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Comment RACHEL (Score 5, Informative) 47

Wow, thanks so much for mentioning RACHEL and World Possible. I've been working with them for a several years as a volunteer and recently joined as VP of Tech. It's such a satisfying project -- to see the stuff we put together being used in classrooms around the world a few weeks later -- and the Pi makes it all possible. Thanks for making such an amazing and useful piece of hardware :)

Comment Re:Computers and networks in cars are fine (Score 1) 76

In principle I agree with you, but...

Computers + cars, as you've said, is a wonderful thing.
I personally chose my [used] car based on the LACK OF network connectivity (before it was a known issue).

I liked the Chrysler 300 w/ uConnect. So I bought one -- specifically 2012. I wasn't considering any 2013 or later as it was mid-way through 2013 that they added Internet capabilities to uConnect. I wasn't going to muck around trying to figure out when the car I wanted was manufactured during the year -- I just decided to only look at and consider 2012 or before.

We all see how well that played out (w/ Jeep). The exact same system / setup is in the Jeep...

Comment Re:Here's what I do (Score 1) 366

I love Synology hardware -- don't trust their updates. One of their recent updates wiped my "root" account on the device(s). They can muck with admin, but should never touch root, but I digress...

RAID-6 is the way to go IMHO. Synology's built-in backup mechanisms didn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling -- it all goes into a database. When shit hits the fan I want quick quick quick access to my (or your) files.

I chose the two Synology approach. Each with 8 drives, RAID-6 (dual hard drive failure). One onsite. One off. This is for the house...

Here's the trick: rsync over ssh to a local hard-linked differential backup. I have 5T of live data currently with hundreds of full backup sets -- this is only using 8T on the remote backup array today (so 3T of new or different files over a few hundred days). The Mac's backup to the array to sparsebundles which is then rsync'd to hard-linked differential backup sets. Only the changed bundle files are transferred, but each set is a complete bundle.

On the remote it looks like this: 1/all_my_files and then 2/all_my_files ... 199/all_my_files. Only when the oldest backup of the file is deleted is the data really released. Deleting 1/some_file will release the inode, but the data/file may still exist in 2/some_file, etc...

I have bash scripts / cron doing it all. Assuming backup set "1" is in place the rsync for "2" may look like:
rsync -avx --human-readable --progress --stats --delete --ignore-errors --force --link-dest=1 -e 'ssh -p ${PORT} ' root@${IP}:/volume1/${REMOTE_DIR}/ 2

Comment Re:You gotta love yellow journalism (Score 4, Insightful) 63

To be fair, the cited (and likely incomplete) list from the summary is "compromise servers and devices running platforms like Drupal, WordPress, Magento, Jetspeed, Exarid, AirOS." The takeaway here is pretty much this: widespread deployment of shitty PHP and Java apps strikes again ... -PCP

This isn't a problem of the "widespread deployment of shitty PHP and Java apps". The vulnerability which this Trojan exploits is CVE-2014-3704 and was patched by Drupal Security Team on the 15th of October in 2014

The circumstances and agents which have led to this Trojan exploiting Linux systems and Drupal frameworks in the wild is, as with many such things, are multiple and varied. They include installations that are underresourced, shops with critical dependencies that cannot easily upgrade, web apps that at first and second glance do not have interfaces outside an intranet, etc. etc. and so on and so forth

The key is to stop pointing fingers and laying blame, unless the fingers point to the creators and distributors of the malware. The exploitation and abuse of computer infrastructure is part of territory. Blaming failures on the vulnerable is a sysadmin's version of victim-blaming and does little to mitigate the problem and much to generate community dysfunction.

Instead of finger pointing, spread the word, inform your unknowing and unwitting colleagues, train junior developers about how to remain secure for multiple computing environments with complex layers of computing infrastructure.

Our great-great-great-great grandchildren will thank you.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 1) 287

Here's some of what Google turned up for "celebration simpson verdict".

Law school reactions, filmed at American University with hearsay (not documented with video) reports from Howard University.

This video of the crowd reaction from outside the Los Angeles County Superior Court might be characterized as partying in the streets, but seems restricted to a few enthusiastic individuals (some of whom are not black).

Thinking more on this, I do think the Simpson case is relevant to Chahal's in cultural terms, but I'm not convinced race played a positive or negative factor in Chahal's.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 1) 287

I don't recall a domestic abuser of color (i.e. non-white) whose undeserved exoneration led to "parties in the street that the charges have been dropped". (This is ignoring the fact that Chahal has not been exonerated.)

Oh, come on! There's even a 'Root Window' animator for one such abuser.

I'm aware that there have been accused abusers of colors who have been exonerated.

My question in this particular instance would be "Did Simpson's exoneration (mistaken in my opinion) lead to 'parties in the street'?" I don't recall such celebrations happening.

If such celebrations in the street did not happen, my question for you would be why bring up the Simpson case at all. Why?

Like the grandparent, I believe your statements attribute exoneration with racial privilege, but I think this is wrong in Simpson's specific case. Exoneration was achieved in Simpson's case due to the O.J. Simpson's (and to a lesser extent Johnnie Cochran's) celebrity status. A lesser reason O.J. Simpson was exonerated (in my opinion) is due to sexism against Nicole Brown-Simpson.

In other words, from the perspective of race, if Simpson had been convicted it would have been because he was black. If Simpson had been exonerated (as he in fact was) it would have been because he was black.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 2) 287

Isn't it interesting how this PoC stopped being a PoC and has now become an Evil Male Oppressor[tm]? In just about every other context in the world, he would be the protected one due to his race, but apparently now he's just a generic male and can be treated as our society treats such. Police oppressing a PoC, hello? Where's the outrage about the police mistreating him? The evidence was ruled inadmissible. Judging by all the other recent incidents, there should be parties in the street that the charges have been dropped.

This is a man who beat his wife and video evidence exists of his reprehensible and cowardly behavior. He is a person of color and he committed a crime and deserves to be incarcerated for that crime.

Where's the controversy?

It's never been controversial that people of all colors are punished for breaking the law. What is controversial is racially-biased sentencing and conviction rates, to name two things.

I don't recall a domestic abuser of color (i.e. non-white) whose undeserved exoneration led to "parties in the street that the charges have been dropped". (This is ignoring the fact that Chahal has not been exonerated.)

You're erecting a straw man argument that people of color are, as a matter of course, victims when they are by means of due process prosecuted for domestic violence. You seem aggrieved the judicial system did not take into account his race when trying him for his crimes and you believe (?) this is because he status as a man prevents him from so being accounted?

I'll stop short of saying you have issues with race and sex, but I will point out that your thoughts, as you expressed them, are quite incoherent.

Comment Citisucks (Score 1) 675

I love Citibank's ATM's ... you now have to "dip" your card (swipe), wait for the machine to tell you to just insert and leave the card (chip'd), wait some more, THEN enter your PIN number.

My other problem (with ALL banks) is that I DO NOT WANT A CREDIT CARD (or debit) tied to my primary checking account. The account where I, you know, pay my bills. Who's bright idea was it to do this -- allow someone to easily empty my account leaving me with bounced payments while cleaning up the mess?

I want a ATM [only] card. Can't get that anymore. So I take debit/credit cards and lock them away and NEVER EVER use them other than as a ATM card and ONLY at their locations. I never pull cash out any old place. Silly IMHO.

Give me a credit card that requires a PIN entered. Problem solved (if programmed correctly -- assume the card reader / phone or internet connection have been tampered with).

Comment Re:Can't wait (Score 1) 416

Can't wait for the those same drug companies to get their hands on MJ so they can start filling it with additives and making it as addictive/poisonous as cigarettes. By the time they're through with it, it'll be more dangerous than the synthetic stuff they're currently trying to outlaw.

Effects of intentional adulteration will be mitigated because pharmaceutically effective marijuana can be grown by individuals.

Comment Device? (Score 2) 226

Device? Depends where I am and what I'm doing I suppose. A Mac mini is the cat's meow IMHO. It is my main device for watching "TV". It also makes it trivial to stream anything any way I want to my other devices.

Other devices would be something iOS. iPad's, touches, and iPhone's depending on location / use there. VLC usually going back to my library directly (or live TV).

I've used Plex for management, but really don't anymore. Too much database corruption problems with it. Easy to do though as it's just another avenue to scan libraries.

Connected to the Mac via bluetooth I primarily use a numeric keypad with most of the keys re-programmed / re-purposed -- depending on the APP [BetterTouchTool].

One key is space (play / pause pretty much across the board). 0-9 tunes the TV for EyeTV, whereas I decided "6" changes the aspect ratio for VLC.

Across the top where function keys -- now APP keys:
EyeTV Netflix Sling VLC iTunes
Other keys programmed differently, but universal for function, ie: one key is "G" (guide), another now says "F/S" (FullScreen on/off), etc. +/- channel up/down in EyeTV, but will play next/previous song for iTunes. No function in Sling. So on and so forth .... BetterTouchTool.

That's the primary remote -- the secondary is a old iPhone pretty much running BetterTouchTool -- which allows you create custom menus on the display along with acting as primarily a mouse pad...

Running a full blown Mac gives you WAY more options than just a AppleTV (tried it upstairs, meh), Roku, Chromecast, etc... The Mac wins in this case -- hands down IMHO. It helps that ssh / bash / unix is the under-pinning for remote access whether locally in the same room or from work... Of course my desktop there and at home are other Mac's. :)

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