Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


+ - Australian government outlines website-blocking scheme->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian government has revealed its (previously mooted) proposed legislation that will allow copyright holders to apply for court orders that will force ISPs to block access to pirate websites. It forms part of a broader Australian crackdown on online copyright infringement, which also includes a warning notice scheme for alleged infringers."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Eat your words on MULTIPLE grounds vs fact (Score 1) 295

by rHBa (#49358875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?
Hi APK, I knew you were a hosts file fanboi, I didn't know you were a Microsoft astroturfer as well!

FYI, I didn't intend to put words in your mouth, hence why I put "ever?" in brackets (context APK, context...).

Also, if you want people to take you seriously then you need to learn how to summarise your thoughts and present them in a non-td;dr way.

// Note to self, don't feed the trolls

Comment: Re:ordinance? (Score 1) 18

by rHBa (#49357375) Attached to: Ordnance Survey Releases Mapping Tools

The agency's name indicates its original military purpose (see ordnance and surveying): mapping Scotland in the wake of the Jacobite rebellion in 1745. There was also a more general and nationwide need in light of the potential threat of invasion during the Napoleonic Wars, reflected in the inclusion of the War Department's broad arrow in the agency's logo.

Comment: Re:What do you mean not providing a service? (Score 3, Interesting) 18

by rHBa (#49353999) Attached to: Ordnance Survey Releases Mapping Tools
"The OS are not creating a new Google Maps-style service of their own" was taken from the BBC article.

I figured I'd already broken the first rule of Slashdot by RTFA so I might as well break rule 1 of journalism by not verifying the source.

I suspect what they meant was that the OS is not trying to replace Google Maps. Also, if you were going to provide a (large) dataset for people to use don't you think it would be a good idea to give them a convenient way to browse it before downloading?

+ - Ordnance Survey releases mapping tool->

Submitted by rHBa
rHBa (976986) writes "The BBC reports that the UK mapping organisation Ordnance Survey has added 4 new products to its open data portfolio: OS Local, Names, Rivers and Roads. Perhaps the most interesting of the free data sets is OS Local which provides a base map to identify ‘hotspots’ such as property pricing, insurance risk, and crime.

The OS are not creating a new Google Maps-style service of their own but rather are providing their data for use by other third-party apps and online tools. They expect developers and designers to use the data to enhance their own products and improve the information people can access via the web.

What uses would you put this sort of data to if it were available in an easily parsable format for your area?"

Link to Original Source

+ - PayPal Cited For 'Reckless Disregard' For U.S. Sanctions->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "PayPal may not be a bank, but it's still legally required to follow regulations on transferring money — but the company has admitted to a number of violations, including allowing transfers to an individual specifically sanctioned by the U.S. State Department for helping proliferate nuclear weapons."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Still waiting for a "hackability meter" (Score 1) 159

by rHBa (#49349175) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say
Agreed that there is no reason users should need to know HOW their passwords are stored but they should care that their passwords are stored safely. Just as an airline passenger should care that the aeroplane they are flying in was manufactured to the highest standards, without needing to know the details of the manufacturing process.

Comment: Re:My issue with password restrictions (Score 1) 159

by rHBa (#49347183) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say
IMO nobody who signs up for a Tesco bank account has any grounds for complaint.

I once asked a friend of mine, who is a professional ski boot fitter, what brands of hiking boots he recommends (he generally knows his stuff when it comes to performance footwear). His response was "buy a brand that makes shoes", meaning ONLY shoes/boots, not brands like North Face or Salomon.

If I asked my local butcher who I should get my bank account with I wouldn't be surprised if he said Tesco.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson