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Comment The real reason (Score 1) 575

I will likely be downvoted, even though what I write is absolutely true.

Revolution was predicted at least 6 years ago, a result of public land policy changes made 50 years ago and yet nobody talks about it. In fact, if anybody brings it up, they are immediately dismissed as radical, or simply silly.

Starving people are dramatically more likely to revolt than well fed people. Somehow, mentioning this ridiculously obvious fact is universally dismissed.

Comment Re:I Bet This Article Will Do As Much Damage... (Score 1) 108

If the author hasn't been played in any way, then the damage is still done: the scammers just got a great idea they'll no doubt literally capitalize on.

If you think that anybody who's written or executed ransomware hasn't already thought about ransoming medical devices, you have an astonishingly low opinion of others. Just how smart do you think you are?

Anybody who's spent the time necessary to write ransomware and attempt to profit from it has had more than enough time to consider the all reasonable possibilities, even if it took somebody as *brilliant* as you 5 minutes to come up with this idea. This isn't some global super-conspiracy; this is as brilliant as banging chips off a rock with another rock.

Comment Re: Qemu 3D Acceleration (Score 1) 67

That's my need as well. Tons of accelerators, lots of licences, can't afford the various VDI taxes lurking out there. Intentionally. Buying Server 2008, 2012, or 2012 R2 licenses to get a VDI going is absolutely bonkers. Retail Windows 7 is cheaper for small shops. And if whatever comes out the sausage factory Windows 10 Enterprise might be retail worthy if the damn licenses make sense. It will be ever thus as Microsoft's mindset is extracting the most fees ala Oracle versus helping SO/HO and SMBs. Either accept subscriptions or just go away.

Comment Re:yes, but directory traversal and buffer dos, so (Score 1) 74

HOWEVER, -all- of the "download.php" scripts I've ever looked at have at least two of the same three vulnerabilities.

1) Protection from directory transversal is harder than it looks,

2) fopen_url, and

3) memory depletion from failing to disable the output buffer before reading and writing chunks of the file.

I'm a PHP dev, and the first two are relatively straightforward to prevent. EG: Check that basename($file) == realpath(Basename($file)) kind of stuff. But #3 is interesting to me; how would the following cause any problem?

$fp = fopen($hugefile, 'r');
while ($line = fgets($fp, 1024))
      echo $line;

In this case, the buffered output will be spooled to Apache/end user as it fills. Or did you mean OOM errors from trying to load a 2 GB file into RAM?

Comment Re:I miss pgsql (Score 1, Insightful) 83

... and the replication systems are typically not worth much more than a dime, sadly.

We have a pretty beefy set up; 4x 16 Core Xeon DB servers with 128 GB of RAM each and Enterprise SSDs, serving hundreds of instances of like-schema databases, one per (organizational) customer, serving an aggregate peak of about 1,000 queries/second in a mixed read/write load.

And we've never been able to get replication to work reliably, ever. In every case we've ever tried, we've seen a net reduction in reliability. Every single time. Not that we've stopped trying, it has just never reached "just works" territory.

Replication is PG's Achilles's heel.

Comment Too many benefits to name (Score 2) 428

I've been dealing with metabolic syndrome for years, and so far, my blood sugar remains in normal range, weight, cholesterol, etc. is normal, though I do still take some pills to reduce hypertension. I started with The Diabetes Diet by Dr. Bernstein which laid out the relationship between sugar, blood sugar, and diabetes decades ago. Bernstein is literally the guy who changed the treatment of diabetes in the 1970s and at least doubled the life expectancy of diabetics.

If I keep my diet to simple meats and vegetables, I feel far better, sustaining much higher energy and work performance levels, even as my blood sugars stay down (A1C of 6.0) and "all the numbers get better".

Starch, simple sugars and saturated fats are just death. Just stay away. Granted, that means that you can't eat at least half of what the grocery store sells, but are those deep fried starch crackers really all that great?

Comment Re:+1 funny (Score 1) 618

So we're going to end up with a huge network of international *** on the one hand, and a bunch of draconian anti-free speech rules [codes] on the other.

You've dead-on nailed that. When you don't "feed the trolls," you usually end up with fewer of them vying for attention. They never totally disappear unless a lot more people [about five percent] carry, and use, weapons. That sorts itself right quick just as criminals start targeting less likely armed people, say tourists, instead. But we aren't allowed to go there. Whatever.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga