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Gentoo Developers Fork udev

Bent Mind Re:We have not made an official announcement yet (152 comments)

I masked all versions of udev above 171 because of the /usr merge. There are some nice things that udev does, mainly ensure consistent matching of device names to actual hardware. However, (for any of my systems anyway) the plug-and-play stuff isn't really needed until after the OS is up and running. I really don't need the system to do anything with random USB thumb drives or game controllers at boot time. The thought had occurred to me to simply go back to a static /dev.

I've looked into alternatives. There is tmpfs-based /udev support in the kernel that seems to work well (minus security settings). mdev, from busybox, seems to work well. I've also looked at mudev, though not much past the project page.

If Gentoo devs are forking udev into a new project that supports separate disk partitions for root directories, then I'll fully support and install it.

about 2 years ago

.xxx Registrar To Launch Pr0n Search Engine

Bent Mind Re:Oh, thank goodness! (149 comments)

Not if most of those 21 million webpages reference the same small set of licensed images.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

Bent Mind Re:A free anti-virus that isn't MSE... (515 comments)

I've always liked Clam AntiVirus. I really like the email feature. It notifies me via email whenever a computer that I monitor gets infected.

about 2 years ago

Federal Judge Says No Right To Secret Ballot, OKs Barcoded Ballots

Bent Mind Re:Federal Judges Need to Go Back to School (584 comments)

They call themselves "Progressives", as in progressing past the restrictions on government power in the Constitution.

As to the definition of "Progressivism", I'll let one of the icons of the Progressive movement define it's views relating to the Constitution in his own words: "Justly revered as our great Constitution is, it could be stripped off and thrown aside like a garment, and the nation would still stand forth in the living vestment of flesh and sinew, warm with the heart-blood of one people, ready to recreate constitutions and laws." -- Woodrow Wilson

I'm not sure how the quote supports your definition of "Progressive". At first glance, the quote suggests that we, the American people, are of such great character that we would restore the Constitution if it were to be discarded. I do not generally study political history. However, this conflict of logic piqued my curiosity. I thought that maybe, within context, the quote would support your definition. A quick Google search only returned links to political propaganda sites. I thought it a bit strange that I couldn't find this quote in a historical context. Even doesn't seem to have it.

about 2 years ago

Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought

Bent Mind Re:I'll believe it when I see... (867 comments)

However, someone will observe you traveling faster than light, going from point A to point B faster than light would travel the same distance. If nobody sees you traveling faster than light, then how can you say you did so at all?

I'm a little confused by this idea. At no point does the warp ship go from point A to point B faster than light would travel the same distance. The path that the ship takes is shorter than the path that the light takes. The distance is not equal.

If an observer were near point B, I can see how it might appear that the ship arrived before it left. However, this would be an optical illusion based on the greater distance that the light traveled.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Building a Personal FOSS Cloud?

Bent Mind Re:My experience: possibly eGroupWare or SOGo? (189 comments)

I've used Citadel. It is not a bad groupware package. It is open source, easy to install, and actively maintained. I don't believe it supports encryption of the database and it uses a file attachment model rather than a file server model. However, it works fairly well for calenders and messaging.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Revokes Trust In 28 of Its Own Certificates

Bent Mind Re:Update available from fake Windows Update serve (78 comments)

This is not a fix for machines already pwned. It is a precautionary step to foil copycats

I figured as much. I just thought the loop was funny...

Microsoft releases all updates as separately downloadable packages.

I see that this patch does offer an executable download. However, not all patches are available as executables. I'm not on the machine now. So I'm not sure of the patch numbers. However, I have a Vista machine that has 2 security updates, from May, permanently stuck in an install loop. They successfully install about every 10 minutes. I tried several solutions. Microsoft has a FixIt application that told me Windows Update needed to be repaired. It claims to fix it every time it is run. However, the problem does not go away. So I tried to find the downloadable version of the update to see if installing it in Safe Mode would work. No Go. The only file available for download was a .msu file. Unfortunately, msu files require that Windows Update be running with an active network connection. They do not work in Safe Mode. At this point I think a reinstall is needed. However, Vista is a major pain. If I have to reinstall, I'm putting XP back on the machine.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Revokes Trust In 28 of Its Own Certificates

Bent Mind Update available from fake Windows Update server? (78 comments)

Microsoft also released its new updater for certificates as a critical update for Windows Vista and later versions as part of today's July Patch Tuesday. ... and how the attackers were able to forge a Microsoft certificate and then use it to impersonate a Windows Update server."

So, to protect users from potentially trusting a fake Windows Update server, Microsoft is releasing this update through a Windows Update server, which potentially could be fake? I suppose that if your computer already trusts a fake server, it is too late. However, I wish Microsoft would go back to providing downloadable updates that didn't depend on Windows Update.

more than 2 years ago

Comparing Today's Computers To 1995's

Bent Mind Re:Eh (461 comments)

Web surfing? Most home computers were windows 3.1, NCSA Mosiac was only two years old, and, if you believe Wikipedia, there were only 50 websites to visit [], and yahoo had just begun.

Yep, and then Microsoft created a free web browser and included it in their OS in August of that year. Everyone was quick to jump onboard. Al Gore invented the Internet and Netscape copied Microsoft and then sued.

Oh wait, it might not have happened that way. You should check your facts... Of course, I remember using an account a friend had at the university to access the Internet in 1985 and using Netscape Navigator in 94.

more than 2 years ago

How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

Bent Mind Re:Yeah...but (1303 comments)

when majority of US people are rather unemployed than move to places with jobs

It is something I thought about while looking for work. I even did some searches on the idea. I didn't find much information. I did find jobs for teaching english as a second language. However, those required that you speak the native language fluently. I also found advice that I should become employed in the USA with an international company and after working there for some time, get transfered overseas. But then, that still requires employment in the USA. You are asking why the unemployed in the USA do not just jump on a boat and start working overseas. I'd be very interested in any information you have on how to accomplish this. It is not like I can just drive 50 miles and do an interview.

more than 2 years ago

Predicting Life 100 Years From Now

Bent Mind Re:We'll go nowhere at this rate. (552 comments)

Columbus was sponsored by the Portuguese crown in a search for wealth in trade routes.

You might want to revisit the history books on this one...

Columbus was sponsored by Queen Isabella of Spain. There were several reasons for this sponsorship, though Columbus's personal wealth and power certainly came into play. At the time, the Ottomans and other Islamic nations controlled the trade routes to the east. Europe wanted the spices and medicines available in China. One of the hopeful outcomes was an allegiance with Murtada Khan of the Golden Horde. Murtada had expressed an interest in Christianity. With the recent defeat of the Moors in Spain and expulsion of the Jews, Spain was looking for new allies to continue the Christian assault on Islam and the capture of Jerusalem. Then too, I've also heard the rumor that King Ferdinand just wanted Columbus out of Spain so he would quit flirting with his wife. However, I've not found much to support this.

Given the events of the time, I'd say that religion and politics were the primary motivators, with profitability being a nice side-effect.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?

Bent Mind Re:Pete Ashdown! (792 comments)

I didn't realize Pete was running again. Good to hear. Lets hope he gets elected this time!

more than 2 years ago

Melting Glaciers Cutting Peru Water Supply

Bent Mind Re:Don't live in places without water, stupid. (421 comments)

Well, I guess it all depends on your definition of full. There are those people that won't believe there is an over population problem until the bodies are stacked to the upper reaches of the atmosphere and fed by single-cell organisms. Then there are those people who think a place is crowded if they can see a neighbor from their front porch. You can enjoy living like a cockroach so long as I can't see you from my front porch...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Kit For a Home Media Server?

Bent Mind Re:I use mythtv (355 comments)

But, you're right that MythTV does not natively support Netflix. Maybe it could be accessed via MythBrowser? Or is a real Win/Mac (on a PC) client necessary?

Netflix depends on Silverlight. Silverlight is not supported (or usable) on Linux. Doesn't even work under Wine. A good alternative to Netflix is Hulu. It uses Flash for video.

more than 2 years ago

Democratic Super PAC Buys

Bent Mind Re:That Law Doesn't Protect Politicians (630 comments)

Just a quick search shows "Newt Gingrich" has not yet been claimed as a trademark. However, "Sarah Palin" filled for trademark protection on 11/5/2010. Maybe Newt should file before an opponent claims the trademark...

more than 2 years ago

Democratic Super PAC Buys

Bent Mind Re:It's both (630 comments)

So on some primal level I get entertained when it happens to someone I don't like a lot, like when I'm watching professional wrestling or a soap opera.

This is how everyone I know treats politics. Substitute American football for American politics. Look at how fans react. Fans will stand behind their favorite team, no matter how bad that team is. They will argue how theirs is the greatest team no matter how poor the team. Once you have team loyalty, nothing else matters. I see the same thing happen in politics all the time. The devil could rise from hell and offer to accept American servitude. Americans would jump at the opportunity as long as he was signed to their favorite political team.

more than 2 years ago

How To Thwart the High Priests In IT

Bent Mind Re:Overhead (417 comments)

Not that I disagree at all. However...

when your laptop goes belly-up and you want to waste IT's time to try and recover it

Do people really expect the company's IT to take over administration and maintenance of their personal computers? I thought the restriction on personal computers had more to do with data walking out the door.

How about when there is a lawsuit and all emails, IMs, etc., must be collected?

People store that stuff on personal computers? My place of employment keeps that stuff on the email server and makes regular backups. All emails and IMs would be covered by handing over the backups.

more than 2 years ago

Canonical To Remove Sun Java From Repositories, Users' Machines

Bent Mind Thoughts on Java from a disinterested party (307 comments)

I received a message a few months ago from Gentoo that Oracle had changed their licensing back to a distribution unfriendly version. Gentoo turned on the fetch restriction switch and gave me a link to download the needed files. I followed the link and read their new license only to discover that it forbade installing Java on Netbooks and cell phones. Three of the computers I maintain are Netbooks. I opted to skip updating Java until I learned more. Then life happened and I stopped paying attention to Java.

Today, I see this headline and I follow it to see what is going on. The comments seem to fall into two groups, Windows fan boys and OpenJDK discussion. OpenJDK is new to me and useful information. I've never heard of it before. Unfortunately, "emerge -s jdk" doesn't show an OpenJDK. I'll have to research it more. Perhaps it has a different name in Portage?

I originally installed Sun's JDK because my bank said I needed Sun's specific implementation to access my account on-line. I also worked for a company at the time that insisted that any data you wanted to capture needed to have an application coded in Java. I had played around with the idea of learning the language for work. That was given up when I figured out that any application I wrote wouldn't be approved for work use. I just did what most people did there, keep the data in Excel and away from the databases. It was that, or wait for the Dev team's multi-year backlog to clear.

I'll have to see what I can learn about OpenJDK and see if it covers my banking needs...

more than 2 years ago

TV Ownership Declines For Second Time Since 1970

Bent Mind What is a TV? (349 comments)

After glancing at the article, I have to ask, what is a TV? From the article:

a few factors that could be at play, including more people watching TV shows online

So that tells me that a TV is not a video unit capable of displaying television shows. Perhaps they are referring to those old all-in-one units that had a television decoder built into the display? I have a 42-inch plasma display connected to a computer and home network. It is primarily used to view NetFlix, Hulu, and some light gaming. I also have a DTV tuner in a different computer on the same network. It can send video out to about ten other computers scattered around the house. Not a single display in the house has an integrated tuner. Does that mean I have zero televisions, or ten?

On a side note, I do laugh when I read Hulu's message that the current program is not viewable on televisions, then proceeds to display the show on my television.

more than 2 years ago



Man arrested for threatening police on Facebook

Bent Mind Bent Mind writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bent Mind (853241) writes "After watching a video showing police hitting Occupy Wall Street Protesters in California, Alex Rodriguez wrote "Before I leave this earth I will take ONE police officer off this planet!! I swear to god as my witness for he is understanding. Yes some little boy or girl will lose their father for his actions and decision to become a human violating f***ing Cop!!" on Facebook. Seven police officers handcuffed and arrested him at his place of work. Alex was charged with Internet stalking. The complete article also reveals a coworker filed a civil stalking injunction against him in November."
Link to Original Source

McCain campaign protests YouTube's DMCA policy

Bent Mind Bent Mind writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bent Mind (853241) writes "It seems that the McCain/Palin camp has fallen victim to DMCA take-down notices on YouTube. In a letter to YouTube, the campaign states "overreaching copyright claims have resulted in the removal of non-infringing campaign videos from YouTube, thus silencing political speech." The letter asks YouTube to create special accounts for political candidates that would by-pass YouTube's DMCA policy.

A full copy of the letter can be found at Lawrence Lessig's blog."


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