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EU May Allow Members Home Rule On GMO Foods

think_nix Comments (272 comments)

Just to clarify, this is not anti GMO or science as many comments have speculated. Currently GMO are non regulated. This means there is no consumer security. Second question why does a US GMO Seed Firm have the rights to take individual EU nations to court if they ban their business model ? This is not science, this is regulation being pushed upon the population who has no choice. Certain individual countries are trying to stop this monopoly.

about 4 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

think_nix joke is on the consumer (207 comments)

While 4k is technologically cool the joke again is on the consumer. As in Blu Ray "Mastered in 4k" which isn't realy 4k but "Re-mastered" and downscaled to 2k. IIRÄ they are having difficulties getting true 4k onto disc still? Then apart from the few US streaming services (available in US only TM). Sounds like another hype from the content providers to make even more money, unfortunately.

about 5 months ago
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Why Intel Should Buy Nokia

think_nix Re:No. (200 comments)

Dell just bought Quest for $2.4 billion. Don't think they will be making any other major acquisitions so soon. Then again looking at nokia's stock price I wouldn't call it major.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US

think_nix Rest of the world (886 comments)

Well America. Maybe if you pay your "IT experts" decent wages and offer them decent benefits like the rest of the world does people would be willing to work there.

Recently I had an offer at a very well known vendor in the US. With 12 years working experience plus a few important industry certifications under my belt I felt I would get a decent offer. They (HR at this company, I felt like I was talking to a wall) wanted to offer me coming from Europe, 55k USD/salary yearly, 10 days vacation a year, some crappy health insurance plan, no relocation, no yearly bonus, no overtime pay.

I told them what I make here in Europe plus benefits and the HR lady almost fell out of her chair. "Saying we cant do that." Career wise would have been an excellent opportunity. Although, the pay and benefits would have been a step back into the dark ages. I told them thanks for the offer but no thanks.

more than 2 years ago
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Swedish Supreme Court Refuses Appeal In Pirate Bay Case

think_nix Re:I can't see the blog. It's blacklisted! (175 comments)

I've never been affected first-hand by government censorship of websites, but when I clicked on the piratebay.se link to read his blog entry, I just got:

For those who are behind censored networks, here is original blos post from this taken from http://thepiratebay.se/blog/204

Year of the storm

2012 is the year of the storm.

The Pirate Bay will reach an age of 9 years. Experiencing raids, espionage and death threats, we're still here. We've been through hell and back and it has made us tougher than ever.

The people running the site has changed during the years. No sane human being would put up with this kind of pressure for 8 years in a row. An insane hobby that takes time from our families, our work (sorry boss) and our studies.

What binds us all together is a strong belief that what we do is good. That it is something we one day can tell our grandchildren about with pride. People from all over the world confirm this. We read testimonials from people in Syria longing for freedom, thanking us for what we provide. We receive more than 100 visits daily from North Korea and we sure know that they need it. If there's something that will bring peace to this world it is the understanding and appreciation of your fellow man. What better way to do that than with this vast library of culture?

With this said, we hear news from our old admins that they have received a verdict in Sweden. Our 3 friends and blood brothers have been sentenced to prison. This might sound worse than it is. Since no one of them no longer lives in Sweden, they won't go to jail. They are as free today as they were yesterday.

But what enrages us to our inner core is that the system, the empire, the governments, are still allowed to try to boss you and us around with one law crazier than the other. Do you think they will stop with SOPA/ACTA/PIPA? They will not. Because you won't stop sharing those files. Because we will not stay down. Because no one can turn back time. Together, we are the iron that hardens with each strike.

In this year of the storm, the winners will build windmills and the losers will raise shelters. So flex your muscles, fellow pirates, and give power to us all! Build more sites! More nets! More protocols! Scream louder than ever and take it to the next level!

Posted Today 09:11 by The Pirate Bay

Best regards,

The 'free' internet

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint Will Adopt Gnome 3

think_nix Re:GNOME Survey (315 comments)

I really hope the input from the phoronix survey gets forwarded to the GNOME devs. Especially the comment field. I am also excited to see the results as a whole. How many are really still holding onto their 2.x installs like myself? Using GNOME for about 10 years now and am looking for a decent replacement for 2.32 (or until gentoo gets rid of 2.x)

I don't want to put all the GNOME devs in one basket but after what they pulled with the 3 release , I refuse to use it. It just appears they they keep getting more and more out of touch. After reading things like thisand for laughs this one too.

about 3 years ago
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Swedish Court Finalizes Jail Sentence For Pirate Bay Co-Founder

think_nix Its $4.48m (160 comments)

The summary is wrong. TFA:"This means that the Pirate Bay co-founder is sentenced to a year in jail and his share of 30 million kronor ($4.48m) in damages."

about 3 years ago
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German State Confesses To, Downplays Government Spyware

think_nix Digitask (104 comments)

Vaguely referenced in the original heise.de article the company responsible for programming the trojan is "digitask". They charged neighboring Bavarian state Baden-Württemberg 1,2 million Euros for some components of the software in 2007. From the Spiegel article below also looks like digitask was being commissioned to implement a complete digital "Big Brother" system from certain states. So looks like more German states than just Bavaria are implicated in this.

source german: http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/0,1518,791112,00.html

Also another English article from spiegel :http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,790944,00.html

about 3 years ago
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Thunderbird Unseats Evolution In Ubuntu 11.10

think_nix Re:Exchange connectivity? (283 comments)

How does Thunderbird 5 handle full Exchange connectivity (including Calendaring, Contacts, Tasks, etc)? That is my main reason for sticking with Evolution.

http://davmail.sourceforge.net/

Works rather well except for some calendar glitches .

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Taking On Apple?

think_nix Secure ? (127 comments)

in the heart of the assertion that iOS is the most secure operating system in existence today.

In compared to what ? .. Windows ? Just about anything is "more secure than Windows". On top of that "in the heart of assertion my gentoo box is more secure than either one of those" -Just sayin.

Anyways only good news of this is, is enough companies start backing html5 hopefully make that bug ridden flash go away which in turn, would be a benefit for everyone.

more than 3 years ago
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European Pirates Arrested in Massive Police Operation

think_nix Re:Summary incomplete (278 comments)

Copying and pasting the first paragraphn is 1) misleading 2) an extremely poor way to do a SUMMARY. This is what is missing "GVU states that Kino.to was working closely with the sites that hosted the copyrighted films, and that they profited from commercial partnerships with these companies."

So it was not a SIMPLE linking as the first paragraph make seem to believe.

Good point. Also stated in these articles here: (sorry could not find anything in english) http://heise.de/-1257486/ and http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/0,1518,767375,00.html/

Basically what was stated is that not only was kino.to taken down but also the filehosting and portal sites behind it. The people running these sites (kino.to and others) are not explicitly being charged for linking copyrighted material(ASFAIK this is still somewhat of a grayzone in Germany) But rather for building an organized criminal organization. If prosecuted in a German criminal court this could lead to a 5 year jail sentence.

more than 3 years ago
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Miguel De Icaza Forms New Mono Company: Xamarin

think_nix Kool-Aid (286 comments)

Miguel are you still drinking it ?

more than 3 years ago
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The Science of Stout Beer

think_nix "The Industry ?" (205 comments)

Hell Ill test Guinness for free :D

more than 3 years ago
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GNU Free Call Announced, SIP-based VoIP

think_nix Re:Drop the GNU. (145 comments)

It'll probably be a command line tool or library that nobody will use in its pure form; instead, they'll use a GUI frontend with a completely different name. I expect it'll eventually be built into Pidgin and other chat programs.

Of course, I didn't read the article so it's all a mystery! I love surprises.

And finally one IM/SIP/irc/etc Client for all your needs .

more than 3 years ago
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GNU Free Call Announced, SIP-based VoIP

think_nix Re:Unfortuantly... (145 comments)

It will allow the government to track you.

_newsflash_

And other "services" do not ? Look at skype for example you have to connect to other nodes to open a call it is not a direct connection. Who is to say that some rogue node is in between ? SIP can be 2 way and not multi node.

With GNU Free Call everything is open sourced. It would be a whole hell of a lot easier to find out and eventually block bad nodes, MitM, etc. Also not to mention some people who like to use OSS and operating systems will finally have a decent service/client to use on multiple platforms with other people if this takes off. Unlike the oh so "free" _less than better_ stuff we have now.

more than 3 years ago
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New Red Dwarf Series Threatened By the Twitter Era

think_nix New Media New Model (228 comments)

'The fear among the producers now is that it's impossible to imagine an audience of around 400 people at the recording of a TV show like Red Dwarf, where nobody does a bit of a hint on Twitter, or sneaks a picture on Facebook or posts a bit of badly shot video on YouTube.'

Wow just wow . How about adapting and embracing new technology instead of moving a step backwards ? This confirms still, how old fashioned some in the entertainment industry think. E.g. why not offer a 'live' showing per stream in HD ? If it is a good show and not some _crap_ then why are they so afraid of twitter, youtube, etc etc. Actually if enough people talk positive about it isn't that a bonus for the show? There are many possibilities how to adapt to new models but instead of thinking about the positives of using new models, these types concentrate on the new negatives.

So now live viewers will most likely have tight security before entering the viewing. Leave all electronic devices with security pick up after show etc (same old story). Because some decision makers can't think outside the box.

more than 3 years ago
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The Challenge In Delivering Open Source GPU Drivers

think_nix Only Sandy Bridge?? Arrandale also a mess.. (182 comments)

wow! intel is really keeping up with whats What hot and new , intel open source Now sounds like intel really wants to please OSS users like on Arrandale when they pull these kinds of stunts, TFA:

Intel decided not to send out any Sandy Bridge CPU samples to us, so we are unable to deliver test results, but all I got were frustrated journalists asking me how to get the Sandy Bridge graphics working under Linux.

Arrandale is also a complete mess on some platforms like fedora for e.g.Currently now running gentoo with xorg 1.9. and kernel 2.6.37.7 and feeling lucky that most things are now working on an Arrandale platform.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

think_nix Song of Ice and Fire (641 comments)

Does this also include the fantasy series by George R.R. Martin ? Hell what about Shakespeare and other Literature works ? If amazon wants to ban books this way shouldn't they also take this books out of their traditional webshop sortiment as well ? I don't understand why they would do this on the electronic side then sell the traditional book on other , makes no sense.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Seeking "Search Without Search"

think_nix geo --crap (198 comments)

As someone who travels from location to location in between different countries, I am sick of this whole "geo" nonsense, and location based services. For example, remember the good old days when you could go to _somewhere.com_ and get that specific service or site in the language you prefer? Nowadays you get whatever X based on your location or better yet on some computer systems based it is based on the locality of the box. More times than most it is hard to get the information you want and can _understand_ especially when you cannot even understand where _what it is you were looking for_ is.
Also TFA:

"The idea is to push information to people."

Also why do all these business and services feel the need to "push" their information or services upon people ? The more they do this the more people start feeling drowned . From reading the article this geo google VP sounds a little out of touch. Would rather "push" everything on everyone the way google sees best.

more than 3 years ago

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EU Ministers backing GMO Food. Allowing Nation States Approve or Deny.

think_nix think_nix writes  |  about 4 months ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "As reported from EU Parliament with a controversial follow up at rt . The EU Parliament is paving way for EU Nation States to decide on banning or allowing GMO grown foods within their respective territories. A further article at der Spiegel (German) (google translate) quotes the German Health Minister if countries cannot specifically scientifically argument the ban, this would allow GMO companies to initiate legal actions against the banning ruling states. Furthermore it was noted, given EU Parliaments current stance on not reintroducing border and customs controls between member states, this will make checks and controls of GMO foods between member states even more difficult. Also noting that the recently passed EU consumer food label law has no mention of GMO foods."
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Is the game publishing model broken ?

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 2 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "The first debate at the Dice Summit asked this very question. Analyst Michael Pachter said, 'publishing model today is a broken system that exploits the creative talents of game developers'. Also Ars Technica quotes him again saying, 'The big publishers have mimicked the worst of Hollywood's focus on retreads and sequels'. So is the 'golden age' of gaming finally over for publishers ?"
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DC Comics copyright suit over replicated Batmobile

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 2 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "Wired reports of U.S. District Judge Ronald S. W. Lew siding with DC Comics in the federal copyright court case against Gotham Garage owner Mark Towle. DC claims Towle of selling "unlicensed replica vehicle modification kits based on vehicle design copyrights from plaintiff’s Batman property, including various iterations of the fictional automobile, the Batmobile." Lew noted that, "DC Comics pleads sufficient facts to support its allogations. Although , generally copyright law does not apply to “useful articles” such as autos.""
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Stallman, "Android not free software"

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 3 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "In an article for the Guardian Richard Stallman arguments the fact that Google's Android is not free software. Stallman arguments, "Combining Linux with code under the Apache 2.0 license would be copyright infringement". He also arguments binary blobs with no source code released, to proprietary firmware drivers and google not releasing the code of the last few versions essentially making Android "non free"."
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RIAA Threatens ICANN with lawsuit

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 2 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "A letter from Victoria Sheckler, Deputy General Counsel the RIAA to ICANN threatens to sue ICANN over the future implementation of the .music gTLD if certain "measures" are not met by ICANN in compliance with the RIAA. The letter states and points out such concerns as 'Community Objections', 'Lack of Transparency' , and 'Malicious Conduct' the reasons of concern from the RIAA.

As noted above, we are concerned that a music themed gTLD will be used to enable wide scale copyright and trademark infringment

"

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Warrant served to Perfect Privacy admin

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 4 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "On Friday a warrant was served to one of the perfect privacy admins in Erfurt, Germany. The warrant was served on the "suspicion" that unknown suspects had routed illegal communications over the privacy servers in Erfurt. According to the source, 5 encrypted computers were taken from the admin although routers and servers belonging to perfect privacy were left intact. Perfect Privacy has estimated damages to be around 6,000k — 6,5000 Euros , and has since contacted an attorney to try and gain access to police records."
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Fedora 13 Released

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 4 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "Fedora 13 has been officially released. Following with the official release announcement email. Fedora 13 includes GNOME 2.30, KDE 4.4, experimental 3D support for NVIDIA video cards, NFS version 4, and a Python 3 stack installed parallel to an existing Python stack, to name just a few. The full Feature List can be viewed here. You can get fedora here."
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Pirate Bay shuts down tracker

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 4 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "The Pirate Bay has shut down their bit torrent tracker. Instead TPB is now using DHT [torrentfreak] (Distributed Hash Table) to distribute the torrents. TPB Blog [thepiratebay] states that DHT along with PEX (Peer Exchange) Technology is just as effective if not better for finding peers than a centralized service. The local (thelocal se) reports that shutting down the tracker and implementing DHT & PEX could be due to the latest court rulings in Sweden against 2 of tpb owners, and may decide the outcome of the case."
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Virtualization Woes

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 5 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "With server and application virtualization and the current technologies associated with it becoming more of an issue in Server Infrastructure, I would like to ask what current linux enterprise implementations are others using? For starters we have RHEL & KVM , RHEL & XEN , Citrix & XEN , SLES & XEN , and Vmware ESX & Co. Each vendor's reps I listed here says their product is the best at what it does, question is how is it in the real world ? Who's kool-aid are you drinking ?"
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UK ISP disconnects customers for file sharing

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 5 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "Without any kind of warning, Karoo the only ISP in the area of Hull disconnects subscribers if they fileshare or are even suspected of filesharing. Copyright owners are also working with Karoo helping them identify and report suspected filesharers using their services . In order to get back service the first time subscribers then have to sign a waiver stating they will not do it again to have service restored. The original bbc Article here states that some subscribers have even had their access cut off for more than two years."
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No retrial in tpb Case

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 5 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "According to this article thelocal.se The Swedish Court of Appeals found the judge not to be biased and therefore their will be no retrial in tpb Case. Also tpb has been requested to appear in Court in the Netherlands heise.de (in german). For some reason the mail couldn't be delivered to tpb in Sweden so the Brein Foundation anti-piracy.nl (english) has requested tpb appearance through twitter twitter.com and facebook."
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FBI 2010 Budget Request: Surveillance & Biomet

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 5 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "ABC Article here writes:
"The budget request shows that the FBI is currently developing a new "Advanced Electronic Surveillance" program which is being funded at $233.9 million for 2010. The program has 133 employees, 15 of whom are agents."

"According to FBI officials, the program is designed to help the agency deal with changing technology and ways to intercept phone calls such as those used by VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phones or technology such as Skype. The program is also conducting research on ways to conduct automated analysis to look for links between subjects of surveillance and other investigative suspects. "

"Another high-tech program includes the development of the Biometric Technology Center, a joint Justice, FBI and DoD program. Building the center will cost $97.6 million and will serve as a research and development center for biometric technology"

"Eventually, the Biometric project will be a vast database of personal data including fingerprints, iris scans and DNA which the FBI calls the Next Generation Identification (NGI).""

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Sweden Promotes Space Tourism by 2012

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 5 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "The local.se is reporting for around 200,000 $USD tickets for eager space tourists looking for that outer space adventure will be purchasable from the Swedens Ice Hotel in Kiruna. The flights are planned to be run by Virgin Galactic, also allowing flights to be taken from New Mexico U.S.A. The Article further states that already around 300 Tickets have been purchased."
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Finnish Police Implement Online Red Button System

think_nix think_nix writes  |  more than 5 years ago

think_nix (1467471) writes "The Finnish Ministry of the Interior are working with Providers to implement a "Red Button" System for reporting offensive or dangerous online material to so called "online operators" or directly to the police. The Article[Helsingin Sanomat (in english)] does not go into the details of how this system will exactly work. Some kind of special Software or through a special browser plugin maybe? Finnish providers are also currently using other filtering technics as mentioned here [slashdot] and here [wikipedia]"
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