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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

ladoga WNDR3800 (427 comments)

I've had a Netgear WNDR3800 running a customized OpenWRT build by arokh https://forum.openwrt.org/view... for past couple of years and I've been very happy with it. My experience with routers is limited, but it's hands down the best router I ever had.

Custom firmwares can be installed from the stock web interface (same as normal firmware update). It has plenty of processing power and RAM and has been very reliable. Between firmware updates it has regularly clocked over a year of uptime without a hiccup.

about three weeks ago
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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

ladoga Re:Hey California, I have a solution for you (752 comments)

They won't exit voluntarily. So you need to use force:
$ sudo killall -9 politicians

But whatever. You'll only end up witnessing the following:
"$USER is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported."

about 10 months ago
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Sailfish OS Gains Two-Way Android Compatibility

ladoga Re:Why, isn't that just peachy (130 comments)

meego is just as much linux based as android is. To me it amounts to changing the colour of the bikeshed a bit.

Oh, so Android now ships with GNU/busybox userland and X (or Wayland in case of Sailfish) out of the box?

about a year ago
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Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

ladoga Re:Of course they are... (417 comments)

his is why the US catches Russian sleeper agents occasionally... or busts Chinese spies. This happens all the time. And the general convention on the matter is that if we don't punish their spying we won't punish their spying.

Being in company of China and Russia with your track record isn't something I'd consider to be proud about.

about a year ago
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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

ladoga Re:mother of all languages (323 comments)

Sami (the first inhabitants of Fennoscadia after the ice age) word for mother is eadni, which shares it's origin with Finnish Ãiti. Finns might have actually loaned it from the indigenous population when settling here thousands of years ago. So that recent. ;)

about a year ago
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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

ladoga Re:mother of all languages (323 comments)

In Finnish mother is "Ãiti". There also exists another word for mother "emo", but it's not used anymore in reference to human mother (except few local dialects), only when referring to mothers of other animal species. Though I think Estonian ("ema") and some other Finno-Ugric languages still have it in its original meaning.

BTW. Wouldn't it be time for slashdot to support accented letters already? Ã is a with two dots over it, pronounced like letter a in english word ash.

about a year ago
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The Balkanization of Chatting

ladoga Re:Didn't Trillian do this? (242 comments)

I can confirm that chatting with Google Talk accounts works using 3rd party XMPP servers. XMPP is actually the only IM protocol (if screen+irssi on remote server isn't counted) that I use with my phone (N9 also) and it works through the phone's integrated messaging client (telepathy). Video and voice calls using XMPP are bit flaky, but for simple messaging it's great.

about a year ago
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Jolla Ports Wayland To Android GPU Drivers

ladoga Re:Eh? (90 comments)

I don't know For what it's worth, here's the package description for xserver-xorg-fbdev:

Description: X.Org X server -- fbdev display driver This package provides the driver for TI's OMAP 3 SoCs with a POWERVR SGX graphics core.

...and drivers being loaded:

~ $ zcat /var/log/Xorg.0.log.0.gz | grep driver
[ 11.461] (==) Matched fbdev as autoconfigured driver 0
[ 11.461] (==) Assigned the driver to the xf86ConfigLayout
[ 11.462] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so
[ 11.474] (II) FBDEV: driver for framebuffer: fbdev
[ 11.505] (II) FBDEV(0): [DRI2] DRI driver: pvr2d

about a year ago
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Jolla Ports Wayland To Android GPU Drivers

ladoga Re:Eh? (90 comments)

Well, I don't know what N9 you guys are talking about, but my Nokia N9 (RM696) definitely uses X11 as default.

~ $ Xorg -version

X.Org X Server 1.9.5
Release Date: 2011-03-17
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 arm
Current Operating System: Linux rm696 2.6.32.54-dfl61-20121301 #1 PREEMPT Mon Apr 2 14:14:32 EEST 2012 armv7l

and

~ $ pstree
init-+-Xorg
|-Xsession---sleep
<snip>

about a year ago
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Jolla Ports Wayland To Android GPU Drivers

ladoga Re:Eh? (90 comments)

From my Nokia N9:

~ $ ps -A | grep Xorg
  553 root     244:41 /usr/bin/Xorg -logfile /tmp/Xorg.0.log -core -background none -logverbose 1 -verbose -1 -nocursor -noreset -novtswitch -s 0 -sigstop
17005 user       0:00 grep Xorg

~ $ dpkg -l | grep xserver-xorg
ii  xserver-xorg-core                                              2:1.9.5-meego2121+0m8                                          Xorg X server - core server
ii  xserver-xorg-input-evdev                                       1:2.6.0-1-meego1042+0m6                                        X.Org X server -- evdev input driver
ii  xserver-xorg-input-mtev                                        0.1.14+0m6                                                     Multitouch XI2 input driver
ii  xserver-xorg-video-fbdev                                       1:0.4.0-264+0m8                                                X.Org X server -- fbdev display driver

about a year ago
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North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked By Anonymous

ladoga Re:I approve. (212 comments)

That's not the impression I get from all that's been happening up there in NK lately. They aren't behaving by anyone's definition of "rational".

Kim Jong-un trying to unite people behind him by building up imaginary foreign threat? Not exactly a novel idea or completely without rationale. He's a new leader, people are unsure of his power and some might want to take his place or get rid of him.

For all practical purpose, they are 100% unpredictable. You have no way of telling what they're going to do next.

Probably next he will just make more threaths. Threats don't kill, but they can coinvince some potential competitors in the political elite of NK that Kim Jong-un is not weak. Whatever the case the NK's dictator loves his power and using nukes would be the fastest way to throw it all away. He won't do that. It might sound stupid to people who like to dehumanize their opponents, but he's not crazy (as in irrational). It's ofcourse debatable if lust for power that goes beyond the needs of the people is sane, but then many if not all of our leaders are crazy.

about a year ago
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North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked By Anonymous

ladoga Re:I approve. (212 comments)

That's not the impression I get from all that's been happening up there in NK lately. They aren't behaving by anyone's definition of "rational".

Kim Jong-un trying to unite people behind him by building up imaginary foreign threat? Not exactly a novel idea or completely without rationale. He's a new leader, people are unsure of his power and some might want to take his place or get rid of him.

For all practical purpose, they are 100% unpredictable. You have no way of telling what they're going to do next.

Probably next he will just make more threaths. Threats don't kill, but they can coinvince some potential competitors in the political elite of NK that Kim Jong-un is not weak. Whatever the case the NK's dictator loves his power and using nukes would be the fastest way to throw it all away. He won't do that. As stupid as it sounds he's not crazy. It's debatable if lust for power that goes beyond the needs of your people is sane, but then many if not all(?) of our leaders would be crazy.

about a year ago
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

ladoga Re:It really is a pity it was killed (176 comments)

I agree with most of above except your claim about lack of app development. While it's true for commercial apps, - not much incentive to develop there and never was due to Elop's decision to kill the platform before N9 was even released - influx of ported and new open source apps seems quite strong.

I'm just playing with a new Stellarium port http://thelarge.org/stellarium-n9/ (which is awesome) and few days ago I installed a new version of Rawcam http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=85512 . Many apps that I use frequently - Meecast, Meegopas, Mapsi and CuteTube to name some - have been updated regularly.

The thing I really like about N9 is that I can use same CLI tools that I use on my desktop. If some CLI tool is missing it's not hard to fire up scratchbox, wget the sources and compile it for Harmattan. Not to mention ability to ssh into it and use like any other linux device on my network.

Real multitasking with background sockets is nice too. I can fire up terminal on N9, ssh to my server, attach to screen session of irssi and have it there for basically forever and switch to the terminal app whenever I feel like reading discussions. WP8 would just close the connection when I switch ssh client to the background. I don't know how Android handles multitasking, probably better.

about a year and a half ago
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Israeli Bill Would Allow Secret Blacklists For Websites

ladoga Re:hitler would be proud (132 comments)

Except that if you want to get into politics in Israel you have to recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state.

In other words, people who belong to certain religious group are more equal than others.

about a year and a half ago
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Ex-Nokia Staff To Build MeeGo-based Smartphones

ladoga Re:The curious thing (200 comments)

Nokia's Linux businesses? They have to be worth something to somebody. And anything is better than nothing, unless they get more for destroying them than selling them.

Nokia's Linux effort was worth billions to Microsoft. Billions to have it dead.

MS sees Linux as threat and it's their tune that Nokia dances to. Elop has gone out of his way* to ensure that there's no return to Linux at Nokia.

* Firing MeeGo and Meltemi teams and killing both projects, shutting down Salo factory where N9 was being made and laying off QT devs. Everything Linux related has been axed.

more than 2 years ago
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Ex-Nokia Staff To Build MeeGo-based Smartphones

ladoga Re:Good luck (200 comments)

I should have included the bit before that. I know about that, but how does that affect its openness?

Aegis prevents messing with some of the system files, but it's not too hard to circumverent/disable Aegis alltogether. Install open kernel or use Inception.

Though I haven't bothered with either. Aegis hasn't (yet) come into my way when porting software to the phone or installing stuff from community repository with apt-get. Much of stuff in community repos are just stock debian armel packages, with slight modifications in control files.

If you know how to compile programs in Linux, then that's the only thing you need to know to port stuff to Harmattan. Install Scratchbox to your computer, log in to it, download sources, apt-get necessary -dev packages, ./configure && make and scp resulting binaries to your phone. For extra points you can ofcourse roll it into debian package and kindly ask at #harmattan IRC channel for your package to be added to the community repository so that everyone can install it on their phones with apt-get.

N9 is just awesome. Swipe UI wipes the floor with Android and IOS + it really feels like a true Linux computer. Elop has made sure it's hard to get, but IMO it's easily worth all the money you throw for it.

more than 2 years ago
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In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

ladoga Re:Really? (1359 comments)

Or perhaps Stalin who studied in the Tiflis Theological Seminary in order to become a priest? However, the fate is unpredictable. He was expelled and instead of terrorising altar boys he ended up terrorising whole nations.

more than 2 years ago
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Indonesian Man Faces Five Years For Atheist Facebook Post

ladoga Re:Nothing like a beating to make a believer. (907 comments)

Rebirth.

Where do the particles that form your physical self go when you die? Don't they become building blocks for other things?

The matter you consist of was born in stars. It has been part of many non-living as well as living things and by all likelyhood will continue to do so in the future.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Assembling a Linux Desktop Environment From Parts?

ladoga here is mine (357 comments)

WM: Fluxbox and backgrounds with feh.
FM: ROX-Filer, BASH
Audio: ALSA
Multimedia: MPlayer, SMPlayer, Audacious and Geeqie.
Messaging: Pidgin or irssi with irssi-xmpp plugin.
Photo editing: ufraw and GIMP.
WWW: Iceweasel(Firefox) and Chromium.

And no need to take part in DM fights :)

more than 2 years ago
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EU Shipping Sector Cyber Security Awareness "Non-Existent"

ladoga Re:Anything to do with certain patriot missiles? (55 comments)

This was noticed when the ship stopped at Finland to load some wood products.

AFAIK it stopped in Finland to load few pieces of chain. Stopping in Finland if you are on the way from Germany to China makes very little sense (it's in the opposite direction), so maybe the whole stop was just to camouflage the ship's original route. However the ship got into a storm, called pilot for help and ended up being inspected.

It was found out that the freight was not correctly secured and had been thrown around during the storm. There was also some problems with ship's freight bill. 69 Patriot missiles were found that were not mentioned.

When questioned about the whole mess the shipping company said that the missiles were "probably loaded in by accident".

My guess is that these missiles were German second hand PAC-2s that have been legally sold to South-Korea. Why were they smuggling them? No idea.

more than 2 years ago

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Exporting Net Censorship

ladoga ladoga writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ladoga (931420) writes "In an Al Jazeera opinion piece named West censoring East a writer, blogger and activist Jillian York talks about the role of Western corporations in assisting Middle Eastern and North African regimes' in their efforts of net censorship:

Throughout most of the Middle East and North Africa, online censorship is the norm. The level of censorship varies; in Morocco, only a handful of sites relating to the Western Sahara, Google Earth, and Livejournal are deemed offencive enough to ban, while other countries like Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria filter the internet pervasively, banning political sites as well as social content. Though the filtering itself is conducted by the governments of each country, it is made possible by technology imported mainly from the United States and Canada.

Some readers might wish to go through the full report at OpenNet Initiative website."
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