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Comment: Re:West Virginia too (Score 2) 468

by zigfreed (#48285369) Attached to: Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You
In central Pennsylvania you can vote blank. The machines are the eSlate model and you can just keep pressing next and hit 'cast ballot' at the end. Registering beforehand makes sense; it's no different than any other governmental form. The ID card part is wrong however, since you can't use it for anything but voting, it can't be done where you register, and it treats voters as guilty of fraud until proven innocent by a card.

Comment: Car analogy (Score 1) 279

by zigfreed (#46252043) Attached to: Ubuntu To Switch To systemd
Init systems are like the starter motor and gear shift of the system. They are not designed to give feedback to the operator since most drivers can hear the clanking and do something about it. SystemD is like the dashboard and steering column with an integrated starter motor. It's got the gear shift built in and some lights that you can sometimes see when you look at it. In essence it is tuned to the motor (kernel) and faster than trying to guess where the clunking is coming from.

You choose systemD because you want the convenience of a dashboard and none of the alternatives considered that part of the design.

Comment: Obvious questions (Score 1) 120

by zigfreed (#46015613) Attached to: AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant
Why couldn't this be a package-on-package chip in the current generation? The raspberry pi does this with it's graphics & system RAM; a redesign of the heat spreader and the chip package wiring would allow older motherboards to support it since the new pins come out the top, directly attaching to the GDDR5. Since AMD already sells DDR3 memory, selling GDDR5 with the chip would be business as usual.

Regardless, motherboard manufacturers might still want to integrate the GDDR5 to sell the next generation like they did with sideport memory back when the HD3000 series was integrated in the northbridge.

Third point: since build-your-own computers are commodity devices, traditional layout isn't prohibitively expensive -- splitting the CPU so it's more like a xeon phi and adopting a UMI interconnect is acceptible especially if it could sell on mobile.

Comment: Re:Apache and OpenOffice (Score 1) 126

by zigfreed (#44686399) Attached to: Has the Apache Software Foundation Lost Its Way?

Openoffice needed a home away from Oracle, and the Apache Software Foundation is big enough to host it. Being removed from Oracle, OpenOffice was able to become a combination of Sun StarOffice and IBM Lotus Symphony. At this point in time, LibreOffice and AOO have different licenses - LO is GPL, and AOO is AL.

Comment: Re:Equal rights (Score 1) 832

by zigfreed (#43617191) Attached to: So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?
Pay rates are either negotiated per employee or codified indifferent to sex. Benefits being discussed here are codified, are non-medical (this isn't leave due to pregnancy complications), and ignore the fact that the mother (who may not work for Yahoo) may need to get back to work. The argument isn't that men and women are equal, but rather should they have equal opportunity to get things back in order.

Comment: Forbes fail (Score 2) 692

by zigfreed (#43471931) Attached to: Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money
I was hoping to see why it isn't money in the article. He doesn't say. He also didn't read about bitcoin, because he concludes the article with,

"We don’t really know how this coin is created. You can’t have a functional money without a basic transparency."

I remember when journalists actually learned about what they wrote about.

The biggest problem I can see with bitcoin is its value is directly related to its popularity. Where dividend yielding stocks will give you a return in a currency the government will always use, bitcoin's value is always tied into what you can get cashing it out. If it wasn't for bitcoin's strengths (as difficult to exploit, steal, and sieze) and the resilience of the Internet, it wouldn't be as successful as government backed currency.

A mildly amusing conclusion I inferred about bitcoin's design: the same conditions required to break the network (having over 50% of the mining performance) are the same conditions required to devalue the currency (excessive mining and dumping).

Comment: This X Forwarding Stuff (Score 1) 300

by zigfreed (#43167549) Attached to: GNOME Aiming For Full Wayland Support by Spring 2014
I used to do X forwarding, but these days you can remote mount the filesystem in userspace and execute the remote apps locally. The server doesn't have to keep X11 hogging server memory and I get local graphical acceleration. Xorg has features that aren't available in Wayland, and Wayland has a performance advantage because it sheds those features. If it's an old application, X11 is still available. If it's a Wayland-only application, it will have features and performance beyond the limits of X11.

Network transparency of audio was done through PulseAudio (lots of /. complaints in those threads) with ALSA being the lower level component. Wayland (and/or Mir) are heading towards being the lower level component, and network transparency (lets call it PulseVideo) could come later.

Comment: Re:I'm still trying to wrap my brain around... (Score 1) 346

by zigfreed (#42155665) Attached to: FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn
a lot of OK suggestions, but urandom is slow and not designed for essentially writing junk to disk.

mkpasswd -n 512 | cryptsetup create 0 /dev/sda && badblocks -wst random /dev/mapper/0

1. writes a random, but repeating string to the drive really fast
2. verifies random string which tests disk readability & reliability, but encrypted so the random string doesn't repeat if the drive is read raw.
3. can be done from the livecd, but you have to install expect to get mkpasswd.
4. you can crank up the mkpasswd length, but cryptsetup included in the F18 beta is limited to 512 character passwords.
5. easy enough to remember (mkpasswd, cryptsetup, and badblocks) that you just need to open up another terminal to do the other drives in the system.

i normally start with hdparm's --security-erase-enhanced && --security-disable so I know that the drive started blank, is written to the maximum, and I won't get a disk I'll have to unlock on the next reboot.

Comment: Re:Monopoly muscles (Score 1) 350

by zigfreed (#41827259) Attached to: France Applies Tax Pressure To Google For Republishing News Snippets

Many commenters here oversimplify the problem. Do not forget that Google is in a monopolistic position. Deindexing newspaper web pages could be considered as Google using their monopoly as an advantage.

They would be deindexing at the request of the French legal system, not at the request of management.

The monopolistic position you're referring to is search, which is equivalent to Bing's search (which Bing has the data to show). Continuing with the Bing-Google equivalency hypothesis, adds will be removed from the French news page, creating no ad revenue.

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