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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

rastos1 Re:The only good thing (447 comments)

The largest amount of alcohol I drunk on single occasion was at about 3/4 litre of wine. Still walked home on my own, no problem. I occasionally drink one glass of of brandy (5cl) when invited to birthday party or something like that. It's a tradition here. I don't drink beer. I never smoked cigarettes. I never tried marihuana, nor any other drugs ... anything like that. Never. I have no problem saying 'no' when a friend wants to pour me another one. Or leave the full glass standing on the table, if he does not listen. The idea of consuming some substance with the goal of altering my mental state is alien to me. I should do something that reduces my ability to handle myself? No way. It would create danger for myself and people around me. That would be irresponsible.

If you think that responsibility or lack thereof is the deciding fator, then you really are a moron.

I do think that it is responsibility that stops me from getting drunk or experimenting with drugs. And I do think that with that approach I'm not going to become an addict. Does it mean I'm a moron?

yesterday
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

rastos1 Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (242 comments)

Yes, in the meantime the technology has advanced.

5 days ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

rastos1 Re:About time something is happening (164 comments)

If I convert my application and CV to .doc or .docx the formatting will be all wrong ...

Did you actually try that? On windows you can use free .doc viewer to verify how will word render your document. I believe that the mess will be comparable to mess created just by using a different version of MS office. I.e. not significant.

about a week ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

rastos1 Re:I Spy.... (219 comments)

Most countries do have spy agencies. And they often do have some reasons for that. But do they spy on their allies? Do they spy on general public? Care to to link some info about countries that do the spying and that are not in G8 and are not China or Korea?

Sure, you were joking. But you are just trying to show that "everybody does it". The point is not only that that is not an excuse. The point is that it is not even remotely true.

about three weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

rastos1 Re:Do your own part, start today at home (389 comments)

The difference in power consumption of my cable box when powered on vs. powered off is less then 5%.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

rastos1 Re:Uniform standards create new markets (136 comments)

I can't see how you have anything to lose other than your dignity

I do care about my dignity, you insensitive clod.

about a month ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

rastos1 Re:Uh... Yeah? (242 comments)

Laugh all you want. But can you provide a proof?

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

rastos1 Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

Remember that Everything you say will be used to burn you. Cops can lie and get away with it, and if you lie to a cop, you're fried. Do not believe anything they say, and don't try to talk your way out of it because you'll lose.

Out of interest - what makes a lawyer so special that he can talk to the cops? Are lawyers vaccinated against cop-tricks or something?

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

rastos1 Re:Imminent Threat (249 comments)

data on the phone can endanger no one.

If phone display shows a countdown app that sets of a bomb remotely?

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

rastos1 Re:Look to Japan as a model for what not to do (710 comments)

That's over a hundred guys, and not a one of them is married.

You think that there is a _positive_ correlation between "being married" and "having sex"?

about a month ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

rastos1 Are customer able to evaulate that objectively? (254 comments)

62% of the more than 18,000 U.S. consumers it polled said social media had no influence on their buying decisions.

Are the customers able to recognize whether they got influenced? I thought that current advertising methods are predominantly trying to influence subconsciousness rather then consciousness decisions.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

rastos1 Re:stone tablets (208 comments)

Moses ..., is that you??

about a month ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

rastos1 Re:you should be able to... (249 comments)

I mean seriously, $(app vendor), your app does not need access to my location and/or phone calls in order for me to do $(menial computation X).

You mistakenly assume that "for you to do $(menial computation X)" is a reason why $(app vendor) wrote the app. It's not. He wrote it to make money. From advertising. Which can be done better if he can "access your location and/or has access to your phone calls".

about a month and a half ago
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

rastos1 Re:... and with systemd. (231 comments)

As I understand it, Metro removes abilities from the end user, while systemd actually enhances the end user by providing many more powerful features in an easy to use manner.

As an example: systemd removes the ability to run a grep on the plain text log file. And replaces it with something else. Metro also takes away the ability to do some stuff and replaces it with something that the marketing department claims to be just as capable or even more. And perhaps it's all fine when you are within the boundaries that the marketing department envisions. But Linux was never about keeping yourself within some borders. We want tweak and poke, replace X with Y and customize to no end. You can't beat flexibility of a shell script combined with textutils/binutils/fileutils.

about a month and a half ago
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

rastos1 Re:... and with systemd. (231 comments)

But the main thing isn't so much that old style script init systems are inherently bad, but that they don't work well with modern day computing.

Strangely it reminds me of Metro UI on Windows that may be nice/useful on tablet/phone but was pushed by MS also to places where it does not belong: desktop or even server.

Similarly systemd may have it's uses for some specific systems and for all I care go ahead. But if systemd is going to take over my workstation and turn the boot process into something that is difficult to read/modify/log/... then I'm not going to be happy.

about a month and a half ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

rastos1 Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Minimum wage and livable wage are unrelated.

about 2 months ago
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The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

rastos1 Re:Repetitive (broken) OS abandonment (240 comments)

Bullshit. Every product has an expected lifetime. Once that passes you do not expect to get the fixes for free. If you want to get fixes for longer time you will have to pay for that. If you do not want to pay for each fix after the lifetime expires you will have to pay higher price upfront. How much are you willing to pay? For ballpark figures check how much it costs to develop software for space ships.

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

rastos1 Re:other things would be better, alcohol metabolis (211 comments)

Therefore, it seems that alcoholism is largely caused by the lack of an important enzyme, rather than a difference in brain function.

Does it mean that we can supply the enzyme to the body and cure alcoholism?

about 2 months ago
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NYC Councilman (and Open Source Developer) Submits Bill Establishing Open Source Preference

rastos1 Re:QA (105 comments)

No, just no. The quality of OSS is too bad.

In some cases yes. But imagine how much it would improve if it got only 1/10th of what the state pours into proprietary solutions. And then everyone else would benefit too!

about 2 months ago

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5 years old bug in Linux kernel fixed

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  about 2 months ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "Ars Technica takes a look at serious bug in the Linux kernel that was introduced in 2009. "The memory-corruption vulnerability, which was introduced in version 2.6.31-rc3, released no later than 2009, allows unprivileged users to crash or execute malicious code on vulnerable systems, according to the notes accompanying proof-of-concept code available here. The flaw resides in the n_tty_write function controlling the Linux pseudo tty device." This flaw has been identified as CVE-2014-0196."
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It's lights out for the National Security Agency

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  about 6 months ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "State lawmakers in Maryland have filed emergency status legislation that seeks to cut the NSA’s Ft. Meade headquarters off from all material support stemming from the state. House Bill 1074 (HB1074) would ban the NSA facility from all public state utilities, ban the use of NSA collected evidence in court, ban universities from partnering with the NSA and ban all political subdivisions from assisting the NSA from within the state. Any state entity, employee or contractor refusing to comply with the law would be immediately fired and banned from all future contracts within the state."
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Solar eruption to reach Earth within three days

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  about a year ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred yesterday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That's just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth within the next three days. Interestingly an unnamed icy comet from the outer solar system dove into the sun and disintegrated nearly a the same time."
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Don't worry, NSA says—we only "touch" 1.6% of daily global Internet traffi

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  about a year ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "On the same day that President Barack Obama spoke to the press about possible surveillance reforms—and released a related white paper on the subject—the National Security Agency came out with its own rare, publicly-released, seven-page document (PDF): "In its foreign intelligence mission, NSA touches about 1.6% of 1826 PB of information that the Internet carries per day"."
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Bolivia says Morales' plane diverted, apparently over Snowden

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  1 year,26 days

rastos1 (601318) writes "Bolivia president Evo Morales' plane was forced to land in Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused air permits, apparently because they suspected it was carrying Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor wanted by Washington on espionage charges. Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca told reporters that Portugal and France had abruptly canceled the air permits, forcing the unscheduled Vienna stopover as Morales was returning on a Bolivian government plane from Russia."
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Egyptian Navy arrests scuba divers trying to cut underwater Internet cable

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  about a year ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "Egypt's naval forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an undersea Internet cable in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, a military spokesman said. Telecommunications executives meanwhile blamed a weeklong Internet slowdown on damage caused to another cable by a ship."
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US judge blocks indefinite detention of Americans

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "A US federal judge has temporarily blocked a section of the controversial National Defense Authorization Act that allows for the indefinite military detention of US citizens. In a 68-page ruling, US District Judge Katherine Forrest agreed on Wednesday that the statute failed to “pass constitutional muster” because its language could be interpreted quite broadly and eventually be used to suppress political dissent."
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Firefox devs mull dumping Java to stop BEAST attac

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "In a demonstration last Friday, it took less than two minutes for researchers Thai Duong and Juliano Rizzo to wield the exploit to recover an encrypted authentication cookie used to access a PayPal user account. The researchers settled on a Java applet as their means to bypass SOP, leading Firefox developers to discuss blocking the framework in a future version of the browser.
“I recommend that we blocklist all versions of the Java Plugin,” Firefox developer Brian Smith wrote on Tuesday in a discussion on Mozilla's online bug forum. “My understanding is that Oracle may or may not be aware of the details of the same-origin exploit. As of now, we have no ETA for a fix for the Java plugin.”"

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Going supernova

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "If you're the owner of a decent pair of binoculars train them on the handle of The Plough or Big Dipper a little after twilight tonight. The result of a massive explosion some 21 million light years away in the Pinwheel Galaxy M101, the nearest supernova of its type to be discovered for 40 years should be at its brightest tonight."
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Nuclear plant in your backyard?

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "Inspired by http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/11/07/31/211251/Volunteer-Towns-Sought-For-Nuclear-Waste
What is the acceptable distance (in miles) of nearest nuclear waste storage site from your house?
0 — it could be in my mom's basement if I wasn't living there
1-20 — I have no problem with nuclear waste
20-100 — just keep it out of sight
101- 1000 didn't you hear this stuff DANGEROUS?"
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How bin Laden emailed without being detected

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "Holed up in his walled compound in northeast Pakistan with no phone or Internet capabilities, bin Laden would type a message on his computer without an Internet connection, then save it using a thumb-sized flash drive. He then passed the flash drive to a trusted courier, who would head for a distant Internet cafe.

At that location, the courier would plug the memory drive into a computer, copy bin Laden's message into an email and send it. Reversing the process, the courier would copy any incoming email to the flash drive and return to the compound, where bin Laden would read his messages offline."

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Manning stripped of rights. And clothes.

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "For most of the past eight months, Manning has been required to sleep wearing only boxer shorts, because of his status as a detainee under "prevention of injury watch," said 1st Lt. Brian Villiard, a spokesman for the military detention facility, or "brig," in Quantico. Beginning Wednesday night, the facility commander ordered that Manning turn over his boxers, too."
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Britain has received warrant on Assange

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "BBC reports that Britain has received a European arrest warrant from Sweden for the Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange. The warrant is being processed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency and will be sent to the Metropolitan Police as he is thought to be in the London area."
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Deutche Telecom plans to offer IPv6

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "The Deutsche Telekom will provide dual stack IPv4/IPv6 connectivity for all DSL users (google translation) as of end of 2011. The users will be in addition to their IPv4 address assigned IPv6 /56 prefix. Interesting is that this prefix will be dynamic. For permanently connected users, the prefix will change rarely. Customers that have purchased fixed IPv4 address, will get an offer for stable IPv6 prefix."
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Registration required to get JDK

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "I run today across a forum message mentioning that one needs to register in order to download Java Development Kit. Indeed. Looking at the list of benefits I don't think they apply to me and the requirement makes me compelled to use the "Feedback" for the first time ever. All I ever wanted was the JDK archive and API docs in a zip. Now it looks like I will have to come up with one more fake identity when I will want to update my development environment because I got lost in the forest of privacy policy documents within a few minutes. All I could find is that cookies have expiration time less than a year. What is the slashdot crowd position on this?"
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Catch a plane, or wait for bomb squad?

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "Part of Munich airport in southern Germany was shut down for several hours after a traveler's laptop set off an explosives detector. ... Officials had wanted to check the computer again but the man had left. ... A police spokesman quoted by AFP news agency cautioned that the scanner could have been set off by chemicals such as perfumes, and that the man might simply have been in a hurry to catch his plane.

I'm so glad the security of air traffic is taken care of."

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SSL renegotiation attack becomes reality

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "A Turkish grad student has devised a serious, real-world attack on Twitter that targeted a recently discovered vulnerability in the SSL protocol. The exploit by Anil Kurmus is significant because it successfully targeted the so-called SSL renegotiation bug to steal Twitter login credentials that passed through encrypted data streams. All in all, a man in the middle is able to steal the credentials of a user authenticating himself through HTTPS to a trusted website.

The attack description is available on securegoose.org"

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Airline passenger bill of rights

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "If the airlines really want talk Congress out of passing a passenger bill of rights, they're not doing themselves any favors. The latest air-travel horror story comes to us from Minnesota, where 47 passengers on a Continental Airlines regional flight spent nearly 14 hours in transit and were trapped in six-hour ground delay on a 50-seat regional jet ... the airline wouldn't let passengers off the plane because TSA screeners had gone home and passengers legally couldn't get back on the plane."
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Music copyright in EU extended to 70 years

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "The copyright for music works in EU was extended by European Parliament today from 50 to 70 years. The legislation will be reviewed in 3 years. The European Commission will consider extending the scope to audiovisual works too."
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DVD's from Obama to Brown - locked by DRM

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "While not exactly a film buff, Gordon Brown was touched when Barack Obama gave him a set of 25 classic American movies ... Alas, when the PM settled down to begin watching them the other night, he found there was a problem. The films only worked in DVD players made in North America and the words "wrong region" came up on his screen."

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