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Researchers Break Video CAPTCHAs

sakdoctor Not even pennies (109 comments)

The going rate is around $1 per 1000 solved catchpa.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government To Demand Data On Every Call, Email, and Tweet

sakdoctor Re:For the sake of the Olympics... (199 comments)

The threat of terrorism is a lame excuse for mass surveillance.
Copyright protection is a lame excuse for mass surveillance.
Child porn is a lame excuse for mass surveillance.

The Olympics!? They're not even trying any more.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government To Demand Data On Every Call, Email, and Tweet

sakdoctor Re:1984 (199 comments)

The world in 1984 is a global symmetric system.

You have some of the prerequisites for that system in place:
Perpetual war on X
A vast military-industrial complex to destroy the excess of human production.
Choice between two indistinguishable political ideals.

However the 1984 world is also in equilibrium. Once big brother exists, he will always have existed.
You're discounting the possibility of being conquered from without.

more than 2 years ago
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Tetris In 140 Bytes

sakdoctor Not 140 bytes (215 comments)

The function requires an animation loop and event handler otherwise it does nothing. After that, it's way more than 140 bytes.

more than 2 years ago
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Human Rights Groups Push To Save Condemned Programmer In Iran

sakdoctor Re:America would never kill a programmer for this. (244 comments)

Right, the American legal system would only destroy someone's life if they wrote a circumvention for a copy-right protection system.

more than 2 years ago
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Human Rights Groups Push To Save Condemned Programmer In Iran

sakdoctor Re:perspective (244 comments)

I dunno about this.
The European Parliament seem hell bent on protecting human rights lately, despite a barrage of 4-letter acronym pro-censorship laws.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Court Rules Social Networks Cannot Be Forced To Police Downloads

sakdoctor Re:Win for the good guys (81 comments)

(repeal even)

more than 2 years ago
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EU Court Rules Social Networks Cannot Be Forced To Police Downloads

sakdoctor Re:Win for the good guys (81 comments)

Repel 'Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act' in the UK.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Court Rules Social Networks Cannot Be Forced To Police Downloads

sakdoctor Re:Win for the good guys (81 comments)

Oktoberfest?

more than 2 years ago
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EU Court Rules Social Networks Cannot Be Forced To Police Downloads

sakdoctor Go EU (81 comments)

A defeat for US e-colonialism.

more than 2 years ago
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Making a Better Solar Cooker

sakdoctor Re:Stop giving the things away... (167 comments)

To which the solution is, better wood burning stoves, with a chimney to improve draft, operating temperate and efficiency, while eliminating indoor pollutants.
Even a flue that's not completely air-tight is a start, because the pressure is lower than ambient, and it draws air in along its length.

more than 2 years ago
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Making a Better Solar Cooker

sakdoctor Good call (167 comments)

The Philips wood burning stove was way cooler than these looks good on paper solar contraptions. Not that this design would be suitable for these villages, but better wood stoves should have been first on the list.
http://www.research.philips.com/technologies/woodstove.html

I heat my cosy developed-world house using wood, and it's incredibly clean and efficient. And by clean I mean even "a little bit of dust" would be unacceptably dirty. The yearly chimney sweep shows that the combustion itself is very close to complete, and the fuel itself is free. Garden waste to most people.

more than 2 years ago
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Making a Better Solar Cooker

sakdoctor Re:Stop giving the things away... (167 comments)

That isn't what happened, but thanks for sharing your narrow perspective.
The goal of this charity is "to heal the climate crisis though reforestation" ... total hypocrisy of course, given mine and your ecological footprint.

Wahwhua = White affluent hippy with head up ass

Wahwhua: Here is a crappy solar cooker we designed. Use this instead of harvesting firewood.
Villagers: This solar cooker is completely inferior to our existing wood stoves. It's not fit for purpose.
Wahwhua: Ok, here is our new design. You should use this because YOU'RE damaging the planet.

more than 2 years ago
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A Look At Microsoft's 'Mini Internet' For Testing IE

sakdoctor Re:IE Crap (241 comments)

IE is crap, but not for that reason. IE9 is missing some very-nice-to-have bits of HTML5 just because it was released so long ago.

As for CSS3, yes it's deficient in some areas, but there is a trick to get around many of them: SVG
Unless you have to support IE8 (LOL poor you), then the users will never notice the smoke and mirrors.

With JavaScript polyfills, it's possible to take advantage of the latest and greatest in IE9 with minimal effort.

more than 2 years ago
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A Look At Microsoft's 'Mini Internet' For Testing IE

sakdoctor Re:And still... (241 comments)

Milliseconds, (maybe not so much nanoseconds) DO matter inside an animation loop.

Oh, unless you were happy with Flash?

more than 2 years ago
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A Look At Microsoft's 'Mini Internet' For Testing IE

sakdoctor Firefox isn't slow at all. (241 comments)

While slashdot mocks the computer industry marketing for describing computers using a single metric, you seem to be quite happy with that when it comes to browser performance.

An example: Chrome (v8 engine) has this reputation for amazing speed, but IE9 absolutely grinds Chrome into the dust when it comes to simply repositioning elements on screen; something which today's web apps spend a lot of their time doing. You can feel it too if you know what you're looking for. I don't follow IEs development as closely as Chrome or Firefox, but IE must be hardware accelerating these translations.

I fully expect Google to focus on performance cases which help their specific apps. Again, a conflict of interest, akin to Microsoft pre-caching masses of junk, so that Office can appear to start up much faster than the competition.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Accused of Bypassing Safari's Privacy Controls

sakdoctor Re:And people ask me why I don't use Chrome (202 comments)

The majority of the Mozilla foundation's funding comes from a search royalties contract, currently with Google.
Problem?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Accused of Bypassing Safari's Privacy Controls

sakdoctor Re:And people ask me why I don't use Chrome (202 comments)

Can someone explain why this is funny?
I can see how it could be funny in a different context, but here it's like the punchline for the wrong joke.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Accused of Bypassing Safari's Privacy Controls

sakdoctor Re:And people ask me why I don't use Chrome (202 comments)

with time, everyone is going to consolidate their scripts under the main domain

No they won't. There simply isn't enough selection pressure to make that happen. noscript users are this tiny insignificant blip concealed in the statistical noise of web traffic.

Secondly, you're right. All the superficial problems (which I can almost never reproduce anyway) with firefox are nothing compared to having a browser I can trust, from an organization that I'm ideologically aligned with.
Google building a web browser is a conflict of interests; though I'm still glad they did for browser war / political reasons.

more than 2 years ago

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