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Comment: Re:Classic pricing problem (Score 1) 315

by whoever57 (#48614993) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

If this actually turns into an El Nino year (the forecasts for this are mixed, but generally unreliable either way) this may be another flood year

Sorry, but El Nino only brings large rainfalls if there is a very large El Nino event. Since we know that it won't be a big El Nino year, don't look for help from this direction. However, there are other factors that affect the weather on a cyclic basis and, if this winter isn't very wet, California should be in for a wet winter soon.

Comment: Re:11 Trillion Gallons? (Score 1) 315

by whoever57 (#48614929) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

The real question is, what does an average average californian rainfall look like.

There is no such thing. California is a very diverse state, with very different climates in different areas. California has both the highest point in the lower 48 states (Mount Whitney) and the lowest point in the lower 48 (Death Valley).

Comment: Re:summary of SCOTUS case law: "pppphhhhhhtttttt, (Score 1) 249

by whoever57 (#48606789) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Boies may be a douchebag, but he's a douchebag who actively practices law and apparently reads the cases in full, unlike the good Professor Volokh, who has never actually practiced.

You know that he lost a case to a gardener, who was unrepresented by a lawyer, right? His firm did not cover itself with glory in the SCO cases either.

Comment: WD problem (Score 1) 219

by whoever57 (#48591599) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

My worst experience was with a 1TB WB "Green" drive. From brand new, SMART said it was perfect, but I could not write over about 900GB to it. This was not a GiB vs. GB issue -- the failures occurred before reaching 931GiB and manifested as drive I/O errors, not filesystem full errors. Writes were consistently failing before I reached the nominal size of the drive.

I haven't bought a WD drive since then.

Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 0, Flamebait) 514

by whoever57 (#48582029) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

That's a hell of a bargain. Take 1 beating, then don't have to work for the rest of my life!

This may not happen to you. Looking at TFA, I see that the victim was guilty of a heinous offense: DwB (Driving while Black). Unless you have the correct skin colour, your plan may fail at step 3.

Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 1) 514

by whoever57 (#48581915) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

This is why it's so hard to get corrupt/bad cops out of the system. The entire system is built to protect them, at all costs.

Perhaps some types of disciplinary records should be published. For example, any record that the cop tampered with evidence, hid evidence, lied in court, etc.. should be available to any defence lawyer.

Comment: Re:FUD (Score 1) 129

by whoever57 (#48556113) Attached to: Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years
Take these comments from the article:

Like its Windows counterparts, the Linux trojan is extremely stealthy. It can't be detected using the common netstat command. To conceal itself, the backdoor sits dormant until attackers send it unusually crafted packets that contain "magic numbers" in their sequence numbers


Even a regular user with limited privileges can launch it, allowing it to intercept traffic and run commands on infected machines. Capabilities include the ability to communicate with servers under the control of attackers and functions allowing attackers to run commands of their choice and perform remote management.

Both of these statements cannot be true. Linux requires root privileges to listen on a port without opening it (essentially, packet dumping).

Let's be pragmatic. Kaspersky has no interest in there being a widespread view that Linux is less likely to be infected by malware than Windows.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann