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Comment: Re:Or, just don't get married. (Score 1) 445

by samuX (#48130045) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage
from an us point of view that could be the only benefit but, European here - thanks to marriage your partner can also get: - a fraction of your pension in case of death - a fraction of your inheritance despite your testament - she/he can stay near your bed in hospital in case of severe injuries - she/he can decide/firm for some cures/treatments instead of your parents i have been living with my girlfriend/spouse these last ten years or so, she knows what i think about death, euthanasia and so on. i trust, in case of incidents she will be able to put the right decision, the one i most believe in. i know my parents, i know we have opposite idea about euthanasia and frankly, in case something happened to me i really doubt that they would respect my idea and that they would go with their. so yeah, marriage is only a piece of paper but one that has a big importance.

Comment: Re: Lennart Poetterings rebuttal (Score 1) 613

by samuX (#47814749) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux
* journald will no longer forward all local data to another running syslog daemon. This change has been made because rsyslog (which appears to be the most commonly used syslog implementation these days) no longer makes use of this, and instead pulls the data out of the journal on its own. Since forwarding the messages to a non-existent syslog server is more expensive than we assumed we have now turned this off. If you run a syslog server that is not a recent rsyslog version, you have to turn this option on again (ForwardToSyslog= in journald.conf).

Comment: Re:Privacy issue: DNA dragnets (Score 1) 513

by samuX (#42027171) Attached to: Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA
well your concerns are good but i think that instead of fighting the idea to give your DNA you should pretend that the dna will be used only for that investigation, that any information will be destroyed afterward and that - no matter what - it will be used against you from health insurance corp.

Comment: who's responsible of the data (Score 2) 339

by samuX (#41852005) Attached to: $1,500,000 Fine For Sharing 10 Movies On BitTorrent
from TFA: >For Fisher the trouble started when instead of just viewing the films for personal entertainment, he allegedly went on to share copies on BitTorrent. what if my computer is stolen or simply hacked and then those films were putted on bittorrent from someone else? Do i have to be responsible of those movies even in those circumstances so, i don't own them but i'm responsible as if i was a co-author ?

Comment: Re:THEN YOU DO IT MISTER HIGH AND MIGHTY !! (Score 1) 663

by samuX (#40367245) Attached to: Torvalds Slams NVIDIA's Linux Support
i'd really like to waste my time on developing a driver for nvidia, for free but also because i see it as a way to say to the world how good (or how bad) i am at writing code. in the end i'd even give it for free to nvidia so other can work with it and help the o.s. driver grow. we can't and you know why ? because nvidia doesn't give away specs for their hardware, they are very jealous of their "i.p." and to do that driver you need to go for reverse engineering which, right now, other than being hard and long way is even illegal in most country. so i agree with linus, f**ck you nvidia, at least amd is supporting o.s.

+ - 17% Smaller DES S-box Circuits Found-> 2

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solardiz writes "DES is still in use, brute-force key search remains the most effective attack on it, and it is an attractive building block for certain applications (the key size may be increased e.g. with 3DES). Openwall researchers, with funding from Rapid7, came up with 17% shorter Boolean expressions representing the DES S-boxes. Openwall's John the Ripper 1.7.8 tests over 20 million of combinations against DES-based crypt(3) per second on Core i7-2600K 3.4 GHz, which roughly corresponds to DES encryption speed of 33 Gbps."
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Comment: not censorship (Score 1) 2

by samuX (#35194898) Attached to: Police Seizes Blog over "Kill Berlusconi" Satire
please, please, this is slashdot not your political forum, just go somewhere else if you want to talk about you first minister. You can say it's censorship when in your article you say you want to kill someone and you hope for his death, would you call censorship if the article closed was about recreating nazi party and go another time for the "final solution" ? There is a known ontoloy for journalists, and that article simply forget it.. just to get some more viewers, also in italy there's an old law called: apologia di reato which means you can't tell people to go and commit crimes. Finally for the submitter, at least put a good link for the savona e ponente blog, which is

Homer Simpson Named Greatest TV Character 142 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-my-life-I've-had-one-dream-to-achieve-my-many-goals dept.
A survey by Entertainment Weekly has named Homer Simpson the greatest character created for television or film in the past 20 years. Everyone's favorite beer-swilling, donut-eating dad beat out Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the top spot. From the article: "'People can relate to Homer because we're all secretly propelled by desires we can't admit to,' Groening was quoted as telling Entertainment Weekly. 'Homer is launching himself head-first into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him. His love of whatever ... is a joy to witness.'"
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Penumbra: Overture Goes Open Source 74

Posted by Soulskill
from the seeing-the-code-won't-dry-your-pants dept.
As promised when the Humble Indie Bundle hit $1 million in donations the other day, indie developer Frictional Games has released Penumbra: Overture's source code. "The code for Penumbra: Overture is a continuation of the one used for the tech demo + some addition for the not so long lived Robo Hatch project. It also contains some code from Unbirth, giving it quite some history." The release also includes the HPL1 engine. "This is engine that has powered all of the Penumbra games and it even includes the stuff used to create the 2D platformer Energetic. The engine code was started in December 2004 and was actively developed until early 2008." The repositories are available at github.

How To Play HD Video On a Netbook 205

Posted by timothy
from the addressing-that-stuttering-problem dept.
Barence writes with some news to interest those with netbooks running Windows: "Netbooks aren't famed for their high-definition video playing prowess, but if you've got about $10 and a few minutes going spare, there is a way to enjoy high-definition trailers and videos on your Atom-powered portable. You need three things: a copy of Media Player Classic Home Cinema, CoreCodec's CoreAVC codec, and some HD videos encoded in AVC or h.264 formats. This blog takes you through the process."

Comment: Re:Nice but (Score 2, Interesting) 56

by samuX (#29776677) Attached to: German Team Wins 2009 Solar Decathlon
what you say is reasonable but there are a lot of assumptions and i really would like to see some numbers.
Back in the old days pc were relatively polluting and none ever thought about that. Now we know of all the toxic problem related to their making - and their reciclying - so most companies are working on making them more "green".

So what about solar panel ? Are they made with this concepts in mind or are they made just as cheap as possible without taking in account pollution made to make them or not? How long does it takes to make them "greener" or , using math, when this is true ?

"amount of electricity of one panel per day" * "X days" + "pollution produced to make that panel" > "pollution per day of a fossile fuel power plant giving the same amount of electricity"
(i really hope it's readible)

Also you forget that solar panel will not last forever, so depending on the X of the equation above you can make some good assumption rather than running to solar panel because "they told me it's green so it must be".

Comment: Nice but (Score 2, Interesting) 56

by samuX (#29776451) Attached to: German Team Wins 2009 Solar Decathlon
I'm very happy to see this kind of competition however from a scientific prospective i see some problem: saying you save co2 with solar energy is a bit "gross", first to produce all those solar panels you had to pollute the environment so the first question someone should ask is : ok solar is good but how much do you pollute to produce one flat panel ? Are we sure the pollution made (and i'm not speaking only about amount of CO2 but also toxic in rivers, sea etc. etc. ) to make a solar panel is less than the one we would make to make the same power from "classic" method ? CO2 savings: well this is just ridiculous: a nuclear reactor, a wind reactor, a carbon fuel power plant, a hydroelectric power plant. 4 ways of getting electricity, four different amount of Co2 produced, so from what kind of power plant does your electricity come, this is how you try to figure out your real "co2 savings" . Next thing to speak about should the fact that our pollution doesn't come only from Co2 but from toxic wastes too, so measuring pollution with Co2 is ineffective and misleading. I really DO care for my planet and sometimes looks like all this "environmental talks" are just exscuses to push new products rather than really doing something to make earth a better place for our future generations but I might be wrong .

Comment: Re:Stability (Score 2, Interesting) 891

by samuX (#29399971) Attached to: Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

Besides is Linus really "free"? My time has value too (about $50/hour) and the hours I spent trying to connect to my ISP could have been spent earning overtime at work, buying Windoze for ~$120, and still having some cash leftover in my pocket. Sometimes it's worth handing-over the credit card to get plug-and-play software, rather than put-up with free software's constant need to "configure" everything.

Even with plug and play software you have sometimes to stay hour to fix a problem because they aren't doing what they were told to do, so in that case you have spent $$ to buy the program and you have to spent time trying to fix problem or either contact customer support to find a way to solve the problem. This is not about Foss or proprietary sw, it's about wether a program is good or not and if their "default config" is enough satisfying for the 99% of the users who are just beginning with it. So maybe today you will find your linux distro more enjoyable since many default configuration works for lots of people and you haven't to spend time making custom configs.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"