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Comment: Not the first time (Score 1) 337 337

A colleague got crushed in a very similar accident a decade ago. As an electrician he was servicing a damaged robot in a factory (frozen food warehouse actually) when some suit decided to turn it back on without checking first. He got multiple fractures and almost lost a foot. And a nice settlement.

Comment: Re:Laptops (Score 2) 383 383

Get a Dell. The Linux option is well hidden on their site, but I had no problem getting an M6700 with tons of funky options (keyboard different from the country I ordered it from). We order Linux laptops from them at work, but I also did as a private customer. Yeah, I know, Dell is not sexy, but all the Linux laptop companies (System76 and others) couldn't get me what I wanted (I'm not in the US).

Comment: Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 939 939

I believe a simple solution to that is to use higher tax rates the richer you get, to keep you from accumulating wealth without limit. There has to be a point of diminishing returns which should be fixed by careful consideration by economists and politicians, and certainly not by lobbyists for the housing/renting/construction industry.

Comment: Re:Stupid reality! (Score 1) 80 80

The situation is not as symmetric as you imply because of the vastly different budgets. And I'd much rather see the budget of the NSA targeted at finding and FIXING security holes rather than exploiting them and letting them be also discovered by others, possibly even more evil. And also it would be cheaper for allies to collaborate efficiently than to spy on each others.

Comment: Re:Stop interconnecting systems (Score 1) 165 165

Bullshit. You can have for instance separate busses: internal secure (for anything critical), internal unsecure (read-only, so info like speed can be read by others), external unsecure (car stereo, etc). You can even have them all on the same copper with the proper subnetting.

Comment: Re:"Other types of electromagnetic radiation" (Score 5, Interesting) 529 529

I have a perfect example here at work. After we installed a Wifi relay in the lobby, the idi^H^Hperson manning the entrance started taking sick days after sick days, claiming the wifi was making her sick. Problem was, it wasn't activated yet (building installation wasn't finished), but since it was already powered, it was blinking. Then we activated it and placed a piece of black tape on the LEDs, told her 'Fine, we won't be using it then', and all was fine.

Comment: Re:StartSSL ? (Score 2) 97 97

I used StartSSL to obtain a certif for my small website when they came up. Spent a while to learn the procedure. A year later I had to redo it all when it expired. Pain in the ass, so I gave up. There should be either: long duration certificates (just like you can get a domain for 10 years), or a shell script that you can cron on your server that will renew automatically yearly.

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