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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

redelm Bah! Humbug. Slackware ! (826 comments)

I've stayed with Slackware for 20 years. I've looked at others, but cannot abide SysV mess'o'symlinks init. chmod +x is about all I want or need. systemd might be slightly less bad, but it is still over-complex. I reboot my machines once a year (typically Xmas) whether they need it or not.

about three weeks ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

redelm Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! (232 comments)

As Daimler AG is a German company, many employees will take a whole month off (July-August). Lots of big email (dwgs/photos) can arrive in a month. As a result of US auto-liability litigation, they probably have lawyers limiting the size of their email (&other files) to something the lawyers can digest, like 100 MB per user. Already nearly full, many accounts will lock. To save the fixup grief, just bounce everything. Problem solved.

Look folks -- nothing on the internet, least of all email, is intended to be reliable. That it often is, is no guarantee that it always is. If you don't remember to resend mail when the server is open, or your MTA doesn't follow RFCs then you have only your sloth to blame.

about a month ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

redelm Re:WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (268 comments)

Probably easy to find for the DoJ. Ask jobchangers. But not necessary. Anti-Trust law is highly unusual -- the govt does not need to prove harm, and it is much closer to "guilty until proven innocent". Just ask the oilcos.

about a month ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

redelm Re:WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (268 comments)

Do you mean to say Standard Oil and AT&T did not donate enough? Methinks they would have.

about a month ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

redelm Re:WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (268 comments)

Some of those with jobs might have tried to leave! Most likely to escape poor supervisors.

about a month ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

redelm WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (268 comments)

Settlement? What settlement? This is a prima facie Clayton Act Anti-Trust violation. Multiple felonies, with jailtime due. Amazingly, this appearently exists on paper, so everyone who negotiated or signed it should go to jail.

The Clayton Act makes organizing supplier boycotts a prohibited activity. And that's just what they have done -- organized a boycott not to hire an employee, times the collective number.

That this has not gone to a Federal Grand Jury appears more like corruption than anything else.

about a month ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

redelm Lazy @$$ investigators (502 comments)

A warrant is not something that requires cooperation. It is legal permission for investigators to break-in to a certain place, search for and take listed things. So if this is justified, let them do it!

The warrant should allow particular investigators to break-into whichever servers listed, grep around and download listed items. Done. If they cannot, find 1337r agents. If you need keys, get warrants for physical access to machines.

These "compell" warrants are quite a stretch -- they compell MS to violate EU law, to certify what they turn over, and to never be sure they've fully complied (how could they know they got it all)?

about a month and a half ago
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Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Released

redelm Re:Pi has poor flash file system (47 comments)

Ring ... Ring ... I'm calling as you requested.

My RPi is rock solid -- months of uptime, reboot only to upgrade. Two helpful factors (1) High quality microUSB power supplies (I also feed through a lipstick for UPS) (2) RPi ModelA (no ether, single USB) for lower power consumption.

On the filesys, anything with `noatime` should be good to cut the write-cycles. Personally, I don't like journalling.

about a month and a half ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

redelm A car's PRIMARY purpose is TRANSPORTATION ! (317 comments)

Lawyers grasping hard again: They are complaining about a small (by weight or cost) part of car that rarely is removed or operated outside of it. The primary purpose of the car is transportation, not to extract digital music. Even if the Jukebox is a paid optional extra, that doesn't change the primary purpose of the car!

about 1 month ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

redelm Who's She gonna have Served? (311 comments)

... as in "You've Been Served!" Anyone can file a lawsuit against anyone over anything. The first problem is finding and getting that person into the Court. For this you need Process Servers to properly serve a Notice of Hearing. Default judgement is only possible with correct service.

TFA didn't mention who she is serving but if she can find anyone, the most they could say is "Yes, I was involved in setting up Tor Long-ago and Far-Away. No possible knowledge or involvement with complaint." And the Judge will excuse them.

Pretty lame of a law-student not-to-know. Most likely a publicity stunt.

about 2 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

redelm Compelled NatSec evidence IN-ADMISSIBLE ? (353 comments)

Ok, this is the UK and everything is admissible. So he's done unless there some EU Right (unlikely).

But in the US -- mass lawless (warrentless) behaviour of the NSA & other govt agencies is such that any evidence from them should be considered "fruit of the poisoned vine". The agents willfully behave this way, apparently believing that prevention is more important the punishment (or that they can parallel (perjury) construct a conviction.

They want it this way, so why not formalize it?

about 2 months ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

redelm /. included ! (191 comments)

Who around here trusts "The Internet" ???

Wouldn't blind trust be considered digital illiteracy?

about 3 months ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

redelm Re:I'm sick of suing -- so Indict ! (216 comments)

Agreed that police misconduct is criminal. However, we have only ourselves to blame. A Grand Jury could indict misbehaving police as easily as any ham sandwich. Smeone just needs to take a complaint to them (write the foreman), they will investigate (subpoenae) as they see fit. But they uniformly decline.

Why is a good question -- I believe our population is very heavily propagandized. And not only by the obvious commercial interests. The local TV news focus on violence ("if it bleeds, it leads") conditions much of the law-abiding populace to desire greater police protection and so to tolerate misbehaviour.

about 3 months ago
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The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

redelm parachutes or water-cooled rotors (262 comments)

Traditionally, parachutes (strictly, drogue chutes) are used from these speeds. Other drag increasers (flaps) would also work. So would shutting off the motive force!

If you insist upon friction brakes, then you know you'll have a problem with heat removal. For that, water is best. Either pumped supply or static fill, just let the steam blow out of hub-wards pressure valves at 15-100 psig on hollow rotors..

about 4 months ago
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US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

redelm Why would it need updating? (249 comments)

"Moby Dick" has not been updated since originally released in 1851! Nearly all literature is similarly stuck at version 1.0 . Few Navy Manuals / Publications see updates more than every few years.

Perhaps you are thinking of adding to the collection? Rethink your acquisitiveness and participation in the hysteria of new-is-better. Or let the USN rethink it for you!

about 4 months ago
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UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

redelm Assume only responsible for wilful acts? (180 comments)

The difficulties are only in people's minds -- especially those who seek justification to push projects. If someone deploys a weapon, they are responsible for all foreseeable consequences. Whether that weapon is a slug of dumb lead, smart missile or robot.

Even if the weaponeer did not intend the effects they are still responsible, perhaps as manslaughter rather than murder. The capabilities and risks are hardly concealed. OTOH, if they were careless nor negligent, then their responsibility increases. Nothing new here, just salesmen trying to assuage and belay responsibility of the buyers.

about 4 months ago
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Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

redelm What if I think Franken is a moron? (282 comments)

If I happen to think Al Franken is a moron on the basis of past actions, does that mean I have to agree with the FCC? Ouch! Easier to re-examine Franken!

about 4 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

redelm Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (634 comments)

You may not like Fortran's I/O, but for the subject matter (tables of numbers), IMPLIED DO loops work a lot nicer than repeated printf() calls in `c`. Contrary to n00b whining, FORMAT statements can be your friend.

Of course Fortran is horrible with strings, mostly because it is older than strings!

about 4 months ago
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Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

redelm Cops not complaining about secrecy! (202 comments)

Please note, the cops probably _like_ the "restriction": When asked, it permits them to answer "It is illegal for us to comment", or to a judge "We cannot comment without violating our contractual agreements." People forget judicial privilige overrides contract.

As as posted by another, the use of the database could violate some data-protection law saying "access to this DB is restricted to ongoing official police investigations". Not to stalk GFs! So LAPD has to make the bogus claim that all drivers in LA are under investigation. Otherwise, their use of the tag readers tied to the tag owner DB would be illegal. And everything found thereafter excluded from evidence as "fruit of the poisoned vine". Not something they want to contemplate.

about 4 months ago
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VHS-Era Privacy Law Still Causing Headaches For Streaming Video

redelm Re:Fubared priorities (62 comments)

On those "free speech zones" -- if there is such a security problem that some people must be isolated, then _everyone_ must be isolated. No "friendlies" on the parade route, "antis" elsewhere -- that is a 14th Amendment violation (Equal Protection) which becomes effectively a 1st Amendment violation by reducing the reach of some speech.

about 5 months ago

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Copyright on game sequence video captures?

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "What is the copyright legal status of a short-ish video capture from a PC/console game? For a pre-generated sequence like a fatality, the game.house could assert it was all theirs. OTOH, for a series of creative moves by the player the game pgm merely provides an environment for the creation. Rather like writing a computer program and using a compiler to make it executable. Or do the game houses get to copyright clay? This would influence whether they're youtubeable."
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FCC in favor of Net Neutrality

redelm redelm writes  |  about 5 years ago

redelm writes "Both the Wall Street Journal (here) and Reuters (here)are reporting the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will make a speech on Monday in favor of Net Neutrality. There's a big difference between a speech and a law, but irrespective of campaign contributions, the US Congress should not find this too hard to pass with the current strong populist scrutiny."
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TW trying cable Caps + overage fees

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "Yahoo! reports Time-Warner will try out traffic caps on cable internet service in Beaumont, TX. They will charge an overage fee of $1/GB. Base included transfers will be from 5-40 GB/month. Most interesting was the justification — 5% of users using up to 50% of bandwidth. And that others have secret caps."
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redelm redelm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "The Economist, arguably the world leading business newspaper/magazine has picked up on Steve Jobs Appleblog for DRM-free Music. Also as discussed on /. This article agrees with Jobs and gives him much broader exposure beyond the technical community. Perhaps to influence some lego/politico decision makers who have no idea what DRM is!"
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redelm redelm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "For serveral years "Personal/Portible DVD Players" have been sold with TFT-LCD screens from 6-11" diagonal. However, very few of these units list pixel size/count or screen resolution. Some have only 240 lines! Any stats/advice?"

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