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Comment: rule of law (Score 1) 409

by os10000 (#43089947) Attached to: The Accidental Betrayal of Aaron Swartz

Western society claims to be founded on two principles: democracy and "rule of law". I am disillusioned with both these claims. If there are so many laws that you are likely violating something at any point in time and not every violation is prosecuted, then the situation from enforcing laws is turned on its head to hunting people -- which is precisely what "rule of law" is claimed to not do. Having hierarchically structured political parties that the voter is restricted to chosing from extinguishes the benefits claimed of democracy.

Comment: helloooo??????? (Score 2) 268

by os10000 (#40971731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Personal Tape Drive NAS?

As everyone else, that using a collection of tapes with a single or small number of tape drives is impractical.

Instead, I recommend reading up on hierarchical storage:

Also, if you really want a solution which does what you ask for, SamFS may be for you:



Comment: Ubuntu Founder knows about signing ... (Score 5, Interesting) 393

by os10000 (#40410611) Attached to: Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot

Hi Guys & Gals,

before you all get worked up, please remember that Ubuntu was founded by Mark Shuttleworth. Mark became a billionaire by running Thawte. Thawte is a certificate authority for X.509 certificates.

My take is he knows a thing or two about such infrastructures and I also think he is a positive influence for the free software world.

have a good day!

Comment: Technology from 1992 (Score 1) 112

by os10000 (#33821636) Attached to: Finding Lost IT With RFID

We had tags for people and assets (printers, photocopiers, overhead projectors, computer manuals) that were used for location information, for door access, for having your computer screen follow around (they built an X-proxy and later developed it into VNC). This was 1992-1999 at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory in cooperation with the Olivetti Research labs (was changed to AT&T research labs or the other way around), who manufactured the devices. The tags worked on infrared, so putting them in your pocket would hide them. The people tags had rapid updates (few seconds) and the asset tags seldom updates (minutes). It was a voluntary experiment and I estimate 2/3 of the staff had them. Today I'm a privacy zealot.

Comment: homegrown java (Score 1) 421

by os10000 (#28445209) Attached to: How Do You Sync & Manage Your Home Directories?


I have built a java program. You can find it here:

* it is GPL
* it is used for exporting and importing
* it creates a digital certificate for the machine it's run on
* it creates a 1-1 relationship with a machine that it's synching with
* it creates an export file on the source machine & imports it on the target machine (you have to move it)
* the export file is a zip file
* you build a ruleset on the export machine (files, directories, regexes) what you wish to export
* you build a ruleset on the import machine (same) what you wish to import
* these two rulesets give you total control even when you're exchanging with someone else
* you have rules for "soft master", "hard master", "soft slave", "hard slave", "progress", etc.

If you can use "unison", use that. If you wish to automate, use "app_dsync".

Have a good day,


He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly