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Comment: Re:Huge Caveat! (Score 1) 95

by Guy Harris (#47505397) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

but no your iPhone is not running a packet sniffer

Not even if you're using a Remote Virtual Interface? If that can only be used by plugging the device into a Mac and running rvictl on the Mac, that's one thing, but if you can also get it to act as a remote pcap daemon over the network, as he claims, that's a different matter.

Comment: Re:Yet another NSA shill pointing fingers at someo (Score 1) 665

by Guy Harris (#47501789) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

God forbid somebody who happens to work for or be a Congressperson spread disinfomation by alphabetizing categories...

So, judging by the reaction to the article (the whole thread from this submission),

No, not the whole thread. See below.

each and every single employee of Russian state media responds directly to Putin (even those who, say, use their wifi networks),

In the posting to which you responded, I said "just as somebody working at or for the VGTRK isn't necessarily acting on behalf of the Russian government.", which says that employees of Russian state media are not necessarily acting on behalf of the Russian government". The person who made the edit in question might well have been acting on his or her own; I'm not going to assume that they were acting part of an officially-organized propaganda campaign, or even a propaganda campaign at all, any more than I'm going to assume, at this point, that the Russians had anything to do with the decision to shoot down the plane.

but some edit directly from a political/administrative institution only "alphabetizes categories".

In the posting to which you responded, I said that one particular edit, namely the one referred to here was only "alphabetizing categories", and that one other edit, namely the one referred to here, merely added a serial comma.

If your goal was to demonstrate that people from IP addresses assigned to the US congress edit Wikipedia pages, those edits might be relevant; if your goal was to show edits, from IP addresses assigned to the US congress, that show a pro-US bias, those edits are completely irrelevant - this one might be more relevant.

Comment: Re:Yet another NSA shill pointing fingers at someo (Score 4, Informative) 665

by Guy Harris (#47497051) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

God forbid somebody who happens to work for or be a Congressperson spread disinfomation by alphabetizing categories...

...or adding serial commas!

You might want to limit yourself to examples where somebody's changing the tone of an article to favor (or mock) some particular view, like the rest of the links.

And, of course, a particular Congressperson or staffer for that Congressperson isn't necessarily acting on behalf of the US Government, just as somebody working at or for the VGTRK isn't necessarily acting on behalf of the Russian government. (Perhaps it'd be more likely in the latter case, but if it were somebody posting from the Duma in that case, or somebody from the Voice of America in the former case, it'd be a closer match.)

Comment: Re:Really miss the 68k (Score 1) 236

by Guy Harris (#47478167) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Or maybe Intel picked up the ball and used the 68k (as their engineers wanted) for the original IBM PC.

Presumably you mean "IBM picked up the ball...".

Intel? They're the guys that make memory and strange CPUs for calculators, right?

No, at the time, they were the guys who make 8-bit and 16-bit computers used in a variety of applications; I'm not sure whether they were still making the 4004 or not.

Comment: Re:PPC macs were awful (Score 1) 236

by Guy Harris (#47478129) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Besides, if you were really serious about running a server with Mac hardware, you loaded up MkLinux or bastardized AUX implementation. Hell, there was even a Mach kernel implementation for Mac hardware.

...which was what MkLinux ran atop ("Mk" for "microkernel", although how micro the Mach kernel is could be considered a "topic for discussion").

Comment: Re:Pairing? (Score 1) 236

by Guy Harris (#47477755) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

I don't think the ISA was a goal, because PowerPC was really just a subset of the POWER architecture

Superset of a subset, to be precise. For example, PowerPC omitted the multiplier-quotient register, and multiply/divide instructions using it, that were in the POWER instruction set architecture, but added multiply and divide instructions that used the general-purpose registers.

that IBM currently had in their mainframes and servers.

Presumably meaning "RS/6000 workstations and servers"; the instruction set architecture in the mainframes was System/370 (or S/370 XA or ESA or whatever).

Comment: Re:LHC (Score 1) 91

by Guy Harris (#47471545) Attached to: Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

Although there hasn't been any paradigm shifting science come out of the LHC, I wouldn't say there's been zero output. We now have figures for the Higgs that have ruled out a large number of possible theories. Before performing the experiments, no-one knew for sure what the results were going to be - we could easily have had surprising results that disagreed with the Standard Model.

I.e., paradigm-confirming science is also useful.

Comment: Re:As usual, the title is wrong! (Score 1) 91

by Guy Harris (#47471517) Attached to: Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

I thought it was quantum chromodynamics mostly (the amount of energy holding quarks together is tremendous).

The "Hadron Masses" page on CERN's "The Particle Adventure" site agrees with you:

In general, only a small part of the mass of a hadron (such as a proton) is due to the quarks in it. Most of a hadron's mass comes from the kinetic and potential energy in the system. (Remember, E=mc^2; we perceive the energy in the system as mass)."

Comment: Re:One init (Score 0) 125

by Guy Harris (#47409005) Attached to: CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

Given the disconnects between the documentation and actual operation, it is a bad thing.

Did the posting to which you're responding mention systemd? Hint: the answer is "no"; it only mentions Mordor, and questions whether "from Mordor" is a bad thing or if it was the victim of a propaganda campaign (see the book to which the page I linked refers).

(Feel free to moderate that posting down as "Offtopic", instead.)

Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 158

by Guy Harris (#47370523) Attached to: Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

But you still have to push the updated data files to the device. With embedded devies that's not necessarily simple.

And even if tzdata is updated, sometimes you need to tell programs to read the updated data, which isn't just a simple restart. One example is MySQL where you have to run mysql_tzinfo_to_sql to load the zoneinfo files into the internal equivalent (it's stored internally in database tables).

Yes, as I said in the post to which you replied:

But there still needs to be an update, and that might require restarting processes that have already loaded the now-out-of-date rule information, so, yeah, it's not as if the timezone cabal can wave their hands and magically update all the systems out there.

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