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+ - British authorities shutdown the charity CAGE for it's anti War-on-Terror stance 1

Submitted by mal0rd
mal0rd (323126) writes "Today I was informed by This Day in Wikileaks that CAGE, a UK charity which campaigns against the War on Terror, has had its bank account closed and its two main backers are under investigation. People have drawn similarities between this and the banking blockade against WikiLeaks which began in 2010 after political pressure.

Cage is a tiny organisation based in London, operating off a budget of less than £300,000 a year. Some staff are Guantánamo survivors and campaign for the fair treatment and due process of terror suspects held in the military prison in Cuba. Their bank accounts have been closed since March, blocking donations and preventing payments to staff, due a complaint they are 'jihadi front that promotes bigotry and hatred’ but investigators said in April there is ‘no information to substantiate the complaint’, the charity claims."

Comment: Re:I'm so pissed at electronic devices!!! (Score 1) 134

by mal0rd (#46258913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

I agree with you and I think a few people do recognize the problem. What we need is a system that allows the app companies like Dropbox and kindles to innovate and make money but without the lock-in.

For example Dropbox. Much of there success is just because of the lock-in. They are expensive and lack features like real encryption but because they built the most user friendly interface and spent lots of money for integration with other parties, the only people that can compete are Microsoft and Google.

It's a hard problem to solve because the market seems to go in the opposite direction - openness just isn't attractive.

I would guess the best way to break out of this situation is to develop a ecosystem where the advantages of openness are accessible by the general public. But that means user friendly, not here are 100 apps that support rsync, another 100 service providers and go figure out which combination is best for you then install, sign-up, configure and pay.

Comment: Extradition from Sweden is easier (Score 4, Informative) 377

by mal0rd (#46237055) Attached to: Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

I'm really surprised how many highly rated comments claim extradition from the UK would be easier. Extradition from Sweden to the US would almost certainly happen. Take for example this fact:

Sweden has a bilateral agreement with the United States which would allow it to surrender Julian Assange without going through the traditional tests and standards of regular, lengthy extradition procedures.

How could anyone reasonably expect him to willfully submit to that? It seems highly likely he would end up rotting in a US jail for life, unheard and unseen.

+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

Submitted by mugnyte
mugnyte (203225) writes "With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style."
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Comment: Re:it's been twenty years, or forty (Score 1) 120

by mal0rd (#46065523) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

Nice comment. Of course, it's not just calendars but basically everything; finding something as simple as a reliable and scalable email client is a challenge.

If you (or other posters) have some thoughts about how we might be able to fix this I'd love to hear it. Next month I'm going to start working full-time on trying to solve this problem because I hope the lack of success is just due too few attempts. Judging by your other replies, the issue is barely even recognized.

Comment: www.healthcare.gov just redirects to 127.0.0.1 (Score 1) 644

by mal0rd (#45566579) Attached to: Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well
No wonder it's so fast.

09:16:31> dig www.healthcare.gov @4.4.4.4
^C 09:18:15> dig www.healthcare.gov @8.8.8.8

; <<>> DiG 9.8.3-P1 <<>> www.healthcare.gov @8.8.8.8
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 8850
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 3, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;www.healthcare.gov. IN A

;; ANSWER SECTION:
www.healthcare.gov. 28 IN CNAME www.geodirector.hc.gov.akadns.net.
www.geodirector.hc.gov.akadns.net. 28 IN CNAME bh.georedirector.akadns.net.
bh.georedirector.akadns.net. 11649 IN A 127.0.0.1

;; Query time: 47 msec
;; SERVER: 8.8.8.8#53(8.8.8.8)
;; WHEN: Sun Dec 1 09:18:17 2013
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 130

Space

+ - Astronomer Clowes discovers a group of quasars 4 billion light years across->

Submitted by
mal0rd
mal0rd writes "The NewScientist reports "A collection of galaxies that is a whopping four billion light years long is the biggest cosmic structure ever seen. The group is roughly one-twentieth the diameter of the observable universe – big enough to challenge a principle dating back to Einstein, that, on large scales, the universe looks the same in every direction."

For reference, Andromeda is only 2 million light years away."

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Comment: Re:What a stupid time to post this drivel (Score 1) 654

by mal0rd (#40427531) Attached to: Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

There's a lot of value in having an experienced person doing basic tasks, but we've forgotten that. Go to Europe, or Japan, and see what level of service you get there.

I agree with the rest of your comment, but I don't get this part. Service in Europe is horrible; it's one of the few things I miss about the states.

Chrome

+ - Chrome Overtakes Firefox in Browser Market Share->

Submitted by SharkLaser
SharkLaser (2495316) writes "According to StatCounter, Chrome has now surpassed Firefox in market share and is now the second most used browser. Firefox is currently the only browser losing market share, as even IE's usage has recently grown, despite losing much of its share to Chrome last year. Globally IE now has 40.63 percent market share (50.66% in the US) and both Chrome and Firefox have around 25%. In related news, Firefox prepares to release Firefox 9 and currently Firefox 10 and Firefox 11 are in alpha stage."
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Android

+ - Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Launched, Tested->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime was officially launched today and some of the first hands-on testing and a preview of the tablet can be seen over at HotHardware. The Prime is based on NVIDIA's new Tegra 3 quad-core ARM9 SoC with an on-board NVIDIA graphics engine. Tegra 3 runs at 1.3GHz in multi-core mode but can boost up to 1.4GHz in single threaded workloads. What's impressive about the Transformer Prime is its 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display that has a native resolution of 1280X800 and puts out 380nits of brightness in standard mode but when in Super IPS+ mode, the panel pushes 600nits of brightness for outdoor settings. The Transformer Prime is fast, thin (.33-inches) and beautiful as you'd expect, and it drops in at about $100 less than a similarly equipped iPad 2."
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