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Futuristic Highway Will Glow In the Dark For Icy Conditions

tapanitarvainen Re:Coors Light - been there, done that (174 comments)

Looks like much of the USA in winter. Maybe not everyday, but at least several times a week.

I'm sure there're places in the USA where you have such conditions for months on end just like in Lappland, in Wyoming or Minnesota, say, and Alaska is of course even worse. Looks like USA has lots more sunshine though:

http://imgur.com/vYpbh

about a year and a half ago
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Futuristic Highway Will Glow In the Dark For Icy Conditions

tapanitarvainen Re:Coors Light - been there, done that (174 comments)

I wonder if the light is strong enough to be seen through snow, when real winter comes... this is one of the main highways in Northern Finland right now: http://www2.liikennevirasto.fi/alk/kelikamerat/C1452301071554.jpg

More real-time webcams of roads there, they're all similar, with entire road surface covered in snow: http://www2.liikennevirasto.fi/alk/english/kelikamerat/kelikamerat_5.html

about a year and a half ago
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The Linux Foundation's UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Delayed

tapanitarvainen Re:Present user test? (179 comments)

User only needs to press a key during initial installation, after that it should boot unattended just fine: "If the user gives permission, the signature will be installed and loader.efi will then boot up without any present user tests on all subsequent occasions even after the platform is placed back into secure boot mode." http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/blogs/browse/2012/10/linux-foundation-uefi-secure-boot-system-open-source

So I won't have to go around to every classroom and every pc and click OK when I do my monthly wipe and reimage?

If I understand correctly, even reinstallation does not need user attention as long as loader.efi doesn't change. But that's based only on my reading of the article I quoted, so I could be wrong.

about a year ago
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The Linux Foundation's UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Delayed

tapanitarvainen Re:Present user test? (179 comments)

Does that mean the user has to actually be present to press a key? That renders secure boot unuseable on remote-admined or unattended servers, the very place you would most want to have a secure boot chain.

User only needs to press a key during initial installation, after that it should boot unattended just fine: "If the user gives permission, the signature will be installed and loader.efi will then boot up without any present user tests on all subsequent occasions even after the platform is placed back into secure boot mode." http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/blogs/browse/2012/10/linux-foundation-uefi-secure-boot-system-open-source

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best On-Site Backup Plan?

tapanitarvainen Re:Offsite != cloud (326 comments)

Here's what I do (with about 3TB data now):

I've got a dedicated backup server at home that backs up all machines there automatically and rsync's the backup to another machine offsite overnight.

I've got an uncapped but relatively slow connection, uplink speed in practice about 2MB/s, but that's enough: it rarely takes more than three hours to do the rsync. Occasionally (like after returning from a two-week trip to Kenya) I've got so much new data (photos) that it takes more than 24 hours, but that's rare (and causes no problems per se, other than increased window of vulnerability, but one day is acceptable for me). Also, both machines have hotswap disk slots, so I could do the sync at home and carry the disks over should I one day get so much new data that rsyncing it over the network would take too long.

This works very well for me. It does require a reasonable network connection and a suitable place for the offsite backup machine, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Open Ministry Crowdsources Laws In Finland

tapanitarvainen Re:That democracy doesn't work. (181 comments)

You have a point, but:

2. I bet you need more than just a simple 50,000 supporters to change the constitution. You probably need 2/3rd (like in many countries) of all votes.

In Finland the parliament can change the constitution, but it has to be supported in two consecutive parliaments (with an election in between) and by 2/3 majority, or by single parliament with 5/6 majority. A bit too easy for my liking, but certainly harder than getting 50000 supporters.

more than 2 years ago
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Open Ministry Crowdsources Laws In Finland

tapanitarvainen Re:Although nobody is yet able to register support (181 comments)

"You just get a series of links containing "confirm your identity with your bank", click your bank, it takes you to the page of your bank where you enter your banking credentials and confirm that you want to be recognised by that site. Whole process takes about 30 seconds."

Sounds like a wet dream of the phishing industry.

Not really, since the credentials aren't reusable: you have a list of key-value pairs, each used only once, in random order. Moreover, payments require separate confirmation (second key-value match), so even man-in-the-middle attack with identification-only site wouldn't allow stealing your money (well, not that easily anyway).

more than 2 years ago
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Mozart and Bach Handel Subway Station Crime

tapanitarvainen Re:So... (353 comments)

Yes the music is in the public domain, but not the performance.

The article says that

'Metro Transit bought the recordings for $150 from a company that offers the dead composers among "royalty-free" selections.'

I take that to mean it is a public domain performance, too.

more than 2 years ago
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WikiLeaks To Ship Servers To Micronation of Sealand?

tapanitarvainen Re:Wow, does that PR stunt even work anymore? (350 comments)

I don't know the legality or widespreadness of this, but at least Norway has started to apply Norwegian law to anyone with a Norwegian citizenship, no matter where the person may find itself. So if you break Norwegian law in, say Thailand, where the action is NOT forbidden, you will still be prosecuted as if the action took place on Norwegian ground. This practice was made to fight child abuse (O REALLY?!) but nothing stops them from taking that further

Interesting. In comparison, Finnish law applies to crimes outside Finnish territory when either the act is also crime in the country where it was committed and carries sufficiently heavy penalty or it is one of explicitly listed crimes (which include child sexual abuse). In most cases it also applies to crimes committed abroad only when either the perpetrator or the victim is a Finnish citizen, but there're a number of exceptions to that (e.g., certain crimes like genocide or when extradition is denied on grounds of possible death penalty or torture).

So you would not be prosecuted in Finland for smoking hashish in the Netherlands even if you are a Finnish citizen, but you could be for raping a child regardless of where it occurred.

more than 2 years ago
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US Plummets On World Press Freedom Ranking

tapanitarvainen Re:"falling over 100% of their previous ranking" (427 comments)

Nope. Finnish citizens in Finland are not required to possess any kind of identity card, and I know for a fact that many indeed do not have one at all. The text you quoted does not say a country must require or issue IDs to all its citizens, only that such a card is sufficient to travel abroad (with limitations), and while Finland does have national identity cards in the sense used in that directive, they're not issued to everybody automatically, you must explicitly request one, and it's not free (EUR 53 last I checked). Indeed most people don't have one but rather use a passport or driver's license as ID when needed - but as noted, some people don't have those either. If you don't travel abroad or drive or need to open a new bank account, you can do without.

more than 2 years ago
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US Plummets On World Press Freedom Ranking

tapanitarvainen Re:"falling over 100% of their previous ranking" (427 comments)

perhaps some of us should reflect for a moment about the countries ranked higher than we are, and how they got there, considering where they were (in general, not absolutely speaking in terms of this particular metric) not too long ago... Some of these places were the places I I heard about in school when they talked about repression and how "those commies" were trying to take over the world... Phrases like "Papers, please.... Your papers..." were practically ingrained into our social consciousness, asked of poor innocents in every movie with a scene set in one of these places...

Curiously, Finland remains one of those countries where there's no general legal requirement to carry identification papers or indeed even to have any - and some people actually don't. (There's presidential election going on here right now, and every now and then people come to vote without papers, and there are a number of ways they can, including bringing along someone who can testify they're who they say they are.)

more than 2 years ago
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US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

tapanitarvainen Re:Why we need plausible deniability encryption... (1047 comments)

contempt of court will result in you being detained without trial until you comply. If you can not comply you are at the mercy of the judge whose court you are in contempt of. If you never comply and the judge so wishes, you will remain imprisoned until you die.

For comparison, in Finnish law there's a limit how long you can be detained for refusing to testify, namely six months.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

tapanitarvainen Re:If you enjoy your job, then why not? (948 comments)

I'm strongly considering investigating a position at a university where I can work on physics or nanotechnology; and, I would easily do it for half what I'm making now, simply for the job satisfaction.

I know and have known many of people who've kept on working despite having no financial need to do so, and also people who've kept on doing the same thing after being fired and having to eat mostly oatmeal porridge to survive on their savings. Mostly they're research scientists. That is indeed something that, at its best, can give you satisfaction over and above everything else. If you've got what it takes, go for it. There're also a number of artists who will keep on doing their thing regardless of money until they starve, but they generally never had a regular job to begin with. (Yeah, they're a minority. But they do exist.)

more than 2 years ago
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Setting the various household clocks ...

tapanitarvainen Re:Schools do - Bus Stop Safety (344 comments)

Well, up here in Canada it means that it's pitch black by 5 PM when I get off work. So, yes the kiddies get sun while waiting for the bus in the morning, but on the west side of my timezone, the sun doesn't rise until 8 AM anyway, so in many cases DST isn't enough.

I guess you live in Southern part of Canada, then. :-) Where I live, about 63 degrees North (in Finland, not Canada) we have about 4 hours daylight in winter and 20 hours in summer, and in spring and autumn around the time clocks are changed day length changes so rapidly that it doesn't really matter whether you move clocks or not. The only positive side in DST is that it forces people to check their clocks twice a year.

more than 2 years ago
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Which OSS Clustered Filesystem Should I Use?

tapanitarvainen rsync (320 comments)

Taking one way snapshots over a network link to a remote location, for instance using rsync and a remote filesystem that supports snapshots, can be a viable solution for short term backups, but if you want longer term retention, "old hat" backup equipment still is a viable solution. How are you planning to restore from data corruption that happened 2 weeks ago?

It's easy enough to keep any desired schedule of incremental backups with rsync - search for rsnapshot for example, or BackupPC if you want a fancy web-based interface.

Otherwise, 100% agreement: backups should be physically separated from the primary data, preferably by significant geographical distance (think about fire) and duplicated on several locations.

more than 2 years ago
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ISP Refuses To Block the Pirate Bay

tapanitarvainen Re:Such a slippery slope. (219 comments)

Well, Finland does have a state-mandated police-provided blocklist, supposedly to fight child porn, which also blocks sites that point out that most of the sites on the list have nothing to do with child porn.

Fortunately using it isn't mandatory - ISPs are free to ignore it (some do, including mine) or provide it to their customers as an optional service (most of them do that, some make as opt-in, some as opt-out). I don't think any of them enforces it on their customers any more.

more than 3 years ago
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EFF Advocates Leaving Wireless Routers Open

tapanitarvainen Re:Idealism not in line with reality (686 comments)

Here in Finland there was a court case a while back where a man was convicted for using neighbour's unprotected WLAN without permission. Rather amazingly, that lead to a new law passed by Finnish parliament just a few months ago, which explicitly allows such use. (Disclaimer: I was rather heavily involved in the campaign for the law, as then-chairman of Electronic Frontier Finland.) Moreover, just about all landline network connections here are uncapped, and there are enough free WLANs around that using or offering them is not suspicious in itself. Nowhere near enough though, so a campaign like this could be very useful here as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Bradley Manning Charged With Aiding the Enemy

tapanitarvainen Re:No sympathy here, sorry (844 comments)

No, there is no assumption of innocence when someone admits to doing it.

Really? That's somewhat surprising, given how often people confess to things they haven't in fact done. Some have even been executed for false confessions (like the case in England that led to the abolition of death penalty there).

more than 3 years ago
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UK Government Wants to Spring Ahead Two Hours

tapanitarvainen Re:Darker mornings (554 comments)

Quite a few people find it depressing leaving work several hours after the sun has gone down. Can't please everyone!

Right. In winter, I go to work before sunrise and leave after sunset, which is pretty depressing. Then again, in summer I go to sleep before sunset and wake up after sunrise, which is pretty nice.

(I live in Finland, little over 62 degrees North. In mid-winter there's about 4 hours between sunrise and sunset; in midsummer, 20 hours. Here, shifting the clocks for daylight savings never made any real sense, except in synchronizing schedules with other countries. Today, it makes little sense anywhere, and it'd be best to drop the whole practice entirely ASAP.)

more than 3 years ago
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UK To Offer PCs For £98, Subsidized Internet Connections

tapanitarvainen Re:Wow (224 comments)

you can't have a wank to Internet porn in a public library.

Around here (Finland) it seems quite a few people do, at least if some librarians are to be believed...

more than 3 years ago

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