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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

Leofcwen I hope they don't run on Windows (127 comments)

I hope these trains will run on a *nix/Linux system and not Windows. The security and reliability problems would be horrendous if they chose the Microsoft offering...

about 2 months ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

Leofcwen Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

He doesn't say stupid things now he's dead, at least to those of us without a ouija board or those sad enough to try and contact him...

about 2 months ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

Leofcwen Re:Well... (127 comments)

The unions will no doubt decry this as an attack on the 'working man'. I wonder how long until they go on strike over this?

about 2 months ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Leofcwen Re:Finally! (502 comments)

Microsoft is headquartered in the US so they as an entity fall under US law.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

Leofcwen Re:Good news for BN? (218 comments)

I don't see it as an abuse of market position if it merely refuses to sell a companies products but I think it would be different if it was trying to prevent other companies from doing so. In a free market environment they have the right to sell or not to sell.

about 7 months ago
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American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

Leofcwen Jurisdictional creep (226 comments)

I wonder how the US would take it if a judge in another country made use of that claim for their benefit? It might be claimed that because company X chose to operate in their jurisdiction they accepted their jurisdictional boundaries. Various governments have already claimed jurisdiction in other countries for years, which is why they may claim tax on money earned by people working abroad, even though they may have done none of that work in that country...

about 8 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

Leofcwen Re: BUT DOES (270 comments)

I believe it was a reference to Global Thermonucular War from Wargames[1].

[1]: http://youtu.be/NHWjlCaIrQo

"How about a nice game of chess?"

about 10 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

Leofcwen Re:Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hole! (1034 comments)

I read they (the FBI) changed their priorities recently and no longer consider law enforcement a high priority. They instead choose to focus an increasing amount of resources towards 'National Security' and leave many crimes uninvestigated. I suppose there are always resources available to intimidate and strong-arm someone for wearing the wrong kind of glasses. I wonder how much this lunacy cost.

about 10 months ago
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US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

Leofcwen Re:All the news that matters (894 comments)

So, to curb 'illegal deforestation' these bright sparks encouraged it because he now needs to take the resources required to make some more. Smart move there.

about a year ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

Leofcwen Re:That's a tiny number (464 comments)

Ignoring the president of the day, there are four reasons I wouldn't open start a company in the US, at least not until the situation's resolved:

  1. I don't want to deal with the kleptomaniac, kiddie fondling perverts in the TSA (See YouTube for examples).
  2. I don't trust American police (see YouTube and countless news articles for examples).
  3. HMRC are known thieves but the IRS seem to be even worse, based on cases of people I know of and the proven abuse of position within the IRS as exposed this year.
  4. Because I'm not American I know your government would treat me like a common criminal (even without any evidence) and monitor and record everything I did (digitally).

Since the TSA (or someone like them are not going away and I see the situation only getting worse, the quality of officers in the Police there isn't going to improve (not when the recruits have gone through government indoctrination/schooling), the IRS will still keep stealing from and abusing people (just like HMRC will), and the intelligence contractors that run the US's intelligence services will make sure they steer things towards bigger contracts for them I don't see it ever happening.

about a year ago
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Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

Leofcwen Re:Unconscionable Contract clause (519 comments)

As a contractor, I've studied contract law. When they told her about it they were making an offer to contract and if she ignored their offer suggests implicit consent. If she replied though and refused their offer and made her own counter-offer the call situation would be different. This way, if they ignore her counter-offer and say nothing it would be they who agreed to her terms. If she rebutted their offer and made her own through an affidavit they'd have to do the same, rebutting each of her statements, point by point.

about a year ago
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Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

Leofcwen Re:Hint taken. (519 comments)

It already is, under Common Law which is the law of the land in both the US, UK and other countries. Defamation, libel, slander, etc (depending on the method of abuse). All she has to do is to write an affidavit, get it notarised and send it in to them along with demands of her own, including damages for the harm they caused her. If it was me, I'd go on the offensive as it seems they're the guilty party after all. But saying that, it's always best to study the full facts before taking action.

about a year ago
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SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

Leofcwen Single drive? (552 comments)

Considering the importance of what he does, why didn't he use a multi-drive RAID or ZFS system?

about a year ago
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Former NSA Chief Warns Hackers Will Attack US If Snowden Is Captured

Leofcwen Re:grain of truth? (413 comments)

anarchists: I don't see this one per se, but the govt described bradley manning as an anarchist so that's why they think that.

I'm not sure if I understood the term anarchists in the same way as he meant it but anarchy has two main extremes. On one hand it may be seen as another definition for libertarianism where state has less control over the lives of the people. The result would, from the point of view of those within the state, this would be anarchy. They inevitably prefer a more ordered society they can control from the centre. The other extreme to which I referred is what these people hope people will associate the word with, that of burning cars, of gangs roaming the streets looking for a victim, the total breakdown of society. Based on the context and the speaker, I suspect he meant a negative meaning of the word. Aren't you glad the government is there to protect us from freedom?

about a year ago
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UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

Leofcwen Re:Esoteric material? (329 comments)

I don't as a rule like the idea of censorship as it's a slippery slope to very wrong places. This being said, I don't know what people could posisbly want to access things like that for, other than the authorities when tracking down these monsters, but even then it should be under controlled conditions to prevent their exposure.

about a year ago
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UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

Leofcwen Re: Esoteric material? (329 comments)

If it wasn't for the bandwidth cap I'd switch to them.

about a year ago
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NSA Recruitment Drive Goes Horribly Wrong

Leofcwen Targetted targeting (530 comments)

They probably consider all states outside the US to be either known enemies or as yet unproven enemies. This means they do as much as they can handle 'just in case'.

about a year and a half ago
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Cyber-Terrorists Attacking U.S. Banks Are Well-Funded

Leofcwen Who's pulling the strings? (83 comments)

Who's to say these criminals (the Jihadis, not the banksters in this instance) are working for who they believe themselves to be? They could be working on the payroll of banksters or some shadowy government agency who want to create a 'reason' to pass legislation they can't pass without a tradegy taking place first...

about a year and a half ago
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IRS Spent $60,000 Producing Star Trek Parody

Leofcwen Re:Our Tax Dollars (280 comments)

What about someone who couldn't afford their mortgage repayment because of the bill from the IRS?

about a year and a half ago

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RAID vs. RAIN

Leofcwen Leofcwen writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Leofcwen (1371173) writes "I have recently begun studying RAID and soon came across RAIN courtesy of Wikipedia. The most obvious thing that struck me about RAIN is that it is much less dense than RAID and so to achieve the same level of storage one would need to make use of an awful lot more servers which even at 1U would take up a lot of space. Am I missing the point here or does keeping ones storage systems as dense as possible make it more efficient in terms of space and presumably power which in terms means lower carbon emissions? Does the processor power in the RAIN boxes mean one doesn't need separate servers for general processing? Who here has experience with both and what did you think about each one? Are there any open source software systems to run each system and if so, how do they compare with their commercial counterparts?

Thanks in advance,

L."

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Online Python Interpretor

Leofcwen Leofcwen writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Leofcwen (1371173) writes "Is there anywhere on the net that provides on-line interpreters to allow one to study (and practice) languages such as Python without having to install it on ones own system? If there were such a place one could practice it whilst at work (during breaks of course :P) It is easy with client-side technologies such as HTML and CSS as one needs only a browser but for server-side technologies or other languages it becomes harder. Also, there are people who do not have a computer of their own and use machines at places like libraries where one is not allowed to install other packages so such a site would be invaluable.

Any thoughts?

Regards,

A."

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