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Comment Re:Unusually +ve but what's in it for refusniks? (Score 1, Informative) 372

You're probably aware, but others reading your comment may not be. Microsoft back-ported all the fancy Windows 10 spying to Windows 7. To continue using Win7 without the spyware, you'll want to run a tool such as 'Destory Windows Spying' to cleanse the system.

* http://dws.wzor.net/

Comment Pale Moon does work on linux (Score 5, Informative) 889

Also, I currently use PaleMoon fork of Firefox as my main browser, but there doesn't seem to be a Linux variant.

Pale Moon does work on Linux, just fine a I might add. You can even copy over your profile from windows to Linux and everything will continue to work:

http://linux.palemoon.org/download/installer/

Comment Re:They are stagnant (Score 3, Informative) 157

Other than the Tesla, only Nissan has a pure electric generally available on the market

That's not entirely true, currently available full EVs include the:

  • Tesla Model S
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • BMW i3
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Volkswagen e-Up!

That's not an exhaustive, but those are commonly available to buy today in the US.

Comment Enforcement Bureau - 2013 Orders (Score 5, Interesting) 188

http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/

To see others the FCC has gone after, check out their website. Some of them are really interest; such as:

$49K for this guy: http://www.fcc.gov/document/48k-penalty-proposed-against-individual-cell-jammer-investigation-0

http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2014/FCC-14-26A1.html Thiscompany got dinged 29K for operating a cell phone jammer in their warehouse.

Comment Re:plain short scripts (Score 1) 445

In your p script you can actually remove the entire if-statement and replace it with a single line. Doing this will also give you the benefit of allowing you to pass any number of arguments.

Replace:

if [ -z "$2" ]; then
                grep -ni "$1" /media/truecrypt1/p
else
                grep -ni "$1" /media/truecrypt1/p | grep -i "$2" | grep -i "$3"
fi

With:

grep -niE "$(echo ${@} | sed -r 's/ +/|/g')" /media/truecrypt1/p

Comment Still on Firefox 8... (Score 2) 246

Since Firefox has started their crazy version numbering, I've given up on upgrading. I use 27 different addons and perfectly configured to make my web browser do what I want. It is near impossible to do an upgrade without spending hours reconfiguring the addons, some of which need to be manually downloaded and have their "MaxVersion" incremented so they will install. Maybe in 6 more months when we reach Firefox 50 I'll give it a try, but until then. Firefox 8 all the way!

Application: Firefox 8.0 (20111104165243)
Total number of items: 27

- Active Stop Button 1.4.10
        https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/active-stop-button/
- Adblock Plus 1.3.10
        http://adblockplus.org/en/
- BetterPrivacy 1.68
        http://nc.ddns.us/extensions.html
- ColorfulTabs 7.1
        http://www.binaryturf.com/free-software/colorfultabs-for-firefox/
- Cookie Monster 1.1.0
        https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cookie-monster/?src=api
- Copy Link Name 1.3.2
        http://www.captaincaveman.nl/
- Download Statusbar 0.9.10
        http://downloadstatusbarapp.com/
- DownloadHelper 4.9.14
        http://www.downloadhelper.net/
- DownThemAll! 2.0.8
        http://downthemall.net/
- Export Cookies 1.2
        https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/export-cookies/?src=api
- Find Toolbar Tweaks 3.0.0
        http://homepage3.nifty.com/georgei/extension/ftt_en.html
- Firebug 1.8.4
        http://www.getfirebug.com/
- Greasemonkey 0.9.13
        http://www.greasespot.net/
- HeaderControlRevived 1.1
        https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/headercontrolrevived/?src=api
- Hide Caption Titlebar Plus 2.4.1
        https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/13505/
- Menu Editor 1.2.7
        http://menueditor.mozdev.org/
- Movable Firefox Button 1.4
        https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/movable-firefox-button/
- NoScript 2.1.7
        http://noscript.net/
- OptimizeGoogle 0.78.2
        http://www.optimizegoogle.com/
- RequestPolicy 0.5.27
        http://www.requestpolicy.com/
- Screen Capture Elite 2.0.0.23
        http://www.grizzlyape.com/
- Searchbastard 1.5.5
        http://searchbastard.rosell.dk/
- SkipScreen 0.6.1.2
        http://skipscreen.com/
- Status-4-Evar 2011.07.20.21
        http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2001965
- Tab Mix Plus 0.3.8.6
        http://tmp.garyr.net/
- Text Link 4.0.2011021601
        http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_textlink.html.en
- Uppity 1.5.8
        http://trac.arantius.com/wiki/Extensions/Uppity

Comment Re:What Material Is the Pantacene Sitting On? (Score 4, Informative) 169

Sorry to reply to myself, but here's the most important reason for the lack of substrate heterogeneity in the image:

"The AFM images (Fig. 1, C and D) were recorded in constant-height mode; that is, the tip was scanned without z feedback parallel to the surface while the frequency shift {Delta}f was being recorded (16). In this and all of the following measurements, the tip height z is always given with respect to the STM set point over the substrate."

In school, when I ran AFM I allow feedback from the tip to adjust the height of the probe so that it maintains contact with the thing I'm imaging, regardless of topography. Here, they had a very smooth substrate and then set the height of their probe to a fixed position above it.

Comment Re:That might not be safe enough (Score 2, Insightful) 329

Then again.... maybe this is just QA.

Put in your malbug, send the laptops out in a high profile way... see what happens. Do they investigate? Do they even find what you did? That, in and of itself, could be valuable information, and possibly worth 5 laptops.

Though I do enjoy the double standard. Someone breaks into your systems, with evidence. Think the FBI is going to care unless they can be shown to have done massive damage or stolen real money?

Here someone does something that is, on its face, perfectly legal and straight up, but the suspicion of potential wrongdoing and the FBI are all over it. I am pretty sure that if someone sent me a free laptop and I called the FBI, they would just laugh at me.

-Steve

Privacy

World Privacy Forum's Top Ten Opt-Outs 162

Ant writes in to mention the World Privacy Forum's top ten information collector/user list, which shows opt-out instructions (or at least a starting point): "As privacy experts, we are frequently asked about 'opting out,' and which opt outs we think are the most important. This list is a distillation of ideas for opting out that the World Privacy Forum has developed over the years from responding to those questions. ... Many people have told us that they think opting out is confusing. We agree. Opting out can range from the not-too-difficult (the FTC's Do Not Call list is a fairly simple opt out) to the challenging (the National Advertising Initiative (NAI) opt out can be tricky). Our hope is that this list will clarify which opt out does what, and how to go about opting out. In this list, some opt outs can be done by phone, some have to be sent in a letter via postal mail, and some can be accomplished online. Some opt outs last forever, some have time limits, and others can be changed at will. If an opt out is on this list, it is because we thought it might be important enough to be worth whatever annoyance it may pose. "

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