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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

Richard W.M. Jones A lot of screwed up stuff in this story ... (450 comments)

People are becoming addicted to prescription painkillers. They cannot just buy these products. Therefore they (or others) have to rob them. Men worry about "erectile disfunction" because of advertising. Robbers steal the same products that are advertised for this. Guns are widely available in the US. Guns are used to commit these robberies. Police shoot the suspect because he's carrying a gun.

The decoy pill bottle is just a symptom in all this.

about 4 months ago
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Google Wants Patent On Splitting Restaurant Bills

Richard W.M. Jones Re:sensationalism? (196 comments)

The system described is identical to the one we used to use in our shared house to settle bills. We even did it on a computer, so they don't get to use the "but it's on a computer so it's complete different!" defence.

about a year ago
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Google Threatens French Media Ban

Richard W.M. Jones Re:careful what you wish for (419 comments)

This just means that booksellers are getting a hidden subsidy from French readers. Sure, you can make anything a success if you have the government enforcing your rent-seeking behaviour. But I wonder if the customers would be happy if it was laid out to them that this policy directly costs them a hidden X euros a year.

Rich.

about 2 years ago
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Wikipedia Mobile Apps Switch To OpenStreetMap

Richard W.M. Jones Re:Who pays for the tile servers? (166 comments)

Eventually I'll just replicate the entire database on my N terabyte USB key. Really, this one isn't a problem.

more than 2 years ago
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Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

Richard W.M. Jones Re:Pulse Audio (460 comments)

PulseAudio sucks, but systemd is reasonable stuff. It's like upstart (but done right) combined with inetd.

Unlike what another reply says, systemd does not require changes to daemons.

Rich.

more than 3 years ago
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If You're Working For Stock, Read the Fine Print

Richard W.M. Jones Re:...opaque language is the norm. (374 comments)

The two times I've bought houses, you bet I read every single word of every document, even the ones I didn't have to sign. Not doing so is just laziness and stupidity when you're making such an enormous purchase.

Rich.

more than 3 years ago
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Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost

Richard W.M. Jones Re:Things we've lost (662 comments)

Safe fast languages:

SML, OCaml and some of the other functional languages. Usually within a few % of the speed of C, and far safer.

However you're absolutely right in your list, and it's very unfortunate that programmers have forgotten or never even knew about these things.

Rich.

more than 3 years ago
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Britain's Oldest Working Television For Sale

Richard W.M. Jones On TV ... (108 comments)

If you track down The Secret Life of Machines Series 1, The Television Set you can see this sort of set (perhaps even this very set) being demonstrated.

AIUI you wouldn't want to turn this on for very long, or at least not without a fire extinguisher handy. Some of the electronics (capacitors I think?) are made of paper and after all this time have dried out and are prone to catching fire.

Rich.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?

Richard W.M. Jones Re:talking about data how safe are the data center (562 comments)

My experience is in data centres that I've seen and visited, not in power supplies. Show us a significant data centre that promises to run the whole thing from diesel generators.

Rich.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?

Richard W.M. Jones Re:talking about data how safe are the data center (562 comments)

From my experience, I've seen data centres that have two supposedly redundant power supplies (usually this just means two paths into the data centre from the same supplier).

It seems unlikely/improbable to me that a data centre could be supplied from local diesel generators. The power consumption is just far too great. So your answer is "not safe at all".

Rich.

more than 3 years ago
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The Saturn Fly-By

Richard W.M. Jones Re:Wouldn't play (83 comments)

Has anyone got this in an actual open format? I don't use flash.

more than 3 years ago
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Fedora 15 Changes Network Device Naming Scheme

Richard W.M. Jones Re:/dev/disk/by-id/ (132 comments)

Please don't use /dev/disk/by-id. SUSE uses this and it breaks virtualization.

You cannot change the underlying disks (eg. to do migration or V2V) without the guest becoming unbootable.

Use filesystem UUIDs instead. These survive all sorts of migrations and conversions intact, and are even useful in the non-virtual case -- eg. if you swap SATA disks around.

Rich.

more than 3 years ago
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Japanese Supreme Court Rules TV Forwarding Illegal

Richard W.M. Jones Re:Space-shifting "service" is the issue (177 comments)

Actually had a friend who worked in sales selling one of these services.

The way it works is this:

The company hires a room in Tokyo and fills it top to bottom with (legally purchased) decoder boxes. The output from these is sent over the internet to paying customers in foreign countries -- in the UK in the case of my friend. They get access to these "proxied" services, the idea being that they can watch Japanese TV programs from the UK without needing all the special satellite equipment.

The (stupid) copyright issue is down to regional licensing of TV programs and films, which is why the established broadcasters hate these services and try to portray them as criminal / pirates when of course they are no such thing.

Anyway, hope this explains a bit more what's going on here. I see it's business as usual for openness and transparency in Japanese politics/law ...

Rich.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Pitches Heavy Lift Vehicle To Congress

Richard W.M. Jones Re:A Bit Left Off (275 comments)

Possibly a stupid idea, but why don't they make the SRB casing by wrapping layers of some rolled metal instead? You can roll out some metals basically indefinitely, and then you roll these up around the fuel to the thickness required.

Rich.

more than 3 years ago
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The Clock Is Ticking On Encryption

Richard W.M. Jones Re:Quite right (228 comments)

I knew it, yet I didn't know it.

more than 3 years ago
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US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle

Richard W.M. Jones Re:Hague Convention? (782 comments)

Sorry, my mistake, I meant the St Petersburg Declaration.

"The Great Powers agreed to renounce, in case of war among themselves, the use of any explosive projectile of less weight than 400 grams (14 ounces avoirdupois) or one charged with fulminating or inflammable substances."

It's possible that these projectiles are over 400g in weight though.

Rich.

more than 3 years ago
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US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle

Richard W.M. Jones Hague Convention? (782 comments)

I know the US doesn't care about such things any more, but don't these violate the Hague Convention on "exploding bullets"?

more than 3 years ago
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CDE — Making Linux Portability Easy

Richard W.M. Jones Relink static script (385 comments)

I wrote this script to relink a dynamically-linked program with as many equivalent static libraries as possible, with any unavailable static libraries left dynamic. I use it to ship a static version of libguestfs

Whether static binaries are a good idea, I'll leave that discussion up to others. I would say that dynamic linking should be preferred, but static linking and this script is quite useful in some circumstances.

Rich.

more than 3 years ago

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Richard W.M. Jones Richard W.M. Jones writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Richard W.M. Jones writes "Red Hat (disclaimer: I work for them) has announced a set of metrically equivalent fonts to the popular, but proprietary Microsoft core fonts, released with source under the GPL. There are three faces, Liberation Mono (a substitute for Courier New), Sans (for Arial) and Serif (for Times New Roman). Sadly there is no news on a substitute for Comic Sans. RPMs are available from here and Ubuntu are working to include them too."

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