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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

prefec2 Hungary is becoming a totalitarian state (324 comments)

The prime minister of Hungary wants to transform Hungary into a "un liberal" state. In short he wants to play Putin in his country. His primary goal right now is to push out any foreign investment. This new law targets that and in addition may help to control the opposition. The normal media is already under his control.
A yes and in addition Hungary is becoming more and more racist.

2 days ago
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The Future of Stamps

prefec2 Startup money must be cheap these days (130 comments)

There are four types of stamp uses and realizations mostly used in public. For adverts, they print a tag on the advert. For business letters with these little windows, they print it in the address field. For parcels you can print out a sheet and glue it in a parcel. And for the personal letter or postcard you mostly use lovely designed stamps. As I already have a printer, why shall I buy a device for stamps? And by the way I can even send an email to the post office and they will make a letter out of it including stamps. What is now the correct advantage of this new device?

2 days ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

prefec2 Re: Is anyone buying this? (213 comments)

In Germany this is called FachkrÃftemangel. It is happening here for decades. However, the income of skilled workers (FachkrÃfte) has gone side ways. Therefore either all IT workers love their boss and hate money or they are idiots. It could NEVER ever be the case that there is no shortage.

On a side note: Skilled worker is a completely imprecise term.

about two weeks ago
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Only 100 Cybercrime Brains Worldwide, Says Europol Boss

prefec2 Re:Lennart Poettering - the Poetterized versions o (104 comments)

It looks like, you have all the solid logical arguments to explain that Poetterings work is pointing in the wrong way. I especially love your way of clear argumentation. However, I would recommend to be more precise next time and please try to avoid using the word fuck, body parts and relations to family members.

Thanks

about two weeks ago
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Infinite Browser Universe Manyland Hits 8 Million Placed Blocks

prefec2 Re: how to run Manyland server? (67 comments)

Hey jerk. If you want one write your own. Maybe you can also ask them if they share the code. However, the idea behind such universes is that you do not split things up.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

prefec2 Re: grow your own (236 comments)

For capitalism humans are required not only for labor but also as consumers. Therefore the elites require to find a way to distribute money to the rest otherwise their system will collapse. However, I have the distinct impression that they do not know that.

about two weeks ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

prefec2 I have no garage you insensitive clod (151 comments)

And I have no car. So this is presently no problem. Furthermore, were I life there is not enough space and distance to make use out of a flying car. I rather would have an autonomous Android. So it can go shopping while I work or sleep. And it could do the dishes (true there are special machines for that task, but there is no space in the kitchen).

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

prefec2 Would be illegal in Germany (742 comments)

In Germany his employer would not be able to fire him on the grounds of a letter from another company discussing private behavior. Especially not without having the chance of defending yourself.

It would also been illegal to summarize communication and send that to a third party. They could however sued him in court. To do so they would not need his present address, the state would have handled this.

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

prefec2 So what? (203 comments)

Someone proposes a flying car every now and then. As they are all only interpretation of past concepts, which did not work or were impractical. There was recently an article on why there will never be an practical realization. I hoped that will be the end of it. But obviously /. still did not get the message and now another lame story on the topic appeared.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

prefec2 Nope (546 comments)

They complement each other.

about 2 months ago
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Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

prefec2 Re: Trains sound like a good idea. (84 comments)

There are already some driverless underground railways in operation. For example in Nuremburg and even in London. Buses would be possible when driverless cars are working. In most cases talking to the driver is limited to asking for a ticket by specifzing the destination. A ticket machine can provide the same service.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

prefec2 Yes. Defenitely. (190 comments)

Ann election must be free, equal, and secure. To ensure equality, the count must be repeatable for everyone. Online voting vor any voting machine does not provide that feature. The German supreme court ruled that voting machines do not allow real democratic elections.

And it is not a good argument that voting machines or online voting is faster. Fast and convenient is not the core concerns for democracy. The above criteria are.

about 3 months ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

prefec2 Re:Some people hook up (362 comments)

Exactly my point. Normally, company policies try to "fix" harassment by forbidding relationships with co-workers. That would be counterproductive. I rather would like to propose a way to improve the ability for harassed people to press charges and compulsory shrink visits for both including mediation, which should be also used for minor incidents (including misunderstandings) to solve issues instead of just hanging the man/woman for severe misconduct.

about 3 months ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

prefec2 Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

The problem here, as described in text, is that they get away with it. Logically, we must ask: Why? However, this is missing from the article. As, harassment and assaults are already prohibited. It is against the law. Therefore, the problem lies in the "Why do people not press charges?" In the US this is often "solved" by prohibiting on a organisational level that people have non-work relationships with co-workers. I personally find this very inhumane. A better solution would be a way to address the real issue, by limiting the power of "senior" members towards the newbies. And to provide processes to deal with the harassment through mediators and of course obligatory psychological council (for both sides).

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

prefec2 Only when you are unsatisfied (282 comments)

If you have a job you like. Don't switch. Switching just for having switched brings you nowhere. Good reasons for switching are: Moving to another city, if you are interested in challenging work then the lack of it, other causes which make you unhappy, money, your personal career strategy, e.g., CEO of IBM.

about 4 months ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

prefec2 Re:Initial Offer (232 comments)

You should give two bit coins. This would drive the auctionators crazy.

about 4 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

prefec2 What is wrong with your society? (875 comments)

Honestly, sitting here in Germany, I wonder what is going on in the US. I've visited the US years ago and my impression was that beside some oddities (e.g., people running around with guns on the street, people telling me that the EU will be the next Roman Empire) the US is a nice place especially when it comes to its inhabitants. Nowadays, most of my information about the US is from the media (including the Internet) and I have the impression that your country is falling apart. First of all, you have a war on anything. In other countries these things are called problems or challenges. Second, your political system is constructed to suppress minority opinion resulting in an immobility of politics. And third, you have lost to solve internal conflicts. Instead you built guarded communities, like in South Africa or other developing countries. You have the highest rate on prison inmates of the world. So please FIX IT. Otherwise your broken country will also break our almost broken countries in the EU. True we have to fix our states too, but at least we are not a war zone (and yes the Ukraine is in Europe, but not part of the EU).

about 4 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

prefec2 Nerds (1198 comments)

Nerds are a hard to define group of persons. Depending on the kind of group of people, nerds have different properties. In some context it is used as a term of honor, while other use the term to decry someone. In the article I assume to a different definition of nerd is referred to. A nerd is there a person with low self-esteem. Someone who thinks suppressed, mobbed or ignored by others. They are a little closer to the autistic side and they feel uncomfortable around other people. Even more when those people are not nerds too.

The male version of such nerds tend to have had not much experience with women and might not know how to act proper around them. They might be even aware of this fact. They might even understand the psychology of mating rituals, but as they lack the intuition (which comes from practice and success) they have an unsatisfied need in that context.

A mental solution to fix this from a personal point of view is to imitate successful role models. These figures can come from the real world or from TV, books, videos and even games. However, these role models are mostly incompatible with the present and often not compatible with any culture on earth to any given time. Nevertheless, they often carry an image of women as "bitches" or "slaves", which can result in a male behavior which is highly inappropriate.

Another solution from a personal view is projection of self-hate onto others. Example: From "I hate me for not having sex with women" the nerd makes the switch to "I hate women for rejecting me". This even works when he was not actively rejected but ignored.

Both strategies can even used together for a maximum of awkwardness and hate.

Please do not misinterpret this as "He hates nerds". I don't. I am one myself. Even though I chose a third solution and after decades I tried a fourth that worked and now I am a normal person ;-)

The third solution is suggesting to yourself that you are not interested in women beside being a friend. I tried that from 20 to 35, which worked perfectly in the beginning because I had my first girlfriend shortly after I switched to that scheme. However, that relationship only worked for some month and was totally unsatisfactorily for the next 15 years. Then I decided that a new scheme might work even better. I could try to be polite and ask women out, but first I should not look like an unwashed yeti from under the bridge. And that really worked. It would also work with people who have chosen method one or two. However, they need first to accept who they are and then accept that women are humans and equals. And acceptance is not achieved by saying it but by meaning it. If you have any trouble with that: See a shrink. I did (somehow). It worked.

about 5 months ago
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ESA's Cryosat Mission Sees Antarctic Ice Losses Double

prefec2 Re:0.43 mm per year, eh? (162 comments)

Your assumptions would be true if melting ice would be the only effect on the sea water level and the melting itself would be a linear process. However, there are other effects.

a) Due to a rising global temperature the ocean temperature is also rising in the upper water layers. These masses do also expand.
b) When the glacier speed in Antarctica is picking up more speed, as it is right now, the melting will increase and also will the rise in sea level.
c) The greater introduction of sweet water in Antarctica will effect the overall global water stream system. This system causes certain dents and bumps in the ocean surface. Changes to the system will cause changes to these dents and bumps and therefore sea level changes could be higher at some shore lines. Furthermore, this will cause a lot of local climate change.

about 5 months ago
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UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

prefec2 Re:Why are they in the EU again? (341 comments)

Easy. First, the UK gets a lot from the EU in term of market access. Most of UKs financial industry would not work that well without the continent. Second, the UK is attractive to foreign (non-EU-companies) to place their European HQ in the UK. If the UK would not be part of the EU. This attractiveness would be diminished. Ireland would most likely profit from that move. Third, UK subsidies go into many areas. For example, food production. And the UK profits from those lower food prices. Fourth, 14 EUR per year is not that much. Actually, we could even print it. Mario Dragi could buy all those state obligations.

Beside that: We work together in the EU not only to boost economy. The goal is provide a common body for a free (as in human rights) Europe. This can only be realized by supporting the weaker states and regions in the EU. What you gain from that is peace and cultural exchange.

Democracy works in big states. For example India or the US of A. Yes we have to make it more democratic. But honestly. The one country preventing steps in that direction is the UK.

And finally, you postulate that it is unfair how many votes an MEP from Malta or Luxembourg represents. It is true. However, this imbalance is there to protect minorities. Malta has only 5 seats, and Luxembourg 6. While the UK has 72. We could have fixed that with the Lisbon-Treaty, but the UK was not very interested in a real and complete democratic parliament with legislative power.

Since the UK joined the EU, they saw the EU merely as a trade union. The continental states, like France or Germany, had always the goal to have also a political integration. Therefore, it would be completely logical for the UK to leave.

BTW: Maybe the Scottish will join the EU. We will see.

about 5 months ago

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Ubuntu switching to systemd

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  about 8 months ago

prefec2 (875483) writes "Mark Shuttleworth postet recently that Ubuntu will switch over to systemd. While there have been movement towards systemd for Ubuntu long time, that was never offical. However, now we can assume that they will switch eventually, but not for 14.04."
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Security App for the new German Personal ID hacked

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

prefec2 (875483) writes "At Nov. 1st the Germany started to issue new personal Id cards which include a security chip. In combination with a reading device and an application on a PC@home, secure transactions can be made. However, the required application can be compromized using DNS spoofing and a wrong SSL certificate as reported by http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Neuer-Personalausweis-AusweisApp-mit-Luecken-2-Update-1133376.html"
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Open Access Petition

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

prefec2 (875483) writes "I know Slashdot is just a site, read mostly in the US and other English spoken countries. However, this might be still interesting for readers of Slashdot and may be some Germans read it too. In Germany it is possible to send and sign e-petitions to the parliament (Bundestag). And I want to point out that there is a petition on Open Access waiting to be signed from you guys. If more then 50 000 people sign it, the initiators can make a public appearance before the Committee of Petitions, which will give the topic more publicity. So please go and sign it. The e-petition site is available here: https://epetitionen.bundestag.de/index.php?action=petition;sa=details;petition=7922 [translated version of the petition] The German parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) may enact, that scientific publications, which where funded buy the public, shall be accessible to all citizens without any fees. Institutions, which manage public research fund autonomously, shall be requested by the Bundestag to release appropriate directives and provide the technical means to publish results for free (as in beer and as in speech). Rationale The public sector finances research and development with 12 billion Euros every year (according to the ministry of education and research). However, the results of this research are mostly published in journals which are available only for a fee. It is not appropriate that the text payers have to pay again for research results they financed. Research results are only available in a few libraries, because of the high costs and the multiplicity of journals and other publications. The access of research results funded by the public is therefore hindered and even made impossible for normal citizens. To exclude citizens from the sciences is not only destructive, it is also unnecessary. Other countries already implemented similar rules. The US American agency National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires, that all publications funded by NIH have to be made available to the public at a centralized location in 12 month. The basic structure of the scientific publication system is by such actions not changed."
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Censorship Law passed Parliament in Germany

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

prefec2 writes "After a long debate in Germany, a bill for Internet censorship passed the Bundestag (federal parliament). The politicians say that they only use the new censorship infrastructure to hide child pornography form accidental access. However, it is easy for criminals to circumvent this blockade. For news sites, like Slashdot, the Times, or Wikileaks, the censorship technology is harmful. After the implementation of this new filter, the censorship can easily be expanded to other areas. Some politicians are already lobbying for blocking file-sharing sites, "killer game sites", and other security threats. More information can be found on heise http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Bundestag-verabschiedet-Gesetz-fuer-Web-Sperren--/meldung/140746 (german) and the law draft http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/16/128/1612850.pdf (german).

We all grieve for our constitution, which has been ripped by our own parliament."

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