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Comment Re: Nothing open to the sky (Score 1) 114

Handcuff keys are actually pretty standard -- otherwise, the cop that cuffed you would be the only one who could open them.

But, yes, the keys would be 99% useless "in the yard" as prisoners are rarely cuffed inside the prison. (various maximum security scenarios aside.) And it has become increasingly common to use zip-ties instead of metal cuffs. (cuffs are expensive, use common keys, and some people can slip out of them.)

Comment Re:Way to encourage responsible disclosure. (Score 2) 87

Your talking about a system that's been used for 20+ years. It cannot be "patched" ('tho in older systems it can be "turned off") as it's not software. It cannot be "replaced" because it's built into many subsystems throughout the vehicle, most of which are a serious pain in the ass to even get to, much less crack open to replace a chip. (ECU, instrument cluster, ABS module, automatic transmission computer, electronic door/window modules, even the f'ing radio.)

Comment Re:50m 200ft (Score 1) 528

Everybody likes to make car analogies. However, that doesn't work here. CARS have well established, documented legal procedures for having them removed. (I know them all too well.) An un-tagged, un-titled car.. I most certainly can destroy it. (in fact, the police/dmv won't touch it.)

Moving out and leaving your stuff also has mountains of legal backing. YOUR. PROPERTY. IS. ABANDONED. As such, it's no longer "your property". It can be disposed of, or publicly auctioned -- legally. (I can't keep it, but I can throw it away or put it on eBay!) As for entrusting your stuff to a friend, no contract exists; if it's damaged or lost it's entirely between you and your friend.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 528

For an Olympic skeet champion, maybe. At 200ft, most quad-copters are very hard to see. They aren't brightly painted skeet targets moving in a predictable path. Of course, *one* bird-shot pellet is all it would take to bring it down. (those things aren't remotely "armored") Does anyone have pictures of the thing "riddled with holes"? (more holes === closer to the gun)

Comment Re:How soon until x86 is dropped? (Score 0) 152

Don't even try the "embedded market" BS. Debian is incredibly bad for anything "small". How big is a pure "base" install again? A fuckload more than 99% of embedded devices have.

The entire logic (read: Debian Political BS) behind what arch's are supported is (a) popularity, and (b) having a pool of active maintainers. SPARC has neither of those. The entire backstory is over a year long and boiled down to some nut screwing up the gcc packaging -- changed only for SPARC, that broke only SPARC. (I smell a rat.) Ultimately, it probably needed to go. Just like for the PC -- where amd64 took multiple eons for the fools to finally support -- many eons have passed without a migration to a full 64bit distro. The build system still, to this day (22 years on), builds everything as 32bit. Yes, there's a 64bit kernel, there are 64bit libraries, and gcc can output a working full sparcv9 64bit executable, yet, they still spit out a 32bit userland.

(One would hope this lights a fire under the sparc64 ports project.)

Comment Re:Enterprise Storage (Score 1) 219

Replication is not Archival. Corruption can be copied to a "backup" as well. If you aren't paying attention to what is being duplicated and to where, then "stupid is going to catch up to you eventually." For the record, I've seen the exact same mistake happen to people doing "backups" (RDX and tape) -- the error wasn't caught within a media cycle. (which was "weeks" for them)

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