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Comment: Re:Solution For College's Bad Network Policy? (Score 1) 699

by 313373_bot (#28237173) Attached to: Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?

It's incredible that you guys are not fed up with it.

That is the point. Paraphrasing another article about P2P, people are playing a cat and mouse game and the mouse may keep evading the cat almost indefinitely, via encryption and other tools. It is a waste of time and resources, I agree, gaming the network admins should not be a student's concern. What I was trying to say is that their snooping may be borderline illegal, but on the other hand, fighting the system has its costs, too. My sympathy goes for your situation in Croatia, but I'm pessimistic about the U.S. and overall.

Comment: Re:Solution For College's Bad Network Policy? (Score 3, Insightful) 699

by 313373_bot (#28236387) Attached to: Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?

As the GP suggests, keeping the sensitive material in an encrypted VM which accesses the net via VPN should be enough, unless the so called "Client Security Engine" includes keylogging or screen capturing functionalities, begging the question: how far can they spy on their students? Shouldn't they have privacy to do their online banking, exchange private e-mail, access medical records, or many other *perfectly legal* activities?

Comment: Re:Don't blame me, (Score 1) 894

by 313373_bot (#28093647) Attached to: The Great Ethanol Scam

From a technological point of view, it is not rocket science: some components have to be better protected against corrosion, the engine has to withstand higher compression rates, and the ignition has to be remapped. (Disclaimer: I am not a mechanical engineer.)

Adapting current U.S. cars may or may not be viable, but all major automakers do have access to the technology and could start selling flex-fuel cars in the U.S.

There are many open questions about ethanol: sugarcane vs. corn vs. whatever as a source, ethanol vs. biodiesel vs. electricity vs. hydrogen, etc. Technology is not one of them, and that's why TFA is a poor attempt at trolling.

Comment: Re:Don't blame me, (Score 5, Informative) 894

by 313373_bot (#28090251) Attached to: The Great Ethanol Scam

In Brazil, ethanol fueled cars reached parity with gasoline-fueled ones still in the 1980's. Brazilian gasoline has about 24% ethanol, and properly designed engines work flawlessly. Nowadays, most cars are flex-fuel, i.e., can take ethanol, gasoline or anything mix of both.

The kind of fear-mongering from TFA = not invented here syndrome + troll.

Businesses

+ - Stanford to hit P2P users with reconnection fees

Submitted by 313373_bot
313373_bot (766001) writes "This is not an unexpected development: rather than higher learning institutions, Universities behave more and more like businesses, and if it is more lucrative to take RIAA and MPAA's side, they will.

Citing the costs involved with keeping up with the number of file-sharing complaints received by the school, Stanford will continue to disconnect students from the campus network upon the receipt of "DMCA complaints" and other notices such as the infamous prelitigation settlement letters from the RIAA but will now charge students a hefty fee to be reconnected.
Here."
Security

Microsoft Says Other OSes Should Imitate UAC 493

Posted by kdawson
from the bring-'em-down-to-our-level dept.
COA writes "Many Vista adopters find User Account Control irritating, but Microsoft thinks it's an approach other OSes should emulate. Microsoft Australia's Chief Security Adviser Peter Watson calls UAC a great idea and 'strategically a direction that all operating systems and all technologies should be heading down.' He also believes Microsoft is charting new territory with UAC. 'The most controversial aspect of Watson's comments all center around the idea that Microsoft is a leader with UAC, and that other OSes should follow suit. UAC is a cousin of myriad "superuser" process elevation strategies, of which Mac OS X and all flavors of Linux already enjoy. The fact is that Microsoft is late to the party with their Microsoftized version of sudo. That's really what UAC is, after all: sudo with a fancy display mechanism (to make it hard to spoof) and extra monitoring to pick up on "suspicious" behavior.'"
Space

+ - Black Hole Cluster Emits Massive Cloud

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Shifty Jim
Shifty Jim writes "According to a recent article at Space.com a black hole cluster may be the source of a massive cloud millions of light years in size. From the article:
'A giant cloud of superheated gas 6 million light years wide might be formed by the collective sigh of several supermassive black holes, scientists say. The plasma cloud, detailed in April 10 issue of Astrophysical Journal, might be the source of mysterious cosmic rays that permeate our universe.
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The plasma cloud is located about 300 million light years away near the Coma Cluster and is spread across a vast region of space thought to contain several galaxies with supermassive black holes, or active galactic nuclei (AGN), embedded at their centers.'
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PC Games (Games)

+ - EA: No patches, no support for a 5-month-old game

Submitted by Xyston
Xyston (666) writes "It's been five months since the release of EA's Rise of the Witch-King, and fans who were hoping for a patch were let down again this month when the promised patch never materialized. The game, which has been plagued by bugs, cheats and imbalances since its late November release, has become the source of frustration for gamers at several fan communities. While EA programmers admit they've neglected the game in favor of Command & Conquer 3, their last official statement was that a patch "should" have been available weeks ago. Gamers are still waiting."

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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