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Comment: Convenient threat (Score 2) 41 41

The Panopticon is inevitable given the existential threats of Daesh terrorists being groomed over the internet in our midst and the convenient truth that business has already owned peoples lives without protest. (With the exception of the hated European Union's attempts to limit it).

All we can hope for now is that oversight of the agencies given snooping powers can be created - allowing a few bought off judges to rubber stamp access to peoples data is nowhere good enough. Also to restrict access to agencies with publicly sanctioned specific agendas and well trained staff - currently there is nothing to stop low level local officials from free access to peoples data and the corruption that this will create (See US policing tactics to steal money from people stopped in their vehicles).

Theresa Mays party is fameous for its bad implementation of law so expect none of the above caveats to be implemented. They are well known as the party of Law and Order - which equates to laws written by the most vocal and insane right wing media.

Comment: interesting synchronicity (Score 2) 322 322

Just fifteen minutes ago I realized that my script to refactor the primary file server (newly converted to ZFS) into more sensible datasets had an irritating detail wrong (a path element was being duplicated in some paths).

I said to myself "oh, I'll just roll that whole thing back to the snapshot I made 30 minutes ago".

Then I go "zfs list -t snapshot" and discover that my snapshot was holding onto 0 GB because I forgot the -r switch to make the snapshot recursive.

Oh, well. By some impossible-to-separate mixture of good management and good fortune, it turns out I had a set of (different) snapshots from the last two days covering all datasets in questions. I lost very little work (only scripts were executed against these datasets and I still have all the scripts).

My real screw up?

Back in my second co-op workterm job, I managed not to notice that a system I was backing up changed the order of the listed drives between two very similar screen requests that I made almost immediately one after the other. Unfortunately, on the second pass I selected the active system drive as the recipient of the system backup, picking from the position in the menu where the desired destination drive had appeared moments before.

I had become accustomed to my home system being deterministic in the order it listed things. My bad.

This is back at the very beginnings of the 4.77 MHz era, so my PC was actually not yet what we now know as a "PC" (its father had an S-100, and its mother had a itty-bitty CRT).

Thirty years later I still can't type dd of=/dev/ada3 without making three trips to the metaphorical bathroom.

Whenever I type a disk-level dd command, I leave the sudo off, until after the third proof-read and several console consultations in which at least two different programs give me the same view of the drive name.

In dollar costs I couldn't say. In psychic cost, it's indelibly etched onto my permanent record.

I had a co-worker once (EEng) who claimed that as a junior intern during the late 1990s back when laser gear for fiber optics was all the rage, he routinely fried extremely delicate $2000 DUTs while the old hands just shrugged their shoulders. Dotcom dollars. Who really gave a fuck? It was considered barely worse than ruining a nice chair.

Comment: Re:Shocking... (Score 1) 122 122

don't want one company to be able to dictate prices by controlling the cable.

Yeah this is why we have contractual agreements between ISPs and local governments. The local government owns the land that the cable passes through, and it can take the right to use the cables away from the company if it doesn't use the resource in a responsible manner. That's the theory anyway.

So NO, no company is "controlling the cable", your local government is "controlling the cable" and you have the ability to get involved here.

Comment: Re:Undefined or ambiguous language (Score 1) 122 122

If Verizon is unable to provide a connection to a resident because an asshole landlord is unwilling to allow the connection, how is that Verizon's fault?

The telephone companies were MARVELLOUSLY successful at passing laws that prevented landlords from getting in the way if the tenants wanted telephone service. If they REALLY wanted the customers they would further manipulate the lawmakers into making it ILLEGAL for landlords to interfere with Internet wiring.

Comment: Re:It's business (Score 1) 122 122

Should they break into the buildings/apartments that refuse to allow to install FIOS despit the tennants wanting it?

They were pretty good at convincing the government that everyone needs a telephone, and they got government backing behind laws that make telephones available to everyone. Why not the same for Internet?

Comment: Re:Does Uber need executives in France? (Score 1) 329 329

in Pennsylvania you can't have your auto rates increased by filing claims

Why is that? Is there legislation preventing this?

If I file three no-fault claims because other people hit my car from behind, and my next door neighbour files no claims at all, my premium will rise and his will not.

This is because the insurance company has identified that I'm more likely to be involved in an accident, and that makes me a higher risk.

What excludes Pennsylvania from this logic?

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"