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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

rastos1 Re:I've never understood this... (950 comments)

Is their religion on such shaky grounds that it can't stand up to some critical thinking?

I live in Europe. In country that bans some forms of hate speech and stuff like denial or minimization of genocides ... I sometimes pose a similar question: is our society on such shaky grounds that we have to be afraid of these forms of speech and ban it by law? Will critical thinking not prevails? As the time passes, I'm more and more leaning to "yes, we are indeed so stupid". It's sad.

3 days ago
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I think next winter will be:

rastos1 Re:Severe (147 comments)

Be careful what you wish for. We, in more central Europe, had a very mild winter too. But if there is so much snow as there is rainfall during last 3 month (there were no 4 consecutive days without rain), then we will be buried in snow up to 2nd floor.

5 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

rastos1 Re:Whiners (609 comments)

Stop yer damn whining and delete the FREE ALBUM.

Also uninstall AdBlock and disable your spam filter, you whiner! And be happy to receive the free offers for buying V1AGRA and C1ALI5 with huge discount. If you don't like the e-mails and the pop-ups, it takes much less than 5 seconds to delete the unwanted e-mail or close the browser pop-up.

Btw, what do you suggest to do if your music collection you've built over last 15 years happens to expand ten-fold with "FREE ALBUMS" every night?

5 days ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

rastos1 Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

The US has "allies" and several levels of enemies.

Nope. They don't have allies. But they have several levels of not-enemy-at-the-moment. Also the status can change very quickly.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

rastos1 Re:Nonsense (280 comments)

You can fix and modify and init script. 99.99% of users cannot.

Of course they can. It's a matter of opening a text editor and copy-pasting some text. On the other hand as soon as the init system is taken over by systemd ...

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

rastos1 Re:We really need (528 comments)

Not it isn't. There are indeed companies that used to offer 100/1 on FTTH to people that don't know any better. Of course, in the ads only the download speed is ever mentioned.

about two weeks ago
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Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

rastos1 Re:They descended (66 comments)

1:38 and possibly 2:00. On the other hand 2:20 was obviously "improved" in computer for "better artistic value" or something.

about two weeks ago
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Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

rastos1 Re:Grandparents... (66 comments)

bunch of things you could also have done with a drone

Yeah. And clicking on Street View or Wikipedia is sooo much better then visiting Louvre, Egyptian pyramids or Kennedy Space Center in person ... And you don't even have to leave your mom's basement.

about two weeks ago
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Privacy Vulnerabilities In Coursera, Including Exposed Student Email Addresses

rastos1 Re:Can they gain access to my courses? (31 comments)

Actually I would like to go back to some courses offered by Robert Sedgewick, Princeton. Those are the only courses that got closed after end-date.

about two weeks ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

rastos1 Re:Privacy Last (174 comments)

Where did you get the idea that USENET or IRC is supposed to facilitate one-to-one communication?

about three weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

rastos1 Re:Diplomatic pouch? (299 comments)

That's like saying the police can't search you without a warrant, because it's a fourth amendment violation.

All that is needed to beat fourth amendment is "probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation".

about a month ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

rastos1 Re:Diplomatic pouch? (299 comments)

While searching the aircraft they discover a big, remarkably car-shaped container that is legally an Ecuadorean soil. What next?

about a month ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

rastos1 Re:Cities (246 comments)

What's stopping you from making it happen?

In USA: TSA. No fly list. Constitution free zones ...

about a month ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

rastos1 Re:Cities (246 comments)

Also the fact that when you arrive to the place it is so packed with tourists and locals trying to milk the tourists, that it takes all the fun away.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

rastos1 Re:Absolutely (190 comments)

so how can some proprietary publicly untested system be so magically secure?

It can't. Not if you are trying to create a secure system spanning the whole country with millions of users that have no idea about security. That's just like trying to sell a program that opens a window on the screen with single checkbox "turn security on" promising to secure your system against every imaginable threat. Sorry. Such thing does not exist. If you see it, it is a scam.

about a month and a half ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

rastos1 Re:The only good thing (511 comments)

You don't become addicted to, for example, marihuana if you never touch it. If I occasionally drink alcohol, then yes, I'm at risk of becoming an alcoholic. If I never touch marihuana, my risk of becoming addicted to marihuana is zero. My feeling is that you assume that everyone will occasionally try some drugs. And once that happens, the risk of becoming an addict becomes non-zero. I claimed that responsibility decides whether you resist the temptation to experiment with drugs or not.

If you want to present an opposing argument, feel free to do that. But I would prefer if you keep the insults to yourself. Unless that is your addiction.

about 2 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

rastos1 Re:The only good thing (511 comments)

Sure there are addicts that are smart than me. I never denied that. But that does not say anything about them being responsible to the level that they do not touch drugs.

about 2 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

rastos1 Re:The only good thing (511 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?

about 2 months ago

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5 years old bug in Linux kernel fixed

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  about 4 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 7 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  |  1 year,29 days

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  |  about a year ago

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 and a half 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  |  about 3 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 3 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 5 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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