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Comment: What's wrong with OTR? (Score 5, Informative) 144

by knopf (#44237017) Attached to: Heml.is, New Encrypted Messaging Service From Brokep of the Pirate Bay
Off-the-Record messaging already provides encryption of chat messages, works on top of existing IM services, and you get the bonus that you can get the warm fuzzy feeling from sticking it to the man by using a company's service (like Google talk) that tries to log/mine data, but they can't use your data.

Many clients already support OTR: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-the-Record_Messaging#Native
Many clients have plugins for OTR: http://www.cypherpunks.ca/otr/

Comment: Photoshop and Acrobat should be next (Score 1) 97

by knopf (#43736999) Attached to: Survey On the Future of Open Source, and Lessons From the Past
Maybe the customers can get around supporting an open source replacement for Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop. On the other hand, all the examples listed were not end-user software, but infrastructure-type software (= something that helped a company make money by building something on top) with tech-savvy employees. So I guess, there won't be a big open source move for replacements of Photoshop and Acrobat.

PS: Yes, I know about gimp, darkroom, inkscape, etc. While I can accomplish the task with them, they lack usability, stability, and speed.

Comment: Cheating (Score 1, Insightful) 102

by knopf (#42467471) Attached to: Khan Academy Will Be Ready For Its Close-Up In Idaho
As long as these online teaching systems cannot eliminate cheating, the earned credits worthless for attesting a basic education (in contrast to extended learning). As a straightforward exploit, one person can register multiple times with different identities and then blindly copy&paste the answers for the questions. While the cheater will still learn more compared to just failing or not taking the course it is questionable whether this method will allow the cheater to learn the required minimum to earn the credit.

Comment: Trick the RIAA (sarcasm warning) (Score 1) 607

by knopf (#16033440) Attached to: The Internet Not for Old People
Just sign up some 70+ grandpa or grandma and pay for their link. Then, download all the songs via their accound. Until the RIAA finds out about this and starts suing, it's likely that grandpa is already dead. And in an "abundance of sensitivity" they might then drop the case.

Quite sarcastic, but it's free music after all.

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