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Comment At work and at home. (Score 1) 326


MacBook Pro with one additonal 19" screen. Firefox + MacVim, except when I use PyCharm (with the vim plugin).

Most of my work is spent in iTerm2 and tmux anyway, since I have anywhere from 2 to 20+ SSH sessions opened. Also: pkgsrc.


MacBook Air 11", no additional screen. Otherwise, pretty much identical. Lots and lots and lots of USB3 external HDD.

Comment Re:Here is a very simple suggestion... (Score 2) 1144

All sounds nice in paper, but yet, you still can buy cocaine easily, and the laws on it are pretty much just as rough as the ones you just proposed.

Obviously there would a good benefit on performing a good background check and actually training the person how to safely handle the gun instead of just "LETS GIVE WEAPONS TO EVERYONE LOL", but banning guns won't solve the issue of people that want to commit crimes having access to weapons.
The best approach is giving people less reasons to want to commit crimes in first place.

You are trying to avoid the crucial issue here. The problem is not whether we can go to zero crime, because... Newsflash! There is crime, even in countries where there are very strict gun laws.

Here is an example: Japan. Lowest gun crime rate in the world. Ultra-strict laws regarding gun ownership. And Japan is also a country where organized crime, the Yakuzas, is practically out in the open.

The goal of banning guns is to ban guns, and reduce gun-related violence and homicide. Banning guns will reduce violence and crime acros the board, but it will not suppress it completely.

Let's take your example: in any big city, american or not, you can probably find out where to buy cocaine. The difference is that, in the US, an addict can pull a gun on his dealer (or the reverse) and kill him for his stash. And whoever survives can then use the same gun to shoot at police officers and kill them. In the rest of the world, while this can happen, gun violence, even between addicts and dealers, is a lot less prevalent.

Yes, crime and law-breaking will always exist, gun ban or not. But banning guns will reduce violence and, ultimately, the number of deaths per year.

Here is another example: if the Florida shooter did not have access to guns, and he went into that disco to, say, stab people with a sharp knife or sword, he may have been able to kill a couple of people, at best, before being subdued by bouncers and others in the disco. This would now be treated as a horrible hate crime, and not as the bloodbath -- 50 dead, scores wounded -- that it is.

The Economist said it best years ago when they said "It takes a lot of knowledg and strength to kill someone with a knife or a blade. It takes none to pull a trigger." (and I paraphrase from memory).

Ban guns. This is the best solution overall, and it requires nothing more than courage and a willingness to tackle this problem.

Comment Re:Here is a very simple suggestion... (Score 1) 1144

The problem is the how.

No, the problem is not "the how". The problem is the lack of political courage.

Here is an outline:

- Ban guns.
- Give all law-abiding gun owners 6 to 18 months to turn in all their guns, including a complete amnesty and a small financial incentive (let us say US$10 to US$20 per gun turned in), no questions asked.
- Make all hunters register their guns, obtain a permit and prove they are respecting sensible safety measures (gun safe, ammo safe, kept separate and under lock and key at all times).

After 6 months:

- Make crime (any crime) commited with the help of guns (even if not a single shot has been fired) a crime punishable by life in prison, without the possibility of parole.
- Ban all military or quasi-military guns and make possession of said weapons a crime punishable by life in prison, without the possibility of parole.
- Make all forms of gun trafficking a crime punishable by life in prison, without the possibility of parole.
- Make all murders and sexual assaults committed with guns a crime punishable by the death penalty (since you guys love the death penalty almost as much as your guns).
- Make sure all gun owners are registered, with a thorough (federal) background check and psychological evaluation beforehand, including a valid reason for gun ownership and respect all safety measures at all times (see hunters above).
- Raise the funds allocated to law enforcement to make sure the largest cities are safe.

I can guarantee you that these measures would also drastically reduce the amount of criminal activity in the USA, as an added bonus.

Seriously, though, pretty much everyone on earth realizes that private gun ownership is a bad idea. Except for the United States of America. It's time to wake up and smell the coffee. A good example of this is Canada, as simply crossing the border makes you immediately safer from guns.

Once you have done that, we can start talking about the metric system.

Comment To be quite honest... (Score 5, Insightful) 924

Fear not, people of Slashdot, because there is an option to maintain background processes, even after user disconnection.

But this option is not "on" by default. So, yeah, screen and tmux all of a sudden become useless, unless you fiddle with the knobs.

Seriously, now, fsck systemd: Slackware and OpenBSD for me from now on.

Even Mac OS X has the decency not to mess up your tmux sessions when suspending and restoring your session. Fsck systemd.

Comment Re:I'll pay for a Nexus (Score 4, Informative) 257

Only for a couple of years. Google has itself has abandoned eg. Nexus 7, which was sold two years ago. Only a fool will buy anything new again from a vendor, who has just pulled the plug from the model one has currently..

That is totally new to me, since I own a Nexus 5 (not a Nexus 5x, mind you, the original Nexus 5) and a Nexus 7 and both were updated a couple of weeks ago to Android 6.0.1, Security patch level May 2016.

I have noticed the updates for the Nexus 7 lag a bit behind the Nexus 5, but usually not much more than 10 days.

Make of that what you will.

Submission + - EmDrive may be on to something after all

Noryungi writes: MIT Technology Review has a short article up, explaining the mysterious thrust observed in the EmDrive through the inertial mass of the photons trapped inside the "cone" and the Unruh radiation, which is predicted by the Theory of Relativity. Here is the Arxiv article by theoretical physicists. All of this is very specualtive, but the possibilities are exciting.

Comment Am I the only one who saw that? (Score 0) 72

As the first torrent site to appear on the network, Play can be accessed directly through a ZeroNet URL (only available with the tool installed).

"Only available with the tool installed"? OK, so the ZeroNet tool is installed, it's open source (good), multiple platforms (cool) and it uses bitcoin cryptography to, and I quote the ZeroNet website: "Your account is protected by same cryptography as your Bitcoin wallet".

Riiiiiiiiiiight. The same Bitcoin wallet that was cracked recently? Oh, and by the way, it only protects your IP address if you go through the Tor network. You mean, the same Tor network that was successfully attacked by researchers?

And this combination of two technologies is supposed to protect people? Really?

Comment Enough with the AI and the sex robots already (Score 1, Interesting) 508

We have been promised AI was just around the corner since the 50s and the 60s.

Show me even one system that is able to match human beings in creativity and resourcefulness. No, Deep Blue does not count: playing chess, or even go, is not the same as creating the LIGO experiment.

We have been promised sex robots for years now. All this time, Google has been struggling to make self-driving cars.

Don't believe me? Google "google self-driving cars shortcomings"... Turns out even the mighty Googleplex cannot make self-driving cars that handle, say, a bit of rain and snow. Or potholes and unexpected construction works.

And we are talking about cars, where the level of tolerance is about, say 15cm to 20cm.

Sex robots should be able to handle facial recognition, tolerance of a centimeter at best, a couple of millimeters at worst, not to mention level of... er... interaction that are way beyond even the most advanced stuff we have in labs now. And I don't want to imagine patching sex robots for the latest security exploits, when the "Internet of Things"(Gosh, I hate that fscking market-speak) is the cesspit of horrors it is right now.

Oh, and just imagine the bedlam if confidentiality of sex-robot ordering is breached, Ashley-Madison style...

Sure AI, or at least neural networks and expert systems, may replace a lot of white-collar jobs, and good ridance to them (Lawyers and Bankers, especially, better brace for a richly-deserved comeuppance). But HAL is definitely not in our future. And no sex robots either.

Feel free to mod me down now.

Comment Re:This is a big bitchslap to Mozilla (Score 3, Interesting) 288

OTOH, Xen has long touted its security focus and has a really tiny attack surface so I'm happy to be using that in Qubes OS as well.

Excuse me? Xen had more than 100 security alerts in 2015, some extremely severe.

And Xen is based on qemu, which has been proved to be fairly insecure in its own right.

Using Qubes OS, which is based on Xen, which is based on qemu is... How to put it mildly? Maybe not the best idea if you are security conscious.

In the words of Theo De Raadt: "You are absolutely deluded, if not stupid, if you think that a worldwide collection of software engineers who can't write operating systems or applications without security holes, can then turn around and suddenly write virtualization layers without security holes."

I agree with him. It's turtles all the way down.

Comment Wow what a surprise... (Score 1, Interesting) 96

In other words, Bitcoin is finally getting the attention it deserves from security researchers. And, surprise! It's full of bugs!

I would be tempted to say: "Film at 11" or even "told ya so", but the truth of the matter is, I have suspected for a long long time that Bitcoin was not as secure as its proponents have been saying all along.

I am waiting for the price of bitcoin to fall pretty freaking fast, once everyone realizes hard-earned bitcoins can be stolen from thin air extremely easily, like they have been stolen in the past.

I still think Bitcoin may yet be proven as the tulip craze of the 21st century. Some people will lose their shirts. Things never change (madness and wisdom of the crowds, yadda yadda yadda).

You can mod me down now.

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