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Comment Re:Slackware is still systemd free. (Score 1) 266

Although no official statements (to the best of my knowledge) to the effect that Slackware will never have systemd have been made, it's a pretty safe bet that if Slackware ever does start using systemd, Bob will be leaving Slackware and forking it into another systemd-free distro so fast that I expect nobody else will be able to tell which was the cause and which was the effect.

Comment Re:Top down decision (Score 1) 255

I actually don't favor government surveillance nor a lack of privacy... I just don't automatically assume that the mere possibility of such in a cashless society would necessarily result in either. By similar reasoning, I don't assume that the fact I might be enabling the chance I could get hit by a car on my way to work by walking to the bus stop that is 5 blocks away and having to cross a very busy road on the way is necessarily going to result in my getting hit by a car either.

My point, however, remains... that the original assumption that I was trying to address about who would favor a cashless society is incorrect, as I neither work for the bank or government, nor do I have any incentive to see either achieve any particular gain through a cashless society.

Of course, it's probably so much simpler to just throw labels around at people that you disagree with rather than to realize that a motivation in someone else might be driven by factors that are not so trivially categorized.

Comment You should *NOT* be projecting.... (Score 3, Insightful) 62

... stuff onto the road because it will only distract and confuse other people. On a closed course, that might be fine, but when you are sharing the road with other drivers, there is just way too much that can go wrong with this (with potentially fatal consequences).

If you want to help the motorist with tech like this, put a HUD inside of the car that will show the necessary info on the windshield to the driver, because there is no reason for anyone outside of the car to see that shit.

Comment Re:Top down decision (Score 1) 255

It makes perfect sense when you realize that if someone steals cash, the thief receives an effective reward for their behavior, but if all they steal are cards that require a PIN to utilize, then the perpetrator has nothing of value that they can use, along with an increased chance of getting caught if they were to ever *try* and use the cards compared to spending cash. As carrying no cash becomes increasingly common, it leads to the actual reduction of such crimes, because the risk/reward ratio is raised to to much higher levels, resulting in safer streets, at all times of day, for everyone. Rather than making things safer through increased policing, which would be characteristic of fascism, it makes things safer by reducing the availability of the incentive to commit those types of crimes in the first place.

My point being that not everyone who would like a cashless society is necessarily working for the bank or government.

It is further my own perception that much of the paranoia regarding such a system is unfounded... While one may theoretically be more trackable, but in general, you, I, and most other people are simply not important enough for anyone else to want to pay attention to - a metaphorical needle in a haystack, as it were... the average law abiding person is going to fall so far below the radar of being interesting enough for anyone to even *want* to investigate that it will simply never be an issue in their lifetime.

Comment As someone who streams, legally.... (Score 4, Insightful) 66

All I can say is *DUH*.

Why would I pay to download episodes on itunes or whatnot of the same TV shows that I can stream entirely legally for a week following the broadcast from the tv station's website? While I do have to put up with commercials, the online ads seem to be nowhere near as insufferably long or as frequent as the ads seem to be on television these days (although they are unarguably more repetitive).

Submission + - Has any of you worked through TAOCP? (wikipedia.org)

Qbertino writes: I've got TAOCP ("The Art of Computer Programming") on my book-buying list for just about two decades now and I'm still torn here and there about actually getting it. I sometimes believe I would mutate into some programming demi-god if I actually worked through this beast, but maybe I'm just fooling myself.

This leads me to the question:
Have any of you worked or with through TAOCP or are you perhaps working through it? And is it worthwhile? I mean not just for bragging rights. And how long can it reasonably take? A few years?

Please share your experiences with TAOCP below. Thank you.

Submission + - 6 seconds: How hackers only need moments to guess card number and security code (telegraph.co.uk) 1

schwit1 writes: Criminals can work out the card number, expiry date and security code for a Visa debit or credit card in as little as six seconds using guesswork, researchers have found.

Fraudsters use a so-called Distributed Guessing Attack to get around security features put in place to stop online fraud, and this may have been the method used in the recent Tesco Bank hack.

According to a study published in the academic journal IEEE Security & Privacy, that meant fraudsters could use computers to systematically fire different variations of security data at hundreds of websites simultaneously.

Within seconds, by a process of elimination, the criminals could verify the correct card number, expiry date and the three-digit security number on the back of the card.

Mohammed Ali, a PhD student at the university's School of Computing Science, said: "This sort of attack exploits two weaknesses that on their own are not too severe but, when used together, present a serious risk to the whole payment system.

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