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Comment Re:You didn't get far in reading (Score 1) 55 55

That's one of the reasons I don't use sudo on internet facing machines or have a KVM exposed to the internet, but that's another story.
To sum up I just have the opinion that one step root access from out on the internet is an accident waiting to happen - especially if you are likely to log on from anywhere and not a known trusted address.

Comment Re:However the attitude above is broken (Score 1) 55 55

Make a good policy, no passwords, only keys, and every employee has one.

And that laptop thief that is going to get an employees machine eventually is going to have one click access to root on your server - now that's a major fuckup isn't it?

However if an employee has to do "sudo" all the time, they just start turning their brain off while doing it.

I prefer "su" so as to keep things entirely separate although others swear by "sudo" for user tracking - either way if they can't keep track of context they should lay off the drugs.

Comment Re:3%? Where did you get that from? (Score 1) 463 463

Only about 3% of what other countries call "nuclear waste" gets turned into actual waste. The rest is converted back into more fuel.

Clearly a major error which I addressed and you embraced as propaganda with a disgusting little goalpost shift trick. If you want to be taken seriously I suggest less deliberate dishonesty.

Comment You didn't get far in reading (Score 1) 55 55

You didn't get far in reading my post above - "That thief with a stolen laptop can't use a key to get full access remotely" was mentioned, but maybe I should add another. The tiny amount of extra effort required by disabling root logins covers a lot of possibilities. I've gained access to a former workplace as much as three years after leaving by running the wrong old script - whoops! That human intervention of cancelling accounts depends on things like those HR people talking to IT people (Eloi vs Moorlocks in some places). Having a procedure that does not have an unreliable person as a vital part of the chain is a better idea than the latter - or in more diplomatic terms keeping it simple with one less thing to go wrong.

Next step, laugh at the 'hackers' wasting all that effort trying to guess the root password

Logs get full of such attempts even when root is not able to login. Once it gets tedious you can install sshgaurd or similar to block them and not be bothered by so many of such fruitless attempts clogging up the logs.

Comment However the attitude above is broken (Score 3, Insightful) 55 55

disabling root logins has no security benefit at al

Of course it does. That former employee that knows the root password or has the keys can't get to it. The current employee that fat fingers a command to the wrong host can't do much damage. That thief with a stolen laptop can't use a key to get full access remotely. There is a very very long list and it's just inexperience, laziness or lack of sleep that's stopping you from thinking of entries in it.

Comment Re:Not hard to use less when wastefull (Score 1) 78 78

Insulation will help in both directions, but it's largely not an option for existing buildings.

Why not? They have roof space and what's wrong with wall cladding on walls that get a lot of sun? Plastic foam, some sort of thin backing, glue and paint is how it's done.

Comment Re:Not hard to use less when wastefull (Score 1) 78 78

That's 65% of the legacy buildings you would need to effectively reconstruct

Minor modifications are not reconstruction.

It's a prime example of "low hanging fruit" where buildings that were not designed for the climate can be altered a bit to remove obvious flaws.

The subway isn't an issue, except to say that, operating on electricity

Mass transit versus gridlock. Getting a lot more people on trains going to where they want to go gets a lot of vehicles off the street, and those ones still left on the street can move at a decent speed and use less fuel to get where they are going. A full train uses hardly any energy per person to move them, so if you can give people a good reason to ride on a train that cuts down on energy usage a lot - thus "reducing carbon" but it's best to just use energy consumption to consider things.

it's just "carbon shifting" to move the greenhouse gas generation elsewhere

Even if it was that (which it isn't) that can be a very good idea. It was the entire idea behind suggesting electric cars in California and other places where air pollution from vehicles is a serious issue. Do that energy shifting to a place where the exhaust goes through a scrubber, then out of a high stack a long way from the city and that can be a major health benefit versus people choking on smog - so even if there is no reduction in carbon dioxide output you still have an improvement. Add actual reduction and you have even more of a win. Get a lot of those people on an electric train/tram/bus and the roads are no longer so congested with idling engines creating smog.

Common sense says that living in cities is going to limit the amount of resources required per person. Most cities massively defy common sense and become huge energy sinks due to poor planning or a complete lack in some situations. Sometimes it's as easy as painting a roof to go from needing AC to not. Sometimes it's as easy as a duct to change that hot roofspace air with cold basement air. Putting a thin tinting film on a thousand windows can financially pay for itself over a summer and last for decades.

This is the easy stuff.
Going from not thinking of the summer heat at all to doing something about it is the low hanging fruit. A coastal city with a hot summer has buildings designed for a midwest winter.

Comment Re:Legislate 50% less consumption? Good fucking lu (Score 1) 463 463

I see no difference between the design of USA toilets and Australian toilets

The interior shape of the bowl is completely different.

If your toilet doesn't work when it's flushed you should fix your toilet rather than blaming the government

WTF is that coming from?
Oh the EU stuff above - sometimes a good idea can be pushed a bit too hard into areas where it isn't but I'll bet the above poster will find that there are exceptions to the "mandate" if they look hard enough.

There are plenty of places with water restrictions on their toilets which don't seem to be having a shitty problem.

It's just a situation where the defining leader of the market was something that needed a shitload of water to get rid of a load of shit. After that there's the normal resistance to change and a half-arsed solution. Australia is only really flushed with success because widespread adoption of flush toilets happened later so a more capable design could be developed and be introduced without having to compete with "what they should look like".

Comment Re: Heisenberg (Score 1) 98 98

Which then just moves it to a different government department.
Taxes can be spent on stuff other than giving a couple of guys millions for consulting on waterboarding, Star Trek set designers for the NSA and paying for dead wood executives on the FEMA payroll you know.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder