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Comment: Re:Excellent Idea (Score 2) 321 321

by gidoca (#44507839) Attached to: NZ Professor Advocates Civil Disobedience Against Mass Surveillance
There are possibilities that don't require an external infrastructure: just use NFC (or, if possible, a more secure equivalent) on the smartphone to exchange keys. This is what Threema does, and it isn't any more complicated than exchanging email addresses. Most people communicate mostly with people they know in the real world, after all.

Comment: Re:Crap, the sky is falling (Score 1) 334 334

by gidoca (#43708845) Attached to: Last Forking Warning For Bitcoin

Total disaster, never happens in real world, not virtual one. Except for all the times when 'real world' currencies undergo devaluations, revaluations, forced exchanges, just plain old inflation, all the things that lead to currencies collapsing. I mean name me a paper currency that lasted longer than 80 years on this planet without a major restructuring, without collapsing?

The Swiss Franc? Unless you count things like exchange rate manipulation by the central bank, but that isn't really a collapse.

Open Source

+ - Raspberry Pi Runs A Mobile Phone Network->

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judgecorp writes: "Researchers have used a Raspberry Pi to build a mobile phone base station. The $30 Linux computer, plus some open source software was hooked up to radio systems by PA Consulting in Cambridge UK, working in a closed facility to avoid interfering with licensed spectrum."
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Comment: Re:Don't do that (Score 1) 514 514

by gidoca (#42338695) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: 2nd Spoken/Written Language For Software Developer?
I don't know if it's more or less clean to use environment variables, but it certainly is easier. The official Gentoo wiki recommends it to set the locale, anyway. And, well, in Gentoo you need to do stuff manually anyway, so no big difference there. :) Btw, it should read LANG=de_CH.UTF-8, of course. Anyway, I agree that it works much better on Linux than Windows or even Android. It's so annoying that having the language set to English makes it show American news in the Google News app.

Comment: Nothing compared to the Swiss FIS (Score 1) 362 362

by gidoca (#41992251) Attached to: US Air Force Scraps ERP Project After $1 Billion Spent
Consider me unimpressed. The Swiss military spent 750 Million Dollar on a similar system called "Führungsinformationssystem Heer" that also spectacularly failed to fulfill its intended purpose (or any other purpose, for that matter). While, in absoulte terms, this may not be quite as much as the US Air Force spent, you have to keep in mind that this is the equivalent of a seventh of the annual budget of the Swiss military. Also, they have not stopped this project yet, so there is no saying they won't exceed the US Air Force project.

+ - MPAA Sends Out Anti-Piracy Propaganda to US Presidential Candidates->

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hypnosec writes: MPAA is reportedly sending out a list of key points to the two frontrunner US presidential candidates and even to the folks at congress. The key “talking points” include words of praise for Hollywood and its contribution to the US economy and the thousands of jobs it brings along with it. The document also stresses that Hollywood brings technological innovation. Going back to its original points on copyright strategies, MPAA is trying to promote the need of new copyright protection strategies and need to open door for legislation similar to already shelved Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA).
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