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Submission + - GPL Enforcement under threat. Support Conservancy fundraiser. (sfconservancy.org)

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: "Some companies have withdrawn from funding us and some have even successfully pressured conferences to cancel or prevent talks on our enforcement work. We do this work because we think that it is good for everyone in the long run, because we know it is the right thing to do, and because we know that we are in the best position to do it. But that's not enough — you have to think it's right too and show us by becoming a Supporter now."

Comment Re:Difference between this and SpaceX (Score 1) 121

On an orbital class rocket your engine will have too much thrust making it impossible to hover. That is what SpaceX is trying to do. Land using a thrust to weight greater than one.

Speaking from a position of complete ignorance here -- is there no way to reduce the thrust of the rocket to the preferred rate?

Submission + - Software Freedom Conservancy asks for supporters

paroneayea writes: Software Freedom Conservancy has is asking people to join as supporters to save both their basic work and GPL enforcement. Conservancy is the steward of projects like it, Samba, Wine, BusyBox, QEMU, Inkscape, Selenium, and many more. Conservancy also does much work around GPL enforcement and needs 2,500 members to join in order to save copyleft compliance work. You can join as a member here.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 2) 591

The Russians claim they are opposing ISIL (or whatever we want to call them) but actually spend more energy attacking the other opposition to Assad.
The Turks claim they are opposing ISIL but have a different agenda: Support the Ethnic Turks in the border area, fight the Kurds, Assad and any Shia muslims who get involved. ISIL are Sunni fanatics (as are Al Q), Turkey is mostly Sunni.

I'd guess that the downed plane did not enter Turkish airspace, it was definitely bombing the ethnic Turks in the border area.
If Russia actually restricted their attacks to ISIL, Turkey would still be looking to attack the Kurds whenever they could.

The Russians only have one ally in the area - Assad. If they dropped him then they would lose face, other potential allies would not take them seriously.
The US are allied with Saudi Arabia and have been since Eisenhower. The Saudis have done very well out of this alliance, so have - to a certain extent - the US. The problem now is that the Al Q / ISIL strain of Sunni Islam is the Wahabi strain which comes straight from the Saudi ruling house - those two organisations are practicing what the Saudis preach. Acceptance of that conflict of interest would mean the end of the US / Saudi alliance. That would leave the US out on a limb - it would take a lot to get them together with Iran and that is the main regional alternative.

Comment Change Windows' file path separator to forward-sla (Score 5, Insightful) 505

Backslash-as-a-filepath-separator is extremely annoying, both because it's gratuitously different from every other OS, and because it's also used (in C, C++, and elsewhere) as an escape character, which can cause endless hilarity for anyone who isn't very careful about that.

And I'd also like them to replace the Windows DOS prompt with bash running inside a proper terminal window. Installed by default.

Comment Re:Except they used regular SMS (Score 1) 291

But I have no idea where this "zero knowledge encryption" label came from or what it's intended to actually mean.

Without going to extreme measures like actually reading the article, I'm going to guess that they mean encryption mechanisms where the service provider (read: Apple or Google) has no way to unilaterally decrypt the user's data, because the only place the decryption passwords/keys are ever stored is on the user's device.

Comment Re:How Is It Fine? (Score 1) 108

Maybe the US Navy designed TOR to be vulnerable in the first place

Yes, it could have all just been an elaborate ruse... but given the fact that any software of non-trivial complexity has vulnerabilities in it somewhere, it's more likely that the designers of TOR didn't foresee every possible attack vector. This would make them neither more nor less nefarious than any other designers of (allegedly) secure software.

Comment Re:The hilarity it keeps growing. (Score 2, Interesting) 259

How about this, instead:

Reporter interviewed some investigators who mentioned that the terrorists had been using encryption, and published the story including that fact. The investigators then realized that the terrorists associates might later read the article and realize that their encryption methods might now be compromised and abandon them -- so the investigators asked the newspaper to bury the article, in the hopes that the terrorists would continue using their (perhaps now compromised) encryption methods a bit longer and thereby expose themselves to capture.

I know it doesn't exactly feed the obligatory Slashdot "government is evil and wants to hack your computer" line, but it seems equally likely to me.

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing