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Submission + - The Government Internet ID Proposal (

An anonymous reader writes: Is it the beginning to gov't tracking? An expert on electronic privacy walks through the possibilities and perils on a national online security system run, in part, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Submission + - International Dimentions of Human Trafficking (

An anonymous reader writes: The trafficking of woman, young girls and children at international level continues to be a global problem which is generating seven billion dollars business every year. It is the third illegal transnational business after drug and arms. The merchandise for this lucrative trade is mostly women and children from marginal communities who are looking for a viable employment and means of survival. The traffickers use the bait of better life opportunities to deceive the victims and exploit their innate human need to migrate for better opportunities. Women and young girls are primarily trafficked to satiate the demand of global sex trade. The principle underlying illegal human trafficking is sheer powerlessness of victims arising out of gender disparities and the lack of economic choices. Although each nation state has laws and politics against illegal human trafficking but they lack effective implementation.

Conventions on Human Trafficking:
The global community is constantly responding against the menace of human trafficking by formulating numerous regional and International conventions of mitigate this rampant violation of human rights. Some of these are the Conventions on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Woman (CEDAW) 1979 and the Convention on the Rights of the child(CRC) 1989. The Beijing +5 Conference and recent SAARAC Conference at Male also took up this issue for deliberation and discussion ( UNIFEM. SARO: Human Trafficking; Times of India(Delhi) dated April 2001).

Comment Someone lives in a bubble (Score 1) 518

Consoles are not holding PC-gaming back. PCs are holding PC gaming back. The truth is, this far into the current generation of consoles, they still provide better gaming technology than what MOST of the PCs currently being used have. While /. users might have awesome rigs with multi-core processors and the latest graphic cards, the HUGE majority of pc owners do not. They have laptops, they have affordable Dell systems, they have computers they bought more than 3 or 4 years ago... they don't have the chops to pull off a game that looks like FFXIII or Heavy Rain. When all your friends are technophiles your sense of how most people live is a little skewed. Not to mention a lot of people just don't want to sit in front of their computer to game- they want to sit on the couch and relax with friends (who also have room to sit and a huge screen to share). There's also an associative nature between PC=work and TV=relax/fun. I just don't want to be near my PC when I want to have fun. I sit in front of a PC all day at work. Leave me alone!

Comment Re:I already said it (Score 1) 634

Pirating on consoles requires getting your console physically modified which costs money, voids the warranty and carries a high risk of getting your console permanently banned from online services.

When I helped my friend mod his xbox360, I told him about the warranty. He said that if he downloaded 10 or so (I don't remember the exact number) games he would have saved enough money for another xbox360. As for online services - pirated PC games also usually don't work online, not that it matters for single player games.

Comment Old... (Score 1) 175

I reviewed this guy and his lifestream idea back in 2004 ( and ultimately found myself pretty unimpressed. I mean, the core ideas are interesting but so patent-encumbered that it will be a decade before they are touchable, and the man himself holds some pretty irritating/intolerant views (cited a few in that post) that left a bad impression on the whole. Sad then, sad now.

Comment Usability. (Score 1) 1051

I don't use ad blockers, but I don't usually have javascript turned on and flash is not installed. If your ad doesn't work without scripting or flash, then your ad has usability problem, it is your ad that is inaccessible rather than me trying to cut your revenue.

Comment Re:Do boats go faster because it repels water? (Score 1) 133

Since when evolution guarantees an optimal anatomical structure?

Evolution is pretty good at finding local hilltops. It may have trouble figuring out it needs to get off this hill to reach a higher one over there. The short term advantage for whales, when they first went aquatic, was probably to reduce their hair. They've climbed that hill to nakedness and now they can't see their way to a skin covered in spider hair.

If the whale body is "good enough" to survive and reproduce under the environmental conditions whales tend to live in

This is a bad interpretation of Darwinism. Under natural conditions there were always some whales under stress and dying for one reason or another, otherwise the whale population would increase until there were. If better skin would have saved the dying whales then evolution would have selected for better skin. Which I'm sure it did, even if it didn't achieve perfect skin, what they have now is obviously better than the average artiodactyl's.

then why they should have evolved the same microscopic hairs that we see in spiders?

Good question. One answer is that I'm not sure what effect little hairs would have on whales. They're so big that they're obviously way into the high Reynolds number regime where pressure drag dominates over skin friction. In that environment it's not always intuitive what you want your skin to be like. Sometimes you want laminar flow, sometimes turbulent, etc..

The more likely answer is that whales have only been in the water for a few tens of millions of years, and they're big so that's probably only a few million generations. Before that their ancestors were using hair for very different purposes and when the whales went into the water evolution picked the low-hanging fruit by getting rid of their hair altogether. If evolution had looked ahead and thought, "I'll keep this and try to make it low-drag," they might be better off, but evolution doesn't look ahead or think.

Whales haven't come up with anything new and clever in the skin department but that's not hugely surprising. Give them time and perhaps they will but it probably won't be homologous to hair.

Comment Ads make you miserable (Score 1) 1051

Unfortunately, the effect of ads is much worse than most people know.

The problem with ads is that they present you with an "image" of how your life should be. Shiny hair, pearly white teeth, a six-pack and a blond girlfriend with huge boobs. A big house, an SUV, lawn and 2 kids. They present an image of what "success" should be like or what a "man" should be like.. or more than the others what a woman should do, wear and think. Humans naturally wish to emulate stuff they are constantly exposed to. The human brain, watching stuff every day in ads, start to think that "Hey, everybody is like that so I should be too". So naturally you become miserable when you cannot be like them.

There's those who say "Ads do not affect me", and to those I say "O'RLY?". Think again.

I have submitted many stores about ads to slashdot which have been rejected. One of them is the following:

Today, a day which will live in infamy, I have created a filter which blocks all e-mail messages sent from Hotmail and iPhone devices. The reason? I don't like to read ads in my messages. The filter also sends the following message as a reply:


Thank you for contacting me. In my ongoing fight against ads/commercial messages I have decided to block all messages that contain ad-like content. This includes messages from:

  • * apple's iPhone that contain the line: "Sent from my iPhone" — I don't care where it has been sent from.
  • * Microsoft's Hotmail service that append a short ad at the bottom of the message — I don't like to read ads.
  • * ...probably more to come

If you wish to contact me please do so using a service that does not append ads or irrelevant information inside your e-mail message. I apologize for any inconvenience caused and I beg for your understanding."


Coping With 1 Million SSH Authentication Failures? 497

An anonymous reader writes "I own a small Web development studio that specializes in open source software, primarily Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla for small businesses. Our production servers, which host about 50 sites and generate ~20K hits/week, are managed by a 3rd party that I'm sure many on Slashdot would recognize. Earlier today I was researching some problems on one of our sites and found that there have been over 1 million SSH authentication failures from ~1200 IP addresses on one of our servers over the last year. I contacted the ISP, who had promised me that server security would be actively managed, and their recommendation was, 'change the SSH port!' Of course this makes sense and may help to an extent, but it still doesn't solve the problem I'm facing: how do you manage server security on a tight budget with literally no system admin (except for me and I know I'm a n00b)? User passwords are randomly generated, we use a non-standard SSH port, and do not use any unencrypted services such as FTP. Is there a server monitoring program you would recommend? Is there an ISP or Web-based service that specializes in this?"

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Comment Regulations (Score 5, Informative) 176

Communication Through un-official means may get you into some trouble, so be discrete no matter what option you choose so be careful. When the prime minister of Canada visited our base in kandahar they blacked out official communications and were really on top of unauthorized communications (no e-mail even). Keep your head down mate!

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