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Comment: Re:c'mon (Score 3, Interesting) 306

by Sesostris III (#49403333) Attached to: Al Franken Urges FBI To Prosecute "Revenge Porn"
So the suicide was purely down to mental illness rather than the revenge porn? I suppose it is similar to deliberately giving peanuts to someone with a peanut allergy - It was their peanut allergy that killed them of anaphylactic shock, not the person who gave them the peanuts!

(</sarcasm> - in case anyone was wondering!)

Actually, you don't say whether you think revenge porn should be illegal in the US, only that victims (mainly women) should be 'man' enought to put up with it!

(I'm pleased to say that in England and Wales (I'm in England) it is already illegal - Scotland and Northern Ireland are considering it.)

Comment: Re:Armegeddon for indigenous marine life. (Score 1) 197

by Sesostris III (#49166343) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK
I should point out that four are planned for Wales, and only two for England. Wales != England, although both are parts of the UK, along with Scotland and Northern Ireland. Thus also England != UK.

Still, as you point out, the coastline numbers are quite large. See How long is the UK coastline? for details. The figure for the UK is given as about 19,491 miles (31,368 km). That said, this figure also include all the islands, so isn't just the mainland.

Comment: Re:Kudos (Score 1) 91

by Sesostris III (#49159833) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released
Indeed, I've never understood why there are numerous versions of Ubuntu. (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, etc). Why not just get plain old Ubuntu and do "apt-get install de-of-choice" (where de-of-choice is KDE, XFCE or LXDE, etc.)?

The answer of course is that, perhaps, possibly, maybe, things are just a wee bit more complicated than that!

Comment: Wonder when it will hit the repos (Score 1) 91

by Sesostris III (#49158207) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released
Running both LMDE XFCE and Xubuntu 14.04 LTE I'll look forward to when this hits the repos. Unfortunately I'll probably have to change Distros to use it as LMDE is changing to using Debian Stable (Jessie) and it probably won't be backported. Similarly for Xubuntu and it probably won't be in Xubuntu LTE until 16.04.

I really ought to change to Arch or something!

That said,I'm pleased it's still being developed. I was worried that it was going to fade away and I'd have to start using Mate, Cinnamon or even Unity.

+ - Customer given a Community Order for uploading a pornographic image

Submitted by Sesostris III
Sesostris III writes: Be careful what you upload to demonstration tablets in shops! After changing the display image of a demonstration iPad to a hardcore pornographic photo, a Tesco customer in Wales, UK, has been given a 12-month Community Order by magistrates in Swansea.

The man uploaded the image a a joke, and panicked when he realised he couldn't delete the image. In court, he admitted the charge of "causing the display of indecent matter". The image was only seen by Tesco workers and not by members of the public.

The sentence includes 100 hours of unpaid work, a victim surcharge of 60 GBP and costs of 85 GBP.

Of course, the Tesco store, like most supermarkets, probably sells the Sun newspaper (prop R Murdock) with its famous (and ongoing) page 3 (NSFW).

Comment: Why not strncpy or strlcpy (Score 1) 211

by Sesostris III (#48918003) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc
According to the second link, the buffer overflow occurs when using a strcpy;

resbuf->h_name = strcpy (hostname, name);

In my (admittedly limited) recent c coding I've used strlcpy rather than strcpy. Is there a good reason not to use this (or strncpy) in place of strcpy?

resbuf->h_name = strlcpy (hostname, name, sizeof(hostname));

(OK, you may get an error due to a truncated copy, but isn't that is easier to spot and deal with than a potential buffer overflow?)

Comment: Re:how old? Parents European or French? (Score 1) 174

I'm a European, British, English citizen of the UK and European Union (if that makes sense). I'm rare in that I'm one of the few people in the UK who also feels European. As to age, let's say I remember the last European referendum we had in 1975 (although too young to vote).

I did think about saying 'British' rather than 'European'. (I only use "English" internally to the UK, to distinguish myself from, say, being Scottish or Welsh. It makes me cringe when people use "England" when they mean "Britain" or "The United Kingdom"). It says both "European Union" and "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" on my passport.

I don't think I got any of this from my parents!

Comment: Re:To curb terrorism (Score 1) 219

by Sesostris III (#48839173) Attached to: European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

The big trouble here, is that a disturbingly large number of Muslims hold opinions that are complete anathema to open and free Western societies.

Then again, this is matched by the disturbingly large number of non-Muslims who make unfounded generalised comments about Muslims!

Comment: Re:Can someone explain what the huge debate is? (Score 1) 551

by Sesostris III (#48837459) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'
I get the sense that the systemd developers haven't had much experience of using Linux (or anything) in a production environment. That's fair enough, it's not their speciality. However, it should be incumbent upon them to accept feedback from those who do have that experience, and adjust systemd accordingly. I get the impression that is not happening.

In other words they've guessed the Use Cases, not captured them.

Comment: Re:Compare to RMS, what are you? (Score 1) 551

by Sesostris III (#48837403) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'
I think one of the biggest missed opportunities for Linux was not coming up with a suitable replacement for XP.

Those on XP (and still on XP) just want (and had) something that 'worked'. A suitable Linux distro, that 'looked' and 'felt' like XP, and was as stable as XP (SP3), but could run the latest 'application' software like XP (browser, email client, office package) could've gained traction. Something rock-solid, stable and safe. Unfortunately not to be.

(And I don't know why you were labelled 'flamebait' either.)

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