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Comment: Re:New Jersey and Other Fictions... (Score 1) 615

by PrimaryConsult (#49714131) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

Ehh, your "pay more" comment doesn't really make sense for NJ. The gas there is the cheapest in the northeast. The difference between NJ and NY can easily be 40 cents / gallon.

In the wintertime, full serve is a godsend. I'd gladly pay an extra 10 cents / gallon to not get out of my car.

Comment: Re:Last night's flood at DFW airport proves him wr (Score 1) 241

by PrimaryConsult (#49650173) Attached to: James Comey: the Man Who Wants To Outlaw Encryption

Which goes to show that no one is applying discretion when enforcing these rules. Providing exceptions when the situation calls for it is required in many situations. Things like allowing people to use an emergency staircase while an escalator is under repair, or allowing drivers to cross the double yellow when there's a fallen tree blocking the lane for your direction of travel. In the case of DFW airport case they should have simply allowed people to re-enter security (provided they comply with all the rules, obviously you can't bring your checked baggage through if it contains things that cannot enter the secure area) would have been immensely helpful.

And they certainly could have. For years the only currency exchange in town was located in the secure area of the airport. Customers would go to a TSA office outside the secure area, provide ID, sign a log and be given a photo ID pass to enter the secure area for a short amount of time (I believe the default was an hour). The pass was to be handed to the TSA agent guarding the exit, and they would reconcile the returned passes with the sign in log. Not sure what happened to you if you forgot to return the pass, and wasn't particularly interested in finding out.

Comment: Re:How many minutes until this is mandatory? (Score 1) 287

by PrimaryConsult (#49335973) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Part of this problem is unrealistically slow speed limits. In the NYC area all highways have a maximum speed limit of 50, including the interstates. So you have the "local" speeders and the out of towners who are used to the faster speeds all travelling happily at speed, and then some douche is going the speed limit in lane 3 of a 4 lane road, causing people to split around him like Moses parting the sea and re-enter that lane. Countless unnecessary merges.

Comment: Re:Do what you can to support this (Score 5, Interesting) 188

by PrimaryConsult (#49335061) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act

Seriously, if there was ever a time the slashdot effect was needed, it's now.

Apathy towards the workings of our government are what allowed the Patriot Act to last this long, I hope that same apathy can be counted on to keep the "whatever to keep us safe!" crowd from fighting its repeal.

Comment: Re:dare to hope (Score 1) 210

by PrimaryConsult (#49154773) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

The RootKit fiasco was their media division, not the division that handles laptops. They were caught and punished and ceased the activity.

The Coca Cola corporation in Columbia murdered a few union leaders, and essentially got away with it. Does your place of employment have Coke vending machines? After all, if one part of a company does something bad the entire company is bad, right?

Comment: Re:Not unambiguously bad (Score 2) 318

The defense force is currently defending South Korea and Japan, with the permission of those countries. I'm with you in spirit, but you should include allowing them to defend countries which ask for the help. Also since Japan isn't allowed an army (an arrangement both Japanese citizens and most of South East Asia seems to be happy with), it would be a special level of messed up to pull out of there, not to mention in violation of a treaty.

Comment: Re:Dansguardian (Score 1) 260

by PrimaryConsult (#49104845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?

I came here to mention exactly this. Getting the initial blocklist was somewhat of a challenge, the connection kept timing out.

My purpose was not for children so much as restricting the free wifi I provided to guests and neighbors. To "encourage" the use of the dansguardian proxy I used a wireless router that did not have a connection to the internet, and the dansguardian box was a client on both that network and the real network. Worked well enough.

Comment: Re:Red Hat Network (Score 1) 755

by PrimaryConsult (#49062871) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

Of course you can reconfigure yum - provided that you have an easy way to do it (try without wget or make or even unzip).

Eh, presuming you have some form of text editor (or for that matter, cat), the mount command, and the RedHat ISO, you can trivially reconfigure yum to use the DVD image. No subscription required. Just make a file in /etc/repos.d/ that looks like:
name=some name
gpgcheck=1 #(or 0 if you're too lazy to import the redhat GPG key)

We do something like this on our servers that are not allowed to connect to the internet, we sync the official redhat repo to one box and the others get their updates from it.

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