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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Cramer Re: How about we hackers? (820 comments)

Linus has nothing to do with that shit. And for the record, Red Hat has been renaming interfaces based on the ifcfg-XXX contents for years. (eth0 is MAC X, if X isn't present in the system, you won't have an eth0) udev adds a second layer to that "stupid" by adding "persistence" everywhere -- turning that crap off is pretty simple, once you know to do it.

2 days ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

Cramer Re:Fool me once... (202 comments)

Not "repacked", but "re-placed". And it happens so rarely because no one will assume the liability of anything ever going wrong with the replacement. Should you have a crash and the airbag doesn't deploy, guess who's going to be sued? (answer: who ever replaced that airbag.)

2 days ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

Cramer Re:Really don't get this... (202 comments)

Where "from the manufacturer" is far too often "type VIN into a box on a web page." VW has actually made that process much harder over the years. It used to be a 4-5 digit code on the VIN tag that came with the car. Today, the immobilizer code can only be accessed from the diagnostic computer connected to the car. (supposedly through a secure channel (SSL?) to the mothership. and may require some human interaction to allow it in the first place.) Of course, the code is fairly obvious once the ECU is disassembled. :-) But that can take a while, depending on model.

2 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Cramer Re:Right along side flying cars (712 comments)

Actually, almost everywhere around here, checks are processed just like a credit or debit card. In fact, the register will print everything necessary on the face of the check for you. Hand the cashier a check, they run it through the register (print), then through the EFT scanner, and hand it back to you. Some places want you to sign it and they put it in the drawer, others are done with it when it's handed back to you.

5 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Cramer Re:Right along side flying cars (712 comments)

I don't hate them, but do hate how necessarily slow they are. The problem is with people who don't understand how they work. It's not the same as a cashier's lane. The self-checkout lanes use vision systems and scales to ensure you're scanning a single item and placing it in a bag. You cannot go fast because the system can't track you. If you're holding multiple items, it just confuses it. If you move too far away or take too long to scan the next item, it'll pause and wait for a human to sort out what's going on.

5 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Cramer Re:This is silly (712 comments)

Not "robot"; Point-of-Sale terminal, the same touch screen showing pictures of everything on the menu they punch. I can tap on pictures just as well as they can -- given how inaccurate many orders turn out, I can likely do it BETTER. I've been begging for this sort of thing for YEARS.

5 days ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Cramer Re:Bennett Haselton on the Ebola outbreak (371 comments)

Exactly. Waaaayyyy too convenient that "about 10 days" after returning he start showing symptoms. And I'm supposed to believe he didn't know he'd been exposed.

5 days ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief

Cramer Re:Criminals are dumb (64 comments)

He stole "coins", not money. He might as well have stolen rabbit droppings, or lawn clippings. The real-world money ("leafy green spendy money") came from people (read: "fools") who will trade real money for those things.

The only crime here is fraud and computer hacking ("unauthorized access", etc.) But as he's in one part of the world, breaking into systems in various other parts of the world, taking things from people in yet other parts of the world... nobody will bother pursuing him.

5 days ago
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

Cramer Re:Fancy version of FTP (124 comments)

Actually, it's spelled rsync

about a week ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

Cramer Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

30 years ago, MAYBE. Today, "0" could be answered by a call center anywhere. Your call a) might not be answered by a human at all, or b) might not be answered by someone on the same continent.

about a week ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

Cramer Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

Right, so I can pay $30+ per month for something I might use once in my lifetime, or $20/mo for unlimited text that I [i]will[/i] use every day. You failed elementary school math, didn't you?

(Also factor in the number of LECs (read: Verizon, and AT&T) doing everything they can to do away with POTS, and it's even more a waste of money. FYI, if you have FiOS, your copper loop was removed, and is forever more not an option.)

about a week ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Cramer Re:We need to do it lke Europe. (120 comments)

So, in your world, jackbooted thugs show up and forcefully remove your car to have recall service(s) performed? It is, and always will be, the responsibility of the current owner to get anything wrong with the car fixed -- recall or not.

about a week ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Cramer Re:Why a government site? (120 comments)

Well, for recall service that was done at a dealer.

about a week ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Cramer Re:Future News (175 comments)

NC already has one.

about two weeks ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Cramer Re:Umm, what? (244 comments)

There's the kernel.org "master" linux, then the various side-branches for various developers, subsystems, and the like that does find its way back into the "linus tree" in part or whole. Then there's the significant stack of modifications found in almost all major distributions. And then there are a number of very specialized "forks" that most have never heard of, or care about. (Android is the only one most have heard of, but many don't know it's Linux.)

about two weeks ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Cramer Re:Are liquid-nitrogen superconductors relevant? (350 comments)

We were searching for "high temperature" superconductors. (where "high" was well above the 4 K of the day.) And then "room temperature" ones. -- I've made several different chemistries of liquid nitrogen superconductors. (long long ago) Then the problem was (is?) making bendable wires out of it, since it's a ceramic material.

The concept of fusion isn't new to science. We know how to induce fusion via a multitude of methods. The thing is, none of them are net positive in energy production. None. Of. Them. High energy fusion (replicating a star) takes unimaginable amounts of energy, and we've yet to create anything stable enough to run for even a few seconds. Net positive low energy fusion ("cold fusion") similarly eludes us. Yes, we can cause fusion (eg, by capture of low energy neutrons), but it's an energy consumer.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Cramer Re:Good to hear (521 comments)

Other than the issue of no one maintaining the sysvinit shell scripts, and at some point in the very near future, the sysvinit package(s) being removed entirely??? (and that's not even counting the growing number of projects infected with the systemd cancer that are going to require significant parts of systemd be installed in the first place.)

Hopefully, this "re-think" will reverse the first two, and start to quell the later.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Cramer Re:Remove It (521 comments)

Right, a file generated by the computer cannot be altered/regenerated by that same computer? Bull. The signing information is somewhere on the system (in the logging process's memory at minimum), so an enterprising hacker can steal it and start making a mess of the logs.

The people who are serious about logging security and integrity do not trust the system that generated the message(s). They are, instead, streamed to other systems making it very difficult to "rollback the universe" -- once the message is sent, there's no recalling it.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Cramer Re:Remove It (521 comments)

Have you ever had a system compromised? Hackers don't give a single f*** about altering log files, they just destroy them and keep on truckin'.

about two weeks ago

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