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Comment: Re:wont last (Score 1) 64

by mysidia (#48430765) Attached to: Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

Is this really a loophole? What happens if I go to and find one of these $100 playstations, and quickly buy it, then insist they honor the contract?

Should they fail.... bring it to court, suing them for the difference between the price agreed and the best available offer. Subpoena walmart for records of the price match as proof that the $100 listing for sale was known and intended.

Comment: Wider perimeter (Score 1) 206

by mysidia (#48429227) Attached to: Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

A moat is excessively expensive, really unnecessary, an eyesore, and is still not going to really stop or hinder a marine who is determined. Furthermore, the White House is supposed to be a place where people from the public can indeed come; it's not supposed to be a castle or an ivory tower. It should only be fort knox during those times when the president is home.

As for ensuring the president's security; I suggest an additional wider perimeter with a triple-layer fence, with all vehicles and persons required to be searched/checked for weapons etc, and restrict access to all nearby buildings as well.

There should be multiple 24x7 "spotters" high up when the president is in the vicinity, and video analytics, scoping the entire grounds outside for potential intruders and sounding an alarm.

There should be additional locks on the doors and teargas traps which can be activated remotely during an attempted breakin.

Comment: Re:Go back in time 5 years (Score 1) 519

by mysidia (#48421499) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Apparently any Debian developer can now chose to make their package only work with Systemd

I'm working on submitting patches to Vi, Emacs, Bash, Dash, Tcsh, Zsh, Ksh, Ash, and Sh to add systemd as a dependency.

They'll also have a simple line of code to check if the systemd binary is present, and if it's missing, not running as PID #1, or doesn't pass some rudimentary fingerprint tests, exit silently.

(By the way, I'm just kidding)

Comment: Human version (Score 1) 307

One curious corollary is that if the human brain is a Turing machine, then humans can never decide this issue either, a point that the authors deliberately steer well clear of.

Instead of considering an 'Evil Programmer'..... consider 'Evil Judge', 'Evil Military General', 'Nazi', or 'Evil Dictator'

And instead of just deciding this issue; add the problem of surviving this issue together with the problem of deciding how to maximize your chances at survival and happiness in concert with previous issue.

Comment: Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (Score 1) 170

by mysidia (#48414871) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

As I understand it they introduced changes independent of the security fix, and the non-fix-related feature additions caused the problem.

They shouldn't have rolled new features in the same patch, BUT if they did, they should have included common software used by more than 10% of windows systems in their test cases and basic functionality such as HTTPS compatibility.

Comment: Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (Score 2) 170

by mysidia (#48411233) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

There has already been one major compatibility bug in the patch for MS14-066 released November 11, where you update your IIS server to fix the SSL remote code exec bug, and Chrome browsers stop working..

Furthermore, there were several botched updates in October.

Windows 7 blue screens with a patch in September

I don't know what the deal is, but it looks like maybe Microsoft stopped testing security patches on August's patch tuesday, or something.

Comment: Re: Not resigning from Debian (Score 1) 541

As if the pro-systemd side was the only one with activist fans who don't understand the actual situation.

Oy... you still don't get it. For some reason those favoring systemd have been given a pass. I guess it is because a few distros have used it and people who support systemd who are not listening far outnumber those who have opposed systemd and stated logical reasons or noted issues. As a result, the burden of proof rests on anyone opposing the introduction of systemd.

Because the burden of proof rests on those opposing the introduction of systemd; it doesn't even matter if some are fanatical, because it has zero net affect.

The problem is the rational arguments showing that the status quo is better than systemd are just getting ignored and not being addressed.

ACID and that it'll be easily corrupted in a crash but never quite manage to explain how the plain text log doesn't have the same problem.

Plain text logs have risk of corruption as well, but unlike text-based logs, binary logs are fragile.

I would say it's true that the same can happen to both --- they both have risks of corruption, BUT the binary logs are much more likely to have debilitating corruption.

One byte out of place, and the entire file tends to become unusable, or systems that need to consume the logs break and can't read the rest of the logfile.

When a text-based log has a corruption issue; generally, it will mean a few lost log entries -- the write operations are fairly atomic. It doesn't matter that they aren't transactional, because text-based log storage is not as fragile as a binary file format that must be well-formed, or your log-reading tool goes KaBoomb.

With regards to logs; it only makes sense to refer to ACID compliance, when there is a relational transaction structure that must be preserved to recover the log entry. Generally with a text-based logfile, EVERYTHING that is relevant to the log entry goes to a single log line and gets written all at once, so this is really robust and hard to beat.

Comment: Re:You think that's bad? (Score 1) 322

by mysidia (#48403451) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

You wasted your money. Apple themselves simply eliminate the temperature sensor when an SSD is installed, as they run cool no matter what.

I didn't see it that way; it was a $15 piece anyways.. it would have been extra work to cut up the temperature sensor wires, splice and cap them, and this would ruin the reversibility of my change, in case I need to go back and claim warranty. If I had bought the Apple part instead of using my own, it would be an additional $400 or $500 for a 260gb SSD.

Comment: Re:Not resigning from Debian (Score 1) 541

So many people don't understand, the whole point of Open/Free software is that you can fork the source if somebody takes it in a direction you do not like, you don't pay for it and you do not get to dictate what the authors do with it but you are free to make it your own if you choose to.

In this case, you are suggesting they should have to fork all of Debian, because that's the only way to keep something other than systemd once Debian switches. Every package in the system has to be compatible with the init system.

Also, why don't you just fork Debian if you want to have Debian with SystemD.

What makes you say that it's those who want to keep the status quo who should have to fork?

This is not the way Debian works; it is a collaborative project, and it doesn't work unless everyone cooperates and adheres to the policies.

The argument to not use X in Debian would have as much potential merits as any argument to use X in Debian.

The cost of forking is insane, and it's not really a viable way forward

Comment: Re: Not resigning from Debian (Score 3, Insightful) 541

Exactly. Using ridiculous namecalling for folks challenging systemd such as "immature twats" is taking sides. It's not possible to have a reasonable collaboration so long as systemd has activist fans who do not take the time and care to understand the criticisms.

Comment: Re: Nonsense (Score 1) 219

by mysidia (#48378905) Attached to: Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

School under Education License agreements pay about $34/year per desktop for the current OS

$34 is not a lot, but for 3000 desktops, it is still not zero. If you can use a cloud based MDM solution or open source based management tools, then your $100,000 CAL budget becomes a $5,000 annual cloud or on-premise MDM server license.

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean. -- Albert Einstein