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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

bruce_the_loon Overblown concern by the anonymous submitter (90 comments)

Firstly, this isn't a general law, it's an amendment to the law governing foreign sales of military technology. It only applies if a specific technology is classified as solely defense or strategic. Yes that classification can be manipulated, but a court would have to be convinced that the classification is valid.

Secondly, the bill isn't doing away with the presumption of innocence globally. It is saying that if a person selling the regulated technology relies on the exceptions and regulations to decide whether it is safe to supply technology, that they have documented that reliance properly. Basically they want people to do their homework before handing classified military information over to a foreign actor. Seems fair enough.

2 days ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

bruce_the_loon Re:Come on people, (96 comments)

There's a difference between copying the command syntax, which has been held as valid in some jurisdictions, and photocopying the manuals.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

bruce_the_loon Come on people, (96 comments)

If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times, run the manuals through Google Translate twice and then run Word's grammar checks.

If you copy verbatim, you gonna get caught.

about two weeks ago
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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

bruce_the_loon Re: Billions and billions: (108 comments)

Google has $550 million, the article has $550,000 million. Out by 10^3.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

bruce_the_loon Re:I agree (523 comments)

Generalize much? Things are never the same for everybody. I haven't done joined-up writing since the beginning of high school, but my time to write the same sentence is currently about 40% faster in rough print against illegible cursive. Maybe if you're comparing it to formal block writing like you do on a form, but not for note-taking rough printing.

If my cursive was several times faster, I'd set fire to the paper with the friction.

about three weeks ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

bruce_the_loon Come on Slashdot, get your news current (257 comments)

The last mail in the thread, dated the 26th of November, explains that the Xen bug was a Xen bug and that the lockup was something different and traceable once the chap experiencing the bug managed to get a kernel backtrace.

about three weeks ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

bruce_the_loon Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (132 comments)

It might have been the pilot's choice, but it negates the assertion that the downwash would prevent a bird or drone from reaching the chopper's hull.

about a month ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

bruce_the_loon Re:damn (120 comments)

Justified by ignorance. Used twice and once they found out what happened, they tried their damnedest to never use them again. If you want to be honest about it, accept how ignorant they were and without the hindsight we have now.

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

bruce_the_loon Re:In the uk (461 comments)

; and unlike gun owners who managed to get carry permit applications exempt, the lack a powerful lobby.

Except for Justices Cummerbund, Letcher and Ogler who would be quite upset if Candy and Tandy disappears from their local joint because they got harassed by a bible-thumper trying to SAVE them.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

bruce_the_loon Postgres-XL (147 comments)

Open-source so you don't have to cough up millions of dollars to see if you can get business.

Clusterable, scalable and standards-based so you're not locking down too far into one solution-space.

about a month and a half ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

bruce_the_loon Re:Disgusting (164 comments)

Constrictors are able to regurgitate their meal in a danger situation. If they succeed in getting the snake to swallow an uncrushable prey item in the first place, it's pretty easy to corner it, provide a visual threat and have it regurgitate him.

Youtube clip of one getting rid of a dog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1Ge4Xsuijs

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

bruce_the_loon Re:We can do that thing you like (230 comments)

De-duplication doesn't work that way. The system tracks duplicates at block level and if a configured cluster size of blocks is identical, the file block stream is chained through a single copy of the blocks. If a new version of the file appears, it will fail the block check and will have space allocated to it. If more copies of the new version then appear, they will be chained through the single copy of the new version.

If you delete a single instance of a de-duped file, it is handled the same way as multiple hard links to a file on a unix file system. The FAT entry (if you don't mind the archaic reference) is removed and the reference count to the data is decreased by one. No blocks are freed for overwrite if other FAT entries reference the blocks. So NO, an installer deleting one instance of a de-duped DLL will not remove the contents of the file from disk as the blocks are referenced by other files.

about 1 month ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

bruce_the_loon Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

The transcriptions I've seen have all maintained the phonetics of the Arabic word al-qÄÊidah as al-KY-dÉ(TM)

What we have here is

al-kwid-a

, as in quid pro quo or the slang for a British pound.

about 2 months ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

bruce_the_loon Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

They didn't spell Al-Qaeda correctly at all. That looks like the spelling of someone who's only ever heard the name and spelled it the way they were taught English.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

bruce_the_loon Re:Frankly, I don't give a damn... (175 comments)

Or part of the development and testing process for a new generation space suit?

about 2 months ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

bruce_the_loon Re:Problematic for Linux too (94 comments)

If you could point us to the source code of the Windows services manager engine, we'd appreciate it. :)

about 2 months ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

bruce_the_loon Re:Onion Pi? (72 comments)

The problem that the Onion Pi is not granny-friendly. The problem that the Onion Pi needs to be assembled and requires RP Linux knowledge to set up in the first place.

Some people want the challenge of making the device, others just want to plug it in and go. That's where this comes into play.

about 2 months ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

bruce_the_loon Re:Information Collected (147 comments)

They had similar levels of data collection on the tech previews and betas of 7 and 8, and switched it off on the RTMs. I don't think even MS has the desire and capacity to collect that much data from a billion computers.

about 2 months ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

bruce_the_loon Re:Problematic for Linux too (94 comments)

At least you can diagnose and fix issues with shell scripts with vi and a bit of knowledge. Try that with a binary blob that stores its data in a binary store.

about 2 months ago

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