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Comment a multi-sensical cloaking device (not just sight) (Score 1) 828

The device would create the illusion of a standard habitat (sound, sight and smell) to those outside... but inside the cloaked frontier you'll perceive all wonders of my castle. The main point is that I need not to defend from those that don't intend on attack me. Since for the "world" there's nothing special in my castle, why would they want to spend resources attacking me?

Comment Re:Um, (Score 2, Interesting) 109

Webmail as your primary MUA?! Are you kidding me?
I guess that's like saying skateboarding should be your primary transportation vehicle. Some people do it I suppose, but is it the best idea?
Get your own infrastructure and access your emails as you wish, like for example mutt on a remote terminal, or webmail (squirrelmail), or in any mobile IMAP client (my iPhone works great).
What about backups? What if tomorrow they change the policy of old/archived message?
I do have a couple of gmail accounts, but those are mostly for redundancy and seldom used by me.

Comment Re:Um, (Score 2, Informative) 109

I run my own mail server(s) and actually the number of spams I get is quite low with a daily average of 0.75 spams per day. That's down from ~20 spams a day before I enabled gray listing, RBL on my MTA and HELO restrictions.
There 0.75 spam/day emails are detected by my MUA's spam filter, meaning I tend to never have a spam email in my inbox!
You can find good/reliable VPS'es from $10/mo. that'll allow you to:
  • Run your own DNS servers.
  • Run your own SMTP/IMAP/POP servers (Postfix/Dovecote make a great combo).
  • Run your own web server.
  • Practice/learn sysadmin skills.
  • No lock-in to any vendor.

I rather pay for my own VPS than pay Google for a freaking email account and/or their App Engine.

Comment Give a man a fish... (Score 2, Insightful) 936

Give a man a fish...

To click icons and tick boxes you need to first understand the meaning of them, rationalize which of these elements fulfill your desired goal, and then activate the proper GUI widgets... each time to you're confronted with the GUI.

...Teach a man how to fish and he'll eat every day.

Using the CLI you need to know before hand the arguments/parameters that will fulfill your desired goal. It requires preparation (i.e. read the man page), but once you learn it it stays with you.

IMO CLI provides a more immutable interface, as opposed to GUI widgets that can and will change over time.

Software is a tool than when someone uses routinely its sensible to expect him to learn how to use it properly... for the rest of the human race there is Windows.

I couldn't be happier that the Linux experience is different from the Windows experience! Attempting to make a Linux or OSX experience Windows-er is as wrong, futile and useless as trying to compare a high-school romance with your spouse.

Businesses

Submission + - Borders.com Email Database Stolen? (google.com)

borderstheft writes: "Two nights ago, the plus-based address I gave to Borders.com started receiving spam and virus-containing emails. No other plus-based address at the domain has been receiving spam of any kind. I attempted to contact Borders.com but they won't acknowledge there is a problem. If there email database has been stolen, what else could be at risk? Can anyone else serve as verification of the problem?"
Businesses

Submission + - My company's website was plagiarized: what next? (ripstyles.com) 1

Anonymous writes: "After a recent design revamp, I discovered that my company's website (www.ripstyles.com) has had a large portion of its content "ripped off." After digging through this other site (I am purposefully leaving out the URL) I have discovered that they have taken quite a bit of content from multiple other websites besides my own. A few calls and emails have been disregarded on their part ("Sorry....my boss is out sick...), and I'm trying to avoid legal action for as long as possible. It seems inevitable though, and I have to ask: do I owe it to the other companies to show them that their content has been plagiarized, or is it their own problem? If so, should I take this on alone? What would you Slashdot readers do in this situation?"
Privacy

Privatunes Anonymizes iTunes Plus 176

njondet writes "French-law.net reports that Ratatium.com, a French website specialized in technology news and software downloads, has just launched Privatunes, a free software that anonymizes DRM-free files bought on iTunes Plus. Last month's revelations that the DRM-free files sold by EMI on iTunes Plus came with user's full name and account e-mail embedded in them had raised serious privacy concerns. Ratatium.com explains (in French) that Privatunes is aimed at guaranteeing the privacy of users but also their rights as consumers to freely share and trade the songs they have purchased. However, the claim that this software is perfectly legal will surely be tested."
Software

Submission + - DrinkOrDie leader senteced to 4 years jail (computerworld.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Hew Griffiths, the long-time leader of the DrinkOrDie software piracy network and an elder in the underground Internet piracy community, will spend 4 years in jail. Griffiths pleaded guilty to two copyright-related charges in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. His sentence is half of what he faced. http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;15031 07502
Announcements

Submission + - Largest ISP in Norway want to charge for peering (e24.no)

An anonymous reader writes: The largest ISP in Norway, Telenor will disconnect from the Norwegian Internet Exchange (NIX) and start charging everyone that wants to connect to it. NIX is where all ISP's in Norway are connected, but now all ISP's in Norway must pay Telenor for peering.
Businesses

Submission + - Harrassment online for the uninitiated (mulley.net)

Brendan Kehoe writes: "Customer service has reached a new low: if you complain enough on your blog about lost luggage and poor customer service, adolescent employees in the company you describe will decide to show you who's boss — by trying to harrass you with "anonymous" subscriptions to gay dating services. It might work unless you happen to be a prominent blogger in Ireland who is also technically savvy and can read an IP address. The company even served him with papers to remove his blog posts — putting free speech at the fore and keeping the odds firmly in favor of the friend and not the foe."

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