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Comment: Retention Period (Score 1) 159

by chill (#49753879) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

Part of the problem is this:

Q. How long are the videos kept?

A: Current policy is to indefinitely keep video recordings dealing with crimes. The Seattle Police Department is working with Department of Justice monitor Merrick Bobb to finalize policies for the body-worn cameras.

Are they deleting videos that DON'T deal with crimes after a set period? And why in God's name are they kept indefinitely? Anything the DA doesn't elect to prosecute should be deleted fairly quickly. Anything that hints at police misconduct or a criminal charge against an office is kept for the duration of the State Statute of Limitations.

Comment: Re: It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 384

by chill (#49740119) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

While an interesting solution, it only addresses the network part of the problem.

I think he might be limited by the software doing the updating. If he can't run multiple copies then how will the software understand responses from the pumps? Send one command get 8 responses? That probably won't work.

The whole multiple VMs may be his only hope depending on the client software.

Comment: Smart Cards (Score 1) 258

by chill (#49689895) Attached to: Online Voting Should Be Verifiable -- But It's a Hard Problem

Wait until all the State Driver's Licenses become smart cards and use those to verify identity. Similar to the PIV/HSPD-12 cards the U.S. government uses for employees. Require PINs just like with ATM cards.

With the card being an actual computer that can store secure digital certificates, and the same trust model the entire country uses now -- your government-issued Driver's License (and/or Passport) is accepted by pretty much EVERYONE as proof of identity -- this is doable.

Comment: Re:Alternate positions (Score 1) 6

by chill (#49659259) Attached to: Magnetic Cell Phone Docks

I learned the roads of my home town the same basic way -- on foot and on bike. The problem is, I haven't lived there in years and I do a lot of driving. GPS and navigation is very handy when travelling outside of your home area.

I routinely just wardrive my current "home" town just to get all the streets and alleys imprinted in my brain.

Comment: Re:So far...close (Score 1) 300

by chill (#49614009) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

Usually, I'd agree with you. In this case the laptop is a bit of a Frankenstein model. The CPU is an engineering sample of an AMD A-10, and the BIOS is missing details of serial numbers, etc. Makes for an odd boot, but it was cheap and does what I want. I've also replaced the stock RAM, drive, wireless, BlueTooth and everything else that could be replaced.

The reboot thing is new and I suspect it has something to do with the boot loader. I expect to be able to fix it.

The Wifi I'll have to investigate. I have some leads, but should be able to fix it.

If it were an off-the-shelf model I'd agree with you, but because of what I've done to it I am a bit more tolerant.

Comment: So far...close (Score 4, Interesting) 300

by chill (#49611113) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

I installed in on my HP ProBook 6475b laptop the other day and have only run into some minor issues.

1. I opted for full disk encrypted LVM. It didn't ask for a separate Swap partition password, instead using the main one. Fine. However, when booting, I have to enter it twice -- once for the main partition, once for swap. [Bug reported and acknowledged]

2. It hangs on reboot. I have to boot twice every time to get it to get past the boot loader. I've tried "shut down", then letting it sit for 10 minutes. Next boot -- hang and I reboot and then it works.

3. My wifi doesn't come back after suspend. I think it has to do with the particular laptop firmware, because it does this with every distro I've tried. Everything else works, but the wifi never makes it out of suspend.

The rest works fine. Changing to the proprietary AMD video drivers was a snap, and it sped up video playback to what I would expect (no stuttering on HD).

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.