Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

+ - Senator Paul stands for over ten hours in Senate over NSA bulk data collection. ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sen. Rand Paul held up a vote on the Fast Track Authority for a eleven hour dissertation on the flaws of the Patriot Act, the replacement the USA Freedom Act, bulk data collection including credit card purchases, the DEA and IRS's use of NSA intel. for "parallel construction", warrant-less GPS bugs on vehicles, as well as the important distinction of a general warrant v a spacific one.

The memes that have been created are clever too, "I don't normally take over C-Span2, but when I do -people watch C-Span2." Of course, the expected #StandWithRand and posting selfies with people actually watching C-Span2.

Link to Original Source

Comment: ... but are they?? (Score 1) 214

... but I'm kind of glad we have people looking at these ridiculous scenarios and planning how to deal with them *just in case* ...

Those motherfucking assholes are the real life version of the keystone kops --- They always do the wrong thing

Had the assholes really know their stuffs that British soldier Lee Rigby would still be alive today


And the London tube wouldn't have been bombed


Comment: Evolution? To the contrary! (Score 1) 161

We need to re-discover efficiency in programming

Why? There's a reason programming has become inefficient, and that's because in most cases it doesn't need to be. You can't fight evolution

To this old timer this sure ain't a case of "evolution"

It's much more closer to DE-volution

Something evolves to be better

But when something becomes worse, it DE volves

User Journal

Journal: Slowness of Slashdot

Journal by Taco Cowboy

Slashdot used to be superfast

No matter where I happened to be - be it in America, in Asia, in Europe, in Africa or in Australia, - Slashdot loads up fast

No matter if the device is a smartphone or a desktop PC, you could almost always count on Slashdot to load fast

But no more

Now Slashdot takes something like 10+ seconds to load, and sometimes it took more than half a minute to load

What happened?

Has Dice shrunk the pipe to the Slashdot server?

+ - XL Axiata Axis Capital Group Review: Dramatic Change in Indonesia's Access Tech

Submitted by azzahrajefri
azzahrajefri writes:

Jakarta — XL Axiata, a subsidiary of Axis Capital Group and one of the biggest telecommunications network in Indonesia has been in the rocks in 2014, forcing the company to sell some of its towers to PT Solusi Tunas to pay off debts. However, despite the battle for survival and the constant challenges which are constantly thrown in this industry, XL managed to remain one of the top three largest networks in the archipelago providing different telecommunications services across islands. One of the major factors that help the company retain its stand is the increasing demand of access technology in the region and the rapid use of different promotions and telcomm services.

The past six years has seen a rapid change in the types of technologies used by Indonesians to access the internet.

Like many developing countries in Asia, broadband internet connections were once very expensive that users gained access via internet cafes. That was until 2009 when broadband price war was started between mobile operators. There was also a successful deployment of enhanced 2G technology as well as the build-out of 3G in the more lucrative cities.

Until 2009, broadband internet connections were very expensive relative to average salaries, so the majority of internet users gained access via internet cafes. In 2011, monthly internet access fee had dropped to more than 50%. Reviews show that between 2009 and 2012, internet access tripled and Warnet, those provided by internet cafes fell by half.

There are currently around 300 ISPs in Indonesia, 35 of which own network infrastructure, with the rest simply reselling capacity. The mobile operators are the largest ISPs by far, because the majority of users in Indonesia access the internet via a mobile device. Seldom can you now hear complaints on the slow connection or lack of internet access in major cities in the archipelago.

Telkomsel and Indosat are the largest ISPs, and are able to offer both mobile and fixed internet access through their group companies. XL is the third largest ISP. The other mobile operators (3, Axis, SmartFren, Esia and Ceria) are significantly smaller, since the Big 3 holds an 80% share of the mobile market.

Line speeds are similar between all three operators, with connection speeds generally peaking at around 3Mbpson a good day and in a good location. And despite claims by the providers of much higher broadband speeds, most times in Indonesia you are happy if you can get a steady 512 kbps, especially if you’re in a high-density area such as Jakarta’s Golden Triangle.

+ - How 1990s encryption backdoors put today's Internet in jeopardy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: While debate swirls in Washington D.C. about new encryption laws, the consequences of the last crypto war is still being felt. Logjam vulnerabilities making headlines today is "a direct result of weakening cryptography legislation in the 1990s," researcher J. Alex Halderman said. "Thanks to Moore's law and improvements in cryptanalysis, the ability to break that crypto is something really anyone can do with open-source software. The backdoor might have seemed like a good idea at the time. Maybe the arguments 20 years ago convinced people this was going to be safe. History has shown otherwise. This is the second time in two months we've seen 90s era crypto blow up and put the safety of everyone on the internet in jeopardy."
Link to Original Source

+ - NASA's CubeSat initiative helps testing of Solar Sails->

Submitted by __roo
__roo writes: With help from NASA, a small research satellite to test technology for in-space solar propulsion launched into space Wednesday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, as part of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. The Planetary Society’s LightSail satellite is a technology demonstration for using solar propulsion on nanosatellites. LightSail consists of three CubeSats (approximately four inch cubes) bundled together.
Link to Original Source

+ - Rand Paul Begins Filibuster Of PATRIOT ACT Renewal->

Submitted by SonicSpike
SonicSpike writes: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is filibustering the Patriot Act on the Senate floor, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to stop anytime soon.

The Republican presidential candidate took control of the floor Wednesday afternoon at 1:18 p.m., simultaneously explaining on Twitter that he is filibustering the renewal of the Patriot Act because of the National Security Agency’s program that collects bulk phone record data of American citizens.

The ongoing filibuster can be watched live here: http://www.c-span.org/video/?3...

Link to Original Source

+ - Chinese espionage cases in America->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: There have been many cases of Chinese involvement in espionage cases in America

The latest being 6 Chinese nationals, including 3 professors, being charged for economic espionage

( Link at

One interesting aspect of the Reuters news article is that Reuters kept on repeatedly emphasize that the Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator (FBAR) technology, the technology the 6 Chinese nationals allegedly stole from Avago and Skyworks, which is widely used in mobile devices such as cellphones, tablets and GPS devices, has military implications

Another case involved Shirrey Chen, ( Link at
who was arrested and handcuffed by FBI agents in her office at the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, accused of "spying for China"

Are we in a new McCarthyism era?

Link to Original Source

Comment: You were doing great until ... (Score 1) 272

... that "Please educate yourself" thing

Do you really think that sheeples are capable of educating themselves??

The fact is that they remain sheeples because they ...

1. They are not willing to change
2. They are satisfied with what / who they are
3. They do need some kind of 'leaders' to lead them
4. Their lives would be empty if they do not regurgitate whatever their 'leaders' told them

Comment: Do not ever underestimate yourself (Score 1) 528

by Taco Cowboy (#49709271) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

... it'll be 95% Asian / 4.9% Caucasian in no time ...

Where I was from it was 100% Asians

Where I am now it's a mix

Where I was in the HS it was 80% Blacks, less than 2% Asians

But when I get to the U the ones who can compete against me are the Whites

So don't gimme that " 95% Asian / 4.9% Caucasian " thing. You know it ain't true

It might probably be in the ratio of 30% Asian / 68% Caucasian / 2% others, but if that is what it is, I say let it be

Logic is a pretty flower that smells bad.