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Comment i really don't get it (Score 1) 212 212

their profiled "terrorists" are usually from societies that are accustomed to communicating covertly without any electronic means.

i'm not an expert in terrorism or communication, but i was a punk kid once that did bad things. even i was smart enough to know that if you were planning something big and illegal, you didn't go calling people about it, or writing it down.

do they really think that someone is going to send an email or text message saying "hit the big red button 12:30 next tuesday"? or that someone will save a map to a warehouse of deadly weapons in "the cloud" and name it "weaponsmap.jpg"?

of course they don't.

so how is this gaping hole in the intensions of the survaillance plan not being used as leverage to stop this nonsense before america goes from paranoid to total police state at the press of a button one night? are people so weak that all it would take is someone sending an encrypted message about a "serious terrorist act that would kill a lot of people" that's "intercepted" and the plot "stopped" to widen the scope of this stuff?

as someone watching this from outside the USA, it's very confusing to me

Comment Re:But we know the Standard Model is incomplete (Score 0) 73 73

finding out our ideas are completely wrong isn't "interesting", it's a setback.

considering it's a complex set of ideas that potentially describe how the entire universe and everything in it works, isn't "incomplete" or "unfinished" is about the best we can shoot for at this point

Comment Re:Two things (Score 1) 247 247

US citizen with government intel that's illegal to spill, travels to russia where there's technically no specific law that says 'no talking about private US government stuff' (just guessing..)

instead of simply spilling the beans to the russians on the down low, they get on a computer and post it all over publically accessable internet forums which state the user's identity.

guy comes back to USA expecting not to be jailed. derp. by USA standards, this guy is an idiot for expecting that, right?

so why is this different?

it is different, of course. very much so. but exactly how it is different is fairly important to understanding the situation

Comment Re:Nobody gets to use the surprise face (Score 0) 131 131

but they're a machine, which makes them for the most part very easy to reverse engineer or copy by any country with a decent science program.

your analogy is broken, since we aren't talking about a hobbyist toy compared to a real machine, we're talking foreign governments (or companies) funding r&d and research into drone technology.

how about a honda civic compared to a ford mustang? (also a good analogy since the foreign product will be junk, at first, based on inappropriate chunks of existing technology from other projects, but eventually will surpass others in reliability...)

Comment Re:Why wasn't there a systemd fork of Debian? (Score 5, Interesting) 755 755

debian uses simple release engineering like unstable -> testing -> release. there are other projects that work in a similar way, freebsd is fairly similar. they have commonly done gigantic system-wide break everything for months type changes in freebsd current.

they don't need to fork to test experiental things, they just do it in unstable first. then when they can't find problems, it goes into testing. eventually testing becomes a release.

considering systemd has been in debian in an experimental capacity for nearly 3 years, i think they've done enough testing to consider it stable.

it's nothing like debian/kfreebsd, because changing to a completely different kernel is nothing like changing an init system. not to mention that debian/kfreebsd was expected to have a very long steep development curve with a very small audience, whereas systemd is something that is already proven to be a fairly stable thing. redhat has been using it by default for half a decade.

i'll never use systemd, though. not because i don't trust its stability. the way it works and is configured reminds me of DJB software. makes sense, works well enough, but is wrong on a level that is difficult to explain.

Comment Re:Almost all normal people realise (Score 2) 219 219

Saying the issue is pretty much totally muslims is like saying "violent pit bull attacks are pretty much totally dogs" or "christian child molesters are pretty much totally christians". Being technically true doesn't mean it's helpful (and doesn't make it less harmful)

Comment Oh linus... (Score 1) 1 1

In most situations when someone is a total dick, it's either because their position is sketchy and they're attempting to scare people away from the argument, or because they are socially retarded and lack the necessary skills to form their arguments into something socially acceptable.

I've never met Linus, but I can see how confident he is, so lets assume, like so many great geeks, it's the latter.

If your position is strongly grounded, being nice doesn't weaken your position at all, and can in fact strengthen it. Either your enemy eventually walks away feeling that they were defeated by a person with superior intellect AND manners, or in a moment of weakness they will explode in a desperate fit of rage as they refuse to see your side of things, which will cause most observers to side with you.

I'm not sure why he'd think this is an american thing, since people in his part of the world are MUCH nicer than your average resident of the USA, especially in an argument or debate.

I think he needs to get out more.

Submission + - Linus on Diversity and Niceness in Open Source 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: Linus Torvalds has sent a lengthy statement to Ars Technica responding to statements he made in a conference in New Zealand. One of his classic comments in NZ was: "I'm not a nice person, and I don't care about you. I care about the technology and the kernel — that's what's important to me." On diversity, he said that "the most important part of open source is that people are allowed to do what they are good at" and "all that stuff is just details and not really important." Now he writes: "What I wanted to say — and clearly must have done very badly — is that one of the great things about open source is exactly the fact that different people are so different", and that "I don't know where you happen to be based, but this 'you have to be nice' seems to be very popular in the US," calling the concept of being nice an "ideology".

Submission + - Are There One Or More Planets Larger Than Earth In Trans-Neptune Orbits?

BarbaraHudson writes: NBC News reports that at least two planets larger than Earth likely lurk far beyond Pluto, just waiting to be discovered, a new analysis of the orbits of "extreme trans-Neptunian objects" (ETNOs) suggests. The potential undiscovered worlds would be more massive than Earth and would lie about 200 AU or more from the sun — so far away that they'd be very difficult, if not impossible, to spot with current instruments. "The exact number is uncertain, given that the data that we have is limited, but our calculations suggest that there are at least two planets, and probably more, within the confines of our solar system," lead author Carlos de la Fuente Marcos, of the Complutense University of Madrid, said.

Comment Re:Why can't anyone write secure software? (Score 1) 79 79

On my internal network, I used ntp as the ntp server for my house. I put "listen interface" in the ntp.conf file, and instructed it to listen only on the interface. yet netstat showed that ntp was still listening on *:123. It's sloppy design and sloppy coding.

interface ignore wildcard

Comment Re:What can I really do with these things? (Score 4, Informative) 81 81

I can be a joe computer user,

I don't like cable TV, I archive my media. I have a nice media center pc I have in my living room, which is huge, loud, and consumes a ton of power, and has been in operation for a very long time, still runs first generation DDR. I don't mind old, overbuilt, reliable noisy stuff.

But I decided to put a smaller lcd tv in the bedroom... obviously my wife can't handle noise and blinkylights while she sleeps, and I couldn't handle finding a small but awesome smart tv for a good price that would play all my media formats.

Turns out the raspberry pi plus a cheap normal tv was the best way to have a zero noise, cool running, awesome media center that shreds 1080p video. It hid easily behind the TV, is powered by the USB port on the TV, so there's only one cord running to the TV - power.

Setup took minimal work, and it's been a huge benefit to our everyday lives.

I ran the main media center with a mysql server so the libraries sync, taking additional load off the raspberry pi.

Sure, "Joe" might not be able to figure that out, but i bet he could put openelec on an SD card and get it connected to his appliance NAS pretty easily?

My parents have an appliance that's similar. It'll play XVID stuff from a NAS, probably h264, but it'd probably freak if you tried to play an mkv container. It was a prepackaged black box that's expensive as the pi, but it's slow, there's no plugins, and not even close to as capable as xbmc.

And guess what, it makes freaky high pitched electronoises because it's built with chinese caps and junk, so there's no way it could live in a nice quiet bedroom. The pi is a nice board that simply morphs itself into that role as easy as a premade device, because it's open.

The previous things i've done with a pi have included building full-time car dashboards and tuning analysis systems for my vehicle projects, to avoid having to lug a laptop around. Sure, didn't NEED to build a pi into my car, but once it was done, it really belonged there. It was cheap, i could leave it on overnight and not drain my car battery, and i could SSH to my car from my living room to retrieve and analyze logs. It also kicked me in the butt and got me coding again, which was great.

These are things that small, open, low power consumption, passively cooled, and have lots of ways to connect shit really come in handy, even for someone that isn't a hardcore hobbyist.

Comment Common sense from TFA (Score 4, Interesting) 180 180

"It seems unlikely that this lawsuit will result in a messy legal battle. The huge publicity the movie has enjoyed in the past few weeks will virtually guarantee decent sales for Sony, even without lucrative box office revenues. Yoon Mi-rae should not only be able to secure a piece of that but also raise her profile in a way that would not have been possible had Sony paid her in the first instance."

Comment Re:Hey don't worry (Score 1) 337 337


although a near impossibility, i like to have faith that on some level everything will work out for us, and that a future incarnation of what we've grown into will witness the final years of the universe, rather than just being a bunch of coincidental meat sacks that will instantly die out when something random smacks into our planet, or a bunch of space fleas that jump around to various planets in our solar system to survive until we witness the death of our sun, and that's the end.

that stupid impossible thought, that what we're doing here today could have some eventual influence on how eternity on the scale of the universe plays out, drives me to learn and understand as much as i can in my life.

i hope that's a driving force for some of the people that design these space probes and experiments too

or it's possible i've just read too much asimov, whichever

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