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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Palinchron Re:Hope! (522 comments)

In my mind, this comes down to whether we want a better functioning OS or an OS that adheres to the mindset that I think attracted many of us to Linux in the first place.

In my mind, it comes down to streamlining the common use cases for a given system, while throwing under the bus everyone who wants to do something with their system that Lennart didn't think of or doesn't care to support.

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Palinchron Re:I disagree (549 comments)

What we really need is some kind of standardized identity management system-- like you know how you can sign onto various sites using either your Facebook or Google+ sign-on? Like that, but standardized. We need a true single-sign-on solution that is easy to manage, hard to screw up and lose your identity permanently, and usable everywhere.

Is there any particular reason why we shouldn't just use public key authentication as the standard authentication method to use absolutely everywhere, optionally delegated to some remote single-signon service of your choice which is not in any way visible to the service you're authenticating against? This seems like the obviously correct solution to me, but for some reason I never see it mentioned in threads about replacing passwords as an authentication scheme.

about 2 months ago
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FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

Palinchron Re:Not a rule - Not just the FAA (199 comments)

If an activity is safe for a hobbyist to perform, why is it suddenly dangerous and in need of regulation when a professional does it?

Because "commercial" is really code for "on a large scale", and "hobbyist" is code for "on a small scale". What's safe on a small scale need not be safe on a large scale.

Of course, "commercial" is only a poor approximation of "on a large scale", but it's measurable and hard to game and does a pretty good job as an approximation in practice, so that's what the law will say.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

Palinchron Re:Bitcoin (533 comments)

Mining ASICs don't count, though -- ASICs are not microprocessors, so they don't run code, written in assembly or otherwise.

about a year ago
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Starbucks Phone App Stores Password Unencrypted

Palinchron Re:That's a Feature (137 comments)

Why exactly is it different when talking about cellphones? The exact same approach still works. What could Starbucks do to improve on this?

about a year ago
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Irish Politician Calls For Crackdown On Open Source Internet Browsers

Palinchron Re:WTF (335 comments)

Then again, most people who are not technically knowledgeable don't try to make laws about it.

about a year ago
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EU Copyright Reform: Your Input Is Needed!

Palinchron Re:Abolish it. (154 comments)

Likewise, just because copyright is broken doesn't mean we should get rid of it either.

No, but the notion that the whole basic concept is a bad one sure does.

about a year ago
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Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed

Palinchron Re:Am I imagining it? (230 comments)

For one thing, for many applications you NEED the plaintext passwords. You can't do cram-md5 authentication without it, for example.

about a year ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

Palinchron Re:Actually, you do not have the freedom to exceed (732 comments)

Currently cars use several other technologies to prevent 'stupid' and everyone is ok with it.

The problem is that I, and very many people with me, find it ethically absolutely unacceptable to have tools work against their owners. This is exactly the reason why people hate DRM so much. My tools are mine and should listen to me only, and anyone trying to oppose that is evil. Seriously evil.

Also note that none of the examples you posted are an example of this.

about a year ago
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Iain Banks Dies of Cancer At 59

Palinchron Re:Nonsense (141 comments)

We are a death phobic society and it's actually irrational.

Why? There's nothing irrational about being scared of something that is in fact bad and dangerous.

about a year and a half ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

Palinchron Re:Makes perfect sense to me (1145 comments)

So, what real world object or property is being described by this area in metric, or its inverse in imperial?

That's simple, actually. If you laid the gas you burned while driving a certain distance as a thin tube over that distance, this area would be the area of the cross section of this tube.

about a year and a half ago
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What Professors Can Learn From "Hard Core" MOOC Students

Palinchron Re:99.97% dropout rate (141 comments)

If you could start a semester at college by signing up for every class that looked remotely interesting, show up to the first lecture or two, decide whether it was, then only take the classes you wanted, you'd probably see rates more like that.

You mean you *can't*? That's exactly how I DO study.

about a year and a half ago
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Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

Palinchron Re:Your opinion, everyone else's liberties (684 comments)

You are entitled to your opinion. You are not entitled to my opinion.

Take my mod points. Take ALL my mod points. (It's a damn shame I don't have any.)

about 2 years ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

Palinchron Re:Oh puh-lease (618 comments)

Are you asserting that the disk size should be reported by the OS/apps in "GB" and files should be reported as kilobytes, megabytes, etc?

I'm asserting that both disk sizes and file sizes should be reported in gigabytes AKA GB (AKA 10^9 bytes), yes. Or kilo-, mega-, or tera- versions, of course.

What happens when you try to copy 375 gigabytes to a 400GB hard disk (let's ignore filesystem overhead in this example) and it doesn't fit?

But it does fit. You have a 375 gigabytes = 375 * 10^9 bytes file, and 400 GB = 400 * 10^9 bytes of disk space. So it all works out just the way it should.

about 2 years ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

Palinchron Re:Yeah yeah, this is old news.. (618 comments)

the point is you can't just redefine existing terms that are in common use and expect the world to reconfigure itself around you.

The irony in that sentence is delicious.

about 2 years ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

Palinchron Re:Oh puh-lease (618 comments)

Not when they go in, view the size of their disk and find that it's 93 GB, instead of 100 GB.

But it is not. Certain broken programs just report it that way. That's a problem with the programs, not the disks.

about 2 years ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

Palinchron Re:Oh puh-lease (618 comments)

The problem with that point of view is that it's not acceptable if a kilobyte per kilogram is not the same thing as a byte per gram. If ever that situation occurs, something has gone horribly wrong somewhere.

As a more direct example, network transfer speeds are customarily measured in real SI units; your 100 Mbit/s network card can transfer 10^8 bits per second, not 100*2^20 bits. Now how long does it take to transfer a 1GB file over a 100 Mbit/s connection? The answer had better come out as 80 seconds. If it instead comes out as 85.9 seconds because the 100 Mbit/s meant 10^8 bits per second and the 1GB meant 2^30 bytes, I think we can all agree that we're doing SOMETHING terribly wrong.

about 2 years ago
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Dozens Suspended In Harvard University Cheat Scandal

Palinchron Re:Details would be nice... (264 comments)

The professor gave no instructions on how to properly cite things, gave an assignment, and 'taught everyone a lesson' by failing them all for plagiarism when they didn't follow the exact standards of reference citing.

How does that work, exactly? Not following the citation standards is not plagiarism. As long as a person denotes in any way whatsoever that a given thought / phrasing is not his own, it is not plagiarism, no matter how wrong the form or how limited the information in this declaration. It doesn't matter if the title of the original book, or the publisher, or hell even the author's name is missing -- as long as one writes "this is not mine" it is not plagiarism. It may not meet the requirements set by the course and therefore warrant a failing grade, but academic honesty violations are out of the question.

about 2 years ago

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