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Comment: Remain Calm! (Score 3, Insightful) 496

by ovanklot (#33331070) Attached to: Iran Opens Its First Nuclear Power Plant

I mean, we could always trust the Russians to work in our best interests. Also, they were never sneaky about anything. Always truthful and honest, them Russians.

And Iran only threatened to wipe The West off the map, starting with Israel, with any means at their disposal. And that they could make a nuclear bomb if they wanted to, because it was a right granted to them from Allah.

Not to mention that they're playing the North Korean game of "let's talk" / "we're not talking to you anymore" / "let's talk" / "we're not talking to you anymore" with the UN. Remember what North Korea has now after a few years of that? Ah, yes, The Bomb.

And all this in the hands of a fanatic regime, intent on spreading Islam through force, feared and hated even by most other Islamic nations, all the while being one of the most horrible human-rights violators of our time.

But there's nothing to fear. They're not after the bomb. They say they are, but there's nothing to worry about. It's just a nuclear power plant.

REMAIN CALM!

Censorship

+ - Israeli ISPs forced to block gambling sites->

Submitted by jonklinger
jonklinger (1166633) writes "Around two days ago, Israeli ISPs began to block access to certain websites from Israel. The list of the websites is considered confidential, and included, by media reports two websites related to gambling. The issue in matter began around two months ago, when the Israeli police, alongside the tax authorities arrested 28 suspects who were suspected in collaborating with two websites: Stan James and Victor Chandler. Following a brief period of time, the police approached the Israeli ISPs in request to block access to those sites claiming it has the authority to do so by clause 229 to the Israeli Penal Code. I wrote a brief post with links to the story and review of the Israeli law."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Let's make this meta (Score 1) 285

by ovanklot (#32577260) Attached to: iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Wreaking Havoc On Apple Store

[fanboy of company] was one of a surprisingly large number of people writing in this morning to report that [company's website] is having serious troubles taking pre-orders of the [yearly product refresh]. People are seeing the error page or just waiting an insanely great long time to get pages back. Just imagine [pseudo-snarky comment trying to downplay moderator's asskissing]!

Would this story appear for Microsoft's Windows? Adobe Photoshop? Color me skeptic.

The Internet

Israeli ISPs Caught Interfering With P2P Traffic 139

Posted by kdawson
from the red-hands-in-the-cookie-jar dept.
Fuzzzy writes "For a long time, people have suspected that Israeli ISPs are blocking or delaying P2P traffic. However, no hard evidence was provided, and the ISPs denied any interference. Today Ynetnews published a report on comprehensive research that for the first time proves those suspicions. Using Glasnost and Switzerland, an Internet attorney / blogger found evidence of deep packet inspection and deliberate delays. From the article: 'Since 2007 Ynet has received complaints according to which Israeli ISPs block P2P traffic. Those were brought to the media and were dismissed by the ISPs. Our findings were that there is direct and deliberate interference in P2P traffic by at least two out of the three major ISPs and that this interference exists by both P2P caching and P2P blocking.'"

Comment: Re:Every ID card? (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by ovanklot (#30366592) Attached to: Israeli Knesset Approves Biometric Database Law

What is a "biometric visual scan of their face"? A photograph?

It is the mathematical function that identifies your facial features as your own to a very high degree of probability.

Every country does that. It's called an ID card. As far as fingerprints, I've had to submit my fingerprints like 10 times for various services, clearances, not to mention immigration documents.

Your fingerprints are not in one big database that can be hacked (as others have been hacked before) along with the rest of your entire country. If you've given your fingerprints 10 times, I hope you're sure you gave them to people who can keep them a secret. You can't really change them later.

As much as it bothers me to have centralized databases of ANYTHING, if there is anything that needs a centralized database, it's identification. I'm a privacy freak and I am not sure that this bothers me, especially in the context of a country that can claim the dubious honor of being the most likely terrorist target in the industrialized world.

Think of someone using this database, along with live CCTV footage from a railway station (say, a public online webcam), singling out the Israelis in the crowd. When they see a large group of Israelis coming by, a suicide bomber comes along and explodes next to them. You don't have to be a privacy freak to shudder at that thought.

Comment: We Will Fight This! (Score 1) 303

by ovanklot (#30366442) Attached to: Israeli Knesset Approves Biometric Database Law

There's been a long struggle against this biometric database and we may have lost the battle, but we will win the war. There are still ways to bury this database and all will be pursued, whether they're appealing to the Israeli High Court of Justice (Bagatz), convincing the Ministry of Treasury to keep it outside the budget (It is estimated at over US$100,000,000 to implement), etc.

The law was introduced by MK Shirtrit who I personally suspect has ulterior motives for his overzealous support of the bill and the way he rallied both the coalition and opposition to the cause. The finger has already been pointed at lobbyists from Hewlett Packard. The government bowed to pressure and shady deals were made - we knew it was going to be passed even before they started deliberating.

There's only one finger that I'll be showing MK Shitrit and his biometric database.

Comment: On Par with XP, Quality-Wise (Score 2, Interesting) 770

by ovanklot (#29858207) Attached to: A Tale of Two Windows 7s

I've been using Windows 7 for a couple of months now, since it was RTW, after using Vista for a couple of years.
There is absolutely no comparison to Vista in terms of speed and stability, as it it far better. I also love some of the new features they added. Windows 7 is to Windows Vista what Windows XP was to Windows ME.

By the way, Apple's ads have been going downhill since they started. They started out nice and truthful, highlighting Microsoft's failures and Apple's successes nicely, but now they've turned into mostly FUD and cheap-shots.

Comment: Two opinions from people who didn't read the novel (Score 2, Interesting) 489

by ovanklot (#27099119) Attached to: Watchmen Watched

The first is my friend who went with me to watch it last night. He said during the intermission that he feels like he's walked into a sequel and was missing lots of information, to which I replied that the novel went just like this. After the movie he said he enjoyed it very much.

My other friend went with his wife and they both said that it was a movie you had to stay really focused and concentrated on to understand, but that they think it's one of the best comic-book-based movies they've seen in years.

I've read the novel and loved it, so my view doesn't count ;)

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