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Comment Re:Anonymous cell phone (Score 2) 26

He's proposed the idea of broadcasting the MEID/ESN of every phone that is ringing in every mobile phone "cell" in the world/via Satlink

Personally, I would object to everybody being able to tell if/when my phone is ringing, and possibly even deduce whether I accepted the call from the duration of the "ringing" state. If that's really how this system is supposed to work, I'm not surprised the OP couldn't find any takers.

Comment Re:Greeks surrender: no restructuring (Score 1) 485

That's exactly how it has worked in the EU from the very start.

But there is a difference between subsidizing economically weaker regions and countries, and bailing out a country, for the third time, to the tune of 100 million Euro. All the while being promised reforms and seeing very little actual change.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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Comment Re:Such is C (Score 1) 264

What I remember is that it featured a rather eye-watering construction of two overlapping switch statements (?) which was syntactically legal, but perhaps shouldn't have been.

Reminds me of this monstrosity. It's not two overlapping switch statements, but a switch entangled with a do ... while loop. If that sounds familiar, you may be able to find your code from the links in the External References section.


Comment Re:IPv6 Addresses (Score 2) 305

I don't think that's a viable solution to the OP's issue ("IPv6 addresses are so long that you can't remember them"). From the RFC:

For example, consider the address shown above
Then, when encoded as specified above, this becomes:

It's shorter, yes, but much harder to memorize. Especially when this address can be abbreviated to

The author's views about his suggestion's efficiency are also... interesting:

Many current processors do not find 128 bit integer arithmetic, as
required for this technique, a trivial operation. This is not
considered a serious drawback in the representation, but a flaw of
the processor designs.

So, humans don't find this format easy to deal with, and neither do machines.

Comment Re:In Plain English: Security Crap (Score 5, Interesting) 54

$ curl -s |sudo bash

I've noticed this kind of crap more and more often lately, usually as one of the "preferred" methods of installation for projects on GitHub. Who in their right mind would run that? There's a reason why we have package systems and a method of signing said packages. Blindly trusting some website with root shell access... boggles my mind.

Comment Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (Score 2) 54

Easy my ass. GP is absolutely correct, they completely fail to give a summary of what a FreedomBox is and why we should care. I've read those pages you linked and there is no summary. The closest thing I could find are links to video presentations with titles like "FreedomBox Update", "FreedomBox 1.0" and "Freedom, out of the box!".

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll