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Comment: Re:Altough I agree (Score 1) 61 61

My favorite feature is Birds Eye view, which uses aerial photos rather than satellite photos. Sometimes that can get you better info from that, since they usually have 4 different perspectives you can rotate through, and they are much closer and more detailed.

That was true, but Google was pretty quick to copy it. They now seem to have incorporated it into their 3D view as well, which makes panning somewhat better (and more importantly hides the worst defects in the 3D view by limiting the projection to a POV very similar to where the texture map image was taken from).

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 798 798

> The way a drone strike works is a drone loiters on station for
> weeks on end. During this time the drone's pilots figure out who
> is in the house when [...] the Girl Scouts [...] teenage daughter
> has a boyfriend who sneaks in [...] civilian population [...]

Seriously? Do you belive this? It looks like some soap opera TV drama applied to military actions. I don't think it works like that. For what I see nobody cares about the civilians unless it would be a publicity stunt. For what I see the drone killing policy is just plain chaos fueled by special forces intel - and the chain of command - general the target is in the building - just blow it the fuck up and we have a success, then the order goes down and further down and then it is the sole drone pilot who is given an order to blow something up - but he has objections, maybe the said, hypothetical boyfriend is right now banging, but he has orders - what to do? Run it up the chain of command to the general who has his orders from the intel? Are you joking? Etc.

What you have written would be true if secret intel operations were flawless but for what we know it is just a chaotic bullshit. Man USA invaded another country based on wrong/or misleading political interpretations of wrong intel (I am wrigting about Iraq and Bush administration) and also USA is a big mess of Xteen top secret organisations/agencies and employing about a milion people with access to top secret information...

In general this whole machine powers decisions to use drone killing. Paranoia I would say.

Comment: Here in Central Europe (Score 1) 187 187

I don't know how you function in what I presume is USA but here in Poland in small to mid sized companies nobody would even consider buying general purpose office printer without knowing that there are cheap substitute toners aviable for that model. I work in small company and we only buy printers for which we can get cheap toners. And the price difference is like 1/2 (!). Right now we go only with Lexmark and annually we do a market research to emerge the cheapest company to supply us with substitute toners. Once we have a contract with such company they are more than willing to take old toner cases from us. And they also do all the paperwork for us to give us receipts of old toners recovery since it is required by law to have such. I don't know anybody who was controlled about this but it is illegal here tu just dump the e-waste in thrash - you ought to have a receipt for every piece of electronics/e-waste you dispose (and also you need it for fiscal reasons).

So I am a bit shocked reading about your toner accumulation policy and your urge to throw them away into trash. :)

Comment: Re:F***sck Uber and others (Score 1) 177 177

You are perfectly OK to choose Uber whenever you like and it is aviable for you but the rest of your post is just invalid.

> Sure, like you said, there are nice taxis therein Poland regulated
> by the government. And then there are all the other scammers around.

And what makes you think that Uber are not scammers? What real jurisdiction Uber has over transport in Poland?

> Now, me as a tourist, I land at Krakow airport and I have
> no clue which is which and I may as well end up in a shitty dirty
> unregulated cab paying 5x the fare

Well I don't know the airport in Kraków but Warsaw airport has like five accepted taxis which can pick you up straight from the terminal. Other ones (if you order them) can drive to further pickup lanes on the airport. So it is really not longer a problem with scammer taxis on aiports in Poland (it used to be). The same is for major railway stations. You can safely pick the ones recommended by airports - they are not the cheapest (in 2,4z per kilometer range) but they are safe.

> call a Uber driver and be sure to arrive at my destination in an accountable
> transport that charges me the minimum fare possible for that trip.

What makes you thint Uber is accountable?

> Guess which one the users choose.

I guess they choose airport aproved taxis.

Comment: F***sck Uber and others (Score 2) 177 177

I'am posting this from Warsaw, Poland. Taxi business here is OK I guess as a client - there are just a loads of taxis everywhere, you can call you favourite and it will come in 10 minutes - always. And it is great. Local regulations require that TAXI to be called TAXi is to have a license - fare with these guys is regulary between 2,60-1,50 (per kilometer +"shutting door" fare). There are also "people transfer" services which are like TAXI but are not formaly these but private lines - they can't have TAXI sign on car but would use something like TAKSI and so on. Also there is a law that anybody who can transport 7 people (large vans with seatings in back) can operate as private transporter. Also you have the thing called "Night Drivers" and it is like a person transfer (legally) but usually somebody with really fancy car shows up and drives you - and then gives you their card so you call them more often.

This is a mess I guess but if you know the differences you can pick the best way for you (which in my case is registered cheapest TAXI - since they can use exclusive lanes for them).

And there also was a case in Kraków in which the city forbided non registered taxis - so they operated as psychological services (sic! - you drive you get an advice). Etc.

Nevertheless I love taxi-and similar services in my city (Warsaw) - I can order whatever the fuck I want. :) TAXI, private transfer, Uber etc. - and get home....

So in my opinion Uber has no chance here (with their 1/4 provision going just about using the app - fuck you uber - clients PAY for tha) since you can get cheap rides anyway... Uber is only strong where old-school style city-regulated TAXIs are strong.

Comment: Re:Reference count synchronization across threads (Score 1) 296 296

Actually the reason for the Global Interpreter Lock is because cPython decided that had less overhead than making the reference counters atomic variables (plus you would still need some kind of locking when modifying any object with a reference count greater than one, though this is such a tiny amount of what a typical Python program does that it is probably irrelevant).

I personally have doubts this is true, but the argument is not impossible. I am wondering if their measurements were on older systems, modern ones are better at atomic operations.

Comment: Re:Lots of great features and no kdbus (Score 2) 116 116

> The laptop niche seems okay,

Except it is not an niche. Personally I haven't used a desktop/workstation computer for like 5 years. And also it have been like 5 years (or more) since notebook shipments exceeded desktop/workstations. Of course in sane IT deployments loss of client computer should not be a problem but still there could be sensitive data there. Even system level stuff like password hashes and so on. Maybe it is rare but security breaches usually involve the weakest link - and be it that if stoling a notebook is easier than breaking in your network then attackers would go and steal that laptop.

> except laptops get hacked just like desktops way more often than they get stolen and offlined

True. Probably spear-phishing or something like that would be easier than physically stealing a notebook. But stealing is still possible so you should protect also that vector of attack.

It's funny that IRRC the guy behind SilkRoad was captured using his laptop. The FBI tracked him and waited for opportunity to seize his notebook without possibility for him to shut it down (as it was encrypted). The lesson here is maybe to have some low-range personal device like bluetooth LE smartband that makes the computer to shut down where you are not close to it (like very close). And also don't tell anybody about it. ;)

Oh and for the Silkroad guy it would be wiser to operate from a country in which FBI has no jurisdiction... ;)

Comment: Re:Idiot (Score 1) 1067 1067

I don't know why are you hostile? :) If you could describe a situation in which allowing divide by zero would be deadly. I don't disagree with you - I AGREE - YOU DONT DIVIDE BY ZERO - BASIC MATH. But also I wonder how one can explain this to another by example on how it could be deadly (a airplane example, nuclear powerplant maybe)?

Comment: Re:I feel like Rip van Winkle (Score 2) 48 48

> so a vulnerability in one process cannot give you access to the content of the other

Unless it is a kernel vulnerability in LXC that allows you to escape the container.

But you are right about POSIX.

IMO containers are not about security - if you wanted security you would go with designs that were built with it in mind from hardware to software.

Containers and microservice architecture allow faster and better managed deployments of services in large distributed scale (aka the cloud) and this is the main selling point.

Comment: Re:Dues it matter? (Score 1) 98 98

> I'm not a PS4 (or any other console) fanboy, but I read this and can't help wonder:
> It there anything that stops a user from replacing the hard drive in a PS4 with a larger
> drive themselves (wonky interfaces? self destruct when opened cases? magic formatting
> of the drive that can't readily be duplicated?)? Is it a typical 3.5 inch drive or a smaller drive?

It is no problem to replace PS4 disk. You just get compatible (in size - 2,5", max 9,5mm tall, similar performance - nothing fancy, you can even pop SSD) drive, open the console, pop in the new drive, download and install OS from USB flashdrive and it is done. There are plenty of guides on Internet if you Google it. You can also buy an accessory which adds 500gb storage to PS4.

Also you wouldn't be buing entire new PS4 system if you were short on storage. So this is not the case here.

So really this is not a big news. I don't quite get why they haven't launched with a bigger drive but it just normal that they release new hardware revision later after launch and adress problems (like limited storage) - it is for people who _do_not_own_PS4_yet_.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo