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The CIA Does Las Vegas

satuon Who are you addressing? (119 comments)

As one observer put it, "high-profile members of the intelligence community like Cofer Black, Shawn Henry, Keith Alexander, and Dan Greer are positioned front and center in keynote slots, as if they were glamorous Hollywood celebrities. While those who value their civil liberties might opine that they should more aptly be treated like pariahs

Do you imagine that you are addressing the organizers of those events? Who knows, some of them might even read Slashdot, but I doubt the general opinion of Slashdotters determines who gets to be given slots like a "glamorous Hollywood celebrity" and who doesn't. Ultimately, those things are decided by the people who organize those events, and it's their call.

13 hours ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

satuon Re:Jail (254 comments)

Unless someone among "us" is a high-ranking government official then no we can't. I'm not even sure who has the authority to order him investigated.

yesterday
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

satuon How much can Microsoft lose? (107 comments)

Do they make a lot of profits from China? With all the piracy and all, their offices in China might be more for symbolic presence than because they're making money in that country.

2 days ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

satuon Re:Mu (403 comments)

I've heard that it doesn't work as well, that sites will look different, or not all ads will be blocked. Or that some sites will refuse to load if the ads fail, etc. I've never tried it personally, so I can't tell if it's true first hand.

2 days ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

satuon Re:Chrome? (403 comments)

I switched from transmission for the ability to preview which files to download for magnet links. My problem is that qBittorrent seems to crash very often, I still haven't figured out why it does that.

2 days ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

satuon Re:None of them. (403 comments)

This reminds me of SRWare Iron then, where the author admitted that he had changed some random strings to hide how little difference there really was (just some different defaults), and that he had went to forums to build hype about how Big Brother is watching you through Chrome (which amounted to the address bar suggestions).

2 days ago
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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

satuon This is a good thing. (182 comments)

If those attacks continue, and if they cause damage, people will start paying attention and will change the way their OS is secured. I think that the Android OS has it right - no user-generated files should be executable in any way, including scripts. You have 2 partitions - one that is executable, but only admins can write to it, and one that the user can write in, but nothing is executable there.

2 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

satuon Re:What is the business case of SpaceX? (114 comments)

The way SpaceX was asking for more funding for NASA made it look like they themselves are counting on that government money.

4 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

satuon Re:What is the business case of SpaceX? (114 comments)

That's great, it means they have an independent source of demand that's relatively stable (unlike space tourism where you depend on just a few very rich people). So they could theoretically grow on their own even without the government contracts.

5 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

satuon What is the business case of SpaceX? (114 comments)

Since we're talking about SpaceX, what is the business case of the first "private" space company? Do they plan on being a space tourism company? Or do they intend to make all their money being a government contractor? I fail to see any other possible customers for their services, unless space mining is something more than a pipe dream.

5 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

satuon Re:As We Speak (293 comments)

But LibreOffice is still giving them value as a plausible threat, even if they're not using it. Besides, who knows how much time they must waste because of incompatibilities in documents they get from the outside world. If the offer is cheap enough, it might be worth it.

5 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

satuon Re:Outselling? (223 comments)

The only people up in arms seem to be the slashdot editors, it seems to me. I've started to be like "Oh God, not another NSA article!" I got it, the NSA is doing surveillance, how many times a day do I need to be reminded?

about a week ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

satuon Re:wat (227 comments)

What's the biggest run of consecutive pages of equations in it?

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

satuon Re:let me correct that for you. (617 comments)

I can't agree with that even in principle. That's like asking others to take advantage of you. Of course you should care for your own people more than for strangers, that's basic common sense. Everyone should know where he belongs (the Us), and where he does not belong (the Them).

That's true even today. I think Slavs should stand together, because I doubt the West cares about us as much as we do.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

satuon Re:let me correct that for you. (617 comments)

Instead of actually learning the philosophy of idealism

I'm afraid I'm a proponent of the philosophy of realism instead.

about two weeks ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

satuon Re:let me correct that for you. (617 comments)

While I understand what you mean, I prefer not to play with word definitions. For me, spoken language is a democratic process, and words mean what the majority of people believe them to mean. That's how language develops. It's called semantic shift. If the majority of people have the "wrong" definition, then it perhaps the word has simply shifted its meaning, and it's time to acknowledge that.

That said, what is the colloquial meaning of socialism? How does the common man on the street define it? I'm from Eastern Europe, and here for example, anyone you ask will tell you that socialism mean the way things were in the Warsaw Pact - a one-party state, propaganda, jobs provided by the state, and all life organized by the state. Nobody here would call Norway socialist. In fact, most people here would simply call them a capitalist country, because to us, any country West of the Warsaw Pact, including Norway, was simply a capitalist country. Socialism meant Us, and capitalism meant Them, and Norway wasn't part of Us.

Of course, that's what socialism means in Eastern Europe, perhaps it has a slightly different meaning in America.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

satuon Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

Ukraine was a Russian province during Tsarist Russia, and then part of the Soviet Union. Perhaps we could say they're just taking that land back?

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

satuon Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

I think the word "rebel" is more appropriate than terrorist. I'd save terrorist for people who blow bombs for a political agenda, not for armies that take over cities.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

satuon Re:Who benefits (503 comments)

Separatist have motive - they are trying to shoot Ukrainian military planes

I agree to that, I had come to say the same. The whole thing doesn't make sense if done intentionally by Russia, because it makes them look bad - they don't gain anything from it.

The most likely thing is that they mistook the civilian plane for military, and just shot.

about two weeks ago

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Bitcoin's Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Loses $409,200,000 Dollars

satuon satuon writes  |  about 5 months ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Mt. Gox’s shutdown is circulating like wildfire. Its repercussions are being felt throughout the world. Mt. Gox was the most public and well-known brand that represented Bitcoin’s exchange market. The company’s shutdown is rumored to be caused by a “hack” or “security breach” that resulted in a loss up to 744,000 BTC or $409,200,000 Dollars. (Based on the approximate value just hours ago from Coindesk.com) This is truly an unfortunate event that has caused the international community to shake its trust in Bitcoin as evidenced by the massive price drop. This is par the course, when a pillar in the community falls in such a funeral pyre. The best parallel would be the Bear Stearns’ failure during the 2008 global financial crisis. Hopefully, Bitcoin won’t follow in the financial system’s footsteps post-Bear Stearns."
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Cryptolocker Thieves Likely Making 'Millions' As Bitcoin Breaks $1,000

satuon satuon writes  |  about 8 months ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Forbes writes about CryptoLocker, a new ransomware which encrypts your files using unbreakable 2048-bit RSA encryption, and demands payment in Bitcoins.

From the story:

IT administrator David* had never heard of Cryptolocker, and was nonplussed when he got into the office that morning and saw a strange pop-up with a timer that was counting down.

It told him that thousands of his company’s files had been encrypted, and that he had to pay a $300 ransom to get the decryption key to save them or else they’d remain locked forever.

He had no backups, but he also gave no thought to paying up.

David and his company were one of the early victims of Cryptolocker, a type of malware also known as ransomware that has spread via e-mail across thousands of computers in the U.K. and forced people to literally put a value on their data.

Ransomware has been around for years, but Cryptolocker is unusually widespread and uses a higher, commercial-grade form of RSA encryption. Today Cryptolocker is making its way into the United States and collecting much higher ransoms in Bitcoin, the virtual currency which broke through $1,000 for the first time on Wednesday. In many cases it’s now asking for 2 Bitcoin as ransom, or more than $2,000."

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Ubuntu Forums was hacked

satuon satuon writes  |  1 year,12 days

satuon (1822492) writes "The popular Ubuntu Forums site is now displaying a message saying that attackers have gained control over the website. What is currently known:

Unfortunately the attackers have gotten every user's local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database.
The passwords are not stored in plain text. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are strongly encouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP.
Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach."

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Kaspersky Lab Identifies Advanced Cyber-Espionage Campaign

satuon satuon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Today Kaspersky Lab published a new research report which identified an elusive cyber-espionage campaign targeting diplomatic, governmental and scientific research organizations in several countries for at least five years. The primary focus of this campaign targets countries in Eastern Europe, former USSR Republics, and countries in Central Asia, although victims can be found everywhere, including Western Europe and North America. The main objective of the attackers was to gather sensitive documents from the compromised organizations, which included geopolitical intelligence, credentials to access classified computer systems, and data from personal mobile devices and network equipment."
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Bilayer graphene's "Higgs boson" insulating proper

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "January 25, 2012 — A research team led by University of California, Riverside identified the "Higgs boson" property of bilayer graphene (BLG): when the number of electrons on the BLG sheet is close to 0, the material becomes insulating. "BLG becomes insulating because its electrons spontaneously organize themselves when their number is small," said Chun Ning (Jeanie) Lau, an associate professor of physics and astronomy who led the research. "This is called 'spontaneous symmetry breaking'(TM) in physics, and is a very important concept since it is the same principle that 'endows'(TM) mass for particles in high energy physics."

The team measured the mass of a new type of massive quantum particle found only inside BLG crystals, explained Allan MacDonald, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in the Department of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin and a coauthor on the research. The physics at work here is "closely analogous" to the physics that makes a proton's mass inside an atomic nucleus much larger than the mass of the quarks from which it is formed, said MacDonald, noting that in this research, the particle is made of electrons, not quarks."

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Duqu attackers: master coders, Linux rookies â

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "The Duqu malware that targeted industrial manufacturers around the world may have been spawned by a well-funded team of competent coders, but their command of Linux led to some highly amateur mistakes."
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STUDY: Internet Explorer Users Are Dumber (MSFT, G

satuon satuon writes  |  about 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "A research firm posted an IQ test on its Web site and then compiled the results from more than 100,000 users.

It found that there was no substantial difference between users of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

But Internet Explorer users had IQs below average."

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Skype Goes Down (Again), Users Inexplicably Blamin

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Skype appears to be down, or at least for a whole lot of users throughout Europe who are tweeting in a ton of languages about their inability to connect. Many blame Microsoft, and even founder Bill Gates for the downtime, which is sort of strange because the multi-billion dollar acquisition of Skype hasn’t even closed yet."
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Apple causes religious reaction in brains of fans,

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "In a recently screened BBC documentary called 'Secrets of the Superbrands', UK neuroscientists found that the brains of Apple fans are stimulated by images of Apple products in the same areas as those triggered by religious imagery in a person of faith.

According to the scientists, this suggests that the big tech brands have harnessed, or exploit, the brain areas that have evolved to process religion."

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The iPad 2 and the tablet PC bubble  Mobile

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Runaway sales of the initial iPad led to a multitude of competitors joining the fray. Now runaway sales of the iPad 2 has led to tech analysts world over believing that we’re less than 12 months away from a tablet PC bubble that is going to severely hurt several technology companies.

All Things D reports that J.P. Morgan estimates 81 million tablets will be manufactured in 2011. The problem is only 48 million of those will actually be shipped to retailers

This is due to the difference between the adoption rate of Apple’s tablet and those of its competitors being so vast. Many will be caught with their pants down and tablet supplies they cannot sell stuck in warehouses. This will be a class A tablet PC bubble."

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Slashdot is being spammed?!

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Why would anyone spam slashdot?! What's the point? I have no idea, but something like 80%-90% of the submissions are spam. I don't know if this happens just now or all the time, I don't go in http://slashdot.org/recent that much. I'm just posting this cause I got frustrated. If you're frustrated as well mod this up, I want there to be a discussion of this!"
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No, Libya's Internet Shutdown Won't Kill Bit.ly

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Libya's blocking of the internet won't affect Bit.ly and other .ly domains, says Bit.ly CEO John Borthwick on Quora.
Bit.ly and countless other startups have chosen the cute top-level domain .ly for their startups. The only problem is that .ly is Libya's top-level domain. Libya happens to be ruled by a crazy dictator, and right now is experiencing protests that are making it shut down the internet."

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A smile on facebook cost a woman her benefits

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "According to the Associated Press, Blanchard, a 29-year-old IBM employee from Bromont, Quebec, was suffering from depression and took time away from work, relying on sick-leave benefits from her insurer, Manulife Financial.

The monthly payments were suddenly halted. When she called Manulife to ask why, she says she was told that it had espied photos on her Facebook page that showed her cheerful. Ergo, the argument allegedly went, she was able to work. Which led to the second ergo: no more payments."

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AOL's "Dirty Little Secret": 60% of AOL's Profits

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Ken Auletta's big New Yorker piece on AOL (subscription only) this week revealed an interesting detail about the company's inner workings. According to Auletta, 80% of AOL's profits come from subscribers, and 75% of those subscribers are paying for something they don't actually need.

Auletta lays out how this works:
The company still gets eighty percent of its profits from subscribers, many of whom are older people who have cable or DSL service but don't realize that they need not pay an additional twenty-five dollars a month to get online and check their e-mail. "The dirty little secret," a former AOL executive says, "is that seventy-five percent of the people who subscribe to AOL's dial-up service don't need it.""

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Is Google too weak in the software patent wars to

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Analysis of Google's patent portfolio suggests it's not strong measured against rivals such as Microsoft, Oracle and Apple. That's not good news as it comes to inevitable court battles.

About a week ago, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services published its new ranking of the 50 companies awarded the most US patents in 2010. Microsoft is still the number three patentee with 3,094 new patents, Apple is a rising star with 563 new patents (+94%, a greater gain over the previous year than anyone else on the list), but Google isn't even on that list.

There is indeed a connection between the rampant enforcement of patents against Android and Google's weak patent portfolio. Only a few of the litigants are non-practicing entities while most of the plaintiffs, especially the ones asserting large numbers of relatively strong patents, sell products of their own. Those who actually have products on the market would have to think (at least) twice before attacking Android if they might need access to some of Google's patents."

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Man Cons Woman Into Paying For eBay Auction She Wo

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "A guy over on Reddit had tickets to a big sporting event but at the last minute couldn't go, so he sold them on eBay for $600. The event was in less than 24 hours and when he contacted the winning bidder after they didn't pay for a while, the woman told him that her husband had said that it was too much money and wouldn't let her go. Never mind that winning an eBay bid is a binding contract and now the guy has little chance of selling the tickets. So he concocted a fiendish scheme to trick her into paying.

What he did is email her from a different email address and say hey, I saw you won those tickets, I'd really like to go, can I buy them from you for $1,000? She agreed, and lo and behold, she contacts him as the original seller and says "oops, changed my mind, I want to pay for those after all." He brings her the tickets, collects the money, and then goes home and has his sockpuppet bidder back out of the deal with her."

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Controversial PatriotApp lets citizens alert feds

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Launched in September, the PatriotApp allows people to report criminal or suspicious activity to several federal agencies, including the FBI, EPA, CDC and GAO (Government Accountability Office), the office responsible for investigating public funds. It also includes RSS feeds for the FBI's Most Wanted list and the Department of Homeland Security's threat level, and allows people to report workplace harassment and discrimination."
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Who is Liu Xiaobo?

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "If you were on the wrong side of the Great Firewall of China, and were asking yourself this question, fear not, for the Chinese media is quick to shed light onto his person. The article might lack in objectivity, but it compensates on entertainment. Some highlights from it:



... Liu said that China needed to be a colony for 300 years to have a "real change". He then said that knowledge levels have nothing to do with academic degrees and most Chinese university students and graduate students were "garbage"...

...Liu showed great respect and praise for the Western political, economic and cultural systems. "I don't care you call me a traitor or a patriot. If you say I am a traitor, then I am. I am the ungrateful child digging out the graves of his ancestors, and I am proud of being such a child," he said...

..."I'm not like you. I don't lack money. Foreigners pay me every year even when I'm in prison," said Liu to his fellow prisoners..."

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