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Comment: Re:medical services need a billing time limit (Score 2) 570

by bool2 (#47563993) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

I have only questions :

Why do you Americans put up with this awful service? Why is it legal for medical providers to behave in this way? Who is looking after the interests of the consumer to ensure they are not ripped off? Who is regulating the market so that it remains healthy allowing proper price discovery instead of the outright fraudulent practices that you have described? What do you pay your taxes for?

This puts America in an entirely new light for me. I am genuinely disgusted.

Comment: Open Wifi over Tor (Score 1) 184

by bool2 (#47296609) Attached to: EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

How about open wifi over Tor - that would allow you to share but avoid problems associated with liability for actions done on your connection and an ISP would have a job proving you were sharing their network capacity too.

All you need is a router that supports multiple SSID's and segmentation of them, a couple of clever firewall rules and Tor's Transparent Proxy support.

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT UP! (Score 3, Insightful) 123

by bool2 (#46987503) Attached to: How To Approve the Use of Open Source On the Job

Except often it goes like this:

NEWB: I have . How do I solve it?
List doesn't reply within 10 minutes.
NEWB: Look, I have to have this fixed by Monday. How do I solve it? If you don't solve it for me then I have to move to .
List doesn't reply within 10 minutes. NEWB gets angry
NEWB: Its such a simple issue. I can't belive nobody can solve it. (Oh the irony). Bump bump bump.
List: STFU NEWB.

Don't expect support-contract-like behaviour from a list - remember they're volunteers, there's no "SLA" and they don't work for you.

Some simple steps for success: Make the effort to properly describe your problem and the steps you took to try and solve it. Make doubley sure you're posting to the correct list - many projects have development and user lists. And always be polite.

+ - People Shown a Fake iPhone 5 Claim it's "Way Better"->

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phonewebcam
phonewebcam writes "Oops! "The Jimmy Kimmel Live show took to the street with an iPhone 4S, but told people it was an iPhone 5 to get their opinions. We don’t know how many thought it was worse, but as you can see from the video plenty of people fell for it and started talking about how much better it was. One guy who even claimed he has a 4S went on and on about how much better the new iPhone 5 was.""
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Open Source

+ - GCC Code-Base Being Converted To C++-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The GCC compiler is being rewritten in C++ by Google. Currently this leading open-source GPLv3 compiler is written in C90 but developers have been converting the source language to C++. The cited rationale includes: C++ is a standardized, well known, popular language, C++ is nearly a superset of C90 used in GCC, The C subset of C++ is just as efficient as C, C++ supports cleaner code in several significant cases, C++ makes it easier to write and enforce cleaner interfaces, C++ never requires uglier code, and C++ is not a panacea but it is an improvement."
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Google

+ - Google To Face Questions Over UK Tax ->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "Google is likely to face questions from British MPs over tax avoidance in the UK. The company paid only £6 million in tax on £395 million, by routing its UK revenues through Ireland, and paying most of them to a subsidiary in Bermuda. The scheme is legal, and Google has questioned why it should pay more tax voluntarily — but the Treasury Select Committee is expected to call it — along with other large firms — to give evidence"
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Spam

+ - CAPTCHA: Why it's terrible and some potential user-friendly alternatives-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I was Ironically foiled by the very subject matter of this article by Slashdot's submission form. CAPTCHA puzzles are a necessary evil to prevent us all from an inbox full of viagra. However, they're inconvenient, inaccessible (for visually impaired users) and machines are getting better at solving them too. How can CAPTCHA puzzles be made more relevant, user-friendly and future-proof? Will they even matter any more in the future? I'm an Undergrad Artificial Intelligence Student and these are my thoughts."
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Windows

+ - You can't bypass the UI formerly known as Metro on Windows 8-> 1

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "The final build of Windows 8 has already leaked to torrent sites, which is giving the propellerheads a chance to dig through the code. One revelation will probably not sit well with enterprise customers: you can't bypass the don't-call-it-Metro UI.

Normally, you have to boot Windows 8 and when the tiled desktop UI (formerly known as Metro) came up, you had to click on one of the boxes to launch Explorer. Prior builds of Windows 8 allowed the user to create a shortcut so you bypass Metro and go straight to the Explorer desktop.

Rafael Rivera, co-author of the forthcoming Windows 8 Secrets, confirmed to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet that Microsoft does indeed block the boot bypass routine from prior builds.

He also believes that Microsoft has blocked the ability for administrators to use Group Policy to allow users to bypass the tiled startup screen. There had been hope that Microsoft would at least relent and let corporate users have a bypass, if only for compatibility’s sake."

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+ - In Brazil, all vehicles must have radio IDs by 2014-> 1

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morcego
morcego writes "Brazil's National Traffic Council (CNT) published today, Friday, a resolution that institutes the National System of Automatic Vehicle Identification (Siniav). According to the Q&A published (Google translation from Portuguese), only "visible and public" information will be available (vehicle year or fabrication, make, model, combustible, engine power and license plate number), without any personal information about the owner or registration data. This system will be mandatory to all vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles etc) and should cost vehicle owners aprox. R$ 5 (less than US$3)."
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Comment: Re:Why is the feedback system surprising? (Score 2) 498

"but I thought they used a private/public key system for identity verification."

There is plenty public key cryptography in both TOR and Bitcoin - but none of these uses establishes a permanent identity on the network. For TOR getting a new identity is as easy as picking a new path through the TOR network.

For bitcoin a different key is used for every transaction.

Does Silk road implement some other use that provides the 'identity verification' properties you mention?

GNOME

+ - Gnome Project is Understaffed->

Submitted by lister king of smeg
lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "

I suppose I can’t just leave my last post standing there as-is. I’ll start by listing a bunch of things I consider facts about the GNOME project. I don’t want to talk about solutions here, I just want to list them, because I don’t think they are common knowledge. People certainly don’t seem to talk about them a lot. core developers are leaving GNOME development. The most recent examples are Emmanuele and Vincent. Both cite the need to look for something different, there is no hard feelings. GNOME is understaffed. This is hard to explain in a short and concise way. For anecdotal numbers: GTK has 1 person working full-time on it (me). Glib doesn’t even have that. I think evolution is in a similar situation (a complete email client). We can also try Ohloh’s statistics for GNOME (they include 131 packages, including GStreamer and NetworkManager). You’ll see a sharp drop off of committers on the first page already which suggests around 20 full-time developers at most. GNOME is a Red Hat project. If you look at the Ohloh statistics again and ignore the 3 people working almost exclusively on GStreamer and the 2 working on translations, you get 10 Red Hat employees and 5 others. (The 2nd page looks like 6 Red Hat employees versus 8 others with 6 translators/documenters.) This gives the GNOME project essentially a bus factor of 1. GNOME has no goals. I first noticed this in 2005 when Jeff Waugh gave his 10×10 talk. Back then, the GNOME project had essentially achieved what it set out to do: a working Free desktop environment. Since then, nobody has managed to set new goals for the project. In fact, these days GNOME describes itself as a “community that makes great software”, which is as nondescript as you can get for software development. The biggest problem with having no goals is that you can’t measure yourself. Nobody can say if GNOME 3 is better or worse than GNOME 2. There is no recognized metric anywhere. This also leads to frustration in lots of places. GNOME is losing market- and mindshare. I don’t want to point out Linus’ bashing, but a bunch of very pragmatic facts that all together lead to fewer GNOME users and developers: Distros are dropping GNOME for other environments instead of working with GNOME. Previous supporters of GNOME are scaling back their involvement or have already dropped GNOME completely. Most important desktop applications have not made the switch to GNOME 3. From talking to them, it’s not a priority for most of them. The claimed target users for GNOME are leaving desktop computers behind for types of devices GNOME doesn’t work on.

Maybe if the higher ups in gnome would listen to the users and quit chasing the elusive Joe-Sixpack by trying trying to be a tablet gui they would be doing better."
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Comment: Provide training... (Score 5, Insightful) 88

by bool2 (#40766729) Attached to: Leaked IFPI Report Details Anti-Piracy Strategy
To ensure the judges get the "right" result instead of focusing on theory.

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Ok I'm paraphrasing quite liberally there but am I the only one that finds the kind of access these .*AA's have to the judiciary more than a little disturbing?

Or is this just the latest manifestation of the corporatocracy that's dominating western politics.

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