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Comment: Mapping * to still works (Score 1) 35

by WoodstockJeff (#49055049) Attached to: The Oddball Side of CES (Video)

I don't even get a black box... There is a white hole allocated for the video, but no noise or other annoyances.

I wonder if the other companies that use for useful purposes appreciate the damage /. does to their reputation by setting autoplay=yes, as those offended geeks with the power to do so modify their DNS servers to be authoritative for and protect their user base from abuse?

Comment: Maybe "too helpful" is the right phrase (Score 1) 716

by WoodstockJeff (#49031197) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

I used to be able to create a bootable drive, configure it the way I wanted, then clone it to allow redundant hardware; only the IP and host name varied between machines. Several machines were built with two boot drives, imaged after the configuration was complete, then the "spare" powered down.

That stopped working a few years ago. Distributions now made partitions that included the serial numbers of the disks in their GUIDs. If the MAC address on net card didn't match, a "new interface!" was discovered, so routing tables needed to change. Now, it takes less time to build the install from scratch than to patch the mirror image to replace a failed boot drive.

Comment: Ireland will love this (Score 2) 825

A number of U.S. based companies have already purchase, merged with, and become subsidiaries of Irish companies. That makes profits made in the U.S. "foreign income", and everything outside the U.S. untouchable, because it will never be "repatriated".

The price of companies incorporated in Ireland is going to skyrocket even higher than it has.

Comment: Re:Does a Cop or Computer Issue a Ticket? (Score 1) 335

by WoodstockJeff (#48702281) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

The way around the requirement that a violation of LAW requiring an OFFICER to issue the ticket is that the cameras document violations of ORDINANCES with a CIVIL penalty.

Blow a red light in front of a cop, you're issued a ticket that affects your license. Blow it in front of a camera, your license is safe, but your wallet is in jeopardy!

Comment: Re:NetworkManager (Score 4, Informative) 164

by WoodstockJeff (#48659587) Attached to: NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

"With RHEL based sysysstems, at least, the simplest way to block it is to put "NM_CONTROLLED=no" in the "/etc/sysconfig/network. That helps ensure it stays disabled, until, and unless you specifically select it for any network port.."

If NM is installed, even telling it to not control a network interface is insufficient to keep it from interfering with that interface. Just a week ago, I installed a new NIC in a server, configured it manually with NM told to leave it alone. 12 hours later, the server disappeared from the network. It didn't crash, it just disconnected, because NM decided to take over control of the NIC.

Why? Because I had not put the MAC address into the configuration. Seems NM will ignore NM_CONTROLLED=no if you don't tell it the MAC address. So my fixed-IP server suddenly became a dynamic-IP workstation, with DNS pointing to the wrong network and a different gateway.

So, no, I'm not going to leave NM installed on any machine that is NOT moving around the country using WiFi.

Comment: Re:You know what's crazy? (Score 3, Insightful) 64

by WoodstockJeff (#48066649) Attached to: Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

Some people don't have a broadband connection to support streaming media. It is a lot cheaper to rent a DVD or three each month than to support a broadband connection. It doesn't make them crazy.

Some people watch movies and other things that aren't available on streaming, but are available on DVD. It doesn't make them crazy.

Now, it is true that there are a lot of crazy people who don't have a broadband connection. And there are a lot of crazy people who watch movies and other things that aren't available on streaming. But that doesn't imply that renting DVDs is proof of being crazy.

It may just be a symptom!

Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 3, Insightful) 324

by WoodstockJeff (#47920203) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

The military is the biggest part of the US budget? Gee.... our government disagrees with that, according to the budget they publish.


Total defense spending, 22%. Pensions, 25%. Healthcare 27%.

And this does NOT include Social Security or Medicare (separate funds, they keep telling us).

Comment: What are the complainer's conclusions? (Score 1) 541

by WoodstockJeff (#47647893) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Each of the people whose research the book used came up with their own interpretation of the data they collected. In each case, their conclusions are based upon what data they collected, and not what others collected.

An interesting comparison would be for those same people to review the SUM of the data Wade used (since they have access to it), and publish THEIR conclusions. Don't just say, "My research does not support that!", because you might not have been looking at N factors that other researchers looked at.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe