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Submission + - Why can't I (how can I) have an EmacsPad? 6

interstar writes: Or ViPad, (I have no axe to grind on which.)

Seeing the infamous iPad launch reminded me that what I really want is a light-weight appliance with e-ink (black-and-white is fine), a standard terminal compatible screen, SSH, Emacs / Vi. Some local storage (solid state). WiFi and 3G networking. And a hell of a long battery life. (I'm talking months, not days) for around 50 dollars. Basically, a cheap, light-weight, long-lived, log-in-to-my-server-from-anywhere (particularly out-of-doors, during the day), terminal.

So, does anyone make something like this? If not, why not? And what would it take to get it made?


Comment Re:where did he get this factor? (Score 3, Informative) 752

OK, let's say AJAX didn't exist for a moment. People would have to refresh their browsers to display/submit forms, which would require Apache/PHP to serve a *full web page* for every form displayed and submitted. This in itself causes a load on servers, before dynamic content is even considered. If anything, AJAX *lowers* server load.

Submission + - Google Chrome bug outs users seeking anonymity

An anonymous reader writes: This isn't huge news or something new, AFAIK this bug has existed in Chrome for a while, but few are aware of it. Tor users are only advised to use FireFox with TorButton to prevent the browser leaking data, but undoubtedly there are people using Tor and other proxies with Chrome. What makes this one special is people proxying out of restricted (corporate and others) networks are unknowingly leaking data about the sites they visit because the DNS data spills out of proxies in Chrome. People under restrictive regimes such as China are especially in danger if they use Chrome with proxies.

Submission + - "Lawful spying" price lists leaked ( 1

ogaraf writes: Wired has a story about how the site Cryptome leaked the price lists for "lawful spying" activities of Yahoo and other companies, and subsequently received a DMCA takedown notice from Yahoo. The documents are however still online and in them you can learn for instance that IP logs last for one year, but the original IPs used to create accounts are kept since 1999. The contents of your Yahoo account are bought for $30 to $40 by law enforcement agencies.

Submission + - What do you do when Google screws you? 8

NEOGEOman writes: I work for a small company in Australia that sells a business product developed in Canada. We've come to rely on Google's AdWords system to bring us business — the vast majority of our new customers contact us because we came up near the top of their search for inventory control software. Google just cut us off, with an automated form letter that describes all kinds of offenses that don't apply to us (except perhaps our fairly unattractive landing page) and their stern wording and lack of response seems to indicate that there's no way to appeal or even find out what we did wrong. We've been AdWords users for years, and give Google a comparatively modest $1,000+ every month. Without this source of customers, we're kind of panicking. Our Canadian head office is panicking more, since their account is still active but their business is obviously the same. They have more staff than we do, and a lot more riding on continued AdWords success. We might fail without AdWords, but we WILL fail without our parent company.

My question for Slashdot is: If you're a legitimate small business selling legitimate software and Google cuts you off with the same letter they use to kill malware purveyors (Our software's might not be world-class but malware is a bit of a stretch!) what do you do?

Submission + - German president refuses to sign censorship law

thetinytoon writes: German federal president Horst Köhler has refused to sign the censorship treaty that passed parlament earlier this year, stating that he 'needs more information'. In germany, the federal president has the right to reject a law only by reasons of an unlawful realisation in the legislative process, but not for reasons of being unconstitutional (as long as it's not obviously against the constitution).

Political observers guess, that the political parties would like to get rid of the law without loosing face, but since it already passed the parlament, they can't simply abandon it. Politics — everyone knows what needs to be done, but no one wants to admit he was wrong in the first place.

Source (google translation):
Original story (german):

Comment Stop with the quick fixes! (Score 1) 932

Perhaps it didn't occur to anyone, but maybe switching to Ubuntu/Linux/OS X/[insert quick-fix OS] is not the best idea. One of the "security flaws" is a nine-year-old. Do you want to explain to him/her why running games doesn't work perfectly anymore (yes, I am aware of WINE)? Or why they can't play any of their iTunes-purchased songs? IMHO, you can't fix stupidity by switching OSes. You fix stupidity by making people less stupid.

Comment Re:It'd be nice if they stopped lying. (Score 1) 555

From what I've seen, the average total throughput (download plus upload) is around 900 kilobits per second. Convert that to gigabytes and you get 0.000107288361. 0.000107288361 * 60 seconds * 60 minutes * 24 hours * 30 days = around 278.1 gigabytes. So yes, it's certainly possible to go over 5 GB in a month.

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