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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

lister king of smeg Re:What's up with Dice Developers (132 comments)

its all ready is open sourced and that is what the soylent news guys did but the community didn't fallow.

4 days ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

lister king of smeg Re:Same problem as the anti-glasshole movement (140 comments)

But people are reacting because the Google glasses bring another dimension to this, when you get a lot of people that are potentially constantly filming you and uploading it to a massive data-aggregator with immense capabilities to correlate data and track people.

that keeps being repeted but it is bullshit, it does not have enough battery life to be constantly filming and the bandwidth requirements needed to upload hd video to google data centers would cost far to much to be doable even if anyone wanted to.

4 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

lister king of smeg Re:Rewarding the bullies... (791 comments)

From what I've seen, and experienced myself growing up, it seems that if your kid is the type who might be bullied, sending him to private (or maybe religious) school is an absolute must. Private schools don't seem to tolerate it, or have as much of a problem with it. They have no trouble expelling problem kids, and they don't accept just anyone.

As long as the princeples kid and his best freind are not the one doing the bullying yeah that was a fun year. Not all privet schools stop bullying.

4 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

lister king of smeg Re:Wat? (580 comments)

yes but they would not necessarily be able to patch the closed code

5 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

lister king of smeg Re:Lobbying aside (416 comments)

well even if it justs sets in you account you come out ahead thanks to intrest

5 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

lister king of smeg Re:And? (416 comments)

The surprise is the number of users today who are screaming "Da fuq? Teh Intuit iz de DEVIL!!!!" who were all of yesterday shrugging off Google's lobbying juggernaut as "just playing the game."

Well, it's not a surprise but it still sucks an ass how Slashdot marches in lockstep to their latest fanboy crush. For people saying how cheep it is to own a politician it seems that most Slashdotters are willing to be bought off for a lot less.

The difference is Google is lobbying to do things that don't dirrectly affect my bank ballence. Additionally many things Google is pushing for actully are in the general intrest like net nutrality.

5 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

lister king of smeg Re:Almost (170 comments)

Tails doesn't store any data locally,' writes Finley. 'This makes it virtually immune to malicious software, and prevents someone from performing effective forensics on the computer after the fact. That protects both the journalists, and often more importantly, their sources.'

Traffic sniffing does not require files on the target and this is the biggest source of data for agencies like the NSA. It may protect you from key loggers being installed (unless they were inserted ahead of time).

All traffic sniffing will do is show they are talking to a TOR entree node. Everything is wrapped in multiple layeres of encryption between you and each of the nodes in between. Maybe they could tell from traffic analysis what type of traffic it is based on traffic profiling, streaming your pr0n over to will have a different profile than browseing a webpage wich will in tun be different than ssh, but they still won't know the end point and what the content is.

I'm pretty sure that part of Snowden's leaked information showed that exploits are occurring at the hardware level as well as software. Entry points like LOM modules were explicitly called out in the leaked presentations.

Yes but they would have to have had access to your computer to insert the hardware bugs. If you say pick up a cheap laptop at walmart paid for with cash they won't know who has it, and would not have inserted the bugs as they could not have known who would end up wih the computer.

I'd agree that forensics becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible (memory analysis can still occur).

if they are doing memory analysis thy have the computer in their posesion already and you probably have a much larger issues to worry over.

I don't agree that the systems are immune to malicious software at least in a general sense. Immunity would require a lot of control for the hardware running the OS, and monitoring to make sure things have not been tampered with.

Technically true. However you have to trust something, and as long as there has been know oppertunity to tamper with the computer you can assume your safe for most things.

Relying on a repository build of an OS imaged is still a target for potential a MITM attack feeding a user a kitted image.

That is why we have cryptographic signatures on repositories and iso images. If they can break a 4092 bit key in polynomial time we are f***ed anyway

5 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

lister king of smeg Re:Anonymous (170 comments)

Incognito Linux did not impress me. You can be more anonymous using Backtrack.

ah no.

Backtrack is for cracking not staying anonamous.
Tails routes all of your traffic through TOR and keeps you anonymous as long as you don't share anything reveling.

5 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

lister king of smeg Re:Good (630 comments)

But you are not responsible for crimes committed by your parents, we for example do not require children of convicts to finish out their parents sentence if their parents die in prison. That however is exactly the principle that is applied here.

5 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

lister king of smeg Re:Good (630 comments)

As a taxpayer, I don't want people getting free money for the government at my expense. They need to pay it up in today's dollars - with interest. If your parent or grandparent abused the system, I'm sorry but it's time for you to pay up.

This is about taking money "back" when the government made an accounting error (not people that cheated or lied mind you) but not taking it back from the people they gave it to but rather taking it out of another persons return. If the government accidentally gave me $500 thirty years ago and I died after five years ago long after I spent it, would you be OK with them deducting $500 (plus interest and adjusted for inflation) from your return, simply because you happen to be a relative?

5 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

lister king of smeg Re:NIMBY rules (432 comments)

What we really need is for the federal government to step up buy the land put its foot down and say protest all you want we are building this fucker one way or the other. Anyone caught on the construction site will be shot for for trespassing in a secure location.

about a week ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

lister king of smeg Re:The Real Solution (432 comments)

Cut the population from ~7 billion to ~3 billion. Start with ebola and work up a good one. That eliminates the problem of selection. Random chance will take care of it.

you first.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

lister king of smeg Re:Blacksmithing (733 comments)

blacksmiths need fairly significant infrastructure behind to be of any kind of use.

yeas because there would be no scrap metal form our millions of cars left for a blacksmith to reuse. It would all need to be freshly mined oar.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

lister king of smeg Re:Depends on the apocalypse (733 comments)

if the clothing isn't stored properly, it won't last as long. Before air conditioning and modern insulation, cedar chests were the bees knees in providing protection for clothing and papers. so all is not lost and it won't be all that bad.

that may be true, thank god then that much of our clothes are synthetic those not eaten by creepy crawlies.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

lister king of smeg Re:Some of the oldest trades become useful. (733 comments)

The post-apocalyptic world would also need blacksmiths, potters, carpenters, farmers and so on. Not to mention someone capable of swinging a sword and lopping the heads off marauders intent on dragging off the young women and torching the village. The challenge is that scientists and engineers do not necessarily have the skills most critically.

Says the man that has never seen a trebuchet cannon or a ballista.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

lister king of smeg Re:WHAT? (733 comments)

Whos gonna do it if not Slasdotters?

Competent people?

no they would of been killed by the mad maxian rednecks, we will only come out of our basements after we have run out of d&d campaigns and eaten the last of out twinkies which will take a while.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

lister king of smeg Re:The magical scenario is "gradual social decay." (733 comments)

In either a sudden collapse, or gradual decay, much will be lost. Let me remind you that when the Roman civilization decayed, technologies as simple as the making of cement were lost.

Cement.

Not exactly what we'd consider "high tech." It demonstrates just how fragile our scientific advancements are. They can be wiped out by a few generations of relative illiteracy for the great mass of survivors. In three generations, electric lights are a distant legend and those ubiquitous round copper disks find their most frequent use as quick, easily made arrowheads.

Yeah they were knocked back a couple hundred years you knock us back a to 1800 and we would still be able to make electricity Ben franklin was playing with it a decent part of his life. Beyond that the average person in the roman era was illiterate and there has very little written down as apposed to today where every town has at least one public library, the elementary and middle school libraries have a set of one set of encyclopedias each at least, then there is you high schools with chemistry, biology, physics labs and a often a auto shop each with all of the information and much of the equipment need to to bootstrap your way into the early 1900s. Then there are the community colleges which would bring you up to say the 1950 level of tech. Anywhere with a state college or descent sized privet college could probably push you back up to the 1970s if not mid 80s. We despite all of our educations systems failing have at least enough literate people and redundant copies of most enough knowledge to boot strap our tech fairly quickly. Hell anyone with a couple of TB hdd and a few solar cells could mirror more then info information to preserve at elast our access to knowledge.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

lister king of smeg Re:Medical doctor (733 comments)

Well lights after dark would be one great reason for electricity as would radio so as to communicate with others. Motors would be another great use. security camera or alarm systems. Using preexisting power tools would be another great one. And as for transmitting power over a distance I would far rather use electricity it is much easier to splice a cable than repair a couple hundred yards of mechanical linkages.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

lister king of smeg Re:Medical doctor (733 comments)

I agree a surgeon would be way more useful than an md l, as for me a comp-sci IT person like most of slashdot we could still make electronics with our trusty soddaring iron so not completely useless

about a week ago

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ESR on Clang and GCC no plugin policy

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about 3 months ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "Eric S Raymond writes in the GCC mailing list that GNU's GCC no plug-in policy may have been a good idea before open source won the compiler war but it now acts as an artefact of the past and that is now hindering its adoption in the face of more open compilers such as Clang. He argues that GCC should adopt to more current needs so it may be more closely integrated into other tools so it can stay competitive."
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not enough garbage?

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about a year ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "Oslo, a recycling-friendly place where roughly half the city and most of its schools are heated by burning garbage — household trash, industrial waste, even toxic and dangerous waste from hospitals and drug arrests — has a problem: it has literally run out of garbage to burn.
The problem is not unique to Oslo, a city of 1.4 million people. Across Northern Europe, where the practice of burning garbage to generate heat and electricity has exploded in recent decades, demand for trash far outstrips supply. “Northern Europe has a huge generating capacity,” said Mr. Mikkelsen, 50, a mechanical engineer who for the last year has been the managing director of Oslo’s waste-to-energy agency."

I have to wonder why we would sell our garbage when we could be doing this ourself?"
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Gnome Project is Understaffed

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about a year and a half ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "

I suppose I can’t just leave my last post standing there as-is. I’ll start by listing a bunch of things I consider facts about the GNOME project. I don’t want to talk about solutions here, I just want to list them, because I don’t think they are common knowledge. People certainly don’t seem to talk about them a lot. core developers are leaving GNOME development. The most recent examples are Emmanuele and Vincent. Both cite the need to look for something different, there is no hard feelings. GNOME is understaffed. This is hard to explain in a short and concise way. For anecdotal numbers: GTK has 1 person working full-time on it (me). Glib doesn’t even have that. I think evolution is in a similar situation (a complete email client). We can also try Ohloh’s statistics for GNOME (they include 131 packages, including GStreamer and NetworkManager). You’ll see a sharp drop off of committers on the first page already which suggests around 20 full-time developers at most. GNOME is a Red Hat project. If you look at the Ohloh statistics again and ignore the 3 people working almost exclusively on GStreamer and the 2 working on translations, you get 10 Red Hat employees and 5 others. (The 2nd page looks like 6 Red Hat employees versus 8 others with 6 translators/documenters.) This gives the GNOME project essentially a bus factor of 1. GNOME has no goals. I first noticed this in 2005 when Jeff Waugh gave his 10×10 talk. Back then, the GNOME project had essentially achieved what it set out to do: a working Free desktop environment. Since then, nobody has managed to set new goals for the project. In fact, these days GNOME describes itself as a “community that makes great software”, which is as nondescript as you can get for software development. The biggest problem with having no goals is that you can’t measure yourself. Nobody can say if GNOME 3 is better or worse than GNOME 2. There is no recognized metric anywhere. This also leads to frustration in lots of places. GNOME is losing market- and mindshare. I don’t want to point out Linus’ bashing, but a bunch of very pragmatic facts that all together lead to fewer GNOME users and developers: Distros are dropping GNOME for other environments instead of working with GNOME. Previous supporters of GNOME are scaling back their involvement or have already dropped GNOME completely. Most important desktop applications have not made the switch to GNOME 3. From talking to them, it’s not a priority for most of them. The claimed target users for GNOME are leaving desktop computers behind for types of devices GNOME doesn’t work on.

Maybe if the higher ups in gnome would listen to the users and quit chasing the elusive Joe-Sixpack by trying trying to be a tablet gui they would be doing better."
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Ask slashdot, Privet chat server

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "I am wanting to build and setup a chat server that i can run on a Linux based preferable Debian/*buntu (where i have the most experience). I want the traffic to be encrypted between my sever and clients, it would be nice to have file transfer capabilities between clients. It needs to use a protocol that has clients for windows linux mac android and ios seeings as my friends all have devices on those platforms. Does anyone know of a descent easy to administer configuration, or any suggestions or advise on what use or how to configure such a set up? Also this may end up on a virtual machine seeings as i have a limited number of available physical boxes and several other internet facing projects i am going to be working on so it needs to be as light weight as possible."
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EA releases two games for linux

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "In a rather unexpected move, Electronic Arts has added two web-based game titles to the Ubuntu Software Center of the popular Linux distribution, and although they're far from the newest games, Linux users will likely welcome Command and Conquer Tiberium Alliances as well as the Lord of Ultima with open arms.

Before Linux fans get too excited, it isn't the full game installation, but rather a loading web-app. That said, the move does suggest that the game developer has potentially spotted the currently untapped opportunity of using Ubuntu Linux as a another channel for delivering its content."

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what DHS is looking for in your posts

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "As we all know The Department of Homeland Security monitors social networks ,in an attempt to expose Items Of Interest. as it turns out many terms including seemingly benign words such as flu, agent, response, cops drill, and many more words are on the list of words that set off warning bells for the government spooks. Many of the terms make since to be on the list mind you but there are some real stupid one on the list to like "social network".

animal new york has a compiled and indexed list of words that were provided to a DHS contractor that were released by epic.org"

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