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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

muckracer Very cool! (56 comments)

Competition, other ideas and implementations can only be good for everybody!

Hope to Thor, that everything works out for Jolla and their vision!

about 2 months ago

Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

muckracer In other news... (117 comments)

The agency has been officially outed as GoatCHQ.

about 6 months ago

Robot Snake Could Aid Search and Rescue Operations

muckracer fiction vs. reality (66 comments)

"So how'd those new robot snakes work out when you poured through the rubble?"
"Excellent, Sir! We've located 4 survivors with them!"
"Nice work!! Their relatives must be ecstatic!"
"Well, actually it didn't work out that way, Sir..."
"All 4 unfortunately succumbed to heart attacks as soon as we spotted them, Sir..."
"Well, that's not good! Really not!!"
"No, Sir. We're still working on that part..."

about a year and a half ago

Favorite U.S. Political Party

muckracer Re:Useful poll (503 comments)

> What does Green party stand for, anyway?

Green stuff. ;-)

more than 2 years ago

US Presidential Debate #2 Tonight: Discuss Here

muckracer Re:Logical Fallacy Bingo (706 comments)

> The reason is because their natural constituency (of which I am
> one) is smart enough to know that "Nadering" Obama and
> ending-up with Romney is not in our best interests. I would rather
> have the Greens in charge, but that is not an option; a liberal voting
> for the Green Party is a vote for Romney.

So with other words, you are a Democrat! Got it. ;-)

more than 2 years ago

Phil Zimmermann's New App Protects Smartphones From Prying Ears

muckracer Re:Whatever (121 comments)

>> and Ron Paul elected president before this will happen.


Of course this was meant as a joke. ;-)
We all know, that in reality Gary Johnson (L) will be elected President! And then we don't need to encrypt our phone calls anymore...at least not because of the government snoops, because Pres. Johnson has shut them all down! :-)

more than 2 years ago

Phil Zimmermann's New App Protects Smartphones From Prying Ears

muckracer Re:Whatever (121 comments)

> and Ron Paul elected president before this will happen.


more than 2 years ago

Too old to retrain?

muckracer all those choices... (1 comments)

The question is, do you WANT to retrain in that field? Or rather do something else entirely, if you're gonna invest such time regardless? Do some honest soul searching, brother...and Good Luck!

more than 2 years ago

Sony Announces 'Superslim' PS3

muckracer Will it... (165 comments)

have a die shrink down from 45nm?

more than 2 years ago

Weebots: Driveable Robots For Babies Who Need Them

muckracer omg (72 comments)

> a way to fuse babies with robots

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT put frickin' lasers on their heads!! :-o

more than 2 years ago

Nintendo 3DS XL Is Out Now

muckracer Re:Region locking... (90 comments)

> I'm never going to get one of these because they had to add
> region locking

I second that.

more than 2 years ago

What Would a Post-Email World Look Like?

muckracer Re:If my work inbox is any indication... (314 comments)

> the trust issue has been largely fixed with IM. Most networks won't
> deliver a message unless someone is explicitly whitelisted.

The same thing could long have been done with e-mail. Especially if the messages were routinely GPG-signed. You could whitelist senders the first time you get a message from them.
Everything else goes by default into the SPAM folder (unless sender's signature is known & verified via GPG intermediates).

Why aren't we doing it? Because no freaking client I know of ever turned encryption and signing on by default! And that's why we have such a sorry state of affairs on so many levels, incl. spam and phishing, which is only an authentication issue.

more than 2 years ago

Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

muckracer Re:He's running for office in the wrong country (745 comments)

> As for Switzerland, you might be unaware that there's a rampant
> and growing "screw rich foreigners, they deserve to get taxed
> more" sentiment. As in an über-tax the blasted creeps who buy
> Swiss Francs as a store of wealth, screwing exports in the
> process kind of sentiment.

Actually you are unaware or uninformed. Swiss have little against the rich...themselves being pretty well-off for the most part (compared with other places).
The tax you're referring to is basically a flat-tax for rich foreigners living in Switzerland but who are not working there (if they would, they'd pay normal taxes on their wages).
Instead it's based on their living expenditures and thus the tax for these very well-off foreigners is in most cases *significantly lower* than for folks, swiss or foreigner, who are actually working for a living. So if anything, the Swiss feel, that the same (tax) rules should apply to everybody.
What this has to do with swiss francs and exports, probably only you know (again...those folks LIVE there by choice, not because they feel philantropic about the swiss economy!).

more than 2 years ago

Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

muckracer Re:Wrong (745 comments)

> Oh and let's not even talk about his insane fiscal policies, which
> can be summarized as pure unrepentant goldbuggery and free
> market fundamentalism.

As opposed to...?

more than 2 years ago

UK Home Secretary Bans US Martial Arts Expert

muckracer Re:Turn about is fair play. (440 comments)

> > TFA doesn't mention [...] anything about [...] promoting violence

> Ahem. 'A visit in 2009 to Slough, in Berkshire, where Mr Larkin held
> a class intended to teach how to "maim and kill in self-defence"'

Dude, get out of your Disneyland-Mindset and acknowledge reality. Self-Defense, by definition, is gonna be ugly. If it isn't, then YOU are gonna look and feel ugly after an unprovoked and unavoidable attack...or your loved one's respectively, as they stand around on your wake because you had nothing other than cotton-balls to deal with the situation!
To teach inflicting harm in the course of self-defense is absolutely reasonable, and has nothing to do whatsoever with "promoting violence"! In fact, anybody claiming to teach 'self-defense' or 'martial arts' without teaching violent ways to disable the (attacker's) human body is a scam!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: It's World Backup Day; How Do You Back Up?

muckracer Re:RAID is not a backup solution (304 comments)

> there is nothing more heartbreaking than to tell some girl those
> pictures of her dead mother are most likely gone forever because
> her laptop got trashed and she didn't have backups.

1. Console sad girl over lost pictures
2. ??

more than 2 years ago

What Book Publishers Should Learn From Harry Potter

muckracer Re:Do you shop at just one brick and mortar? (196 comments)

> You can't hand someone cash over the web.

That is, in fact, the single-most important shortcoming of the much-touted 'e-commerce'. What would I give to have in-browser pre-loaded wallet (let's say, 20 bucks), where I could instantly buy something off a web site...without having to register first, type my address and all that other cumbersome and privacy-invading nonsense. Imagine a TRUE one-click purchase via instant anonymous e-cash transfer! The way we buy things...and the way people sell things...would change dramatically. But only, if the pricing is correct...which it will be eventually, when artists (among others) can sell directly and get ALL the proceeds without middlemen-skimmers a la Apple, Record companies, Publishing houses etc.pp..

more than 2 years ago

NSA Chief Denies Claims of Domestic Spying

muckracer In other news.... (149 comments)

Gen. Keith Alexander also denied the existence of Gen. Keith Alexander, thought to be NSA's Chief General. When questioned upon this subject, Alexander said: "If such a person would be at NSA, I could not comment upon that.". When asked, however, by a curious Congressman Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, whether "NSA" might stand for "No Such Alexander", Gen. Alexander did not hesitate to confirm with "Yes", marking the first time a high-ranking NSA-official has made such a revealing statement publicly. Yet the astonished Congressman Johnson, new to Congress and unfamiliar with such sensitive matters, asked the NSA's envoy once more in, what was perceived as too direct a fashion: "But General Alexander, if such a Person does not exist at NSA, then who are we talking to today?" After the gasps of horror subsided, Gen. Alexander answered in his usual humorous fashion, that he became well-known for ever since serving in Germany: "I could tell you, but zen you wudd be dedd! HA HA HA".
After the meeting adjourned, another member of Congress sighed (under condition of anonymity), that he still doesn't know who they questioned today. "I mean, there's really no such person working in no such agency (and I have no reason to doubt that this is the case), but still you sit there and listen to this person from that agency and it's like totally freaking you out, man!"
Congressman Johnson was unfortunately unavailable for an interview. He was found dead the next morning in the Potomac river, having died of accidental causes according to, strangely, Utah Police. A spokesman said "You know, we get that a lot over there in D.C...that people drink a little too much, stumble around with their feet in some fresh concrete and then jump in the river to cool of from the intoxication, where, tragically, they get pulled to the bottom by the now solid bricks encasing their expensive shoes." The NSA was unavailable for comment...

more than 2 years ago



Oracle to start charging for SUN ODF plugin

muckracer muckracer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

muckracer (1204794) writes "The formerly free Microsoft Office OpenDocument Plugin, developed by SUN Microsystems, now carries a price tag of $90 per user "to obtain a Right to Use (RTU) license", after Oracle took over the company. Whether the plugin, which enables Microsoft Office programs to read and write the ISO-standardized ODF document format, will continue being developed at all remains to be seen. Oracle is currently "reviewing the Sun product roadmap" which they state no longer represents "a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality"."
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Using GPG for website authentication?

muckracer muckracer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

muckracer (1204794) writes "With recent discussion about passwords and their obvious deficiencies
I've been wondering, why we don't use GPG authentication as a common
way of logging into sites:

During the initial registration at some site like Slashdot the user
gets asked to upload his public GPG key. On each subsequent login the
site sends an encrypted challenge that gets locally decrypted with
the user's secret key. A signed (and optionally encrypted) response
gets sent back to the server, verified against the stored public key
of the user and voila...login succeeded. If the site itself has a
public 'site' GPG key it would also allow for mutual authentication,
basically eliminating any phishing possibilities.

All that'd be needed for this to work is browser/plugin support and,
of course, server-side support (the user should only ever see a local
window asking for the GPG passphrase on logging in). But the payoff
would, unless I am missing something entirely, be tremenduous: secure
single sign-on for all web sites needing a login and one at that,
that's locally administered. No passwords ever hit the wire nor do
they need to get stored server-side. The same key/passphrase would
also handle e-mail and help make having a GPG key worthwile for the
rest of us. What's your take on this?"


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