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Comment: Re:Get rid of it (Score 1) 317

by unrtst (#49784503) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

Everything. Real change comes by voting third party.


So tired of seeing:
* "Would the other guy have done better?"... why is that singular?
* "the alternative wasn't much better" ... shouldn't that read, "the alternatives weren't much better"?

Every single person that repeats trash like that needs to open their eyes and start checking a different box. The other parties DO get elected into various positions across the country all the way up into the senate and house.

Comment: Re:What a guy (Score 2) 317

by unrtst (#49784347) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

You did read the summary of the article...
"Obama criticized the Senate for not acting on that legislation, saying they have necessitated a renewal of the Patriot Act provisions."

It is the failure of the gop controlled Senate to pass the new rules form the House that has kept the Patriot Act in place

That's a piss poor scapegoat. "necessitated" my ass.
The provisions in the aforementioned legislation just move the data storage down a level, and still give them unfettered access to the same data (and probably even more data than before), and also push the burden of said collection, storage, API's, security, etc onto the telco's who, while they are quite large, are still companies. That would also further limit the ability for competitors to compete, as it's yet another significant hurdle/requirement that would legally need to be met. And what happens if and when there is a data leak? - it's the telco's fault then, even though they will have been forced into that precarious situation (forced to record said data for extended periods, and to centralize it, and to make it readily accessible).

He's essentially saying he would allow section 215 to be removed from the patriot act only if an equal or worse provision were enacted elsewhere. The worse the senate did here was to force his hand - risk allowing that provision to drop, or actively support it and be force to take a *little* responsibility for its existence.

FWIW, I'm neither red nor blue.

Comment: Re:How about speed arrestors, instead? (Score 1) 278

by unrtst (#49779159) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

In both those cases, the problem also would have presented if there was no safety system in place. In addition, both examples are of someone knowingly ignoring the policy and actively doing something to turn off the safety and continue to ignore all the warnings it's giving. Those folks are doomed.

Comment: Re:30 years ago.... (Score 1) 278

by unrtst (#49779091) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

PTC will only get about 40% of the accidents.

ONLY!?!? If there were only two accidents a year (note, correct use of "only"), that would totally be worth it. How high is the bar before this is justified? What's the drawback? After implementing PTC (assuing a 40% reduction in accidents), it'd be damn near impossible to have such a significant impact on the number of accidents with any other solution**.

** I know there's another 60% left, but those are going to be the more difficult cases by their very nature. The other solution would have to further reduce accidents by another 66% (4/6ths) to match the same level of added safety.

I doubt you meant to imply they should not implement it, but 40% is quite significant.

Comment: Re:Alan and Alvin (Score 1) 106

by unrtst (#49772671) Attached to: No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down

based on a presentation from Alvin Cox, a Seagate engineer[...]Alan Cox said, "I wouldn't worry"

Can we get these two gentlemen to agree on a statement of risk? Or maybe just a little, you know, editing from the Slashdot editors?

I'm wondering if the "editing" from the Slashdot editors wasn't the problem in the first place. How many Slashdot summaries wildly overstate/oversimplify/remove from proper context the real meat of a story?...

In this case, someone copy/pasted from the article, and then introduced "Alan " into the text. The linked article reads:

Cox agreed saying there’s no reason to fret.
“I wouldn’t worry about (losing data),” Cox told PCWorld. “This all pertains to...

I almost hope they introduced that error on purpose, just so we'd have something else to talk about. The alternative is just sad.

Comment: Re:NOKIA (Score 1) 313

by unrtst (#49754543) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

My vote would go to the Motorola Motofone F3.
It's a very thin GSM candy bar format phone with an eink display.

Many Nokia phones were really good (or so I've heard), but I have little experience with them.

I think my second choice would be to go back to my last non-smart phone - a Motorola Razr (I think I had the v3m version). Size, battery life, usability, durability, and voice quality were all very good.

Comment: Re:no hardocp? (Score 1) 72

by unrtst (#49745209) Attached to: A Look At GTA V PC Performance and Image Quality At 4K

Where do you see that? The gallery and all image links go to images with a maxwidth of 960. Even viewing that raw image, which is:
And changing it to something larger: ... doesn't result in full res. Nor does:

I think you're full of shit, but feel free to post a link to correct me.

Comment: Re:From the Article... (Score 1) 225

by unrtst (#49745171) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Has a File-System Corruption Problem, RAID Users Warned

Ok, I stand corrected.
Still, not many (I don't count gentoo, as that's just whatever you compile; and unstable (ex. debian unstable) shouldn't count either).
Running down the list in distrowatch:
mint: 3.13
ubuntu: 3.19.0
debian (stable/testing): 3.16.7
mageia: 3.19.8
fedora: 3.17.4
opensuse: 3.16.6
arch: 4.0.4
centos: 3.10
pclinuxos 2014.12: 3.18.1
slackware: 3.18.11
freebsd: ... it's freebsd, not linux ...

So, out of the top 11 (I don't know why freebsd is even on there), arch is the only one whose current release is on 4.x.

Comment: Re:One thing to consider... (Score 2) 82

In a number of states you HAVE to give the registration desk at the hospital your SSN. ... Federal law now states you have to give the desk a 'government issued ID' for ANY care.

While that law is silly, those two statements aren't exactly the same. My state issued ID does not include my SSN.

Comment: Re: Oooh, a scary drone!!!! (Score 1) 95

by unrtst (#49697743) Attached to: Drone Flying Near White House Causes Lockdown

Why couldn't it have had a camera? Now that I think about it, why don't we see those on the market? You sure it can't have a camera?

Look up "Estes Proto-X FPV". It's smaller than the palm of your hand, and it has a first person view camera that live streams the feed back to the controller. The controller has a screen and can record the feed onto an SD card.

That's not the only one - it's just the smallest one that is readily available that I know of that has a FPV camera. It's fairly inexpensive too (around $200). Another, cheaper, FPV one is the Hubsan H107D (around $160). It's *slightly* bigger (mini instead of micro, though those terms have no official meaning), but has more range and a better chance of being able to fly outside. The controllers for both of those are even swappable. Neither of those can fly on its own though - they can't even hover in place without someone actively working a controller to keep them in one place. IMO, that makes both of these toy copters.

Comment: Re:Best example (Score 1) 244

by unrtst (#49695981) Attached to: RTFM? How To Write a Manual Worth Reading

What's the best example you know of for open-source documentation?

Books from O'Reilly and Manning, I'm afraid...

My particular favorite was "DNS and BIND" (I think my first read through was with the 3rd edition). I read through cover to cover without my eyes glazing over even once. It was an enjoyable read, filled with interesting history and background that explained why various features were the way they were. It's a great read even if you have no interest in learning to use BIND, and it did a great job teaching me all about BIND and DNS.

Comment: Re:More hoops before travelling through USA (Score 1) 200

by unrtst (#49685037) Attached to: Judge: Warrantless Airport Seizure of Laptop 'Cannot Be Justified'

Just use an encrypted drive, and auto-enter the password (so to speak), or give it to them if they ask. Still do the fresh install, but if you use an encrypted drive, then you don't have to worry about wiping it, nor about SSD sectors that can't be rewritten - just change the key, fresh install, write the key on a post it taped to the front of the laptop.

"I'm a mean green mother from outer space" -- Audrey II, The Little Shop of Horrors