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Comment: Google Executive Dan Fredinburg killed on Everest (Score 1) 114

by blackest_k (#49553425) Attached to: 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Nepal, Hundreds Dead

Google executive Dan Fredinburg was among 18 people killed on Mount Everest after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal on Saturday.

A woman who identified herself as Fredinburg's younger sister, Megan, said on his Instagram page that he had a major head injury after the avalanche triggered by the quake. He didn't survive.

The catastrophic earthquake Saturday killed more than 1,300 people and leveled ancient buildings in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. The quake was so strong that it also killed people in nearby India, Bangladesh, and Tibet.

Fredinburg â" who was head of privacy for Google X â" survived last year's deadly avalanche on Mount Everest, according to media reports and his Instagram account.

Comment: Re:That makes sense (Score 2) 178

by blackest_k (#49390585) Attached to: UK Forces Microsoft To Adopt Open Document Standards

PDF is an output format all the structure that went into the document has been removed pretty much.

While you can get to the elements of a pdf document its very difficult to reformat them. for example say there is text in 2 columns selecting them you get a single column with the left side from column 1 and the right side from column 2 scrambling the sentences to make nonsense. The structure has been left in the word processing document. which is where you must return in order to use a smaller page size for example.

There are a number of formats where you can classify the file as output for example jpeg loses the raw data even an mp3 or audio file which may have had 24 tracks you can't just remove the drums...

The physical world is full of non editable things.
So no you don't need a pdf editor you need the word processor document which the pdf was generated from.

Comment: Re:"Free" with restrictions is not Free! (Score 1) 198

by blackest_k (#49325649) Attached to: Pixar Releases Free Version of RenderMan

The headline was bad, as it doesn't include the qualification.

It is a limited qualified version of free.
Free to learn on, is about it.
If you get good at it and show some talent you might be suitable for hiring by pixar.
I don't think there is anything of interest for programmers there either.

It is kinda cool that they have released this cross platform, but you can see how its a little self serving for pixar. Clearly they seem to want a cut of any profits that might be made from a small independent film maker using this software.

This release basically targets potential recruits that should need less training if pixar finds them talented.
maybe i'm too cynical

Comment: change password before going to NewZealand (Score 1) 200

by blackest_k (#49299039) Attached to: NZ Customs Wants Power To Require Passwords

People are stupid on average and would be daft enough to leave incriminating files on laptops and smart phones that's why customs needs an over-reaching power like this.

The problem is really is revealing a password that you use elsewhere. So change it before you go make it 1234 or password or some other trivial thing. Maybe put a fresh copy of windows on before you travel, or would that be suspicious in itself. Customs can give you a hard time already even your butt isn't secure.

New Zealand wouldn't be the first country to make failing to hand over encryption keys illegal, just make sure your laptop is clean and it isn't a problem. It's not like you can't download a file once you are past customs.


Comment: Re:Don't be silly (Score 4, Insightful) 118

by blackest_k (#49088353) Attached to: New Android Trojan Fakes Device Shut Down, Spies On Users

I think its fair to say that it takes a user to install it first, linux has pretty much always had trustworthy repositories, Google not so much.

I love some of the things you can add to chrome but there seems to be little to no security checking of what an app or extension does. That does worry me.

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