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Comment: Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (Score 1) 486

by leuk_he (#47869645) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

All you need are wordlwide emision regulations. Better qulaity fuel or eniges better tued to emisions might make a lot of difference. There currently is economic benefit to tune a ship for better emissions. Even putting it in a harbour for 2 weeks to tune the engine (don't know if technical possible) will set the owner back a lot of money. He will not do it just for emision.

You will not need large innovations. Clean emisions is already understood, and used in power plants. YOu just need motivations.

by the way, Carbon (CO2) exhaust: some idusties, heating, and electircy generation might win more.

Comment: Re: What the heck? (Score 2) 354

by leuk_he (#47841781) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

Almost there. Wolfse made part of the GPL code. However the Bukkit project is not gpl compliant because the entire code contains decompiled java server code. What wolfse thinks is since the project is not GPL compliant, (part is gpl, part is just working) he can put in a dcma. However his code is GPL, so he cannot withdraw that license.

Mojang is the copyright holder of the server code, he surely would be able to put in a take down request.

This is like linus putting a takedown request at redhat because their kernel is linked to non-gpl driver blobs to force nvidea to open source their drivers.

The problem is the risk: fighting this DCMA takedown requires expensive lawyer, and there is a small risk that wolfse has some reasoning that a court will agree with. In that case the costs will be so high, that the "in their free time"projects would make them bankrupt or something like that.

Comment: sponsered phones. (Score 5, Informative) 116

by leuk_he (#47815343) Attached to: E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

These phones are sim-locked and sponsered by the provider. So the 20$ mark means not much, the real price is 10-40 dollars higher.

Using a phone for reading zaps through your battery life (1-3 hours) to light the screen.

But the discusssion stays, since for $99 you can get a reasonable e-paper reader. How to get content for this.... i leave to your imagination.

Comment: pinning gui fail. (Score 1) 220

by leuk_he (#47814871) Attached to: Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

Yup, from secuty point: something is wrong with the pinning CA, drop a fatal error message and you are ready.

But: No option to handle the connection as a unsecured connection. If you simply want to watch the intercepted information about funny cat video, the fact that there is a man in the middle attack is not interresting.
And: Something is alarml wrong error message. Nope, just that the connection might be intercepted, or not be from the original site. Nothing wrong with the PC of the user, but nothing he can do about it. Give him options!

Comment: Flight controls instead? (Score 1) 506

by spiritgreywolf (#47758153) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Personally I'd like to get a car that has controls similar to a jet fighter - or even more basic if it's all drive-by-wire anyway. Gimme a throttle lever in one hand, and a twist stick for proportional steering in the other - or combine them. More display room and less clutter of a wheel.

Comment: Re:Normal lawyer stuff (Score 2) 54

by leuk_he (#47606959) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Requests Suppression Of Silk Road Evidence

No no, the gathering of the information becomes legal. Using it in a "normal" case is an entire different story.(according to the lawyer) You cannot make the gathering of everything digital that is happening for security, and then using this information in a "normal" drugs case. If he tried to do a terrorist action, then it would disappears in the drawer. However This is a normal criminal case, and in such a case the police has to follow certain procedures.

The Military

The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict 402

Posted by samzenpus
from the who's-got-the-best-guns dept.
Taco Cowboy writes The Israel — Hamas conflict in Gaza is not only about bombs, missiles, bullets, but also about cyberwarfare, battles of the mind over social media, smart underground tunnels and cloud-based missile launching systems. The tunnels that Hamas has dug deep beneath Gaza are embedded with high tech gadgets, courtesy of Qatar, which has funded Hamas with billions to equipped their tunnels with intelligent sensors which are networked to control centers enabling the command and control staff to quickly notify operatives nearby that IDF units are advancing inside a certain tunnel, allowing for rapid deployment of attack units and the setting up of bobby traps inside the tunnel.

In addition, Hamas has automated its rocket firing system using networked, cloud-based launching software provided by Qatar which can set off a rocket from any distance, and set them to go off at a specific time, using timers. "Anyone who thinks they have dozens of people sitting next to launchers firing rockets each time there is a barrage is mistaken," said Aviad Dadon, a senior cyber-security adviser at several Israeli government ministries. While Doha is allowing Hamas to use its technology to fight Israel, it's their own cyber-security the leaders of Qatar are worried about. For the Qataris, the war between Israel and Hamas is a proving ground to see how their investments in cyber systems have paid of — Qatar is very worried that one of its Gulf rivals — specifically Saudi Arabia — will use technology to attack it, and Qatar spends a great deal of money each year on shoring up its cyber-technology.

Comment: Re:How has slashdot come to this? (Score 1) 150

Utter crap. Codenomicon are very friendly to FLOSS and FLOSS developers. They're also great guys. They have been providing free test services to the Samba project for many years now, and have helped us fix many many bugs.

In case you hadn't noticed, the code they're reporting on here is closed source proprietary code...

Comment: Re:Is this an achievement? (Score 1) 47

by spiritgreywolf (#47517595) Attached to: Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

Same as if a well trained diver in a dry-suit decided to ride out a hurricane. If he had a re-breather system and enough O2 and other gases to sustain the system - maybe drop a line bristling with tanks a little ways down? Leave enough slack between the buoy the tanks and you and maybe you can swap when needed? He could adjust his buoyancy to stay just below the crazy weather and read a water-proofed Kindle. Well, that and he might want to coat whatever exposed flesh he has to the water with petroleum or silicone goop. He might need a bag of fresh water, too - and god help him if he has to take a dump or whizz during the time he's in the water - but aside from those little complications? Meh.

Granted I assume a lot here since there was once I was going diving off the coast of Cancun - and OHMYFUCKINGGOD were the waves ridiculous. I was about to puke all over the deck till my dive buddy said "Don't stay on the boat - get in the water and go to about 8 feet. The desire to retch will subside. If you stay on the boat you'll only want to die." He was right. As soon as I was at about 8 feet it was serenity. I looked above to see the ladder to the boat leaving the water and plunging and saying to myself "wow, that's gonna be a fun ride coming back out of the water." The 76 minutes below were awesome - the 15 trying to get back into the boat? - The nausea came back with a vengeance and I blew chunks...

But it got me to thinking - anything able to get below the tossing waves should be perfectly fine to ride out a storm. It's being prepared to stay submerged that long and all the complications that entails - up to and including taking on enough nitrogen that even at 15 feet you may have to decompress a while (I don't remember if that would happen or not since 15 feet is the safety stop for rec diving? That and you could use mixed gasses at that depth that can be at times pure O2. But yeah, why not a dry suit with the right plumbing, a water-bag and protection for exposed flesh to the salt water? Hell, I'd do it on a dare just to see if I could do it - calm weather first, of course :-) Might be dark and lonely knowing you have a freaking typhoon right above your head in the blackest midnight. But what the hell, if the book is good I could float there forever.

+ - U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents->

Submitted by Andy Updegrove
Andy Updegrove (956488) writes "The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies. Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for viewable government documents. The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all."
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+ - UK to use Open Document Format for government documents->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "UK has decided to use ‘open standards’ for sharing and viewing government documents. The announcement was made by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. One of the primary objectives of this move is to create a level playing field for suppliers of all sizes. The move must put some pressure on Google to offer full support for ODF in Chrome, Android and Google Docs."
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