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Re: @david wilson
In reference to 'do not spam' for email inboxes.. Most email clients already have filtering with blacklists. the reference was a silly comparison to something like a statewide 'do not call' list.
In reference to: "A 'do not track' browser setting could be designed to prevent a blacklisted (or non-whitelisted) site leaving any trace (not merely requesting that a site doesn't engage in tracking), and have its operation updated to keep up with attempts to get round it."
I invite you to read a comment left by "Paul 98" title: "Cookies aren't the real problem #". It's further down the comment list. Cheers ;)
Re: david wilson "How can it 'not work'..."
I'm sure that M$ is refering to persistant "Flash" cookies. I wrote a Linux script a year ago, which removes flash-cookies while browsing. However, there is a new type of cookie making its way across the web. The EverCookie. The following address links provides more info and definition of what an evercookie actually is: "http://samy.pl/evercookie/" . Here's one more: "http://www.boingboing.net/2010/09/22/evercookie-a-trackin.html" . The first link is the actual developer's site. I've been to the site.. (No, it doesn't leave an evercookie on your browser).
"Like 'do not call' for browsers"
That's as stupid as a "Do Not Spam" for your email inbox. Some legitamate companies might agree to it. But, there are millions that won't, globally speaking. It won't work in the virtual world of the internet.
"People's Republic.. will purge self of illicit software"
If they really want to purge self of illicit software, They need to go completely OpenSource GNU/GPL, Red Star version, I would suspect. ClosedSource software is always evil, illicit software by my definition. Throw micro$0ft and it's crabby partners, like adobe, back over and out of the great wall. ;P
"Rubbish truck 'goes kaboom' in bin blast incident"
My first thought was "Oh great.. now we're going to have the TSA scanning are garbage before it goes into the truck". Then, logical-thought kicked in (something the TSA isn't capable of).
After a major holiday weekend, with barbecue grills and turkey friers' abound, it was most likely a used propane canister. Most refuse/garbage trucks in the US can handle this kind of torture.
George W Bush
The guy that ran half the US Constitution through the paper shredder? ..Steps one foot on my property and it'll be a bare-knuckled brawl, followed by verbal insults the likes of which no human has ever experienced. And all of that "before", I get tackled by the bodyguards.
"if Microsoft ended up owning whatever rights to Unix..."
After the evil farce of sco, the GPL and GNU/Linux has nothing to fear. Simply remove all Mono code. Along with everything else written in C#. Plus, whatever M$ may have added in the past. Stop using "Suse" Linux. Then switch to LibreOffice just for good measure. It works just fine for me. ;D
"..is awash with water from the River Thames"
Rumor has it. . . It is to become Shell's new London Offshore Division. ;P
"..developers of email, instant-messaging and voice-over-internet-protocol applications.."
I employ and sometimes write back-end email and network encryption utility schemes, specifically, to prevent "Big Brother" from spying on me. So, uh.. NO. I will not comply with such a request, mandate, or law. Ever.
RE: Enough is enough
Linux is never too fat for old PCs. It just needs a little more thought before installing. For example:
Choose a "stable release" distribution that offers the option to initially install without a GUI. From the bash shell, install a GUI that will have a smaller memory footprint (i.e. Fluxbox, XFCE, LXDE)--(xwinman.org). You can also re-compile the kernel and weed-out any un-needed support modules/drivers to further reduce demand on hardware resources. ;D
"OpenOffice.org project is now The Document Foundation"
Unfortunate that many of Sun's open projects are having to break away like this. But Oracle IS very quickly becoming the next closed-minded, closed-source micr0$haft. }:/
Considering the past actions/inactions of Oracle.. I'm very happy to see The Document Foundation break away from oracle. ;)
Will the domain name of the website change to reflect the organizations new name? So far, no news about any of this on the OpenOffice.org site.
"A trio of Apple filings seek to patent mobile-application.."
Thank god for PRIOR ART! I hate Apple and I still hate Jobs. Wozniak still rules, though.
""Raises?" you may ask. Sorry, but Windows Embedded Standard 7 can only do so much."
Raises? NOT! ..Must have been the cost of all of those additional micr0$oft software licenses. }:P ..Embedded systems? Linux does it better, faster, AND with a smaller footprint. ;)
"Computer glitch prompts 50 raids on elderly couple's home"
Even the first time.. in my neighborhood.. the would have been kept at bay until proper IDs were verified. Violation of proper ID verification would resulted in waves of 7.62x54mm rapid Semi-Auto fire. Since criminals here have been known for impersonating the incompetent law-enforcement we have here. Proper Law-Enforcement agents must present photo ID before entry is allowed. Tear-gas, flash-bang grenades, and bullet resistant armor will not be accepted as an excuse.
All DRM needs to be hacked...
"a feat that allows ebooks stored on the application to work with other devices."
This has always been the problem with portable proprietary mp3 / DVD players, eBook readers, mobile phones, etc. DRM either laced within the content or in the hardware itself. This has always cuased more problems for the user, than the pirates. In fact, it's usually the oustanding work of the pirates and hackers that SAVES THE USERS FROM THE NIGHTMARES caused by the proprietary manufactures and content providers in the first place. ;)
'unique copyright' on Pope
We don't need no stinkin' Pope. . .As if we need the Vatican's permission to get into heaven or something. The people of the world could reduce the entire Vatican to a pile of dust, and it wouldn't change the fact that God will always be God, the son of God will always be the son, and the apostles will always be who they are.
The Vatican cannot copyright or trademark the holy cross, the image of the holy spirit or anything representative of the holy spirit, or the son of the holy spirit. The Vatican is simply a regional corporate representative for the church on planet Earth. We already know where "HQ" is.
We will deal with the Vatican the same way we deal with other copyright overlords... "P2P". ;p
"It would appear Lookout isn't quite as savvy."
Damn N00BS! To much money, not enough brains. Oh gee, they had a whopping "TWO" companies test their website. That should cover about 0.000000001% of hacking techniques performed by most blackhats. :p
Security is only as good as the weakest exploit. Funny how SecurityMetrics and Adhost missed something so pathetically simple.
"..added and subtracted things from the web address, finally getting through to the state info."
Even N00bie script-kiddies know how to do this! ;)
What a bunch of Morons. :p
"...Long live the firewall?"
Once the filtering is in place.. "Stage two" will consist of rows of barbed-wire with automated guard towers on the shorelines. "stage three"... All residents must install iron bars on their doors and windows to keep out the corruption of western influence. Australia was originally a PRISON COLONY. RIGHT?!
"Google Chrome bug outs users seeking anonymity"
That's not a bug.. IT'S A FEATURE! ;p
According to Google's CEO, All of these innocent, law-abiding people must have something illegal to hide. RIGHT? It's GOOOOOOOGLE! Your supposed to have your email scanned and your privacy out in the open. That way it's EASIER for Big Brother, Secret Police, Geheime Staatspolizei(Gestapo), DHS, HQ to zero in on you at their leisure.
It's what google is there for. It's the least they could do for all of their unsuspecting valued customers. " }:> "
Google's crapy products and their privacy policies... " }:> "
Considering the comments from Google CEO Eric Schmidt on privacy in The Reg article "Google chief: Only miscreants worry about net privacy"..
"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place," Schmidt tells CNBC.."
A google comment reply from Bruce Schneier:
"This is the loss of freedom we face when our privacy is taken from us. This is life in former East Germany, or life in Saddam Hussein's Iraq. And it's our future as we allow an ever-intrusive eye into our personal, private lives.
Too many wrongly characterize the debate as "security versus privacy." The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that's why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide."
I will never buy or use any products from google. Ever. I no longer have any trust for google.
" ..bunker-busting pallet-flinging fireball unpleasantness.."
That would have been the greatest and most hilarious YouTube video EVER!
What The HELL?!!!!
While I have no love for the Olympic Committee...
I would like to say that it's not the committees fault that Sexually Frustrated individuals began seeing pornographic images in everything. Including the Olympic logo.
The committee and the rest of the civilized world should not have to suffer from the delusional perceptions of these pedo-perverts.
Stefan Weitz and Internet Search Engines...
"..knowledge that we've either licensed from a provider or knowledge we've calculated from our huge computer resource"
M$ philosophy - licenses and proprietary ownership on human knowledge.
[stefan weitz - Bing]
"We think that's a different experience that works better there than a bunch of links."
Obviously, Stefan Weitz has not taken the time to learn how to use Google. Or, RTFM on search engine syntax. :(
Graphical results is one of many possiblities with Google, Yahoo!, Dogpile, and others.
Let's Take A Poll...
Considering, loony Rupie's old-fart age and the damage he's doing to his own business.. Which will hit the ground first? His crumbling empire or him?
Ubuntu And "New" Releases of Linux...
First. I have 10 years of experience in Linux and BSD Unix. I have installed, and configured all of the major Linux distributions for both server and desktop use. Including, but not limited to: RedHat, Ubuntu, SUSE, Slackware, Debian(my favorite), Mandriva, and most associated variants.
Now that is out of the way. Here is some notable advice from experience.
1. A new release of ANY software, no matter how many times it was alpha or beta tested before release, will have unexpected bugs. This includes using new kernel releases!
2. I have always been skeptical of simply "upgrading" a fully configured operating system. The best way is to always back up everything. Don't forget the config files in your "~/home" and "/etc" directories. And then perform a "clean Install". Wipe the drive, and start fresh. This will reeeeally help in reducing the number bugs you may encounter. At least you will know it wasn't a confilct from the previous version. Which can wreak a lot of havoc in some cases.
3. Early adopters of new OS releases will ALWAYS experience bugs.
If you are a newbie, go back to your previous version and wait for some of the major bugs to be resolved first.
If you are technically experienced with Linux(Ubuntu) then stop complaining to the blogs and keep sending Ubuntu those bug reports. It's important so they can be addressed in a timely manner.
Early adopting a new release is NOT for newbies or the faint-of-heart.
Eventually the bugs in "Karmic Koala" will be worked out. Be patient.
And before anyone is "quick to judge" a Linux distribution.. M$ has its own buggy history: Win3.0, Win95a, WinME, Vista. Win7 will and already has coughed up a few of its own major bugs.
Regular users of Ubuntu, be patient.
Experienced, technical Ubuntu users, Send Ubuntu Those Bug Reports.
The ones, historically, condemning the views of some of the greatest scientific minds.. Nikolas Capernicus, Charles Darwin, Galileo, etc.
Only now, due to public pressure, are admitting to forgiving some of their views. The ones, who long ago, made a significant contribution to innovative torture methods for those comdemned of heresy.
The ones that bury their heads in the sand whenever the possibility of the truth disagrees with their own archaic beliefs. The Vatican is a museum of the darker side of human history. I don't suppose certain parts of the Vatican that used to be old dungeons and confession torture chambers are on the main tour for visitors.
" }:> "
If it runs software, it probably has a default password somewhere. Mostly, in Operating Systems, Security based software(i.e. ssh, firewalls, anti-virus, content filters, etc).
The software in Network Routers (wired or wireless), DSL Modems, VPN hardware, AND YES.. Mobile Phones are just a few fine examples.
Failure to change the default password for your device/pc, or the software within it, will at some point teach you a very disturbing lesson about security.
So. TWO VERY IMPORTANT THINGS we all learned from what happened in Australia?
It CAN happen to YOU too. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY :
Arrrrrrrrr!!! " };> "
The Irrelevance of The FRA and others like them...
While I would certainly shake the hands of those responsible for DDOS attack, It is important to remember that it doesn't matter if you own a "digital" device or not. We live in the digital age. The "freedom" in the digital world is just as important as in the analog world. We must fight for it every single day. There will always be those who would dare to pry into our personal lives. It will always be "us" and "them".
Everytime you pick up a phone, access your bank account, use your debit or credit card, use your vehicle's GPS system for directions.. someone is monitoring those actions. The more people realize this and resent it, the more they will resist the prying eyes of big-brother. The more alternatives the people will turn to.
In some respects, there are some upsides to this. The "TOR" network is already a fine example of this. In the future, and even now, more complex cryptographic schemes are being developed to keep out or at least slow down big-brother entities. The fight over how much control can be applied to human communication has become visible. At least to the Swedish government. The lines in the digital world are being drawn...
Ditto on Postgresql..
Good suggestion Geoff. I was going to mention the same thing. Tons of available features and add-ons. Supports a large part of the SQL standard. Best of all.. It's FREEEE!
Hah! Hah! HAH! HAH! HAH!!
-- "but he never succeeded in selling the company to Microsoft."
Thank God! That would have reeeally sucked. Favoritism towards IE browsers. Options and extras that would only work with IE. Crappy, filtered search engine results, even weaker news stories.. Oh wait! That's happening now!
Icahn! Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!
No. It will never happen. The more you lock down a human system, the more humans will want to bust out of that system. We cannot be labled & directed like ants or lab rats in a controlled environment. Human nature, lawfull or not, will always triumph. A history of too much "big brother" has forced human nature into the wild time and time again. WHere do you think we got freedom fighters, revolutionaries, AND PIRATES! AARRRRRRRRRRR! ;)
Those whom are found guilty, should and need to be given the maximum penalty for their crime.
One only needs to look at the current state of the world economy and wonder about how got here in the first place. The rich getting richer on the backs of the less fortunate is a very old story indeed. In the current economy, with so many suffering financial loss, greedy people like that should be sent home via UPS ground. In tiny little boxes.
"The actual snake species in question range up to 20 feet and 200 pounds dry weight."
That's before they're fully fueled and armed. Right?
From experience, Florida & South Texas both have their fair share of reptiles. More than most of the other states. However, Snake encounters of this magnitude are so rare, it's usually reserved for the back page of some local newspaper. Lethal encounters are extremely rare and are usually reserved for alligators and crocodiles.
Poisonous snakes, usually shorter than your leg, in wooded areas and far out rural areas are the guilty parties in most injury or death cases. And that's only because the snake was acting out of defense.
As for the two researchers at the US Geological Survey, they should be tested again for drugs and signs of schizophrenia. Because they definately failed all of the previous tests.
This would have made a great April Fools Story.
Sillyness will not be tollerated..
An english translated quote from Ancient Hinu, Bhagavad Gita.. "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."
Human-kind will always and forever change the face of the universe and beyond. It is our nature. Entropy is the one of the basic laws of the universe. We cannot escape it. No matter how hard we try.
Oh! Pleeease paint the nose-cone YELLOW!!
Look! Up in the sky. . . It's a bird.. It's a plane.. No, It's BOTH!
So, I'm guessing that one of the set designers for original 50s Buck Rogers television series was the chief consultant on this project?
Metallica is "insignificant". And their music is not worth listening to anymore. . .
After metallica started their whining, crying and greedy rantings, I destroyed all my metallica CDs. Their music, analog and digital are banned from my machines and music players forever. The band is INSIGNIFICANT. What they have to say or play is no longer for the world. It is for the lining of their greedy pockets. They are not the master of puppets. They ARE the puppets. The sock puppets of the music industry which refuses to change with new digital world!
‘ISS stuffed with full staff of six’
More recycled pee for everyone!! Heyyyyy!
... All jokes aside, the ISS crews are doing a kick-ass job up there! I raise a pint of Belgium Ale (my favorite ale) to future Station Commander Frank De Winne to a successful mission.
A very special thanks to the Russian Space Agency and all of its members for playing a major role in making the ISS a great success!
Спасибо и удача. (Thank You and Good Luck).