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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

rHBa Don't forget you still have to update Windows (545 comments)

Don't forget that once Windows is installed and you've installed all your drivers you then have to update it!

If I install a Linux distro that came out, let's say, 5 months ago I'd expect that to take about 30 mins on a slow ADSL connection.

If I install a version of Windows that's 5 months old I'd expect it to take most of the day if not some of the next day!

Having said that I'd never install a version of Windows that's 5 months old, instead I would install a version of Win7 with the latest service pack streamlined in and it would STILL TAKE A WHOLE FU**ING DAY.

2 days ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

rHBa Re:And? (367 comments)

Citation Needed.

Camels have been bred, as a beast of burden, by humans since recorded history began. As far as we know a modern camel is as natural as a domestic dog.

about two weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

rHBa Release all the farm animals into the wild... (367 comments)

I wonder how many healthy camels live WILD in the middle east? If they weren't useful animals (to humans) I bet they'd be an endangered species.

It seems PETA won't be happy until they release all the cows, sheep, pigs, chickens etc into the wild to live a 'natural' life...

...where they will be killed by traffic or poachers or people who want to use their land for something else or real wild animals or starvation or natural f***ing selection because they've been bred to live in captivity for 100s of years.

I can't speak for the rest of the world but if there was no money to be made breeding cattle (for example) in the UK then cows would become extinct within a year.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

rHBa Re: Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

Your average Linux desktop user has probably downloaded/installed a couple of bash updates in the last 48 hours, each one taking 5mins max.

Your average Apple user has downloaded/installed zero bash updates in the last 48 hours unless they first downloaded/installed 2.5GB of Xcode WTF. Even then they only got the same patches developed by the OSS/bash dev community.

about three weeks ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

rHBa Re:Seems to be fixed for me(?) (318 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't the 'echo $0' indicate I'm logged into a bash shell? And the 'bash --version' shows the version of bash that's installed?

about a month ago
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Study: Multimedia Multitasking May Be Shrinking Human Brains

rHBa Re:Not a new concern (87 comments)

...these computers don't exist in nature. Humans created them.

By that rational ant hills don't exist in nature because the ants created them.

about a month ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

rHBa Seems to be fixed for me(?) (318 comments)

[T]he initial fix for the issue still left Bash vulnerable to attack

Please excuse me if I'm being a noob but, as recommended by this link, I tried the following commands on an up-to-date Debian Wheezy install:

env X="() { :;} ; echo busted" /bin/sh -c "echo completed"
env X="() { :;} ; echo busted" `which bash` -c "echo completed"

...and the results were:

me@myserver:~$ env X="() { :;} ; echo busted" /bin/sh -c "echo completed"
/bin/sh: warning: X: ignoring function definition attempt
/bin/sh: error importing function definition for `X'
completed
me@myserver:~$ env X="() { :;} ; echo busted" `which bash` -c "echo completed"
/bin/bash: warning: X: ignoring function definition attempt
/bin/bash: error importing function definition for `X'
completed

So isn't the solution just an 'apt-get upgrade' away?

And FWIW:

me@myserver:~$ echo $0
-bash
me@myserver:~$ bash --version
GNU bash, version 4.2.37(1)-release (i486-pc-linux-gnu)
...

FYI, I accidentally posted this AC at first so am re-posting, hope nobody minds...

about a month ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

rHBa Re:Bullshit (221 comments)

explosive underwear is going to come over the fence

Sorry, couldn't help myself...

about a month ago
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iOS 8 Review

rHBa Re:Keyboard (216 comments)

FWIW, I use "hacker keyboard" on my Nexus 7 (7 inch screen), it has all the important stuff in landscape mode (Tab, Ctrl, Delete, cursor keys, number keys a la laptop KB and symbols in the same place just a shift away) and a more minimal layout in portrait mode. (fewer keys but bigger buttons).

about a month ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

rHBa Re:Three times less = negative number! (171 comments)

You mean like the way the word hacker only means someone who cracks security, DRM etc? That's what it means to most people but it doesn't mean they are right or that we shouldn't try to educate them.

about a month and a half ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

rHBa Re:Three times less = negative number! (171 comments)

As a native English speaker I disagree, it makes no sense and I certainly wasn't taught to use this language. Maybe it's an Americanism though...

about a month and a half ago
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Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

rHBa Re: Biggest archaeological event? (80 comments)

I'm not saying finding the Titanic wasn't important but archaeologically speaking it is far less important than the Mary Rose.

On the one hand we have the Titanic which sunk in 1912, we know virtually everything about, it's design, it's passenger list etc. Heck we even have film footage of it.

On the other hand we have the Marry Rose which sank in 1545 and (according to Wikipedia) "The surviving section of the ship and thousands of recovered artefacts are of immeasurable value as a Tudor-era time capsule. [...] The finds include weapons, sailing equipment, naval supplies and a wide array of objects used by the crew. Many of the artefacts are unique to the Mary Rose and have provided insights into topics ranging from naval warfare to the history of musical instruments.".

about a month and a half ago
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Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

rHBa Re: Biggest archaeological event? (80 comments)

It's not even the biggest naval archaeological event since the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, how about the discovery of the Mary Rose, discovered in 1971.

about a month and a half ago
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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

rHBa Re:Still the same old beta, I see... (82 comments)

I'm still trying to work out how to search for posts on the mobile/beta version of the website. So far the only option I can see is to 'Request Desktop Site' which gives me the original Slashdot.

about a month and a half ago
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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

rHBa Normal Important (82 comments)

The gene (called AMPK) is normal important as an energy sensor, usually triggered by cells with low energy levels.

As opposed to really important?

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

rHBa Re:That'll teach them (50 comments)

$7.4M divided by "around two million customers", minus costs, they'll be lucky to get $3.50, better watch out for that godamn Lock Ness Monsta!!!

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

rHBa Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (311 comments)

Better education of users is the answer. To coin a car analogy, most people now know not to leave their purse, computer, other valuable items visible in their car, they take extra measures like leaving it in the boot/trunk or not leaving it there in the first place.

This was (and unfortunately still is) not always the case but because of advertising campaigns people tend to know they should be more aware.

about a month and a half ago

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