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Comment Re:So the small claims court then? (Score 3, Interesting) 83

I'd prefer to go to Small Claims Court rather than do it online. If I take some company there then they have to come to my local court, no matter how far away they are. It makes it much easier to win because chances are they will, at most, send a local lawyer who barely understands the case or the issue, if they bother to turn up at all.

Doing it online makes it easier for them to mount a defence.

Submission + - Hinkley Point gets final investment approval

AmiMoJo writes: Investment in the first new nuclear plant to be built in the UK in 20 years — at Hinkley Point, Somerset — has secured final approval. The £18bn plant, set to be the most expensive object on earth when complete, is being build by French company EDF, with one third of the financing from Chinese investors, and will supply up to 7% of the UK's energy. EDF has lost a board member and financing director over the deal, estimated to be costing the UK £35bn over its lifetime due to a guaranteed high price for any energy it generates. Two similar plants being built by EDF in Europe are years behind schedule and 3x over budget.

Comment Re:Hatchet jobs aside (Score 2) 391

That's why I recommend using the Tails live CD. No danger of running anything else or automatic updates etc. Everything goes through Tor, and there is no permanent storage so no trace left after you power off. You still have to be careful, but it eliminates most of the problems associated with running Tor on a normal OS.


The Most Popular Product Of All Time 349

Apple announced Wednesday that it has sold more than one billion iPhones. To understand the magnitude of the milestone, Asymco's Horace Dediu has compiled a list of the best-selling products across several categories. From his post (link shared via email by reader JoshTops):Car model: VW Beetle 21.5 million; car brand: Toyota Corolla 43 million; music album: Thriller 70 million; vehicle: Honda Super Cub 87 million; book title: Lord of the Rings 150 million; toy: Rubik's Cube 350 million; game console: Playstation 382 million; book series: Harry Potter Series 450 million; mobile phone: iPhone 1 billion.
The iPhone is not only the best-selling mobile phone but also the best selling music player, the best-selling camera, the best-selling video screen and the best-selling computer of all time. It is, quite simply, the best-selling product of all time. It is that because it is so much more than a product. It is an enabler for change. It unleashed forces which we are barely able to perceive, let alone control. It changed the world because it changed us. And it did all that in less than nine years.
Update: 07/28 20:07 GMT by M :Dediu just told me that the list doesn't include consumable non-durable products.

Comment Re:Wherefore art thou Slashdot? (Score 1) 117

The physics are sound but the engineering practicalities may not be. For example, the original design requires air to be actively pumped from in front of the vehicle out the back, because even in low pressure the air resistance is problematic. You can't get much lower air resistance without a much more complicated, and thus expensive and failure prone, tube.

The issue of the pylons subsiding is also rather severe. On Japanese high speed railways they inspect every metre of track every night, and repair it as necessary. Repairing subsided track is relatively quick and easy, you just shove some spacers under it. Fixing a subsiding pylon... It's an engineering challenge that needs a clever solution.

The economics are also questionable. The capacity is low, even with multiple cars. High speed rail carries hundreds of people and their luggage in comfort, and in Japan it leaves every 15 minutes. The new maglev trains are going to start at 550kph and are expected to reach over 900kph in time, once the company has experience running them and maintaining the track. So actually they are going to run much larger trains at similar speeds to this design on a much cheaper, lower tech track, and presumably with their usual excellent safety record. And they are building it now, with proven technology.

Comment Re:Let's be certain first,.. (Score 1) 391

Stories such as Linus specifically having to avoid spending any time with females one on one as he's been "targeted for take down". Situations of outright false claims against people, proven clear and still people write incorrect articles about them, deliberately.

You should take your own advice. The claims about Linus were one blog post by someone who has been largely discredited. Yet you seem to consider it of equal journalistic quality and value as things written by actual journalists in respected outlets.

Ever since gamergate my concepts of fair reporting, harassment, he said she said have been seriously adjusted.

Yes, you now seem to take the word of people on social media as being as valid as that of multiple respected journalists and assume that when they disagree there must be some conspiracy by the journalists to hide the truth.

I will no longer blindly leap into "condemn them, silence them!!" mode as is intended.

People, especially journalists reporting on the events, have been asking for comment from Appelbaum since the very beginning. Quite the opposite of silencing him, his silence has been frustrating them.

Comment Re:Cui Bono and To What End? (Score 2, Insightful) 391

Tor is now shit, because the good people were chased away.

Complete bollocks. Name some of these "good people" who have left. The project founders and all the major technical contributors are still there, as well as many new ones.

China, the US, the UK, and just about everyone else suddenly has no problem finding people on Tor networks.

Also complete bollocks. The only known instances of this happening were via browser vulnerabilities, not problems with Tor itself. And those vulnerabilities could easily have been mitigated if people has set their browsers up properly, disabling Javascript as recommended.

Comment Re:"Sexual mistreatment"? (Score 1) 391

Details here:

There were formal proceedings, the Tor Project organization investigated. It's difficult to involve the police because many of its members are regularly harassed by law enforcement and some are wanted in various countries. It's likely that there is a grand jury investigation in the US into Appelbaum himself for involvement with the Snowden leaks, for example. The victims live in different countries too, although there are some in Germany where Appelbaum currently resides.

Comment Re:Really lousy article (Score 1) 391

The situation they are faced with is that their staff are regularly harassed by law enforcement, so going that route is not really an option. The evidence is out there for anyone to evaluate themselves (google his name), and many of the victims have come forward publicly with their real identities.

They can't just ignore this and they can't really take it to the police. FWIW no defence has been offered in the face of multiple, consistent and credible reports. It is what it is, but if you have a workable way of prosecuting the guy we would love to hear it.

Comment Re:The actual abuse exist, but ... (Score 1) 391

I think we can take their resignation at face value. There was serious abuse in their organization by its most public member and they failed to stop it. The people taking over aren't government stooges, they are well respected and highly competent people like Bruce Schneier.

They did the right thing. Fresh start, get some good people in, free up some of the old board members to work on the technical side.

Comment Re:Hatchet jobs aside (Score 3, Insightful) 391

Tor is backdoored.

No. You don't understand what Tor is or what the vulnerabilities used by attackers are.

Tor is secure. Where people have been located, it was due to bugs on the bundled browser and not following best security practices like disabling Javascript and not using a maximized browser window (to thwart canvas based fingerprinting). But the underlying network itself is secure.

Don't mistake compromised Tor exit notes as flaws in the network. Tor was designed on the assumption that exit nodes would be compromised and are inherently untrustworthy. Even if you use Tor, you still need to encrypt the traffic leaving the exit node because, as the documentation makes extremely clear, the exit node can see everything that passes in and out of it.

Once you understand what Tor is and the limits of what it does, you can see that it is highly effective and has proven secure.

Comment Re:Same vulnerability every password manager has (Score 1) 134

It's a slightly different problem. Imagine a site with a hidden login form that impersonated Twitter and made Lastpass auto-fill your Twitter username and password. So at a minimum you should disable auto form filling in Lastpass.

Now imagine an ad network serving up this malware to millions of people.

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