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Comment: Re:1 week's warning (Score 1) 68

by styrotech (#47845119) Attached to: Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

What if we had 1 week warning of the dinosaur-killer?

Well personally, assuming that there was no safe place to send them, I'd take the week off work and spend it with my dinosaurs just to let them know how much I appreciated my time with them.

I'd probably need a little more time off work after that too. Thankfully my boss is pretty generous with bereavement leave.

Comment: Re:JAVA (Score 1) 230

by styrotech (#47821721) Attached to: Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Apache Struts, Tomcat, and elasticsearch (mentioned in the summary) are all written in java.
To me, that indicates a JAVA vulnerability, not a Linux vulnerability.

Or more likely a bug in an Apache Commons library they all use.

eg Struts is from Apache, Tomcat is from Apache, Elasticsearch is based on Lucene which is also from Apache.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by styrotech (#47751893) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Agreed. On my laptop with an SSD, the non systemd OS boots faster than it takes to get through the BIOS stuff.

And as for servers, they can take fucking ages to get through all their BIOS/BMC/RAID controller etc bullshit. Shaving a few seconds off the OS boot time is irrelevant as it's by far the quickest part - especially if the actual services themselves take ages to start (bloody Java).

Comment: Re:Did I miss the breakthrough? (Score 1) 305

by styrotech (#47708309) Attached to: If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Did I miss the part where the human race had a miraculous breakthrough in fusion technology?

Maybe not miraculous breakthroughs, but we've been getting better at directly utilising our only currently usable fusion reactor.

Then again it is ultimately responsible for nearly all our other energy sources too.

Comment: Re:Some of us do still assemble, even now (Score 1) 294

by styrotech (#47651689) Attached to: The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Yeah, I skimmed the list and there were only a few things that were newer than 5 years old. Docker definitely, node.js is maybe 5yrs old already (but that looks like it peaked - the cool kids have already moved on). Chef is already about 5 years old and Puppet is already much older (and that's ignoring much older config management tools).

Comment: Re:obviously a NATO plot (Score 3, Insightful) 582

by styrotech (#47546541) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

This is some of the drivel being spread around by conspiracy theorists, russian shills and russian conspiracy theorist shills.

Don't forget all the ones with an Su25 being involved in shooting it down (haha).

I love how all these conspiracy nuts paint the US govt as some scheming Machiavellian mastermind, when the reality is that they keep getting caught unprepared with their pants down whenever some unanticipated international development happens.

Ahhh but the nutjobs will claim "that it is all part of the deception!"

Comment: Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (Score 1) 667

by styrotech (#47503969) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

the BUK system is equipped with a civilian transponder safety lock which has to be manually disabled before a missile can be fired at an aircraft showing a civilian IFF.

One plausible (but possibly wrong) explanation I heard was that the radar on the launcher vehicle is really just turned on for targeting after proper identification, and that the search radars normally on the other vehicles are used for identification and have the transponder detection bits.

They must spread em out like that to lessen the chances of the launcher being detected and targeted.

The rebels (and their Russian handlers?) might only have had the launcher vehicle to work with. The Ukrainian surveillance photos I've seen only seem to show the launcher. Of course that doesn't rule out the other vehicles being there too.

But if the other radars were actually present, then it really does look deliberate or at least incredibly incompetent for them to think it was a military plane.

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