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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

dskoll Re:Oligarchy world (943 comments)

Canada is a monarchy that's allowed to make some of it's own laws and have meetings but really its an oil emirate for the Brittish Royals

Umm... ? Bullshit. Canada hasn't relied on Britain for "permission" to make laws for over three decades. Read up on your history.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

dskoll Re:Actually against Islam (943 comments)

Muhammad used beheading to great effect. Google Banu Qurayza

ISIS are in fact faithfully following the 7th-century teachings of Muhammad. Those who sugar-coat things by claiming it's "anti-Islam" are simply deluding themselves.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

dskoll Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (943 comments)

No, Islam is fundamentally different from other religions. It's a fascist ideology whose goal is world domination; read any of the Islamic writings to see Islams attitude towards non-Muslims. This fascist ideology is cloaked in religion in order to call those who criticize it bigoted.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

dskoll Re:they will defeat themselves (943 comments)

I don't believe that killing terrorist breeds terrorism. Eventually, even the dumbest of the dumb will realize that it doesn't pay.

In the short term, the only effective answer to ISIS is to kill them.

2 days ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

dskoll Maxing out the universe... (129 comments)

The universe is plenty big enough. 2^64 is about 1.8x10^19 and there are around 10^59 atoms in just one average-sized star. That leaves 5.5x10^39 atoms per bit. That's a lot of atoms; a lot more than a trillion kilograms, in fact.

The universe is really, really big..

4 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

dskoll Is this why they call them "smart" phones? (222 comments)

Come on, everyone! Camp out and pay $600+ for a device that's gonna cost much less a few months later! Be L337!

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

dskoll Evil Overlords (471 comments)

From: Apple Monitoring Service
To: Apple Customer
Subject: Alert

We have detected unusual accelerometer activity in your iWatch. We believe you are left-handed and were visiting some porn sites.

Sincerely,

Evil Apple Overlords.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

dskoll Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (363 comments)

Regulation's goal is not to stop stupidity. It's to reduce harm. If you think seatbelt laws, automobile safety regulations, etc. have not reduced harm, then you're living in a fantasy world.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

dskoll Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (363 comments)

Tell that to all the babies in the United States who were not disfigured by Thalidomide because of the courageous actions of the US regulator. There were some, but it could have been much, much worse.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

dskoll Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (363 comments)

Cell phone use (talking and texting) has skyrocketed over the last decade. The accident rates have not risen in correlation with it.

Wrong. Accidents caused by distracted driving have increased dramatically. For example, see here:

"In 2013, distracted driving fatalities surpassed both impaired and speed related fatalities in fatal motor vehicle collisions investigated by the OPP. A total of 78 persons died in distracted driving related collisions compared to 57 impaired driving deaths and 44 speed related deaths last year.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

dskoll Re:Not severe enough (363 comments)

So you react to my post with ad hominem attacks rather than refuting what I stated. As a "weak-minded idiot" and "easily-led child", I deal with people like you by ignoring them until they contribute something useful to the discussion.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

dskoll Not severe enough (363 comments)

Since the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cell phones impair drivers as much as over-the-limit blood alcohol does, the penalties for cell-phone-distracted driving should be as severe as for drunk driving, and we also need a campaign to stigmatize it the way drunk driving has been.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

dskoll Canada: Chip and PIN (111 comments)

I've shopped at our local Home Depot, but here in Canada everything's been chip-and-PIN for quite some time. So... am I at risk? It's not clear from the news media whether or not the chip-and-PIN system has protected me from this breach.

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

dskoll Cancon... feh. (184 comments)

I'm Canadian and I'm completely fed up with Can-Con rules here. CBC Radio is pretty decent, but CBC TV is crap. If Canadian TV producers wanted Canadians to watch Canadian shows, here's an idea: Try making good shows once in a while.

(Funnily enough, my favourite TV channel is... TVO (TV Ontario), which is funded in part by the Ontario government, and which produces excellent kids' shows and great adults' shows like The Agenda. But for the most part, Canadian shows are crap, apart from documentaries and a few comedy shows, and the shows produced by private broadcasters are usually much worse than the ones produced by public broadcasters.)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

dskoll Re:Hopefully this goes without saying (137 comments)

Our DSL is not particularly unreliable. However, our servers are spectacularly reliable. They run Linux on decent hardware and we almost never have a server failure. Our most common cause of a server failure over the last 10 years has been power failures long enough for the UPS to decide we'd better shut down.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

dskoll Re:Hopefully this goes without saying (137 comments)

The fact that a well-managed cloud service is multiply-redundant is of little consolation if your crappy DSL line goes down for 6 hours and your salespeople cannot access the CRM tool.

What's more likely to happen: the loss of access to Amazon cloud services/internet, or a local box getting cacked

Unequivocally for us: Loss of Internet access happens far more often than a server failure.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

dskoll Re:Hopefully this goes without saying (137 comments)

Actually, the model of remotely-managed on-premise appliances is not that crazy. Assuming it's done securely, you get the best of both worlds:

If the customer's Internet access goes down, they're not dead in the water as they would be with a cloud solution.

If you manage everything for them, then the box is completely hands-off... just like a cloud solution.

There's an entire business category called "Managed Service Providers" whose vendors do exactly this: Remotely manage all aspects of your IT infrastructure so you don't need to worry about anything. For mom-and-pop non-technical businesses, it's an excellent model.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

dskoll Re:Keeping track.. (137 comments)

Managing the OpenVPN connections is not that bad. You give each client its own key and certificate and you use OpenVPN's ccd/ directory to assign VPN IP addresses.

We use the following tools to monitor our servers, but we're only monitoring about 30, not 500:

  • OpenVPN for accessing the remote servers. SSH if we need to log on to the server to do something. Some of our more important servers include built-in KVM-over-IP ability which can be very handy if the OS locks up.
  • Xymon (formerly known as Hobbit) for monitoring the health of remote servers. We include some custom Xymon plugins to monitor SNMP variables. I find Xymon much easier to configure than Nagios, though it's not quite as flexible.
  • Munin for tracking performance and ensuring we have baseline data.

I'm not sure how well this would scale to 500 boxes, though Xymon claims to be able to monitor "lots of systems".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

dskoll Re:Perl (729 comments)

I actually like Perl statement modifiers; they can make code more readable if used judiciously. Something like:
return unless $DEBUGGING;
can be pretty useful. Obviously, something like:
$a += $b * complex_function($c, $d, $e) unless ($x > 100.7 && pre_condition($d, $c, $e));
is not good.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

dskoll csh (729 comments)

csh is one big wtf. Those of you on Linux/UNIX boxes with csh active, start csh and then type:

else

Keep typing stuff in.

breaksw does the same thing. Who wrote that parser?

about two weeks ago

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