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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case 148

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
Bennett Haselton writes A judge rules that a county has to turn over the IP addresses that were used to access a county mayor's Dropbox account, stating that there is no valid security-related reason why the IP addresses should be exempt from a public records request. I think the judge's conclusion about IP addresses was right, but the reasoning was flawed; here is a technically more correct argument that would have led to the same answer. Keep Reading to see what Bennett has to say about the case.

WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator 89

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-bernoulli-work-for-us dept.
Zothecula writes: Scotland's Albatern is putting a new, modular spin on renewable energy generation. WaveNET is a scalable array of floating "Squid" generator units that harvest wave energy as their buoyant arms rise and fall with the motion of the waves. Each Squid can link up to as many as three others, effectively creating a large, floating grid that's flexible in every direction. The bigger this grid gets, the more efficient it becomes at harvesting energy, and the more different wave movements it can extract energy from. Albatern's 10-year target is to have 1.25 kilometer-long floating energy farms pumping out as much as 100 megawatts by 2024.

Comment: Re:Aerial or underground ? (Score 1) 509

by ThatsNotPudding (#48466035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

No - it's not even a question. Bury the lines and you will remove a large number of causes for power outages.

I can only assume there is never any storm / flood water in these utopian locales, or that it remains so pure as to be incapable of conducting electricity.

Comment: The final nail (Score 1) 267

by ThatsNotPudding (#48432763) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?
I think the final nail in the anti-system movement [a proud member] was Torvalds' non-chalant, I-can't-be-bothered-with-such-trivialities response when asked about this virus. I can't be the only one that was stunned by his attitude, assuring the rapid takeover of Linux by the Red Hat / NSA consortium.

They will be coming for your kernel one day, Linus, but there will be no one left to speak up.

Comment: Follow the money (Score 1) 550

It appears RedHat has realised that, through systemd, it can readily provide preferential support for its own projects, and place roadblocks up for projects it does not control, thus extending its influence broadly and quickly. By using tenuous dependencies amongst its own projects it can speed adoption even faster.

And who is one of Red Hat's most lucrative customers?

The National Security Administration


Big Talk About Small Samples 245

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: My last article garnered some objections from readers saying that the sample sizes were too small to draw meaningful conclusions. (36 out of 47 survey-takers, or 77%, said that a picture of a black woman breast-feeding was inappropriate; while in a different group, 38 out of 54 survey-takers, or 70%, said that a picture of a white woman breast-feeding was inappropriate in the same context.) My conclusion was that, even on the basis of a relatively small sample, the evidence was strongly against a "huge" gap in the rates at which the surveyed population would consider the two pictures to be inappropriate. I stand by that, but it's worth presenting the math to support that conclusion, because I think the surveys are valuable tools when you understand what you can and cannot demonstrate with a small sample. (Basically, a small sample can present only weak evidence as to what the population average is, but you can confidently demonstrate what it is not.) Keep reading to see what Bennett has to say.

Comment: Ten bucks a month (Score 1) 105

by ThatsNotPudding (#48377031) Attached to: How YouTube Music Key Will Redefine What We Consider Music
Nope. I'll carry on with free Pandora and my own collection, thanks. I really don't see a $120 annual bill appealing to the same stressed economic group that is now 'cable-cutting'.

Plus buying music from YouTube just sounds like the equivalent to shopping at Dollar General: embarrassing.

Comment: Pointless (Score 2) 162

by ThatsNotPudding (#48376989) Attached to: Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux
In light of them strong-arming every manufacturer that dared to use Android with threats of supposed IP infringement (that has not and probably never will see the sterilizing judicial light of day), this 'change of heart'... isn't.

Satty first needs to don the hairshirt and make quite a few public apologies for past AND CURRENT actions against FOSS.

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