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Comment So, what's a problem? (Score 1) 157

It seems that all astronauts who died from hearth problem, have enough time after spaceflight to rise children. So, small rise of probability of heart attack doesn't prevent creation of successful colony.

Remember, how much chances have first British colonists in the North America to survive just a first winter.

As far as I remember, people in British East-India company have about 90% chances of dying from tropical fevers and cholera before returning to England. This haven't prevented Britain to rule India for two centuries.

Comment I think that it is really good news. (Score 1) 130

Any freelancer should know that signing an NDA and touching any proprietary code puts him in danger.
And better do not work with companies which want to keep their code secret.

There should be big difficulty for the companies that do not publish their code under some kind of OpenSource license to get skilled developers.

Of course this case doesn't place employed developers in danger. They cannot disclose the code, which they touch only in the office.

Comment Re:Reciprocal Round Trip VPN (Score 1) 115

It doesn't work this way. Novadays e-commerce websites love to use GeoIP to locate their customers.

So, when I connect Moscow, Russia online shops via VPN endpoint on Germany, I typically see just "This item doesn't ship to Germany". So, I have to maintain sophisticated proxy configuration, to distinguish between local online services, which I have to go directly and informational web sites, which I can access via proxy to bypass Russian internet censorship.

Of course, it makes my ISP able to tell police which online shops I've visited recently.

Comment Anroid Sticks? (Score 1) 508

There is free app Linux Deploy on the Google Play, which installs Linux into chroot on android device, and allow it to be accessed with VNC protocol. Combine it with some VNC player android (preferrable one which handles physical keyboard well) and you'll easily get ubuntu or Debian on android stick. nd no problem with proprietary video drivers and so on, because hardware would be handled by Android.

Comment This is not protocol flaw, this is business model (Score 2) 64

There are a lot of people discussing "flaws" in the GSM, "nice features" in UMTS and no one mentioning stupiid truth.
Problem not in the protocols, or software. Problem is that operators think that they have right to control user equipment.

And when this equipment grows from the stupid phone to full-featured computer, user privacy goes void.

Do not be afraid of rogue with laptop, be afraid of operator's insider.

What would happen if next generation of phones would get direct brain interfaces? You'll allow operators to control your brain just like now they control your calendars and bookshelves?

Comment Keep your email under your bed! (Score 1) 490

I prefer to run SMTP-server on my home machine and never let any ISP, Google or whomever to store copies of my mail any longer than it is needed for technical purposes of SMTP protocol.

With current broadband penetration everyone can do the same. Plug a USB-flash into your Wi-Fi acces point and run postfix on it.

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