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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

fnj Re:That's a nice democracy you have there... (369 comments)

Oh. For a minute there I thought you meant real evil. You know, the kind where there is not just collateral damage and politicians finding out thast you hate them, but targeted murder of completely innocent civilians. So, fight evil with evil? No, I'm not for that, but no reason to completely lose one's perspective.

9 hours ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

fnj Re:Obligatory reminder that an alternative exists (96 comments)

In what universe do you live ... You ensure that what you downloaded is what you meant to download by using the signify utility as mentioned on the page and verify that the package you download was signed by the OpenSSL devs.

LibreSSL files signed using OpenSSL's private key? In what universe do YOU live?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

fnj Re:Scroll-wheel buttons mostly suck. (419 comments)

If there was a Razer Taipan that wasn't wired, I might attach some credibility to your recommendation. Wired mice SUCK. It will be a cold day in hell that I ever again lower myself to dragging that goddam weight around on the end of a mouse.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

fnj Re: What's wrong with a scroll wheel? (419 comments)

Click mode or not, a scroll wheel is NOT A BUTTON. It is a shitty make-do.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

fnj Re: What's wrong with a scroll wheel? (419 comments)

It's not just difficult or takes effort; it's IMPOSSIBLE. And I think your a liar if you say you can.

2 days ago
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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

fnj Re:Hold your horses (210 comments)

Thus it takes 2 nanoampere a second...

"nanoamperes a second" is a completely nonsense measure. An ampere is already a time rate of transfer of charge. One ampere equals one coulomb per second.

3 days ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

fnj Re:Mr. Chen, here's a BETTER way... apk (307 comments)

Delphi XE7 doesn't look to me like it even comes close to supporting "every" platform. I see no support listed for linux/gtk, linux/qt, linux/others, free/open/netBSD/gtk, free/open/netBSD/qt, free/open/netBSD/others, solaris & free offshoots, etc. I realize it would be pretty ridiculously far-fetched for any commercial entity to support all those, but open source does. All of those have vi, emacs, gcc, Java, etc. I'm pretty sure Eclipse works on all of them.

4 days ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

fnj Re:A crook's dream (290 comments)

Radar does NOT "only detect movement". It can detect stationary objects just fine. If the particular equipment being used by police only detects movement, that says nothing about what radar can and cannot do.

about a week ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

fnj Re:Don't worry, they can only see inside the homes (290 comments)

Thank you. It seemed like nobody realized that someone vegging out in a chair, or lying quietly in a bed won't be picked up by this shit. Or, on the other hand, there is SOMETHING radar reflective moving inside. Could be a dog or a robot.

So it really doesn't tell them anything useful whatsoever.

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

fnj Re:God damn Bush and Cheney (382 comments)

Having the government collect and spend more money is an empowerment. It can empower good, and it can empower evil. You might want to consider that the problem is not the government itself. The government is made up of people. That is like saying the problem is people.

There are problems only the government can address, and you won't make any progress with those problems by strangling the government.

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

fnj Re:Remember when you guys applauded Holder... (382 comments)

You win some, you lose some. Mr. Holder is a lot like just about everybody else in the government. They do a lot of good and a lot of evil, and it's all mixed up together. When they say or do good things you give them credit. When they say and do evil things you lambaste them. Or would you rather not run your life by ethics and logic?

about a week ago
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Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

fnj Re:Spin Wars (182 comments)

afraid of letting Obama get more power to control private companies

President Obama != the FCC. The FCC is an independent authority. It doesn't answer to any President, although it can be circumscribed by laws. The FCC is directed by five commissioners appointed by the U.S. president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for five-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term. The president designates one of the commissioners to serve as chairman. Only three commissioners may be members of the same political party. None of them may have a financial interest in any FCC-related business.

about a week ago
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19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks

fnj Re:I'm not sure I understand why... (206 comments)

there is actually *no* prohibition [of blasphemy] in the Quran...
the Quran decrees no earthly punishment for blasphemy — or for apostasy (abandonment or renunciation of the faith), a related concept.

Koran (4:89) - "They wish that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of God; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper."

Is there some problem with the translation? Seems fairly clear to me.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

fnj Re:Backup drive (329 comments)

That's not necessary. My backup is mounted read-only via nfs, and when I am running backups they are done by rsync via ssh. Actually I have two backups on two separate hosts and only one is nfs mounted, but that is a detail.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

fnj Re:unexpected deletion (329 comments)

Bourne sh, POSIX sh, and bash globbing all suck because, while handy in very simple situations, they are not REs, not very versatile/capable, and not very intuitive. It's not that you CAN'T DO what you need to do; it's that you have to approach the problem uniquely.

To match via globbing any file or directory starting with one or more dots, but exclude dot and dot-dot standalone pseudo-links, I believe the most efficient recourse is the somewhat perverse:
ls -d1 .[^.]* ..?*

which is quite an indictment of obstinate design stupidity. REs are better, but still a minefield. The best I can come with using REs are:
ls -a | grep '^\..*[^.][^.]*$'

and the slightly more concise
ls -a | egrep '^\.+[^.]+$'

I will leave it as an exercise to ponder why you need the -d but not the -a in the first form, but must use the -a and NOT the -d in the last two forms. It's pretty disgusting when you work out EXACTLY how those options work. The -1 is not necessary in the second two cases because the pipeline magically changes the output format.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

fnj Re:FreeBSD (402 comments)

TrueOS is just FreeBSD with some very minor additional utilities thrown in - and no support for x86 32 bit.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

fnj Re:Who's in charge, again? (202 comments)

Hopefully the Republican Congress will now find some balls and defund the EPA.

I happen to think the EPA needs some reigning-in in certain respects, but what's it like puffing on that crack pipe? Congress is not going to "defund" anything; most certainly nothing as widely supported as the EPA. Hoping that it will is dreaming a particularly STUPID fairy tale.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

fnj Re:"just" 9 percent? (202 comments)

9 percent of the nation's greenhouse gas pollution is a bloody lot of greenhouse gas

Not nearly as significant as the remaining 91% of greenhouse gas emissions, eh?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

fnj Re:B-but externalized costs don't real! (202 comments)

Careful; you're effectively exploding some myths and fairy tales.

One more thing you didn't mention so I will. The EPA was not just enacted during Nixon's (R) tenure; it was PROPOSED by Nixon. Actually, the EPA was created by Executive Order, submitted to Congress (symbolically?) for approval, and approved.

about two weeks ago

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