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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

war4peace Re:Social network not enforcing real names.... (258 comments)

My sister lives in Italy with her family. My uncle lives in Germany, my cousin lives in Japan, I have friends (not "facebook"-style friends, but good ones I met in real life) in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa to name a few countries.
Social networks allows us to keep in touch and communicate. Sure, you could do that by placing a phone call and sending letters and e-mails, but it would be more complicated (timezone differences and whatnot).

With that being said, I'm not the usual facebook dweller. I only access it when needed, my circle of friends is indeed composed of friends and relatives, not the random dude who added you and never interacted with you again. And yes, i shudder when i see people checking Facebook on their mobile phones every other minute. I for one don't have it installed, nor would I ever do such a thing.

I guess I'm trying to say it's okay to use social networks as long as you don't let the social networks use you.

2 days ago
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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

war4peace Re:Michael Jordan (145 comments)

Only I got to work with Sumana Shit (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Sumana%20Shit) and people called Supaporn, Wanaporn and Pornsak?

2 days ago
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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

war4peace Re:A star? (68 comments)

Somebody didn't RTFA.

3 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

war4peace Re:Ridiculous (472 comments)

I'm confused about one thing, though.
How can you reliably determine the age of a cartoon character? I mean, they're cartoons, you could say "this girl-like-looking drawing is actually an 1000-year old witch". Furthermore, I found difficult to reliably determine whether some manga characters were of lawful age, because most look like they're not, I assume this is intentional but can't be sure.

In the absence of a well-designed "lawful age" metric, one should either ban all manga or ban none.

5 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

war4peace Re: How many GPS systems are there? (86 comments)

Therefore, from the in-house GPS perspective, india is in top 5 countries. I'd say that's quite an achievement.

about a week ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

war4peace Re:Matlab is not an app (205 comments)

I used the word "app" long before it was corrupted by Angry Birds and the like.

about a week ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

war4peace Re:Good job, India! (86 comments)

What the fuck.
How many countries have their own, in-house built GPS solutions?

about a week ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

war4peace Re:I installed it (139 comments)

I installed it in a VM as well. The Start Menu was small, I mean really small, and although the mouse pointer showed I could resize it, it wouldn't resize at all. I restarted it and the Start Menu was bigger this time, but I still couldn't resize it. After several restarts I came to realize that if I tried to drag it to a new size, I had to restart for that change to apply, but then I couldn't resize it again unless I restarted the OS after that.

That was as far as I went. I still have it installed in a VM but I'm not firing it up again.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

war4peace Re:January... (124 comments)

They will introduce a second January smack in the middle of December just to prove you wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

war4peace Re:symbols, caps, numbers (549 comments)

One of my older passwords for important stuff was an Office 2000 key I learned by heart. 25 characters, letters mixed with numbers, not including dashes. If special characters were required, then I'd use dashes, otherwise not.
Save for VL keys, they were unique so the chances of someone guessing that were very, very slim.

And just for kicks I wrote a password manager which allowed you to use any key on the keyboard, including ctrl, shift, alt, caps lock, Win key, you name it. How about using ctrl, shift+num*, backspace, backspace, F1, Esc, Scroll Lock, Winkey as a password? :)
(the only problem was that if you fatfingered a key you would have to wait for the 10 second cool off and try again when prompted)
The application could also be configured to give you a "wrong password" result if you entered the right password, with a configurable delay during which you were expected to do nothing to go through. There was no visual feedback when pressing the keys, only sound.
But a regular user would be driven mad by such a login method, heh-heh.

There are many ways to make an environment secure password-wise. But Average Joe wants it quick and easy, so as long as people aren't educated, nothing would really be secure enough.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

war4peace Re:It's hard being an editor, sure. (429 comments)

If it's followed by a verb, then yes, you're right: "Bans people from using your stuff."
If it's followed by a noun, then it's correct: "Bans people your stuff". It doesn't sound right, and, as stated, there are better alternatives, but... oh fuck it, yeah, they should pay more attention next time! :)

about two weeks ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

war4peace Re:Proper link (213 comments)

110% because my manager says that's what we have to give for the company.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

war4peace Re:It's hard being an editor, sure. (429 comments)

It's kind of convoluted but still technically correct.
"bans BitTorrent users your local sub-net" = "prohibits them your local sub-net." = "forbids them your local sub-net." = "forbids your subnet to them".

I agree it could have been reworded but it's not a complete fuck-up.

about two weeks ago
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Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

war4peace Re:Art? (77 comments)

The GP question was whether they can do it, not whether they could do it by themselves. My response wasn't denying the importance of the discovery, merly was pointing out that a broad statement (can an animal draw?) can be easily proved wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

war4peace Re:Art? (77 comments)

Chimps can, elephants can, even dogs can. Draw, that is. Sometimes their drawings make sense because our brains force otherwise random lines into known shapes.
Or they actually do draw... better than me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about two weeks ago
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Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

war4peace Rock art (77 comments)

Fuck yeah, headbangers!

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

war4peace Re:Sounds like he hasn't gotten the message (993 comments)

Wow, he really did that, single-handedly? Did he personally alter every distro by threatening their developers at gunpoint or something like that?
Quick, someone hire this guy as the Angel of Justice.

about three weeks ago
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Smart Gun Inspires Smart Mouse Authentification System

war4peace Re:So... to break that security implementation... (60 comments)

It could connect through infrared or bluetooth or firewire or whatever connectivity you'd prefer. Nothing prevents a mouse from communicating through any imaginable protocol. Most mice use USB bus to work because it's convenient and ubiquitous, nothing more.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Sense of Smell Is a Strong Predictor of Death Within 5 Years

war4peace Re:OMG, lol (139 comments)

Anecdotical counter-evidence: my uncle lost his sense of smell back in '94, arguably because he was smoking too much. He quit smoking in '95 and is still alive and well, 19 years later. He's born in 1942, if anyone cares to know.

about three weeks ago

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