Duplicate, again... (Score: 1)

by in Li-Fi is 100 times Faster than wi-fi. Light Bulbs could be used for delivering Data on 2015-12-26 14:13 (#YTH5)

Barely 2 weeks has passed...

Re: The strange part (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Dell Laptop Security Hole Acknowledged on 2015-12-12 17:57 (#XG9J)

Right? Not for lack of denying it at first, of course! I'm not a big fan of theirs anymore, as I type from the last one I will own...anyone have suggestions for manufacturers that don't suck, and provide long term support, ie, at least 4 years...Dell stopped updating the software and drivers for my laptop 2 years after it was released. Seems way too short by any standard...

Re: Do we have a figure for Australia yet (Score: 2, Informative)

by in 175 million pounds per year to collect UK metadata on 2015-12-12 17:26 (#XG7G)

Quick roundup:
  • A$131m was budgeted recently, $124m of which is earmarked for ISPs.
  • A survey of ISPs found that 60% said it would cost less them than A$250,000 to implement,12% said $1mil, and the largest telcos estimating around $10m.
  • An assessment done earlier this year estimated compliance costs around A$190-320m

pipe visibility (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Site Update on 2015-11-28 18:22 (#W1CC)

I feel a big part getting more users involved with voting in the pipe, and eventually story submissions, is giving better visibility on the homepage, and actively encouraging participation from readers -
  • The main 'pipe' link should have a indication of how many stories are waiting. For logged-in users, ideally it would show a 'un-seen' count, similar to unread comments.
  • Some method of asking readers to vote/get involved on a story without having to navigate to the Pipe page. A few ideas i had:
    • An occasional bubble, floating top bar, or inline-box suggesting a random pipe story, and asking if the viewer finds the subject interesting. Extra emphasis on occasional.
    • A small left or right UI box to list 3-6 most recent story titles, with small up-vote buttons
    • To encourage positive voting, a down-vote would be presented as 'flagging' a story (Pipe page would still present up/down.) Older, or stale stories would get a bump in display priority.
    • If the pipe fills past x-amount, a temporary (read: self-expiring) notification could be sent to all, or a random subset of users as a plea for help (I envision US Propaganda poster-style imagery - "What have you done for Pipedot today??") :D
  • A notice on the Pipe page encouraging people to use the comments to suggest alternative links, corrections, etc., and clarifying that pipe comments don't publish with the story.
  • I'd like to see the pipe list sort itself not primarily by date but by rating, similar to your OP pipe suggestion # 2; Higher ranked stories would rise to the top, low to the bottom.
  • Down-arrows be a different color; its difficult to tell what you voted when presented with a full pipe, the green arrows blend. Personally I would prefer it to 'pop'
  • I like the idea that stories could automatically publish, or delete depending on votes, or lack of votes within a defined time period. I'm a bit wary about auto-publish, as it could encourage a decline in submission quality, if left completely unedited; abuse aside.
Well, thats my 30 cents ;)

Re: Second (Score: 1)

by in New Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 computer on 2015-11-28 17:40 (#W19W)

My mistake. It must just be the lack of visibility of the pipe, combined with the occasional lull in stories. I'd like to find a way to encourage the broader readership to be involved in their content.

Had another idea, i'll drop it in the recent suggestions story.

Re: Made in Australia (Score: 1)

by in Genetically engineered algae kills 90% of cancer cells without harming healthy cells on 2015-11-28 13:09 (#W0QK)

could you elaborate? It sounds snark, but I just wanted to be sure I knew what you were talking about.

Re: Second (Score: 1)

by in New Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 computer on 2015-11-28 13:01 (#W0PF)

I think lack of votes is in part due to the content of the pipe; alot of recent posts don't interest me, but not to the point of voting down either. In the past the pipe has been quite a bit more active (vote-wise), but now that the pipe is filling up, it has the wall-of-text feel, i think its easy to become disinterested and drift away.

That said, I feel its important for there to be an indicator on the homepage as to how many stories are currently in the pipe. Talk of a notification system makes me believe this will be an eventuality.

this isnt news (Score: 1)

by in Computer Algorithms Tutorial and Amazing Visualization of 15 Sorting Algorithms on 2015-11-28 01:36 (#VZKE)

this would be interesting for the 'Stream', but its not a story.

second link (Score: 1)

by in FCC can't force Websites to honor 'Do Not Track' on 2015-11-08 16:12 (#SYV5)

Re: Too long (Score: 1)

by in BSDNow episode 111: Xenocratic Oath on 2015-10-24 17:25 (#RGF2)

Personally, I tend to consume it as a magazine - only jump to the topics i'm interested in; occasionally i'll take in the whole episode, start to finish - just some topics don't interest me.

But it is nice that there is enough going on in the *BSD world to fill the time each week.

oops (Score: 1)

by in BSDNow Episode 111: Xenocratic Oath on 2015-10-17 02:23 (#QR7Y)

post button was a tad too close to 'preview' for my sloppy clicking - failed to finish editing; incomplete but acceptable...

Re: Inaccurate title: Happy birthday song was not copyrighted (Score: 1)

by in Happy Birthday Song Released to Public Domain on 2015-10-04 13:05 (#PDVB)

Somehow claiming they have an exclusive hold on a tune from 1893 is appalling.
Makes me want to sing Happy Birthday outside Warner/Chappell's offices on the date of the original copyright. That wouldn't hit a nerve, would it? :D

Re: Woo hoo (Score: 1)

by in ARIN finally runs out of IPv4 addresses on 2015-10-04 13:02 (#PDTV)

I already received an email from my VPS provider reassuring us that they, unlike their competitors, will not be pulling and reallocating IPv4 addresses, nor jacking up the price; at least for the foreseeable future. I wonder if that is really happening at other colos, and if they'll charge a premium to customers who, for whatever reason want to keep their specific addresses (does anyone even care)

TED - How to use one paper towel (Score: 1)

by in Hand dryers worse than paper towels for spreading germs on 2015-10-04 12:50 (#PDT5)

There is atad of science behind using papertowel efficiently:

TED talk -

Re: Yes, but (Score: 1)

by in Hand dryers worse than paper towels for spreading germs on 2015-10-04 12:42 (#PDSE)

but it showed that several minutes after drying your hands left you with the same levels, regardless of which method you used.
I wonder what the root of that is - the fact that soaps are meant to break free and rinse-off dirt and germs, versus actually killing the germs? Or that people who use jet dryers just suck at washing their hands, in general?

Re: Yes, but (Score: 1)

by in Hand dryers worse than paper towels for spreading germs on 2015-10-04 12:37 (#PDSD)

That is a great idea; Of course it would go without saying that Australians would probably have pub-science down pat :) When I can, I use my used paper towels to grab the door handle, and hope they put a trashcan close by.

Re: Yes, but (Score: 1)

by in Hand dryers worse than paper towels for spreading germs on 2015-10-03 20:18 (#PC9Z)

Waterless hand sanitizer have been around for some time, but leave a weird unclean after-feeling imho; plus i'd imagine there are some people would refuse to use it, leaving the door handle dirtier than the toilet seat :)

Although not an alternative, an improvement could be to use UV light to sanitize the air. I know they are used in some air duct systems, but i'm not sure how efficient or quick they are, particularly for such a high volume of air.

Re: A step backwards (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Taurinus X200 laptop now FSF-certified to respect your freedom on 2015-09-30 00:05 (#NZE7)

I think the overriding factor is that its all currently closed source, with chunks being supplied by 3rd party developers. If the laptop does well, maybe it will help nudge these companies to developing an open-source equivalent to protect their market share; better yet, the community creates a solution themselves

Re: spam (Score: 1)

by in New Apple iPhone 6s & 6s Plus/ Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus/ 2 wheel scooters on 2015-09-26 11:45 (#NME7)

i thought the piece was quite insightful ;D

Re: Pipedot FAGGOT MOD censors posts and he should be killed for it. (Score: 1)

by in Verizon, T-Mobile oppose delaying LTE-U to test WiFi interference claims on 2015-09-14 09:06 (#MCDV)

if you want to threaten people i will gladly forward your posts to the police.

get over it, get a real job. this is not an acceptable way of communicating. (and probably to the root of why you are only a law-grad and not a lawyer - too dumb to realize all your posts are still here, not deleted)

Re: I don't understand (Score: 1)

by in Google’s driverless cars run into problems with human drivers on 2015-09-11 01:08 (#M379)

Perhaps an advantage to having only robot drivers, would be that cars could communicate directly with each other, instead of our language. It would be faster and share far more information than our measly words and glances could. If one could guarantee uninterrupted communication, it could eliminate stop signs: why slow down if you know the exact speed and timing of other approaching vehicles, a slight speed shift and you would weave right through.

I agree with your sentiment, its a little too early to be putting these on the road. There has not been enough background in the field (compared to, say aviation design) to find the ghost-in-the-machine kinks. Great, nothing major has happened so far, but its just a matter of time before we get a story along the lines of "google car makes sudden left for cheaper gas on 4 lane highway - 12 dead." or, "car mistakes other vehicle's racing stripes for road stripes, crashing head-on" :)

Re: Analysis (Score: 1)

by in Grsecurity stops issuing public patches, citing trademark abuse on 2015-09-09 01:23 (#KVKG)

To be fair, in the pipe| they did warn not to argue with a "law grad"(read: little knowledge & no experience)...I didn't realize just how right they would be :D
At least you managed to avoid blaming Debian or women for any of this...
Hahaa! +1

Re: patches (Score: 1)

by in GRSecurity Linux Kernel patch to end public accessability of stable patches. on 2015-09-03 00:30 (#K8VX)

just to clarify, would a patch not be a derivative work until actually applied to licensed code? on its own its just code, (EDIT: retracted, this statement made sense: "When the second
work makes sense only in light of the original, it's derivative.")
and owned by the author. they don't have to release publicly.

And even if said-patch does infact fall under GPL, the GNU-GPL FAQ makes it clear that you can sell modified versions of GPL code to a client and not release publicly, and its up to the client whether they want to keep the modified version internal, or release it. The only thing that forces public source release, is to likewise distribute any part in any form, to the public.

If that client were to release the modified version, they would need to supply the source, but if kept internally, then no. By requiring a subscription or contract, i'd imagine thats the loop hole that allows private sale/distribution without violating the gpl (if i'm understanding that correctly.) It sounds like this company is ensuring paid-clients are supporting their efforts, while preventing every other company from doing a drive-by-only download instead. It sounds more than reasonable. In the end, the code is still going to make it to the public, eventually.

Re: patches (Score: 1)

by in GRSecurity Linux Kernel patch to end public accessability of stable patches. on 2015-09-03 00:15 (#K8W0)

this would make for a good public discussion, if anyone else would like to up-vote? my feelings still are that the bigger story is the one presented by the company, and not the claim that said-company could be violating the gpl; although commentary for both would be interesting.

patches (Score: 1)

by in GRSecurity Linux Kernel patch to end public accessability of stable patches. on 2015-09-02 00:56 (#K56Q)

they produce patches, not redistrib. linux. its their code, and patch, and thus should be able to do what they want, no?

that aside, im upvoting because the full version of the story sounds quite interesting. they themselves are tired of seeing GPL violations, among other complaints, leading to their decision

hmm (Score: 1)

by in Google's Android wear brings interactive watch faces and built in translate option on 2015-08-22 20:13 (#J5RY)

i'm not sure how to vote on this; on one hand, its pretty cool, and will likely help alter the future of wearable UX. But on the other hand, the articles come off more as a product advertisement

addl. sources (Score: 1)

by in Windows 10 can detect and disable pirated games and hardware on 2015-08-22 20:08 (#J5RX)

in fairness, new category? (Score: 1)

by in Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented 'nuclear war' on Earth on 2015-08-16 17:13 (#HJ5Z)

on second thought, i do know personally a few people who really, honestly do believe in these types of topics; to each their own. As to not deprive them of interesting content, might i suggest a new category of 'Fringe', or something of the like? A place for stories like aliens, conspiracy theories and other reaching-news

if pipedot eventually implements user category-filtering, one could just hide theses stories, no big deal.

Re: oh, fox... (Score: 1)

by in Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented 'nuclear war' on Earth on 2015-08-16 17:05 (#HJ57)

generally, yes - almost anything but fox. although in this case in certainly appears each of those sources are airing the same non-story - "get a load of this guy!", so i'd probably still vote down. Aside, he isn't exactly the first notable person to make alien claims, and his claim isn't new.

edit: after re-reading my first post i wanted to clarify that the -1 wasn't only because of Fox as the source; i'd put 75% of that vote on the story itself.

oh, fox... (Score: 1)

by in Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented 'nuclear war' on Earth on 2015-08-16 14:29 (#HHW0)

they are really scraping the barrel on this one...its really just an article pointing out that this guy is crazy- they didn't even attempt to talk to anybody except one person, who could smack it down.

-1 as fox is a terrible source to redistribute. i don't feel pipedot should be associated with a 'news' corp that has asserted they have no obligation to report facts.

Re: Or, ya know... (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Chatting in secret while we're all being watched on 2015-08-01 21:38 (#G556)

but even snailmail requires careful attention - fingerprints, handwriting, phrasing -and- printers can be identifiable, in addition to hints given by postmark. of course it all depends on the level of attention you think someone will give to tracking you down...if someone is going to put the effort to find you through the tor network, they're likely to be able to use the above to find you through mail too.

Re: Emissions (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in A new type of GM rice fights climate change, increases yields on 2015-07-30 14:18 (#FXQF)

certainly more toxic ones, but if they are right about being 1/5 of the effect, China is by far the largest grower so this actually does have potential to make a significant difference. The flip side, any worthy improvements will be lobbied as reasons to lax on other emission regulation :/

from the sidelines (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Who's Afraid of Systemd? on 2015-07-26 22:14 (#FGZ2)

with only scant knowledge of the implementation of systemd, i'll continue to be wary; I'll say, in large due to Linus' response to Kay Sievers requesting the kernel be patched to fix his own bugs.

I don't hold Linus in too high regard because of his often unnecessary crass, but he usually makes a great point. I've read a couple examples of cockyness and ego, and for me that raises red flags for potential vulnerability or simply poor coding - not much is more dangerous than a programmer who believes they don't make mistakes. I'm open to counter-examples tho, i'm not anti-systemd because of some movement, perhaps its simply this

Re: Barrel scraping (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Microsoft donates over $25,000 to support OpenSSH on 2015-07-12 08:51 (#E2FG)

of course i went to try this - and was surprised to find that 'edit' was only for 16 & 32 bit systems. microsoft's professional recommendation is to use notepad; i guess that probably sums up the state of affairs in microsoft's "give a s***" dept. 'Why CLI when you can GUI?' :/

Re: Not quite (Score: 1)

by in OpenNIC to become world's leading DNS alternative after Cisco/OpenDNS deal on 2015-07-02 16:49 (#D47D)

Very good point

Re: Japan based exchange? (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Secret Service agent pleads guilty to Silk Road bitcoin theft on 2015-06-26 11:35 (#CGHB)

All just patsies.

You don't even know, bro... :)

Re: want more (Score: 1)

by in Going deeper into neural networks on 2015-06-25 00:05 (#CBMM)

i think thats part of the point - we are getting to a place where systems can be so complex the output is unpredictable (i.e, dumb brain); this neural network looked for familiar shapes, similar to creatures looking at clouds. you might be able to step-by-step backwards and determine why it made the choices it did at that moment/step, but i can't imagine you could predict with any accuracy what it will do.

hopefully someday we can take a look at the code, if it hasn't already destroyed society.

and a (Score: 1)

by in Dreaming in AI on 2015-06-23 13:09 (#C610)

submission is awkwardly written, i'm not happy with it, and a rewrite would be nice, if someone would offer - just put another in the pipe and i'll vote it up

Re: Samsung for the WIN (Score: 1)

by in Millions of Samsung Galaxy devices remotely exploitable on 2015-06-22 14:44 (#C2Q8)

i read a bit more - the updates are supposedly for getting fresh word lists, and the like. and using another keyboard doesn't help, it still checks in the background.

why does it seem like some programmers go out of their way to ensure vulnerabilities can't be mitigated?

Re: Not really news... (Score: 1)

by in Washington breaks ground on its first animal overpass on 2015-06-22 14:39 (#C2Q7)

i voted it up in the pipe because it was something different, and it fit roughly in the environment category - and while maybe not technical, i figured it could start a discussion (point of this site), whether it be about the interesting design of the crossing (pretty low fence), or animal migration patterns; the latter being what interests me most.

where i am northeast, i don't ever see such structures; but ive heard of areas near me where the highways have trapped certain species in a relatively confined area, and the population is booming - sounds good, but not when its 50 coyotes backed against a neighborhood :)

Perhaps i'll consider the news factor more nexttime voting. appreciate the feedback.

category (Score: 1)

by in Dreaming in AI on 2015-06-21 20:12 (#C0DQ)

not sure what category this fits into...its slightly science, not hardware, is kind-of internet, vaguely robotics, hm? call it "robotics/ai"? not sure if i have seen enough topics to qualify a new category

Re: Samsung for the WIN (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Millions of Samsung Galaxy devices remotely exploitable on 2015-06-21 01:41 (#BYGH)

you can tell the google play not to auto update, but it will still check. But this looks like a builtin 'feature' of the keyboard, with no options to turn it off, so like other system updates, you can't stop it from checking; and being a system app you can't disable it, or turn it off. Its certainly concerning that an app is attempting to sideload its own updates instead of using the Play Store.

i miss being able to run AOSP roms, this would have been a 2 second uninstall...but all the Nexus devices are now stupid large, and my galaxy nexus classic finally bit the dust. S4 mini fits the size requirements, but without rootability (thank you KNOX...grr)

they are smart (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Washington breaks ground on its first animal overpass on 2015-06-20 23:28 (#BYA8)

i wonder how fast it will take predators to realize they can just wait at either end for their pray to come to them? and in the long term could that result in certain species being too afraid to cross, effectively trapped on one side?

Samsung for the WIN (Score: 1)

by in Millions of Samsung Galaxy devices remotely exploitable on 2015-06-20 20:55 (#BY1E)

certificates are too expensive. god only knows what my smarTv is trying to do right now :/ it runs java and hasn't had an update in a year :o

not this again (Score: 1)

by in Debian has rejected opensource game, gives no reason, last time was because of hate of contributor. on 2015-06-14 18:43 (#B8KG)

MikeeUSA - Just because they are open source does NOT mean they have to accept your submission. No part of opensource requires this, nor do they need an explanation.

Infact, one of the great things about opensource, is that YOU can start your own debian branch, and start your own community.

Re: not this again (Score: 1)

by in Debian has rejected opensource game, gives no reason, last time was because of hate of contributor. on 2015-06-14 16:54 (#B8MC)

it could also be that they don't want to host a 4gb dvd for one game....just saying

i'm surprised (Score: 1)

by in Computrace backdoor exposes millions of PCs on 2015-05-24 18:22 (#9NXD)

I'm surprised nobody knew about it being installed. When i bought my laptop it was a selling point, one for which i gladly paid to keep the subscription. Where i live and work the chance of theft is moderate to high, its worth it to me. But my laptop is now old enough that i doubt i'll see any bios updates...and being a dell (poor update track-record, ime)

Fun disclosure: i also run Cerberus tracking on my phone, and Lojack on my vehicle :)

woot (Score: 4, Interesting)

by in Pipedot Turns One on 2015-02-07 04:00 (#2WY4)


i'd like to see an indicator on the left nav for when new stories are in the pipe - it would help encourage others to vote up/down stories, or submit their own. I imagined it as either a simple icon, or a red number representing new stories in pipe.

that, and perhaps a rename of the category 'linux' to some more generic variant *nix :D (bsd fans unite!)

Heres to more years, cheeahs!

overblown (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Microsoft admits Windows 10 preview has a keylogger on 2015-01-30 10:29 (#2WTZ)

I find this overblown, "microsoft admits..." - it was freely available knowledge, for those who actually read the terms when signing up to a Developer Technical Feedback Program...this isn't a free copy of windows; there is an expectation that your use will help improve the product. and its indicated in bold too.

Considering their target is 'Experts and IT pros', there is an expected, basic responsibility that lies with the user that A) you understood what you signed up for, B) you wouldn't be stupid enough to do anything private/critical on software released only for testing - its fundamentally insecure.

Its also not clear, when or where keystrokes are logged. Maybe its not a 24/7 thing, but based on specific interaction (windows key combos, etc.) - I don't know. I saw no mention of attempts to view the data captured. Anyone have technical insight?

i see their point... (Score: 1)

by in FCC prohibits Wi-Fi hotspot interference on 2015-01-30 10:11 (#2WTY)

as i sit in a Best Western hotel writing this, i certainly can see marriotts point about security: i count atleast 5 hotspots named 'bestwestern' in various capitol-letter combinations, and one ominous 'bw' ssid, all unlocked...there is no way for the average person to know what is safe to connect to. That said, best western offers their wifi for free