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Comment Re:If they're going to invade our privacy (Score 1) 211

I noticed it most obviously when I lived in L.A., but what even counts as a "petty crime" seems to vary with the wealth of the area. If your middle-class house gets burglarized, that's a run-of-the-mill police report that doesn't get much investigation. But if a mansion in Beverly Hills is burglarized, now that's taken seriously.

Comment Re:lseek? (Score 1) 66

Yes, I think it's saying that object storage should get byte-range access, not that POSIX should; POSIX, as well as basically any local filesystem API, already does.

A lot of object-storage systems do already have byte-range access, though, implemented via HTTP range requests. They're not nice seekable streams, but if the specific functionality you want is to retrieve a range of bytes from a file, that's already here.

Comment Re:Alternative Encrypted Cloud Storage Providers (Score 1) 128

These are more techie-oriented rather than for general desktop use (they don't have shiny GUI sync clients, and are aimed at Linux/BSD users), but two I'd recommend: Remote ZFS filesystem you can scp files to, or access over ssh via a restricted shell that supports a range of backup tools. For encrypted backups, if you're on a unix machine, you can point duplicity at it. They've been around a long time, and have a warrant canary, though if you encrypt the files client-side with something like duplicity, they won't even have your data in the first place.

Tarsnap. Encrypted, deduplicating incremental backup. The encrypted blobs are stored on Amazon S3. Custom client that by design keeps them from ever seeing the unencrypted data.

Comment Re:He's got company (Score 4, Informative) 442

Americans of the frontier era were illegal immigrants even by the USA's own laws. The U.S. at various points in its history signed treaties with Indian tribes agreeing to settlement boundaries, and enacted them into domestic law, such as the various nonintercourse acts. Many people simply ignored these laws and illegally crossed the borders, squatting on land on the other side. Once enough of them did, they were retroactively legalized, what you might call "amnesty".

Comment Re:Foolproof (Score 3, Interesting) 258

Yeah, most offices these days have showers. I think all new ones are required to.

The UK isn't particularly hot though, so you'll likely sweat only on the three days a year of what passes for summer. Rain can be dealt with by simply wearing waterproof clothing, like people do in the Netherlands and Denmark, both drizzly countries that have long since figured out how to set up bike infrastructure.

Comment Re:Where are the old men in limos? (Score 3, Informative) 258

I was also confused, but from some Googling it looks like it's a phrase that's frequently been used in this particular fight, by supporters of the cycle-route plan, to ridicule opponents of the plan. Possibly okay to assume your reader would recognize the phrase if this were a London newspaper, but on Slashdot less likely.

The phrase "old men in limos" with acronym "OMILs" appears to have been coined by Chris Boardman, an Olympic cyclist, as a riposte to the term MAMIL, or "middle-aged man in lycra".

It was later picked up by Boris Johnson's administration, e.g. here's an article from June in which London's cycling commissioner says,

"It was at times nightmarishly difficult to manage this, and we saw some absolutely ferocious resistance, kicking and screaming, and we saw a lot more passive resistance, heel digging and foot dragging from whom Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman called Old Men in Limos; you've heard of the MAMILs, those were the OMILs. A lot of objections, which would nearly always start with the words 'Of course I support cycling...'"

Comment external battery works for me (Score 2) 208

I find it easier to just buy some decent phone, using whatever criteria you want to shop for on the phone side (price, features, etc.), and then if you want extra battery life, buy an external battery that can charge the phone via USB. They're small/light enough these days that I just keep one in my laptop bag, which I usually have with me. If you're more the outdoor/hiking type, you can get a version that doubles as an LED flashlight. Lets me go about 2x as long without having the kind of big/fat phone you'd need for a big internal battery.

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