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Comment Re:Linux, a miracle (Score 1) 739

I keep wondering how Linux could become as good as it is, with a coordinator being a person like Torvalds

Well you must have no much management experience, or at least not the management of a team you never meet in person, you don't choose, and which basically has no working obligation. The Linux kernel is one of the best (the best?) thing that happened for the OS community.

Submission + - Overwhelming majority of UK broadband users opting out of porn filters

mrspoonsi writes: By all accounts, the UK's national porn filters have been a disaster. The network-level filters were introduced at the insistence of the government, which said that companies could either implement them voluntarily, or face legislation to force them to do so. After their introduction, more tech savvy users were able to avoid the filters entirely by simply using a browser extension. But 'ordinary' users found that many entirely innocent and non-pornographic sites being blocked due to the over-zealous nature of the filtering. Internet service providers (ISPs) didn't want them, many government ministers didn't want them, and now it is clear that the overwhelming majority of users don't want them either, according to the findings of an official study by the UK's telecommunications regulator, Ofcom. On three of the UK's top four ISPs, over 92% of users opted out of the porn filters. Just 5% of users on BT chose to keep the filters in place.

Submission + - Sony agrees to $15m settlement for 2011 PSN attack

mrspoonsi writes: The Anonymous-sponsored attacks lead to a loss of names, passwords, identity theft, and possibly even stolen credit card information. As such, a class action lawsuit was filed against the company. Due to this, Sony has finally agreed to a preliminary settlement of $15m, which may be able to appease most of the customers that suffered from this attack. The PlayStation Network users that did not partake in the "Welcome Back" program that Sony unveiled shortly after their online services were brought back will be able to choose from two of the following benefit options: One PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Portable game selected from a list of 14 games; three PlayStation 3 themes selected from a list of six themes; or a three-month subscription to PlayStation Plus free of charge. Claiming these benefits will be done on a first come, first serve basis, according to the Washington Examiner's report, and are subject to a $6m cap. The settlement isn't just about free games or services. Customers with documented identity theft charges are eligible for up to $2,500 per claim.

Submission + - The Time The US Blew Up A Passenger Plane — And Tried To Cover It Up

mrspoonsi writes: Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it’s worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane—Iran Air Flight 655—shot down on July 3, 1988, not by some scruffy rebel on contested soil but by a U.S. Navy captain in command of an Aegis-class cruiser called the Vincennes. A quarter-century later, the Vincennes is almost completely forgotten, but it still ranks as the world’s seventh deadliest air disaster (Malaysia Air Flight 17 is the sixth) and one of the Pentagon’s most inexcusable disgraces. In several ways, the two calamities are similar. The Malaysian Boeing 777 wandered into a messy civil war in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border; the Iranian Airbus A300 wandered into a naval skirmish—one of many clashes in the ongoing “Tanker War” (another forgotten conflict)—in the Strait of Hormuz. In 1992, four years after the event (and shortly after I moved on to a different beat), Adm. Crowe admitted on ABC’s Nightline that the Vincennes was in Iranian waters at the time it shot down the plane. Back in 1988, he and others had said that the ship was in international waters. Not long after the shoot-down, Iran asked the United Nations Security Council to censure the United States for its “criminal act” against Iran Air Flight 655. Vice President George H.W. Bush, who was running to succeed Ronald Reagan as president, said on the campaign trail, “I will never apologize for the United States—I don’t care what the facts are.”

Submission + - One trillion Bq released by nuclear debris removal at Fukushima so far

AmiMoJo writes: The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says more than one trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were released as a result of debris removal work at one of the plant's reactors. Radioactive cesium was detected at levels exceeding the government limit in rice harvested last year in Minami Soma, some 20 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi. TEPCO presented the Nuclear Regulation Authority with an estimate that the removal work discharged 280 billion becquerels per hour of radioactive substances, or a total of 1.1 trillion becquerels. The plant is believed to be still releasing an average of 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive material.

Comment Ok, but (Score 4, Informative) 113

ICANN has suspended Domain Registry of America

"First time accepted submitter EpicMaxGuy" didn't even bother to tell us the reason why it was suspended... So for one

Brandon Gray’s resellers subjecting Registered Name Holders to false advertising, deceptive practices, or deceptive notices

and also the article mentions that

mining your competitors’ data to send unsolicited and misleading marketing messages isn’t allowed


Comment Re:Also human (Score 1, Troll) 277

We have ALL forgotten things in our lives

It seems Sony doesn't attach the right amount of importance to domains. Domains should be renewed for 10 years ( has just been renewed, 4 days before expiration, for 2 years), and registrar mails should be directed to a person mailbox. This again shows that Sony neglects its IT infrastructure / (people?) Remember how many times Sony was hacked in recent years...

Comment Re:Freedom of Expression... (Score 1) 424

What they don't understand is the change of era. Before, a review was a note in a magazine. Nowadays there are tons of reviews everywhere on the web, some positive, some negative ; it is now so easy to drop a review that if, for a given restaurant, there are only a 1 or 2 negative reviews, people will not stop there and try the restaurant. In other words a unique web review has much less impact than a review in a magazine as it was the case 20 years ago. The judges don't get that.

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