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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

dargaud Re:Why such a short lifetime ? (235 comments)

Nut that's the point of doing it modular: send a new module every few years, retire one every few years, this way you don't need to dump the whole thing at once and start over.

2 days ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

dargaud Re:UPS (233 comments)

Same experience here... until I changed brand of UPS. APC absolutely sucked, I had something like 10 different ones (I run a lot of hardware) fail in various ways. Since I changed brand: no more problems. I don't even remember what I have now since it's been under the desk for years without me needing to look.

3 days ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

dargaud Re:Adblock... (309 comments)

I don't know what they mean by 'host' but 'hosts files' are a complementary solution to adblock. And yes it is spam, and since you are all anonymous cowards don't expect a discussion on that.

about a week ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

dargaud Re:Put your money where your mouth is. (246 comments)

Yeah and it's permeating the whole of society. This week only I heard (live, not on TV): a medical doctor say that there was solvent in one brand of D vitamin for babies; so many people say 'you never know' as an excuse to give homeopathy to their kids; a physics teacher say that radio waves are bad; kindergarten teachers say that wifi keep kids from sleeping well; a math teacher say she cannot stand to be near power lines; etc, etc, etc...

about a week ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

dargaud Why such a short lifetime ? (235 comments)

Can't they plan something permanent, where you add and remove modules as needed ? Barely 2 decades of use for such an expensive project seems kind of a waste.

about a week ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

dargaud Re:CAcert (210 comments)

I used StartSSL a couple years ago when the first versions of HTTPS-Everywhere came out. Great. It worked. But then after a year you had to do the whole procedure again. Which I of course forgot to do. And since HTTPS-Everywhere doesn't revert to HTTP is the certificate lapses, all my visitors got was a 404 (or the https equivalent). Not really optimum. If this new scheme wants to take off, they need a way to renew automatically. Provide us with a shell script we can put in cron once a year and forget about it. Or something like that.

about a week ago
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

dargaud Re:The measurements in question: (142 comments)

Is there a tool that will parse a smartctl output and tell you 'good' or 'no good' ?

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

dargaud Re:Legalities (301 comments)

A judge ? And the world is not black OR white, you know.

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

dargaud Re:I smoke, I drink, and I'm... (187 comments)

In other words: "If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself."

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

dargaud Re:Tax collection for hire (200 comments)

Why the fuck don't companies pay taxes in the countries they do business with ? Yes, each of them; according to how much money they make in said country.

about three weeks ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

dargaud Re:Google totally fucked up Android (214 comments)

Never noticed any problem with airplane mode in 4.4 but it reminds me of something. Why do they disable GPS reception in airplane mode ?!? GPS doesn't emit anything, it only receives, so why turn it off ?!?

about three weeks ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

dargaud Re:die by taser or gas? (152 comments)

You can't tase 500 people at once (which is what you'd need in cases of mass hostage situation where you can't tell hostages from hostage takers).

Also for once the summary is spot on: "these weapons rely on exact dosage to prevent fatality, and that the ability to deliver the right agent to the right people in the right dose without exposing the wrong people, or delivering the wrong dose' is a near-impossible expectation". Maybe you should have read it. Or remembered that in the russian vs Chechen situation a decade ago, most of the hostages died because of the incapacitating agent. Also, if all it takes is a few gas mask, expect the next hostage takers to use gas masks.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

dargaud Re:The good news (700 comments)

It appears that FTDI have reverse engineered the fake chips and found that they can be reprogrammed. When their driver detects a fake chip, it uses the internal configuration commands to erase the EEPROM memory containing the Vendor Unique ID.

So this goes well and beyond the simple "Let's have our driver refuse to talk with the chip in case we detect it's compatible/counterfeit" and completely into "Let's destroy somebody else's property whenever we want". Completely unacceptable.

about a month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

dargaud Get a virus... (324 comments)

...and as it starts spewing Gb after Gb of spam, you are now bankrupt. Nice. Or if you have a server in the country and fall victim to a DOS attack, you must now pay for the Tb of data exchanged in the DOS and must sell your firstborn to pay the tax.

about a month ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

dargaud Re:I'm betting on balloons (99 comments)

I mountain areas coverage is very spotty, even in densely populated mountains like the Alps: in deep twisted valleys you have to install too many antennas, and north faces (in the northern hemisphere) impede the use of geosync satellites by blocking line-of-sight. And there's never an irridium above you when you are in a valley. When I was in Himalaya we had a chart of time windows when satellites were above us and we could make quick calls or SMS. Balloons/drones can improve on that.

about a month ago
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Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

dargaud Now this pisses me off (92 comments)

Over a decade ago I submitted a project to carry data in Antarctica by a 1500km fiber for a large project. It was shut down by the Americans because according to the Antarctic Treaty you cannot leave anything in Antarctica permanently. Now the US has this project (how are they gonna get it out of the Ice ?), Ice Cube (which has thousands of detectors under km of ice) and others...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

dargaud Re:Feature not a bug (286 comments)

Hmmm, so, is this 'master' control something we can ignore nowadays ?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

dargaud Re:Feature not a bug (286 comments)

I have no idea what 'master' is even supposed to mean. Since the device that is in use is actually selected in the [Audio settings][Device Preference], what is the point of having a 'master' ?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

dargaud Same here (286 comments)

And if you throw buetooth speakers into the mix it turns into a complete nightmare that only a reboot can fix. Sometimes.

about a month ago

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Ubuntu closes longstanding bug #1

dargaud dargaud writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dargaud (518470) writes "Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu fame has closed the primal bug on launchpad, standing since 2004 and titled "Microsoft has a majority market share", due to the 'changing realities' of tablets, smartphones, wearable computing..."
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Ask /.: are home drones a possibility ?

dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dargaud writes "I live in an alpine setting and I'd like to be able to remotely view various remote valleys to check for ice formations for winter climbing. I wonder if there are cheap drones that could do that. Requirements would be: GPS guided on a preset route (no remote control necessary, and anyway there's no line of sight), at least 20km autonomy, 1 or 2 cameras on the sides to record valley walls, easy launching and autonomous landing (parachute?) at predefined point, ground detection to avoid crashes (if preset route is wrong or GPS echoes on valley walls as is often the case). Is there anything commercially available cheap enough, or any DIY that doesn't require a year of assembly ?"
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You can say that the Taser kills (in France)

dargaud dargaud writes  |  about 6 years ago

dargaud writes "Although in the US Taser International is known to sue anybody who claims tasers contributed to the cause of death of people (even going as far as changing causes on death certificates), in France things now go the other way. A communist leader was sued by the company after claiming in an interview that tasers had killed 150 people in the US and Canada. And they lost yesterday (link in french) after failing to prove otherwise. It's the 2nd victory for free speech in the country against the company which is trying to sell its devices to police forces. But where the story gets even more interesting is that 6 staff members of the company were arrested while spying on the political leader..."
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dargaud dargaud writes  |  about 8 years ago

dargaud writes "I just received a spam message that was so geeky that I held my finger off the delete key in curiosity: it's the usual pump'n'dump scam, but in ASCII art ! The message contains only numbers and spaces, but when read in a monospaced font it spells a stock reference 11 characters high and contains nothing else. The hitch is that in the usual windowed mail reader it's pure giberish so I doubt this new attempt at evading spam filters will catch on."
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dargaud dargaud writes  |  more than 8 years ago

dargaud writes "The Washington Post (reg necessary) is running a story about yet another airport paranoia: MPAA sponsored DVD sniffing dogs! Two dogs have been trained to recognize the smell released by the plastic of pirate DVDs. The catch? They smell just like legal ones..."

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