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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

rainer_d It's a shame (246 comments)

Do they really have to drag Steve (Jobs) from his grave (even if only by video)?
Maybe he does a nice introduction a la "If you see this video, I'm dead. Thanks for stealing an hour of my dwindling life for it. Not".

about three weeks ago

In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

rainer_d Already there (454 comments)

Most e-cars have a leased battery.
Often times, that battery can be remotely deactivated.
So, if you're late on payments or there is some other disagreement: poof, car goes nowhere.

Welcome to the end of ownership.

about a month ago

Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

rainer_d Re:Shoot one (213 comments)

All the suicide nut-cases will start to mount that fence.
Also, it wouldn't take long before the first "innocent bystander" would be hit by a ricocheting bullet or a shrapnel.

about a month ago

Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

rainer_d Re:This is the same community (581 comments)

Were I live, eating out is very expensive.
Like upwards 25 USD for a pizza.
Without drinks.
I wouldn't spend money on dinner I don't even like!
But I wouldn't argue. I just wouldn't join them.

about 1 month ago

Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

rainer_d Re:No, but schools will take a second look (232 comments)

We met about once every six weeks face-to-face and he told me what to fix.

Turned out to be a good thing.

about a month and a half ago

Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

rainer_d Re:No, but schools will take a second look (232 comments)

> Students can write their reports and essays using LaTex

Good luck getting anyone outside CS to do that. Even if the student learns LaTeX, he/she won't likely be able to collaborate with other students/advisers easily.

Even for my CS thesis, the professor wanted word files (annotate feature).
But I used lyx/klyx to write it and so he got PDFs, which he printed.

Lyx was wonderful, allowing me to concentrate almost exclusively on the text itself and not worrying about formatting. p I wish they would teach actual typesetting skills in school (because producing a document is a bit more than just filling a page with letters and spaces and a few pictures)!

about a month and a half ago

Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

rainer_d Seen that before (349 comments)

When FreeBSD started having "10" in the version number, a lot of 3rd party (open source) software thought it must be version "1.0" (based on checks by GNU configure) which usually resulted in a failure to even go through the configure-phase....
Same reason why Solaris 11 is actually 2.11...

about 3 months ago

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

rainer_d Re:Is this real? (504 comments)

That wouldn't even fly with "friends" of the US and NATO-partners.
Thank god, US tech companies need to export their stuff, too.
I'm pretty sure that Apple et.al. have it clear to the various representatives in political offices what kind of policy they are going to support (i.e.: donate money) in the future and what they will not support. After all, Cook hired this new lobbyist: http://appleinsider.com/articl...

US is a corporatocracy - and Apple has very deep pockets and very loyal customers (who often also have deep pockets) with long memories - nobody in D.C. wants that combination against them.

about 3 months ago

Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

rainer_d Just run your own blog (254 comments)

Either host yourself or use wordpress.com or whatever blog-site there is.
Seriously, who cares about Facebook postings anyway? Are these people a bunch of 12 year olds?
I don't need a FB account to know that I probably can't differentiate between official propaganda, astroturfers, shills and real eye-witness reports - on both sides.

Maybe Ukraine should buy more ads on FB - that usually helps...

about 4 months ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

rainer_d Interesting idea. (419 comments)

It's just that the humanitarian situation in Palestine is actually very bad - much worse than the daily 30s news-clip can transport, if I can trust a recent eye-witness report I read in a local paper.

So, it may be a bit too much for the kids, actually (as someone already suggested).
But still, it's a good idea. In these war-zones, "Game Over" really is more than two words.

about 4 months ago

Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

rainer_d Re:I don't get it (220 comments)

I've got a car that cost much more than that and I didn't weld a steel-cage around it or equip it with a giant bull bar.

Just don't drop it.

about 4 months ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

rainer_d This day on Slashdot (262 comments)

"2012: Is Sexual Harassment Part of Hacker Culture?"....

Groundhog-day anyone?

about 4 months ago

Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

rainer_d Re:Better a Nazi than a Commi (165 comments)

Gehlen took over Foreign Armies East (German Army intelligence) and the Germans started getting better information. His predecessor was woefully incompetent.

Gehlen then spent years downplaying Soviet capabilities, so the Germans were constantly being surprised by the Soviets doing something Gehlen had said they didn't have the strength to do.

Still, it was more or less in line to what the top guy wanted to hear :-)

With that mind-set, he would probably also have succeeded in the GWB administration...

about 5 months ago

Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

rainer_d Better a Nazi than a Commi (165 comments)

That was really the line of thinking in large parts of the US-government for a while.
Best expressed by no one else than Harry S Truman, who, when a member of the congress complained about the huge amounts of former Nazis in the new intelligence agency the US was building up in post-war Germany (nowadays known as BND), simply replied: "I don't care if this Gehlen guy [first head of the agency, a former Nazi-general] is fucking goats - as long as he's helping us, we'll use him".

During the 2nd world-war, if you played your cards well in Germany, you could achieve a lot. Some people early on realized this and built a career on it that often continued after the war. If you had the support of "the system", you had almost unlimited resources at your disposal.
Von Braun used these resources because he had a vision, a dream - and he was crazy and ruthless enough to sacrifice anything to make his dream come true.
Like the above mentioned Gehlen, he was also bold enough to change sides when the right time had come - knowing that the work he had done and the ideas in his head were more interesting to the Allies than the rest of what had happened during the war.

People from the UK (where V2 rockets hit mostly) are usually furious when you mention the name - they'd have probably wanted to put him up for trial in Nuremberg and seen him hanging - but his work, his men and he himself were already too important by the time the court was setup - and the cold-war had already started.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Get (or Share) News About Open Source Projects?

rainer_d I mainly use FreeBSD (85 comments)

so I can use http://www.freshports.org/
I have subscriptions for the stuff that I use, build, or that I'm generally interested in (I run my on own build-server and build about 1200 packages these days) and I get an email every evening (local time) that lists all the updates to these projects.
It will sometimes take a longer time for a port to be updated (for various reasons) - but it works well enough.
In these cases, other news-portals often carry the news of a new release (like it's the case for PHP).
In contrast to freshmeat, freshport's mail-summaries contain much more and better information.

about 5 months ago



Sun to end Try and Buy program

rainer_d rainer_d writes  |  about 5 years ago

rainer_d (115765) writes "Word from Resellers and a note attached to its Try and Buy offers indicates that Sun's unique program will be discontinued after December 18th. No news on the SUN website.
I never got around trying something (and I would have felt bad for trying something without a real intention or budget to buy).
Hopefully, at least for customers with a proven business-case, there will still be an option to try out stuff on-site."

Link to Original Source

IP address management solutions for IPV6?

rainer_d rainer_d writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rainer_d (115765) writes "I was wondering: what IP-address management solutions do people use and what is their plan once they roll out their first set of IPV6 addresse to hosts?
On the first look, I only find commercial offerings.
Feedback on those would also be appreciated."

How dangerous is the Internet?

rainer_d rainer_d writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rainer_d (115765) writes "Routinely, my helpdesk-staff must handle cases where google complains about a homepage containing malware (usually, the owners lost their ftp-password to some password-grabbing application).
Sometimes, they (helpdesk-staff) go directly to the website itself (even though Google warns everybody to not do this). With IE.
Personally, I use Firefox on a 64bit Linux (no flash, no java). But I found myself asking:
  — is there a lot of malware that is not detected by common AV-software? Is that problem actually "real"?
  — the XP-pcs in question are updated regularly and use an uptodate version of AV-software.
  — if it is indeed a big problem, what solutions are there? Allowing surfing only via a remote-desktop to a locked-down IR?

The helpdesk knows a lot of passwords — I would really not like them to "leak" any of those out via some stupid trojan.

How do you handle "safe browsing"?"


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