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Comment Re:Thinkpads (Score 1) 254

I completely agree. I had the W510, and now have a P50. Both have run Linux perfectly. The only things that may not work (I don't use) are the Screen Color Calibration sensor and the Fingerprint Reader. I got them working on the W510, but never used them, and haven't tried either on the P50.

Work gave me a X1 Carbon 4th Generation, and everything is perfect on it (although, again, haven't tried out the fingerprint reader).

In general, if you can get Atheros or Intel wireless, it should just work out of the box. Those two are the best when it comes to Linux driver support.

Depending on your use case, these are both solid options. I use the P50 for dev work. I chose it because I have 2 2.5" ssds in it (plenty of storage) and 64GB ram (I am constantly compiling android, so outdir in ramdisk saves me hours a day in build time). It can also be configured with 1 2.5" ssd and 2 NVMe/M.2 drives, although the cost of those is still out of my reach.

The X1 on the other hand is great for on the go use. I can usually go a day or two between charges (but I mostly just use it to listen to music and e-mail/ssh into a bigger box to do work).

Submission + - International Authorities Cooperate To Take Down Massive 'Avalanche' Botnet

plover writes: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Eurojust, Europol, and other global partners announced the takedown of a massive botnet named 'Avalanche', estimated to have involved as many as 500,000 infected computers worldwide on a daily basis.

"The global effort to take down this network involved the crucial support of prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries. As a result, five individuals were arrested, 37 premises were searched, and 39 servers were seized. Victims of malware infections were identified in over 180 countries. In addition, 221 servers were put offline through abuse notifications sent to the hosting providers. The operation marks the largest-ever use of sinkholing to combat botnet infrastructures and is unprecedented in its scale, with over 800 000 domains seized, sinkholed or blocked."

Submission + - Not one, not two, but three undersea cables cut in Jersey (

An anonymous reader writes: Sometime before midnight Monday (UK local time) a ship dropped its anchor and broke, not one, not two, but three undersea cables serving the island of Jersey in the English Channel. Jersey is part of the Channel Islands along with Guernsey and some smaller islands. These things happen and that’s not a good thing. The cut was reported on the venerable BBC news website. For the telecom operators in Jersey (JT Global) this wasn’t good news. However looking at the traffic from Cloudflare’s point of view; we can see that while the cable cut removed the direct path from London to Jersey, it was replaced by the backup path from Paris to Jersey. The move was 100% under the control of the BGP routing protocol. It's a relief that there's a fallback for when these unpredictable events happen.

Comment Re:Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 2, Insightful) 1043

I hope the 1st Amendment wins.

The 1st Amendment will win. No matter whether Twitter shuts down his account or not, Donald Trump will still be free to say whatever he wants.

He doesn't have the right to come over to my place and paint it in yard-high letters on my garage door, though.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1043

I mean, a private company doesn't have to respect anyone's civil rights, amiright?

To which civil rights are you referring? The ruling you bring up, in which a bakery was ordered to produce cakes for gay weddings if asked, was based on an Oregon State law (not Federal) that prohibited businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation. Depending on New York State law, with which I'm not familiar, Donald Trump's restaurants may have the same requirement.

Comment Re:No, just no (Score 1) 559

Look at the history of heroin. Learn how it came to be in the first place. Without prohibition of safer drugs that came before it, there would be no heroin.

As I responded to your earlier comment to this effect, anyone who looks into the history of heroin and how it was synthesized will find it does not support your claim.

Comment Re:Recreational drug use versus harm to others (Score 1) 559

Problem is that people that abuse drugs are rarely able to avoid hurting others.

That unsupportable, puritanical supposition is so barking mad as to be legitimately bizarre. You sound like you don't have much experience with life, let alone drugs.

Thousands of people use and abuse what you would probably call the "really heavy drugs" -- cocaine and heroin -- for many years without ever hurting anybody but themselves (and sometimes not even that). If you're going to pivot now and start talking about all the psychological harm they do to their families and loved ones, then we might as well start crying for all the starving children in Africa.

Comment Re: Here come the science deniers (Score 1) 559

Won't find a jury willing to convict a user, anywhere, not even 'bumfuck' Kansas.

Huh. Tell that to all the people serving sentences for marijuana possession. In the first nine months of 2016, the NYPD alone arrested 14,000 people for possessing marijuana. That's a whole lot of wasted man-hours if nobody ever goes to jail.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 1) 559

Interesting. After seeing what crystal methamphetamine does to people, I would (and did) try cocaine way before I'd mess around with speed. And as someone who has actually overdosed on caffeine -- you need clinical doses, pills; I don't think any amount of coffee would do it -- holy hell, is that one awful experience.

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