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Attachmate To Retain Novell Unix Copyrights

eric76 To be more precise (77 comments)

Novell's Chief Marketing officer stated:

Here's a message from Novell about the merger, from John Dragoon, Chief Marketing Officer: On November 22, 2010, Novell issued a press release announcing a definitive merger agreement under which Attachmate Corporation (“Attachmate”) would acquire Novell for $6.10 per share in cash (“Merger Agreement”). Novell will continue to own Novell’s UNIX copyrights following completion of the merger as a subsidiary of Attachmate. Novell filed a Form 8-K/A with the SEC on November 22, 2010, with respect to the Merger Agreement.

That is, Novell will be a subsidiary of Attachmate and Novell will continue to own the copyrights.

more than 3 years ago
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Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

eric76 Re:Two Pictures, Three Stories (976 comments)

In some early photo-radar locations, there was a loophole that nobody ever caught onto.

The citations gave an option of identifying the driver and address. If the address of the "identified driver" was foreign, the citation was immediately dismissed.

And one municipality had a maximum time during which the company handling the ticket had to issue the final ticket. If the owner of the vehicle waited until the last minute to identify the driver, there was not enough time to reissue the citation to the identified driver and so it was dismissed.

For a while, citations to anyone driving a rent-a-car were dismissed simply because the rental companies wouldn't respond to the citations. After much digging, a list of the correct addresses to send the citations for each major rental car company was made. After that, requests for identification of the drivers were promptly made by the rental car companies.

more than 4 years ago
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Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

eric76 Re:Wake up, idiot. (976 comments)

My solution to red light cameras is to drive 10-20 mph below the speed limit in any town that used red light cameras.

If those cities were really interested in safety, they could more easily do so, and at all light controlled intersections, by merely increasing the yellow light a second or two.

By the way, when New York City issued their RFP for red light cameras, the first city in the U.S. to do so, I was head of R&D for a radar company and wrote most of our proposal in response to their RFP. We were also working very hard back then to get the Washington DC contract. At the time, I thought that red light cameras would work well, but the actual results have convinced me otherwise.

While I was head of R&D at that company, we were also approached about developing a similar system for railroad crossings. Nothing ever came out of that, though.

more than 4 years ago
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Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

eric76 Re:if you're in the intersection and it's red (976 comments)

It is not a caution light, not a stop light.

Correction: It is a caution light, not a stop light. The first "not" should not have been there.

more than 4 years ago
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Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

eric76 Re:if you're in the intersection and it's red (976 comments)

That is Yellow is a *stop* light in canada, the US, and the UK.

Not true.

A yellow light in Texas is a warning that the light is getting ready to turn red. It is not a caution light, not a stop light.

more than 4 years ago
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Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

eric76 Re:if you're in the intersection and it's red (976 comments)

In places that I'm familiar with, the requirement that you be able to clear the intersection means that if the cross traffic is backed up so bad that you won't be able to clear the intersection even when the light changes, then you must wait before entering the intersection.

My understanding is that just being in the intersection when the light turns red and then completing the turn normally is not impeding traffic.

more than 4 years ago
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Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

eric76 Re:if you're in the intersection and it's red (976 comments)

In Texas, if you are in the intersection when the light turns red, then you didn't run a red light. Furthermore, you have the legal right of way to clear the intersection before crossing traffic may enter.

For unprotected left turns, that's why I pull out into the intersection during the green or yellow light and wait for the oncoming to stop before completing my left hand turn.

more than 4 years ago
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Engaging With Climate Skeptics

eric76 Re:Why do we care if global warming is real? (822 comments)

1. We do nothing about global warning until it is undeniably in full force (maybe in 25 years, 50 years, 100 years or 200 years), if it ever happen. The consequential scenarios are: - Humanity faces an unprecedented crisis that leads to our extinction.

The realistic worst case projections are relatively minor. The possible extinction projections are pure hysteria.

- Humanity faces an unprecedented crisis and with its ingenuity it mitigate the crisis, while a set back in history (maybe thousands, millions or billions dies), humanity continue to strive.

The crisis would be if global cooling were to happen instead. Instead of some possibility so remote that it only exists in the hysterical, global cooling of any but the most minimal magnitude would indeed kill billions.

- Nothing happen and Humanity continue to do what it does now without suffering any consequences of our current behavior.

If nothing happens, but we hobble our economies with useless activity that accomplishes nothing, the consequences are enormous.

Is global warming real? I don't care. Act now!

Panic does noone any good.

If global warming turns out to be real and it turns out not to be beneficial, we have plenty of time to counter the worst effects. That is, plenty of time as in "at least a century".

more than 4 years ago
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Engaging With Climate Skeptics

eric76 Whether global warming exists is not the question (822 comments)

The questions we should be asking, but aren't, go much further.

First, of course, is the question of whether or not it is actually happening. The answer is far from clear. And if we can't answer that, then it is ridiculously stupid to be paniced by a bunch of hysterical politicians spend billions or trillions of dollars to fix something that may not even be broken. And the term "politicians" includes those so-called climate scientists who have ceased being scientists in their quest to become advocates of their own global warming religion. Furthermore, if we can't even determine whether or not it is happening, than we have plenty of time to try to do something later if needed.

After that is the question of what, if anything, we can effectively do to slow it down or stop it. If we don't understand the problem, then anything we do is likely to be far from ineffective and may accomplish nothing at all. Why should we destroy our economy for little more than a hysterical nightmare?

Third is the question that hardly anyone is asking or even thinking about. The global warming advocates all take the answer for granted without even thinking about it. That is the question of whether or not we should do anything if global warming is happening and if there are some effective things we can do to combat it. Global warming is likely to be overwhelmingly beneficial for most life on Earth including mankind. Sure, if global warming occurs, there will be some people who come out behind. But global warming means longer growing seasons, especially toward the poles. Large expanses of land would become available for growing crops.

The real disaster would be global cooling. If that occurs, expect billions of people to starve to death. Remember that in the fossil record, periods of cooling, not warming, are the climatological causes of mass extinctions. If global warming helps postpone the next ice age or lessen its effects, the benefits to mankind and other animal life are clear.

There is no reason to panic. Far from it. There is plenty of reason to welcome global warming.

It's time for scientists to go back to doing science. Those who can't should go find some other work and get out of the way of the real scientists.

more than 4 years ago
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Ranchers Have Beef With USDA Program To ID Cattle

eric76 Re:The Farmers are Right (376 comments)

Except when cattle are commingled at the slaughterhouse - infection could be spread there.

By far the major problem is cross-contaimination at the slaugherhouse/packing plant.

I would bet that if you looked at the number of deaths in the United States over the last 50 years that resulted from eating contaminated beef. you would find that all, or nearly all, were from contamination that occurred after the animal was slaughtered.

more than 5 years ago
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Ranchers Have Beef With USDA Program To ID Cattle

eric76 Re:Regulation (376 comments)

The food industry doesn't need these regulations at all.

If you consider the actual diseases that make it to the consumers from meat, they are invariably the result of contamination or cross-contamination of meat at the packing plant. Where the animal came from prior to that makes no difference at all.

As for BSE, it has not been much of a problem here. When a cow with BSE was imported a couple of years or so ago, it took only about 24 hours to track it. It is doubtful that the cow would have been tracked any faster with NAIS.

If you want to look at the real threats to our meat supply, look at the animals being brought in from Mexico with relatively little oversight.

Considering the size of the food supply, there have been very few problems at the producer level. The problems that have occurred are after that.

more than 5 years ago
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To the extent there are taxes, I mostly favor ...

eric76 Re:Missing option: (913 comments)

After 20 years, my kid will have paid $2.3 million in sales taxes. Anything he spends after that means that the government will collect more tax revenue from the initial $10 million, than if he had spent 100% of it right away.

There is a concept known as "Present Value".

In your example, the government may collect more tax revenue, but the Present Value of that stream of tax revenue will be less.

more than 5 years ago
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To the extent there are taxes, I mostly favor ...

eric76 Re:Missing option: (913 comments)

Look, obviously there are more poor people supported by social safety nets than people living off inheritance, but it does cut both ways.

Obviously there are more poor drawing welfare, but the welfare for the rich is incredibly larger.

This year, the welfare for the rich is so big that the welfare for the poor is nearly nothing in comparison.

more than 5 years ago
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To the extent there are taxes, I mostly favor ...

eric76 Re:Missing option: (913 comments)

If you want to see what the Fair Tax would be like, you have to look no further than the disaster that was the Luxury Tax in the early 1990s. It was a tax on luxury jewelry, luxury cars, and luxury boats.

The first year's expected tax revenue was several billion dollars, but the actual revenue was on the order of a few million. What it didn't take into account was that by raising the cost, people's spending behavior would change drastically.

I don't know specifically how it affected the jewerly and automobile business, but it certainly just about put ever American sailboat business out of business. They laid off nearly every builder and salesman around. If it hadn't have been repealed reasonably quickly, those business would likely have been gone for good.

One frequent argument is that the Fair Tax won't increase costs at all because the base charges of items will decrease by about as much as the Fair Tax. But the only possible way that can happen is if all the employees also take a pay cut so that their take-home pay after the Fair Tax is the same as before. You should know as well as I know that that is not going to happen. In reality, pre-taxes prices will stay pretty much the same and the Fair Tax would make everything far more expensive.

The Fair Tax also presupposes that it is revenue neutral. That is, the total tax revenue with the Fair Tax will not change from the total tax revenue of the current Income Tax. Since the Fair Tax will be collected only on the sales of new merchandise, the very wealthy who pay the vast majority of the income taxes will only be taxed on what they buy. If a person makes $10,000,000 a year, but only spends $500,000 a year and invests the rest, their total taxes would be approximately $167,000 for an effective tax rate of 1.67%.

Guess who will be making up that difference? Not the poor. It will be the middle class and lower upper class that will pay the vast amount of taxes. If you make $75,000 to $500,000 a year, expect your tax load to increase dramatically as the tax rate is increased to make up for the massive reductions in tax revenue as people change their spending habits.

The Fair Tax also supposed that the Income Tax will be abolished. That's not going to happen at all. In all likelihood, we would end up with both the Fair Tax and the Income Tax -- that's the only way they could bring up the same tax revenue as now -- the Fair Tax can't do it.

In that respect, the Fair Tax is kind of like a VAT. (Note that I didn't claim it is a VAT, but that it is kind of like a VAT.) What happened to all those countries that created a VAT? Did they get rid of their Income Taxes? Not hardly. Their combined taxes have climbed higher and higher as a result of having both.

Remember that any law that is passed including the Fair Tax, the law can easily be amended. It may require the abolishment of the Income Tax, but how long do you think it would be before it was quietly amended to keep both?

If we must have taxes, we need to go to a Flat Tax with very few deductions. My suggestion is two deductions -- a $15,000 deduction per family member and a $15,000 deduction per household. Thus, a single person with no kids would pay the tax on all income over $30,000 while a family of four would pay the tax on all income over $75,000.

more than 5 years ago
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The Low-Intensity, Brute-Force Zombies Are Back

eric76 Re:Distributions must use blockers as a standard. (203 comments)

Obviously ssh should be off by default.

I don't think that is obvious at all. Quite the contrary -- ssh is probably the most secure method one has of connecting. Better to leave it on and turn off things like telnet.

I would like to see the password login shut off by default. If soneone wants to use plain passwords on ssh, let them edit the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file themselves to enable them.

more than 5 years ago
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The Low-Intensity, Brute-Force Zombies Are Back

eric76 Re:My server got attacked last Thursday (203 comments)

Just get a big botnet and try all 2^1048 RSA key possibilities and there you go.

My RSA keys are 8192 bits.

more than 5 years ago
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The Low-Intensity, Brute-Force Zombies Are Back

eric76 Re:Poor Odds (203 comments)

Why not just disable cleartext passwords?

On our systems, we permit only skey and RSA/DSA keys for logins.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Reveals "Secret" Server Designs

eric76 Re:The New Mainframe (386 comments)

1980s 2400/9600 bps Serial connections displayed the data that the people wanted fast enough for them to get their work done.

We used to run a small company off of a single 2400 baud link with an 8 port statmux (statistical multiplexor) to a remote VAX minicomputer.

It worked fine.

heck it was a few thousand bucks for a VT terminal.

If I remember correctly, a VT100 was something like $1,200 or $1,600. After a while, there were third party VT100 compatibles that were much cheaper.

I bought a brand new out of the box ten year old VT100 compatible monitor on eBay a couple of years ago for about $60.

I love it. I actually get more work done on it than from my usual Linux and OpenBSD workstations.

more than 5 years ago
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Morality of Throttling a Local ISP?

eric76 Re:bill, don't throttle (640 comments)

You overgeneralize.

If an ISP promises a certain level of traffic, then it would be fraud. If not, it isn't fraud.

We never guarantee any customer a particular bandwidth. We had one that was interested in a guaranteed bandwidth, but that would have come at a much higher price and they didn't like our price quote.

We also tell our customers outright that we prioritize the packets by type of service. Most of our customers really do appreciate that.

more than 5 years ago
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Morality of Throttling a Local ISP?

eric76 What we do (640 comments)

What we do is to prioritize packets.

The top priority goes to certain essential network traffic. Things like DNS, for example.

The next level of priority is for very interactive traffic such as ssh.

After that comes e-mail and web browsing.

At the very bottom is anything else.

The idea is that the type of things that are most critical in terms of being very aggravating to users as they wait are at the top. The more batch-like traffic is at the bottom.

That is as it should be.

more than 5 years ago

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2008 Google Puzzle Chamnpionships

eric76 eric76 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

eric76 writes "For those of us who like to work puzzles, we have our chance to rank ourselves against a wide variety of other puzzled people on June 14 in the 2008 U.S. Google Puzzle Championship.

Somehow I missed last year and the previous year my results were okay, but nothing to brag about. Time to unplug the telephone and try again.

The web page is at: World Puzzle Federation: Team USA, The registration link is on the right."
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eric76 eric76 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

eric76 (679787) writes "New regulations go in effect December 1 that are going to affect every large company and probably most mid-sized and many small companies as well. Businesses will be required to be able to find any documents requested by a federal court with little delay. From Saving the Data,
Essentially, businesses engaged in federal court proceedings are now required to have full knowledge of the whereabouts of all their electronic data to produce evidence needed in a reasonable amount of time.

In litigation, for example, this would mean producing within 30 days relevant e-mails, text documents, spreadsheets or IMs that were originated months or years ago.

The rules also dictate that two businesses involved in litigation must agree no later than 30 days before the first court date exactly what electronically stored evidence will be in play.


I gather that if it takes more than 30 days to find your documents, you may not eve be able to use them in court. If it is in response to a discovery request, if you can't provide the documents quickly, there will be sanctions as well.

The obvious question is how are we going to have to adapt to be able to find this information in a hurry? Are we going to need to go back and index the data on all the backup media?

Obviously, there will be a push to destroy old documents on an accelerated basis so there won't be a need to find them."

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