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

by resfilter (#49079961) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones

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) 754

by resfilter (#49062171) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

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.

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

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) 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:Almost all normal people realise (Score 2) 219

by resfilter (#48838795) Attached to: European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

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

by resfilter (#48838751) Attached to: Linus on Diversity and Niceness in Open Source

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.

+ - Linus on Diversity and Niceness in Open Source 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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"."

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

by resfilter (#48774939) Attached to: OpenBSD Releases a Portable Version of OpenNTPD

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 10.1.1.1 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

by resfilter (#48709943) Attached to: Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs

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

by resfilter (#48684711) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

"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

by resfilter (#48391057) Attached to: Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

well,

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

Comment: i'd be careful with this one (Score 1) 123

by resfilter (#48390933) Attached to: FreeBSD 10.1 Released

the entire build for amd64 and x86 has moved to the llvm compiler and clang

this is a gigantic plus in the long run, llvm/clang is a great project, and having such a widely used operating system out in the wild relying on it will only bring good.

changing to an entirely different compiler *could* expose new and interesting problems or bugs that can't be anticipated until the code is run by the masses in all different environments. this could be stuff that's very hard to find during release candidate testing.

for that reason, the 10.x series is one release i'd probably wait a good long while before installing on any of my own systems...

Comment: Re:don't worry about it (Score 5, Informative) 178

by resfilter (#48390871) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

oh dear god dont write over the protected area! ...

it's used for some specialized keys for some rarely used version of DRM. so if you have a CPRM "protected" file on the sd card, then.. you know.... "accidently" give the file to someone else, they'll lack the decryption keys (since they're stored outside of the filesystem by the program that wrote the file to the flash card) and the file will be useless.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

it's another one of those things that attempts to relabel yet another "generic binary storage device" as a "specialized media holder to assist content protection", and you should actually go out of your way to destroy this "protected area" instead of carefully avoiding damage to it.

it's totally safe to write over this "protected area" and use it for your own data, and it's rare to run into programs that actually use CPRM for protection against distribution (although they probably do exist, why would you use such a thing?).

that's probably why you've never heard of it or noticed writing over it.

Comment: narrow focus as usual (Score 1) 698

by resfilter (#48368603) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

it hasn't come up yet, but im pretty sure if someone (including the voices in my head) said 'kill a bunch of people in this room without using guns or knives' i'd figure out an effective way to do it pretty quickly.

that's ignoring the fact that this gun detector is circumvented by maximum rounds fired per however long it takes the cops to get there. i realize they know this too, but since you can kill a hell of a lot of people with automatic weapons in a few minutes, someone truly dedicated to shooting up a school is going to make a game of it now.

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