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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

terbeaux Re:thats to spendy (165 comments)

The country is under reporting inflation. Some peg it at 30%. The best way to hedge against inflation is to borrow a lot the currency that is devaluing and then purchasing something that holds its value. Bitcoin fits the bill nicely. Unfortunately, there is a limit on the amount of foreign transactions an Argentine can make. Listings on the Argentine "eBay" are selling BTC in pesos for twice what it is worth in the USA: This is probably dubious from a legal standpoint but selling mining contracts seems to be popular on the site as well.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

terbeaux Slashdot is a Bad Place to Ask This (265 comments)

Everyone here is going to tell you that a human needs to be there because that is their livelihood. Any task can be automated at a cost. I am guessing that it is not your current task to automate maintenance tasks otherwise you wouldn't be asking. Somewhere up your chain they decided that for the uptime / quality of service it is more cost effective to have a human do it. That does not mean that you can not present a case showing otherwise. I highly suggest that you win approval and backing before taking time to try to automate anything.

Out of curiosity, are they VMs?

about 3 months ago

Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

terbeaux Send the Board Feedback (170 comments)

Tell them what you thing about the report:

Fax: 202.296.4395

about 4 months ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

terbeaux Re:Tarzan need antecedent (824 comments)

His presence negatively affects public perception of the business. If they were publicly traded then the share holders could vote him out based on that alone. Bigots are bad for business image.

about 7 months ago

Snowden Joins Daniel Ellsberg On Board of Freedom of the Press Foundation

terbeaux JavaScript Required to Donate (44 comments)

It seems kind of strange that a site which is collecting donations to fund secure software projects would require the use of JavaScript to donate.

about 9 months ago

Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

terbeaux Re:How long? (691 comments)

Coming out of Stanford: the creators are widely criticized for keep 10% of the currency for themselves which has led to a slow adoption.

about 10 months ago

Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

terbeaux Re:In the kitchen (547 comments)

So once the FBI subpeona'd Tor to...

That's an awful long post for someone that doesn't seem to know what they are talking about. Tor cannot be subpoenaed for information. It is a peer to peer network, not a legal entity. They got this guy because to get on university wifi you need to login, which then associates your mac address with your account and allows traffic to flow. They also monitor your traffic and could associate his account with Tor use. This gave the FBI enough information to question him and he probably was so scared and guilty feeling that he freely confessed. You can change the mac address on most network adapters. You wouldn't need to buy a throwaway usb wifi adapter. The FBI would have had much less to go on if the perp had simply used a free wifi hotspot.

It is difficult to understand what was going on in his head but it obviously wasn't rational thought.

about 10 months ago

AMD Unveils New Family of GPUs: Radeon R5, R7, R9 With BF 4 Preorder Bundle

terbeaux How does it perform hash-wise? (188 comments)

I can't find any information on the scrypt hash rate of these cards. Does anybody have any info? Thanks

1 year,28 days

Public Facial Recognition Is Making Gains In Surveillance

terbeaux Re:Oh just stop it! (128 comments)

Wait, what? Do you honestly believe that if an incentive is there that sentient organisms will not reach for it? I have a strong moral compass but that doesn't change the fact that you need to stop whatever the fuck you are doing right now to help us reengineer "the game" in order to reward people that do good while doing well. Aside from NWO fantasies, all the assholes that have money right now are extremely interested in keeping it, at all costs. This includes your family's ability to be healthful or be educated to a basic level. I think it was Peter Drucker that said "If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it." They are fucking managing you. How does it feel?

about a year ago

NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

terbeaux Re:Hmm (634 comments)

"Jericho: 9:02 (#1.6)" (2006) Allison Hawkins: [in reference to Jake] Is he a good man or a bad man? Robert 'Rob' Hawkins: Baby, there is no such thing.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Move Legal Data With Torrents?

terbeaux Facebook Does (302 comments)

Facebook deploys its 4GB binary to its 500,000 servers using a torrent client that has rack and switch affinity. Each client goes for data chunks that are already locally on a rack or switch that it is connected to. That is a crap-ton of data.

about a year ago

Irish Artist Turns Google Maps Screen Grabs Into Pricey Art

terbeaux Mirror (65 comments)

I wonder if I will get a DMCA take down for this PDF snapshot?

about a year and a half ago

Texas Declares War On Robots

terbeaux Letter to Rep. Lance Gooden (387 comments)

You can send a similar one from here: Representative Gooden, I am writing to alert you to public opinion that is forming about your new HB912. A consensus is bubbling up on internet forums that your intention in drafting this bill was to protect corporations like Columbia from incidents similar to the Oak Cliff pig blood dumping which resulted in criminal charges. I have not found any post yet that interprets this new bill as protecting the privacy of individual citizens. I know that this was not your intention and I urge you to take action by retracting the bill and releasing a clarifying statement. Regards, Terbeaux Nou P.S. Please find attached links for two popular internet sites which are discussing your new bill:

about a year and a half ago

TPB Files Police Complaint Against CPIAC for Copying Website

terbeaux Re:Oh this will go well. (268 comments)

Being a very large site they often make outrageous and unfounded claims like "The Galaxy's Largest BitTorrent Site."

I think it is hilarious if not true as well.

Did you see the documentary?

about a year and a half ago

Decade Old KDE Bug Fixed

terbeaux Who Cares? (129 comments)

There are bugs much older than this in the wild. Publishing this arcane factoid will just make the KDE devs feel inadequate when our bro Thiago Macieira could have earned a PhD in CS and submitted a patch herself. Can you mod an entire story -1 TROLL?

about 2 years ago



Seattle Lawmaker Wants to Tax Breathing

terbeaux terbeaux writes  |  about a year and a half ago

terbeaux (2579575) writes "The fact that Rep Ed Orcutt (R — WA) wants to tax bicycle use is not extraordinary. The representative's irrational conviction is. SeattleBikeBlog has confirmed reports that Orcutt does not feel bicycling is environmentally friendly because the activity causes cyclists to have “an increased heart rate and respiration.” When they contacted him he clarified that “You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car...” Cascade blog has posted the full exchange between Rep Ed Orcutt and a citizen concerned about the new tax.

All of this is in spite of Orcutt receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Maine."

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Documentary: The Pirate Bay AFK

terbeaux terbeaux writes  |  about a year and a half ago

terbeaux (2579575) writes "The documentary "TPB AFK" follows the creators of The Pirate Bay: Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm; through their technical and logistical trials of keeping TPB online as well as their court appearances in Sweden.

After its premiere at Berlin International Film Festival, TechCrunch is reporting that TPB AFK is now available under a Creative Commons license for purchase, download on TPB, or viewing on YouTube. The budget for the film was raised on kickstarter where they achieved twice the funding goal in the allotted month long funding campaign.

The film already has 40,000 YouTube views, 19,000 torrent seeders, and over 2,000 paid downloads. There are public screenings happening world wide."

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Vendor Selling GPLd php-syslog-ng for $7,499.00 per license

terbeaux terbeaux writes  |  more than 2 years ago

terbeaux writes "A former contributor to an open source project has formed an LLC and is now selling the GPLd software for as much as $7,499.00 per license. I confronted the developer on the user forums but my posting was deleted. Fortunately I made an archive of it:
The software existed from circa 2002 until circa 2010 under the GPL. It is difficult to track down all of the possible commiters because the old SourceForge repository has been deleted along with the commit history. I have managed to find two commiters that are not OK with him selling their GPL contributions. How can I find other contributors that worked on this project? Is there any case precedence for destruction of evidence?"

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