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Comment: metaguards (Score 1) 250

by Hognoxious (#48228249) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Bullets. You have to track the shit out of them. If you gave the guards at the War Memorial live ammo, it would be a complete clusterfuck. [...] What if the magazine fell out and the ammo sprayed all over the ground? Now the person guarding is presenting the image of a drunkard scrambling around for their car keys in the dark.

I'm sure Bennet Haselton could come up with some incredibly complicated system involving voice activation, queueing theory and fingerprint recognition to solve all that.

Or you could put another non-ceremonial guard.

Comment: Re:not until (Score 1) 164

by Hognoxious (#48228147) Attached to: U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

From your link:

" Consideration was given to introducing a new major unit of currency worth ten shillings in the old currency: suggested names included the new pound, the royal and the noble. This would have resulted in the "decimal penny" being worth only slightly more than the old penny (this approach was adopted, for example, when Australia and New Zealand decimalised in the 1960s, adopting respectively the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar equal in value to 10 shillings). But Halsbury decided, in view of the pound sterling's importance as a reserve currency, that the pound should remain unchanged."

tl;dr It was only the sub-units that changed. Old notes remained valid, and coins too where they mapped to an exact amount under the new system.

Can I deride you for linking to an article you haven't read or understood? See, I was there when it happened, so I knew what he was referring to. Thing is, unlike some, I also know what really happened.

Comment: Re:Drafted prior? (Score 1) 250

by Hognoxious (#48227805) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

By keeping them in-country we are lessening the damage they can do. Over there he could receive real training, and be capable of wreaking havoc if he returned.

Hmmm, I've got an idea.

Actually, David Cameron had the same idea, but the EU said it would be against human rights.

Bug

OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes 98

Posted by timothy
from the if-you-could-turn-back-time dept.
operator_error notes a report that ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has emailed the Ubuntu Devel mailing list to request that ownCloud (server) be removed from the Ubuntu repositories because it contains "multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported," through which an attacker could "gain complete control [of] the web server process." From the article: However, packages can't be removed from the Ubuntu repositories for an Ubuntu version that was already released, that's why the package was removed from Ubuntu 14.10 (2 days before its release) but it's still available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories (ownCloud 6.0.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 and ownCloud 5.0.4 for Ubuntu 12.04, while the latest ownCloud version is 7.0.2). Furthermore, the ownCloud package is in the universe repository and software in this repository "WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security team" (you should see this if you take a look at your /etc/apt/sources.list file) so it's up to someone from the Ubuntu community to step up and fix it. "If nobody does that, then it unfortunately stays the way it is", says Marc Deslauriers, Security Tech Lead at Canonical. You can follow the discussion @ Ubuntu Devel mailing list. So, until (if) someone fixes this, if you're using ownCloud from the Ubuntu repositories, you should either remove it or upgrade to the latest ownCloud from its official repository, hosted by the openSUSE Build Service."
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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline 250

Posted by timothy
from the absolute-security dept.
New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll out considerable new regressive legislation, including measures designed to* increase data access for domestic intelligence services, institute a new form of extra-judicial detention, and, perhaps most troubling, criminalize some forms of religious and political speech online. As an example of the type of speech that could, in future, be grounds for prosecution, the article mentions that the killer's website featured "a black ISIS flag and rejoiced that 'disbelievers' will be consigned to the fires of Hell for eternity." A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents. Needless to say, some internet observes remain, as always, highly skeptical of the manner in which events are being portrayed. (Please note that some articles may be partially paywalled unless opened in a private/incognito browser window.)

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 471

by Hognoxious (#48225351) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

"critical thinking" in many parts of the world means "just turn on the TV/telly/tube/media-dispenser and let hours of commercials burrow into your subconscious mind, and don't worry because you really never pay attention to ads".

Which parts of the world? Care to provide a citation - for each one?

Comment: Re:I Suggested systems like this years ago (Score 1) 153

by Hognoxious (#48225207) Attached to: British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

WW2 demonstrated that 2-seater "heavy fighters" like the Me110 didn't fare at all well in combat with smaller, more responsive planes like the Spitfire. That conclusion has never changed since.

It totally has changed, ever since dogfights with guns became a last resort rather than the normal method of engagement.

With modern BVR weapons, manoeuvrability is far outshadowed by the usefulness of a second brain to deal with radar, targeting, navigation etc.

The study of non-linear physics is like the study of non-elephant biology.

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