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+ - Police in Slovenia to have "clandestine entry" rights to install spyware.->

Submitted by Vlado
Vlado (817879) writes "There is a law in emergency express discussion that, if and when it passes, will grant police in Slovenia rights to enter private premisses in "a clandestine manner" in order to install "monitoring software" on computer equipment at the point before communication channels are encrypted (link to a local article in Slovenian below). Reasoning by the police is that it is not always possible to remotely install spyware when they want to monitor their targeted subjects.
All standard excuses apply: This will only be used in extreme scenarios. This will only be used for the most serious offences (children, saving, think...?).

The law, if enacted will be very problematic on multiple levels:
In Slovenia, currently private property and especially homes are considered fairly inviolate. Police cannot enter a private home without search warrant, or if they're not in direct pursuit of a suspect who flees through private premises, or if they don't suspect that there's an immediate threat to life. Even with search warrant witnesses are required in order to guarantee some level of oversight.
This law will remove that oversight as otherwise it will probably not be very "clandestine" of the police to enter the home in question.

Also, even though the law stipulates, that the spyware in question should only allow for "monitoring" of communications on the affected equipment and does not give permission for the spyware to actively change any content, it's fairly difficult to assume that this will actually work out like that in practice.

It's an extremely disturbing turn of events, which would give local police unprecedented amount of power with virtually no oversight in their actions."

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+ - Standardised laptop charger approved by IEC

Submitted by Sockatume
Sockatume (732728) writes "The IEC, the standards body which wrote the phone charger specification used in the EU, has approved a standardised laptop charger. While the "DC Power Supply for Portable Personal Computer" doesn't have a legal mandate behind it, the IEC is still optimistic that it will lead to a reduction in electronics waste and make it easier to find a replacement charger. Unfortunately the technical documentation does not seem to be available yet, but previous comments indicate that it will be a barrel plug of some kind."

Comment: Re:So, about Slashdot (Score 1) 79

by Vlado (#45678377) Attached to: JetBlue Launches Satellite-Based Inflight Wi-Fi

My problem here is that this is announced as something that could be a global first.

It's only new for the Jetblue. Lots of other carriers had this for years and years. I remember I flew with Lufthansa somewhere between 7 and 10 years ago and they were doing this. And yes, I'm fairly sure it was satelite-based since it was on a transatlantic flight.
The only thing is that at that time the service while being free, was fairly useless for economy passengers, since there was no electrical power in the cabin and at that time and my laptop could only go on a couple of hours on batteries, there were no smartphones to speak of and no tablets. Now, however, I still find it useless, since they want to charge for it. And it's my opinion that I pay enough for the flight ticket as is. :-)

Comment: Re:Why can't people just enjoy the peace and quiet (Score 1) 79

by Vlado (#45678347) Attached to: JetBlue Launches Satellite-Based Inflight Wi-Fi

While I do agree with you, that economy cabin seats could be more roomey and comfortable, I do think that you exaggerate.

I'm 6'1" and around 240 lbs and I have no problem relaxing on a plane. And before you say anything, I'm not spilling over to the person besides me either. What I do is simple: I always (if possible) get a window seat. That way I can lean on to the fuselage wall and away from the person besides me. I stretch my legs underneath the seat in front of me and I fall asleep. If I want to I can be asleep before we even take off.

I admit, if I were to get stuck in a middle row, I would be unhappy. But in the last 250 flights that only happened to me 7 times.

Comment: Re:Miracast (Score 4, Informative) 62

by Vlado (#45658389) Attached to: AirPlay Alternative Mirrors and Streams To TVs and PCs

Actually there is mention of Miracast, alongside with Chromecast and Apple TV. The section you're looking for is the "Competitors" section.
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/airtame-wireless-hdmi-for-everyone--2

I have to say that I haven't been playing around with any of these things yet, but what they (Airtame) are claiming, seems quite cool to me. Especially the part about desktop extension and multicast sharing.

Comment: Re:Oh, I totally agree... (Score 1) 791

by Vlado (#45140771) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

A lot of Nokia phones had (prior to 2010) dual-charging option. Nokia E72 (announced in 2009) has the Nokia charger connector, but also has micro USB port which also supports charging. My GF still uses that phone and these days we have no Nokia proprietary chargers anywhere. Just USB.
And N97, which was announced at roughly the same time, only had micro USB.

Comment: Re:Oh, I totally agree... (Score 1) 791

by Vlado (#45140707) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

"Huge" part of the marketplace, that you're referring to, has no choice in the matter. It comes from a single vendor who is refusing to play with others because (in my opinion) their main selling point is that they're "different".
And it's not really fair to say that their market share is "huge" with less that 18 percent in EU, this year (source below).

I know that in the past one of my motivators to NOT switch mobile phone vendors was that I had a significant number (home, office, car, travel,...) of chargers available for a particular vendor. And going to another vendor and having to re-stock was an added expense and a bother. Now, I don't have to think about that anymore.

Also, one thing that people seem to forget or misunderstand. The EU directive for micro USB is for charging-only. It doesn't mean that there can't be another connector on the phone for other features. Like connector for car holder on HTC One X, for example.

The only thing that I envy the iDevice crowd is the accessory market, though. Although (again in my opinion) problem with accessories for android devices isn't so much connector oriented, as much as it is location oriented. If all the vendors would put USB port in the middle of the bottom of the phone, then accessories would be able to take advantage of that with relative ease.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2013/09/04/apples-iphone-gaining-share-in-u-s-but-dropping-in-europe-and-china/

Comment: Re:doesn't help people take games seriously either (Score 1) 737

by Vlado (#44029521) Attached to: Sexism Still a Problem At E3

I do like looking at pretty women. Pretty women in skimpy outfits serving me food will get me to visit their establishment more often than an establishment where buff (or for that matter overweight) guys do the same job.

You can say that the "environment is more pleasant". I say that I like to look at boos and asses.

Thus, they sell me more than they would otherwise.

They don't have to charge more than the competition because on same prices they have more customers and very, very likely higher tips.

Sex sells. If whoever is doing the selling is not forced into it and doesn't feel demeaned, I have absolutely nothing against it.

Comment: Re:doesn't help people take games seriously either (Score 1) 737

by Vlado (#44029429) Attached to: Sexism Still a Problem At E3

There are lots of women that will gladly go and see a Chippendale gig. There are lots of women that wouldn't.
While we men are mostly (I use myself as an example and my friends) fairly shallow when it comes to observing the female physique, I believe that women are slightly less so.

And just a note to any guys, who may think that they will have an easy time scoring with a chick that's all hot-and-bothered after a Chippendale show: If you think that after what she's just seen on a stage, looking at you is a turn-on, you should BE on that stage instead :-)

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