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Comment: Re: Only for root users (Score 1) 107

by bill_mcgonigle (#48203915) Attached to: Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

If it's in-house software then it can be fixed - no excuses. If people don't fix problems they know about and can fix then they get what they deserve.

Show me somebody who has a huge investment into a physical machine controlled by some proprietary software where the vendor has gone out of business and there's no source available and then I'll have a bit of sympathy, but even then put it on a VM on its own VLAN - these are not extremely difficult problems.

Comment: Re: Nah, this is just stage 1 (Score 1) 302

by bill_mcgonigle (#48203267) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Solvent? There is nothing but IOU's in the "trust fund" - future taxation is the plan for paying out SS. Between that and Medicare for the boomers, each non-retiree (man , woman, and child) is on the hook for $900K in additional taxation over the boomers' retirement. Gene therapy will be banned and age wars seem possible. Arithmetic is inflexible that way.

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/06/...

Comment: Re:Government Dictionary (Score 1) 227

by bill_mcgonigle (#48194665) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Nope. It's identity eminent domain

haha, only they might actually argue along those lines (no shame). They're also appropriating Facebook's computer resources to make these profiles operate - it's no different than seizing property or money on a small scale, and the 5th Amendment has something to say about that (n.b. I'm playing the game that the Constitution is still in effect, rather than used to paper over "trouble").

Federated systems like Tonika can provide authentication of friends - Facebook makes authentication nearly impossible.

Comment: Re:The incredible shrinking nucleus (Score 1) 47

If the nucleus really had been 50km in diameter (original estimated maximum), and if it had hit Mars, it would've significantly increased Mars' atmosphere with one blow.

Some folks have recommended nabbing some passing asteroids and detonating them in the Martian atmosphere, just to create more atmosphere as they burn up. I still don't know how they deal with the lack of gravity, though.

Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 1) 484

by bill_mcgonigle (#48186731) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Then you're not exactly a rational being; you're just a barbarian.

Right!

Hopefully you get thrown in jail/fined, and hopefully you learn your lesson.

And then it goes off the rails, calling for vengeance.

Statists are just one ladder rung up from barbarians, painting a thin veneer of excuses over group-backed violence. Take the next few steps and learn about peace-based alternatives! It's the means, not the ends, that determine whether an act is just - this can be easily proven with reason.

"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." - MK Gandhi

Comment: Re: I don't follow (Score 4, Informative) 368

by bill_mcgonigle (#48180103) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

It's general knowledge in typography that Helvetica is the most legible typeface. Low-resolution devices present challenges that keep that from being true, so adaptations had to be made.

Of course, pretty soon if you want security updates you'll have to accept Helvetica, even on your low-resolution device. But you should stop being such a loser with a three-year-old computer and give Apple some more money.

Maybe they'll have "Mac Mode" ready for the iPhone by then.

Comment: Re:Hope! (Score 4, Interesting) 519

by bill_mcgonigle (#48170467) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

And...that is where binary logging should stay, until it can be eliminated entirely.

I don't even know why I'd care if systemd uses a binary representation internally, as long as it can give me human-readable logs with only text tools.

Only showing binary logs with systemd tools is a misfeature of the type "exposing the implementation". Userland requires a UI, and it's bad UI, and frankly bad Unix.

Now then, I hear you can somehow configure systemd to echo a copy of its logs to rsyslog. But, and maybe I'm just a fool with poor GoogleFu, but I tried for a couple hours to get this working and only found company for misery on the mailing lists.

If any systemd fans can point us to a quick-n-easy HOWTO on getting text [r]syslog working under systemd, then by all means shut a few of us up. Tell us how there's plenty of documentation too, we'll all hang our heads and wander away.

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