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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Narcocide Uninstall Skype and Pulseuadio. (284 comments)

Use mumble for voice chat. Its free and its not spyware.

4 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

Narcocide open source the binary blobs (146 comments)

I use mine for video playing primarily. It makes a surprisingly good low-power HD media center to hook to, say, a digital home theater projector, so long as your gear is all HDMI enabled and your video is all h264. Its really shit for anything that needs more bandwidth than a USB bus though; because that's all it has; a USB bus. Even a PC from 1998 can easily blow the doors off it for general I/O throughput to disk and ethernet due to this somewhat unfortunate limitation. If all the on-board parts were interconnected with a PCI bus it would actually be a really great little machine for general purposes.

The *primary* problem with it though is that the closed-source binary components and the Linux kernel customizations are done incredibly sloppily and there is just about zero sense of transparency or trustworthyness in that part of the development process. There are *frequent* regressions in core functionality of these components, especially with regards to the HDMI capabilities and some of the cooler features such as CMA which hasn't actually worked as far as I can tell since late 2012, but I couldn't find anyone else, officially affiliated with the project or otherwise, to admit to having ever tested it. So that's what I'd fix first; OPEN SOURCE ALL OF IT.

Oh, and the Raspbian support community is full of pretentious asshats.

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Narcocide Re:Still a fail (203 comments)

Incidentally, that's actually not far over the speed limit on the I5, but the distance from Los Angeles to Seattle is 1827.09 kilometers ... significant enough orders of magnitude greater than your trip that flight does become a viable time saver.

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Narcocide Re:Still a fail (203 comments)

I'm impressed by the TGV too, but trains in the US don't go nearly that fast. Its actually *much slower* to travel the US Pacific coast by train than it is to simply drive I-5.

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Narcocide Re:Still a fail (203 comments)

Not if they have only one parking spot...

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Narcocide Re:Still a fail (203 comments)

Sure, if they were that wealthy, but my thought is that this would suit a lot of people in the range of wealth somewhere between "rich enough to own a private jet" and "just well-off enough to afford regular commercial airline flights." Imagine having enough money to buy a small aircraft (and time to get a license to fly it) OR a new luxury car, but not really feeling rich enough to justify buying both. Now, in theory, you wouldn't have to choose between having one or the other. Plus you get the geek points of being an early adopter of a real-life version of something that has been a science fiction mainstay for decades.

about two weeks ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

Narcocide Re:Still a fail (203 comments)

Even so, the promise of one day soon, theoretically at least being able to get from a parking spot in LA to a parking spot in Seattle in less than 18 hours without having to get groped by the TSA or even get out of your vehicle is something that will turn the heads of a lot of wealthy travelers.

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Narcocide Re:Systemd (993 comments)

This post deserves to be modded up.

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Narcocide Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (993 comments)

Believe it or not you can get a ticket for driving too slow, even if that speed is the posted limit.

about two weeks ago
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Hong Kong Protesters Use Mesh Networks To Organize

Narcocide Technical inaccuracy. (85 comments)

FireChat relies on "mesh networking," a technique that allows data to zip directly from one phone to another via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Probably they mean it allows data to gzip directly from one phone to another. Nobody uses zip for network traffic.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Narcocide Re: Completely Contained? (475 comments)

You believe way too much of what you see on the evening news.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Narcocide Re:Completely Contained? (475 comments)

LOL, pacific coast == hellhole? You're hilarious.

about three weeks ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Narcocide Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

Which, interestingly enough, a one-time-use, generated-on-the-fly, disposable credit card number would ALSO protect you against...

about a month ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Narcocide Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

My guess is it was actually shut down due to pressure from the government (*cough* NSA *cough*) to increase transparency in online credit card transactions. This would have made it far too easy for people to anonymously spend money on drugs and prostitutes.

about a month ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Narcocide Re:PHP vulnerability - don't know. (318 comments)

AFAIK yes, by default, if you backtick to open a shell command, but not if you use shell_exec().

And, incidentally, neither of which you should be doing in the first place on any publicly facing web server. They've both generally been considered bad practice for scalability as well as security concerns since long before this particular BASH vulnerability got a buzzword name.

Also, don't run your webserver as root.

about a month ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Narcocide Re:PHP vulnerability - don't know. (318 comments)

AFAIK yes, by default, if you backtick to open a shell command, but not if you use shell_exec().

And, incidentally, neither of which you should be doing in the first place on any publicly facing web server. They've both generally been considered bad practice for scalability as well as security concerns since long before this particular BASH vulnerability got a buzzword name.

about a month ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Narcocide Re:PHP vulnerability - don't know. (318 comments)

AFAIK yes, by default, if you backtick to open a shell command, but not if you use shell_exec().

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Narcocide Terminology is everything with old people. (179 comments)

Don't call it a "dashboard" because they think that just because its packaged differently and called something else it must not therefore be what they want. Call it "Realtime Reporting" and be done with it. Its not, strictly speaking, realitime, but that matters very little; its not strictly speaking a dashboard either.

about a month ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Narcocide LOL! (590 comments)

Trying to ruin 4chan's rep. Hilarious. They must be new to this internet thing.

about a month ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

Narcocide Re:Fascism at its finest! (385 comments)

Well, probably not how much soap you use, but they very well may limit what chemicals are allowed to be in soap that the vendors sell. They've already banned phosphorous in dishwashing detergent.

about a month ago

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