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+ - Computer simulations can predict rise of civilizations

Submitted by mu22le
mu22le (766735) writes "A team one historian and three biologists has realized a computer simulation that uses data on natural resources and the spread of military technology to predict the rise of empires with 65% accuracy (paywalled article). They call their approach cliodynamics (after Clio, the Greek muse of history) but more than one reader may be reminded of Asimov's psychohistory."

+ - Middle-click Paste? Not For Long

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Select to copy and middle-click to paste. That's very convenient usability feature associated with UNIX graphical environments. But it is confusing for new users, so the ability to middle-click paste was briefly removed from GNOME 3.10. It was restored few days later, but with clear message: middle-click paste will be permanently removed from next GNOME version."

Comment: Re:Slashdot mobile (Score 1) 106

Do you get an infinite comment loop?

On Android, if I click on a link in an e-mail to a response to a comment of mine it takes me to the Slashdot mobile site with the parent of my comment.

Scrolling down I get to my comment, then the reply, then my comment again, then the reply again, ad infinitum (or ad crash really).

I do not event get to the comments. The frontpage takes forever to load and cannot be scrolled.

Comment: Re:Credibility? (Score 1) 264

by mu22le (#44275411) Attached to: DuckDuckGo: Illusion of Privacy

In addition to this the author is blatantly ignorant about ssl and criptography:

If you possess DuckDuckGo’s cert, you can decrypt all traffic to DuckDuckGo

They claim NSA can decrypt all SSL traffic on a whim. They probably can obtain DDG private key if they want to, but that does not mean that anyone with the _public_ key can decrypt all SSL traffic directed to them.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with OTR? (Score 1) 144

by mu22le (#44253743) Attached to: Heml.is, New Encrypted Messaging Service From Brokep of the Pirate Bay

True that, but agreeing on a password is a lot easier than comparing key fingerprints. A phone call, if you trust you can recognize your partner voice, could suffice.

You may not even need a sideband channel, the name of the place where you met for the first time would probably be secure enough for most purposes.

Comment: Re:no crystal ball required (Score 1) 144

by mu22le (#44241901) Attached to: Heml.is, New Encrypted Messaging Service From Brokep of the Pirate Bay

"You already use the internet, they should be able easily to associate your IP with your identity. "

only if you are a complete fool and use your home internet for most things.

they cant find me in the noise of a starbucks connection.

Unfortunately for you, the combination of browser plugins you use is basically unique (see https://panopticlick.eff.org/) and more than sufficient to track you.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with OTR? (Score 1) 144

by mu22le (#44241787) Attached to: Heml.is, New Encrypted Messaging Service From Brokep of the Pirate Bay

AFAIK, you can't use OTR for 'disconnected' messaging, where one user is offline atm.

Actually, you can, even if it is a bit impratical. The original OTR paper (http://www.cypherpunks.ca/otr/otr-wpes.pdf) even discussed a way to use OTR with emails. Unfortunately that never gained much support.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with OTR? (Score 1) 144

by mu22le (#44241741) Attached to: Heml.is, New Encrypted Messaging Service From Brokep of the Pirate Bay

There are ways to prevent MitM attacks. The crypto.cat people were working on an implementation of the scialist millionaire protocol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_millionaire) that would use a simple password, exchanged via secure means (read: in person) to validate the partecipant public keys.

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