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Comment: Re:The sad destruction of Slashdot (Score 1) 45 45

I'm dismayed at how much Dice cares so little for its legacy audience. It's long time readers and the community here that allows no BS to go unchecked. Beta was so big and fucking ugly it was easy for those with soul to largely rebel and reject it. Where's Beta now? They pretty much gave up. But now with the hideous changing of comment counts and remove of the original "read more" link layout, the sign has been posted. Dice and its soulless corporate minions intend to slowly take shots here and there, little by little. Slowly they will destroy this venerable, classic old home to many on the web. And it's just a GOD DAMN SHAME.

removing the well mknown "read more" link from the bottom of the news item and instead creating a grotesquely large #-of-comments counter next to the heading is counter-intuitive and bad interface design.

I read the heading, if it anyhow interests me I read the summary and if I still feel interested I go for the "read more". This is top-down and the old design ws in harmony with it. Now I'm forced to go back again and click the link on the opposite end of the entry. This design interrupts the "natural flow" of eyeball and mouse-pointer movements and actually results in dimished clicks.

I guess some marketing droids decided to try and give /. more of an 2.0 appearance in the hope of attracting new (younger, more consume-oriented) readers and raise income froms ads. But destroying the usability of the site does not attract new users, it alienates the current users instead. If dice want to bring slashdot to the presence they should add features this site has ignored for much to long:

Too geekish? Think again! FB does all of those and look how many clicks they net in...

Comment: Re:Car analogy? (Score 1) 67 67

You may remember the bit in The Hitchikers Guide about London based designers driving their Porsche against a tree with their leather jacket strapped at the front of the car to give it the perfect pattern of lines and that air of being-used-fullness.
TFA describes what is the analogy of doing this with 1000 Porsches on the same leather jacket and later read the license plates of each of them within 100 nanoseconds from the scratches in the jacket.

Comment: Re:WindOwS X (Score 3, Insightful) 154 154

The PC won the computer wars years before the Mac came out, since it had the magic initials on it (IBM). It never lost its dominance in market share, although it became clear over time that the dominance actually belonged to the OS (PC-DOS, then MS-DOS).

The PC won the computer wars over Apple because IBM did not care to hunt down or even hinder clones while Apple did.
There was an evolving cloners scene in Taiwan and environs eager to try their (re)engineering skills with the Apple II but Cuppertino scared them away.
Enter IBM with that PC box and the cloners switch horses, meet no resistance and succeed to create a world standard almost immediately.
IBM wins, cloners win, consumers win, world economy had a new cycle to run through and IP evangelists decided to wait a decade or two before organizing the roll back.

Comment: Re:Other explanations: (Score 1) 94 94

11. The shadow of god.

He stood there in his multiverse lab, shaking the tube with that new mixture of fundamental constants and just when he added a spoonfull of antimatter reductor something unfortunate happened and the whole thing went "bang" in a very bad way. He was super fast to duck down for shelter but the shockwave was faster and caught him rolled up like a ball.
Thus the resulting universe has been god-forlon right from the very beginning.

Comment: Re: this is one more reason (Score 3, Interesting) 136 136

"America" - or rather the commerce/3-letter/politico corporatistic conglomerate rooted in the US of A - does it cause it believes it can. They feel they have a monopoly in the field of international money transfer and when I take a look at my options to transfer money to a internet based business in NZ or in fact even at home (within the EU) they do.
It is Visa or MasterCard of Paypal. and apparently all of them listen when a US senator tells them with whom they should not make business.

Why is it that basic backgound infrastructure like financial networks, social media, internet search, is so firmly in US hands an there is no serious competitor based in a different locale?
It might be that constantly waging war against half the planet supplies better means to establish worldwide networks.

Comment: Re:It wont be that long. (Score 1) 215 215

I remember when I upgraded from my Armstrad cpc 6128 to a 386sx machine which was my first box with a HDD. I choose the large one then with 40MB. Somewhen at the last third of the eighties. Those things were expensive then and I could have got a used car for the price of it

Comment: Re:Most sophisticated malware? (Score 3, Interesting) 131 131

Will this sophisticated malware work on anything other than Microsoft Windows

While I do not think you expected sincere answers to this question there is a reason to support the obligatory "of course not" answer. From the Kaspersky analysis ( )

"The name Regin is apparently a reversed "In Reg", short for "In Registry", as the malware can store its modules in the registry. "

And since Linux has no registry...

- then again I would not ne surprised to learn that there is a variant of this tool runing on linux which just swaps in a different module to store its VFS at a place hard to detect on linux. Unused space behind the partitions or something...

So, no - no reason to feel safe. Your choice of OS may only protect you until they decide to actually aim at you.

Comment: Re:FBI Director James Comey may not care. (Score 1) 93 93


And note the timing. This news (facebook, whisper systems) comes at the same time that EFF published the Let's Encrypt initative (EFF, Mozilla, Akamai, Cisco) .
I seem to remember there was an appeal to to make encryption the default coming from th3 w3c meeting a fortnight ago.
Is it a coincidence that this comes in time with an open letter by AOL, Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter und Yahoo to the US senat to vote in favor of the USA Freedom Act (which it did not).

Apparently the big names feel the heat, it is bad for business when it is common knowledge globally that US companies are required by law to betray their customers' data.

And the way the US administration and politicos handled the topic after Edward Snowden showed us the proof of all the old suspicions did not help, it rather aggreviated the problem.

Nor did weasle worded dementi and press releases help. The global mistrust is massive and there is too much of critical expertise watching. And their attention just does not fade away. So the situation may have reached a point where some of the big players realize that feeding digital placebos is not enough to prevent further damage and they need reliable answers they can give their customers, You know, things that run less risk to be exposed by a presentation at Black Hat or CCC conferences some six months after introduction...

I'm not saying WhatsApp has reached this point and tries to do the right thing but I won't rule it out. It does look like a step in the right direction, raising the bar.
(I uninstalled WhatsApp after fb bought them and I use textsecure for my SMS on android)

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.