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Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

vagabond_gr Geek gadgets (770 comments)

Go here, keep adding random stuff until you reach $10k.

Much better than wasting money on TVs.

about 2 years ago

Mozilla OS Looking Grown Up On Its Own Developer Phone

vagabond_gr Re:Three cheers for Mozilla (114 comments)

From mozilla.org:

The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet.

more than 2 years ago

Venezuela Bans the Commercial Sale of Firearms and Ammunition

vagabond_gr Re:So.... (828 comments)

1) As the parent stated, gun violence will go up. Bad guys love unarmed targets.

I can't predict what will happen in Venezuela, but here is my personal experience, for what it's worth. I've lived in three European countries, all of which forbid the sale of firearms. Although crime does exist, for example breaking into apartments is common, not a single person of my very extended circles has ever faced an armed bad guy.

Believe me, small scale thieves here don't have guns. And even if you're a bad guy and you can find a gun, it's a really really stupid idea to take it with you when breaking into somebody's house, cause you don't need to protect yourself against other guns, and the last think you want is to commit murder in the heat of the moment. In "small" crimes, both the victim and the bad guy are better off without guns.

more than 2 years ago

Amiga Returns With Lackluster Linux-Powered Mini PC

vagabond_gr Re:2500$ for that thing ??? (343 comments)

So if you want a Laptop that is Light, and Fast. For PC's you have a bunch of options many without too many extras. For Apple you have only a couple of models if that to choose from.

I just happened to be looking for a thin laptop, so let's compare the 13" MacBook Air and the Dell xps 13 ultrabook (the basic model for both).

- MBA has a bit higher resolution (1440x900 vs 1366x768)
- MBA has SD card reader (but you can get a tiny usb reader for $10)
- XPS is smaller (less width/depth, same height/weight)
- XPS has USB 3.0 (MBA has Thunderbolt)
- XPS includes 1 year on site repairs

MBA: $1299
XPS: $999

So I'd say Apple charges 30% more for (at most) equal value (I personally find on site repairs a big plus).

PS. To be fair, the XPS just came out, MBA is 7-8 months old.

more than 2 years ago

George "geohot" Hotz Arrested In Texas For Posession of Marijuana

vagabond_gr Re:Solution (578 comments)


1. obey the law
2. use common sense
3. stop immediately
4. turn that shit off
5. be polite
6. shut the fuck up
7. get a white friend
8. don't ride with a mad woman

more than 2 years ago

Robert Boisjoly Dies At 73, the Engineer Who Tried To Stop the Challenger Launch

vagabond_gr Re:In perspective (380 comments)

Accident? Two nerds walking down the street, outside their mother's basement. That's criminal negligence.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Debates Strike Over SOPA

vagabond_gr Re:Wiki who? (175 comments)

Get the whole Internet to go offline for a day and you might wake people up. It has never ceased to amaze me how many never used Google nor care too.

But now that I think about it, I know many people who don't really use the Internet that much. My mom certainly wouldn't care much. So...

Get supermarkets to close for a day and you might wake people up!

But I know some other people who ...

more than 3 years ago

Printers Could Be the Next Attack Vector

vagabond_gr The printer is on fire... (175 comments)

we don't need no water let the motherfucker burn!

more than 3 years ago

Google To Allow Location Service Opt-out

vagabond_gr Re:Why do you care? (284 comments)

"Public information => no need for privacy" is a very typical logical fallacy. Privacy is not a black-or-white thing, categorizing things into private/public misses the point.

For example: when you move out of your home, your location is public information. Anyone who can see you knows that you're there. Similarly, your "image" is public information, anyone can take a picture of you. This does not violates your privacy, as long as it happens by random people in the street. If someone tracks your every movement, takes a picture every minute and publishes this information on the net, your privacy is clearly violated.

I don't care that much about the SID thing, but people have every right to feel that their privacy is violated by automatic collection of data, even if the data are "public". Privacy has a lot to do with who has access to the data, what it does with it and even how easy the access is.

more than 3 years ago

Rise of the Ping Pong Robots

vagabond_gr Exciting (50 comments)

Now you only need to fill the arena with a bunch of robot-fans programmed to act excited.

more than 3 years ago

EU Scientists Working On Laser To Rip a Hole In Spacetime

vagabond_gr Re:Fuhck yeah! (575 comments)

Shoving billions down a spacetime hole: priceless

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Tried To Buy Netscape: Suppose They Had?

vagabond_gr Re:Fallacy (246 comments)

This is why "what if" scenarios are inherently stupid and pointless

They are indeed... but what if they were not?

more than 3 years ago

For Academic Publishing, Princeton Goes Open Access By Default

vagabond_gr Re:Pay to read (101 comments)

and most importantly, paying not the author of the research, nor the institution that financed the author, but some random publisher who did virtually nothing.

The current publishing system really amazes me (and yes I'm an academic). This is wonderful news, I wish more institutions encouraged their researchers to go open access.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon's New Silk Redefines Browser Tech

vagabond_gr Re:Amazon Silk + SSL = MITM? (249 comments)

If this is only at the TCP level, essentially forwarding all encrypted traffic unaltered, then there is no issue.

But looking at the content is very serious. If the browser shows that it sends the data encrypted to example.com, but in fact it sends them in cleartext to proxy.amazon.com, it's a ridiculous security hole. I doubt they are doing this.

more than 3 years ago

Did Google Knowingly Violate Java Patents?

vagabond_gr Re:All Smart Phones Infiringe (148 comments)

I totally agree that it's completely impossible to create a product without infringing patents, especially software patents. The whole system is absurd.

Still, the issue here is whether Google knew about the _specific_ patents that Oracle is suing about. That's the point the judge is trying to make.

Hopefully the whole thing will be irrelevant if the patents are shown to be invalid (Google found lots of prior art).

more than 3 years ago

Drawing the Line Between Android and Linux

vagabond_gr GNU/Linux (258 comments)

So the GNU/Linux arguments start making a lot more sense now, aren't they? Cause if you just call it Linux, Android seems perfectly "Linux" to me.

more than 3 years ago

Text Messages To Replace Stamps In Sweden

vagabond_gr Philately (249 comments)

Could this be the end of stamp collections and philately?

Not really.

Btw I'm selling the following RARE swedish stamp:
67XX5768XX34XX4233 (digits hidden for security reasons).
Anyone interested?

more than 3 years ago

Hackers Bringing Telnet Back

vagabond_gr Re:People stopped using Telnet? (238 comments)

I'm using telnet for ssh too. Doing RSA in your head is a bit tricky at first, but once you get used to it it's really convenient.

PS. For a real challenge try to PPP authenticate over dial-up using your voice.

about 4 years ago


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