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Comment: One step back, two steps forward (Score 1) 415

by rgbe (#48272757) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

One step back, two steps forward. This is how I see it. Battery tech will evolve and so will the energy efficiency of the devices. It may be slow with regard to today's pace.

It's like saying the browser is a step back from the standard desktop environment. It is, but it also allows you to do so much more.

All this from someone who does not wear a watch.

Comment: Re:LastPass (Score 1) 191

by rgbe (#47991643) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

I second that. I have LastPass on my mobile, on various WebBrowsers at home and work. Although the free version could be suficient for your child. I paid for the premium version which gives me the mobile option, and it's cheap, at only around $12/year (last time I looked). So for all websites I have different passwords which all have high entropy (think 16 characters, uppercase, lower case, numbers and special characters).

I only need to remember a few passwords which I don't store in LassPass, e.g. bank, email, etc.

Comment: I have used change logs before (Score 1) 162

by rgbe (#45659071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?

I worked in a large financial services company in Switzerland. We were one of the most intense users of a particular risk & control application. We understood each corner of this application and with each new release we analysed each change in detail. This was necessary to weigh-up the value of upgrading or not, or timing the upgrade appropriately. Some seemingly insignificant change could be a show-stopper for our users.

Comment: Once you do get it going... (Score 1) 175

by rgbe (#45331337) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Satellite Internet For Remote Locations?

You can optimize your connection using an optimizing proxy hardwired to the Internet. The proxy can reduce some of the latency by doing dns lookups for you and reducing page sizes. It won't make real time apps like VOIP any better. There are also services like this available: or Opera browser, etc. I think even Chrome has it available.

Comment: Wikimedia could copy StackOverflow's process (Score 3, Interesting) 166

by rgbe (#45207463) Attached to: Wikipedia Actively Battling PR Sockpuppets

We all know how StackOverflow works. You can always ask or answer a question, but other privileges are based on your reputation. Reputation is only gained by creating good questions and answers. It takes work to get a good reputation on StackOverflow.

I actually don't know what Wikimedia has in place, but it could implement a similar reputation based approach as StackOverflow. Of course the algorithm and mechanism would be different since Wikipedia is not a Q&A site.

To make things even harder, they could implement a reputation killer. For example: if user A improved the score of user B, then user B gets nuked because they are one of these PR firms, then user A should suffer a major reputation dive.

While I'm at it... Instead of Wikipedia begging for money once a year, they could implement a site which has some light advertising. By default all users go to, but for those who want can manually redirect to I would be glad to support such a system.

Comment: Been there, done that (Score 4, Informative) 72

by rgbe (#44968823) Attached to: New Zealand Converting Old Phone Booths Into National WiFi Network

I was one of those 175'000 customers who trialled it. And I have to say the speed was reasonable and you can't complain about free WiFi on the street. We were travelling NZ for 6 months and we used it all over the place. It tended to be the most reliable connection you could find, even better than sitting in a café and using their WiFi.

Comment: This technology has been around for many years (Score 3, Informative) 33

by rgbe (#44712179) Attached to: The Augmented Reality America's Cup

Animation Research Limited in New Zealand pioneered this way back in 1992 for the America's Cup in San Diego. It was revolutionary, what's in the article above is just evolutionary.

Some pix I could find of the original, seem to be not many around:

Here is was Animation Research Limited are working to today:

+ - YouTube Removes Greenpeace's F1 Protest Video->

Submitted by rgbe
rgbe (310525) writes "Greenpeace has claimed YouTube removed a video of its protest from this weekend’s Formula One race in Belgium, at the bequest of the sport’s organisers. The protest sought to draw attention to oil giant Shell’s operations in the Arctic, where a spill would be a “disaster, threatening a region of breathtaking beauty and the polar bears that live there”, according to Greenpeace. It formed part of the Save The Arctic campaign." The video is now available on Vimeo and Facebook."
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Comment: I have a OpenVPN you could try (Score 1) 251

by rgbe (#44662527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

Try this service and see how it compares to yours:
See if you get the same behaviour. You get 1GB of free data, if you email support I can give you more. I could also open port 443 if they seem to be shaping non-Http(s) traffic. I have had it running for a few days. There is a server in Dublin you could use.

+ - Man Who Sold $100 Million Worth of Pirated Software Gets 10 Years In Prison->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Chinese national was sentenced to 12 years in a U.S. prison for selling more than $100 million worth of software pirated from American companies, including Agilent Technologies Inc., from his home in China. Li and his wife, of Chengdu, China, were accused of running a website called 'Crack 99' that sold copies of software for which 'access-control mechanisms had been circumvented, the U.S. said in an unsealed 46-count indictment. The pair was charged with distributing more than 500 copyrighted works to more than 300 buyers in the U.S. and overseas from April 2008 to June 2011. The retail value of the products was more than $100 million, the government said. Li is the first Chinese citizen to be 'apprehended and prosecuted in the U.S. for cybercrimes he engaged in entirely from China,' prosecutors said in court filings."
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Comment: Re:I may be odd in this (Score 1) 273

I would disagree with your post and most of the "don't work and travel - it's a waste" posts. Because I have found that living in one place for a longer period of time you get to learn about the city you are in, much more than a typical tourist. You will get to appreciate how things operate in a different country, the good, the bad and the ugly.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie