackberry's market share is predicted to fall to 0.3% by 2018. And they will ship 50% less handsets this year than the past.

Here is the link.

about a month ago
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Docker 1.0 Released

kbahey Re:Holy crap! (88 comments)

The proper way is to install gdebi:

sudo aptitude install gdebi

Then, you install a downloaded .deb using gdebi:

sudo gdebi packagefile.deb

Gdebi will search for dependencies for that .deb and install them for you automatically.

about a month and a half ago
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General Anesthesia Exposure In Infancy Causes Long-Term Memory Deficits

kbahey I had tonsillectomy (90 comments)

Reverse anecdote ...

I had tonsillectomy as well, when I was around 5. Yes, in the 1960s it was very common.

But never suffered from memory loss. On the contrary, I was always told I had good memory.

No problem with muscle coordination too

about a month and a half ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

kbahey Toronto's Pearson (135 comments)

Meanwhile in the north, we have had Wifi for many years at Toronto's Pearson airport ...

about 2 months ago
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On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

kbahey Re:I have seen this ... (108 comments)

But the point is, I am in Southern Ontario, and searching on just the restaurant's name does not get me Restaurantica results at all on the first page. And, it used to be that Restaurantica did show up by searching just the restaurant's name, in the first couple of results.

Google has been "going local" for a while, showing you results in your area first. But this is the exact opposite.

about 2 months ago
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On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

kbahey I have seen this ... (108 comments)

I have seen this in a few sites I run. One is a business site, another is a special interest with specific demographics, and the third is a blog.

It all started with Google shuffling their algorithms, with Panda then Pengiun.

I saw traffic drop on all three sites. Some coninciding with Panda, and the other coninciding with Pengiun.

One site was the top site for certain search terms for many long years. Not anymore. That site saw a 7.5X drop in pageviews per month traffic. Another site saw 3.5X drop, and the third was 2.5X.

What is weird is that Google de-indexed one site because of "un-natural links". When I contacted them, I asked what the links are, so I can remove them. They never came back with any definitive information, and sent the same template email saying site de-indexed because of un-natural links. It took 3 or 4 tries, and then they reinstated the site back in the index. They never told me what the links are, and never explained why they de-listed the site nor why they reinstated it.

Another thing of note: some sites no longer show up in Google searches. For example, here in Canada we have a restaurant review site called Restaurantica. It used to show up in the first few searches for restaurants in the area (Southern Ontario). Now, I don't see it at all on the front page. Seems Google decided that Trip Advisor and Urban Spoon are the authoratitive ones for restaurant, and Restaurantica is third class or something.

I also noticed that the search quality for Google has gone downhill starting in 2011. Really stupid matching of terms, some partial strings even. I've never seen Google's search that bad before.

They are for sure dumbing things down, a general trend in the industry in the name of "user experience" and such. You see this in Firefox with the dumbed down Australis, which requires Classic Theme Restorer to undo some of the damage.

Sigh ...

about 2 months ago
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Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs

kbahey Re:Procedural generation anyone? (111 comments)

Or, perhaps it is the generation that can't understand procedural [programming] that is the issue ...

[/sarcasm]

about 2 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

kbahey Credit Card payments (272 comments)

This e-wallet stuff is not their main source of revenue.

Square is advertising on TV about how one pays with a credit card, using the plain old magnetic strip, using a card reader that plugs into the mic socket of a mobile phone.

Here is how it works.

Also, they are opening an office in Kitchener, Ontario, within the Kitchener Waterloo technology hub.

about 2 months ago
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Norwegian Infectious Disease Specialists Have New Theory On HIV In Africa

kbahey Evidence elsewhere does not support it ... (118 comments)

Evidence elsewhere does not support this theory.

Egypt for example, has one of the highest Schistosoma infections rates. Even its other name, Bilharzia, is after the guy who discovered it in Egypt in the mid 19th century (Theodor Bilharz).

My own father died from complications of Schistosoma. This is because in the 40s and 50s, the treatment involved antimony injections, and they used to stand up patients in line, and inject them all with the same glass syringe one after the other. This caused Hepatitis C virus to spread, even before they diagnosed the virus.

Back to the theory: Egypt has a very low AIDS incidence rate, so that seems to negate the finding.

However, there are many species of Schistosoma, so there may be variations there. And this vaginal version is something I have never heard about before. So perhaps the species they found over there is the cause.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Ditches Firefox's New-Tab Monetization Plans

kbahey Classic Theme Restorer (195 comments)

Just install the Classic Theme Restorer extension. A bit of configuring and you have a better Firefox than either version 28 and Australis.

about 3 months ago
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Erik Meijer: The Curse of the Excluded Middle

kbahey Re:Sounds like my old comp-sci professor. (237 comments)

To be fair, APL was a wonderful language, and perfect so long as you didn't want to actually /do/ anything.

I worked with a guy in the mid 1980s who used APL for everything. He came from the mainframe world, but had APL for MS-DOS on floppies. When he was contracted for writing an MS-DOS application in RM-COBOL, he used APL to write a full screen text editor so that he would not use edlin and such.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

kbahey Re:Is it going to break the API? (688 comments)

I've got 8GB on my machine, and every day or so I need to shut down Firefox to reclaim the memory it's been leaking. Firefox starts at around 300MB of RAM, and grows to 1GB if I let it.

I had 4GB and upgraded to 8GB, and have 1200+ tabs open in 19 windows. Firefox is fast, and the whole laptop is smooth.

Just install NoScript and don't enable Javascript for any but the sites you use more often. This way Flash ads will not play, and memory usage will be far less.

And make sure you disable Firebug as well as YSlow if you have them.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

kbahey wrtbwmon (104 comments)

If you want to know how much each device uses by hour, day, month, then you need wrtbwmon.

It is a simple shell script that uses iptables, and runs on OpenWRT just fine.

wrtbwmon shows a graph for each device by MAC address. if you configure OpenWRT to use a fixed IP address per MAC address, then you see the device name that you assign on all graphs.

The original is here. There is also this fork.

I have modified it to run off of a USB memory stick, and store its data there as well. It does not use much storage, barely 85 to 100 kilobytes per day. So even an old 512MB USB stick should last for many years.

about 3 months ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

kbahey Security agencies told the CRA (104 comments)

According to the statement on the CRA web site, it was security agencies that told the CRA that 900 SINs were stolen:

Regrettably, the CRA has been notified by the Government of Canada's lead security agencies of a malicious breach of taxpayer data that occurred over a six-hour period. Based on our analysis to date, Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) of approximately 900 taxpayers were removed from CRA systems by someone exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability. We are currently going through the painstaking process of analyzing other fragments of data, some that may relate to businesses, that were also removed.

So, are the security agencies monitoring traffic to government web sites, so that they are so specific? What else are they monitoring?

about 3 months ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

kbahey Condy's words still fuel conspiracy theories (313 comments)

Back in 2008 when Israel attacked Israel because of foolish Hezbollah misadventures, Condoleezza famously said:

What we're seeing here is, in a sense, the growingâ"the birth pangs of a new Middle East, and whatever we do, we have to be certain that we're pushing forward to the new Middle East, not going back to the old Middle East.

Here is the source.

To this day, the words "New Middle East" is believed by a vast majority over there as a USA conspiracy against Arabs/Muslims. When the 2011 revolution broke out, the first explanation by many was : "It is the USA conspiring against Mubarak, Egypt, Arabs, ...etc."

Now both sides of the political divide in Egypt (pro-Military, pro-Muslim-Brotherhood) point to the other party as an accomplice or agent for that conspiracy.

It is so powerful and pervasive .. no thanks to that ideologue of a Condy ...

about 4 months ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

kbahey Test your servers ... (303 comments)

Here is how you can test your servers to see if they are vulnerable.

Download this Python SSL Heartbleed test script.

Download it, rename it to ssltest.py, then run it as:

python ssltest.py example.com

about 4 months ago

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First transmission of Bitcoin over public radio

kbahey kbahey writes  |  about 6 months ago

kbahey (102895) writes "A local radio channel in Kitchener-Waterloo was able to successfully transmit Bitcoin over radio waves. This makes what is believed to be the first known transmission of the digital currency by a public radio station. A series of beeps were played over the air, and listeners were asked to use an app known as chirp.io to decipher a code produced by the sound. Chris Skory of Rockland County, New York was the winning recipient, and unlocked 0.05 Bitcoin worth about $40. The Bitcoin was donated by Waterloo start-up Tinkercoin and a local Bitcoin enthusiast.

Those local enthusiasts engage in local buying and selling of Bitcoin."
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Whitehouse CIO on Open Source in Government

kbahey kbahey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kbahey (102895) writes "The North American DrupalCon 2010 was held in San Francisco from 19 to 21 April with about 3,000 attendees. The highlight of the conference was the keynote by David Cole, CIO for the Whitehouse, on Open Source in government. The link has a video of the talk and a panel with the New York State Senate CIO, Andrew Hoppin.

As reported before on Slashdot, the Whitehouse is a Drupal user since October 2009."

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Bono wishes movie moguls succeed against downloads

kbahey kbahey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Khalid Baheyeldin writes "In his New York Times op-ed column, Irish singer Bono, otherwise noted for his humanitarian efforts expressed dismay at losses music artists incur from internet downloads. He notes that "we know from America's noble effort to stop child pornography, not to mention China's ignoble effort to suppress online dissent, that it's perfectly possible to track content". He then goes on to wonder "perhaps movie moguls will succeed where musicians and their moguls have failed so far, and rally America to defend the most creative economy in the world, where music, film, TV and video games help to account for nearly 4 percent of gross domestic product.""
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Facebook users may not be academic slackers

kbahey kbahey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khalid Baheyeldin writes "Last month, Slashdot covered a study claiming that there is a negative correlation between using Facebook and academic performance. Now, A new paper titled Facebook and Academic Performance: Reconciling a Media Sensation with data challenges that, and blames media sensationalism for the earlier coverage. If anything, they say there is a positive correlation. The authors of the new paper also respond to comments by the author of the earlier one too."
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Canadian voting tech enters American politics

kbahey kbahey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Khalid Baheyeldin writes "The CBC is reporting that a so-called "next-generation Canadian voting technology" is making its way on to the American political stage.

The secure electronic voting system based on cryptographic principles was conceived at the University of Ottawa about two years ago. The makers claims that Scantegrity's electronic voting technology is designed to provide end-to-end verifiable voter results.

From the article:

The key problem in automated voter technology is ensuring voter anonymity — by unlinking ballots from citizens' identities — while still providing them a way to check that their ballots have been cast properly.

"Scantegrity gives voters a privacy-preserving receipt," [Essex] says. "It doesn't show other people how you voted, but it does allow you to have a way to check to ensure your vote gets counted."

The concept is similar to hotels that issue confirmation numbers, he says. "You can go online and look up your confirmation number, but it doesn't display your room number."

Another key security feature Scantegrity provides is software independence, Essex says. "This means if an error is made in the software, that mistake can't go through the process undetected. There's a software tool that does a cryptographic self-audit to verify computations."

Scantegrity is designed as an add-on to existing optical scanning voting systems such as Diebold, he says. But the difference is that mathematical formulas are used to generate the randomized confirmation codes issued to voters, and cryptographic principles are used in the software to tabulate and verify the results.

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RedHat's Bob Young on Canada's copyright bill

kbahey kbahey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khalid Baheyeldin writes "Red Hat founder Bob Young voiced concerns on Canada's Bill C-61. The bill, among other things, would make it illegal to modify or remove any device or software fitted with a technical protection measures (TPMs).

Young said "the proposed bill will cater too heavily to the content industry and not to the engineers and software developers that are going to be most severely impacted by the new laws. The proposed anti-circumvention legislation, he said, is similar to making the use and ownership of screw-drivers and pliers illegal because they can be used to commit crimes such as burglary."

Bob Young is now CEO of on demand publishing Lulu, and owner of the Hamilton Tiger-cats."
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kbahey kbahey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Khalid writes "The Canadian Press is reporting that after a 72-second surveillance tape was posted on Youtube, a suspect in a stabbing murder case has surrendered.

Consequently, police in Hamilton, Ontario say they now consider YouTube to be an effective crime-fighting tool.

From the article:
Police say the clip didn't lead to any witnesses coming forward, but the extra attention paid to the case because of the use of YouTube likely encouraged the suspect to turn himself in.
Hamilton police believe it's the first time law enforcement has used YouTube as a direct investigative tool.
Staff Sgt. Jorge Lasso, who made the decision to post the clip online, says the video had registered some 34,000 hits as of Thursday.
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