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Comment: Well, that is not the only reason they go down (Score 5, Interesting) 422

by houghi (#48182307) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

My Great aunt, who donated her body to Science (Also in an Open Source way(1)) never drank any Cola, yet they were still way down when she died at the age of 115.

A search on van andel telomeres will give more detail. I have the study somewhere around here, but am not able to find it just now.

(1) Not only did she donated her body to science, she wanted the science to be used for people to learn AND have her name linked to it. To be honest, she thought she would end up on a shelf somewhere after they cut her up. She never thought it would result in so much results in research.

Also because of her, they now have proof that alzheimers is not a given with old age thus a solution is at least possible. There were no traces of Alzheimers found anywhere.

Comment: Technical solution for s social problem (Score 3, Informative) 113

by houghi (#48180981) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

What you are looking for is a technical solution for a social problem.

First you must look at what they will most likely try to charge you with. Is it copyright related or rather defamation. Second is to look who they are related to and estimate how far they are willing to go.

You can look worldwide, not only in the US. Look where Torrent sites are hosted. That would be a good start. Also look where similar sites are hosted.

And be prepared that things will go down at one point, so have a backup plan available. e.g. a running mirror that is not visible, but will be the moment your main site goes down. You can even have a 'site went down because of ...' prepared already to handle the Streisant effect.

I would look also carefully into the TLD you are going to pick. com, net and org might seem fine, but might also be easy to delete.

Last but not least, look if it is realy worth the trouble. Will they make life hard for people you have contact with in Poland? Also: Don't be disapointed if nobade cares.

Comment: Re:This should have been a no brainer (Score 1) 114

That is so cute that you are able to quote some random text that is meaningless, unless people act upon it.
So when are you going to act upon it?

As long as it is not enforced, it means nothing. I am sure that I could find relevant quotes in other random texts that would be relevant, but mean nothing because we do not act on it.

If a kid steals a cookie and all you do is saying that he should not steal the cookie and that he is a very bad boy, he will take the next one. If a dog defacates in the houde and all you do is mutter your disaproval, he will do it again. If Governement Officials are told they do something they should not be doing and we stand by and just Facebook about it, they will do it again.

For now they do not give a shit what you consider your phone. They consider it data that they can take and they will.

Comment: Just copy the Belgian one (Score 1) 59

by houghi (#48174909) Attached to: South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

The Belgium part is free (as in both speech and beer). It is a chip that is on the ID that everyybody has to have (when older than 12 years).
Sources are available for developers for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Readers can be bought easily. Store or bank needs your ID? They just read the card. No mistyping it anymore.
The content on it is:
Name, Given name, Plave and date of birth, Gender, National Number, Nationality, Titel, Special status, Address.
Card number issue place, chip number,m valid from-until
It has a pin number, so you can use it to sign over the Internet.

The only downside, I think, is that not more online companies in Belgium use it. This is because now the burden is with the customer.
They need to type things in.

I will NOT prevent abuse. It will make things just a lot easier for all. And with verification online it will be cheked if the card is stolen and if it was not tamperd with.

And again, this stuff is open source.

Comment: Re:Understandable. (Score 1) 158

by houghi (#48134935) Attached to: Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

Most I watch in 480p. I have a 52" screen at the end of my bed, so the distance to watch is somewhere between 8 and 9 feet (2.5m).

For the majority of things I watch this is sufficient. Now if encoding has been done badly, I go to 720. So untill I get a screen that is 100+ inches in 4K, I am good with 1080p and wait till prices drop seriously.

Comment: Re:Oh great (Score 2) 549

by houghi (#48134811) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Also there are so many places where you need to enter a password that it becomes unusable for the majority of people.

All to often what I see is that IT people do not factor in the weakest link: humans. They do not factor in that their system is not the only system that needs protection.

At work I am forced to change my password every month. As I want to be able to work, I use the same one (and thus have more issues remembering my logins than my password.)

Next to that I have systems at home. I have ones on my phone. I have ones on a seperate PC. I log in at friends and ant to access my sites.

Use program X they say, as if that will never fail. If it is local, I will break it. If it is remote, I do not trust it with all my passwords.

Comment: Re:Straw Man (Score 1) 622

by houghi (#48132967) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

They do want people to see those photos, it's just that they want to control which people and not have them published for all to see on the internet.

Then do not publish it on the Internet.
If you want to keep a secret, don't share that secret.

Long before the Internet at the age of 16, we had discussions about privacy. We had compromising fotos of a politicians (nothing illegal) and had to decide what to do with them. We were talking about what privacy actually is. And what the line is between privacy and secrecy.

When I came on the Internet, I realized immediatly that privacy would be a HUGE issue and that you should protect yourself. You should also assume that what goes onto the Internet will get out sooner or later, no matter what anybody said. Once you give the photos away, you have no control over them anymore.
This happens with hard copy photos as well. It happens with family secrets. It happens.

I am amazed that kids that have grown up with the Internet are not aware of this. When I was their age I knew and my friends knew (which makes it a bit harder to find them online.)

Comment: Re:Biased summary (Score 4, Insightful) 282

by houghi (#48126159) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Why can't I have someone give me pieces of paper when I drive them somewhere?

Because of laws. Just as you can't sell any service without the proper licence and not being the correct legal entity.

See it as selling alcohol in a dry county. Or practicing medicine.

Just because it is your property, it isn't always your rules. It is always "our rules" and the Dutch have tlll now decided against it.

Comment: Re:Pardons are for the guilty. (Score 1) 228

by houghi (#48123077) Attached to: Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

Using classification to cover up billions of felonies is something the American people should never tolerate again.

Again? As in it stoped and should not restart? When did it stop? Why was I not informed of this?

It has never stopped. There was a temporary relaps in the disagreement in what governement wants and what the people want in around 1776, but it went downhill from then on.

But don't worry. This is not the first country where this has happend and it won't be the last. On the downside, histrory has shown us that it can get worse, much, much, much worse.

Comment: Re:Propaganda (Score 2) 106

by houghi (#48118797) Attached to: NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You; That's Classified

Well, the 'But you can vote'-part still keeps the people thinking they have a say still works. An extra plus is that you only have two parties, so half the people can blame the other half.
Devide and conquer is not a new idea, but it works, so why change it? (Together with panem et circenses

Companies are smarter than people and do not vote on just one party. They vote on both parties and they do it with their wallets.

(1) Never draw what you can copy. (2) Never copy what you can trace. (3) Never trace what you can cut out and paste down.