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Comment: Re: Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 107

by Deagol (#49338453) Attached to: Public Records Request Returns 4.6M License Plate Scans From Oakland PD

Dude, just chill. Everyone knows WTF the reference is to, regardless of the scientific accuracy. It's referenced in literature, movies, TV. Just get over yourself.

If I had used "proverbial frogs" in my post, would that have not knotted your undies so badly?

Shaka, when the walls fell.

Comment: Re: Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 107

by Deagol (#49336231) Attached to: Public Records Request Returns 4.6M License Plate Scans From Oakland PD

There is no Spy vs Spy character hiding behind trash cans at your subway station watching your every move. This stuff is automated Big Data with a dash of expert system and AI wizardry sprinkled on top

We can agree to disagree about whether this stuff is a valid concern for the average individual. But when things like laws, public policy, and commercial interests (insurance rates, hiring practices, etc.) are heavily influenced by what the Eye of Sauron sees, everyone should be concerned about what is collected.

Comment: Re:Oh good.... (Score 1) 165

by Deagol (#49335413) Attached to: The X-Files To Return

Reboots are old hat. Now we're *reviving* 1- to 2-decade old series.

First, we hear Twin Peaks will get a new season in 2016. Then that recent Friends movie. Now X-Files. With any luck, we'll get new seasons of Millennium, Dark Angel, and Space: Above and Beyond.

It could work, right?

Comment: Re: Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 107

by Deagol (#49335285) Attached to: Public Records Request Returns 4.6M License Plate Scans From Oakland PD

> It also won't tell you where someone's been who takes public transit, rides a bicycle, rollerblades, or walks. That's a good chunk of the population that is totally off the radar to this.

You're correct. "They" will just track your phone's WiFi MAC address around town, and your face with cameras.

You seem to be ignoring the incremental nature of us frogs and the increasingly hot water we're sitting in.

The more data sets available for correlation, the more accurate and complete a picture "they" can get.

You seem to be fine with this seemingly inevitable future we're racing towards. Some of us are concerned, if not outright worried.

Comment: What about obvious knock-offs? (Score 1) 386

I remember an insurance or pharmaceutical commercial around 2000 that featured music which was an obvious knock-off of Moby's "Porcelain". Had the same basic rhythm and feel, too, but the key was different and some of the note progressions were different. I kinda hated the commercial because my immediate thought was, "Heh, these losers couldn't even bother to license the real thing?"

Of course we see these all the time, from commercials to TV shows (Good Eats comes to mind), to movies (I think I recall chuckling at a bad wannabe "Axel F" music in the Christian Slater movie Kuffs).

Does this ruling make that practice more legally dangerous?

Comment: Re:Out-of-the-box babysitting of processes (Score 1) 928

by Deagol (#48278397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Quickly respawning processes that die is not HA. Clustering and fail-over at the application and hardware layers is HA.

A flapping service can cause more customer-facing downtime or irritation than a permanently-down service that's failed over gracefully at the appropriate layer.

Comment: Re:Out-of-the-box babysitting of processes (Score 5, Insightful) 928

by Deagol (#48277371) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Maybe I'm unique in this regard, but as an admin, if something goes down on one of my servers, I want it to stay down until I intervene.

Firstly, if I'm properly monitoring the process, then I'll be alerted and can investigate.

Secondly, there may a *reason* the process goes down, and having it down may be a good thing. If someone's trying to fuzz our httpd process for exploitation, then it happily restarting will open up a wider attack window.

Autopilots on production servers seem like a bad idea to me.

Comment: Re:There are no "remote" exploits for bash (Score 2) 329

by Deagol (#48019003) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

If you're on the RHEL security/patch list, you may have noticed a huge number of updates to ksh over the past couple of months. I found this odd -- until the recent shellshock thing went public. Perhaps this class of attack works against ksh as well? Looks like code reviews of core OS binaries may be ramping up since heartbleed.

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