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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

porjo Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

the position of the plane and all other air traffic was known, the type of missile and launcher used and their origins are known

The intelligence was comprehensive. Which makes it all the more astonishing that passenger airliners were permitted to fly over that region. Why weren't civil aviation authorities told of the high level of risk...or were they told and chose not to heed the advice?

about 2 months ago

Matthew Miller Named New Fedora Linux Project Leader

porjo Re:Why I hate fedora (24 comments)

I'm running Fedora 20 on my work desktop and find it ok. Updates do occasionaly break things in annoying ways, but I guess that's to be expected with a bleeding edge distro. I share your pain when it comes to grub2 and systemd; supposedly better architectuarlly however useability sucks big time. I use gnome3 and have no major issues with it. My main gripe with Linux on the desktop (Fedora included) is the abysmal video performance due to poor drivers and integration. Having firefox/chrome max cpu when watching flash video is just depressing in 2014.

about 3 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

porjo Re:I am reminded of pigs and engineers here (593 comments)

However, the creationists are not interested in being proved wrong ...

Where each sides refuses to budge isn't in the realm of science at all! Creationists, in my experience, would be happy to be corrected on actual, observable, testable science however when the discussion is about matters of faith - deeply held convictions of a philosophical and metaphysical nature - there is no compromise for either a Bible believing Christian scientist or an atheistic scientist. far as they are concerned the Bible says it so it must be true.

...and an atheist believes there is no God, so any option that leads to a God conclusion must be false; the Christian having faith in God and the atheist having faith in his interpretation of reality.

about 7 months ago

Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

porjo Re:It was bound to happen (303 comments)

I agree. Apache was and is awesome, but getting less relevant as the months pass. In addition to Nginx/Lighttpd is the growing use of web application stacks that incorporate a web server e.g. Golang

about 7 months ago

Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

porjo Re:Too late, switched to Chrome (167 comments)

Firefox is my browser of choice and I find it does everything I need with the small, but irritating, exception of Flash. Adobe Flash plugin on Linux is horribly glitchy with Firefox and it's replacement, Shumway, is not supported on the websites I visit. I use Chrome for any Flash-heavy websites.

about 7 months ago

Knight Capital Fined $12M For a Software Bug That Cost $460M

porjo Re:They lost their own money (192 comments)

they were working entirely with their own money.

From the article: "While processing 212 small retail orders that Knight had received from its customers...."

Knight Capital are themselves listed on the stock market. Their stock took price collapsed as a result of this blunder. I think it's fair to say that other people's money was lost here

about a year ago

NFTables To Replace iptables In the Linux Kernel

porjo Re:Noooooo (235 comments)

All my precious iptables knowledge gone!

"one should start by noting that it should be possible to create a tool which reads current iptables configurations and converts them to the nftables language - or even directly to kernel virtual machine code."

It looks like you may not have to learn any new syntax - just use the, yet to be created, iptables to nftables convertor tool!

about a year ago

353,436 Exposed ZTE Devices Found In Net Census

porjo scoop (29 comments)

From TA:

"Shukla (the report author) was given exclusive access by the anonymous author to the sensitive data collected in the project (using an illegal botnet to scan the target devices)."

Sounds just a little too convenient to me

1 year,11 days

Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

porjo Re:This is also the case on Firefox (482 comments)

"... only 1 out of 12K users had master password enabled"

That's possibly because most people haven't a clue that they can or should set a master password. I didn't know the feature existed until I read this article!

about a year ago

Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

porjo Re:GET READY.... (242 comments)

I too am glad they cast an older, white guy. There was speculation whether the new Dr would be black or a woman. Either of which could have made for an entertaining television show, however it wouldn't be Dr Who. There is far too many $$ riding on it to go messing with fundamentals like that. One memorable twitter comment I saw:

"For anyone who wishes the new Doctor was gay, black, or a woman, Capaldi's a good enough actor to play the part as a gay black woman." @sfdebris

about a year ago

How Did You Learn How To Program?

porjo Casio FX-700P Calculator (623 comments)

First thing I ever programmed on was my dad's programmable calculator using BASIC. These came out around 1982 I believe, however I didn't use one until probably '86,'87. It had a 12 digit LCD display, 2KB storage, 2KB RAM

about a year ago

UK Consumers Reporting Contactless Payment Errors

porjo Re:Payment without user confirmation (193 comments)

This. I was in line at the checkout just the other day watching someone casually wave their card across the scanner, thinking to myself in a sarcastic voice 'what could possibly go wrong!?'

about a year ago

Australian Government Backdoor Internet Filter Shuts Down 1,000 Websites

porjo Re:If a government makes it hard to report corrupt (90 comments)

What do you expect from a country that originally had a white population from only two different groups: Criminals, and jailers?

This is a troll right? What a ridiculous statement to make! Waves of free immigrants from UK + Europe after the initial convict settlement dwarfs those convict numbers. Only a minority of 'white' australians today can trace their ancestory back to criminals and 'jailers', as you put it.

about a year ago

Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed

porjo quality not quantity (630 comments)

I've created dozens of 'projects' under my account - none of which have any license. I get an idea, throw together some code to test the concept and back it up to Github. I'm the only one who cares about them, and I'd be surprised if anyone ever saw, let alone used the code. If any of my projects were to gain traction, I'd probably consider putting a license on it, but until then, who cares!? I wouldn't be surprised if a large proporation of the 1.7m projects are just like mine - tumble weed territory.

about a year ago

HBO Says Game of Thrones Piracy Is "a Compliment"

porjo Re:No shit (447 comments)

I live in the UK and came to the same conclusion regarding CBS's Survivor series. It doesn't get shown here on free-to-air TV. It's available on both Amazon & Itunes as a download (which I'd be happy to pay for)...but try downloading from outside the US and you're told to p!$$ off. There is also no DVD available for the season that I'm interested in. I tried contacting CBS about this, but so far no response...

about a year and a half ago

Internet's Energy Needs Growing Faster Than Efficiency Gains

porjo old gear (158 comments)

Another aspect of this is the old, inefficient legacy gear that could be decomissioned but isn't. Where I work there are literally dozens of old physical servers that could be virtualized. It's not being done, essentially due to mismanagement. I wouldn't be surprised if this pattern is being repeated many times over across the globe.

There should be an annual 'decomm a legacy server' day!

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Study Getting an Unwanted Tune Out of Your Head

porjo Re:no subject (219 comments)

Where is the love, the love, the love?

about a year and a half ago

Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

porjo Re:YES! Especially if it keeps the brogrammers awa (759 comments)

I agree. Both parties were in the wrong: the men should have shown more consideration for others and self-awareness than to tell off-colour jokes in situation like that; she was wrong to publicly escalate the issue the way she did. This philosophy of "I should be able to say what the f#$k I like, and you should just deal with it" is really wrong, especially when you're in a work or semi-work situation. This isn't a freedom of speech issue, but about respect and care for your fellow man (or woman).

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: On the Job Certification Training?

porjo indenture (117 comments)

In my experience it is common for the employer to pay for all or some of the training on the condition that if you leave the company you pay them back a percentage based on a sliding scale e.g. if you leave before 12mths you pay back 100%, 12-18mths, you pay back 50% etc Seems fair to me.

I don't think it's reasonable for the employer to be expected to pay for failed exam attempts however.

about a year and a half ago



UEFA under fire for faking 'crying fan' footage

porjo porjo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

porjo writes "Yahoo Eurosport article: "European football's governing body UEFA has sparked outrage after it emerged that they manipulated footage of fans during the Euro 2012 semi-finals. People across the world were touched when cameras zoomed in on a German fan in the crowd crying after Mario Balotelli put Italy two goals ahead in the first half of their match last week. There was just one problem: the woman — a fan from Dusseldorf called Andrea — hadn't started crying at all, and was stunned to receive text messages from friends back home asking why she was blubbing with so much football left to play." For some time now it's been common practice to insert adverts and other messages into a broadcast such as this, but manipulating a fan's face is not something I ever expected to see. What else is being manipulated in these supposedly live broadcasts that we don't know about?"
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Kill a camel, save the planet

porjo porjo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

porjo (964384) writes "THE [Australian] Federal Government is considering awarding carbon credits for getting rid of feral camels under an initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Already considered a pest [camels] produce an average methane equivalent of one tonne of carbon dioxide a year, making them one of Australia's big emitters."
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Aussie Gyms to pay 15x more to play music

porjo porjo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

porjo (964384) writes "An Australian federal magistrate has ruled in favour of a price hike on copyright fees for music played to patrons of gyms & fitness classes. The action was sought by the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia representing labels including Sony Music, EMEI, Universal & Warner. Under the new ruling, fees would rise from 96.8 cents to $15 a class. Stephen Peach representing PPCA had this to say in response to protests from the fitness industry "We feel confident in our position that one of the reasons for the hysteria on the other side is because they know how important music is in a gym. I mean, who wants to exercise in silence? Music is so central to what they're doing, but it would seem to be valuable to them in every way except financial.'' Lauretta Stace of Fitness Australia responded with "The music industry is in trouble, nobody's buying CDs and the PPCA wants to plug the hole left in their pockets by passing the burden on to our clients""
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Australia to get mandatory Internet filtering

porjo porjo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

porjo (964384) writes "The Australian Federal Government will introduce compulsory internet filtering to block overseas sites which contain criminal content, including child sex abuse and sexual violence. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced the changes today following a controversial trial to filter the internet which was conducted earlier this year."
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Man charged over $35,000 beer theft

porjo porjo writes  |  about 5 years ago

porjo (964384) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald reports that: "A Perth man has been charged with stealing a sea container full of premium Belgian beer worth $35,000, West Australian police say. Police allege two men stole a shipping container holding 1,349 cartons of Hoegaarden beer from a storage yard in Welshpool, in Perth's east on August 20. "It will be alleged that at 6.05pm two men using a side-loading container trailer, stole a sea container containing 1,349 cartons of Hoegaarden beer," police spokeswoman Susan Usher said. The incident was captured on security footage and police identified two people of interest, police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said.""

ASUS: Only 5% of Eee PCs use Linux

porjo porjo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

porjo (964384) writes "APC quotes Gordon Kerr, group product manager for system products at ASUS, at a recent Sydney product launch saying "Linux accounts for about five per cent of our sales". While the Eee PC clearly has had great success with Linux to-date it appears that ASUS have teamed with Redmond both practically and philosophically. ASUS has come under fire this week for the It's Better With Windows web site, which features a video explaining why the Eee with Windows is a better choice since it doesn't involve "an unfamiliar environment"."
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Windows 7 public beta released

porjo porjo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

porjo (964384) writes "Slated for release mid-day Friday but delayed due to 'overwhelming demand', Windows 7 Beta 1 is now available for download from Microsoft or Bittorrent: 2.44GB for the 32-bit version, 3.15Gb for the 64-bit version. Some initial comments: 'It strikes users as faster and lighter than Windows Vista, and has improved on important consumer areas like home networking and media sharing.' & 'The interface has some interesting new features but it may take a while — and perhaps some tweaking — to get used to them.'. Screenshots here."
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PHP5 deadline approaches

porjo porjo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

porjo (964384) writes "InfoWorld is reporting on the upcoming Tuesday deadline in which several leading open-source PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) projects plan to stop supporting older versions of PHP in upcoming releases. The Go PHP 5 campaign, sponsored by several PHP proponents, is intended to move the PHP developer community fully onto the PHP version 5 platform. Among the projects backing the effort are Symfony, Typo3, phpMyAdmin, Drupal, Propel, and Doctrine. These vendors are committing to use PHP 5.2 in releases developed after Tuesday."


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