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Comment: Re:Tor directory servers (Score 1) 86

by Vlijmen Fileer (#48644951) Attached to: Tor Network May Be Attacked, Says Project Leader

They are not thirteen servers, they are thirteen clusters of servers. And they are better distributed over nations than Tor's DS's. Oh, and alternatives exist. Oh, and TOR is there only for the good people and therefore an easy target. DNS is also used by the bad guys (the governments) and therefore not an obvious target.

Comment: None! (Score 5, Insightful) 127

by Vlijmen Fileer (#48471287) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

Can this discussion about the supposed virtues of biometric identification / authentication please die?
Biometric properties are like usernames. Not like passwords. They don't "authenticate" anybody; your fingerprints e.g. can be found all over the world, right in the open.
And on top of that they are BAD usernames, because they can not be changed. Once your biometric identity has been compromised, you have to give up to whole identification / authentication /system/, because the property can not be changed!

Comment: Enemy (Score 5, Insightful) 90

by Vlijmen Fileer (#48464703) Attached to: New Snowden Docs Show GCHQ Paid Telcos For Cable Taps

Thie biggest enemy of citizens has been governments, for quite a while already.
And as always these governments point to the hardly exisiting threats of "terrorism" (but not theirs) and child abuse to lure naive idiots (the vast majority of citizens) into acquiescing these programs.
And oh, the civilians themselves pay for it all.

Comment: Refreshing (Score 0) 993

/Very/ refreshing to finally see someone else calling out Linus for the incompetent abusive narcissistic nonvaleur he really is.
That was long overdue. Over the years he's been chasing away so many good developers with good ideas and good code, just because he saw them as a threat to perpetuating his tunnel vision on Linux. I've seen quite a number of good and needed kernel developments seen stamped out just because Linus did not understand the need and it irritated his superiority-sensors.
I'm not into systemd, from what I read I read it seems like a good plan but indeed quite badly implemented, but Lennart is 100% spot-on in his evaluation of Linus and some of his inner-circle cronies.

Comment: (Score 0) 299

by Vlijmen Fileer (#48001431) Attached to: Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

^This. But actually...
The talk about tripods really is utter nonsense; it's a rant of somebody just disliking tripods.
If you do not use a tripod for your picture, YOU HAVE TO STAND IN THAT EXACT SAME PLACE YOURSELF! And probably for a much longer time than when using a tripod, because getting a sharp picture suddenly takes a hundred tries.

Comment: Broken (Score 0) 250

by Vlijmen Fileer (#47990645) Attached to: GNOME 3.14 Released

As so often with Gnome, it does not work.
As so often with Gnome, it gives no explanation as to how or why, or how to solve (`Options are not for idiots, therefore, you cannot have any').
"Ohh nooo, something went went wrong! All `plugins' (WTF has Gnome regressed to a browser equivalent piece of software now?) were disabled. You can only log out (We disallow you to even try to solve the issue)"
Gnomorons, blegh :.

Comment: It's getting hotter still! (Score -1, Troll) 635

by Vlijmen Fileer (#47909431) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Let no one be distracted; it will be flooded here with nutcases very soon who will all claim that this -obviously- does NOT mean global warming isn't happening.
As always, they "will just have to incorporate this new information into their models" :/.
Bunch of climate terrorists :-|.

Comment: Lie (Score 2) 170

by Vlijmen Fileer (#47850215) Attached to: Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

"The need of a new partition manager stems from the fact that none of the existing GUI partitioning tools supports all modern storage technologies."
That would be a lie. If that is all, just contribute to Parted already. As always more will be at stake, probable things like "not invented here" and "I wanna have the power". And as a result we get to have a partition editor that needs Python??

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