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USB 'Dead Drops'

redhog Re:cfdisk /dev/sdb; mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb1 (322 comments)

I can confirm that this works - I have a usb drive w one fat partition and one ext3. The fat one contains putty, winscp and stuff like that, plus a private ssh key. The ext3 one contains another private ssh key, plus a private gpg key. Never had any problems with windows trying to do anything with the ext3 partition. Linux mounts both of them :)

more than 3 years ago

Most Americans Support an Internet Kill Switch

redhog Re:Sad truths (398 comments)

Hasn't that always been the case??

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Prevails In State Sales Tax Dispute, Thus Far

redhog Re:Good for us Sellers (171 comments)

Why should convicted felons lose the right to vote? What really is the point? Once the sentence is served, the convict should be considered a free man again, with the same rights and responsibilities. If that is deemed inappropriate, he should still be in prison. Why have second class citizenship?

more than 3 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

redhog The desktop is dead (1348 comments)

The Linux desktop is dead. Not because Linux sucks, but because the desktop as an important arena for killer apps, is dead. All the killer apps of the latest 10 years have been web based; facebook, twitter, blogging, wikipedia, google mail, google maps, etherpad... The only usage of the desktop nowdays is as a boot loader for a web browser.

Linux, or free software in general, as a delivery platform for killer apps, however, is live and well. Google uses Linux. Wikipedia uses Linux, Facebook uses Linux.

more than 3 years ago

Unspoofable Device Identity Using Flash Memory

redhog Re:How long do you want your ID to last? (145 comments)

That can be fixed by using some kind of error recovery code. But I still don't see the utility of this. It's just a ROM with random content for every device.

If all you want is random content on my machine that I send multiple times to you, it can be stored in normal undamaged flash and generated in a multitude of ways.

If all you want is data I can't change, on my general purpose machine, sorry, that's not gonna happen - I can just swap the whole chip (or even the whole machine).

if all you want is data I can't change, on my machine that you sold me, you can just use ordinary ROM.

more than 3 years ago
top Declares Independence From Oracle, Becomes LibreOffice

redhog Re:Awesome News for Microsoft (648 comments)

D:\>syslinux.exe ...

Fixed that for you :P

more than 3 years ago

UK Pursues Tax Evaders Using Stolen Bank Details

redhog Re:Two Wrongs. . . (315 comments)

The US and UK are common law countries, and I think that this is something that might differ between common law and civil law (so France might be up to bad stuff here).

In Sweden (a civil law country), we have freedom of evidence - anything can be presented in court as evidence, regardless of how it was obtained. If the police somehow obtains evidence illegaly (e.g. through burglary), that will be prosecuted separately. Since this second case does not affect the original court case, nor is affected by it, the police man / upper chain of command ordering the illegal act will get punished regardless of if the original case is thrown out or the defendant found guilty.

more than 3 years ago

Digital Radio Mondiale, a Better Standard Than US-Adopted IBOC?

redhog Digital Radio goes over GSM damnit! (134 comments)

A few days ago I had to get out to a customers' site and rode a taxi there. The taxi driver was a bit talkative, and we ended up discussing his music system - an iPod connected to his car stereo, playing some online station [from random foreign country]. It got it internet connection over wifi from a base-station in his trunk. The base station in turn was hooked up using 3g gsm (the reason for the base station is that there are data-only phone plans that are way cheaper than running your data over your normal phone GSM account herabouts, and that that way he could also hook up his laptop).

In my boat I have a similar solution but with a CDMA-over 450Mhz (the old analog mobile phone frequency) based router, with about the same performance but better coverage out at sea.

Why pervert the normal radio frequencies with digital junk? They're needed for situations where all you have is that old receiver and a reception from hell and really really, badly need that weather report...

more than 3 years ago

WePad Tablet Will Use Linux To Rival the iPad

redhog Re:Slashvert (536 comments)

And... why the hell didn't you tell her how other people (you, that other guy) perceived her behavior? I mean, the second time when she stayed w you for two days? You know, people don't always know or understand how they are perceived, and if no-one tells them, on a friend-to-friend basis, how are they ever to learn? You should have been very specific too, pointed out things she'd said or done, and then how you interpreted that (knowing now that your interpretation was wrong), then asking her to analyze why you where mislead and why she behaved like she did.

To summarize: Why don't people just _talk_ about stuff like this??!?

more than 4 years ago

Stallman On the UK Digital Economy Bill

redhog Re:I laugh too (228 comments)

Sorry, but he seems to have this time.

He generally seems to have a clue about random stuff. Like he has actually read, and commented on, the political platform of the Swedish political party Piratpartiet. I have, as a direct concequence of his comments, made a motion about sourcecode escrow for our annual meeting this month.

more than 4 years ago

Stallman On the UK Digital Economy Bill

redhog Re:On Stallman (228 comments)

By using the phrase "other peoples" you define the ownership, and any observations about people not respecting said ownership is therefor a tautology.

To apreciate the arguments of both sides, please consider a clean slate - that is, a world without any laws but the ones of physics.

Anything on top of that is a social construct, which might or might not be useful.

To examplify your fallacy: consider the opposite argument "Nothing is new under the sun, all creative work naturally includes inspiration and parts from previous works. Locking new works under a monopoly to reproduce is theft from the collective".

Now, I don't expect you to accept that argument, certainly not, but from a pure logical point of view it is as true as yours. They just happen to be incompatible. So, to derive any kind of objective truth in this matter, the source of the argument must come from outside the domains of these two statements.

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Party Pillages Private Papers

redhog Re:How about lying? (210 comments)

Then they'd have to prove that it is a lie.

Also, several international NGOs have reviewed the document and attested that it seems to be the real thing, given correspondence to previously leaked chapters, the style of writing the stakeholders and other information in the document.

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Party Pillages Private Papers

redhog Re:I agree with their motives... (210 comments)

If your country restricts the discussion (free speech) for its citizen of issues currently being discussed by its parliament, it can not have much of a democracy.

Democracy means holding politicians responsible towards the people for their actions and opinions.

more than 4 years ago

New Chip Offers Virtual Windows Desktops, On TVs

redhog Re:typical (99 comments)

Ok, it only works for Linux/UNIX, but.. It's called X. I was doing this using a physical X station (X 11R5, from DEC) connecting to my Linux desktop, sometime around 1998, and it was _old_ tech by then - I had been given the X station by the local uni computer club, which had gotten it from some institution way earlier...

more than 3 years ago

Fear Detector To Sniff Out Terrorists

redhog Profit!!! (342 comments)

1. Get a degree in chemistry
2. Create artificial "fear hormone"
3. Bottle hormone in spray-flask
4. Spray "on your car" outside airport (and wash car with a piece of cloth) - make sure to spray passers-by
5. ???
6. Profit!!!!

more than 4 years ago

EU Wants To Redefine "Closed" As "Nearly Open"

redhog Re:EU "Union" As "Country"? (239 comments)

Ahmen. I'd very much like to se an EU governed the same way e.g. Sweden is governed. That is:

A _short_ constitution (= a few pages), readable and understundable and read by the majority of the population.
A directly elected assembly with all the power (no council, no comission).
The constituition should only be changeable with two votes with absolute majority, with a general election in between.

As an addition to how Sweden works, the constituition should also directly govern what powers belong to the individual states.

So far, all the nasty surveilance laws have come from the council.

more than 4 years ago

Tim Berners-Lee Is Sorry About the Slashes

redhog DNS (620 comments)

What I wonder is why the designers of DNS put the name in reverse? If the name had been in most-significant-first order, one could have tabcompleted it properly (using history and maybe zonetransfers of smaller zones). Also, if http had included a way to get _parsable_ directory listings, the tab-completion could have gone even further...


more than 4 years ago

Tim Berners-Lee Is Sorry About the Slashes

redhog Re:Theres one technical point (620 comments)

But, thinking of that.... many many pieces of software allows you to write URLs directly in a body of text, no tags needed, and finds the URLs and turns them into links, but searching for "://". So, what would you regexp for if all you had was a ":"? Normal text quite often does contain colons....

more than 4 years ago

Tim Berners-Lee Is Sorry About the Slashes

redhog Re:Theres one technical point (620 comments)

Or remove support for ports and use SRV records to find the port. Which would have saved us tons of work with named virtual hosts, and allowed us to run multiple SSL sites on the same IP...

more than 4 years ago

FOSS Sexism Claims Met With Ire and Denial

redhog Re:Sexism is so pervasive we don't see it (1255 comments)

"But you can't call that sexism, because that would imply that women were in charge, and making the rules."

And what is your argument against that? Women are after all the ones selecting men for the top price of life - creating a family. As men are the ones selecting women. (I disregard homosexuals here as that is about 5% of the population, and an error of 5% most likely won't destroy my argument)

Women certainly are making the rule that men needs to be macho.

The distribution of power need not be the same in all parts and functions of the society. Average power isn't important, what's important is the power distribution in the context where the sexist behavior occurs.

And sexism does not _have_ to have anything to do with paid-for-employment and industries. You can as well be a sexist at home, or there might be sexist policies in government, education, at the hospital or in NGOs.

more than 4 years ago



Judje disqualified in high-profile copyright case

redhog redhog writes  |  more than 5 years ago

redhog writes "The Swedish public service radio (SR) had a scoop this morning (story in Swedish, use your babelfish), having found out that the judge in the The Pirate Bay trial, ending last week with a guilty verdict, is disqualified as he is a member of several copyright furthering NGOs/lobby organizations. Organizations that IFPI's lawyers in the case are also members of. This might mean that the whole case has to be redone."
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The pirate revolution is spreading from Sweden

redhog redhog writes  |  more than 5 years ago

redhog writes "The pirate revolution is giving ripples in the water in the other Scandinavian countries: Geir Isene, CEO of FreeCode AS writes

Well if we turn it all around in a simple thought experiment we may see this in different light... If the music industry was all free and spearheading the ant hill concept with the software industry being all closed and proprietary, we could imagine a conversation going like this:

Musician: "You should open up and embrace the ant hill innovation"
Programmer: "how would we make money, what on earth could be a viable business model for free software?"
Musician: "Well we have a range of business models for different contributors"
Programmer: "You guys have an easy time at it, you could put on a concert any time you needed cash. No one would pay to see me hack away on a keyboard""

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