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Comment: Re:Lucky for me... (Score 5, Interesting) 128

by shvytejimas (#44640063) Attached to: Public Facial Recognition Is Making Gains In Surveillance

Wearing a mask is rather blunt. I think surveillance evading camouflage make-up instead will turn out to be a fashion trend during the next decade.

As with any trend, only a handful of people would dare walk around looking like that at first - privacy supporters, activists, etc. - and they would stand out in the crowd. But the idea of camouflage might catch on as more people opted-in (some because of privacy concerns, others because it just looks cool and futuristic). Kind of like torn jeans and facial piercings from punk - they used to look shocking to some a while back, but nowadays are completely mainstream and disconnected from the originating subculture.

Comment: Re:(personal) User Experience (Score 1) 368

by shvytejimas (#40840695) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils, Hotmail's Successor
3. The country name for my phone number (Lithuania, +370) isn't even on the list (neither was Latvia though both are in the "where are you?" country list). And apparently the phone number is a required field (alternative e-mail address isn't enough?) so I just put rubbish there.

Comment: Re:Sony's war on their customers (Score 1) 290

by shvytejimas (#39646791) Attached to: Sony Projects Record Losses of $6.4 Billion
Correction, it used to be. Sony bought out the Ericsson share of the venture back in January. Looking at Sony's attitude towards their users, like closing a fan-run blog for trademark reasons, or the case with the Homebrew community on PS3 I expect the attention to developers and the community will fade away in time. Which is a real shame. I was a loyal fan of Ericsson as the handsets were feature-rich and reliable - all the way from their monochrome models, right though the Sony merger up to the Android era, but now I feel it's time to switch.

Comment: Re:This has been around for a while (Score 2) 181

by shvytejimas (#39219717) Attached to: Open Ministry Crowdsources Laws In Finland

Lithuania has this clause written right in the constitution (Article 68): 50,000 citizens of the Republic of Lithuania who have the electoral right may submit a draft law to the Seimas and the Seimas must consider it. (Seimas being the parliament)

Currently there's this new wave of citizen initiatives, including websites promoting government expenditure and transparency, blogs (one is actually called after the constitutional article), petition sites, a website which lets you look up your representative and fire him an email right away, and another, which provides an API to monitor parliament resolutions and voting statistics. But combining the petition sites with real electronic signatures to actually enforce the 68th article, now that's a novel idea. There are already bank logins with two factor authentication. And we've had these European ID cards with biometric data which work as a passport in the Schengen area, and each of these cards have a digital certificate on a chip inside, which can be used for electronic document signing (with a government-based certificate authority) so all that's left right now is to combine the two.

Thank you Slashdot for the idea! I'm off to gather some coders and start changing the world.

+ - Police Shut Down ‘Russian Rapidshare’->

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m_ilya writes "Russian police have raided a datacenter hosting, a huge Rapidshare-like site. Their paperwork allowed them to search and gather evidence against a user who uploaded child pornography to the site. Although staff offered 100% co-operation, the police cut the power and sealed the servers in the datacenter, putting iFolder completely out of operation."
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Net Users In Belarus May Soon Have To Register 89

Posted by timothy
from the not-just-register-their-displeasure dept.
Cwix writes "A new law proposed in Belarus would require all net users and online publications to register with the state: 'Belarus' authoritarian leader is promising to toughen regulation of the Internet and its users in an apparent effort to exert control over the last fully free medium in the former Soviet state. He told journalists that a new Internet bill, proposed Tuesday, would require the registration and identification of all online publications and of each Web user, including visitors to Internet cafes. Web service providers would have to report this information to police, courts, and special services.'"

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.