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Comment: Re:Good response to the Systemd fight... (Score 1) 121

by thegarbz (#47970919) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

Funny you should say that. There are several systemd features which cater specifically to servers, such as monitoring of daemon states, and then there's that hot plug comment, certainly you wouldn't want a hot plug ability on a device that you don't have a chance to turn off right? Right?

Seriously systemd is not the answer. But claiming the features of systemd is not something desirable to have on a server is plainly absurd. If I were to build a server now I certainly wouldn't want systemd, but I would be looking for something with udev, daemontools, or similar functionality.

Comment: Re:Also... (Score 1) 216

by thegarbz (#47969791) Attached to: Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

Engineer with a science teacher wife here.

Did just what you said. Don't have the video anymore, it was an old VHS we recorded the results. Had the microwave a good 5 years after the experiment too. Created a lovely arcing show. We specifically used rounded metals and jagged ones in different experiments. Microwave survived just fine and the resulting light show made for an interesting video to show in the science classroom.

Arcs won't kill microwaves. Another fun thing to do is to microwave a burnt out match and put a fishbowl over it. Leave a bit of air underneath it. That will cause it to capture the plasma ball and sustain the arc. You can do it for about 30-40 seconds before the fishbowl explodes. I still now microwave grapes and CDs as a party trick despite the article saying you shouldn't.

I've yet to kill a microwave from something other than old age, and even our current microwave was revived from old age by replacing the cap and HV fuse.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 184

by thegarbz (#47962327) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

No the proof only shows that something was delivered. It definitely does not show that it was read.

For that matter Facebook typically does one better. If someone reads your message it gets marked as "seen", something which you can show your third party entity. Given "that someone" is either the account owner or has hacked into the account or otherwise gained access against the terms of service, I would say you have more concrete evidence that someone has at least partially read your text on facebook than with registered mail.

Comment: Re:But wait (Score 1) 184

by thegarbz (#47961087) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

And all of those problems are defensible in court, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be used as legal communication. I have seen a fax machine distort a message as well due by skipping an entire line almost undetectably save for the funny grammatical structure of the sentence, that doesn't mean it's not legal communication.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 184

by thegarbz (#47961059) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

There's no proof that they were communicated with by merely posting to f.b.
You might as well just tape a subpoena to their door. It is no different.

Funny you should say that. Also how is that any different from registered mail or any other method where it's guaranteed that a message was sent.
Also the judge ruled that it was allowed due to the clearly active status of the facebook page. The timeline is irrelevant and can be compensated for. Speaking of I have a letter at home that I got on Friday which has the government insignia on the front, maybe I should open it....

Comment: Re:Which is why you shouldn't be on such systems (Score 4, Funny) 184

by thegarbz (#47958087) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Facebook stopped being something you wanted to be on when judges decided it was a reasonable means to serve legal documents.

Get off facebook... it is only down hill from here.

Tell me about it. I gave up on having a phone, fax, email, and legally registered postal address a long time ago. I was using Facebook until now as the only means of my communication but now that I may actually get a legal letter through it I guess I better stop using that too.

God forbid the courts rule you can serve someone via a Slashdot reply, if that happens I'll never be able to communicate with anyone again.

Comment: Re:But wait (Score 1) 184

by thegarbz (#47958079) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Why? Isn't the principle of contract law that any form of communication can be deemed legal? Who's going to regulate a face-to-face conversation? And why does any kind of communication that is deemed to be legal necessarily need to be regulated?

For that matter how is sending someone something over facebook any less private than posting it to the wrong address, or nailing it to the door where someone used to live?

Comment: Re:Reciprocity (Score 1) 121

by thegarbz (#47957207) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

My comment wasn't meant sarcastically but rather meant with the view of an ongoing trial. Say I do something which isn't a crime, yet an overzealous person drags me to court for it. Same overzealous person lobbies the government to change the law while I'm in court in their favour.

That's what I was genuinely curious about. And the comment on court judges being voted in was just a dig a the system, given they should be completely without bias.

But all of that is irrelevant since you pointed out ex post facto laws are prohibited anyway :-)

Comment: Re:Obvious solution ... (Score 1) 136

by thegarbz (#47955775) Attached to: Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

You can detect the drones by monitoring commonly used radio frequencies, like 433MHz, 900MHz, 1.3GHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. It's not hard to flood those frequencies with plenty of noise to disrupt control as well as video stream.

It is very hard to do what you propose legally.

Comment: Reciprocity (Score 1) 121

by thegarbz (#47955763) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

The reciprocity comment is an interesting one. Since most countries respect sovereignty of other nations they have no need to pass a law to tell people that the law is only applicable in their own country. That just is.

So why make the comment? Is it a case of being able to say later: "We had good intentions but no other nation was willing to reciprocate so we dropped the law."?

As a side note, I wonder about the legalities of passing a law that affects an ongoing case. How does this work in the USA? Is the Government vs Microsoft case that is currently ongoing affected by the law if it is passed? If so why not do away with the judicial branch altogether? Why not just go straight to the politicians to have your problems solved, I mean you already vote for the judges.

Comment: Fidelity. (Score 1) 348

by thegarbz (#47952123) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Yes, DRM has been cracked in the past, but it gets harder and harder each cycle. Even Blu-Ray hasn't been fully cracked yet (it is still a race with each individual movie.)

That "race" is as effective as having a full crack already. Why work harder? I'm not sure anyone is really working on an effort to fully crack bluray anymore. Cinavia on the other hand people are actively working on and there are a few workaround already, but this is an end device problem.

The biggest problem that separates bluray from any kind of audio is the fidelity problem. The analogue hole was closed by switching to all digital links, and we all know the expected quality of pointing a video camera at the TV screen. On the other hand producing sound is an inherently analogue process, and high quality recorders are actually cheap. You can't close the analogue hole without removing speakers from the equation, and any signal that is sent to speakers or headphones can be recorded with very low distortion on relatively cheap gear.

So while typical cinema camera jobs make people's eyes bleed, I don't think 99.9% of people would notice if you re-recorded a signal, resaved it and served it up on the internet. Well some people notice, like those people who ripped the Metalica playlist from Guitar Hero and served it up on the internet. People noticed because it actually sounded a shitload BETTER than the album ever did.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz