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Comment: Re:Inaccurate headline. (Score 1) 649

by topologicalanomaly47 (#49518407) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

I'd look at a statistic:

1. How many accidents have happened in the last years due to misprograming of ECUs. (Not damaging brakes trying to replace them, no law will stop the idiot from kiling himself and others)

2. How many independent and small shops that eat into automakers profits will close down due to the impossibility of performing any but the most simple repair jobs? Or how many of the exorbitantly expensive "authorised" programmers they will sell to such shops?

Yes, sure, it's for our safety.

Comment: Re:Why on the ISS? (Score 1) 167

by topologicalanomaly47 (#49518081) Attached to: ISS Could Be Fitted With Lasers To Shoot Down Space Junk

After the humans onboard the ISS test, refine and repeatedly upgrade various aspects of the system, while also shooting stuff that is closest to the ISS in the process nothing stops us from mounting the final all better and improved (tm) version on a satellite in another area of interest.

Comment: How many saying it's crap actually used one? (Score 2) 355

by topologicalanomaly47 (#48956395) Attached to: New Multi-Core Raspberry Pi 2 Launches

I used a few building some hobbyist level stuff and I found it easy to use, tons of software and documentation available in proper english and if you want to build network/internet enabled stuff it's way cheaper than using arduino, pic based stuff or any other thing I found available.

Latest example: I built a nixie clock with ntp sync. Is the pi wildly overpowered? Of course, but the A+ + 8gb microsd card ran me ~22eur plus the cost of a 8gb microsd and a wi-fi adapter (I had those and don't remember the original prices but probably another 10eur). I couln't find any arduino/microchip based solution with wi-fi that was even close to this price. The fact that it runs linux, can pull it's code from git has a sound card and hdmi for future use ideas is a nice bonus too.

I've had friends use allwinner based boards for similar stuff and none had the simple experience the pi provides.

About the new pi I'm much more interested if the USB bus still has the same bugs , if the ethernet is still attached to a usb hub chip, than the processor power it has. If I need networking / storage / multimedia performance I'll buy the proper tool for the job with proven reliability and open source software available not a cheap arm board no matter how good the specs sound on paper.

Comment: Re:Well if that happens, it'll be bye bye Samsung. (Score 2) 243

by topologicalanomaly47 (#48854975) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?


I used to say exactly that. I owned a Galaxy S2 in the past and was convinced the above is true. But now after setting up my wife's nexus the S5 I bought for me is a pleasure. After all the crap google pulls just to force G+ down users throats (multiple sms anybody?, facebook pictures for contacts?, etc) the samsung extensions are a pleasure.

Comment: Re: Over what time interval? (Score 4, Informative) 528

by topologicalanomaly47 (#48529019) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

RAID doesn't really work like this.

Imagine you have a 6 disks raid6 - you need 4 to have the array working in a degraded state. Unless you steal 4 disks *at once* you won't be able to rebuild it offsite. Unless you get drives from RAID1 arrays you're better off smuggling in a 2tb 2.5 usb drive. If their physical security is any close to the IT security you can probably smuggle a f-ing NAS inside and nobody would care.

Comment: Re:Stop means STOP (Score 1) 928

by topologicalanomaly47 (#48299669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Except when it doesn't

e.g. I issued
systemctl httpd restart on a stock centos 7 (with latest updates). The command hanged (didn't return to terminal prompt). Nagios promptly informed me that sites on that server are no longer responding.

CTRL+C and issued systemctl httpd stop it returned me to the command prompt with no message of success or failure. I assumed succes and issued systemctl httpd start Nope sites still offline.

Again systemctl httpd stop and did ps aux | grep httpd - yep it was still running. I did a killall -9 httpd and systemctl httpd start Phew, everything is running again.

Where would you start diagnozing what the hell happened there. And to stress again, stock system, no third party repos not even a db server (it's on a separate machine) only apache, php, ssh and the usual base services.

Comment: In the mean time in the real world (Score 1) 700

by topologicalanomaly47 (#48219055) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

John Doe sees that his cheap whatever stopped working all of the sudden. One of the two happens:
- It was expected that this cheap shitty something off ebay or alibaba will not last. Let's buy another one for 5$ including shipping and accessories.
- In the off-case it was acquired from somewhere it can be returned to Doe returns it, manufacturer/distributor knows it's a cheap shit with knockoff chips so shuts up, uses the available tool to fix the ID/replaces it with a new one, instructing John to install an old driver and disable all windows updates in order to ensure stability in the future

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.