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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Electricity Likes Me Re:Check your math. (878 comments)

Last time 8000 police raided anything they were able to charge precisely 0 people with any crimes whatsoever.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Electricity Likes Me Re:A Bridge Fuel... (398 comments)

What kind of idiot thought we'd reduce climate change (which most scientists agree has something to do with carbon released from fossil fuel production) by switching to another fossil fuel that still emits carbon when burned?

The reasoning is that natural gas releases less carbon than coal, so if we switch from coal to natural gas, then we'll reduce climate change. I do not have the information necessary to determine if that is a correct line of reasoning or not.

Of course it's incorrect. You're not going to reduce emissions by opening some giant new resource which does the exact same thing, and promptly drops prices all over the world for it.

No one investing in that industry is thinking "obviously we're only going to get 10 years of development out of this". They're planning to burn every last bit of it.

about a week ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

Electricity Likes Me Re:About time (179 comments)

I want 8K phone displays. Entirely so we can use them as VR displays.

about two weeks ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

Electricity Likes Me Re:Wha?!?!!! (172 comments)

I'd love to see some example workflows of how you work on something like X - or the kernel, for different classes of bug hunting. It's the type of thing I've always wanted to dive into, but just the thought of trying to get to the stage where I can tweak/run/debug is incredibly daunting.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Electricity Likes Me Re: No (545 comments)

This is wrong. Peak oil is when new discoveries are outstripped by demand. Its the point at which the oil industry cannot grow at pace with demand, and must plateau and decline. Prices will shoot up instantly because month after month there will be less oil for per consumer available and no reasonable expectation of that changing.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

Electricity Likes Me Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

Hey guess what, names for things are kind of important. You know what I don't want to install on my grandmother's computer? A program called "Gigolo" - I don't care how good it may or may not be at managing network connections.

The army of people who seem to think they're so logical and above emotions ironically are always the most upset when people want to change stuff which they think "doesn't matter".

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Electricity Likes Me Re:Google engineers... (239 comments)

Because labels are still stupid: if I delete something under one label, I don't necessarily want it deleted everywhere. But that isn't the interface on offer either - there's no "hardlink" style functionality.

about three weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

Electricity Likes Me Re:Value your prefrontal cortex? (233 comments)

And the schools don't dare inform parents of all the risks - parents would say "What, are you crazy? I'm going to risk my kids future so you can get a stupid trophy for your office? DIAF."

I wish you were right, but experience with the parents of brain-damaged young athletes indicates otherwise.

Maybe it's time to consider that they're engaged in willful child endangerment? Nobody, not even a concussed-out coach, wants to be labeled a child abuser.

Maybe so, but it's clear from what happened at Penn State that they just don't want the label. There's way too much tendency to turn a blind eye.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Electricity Likes Me Re:Systemd and spirit of Debian (647 comments)

And it's also never been perfectly true, otherwise nobody anywhere ever would have had their system broken by package upgrades.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Electricity Likes Me Re:hum (647 comments)

RPC allows proprietary software to leverage the functionality of your GPL software, which might go against your intent, as RPC becomes the de facto interface of increasing number of components...

Honestly, I don't buy into the whole non-GPL can't link GPL argument in the first place.

Suppose I were to tell you to grab your copy of the 3rd paperback printing of Game of Thrones and look at the second sentence on page 320. Does posting that sentence make this post a violation of GRRM's copyright? Of course not - I didn't copy anything in his book - simply mentioning that it exists and that it contains a page 320 in no way makes this post a derivative work.

Well, when you link a binary to a shared object, all you do is write a bunch of cross references saying that this function call should be replaced with an address associated with this symbol. Then a linker will replace those references when your code is loaded. None of this involves copying anything. Assuming the shared object is in RAM already being used by something else, your OS isn't even copying the GPL code at all when this happens, but even if a copy were made it is an unmodified copy of the shared object which isn't being redistributed - ie it is permitted by the GPL.

Sure, everybody says that you can't link non-GPL code to GPL code, but I am not convinced that a court is certain to uphold this. I could see issues if you try to bundle GPL and non-GPL software into a single larger work, but if you distribute the non-GPL stuff without the GPL content that problem goes away.

The main issue is no one wants to fight the court battle.

But frankly, this has all been kind of irrelevant anyway - you can distribute source packages, let the client do a compile on install, and ignore the entire affair.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Electricity Likes Me Re:explain? (647 comments)

It's essentially a project financed behind the scenes by Microsoft to delay the release of Linux updates-- hardware products (like Raspberry PI) that make use of Debian are currently stalled at Wheezy while the whole mess sorts itself out.

He said explanation, not a transcript of the signals you receive from the CIA in your fillings.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Electricity Likes Me Re:Wow... (647 comments)

What unnecessary code? I'm genuinely curious what you think is completely dispensable as a system service at the init system level.

I mean we need something to launch processes, something to resolve dependencies of processes (init.d has insserv and the LSB headers), networking, disk mounting, time synchronization, authenticating and user session management (else how do your sysadmins log on from central administered sources?). We need process monitoring, logging, we'd like to have cgroups for security. We need some sort of time-based job scheduler.

Which one of these things are you going to drop? Which things are completely inseparable from systemd?

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Electricity Likes Me Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

The biggest problem with the Kindle is it's very easy to forget you need to charge it "sometimes".

If there was ever a device that would benefit for long range wireless charging, even at just a trickle, it'd be the Kindle.

about a month ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Electricity Likes Me Re:One step at a time. (157 comments)

It also tends to be that people who forego cellphones still choose to utilize everyone else's. At some point that's a violation of the social contract - you're making yourself uncontactable, but taking advantage of that utility surrounding everyone else. Moreover, you're also starting to demand people adhere to your schedule on your terms: see complaining that people won't kowtow to your contact hours.

about a month ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Electricity Likes Me Re:House reps are always campaigning, have small d (157 comments)

With a few hundred people who attend town hall meetings and debates, post on that rep's Facebook wall, call into the local radio station when the rep is on etc, a dozen or so active citizens might well swing a representative's vote,

That's so cute that you believe that! The average congressional campaign cost USD$1.2 million this year. Money talks and it's corporations and other monied interests that are doing the talking, not "concerned citizens." Sure your congressperson will pat you on the head and say "I work hard to make sure our district gets what it needs! I work for you." But the truth is they work for those who pay their way.

You must think things work as they did back in 1946 when this was written. Sorry champ. Those days are long gone.

Money doesn't talk as much as people think, and the return rate on dollars to candidates elected for SuperPACs remains poor. It only works when the messaging goes unchallenged.

about a month ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Electricity Likes Me Re:"very telling" indeed (157 comments)

Really? Because my immediate reaction was to laugh out loud at the naivete. Companies care about bottom lines. They don't care about security, as amply demonstrated by banks which can have vulnerabilities pointed out to them, and then try to criminally prosecute the guy who tells them, and don't fix the problem.

This has happened over and over right here on Slashdot.

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Electricity Likes Me Re:Simple... (581 comments)

So, unlike FreeBSD then, which is all managed under one giant repository for development purposes despite representing many individual applications?

You know...exactly like systemd (~70ish utilities managed under 1 repository).

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Electricity Likes Me Re:Signs clear enough even for a layman (581 comments)

How the hell do you think changing PID 1 is supposed to be phased?

It is literally the first process which runs on Linux. Please explain "phased change" when something that fundamental is being altered. You might as well say "I'm outraged we had to get kernel 3.x all at once! It should've been a phased upgrade...."

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Electricity Likes Me Re:It's just wrong (335 comments)

Actually you only need a correct answer for 1 program: the one running on the firmware of the robot. At which point the question is simply "over the input space, can the program provide outputs which end human lives?"

Of course depending how you define that, you can take this right into crazy town - plenty of cellphones have ended human lives over the possible input space.

about a month ago

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