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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

rastos1 Re:... really 13 years to update? (341 comments)

What do you do?

  • disconnect it from the network
  • promote the guy that said 5 years ago that you need starting to save money for replacement
  • fire the guy who blocked that
  • start saving the money for the replacement

You think that I'm starting to save money for my new car only after my old car breaks completely?

My girlfriend is a ...

Ah. You almost got me.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

rastos1 Re:Projections (987 comments)

or be labeled a "denier"

Yes, labeling someone as "denier" is shutting down the discussion and is not productive. Unless ... you know ... when you indeed deny the facts presented to you that show that your opinion is wrong. In such case you actually are a denier and removing you from the discussion does not harm the progress.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

rastos1 Re:Projections (987 comments)

Nothing significant can happen unless everyone does. And here's the thing - most countries (especially poorer countries) don't give the tiniest bit of a fuck.

But US is leading by example and signed the Kyoto protocol, so nobody can blame them for lack of trying, right?

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

rastos1 Re:A simpler cure (240 comments)

I cannot go to sleep on demand

Do what I do: build a sleep deficit. I can fall asleep anytime anywhere.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

rastos1 Re:Lawsuits (440 comments)

isn't legally binding on anyone who might later decide to sue the company.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the company may get sued anytime for any reason and there will still be lawsuit that causes bad publicity, time wasted at court and lawyer costs even if they win. Does it matter whether it is because of this particular batch of peanut butter?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

rastos1 Re:GPS code (373 comments)

What should be the search terms? "elegant code" ??

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

rastos1 Re:No respect for the HIG (256 comments)

You don't like the new tab bar? Then install a skin like the rest of us.

Here is a revolutionary idea: do the Mozilla developers want a revamped UI? Then they are free to install the skin that does that!

And make it default only when significant part of users does the same. Until then don't force it down our throat.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

rastos1 Re: Jigsaw (302 comments)

That is not what he asked for. He asked for the upper limit to be the available ram. Not some stupid low number suitable only for small apps.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

rastos1 Re:Did they finally straighten out the 64-bit mess (302 comments)

Are you saying that the java classes in .jar are compiled differently for 32 and 64-bit JVM? Bollocks. But yes, the idea of platform independence can be torpedoed by a well aimed .dll hidden in the .jar. Blame the vendor.

about a month ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

rastos1 Re:America's loss is the enemies' gain (279 comments)

Why do you see enemies in one of our largest trading partner? ... Oh, Russia? Yeah, that old cold war mentality isn't quite gone... sigh.

Yet, Russia attacks a country through which it delivers the majority of the gas to Europe. I too though that the cold war mentality is a thing of past. But events from last month made me think again.

about a month ago
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Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

rastos1 Re:Bitcoin (263 comments)

Actually I do not know what it is trying to achieve, but "unregulated" and "not backed up by anything" are certainly not what I am after.

On the other hand "anonymous" and "instant" transactions "without a fee" - are nice things to have in a currency system. That is the thing people seek. They could not care less about regulation or trust.

P.S.: Bitcoin may not provide those goals, but it is advertised that way or at least understood that way by unwashed masses.

about a month ago
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Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

rastos1 Re:USA is obligated to...well, not much (498 comments)

Additionally, the Budapest Memorandum is more of a diplomatic "gentleman's agreement"; it is not a treaty confirmed by the Senate. When it comes right down to it, it doesn't seem to me that the US is obligated to do squat. Sorry Ukraine!

Now if they happened to have oil or gas ... that would put things in completely different light.

But I'm glad to have it black on white how much is gentleman's agreement worth to USA.

about a month ago
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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

rastos1 Re:The root of the problem lies with ... the peopl (273 comments)

The fact is that Dems. and Reps. *both* are very sensitive to opinion polls.

The problem *is* We the people.

The problem is that in order for democracy to work, the public has to be educated, informed and act rationally. The current system does not really make an educated society a high priority goal and it absolutely works hard against informed and rational decision making at poll booth.

about a month ago
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Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

rastos1 Re:We all knew it was coming... (231 comments)

Thanks god we have OpenSSL to the rescue. Oh wait 1, 2.

about a month and a half ago
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MtGox Sets Up Call Center For Worried Bitcoiners

rastos1 Re:Regulation of currency (240 comments)

I managed to find this: the PayPal page refers to Association pour la Garantie des Depots Luxembourg - which in Law of 10 November 2009 Article 1, paragraph 29 says:

(Law of 20 May 2011)
"electronic money" means a monetary value represented by a claim on the issuer, which is:
(i) electronically, including magnetically, stored, and
(ii) issued on receipt of funds for the purpose of making payment transactions, and
(iii) accepted by a natural or legal person other than the electronic money issuer;

Can someone translate that to English, please?

about a month and a half ago
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MtGox Sets Up Call Center For Worried Bitcoiners

rastos1 Re:Regulation of currency (240 comments)

Paypal is a bank... but actually, according to their website, don't qualify for deposit protection anyway,

The link says:
Since the service provided by PayPal Europe is limited to E-money, which does not qualify as a deposit or an investment service in the sense of the Law, customers of PayPal Europe are not protected by the Luxembourg deposit guarantee schemes

What is "e-money"? My employer does a wire transfer to deposit my salary on my account in the bank. Is that not e-money?

about a month and a half ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

rastos1 Re:What does this mean? (479 comments)

In last decades military forces of USA entered various countries in order to "protect interests of USA" in the said territory. It was openly said many times. It was not based on resolution of UN or for humanitarian purposes. It was to "protect interests of USA". Economic, political and other interests. And the world quietly watched that, not daring to speak up.

And now the world is surprised that Russia uses the same excuse.

about a month and a half ago
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Using Google Maps To Intercept FBI and Secret Service Calls

rastos1 I can't say I really understood (137 comments)

  • Whoever looks up contact information for an federal office on google map rather then on the federal office web site is a fool.
  • Yes, there as idiots out there.
  • What Bryan Seely did could be qualified as "pretending to be a cop/agent" which is illegal over here.

about a month and a half ago

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It's lights out for the National Security Agency

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  about 2 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 10 months 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  |  1 year,21 days

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  |  about 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 2 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 3 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 4 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  |  about 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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Britain's minister pulled aside at airport for 2nd

rastos1 rastos1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rastos1 (601318) writes "Shahid Malik, the MP for Dewsbury and an international development minister, was returning to Heathrow after meetings and talks on tackling terrorism, when he was stopped an questioned at Dulles Airport near Washington yesterday morning.

"The abusive attitude I endured last November I forgot about and I forgave, but I really do believe that British ministers and parliamentarians should be afforded the same respect and dignity at U.S.A. airports that we would bestow upon our colleagues in the Senate and Congress." said Shahid Malik.

Yay! I love it when a plan comes together! (And anti-terrorism measures hit the right people)"

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