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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

redalien Re:What?!? (928 comments)

I turned up late for checkin on a budget flight once. No bags, no boarding pass, a couple of minutes after the deadline for checking in. If I'd printed the pass at home it would have been fine, but I was stupid. Went to the desk, was very polite, they ummed-and-arred for a while, phoned through to check with someone that I'd have time to board, and eventually printed my boarding pass. Once I passed security I saw the plane was delayed by 2 hours.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon's 3D Smartphone As a (Useful) Gimmick

redalien Might be good internationally (68 comments)

Amazon has deals with lots of network operators around the world, giving Kindles download access on their networks. I'd happily live with gimmicky 3D if I could check my emails for free without hunting down airport wifi.

about 5 months ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

redalien Re:On behalf of all network specialists, (197 comments)

momcorpflagship:~ matthewwilkes$ ifconfig
lo0: flags=8049 mtu 16384
options=3
inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128
inet 127.0.0.1 netmask 0xff000000
inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1
nd6 options=1
en0: flags=8863 mtu 1500
ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
inet6 fe80::XXXX:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX%en0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x4
inet6 2001:8b0:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX prefixlen 64 autoconf
inet6 2001:8b0:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX:XXXX prefixlen 64 autoconf temporary
nd6 options=1
media: autoselect
status: active
momcorpflagship:~ matthewwilkes$ ping6 slashdot.org
PING6(56=40+8+8 bytes) 2001:8b0:ca12:3193:7dc2:1078:67fb:31f4 --> 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d
16 bytes from 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d, icmp_seq=0 hlim=241 time=165.418 ms
16 bytes from 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d, icmp_seq=1 hlim=241 time=121.267 ms
^C
--- slashdot.org ping6 statistics ---
2 packets transmitted, 2 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/std-dev = 121.267/143.343/165.418/22.075 ms

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

redalien Re:Poms are weak arseholes (341 comments)

Yes, quite right. Let's have something a bit more modern, shall we?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478285/Innocent-man-burned-death-vigilante-neighbours-mistook-paedophile.html

"An innocent man was viciously beaten and then burned to death by vigilante neighbours who wrongly believed rumours that he was a paedophile."

Almost a year ago.

about 6 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

redalien Re:Why? (769 comments)

Well, of course, that's the point. This would prevent the knockoffs working.

about 9 months ago
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UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

redalien Re:Just like 1984. (329 comments)

Well, given they seem to be thinking of doing this without a new act of parliament, the supreme court can indeed overturn it.

about a year ago
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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

redalien Re:What the hell (759 comments)

I was about to mod this down, but I thought it would be better to clarify instead. Nobody was "kicked out". The PyCon organisers decided no action would be taken.

about a year and a half ago
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After Weeks of Trying, UK Cryptographers Fail To Crack WWII Code

redalien Re:It's not ROT13 (263 comments)

Good job, people with mod points.

about 2 years ago
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After Weeks of Trying, UK Cryptographers Fail To Crack WWII Code

redalien Re:It's not ROT13 (263 comments)

What did you run twice? The XOR one time pad or the ROT-13?

Why, for the love of all that is holy, is this not +5 funny?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Over 500 Used DIMMs?

redalien Re:eBay... (291 comments)

Those are usually emulated ISA slots that plug into the PCI bus. They're not actually compatible with a huge number of PCI cards as they buffer commands before translating between buses, breaking anything that needs very low latency.

about 2 years ago
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Christmas Always On Sunday? Researchers Propose New Calendar

redalien Re:Everything would be on the same day every year. (725 comments)

Ah, sorry, the new commenting system still confuses me after years, I didn't see the parent to your comment, only the grandparent.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Proposes Smaller SIM Card Design

redalien Re:Just wait ... (198 comments)

The EU regs are your friend. You take as standard than an iPhone has to be jailbroken to be useful. The SIM card is the essence of your account, having it removable separates the two so you can change them, swap with friends, move abroad and keep your phone, temporarily use them for a data device, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Proposes Smaller SIM Card Design

redalien Re:Nooo, don't do this! (198 comments)

Absolutely. My first phone took a mini-SIM but there's a full-SIM handset at my house. I remember them well, and when I got my first mini-SIM I thought how clever it was that they were backwards compatible. You know, IPv6 has been a standard for ages and it's got low adoption. Why? Because the people that could choose to do it are lazy, however they're more likely to do a simple change like this as it doesn't block backwards compat.

more than 3 years ago
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60% of AOL's Profits Come From Misinformed Customers

redalien Waste of money (301 comments)

A subscription that nobody needs? Oh, the irony.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Police Promise Not To Retain DNA Data, But Do Anyway

redalien Re:you guys should have rtfa this time. It was goo (372 comments)

They did ask him, multiple times. He always turned his head away and wouldn't answer. For obvious reasons I'm not going to go into further speculation and hearsay about what went on, though.

more than 4 years ago

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BDFL considered (potentially) harmful

redalien redalien writes  |  more than 4 years ago

redalien writes "Steve McMahon of the Plone project discusses what the appropriate role of a BDFL is in a mature open source project and the importance of a not-for-profit foundation to limit the BDFL's powers:

Many open-source software projects have a BDFL, typically one of the project founders. In a healthy project, that authority is nearly exclusively moral authority. There is little or no real legal or contractual authority resting with the title holder. Moral authority is important. It allows the BDFL to resolve disputes, and a healthy project needs one or more persons with that kind of authority. What’s vital is that the authority can be challenged, and, if not exercised on behalf of the community, lost. The fact that moral authority can be lost is the best insurance it will be well-used.

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UK Police retains DNA data despite promise not to

redalien redalien writes  |  more than 4 years ago

redalien writes "In 2008 I invited two policemen into my home and voluntarily gave them a DNA and fingerprint sample to help with a murder investigation, as they'd promised it would only be used for that investigation. I was never under any suspicion and could just as easily have said no. Almost a year after the investigation closed they have now confirmed that they've retained my samples and at my request have begun an investigation to see if there are sufficient "exceptional circumstances" to remove them.

I'm not the only one that was told samples would be removed, so if you've had such a promise from the police I recommend contacting their data protection registrar immediately."

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Plone 3.0 is released!

redalien redalien writes  |  more than 7 years ago

redalien writes "Plone 3, the newest version of the enterprise content management system built on Zope has been officially released today. New features for this version include massive back-end rewrites to use Zope 3 features, a new portlets engine, built-in wiki support, OpenID and automatic "content rules" for performing scripted actions on certain events. The full release announcement is also available."

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