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Comment Re:LD_PRELOAD? (Score 2) 113

LD_PRELOAD doesn't intercept system calls, it intercepts library calls. Some of which do wrap system calls, but LD_PRELOAD helps you ZERO if you have a statically linked executable.

I'd imagine a lot of malware for Linux based operating systems very well might be statically linked, to avoid libc version dependencies.

Comment Frontier has no plans for real broadband either (Score 5, Interesting) 91

In most of Frontier's service areas "broadband" counts as shitty adsl where you are lucky if you get 3mb/s down. They don't need caps, because you can't download anything anyways.

Seriously, if you've got the choice between Frontier and 4G connection, go with whatever 4G provider there is. Praise FSM if you've got Comcast in a Frontier service area. Seriously, Frontier is that bad, you will be BEGGING for Comcast. They're that bad.

Frontier pretty much has taken over the unprofitable areas of Verizon's wireline business. They have no desire for infrastructure upgrades, or really anything other than getting you to keep paying.

Comment Re:The Fort McMurray fire was a sign (Score 3, Insightful) 327

The Fort McMurray fire was a result of 100+ years of fire suppression with a massive fuel load. It was a sign alright, poor forestry management was the primary culprit here. Well that and people living WAY to close to the urban-wildland interface.

The good news is, once you have a huge fire like that, you're likely not to have one again for another 50-100 years since you know, all of the fuel is burnt.

Global warming is a real issue, obviously, but in this case, wrong environmental issue to be going after.

Comment Re:Not a "warm glow" (Score 1) 338

A shift toward red is warmer, not cooler.

Color temperature yes, thermal temperature, no. They're sort of backwards from each other :(

Most people generally find this shift towards red rather pleasing when dimming a light bulb.

Citation needed. Actually, no, don't bother. That's just bullshit.

It's a pretty subjective thing, I agree. It's the same subjectiveness that most people like "warm white" bulbs(2000-3000K) instead of daylight(5500K or above).

It's not a "feature" of the dimmer, but a function of the physics of an incandescent bulb.

It's not a feature of anything. That's a bug.

Okay...If you say so. Bug or not, people like this "feature" that incandescent bulbs bring to dimming lights.

Comment Re:Not a "warm glow" (Score 1) 338

When you dim an LED bulb, the amount of light reduces, however the color temperature is the same. The best thing I can compare it to is moonlight. An incandescent when you dim it, it runs cooler and as a result it goes to more of a red color instead of the yellow white color it normally runs at. Most people generally find this shift towards red rather pleasing when dimming a light bulb. It's not a "feature" of the dimmer, but a function of the physics of an incandescent bulb.

Comment tax avoidance (Score 5, Informative) 210

The reason this is being done is that Yahoo couldn't get a promise from the IRS that selling off Alibaba shares wouldn't be tax free. So they are doing this game of making the current company a holding company for the Alibaba shares, then putting the rest of the company in a "new" company. This is just tax avoidance, nothing more.

Comment Re:Biased experience? (Score 1) 215

The major advantage analog voice systems have are when you are in a nominal coverage area, you will get some static, but still intelligible. In that same area using digital, either you have nearly perfect audio, or just no audio at all if enough bits are lost and quite likely a dropped call.


Comment Re: 35 Years Coding and Admining (Score 1) 162

I have so much brain damage from dealing with AIX shared libraries.

I remember years ago needing to upgrade an RS/6000 running AIX 3.2.5 to AIX 4.x in the late 90s. The upgrade media was on tape(we were too cheap to have a cd-rom in our RS/6000). Do you know how long it takes to boot AIX from a boot tape? :(

That said, AIX had a lot of features, 15+ years ago that Linux and others are still trying to catch up on.


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