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Comment Did anybody notice... (Score 1) 737

Most people concluded that this new "feature" must be crap, because Poettering usually delivers crap.

However, even without knowing Poettering and his previous work, you can see that the idea is half-baked. Look at the console examples closely.

Yes, nowhere does it prompt for a root password! Which means that anybody who can get to a virtual terminal can become root by just typing machinectl shell. And somebody who is logged in over the network (presumably...) can't log in as root at all, even knowing the password.

And frankly, what is the trouble of sneaking "unwanted" environment stuff into su? You have to enter the root password anyways, so the only thing which you could hope to achieve was what happens before password validation. And while in the past there had indeed be vulnerabilities that attacked su in such a way (sneaking LD_PRELOAD into it), these have been fixed since long ago.

Comment Re:It's not about the crime (Score 4, Insightful) 259

Consent is not treated as a defense theory. Humans are not treated as in a perpetual state of consent for giving away money,

A charity (or even a beggar) rarely needs to prove that the giver gave the money voluntarily.

for being taken strange places by strangers,

A taxi driver (or even bus driver...) rarely needs to prove that their passenger did indeed want to go where they wanted to go... Even if he is a minor (at least for buses). And even if you do accidentally hop on the wrong train, I don't think you've got a case to prosecute the driver for kidnapping...

or any of the other sorts of cases where "consent" defenses are common.... except that they generally are treated as being in a perpetual state of consent for sex.

Really, in daily life, giving or lending money, or giving people a ride is common, without needing to worry about getting a written affidavit that it is indeed voluntarily. And somehow, this still doesn't hamper our ability to prosecute against genuine cases of theft or robbery, or of kidnapping. Why can't sex be treated the same way?

Comment Re:Logical (Score 1) 211

Most of our team's time so far this year was spent porting our app to Microsoft SQL Server 2014.

And you wonder why no developer worth his salt wants to work for you? D'oh...

Customers demand it, so we have to do it.

Really? So charge them extra for it...

so I don't see how things are ever going to get better until we can hire more people.

... or switch over to a saner platform? And for those few customers who demand Microsoft quality, just skip testing, and they'll never notice it's no longer Microsoft... :-)

Comment Re:Idiocy. (Score 1) 394

But workers who need their hands held can be replaced... except in government where it's difficult to fire even those people who clearly deserve it.

Wrong. But like in any other workplace, workers can only be fired by their boss, not by mere coworkers. And the boss, in this case, is the citizens of Munich, and they make their hiring & firing decision on election day. Make sure these 2 councilmembers' ineptitude (or worse: bribability) is well-known so that the "boss" can make an informed decision the next time he is called to make one.

In the meantime, if these councilmembers let their laptop "age there unused", maybe they can be put to better use elsewhere? Just take them back, and hand them out to other workers who actually have a clue.

Comment Re:It's a Limited Threat Model Definition, not DRM (Score 2) 204

The problem with no-forwarding is that people who want to forward the message anyway, by definition turn into non-cooperating people. You might as well just add a text "please don't forward".

Non-cooperative people are only one category of people who'd forward mails even though told they should not. Another large category are users that are just ignorant, as in what does forward mean?, and what's the difference between this reply button and that "reply" button?. For those, a cooperative "Disappearing" system would indeed help (whereas a friendly plea to not forward would just be ignored as computer person's gobbledygook...)

Comment Re:Switzerland (Score 1) 674

Denis, is that you? :-)

Indeed. Same on some French TGVs. They have sockets for the express purpose of letting passengers charge their phones or use their laptops. It's crazy how you can get arrested in London for doing something which elsewhere is allowed and expected.

But to the PCSO's defense: apparently the socket was marked "do not use". Still a mystery why it was even turned on, if it was only for the cleaners' use while the train was stopped...

Comment Re:Based on my research (Score 1) 22

Having Googled "hairy mammoth" and visited a few search results, I've concluded I never want to Google "hairy mammoth" ever again.

You piqued my curiosity. So despite being at work, I took the risk and googled "hairy mammoth"...

... and I was quite disappointed that most text links were indeed talking about the "woolly mammoth" species, not something else. Ok, so I clicked "Images". Second disappointment: most pix were just hairy mammothes (you know, the elefant-like animal, not "bears", not Portuguese ladies or whatever...). 98% percent mammoth, with the odd (non-hairy, and non-obese) girl thrown in. Or are you using a different google than me?

O, and I did check that I hadn't accidentally enabled "safe-search"...

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