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Comment: Re:Look at *why* people are pirating (Score 1) 143

by Lesrahpem (#47513501) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It
Not to mention there are things available by torrent I could not buy if I wanted to. For examples: 1) Linux-native Half-Life 2 that doesn't require Steam. 2) Windows 7 that can be installed to, from, or run from a USB flash drive. If these corps would stop slinging artificially crippled tech I'd pay for it.

Comment: Re:"Will this result in more private lawsuits...?" (Score 1) 143

by Lesrahpem (#47513409) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It
When the corporations can provide me with a superior product I might decide to pay them. But right now, I have a native copy of HL2 for Linux that doesn't require Steam. I have copies of just about every version of Windows which can be installed to and run from flash drives. Neither of these things can be legally purchased. When "they" stop artificially crippling technology I might pay them for it. Of course, I'll probably have my own army of open source killbots by then.

Comment: Re:Administrators (Score 1) 538

by Lesrahpem (#47291951) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job
The issue here is that our youth are not learning how to learn. Core teaches them several very specific things and often gives our youth the impresssion that nothing else is necessary. Core does not teach our youth to question and test the validity of information. We are teaching them rote memorization. Yet, we excpect new ideas and innovation?

Comment: Re:Broken system is broken. (Score 1) 626

by Lesrahpem (#47050175) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Right now, it appears some of the revenue from traffic fines pays for the detectives investigating theft, arson, fraud, missing persons, murder, hunting with out a license, public urination, vandalism, and so on.

Which have nothing to do with cars. So why tax cars? Why not a general tax or a property tax or such?

Putting a $1,000 fee for transportation will really hurt a lot of poor people.

Parent is right, a $1000 transportation tax would be terrible for poor people. I have poor neighbors who can't even afford a junker that costs $1000, let alone an extra tax on top.

Comment: Re:Just Tack on a Fee (Score 1) 626

by Lesrahpem (#47050133) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets
I see this "problem" as an admission that police are profitting from crime. The idea that less crime is a bad thing is absurd, especially when the reason is police won't make as much money. Cutting revenue from traffic citations may lead to a reduction in over-policing and the ability for small departments to spend money on things they don't need. When I say things they don't need, I mean things like the military surplus armored personnel carrier my hometown (population ~5000) just bought a couple years ago. Need I mention, they use it when it's totally unecessary (boys with toys).

Comment: Re:Why bother with tricks? (Score 1) 297

by Lesrahpem (#47037511) Attached to: Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Now, they may quietly PRETEND they have the legal power to order this, and phrase their request as an order. But they really can't do much if Cisco ignores them.

That is like saying the mafia may quietly pretend to have the power to shut down your business if you don't do what they want. While the NSA may not have the authority, on paper, they certainly have the ability to press the issue by "extralegal" means and have verifiably done so in the past.

Comment: Re:Work the way down to no license (Score 1) 301

Working from a license with an endorsement down to no license makes sense to me. I would like to see insurance, at least liability insurance, dissappear as well. I don't think the owner of an autonomous vehicle should be liable if it wrecks into something or runs someone over.

Comment: Re:The bigger picture (Score 1) 765

by Lesrahpem (#46981157) Attached to: A Look at Smart Gun Technology
Why should we replace personal responsibility with technology? A person, at least for now, can make a better judgment than a machine. It is true accidents with guns happen, especially involving children. A toddler picking up a gun and shooting somebody is easily prevented by keeping the gun away from the toddler. If we're going to do anything "smart" with our firearms, I agree with the previous poster who mentioned adding cameras to guns.

On another note, a firearm is so easy to make that anyone with very basic machining tools can make an AK-47 in their garage. If over-the-counter guns start to become less user-friendly more people will start making their own guns or buying "homebrew" weapons from sketchy sources.

Comment: Re:Wrong paradigm here (Score 2) 187

by Lesrahpem (#46671745) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

For example on a CentOS system you might allow your webserver to make outgoing SMTP connections via something fun like this: "iptables -A OUTPUT -m owner --cmd-owner httpd --dest-port 25 -j ACCEPT". (Why CentOS? Because it matches the command against HTTPD. On Debian systems the webserver process is more typically called 'apache2'.)

The cmd-owner match was removed in kernel 2.6.14 because it was broken with SMP.

Comment: Re:Wrong paradigm here (Score 3, Insightful) 187

by Lesrahpem (#46671399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?
The parent poster is correct. Windows and Linux are totally different animals in regards to firewalls. There is only one firewall for Linux and it is built into the system. IPTables is how the firewall is configured. All other tools are just front-ends or wrappers for IPTables.

IPTables doesn't have support for application-based firewalling. You can do that kind of thing using something lilke the Grsecurity patch for the kernel, but it is not for beginners.

Grsecurity will let you create policies exactly like what you're talking about and then some. For example, it will allow you to create a policy limiting which files and folders a given program can access. To be specific, on my machine I have a policy that Firefox can only write data to it's own folders and to my Downloads directory, and can't execute/run any files inside those folders. That way, if somebody hits me with a drive-by download or something it simply won't work.

Comment: Re:Despite all of the complaining about it... (Score 1) 627

by Lesrahpem (#44550671) Attached to: Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Where ALSA fails in it's most basic configuration is it's ability to handle multiple simultaneous audio streams. One stream going directly to an ALSA device, locks that device for playback thereby preventing any other application from using it.

This is only true if you have a shite sound card which doesn't support multiple audio streams.

Overload -- core meltdown sequence initiated.