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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.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

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.

Comment: Re:Yes, Unicode is "the new black" (Score 1) 728

by skastrik (#34098862) Attached to: Mr. Pike, Tear Down This ASCII Wall!
The practical reason for using ascii only is interoperability between tools that deal with the source (humans with keyboards being one of the tools).

That said, I have experimented a couple of times with national non-ascii variable names, and I think that such programs are actually easier to read and more fun to write.
In particular when the problem domain is highly national it often is counter-productive to try to invent english names for variables, since these names would not be the ones used by the customer or related documentation.
So my programs use ascii for variable names (obvioulsy) but often in a mix of english and my own language, the ratio somewhat depending on the problem. Even standard english actions such as get/set/create... might be followed be national words.

Comment: In other news ... (Score 1) 232

by skastrik (#32597308) Attached to: Iceland Votes "Já" To Proposed News Haven
Wikileaks supposedly has access to loads of US classified information. Its primary spokesman may have to flee to Iceland.
Iceland votes "yes" on proposed news haven.

In other news, yesterday US sent official greetings because of the national day June 17th, reminding Icelanders about good old times and promising friendship and support during the current financial crisis. (text Icelandic only, but there's a Hillary video)

...this is an awesome sight. The entire rebel resistance buried under six million hardbound copies of "The Naked Lunch." - The Firesign Theater