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Comment: Re:goal to make things suck? (Score 1) 164

by elgaard (#36661724) Attached to: Pdf.js Reaches First Milestone

> But opening up a new window for each PDF you display really sucks as a user experience.

My browser can show PDF in tabs.
But I almost always want PDF-s to open in a new window, full-screen.
Why would I want to read a 200 page report inside a browser?

The same goes for video, I usually want to view it full-screen not embedded in some page in a browser.

Comment: Re:Android for the masses (Score 1) 229

by elgaard (#34911650) Attached to: ARM Powered OLPC XO-1.75 Laptop Is Faster Than X86

That is a good point. I have been playing with the AC-100.

The Android is not impressive on the AC-100.

But you can install Ubuntu on it; which is slow.

But it you use LXDE and trim Ubuntu a bit, it is actually good, much faster than Android.

I do like how the Android browsers make excellent use of the screen.

The Ubuntu/Debian package system is so much better than the silly app markets. More usefull applications and much easier to install.
(i didn't even manage to install Emacs on Android).

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Julian Assange's Online Dating Profile Leaked 334

Posted by samzenpus
from the leaker-love dept.
Ponca City writes "The Telegraph reports that an online dating profile created by Julian Assange in 2006 has been unearthed from OKCupid disclosing that the WikiLeaks editor sought 'spirited, erotic' women 'from countries that have sustained political turmoil.' Writing under the pseudonym of British science fiction author Harry Harrison, Assange described himself as a 'passionate, and often pig headed activist intellectual.' Assange said he was seeking a 'siren for [a] love affair, children and occasional criminal conspiracy' adding that he was 'directing a consuming, dangerous human rights project which is, as you might expect, male dominated' and added enigmatically: 'I am DANGER, ACHTUNG.' Among Assange's listed interests were the 'structure of reality' and 'chopping up human brains' – although he added the caveat '(neuroscience background)' lest the latter put off potential admirers. 'I like women from countries that have sustained political turmoil,' Assange wrote. 'Western culture seems to forge women that are valueless and inane. OK. Not only women!'"

Comment: Re:stating the obvious... (Score 1) 440

by elgaard (#33668478) Attached to: Are Desktop Firewalls Overkill?

>Then you're a better man than I am. I've barely scratched the surface on the source to programs on my Linux server.

I do not check all source code, of course. But I do occasionally check code that behaves oddly.
If I found out that an application was trying to do evil, there is no way I would keep the application just because I had a firewall.

> I'd make an application that could enforce my rules.

But such applications do not exist, unless you rules are very formal and useless.

> I wonder what catchy name I could call this application that builds a wall between those apps and the network.

I would call it a firesieve.

If you do not trust your own applications, you have lost anyway.

Comment: Re:stating the obvious... (Score 1) 440

by elgaard (#33666908) Attached to: Are Desktop Firewalls Overkill?

> If you don't have a firewall to enforce the rules, how do you keep applications from opening ports?

By running well-behaved applications.

> How do you know the latest and greatest app you just installed doesn't send usage data to the developer or open a port for 'remote support'?

I check the source code.
Besides such an application would probably use HTTP-requests.

Comment: Re:link (Score 1) 89

by elgaard (#32150904) Attached to: Wikipedia Offers a Book Creator

Well it is not that hard to translate normal wiki markup to Latex. Parsewiki is old but does the trick.
http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~villate/parsewiki/README.html

The problem is that Mediawiki has a lot of templates, tables, tags, special pages, permitted HTML, etc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Wiki_markup
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML_in_wikitext

I once tried to do it for Wikitravel but end up going via HTML.

Comment: Re:Legal, but dubious (Score 1) 151

by elgaard (#32097054) Attached to: CBSA Reveals Some Laptop Search Info, But Not Much

In 2008 a photo on the front page of a local paper in Denmark was censored. It showed some children playing in a garden, one of them a naked two year old boy. The photo was taken by the mother of some of the children and she was annoyed because she felt that the censors had turned an innocent family photo into something sexual.

It was part of the papers photo competition.

Apparently it was the the people operating the physical printing press that demanded that the photo should be censored!.

http://www.fyn.dk/article/95462
http://www.pressefotografforbundet.dk/news/fotografi/9707/avis-bortcensurerer-noegen-to-aarig
http://politiken.dk/indland/article471168.ece

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