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Comment: Re:Stupid Clickbait Whoring (Score 1) 143

by drinkypoo (#48439551) Attached to: Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

IANAL, but it seems to me there's a tendency in the US courts

The problem is that the US can ignore the law when it wants to. Although we're not seeing the average US citizen whisked off to gitmo, the general lack of respect for rights means that you cannot count on yours being protected.

Comment: Re:How about we beta test on Venus? (Score 1) 298

You people talk about terraforming mars or venus as if that were so easy.

Newsflash: Mars and Venus are very far away. Like, I mean, enormously freaking huge distances.

It took rosetta 10 years to rendevous with a comet that's basically crossing through earths nearest neighborhood. And that was a satellite the size of a car. And it did not have to transport and sustain humans and their life-requirements.

Until significant advancemens in getting stuff to orbit, massive advancements in material and propulsion technology and massive advancements in synthesizing materials, food, air and water have come by, we're pretty much stuck on this planet. If these advancements don't come, then we're stuck here for ever. We might aswell learn to behave that way.

Bottom line:
If humanity is to dumb to stop itself from killing itself on this planet, it has nothing lost on some other planet. That's my opinion anyway.

Comment: What do you mean by "hackable"? (Score 1) 183

by Qbertino (#48436983) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

If we're talking about the kind of hacks you'd normaly think of when thinking of cars that would probably be some 2-3 decade old ex-soviet military car. In a pinch you can repair those with a paperclip. Some of them also have awesome features. I've heard of a transporter that can deflate and inflate its tires... while driving! They used that feature to adjust the tires to the ground the transporter would pass over. More traction in snow and sand and stuff like that.

An old us-army jeep probably is pretty hackable aswell. As goes for dune-buggies and other kit-cars.

As for hackable electronics in cars - I'd rather add those myself.

Comment: Stupid Clickbait Whoring (Score 1) 143

by drinkypoo (#48432687) Attached to: Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Specifically he argues that companies care about their bottom line and that the trend of customers refusing to tolerate insecure products will force companies to protect user privacy, implement encryption, etc.

Posting this article on slashdot is trolling, whoring for clicks, etc, because no technical solution can ever solve our political problems. As long as the USA is willing to use the rubber hose, presaged by a national security letter, nothing corporations can do can fix this problem.

Markets are defined by governments. Wank wank, stroke stroke, flonk flonk.

Comment: Want one! (Score 1) 54

by Qbertino (#48418195) Attached to: Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

Awesome specs, looks good, cheap price. This is trés cool. I have been toying around with the idea of getting a Huawei or Asus Cheapo Tablet as a new one, but I think I'll wait until this ones out and take a look at it. Like the Jolla Phone too - but my HTC Desire HD is still holding up, so I'll pass for now.

Comment: Re:Go back in time 5 years (Score 2) 534

by andydread (#48417663) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

in the old days if you wanted to set your DNS servers on Linux you edit /etc/resolv.conf and change them.. Done. no reboot or ifdown/ifup necessary. Nowadays? on Debian and Ubuntu at least with the resolvconf package you have to edit /etc/network/interfaces then ifdown/ifup your interface and if the interface is the only one and you are connnected via ssh you are screwed. or you have to reboot the server to get the changes to take effect. Or you have to type a fucking convoluted command eg:

echo "nameserver
search" | sudo resolvconf -a eth0.inet
if you want the changes to take effect immediately without rebooting or ifdown/ifup the interface.
This is ass backwards. I remember the old days when we used to make fun of Windows for having to reboot after changing DNS server settings. Here you have a modern Linux OS that basically requires you to reboot, down your interface, or type a dumb string of commands consiting of echo and pipes. Ridiculous. While i'm not a fan of systemd I hope this shit gets fixed and simplifed with the advent systemd

Comment: Systemd appears to me like the Dolphin of init. (Score 1) 534

by Qbertino (#48417091) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Systemd appears to me like the Dolphin of init. Dolphin had the clear mission: To be simple to use. They were willing to ditch the superiour Konqueror for it. OK, if for them one mission statement weighs enough to justify that, go right ahead. I think I'd still prefer Konqueror allthough I couldn't say if I'd be bothered to install it if presented with Dolphin as a default. Same with Systemd vs. init.

I personally am not sure if this thing turns out well. It all comes down to how good the systemd camp is at offering incentives to move to it and how well they develop. If the entire thing in the end turns out better than init and has less problems the bickering will stop. If not, Debian will switch back eventually and the systemd camp will be burnt for a long time.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson