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Comment: The data-mining agreement seems to suck (Score 1) 52

by shtrom (#46145723) Attached to: Elsevier Opens Its Papers To Text-Mining

Acording to “Why you and I should NOT sign up for Elsevier’s TDM service“ [0], this is not all that good, as the Text and Data Mining policy is actually overly restrictive. Most notably, it forces you to go through their API to do the work, rather than parsing things locally at your leisure, and imposes conditions on the release of the uncovered data (namely a non-free CC-NC).

[0] http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/...

Comment: Confirmed on a Debian 7.3 machine (Score 1) 341

by shtrom (#45829201) Attached to: Linux Distributions Storing Wi-Fi Passwords In Plain Text

USER@DEBIAN73:/etc$ cat /etc/debian_version
7.3
USER@DEBIAN73:/etc$ sudo grep -R WPAKEY *
[sudo] password for USER: :/etc$ cat /etc/debian_version
7.3
USER@DEBIAN73:/etc$ sudo grep -R WPAKEY *
[sudo] password for USER:
NetworkManager/system-connections/ESSID:psk=WPAKEY

This is a bit embarassing...

Now, can somebody with the WPA key of a network capture traffic to/from other stations?

Comment: Re:bullshit - gmail does NOT recognize dots (Score 1) 239

by shtrom (#43021741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Identity Theft Attempt In Progress; How To Respond?

Google had also opted to use the dot at the end of your email address as a replacement for the + functionality called out in the RFCs (and explicitly disallowed the plus.

Untrue. I regularly use the + in GMail addresses, and it does fall into the desired recicipient's mailbox: BLAH+WHATEVER@gmail.com properly reaches BLAH@gmail.com's inbox.

Comment: ISO/IEC 80000-13:2008 (Score 1) 618

by shtrom (#42906077) Attached to: When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

Actually, all of this (KB vs. KiB) has been standardised by ISO: "Quantities and units - part 13: Information science and technology," ISO/TC12 WG12, IEC/TC25, Geneva, Switzerland, ISO/IEC 80000-13:2008, Apr. 2008. Available: http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail?csnumber=31898 (it always baffles be that standards are not free te access...).

In short, 1K = 1000; 1Ki = 1024.

Comment: Don't. Use mailing lists and GMane. (Score 1) 259

by shtrom (#41952811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Add Forums To a Website?

Forums are some sort of locked garden from which it is hard to extract information in any other way than browsing the pages. What about other workflows? Also, I hate registering for one-time posts, and this is usually a huge turn-off from posting anything, even if it could have been useful to others.

When in need for this type of solutions, I tend to set up mailing lists, which is by far the most flexible. Then, to cater for other workflows I use GMane [0].

You just need to tell it to archive your mailing list, and on top of that, it can provide forum-like interfaces with various type of flows representation (threaded [e.g., 1] or flat [e.g., 2]) and a web-based reply [e.g., 3] form with no mandatory registration (depending on your mailing list configuration) but proper identity checks. And it also provides NNTP access for people who prefer newsgroups.

You can also host instances of Weaver [4] (archiver) and Loom [5] (web frontend) locally if you don't want to rely on external services.

GMane has a neat interface which makes it easily intregrable to web templates through a simple iframe, too [e.g., 6].

[0] http://www.gmane.org/
[1] http://news.gmane.org/gmane.os.openbsd.ports
[2] http://blog.gmane.org/gmane.os.openbsd.ports
[3] http://post.gmane.org/post.php?group=gmane.os.openbsd.ports&followup=58668
[4] http://weaver.gmane.org/
[5] http://loom.gmane.org/
[6] http://oml.mytestbed.net/tab/show/oml

Comment: Re:Good quality keyboards! (Score 1) 268

by shtrom (#38480952) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Ideal High School Computer Lab?

While you're at it, end the stupid typewriter hegemony in the egg. No more jagged and oddly-located keys.

I've been using a TypeMatrix keyboard (http://typematrix.com/) for a while, and am quite satisfied with it. I'm now eyeing the TrulyErgonomic one (http://www.trulyergonomic.com/) which seems even better.

I think it's about time people know that well thought keyboards exist, and start getting them before RSI sets in. On that matter, a break timer may also be good to give them good habits early.

Next rant: dvorak, but it may be too early (;

Comment: Re:postmaster@ (Score 1) 133

by shtrom (#36944240) Attached to: Why Public Email Needs a Police Force

The RFC you mention is 2142 http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2142.

Another one which is worth mentioning here is the much more recent RFC 5965 http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5965 which describes a format for email reports which could both be human- or machine-read. This could help speed up the processing of the complaints, and cluster those about the same address.

However, the big problem would be to get operators to actually use these formats, cooperate, or recognise an external auditing entity.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 104

by shtrom (#36692596) Attached to: IETF Mulls Working Group For IPv6 Home Networking

Stuart Cheshire, the Apple guy behind the mDNS and DNS-SD (a.k.a. Bonjour) Internet-Drafts, is currently involved in the Port Control Protocol (PCP) Internet Draft: http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-pcp-base-13.

“The Port Control Protocol allows an IPv6 or IPv4 host to control how
      incoming IPv6 or IPv4 packets are translated and forwarded by a
      network address translator (NAT) or simple firewall, and also allows
      a host to optimize its outgoing NAT keepalive messages.”

Comment: What about scalability? (Score 1) 768

by shtrom (#36446860) Attached to: Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

AFAIK BitCoins “clients” need a common medium to “publish” all the transactions. At the moment, it appears to be an IRC channel. IRC servers are obviously resource limited, and so is the nickname namespace. So my question is, if my understanding is correct, how does the system scale (and what happens in case of a netsplit) ?

Comment: Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (Score 1) 2288

by shtrom (#35915108) Attached to: Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

What's even funnier is that these metric superiority trolls will do a quick 180 (see, gasp, a non-metric unit again!) when it comes time for them to argue over whether customers are getting full value when marketing uses a Metric Gigabyte (1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes) instead of a "Real Gigabyte" (1Gibibyte=1,073,741,824 bytes) when stating the capacity of storage media.

I am starting with a huge handicap. I am a metric troll. And from that country which is associated with it. And an aspiring scientist. Anyway, on that specific matter, I have to add something.

I recommend perusing ISO/IEC 80000-13:2008 “Quantities and Units --- Part 13: Information Science and Technology.” It is clear in the sense that 1kB=10^3B, and 1kiB is 2^10B.

It pained me to accept this, but I have to admit it does make sense, and that's what standards are for. We're talking about exchanging measurements in the most straightforward way, taking the currently most commonly accepted metric to do so.

That said, though, I have to admit that the alien argument has some sort of validity in my eye in the sense that being compatible with several measurement systems, it may be easier to add one more to the relevant pieces of software.

As long as it's a relation that can be described in simple mathematical terms (powers, logarithms,...).

Oh, wait...

Comment: Re:ISP (Score 1) 551

by shtrom (#35123642) Attached to: If You Think You Can Ignore IPv6, Think Again

Too much could change between now and then (then probably being in about a decade or so).

Current predictions for the RIRs running out of IPv4 space is August this year , same solutions may help keeping the v4-only net running for a bit longer, but the decade you mention seems a bit unreasonnable.

Until my home ISP or the ISP for the company I work for offers IPv6, I think it's going to be very easy to ignore IPv6.

I'm with OP, when my ISP gives me one.. i'll deal with it.

The main issue, which is far from being new and, as far as I'm concerned, is one of the main causes of lack of IPv6 deployments yet, is that it's a chicken and egg problem. ISPs do not implement IPv6 because their customers don't ask for it, and customers don't care to ask (and why should they, in most cases). Maybe the first step to “deal with it” is to ask your ISP about their plans, and when you'll get connectivity. It's not much, and doesn't even require technical skills.

After all, even ComCast has started a large scale <cough> deployment.

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