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Comment: Re:Ner ner! (Score 2) 74

But it IS reliable and private. It's only NOT private when you take the "Free" options.

[citation needed]

From the Terms of Service:

When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.

Neither that, nor their Privacy Policy mention any exceptions for Photos if you pay for them. Where did you get this idea?

Comment: Re:Too much of any good thing... (Score 1) 620

by chihowa (#49802683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

I agree that the story itself is not comparable to our lives, but the same can be said for most of the sci-fi or fantasy stories that try to address immortality. I've yet to read a book that's sole topic was discussing the philosophical dilemmas of extended life. Usually, the topic is just an aside to the main storyline (which is thankfully not as often saturated with drama as the vampire genre is).

Fiction is one of our more powerful tools for exploring philosophical concepts. For it to work, you have to create engaging worlds and characters with which to do the exploring. I'm certainly not one for the Byronic hero, but Rice's stories (which were fairly well written and I have to admit that I found them entertaining as a kid) were attempting to humanize an immortal creature so that the readers could attempt to experience a different perspective. She was exploring more than just immortality, so it makes sense that her characters aren't a perfect fit for that topic alone.

Her vampire world certainly isn't any more ridiculous than the world (or characters) of Lazarus Long or Louis Wu. Deep philosophical investigation is hard to do without contrived or ridiculous scenarios. If there's something to be learned from a work (and there isn't always one), then we shouldn't get hung up on the silly details of the story.

Anyway, it sounds like you have in mind a book that better addresses the topic. Can you share? I'm genuinely curious and I've never read enough!

+ - First Ultraviolet Quantum Dots Shine In An LED->

Submitted by ckwu
ckwu writes: Researchers in South Korea have made the first quantum dots that emit ultraviolet light and used them to make a flexible, light-emitting diode. Until now, no one had succeeded in making quantum dots that emit wavelengths shorter than about 400 nm, which marks the high end of the UV spectrum. To get quantum dots that emit UV, the researchers figured out how make them with light-emitting cores smaller than 3 nm in diameter. They did it by coating a light-emitting cadmium zinc selenide nanoparticle with a zinc sulfide shell, which caused the core to shrink to 2.5 nm. The quantum dots give off true UV light, at 377 nm. An LED made with the quantum dots could illuminate the anticounterfeiting marks on a paper bill. If their lifetimes can be improved, these potentially low-cost UV LEDs could find uses in counterfeit currency detection, water sterilization, and industrial applications.
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+ - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

Submitted by lister king of smeg
lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( https://news.ycombinator.com/i... , https://soylentnews.org/articl... , https://www.reddit.com/r/progr... ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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Comment: Re:How embarrasing (Score 1) 347

by chihowa (#49799891) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent

They're probably logging the telemetry so that it can be retransmitted if they miss a beacon. The transmitter on this thing is pretty low power and the telemetry is presumably the valuable information that the sat is determining. That said, there are a number of ways that they could better handle the logs than to just let them grow and grow.

+ - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

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Comment: Re:Availability (Score 1) 620

by chihowa (#49799369) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

It may be more important for stability of the system to have constant churn in the serf population, though. Churn prevents the individuals from accumulating any appreciable amount of knowledge or money, which helps to maintain their desperation and dependence.

The constant cycle of growing up in hardship, only to be broken by unavoidable work, and then death is important for cementing the permanence of their position.

Comment: Re:Too much of any good thing... (Score 1) 620

by chihowa (#49799273) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

That you're fixated on the devices (the vampires) used to explore some philosophical concept only shows a limitation in your capability or interest. The vampire is just an established fictional method of achieving immortality, just like the (also fictional) medical treatments used by Heinlein and Niven and the like. Since immortality is currently a fictional concept to begin with, the choice of fiction used to explore it is just a matter of taste.

If the genre actually invalidates the philosophical point for you, then you're not a very competent thinker. (Spoken as someone who doesn't care for the vampire genre at all but was able to appreciate the exploration of immortality in her books nonetheless.)

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.


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Comment: Re:This is exactly what belongs in cars (Score 1) 76

by chihowa (#49792897) Attached to: GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In Most 2016 Vehicles

The bigger worry in the end is there aren't many platforms that last over 10 years - PalmOS started in the mid 90s and was wiped out in the mid 2000's, Windows Mobile started late 90s and was wiped out in the mid 2000's. Symbian started in the 80s as EPOC and probably lasted the longest, but again, dead. Ditto say, Blackberry. There's a good possibility that say, 2020 would bring about a new platform or innovation that renders iOS and Android both obsolete.

That was my point, though my example was subpar. The iPod dock connector lasted a while, but there were fairly new cars still sporting it when Apple switched connectors. These are very fluid "standards".

These auto systems will likely never be updated, either, so they will work at whatever level the API was at when the car's development cycle stopped... even while Apply and Google keep the API churn going and possibly depreciate old versions of it. This is a recipe for constantly obsoleted car interfaces, just as these companies' phones are constantly obsoleted (some more than others).

Comment: Re:This is exactly what belongs in cars (Score 1) 76

by chihowa (#49787853) Attached to: GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In Most 2016 Vehicles

What you don't seem to realize is that this is the equivalent of that for connecting your smartphone to your car.

These are the equivalent of cars with built-in iPod docks, not aux jacks. Both of these standards are incompatible with each other, brand new, and controlled by companies that change/drop their old "standards" at the drop of a hat. In five to ten years, these systems will be just as obsolete as the cars with slots to fit a first-gen iPod, 30-pin connectors, and firewire level power output.

Not to mention the privacy aspects of this. The sheer amount of data that Android Auto shares with apps is a creepy stalker/advertiser wet dream (in-car microphones, GPS, car telemetry, etc).

Comment: Re:Get rid of it (Score 1) 387

by chihowa (#49785921) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

I submit that there is not a single human being, alive or dead, that can stay true to their promise of integrity AND be in the highest power office in the world. its not possible, its not do-able and we should stop expecting it. abs power corrupts absolutely, we all know this and we can see it, first-hand.

For all of his pretty promises and moving speeches, Obama is (and always was) a politician first. That nobody can occupy a position of high power without being corrupted doesn't follow from us believing the calculated lies of a politician. And anyways, a "promise of integrity" is not the same thing as actual integrity.

Power attracts the corrupt and the higher the office, the more it will be coveted by the most corrupt among us. Your hypothesis will never be tested because nobody who isn't thoroughly corrupt will ever make it to the highest power office in the world, even in the unlikely event of them wanting to.

Comment: Re:OK, but seriously... (Score 1) 91

by chihowa (#49736021) Attached to: Tweets To Appear In Google Search Results

As someone who uses DuckDuckGo, I have to point out that that's a misleading suggestion. If other engines start doing this, it may well end up in DDG as well.

DDG relies heavily on the indices of others and many of the crappy trends in modern search engines are filtering into DDG. Search terms are replaced by synonyms and common misspellings, all searches seem to be boolean OR searches and terms are dropped without any notice at all, etc. More than that, any dissatisfaction with the results is dismissed and blamed on the other indices that they use.

Honestly, if it weren't for the extremely addictive bang searches (holy shit are those awesome), I'd probably ditch DDG. I know that you can implement those in Firefox, so I might get around to that eventually.

Comment: Re:Stupid question: how do you use it? (Score 1) 88

by chihowa (#49727811) Attached to: Yubikey Neo Teardown and Durability Review

It also has a CCID compatible secure element, so you can use it to store your SSH keys. Instead of setting up OTP on each server and pressing the button, just add the NEO's key to .ssh/authorized_keys on each host. Much simpler.

It also acts as a OpenPGP Card and has support in Android for signing/decrypting email.

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.

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