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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

mysidia Re:All this because Clang went Clunk? (194 comments)

Regular finance account reporting of how the money is being used should be required. If you can't handle it, don't ask for money.

Such production of reporting and auditing of reports has costs and could consume significant amount of project funds.

It should be up to the backers and an agreement with the backers made in advance, regarding what will be required, not up to some random third party to decide what reporting will be imposed on them both.

yesterday
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

mysidia Re:Finally someone decides to do something (457 comments)

Why don't we separate the configuration interface from the init system?

Patch upstart to include the ability to read in the configuration items of a Systemd system and either run these services in a compatibility mode or automatically generate its own configurations from the Systemd configurations.

2 days ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

mysidia Re:kill -1 (457 comments)

Hint: one of them terminates init. The other restarts it. A highly consequential distinction.

It's not possible for a user process to kill -9 on init. The kernel will pass only SIGHUP or SIGINT. "kill -9 -1" effectively kills all processes except init. Traditionally.... init would then respawn all processes in the init tab marked as respawn for the current runlevel, so it would bring the local VTY gettys back online, but not daemons such as inetd and SSHD which are started through scripts that do not have respawn lines in the inittab

Personally; I always thought this was quaint... this is one of the reasons why I like Solaris SMF --- the possibility of automatic self-healing applies to ALL services, not just the gettys.

2 days ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

mysidia Re:kill -1 (457 comments)

Kill -1 is like an emergency "Oh Shit"; and you're going to need to do some serious manual repair efforts and probably reboot shortly after, as only things managed by an init respawn will automatically restart.

2 days ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

mysidia Re:kill -1 (457 comments)

Really? You don't reboot after a kernel security update?

One word: KernelCare

2 days ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

mysidia Re:kill -1 (457 comments)

I think the answer is to fork Redhat EL6, and not accept the choice in RH7 of moving from Upstart to SystemD. Upstart and Udev in RH6 is just great....

2 days ago
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'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

mysidia Re:I can see the ads now... (101 comments)

Good news, everyone... just like with Agile I have 10 years experience with reactive methodologies.... we just called them something else back then, now that we have a name for reactive methodology, we can claim it :)

2 days ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

mysidia Re:It should be (364 comments)

Then comes people with missing one arm/hand bashing that idea. Making that configurable to be used with one hand kind of defeats the purpose, no?

If someone with just one hand/arm gets convicted of texting while driving holding the phone with ZERO hands available to put on the wheel, then that is so much more dangerous and unsafe, that they should just be forced to undergo the standard punishment; or give up driving or having a cellphone altogether.

3 days ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

mysidia Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (321 comments)

Your point? ABC/NBC/Fox/etc are not Canadian companies, they still have to comply with CanCon rules within Canada. Netflix is operating under an exemption from those rules right now.

Netflix is not a broadcaster/Television company. They are a subscription internet service that streams video over the internet or ships DVDs for rental on demand.

As such, they do not need to license any spectrum or broadcast rights, as their transmissions are in private over the telecommunications network. And they are essentially an equivalent to an online "All You can Eat" DVD/Video rental shoppe.

Last I checked, video rental shoppes and other businesses besides broadcasters are not subject to regulation in regards to what their video library can carry.

There would be fundamental free speech rights violations in attempting to dictate what a store or information service should carry.

4 days ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

mysidia Re: (240 comments)

No, it means they "can" not that they 'will".

No... it means they say they can. They cannot legally confiscate property without due process contrary to the 5th amendment.

4 days ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

mysidia Re:Why so much fuss? (156 comments)

Because dealer franchise agreements give individual dealers a defined geographical area in which they are the only sales outlet for that particular model. And that contract language is difficult for manufacturers to break*. Tesla had no such agreements in place.

Well, if it doesn't suit them, they'll likely just revise the language, or allow the agreement to end at its expiration date, and terminate the contracts; if they don't suit the manufacturer.

4 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

mysidia Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

This. Hardware specific keys are the killer for any forensic attempt. It makes breaking a copied image totally impossible

Apple obviously has an image that is not locked to specific hardware, when you take a backup. As it's possible to restore to a different device!

The law can just send Apple an order to deliver THAT version of the image.

4 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

mysidia Re:Procedures only work when you follow them. (504 comments)

You can restore that from iCloud (or wherever you stashed the backup if it ain't an iPhone) one would think, then punch in the passcode once that's done.

Then law enforcement can get a warrant drafted to order Apple to hand over a copy of the backup image and instructions to decrypt it, assuming they discover the passphrase.

So much for "wipe after 10 attempts"

4 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

mysidia Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

How does a copy of a drive image wipe itself after any number of failed attempts?

Ideally, if the actual key encrypted with the passcode is stored on a tamper-resistant hardware chip, so the "image" will not contain a vital hardware element needed to produce the actual key.

And 10 failed attempts results in the chip memory contents being "zapped"

4 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

mysidia They should increase the number of 'canaries' (232 comments)

Instead of providing just one global canary.... more canaries, so the identity of which canaries were withdrawn, could be used to help ascertain the nature of the request(s) received.

They should also provide each user their own 'custom' canary.

For example: an option to receive every month, every quarter, every week, or every day, a personalized canary statement that "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act which included information related to your account records. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us."

4 days ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

mysidia Re:I never thought I'd say this... (327 comments)

Yes.... I just wish they'd make it a "graduated" scale and tier the subsidy. 10 megabits complete build-out and availability to all prospective customers over at least 1 square mile - Subsidies capped to mb+contiguous miles 1 to 10% of maximum.

20 megabits complete build-out and availability to all prospective customers over at least 10 contiguous square miles - 11 to 20% of the maximum (for that area).

30 megabits complete build-out and availability to all prospective customers over at over at least 20 contiguous square miles - 21 to 30% of the maximum (for that area).

40 megabits complete build-out availability to all prospective customers over at over at least over at least 30 contiguous square miles - 31 to 40% of the maximum (for that area).

50 megabits complete build-out availability to all prospective customers over at over at least over at least 50 contiguous square miles - 41 to 50% of the maximum (for that area)

60 megabits complete build-out availability to all prospective customers over at over at least over at least 60 contiguous square miles - 51 to 60% of the maximum (for that area)

70 megabits complete build-out availability to all prospective customers over at over at least over at least 70 contiguous square miles - 61 to 70% of the maximum (for that area)

80 megabits complete build-out availability to all prospective customers over at over at least over at least 75 contiguous square miles - 71 to 80% of the maximum (for that area)

90 megabits complete build-out availability to all prospective customers over at over at least over at least 80 contiguous square miles - 81 to 90% of the maximum (for that area)

100 megabits complete build-out availability to all prospective customers over at over at least over at least 85 contiguous square miles - 91 to 100% of the maximum (for that area)

5 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

mysidia Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (952 comments)

What does 'debt' have to do with manufacturing output?

If you go to the bank and borrow $1 million dollars, and put in $400,000 of your own money, to build a home that you will then be able to sell for $900,000 dollars.

Then you have still generated $900,000 in manufacturing output.

5 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

mysidia Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (952 comments)

Huh? We are still the #2 manufacturing nation in the world, and still a good deal ahead of the #3 producing nation.

Is that before, or after you subtract the increase in Debt from that figure?

about a week ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

mysidia Re:just prepay for food (230 comments)

It's a function of education to keep kids alive, not to mention focused.

No... it's not at all. The function of education is to educate kids.

Their parents have a responsibility to see that their kids are fed and their health requirements are met.

The school should simply eliminate all the POS crap and require parents to pay.

Failure to pay will the a disciplinary infraction against the parent; the student may be suspended, and child protective services may be contacted.

There is no right to care for a child, if you are not capable of doing so.

about two weeks ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

mysidia Re:Not about ease, about authority (230 comments)

What if the cafeteria worker is having a bad day and decides to point at the wrong kid, draining money from the wrong account to punish the bad kid's parents?

I like what my school did like 22 years ago. The "POS" is at the entrance to the Cafeteria.... Going into the Cafeteria, the students lined up in a specific order. She knows who is supposed to be next, you just tell lunch lady your last name and 4 digit code, and you get checked off as present.

You get a standard lunch. The only extras you can buy are a second milk, or a dessert bar, which you can't buy until about 20 minutes after lunch started, and in order to get one of those, you pay cash.

about two weeks ago

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Senators petition to censor DUI checkpoint apps

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "Senators, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall, sent etters on Tuesday requesting Apple, Google, and RIM remove or modify apps that notify users of police checkpoints. According to the senators, the apps are "harmful to public safety", because drunk drivers could use them to evade police detection.
BlackBerry maker RIM ceded to the request on Wednesday."

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R.I.P. OpenSolaris 2005-2010

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "Last month, on July 14th, it was mentioned that the OpenSolaris governing board issued an ultimadum to Oracle. It turns out that Oracle continued to ignore requests to appoint a liason after the OpenSolaris governing board's demands. This morning, the OpenSolaris governing board unanimously passed the resolution to dissolve itself.

Source code changes are no longer available, and It would appear that OpenSolaris and community involvement in the development of Solaris have been killed as rumored.

A recent article on slashdot discussed a "Spork" of OpenSolaris, Illumos. Perhaps now, this will have a chance of becoming a true fork."

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US court strikes down media swearing ban

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down a policy of the FCC which banned broadcasters from allowing curse words on live TV. The court concluded the rule was unconstitutionally vague and had a chilling effect on broadcasters. In the 2 to 1 ruling, the court found that policy was "arbitrary and capricious", but that the FCC might be able to craft a policy that does not violate the First Amendment.

"'By prohibiting all `patently offensive' references to sex, sexual organs and excretion without giving adequate guidance as to what 'patently offensive' means, the FCC effectively chills speech, because broadcasters have no way of knowing what the FCC will find offensive,' the appeals court wrote."

Fox Stations, owned by News Corp., and other networks had brought suit in 2006 after the FCC cited use of profanity during the airing of awards programs."
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IPv4 free pool drops below 10%, 1.2.3.4 allocated

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A total of 16,777,216 IP address numbers were just allocated to the Asian Pacific Network Information Centre IP address registry for assignment to users. Some venerable IP addresses such as 1.1.1.1 and 1.2.3.4 have been officially assigned to the registry itself temporarily, for testing as part of the DEBOGON project.
The major address blocks 1.0.0.0/8 and 27.0.0.0/8, are chosen accordance with a decision by ICANN to assign the least-desirable remaining IP address ranges to the largest regional registries first, reserving most more desirable blocks of addresses for the African and Latin American internet users, instead of North America, Europe, or Asia.

In other words: of the 256 major networks in IPv4 (4,294,967,296 IP address numbers), only 24 network blocks (402,653,184 IP addresses) remain unallocated in the global free pool, and many of the remaining networks have been tainted or made less desirable by unofficial users who attempted an end-run around the registration process, and treated "RESERVED" IP addresses as "freely available" for their own internal use. This allocation is right on target with projected IPv4 consumption and was predicted by the IPv4 report, which has continuously and reliably estimated global pool IP address exhaustion for Late 2011 and regional registry exhaustion by Late 2012.

Services such as anoNet, and other private Enterprises that have been using 1.0.0.0 IP addresses, such as "1.2.3.4", for their private networks or intranet applications, are on the verge of impairing their activity to legitimate users of those IP addresses in the next few years.

So, does your enterprise intranet use any unofficial address ranges for private networks?"
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How To Hijack 'Every iPhone In The World'

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A new article from forbes.com reports on an unpatched iPhone vulnerability that researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner plan to reveal at Black Hat. The bug may allow hackers to remotely seize control of iPhones by using SMS text messages. "If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly."
A similar vulnerability is reported to exist on devices running Windows mobile software."

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