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Comment: Re:im no linux expert by any stretch (Score 4, Informative) 46

by worf_mo (#46536957) Attached to: Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze

[...] but particularly with devices running at remote locations, I admit to a bit more paranoia and skepticism.

Reminds me of upgrading a famous rpm-based distro in the nineties, it ended more often than not with a fresh install.

I find Debian's upgrades to be painless. Last week I upgraded remote servers (sitting in another country) to Wheezy; the whole process went so smooth it was nearly disappointing. These servers have now survived a few Debian release upgrades without ever seeing a remote hand.

Comment: Re:Apple vs Tree? (Score 1) 197

by worf_mo (#46534925) Attached to: Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

GP never said it was right to take code in whatever form. Leaking a released build so that some "journalist" could publish a sensationalist headline and a few screenshots is one thing. No company can "make billions" off that. OTOH, leaking the source code of a proprietary OS could yield some money. Both ain't right (from a moral and a legal standpoint), but the distinction is important in order to assess the damage done.

To answer your question: If you give one of my software projects in binary form to a company I might be miffed. If you give them my source code rest assured I will be seriously pissed.

Comment: Re:why the press don't generally report suicide (Score 1) 126

by worf_mo (#46423465) Attached to: Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke

I worked as a proofreader for a newspaper at the beginning of the 90s, and the rule there (and at all other regional news outlets) was that suicides were never reported about. This unwritten rule had been established after a series of copycat suicides.

Comment: Re:AWESOME (Score 1) 129

by worf_mo (#46314701) Attached to: Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

Any decent MTA will be able to handle aliases, this is by no means limited to internal mail systems. When you write to, the destination SMTP server will look that address up. If it does not exist the message will be bounced with an error, if it is an alias for real.address@example org it will be delivered to just that account.

Comment: Re:That's not what I see. (Score 1) 523

by worf_mo (#46076155) Attached to: RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

The modern political arm of "Christianity" reminds me of what Gandhi (a Hindu) said. He said, "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians; they are nothing like your Christ."

This in turn reminds me of "The Second Coming", a novel by John Niven that I devoured a few months ago. The author paints a very different picture of God and Jesus, and both make it quite clear they can't stand Christians. I found this to be an excellent book, full of comedy and at the same time serious (and researched) stuff to think about.

From an interview with John Niven: "[...]if God and Jesus exist then surely they would be only Love and know only Love? The last thing they would be is these fearful, forbidding, judgemental figures that the religious right in America hold them up to be. They'd be dudes you'd want to hang with, as I'd put it in the novel."

Comment: Re:So, not counting then (Score 3, Funny) 61

by worf_mo (#45974775) Attached to: DNA Detectives Count Thousands of Fish Using a Glass of Water

Two decades ago I worked in a small team of “fish counters” to earn something during my time at university. This team was from the local government’s department of environmental protection and headed by a biologist. We’d drive up to a river, pull out our portable generator, drop one pole in the water, and walk in the river with the other pole, stunning the fish between the poles (they don’t die electrocuted, they are just stunned for a little while). We’d fish them out with nets, place them in large buckets and bring them on land, where the biologist counted and classified them before returning them to the river. His reports were then mainly used to assess the damages after an environmental disaster.

Once we were called to a spot where an oil truck had ended up in a mountain river. While we approached the place we wondered how that could have happened - the road was straight, no obstacles, excellent road conditions. But when we arrived we understood: right before the spot where the truck had left the road was a huge billboard with an underwear ad, featuring a nice young lady in a thong and nothing else. The driver must have craned his neck until the truck touched down in the river.

Comment: Re:Efficiency. (Score 1) 937

by worf_mo (#45915419) Attached to: Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

For example, oblivious drivers shoulder to shoulder going the same speed and not letting anyone else pass. If the cars were autonomous then they could simply tell each other to move over. I would love to have that ability now.

But you do have that ability already - that's what high beams and horns are for! At least here in Italy.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun