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Comment You realize.. (Score 1) 336

You realize that IDs don't necessarily stamp the age of a /. reader, just the age of the account.

I've been reading /. since 1998 but I only got around to making an account in 2005. It's very possible that someone at 1mill ID could have seen the "Good Ol' Days" of /.

But now you can feel good about yourself Mr. AC, you've managed to look like an ass while attempting to discredit someone's comments. Good for you.

Submission + - Google's Eric Schmidt talks against the NSA spying

rtoz writes: Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has said that it would be “outrageous” if the NSA had really looked into Google’s data centers.

“It’s really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that’s true. The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people’s privacy, it’s not OK,” Mr. Schmidt told The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in an interview. “The Snowden revelations have assisted us in understanding that it’s perfectly possible that there are more revelations to come.”

Eric Schmidt said Google had registered complaints with the NSA, as well as U.S President Barack Obama and members of Congress. And, he said that the right balance of security and privacy starts with finding the appropriate level of oversight.

NSA snooping of Google Data had brought issues to Google. For example, few days back an union representing German journalists advised its members to stop using Search And E-mail Services of Google and Yahoo because of the reported snooping by US and British intelligence.

Comment A Matter of Context.... (Score 1) 370

You know what really bothers me the most? There's a lack of context.

I can send you off to and plastered on there can be a blacklisted pic. I can advertize it as a funny pic, you don't know, you wont know until you see it. Now obviously a SITE like that wont stay up for long, but posted on a big site quick enough you can frame many many people who had no intent.

Additionally with sites like 4chan. I'm sure a lot of 16-17 year olds go through that site but they look like they could be 18+, you can't really tell, and there's no way to be sure. If one of the pics posted on there is blacklisted, bam that's a lot of people who though they were looking at an 18 year old and soon are pegged w/ this problem.

The real issue is INTENT, did the offended INTEND to see kiddie pron? 9/10 cases, probably not. The difference is, did you close the page? or save the pic? and no level of government bullshit shy of tapping your pc is going to come close to detecting that.

It's like buying shoes, and then later the police come to your door and arrest you for buying shoes that were stolen. You didn't buy them BECAUSE they were stolen... but the govm't isn't willing to make the distinction.

Submission + - High-quality HD content can't be played by Vista ( 2

DaMan1970 writes: "Content protection features in Windows Vista from Microsoft are preventing customers from playing high-quality HD audio/video & harming system performance.

Vista requires premium content like HD movies to be degraded in quality when it is sent to high-quality outputs, like DVI. Users will see status codes that say "graphics OPM resolution too high" quality-hd-content-cant-be-played-by-windows-vista .html

There are ways to bypass the Windows Vista protection by encoding the movies using alternative codecs like X264, or DiVX, which are in fact more effective sometimes then Windows own WMV codec. These codecs are quite common on HD video Bittorrent sites, or Newsgroups."


Submission + - Google Mashup and Web 2.0 storage solutions (

BlueVoodoo writes: "Google Maps API along with DB2 or Informix, PHP, JavaScript, and XML let you create an easy-to-use map with your data on it. Use custom icons, change the map type, create a sidebar, and use event handlers. Once created, manage your mashup data cache. Also, be sure to check out how you can use new Web 2.0 tools, principles, and practices in your company."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Man Hacks House AC Unit Onto Car ( 2

The Angel of Vengeance writes: A recent civil engineering graduate from the University of Houston was faced with a dilemma: It was going to cost him $1200 to get the Air Conditioning fixed on his car.

Like a true Engineer, however, he came up with another solution: He hacked a home AC unit and attached it to his car via the sun roof.

There are some pictures of his hack as well.

When asked about how long he'd keep the home AC attached to his car, he responded "I'll probably stick with this until I get rid of it".


Submission + - Buffer Overflow in RFID Passport Readers (

epee1221 writes: "Wired ran a story describing Lukas Grunwald's Defcon talk on an attack on airport passport readers. After extracting data from the (read-only) chip in a legitimate passport, he placed a version of the data with an altered passport photo (JPEG2000 is used in these chips) into a writable chip. The altered photo created a buffer overflow in two RFID readers he tested, causing both to crash. Grunwald suggests that vendors are typically using off-the-shelf JPEG2000 libraries, which would make the vulnerability common."

Submission + - Concealing documents and patents waives rights? (

gimme00 writes: "If concealing documents and patents makes Qualcomm waive rights — how does this play into companies trying to pull the indemnity trick against linux or other companies and technologies? The following article triggers this type of question. Court Says . Slashdotters dound off..."

Submission + - Green Server: 16 Cores, 50 Watts (

Carolyn McClure writes: "On Monday, August 6th, Movidis, Inc. announced the availability of several software packages for the company's Revolution x16 Servers. The Revolution x16 delivers market-leading performance, security and power-efficiency with an architecture that supports both high performance networked storage and secure Web servers. With the new Linux applications, the x16 can perform the most critical web server functions, while consuming up to 98% less energy. The new software packages can be quickly deployed on the Revolution and include a full LAMP suite, a Java Virtual Machine (JVM), lighttpd, Apache SSL, and a browser-based user interface for managing the server and all of the applications. Revolution x16 Servers leverage a new chip that is designed to run as quickly and efficiently as users' servers demand. To achieve this, the Revolution uses the powerful OCTEONTM CN3860, a 16-core, 64-bit MIPS processor, which can execute almost 20 billion instructions per second."

Submission + - Microsoft Submits Licenses for OSI Approval (

chrisd writes: "Guess who's coming to dinner? Microsoft has submitted both the Microsoft Public License and Microsoft Community license. Jon Rosenberg, a PBM (whatever that is) with the worlds largest software company, submitted them just a few minutes ago, so they've yet to make it into the linked archive. He sent two emails proposing the Microsoft Permissive License and Microsoft Community License. Let's see if we can break some of those comment records!"

Submission + - New 'Stellarator' Design for Fusion Reactors (

eldavojohn writes: "The holy grail in fusion reactors has always seemed just a few years off for many decades. But a recent design enhancement termed a 'Stellarator' may change all that. The point at which a fusion reactor crashes is when particles begin escaping due to disruptions in the plasma. A NYU team has discovered that coiling specific wires to form a magnetic field to contain the plasma is a viable way to create a plasma body with axial symmetry and far better chance of remaining stable. This, of course, like other forms of containment does require energy but brings us closer to a stable fusion reactor. It may not be cold fusion or 'table top' fusion but it certainly is a step forward. The paper is up for peer review in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

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