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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

lennier1 Minor problem (95 comments)

The law they had their cronies enact is still on the books. It's only Google that no longer has to give a shit about it, but it's still there to threaten innovation.


How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

lennier1 A matter of perspective (57 comments)

In my case it was because I'm a lazy bastard. I needed e bug tracking module (exception details are turned into a unified format to report to a bug tracking server) and I came across one that was already 95% of what I wanted, so I simply contributed enhancements until the final 5% were covered.
The same thing got a former colleague of mine involved in the Firebug project until he became a regular contributor.

about three weeks ago

New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

lennier1 Re:news for nerds? (215 comments)

Quick, someone distribute a shitload of tanks to the untrained police and open up some offshore concentration camps!

about a month and a half ago

Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

lennier1 Re:Love Free Offline Nokia Here Drive+Maps (67 comments)

Don't forget the other advantages of satnav in a handheld device, like how you can take the device with you, save the spot where you parked the car as a way point.

about 2 months ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

lennier1 Coincidences over coincidences (579 comments)

The new mayor once brokered the deal to get Microsoft to move its German headquarters (and the tax revenue that comes with it) into Munich proper instead of some satellite city and now that he's been elected, he and his friends constantly spread rumors about problems with the completed Linux migration (never any lists of actual concrete examples) and they want to look into whether they should move back to MS products.

about 2 months ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

lennier1 Re:Email? Ha. I remember em saying fax is dead (235 comments)

Funny how even the fax is still alive and kicking in this modern age.

Our company deals with small businesses like supermarkets and bakeries on a regular basis and in those areas it's still necessary because many of them don't use their computers for more than Excel and porn.

about 2 months ago

Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects

lennier1 Re:US people only (91 comments)

The film itself came out quite a while ago and their official page has a hassle-free pay-to-view feature at a normal price (people can either rent it or outright buy a digital download):

The only thing that has changed since then is that it's now also available on a streaming site that requires workarounds if you happen to live anywhere else than one certain country on this planet.

about 2 months ago
top Shuts Down Amid Reports Google Is Acquiring Twitch

lennier1 Re:Good (56 comments)

It had its uses back in the day, but when they started the whole "This channel has reached the maximum number of free viewers for your country" bullshit to badger people into signing up for a paid account that stopped as well.

about 3 months ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

lennier1 And ... (749 comments)

Pray that the data isn't stored in a country that has oil!

about 3 months ago

Perl Is Undead

lennier1 Re:sure you want to go with 'undead' ? (283 comments)

It means that the uninfected humans have to shoot it in the head. Or stake it through the heart. And quickly, before things get worse.

Kinda like what Adobe has been trying to do to ColdFusion ever since they acquired it as part of the Macromedia deal.

about 4 months ago

German Intelligence Agency Planning To Follow Big NSA Brother On Shoestring

lennier1 Re:Who knew the end of capitalism... (80 comments)

Considering that Terry Gilliam is still very much alive it might just be because your jokes suck.

about 5 months ago

German Intelligence Agency Planning To Follow Big NSA Brother On Shoestring

lennier1 Re:The difference with the USA (80 comments)

Like the last left-leaning government that did more damage to the nation's healthcare, social security, employee protection, financial market regulation and other sectors than the previous conservative government could've ever dreamed during its 16 years of majority?

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

lennier1 Re:English to German is relatively easy (169 comments)

Even with languages that share a common ancestry, these programs still have trouble when it comes to context, as shown in the following screenshot on the same topic.

In this case the software tried to translate "move", which the original text uses in the context of "cancel the lease on your apartment and move to a different address" (German word would be "umziehen") and instead picks the German word "verschieben", which is the translation in the context of "grab and item and push it until it's no longer in spot A but in spot B".
Unless the software can actually factor in the context (as Google's search algorithm often tries to do), Murphy's Law will still have a field day with words that can translate into several different and distinct ones in the other language.

about 5 months ago

Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

lennier1 A matter of priorities (280 comments)

14 billion? That's less than it costs to supply that little adventure in the Iraqi desert with toilet paper!!!

about 5 months ago

UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

lennier1 Re:Why are they in the EU again? (341 comments)

That US lap dog's EU membership has become a cancer that's been festering for decades. Nowadays they're almost nothing beyond that.

about 5 months ago

James Cameron and Eric Schmidt's SOI Grieve Loss of Nereus ROV

lennier1 Re:WOW (72 comments)

Look at what Jim Cameron's brother Mike does for a living. Extreme stuff like that is in the family's blood.

about 5 months ago

Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

lennier1 Re:If Apple is its biggest supporter, then... (355 comments)

It'll turn out just like how they abandoned Firewire once there was finally enough hardware on the market to even take note of it.

about 5 months ago

Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand

lennier1 Re:Careful! (137 comments)

Haven't tried disabling the Flash plugin to force the browser to fall back on the HTML5 version (which many of us would probably prefer anyway). Maybe that one will work better for others.

about 6 months ago



German government malware analyzed

lennier1 lennier1 writes  |  about 3 years ago

lennier1 (264730) writes "The German hacker group CCC (Chaos Computer Club) has analyzed a piece of malware the German government uses in criminal investigations to spy on a suspect's computer.
I'm sure we're all surprises that it's opening security holes for third parties, violates a related court verdict and several laws in general."

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