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Comment Re:Narrowminded Fools (Score 3, Insightful) 294 294

Wow, what a load of rubbish.

Your post can be summarized in 3 sentences:
1) Legitimate militaries will not follow/trust the treaty
2) Uncontrolled individuals/groups will ignore the treaty
3) Something like this has never existed, there is no centrally controlling authority and/or treaties can not work.

You are wrong on all three. I just need to mention the treaty on landmines (Ottawa Treaty). It works. You can control the market and the militaries, at least the bulk of it. Also for chemical weapons there is a treaty, and it works. Even for chemical weapons (Chemical Weapons Convention) the number of incidents from uncontrolled individuals/groups is low.

Some of your points are also rubbish, like:
(X) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
(X) I don't want the government limiting my arsenal

This is not fantasy, banning weapon technology world-wide has been done before. Countries joined voluntarily, one by one, and are controlled by each other.

Comment Re:OpenBSD? (Score 1) 65 65

You can achieve the same level of security with Hardened Gentoo Linux (PaX, Grsecurity2, which is Gentoo with different flags) https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/H... .
The only small difference is that strcpy is still allowed (applications should move to strlcpy/strpcpy instead).

Then again, I don't use hardened Gentoo, because last time I tried (couple of years back), it was hard to maintain on a simple desktop.

Other distributions that use PaX: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment How does that compare to desktops? (Score 4, Informative) 195 195

Similar statements could be made for desktops, where tray icon pop-ups for updates, email and chat notifications distract and interrupt workflows.

Maybe both for desktops and cars, this problem can be solved by detecting whether the user is currently focussed (on the road or a task) or relaxed/idle, and may be interrupted. Mylyn is a very impressive demo of thinking in this direction, I would like to see more of it.

Comment Re:Weird (Score 1) 146 146

There are some very nasty pieces of work on that list, rapists and murderers who presumably managed to get a removal order from within prison

Do you have any reasons for your presumption, or are you just babbeling? Maybe they were falsely convicted as rapists and murderers, the ruling overturned and they do not want to be called rapists and murderers every time someone types their name into Google, for the rest of their lives. The fraction of falsely accused rapists is somewhere between 10-40%, and that stigma does not go away.

Comment Re:Roll your own (Score 1) 107 107

Alternative version of roll-your-own: Host at some provider, use their client (or if you do not trust them, put a encrypted file system on top).
Mount that on a Linux machine.
Share that filesystem via SMB, so Android and Windows can access the files.

Comment Re:Kickstarter campaign to fix the overlord proble (Score 1) 124 124

So I guess ideally Slashdot would have to be run as sort of a public service, rather than as a money-maker. I figured Dice bought Slashdot and SourceForge to drive traffic to their job site, sort of as a loss-leader, goodwill gesture, look-at-us-we-totally-get-you-guys, please-consider-us-for-your-next-job-search sort of thing. But given how they're seemingly burning the goodwill candle at both ends by pushing through unpopular measure after unpopular measure, I have to admit I can't figure out what their real strategy is.

Maybe it's not an evil plan by Dice? I suspect it is some newly-appointed, over-eager IT dude that tries to "improve" the website and make it more 2.0, and perhaps also make some tasks easier for them (site management, statistics). The guy hasn't given up yet ;) but he is learning to make smaller steps.

Then again, how much could Slashdot cost to run? It's just a forum, for chissakes, right?

Then again again, if it's just a forum, why hasn't everybody moved on, en masse, to one of the clones of Slashdot that disgruntled Slashdotters have started in recent years?

That would require changing bookmarks, and habits, both of which is hard! *whine*

By the way, that soylentnews site is looking for someone to make their page (slashcode) more web 2.0. How ironic.


Russian Official Calls For "International Investigation" of the Apollo Program 307 307

MarkWhittington writes: According to a Tuesday article in the Moscow Times, a spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee named Vladimir Markin suggested that an international investigation be mounted into some of the "various murky details surrounding the U.S. moon landings between 1969 and 1972." Markin would particularly like to know where some of the missing moon rocks went to and why the original footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing was erased. Markin hastened to add that he is, of course, not suggesting that NASA faked the moon landings and just filmed the events in a studio.

Comment Re:speaking as an engineer, it happens. (Score 5, Informative) 323 323

It seems strange to me that with all the decentralization in software (ex. git) that Linus remains the sole gatekeeper for what goes or doesn't go in the kernel. Splitting up the responsibility seems like it would be infinitely more logical.

It is already largely decentralized. There is a relatively fixed set of subsystem maintainers, which collect patches and merge from contributors. Then there are top figures like Greg and Linus, and the individual Linux distributions which maintain their own kernels by merging across. All Linus really does (well, he probably does more) is take and drop patches and every other week declare a certain merge set a version. Anyone can do that for their own kernel, but the central naming makes it "Linux" and focussed (e.g. for bug reporting).

That's at least my understanding.

Comment Re:Good Luck (Score 5, Insightful) 337 337

I bet this is misreported and what they demand is that all searches originating from France be censored, regardless of whether a Frenchman goes to google.fr or google.com -- this easy Google to implement. This does not affect anyone outside of France.
" France Claims Right To Censor Search Results Globally " -- rubbish
" France Claims Right To Censor Search Results Locally " -- corrected

Also, even if true, US-Americans are not really allowed to cry about it because "US Claims Right To Wiretap Globally".

Comment Re:And the Firefox bloat continues to swell (Score 0) 91 91

The Firefox market share continues to drop as Mozilla continues to add bloat to what once was an excellent browser.

Is it though? I would bet that the number of Firefox installations is growing, just the rate of other installations is growing faster.

Comment Re:Don't care (Score 2) 128 128

How many of those 'plenty of people' use their Linux machines for more than desktops?

There are some serious open 'show stopping' bugs in systemd for power users.

Who uses NFS anyways :P (over wifi!) If this is for a desktop machine, mount nfs through nautilus/gvfs

That is not a systemd bug (as discussed in the bug), but a problem in redhats packaging of components or initialisation scripts.

Apparently a bug in libselinux, not in systemd. Anyways, hardly a show-stopper to have the wrong audit log entry.

This is the only one that is probably a systemd bug, or at least requires the workaround implemented in systemd.

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.