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Facebook's Atlas: the Platform For Advertisers To Track Your Movements

knorthern knight Firewall their IP addresses (92 comments)

Depending which part of the planet you're in, most of your FB tracking attempts will come from one of the blocks below. Firewall them all to be safe. -
Facebook Ireland Ltd
IE -
Facebook Ireland Ltd
IE -
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook, Inc.

about three weeks ago

Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

knorthern knight Solar only works because of *HUGE* subsidies (517 comments)

See for some details of of how everybody else is being ripped off to make solar "profitable" in the pronce of Ontario in Canada...

> Ontario Hydro One will buy the clean energy generated from the program
> participants at rates of up to 80 cents/kWh. This is much higher than the
> rates Ontario Hydro One sell their energy to the public at approximately
> 9 cents/kWh. The idea is to provide financial incentives for private
> businesses and communities to invest in renewable energy generation

Yes, that's right. The provincial power utility is paying almost 9 times as much for unreliable solar (and wind) power as it charges the public. Damn well right it's a money-loser. This works like something invented by the "creative accounting" minds at Enron. Imagine 3 neighbours living next door to each other....

Neighbour A) pays 9.3 cents per KWH for his usage

Neighbour B) generates 12% of his usage, and feeds it to his fridge/computers/swimming-pool/whatever. He only has to pay for the remaining 88% of his usage

Neighbour C) generates 12% of his usage and sells it to Ontario Hydro at the super-inflated rate. He then buys back 100% of his usage at the regular retail rate. He effectively pays zero for his electricity, even though he only generates 12% of what he's using.

This is legislated robbery.

about three weeks ago

Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embrace Douglas Adams

knorthern knight Typo alert (1 comments)

Summary has "42th", which should probably read "42nd".

about three weeks ago

Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

knorthern knight Re:Worse than Heartbleed? (318 comments)

> Busybox replaces GNU coreutils, not GNU bash.

Wrong. It's more than just GNU coreutils. busybox also normally includes the "ash" shell, although you can build a stripped-down version of busybox withouth ash. ash is very similar to bash, but there are some "bash-isms" that it can't handle.

about three weeks ago

Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

knorthern knight Re:fuck american hegemony (109 comments)

> If the CRTC would not exist no Canadian artist could ever dream of being
> able to broadcast or make anything as american media only care
> about american shit even when operating outside of america, fuck them.

* Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
* Hank Snow
* Oscar Peterson
* Paul Anka
* Ronnie Hawkins (US born, but made it big after moving to Canada)
* Leonard Cohen
* Joni Mitchell
* Neil Young
* and a whole bunch of lesser-known artists

All made their mark before the first "CanCon" legislation/rules took effect on January 18, 1971. At that point, Canadian radio started seriously sucking. (Yes, I was around back then; get off my lawn). We heard the same small group of Canadian artists over and over and over. There was a standing joke that "AM Radio" really meant "Anne Murray Radio".

about a month ago

Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

knorthern knight Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

> CRTC - Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

CRTC - Commission for Repression and Thought Control

Fixed that for ya

about a month ago

Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

knorthern knight Re:uClibc removal hardly makes sense (469 comments)

> Ripping out udev? Have fun with you init scripts no longer knowing anything
> about device state change. Sure, might be useful if you could guarantee that
> devices don't drop in and out of a system, but that's not been true for at least five
> years now. I constantly plug and unplug my phone into my laptop (often just
> to charge the battery, but sometimes for file transfer or for music) so you're
> not capturing the desktop market either. Servers need it for hot swap. Exactly
> what benefits are gained in which market? If you can list them, then we will know.

Udev can be replaced by mdev which comes as part of busybox. See and also Yes, folks, automounting+autounmounting USB keys, without X running, let alone GNOME or KDE. Yes, mdev *CAN* handle device state change. It sets /proc/sys/kernel/hotplug to point to /sbin/mdev

about a month ago

U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

knorthern knight Re:Expert. (358 comments)

> Yes, but Dre is a respected musician, so his opinion
> is given far greater weight than some yahoo on Slashdot
> who has no musical credentials whatsoever.

What about slashers on Yahoo?

about a month ago

GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

knorthern knight Re:Oh well ... (314 comments)

>I simply predict that in the future there will be two platforms -
> GNU/Linux and SystemD/Linux.

Actually, they should be called GNU/Linu-x and GNOME/Lenna-x

about a month and a half ago

DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

knorthern knight Re:Oh, really? (261 comments)

> His real crime was ending his sentence with a preposition.

Ending a sentence with a proposition is something up with which I will not put. (Sir Winston Churchill)

about 2 months ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

knorthern knight Re:serious confusion by the author (235 comments)

> EVERY mobile device and OS that matters comes with an email client,
> do ANY of them come with a Facebook or twitter client out of the box?

Unfortunately, yes. And in some cases, not only do you have to jailbreak the device to delete Fecesbook/Twitter, you have to load a new ROM like CyanogenMod, because they're baked into the firmware by the @$$hole cellphone companies. Do not confuse a pristine Android phone with the crap that you'll get once a cellco has "branded" it.

about 2 months ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

knorthern knight How can you hire what doesn't exist? (561 comments)

What is the available hiring pool? According to to the National Center for Women and Information Technology in a PDF document

14% of 2010 Computer Science undergraduate degree recipients at major research universities were women. This compares with 37% in 1985. Why blame Apple?

Besides what qualities do women provide that men don't? Intuitive GUIs? Did you know that Melinda French (who later married Bill Gates) pushed "Microsoft Bob" into production, and that Julie Larson-Green pushed through both the MS Office Ribbon and the Windows 8 Metro interface?

about 2 months ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

knorthern knight Re:Wonder how Elon Musk (262 comments)

> Almost free communication to anywhere on the planet
> is an enormous thing, and it's just one thing of many.

So some guy from India can call me for free, claiming that my linux box is infected with a Windows virus; not to mention all the robocalls about the free cruise to the Bahamas that I've won.

about 2 months ago

Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

knorthern knight Re:Pluto is a Planet (115 comments)

> Pluto is a planet. The definition of a planet is arbitrary, and always will be.

If you can find an astronomy textbook from the 1830's or early 1840's, it'll list 11 planets...
Ceres (discovered 1801)
Pallas (discovered 1802)
Juno (discovered 1804)
Vesta (discovered 1807)
Uranus (discovered 1781)

As time went on, more and more asteroids were discovered. Today, there are a few hundred thousand asteroids. To keep the number of planets at a manageable number, the asteroids wwere given their own class. Similarly, there are now almost 1300 http://www.minorplanetcenter.n... known objects in Pluto's vicinity. If you want to think of the solar system having 1300 planets, be my guest.

Scientists occasionally make mistakes, based on incomplete data. When more info becomes available, they correct those mistakes. E.g. they junked the Aether theory after the Michelson-Morley experiment.

There was *ALWAYS* major doubt about Pluto's planetary status. This article from 1934 is an example.

> So that Pluto ranks as the largest asteroid,
> rather than the smallest planet;

BTW, it's worse than the article suggested; Pluto is actually less than 1/10th the mass of Titan.

> and the dipshits who insist that a kilobyte is 1000 bytes.

So you think the ancient Greeks were dipshits? And the French who introduced the metric system? The real dipshits are the people who arbitrarily change the meanings of words after thousands of years..

about 2 months ago

Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

knorthern knight Why does Comcast have 32 ASN's? (146 comments)

One of the major arguments for IPV6 was that it would eliminate the bloated routing tables that are almost as much of a problem for IPV4 as addresses being all used up. So why does Comcast need 32 ASN's?

about 3 months ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

knorthern knight Re:Expensive? (285 comments)

> Primarily because the school boards aren't in the business of
> writing textbooks or funding the creation of the same.

Classical English literature
you can get Shakespeare's works *FREE* from project Gutenberg

======== (yeah, the website name is an anachronism) *FREE* and since it's a website, you don't need to order and pay for a new edition each time new discoveries are made

Tree of Life Project

Dinosaur Specific *FREE* and since it's a website, you don't need to order and pay for a new edition each time new discoveries are made

For those fundamentalist schools who don't believe in evolution Project Gutenberg has the King James Bible and the Douay-Rheims version

A school district should be able to get a good chunk of its needs free off the web. Most of these sites will easily give permission to download and duplicate. Instead of handing out 16 KG of books to each student, hand out 16-gigabyte USB keys to each student with the necessary e-books and/or mirrored websites.

about 2 months ago

X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

knorthern knight GNU/Linu-x not GNOME/Lenna-x (226 comments)

Is Lennart paid by Redhat or by Microsoft?

about 3 months ago

The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

knorthern knight The submission is outright wrong (552 comments)

> The Heartland Institute skews the data by taking two points
> and ignoring all of the data in between, kind of like grabbing
> two zero points from sin(x) and claiming you're looking at a
> steady state function.

Totally, 100% false. I'll give the poster the benefit of the doubt, and assume they don't know what they're talking about. Check for yourself...
1) download the file of monthly anomalies from
2) import into a spreadsheet
3) take the slope() function for the 3rd column for the range Sept 1996 to June 2014

You get a very slightly negative result.The slope() function uses *ALL THE POINTS FROM THE START TO THE END*. I repeat, the submission is flat out wrong.

about 3 months ago



RSS satellite data; No global warming for 17 years

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  about a year ago

knorthern knight (513660) writes "James Hansen, in a 1988 speech speech to the US Congress, claimed that 10 years of rising temperatures proved that the earth was warming. But in 2008, a 10 year pause was not considered sufficient to show that it had stopped. In a 2011 news release Ben Santer said a minimum 17 year pause was required before claiming that it was more than statistical noise. The November 4 update of RSS (Remote Sensing Systems) monthly temperature anomalies to the end of October shows that over a 204 month period (Nov 1996 to Oct 2013) there has been no warming. Indeed, the slope is very slightly negative for that period. A more detailed story at skeptical site"

Same programs + Different computers = Different weather forecasts

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  about a year ago

knorthern knight (513660) writes "Most major weather services (US NWS, Britain's Met Office, etc) have their own supercomputers, and their own weather models. But there are some models which are used globally. A new paper has been published, comparing outputs from one such program on different machines around the world. Apparently, the same code, running on different machines, can produce different outputs due to accumulation of differing round-off errors. The handling of floating-point numbers in computing is a field in its own right

The paper apparently deals with 10-day weather forecasts. Weather forecasts are generally done in steps of 1 hour. I.e. the output from hour 1 is used as the starting condition for the hour 2 forecast. The output from hour 2 is used as the starting condition for hour 3, etc.

The paper is paywalled, but the abstract at says...

The global model program (GMP) of the Global/Regional Integrated Model system (GRIMs) is tested on 10 different computer systems having different central processing unit (CPU) architectures or compilers. There exist differences in the results for different compilers, parallel libraries, and optimization levels, primarily due to the treatment of rounding errors by the different software systems. The system dependency, which is the standard deviation of the 500-hPa geopotential height averaged over the globe, increases with time. However, its fractional tendency, which is the change of the standard deviation relative to the value itself, remains nearly zero with time. In a seasonal prediction framework, the ensemble spread due to the differences in software system is comparable to the ensemble spread due to the differences in initial conditions that is used for the traditional ensemble forecasting."

Link to Original Source

Leap second on June 30th

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 2 years ago

knorthern knight (513660) writes "The second used to be defined as 1/86,400 th of a 24-hour day. But ocean tides, pounding against shorelines, slow down earth's rotation, so that a day gets 1.4 milliseconds longer each century. This seems small, but it would affect scientific constants (speed of light, etc). Since 1967, the International System of Units (SI) has defined the second as the duration of 9192631770 cycles of radiation corresponding to the transition between two energy levels of the caesium-133 atom. Every few years, a "leap second" is added as necessary, either on June 30th or December 31st. Enjoy that extra second of sleep."
Link to Original Source

Canadian agency investigates US aircrash

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 2 years ago

knorthern knight (513660) writes "When 2 light civilian planes collide in US airspace in Virginia, the usual response includes calling in the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) to investigate and make recommendations based on their results. But what do you do when the crash involves two planes piloted by a crash investigator with the FAA and the chief medical officer with the NTSB? In order to avoid conflict of interest by American investigators working for these agencies, the investigation has been turned over to to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada as a neutral 3rd party."
Link to Original Source

Some mobile phones give out phone # when surfing

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 4 years ago

knorthern knight (513660) writes "Story at says that
* SOME "medium-price-ranged" phones need a Web proxy to reformat Web pages for their smaller displays.
* The cellphone service provider's web proxy modifies the outgoing HTTP-headers to include unique identifiers such as the International Mobile Subscriber Identity number, customer account numbers and — most troubling — the actual mobile phone numbers.
* the webserver can log this info, and data-mine it. The possibilities are endless.
* Amongst the cellphone providers doing this are Orange (UK) and Rogers (Canada)"

Link to Original Source

NASA scientist says jail global warming skeptics

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

knorthern knight writes "From the In-Soviet-Amerika-Hansen-supresses-YOU department; Dr. James Hansen, NASA's global warming cheerleader who whines about being supressed by the government, apparently feels no compunction about supressing others who disagree with him. In an article in the Guardian and an interview on WAMU radio, available in Realplayer and Windows Media formats, Dr. Hansen "will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.""

Warming supporters make BBC change climate article

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

knorthern knight writes "The Register has an article about how a global warming true believer pressured the BBC into changing the title and text of an article, which quotes the secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization as saying that 2008 will be cooler globally than 2009. Seems that was too much for the true believers.

Here is the story as reported by the woman who pressured the BBC to change their article.

Here is the story from a global-warming-skeptic-website complete with "before and after" snapshots of the article.

Regardless of which side you're on, censorship like this is wrong. How about issuing a rebuttal instead?"

Link to Original Source

Bell Canada Throttles Wholesalers Without Notice

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

knorthern knight writes "Users of the Canadian family-run ISP Teksavvy (which is popular amongst Canadian P2P users precisely because it does *NOT* throttle P2P) have started noticing that Bell Canada is throttling traffic before it reaches wholesale partners. According to Teksavvy CEO Rocky Gaudrault, Bell has implemented "load balancing" to "manage bandwidth demand" during peak congestion times — but apparently didn't feel the need to inform partner ISPs or customers. The result is a bevy of annoyed customers and carriers across the great white north. Story at"
Link to Original Source

2007 was 2nd or 5th or 8th warmest year on record?

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

knorthern knight writes "From the How-warm-would-you-like-it-to-be department; 3 groups of climete experts with 3 different opinions as to how 2007 ranked in terms of warmest years on record.

2007 Was Tied as Earth's Second-Warmest Year
Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City have found that 2007 tied with 1998 for Earth's second warmest year in a century.

2007 was Tenth Warmest for U.S., Fifth Warmest Worldwide
January 15, 2008
The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. in 2007 is officially the tenth warmest on record, according to data from scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The agency also determined the global surface temperature last year was the fifth warmest on record.

Another warm year as Bali conference ends
13 December 2007
The Met Office Hadley Centre and the University of East Anglia have today released preliminary global temperature figures for 2007, which show that the top 11 warmest years all occur in the last 13 years.

The provisional global figure, using data from January to November, currently places 2007 as the seventh warmest on record since 1850. (Update... due to a cool December, the data set at University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit shows 2007 as the eighth warmest on record, just .006 C lower than 2001)"

Canadian Mint claims IP rights to words "one c

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  about 7 years ago

knorthern knight (513660) writes "A weird intersection of copyright/trademark with Canadian politics. Short background. Various Canadian cities and municipalities have launched a publicity/lobbying campaign seeking a fixed take from the GST (Goods and Services Tax, a national Canadian sales tax similar to European VAT). The amount sought is 1 cent for each dollar of the purchase price. This is summarized by the slogan "One Cent of the GST NOW". Acoording to this press release, the Royal Canadian Mint (the federal agency that prints Canadian paper currency and stamps Canadian coins) has demanded royalties for use of the phrase "one cent", and the image of the Canadian penny. The Royal Canadian Mint, a corporation of the federal government, has now demanded that the City of Toronto pay $47,680 for the public education campaign. Included in this amount is a request for $10,000 for the use of the words "one cent" in the campaign website address ( and the campaign email address (, and an additional $10,000 for the use of the words "one cent" in the campaign phone number (416-ONE CENT). The remaining $27,680 has been assessed against the City for the use of the image of the Canadian penny in printed materials such as pins and posters."

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

knorthern knight writes "To counter P2P programs that encrypt their traffic to evade detection, Rogers Cable in Canada has apparently started throttling ALL ENCRYPTED IP TRAFFIC, according to this article on Michael Geist's blog. How many of you log in to work over a VPN or ssh-tunnel? How many get usenet news, or email over an encrypted connection. This could be a problem for Rogers Cable customers. Michael Geist, who happens to be the "Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law" at U of Ottawa, has "been advised that the University computer help desk has received a steady stream of complaints from Rogers customers about off-campus email service.""

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

knorthern knight writes "According to this story, tens of thousands of LG customers [ in Australia ] will require a software upgrade for their televisions after the company identified the cause of a mystery glitch that is causing them to freeze. LG says it will need to send technicians to every affected home to perform a "simple software upgrade" but will not be in a position to begin the mammoth task for at least a week.

Several readers of the website have written in speculating that the malfunction was caused by Channel Nine switching on encryption — to prevent copying — when screening shows in the high definition (HD) or wide screen formats. This could explain why many readers who reported experiencing the glitch said it happened when they were watching prime time programs broadcast in the HD format, such as CSI."

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

knorthern knight writes "...and the rest of the world is probably next as the RIAA pressures politicians worldwide to "harmonize their policies" with the US. The United States Copyright Royalty Board has basically accepted the big business position, and raised internet radio royalty rates to punitive, indeed destructive levels. Some details are at Broadcast Law Blog. The implications are discussed in more detail at the Save Internet Radio website. To summarize, nobody but the biggies can afford it. Note that these royalties are *IN ADDITION TO* ASCAP/SESAC/BMI royalties that terrestrial radio stations pay. Terrestrial radio will *NOT* have to pay these additional royalties, unless they stream their feeds over the internet."

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

knorthern knight writes "Some people fear a remotely invoked "kill switch" in Microsoft products. In the past you could play safe by not connecting to the internet, and MS wouldn't be able to shut you down. What if Vista had to occasionally connect to the mothership, and request permission to continue functioning? And if it couldn't connect, it would cease functioning. If you don't believe me, check out Microsoft's EULAs
Product Name: Windows Vista
Version: Home Basic
Language: English
Page 2 of that pdf, paragraph 4 talks about mandatory activation. If it was a one-shot deal, I wouldn't have a problem. **BUT*** paragraph 5 says...
a. The software will from time to time validate the software, update or require download of the validation feature of the software.

and if it isn't allowed to connect to the mothership...

c. If, after a validation check, the software is found not to be properly licensed, the functionality of the software may be affected. For example, you may
* need to reactivate the software, or
* receive reminders to obtain a properly licensed copy of the software, or you may not be able to use or continue to use some of the features of the software

OK, so you're the Chairman in China, or the President of France. From a national security POV, do you *REALLY* want a situation where the vast majority of PCs in your country have to call home to the USA, and beg for permission to continue operating? Not to mention that there are probably some PCs with sensitive information that should never connect to the net in the first place."

knorthern knight knorthern knight writes  |  more than 8 years ago

knorthern knight writes "NOAA has issued a news release about the return of El Nino conditions, i.e. above average temperatures in the tropical Pacific. This is expected to lead to a chain of events resulting in warmer-than-average temperatures over western and central Canada, and over the western and northern United States. Wetter-than-average conditions are likely over portions of the U.S. Gulf Coast and Florida, while drier-than-average conditions can be expected in the Ohio Valley and the Pacific Northwest."


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