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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

rvw Re:Clothes (615 comments)

Ancient technology I know, but I feel really naked when I try to leave home without them.

As kids we used to have (actually fantasize about) glasses that could make you see through clothes. You only need a pair of those and all is fine!

3 days ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

rvw Re:Next wave of phishing? (149 comments)

However this really should be part of the RFC, or else anyone banning mixed names would be "non compliant". If the RCF does not specify this then the best that gmail (or any other system could do) would be to prevent people registering mixed names themselves and giving a warning (and maybe colour characters) if email is recieived from an address with mixed scripts.

Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo and others like gmx, universities, big companies should simply refuse these mails. Microsoft should make Exchange so that this is the default way for handling these mails. The same goes for qmail, postfix etc. But that won't be enough.

As another commenter said, you can make up latin looking names using cyrillic characters, and we won't notice. How do you catch that? I guess this will the the time that PGP will prove it's value.

about a month ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

rvw Re:Next wave of phishing? (149 comments)

Worse; they will come from, or, only those o's and a's will be Cyrillic or something like that (can't do it here; Slashdot doesn't display them).

When you mix Latin htmail with a Cyrillic o to get hotmail, Google and all email programs should refuse that address immediately, mark it as spam, make the address red with a warning sign etc. Mixing character sets should not be allowed in a domain or in a username. So the username may be all Cyrillic or Greek, the domain name may be all Chinese or Latin, and these may mix, but no mixes in the domain name or username itself.

about a month ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

rvw Re:Next wave of phishing? (149 comments)

So the next lot of phishing will come from: róó / À or BìllGà etc?

It's not about bìllgà, but billgates@ó It's the domain that is going to cause problems, not the user!

about a month ago

Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

rvw Re:Russia = Fascism (252 comments)

Anybody still seriously doubt that Russia is a neo-Fascist country?

They do!

about a month ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

rvw Re:The American Dream (570 comments)

even in communist countries, they didn't have much but at the very least they had an apartment for themselves!

Yes, because in communistic countries, you don't get to keep what you make. I fled one of those countries. My income tax was 52% and the sales tax was 21%. The government would happily fund up to the equivalent of $2000 to those who had no job (regardless of whether or not that was by choice).

Support the country you live in, or go live in the country you support.

52% is quite normal tax for higher incomes in the EU, but we're not a communist country, although if you're from the US you might think differently. We use it to support everything that makes our country a place many people want to live. Except that those who live here complain a lot about too many people wanting to live here, and they complain about taxes of course.

Most families here have an appartment of their own. And chances to get extremely rich here are probably much smaller than in the US, but chances to have a reasonable life are higher.

about a month ago

Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

rvw Re: It's a funny world (149 comments)

Someone has this working, and I can startup Ubuntu from a stick. I hope to get it working this weekend.

about a month ago

Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

rvw Re:It's a funny world (149 comments)

I am a Unix/Linux user since 1995. I used Symbian and i liked it, and i have several android devices (first was the galazy tab). Now Microsoft killed Nokia. Nokia killed Symbian.

I am looking for a new tablet/PC currently. I tested some Windows 8.1 Tablets (Lenovo and others), and i have to say (besides the colored rectangles on the start screen): Well done
by leaving many things unchanged. For the first time in about 20 years i consider buying a microsoft OS on an new computer (for personal use).

I bought a laptop with Windows 8.1. I wanted to install Ubuntu on it, but still haven't got the boot process working. I use a Mac for 15 years now, OS X since 10, Ubuntu at work since five years. Although I help several people with Windows computers, I haven't used it for myself in years. In two or three days it became totally clear that Windows is not for me anymore. The same annoyances are still there. I won't say Ubuntu is perfect, not even OS X, but Windows 8.1... I can't believe how inconsequent the setup is.

about a month ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

rvw Re:Barbara Streisand award (424 comments)

When are these businesses going to learn that when you lawyer up against negative reviews, it suddenly becomes *newsworthy* and only makes the situation that much worse. Maybe if they spent their legal fees on training for their waitstaff, they wouldn't get those negative reviews to start with. Crazy thought, I know.

What you can do is write a review that is so incredible positive, that the irony is so obvious that nobody will miss it. I don't have the time, and don't have the inspiration and my ironic food dictionary is offline at the moment. So if anyone can think of a review of Il Giardino that will make me really curious - go ahead and make my day! ;-)

about a month and a half ago

Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

rvw Re: This and more (88 comments)

More rare than by cars. As for actual children being killed... more rare than swimming pools.

Nuclear bombs kill even less kids!

about 2 months ago

In Düsseldorf, A Robot Valet Will Park Your Car

rvw Re: i don't wanna hear how lazy americans are. (120 comments)

People chose bacon over low cholesterol... get over it.

A big part of the problem why Americans (and others) are fatter and fatter are because of misbeliefs foisted upon them.

Fatty foods don't cause heart disease. Sugar, stress, and smoking do. A high cholesterol count does not cause heart disease. It is a *symptom*, not a cause. It is your body attempting to repair the damage.
  Avoiding fats is a very good way to fatten yourself up. You'll instead be ingesting sugar and other carbohydrates, and you'll quickly feel hungry again. The sugar in your bloodstream requires the release of insulin to process it. The insulin tells the fat cells to open up and start sucking up all that sugar.

Reading tip: Why zebras don't get ulcers. It explains really good how all this works, and what bad food and stress does to your body.

You forget about two things though! First is alcohol - although in a sense that can be counted as sugar as well. But not really! It should be mentioned along with the others: Alcohol! Second is cancer! Too much food, smoking and alcohol cause cancer. Stress does not cause cancer, but it has a very big negative impact on it once you get it.

about 2 months ago

What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

rvw Re:Wipe (286 comments)

Have phone encrypted, and wipe phone from the bootloader?

In that case, you have to turn the phone off before you hand it over. Do you get the chance to do that?

about 2 months ago

First Phone Out of Microsoft-Nokia -- and It's an Android

rvw But does it run... (193 comments)

But does it run Android? It would be interesting to run a custom mod on this.

about 2 months ago

France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

rvw Re:A taste of things to come? (138 comments)

I wish people would stop using the word "Drone" unless it is a truly autonomous vehicle.

Do you want to say the drones the US sends to bomb the Taliban are not drones? I'm quite certain they are controlled by someone in the US. Maybe they can find their way back to safety if the connection is lost, but they are in no way autonomous. In that definition a V2 or Tomahawk is a drone, and everybody agrees that they are not.

about 3 months ago

Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

rvw Re:Now wait (210 comments)

When you have a Gauls working for you... you charge whatever you want.

Relax - he OCRd his answer. Nothing wrong with that!

about 3 months ago

NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

rvw Re:$150,000? (220 comments)

Is that figure just based on some arbitrary appraisal of the the machine's time or what?
$150k counts as a lot of electricity. Even at the current difficulty, I find it hard to believe someone could have used that much power to mine only $8k worth of BTC.

So how did they get that number? Prorated over the expected useful lifetime, so quite possibly one or two days of CPU time at 500 million dollars total depreciated over 18 months?

I guess they hired a RIAA lawyer, and he tries to copyright those bitcoins!

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

rvw Re:Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (259 comments)

I've been looking for myself, and one that stood out was the Xperia Z1 compact from sony. My primary issue was the battery endurance, but it seems to be able to get all the frequencies required by 4G..

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

I have it as well. It's compact, although an iPhone 5 is still a bit smaller. I really like the camera button. Press it long, and the camera opens without having to unlock the phone. It's fast, sound is good, even the loudspeaker. Waterproof! But that camera is a killer feature. Camera itself is not as good as a Nokia, but that button makes a real difference compared to other Android phones or the iPhone. 4G speed is great! In the Netherlands one provider has countrywide coverage and where 3G does not work, 4G does.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

rvw Problem solving (158 comments)

I'm considering this as well. I think it depends on your personal skills. The past ten years I've been many times in a situation where nobody else could help me out with a particular problem (programming, sysadmin etc). The only help I got was from online resources, and to use those effectively I developed the skill to write good questions, to do basic research before asking, and to write everything out that I had tried, so people helping me wouldn't waste their time.

I can listen, explain stuff in a simple way (which is not always simple to do), and I think these skills can be useful in very different situations. The only catch: how to find such a job?! Tips are welcome! (Netherlands, Europe)

about 3 months ago



Dutch experts hack Google Glass

rvw rvw writes  |  about 2 months ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch computer experts have devised a trick for infiltrating and taking over Glass, Google's information glasses. With a few rows of additional software, hackers can take photos and make films without the Glass wearer even knowing. These images can then be sent to another computer. Anyone with malicious intentions can use a USB stick to enter a 'script' in the glasses at an unguarded moment which then allows them to take control."
Link to Original Source

Dutch woman gets first complete skull replacement with 3D printed skull

rvw rvw writes  |  about 5 months ago

rvw (755107) writes "Three months ago, a Dutch woman had her complete skull replaced by a 3D printed artificial skull. She has a disease which results in skull bone getting thicker, which would result in too much pressure on the brain. The operation was done in the hospital of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It's the first time a complete skull has been replaced. With 3D printing they could make an exact copy of the skull. Before they used cement to replace parts of a skull, but this was never a precise method."
Link to Original Source

Will life on earth end when Fukushima 4 collapses?

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Mitsuhei Murata, former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal, wrote a letter to Ban Ki Moon: I raised the crucial problem. of N0.4 reactor of Fukushima containing1535 fuel rods. It could be fatally damaged by continuing aftershocks. Moreover, 50 meters away from it exists a common cooling pool for 6 reactors containing 6375 fuel rods! It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide.

He states it would destroy the world environment and our civilization."

Link to Original Source

Dutch telecom provider KPN hacked

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch biggest telecom and internet provider KPN has been hacked. Between 20 and 27 january a group of Russian and Dutch hackers has been able to enter the network via an unpatched server. They claim to have had access to all systems, including basic phone services. The first week, KPN tried to solve the problems themselves, but that didn't work out. Only after a week they alerted several authorities about the breach. At 27 january they declared "code red", after which 100 people worked 24/7 to patch and reinstall servers. Just yesterday the news came out. They say they waited with the news to protect their customers."
Link to Original Source

WhatsApp verfication check flaw

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Using a prepaid phone without credit, you can take over another WhatsApp account. During installation WhatsApp asks you to enter your mobile phone number and sends out an SMS to verify the number. Because the SMS is not sent, but is accessible, you can send the SMS via a mobile service, using another phone number. The account is then linked to your phone, and will be disabled on the other phone."
Link to Original Source

The wikileaks mirror list

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Wikileaks is subject to several attacks, and were kicked out by Amazon and their DNS-provider, moved to a swiss domain, which is now offline as well. Now the site is hosted or mirrored by Dutch provider e-Dot and mirrored by Dutch public broadcaster In Germany and Finland the same is happening. I don't know how long these sites will last, but how about making a list of all sites here?"

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch voters in 35 cities will be using paper and pencil again for the November elections, as their SDU voting computers are unsafe. The computers emited radio signals that can easily be detected at a large distance, which would make secret voting impossible. Source: International Herald Tribune.

SDU, a big publisher in The Netherlands, uses Windows XP computers for their voting machines. Most Dutch cities use NEDAP voting computers, which are being revised now as it was possible to read out votes by using a modified TomTom navigation system. Each computer gets a new chip which cannot be modified, and all computers are sealed. Furthermore, TNO, an independent Dutch research institute, will test the NEDAP voting computers. See WijVertrouwenStemcomputersNiet (We don't trust voting computers) for more information."


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