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Comment: Re:Fingerprints for a Speedpass? Seriously? (Score 1) 303

The only country that requires finger-prints is the US, as long as you stay out of the US you do not need fingerprints for traveling.

Many countries require fingerprints for entry. See, for example: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/biometrics-international.asp

And the above list is certainly not exhaustive. Malaysia fingerprints everyone. China has evidently recently started. etc. etc.

Comment: Re:Looking at the bigger picture (Score 0) 266

by pangloss (#34522348) Attached to: Oracle Asks Apache To Rethink Java Committee Exit

Oracle's attack on The Apache Foundation and Harmony is basically a worst case scenario for Java. Microsoft would have to sue the Mono project and start clubbing baby seals to top it.

So we're just waiting for the suit now? http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101206/ap_on_re_as/as_new_zealand_seals_clubbed.

Media

1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film? 685

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-hate-time-travel-stories dept.
Many of you have submitted a story about Irish filmmaker George Clarke, who claims to have found a person using a cellphone in the "unused footage" section of the DVD The Circus, a Charlie Chaplin movie filmed in 1928. To me the bigger mystery is how someone who appears to be the offspring of Ram-Man and The Penguin got into a movie in the first place, especially if they were talking to a little metal box on set. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

Comment: redundancy and selective tunneling (Score 1) 403

by pangloss (#32774506) Attached to: Tunneling Under the Great Firewall?

I spent a few years in different cities in China. Here's my take: in order to balance speed and access, you really only want to tunnel/proxy/vpn what you absolutely have to. Most sites aren't going to be blocked so using something like FoxyProxy is pretty essential. If you'll have VPN access, set up rules so that just the traffic that needs to go through the VPN (plus DNS) is getting tunneled.

Also, multiple workarounds for access is important too: you could very well get stuck somewhere where everything but ports 80, 443 are blocked, ruling out your ssh tunnel (unless you've thoughtfully set your ssh server to listen on a different port) and having a web proxy might save the day. Or one proxy goes down, get blocked, is too slow, etc.

I personally used a combination of ssh tunnels, web proxies, a paid VPN service and Tor.

Also, note that the great firewall isn't just a blacklist. It also performs packet inspection for keywords/phrases before issuing TCP resets to both parties, so your proxies definitely should be SSL enabled, even if it's just with a self-signed cert.

Comment: More pain than gain (Score 1) 1231

by pangloss (#29970532) Attached to: Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Went from Jaunty to Karmic on a Dell Mini 9 (both were the Netbook Remix editions) and was greeted with no wireless and no microphone in Skype. The former is a documented issue with the Broadcom drivers and has a fairly straightforward workaround if you're within reach of a wired ethernet connection. The latter appears to be a problem with Skype 2.1.0.47 (current version in Medibuntu for Karmic, and a "beta" no less) and PulseAudio. So far, the workarounds for the latter appear to be to downgrade Skype or remove Pulse.

Comment: Re:It's not really ready (Score 1) 145

by pangloss (#29706325) Attached to: Kindle Finally Ready For Global Distribution

You don't know what they are thinking? I do. They are thinking that they'll be able to sell to that subset of the European market that does not care about 'latin only'. They can learn from their experience in that market, make some customers happy, and earn some money while behind the scenes they can be working on a Kindle that can handle non-latin characters.

In other words, first mover advantage is more important than perfection in a 1.0 product. Amazon understands this.

Amazon never had the first mover advantage. Sony easily beat Amazon to market. Amazon obviously had more success, however. The Kindle runs Linux and Java. There's no excuse for failing to support unicode fonts in that environment. We're not even talking about poor interface issues for right-to-left languages. Most users for whom the Kindle's latin-only fixation is a problem would be well pleased if the Kindle just used a Unicode font!

Comment: Re:The French are in Full Retreat (Score 1) 343

by pangloss (#27930621) Attached to: French Assembly Adopts 3-Strikes Bill

A physical DVD, including packaging, is close to $1.50.

A physical DVD, purchased from a brick and mortar store in central Shanghai (the city with the highest cost of living in China, AFAIK) retails for 7RMB*, which approximately USD1.03. Of course this is a "fake" DVD, but it includes full color printing on the DVD itself as well as a full-color jacket insert. I'll grant that the quality of the printing is of lesser quality than a legitimate DVD, but factoring in rent, wages, payoffs, returns (yes, they accept returns for defective merchandise), I don't think the production of a physical DVD approaches USD1.50.

* I've seen as low as 5RMB and as high as 12RMB, but the former are from street sellers and the latter for shops that have a largely foreign clientele.

Comment: Re:What the hell? (Score 2, Informative) 653

by pangloss (#27162467) Attached to: Suspect Freed After Exposing Cop's Facebook Status

The alleged drunk driver refused a breathalyzer test at the time, which some people consider an admission of guilt.

Not to take away from your point, but according to the Chicago Sun-Times report, the driver requested a breathalyzer test on the scene, but the officer claimed he didn't have a breathalyzer device in his squad car. The driver only refused the test later, at the police station.

Novell

+ - Credit Suisse Writes off Novell

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Anonymous Coward writes "An article appeared today predicting a poor future for Novell, questioning the deal made with Microsoft and casting doubt on Novell's business model. It suggests the 10% gain on Novell shares are unjustified and that the money gained by Novell (making its cash reserves reach $1 billion) will not be turned to any long term profit. Is the deal with Microsoft like winning a lottery, only to be wasted on flashy cars and the high life, followed by the inevitable devastating hangover, or does Novell have the restraint and wisdom to turn this to its favour?"

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster. - Voltaire

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