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Submission + - France using emergency powers to prevent climate change protests (

Bruce66423 writes: Following the Paris massacre, the French government declared a state of emergency. One of the regulations this introduced was control of large scale gatherings, and one of the events that is being caught up in this is planned protests to do with Climate Change conference in Paris next month. This has resulted in some activists being put under house arrest — yet other gathering, such as commercial street markets — are being allowed to go ahead. Funny that; anyone would think that the government is using the opportunity to suppress dissent.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 714

Actually, the degraded option does NOT work for BTRFS or at least hasn't when I've tried it. I still ended up in the shell. I checked the changelog for systemd from present back to the date of that report and there is no mention of it at all. Once in the shell, mount -odegraded / will work just fine. If systemd' wasn't too mind-bogglingly stupid to just try the mount command nobody would have to get out of bed at 3AM just to type that. But if I just rip systemd out and use the supposedly old and broken down sysV init, it works every time. If systemd had a sane configuration, I'd just poke that mount commend in as an explicit action and it would just work, but in all of that tangled spaghetti just below the surface, there appears to be no way to do that.

For md devices, they get around the problem by having a regular old script in the initrd go ahead and assemble the RAID before systemd gets a chance to get the vapors and refuse.

Mainframes certainly DO cost 100x more than (for example), a supermicro server.

Sure, networks do go down, but in those cases, you're either dual homed or no amount of non-stop can help you. Again, take the 90% solution or be prepared to start paying a lot more. I did say it should be in a good datecenter with backup power. If that fails, again, no amount of non-stop can help you.

Submission + - Pwned Barbies Spying on Children? Toytalk CEO downplays hacking reports (

McGruber writes: Earlier this year Mattel unveiled "Hello Barbie" (, a $74.99 wi-fi equipped interactive doll. Users press a button on Barbie's belt to start a conversation and the recorded audio is processed over the internet so that the doll can respond appropriately. The doll also remembers the user’s likes and dislikes.

Now Security Researcher Matt Jakubowski claims that he has managed to hack the Hello Barbie system to extract wi-fi network names, account IDs and MP3 files, which could be used to track down someone’s home. “You can take that information and find out a person’s house or business. It’s just a matter of time until we are able to replace their servers with ours and have her say anything we want,” Jakubowski warned.

Mattel partnered with ToyTalk to develop "Hello Barbie". ToyTalk CEO Oren Jacob said: “An enthusiastic researcher has reported finding some device data and called that a hack. While the path that the researcher used to find that data is not obvious and not user-friendly, it is important to note that all that information was already directly available to Hello Barbie customers through the Hello Barbie Companion App. No user data, no Barbie content, and no major security or privacy protections have been compromised to our knowledge.”

A petition by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood asking Mattel to drop the doll has already been signed by over 6,000 people.

NOTE: The original reporting of this hack appears to have been this NBC-Chicago newscast:

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 714

I would say it's a 90% solution if you have RAID and dual power supplies on separate circuits (this is common in x86 servers these days). Add in dual network connections and you're certainly on the threshold of diminishing returns.

It at the very least reduces the chances of a 3A.M. server down emergency to a very small figure if it's in a decent datacenter with proper electrical backup. I have seen a fair number of power supply failures and a LOT of HD failures, but few machines go down for other failures.

Sure, for only 100x more money you could get a non-stop like solution but few applications justify that outlay.

I know you desperately want to minimize one of systemd's most embarrassing failures, but it just doesn't ring true. I have servers with dual power supplies and RAID (I'm testing brtfs w/ raid1) and I want them to boot in degraded mode if that's what it takes. Systemd is absolutely contraindicated for that application.

Comment Put it in the library (Score 1, Interesting) 128

NO language needs a garbage collector, though an option to use one selectively would be nice.

Let's split the difference and say a language needs a garbage collector in its standard library that a programmer can choose to enable. C++ calls its reference-counting garbage collector std::shared_ptr.

Comment Even if the sky is falling down (Score 1) 102

well... when the sky falls, then chickenlittle should worry

In this model, I've spotted the pieces of camouflage that the aliens are assembling.

my sources in the security community get those new adserver names as the pop up easily too.

Not if they're like a328bc97.someadnetwork.example. Even eight hex digits would require four billion lines in a hosts file.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 714

First, Linux isn't restricted to x86 hardware (you knew that right?). Second, HA isn't all or nothing. Very few (very expensive) machines go all in on HA. By far, the most common case is RAID (which is implemented on x86 hardware all the time).

Honestly, the RAID thing is a brown paper bug for systemd that should never have made it into a distro and should have resulted in a crash program to fix that in days. It should not have resulted in claims of "not a bug".

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 714

And let's not forget that systemd destroys high availability by refusing to mount btrfs degraded if one of the drives fails even if it's set up as RAID1. It refuses to even try the mount commend and drops to the shell (eventually). If you issue the mount manually from there, it mounts right up. They apparently don't know what high availability is all about.

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