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Comment: Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (Score 1) 143

by whoever57 (#48475549) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Linux security doesn't isolate process disk data from each other, anybody can read any part of the disk under the same user, which in practice is all apps a user use because they all run under the user's account.

Apparently you are not familiar with SELinux.

Comment: Re:Where were the votes stored? (Score 1) 111

by whoever57 (#48471825) Attached to: Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

What if the cast votes simply went to the system equivalent of /dev/null?

Flash memory systems (SD cards, Compact Flash, etc) never just die do they? That's never happened, ever, ever. Yeah, that's never happened to me, apart from all those times when ... Really, we have nothing to worry about.

Sarcasm aside, with enough memory cards, it's going to happen to some. What's plan B?

Comment: Re:Wasted millions (Score 2) 88

by whoever57 (#48464731) Attached to: New Snowden Docs Show GCHQ Paid Telcos For Cable Taps

his death was not prevented because of failures by British intelligence services ....

Gah, I meant:
his death did not happen because of failures by British intelligence services, but instead, it happened because Facebook did not tell the UK intelligence services that it was going to happen.

Comment: Wasted millions (Score 1) 88

by whoever57 (#48464719) Attached to: New Snowden Docs Show GCHQ Paid Telcos For Cable Taps

According to the report on the death of Private Lee Rigby, his death was not prevented because of failures by British intelligence services, but instead, because Facebook did not tell the UK intelligence services what was going to happen.

If they expect Facebook to police postings on Facebook and inform the UK authorities, why do they need to tap into the cables? It's all money wasted.

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 3, Informative) 1084

by whoever57 (#48455345) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

All the facts they asked for. They have the power to subpoena anyone they want.

Are you sure about that?

The prosecutor decides what subjects the grand jury investigates, and what witnesses and documents to subpoena. He questions the witnesses. He advises the grand jury on the rele- vance of the evidence, drafts the charges, advises the grand jury on the law, and requests the grand jury to return an indictment.' 2 The grand jury cannot return an indictment without the signature of the 4 prosecutor.' 3 This power can easily be misused.

Looks to me like the grand jury can only get information that the prosecutor wants them to get.

Comment: Re:So good that the proxy battle is over (Score 1) 65

by whoever57 (#48441067) Attached to: Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

Actually they did. Ebook prices dropped everywhere but Amazon.

Wow. Are you so enamoured with Apple that you have to deny inconvenient facts? From the first paragraph of TFA:

A federal judge on Friday approved a settlement in which Apple could begin paying $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers related to charges that it violated antitrust law by conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices and thwart efforts by Amazon.

See that? It says "raise ebook prices".

I am constantly amazed by the number of people on /. who appear to support Apple in their quest to make ebooks more expensive for consumers.

Comment: Re:How systemd became Debian's default init system (Score 3, Insightful) 550

What I see reading that is that the OpenRC was not seriously considered. There are a bunch of claimed requirements that appear to rule out OpenRC, but I don't see those requirements tracked back to any benefits. Perhaps the justification for those requirements is obvious to those who made the decision, but it isn't obvious to me.

Taking the requirements in turn:

* Lack of integration with kernel-level events to properly order startup.

So what? OpenRC has dependency built in and the added improvement of integration with kernel-level events would bring only a very minor improvement.

* No mechanism for process monitoring and restarting beyond inittab.

In my experience, this is solving a non-problem. I don't experience processes dying and needing an immediate re-start without any other action.

* Heavy reliance on shell scripting rather than declarative syntax.

So what?

* A fork and exit with PID file model for daemon startup.

Not sure what advantage this brings.

Comment: Re:single payer (Score 1) 258

by whoever57 (#48395369) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

Perhaps we both should look up the word. While we're at it, let's look up Obama's preferred policy, "single payer". Wouldn't it be interesting if the two terms were synonymous.

Perhaps it would be interesting if the two terms were synonymous, but they are not. Had Obama advocated for all healthcare providers being directly employed by the government, all healthcare facilites owned by the government, that would be socialism. But he didn't. There is a difference between the government directly providing medical care and the government paying private companies to provide medical care. One is socialism and the other isn't.

But you don't care. All you care about is that he is left of your own views and any suggestions that he is not socialist don't fit into your ideology, so they can't be true, can they?

Comment: Re:Socialist (Score 1) 258

by whoever57 (#48393101) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

but most Democrats in office today would have been considered moderate Republicans even twenty-five years ago.

Yes, the Koch brothers and others have been successful in moving the center of US politics way to the right. The Tea Party is one of the strategies that they have used to achieve this.

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