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Comment: Re: Buggy software is buggy (Score 1) 233 233

Another relatively common use case is version control systems. They rely, at least in party, on accurate time stamps to resolve check-out and -in conflicts. Especially if multiple developers are working across a WAN or in the cloud, those timestamps would be fairly important. And--I'm speculating outside my area of expertise-- wouldn't there be a serious security vulnerability with a time discrepancy on mission-critical systems? A way to insert malicious code in that gap?

So, yah, this is probably very important.

Do you have a single example of a version control system that uses time to handle conflicts? I have never seen a system doing that, they all just handle it by looking at which commit reached the server first.

Comment: Re: Systemd and Gnome3 == no thanks (Score 1) 300 300

I have hosed a system once when cleaning up /etc/ after having finished a day of installation and configuration. "rm *~" became "rm *" as ~ was right next to Enter on my keyboard.

Using sudo would not have saved me from that mistake. Now I always write *~ as ~<left arrow>*.

+ - Celebrity nude pictures leaked due to apparent iCloud hack-> 1 1

swinferno writes: Hundreds of nude, semi-nude, and revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and pop star Ariana Grande were among the celebrities apparently shown in the pictures, which were posted on infamous web forum 4chan.

It's unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said that they were taken from celebrities' iCloud accounts. The accounts are designed to allow iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to synchronize images, settings, calendar information, and other data between devices, but the service has been criticized for being unreliable and confusing. Earlier this year, Jennifer Lawrence herself complained about the service in an interview with MTV.

Several media contacted Apple for more information but they have not commented on this yet.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9...

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Comment: Re:My watch (Score 1) 635 635

(2) I could use my phone. But again we have the screen off problem. If I leave my phone on the desk, I'll still need to go turn it on to check the time, and it looks like I'm "checking my phone" (for messages, whatever). Not a good message to send to the students when I tell them I don't want to see *them* doing that. If it's in my pocket, I don't need to walk to it, but it's even more noticeable when I pull it from my pocket and turn the screen on briefly. I might be able to set my phone screen to stay on, but that wastes a lot of battery.

I still use my N9 phone because it has an always on clock on the lock screen, is there any new phone that can do the same?

Comment: Re:it's not really just storage (Score 1) 168 168

Taken all together this means that the "1GB" of data allowance is really 250,000+ records, depending on how much is chatter vs. actual records and not anything related to disk space. It's just easier to explain it as 1GB to a management person rather then as a complex relationship between records, transactions and indexes.

I think this story and all the noise about $/GB shows that a price per record would have been a better solution.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release 984 984

CyberDragon777 writes "Ubuntu's future 10.10 operating system is going to make a small, but contentious change to how file sizes are represented. Like most other operating systems using binary prefixes, Ubuntu currently represents 1 kB (kilobyte) as 1024 bytes (base-2). But starting with 10.10, a switch to SI prefixes (base-10) will denote 1 kB as 1000 bytes, 1 MB as 1000 kB, 1 GB as 1000 MB, and so on."

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