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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

Chryana Re:patched my servers last month (236 comments)

Yes, I think we had totally different things in mind when you mentioned the term "software engineer", especially now that you reduce the term to being able to apply a patch to source code.

about 2 months ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

Chryana Re:patched my servers last month (236 comments)

Ignoring the pointlessly offensive comment about Skyrim, I think requiring a software engineer as part of every IT infrastructure team maintaining Linux servers seems difficult to achieve. I'm not saying it's extremely rare, but I don't think it's all that frequent right now, at least not outside of Fortune 500 companies or so. Furthermore, even if you had one in your team, what makes you think he will be able make a patch for bash faster than to wait for one to be released?

about 2 months ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Chryana Re:KMail's not that bad (184 comments)

I'm probably wasting my time answering an anonymous coward but, oh well.
- The UI changing complaint is mostly about Firefox constant changes to match Chrome. Thunderbird moves a bit slower, because the UI really only changes on ESR versions (10,17,24,31), but they are there, and I don't think they are an improvement. The 6 months UI change may be an exaggeration for Thunderbird, but not so much on Firefox.
- Well, it appears the Thunderbird developers made their email program just for you, and you never need to configure or change anything, and that you like how they move the UI around. Good for you, but different people use the same program differently.
- In Thunderbird, go to the Tools Menu->Options->Privacy tab. The ad tracking settings are right there. Thus, it's not only a browser setting.

about 2 months ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Chryana KMail's not that bad (184 comments)

Disclaimer: I haven't used KMail for years, yet I use Thunderbird and Firefox every day. I just want to point out a few things that the KDE team has gotten right, as opposed to the Mozilla team.

Things that I like about KMail and its settings:
- The UI doesn't change every 6 months in an attempt to ape their closest competitor.
- If a settings can be configured, there's a button for it in the settings. I don't have to download a plugin that might get updated at any moment with spyware, or to muck about in the configuration editor. Do you remember that, in order to show http in URLs, you have to change the setting browser.urlbar.trimURLs in about:config? For some reason, I have to look it up in Google every single time I set up a Firefox. If there was a button for it, I would probably remember where it is.
- They are not so utterly reliant on ad money that they set the default tracking setting to "Do not tell sites about my tracking preferences", which is a lame cop-out. Maybe they could cut some of the compensations they are giving to their executives instead.

With all that said, it is true that the settings in KDE and KMail in particular can be confusing to new users. Maybe they could have a "show settings: simple/all" radio button in the corner of their preferences windows, like VLC?

about 2 months ago
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Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

Chryana Re:But.... WHY? (101 comments)

Why? Why should I stop using Windows? I've used a few distributions of Linux before over a span of years as my desktop OS. I still run it in VMs, yet I still run Windows for the most part. I could tell you why, but since you're not exactly making a compelling counter-argument against it, I'm not going to waste my breath. Furthermore, the GP is right: Google has decided not to put privacy controls into Android, because it goes against their business model, so even the most trivial flashlight application is a privacy nightmare. Furthermore, I simply can't think of any Android application that I would want to use on my desktop.

about 2 months ago
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Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

Chryana How to know if a component of Linux.. (170 comments)

//How to know if an important back-end component of Linux will soon be replaced
if (component.name=="linux-kernel*") { false; }
else if (component.inventor=="Red Hat") { false; }
else { true; }

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

Chryana Re:Nice (105 comments)

Disclaimer: I am not a citizen of the US, but I am in favor of any actions my government will take to help fight ebola.
Maybe you should think for twenty seconds before shooting your mouth off.
- It is still early enough that it is (relatively) cheap to contain the disease. If the disease is left to run amok, it is going to be astronomically more expensive to fight. When should action be taken? When the disease crosses into the Europe? Into North America? Into the US?
- This is a valuable opportunity to learn the most effective measures to fight a major epidemic. Americans seems to be take the terrorism threat very seriously, maybe you could simply see the money spent as part of that effort. The lessons learned here could be useful in case of a biological attack. It would be drop in the ocean of US defense spending, anyways.
Honestly, I find ridiculous (and abhorrent) your reduction of Obama's effort to political pandering. I sure hope the US Congress is more open minded than you, because nothing would ever get done if every Bill was turned down when it came from the opposing party. But from reading your post, that's probably what you want.

about 3 months ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Chryana Re:Mission creep. (285 comments)

I think they should collect some statistics on network usage. They might suddenly start using a lot less bandwidth if restrict access to a few sites.

about 4 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Chryana Re:hike up the fines (389 comments)

I like your idea, I agree it is better than mine. I'm not sure I buy the "forgotten ticket" line though. I admit my total ignorance of the public transit system in Sweden, but where I live, we are issued permanent tickets cards . My card is at all times in my wallet, and it can even be registered so that I can get back my monthly pass in case I lose my card.

about 6 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Chryana Re: hike up the fines (389 comments)

Indeed, but it would probably require to hire more security staff, which increases the costs of running public transit for everyone.

about 6 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

Chryana hike up the fines (389 comments)

According to TFA, the organization that pays of the fines is currently profitable because it rakes in twice the money as it pays off in fines. It seems simply raising the fines would quickly make that unprofitable.

about 6 months ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

Chryana Re:Kickstarter skeptics eat your heart out (300 comments)

You think Facebook will actually do something with the Oculus? You're more optimistic than I am. I think they will try to get whatever patents they can get out of it and sue whoever tries to make something similar to it, once their bank account dries up after it turns out all the property their bought for a king's ransom turns out to be worthless.

about 8 months ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

Chryana Re:Nice but pointless for me (377 comments)

I agree with most of what you said. With that said, I am really sick and tired of having to create an account on some service I don't care or need every time I buy a game. I already paid good money for the stupid game, but the greed of game distributors is endless. They probably milk the personal data they ask for for everything it's worth, and then they want to nickel and dime their customers to get every little trivial addition to the game, such as new players skins and weapons. Honestly, if buying a movie DVD was as complicated as installing a triple-A game, the movie business wouldn't be a tenth of the size of what it is right now. It's gotten to the point I have to write down a long list of made-up personal details, such as my birth date and address, and to create a disposable email address with every new login that I store in my password database. There is a need that the laws be changed to put a stop to the personal data collection which is being performed by all the big actors in the game industry.

about 8 months ago
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Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

Chryana Re:Rich, white hypocrites? Say it aint so!!! (317 comments)

I do struggle somewhat with unions for public servant though. The reason being is that it's easier for them to be granted their wishes because their pensions and stuff are backed by the full faith and credit of the US or State government.

That would be a good point, except for the fact that the government can simply pass a law to force employees back to work with humongous penalties for anyone who would dare to defy it, would the union fancy using a strike as a negotiation measure. Where I live (Canada), the government even passed laws to that effect on private companies that used to be public (one railway company whose name eludes me right now and Air Canada. I can find references if you're curious).

about 9 months ago
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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

Chryana Re:SSH and HTTPS support? (64 comments)

I did notice that detail before posting. I checked the definition of the word first, and I thought his comment was too insulting to be defined as snark. However, English is not my mother tongue, so I am willing to recognize that I could be wrong there. In any case, I really don't think this kind of comment is welcome on any public forum, yet it was modded up. I guess some people agree we should be kicking out the users who don't read the articles linked in Slashdot stories (right...), or they don't mind receiving a good dose of verbal abuse if they're given a little insight with it.

about 9 months ago
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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

Chryana Re:SSH and HTTPS support? (64 comments)

And I think you should avoid posting at all, ever, if you're going to be such an ass to answer a simple question. I thought the question was interesting because I was curious about the capabilities of this OS, yet not sufficiently to go find out this information. Well, thanks for nothing. Jerk.

about 9 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Chryana Re: Bike helmet? (317 comments)

I didn't make the hygiene concern up. As for diseases caught from wearing a helmet, I would be tempted to say lice, but I could be wrong.

about 10 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Chryana Re: Bike helmet? (317 comments)

No sure where you get that from. What's wrong with encouraging people to do more biking? You think that running a public bike transit system is expensive? If it makes, say, a hundred fewer cars off the road, you end up paying less for road maintenance, the people that use it spend less time at the hospital because they're healthier, it helps with air pollution in the city, the traffic flow will go a little bit faster and drivers get to be back home sooner after work, etc, etc, etc. I am sick and tired of hearing arguments that go along the lines of "If I don't use a service, I don't benefit from it, and I shouldn't have to pay for it.". It's hard to calculate the benefits of a public bicycle sharing system, but what I think is clear is that you can't say straight up that it is a clear negative from a driver's point of view, and you certainly haven't brought any data to draw that conclusion from. I think your opinion is narrow-minded at best.

about 10 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Chryana Re: Bike helmet? (317 comments)

You're assuming that uneducated and unreasonable attitudes about helmets can't be changed. They were changed for safety belts, and (to a large degree) for cigarettes; why not for helmets?

I can think of a few reasons why bike helmets are different from safety belts:
- Wearing a bike helmets has been legally required in several areas for long enough to draw conclusions about their effectiveness, and yet we are still discussing if they work or not. Thus, it doesn't seem all that uneducated or unreasonable to decide not to wear one, for now.
- Mandatory bike helmets are incompatible with public bicycle sharing systems. There was an attempt to run such a system in Melbourne, Australia, and the requirement to wear a helmet was considered one of the reasons for why it failed completely to take hold. Since you're borrowing a bike, you have to lug an helmet around, so you can't leave it with the bike, and you can't borrow an helmet for hygiene reasons.
- On a personal note, I find bike helmets very uncomfortable. This is a very personal argument, but the same thing cannot be said of seat belts.

With that said, there are some ingenious bike helmets designs that are being worked on, which do not cover the head. They may prove popular, regardless of whether they are useful or not.

about 10 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Chryana Re:Word unlocked. (276 comments)

As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of The Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs -- to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. In no case would it have been possible, once the deed was done, to prove that any falsification had taken place.

George Orwell, 1984

about a year ago

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