Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic
Hungarian dude here.
1. That will be delegated to the ISPs. The plan is, that the ISPs should pay these taxes from their profits, and are expected NOT to increase the internet subscription fees, however, they will anyhow.
2. It is a tax on everything. not just streaming.
3. They won't leave anything untaxed.
What happens when the ISP is the government?
FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.
Now consumers are becoming aware that there's a massive counterfeiting problem and can be better educated to ask their vendors "Hey, is my device legit?" I certainly had no idea that this was going on.
What happens when you buy the product at BestBuy or other BigBox store.
The Future of Stamps
There are still bills I pay with paper. (Some companies still charge for the "privilege" of paying online, which pisses me off even though the amount doesn't matter.)
I occasionally deposit checks via mail. Even if I trusted my phone enough to put banking software on it (which would be a silly thing to do), that only works for some kinds of checks.
Some companies respond to customer complaints via paper mail much better than they do via the net.
Sometimes I send checks to family members who aren't technologically sophisticated enough for there to be another way.
Maybe all of those reasons will disappear eventually, but I doubt that will be in my lifetime. It's also worth remembering that you can still send some mail anonymously - frankly, I'm surprised you still can, as there's nothing a totalitarian state hates more than anonymous communication.
For Canadians, cheques by residents are so passé. Businesses, of course, use cheques as proof of payment.
If you are doing consumer banking and If you do not take a special type of bank account, you are entitled to 3 cheques per month, and then whamo, around $7.00ea for the excess. So, we consumers have automated payment from accounts, or even online bill-payment options.
So, keep a balance to cover the cheques, earn no interest, and pay to make payments.
Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
Linux could work for the average user, at the end of the day there is no technical reason why not. After all Linux(in the form of android), dominates on the cell phone market, where the user base demands greater user friendlyness, has less patience, and wants even more bells and whistles, and is far less compitent with a computer. Linux has been shown to work marvelously with light meters, accellerometers, USB, touch screens(multi-touch even).
The big issue is how consumers by technology. They don't care about specs really, they don't care about merit. They care about branding and imagine. They want their Apple(tm), search with google(tm). Advertising and public relations gurus over the last few decades have build reality distortion bubbles, where people actively identify with brand names. GNU/Linux has no such brand name. They really don't care about "just works". Face it, windows does *not just work*, but people do whatever it takes, because they think windows is what they are supposed to be using. Microsoft presents the image of normalicy and conformity that most people identify with.
Apple on the other hand, presents an elitest artisan, fine craftsman, and intellectually supperior image, that marks the owner as part of an elite group.
Linux cleans up serverside, because it rode the wave of start up culture of the 1990s. If you had a great idea for a new website, but didn't have much capital, you could run a proffesional website with Linux, Apache, Mysql, and PHP out of an old desktop for a fraction of the cost of what constituted a proffesional server, of the day
As these companies grew, they continuted to use linux, and helped it transform into a proffesional class OS, that couldn't help but take notice.
Linux will eventually take over the desktop, and the reason is because microsoft has no real friends, and they have an ever growing list of enemies. Many of those pimpleface teenage nerds they stepped on back in the 1990s are now grown developers and sys admins. Their day dreams are now multi-million dollar products. Linux has a lot of corporate backers, many of which are household names, and some of the largest most powerful corporations in the world.
Whats eventually going to happen is that MS is going to piss off another giant like Google or Samsung to the point they want blood. You'll see a few large companies pour money, time, resouces, advertising into a distro with enough MS haters to accept them, and then use a Free as in beer product into the desktop market, to crush microsoft to prevent them from competing in other markets, by destroying their cash cow.
There will not be a year of the desktop. It will be a decade of pure hell, and microsoft is going to fight tooth and nail, and use every dirty trick in the book to keep the desktop market. They will eventually loose, because the nature of FOSS allows many companies to quietly pool resources behind a single banner, especially a not-for-profit, and allows more to join later without any real effort or diplomacy. Eventually it will be taken from them, and from that point its another 10 years before they go out of business.
The reason why MS will lose the desktop is closed source and closed mentality.
Our universities want to teach operating systems, their use, design, and tweaking. In addition, to do so at zero cost for software. This is where Linux came in.
We have students who have started in College/University with LFS (Linux from Scratch). They get to study internals, networking, security, end-user computing, servers and more. Included of course are the language courses in C, C++, Python, Perl, Bash scripting, etc. etc. And the students had the software and course material on their laptops.
MS had restrictions on what information was available.
Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling
There's no brain patterns involved at all, it's a simple delusion rooted in statistical bias. You only remember the good times when you won, and you erase the bad times when you lost. So you think the casino is a money tree. And thus casinos pay their light bill. That's also why people play Powerball, they only hear stories about the people who hit the jackpot, never stories about not hitting it.
I could never be a compulsive gambler, I like active sex too much. Some people call me a dirty old man.
Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
Can they be a little more specific as to what it is that's in the soda that is causing this?
Its the bubbles.
OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review
"I'm a Windows Phone user"
WOW! Finally, I've 'met' one. According to the sales states there was someone who bought a Windows Phone but I didn't expect to actually make contact with you. Hey, how's it working out?
Have one, and I also have access to an Android. For my needs, long battery life was the only criteria. In the end, I stick to the desktop for Slashdot, and mainly use the W phone for email, skype and some occasional browsing.
Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again
Technology is leaping forward by the second. The availability of very high-speed internet means that thousands of small to medium business Linux systems will be transferred to the cloud. Cloud systems will mean a huge reduction in the need for in-shop linux systems. It means, essentially, that businesses will buy computing services, will give up the systems department and that expensive "Air Conditioned" computer room, and support staff.
This is Autumn 2014, and this transition is happening now. Is this season the beginning of the autumn decline of independently installed Linux business computer systems? Have you the guts and funding to begin a cloud service or to transition to a job in a cloud service?
Will you care about making a profit, or of the differences between Systemd and the existing interface?
As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal
This is an opportunity to convert a building, with cafeteria, gymn, etc, into a building housing software development people. Remove the bars, remove the toilets and restructure the builiding a bit, and there you are. Perhaps the prisons that are not sellable as a prison can be sold for land value.
Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy
Of course government can read my e-mail. All they have to be is waterboard me. Or install enough camera in public places to capture my unlock pattern. The question is what we allow the government to do, and in democracy we deserve what we get. No amount of encryption is going to solve this problem. We should have a direct popular vote for a commission of constitutional enforcement and then if majority of them rule that some secret agency is in violation, they will be able to disclose it legally.
After a mental debate about the pros and cons of NSA surveillance, I have reached some conclusions.
With total secured data and transmissions, businesses have the confidence that what is private to them remains so.
With total secured data and transmissions, criminals have the confidence that what is private to them remains so.
With total secured data and transmissions, NSA have the confidence that what is private to them remains so.
With total secured data and transmissions, terrorists have the confidence that what is private to them remains so.
As a citizen of a multi-cultural democratic country, can I obtain all my information about criminals and terrorists only by infiltrating their organizations? Can the NSA, in proactive mode, be able to do so before an illegal act occurs, or only after the bodies are buried. When do you want them to do the searching?
A positive point to consider:
If the NSA surveys the transmissions with sophisticated search engines, looking for illegal activities, and from the algorithms within the search engines, obtain a list of messages and meta data about the sender/recipient, can they protect us better?
A negative point to ponder.
Can the NSA search engine software be audited by some authority to insure that the searches are against legitimate use are not done, what would be your stance?
I don't feel threatened by NSA and it's probing, as all my uses of email, web browsing, encryption, and purchasing of crap through the internet is for legal purposes.
So, draw your conclusions from my ponderings. Where do my thoughts lie?
Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life
85 KW*hr in 5 minutes is about a megawatt of power. Even at 10,000 volts, you're talking 100 amps.
The Koch brothers are rubbing their hands in glee. Bye bye Oil, hello Electricity, hello coal.
Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows
It's true that they kill birds. But so do cars and skyscrapers. And I'd wager that coal - between the waste disposal, emitted mercury, and mining - kills birds, too.
Wind power gives birds a fighting chance. Solar, with the reflector technology that concentrates a beam of sunshine against a target boiler, is fatal if a bird flies through the path.
Which is likely to happen more often?
The saying from some people is "I have a lifetime supply of barbque fowl".
Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical
Seriously, starting to experiment with uncertain approaches in a time of crisis is about the most stupid thing that can be done. Stick to what is known to work, there is no time to come up with anything better. If something better had been found in centuries of research into medical methods, then it would be the standard-approach. There is nothing. There will not be anything new even if you debate that question to death now.
This continues the series of incompetence, misinformation, self-aggrandizement and general fuck-ups that have become the signature of the fight against Ebola this time.
May I be polite and say that "You don't have exclusivity on intelligence". The decision to try experimental medication is a "last chance" possibility to save a life. And if it works, then perhaps it will work with others. If my life was in peril from Elboa, and I knew I had a 60% chance of dying, I would go for it.
I had a flesh eating disease(Necrotizing fasciitis) on one leg, and was told "Tomorrow we amputate, because the existing anti-biotics are not working. I responded, give me a stronger dose, and try a different medication. Result-- I still have both legs.
Yes, it is ethical, and even if it failed, we know the person would have died.
Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"
Restore the prohibitions against spying and require real warrants to engage. No more dragnets.
Things are just going to keep getting worse until it happens.
Too late. There is no trust in the internet. None, nada. Nicht, Non, Nein, Zift.
A new internet will arise, where all sessions are doubly encrypted. Workstation encrypts files, transmission is encrypted and receiver ( partner) receives and decrypts same. We are entitled to privacy.
Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World
"Syntax that every programmer uses to make their program readable is unreasonable as a semantically meaningful syntax"
Come on, python's got its problems, but forcing you to lay out your program in a naturally readable way to compile isn't one of them.
For example, duck-typing might be one of the worst ideas in the universe, because it's doing the exact opposite of the whitespace thing. It's decoupling easy-to-make mistakes with the output of compiling of your code.
But this whining about whitespace just comes off as having never actually tried it.
My favorite language is Iverson's APL. It will never die. It is used by financial statistical and string oriented language used by actuaries moreso than other professions.
US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants
Everyone on slashdot seems confused because this is on the internet. Spying is spying. It's legal in your own country to spy on foreign powers, it's illegal in the country you're spying on.
You're never going to agree to the extradition of one of your own spies if they get exposed, which is why you occasionally get "tit for tat" diplomatic expulsions, as it's the only real way of showing that you know you've been spied on, as the spy will most likely have diplomatic cover.
If you get caught red-handed spying abroad, it depends on which country you're talking about. North Korea would probably execute you, Canada would pack you off home and take you off their "actual diplomats" list.
OK Canada, please spy on xyz for me and I will spy on abc for you. Don't you just love these loopholes?
Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal
The problem [is] that the energy output is less than the energy inputs.
Are you saying that science has found a way around the second law of thermodynamics?
There's always one in the energy stories...
It's not about 'creating' energy, it's about accessing the energy already stored in things. Think of it like a gold mine: Just owning the gold isn't enough. You have labor costs and other overhead. if it costs you $50 to mine $100 worth of gold, you're doing better than breaking even. If it costs you $150 to mine $100 worth of gold, you're better off leaving it where it is. At no point in the process are you creating gold.
Same idea with energy. Existing processes don't create energy, they get at existing energy. It takes a certain amount of energy to access that existing energy. Some (coal, oil, fission) are like the first gold mine, producing enough energy to make the process worth it. Fusion energy is currently like the second gold mine: you can get gold out of it, but it's going to cost you more than the gold is worth to do it.
There's probably something wrong in there (sorry, I'm rusty), but it's close enough to get the idea.
Edison fought to only distribute DC. In the end, he was wrong. Nicola Tesla pushed for alternating current distribution and the feelings between the two were strongly bitter. But when you have money (Edison), and you don't(Tesla), guess who won.
If the fusion reactor works, and if the fuel that is consumed is low cost or the energy conversion ratio is 90%, there is a good chance that it will solve the "burn coal for energy and polution" problem. Lets see if the fusion in the lab will work, and then review the costs.
Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services
The government shouldn't be providing services that can be done by the private sector.
Why? If it demonstratively runs better ...
Private police, armies, judges, prosecutors, --- wow. You are saying "All highways should be pay roads."
Highways are not restricted to 30mph (50kmph), so why is the INTERNET not at, for example, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Israel, and two dozen other countries speeds. The internet is a highway. Why are you forced to a snails pace. Answer because we can charge for normal high speed. (grin)
Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems
Doesn't have a damned thing to do with Windows or binary files, it has to do with the fact that Debian has been made Red hat's bitch by way of ex RH and Ubuntu employees taking over the board. For those that want to know what systemd is REALLY about its about cloud computing, specifically RH is pushing cloud computing like mad and systemd is gonna end up being a "SVCHost" for Linux dedicated to managing cloud computers.
This is one time me and the FOSSies are actually on the same page, as just like windows 8 was forced from on high and gave the users a big fat greasy finger so too is systemd being pushed by corporate with exactly zero fucks given about what the end users want. Ironically despite all this "empower the user" talk Linux has always had this is one case where Windows users had more power thanks to the ability to vote with their dollars, thus getting Win 8 shitcanned in favor of a much saner and nicer Win 10. But this does not mean that all hope is lost in Linux land, it just means you are gonna have to organize and SCREAM BLOODY MURDER and refuse to take this bullshit. You especially have to organize all the volunteer coders and get them to walk away, because losing all that free labor and forcing Red Hat and friends to pay for every single dime's worth of work is the ONLY way most of you can hit 'em in the pocketbook. those of you that run non cloud based servers can of course tell them you will no longer use their products but considering how much time and money you have invested in your servers I really don't see that happening.
Finally you need a rally cry, something simple and catchy and on message to focus the narrative and rally the troops, a "fuck beta" for systemd if you will. And since old Hairy will ALWAYS stand for the users allow me to give you one as a show of solidarity in your plight. Its simple, concise, on message, and sums up in a single simple sentence WTF is wrong with systemd..
SYSTEMD...Its the Metro of Linux!
As I see it for the corporate world, the server in the cloud is the way to go. It is just like outsourcing the data centre to IBM, CGI or other operations organization. It will be cheaper, it will not require a diesel generator and a computer wing, or expensive system admins or rooms of backup tapes and those couriers picking up and returning backups daily.
The server is going to be an appliance. Only if you work for the cloud company will you retain your career in Linux
Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers
Management doesn't know shit.
Actually, what he was referring to was the difference in knowledge between an IT graduate from the USA and an IT graduate from India. Management's argument would be "Why choose a graduate that can be productive in a month, against a graduate who requires 3 months and lots of hand-holding." The second argument would be lower cost in favor of the former graduate.
Quebec Canada Wants to pass SLAPP Law (Bill 9)
It would be great if this law was passed in each of the United States, or was adopted as a Federal law. It could be applied to certain companies who are forcing bankruptcy of individuals and students.