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Comment Re:The reasons are far from unknown. (Score 1) 156

I typed some of it, and pasted others, and manually formatted. I went to 5 sources.

A lot of countries have a lot of disputes; Taiwan is about as bad a China, actually, and there are areas of the Middle East that are pretty fired up, currently (particularly if you consider ISIS a state actor, rather than a marauding horde).

Comment The reasons are far from unknown. (Score 2, Informative) 156

China needs to do more to keep NK under control, unless NK's games are tolerated by China for reasons unknown.

The reasons are far from unknown. China is currently grabbing as much territory as they can, anywhere they can:

Baekdu Mountain (North Korea)
Bhutanese enclaves in Tibet (Bhutan)
Demchok, Chumar, Kaurik, Shipki Pass, Jadh, and Lapthal (Taiwan, India)
Hong Kong (Taiwan)
Jiandao (North Korea, South Korea)
Kula Kangri and points West, Haa District (Bhutan)
Macclesfield Bank (Taiwan, Vietnam)
Paracel Islands (Taiwan, Vietnam)
Scarborough Shoal (Taiwan, Philippines)
Senkaku Islands (Taiwan, Japan)
Shaksgam Valley (India)
Arunachal Pradesh (Taiwan, India)
Spratly Islands (Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei)
Taiwan (Taiwan)
Eastern Bhutan (Taiwan, Bhutan)
Mainland China, Hainan (Taiwan -- but the PRC has a pretty good claim here 8^) ...)
Western Heixiazi / Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island (Taiwan)
Penghu, Jinmen,Matsu Islands, Pratas Islands (Taiwan)
Songling District, Jiagedaqi District (Mongolia)
Pamir Mountains (Tajikistan)
Yalu River islands (North Korea, South Korea)
Shaksgam Valley (India)

Anything that keeps peoples attention focussed elsewhere is all to the good, as far as China is concerned. The territorial waters claims in the South China Sea, in particular, are important to them in terms of extending their range of control, in order to control fishing rights, since their population is still rising, despite sterilizations after the second child, and similar measures.

Comment This was actually the result of a proxy fight. (Score 3, Interesting) 197

This was actually the result of a proxy fight.

It was a proxy for the ke ea Hawai‘i movement, which is a movement that is demanding some form of sovereignty for Hawaii. they have been around forever, and they make themselves a pain in the ass wherever they can in order to attempt to draw media attention to their cause.

Their favorite hobby horses are self-determination and self-governance, for Hawaii as an independent nation, or for people of native Hawaiian ancestry to obtain "tribal sovereignty" similar to the relationship with Native Americans, for Native Hawaiians.

They generally don't care about "sacred spots" unless caring about them publicly will get major headlines.

Alphabetically, the organizations involved include: ALOHA, Hawaiian Kingdom, Hawaiian Kingdom Government, Ka Lhui, Ka Pkaukau, Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, Nation of Hawai'i, Nou Ke Akua Ke Aupuni O Hawaii, Poka Laenui, and Protect Kahoolawe Ohana (PKO).

Frankly, I'm surprised there is not a "Bring Queen Lili'uokalani Back From The Dead Society". They are unhappy with the 1893 U.S. Marine invasion that got rid of the hereditary monarchy, and they are unhappy with the U.S. annexation of 1898.

Comment Re:"Does the Obama Administration..." (Score 1) 106

"President Obama is invested in the Vanguard 500 Index Fund"

Lol, so am I, because that's the lowest cost index fund which tracks the average market growth.

It's one of the lowest yield S&P index funds out there. You have to buy into their investment strategy for it to be worthwhile for you.

Comment Re:So Let Me Get This Straight (Score 3, Interesting) 227

If you want to get technical, had Windows not added the proprietary field, we're just talking a KDC implementation, as in Heimdal Kerberos, or before that, MIT

_just_ ? Try setting setting up IPA sometime. That's just LDAP and Kerberos too. Have fun...

LDAP is really easy. Well, it is for me:

From the OpenLDAP commit logs:
=== Sat Aug 8 23:05:28 1998 UTC; 17 years, 6 months ago by kurt
CVS Tags: FreeBSD_3_3; Branch: FreeBSD
Changed since 1.1: +0 -0 lines
Diffs to 1.1 (colored diff)
Import of FreeBSD LDAP 3.3 Port
1.1 Sat Aug 8 22:43:17 1998 UTC; 17 years, 6 months ago by kurt
Initial revision
--- Sat Aug 8 22:43:17 1998 UTC; 17 years, 6 months ago by kurt
CVS Tags: LDAP_3_3+prerelease, UMICH_LDAP_3_3, BOOLEAN_LDAP, LDAP_POSTE, LDAPworld; Branch: UMICH ; Branch point for: RAGE
Changed since 1.1: +0 -0 lines
Diffs to 1.1 (colored diff)
Import of Umich LDAP 3.3

See that Those are my patches to get OpenLDAP working from UMich LDAP sources. It added about 40 platforms. OpenLDAP started with the UMich LDAP, added my patches, and then went on from there. Originals of the (120K of) patches are HERE:

Just because something is hard for you, doesn't make it hard for the rest of us. Some of us have been doing this for nearly two decades.

Comment Re:So Let Me Get This Straight (Score 4, Informative) 227

Exchange Server is one of the killer points, yes. The other one is Domain Login with the attendant domain-wide security model. As a *nix booster, I must say those two continue to absolutely show up *nix to this day. Those two give more than enough of a "point".

Both Mac OS X and RedHat Linux have answers to both domain login and domain-wide security. The Linux implementation is somewhat less robust (i.e. it's possible to escape exclusion groups, and there's no external group membership resolver like there is on Mac OS X, so there's still the 16 group limit), but it at least is a proof by existence that the claim is wrong. And you can always install the Samba implementation manually on any Linux or BSD box.

If you want to get technical, had Windows not added the proprietary field, we're just talking a KDC implementation, as in Heimdal Kerberos, or before that, MIT Kerberos, and that's been around since Project Athena, which means early 1980's, which means over 30 years. Microsoft's implementation was 1995 or so, and it was the late 90's before they made it non-interoperable with the proprietary field, so they are predated by at least a decade.

Kerberos was interesting, in that it abused the setgroups() and cr->ngroups to store the Kerberos key in the last two groups field, but at that point you were not really using groups anyway (since you were using remote Andrew FS or similar, and it was doing server side credentials enforcement).

So TL;DR: they absolutely did not, and do not, "show up *nix".

Comment "Does the Obama Administration..." (Score 1) 106

"Does the Obama Administration..."

Yes, they understand that.

President Obama is invested in the Vanguard 500 Index Fund as one of his largest holdings, apart from bonds and T-bills -- Source: -- which in turn is invested in:

Telecoms: AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Comcast Corp. Class A
Oil companies: Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp.
Pharma companies: Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer Inc., Merck & Co. Inc., Gilead Sciences Inc., Allergan plc, Amgen Inc.,
Banks: Wells Fargo & Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., Visa Inc. Class A
Healthcare problem companies: Philip Morris International Inc., Altria Group Inc., McDonald's Corp., Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc.
Healthcare solution companies: UnitedHealth Group Inc., CVS Health Corp., Medtronic plc

Among others -- Source:

So perhaps this explains the issues he's interested in, and the things he votes and advocates for and against.

Comment Re:How to fix it (Score 1) 146

All the e-readers I've used allow you to choose a different font as well. I have not used a Kindle but it probably has that option somewhere.

So does Kindle. What he's bitching about is that the Kindle supplied font he was using as a workaround for his having bad eyes is no longer usable as a workaround, because the update included a slightly different version of the font, such that it no longer appears to be bolded, as it did previously.

He doesn't want to up the point size on the font, which the Kindle would allow, and which also work around the problem. Presumably, this is an "I'm not old, dammit!" reaction to the use of the larger point size as a workaround.

He doesn't want to use the publisher font (also an option), because the publisher (presumably) picked a font that *also* does not work around his eye problems, either.

Or none of these things, and he's just one of those people who are pissy about wanting to side-load custom fonts, and apply them to his entire library, and this is his wedge issue to allow him to ride that particular hobby horse.

Or not even that, he's just being pissy about the fact modern technology is moving away from accessibility in many ways, and he's using this as a wedge issue because he wants to be able to intermediate presentation to do things like automatically text-to-speech.

Because if he *REALLY* cared about the font, it's a completely work-aroundable problem. All you have to do is DRM-strip the book in question, replace the font in the book image with whatever font you want (which makes it a "publisher font", as far as the Kindle knows), and then set the device to use the "publisher font", and presto, you have whatever damn font you want, without Amazon needing to allow side-loading of pirated fonts. Which is apparently something they are contractually prohibited from doing.

In point of fact, there are many blogs that discuss how to perform the procedure on individual books, such that they are using whatever font you want them to use. I'm partial to this one, since it demonstrates the control panel image on the Kindle as part of the setup process for doing the conversion, and the particular image they used shows that the Helvetica font on the device appears to be bolded, compared to all the other available font selections.

Blog demonstrating replacing the font used by a book on a Kindle:


Comment Re:Microsoft will generally not brick your compute (Score 1) 391

No, there's a security exchange between the CPU and the touch sensor, and by replacing one it needs to have a new exchange only customers and third party repair have not been told how to do this (possibly needing validation with Apple back office servers).

So you're saying the replacement device was /NOT/ identical, because it was incapable of duplicating the crypto exchange.

I'm pretty sure you are saying exactly what the GP said, yet you are disagreeing with them?!?

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