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Comment: Re:We have not made an official announcement yet (Score 1) 152

by Bent Mind (#42009431) Attached to: Gentoo Developers Fork udev
I masked all versions of udev above 171 because of the /usr merge. There are some nice things that udev does, mainly ensure consistent matching of device names to actual hardware. However, (for any of my systems anyway) the plug-and-play stuff isn't really needed until after the OS is up and running. I really don't need the system to do anything with random USB thumb drives or game controllers at boot time. The thought had occurred to me to simply go back to a static /dev.

I've looked into alternatives. There is tmpfs-based /udev support in the kernel that seems to work well (minus security settings). mdev, from busybox, seems to work well. I've also looked at mudev, though not much past the project page.

If Gentoo devs are forking udev into a new project that supports separate disk partitions for root directories, then I'll fully support and install it.

Comment: Re:Federal Judges Need to Go Back to School (Score 1) 584

by Bent Mind (#41424099) Attached to: Federal Judge Says No Right To Secret Ballot, OKs Barcoded Ballots

They call themselves "Progressives", as in progressing past the restrictions on government power in the Constitution.

As to the definition of "Progressivism", I'll let one of the icons of the Progressive movement define it's views relating to the Constitution in his own words: "Justly revered as our great Constitution is, it could be stripped off and thrown aside like a garment, and the nation would still stand forth in the living vestment of flesh and sinew, warm with the heart-blood of one people, ready to recreate constitutions and laws." -- Woodrow Wilson

I'm not sure how the quote supports your definition of "Progressive". At first glance, the quote suggests that we, the American people, are of such great character that we would restore the Constitution if it were to be discarded. I do not generally study political history. However, this conflict of logic piqued my curiosity. I thought that maybe, within context, the quote would support your definition. A quick Google search only returned links to political propaganda sites. I thought it a bit strange that I couldn't find this quote in a historical context. Even doesn't seem to have it.

Comment: Re:I'll believe it when I see... (Score 1) 867

by Bent Mind (#41369977) Attached to: Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought

However, someone will observe you traveling faster than light, going from point A to point B faster than light would travel the same distance. If nobody sees you traveling faster than light, then how can you say you did so at all?

I'm a little confused by this idea. At no point does the warp ship go from point A to point B faster than light would travel the same distance. The path that the ship takes is shorter than the path that the light takes. The distance is not equal.

If an observer were near point B, I can see how it might appear that the ship arrived before it left. However, this would be an optical illusion based on the greater distance that the light traveled.

Comment: Re:My experience: possibly eGroupWare or SOGo? (Score 1) 189

by Bent Mind (#40649343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Building a Personal FOSS Cloud?
I've used Citadel. It is not a bad groupware package. It is open source, easy to install, and actively maintained. I don't believe it supports encryption of the database and it uses a file attachment model rather than a file server model. However, it works fairly well for calenders and messaging.

Comment: Re:Update available from fake Windows Update serve (Score 1) 78

by Bent Mind (#40619153) Attached to: Microsoft Revokes Trust In 28 of Its Own Certificates

This is not a fix for machines already pwned. It is a precautionary step to foil copycats

I figured as much. I just thought the loop was funny...

Microsoft releases all updates as separately downloadable packages.

I see that this patch does offer an executable download. However, not all patches are available as executables. I'm not on the machine now. So I'm not sure of the patch numbers. However, I have a Vista machine that has 2 security updates, from May, permanently stuck in an install loop. They successfully install about every 10 minutes. I tried several solutions. Microsoft has a FixIt application that told me Windows Update needed to be repaired. It claims to fix it every time it is run. However, the problem does not go away. So I tried to find the downloadable version of the update to see if installing it in Safe Mode would work. No Go. The only file available for download was a .msu file. Unfortunately, msu files require that Windows Update be running with an active network connection. They do not work in Safe Mode. At this point I think a reinstall is needed. However, Vista is a major pain. If I have to reinstall, I'm putting XP back on the machine.

Comment: Update available from fake Windows Update server? (Score 2) 78

by Bent Mind (#40609911) Attached to: Microsoft Revokes Trust In 28 of Its Own Certificates

Microsoft also released its new updater for certificates as a critical update for Windows Vista and later versions as part of today's July Patch Tuesday. ... and how the attackers were able to forge a Microsoft certificate and then use it to impersonate a Windows Update server."

So, to protect users from potentially trusting a fake Windows Update server, Microsoft is releasing this update through a Windows Update server, which potentially could be fake? I suppose that if your computer already trusts a fake server, it is too late. However, I wish Microsoft would go back to providing downloadable updates that didn't depend on Windows Update.

Comment: Re:Eh (Score 1) 461

by Bent Mind (#39154999) Attached to: Comparing Today's Computers To 1995's

Web surfing? Most home computers were windows 3.1, NCSA Mosiac was only two years old, and, if you believe Wikipedia, there were only 50 websites to visit [], and yahoo had just begun.

Yep, and then Microsoft created a free web browser and included it in their OS in August of that year. Everyone was quick to jump onboard. Al Gore invented the Internet and Netscape copied Microsoft and then sued.

Oh wait, it might not have happened that way. You should check your facts... Of course, I remember using an account a friend had at the university to access the Internet in 1985 and using Netscape Navigator in 94.

Comment: Re:Yeah...but (Score 1) 1303

by Bent Mind (#38780675) Attached to: How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

when majority of US people are rather unemployed than move to places with jobs

It is something I thought about while looking for work. I even did some searches on the idea. I didn't find much information. I did find jobs for teaching english as a second language. However, those required that you speak the native language fluently. I also found advice that I should become employed in the USA with an international company and after working there for some time, get transfered overseas. But then, that still requires employment in the USA. You are asking why the unemployed in the USA do not just jump on a boat and start working overseas. I'd be very interested in any information you have on how to accomplish this. It is not like I can just drive 50 miles and do an interview.

Comment: Re:We'll go nowhere at this rate. (Score 2) 552

by Bent Mind (#38719172) Attached to: Predicting Life 100 Years From Now

Columbus was sponsored by the Portuguese crown in a search for wealth in trade routes.

You might want to revisit the history books on this one...

Columbus was sponsored by Queen Isabella of Spain. There were several reasons for this sponsorship, though Columbus's personal wealth and power certainly came into play. At the time, the Ottomans and other Islamic nations controlled the trade routes to the east. Europe wanted the spices and medicines available in China. One of the hopeful outcomes was an allegiance with Murtada Khan of the Golden Horde. Murtada had expressed an interest in Christianity. With the recent defeat of the Moors in Spain and expulsion of the Jews, Spain was looking for new allies to continue the Christian assault on Islam and the capture of Jerusalem. Then too, I've also heard the rumor that King Ferdinand just wanted Columbus out of Spain so he would quit flirting with his wife. However, I've not found much to support this.

Given the events of the time, I'd say that religion and politics were the primary motivators, with profitability being a nice side-effect.

Comment: Re:Don't live in places without water, stupid. (Score 1) 421

by Bent Mind (#38523174) Attached to: Melting Glaciers Cutting Peru Water Supply
Well, I guess it all depends on your definition of full. There are those people that won't believe there is an over population problem until the bodies are stacked to the upper reaches of the atmosphere and fed by single-cell organisms. Then there are those people who think a place is crowded if they can see a neighbor from their front porch. You can enjoy living like a cockroach so long as I can't see you from my front porch...

Comment: Re:I use mythtv (Score 1) 355

by Bent Mind (#38492354) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Kit For a Home Media Server?

But, you're right that MythTV does not natively support Netflix. Maybe it could be accessed via MythBrowser? Or is a real Win/Mac (on a PC) client necessary?

Netflix depends on Silverlight. Silverlight is not supported (or usable) on Linux. Doesn't even work under Wine. A good alternative to Netflix is Hulu. It uses Flash for video.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll