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Comment Doesn't always work ... (Score 1) 373

Well, your idea does not always work.

First, we have dictators that seem to defy death. Case in point is Mubarak. I was in university when he came to power, and 30 years later, he was still in power, when the revolution erupted, with all the tumultuous aftermath. Oh, and he is still alive at 88 years old! You can also count Ali Abdalla Saleh of Yemen in the same league. Although he was deposed, he is still alive, and meddling with his country's affairs (aided/co-planned the Houthi take over which is still going on, and causing the Saudi shelling).

And then you have those who just hand over the country to a new generation. Hafez Assad died in power, after several brutal decades. His son, Bashar is now the one causing all this misery on his people.

Comment My setup (Score 1) 326

Operating system: Kubuntu 14.04.

Desktop Environment: KDE.

Browser: Firefox, with Classic Theme Restorer, uBlock Origin, NoScript, Cookie Monster and Session Manager with auto save every few hours. I also have Chromium for when Firefox proves to be too restrictive for some sites. I also use Opera and rekonq occasionally.

Editor: vim and has been for decades, even before vim was invented (yes, plain vi on UNIX System V).

Comment Re:YOU HAVE TO GO BACK (Score 1) 278

The Nice attacker "... did not seem overtly religious. Locals said he was often seen drinking beer and never attended the small mosque near his block of flats. ... had been in trouble with police between 2010 and 2016 for threatening behaviour, violence and petty theft. In March, a court in Nice convicted him of assaulting a motorist with an improvised weapon - a wooden pallet ... "

Source: BBC.

The Paris attackers (the two Abdeslam brothers, one who blew up himself, and the other one who was arrested) owned a bar serving alcohol and were not religious either. They did not attend a mosque. There were drugs in that bar too, and neighbours complained.

Source: Business Insider.

Other attackers also got in trouble with the law: petty crime, drug dealing, ...etc.

This seems like a recurring theme with Islamic State now. They don't recruit from religiously observant people, like Al-Qaeda used to do. They recruit ex-criminals, apparently seeking salvation by committing a 'martyrdom act'.

But don't let facts stand in the way of prejudice and preconceived ideas ...

From another immigrant Canadian ...

Comment Would not have helped ... (Score 1) 406

That moron Newt ...

The Nice attacker "... did not seem overtly religious. Locals said he was often seen drinking beer and never attended the small mosque near his block of flats. ... had been in trouble with police between 2010 and 2016 for threatening behaviour, violence and petty theft.
In March, a court in Nice convicted him of assaulting a motorist with an improvised weapon - a wooden pallet ... "

Source: BBC.

The Paris attackers (the two Abdeslam brothers, one who blew up himself, and the other one who was arrested) owned a bar serving alcohol and were not religious either. They did not attend a mosque. There were drugs in that bar too, and neighbours complained.

Source: Business Insider.

Other attackers also got in trouble with the law, petty crime, drug dealing, ...etc.

This seems like a recurring theme with Islamic State now. They don't recruit from religiously observant people, like Al-Qaeda used to do. They recruit ex-criminals, apparently seeking salvation by committing a 'martyrdom act'.

Comment Another case ... (Score 1) 142

Another case, just yesterday.

Saw a guy who looks exactly like a distant cousin of mine, just younger (no grey hair) and a little balder.

I knew it could not be him, since that cousin lives in a third country, and would not be here without telling me. So, I walked up to the doppelganger, and ask him which country he is from. He turned out to be from a distant country altogether. Told him that he looks like my cousin from a different country than him ...

But the resemblance is far too weird ...

Submission + - Drupal contrib Remote Code Execution vulnerability gets patched Wednesday

kbahey writes: The Drupal security team has issued a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on an upcoming security release for multiple contributed modules with remote code execution.

Drupal site owners are advised to set time aside on Wednesday (July 13th) around 12:00 EDT (16:00 UTC) to update their site.

This advice is an attempt to avoid what happened when SA-CORE-2014-005 was released, and how fast automated exploits were developed within hours, leading to many Drupal sites being compromised.

Comment Raspbian + Kodi (Score 2) 226

If you want to retain the usual Raspbian (Debian derived) command line interface and use the box just like any other Debian/Ubuntu box, there is no need to install a media specific distro like OSMC or OpenELEC.

Just install regular Raspbian, then install Kodi as you would any debian package:

$ sudo apt-get install kodi

If you want kodi to start automatically and take over the HDMI port, then add this to crontab:

@reboot sleep 45; /usr/lib/kodi/kodi.bin --standalone -fs

The delay is to give you some time to kill the process if you want to start the GUI desktop.

Comment Free Internet Radio (Score 1) 316

I don't subscribe to any music service. All I listen to is Internet radio.

You have a desktop Linux, right? Start by going to vTuner station line up, and search for the stations/genre/language that you want. Click on the "Play" link, and save to a file. In that file, there will be the stream to that station. You can then take that and stick it in your music player. I use Clementine.

No desktop Linux? Okay, you must have a Raspberry Pi then. Just install Kodi:

sudo aptitude install kodi

Then configure the Radio addon, and you will find more or less the same channel line up as in vTuner.

Then add this to your crontab:

@reboot sleep 45; /usr/lib/kodi/kodi.bin --standalone -fs &

But, there is OpenELEC you say. But, Kodi runs on Windows you say. Yes, of course, but this is Slashdot ...

Comment More technical info on Panama Papers (Score 1) 155

There is more technical details in this article.

They are running a 2013 version of Drupal that is vulnerable to SQL injection (dubbed Drupalgeddon).

They are also running an Oracle HTTP server too. That web server seems to be ignoring the .htaccess setup by Drupal, and returns back the entire code of the .module files, and listings of directories, and such.

More interesting is how ICIJ setup their own collaboration around the documents using open source software, like VeraCrypt (fork of TruCrypt), Backlight (Ruby On Rails tool to index documents in Apache Solr), and Oxwall (a social media type of thing).

Comment The Insider Story (Score 1) 150

There are lots of comments, some by BlackBerry insiders, that shed light on why BB went under.

But here is an expose by a reporter (who later turned this into a book).

Inside the fall of BlackBerry: How the smartphone inventor failed to adapt

Basically, BB refused to see Apple's iPhone as a threat. They were too arrogant. They failed to see the concept of having a store where apps are uploaded by developers. Not once! But twice! First with Apple iPhone in 2007, then with Android in 2008, and for years after that.

Look at the comments of Lazarides: all he thought of is "no keyboard", "bad battery life" and "it is too complex"! He and Balsillie failed to see the concept of a phone as an application platform with an entire ecosystem.

Comment Linking (Score 2) 379

Reminds me of a related issue: the FSF's position on linking (which will not impact the issue at hand: ZFS in Ubuntu, but has been raised in different contexts).

Basically, WordPress allows non-GPL modules even though WordPress itself is GPL. The FSF does not like that, and they hold that to extend a GPL application, every extension must be GPL, and they invoke the linking interpretation. Drupal on the other hand, takes the position that all modules must be GPL.

The linking interpretation makes sense when you have A depend on B, and B is proprietary and you can't run A without B, or you can't inspect B at all since you don't have the source code for it. But an extension is the other way. It is not essential for the main application to run, it is optional. Also, the linking interpretation was done in the days before dynamic linking (.so) was possible, and everything was static (.a). And now, we have things like WordPress and Drupal which are written in interpreted languages such as PHP, and you have the source code already.

That linking interpretation is archaic and needs to be expanded or reevaluated.

Comment Anecdotal (Score 1) 123

Anecdotal observations ...

In Southern Ontario where I live ... this year I have been hearing many song birds in early and mid February. Today (Feb 20), it was a male cardinal singing. A couple of weeks ago, it was Red Winged Black Birds, and American Goldfinches.

This is very unusual. It was not until March that we would hear them. I am not saying they are migratory, since some of them choose to stay and feed of bird feeders in people's backyards. But the act of males singing is the unusual part ...

It is an El Nino year though, and winter has been unusually mild.

Comment Re:Never seen so many allergies in people (Score 1) 134

You are basically right, but you made the jump too fast in the timeline ...

Theory has it that hunters and gatherers were egalitarians, with each member doing his share, and no real hierarchy. The work day was like you said.

But then, humans moved from hunting/gathering subsistence, to farming. Farming led to villages, and villages led to towns, and towns led to a division of labor, and that led to social stratification, with the priests and kings at the top, aristocracy next, merchants next, and then the laborers ...

And that is what led to feudalism, and now the same is happening with corporatism.

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