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Comment Re:How do you know? (Score 1) 267

It's possible to remount a file system with new permissions.

You're assuming you have a filesystem that can be written. OpenELEC's filesystem is squashfs. To write to it you first need to unmount it, then unsquash it to a separate place, then mount that, write to it, unmount it, resquash it, and overwrite the original.

This is firstly very difficult and very convoluted to do from within a running system itself, and secondly impossible to do if you have it installed it on a 4GB SD card as you don't have the space to unsquash the filesystem.

Comment Re:How do you know? (Score 1) 267

One: if it's all read-only, it can't have a variable password...accounts and passwords need to be hardcoded, because there's no way to store new or changed account information.

Yes you're right. And it is. You can't change any account information on OpenELEC

Two: if it's at all configurable, you have the same problem: where do you store the configs?

In a permission marked noexec, and even then the only configurable parameters is the main software program itself. All system config files are ro. You want to change mount options? Tough. You want to install malware? Sure, you want that malware to actually persist over a reboot? Tough. Even the process for installing something you want like a daemon for control of external devices required a very carefully crafted script that loads a module in the software which starts the daemon after the main program started, and even that was a clusterfuck to install and for the longest while broke with every new nightly release.

Three: guess what else you can't have if your file system is read-only? Software updates.

That depends entirely on the update process. A running system most definitely can be read-only and yet still update during a reboot. Case in point: Every smartphone on the market.

it's not that the OS invariably is incapable of granting write permissions

I'm glad you brought up a citation of squashfs on the end. Specifically the bit how you need to unmount the running root system, unsquash it, mount the result in a different root, make changes, resquash it and then overwrite the original. Yep that's really a case of the "OS granting write permissions" /sarcasm.

Comment Re:Already compensated (Score 1) 177

I'd imagine that the usual response to a systems failure would be to call someone

Actually the response plans I would setup would be to fire up another computer and keep working. I've been called out to plenty of computer failures, but thanks to the way I've helped people set it up none of them have ever been an emergency, even catastrophic failure of the main machines, and at one point powersupply failure in their little local Windows Home Server box (I really have nothing good to say about HP anymore).

Redundancy and backups go beyond data and should include usability as well. If I take an axe to my computer right now I'd get out my laptop. If I take an axe to my NAS I keep working and buy a new NAS on the way home. If I set fire to the building I may lose up to a week worth of data at the most, but then I'd likely have bigger problems anyway and my home isn't important enough to justify more frequent backups. That's just a simple home. It was neither expensive nor complex to setup, and these days it's impossible to justify not to with appliance style machines you can buy at pennies for a pound + tax deduction that handles all this for you.

I do agree Microsoft's position is not good. But a store suffering a loss due to this is still the store's fault. We've changed business name and the logo of the attacker, that shouldn't change your strategy for dealing with things that could affect your business.

Comment Re:This isn't really that hard to understand (Score 1) 618

Climategate was a bunch of whining armchair scientists calling what amounted to a typographical error a major international conspiracy against science. The science was done again and republished and it came to exactly the same conclusion. Pretty much all science has come to the same conclusion, and the science that was flawed has been identified as such in follow up studies.

Good science and trustful science is still very much the norm regardless of how politics and the media attempt to spin it.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 618

You've obviously never written a grant proposal.

Oh? are you somehow claiming the above is wrong? Are you claiming that scientists are not being paid to attempt to debunk global warming? Are you claimining that scientists are not being paid to prove global warming? Are you saying that the Ig Noble prize winners didn't actually do science?

You can write good or bad grant proposals and you're able to submit it for the wrong and right reasons. The fact is, based on the evidence out there, you can get grants to investigate pretty much anything.... if you're good at writing proposals.

Comment Re:It's got to be better than Maps (Score 1) 48

I actually find Maps to be quite the opposite. It all depends on how the traffic builds up. In areas where the traffic is gradual and consistent maps not only gives very good and accurate traffic predictions but also predicts it out based on the time of your arrival, i.e. proposes a path now that may seem slower but actually be faster by the time you get there. Maps also allows you to predict the traffic on the website so if you ever need to go to the airport at peakhour without ever having been there before you can check it for instance the night before.

Now where Google maps fails miserably is any traffic congestion that suddenly appears out of nowhere. Two cases are traffic accidents and really big businesses with sudden closing hours and a choked road from which all the traffic leaves. That is really more miss than hit, but the it seems quite on par with Waze and even the local city run service I use.

That said the alternate route option is only ever shown when you have time to take it, unless your local maps database is screwed up (e.g. Ring highway systems where Google maps doesn't seem to have a clue).

Comment Think Holywood has it bad? Try porn (Score 1) 255

The movie industry isn't anywhere near as bad as the porn industry. They don't seem to hire anyone over or under the age of 18. I mean let's face it most actors in the porn industry remain 18 long after the cellulite starts showing from under their schoolgirl outfit.

Or so a friend told me. Can someone verify this for me? I don't know because I don't watch such stuff. *whistles and looks at the ceiling*.

Comment Re:This isn't really that hard to understand (Score 1) 618

The problem with climate science is that it's so difficult. The average person the street has little hope of understanding all the data and how it interacts. They can never, therefore, have confidence in the results being reported to them.

We solved this problem many years ago by asking our best and brightest to come up with recommendations based on their genius.

It's only a more recent trend that we decide the best and the brightest are wrong for reasons we can't comprehend, but we intrinsically know.

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