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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

mimino Re:Guy is an idiot. (790 comments)

You are confusing freedom with getting away from accountability. Tor being monitored by law enforcement is a very good thing in general. That simply enables them to do their job. Therefore for civilized countries it's definitely helpful.

Unfortunately not everywhere law enforcement is doing just that, catching criminals that is. In many countries they are used to maintain questionably legitimate governments and their established regimes. In those cases Tor and VPN services are the tools of freedom and their lack of transparency helps to spread information that otherwise would've been blocked.

Now think about it, do you as a citizen of a free country think that a) pedofiles, hitmen, large drugs distributors and all credit card thieves should be totally safe doing their business right under noses of law enforcement who you're paying your taxpayer's money while they can't do shit with that encrypted traffic; or b) provide an unreliable communication channel to the rebels or oppressed opposition of some other countries while their government would in the end just block everything by default (hint: China)?

The thing is, HTTPS and VPN are mainly used to protect your privacy and they have been working really well. While Tor is mainly used to avoid accountability.

about a month and a half ago

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

mimino Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

You are absolutely right. Sadly, no one listens to arguments like this and choses to ignore these facts in favor of a more news-worthy "Faster via slow VPN [that utilizes Verizon-XO peer link] than directly [via 40Gbit/s Verizon-Level3 peer link]" that deliberately omitted the square-bracketed parts.

about 2 months ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

mimino Re:Sorry, but L3 is being shady here ... (390 comments)

But wait, this "settlement free peering agreement with Verizon that has been in place for many, many years.” tells that the ones who consumes more traffic pays the fees. In other words it goes "your customers want to access the Internet via my network? Sure thing, as long as my customers get equal access to the internet via your network. Once your customers start consuming more - you pay".

about 2 months ago

HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mimino But Moonshot is years old (68 comments)

But Moonshot servers are a couple years old, with a few success stories from HP itself ( is fully moonshot-powered) and others. Yes they are efficient, small and easy to run, but they are also quite less powerful than a "traditional" server. Now all they do is release new "cartridges" for the platform. Are we soon to hear about generation 2.0? Maybe at HP Discover?

about 2 months ago

Free Wi-Fi Supplier, Gowex, Files For Bankruptcy

mimino From businesses who needed free internet around em (39 comments)

Imagine you're a coffee shop and you want to provide free wifi for your customers. Some businesses buy equipment and the internet connection and hire an IT guy to hook it all up together. This all costs.

Now imagine a company like Gowex comes and tells that they could do it all for you, all you need to do is pay them installation and monthly fees. They tell you they are professionals and they will handle everything - from simply configuring and maintaining everything including repairs; to handling all the scary stories they'll tell you about viruses, hackers, police enquires and so on. You, as a business owner will likely accept some 100-200-500 eur monthly fees to not to have to worry about all this IT stuff.

about 2 months ago

Despite Project's Demise, Amazon Web Services Continues To Use TrueCrypt

mimino Re:Why should one move from truecrypt 7.1a? (75 comments)

Unfortunately one does not make money selling cryptodisk software (I tried when I published some back in 1979)

You should have tried selling cryptoperfocards software back then, disks were not in wide use.

about 3 months ago

Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'

mimino You can remove the CMOS battery for a while or (173 comments)

You can remove the CMOS battery or move the Clear CMOS jumper or power on the PC with a special key pressed (depending on the motherboard manufacturer it can be CTRL, or ALT or something else, always well documented).

about 3 months ago

Report: Verizon Claimed Public Utility Status To Get Government Perks

mimino Re:Block their cookies (140 comments)

Now imagine that the toddler somehow was responsible for forcing you to put the cookies on the floor and then to leave them unattended. Using something like lobbying.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 With Bing To Sell Cheaper Devices

mimino A smart move (124 comments)

This is indeed a smart move to seed Bing. In fact, Bing is getting better and better all the time and is a comparable search engine to Google, still catching up but with a solid tech behind. Guess what? The more people use Bing, the more data its algorithms have to operate with in order to make itself better. So seeding the search engine is very important, considering that MS has all set of competing services comparing to Google.

Now what this change actually does? It defines what search engine is used for people who access Internet by typing web site addresses in the Google search bar. Also for those who don't bother switching away from the IE. And for those who will see that Bing is suddenly getting better.

Google should be worried. And I'm sure they are.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

mimino Reddit is more of an upgrade (172 comments)

Reddit is more of an upgrade

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

mimino Yes it is hard to press Win+X via RDP (172 comments)

Yes it is hard to press Win+X via a remote desktop connection to a server that got tablet-optimized interface with Windows Server 2012.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

mimino Because someone needs to build it for you, and it (876 comments)

Because someone who is an expert in writing text-based code has to design and write it for you. It won't help them, it's not fun, it's not believed to be achievable.

about 7 months ago

Apple Denies Helping NSA Subvert iPhone

mimino Re:Sorry Apple. (284 comments)

Akamai? And a gazillion of others. Also it is not relative, we are talking about Apple now. Anyway, the post was about rooting an iphone by visiting a web site and doing nothing more.

about 9 months ago

Using Pulsars For Spacecraft Navigation

mimino Re:Always in Motion... (77 comments)

So, all these pulsars (like everything else in the universe) are always in motion...

It's hard, but that is why there is that lousy accuracy of 5-10 km.

more than 2 years ago

Java Web Attack Installs Malware In RAM

mimino Conspiracy! (98 comments)

An antivirus company sends two messages: 1) Stay in RAM and be undetected; 2) Attach to a trustworthy process and they'll miss you. I wonder what are they not telling us?

more than 2 years ago

Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

mimino length matters (837 comments)

It matters because the pairs are twisted with different step, resulting in difference in length of pairs, resulting in length restrictions. That limits length before all electrical theory does. However, if you cut long cable in the middle and solder pairs so to compensate length difference then it would work at three times longer distances than standards say. PS: Tested, confirmed.

more than 5 years ago

Google Search Flagging Everything As Potentially Harmful

mimino Internet is very dangerous place (407 comments)

I always knew that all those sites could ham my computer. Finally Google proves my fears.

more than 5 years ago


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