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Comment: Re:voicemail to email (Score 1) 234

by KiloByte (#48663831) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Speech to text has gotten very good

Eh? I have yet to see a single case of it getting a single sentence transcribed correctly. And I mean this literally: a ten or so years ago we spent a few hours with friends playing with IBM ViaVoice trying to get a single sentence through, and failed. Recently, I tried Google Chrome's transcriber, with exactly as much luck.

Usually the result of speech-to-text is some nonsense poetry that matches the general rhythm of what was said and possibly rhymes with it, but the similarities end there.

Comment: Re:polish != Polish (Score 1) 148

by KiloByte (#48634231) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

For a Turkish user, 'i' does not capitalize to 'I' but to dotted I (which anything but slashdot can display), while 'I' lowercases to undotted i. Now go make a checkout within the Turkish locale and try to read it within any other locale (typically, a different user or a different machine in the network).

Comment: Re:How? (Score 5, Insightful) 83

by KiloByte (#48623185) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

This malware relies on weakness in wetware rather than software. No general-purpose operating system can save you from PEBKAC issues, at most partially mitigate them. Unix-style execute bit rather than Windows' extensions reduces the number of vulnerable idiots by like 2-3 orders of magnitude, but you can bet that if the webpage kindly provides instructions, a good number of marks will still manage to get infected.

Comment: Re:Check your math. (Score 1) 880

by KiloByte (#48599215) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Except, have you read his holy book? He's doing exactly as commanded, that's why his imam finds it hard to protest. The whole idea that "jihad" might mean something else than murdering and subjugating non-believers is an invention of an 11th century scholar, with no basis in the Koran.

There's a large amount of people who self-identify as Muslims yet find jihad to be abhorrent. That doesn't make the Koran any better, though -- it just makes those people not evil, unlike what their holy book demands. You're confusing the Koran with the Bible -- the latter is a large collection of often unrelated works, with hardly any internal consistency. Try for example Psalms 82:1 which says "Jahveh sits on the court of the God of Gods, and passes judgmements to other gods in his name." -- it's really interesting how various translations try to wiggle this statement around towards the current religion. The Koran has no issues of this kind: it's a highly consistent work edited by one man (Uthman) (ok, ok, plus a bunch of scribes doing his bidding). It does deliver a consistent message -- and I really don't like what the message says.

More reading: Skeptic's Annotated Koran, an analysis of references to "jihad" in the Koran.

Comment: Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (Score 3, Interesting) 160

by KiloByte (#48598739) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

The problem is not in fonts (on non-embedded there's no such thing as too many good fonts!), but in letting a random webpage poke that deeply into your system.

The message "No Flash or Java fonts detected" suggests who the culprits are. Flash belongs behind FlashBlock, Java belongs in /dev/null.

+ - Another community gets split by systemd: Devuan is "forking" Debian->

Submitted by jaromil
jaromil (104349) writes "The so called "Veteran Unix Admin" collective announces that the "fork" of Debian will proceed as a result of the recent systemd debacle. The reasons put forward are not just technical, included is a letter of endorsement by Debian Developer Roger Leigh mentioning that "people rely on Debian for their jobs and businesses, their research and their hobbies. It's not a playground for such radical experimentation."
The fork is called "Devuan", pronounced "DevOne". A website is up on with more information."

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