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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

QuesarVII Re:It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

And how do you stop all those mounts if you want to? There is no more netfs initscript on RHEL7 - if you want to stop all nfs mounts, you have to do them 1 by 1, with "systemctl stop mountpoint.mount".

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

QuesarVII Re:Stupid (561 comments)

And yet here you are. I'll go out on a limb and guess that you ended up getting that higher education and a well-paying job in the tech sector despite all this.

Actually, no. I never got my higher education, primarily for financial reasons. I have a good tech job though. That is because of all the time and effort I spent on my own to learn all this stuff. All the information I learned from is freely out there - anyone with the motivation can do it themselves. Years ago, only the privileged had access to computers. Now you can get a barebones brand new system for a couple of hundred dollars, or a used system for even less.

If you ask me, it's in poor taste to complain about this issue as a white guy.

If not a white guy, who is supposed to be the one complaining about white guys being excluded from all the special programs?

about 4 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

QuesarVII Re:Stupid (561 comments)

the kind of person who thinks there is not any inequality in access to education to begin with

There is definitely inequality in the system, but it goes both ways. As a white male born to middle income parents, I was not eligble for the vast majority of scholarships I seeked. Despite having good grades in honors/AP classes and getting a very high SAT score, I got squat.

Why? It's because so many of the scholarships were specialized to various minority groups and to females. Things like this are why I personally have a problem with education programs targetting specific groups. Equality means equality, or at least it should.

about 4 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

QuesarVII Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

I've historically had difficulties with colors on the computer, with bright yellow and bright green being well on indistinguishable. (Whch is hell for those computer games where you're matching up yellow items and green items under a time limit.) I also have a hard time telling the difference between black text and red text on projected slides. (Annoying when presenters "highlight" text by changing the color to red.) Those annoyances were actually the reason why I insisted I get a decent color vision test - there was a series of things where I complained that certain colors were indistinguishable, and people around me looked like I grew another head, saying that the difference was patently obvious.

So, yes, it is completely possible to be unaware of being colorblind, even despite having regular eye exams.

The issues you experienced with colors show that being completely unaware seems unlikely. Maybe someone who is very shy and never mentioned their difficulty with certain things might not find out it wasn't "normal" though.

about 4 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

QuesarVII Re:I don't assemble computers. (391 comments)

They screwed up by making 8 pin 12V motherboard power connectors and 8 pin 12V PCIe power connectors nearly identical, but with opposite polarity.

You end up with 12V connected straight to ground and vice versa on most of the pins. The connectors do have keyed pins, but it doesn't take too much extra force to plug the wrong one in. I've seen the results from plenty of otherwise bright people frying motherboards, GPUs, and power supplies.

about 5 months ago
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How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

QuesarVII Re:Step 1 (196 comments)

Or spend a lot less, and buy skull candy earbuds.

about 6 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

QuesarVII Re:" why T-Mobile finds it profitable" (482 comments)

I got talk&text working on mine (also a Samsung S3) flashing it myself, but haven't gotten the data working.

I've found someone that does remote flashing, and am going to have them do it for me. I will have them do it from a VM I set up, and will log all usb traffic, so I might be able to figure out what was done from that.

about 7 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

QuesarVII Re:Let's save Bennett some time (482 comments)

real used market developing

There are over 20k used iphones for sale on ebay right now, nevermind all the other various android devices.

about 8 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

QuesarVII Re:" why T-Mobile finds it profitable" (482 comments)

I pay $12 a month for my cell service with them. 1 downside with page plus though is they are 3g only - if you want to use a 4g phone with them it requires manual flashing instead of auto activation.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

QuesarVII Re:Give up the keys (125 comments)

Because he'll NEVER figure out how to get root access with only full sudo!

Apr 29 16:19:45 REALLYSECURESERVER sudo: newguy : TTY=pts/4 ; PWD=/home/newguy ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/bin/bash

Right. Just like nobody will ever figure out what that log message means.

Once you have root, modifying logs is easy.

about 8 months ago
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Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

QuesarVII Re:Darmok and Jalad (83 comments)

Where did any of the words they told those stories come from?

If they don't understand regular language, how do they understand Picard's story?

So many holes, and so stupid.

about 8 months ago
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Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

QuesarVII Re:Darmok and Jalad (83 comments)

Worst. Episode. Ever.

about 8 months ago
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How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

QuesarVII Re:why do people use landlines again? (206 comments)

There are plenty of non-unlimited plans out there.

I have a $12 a month plan with only 250 mins and texts. Low limits, but cheap as hell. Only 5c a min if I go over, which I've only done once in a year.
www.pagepluscellular.com

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

QuesarVII Re:Missing option (270 comments)

Yeah, and all those studies proving increased hand-eye coordination skills of video gamers were a waste of time too. That's why they've been doing research into having laproscopic surgeons play games on the regular to improve their skills.

about 10 months ago
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Yep, People Are Still Using '123456' and 'Password' As Passwords In 2014

QuesarVII Re:Maybe people don't care (276 comments)

He used iso date format - arguably the best and most universal way to represent a date. Get over yourself.

about a year ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

QuesarVII I was recently burned by a keyboard layout (459 comments)

Accidentally hit enter instead of backslash on an old keyboard. It had an L shaped enter instead of rectangular. That accident meant deleting all of my logical volumes on a big storage array instead of just the one I was trying to. I was very grateful for the automatic backups Linux LVM makes when you delete volumes as I had not yet made my own backup since adding a couple new logical volumes.

about 10 months ago
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Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

QuesarVII Hideous website - tabtimes (211 comments)

I tried checking out the tabtimes website but immediately closed it. It looks like 1 giant ad.

about a year ago
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How much of your media do you store locally?

QuesarVII Re:Exactly (187 comments)

[smug] I don't know about you chumps, but I'm covered for backups [/smug]

Not when they're all on the same drive.

Unless that was some of the more subtle sarcasm to show up here in quite a while.

Subtle? Really? Whooooooosh.

about a year ago
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Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

QuesarVII Re:Maybe this corn can be used for food again? (314 comments)

No, sunset clauses are easy to deal with; it goes down like this:

Senator Bob: Hey, this law is in sunset phase. Was it a good idea, and do we want to keep it, yea or nay?

Except it ends up not just being a yes/no vote to renew. People end up arguing about what to change, or what to tack on (raises!).

1 year,11 hours

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Local priviledge escalation on all Linux kernels

QuesarVII QuesarVII writes  |  more than 5 years ago

QuesarVII (904243) writes "Tavis Ormandy and Julien Tinnes have discovered a severe security flaw in all 2.4 and 2.6 kernels since 2001 on all architectures

"Since it leads to the kernel executing code at NULL, the vulnerability is as trivial as it can get to exploit: an attacker can just put code in the first page that will get executed with kernel privileges.""

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