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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

Gabor Laszlo

Big whoop

My trusty old SGH-E770 was getting old, so I went looking for a replacement. Such a good design should surely have a modern variant? Well, no. In Samsung's current lineup there's nothing that can do all the same things the E770 could.

Oh, wait, there's the Rugby line, rugged and close enough in spec. Yay! Okay, let's order an unlocked one from eGulf!

Umm, ok, it has an AT&T logo on it. Whatever. The software is also full of AT&T only services. Who needs them anyway. Wait, I can only use certain hardware features if it's logged into AT&Ts servers? FLASH THAT ****. My choices? Two Canadian provider branded flashes with most of the same problems.

So my point is: the problem isn't just the locking, it's the whole software.

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

Gabor Laszlo
Trollface

"Did you try turning it off and on again?"

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Dr Hurricane unleashes FUSION POWER at Livermore nuke lab

Gabor Laszlo

Re: "it is being developed by the US Navy. That should tell you something."

Sorry, I mistyped: it's being FUNDED by the Navy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polywell#Navy_contract_for_12_million

Compared to what has already been spent on Tokamaks and other Magnetic Confinement designs, this is peanuts.

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Gabor Laszlo

Re: Turbulence will be the least of Fusion problems

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aneutronic_fusion

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Gabor Laszlo

"There are currently two main approaches..."

If you had bothered to look at Wiki, or had any familarity with the field, you would know about three more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusion_power#Possible_Approaches

Tokamaks are widely regarded as a dead end for power generation purposes, although they are wonderful science experiments that can secure funding for a physics department for decades.

My money is on the Polywell: it is being developed by the US Navy. That should tell you something.

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Neo900

Gabor Laszlo

Re: Neo900

Correction to my earlier post: The Neo900 has nearly received the funding it needs to go into production, the actual status of the preparations is however not so far advanced, as can be seen here: http://www.openphoenux.org/ohsw2013/7%20Neo900.pdf (TLDR: there is a first prototype board that can make phone calls, they are looking for sources for a few components that for now exist only as Nokia spare parts)

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Gabor Laszlo
Megaphone

Neo900

From the people who made the GTA04 (the 3G successor to Openmoko's Freerunner) here is an idea to revive the best in the N900: http://neo900.org

(TLDR: motherboard replacement running Linux for the N900 case)

Starting tomorrow a partial prototype can be seen at http://ohsw.org/ (In Garching, Munich)

ATM they are waiting for 17 more (for a total of 200) 100€ down preorders to continue to production.

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

Gabor Laszlo

Re: Fusion Is Limited too

The ideal fuel cycle would be p-B11 -> 3He, but getting the engineering right is tricky to say the least.

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Gabor Laszlo

The US Navy is (look up Polywell). Since they laid hands on the project most progress became classified, but there seems to be some.

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Gabor Laszlo
Stop

Re: controllable?

Are you living on an island regularly hit by volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes and other cataclysms? Oh wait, that would be the Japanese. And despite executive stupidity and a massive natural disaster, the FAILSAFES (and believe me people designing NPPs are properly paranoid) kept casualties to nil and material damage manageable.

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Gabor Laszlo

Finally

Somebody with some cred states the fucking obvious.

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Massive EXPLOSION visible to naked eye SEEN ON MOON

Gabor Laszlo
Facepalm

SI nitpick

What bugged me about the NASA video was: 0.4 METRES across and massing 40KG-odd barrelled into the lunar regolith going at around 56 thousand MPH.

Notice anything?

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

Gabor Laszlo
Linux

Re: “advance the bold vision”

And if you don't need all the pretty trimmings and want to give the apps all the juice they can get, try the xfce edition: http://linuxmint.com/rel_maya_xfce.php

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SAP loses appeal in long-running $345m patent case

Gabor Laszlo
Mushroom

Couldn't have happened to a nicer company

well, maybe Datev...

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GoDaddy gone, daddy: Websites go titsup in server assault

Gabor Laszlo
Flame

Let them burn

I say, they've always been a haven for squatters and adware.

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Sinkholes reveal more Chinese-hacked biz - and piggybacking crims

Gabor Laszlo
Facepalm

Or

you could just use JonDoFox running on a Linux LiveCD.

And seriously, Symantec?

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Perfect sex minx calculated from 'deep' probe of X-rated flicks

Gabor Laszlo

Now all he needs to do is apply the same analysis to the 'plots' of those movies, to produce the perfectly average porn flick. Oh wait...

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A pre-ticked box in web forms should NOT mean consent - EU report

Gabor Laszlo
Megaphone

Re: They can start with Adobe

Re. updating windows boxes: http://ninite.com

Re. TOS fine print: http://tos-dr.info

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Ouya gaming project announces console giveaway

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Re: 2013 will be interesting

Ouya + Oculus Rift + Half Life 3 = me turning into a hikikomori

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Online bank punters tricked into approving theft of their OWN CASH

Gabor Laszlo

Re: Stupidity is a luxury

I make sure to use a very dumb phone for this, and for a BT attack one would need if not access at least proximity.

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Gabor Laszlo
Facepalm

Stupidity is a luxury

and luxury must be paid for.

My bank (HVB) sends TANS by SMS with the transaction details, which then have to be entered into the webform. I'd like to see someone circumvent that :D

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One court order could gag EVERY ISP in Denmark

Gabor Laszlo
Mushroom

Re: When wil you freeturd supporters understand!

Let me guess: author of crappy software noone is willing to pay for, and you found a torrent with your stuff somewhere on the internet once with all of ten seeds.

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Gabor Laszlo
Pirate

I'm so sick

of copyright infringement being called 'internet/online piracy'.

Depriving 'IP rights holders' of alleged potential profit is NOT the same as murdering people and taking their valuables on the high seas.

This phrase both demonizes otherwise harmless people in the public consciousness, and erodes the shock value of real piracy.

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Miniature woolly mammoths once roamed Crete

Gabor Laszlo
Trollface

Re: Minimammoths? Minmoths?

Minmoth is already in use:

http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/info/donate/donation_views/fanciers.jpg

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Microsoft licensing hike sparks UK piracy, bankruptcy fears

Gabor Laszlo
Facepalm

Re: Re: Why not migrate over an OS developed by a UK company Ubuntu/Canonical

[prices are from Munich, Germany]

1. Office spec PC without Windows :300€

Same box with Windows7 Home Premium: 380€

Time to slap a Linux onto said PC and set it up: about 1h, or an average of 20min if done in bulk, counted at 30€/h: 10-30€

(*) That's like saying that without McD we'd have all starved

2. If you're deploying in an organization you'll settle on one distro/dm and stick with it. And if your IT guy is not braindead he'll pick one that's easy to maintain/patch/support (I'm partial to Mint myself, but that's a matter of taste)

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Texan TSA crew accused of nude scanner ogling scheme

Gabor Laszlo
Stop

Opt for the patdown

when enough people start doing it and the line grows out of control, the outrage will draw enough publicity to change policy.

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Hey Commentards! This pre-populated 'reply to' is for you

Gabor Laszlo
Trollface

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

I just wanted to find the size limit on the Title field :)

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EU asks why credit cards are so expensive

Gabor Laszlo
Thumb Down

It's the internal SOP guidelines of the CC companies (search for '3D Secure liability shift').

If you get phished, you're likely stuck with the charges, unless you can afford to appeal to Visa's own Court in London (they charge for lodging a complaint, and go from there).

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Gabor Laszlo

No, that's the point: burden of proof is shifted to the customer.

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Gabor Laszlo
Unhappy

3D Secure

is a new 'feature' on many cards: basically a few marginally effective security measures, but if a card is enrolled in the program (many banks enroll new cards by default, and some sites force customers to enroll in order to buy), the bank can brush off responsibility for any fraudulent transactions onto the customer.

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Nuke support in UK hits record high

Gabor Laszlo
Trollface

That's actually a good point: who's footing the bill?

Tokamaks are run by universities and research labs, they are fascinating physics experiments one can endlessly fiddle with, and assure the funding of their department for decades.

Polywell is funded by the US Navy, interested in a compact, failsafe power source.

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Gabor Laszlo
Trollface

Ah, you think a Tokamak will ever break even? I'm betting on Polywell :D

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Gabor Laszlo
Facepalm

The plasma in a fusion reactor is at militorr range pressures, a breach would result in a slight WHOOSH sound of air being SUCKED INTO the reaction chamber, followed immediately by the reaction grinding to a halt as the fusion materials nuclei get scattered off air molecules.

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LCD cartel case claims seven more scalps

Gabor Laszlo
Meh

it's still pocket change to them. Most electronics are sold at over 200% markup*.

(*) figure based on a discussion I had with a taiwanese sales rep at an expo some years back.

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YouTube-linked microwave shows vids as it nukes

Gabor Laszlo
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I would prefer a live feed of my food rotating, I usually guestimate the cooking time and turn the oven off by hand a split second before the food would combust.

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'Occupy Flash' web hippies aim to rid world of Adobe plugin

Gabor Laszlo
Happy

http://adblockplus.org/en/elemhidehelper

You can block at tag level.

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Neutrinos still FASTER THAN LIGHT in second test

Gabor Laszlo
Facepalm

Yea, I heard that about a dozen times by now (thanks, LFMF), but nobody bothers to post the spanish word for 'embarassed', 'avergonzado'

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Gabor Laszlo
Stop

proof

this is not. one of the possible alternative explanations has been invalidated, probably. Others remain.

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Respect your BOFH or watch your small biz fail

Gabor Laszlo
Devil

"We fetch your mail, we route your packets, we guard you while you surf.

Don't fuck with us!"

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Nike auctions Back to the Future trainers

Gabor Laszlo
Megaphone

For the real thing, check this out: http://www.power-laces.com/about

it’s a project by Blake Bevin to produce and market practical PowerLaces (aimed at people with Parkinson’s and other disabilities, but BTTF fans are not excluded:)

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Parliament has no time for 100,000+ signature e-petitions

Gabor Laszlo
FAIL

Direct Democracy FTW

the Swiss are doing it the sanest way I know of

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

Gabor Laszlo

Optional

Type your comment here — plain text only, no HTML

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Microsoft patent points to Skype snooping

Gabor Laszlo
Linux

JITSI

jitsi.org

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A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe

Gabor Laszlo
FAIL

root

one time (and never again) I let myself be persuaded to give root to a developer on a solaris 8. next thing you know, really weird fails: you can ssh in but a lot of the system commands throw errors or just fail outright, not all though. some digging revealed that everything under /usr/lib was gone. Solaris 8 system utils were mostly dynamically linked (which is a design fail in itself - try to fschk /usr after a power fail and you'll see why).

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BOFH: Attack of the Global Corporate Overlords

Gabor Laszlo
Coffee/keyboard

C|N>K

that is all.

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Pint-sized 3D printer produced

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Thumb Up

RepRap

Look it up and weep

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Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

Gabor Laszlo
Thumb Up

If only

Microsoft would do the same thing for IE (but a giant blinky on Google for users of old versions I mean).

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Evil flash cookies easier to delete with new Adobe player

Gabor Laszlo
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consent

buried on page 12 of the site's T&C, in 6p print.

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Turks take to the streets against web filters

Gabor Laszlo
Boffin

Filtering and the way around it

Use OpenDNS, and you can have it employ a variety of filters - that you select. Or use JAP (http://anonymous-proxy-servers.net) and forget about being filtered forcefully.

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