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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Antique Geekmeister Re:So basically.. (295 comments)

> Why should a driver need special certification to drive people around for money,

Because of the potential for abuse of unsuspecting clients.

                    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wir...

2 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Antique Geekmeister Re:Why are taxi drivers all so horrible? (295 comments)

I've had good success with genuine taxis in many cities in many countries. Some cities, and neighborhoods, are noticeably better, and I've certainly had to use a gypsy cab when exhausted and there were no registered cabs available. They've helped save me enormous difficulty and expense, from letting me pay later when I was out of cash, to actually helping get a very sick man off the streets to a hospital when my hands were full and I could not reach to pay with my hands so full. I never did get to reward that cabbie, I'm afraid, but I always try to tip well in memory of that help.

One of the practices I've come to despise, however, is the "you must take the first taxi available" rules at airport and public transit taxi stands. All of the drivers get upset if you select the company you prefer and have done business with.

2 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Antique Geekmeister Re:Sounds like they should ban the cabbies (295 comments)

> x86: I'm pretty sure that Intel had a great deal of legal control of that market, a

And illegal control. Do look into the history of the theft of Alpha technologies from DEC that were used for the Pentium architecture.

              http://www.nytimes.com/1997/05...

2 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Antique Geekmeister Re:Last few fish in a small pond... (431 comments)

Please don't assume that _quality_ camera film maker will be available. The quality of good camera film, at least, was _amazing_ in its heyday. We saw the results in the photography of scientific magazines especially, such as National Geographic and Nature. The economies of scale seem to have been vital to Kodak and Polaroid, partly because the chemicals used can also be quite toxic and required very controlled handling to ensure the quality of the film.

Film based photography is a fascinating technology history, well worth review in technology and business courses.

3 days ago
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New Compilation of Banned Chinese Search-Terms Reveals Curiosities

Antique Geekmeister Re:How about a list for Australia ... (43 comments)

Given the bans on credit card contributions to WikiLeaks and he behavior of RIAA and MPAA, and the very strange intellectual properties concerning computer software and the DMCA? Yes, I'd say content is being filtered. Also, given laws about child pornography and human torture depictions, I'd say yes, content is blocked in the USA and internationally.

China's filters are much, much broader, but it does not mean speech is completely free elsewhere.

5 days ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

Antique Geekmeister Dungeons of Dredmor equivalent on Steam (186 comments)

I've noted that the Steam game, "Dungeons of Dredmor", is a nice upgrade to the genre of rogue-like games. It's good, for those who enjoy them and like a bit more graphics. It has different shop mechanics, but I was given a copy and enjoyed it. And I do remember compiling and playing the original Rogue decades ago, along with 'rogomatic' to watch someone _else_ trying to dungeon dive.

about a week ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

Antique Geekmeister Re:"Running arbitrary commands" is irrelevant (129 comments)

I';m personally aware of thousands of systems on which database data, backups, and system logs are not read protected from local users. They're left this way on the grounds that "if someone has local access, we're screwed anyway". They pass pass commercial security audits because the security companies do a handful of known external attacks, which giver a small set of tasks to fix the issue and do not address such fandamental issues.

This is particularly aggravated on systems with have password free sudo access for developers, which is very common on development environments, on systems with password free SSH keys casually stored with system wide access, and software systems that store passwords in clear text by default, such as Subversion HTTPS access. It's also compounded when home directories on which such information is stored is NFSv3 mounted and shared with all clients on the network. The concept of "data which belongs to you" breaks down quickly with NFS or CIFS without authentication in most environments. NFSv4 or Kerberized CIFS access can be helpful in restricting this, but I know very few partners or clients who go to the extra steps needed for this.

about a week ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Antique Geekmeister Re:Would have stuck with VHS (129 comments)

There is still no legal Linux DVD player in the USA that I've found. The only "legal" ones are in Windows emulation tools.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

Antique Geekmeister Re:Scientific Linux (118 comments)

CentOS, Scientific Linux, the old "Whitebox" distribution, and other free rebuilds resemble the "Red Hat" distributions before RHEL. They're quite fascinating free and open source software projects. Red Hat has been model open source and freeware contributors in their publication of all legally permissible source code: they do retain some projects where the source code is licensed form others and cannot be published directly, such as the old Sun Java packages.

I agree that Scientific Linux could now consider simply adding separate packages. The difficulty is that those package would still not be in the base CD or DVD distributions, not even access to those packages would be permitted. CentOS has been very, very clear that they do not include non-RHEL software in the base distribution. Scientific Linux includes access to EPEL, which has recently been activated for CentOS. It also provides easy activated access to the "rpmfusion" and "atrpms" websites for software Red Hat cannot safely provide due to patent and DMCA regulation, Adobe access presents licensing issues, NVidia drivers, and MPEG drivers in various repositories, and some old packages with strange licensing.

Scientific Linux has been very helpful at enabling access to these without painful manual steps. Red Hat, and thus CentOS, will not be able to do so without taking on profound legal liabilities.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Antique Geekmeister A felon with misdemeanor convictions (717 comments)

Because they also show up on the background check, and establish a pattern of ongoing illegal activity. A felony conviction for vehicular manslaughter, on New Year's Day coming home from a celebration, with no history of drug or alcohol abuse, can be described as a single tragic event. A vehicular homicide after a long history of DUI convictions and failed treatment programs means a real addiction risk: it's just the sort of thing that background checks should detect.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Antique Geekmeister Felons can be teachers and child care workers, too (717 comments)

It depends profoundly on what the felony conviction was for. I'm afraid the fact that you asked a very vague question and expect a somehow useful answer is, itself, a much stronger indication that you do _not_ belong in IT. Expecting a useful answer from such a vague question is not a good engineering approach, especially in IT where incredible resources can be wasted addressing unspecified requirements. I'm afraid that, if I saw your resume after this, I'd reject it on the grounds of the horrible question without even having to consider the felony itself.

I've met people with drug convictions and who practice medicine, after treatment and with regular blood tests. I even knew of a child care worker with a kidnapping conviction. (She helped hide a mother and children from an abusive father under extraordinary circumstances.) And if "expunging" is not available, perhaps a pardon is feasible: Ohio apparently can seal court records with a pardon, though it's not automatic.

So a conviction is not necessarily career ending. But without more details, the question is too vague to be usefully answered.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Antique Geekmeister Re:Sad? Saddest? (528 comments)

They handled it the same way US citizens handle the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. They ignored it.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Antique Geekmeister Re:... Everything? (528 comments)

Don't forget disputed insurance claims, and new employee paperwork with medical and life insurance applications with records of pre-existing conditions.

about two weeks ago
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Openwashing: Users and Adopters Beware

Antique Geekmeister Re:Ideological purity ... (96 comments)

He also got patent abuse right (such as Tivo tried to do and MPEG patents), legislative abuse to protect poor quality source code (such as the DMCA and DVD encryption), and the abuse of "open source" licenses to create closed, propeietary "add-ons" which rely on but do not properly cooperate with the open source users and developers. (Yes, I'm referring to Citrix Xen and NVidia.)

"Open Source" , rather than free software, has been repeatedly abused.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

Antique Geekmeister Re:not enthuisastic about this (262 comments)

> we already have it in the form of everyone with a cell phone camera. if anything remotely interesting in public happens, 5 or 6 people are filming it and its uploaded within the hour and mirrored forever beyond any possible take back within a few hours

"If anything interesting happens", yes. If it's just a citizen at a traffic stop, no one else is close enough to record the conversation or where the citizen's hands are placed. There are numerous webcam and cell phone cam videos over on Youtube of police misbehaving. The videos of rights activists flying drones near pigeon shoots and police ordering them off of public property, and the videos of open carry stops, are fascinating in the _range_ of police reactions.

Then there is this cop, who earns the YouTube listing of "Best Open Carry Stop Ever".

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

And this officer, who is very clear on protecting First Amendment rights in the face of local bureaucracy.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about two weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

Antique Geekmeister Re:One very simple solution (256 comments)

> Taking away someone's driving license doesn't ruin their life

If you live 30 miles from work, with no direct public transit, it ruins your ability to get to work. It also ruins your job if you work on the third shift, when public transit is unavailable. If you have family to care for, especially, it limits your ability to get them to school, doctors, dentists, their other family, or even to a friend's home for visits and to return the favor.

This does not mean drunk drivers deserve leniency: but yes, losing their license and especially having their vehicle taken away can be a very profound punishment.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

Antique Geekmeister Re:Yes, No, Sort-of (376 comments)

There are also older managers who will not hire you: they appreciate the willingness of younger engineers, without strong experience, to be driven or manipulated to make specific goals and not to _question_ the wisdom of management. It's very difficult to be in the field without some sense of politics, or to know when management is lying to you, and such a manager will not appreciate having their work questioned.

But to stay active, I'd strongly urge getting active in freeware and open source projects. Whatever freeware your current role relies on, get involved in. It keeps up your skills, it helps to mentor the new users, and it keeps your name visible on Google searches for the technology listed on your resume. And it helps guide the software to be the way _you_ want it to work.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

Antique Geekmeister Re: Instead of carrying on as a one-man band - (376 comments)

> he does have to understand he will probably reach a relatively low ceiling of pay

Yes, the Peter Principle applies to programmers and systems administrators as well. It can be resisted: some of us would much rather continue to do our best work in the best field for our skills rather than move "up" to higher authority fields.

about two weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

Antique Geekmeister Re: Some people never learn. (329 comments)

> Even if you could rent, what's wrong with financing a home via mortgage.

The devil is in the details, I'm afraid. Please look carefully at what happened with the sub-prime mortgages, where people over-invested in homes with mortgages they could not afford, and in many cases were defrauded by the real estate agents and even misled or defrauded by the banks providing the mortgages. The typical "20% down" for a mortgage serves many purposes, but a very large purpose of it is proving that you can live within your means and set aside part of your income on a continuing basis.

about three weeks ago

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Twitter discards client UI community

Antique Geekmeister Antique Geekmeister writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Antique Geekmeister (740220) writes "Twitter has just decided to discard the community of developers who've created interesting, innovative, and exciting to start-up company applications. The announcement at http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-api-announce/browse_thread/thread/c82cd59c7a87216a?hl=en shows that they intend to switch from the "bazaar" model of development to the "cathedral", with much tighter control of user interfaces for "security" and "consistency"."
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Oranges with THC Bio-Engineered

Antique Geekmeister Antique Geekmeister writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Antique Geekmeister (740220) writes "A biochemist, Irwin Nanofsky, irritated by the confiscation of his family car when his son was caught with drug paraphernalia in 1984, has wreaked biological revenge on Florida law enforcement 24 years later by developing, and releasing, fertile orange seeds for oranges that contain the major active ingredient of marijuana http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=57839045341&h=3VR1O&u=IDqVi.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, in a tall glass, with a plate of waffles."

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