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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

m.alessandrini Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (665 comments)

In Italy we had a civil plane shot down in 1980 (look for "Ustica"), the most likely reason being it was mistaken for a lybian military plane, in the not-openly-declared USA-Lybia war. It was not even officially a dangerous zone, but Italy happened to be in the middle of that shit. You know what? In 2014 we still have no "official" truth, and I'm afraid that will be the same here.

3 days ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

m.alessandrini Re: Too long (161 comments)

Yes, apart that I still have to undertand what those "portals" were, other than a so-called "web site".

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

m.alessandrini Re:I don't get it (362 comments)

I feel for what you and your wife suffered, by how can you conceive "charges against the employer" as well? As someone already said, law is there to be respected, police is there to punish the criminals, and an employer is not a sheriff. I would not have been surprised if the employer had reported charges against you as well, for falsely being accused of being a criminal himself.

about a week ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

m.alessandrini Incredibly short life? (145 comments)

In the article it's stated that it started working in 2008. Is a supercomputer's life so short, given the huge investment it surely needed to be built?

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

m.alessandrini Re:USB DACs (502 comments)

1) Audio processing 2) Higher quality audio circuitry

I was thinking, today that could be easily done by the GPU in the video card, even cheaper, integrated ones. Considering that audio con be output digitally through HDMI, maybe for some setups the analog circuitry does not even belong to the computer anymore.

about two weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

m.alessandrini Re:Who's at fault for this? (231 comments)

Is it even possible to physically overwrite sectors in a flash memory embedded on the device board? Is a software enough, or are there hardware drivers sitting between you and the physical sectors? For example, SD cards perform automatic remapping of sectors to not write too often on the same ones. Raw flashes should be more direct, but I'm not sure of the whole hardware chain in a system-on-chip.

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious X-ray Signal Hints At Dark Matter

m.alessandrini Re:This too shall pass (100 comments)

Some theoretical models seem to work by admitting that there are extra dimensions hidden to our senses, like superstring theory (it has something like 11 dimensions). Very extreme, but some observed results can actually be derived by their equations. Nothing is to be discarded as too odd, I guess.

about a month ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

m.alessandrini "Sheriff" always makes me laugh (875 comments)

Sorry, as a non-american It always sounds strange to me that they're still called "Sheriff", it reminds me of western movies every time! Do they make duels when facing a criminal?

about a month and a half ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

m.alessandrini Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (406 comments)

No, Mr. "+2 whatever I write", he's not been thinking about that for longer than I've been alive, and yes, I read much of what he wrote.

Just for your information.

about 2 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

m.alessandrini Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (406 comments)

But isn't paying the cinema ticket or the TV tax a form of DRM? The fact that he can see a movie does not give him the right, for example, to record it with a camera while he's at the cinema in order to watch it again later. You accept such a restriction, or you're free to not go to the cinema.

And the fact that a closed plug-in can take control of your computer, that's another matter, I think good engineering can mitigate those risks.

about 2 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

m.alessandrini Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (406 comments)

I'd like to know if RMS watches movies or TV series from time to time, I mean "commercial" movies and TV series. Maybe sometimes he watches TV, or goes to cinema, and everyone of those actions means: firming a contract between him and the corporation who made the movie, in order to watch it at the conditions written by said corporation, who, by the way, spent a lot of money to made such movie.

Or does he watch community-made movies only?

about 2 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

m.alessandrini Want to know the best solution? (406 comments)

Stop watching non-free movies or TV series. After all, we're not talking about DRMed food or clothes. But you don't want to live without them, isn't it? Here it's not firefox who wants DRM, it's people, and they are acting as a tool for their users' needs.

about 2 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

m.alessandrini Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (406 comments)

Also, no one is forcing you to see big movies made by big companies who spend bilions to make them, but you and I like them and want to watch them. Or you could only watch movies made by the community with a few thousand $ raised by crowdfounding, but how good would be they?

about 2 months ago
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The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

m.alessandrini Re:Actually... (162 comments)

No, he was referring to Agent Smith.

about 2 months ago
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Brazilian Kids Learning English By Video Chatting With Elderly Americans

m.alessandrini Grampa Simpson (147 comments)

Why can't I stop figuring Grampa Simpson?

about 2 months ago
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Linux Voice is a New Magazine for Linux Users — On Paper (Video)

m.alessandrini crowdfunding... (72 comments)

Why have I grown to be very suspicious about everything that's crowfunded?

about 3 months ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

m.alessandrini Re:we don't know what happened AT ALL (582 comments)

Maybe unrelated, but the bug revelation too is a bit suspect to me. I mean, look at the Heartbleed web site, it seems they are showmen rather than scientists, they registered a domain expressely, they drawn a logo... Seems much like self-advertising.

about 3 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: How will you replace iGoogle?

m.alessandrini m.alessandrini writes  |  about 10 months ago

m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "Hi, it seems Google did not change its mind on closing iGoogle, a homepage that has always been very useful to me, and I think to many other people. Now, this is only my personal opinion, but the "do no evil" company here seems to have no valid reasons to close it other than forcing you to use their browser, that, how you may have noticed, they try to install to your computer every time you close your eyes. So there is that warning "iGoogle will close in xx days, be sure to backup your data"... Instead I will be sure to replace my homepage, thank you. I already found some good replacements, but what are your other options?"
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Ask Slashdot: how real is GNU/Linux malware?

m.alessandrini m.alessandrini writes  |  about a year ago

m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "I've been using Debian for a life, and I'm not a novice at all; I install system updates almost daily, I avoid risky behaviors on Internet, and like all linux users I always felt safe. Yesterday my webcam suddenly turned on, and turned off after several minutes. I'm pretty sure it was nothing serious, but I started thinking about malware... At work I use noscript and other tools, but at home I have a more relaxed browser to be used by other family members too. Here I'm not talking about rootkits or privilege escalation (I trust Debian), I think more of normal user compromission. For example, these days many malwares come from malicious scripts in sites, even in advertising banners inside trusted sites, and this is more "cross-platform" than normal viruses. So, what about non-root user malwares? How much could this be real? And how can you diagnose it? Be assured that I will NOT install anti-virus programs or similar on my linux."
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Is Google going evil?

m.alessandrini m.alessandrini writes  |  about 2 years ago

m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "I'm a bit disappointed by the last Google moves. One example, they're closing iGoogle, even if millions users are protesting, to force you to use their products (chrome, android). Another case, I recently signed on Youtube to be able to write comments or other marginal uses, and I had to create a Google+ account. I didn't want it, but now I must be there if I want to use another (unrelated) service.
Doesn't this remind of Microsoft's antitrust trials, when they were accused of forcing people to use their products?"
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Applications for notebook's 3D display?

m.alessandrini m.alessandrini writes  |  more than 2 years ago

m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "I recently saw a notebook with a 3D display (with glasses).
Suddenly a big question arose in my mind: apart from movies and games,
which programs can currently exploit such a feature? Obvious candidate
would be 3D modeling software (Autocad, Blender, etc, etc), but I think
the third dimension could add productivity to a lot of other fields,
by dramatically expanding the desktop space.
Who knows some? And what about GNU/Linux?"
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Where is Wolfram Alpha criticism?

m.alessandrini m.alessandrini writes  |  about 5 years ago

m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "When Wolfram Alpha came to light, after much debate, I went and played with it a little, like most of you I think. Now, maybe it's me who's not good at making questions or not intelligent enough, but my impression was: embarrassing to say least. It was not able to understand my most basic questions, only single-word queries like search engines do from decades. Results too were no exception. Now, I was expecting tons of flames and criticism, but I can't see anyone speaking about it (in both good or bad terms). What's up? Is it for respect to Mr. Wolfram's great contributions to Science? Or again is it me?"

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