top Public Facial Recognition Is Making Gains In Surveillance
Wearing a mask is rather blunt. I think
surveillance evading camouflage make-up instead will turn out to be a fashion trend during the next decade.
As with any trend, only a handful of people would dare walk around looking like that at first - privacy supporters, activists, etc. - and they would stand out in the crowd. But the idea of camouflage might catch on as more people opted-in (some because of privacy concerns, others because it just looks cool and futuristic). Kind of like torn jeans and facial piercings from punk - they used to look shocking to some a while back, but nowadays are completely mainstream and disconnected from the originating subculture.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?
That would be
Chocolat, a text editor for Mac.
Here's a screenshot of the warning
top Post Mortem of GunnAllen IT Meltdown
Sounds like this guy:
top The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail
Well since it became possible to switch carriers while keeping your old phone number I've stopped getting these kinds of messages from people, but for example: "Hi, I'm moving countries. My new number is +370 123 45678, and I won't be using the old one anymore".
top Microsoft Unveils Outlook.com, Hotmail's Successor
3. The country name for my phone number (Lithuania, +370) isn't even on the list (neither was Latvia though both are in the "where are you?" country list). And apparently the phone number is a required field (alternative e-mail address isn't enough?) so I just put rubbish there.
top The Nice Guy At the World's Largest Weapons Expo
Undoing accidental moderation
top Your Passwords Don't Suck — It's Your Policies
By applying the character check BEFORE hashing the password and storing the hash in the database?
top Sony Projects Record Losses of $6.4 Billion
Correction, it used to be. Sony
bought out the Ericsson share of the venture back in January. Looking at Sony's attitude towards their users, like closing a fan-run blog for trademark reasons, or the case with the Homebrew community on PS3 I expect the attention to developers and the community will fade away in time. Which is a real shame. I was a loyal fan of Ericsson as the handsets were feature-rich and reliable - all the way from their monochrome models, right though the Sony merger up to the Android era, but now I feel it's time to switch.
top Despite Drop In Piracy, French Music Industry Still In Decline
Heh, bootlegging, reminds me of this comic strip:
Anime is the new crack
top Open Ministry Crowdsources Laws In Finland
Lithuania has this clause written right in the constitution (Article 68):
50,000 citizens of the Republic of Lithuania who have the electoral right may submit a draft law to the Seimas and the Seimas must consider it. (Seimas being the parliament)
Currently there's this new wave of citizen initiatives, including websites promoting government expenditure and transparency, blogs (one is actually called 50000.lt after the constitutional article), petition sites, a website which lets you look up your representative and fire him an email right away, and another, which provides an API to monitor parliament resolutions and voting statistics. But combining the petition sites with real electronic signatures to actually enforce the 68th article, now that's a novel idea. There are already bank logins with two factor authentication. And we've had these European ID cards with biometric data which work as a passport in the Schengen area, and each of these cards have a digital certificate on a chip inside, which can be used for electronic document signing (with a government-based certificate authority) so all that's left right now is to combine the two.
Thank you Slashdot for the idea! I'm off to gather some coders and start changing the world.
top China Building Gigantic Structures In the Desert
I'll join the club.
top LulzSec, Anonymous Reason For PROTECT IP Act, Says RIAA
No - "tail wagging the dog" is used when a minor or secondary part of something controlling the whole. The idiom for distracting attention is "Red herring"
top Distance, in multiples of my height, from my birthplace:
Indeed. 666.(6) is what I got. (Google earth said 1.24km, divided by 1.86m. Wicked!)
top ICANN Approves Non-Latin ccTLDs
I'm curious. Where can i find this list? Or does it only exist in the SLASH source code?
It looks to me they just threw the baby out with the bathwater. If the problem was unicode's direction control characters, why not just blacklist those few control chars? Instead we now have a whitelist so ridiculously small, it's useless.
top Possible Meteorite Leaves a Crater In Latvia
Probably. It's a stretch, but since most of cellphones nowadays come with some sort of a little camera built-in and Latvia's
mobile penetration rate is around 99%, I wouldn't be surprised by some random guy putting up a video of such a sight on youtube a few hours later.
Though the timing is a little suspicious, and the quality of the video is better than something I'd expect from a cellphone.
top Password Hackers Do Big Business With Ex-Lovers
I think this is the extension you are looking for:
PasswordHasher. It creates a hash from your master password and the base domain, has options for excluding special symbols from the hash and integrates nicely with the password fields.
top Windows 7 Licensing a "Disaster" For XP Shops
porn is overrated.
top Is Linux's "Overall Market Share" Statistic Meaningful?
Seriously. The day Linux is just like Windows is the day I boot OpenBSD.
As the saying goes - Linux Is for People Who Hate Microsoft, BSD Is for People Who Love UNIX.
top Zombie Macs Launch DoS Attack
Old, but still funny. Though I'd guess the compatibility must have improved a lot since then. It'd be interesting to do a run with some modern ones.
top $25M for Rackable to buy SGI is mostly ...
own an sgi you insensitive clod!
(it's a 320, but nonetheless)
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