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Comment: A lot of screwed up stuff in this story ... (Score 3, Insightful) 450

by Richard W.M. Jones (#47026563) Attached to: Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

People are becoming addicted to prescription painkillers. They cannot just buy these products. Therefore they (or others) have to rob them. Men worry about "erectile disfunction" because of advertising. Robbers steal the same products that are advertised for this. Guns are widely available in the US. Guns are used to commit these robberies. Police shoot the suspect because he's carrying a gun.

The decoy pill bottle is just a symptom in all this.

Comment: Re:careful what you wish for (Score 1) 419

by Richard W.M. Jones (#41705415) Attached to: Google Threatens French Media Ban

This just means that booksellers are getting a hidden subsidy from French readers. Sure, you can make anything a success if you have the government enforcing your rent-seeking behaviour. But I wonder if the customers would be happy if it was laid out to them that this policy directly costs them a hidden X euros a year.


Comment: On TV ... (Score 2) 108

by Richard W.M. Jones (#35721590) Attached to: Britain's Oldest Working Television For Sale

If you track down The Secret Life of Machines Series 1, The Television Set you can see this sort of set (perhaps even this very set) being demonstrated.

AIUI you wouldn't want to turn this on for very long, or at least not without a fire extinguisher handy. Some of the electronics (capacitors I think?) are made of paper and after all this time have dried out and are prone to catching fire.


Comment: Re:talking about data how safe are the data center (Score 1) 562

by Richard W.M. Jones (#35544042) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?

From my experience, I've seen data centres that have two supposedly redundant power supplies (usually this just means two paths into the data centre from the same supplier).

It seems unlikely/improbable to me that a data centre could be supplied from local diesel generators. The power consumption is just far too great. So your answer is "not safe at all".


Comment: Re:/dev/disk/by-id/ (Score 1) 132

by Richard W.M. Jones (#35010226) Attached to: Fedora 15 Changes Network Device Naming Scheme

You can change the underlying disks - we do this for virt-v2v.

Fixing /dev/disk stuff is just one of the things that makes conversions harder than they should be.

RAID/md is not used much by virtual machines (it's done on the host instead) so I can't comment on what problem you had.


Comment: Re:/dev/disk/by-id/ (Score 1) 132

by Richard W.M. Jones (#35009952) Attached to: Fedora 15 Changes Network Device Naming Scheme

Please don't use /dev/disk/by-id. SUSE uses this and it breaks virtualization.

You cannot change the underlying disks (eg. to do migration or V2V) without the guest becoming unbootable.

Use filesystem UUIDs instead. These survive all sorts of migrations and conversions intact, and are even useful in the non-virtual case -- eg. if you swap SATA disks around.


Comment: Re:Space-shifting "service" is the issue (Score 5, Informative) 177

by Richard W.M. Jones (#34983114) Attached to: Japanese Supreme Court Rules TV Forwarding Illegal

Actually had a friend who worked in sales selling one of these services.

The way it works is this:

The company hires a room in Tokyo and fills it top to bottom with (legally purchased) decoder boxes. The output from these is sent over the internet to paying customers in foreign countries -- in the UK in the case of my friend. They get access to these "proxied" services, the idea being that they can watch Japanese TV programs from the UK without needing all the special satellite equipment.

The (stupid) copyright issue is down to regional licensing of TV programs and films, which is why the established broadcasters hate these services and try to portray them as criminal / pirates when of course they are no such thing.

Anyway, hope this explains a bit more what's going on here. I see it's business as usual for openness and transparency in Japanese politics/law ...


Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy