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Public Facial Recognition Is Making Gains In Surveillance

shvytejimas Re:Lucky for me... (128 comments)

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

The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail

shvytejimas Re:Why have this function at all? (547 comments)

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".

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Unveils Outlook.com, Hotmail's Successor

shvytejimas Re:(personal) User Experience (368 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Your Passwords Don't Suck — It's Your Policies

shvytejimas Re:XKCD (487 comments)

By applying the character check BEFORE hashing the password and storing the hash in the database?

more than 2 years ago

Sony Projects Record Losses of $6.4 Billion

shvytejimas Re:Sony's war on their customers (290 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Open Ministry Crowdsources Laws In Finland

shvytejimas Re:This has been around for a while (181 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Distance, in multiples of my height, from my birthplace:

shvytejimas Re:Uhh.. a bit over 15,000 (465 comments)

Indeed. 666.(6) is what I got. (Google earth said 1.24km, divided by 1.86m. Wicked!)

more than 4 years ago

ICANN Approves Non-Latin ccTLDs

shvytejimas Re:Erratum (284 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Possible Meteorite Leaves a Crater In Latvia

shvytejimas Re:Hoax (177 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Password Hackers Do Big Business With Ex-Lovers

shvytejimas Re:RTFS (197 comments)

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.

If the guy who wrote is your friend, give him my best. What I like the most about this hasher is that it's also available in a standalone html file, which helps when you need to login from a computer without the extension installed. You can host the file yourself, but since it's written in javascript, there's no need to (hashing is done locally).

more than 5 years ago

Is Linux's "Overall Market Share" Statistic Meaningful?

shvytejimas Re:Quick response: No (300 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

$25M for Rackable to buy SGI is mostly ...

shvytejimas Re:Am I the only one... (165 comments)

I own an sgi you insensitive clod!
(it's a 320, but nonetheless)

more than 5 years ago


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