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Comment: A Seismic Shift (Score 1) 539

Altering wording like this may not seem to amount to much, and sure Law Enforcement is still on their list, but the focus has a drastic impact:
  • Law is defined by Congress - so the FBI executes Congress' will by enforcing law
  • Terror is defined by.. not sure really; whoever is afraid of terrorists? So they execute the will of whoever defines terrorism? Um...

The Executive Branch certainly seems afraid of terrorists, and the DoJ gets to define it as they please. This is like writing your own job description to say you can focus on whatever you've decided is important, and your boss' instructions can be overruled when you think you've got more important things to do. Is this a blank cheque-book or is there still a balance between the branches?

Comment: Re:Gentoo (Score 1) 627

by leptechie (#44539905) Attached to: Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

If you spend any time working in a reasonably sized It organisation (my four systems at home apply for me, YMMV), you will realise that release management cannot be overstated. Of course if you accept unstable updates system-wide you're going to experience pain, but why on earth are you setting that as a default for something you rely on?

I often build ~amd64 packages, but only because I'm after specific features/fixes in that release, and am uninterested in bleeding-edge elsewhere. Of course the biggest reason I like Gentoo is early access to new versions of packages without dependency hell, but you're understating that benefit simply because you've gone gung-ho. While the ebuilds are not supposed to break (if I understand correctly, the tilde is for applicaiton bugs), you're still off the reservation.

I fail to see the problem. Oh, and if you keep insisting on this approach, may I suggest btrfs for hassle-free rollback? I wouldn't even contemplate a system-wide ~ update without establishing a known checkpoint to fall back on. This seems a problem of your own creation.

Comment: The one they didn't kill (Score 5, Insightful) 383

by leptechie (#43203471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?
Surprisingly, Google Apps.

It's not dead, but it's no longer free. I work with three volunteer organisations - they're not charities but social groups geared towards helping expats get settled in my city. Membership management, event planning and budgeting, publications and flyers. All were easy to collaborate on with Google Apps, but even the (seemingly) small subscription fees are a burden when we're explicitly non-profit and loosely organised. We could have two active users one month, ten the next, so no single pricing plan option is appropriate without serious overhead and/or possible overspend.
Very unfortunate.

Comment: Re:The Justice Department (Score 1) 231

by leptechie (#43201761) Attached to: National Security Letters Ruled Unconstitutional, Banned

Some people still think there are two parties in Washington instead of two faces of the same party, the Money Party.

Some people are happy to accept that two political parties are all that are required to represent the 3rd largest (by population and expanse) country in the world, with only China governed less diversely at a comparable scale.

Urban and rural poor, wilderness areas of desert forest ice and mountain rivalling countries in expanse, high-finance manipulators, middle-class commuters, academia, greens, industrialists, religious fundamentals of dozens of variants, secular scientists - in Americaland every person in these and all other groups all fit neatly into exactly one of two world-views - Red vs Blue.

The rest of the western world have no idea why Americans think this is acceptable.

Comment: Finding the fringes abusing your work (Score 1) 528

by leptechie (#42807099) Attached to: Ask Dr. Robert Bakker About Dinosaurs and Merging Science and Religion
Dear Dr Bakker While we don't share concurrent personal convictions on the validity in taking a middle road regarding the use of science or religious teaching to explain the world around us, I have a deep respect for your approach. I am interested to know how it feels to see the works you've produced, which are themselves some of the foundational ideas in your field, get used on either side of the debate to debunk or challenge the strongly held beliefs of the other side? Here I'm referring to some of the conflicts where science observes things that conventional religions simply cannot or will not explain, with each side latching on to their view and discarding the evidence or convictions of the opposing view.

Comment: Perhaps the wrong question is being asked? (Score 1) 210

by leptechie (#42141379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best File System For Web Hosting?
I think the OP's question is valid with one small alteration:
Best Storage System for Web Hosting?

Here, I'm using Storage System to refer to a design rather than a product.
While filesystems are a good point to look at, I'd be much more interested in the one thing almost all concurrent systems contend over: spindles (or more correctly, drive heads). Partitioning workloads onto separate spindles or SSDs makes a lot more sense than twiddling over the finer points of a filesystem. Serial read/write is well-suited to even slow SATA drives though YMMV, while high-concurrency OLTP DBs benefit from SSD. I can't think of a benchmark that shows any significant performance difference between the headline filesystems when you're not talking about SSD, and if you have the cash to go SSD for all your storage perhaps you should get a professional to advise you better?

Your Rights Online

+ - UK Judge "waters down" copyright claim letters to ISP customers->

Submitted by leptechie
leptechie (1937384) writes "A UK judge has decided adult-film production company Golden Eye can pursue illegal downloaders through UK ISP O2, but only after a watered-down version of their original complaint was approved by a judge, and includes references both to the rights of the accused and how to get help in their defence, including a starting point for building one:
'The final letter, a copy of which has been obtained by the BBC, reads: "In the event that you were not responsible for the infringing acts outlined above, for example, another member of your household was the user of the computer, you should make full disclosure to us of the other parties at your residence using your internet connection."'"

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Comment: Re:Treaspassing (Score 1) 376

by leptechie (#40206795) Attached to: Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?
I absorb your argument (on the placement of cables), and reject it resoundingly. Large swathes of The Netherlands are 5-50 feet below sea level.

My neighbourhood has been a construction zone for about two years as old apartment blocks are ripped down and shiny new ones erected, all with requisite upgrades to infrastructure necessary to support denser settlements. This involves the use of diggers to create trenches, barriers to prevent seepage and pumps running 24/7 to keep flooding minimised. Water (including central heating or stadsverwarming - municipal hot water), sewage, power, gas and telecoms are all laid down in their respective tracks, covered and never paid attention to.

The only time cables or poles are visible is when their function specifically requires elevation, such as overhead power for trains and trams, traffic signals and street lighting and, of course, purpose-built camera poles.

A very interesting interview explores the approach taken here for water management, and the last photo on page one (although unfortunately low-res) illustrates the effect - not a pole or cable in sight. It's actually quite a shock to visit Miami (I was there in March) and see how blighted the average street is.

Microsoft

+ - Nokia Adopts Microsoft Windows Phone->

Submitted by jhernik
jhernik (1795638) writes "Microsoft gets big backing for Windows Phone 7, Nokia gets a fire extinguisher

Nokia will use Windows Phone 7 on future smartphones, pushing Symbian to one side, and working with Microsoft in a partnership the companies hope can rival the iPhone and Android platforms.

The widely-predicted deal puts Windows Phone at the centre of Nokia’s future plans and give the phone company a role in its development. It is designed to boost the poor market share of the Microsoft operating system, and solves Nokia’s strategy crisis, which was likened to a burning oil rig in a leaked memo from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop earlier this week.

Windows Phone 7 – time to market?
Nokia and Microsoft will “use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem,” according to the joint release, which also promises to address a key criticism of both companies: speed of execution.

“The partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution,” said the release. New smartphones on the joint platform will use Windows Phone 7, and Bing search from Microsoft, along with Nokia’s Maps, and Nokia’s strengths in imaging and hardwre design.

Nokia-Microsoft phones could reach a “larger range of price points, market segments and geographies,” said the release, pointing out that Nokia’s operator partnerships help it to do well in countries where credit cards are not widespread.

they will also have adverts served by Microsoft AdCenter."

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Comment: Re:Why NASA? (Score 2) 405

by leptechie (#34418380) Attached to: NASA Finds New Life (This Afternoon)
One of the core goals of NASA is to discover more about the universe in which we live and how it impacts us. Obviously the search for extraterrestrial life is part of that mission, but if we assume all life (and the planets harbouring them) are identical to our systems then we're going to ignore avenues that might be evident or even more prevalent.
What was a patent clerk doing contemplating the nature of space/time?

Comment: Simple English (Score 2, Insightful) 293

by leptechie (#34387192) Attached to: Apple, Microsoft, Google Attacked For Evil Plugins
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