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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

tick-tock-atona The Guardian Weekly (285 comments)

You know, the organisation that worked with Snowden to reveal government overreach to the world? The one whose journalists just won a Pulitzer?

The weekly edition is delivered worldwide. The condensed format is great for catching up on what's happening beyond the boundaries of Murdouche's empire..

This kinda sounds like an advertisement, but it's really not. It's just that print news media here in Australia ranges from mediocre to outright political propaganda. The Guardian is my lifeline on sanity in this environment.

about 5 months ago
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NVIDIA Open-Sources Tegra K1 Graphics Support

tick-tock-atona Re:Nvidia has NOTHING to lose at this stage (66 comments)

Don't get too excited. It's not like nvidia are actually opening up here:

The scope of this work is strictly limited to Tegra (although given the similarities desktop GPU support will certainly benefit from it indirectly), and we do not have any plan to work on user-space support. So do not uninstall that proprietary driver just yet. ;)

This is only about leveraging the hard work already done by nouveau hackers, in order to bring their embedded SOC product to market more quickly. There was no documentation dropped, and they're specifically refuting the idea desktop linux support.

about 8 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

tick-tock-atona Re:Hmmm ... (513 comments)

HP Business PCs come with FreeDOS as an OS option (i.e. Windows-tax free).

Yes, their Consumer lines are garbage.

about 8 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

tick-tock-atona Touch-screen desktop PCs are a fad (513 comments)

Windows 8 is designed around a touch-screen interface; one that is a struggle to operate via a keyboard and mouse.

For entertainment, a touch-screen interface is fine. But, believe it or not, people *still* do *real work* on desktop PCs. And for that use case, Windows 8 is a massive productivity downgrade.

about 8 months ago
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Levitating and Manipulating Objects With Sound

tick-tock-atona Re:Doctor Who? (59 comments)

I can't believe this comment is so far down the list!

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is GNU/Linux Malware a Real Threat?

tick-tock-atona Re:someone's spying on you (252 comments)

I'm sure a flash exploit (of which dozens are disclosed every year) is not going to obey some checkbox you've clicked in the settings.

about a year ago
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Even the Ad Industry Doesn't Know Who's Tracking You

tick-tock-atona Requestpolicy (98 comments)

This firefox addon blocks anything from 3rd party domains on any site you visit, but with a configurable whitelist for any sites you actually care about.

https://www.requestpolicy.com/

about a year ago
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Researchers Hack Over a Dozen Home Routers

tick-tock-atona Why not? (109 comments)

I've got one of these running debian wheezy. It acts as firewall/router/wifi-hotspot/OpenVPN gateway, and even allows me to have a *real* DMZ, unlike most home routers.

about a year and a half ago
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Ruby 2.0.0 Released

tick-tock-atona Re:Yay! (121 comments)

on debian, there are better alternatives to rvm:

apt-get install ruby-build
rbenv install 2.0.0-dev

In addition, with rbenv, no-one is encouraged to use gemsets instead of bundler.

about a year and a half ago
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Pirate Party Becomes a Registered Political Party In Australia

tick-tock-atona Re:rms on pirate party (122 comments)

I'm a big fan of RMS, but that article is possibly the stupidest thing he's ever written.

Forcing people to put their code in escrow for enforced release when copyright expires is police-state coercion. The idea that such a law could possibly be enforceable is ludicrous.

about a year and a half ago
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Flame Malware Authors Hit Self-Destruct

tick-tock-atona Flame just gets more and more interesting (260 comments)

Not only does Flame use a previously unknown MD5 chosen prefix attack, but now they are removing all traces of the software from machines under their control.

Now, since security researchers already have copies of the software this isn't going stop anyone further deconstructing and analysing it. The only possible reason for doing this is to avoid discovery of infection somewhere particularly sensitive. I wonder who the lucky person or nation-state is?

more than 2 years ago
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Anti-Education Attack Poisons 150 Afghan Schoolgirls

tick-tock-atona Re:Why is this moderated down? (707 comments)

If Afghanistan had invaded and occupied the US, you bet there'd be roadside bombings, suicide missions, and insurgent attacks against the invaders!

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Try To Identify the Intelligence Gene

tick-tock-atona Re:how can this be (254 comments)

Look at the science. A large number of studies have shown heritability of IQ to be between 0.7 and 0.8 in adults.

You missed the most important part of that sentence: in the United States.

See this note on the same page:

A common error is to assume that a heritability figure is necessarily unchangeable. The value of heritability can change if the impact of environment (or of genes) in the population is substantially altered. If the environmental variation encountered by different individuals increases, then the heritability figure would decrease. On the other hand, if everyone had the same environment, then heritability would be 100%. The population in developing nations often has more diverse environments than in developed nations. This would mean that heritability figures would be lower in developing nations. Another example is phenylketonuria which previously caused mental retardation for everyone who had this genetic disorder and thus had a heritability of 100%. Today, this can be prevented by following a modified diet, resulting in a lowered heritability.

The US has a relatively level playing field which emphasises genetic effects on intelligence. In general (i.e. worldwide) it has not been shown that genetics have a stronger influence on intelligence than environment.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Try To Identify the Intelligence Gene

tick-tock-atona Re:how can this be (254 comments)

Of course intelligence has a biological basis, it's just never been shown that genetics has a stronger effect than environment. Also, there is no identified correlation with this gene and skin colour.

more than 2 years ago
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The Supreme Court To Rule On Monsanto Seed Patents

tick-tock-atona Re:Tough Call (372 comments)

If you funded the invention of a new crop version and wanted to recoup your hundreds of millions of development costs, you would not want the court to eliminate patent rights for 2nd generation crops.

This attitude is a problem. Why should anyone be forced to prop up a poorly thought out business model? Farmers have been manipulating genes for thousands of years.. is there a patent on corn or bananas or any number of domesticated crops? No, because the reward to the farmers was a more productive crop.

Maybe monsanto needs to change the way they do business rather than try to force everyone else to do so.

more than 2 years ago

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Israel demanding access to tourist email

tick-tock-atona tick-tock-atona writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tick-tock-atona (1145909) writes "Israel's airport security has long been known for being among the most stringent in the world. However, in a disturbing new development passengers suspected of being involved in political activism are being asked to login to their webmail accounts so that security agents can rifle through personal correspondence. One US tourist with a history of involvement in the BDS movement was held overnight before being flown back home, after she refused to login to her gmail account at the border.
Is this just the action of paranoid state? Or a taste of what's to come in other parts of the world?"

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The Real "Death Panel"

tick-tock-atona tick-tock-atona writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tick-tock-atona (1145909) writes "Reuters is reporting on the bureaucratic process which saw Anwar al-Awlaki killed by a drone late last month. "American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials."

The lack of outcry about this "death panel" is particularly worrisome given the denunciations of a similar (false) concept under Obama's healthcare reforms."

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Leaked emails reveal plans to attack Wikileaks

tick-tock-atona tick-tock-atona writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tick-tock-atona (1145909) writes "The trove HB Gary emails leaked online Anonymously has some startling revelations. Among them is an amazing slide (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/02/get-greenwald/) joining the dots between Wikileaks and its supporters; in this instance, Salon.com blogger, Glenn Greenwald. The email stated that
"without the support of people like Glenn, WikiLeaks would fold"; and darkly suggested that "these are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause.""

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Conservatives: biggest consumers of porn

tick-tock-atona tick-tock-atona writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tick-tock-atona (1145909) writes "A new nationwide US study, using anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider, finds little variation in consumption between states. "When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different," says Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School. However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds. "Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by," Edelman says."
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Firefox Ported to Qt

tick-tock-atona tick-tock-atona writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tick-tock-atona (1145909) writes "KDE.News has announced that an experimental build of Firefox 3 is now available. An interview with Nokia developer Oleg Romaxa reveals the driving force behind the effort: "Because we were going to make Maemo use Qt in the future and we were making a browser based on Mozilla for the N810, so now we are making this new browser version based on Qt. (...) We asked for help from Mozilla and they sent a team to Finland for a week." Apparently the Qt branch will be merged into the Mozilla branch and receive Mozilla's support."
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