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Comment: Helmet ? (Score 1) 947

by thrill12 (#45226587) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?
In The Netherlands, everyone bikes without a helmet, from young to old. I always find it interesting to see other countries, US included, to take the 'helmet' so serious when it comes to safety. Instead, we learned a long time ago that separate bike lanes and proper rules (biker from right ? -> right of way, always) come first.

I guess until the time comes that cars are no longer the 'holy cow' (as we call it) of transportation, you better not use bikes at all: a helmet will not save you.

Comment: There are ways ... (Score 2) 70

...I sometimes encounter data breaches from companies I do business with, simply because I use a unique e-mail address for each business. (name_businessname@domain). As soon as I start receiving spam on the e-mail, I have pretty much irrefutable proof that a leak exists at that company; the only condition being that I must make sure that that e-mail address is never communicated to anyone else.
Of course, "proof" for a court of law could require a bit more, but I think that needs to be established as jurisprudence, and this could be an example of how it could be established.

Comment: Why not concentrate (Score 1) 466

by thrill12 (#43669611) Attached to: Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer
on having good stable API's of core libraries that are backwards compatible up to an extent, rather than continuously fighting dependency hell when it comes to updating packages ?
This proposal seems basically like "we statically link every binary", and we all know that is not wanted because of disk usage and more importantly: memory usage. Especially in constrained embedded systems statically that could be a concern if you start having a lot of running applications.
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: To add a little gory detail... (Score 3, Insightful) 122

by thrill12 (#42919147) Attached to: Dutch MP Fined For Ethical Hacking
..the justice department (yes, you read that right) actually had a login to the same database as it was found following the news on this particular case. One has to wonder if the official story (needed because of certain convicts that have their records in the same medical DB) is even a valid reason, and why they would even be allowed within 10 meters of such a sensitive and secret (medical wise) collection of data.
While Henk Krol is not a 'true hacker' perhaps, this does raise a lot of questions with regards to the security of any person's data in such a medical database; questions that "Diagnostiek voor U" may want to keep secret, so a "wag the dog" (or more popular "Chewbecca") tactic is followed...

Comment: Go away with this crap ! (Score 2) 384

by thrill12 (#42809751) Attached to: Experience the New Slashdot Mobile Site
Finally, get ready for... [rant mode on]
I am sick of having the message "would you like to try beta or classic" every time when I browse Slashdot on my Chrome browser under my Nexus. I want the *regular* site, or something as close to it as possible. I even cannot click on the "classic" button... First lesson for new designs: if someone says *not for me* then leave them alone or they will leave your site alone.
Why should I have to press "request desktop site" each time I simply want to read an article ? This is not a PALM III where I zoom in with the Plus and Minus keys: my browser is more powerful than a Windows IE6 browser (feature wise), faster than many regular old Pentium IV's and pinching is good enough to get around the site.

[rant mode off]

Never trust a computer you can't repair yourself.