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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

thetagger Re:maybe (512 comments)

"Compatriot" means "someone of the same country". Which can't ever be the case if it's someone from a different country.

about three weeks ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

thetagger Re:A popular laptop OS? (133 comments)

Isn't DOS a horrible operating system to run these days? It doesn't support any energy management, so your computer will run really, really hot. It's better to boot Linux and run dosbox.

about 1 month ago
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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

thetagger Audit & quality (290 comments)

The OpenBSD project spends a lot of time on audits, but I know little about this process. How does it work? Do you just read the code and look for bugs based on experience? Do you use tools? Is there a audit-specific skill set that separates auditors from regular programmers? Are there specific books about audits that you would recommend? What is the best piece of code you have ever seen (or written?). Also, non-system programmers talk a lot about TDD and unit testing, but system programmers in general do not do that. Do you have an opinion about those techniques?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Reviewing 3rd Party Libraries?

thetagger No source? (88 comments)

Sorry for the radical answer, but if you don't have the source code you should assume it's unsafe and backdoored.

about 5 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

thetagger People like apps (480 comments)

There is an entire generation of people out there for whom mobile apps, mostly on iOS and Android, are the way in which they do their computing. The more successful apps are usually very well-designed with incredible user interfaces, an area where free software has not achieved much success, and sold at very low prices and, in many cases, also monetized through stolen personal data.

It appears to me that the GNU project is mostly ignoring this important area - I am aware of Replicant and F-Droid but these are well behind their proprietary counterparts at the moment. What should we do? Ignore mobile and hope it goes away, try to get onboard with Replicant and F-Droid, try to bring in a new generation of free software developers that is native to the mobile environment, or avoid the mobile "ecosystem" completely and try to work on the hardware side and try to make free hardware that is not inherently trackable/centralized and then run free software on top of that instead?

about 6 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

thetagger Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

Where your argument falls apart is here: if he had taken a flight and gone to Sweden and found guilty he would probably be out of jail already. Instead he is still effectively "in jail" in an embassy, with no end in sight to that situation, and he is still not free from the possibility of being arrested in the future.

The fact that the British government has deployed rather high tech surveillance equipment against him kind of shows that there is something more going on than just an attempt to grab some random dude who did something wrong.

about 6 months ago
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Pwn2own 2014 Set To Hunt Unicorns

thetagger "In minutes" (66 comments)

Sure, they hack browsers "in minutes" after months of studying and audits.

about 7 months ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

thetagger Obama (343 comments)

Just about every human being that does not drone-strike weddings was a better choice than Obama.

Congratulations to the Nobel Prize comittee for making such a particularly bad choice out of a universe of about 7 billion.

about 7 months ago
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Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

thetagger Latency (277 comments)

Well, to begin with, for Netflix latency doesn't matter. It's streaming. As long as there is sufficient bandwidth and not too much packet loss it's going to work.

The poster's experience with the Internet is probably as bad or better than what people have to live in most of the world that isn't the US or Europe.

about 8 months ago
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Google Opens Asian Data Centers But Shuns China and India

thetagger Chinese Hack? (75 comments)

I assume Google is going to move its datacenters out of the US then, to protest the ongoing US government hacking that is going on?

about 8 months ago
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Australia Spied On Indonesian President

thetagger Not everybody spies (213 comments)

Rich countries spy, the poor get spied on. It's just colonialism.

about 9 months ago
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GCHQ Created Spoofed LinkedIn and Slashdot Sites To Serve Malware

thetagger Re: SSL (335 comments)

Linkedin does not use SSL consistently and it's vulnerable to downgrade attacks. People are discussing this in several fora and Twitter at the moment.

about 9 months ago
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Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

thetagger UK (510 comments)

I was going to argue that the UK is a Banana Republic but it just occurred to me that they are a Banana Monarchy.

about 9 months ago
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HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

thetagger Makes sense (566 comments)

HTTP is the world's most popular protocol and it's bloated and slow to parse.

about a year ago
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Fears of Olympic Cyber Attack Detailed After Snooping Revealed

thetagger Oh no they could turn the lights off (109 comments)

I am pretty sure that the fear of "terrorists" turning off the lights at a stadium is a good reason to throw away my personal freedoms!

about a year ago
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India To Send World's Last Telegram

thetagger Still available in Brazil (205 comments)

Telegrams are still available in Brazil. You can only send them through the Internet though - phone was discontinued a few years ago, telegraphs were discontinued a few decades ago.

Their only remaining use is as a legal document. With telegrams you can certify that you notified someone of X on date Y, or at least that you tried to. If you receive a telegram you are probably being sued by someone and the telegram is the "last resort" communication that is often required by law or at least recommended to show you made a good faith effort to settle things before going to court.

Prior to email it was common to use telegrams to congratulate distant relatives on their birthday, since you could schedule delivery to the exact day.

about a year ago
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Xbox One: Cloud Will Quadruple the Power, Says Microsoft

thetagger You don't get it (400 comments)

I think you are being completely naive if you think games will actually, really, be improved by this, or that this will be used at all. Internet bandwidth sucks, and the only thing that could conceivably be aided by remote processing (IA) isn't really relevant hard enough to demand this kind of remote processing. It's not like the enemies in Call of Duty are super-smart, they are just scripted and shoot the player at a 70% chance to hit in a loop when idle.

There are two aspects to what Microsoft has been announcing:

1) They want people to accept that somehow always-on gaming is necessary, which we know isn't
2) They can discourage people to make direct hardware comparisons between the Xbox One, the PS4 and PCs.

And pretty much nothing else.

about a year ago
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Should TV Networks Put Pilots Online For Judgement Like Amazon Is Doing?

thetagger Joss Whedon (128 comments)

and whatever Joss Whedon wants to do

And that is bad how?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Did You Become a Linux Professional?

thetagger Started in the 90's (298 comments)

I started using Linux in 1994 on my computer as a teenager. I got my first job doing tech support for a now-defunct dot-com commercial Linux distribution. As I was totally incompetent at talking to clients and stuff, they moved me to R&D. The bar was really low back then - my interview consisted pretty much of "Can you install Linux? Cool, can you start tomorrow?". The salary was low but who cares. I had what I would later find out to be the experience of a lifetime as I went to work with some amazing, amazing people who mostly got hired by Red Hat and Canonical when the company folded.

I made the mistake of opening a small business instead with a bad partner where I worked mostly for major ISPs. It destroyed my life and my health.

I needed a break from that, so I found a promising start-up, sent my resume and they hired me on the basis of both my Linux experience and my experience running high-volume systems. I think I have a pretty good spider sense for detecting scalability issues and I love debugging complex problems.

You really, really shouldn't describe yourself as a "Linux professional". Back when I started, that title existed but now, Linux knowledge is too widespread to be meaningful. Try working at places that use the cloud extensively and you will always be close to a bunch of (virtual) Linux boxes that will need your skills.

(And what's funny is, my degree was in Literature, and I keep thinking about a master's in Philosophy. I'm a humanities person.)

about 2 years ago
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After a Decade, Mac Sales Again Top 10%

thetagger Re:iOS development (410 comments)

I don't think 10% of the country is working on iOS app development.

more than 3 years ago

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