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Comment Re: Obvious idea (Score 1) 208

The idea is not to get more of the populace taking those - that would be insane - the idea is to medicate people who have an actual depression.

I take sertraline (just 25mg, that is half of the usual starting dosage) to medicate my double depression and so far it has been a great help. For the first time in two decades I feel even-tempered and more or less happy with my life. There are side effects, but it is absolutely worth it.

The SSRIs probably aren't the cause for shootings, the underlying depression, which apparently wasn't successfully treated is far more likely the cause.

Funny fact, I used to own firearms (for target shooting), but sold them years ago. Never had the urge to kill anybody but myself, though.

Comment Re:he should know better (Score 1) 258

A business is not a person and does not have freedom of association. The people running a business have freedom of association, but when they voluntarily organize effort under a certain entity, that entity may be granted certain legal protections but in exchange must follow other laws, including those concerning non-discrimination.

Comment Re:Allow me to predict the comments (Score 1) 207

Part of it is simply a matter of dongle-count. Yes, ethernet is absolutely needed; yes, the connector should be right there, physically secure. No, USB dongles to provide ethernet won't ever be on my list of things I'm excited to do.

It would be better - a lot better - if there was actual, reliable ethernet hardware on there, and I'd be more than happy to pay a few bucks for it.

The ethernet on the other PI's is not particularly reliable, and that, in my case, is the downfall of the whole enterprise. I have four pis. They all drop their ethernet connections from time to time. It's beyond annoying.

Comment Re:Yeah (Score 1) 697

It is a desktop OS, although made by a company that doesn't sell or want you to run a traditional desktop computer. You know, those with cards, hard drives and memory DIMMs.

Silly me though, I should order the Macbook with the maximum memory configuration, use a monitor on USB, sound over bluetooth and the hard drive over wifi :-). That will be $2000 well spent to replace outmoded wires and local storage.

Comment Re:This is a nonsequitur (Score 1) 448

When you find yourself with ten people competing for two chargers at work's parking lot that's a problem, along with need and ethics of having to interrupt what you're doing, go back to the parking lot and unplug/move your car so that someone else can use the charger.

There was an article about that very situation happening in the Silicon Valley or a similar Californian setting.
Similarly there's irony in the electric car requiring you to have you own garage (with power that runs to it), thus likely requiring you to live in suburbs thus likely requiring you to commute by car, possibly a moderately long commute. Thus you need an electric car because you need an electric car. Same deal anyway If the car is electric or not : you pay for your car so you can go to work so you can pay for your car. (Take that as a bit of humor if you can or wish!)

I agree with your assessment of the technical problem : the technical problem can be dealt with but there are the social, behavioral, urbanistic problems. In theory catering to the electric cars ought to be easy : it was probably harder or more expensive to take care of horses.

A more complicated option would be the car connecting a charger itself. Doable, but somewhat more work.

So I'm picturing a car moving to the charger on its own, like you left your horse in a stable and the horse drinks and eats what he finds there or what the workers staffing the stables bring him. Maybe some robotic solution would be used and/or the parking lot is supervised by someone who is guarding the lot, guides the cars, manages the chargers. I like that idea but too bad such an occupation might be considered too expensive, if considering a min wage full time employee (or more) is quite a cost to man a parking lot for a few dozen cars (or less, or more). But why not :-).
That may work in some countries (I'm thinking developing ones, or Japan). In African countries or really poor areas you can have someone dusting off solar panels (and doing whatever basic, unfrequent maintenance) whereas in the first world it's not worth paying someone to go clean them...

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 351

It used to be known as the "interoperable" format.
Also carries a connotation of being lightweight (in a sense), simple or braindead. I thought it was unchanged since the early 90s and apparently that's not true.

Comment Re:In Soviet Russia, TV watches YOU! (Score 1) 217

Use the customer's processing resources to run computer vision algorithms etc., then send very short pseudo real-time reports and perhaps more detailed daily/weekly ones. This has the added benefit that the customer's hardware wastes a few watt and not your own megawatts and hardware, so not only you reduced the network bandwidth and storage use by orders of magnitude, but you've exported most of the processing costs as well.

Submission + - GlassRAT Targets Chinese Nationals, Lurked for 3 Years Undetected (

chicksdaddy writes: RSA researchers issued a report today ( about a remote access trojan (or RAT) program dubbed “GlassRAT” that they are linking to sophisticated and targeted attacks on “Chinese nationals associated with large multinational corporations," The Security Ledger reports. (

Discovered by RSA in February of this year, GlassRAT was first created in 2012 and “appears to have operated, stealthily, for nearly 3 years in some environments,” in part with the help of a legitimate certificate from a prominent Chinese software publisher and signed by Symantec and Verisign, RSA reports.

The software is described as a “simple but capable RAT” that packs reverse shell features that allow attackers to remotely control infected computers as well as transfer files and list active processes. The dropper program associated with the file poses as the Adobe Flash player, and was named “Flash.exe” when it was first detected.

RSA discovered it on the PC of a Chinese national working for a large, U.S. multi-national corporation. RSA had been investigating suspicious network traffic on the enterprise network. RSA says telemetry data and anecdotal reports suggest that GlassRAT may principally be targeting Chinese nationals or other Chinese speakers, in China and elsewhere, since at least early 2013.

RSA said it has discovered links between GlassRAT and earlier malware families including Mirage, Magicfire and PlugX. Those applications have been linked to targeted campaigns against the Philippine military and the Mongolian government. (