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Comment: Re:The roads are designed for flooding in Iceland (Score 3, Interesting) 69

by skastrik (#47705389) Attached to: Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

... all of the many small bridges in the region are specifically designed to be washed away easily. It's simply cheaper to build them new ones after every serious flood.

The Icelandic director of transport states in this mornings paper that "bridges are expensive". Just rebuilding two particular bridges that are candidates for being washed away would cost roughly 25 million USD. In addition there's the disruption and inconvenience until some rudimentary bridges have been put in place.

The plan is therefore to try to save the bridges. If necessary, heavy machinery will be used to dig the roads apart the allow the flood to go that way. Rebuilding roads is a comparatively quick and painless process.

Comment: Re:There isn't any... (Score 2) 81

by skastrik (#45822111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Effective, Reasonably Priced Conferencing Speech-to-Text?
I must disagree. A 20% error rate rarely completely changes the meaning of a particular sentence or article.

I can use automatic translation to read foreign web sites. I notice when the translation is weird and most probably wrong, but still I more or or less understand what is being discussed. How on earth can that be worse than absolutely nothing?

Comment: Re:Java 7 and prime time (Score 1) 115

by skastrik (#44068289) Attached to: Java 6 EOL'd By Oracle
I updated parts of our production to make it Java 7 ready earlier this year. Then came Java 7u21 in April that started to break things with its changes to security. We could to use slightly older versions, but Java -really- wants us to update to the most recent version.

All in all, Java isn't very enterprise friendly for us. We have some systems that rely on applets and browser plugins working correctly, there is no way around that. As far as I see it, for security reasons we would like to block applets by default, but we would also like to be able to white-list a specific set of servers from which applets are accepted. Any solution for this? We mostly use IE.

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DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the bending-the-rules dept.
Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

Comment: Fine with me (Score 1) 373

by skastrik (#38350450) Attached to: Adblock Plus To Offer 'Acceptable Ads' Option
I'm all for this change. Currently upon installation you are given the choice of whether you want to activate the filters; in effect this change just means that you would also be able to choose "yes, but only for horrible ads". It might make those who create ads think about in which category they want to be.

I love ADP, but personally I never use the built-in filters. I just create custom-filters for really annoying ads on the sites I frequent. My experience is that I don't need that many rules to make browsing tolerable.

Comment: Re:No a Linux system (Score 1) 76

by skastrik (#37808714) Attached to: Jumentum Introduces a Single-Chip Linux System

I mean why choose BASIC? .. I loved my ZX Spectrum and the old BBC Micro, but in retrospect this was in spite of BASIC, not because of it. Nobody knew any better then.

They do say "basic-derived language". But otherwise I agree, a small and more modern language would have been a better match. Lua comes to mind.

Comment: Re:NAT to the rescue! (Score 1) 232

by skastrik (#36278326) Attached to: Malware Scanner Finds 5% of Windows PCs Infected
Collections of active IP addresses will be readily available tomorrow, just as rainbow tables and collections of active email addresses are today.

The saving grace will probably be the sheer size of the address pool in a local network. Unless you sniff the traffic (or look at DNS or ARP), knowledge of active IP addresses is hard to come by via scanning. Scanning a 2^64 range for active hosts will take a few years, which will slow down any worms that attempt to spread in that manner.

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