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Comment: Re:Ubuntu (Score 1) 766

by bradkittenbrink (#31212212) Attached to: Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?

Even though I'm something of a gnome fanboy, I'd second this. Windows familiarity is the big advantage of KDE from my perspective.

I'd also mention that you don't need to take the leap all at once. You can start getting them accustomed to alternative software choices gradually with free software that runs on windows like OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Amarok, etc.

Comment: Re:Why is this done in software at all? (Score 4, Insightful) 179

by bradkittenbrink (#28935407) Attached to: Entropy Problems For Linux In the Cloud
So, I was mostly just giving him shit because of his name. If you want a more serious debate, here's my best shot: The instructions you described are all relatively easy to define a generally useful specification. My main point was that every application has differing standards of randomness that are required. Do you need real quantum-mechanical randomness, or just a CSPRNG? How many bits of random data do you need, and how frequently? I'm assuming that the request is for real quantum-mechanical randomness. I find it hard to imagine defining a good spec for such hardware component, especially since the vast majority of applications don't actually require quantum-mechanical randomness, and the ones that do are likely to have very specific requirements. Anyways, besides the fact that it's tough to come up with good requirements for such a feature, I bet it's really tough to implement as well. I know just barely enough about about hardware implementations to be dangerous, so someone who knows for real, please correct me if I'm wrong. Anyways, circuits that exhibit quantum-mechanical randomness are, as far as I know, essentially the same as circuits that cause metastability in transistors. Because of the need to control for such problems, implementing such circuits on the same die as a normal digital circuit would likely be very expensive in terms of both die area and yield.

Comment: Re:Robot humping nerds rejoice? (Score 1) 394

by bradkittenbrink (#28119109) Attached to: My Advanced Personal Robot Will Mainly Be Used For...
oblig: http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=puns

aside from that though, I agree, I am seriously surprised by housekeeping's showing. I can not imagine a fate worse than having some uppity robot running around my house hiding all my shit from me. Leave my damn keys out on the table where I know where they are smartass. And don't even think about putting that rock band drum set away...

Comment: Re:Too late FBI (Score 5, Insightful) 629

by bradkittenbrink (#27454219) Attached to: FBI Seizes All Servers In Dallas Data Center

I think perhaps the fact it's largely other people's UNRELATED stuff is where the issue really begins to rub people up the wrong way.

There were a bunch of raids like this in the UK. The police keep taking entire sets of Indymedia servers and not giving them back for ages.

Seriously. How about if the FBI confiscated the luggage from every room in a hotel, just because 1 of them had 50 kilos of cocaine in their room? I have no idea how they've been getting away with these tactics.

Comment: Re:Think this through a bit more next time. (Score 1) 1188

by bradkittenbrink (#27439119) Attached to: Angry Villagers Run Google Out of Town

Rule #1 is: Security through obscurity isn't.

While that applies to information security. It applies much less to physical security. For example, if "casing" a potential burglary target requires standing outside of it suspiciously, then security is much enhanced even if it's not absolute.

Rule #2 is: Making a huge stink about your private neighborhood against a well-liked company like Google will probably mean you're going to get a lot more attention than if you just let well enough alone.

You're right on the money with that one...

It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Dutch escort agency targetting geeks

Submitted by almondjoy
almondjoy (162478) writes "The Register is reporting (as straight faced as they possibly can) that a Dutch "services" provider is targeting their marketing efforts at virgin geeks...

Sociology student Zoe Vialet set up the agency last year, Ananova reports, and admits she's had "a lot of demand from virgins" — most of them from the IT sector. She explained to De Telegraaf: "They are very sweet but are afraid of seeking contact with other people. They mean it very well but are very scared. Zoe has a crack team of five girls "specially trained" to...
...um — well — you'll have to read the article.

But do geeks get a discount? Doesn't sound like it...

...you'll be expected to hone your skills over a extended period, as Vialet insisted: "Every booking lasts three hours minimum. Longer is possible, shorter not.
I wonder exactly how they are targeting their marketing efforts? Any slashdotters in the Netherlands willing to do some research?"
Censorship

+ - Canada's Wayne Crookes sues Google, Wikipedia

Submitted by
newtley
newtley writes "Wayne Crookes, the Green Party of Canada's ex-financier, is in effect trying to sue the Net. He's going after the Wikiedia, Google and openpolitics.ca, run up by federal Green Party activist Michael Pilling, claiming he's suffered, "an immense amount of frustration and emotional distress" over postings. Some 15 others may also have been targeted. "Mr Crookes seems to be trying to unwrite history," Pilling says. "He was a central figure in the growth of the Green Party. His actions were highly controversial and if we have freedom of speech in this country, people should be allowed to talk about them.""

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