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'Anonymized' Credit Card Data Not So Anonymous, MIT Study Shows

porjo women easier to ID (95 comments)

From TA

It's easier to identify women, but the research couldn't explain why, de Montjoye said.

Could it be that men tend to shop a lot less than women!?

yesterday
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The Current State of Linux Video Editing

porjo Re:Kdenlive (223 comments)

My vote goes to Kdenlive. I tried Openshot recently but found it to be sluggish and crashy, whereas Kdenlive didn't miss a beat!

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

porjo Re:The religion of peace (490 comments)

And queue up the politicians (such as Pres. Hollande) tripping over themselves to say that the actions of these people are 'nothing to do with Islam' when the perpetrators themselves are a) proclaiming Islam as the motiviating for their actions and b) acting on the urgings of their own (extreme) Islamic leaders.

about three weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

porjo Re:The religion of peace (490 comments)

Queue up people claiming that he was just f**** in the head, not Christian

First cab off the rank. Anders Breivik did not identify himself as a Christian in the sense that he was a follower of Christ but merely a 'cultural Christian'. His motivation was to protect 'Christian Europe', not to protect Christianity or Jesus. In fact he was quite scathing of religion in general saying "Religion is a crutch for many weak people and many embrace religion for self serving reasons as a source for drawing mental strength". [1]

It's still too early to say for sure, but I'd be willing to bet that the guys who carried out the recent attacks in France are doing so because they believed it is the 'will of Allah', the prophet 'commands it' etc etc.

A second important distinction is that Anders Breivik, even if he wanted to, could not justify his actions based on what Jesus or his disciples taught. Islamic extremists can and do quote directly from the words of Mohammad to justified their violent actions.

[1] http://www.ibtimes.com/anders-...

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

porjo Re:islam (1350 comments)

That contrasts with Christian killers who most certainly killed in the name of their religion

The military and political leaders conveniently used the defacto religion of their time to further their own selfish ambitions. Their underlings simply did what they were told. Nowhere does Jesus command his followers to kill or even use violence in his name. That contrasts starkly with what the prophet Mohammad taught, and that is where the real issue lies.

The famous killers who have been athiests have not killed people in the name of atheism

The difference being that a religion like Islam commands it, so the followers go out of their way to proclaim it. Somone acting from an athiestic worldview is doing so because that is the natural, logical conclusion they have come to: there is no God (noone to answer to) and life is essentially about survival of the fittest (My actions are only limited by how much power I have and what oppourtunities come my way).

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

porjo Re:islam (1350 comments)

The way I see it, Islam (or some members/sections of it) today is where the Christian/Catholic religion was many centuries ago

The problem is that the fundamentals of both religions are so polar opposite-in terms of their agenda. Fundamentalist Christianity is what the disciples of Christ practised: love, peace, putting others needs first. Yes, there's a major emphasis on evangelism, but not at the point of a sword!! Nowhere did Jesus encourage violence, in fact he actively spoke against it. The Catholic church of centuries ago departed radically from that.

On the other hand, the fundamentals of Islam is to subdue and opress by violent means if necessary - it's clearly laid out in the Quaran. Moderate Muslims who don't subscribe to that are actually moving further away from the fundamentals of their religion. The 'radical' teachers are not teaching some strange new philosophy, they are simply taking the Quaran at face value.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

porjo Re:islam (1350 comments)

The resulting legacy of Islam is that for 1600 years, it has destroyed civilizations it has infiltrated.

Oh hey, look, 30 seconds of Googling and I've found a history of forced conversion to Christianity that stretches back for 1600 years. [wikipedia.org]

Red herring. Forced conversions by so-called Christians is not an argument against the OPs point about Islam destroying civilzations. Can you provide examples of where the introduction of Christianity into a civilzation has made it go 'backwards' in terms of science, technology, arts etc ?

about three weeks ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

porjo Re:Don't worry guys... (880 comments)

Judaism proper didn't yet exist in the days of David or Solomon

To think that is to misunderstand what Judaism is all about. Have a read of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

he is clearly described as a warlord

You're trolling now, right? Abraham was provoked into intervening in someone else's war, in order to rescue his cousin...and that makes him a warlord?

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

porjo Re:You don't know your Bible or your history (880 comments)

Moses orders the murder of every man, woman, and child in a city...So, yeah, warlord.

Yes, Moses can be described as a warlord, but as he was not the founder of Judaism (or any other religion) I fail to see your point!

So, Christianity (or at least Catholicism) as we know it today was very much the work of Constantine.

There's a big clue in the name Christianity that points to the true origin of the religion. Constantine, the Catholic church et. al all came later. It's worth noting that Christianity was seeing explosive growth prior to Constantine (this despite enourmous persecution). It was only a matter of time before the "powers that be" co-opted it in some shape or form.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

porjo Re:Don't worry guys... (880 comments)

Islam(muhammad), Judaism(moses), or Christianity(constantine)?

No, in fact the founders of those religions were: Muhammad, Abraham and Jesus respectively.

Judaism existed prior to Moses. Christianity as an organised religion existed prior to Constantine (albeit under other names). Islam did *not* exist prior to Muhammad. Abraham and Jesus can not accurately be describe as warlords. Please get your facts right.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

porjo Re:Extremist news outlets (880 comments)

Its a lone gunman.

True enough, however it is also yet another incident in a string of similar 'lone wolf' incidents across the globe, done outright in the name of Islam.

The media have totally beaten this thing up in a shameful way. I'm glad the police gave the media zero information throughout the day, as it would only have added fuel to the fire of wild speculation that was already occurring.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

porjo Re:Meh. (880 comments)

You'd have a point if the guy was holding his relatives hostage in suburbia, but to hold 17 random people in down-town Sydney is national news, Islamic angle or not.

about a month and a half ago
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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 6 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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.

...as 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 a year ago
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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 a year ago
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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 a year ago
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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
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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
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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

about a year ago

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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 5 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  |  more than 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.""
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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  |  about 6 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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