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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

tulcod Protests are a display of effort (76 comments)

One thing that definitely plays a role in this discussion is that in big street protests, a lot of people have to come out of their house and basically waste their day for this one cause. This in itself shows how strongly they feel about certain issues.

This is much more difficult in the case of internet protests: we all know how little facebook likes mean.

If you want to make web-based protests work, you will somehow have to incorporate an element of effort, which - since the only tissue we have online is that of information - is going to have to have some intellectual ingredient. Indeed, the many discussions we are having on this very website can be seen as minor protests.

about a week ago

93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

tulcod Re:What does it mean to divest? (214 comments)

Harvard has a sick amount of money, and they *can* afford to miss some of it. If they "lose" money by not investing in oil, they will still be able to fund many students' tuition fees (because Harvard is not /just/ a school for the rich, although arguably you need to be in higher income classes to be admitted in the first place).

If Harvard "loses" money or otherwise does not have the budget they projected, nothing changes.

about two weeks ago

MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

tulcod Re:No. Non-compete != Non-disclosure (97 comments)

OP here. Thanks for this answer, you are right - this was my confusion. Mod parent up.

about two weeks ago

MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

tulcod Uhm... since when are non-competes a bad thing? (97 comments)

Don't they stop employees from taking any kind of IP and running away with it, which would basically kill the industry?

about two weeks ago

MtGox's "Transaction Malleability" Claim Dismissed By Researchers

tulcod Re:Dear slashdot, (92 comments)

This would have been a useful comment if facts would have been about your opinion.

about two weeks ago

Yahoo Advertising Serves Up Malware For Thousands

tulcod Use click to play (184 comments)

Java zero days are easily avoided by using "click to play", which does exactly what it sounds like: disable flash and java applets until you click them. In Chromium, this is easily enabled in Settings -> Show advanced settings -> under "Privacy", Content Settings -> choose "Click to play" under Plug-ins.

Java (and Flash likewise) has never been safe, and it's a shame that click to play is not the default. Additionally, animated ads are often Flash or Java-based, so this also kills distracting movies.

about 3 months ago

NSA Able To Crack A5/1 Cellphone Crypto

tulcod Re:So what? (122 comments)

FYI, in usual radio communication, what flies through the air are not electrons but photons. These photons are generated by wiggling a few electrons back and forth at the transmitter, and this in turn wiggles a few electrons back and forth on the receiving end.

about 4 months ago

World Solar Challenge To Start In Less Than Two Weeks

tulcod Re:Nice, put unobtainable (26 comments)

There is the new cruiser class, where contestants are judged not on their speed but their practicality by a jury.

Setting clear price requirements is very difficult since man-hours can make up for costs of individual parts, and most of the teams consist of groups of students (10-30 each) working full-time for a year or more on just that one car. Either way, $10,000 is way below what you need for a serious solar car (you can easily spend that kind of money on the solar panels alone).

about 7 months ago

Ohio State Introduces Massive Open Online Calculus

tulcod Re:Sadly, calculus is not all that useful... (134 comments)

I have double feelings about having to quote maddox about this, but he put it quite succinctly:

First of all, if you're leading your life in such a way that you never have to do math, congratulations, you are a donkey.

Why is math the only discipline that has to put up with this bullshit? People gladly learn art, music, literature and geography. You'll even nod like a happy idiot when you learn what a haiku is, and you never complain or whine about how you'll never use this in your "life." When is the last time you wrote a haiku, asshole?

about 8 months ago

Book Review: Hacking Exposed Mobile Security Secrets & Solutions

tulcod Re:HTML encode & decode (10 comments)

On a related subject, it seems slashdot doesn't HTML encode the parent's subject when replying.

about 8 months ago

Book Review: Hacking Exposed Mobile Security Secrets & Solutions

tulcod HTML encode & decode (10 comments)

someone messed up & replaced decode by encode?

about 8 months ago

Using Kickstarter Data To Predict Ubuntu Edge's Success

tulcod tl;dr - their answer is NO (113 comments)

"This projection puts the Ubuntu Edge campaign on pace for a $18 million total."

about 9 months ago

News Worth Buying On Paper

tulcod The Guardian Weekly (106 comments)

The Guardian Weekly is, in my opinion, a great weekly paper with many in-depth articles, most of which from an objective point of view. And even if they are subjective, this is usually clear, and gives another interesting view on the matter. The news is "worldly" (ie. not about Justin Bieber's latest haircut) and the result of a careful selection of the most interesting pieces from various other newspapers.

More importantly, because it is a weekly paper (and on top of that a tabloid), the amount of fillers is seriously reduced, and all articles are newsworthy and readable.

about 9 months ago

Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

tulcod Re:Conclusion wrong (248 comments)

It /is/ very easy to calculate prime numbers. The apparently hard thing is to list them all, and to factorize non-prime numbers.

about a year ago

Utility Box Exposed As Spy Cabinet In the Netherlands

tulcod Re:police observation, not espionage (179 comments)

If you choose not to, well fine, there's no law against being a douche bag.

Except there is. In the Netherlands, you are obliged to report serious crime with authorities.

about a year ago

Coelacanth Genome Sequenced

tulcod News value? (82 comments)

I fail to see how this article is worthy of being on the front page. Sure, the fish itself was an interesting find in 1938, but we have been sequencing DNA for years now - what's so special about this paper?

1 year,1 day



Dutch party votes for internet filtering

tulcod tulcod writes  |  about 2 years ago

tulcod (1056476) writes "The Dutch government has accidentally passed a law on net neutrality, enabling ISPs to filter internet traffic based on "ideological motives". The PvdA (labor party) accidentally voted for this exception to the Telecomwet (telecommunications law), which, on its own, does not allow such filtering. PvdA intends to repair their mistake."
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AMD to receive first DisplayPort certification

tulcod tulcod writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tulcod (1056476) writes "AMD has received the first DisplayPort certification for their Radeon HD 3400, 3600 and 3800 products, as well as the new 780G motherboard chipset, which includes a Radeon HD 3200 IGP.
"AMD has been a driving force in the development of DisplayPort," said Bill Lempesis, Executive Director, VESA. "The ATI Radeon HD 3000 series of graphics cards are the first source devices to achieve DisplayPort certification.""

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Pidgin 2.2.0 Released

tulcod tulcod writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tulcod (1056476) writes "Pidgin 2.2.0 contains the results of several major Google Summer of Code branches bringing some new, extraordinary features. We have a new protocol, MySpaceIM, a bunch of new features for an existing protocol, XMPP, and nifty new certificate management to make sure your IM server is who it says it is."
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Is copyright a good thing?

tulcod tulcod writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tulcod (1056476) writes "Recently, someone at my school, a man who's about 60 years old, told me his opinion (in person) about copyrights. He clearly thinks copyrighting is a bad thing. I doubt he's part of the scene (and it seems implausible he has ever downloaded, for example, music), but there are probably a lot of people agreeing with him. I don't really know what to think of it. Obviously, pretty much all of us have ever "stolen" media. But I think it's implausible any of us did that with objective goals. So is the old man at school correct? Is copyright a bad thing for everyone?"


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