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Comment: Re: what will be more interesting (Score 2) 662 662

"Not for profit" does not mean the company cannot hold a surplus of funds between each year. It means it cannot pay "profits" to share holders (because there aren't any) or guarantors who take liability for the company (in place of share holders).

  It gets certain tax and other advantages because of this.

Comment: Re: Systemd is tearing apart the Linux community. (Score 1) 44 44

As I said in my post that you managed to misinterpret.
I was TESTING the dist upgrade to Jessie since jessie had been frozen.

Since the VPS was not booting I was unable to get a console up to do any investigation. This was on XEN by the way. So perhaps the particular config had an issue.

I have in the past used dist upgrade as a test to testing squeeze and testing wheezy when appropriate to spot problems that might arise, and report if not seen in the wild already. This is how open source type software gets developed and kinda works...

There seems to have been a definite change in attitude across Debian and probably other distro's.
When issues get raised responses are often "your doing it wrong" or "you can configure it to get the old behaviour back" rather than the more helpful response of "check out this bug and it's temporary solution, this should be fixed by the time the release candidate comes out..."
I can expect this attitude from the authors of software since I can choose not to use it, however packagers and distributions seem to be taking this stance as well, which means potentially accept the new package and the new way of doing things or become a second class citizen of the distribution or leave.

Perhaps it will all get sorted and perhaps I'll try jessie again and see if I can get it to boot and do some investigation as to how much change there has been, perhaps I can live with systemd. However I am not about to decide that this is the future without testing it...

In the mean time it is wheezy until security support stops and keep testing in the mean time.

Comment: Re: Systemd is tearing apart the Linux community. (Score 2) 44 44

I suggest most sysadmins not wanting systemd haven't upgraded their distribution to the systemd one. So there's a fair chance that your wrong.

Most sensible sysadmins will be testing their systems to either use systemd and cope with the change or attempting to coerce their distribution to operate without it, before they role out the upgrade.

Systemd may have won with the sheep, blindly following.

I tried a dist upgrade from Wheezy to jessie on a VPS and it failed (would not boot). I had to roll back the image.

Plenty of people looking for a reliable upgrade path like Debian used to have but are wary of what trouble this adoption could cause.

The exodus probably hasn't even begun. However systemd could prove to be reliable in the long term and the majority might end up using it on desktops and servers, but that hasn't happened yet.

Comment: Re:So is he a replicant, or not? (Score 1) 222 222

I think it works both ways.

Deckard at the end of any version of the movie might not know if he is a replicant or not.


Because we know that memories can be implanted. By implication memories can be copied.

In the directors cut Deckard gets told by Gaf via the origami unicorn "I know your memories/dreams..." If Deckard is a replicant, he is running for his life, if he isn't a replicant he is running to protect Rachael, the difference doesn't change his actions. The original release doesn't really rule this out (at least I don't remember it ruling it out) since it is narrated by Deckard himself...
The point is, in the directors cut at least Deckard no longer knows if he is a replicant or a human who has had his memories copied and shared on the police departments facebook page.
I also remember seeing some story boards of Roy after killing who he thinks is tyrell finding a room with the originals tyrells tomb since he died years ago and has cloned himself. In my mind the whole point of any of the cuts is that humanity itself is being replicated opening up the question of "immortality".
Deckard acts like a cold hearted killer, pretty much assaults/takes advantage of Racael, seems like he himself is pretty immature having self control issues and acting on urges. Also some of the cut scenes like when he goes to see Holden (you can find it on youtube i think), holden seems to look at him funny when he doesn't understand why he has been asked to press the button "for the pain asshole".
Much like a certain Roy Batty who is willing to kill to protect his friends but hasn't learned to control his anger... Seems like both are willing to protect some people whilst not care about others. The lines between human/replicant are very blurred in any case...I have always held sympathy with Roy because of this. Yes he is a psychopath, but not without reason. And kind of thought he showed more humanity than Deckard, precisely because he is fighting for his friends, whereas Deckard is willing to kill because he is told to. But also once it has become pointless to kill Deckard once all his friends are dead and he will die too anyway he saves Deckard, he didn't need to, showing compassion for his enemies.

There re so many questions that there is plenty of room for a sequel.Perhaps the original Deckard is indeed living off world after retiring...Seeing as he is "the best" perhaps he will be hired to hunt himself down. Maybe there is an aged human Roy running around blowing away replicants with a shotgun.... Quite frankly I'd wet myself if that happened...Even if the film turned out to pants, I'd put it in my Rutger Hauer collection right next to Split Second.

Comment: Re:Hair drier technique is common (Score 1) 304 304

about 4 years ago I used a paint stripping heat gun to fix my t41 which commonly had problems with the bga mounted ati graphics module. The motherboard would flex causing a contact to fail.

stripped it down followed a youtube video

I think.

I applied a bit of pressure to the module with a screw driver before carrying out the cool down part and to my surprise it has worked perfectly ever since. It

Comment: reliant on one form of intelligence (Score 5, Insightful) 229 229

This just shows that gchq have lost track of some of the criminals it knew about but had not gained enough intelligence to form a case (or the crimes were not considered serious enough). It has not lost track of the criminals that weren't using the communications channels it had a viewport on because it didn't have them tracked in the first place.

Seems like they became complacent and sat waiting for the evidence to appear in front of them. Rather than following up the leads in the old school methods.

Essentially: c+ must try harder.

Comment: Why try to make renewables cheaper? (Score 1) 652 652

I think they have massively missed the point...

Our society is hooked on CHEAP energy, it's cheap because the energy used to create it has become embodied over millions of years, we dig it up and burn it in a few seconds. Cheap energy from coal that remains cheap will exhaust itself and at the same time, it appears, affect our climate. Market forces should take over at some point of course, but the damage could be done.

An alternative conclusion could be: to reduce climate change the increase of price of burning coal should be artificially increased to make it more expensive than renewable energy so that the market forces kick in earlier and the change happens earlier?

Is this what is supposed to happen with carbon credits etc?

Comment: Re:Sorry but (Score 1) 179 179

Robot Jox

(at least thats what it was called in the UK).

Terrible acting. Predictable Storyline. But who cares when there are stop motion robots beating seven bells out of each other with fists lasers rockets etc...

At one point they fly off in to space and continue the brawl in total silence before falling back to earth.

It's in my bad but brilliant cult movie pile (also including biggles: adventures in time, gremloids and the whole tremors franchise).

Comment: Re:Why .Net? (Score 1) 247 247

but the language support is not necessarily there for a particular language. C by it's nature will compile down to a few instructions on a line by line basis (depending on how obfuscated it is), and the other old dare I say legacy languages will also, without requiring a large run time.

Java python and anything with a (byte-code not mapping to the host instruction set etc). require the runtime and it is the runtime that will not necessarily fit.

Comment: Re:Moronic. (Score 2) 237 237

Definitely agree.
I had a mate who's hard disk whose laptop wouldn't boot.
He wanted to get all the personal data of it photos business accounts etc. so opened it up and took out the RAM and the the WIFI Card. And left them in his wood burner for a couple of days.

He then gave me the laptop.

I gave him back his hard drive and bought new ram and a wifi card.
And told him to speak to me first next time.

Comment: This was done to protect the Guardian as well (Score 3, Funny) 237 237

I think the Guardian guy is being deliberately vague, since they now have evidence that they destroyed all of their copies.

They are now only going to report on the information that others are leaking.

It is PR for GCHQ and the Government, i.e. don't hold documents you know you shouldn't cos we'll smash your shit up.

It is part of the legal defence of the Guardian, "We aren't distributing this information, but are now free to report the information that others have released to the public"

By the way IANAL, it just seems like common sense to me.

Comment: Re:Not cans (Score 1) 371 371

>> Banks pay for credit card breaches, not consumers.

Not true, you know that thing called interest you pay on your credit card balance, this covers the losses.
So yes, if your bank/credit card gets ripped off, the users pay.
It's just like insurance.

Just cos a government protects the consumers individually with a statute or two, it does not mean that we do not pay for it in a distributive sense.

A problem shared is a problem.....still.

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce