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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

flink Re:m -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* ??? (329 comments)

And a little advice to Valve, next time have developers familiar with Linux working on your Linux client. That /* is how a Windows developer would write the command to delete a directory if they simply looked up the equivalent command for Linux.

A competent Windows developer would probably just write:
if exist "%STEAMROOT%" rmdir /Q /S "%STEAMROOT%"
no dangerous glob needed.

It kind of floors me that they aren't doing some kind of check that the directory tree they are about to delete actually looks like a Steam install before deleting it. e.g. check that ClientRegistry.blob file or SteamApps directory exists under $STEAMHOME.

about two weeks ago

Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

flink Re:This could be fun.... (164 comments)

How does the FDA draw the line between 'must be approved' and 'not our problem' for devices that connect to a greater or lesser degree to other equipment?

I can only speak to IT software since I am a software developer, but I worked for many years in the field writing both practice management (scheduling, claims processing, etc) and clinical (IHEs, patient records, RX) software. The way it worked at the time is that you basically told the FDA if you wanted to be regulated. i.e. it was up to the company to say: yes, this software constitutes a medical device and should be regulated.

about two weeks ago

Meet Flink, the Apache Software Foundation's Newest Top-Level Project

flink Hey I've got prior art! (34 comments)

See user name.

about two weeks ago

Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

flink Re:How about ignoring it? (484 comments)

I can't believe anyone can be stupid enough to think cannabis is dangerous enough to merit criminalization.

What you can or cannot believe isn't important, the truth is that cannabis can have a devastating effect on the developing teenage mind. Even if you don't consider that enough to warrant criminalization, that does not justify insulting those of us who do.

By that measure, so is alcohol, or any number of other drugs that are sold over the counter. Yes it should be age restricted, but the point is that it is not any more dangerous than plenty of other substances that are legal. It's certainly less dangerous than cigarettes.

about a month ago

"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

flink Those responsible have been sacked (230 comments)

We regret the inconvenience. The move that was to replace the move that has been yanked, has been yanked. Those responsible for sacking the ones responsible for yanking the movie to replace the yanked movie wish you to know that they have been sacked.

about a month ago

Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

flink Re:503 (396 comments)

SSL is not secure either. It is only allunsion.

And so are spell-checkers.

Just what are you allusioning to?

about a month and a half ago

Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

flink Re:this is ridiculous (440 comments)

It is now cost effective for governments to micromanage EVERYONE'S life.

The cameras may be next-to-free, but the cost to review their video and type up laborious transcripts isn't...yet.

Yes, but if they have hundreds of hours of tape on everyone, then whenever a government official wants to compel you to do something, all they have to do is threaten to laboriously review your tapes.

Don't challenge this eminent domain taking, or else we'll review your tapes. Don't fight this speeding ticket, don't attend that protest, don't report that dirty cop, etc.

about a month and a half ago

Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

flink Re:Knowledge is the solution (1051 comments)

Government forcing medical procedures on anyone is really not something we want, especially since government won't take responsibility for the (admittedly unlikely) consequences of a bad result.

You mean take responsibility by compensating (the very few) people who are legitimately harmed by a vaccine reaction: National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

flink Hiding evidence (192 comments)

If you are a US citizen, I don't think you could get out of producing a document the court ordered you to supply by airmailing it to a confederate in another country. Similarly, if the data in question are related to Microsoft's US operations, then MS, being a corporation incorporated in the US, should be required to produce them.

about a month and a half ago

The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

flink Re:... Everything? (528 comments)

Why would Sony have employee medical records? Not likely legal if in the USA.

It's not unheard of for employers to be self-insured, in which case the employer is itself a HIPAA covered entity. This might be true even if a third party like Blue Cross administers the plan.

about 2 months ago

Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

flink Re:If so damn many people are making nukes (260 comments)

fair enough, I should have been more specific. Anything with pseudoephrine has been behind the counter for years. I'm talking about a lot of stores now have a blanket policy on any cold medicine regardless of ingredients

  but I stand my my point regardless if you can make meth with it. How about instead of regulating things that could potentially be used to make bad things, we simply go after people who actually DO bad things. Stop inconveniencing the majority because of a very VERY small minority

Many cough formulas contain dextromethorphan, a mild dissociative that can be abused recreationally. When they check IDs for over-the-counter stuff, they're probably trying to screen out robotripping teenagers, not people cooking meth.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

flink Re:More specific (155 comments)


Actually naming the project here would help draw attention to it

It also might get them fired. It sounds like the author still works for the company. Posting negatively about your employer in a public forum is a good way to draw unwanted attention to yourself as well.

about 3 months ago

Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

flink Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Can we please stop comparing Ebola to the flu?

For starters, Ebola apparently has a 70% mortality rate. Additionally, Ebola kills people who are otherwise perfectly healthy. The flu does not.

Some flus are absolutely more deadly for healthy people. Part of what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly was that it could induce a cytokine storm resulting in multiple organ failure. Since the release of cytokines is an inflammatory immune response, the better your immune system the worse off you are. Thus a young, fit person with a healthy immune system is more at risk than an infant with a undeveloped immune system, or an elderly person with a failing one.

about 3 months ago

Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

flink Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (406 comments)

In fact were there any modern plane crashes where "brace for impact" was given or could have been given? I can't think of any.

Not quite a crash, but the emergency landing on the Hudson is a likely candidate. No idea if the order was given or not.

about 3 months ago

Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

flink Re:A bit early (279 comments)

TFA's commentary on patient zero being sent home with a bottle of antibiotics (for a virus, of course) was spot on though. That's what happens when you insist on running healthcare as a business.

The suspicion is that either the ER Doctor(s?) ignored the nurse's notes,
or the hospital's electronic health record (EHR) software didn't let the Doctor see the nurse's notes.

I spent 15 years designing/implementing hospital information systems and later HIEs. In every instance I can think of where a doc was denied access to a portion of the chart, we gave implementers the option of enabling a "break glass" button that would let them see the entire unredacted record in case of an emergency. Using the button would trigger an administrative alert to prevent abuse or routine use. A competently designed system should never get ion the way of the delivery of urgent care.

about 3 months ago

Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

flink Re:Mod parent up. (549 comments)

Was great on my PCs where I had KeePassX, but the first time I had to enter a 24-character randomly generated password with special characters on my cellphone to log in, I realized why it will never work for the average person. Big, long complex passwords are great until you have to type them in on a tiny ass keyboard.

Zetetic's STRIP is pretty great for this. I've been using it since it was a Palm Pilot V app. They've got Windows, Mac, IOS, and Android clients. On the desktop you you can dedicate a hot key for filling in forms, although admittedly on mobile you're stuck copy/pasting. It even has an RFC6238 TOTP generator built in so you can ditch Google Authenticator. Supports syncing between devices via cloud services, local WIFI, or a designated folder.

I usually don't shill for commercial products, but I've rarely used any one piece of software for so long and been so happy with it. And while the UI is commercial, they've released the encrypted repository that backs it as open source.

about 3 months ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

flink Re:Simple solution (462 comments)

You don't need to be greedy. Simply requiring the law enforcement to pay interest and to pay attorney fees should be sufficient.

Plus lost wages to go to court, plus inconvenience charge, plus opportunity costs.

about 5 months ago

Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

flink Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Frankly, I'm more concerned with hackers or script kiddies bricking thousands of phones for lol's, than I am about hypothetical law enforcement abuse of it, but it remains a possibility.

a PC packed with FPGAs and a microcell could work as a rolling nuke that cracked and bricked every cell phone in a 2 klick radius

I think any sane implementation of this would require the brick command to be signed by the carrier's PKI or some other fail safe to prevent brick commands from being spammed or spoofed.

about 5 months ago

Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

flink Re:FCC doesn't have a mandate to answer to the pub (140 comments)

The FCC is supposed to answer to Congress. Congress makes the laws that define the scope of FCC responsibilities. The FCC should only listen to the public as it pertains to regulated entities doing something wrong or the FCC not doing its job.

The FCC is an independent agency. Congress defines the scope of it's powers and the president appoints it's chairman and members of the board. However, when exercising those powers within the scope of it's statutory authority the FCC is answerable to no one, not even the president. If the FCC pisses off congress they have the power to redefine the scope of it's statutory authority, but that's about it.

I do agree that the FCC head should never be a shill for the regulated industries.

Agreed. If congress had any backbone they would place ISPs under Title II by statute and take the decision out of the FCC's hands.

about 6 months ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

flink Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

It's almost like there's this sort of happy medium built into the system where the Federal government represents the small government that doesn't intrude while more local governments (States and Municipalities) which offer more representation to their constituents can serve the role of the larger government.

The problem is that large corporations wield even more undemocratic power at the state level. A big company (or even just a small one that employs a lot of people locally) doesn't even have to spend much to gain influence. They just have to make noises about moving operations to another state and they can get all sorts of concessions out of state and local governments. So a lot of reforms, particular things that relate to labor or benefits, are harder to enact at a state-by-state level.

about 6 months ago


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