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Submission + - Child fatally electrocuted by health club fingerprint scanner (indiatimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In what may be the first death caused by a biometric device, an eight year old child was fatally electrocuted by a fingerprint scanner in a New Delhi health club. "Police said initial investigations suggest that rain had caused a snag in the earthing mechanism which led to the shock." If the device manufacturer was careless with the wiring, have they also been careless with the security?

Comment Re:What guarantees of longevity? (Score 2) 48

Honestly, I use FB's messaging interchangably with SMS. I don't expect to keep history of either of them. Anything I want to keep gets sent as email.

IRC is great for work. I don't use it for random people though. All my choir and gym friends are on Facebook, and coordinate things through there. I'm not going to cut myself off from that.

Comment What guarantees of longevity? (Score 5, Interesting) 48

The core question with running on anybody else's platform, unless they are a regulated carrier somewhere which is required by a law to carry your traffic, is what happens when they change the rules?

Would you be comfortable building your entire business on top of it? What if Facebook imposes new limits or rules that mean you can't use it any more.

I had a conversation with a friend back in 2008-2009 some time over Facebook Messanger. We tried to find it last year. It rembered a chat we had in 2007, then nothing until 2010. It's not your own immutable copy the way that email is. Every new messaging platform claims it will kill email, but funnily enough they never do, because they don't offer what email offers - your own immutable copy and interoperability with everyone else. Email actually is the real distributed social network.

Comment Re:Downtime [Offtopic] (Score 1) 85

The coward might laugh at your storage cluster, but I'm laughing too, because I've heard this song before.

And every time I see another one of these, I am reminded why I run standalone replicas with the replication right up at the application level with integrity checks to ensure that a failure in one place doesn't wipe other things.

http://blog.fastmail.com/2014/...

People are right to laugh that a single bad disk can take your site offline for hours because the storage cluster software screwed up. I don't use heartbeat any more, because we found it was LESS reliable than our servers, and we had more downtime because heartbeat screwed up. Clusters and SPOF SANs fall right into the same basket in my mind - a single place where everything breaks.

I feel for your ops team, but like the others - I hope they learn the points-of-failure lesson from this.

Comment Re:Without her permission? (Score 1) 367

I was home-schooled untli year 11. I got 96/100 in the school system, which I considered to be a pretty good score (made me about 8th in a school of 500ish). My sister came through 3 years later and got a straight 100/100. She was also home-schooled until year 11.

The plural of annecdote is still at the opinion level here. Just like any schooling - it depends more on the method of teaching and the individual student than where the schooling is.

In my case, my parents mostly just left me to my own devices. They pointed me at the enclopedia and told me that most of what I needed was in there somewhere, and showed me how to use the index. This was mostly pre-internet. They also took us to the library frequently so we could have access to more books than they could afford.

Comment Re:why not the new thing? (Score 1) 279

Fuck yeah. If I make major software changes on a server, I damn well want to reboot it and make sure it can bootstrap from scratch.

Actually, unless it was a really minor fix, I'd probably want to reinstall it from scratch. That takes ~10 minutes (bit longer these days because hardware takes so bloody long to init).

That way I know I haven't built a multi-tentacled monster of a system with cross dependencies which will never start ever again. You already need a failover plan for when (not if) you have a hardware failure, so you may as well be testing it frequently by going through said steps - and a significant upgrade is a good time to do it.

This idea of upgrading everything in random order and restarting just the affected services doesn't scale. Reinstalls all the way, baby.

Comment Re:Whats wrong with init? (Score 1) 279

"The issue with systemd: it reeks of a solution looking for a problem."

I dunno - I've rolled a bunch of stuff using daemontools, a bunch of stuff using other daemonisation techniques and a nasty complicated dependency tracking system on top of that - it's complex, but it works.

If there's a standard tool doing a significant part of that heavy lifting across all the linuxes, that's a big win in my book. I buy some of the "it's too complex" argument, but not enough to overthrow the benefits of being a standard part of my installs.

Which leaves security exposure, and that's an interesting question... but assuming it's not really awful, its ubiquity should get more eyes and more fixes than running something rare.

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