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Comment Re: Clinton is above the law (Score 1) 332

You did if the punishment was excessive. It hardly matters if it's racism, sexism, or classism, it's still an injustice if one definable group is inevitably punished more severely than another for the same crime unless membership in that group can be rationally shown to be an aggravating circumstance (for example, a cop convicted of burglary or a banker kiting checks).

Submission + - Multiple Linux Distributions Affected by Crippling Bug in systemd (agwa.name) 1

An anonymous reader writes: System administrator Andrew Ayer has discovered a potentially critical bug in systemd which can bring a vulnerable Linux server to its knees with one command. "After running this command, PID 1 is hung in the pause system call. You can no longer start and stop daemons. inetd-style services no longer accept connections. You cannot cleanly reboot the system." According to the bug report, Debian, Ubuntu, and CentOS are among the distros susceptible to various levels of resource exhaustion. The bug, which has existed for more than two years, does not require root access to exploit.

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 1) 126

It's simple algorithmic caching. You request a URL. It looks to see if it has a copy AND that the copy is recent enough (I don't know how long is enough but it's on the order of an hour). If so, it serves it to you itself. Otherwise it fetches it from the actual host and passes it on (retaining a copy for the cache).

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 4, Insightful) 126

Actually, the DMCA simply limits the amount of time a cache of content identified to be infringing may be held (that is, says they cannot become a de-facto host of the material). It defines the notification to be served when the host of the data takes it down. CloudFlare and other CDNs expire cache well wityhin that time.

In other words, the claimant must notify the HOST who then must take the data down. Any CDN must then let the cache expire.

So it's fairly exllicit who must be notified and who must do the take-down and it's not CloudFlare.

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 1) 126

They CACHE the data. That is, if they don't have an in-date cache of the requested resource, they fetch it from your actual hosting provider. Lawyers, judges, and congressmen can argue it out and decide if they are LEGALLY equivalent to a hosting provider but thus far, no such determination has been made.

Let's say I have a bunch of HTML and images I want to put on the web. So I call CloudFlare and ask them where do I upload them. They tell me I need to get a hosting provider first...

Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 1) 159

Walking across the floor is a lot different from jumping up and punching a hole in the wall and doing itself structural damage.

The old washers had a 'tilt switch' that would stop them if the load wasn't well balanced. The '80s and '90s models had motors too wimpy to get dangerous. The newest ones spin much faster and must take imbalances into account.

Submission + - Why do we kill? Controversial study blames our distant ancestors (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Human bloodlust—from war to murder—traces back millions of years to our primate ancestors. That’s the conclusion of a controversial new study, which reaches far back into our family tree to uncover the evolutionary roots of lethal violence among more than 1000 mammalian species. ased on the rates of lethal violence seen in our close relatives. Based on their research, the team predicted that 2% of human deaths would be caused by another human. And indeed, from 50,000 years ago to 10,000 years ago, when humans lived in small groups of hunter-gatherers, the rate of killing was “statistically indistinguishable” from the predicted rate of 2%, based on archaeological evidence

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