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First Crowdsourced, Open Data Address List Launches In the UK

richlv Re:Web identifiers (33 comments)

seriously, this is different from openstreetmap... how ?
ok, so it's more limited (addresses only) and uk only.
adding the missing info in osm is a much better idea.

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

richlv Re:Actually I was quite happy about them doing it (179 comments)

The easy solution would be simply to put a card on the nightstand giving the name of the safe hotspot you should connect to. And/or name the hotspot "Mariott Internet - all other hotspots should be avoided"

Warnings in my hotel room Do me no good in the lobby or bar or front desk when I'm trying to pull up my reservation on the e-mail.

do you work for marriott ? :)
most decent hotels have wifi network listed on an obvious sign in the lobby. even if not, you could ASK at the reception "which wifi network should i use?"

(for the record, marriott is not the worst when it comes to wifi - hilton sucks ass and can go and burn in some tar pit or something)

about two weeks ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

richlv Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (611 comments)

Mandatory free parking as part of any building, requiring that the development use 4x as much land as the actual building on it requires.

underground parking ?

about a month ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

richlv density ? (219 comments)

densities of 5TB, 6TB, and 8TB

is that really proper use of "density" ?

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

richlv Re:Creating more victims (416 comments)

i haven't met a woman like that personally. i haven't had terribly bad experience with women, either.
but there's this crusade which is getting more and more crazy. while it is lead by a crazy minority, there seems to be no opposition to that assholish behaviour.
well, here's some :)
http://9gag.com/gag/avZ65AW?ref=t

about a month and a half ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

richlv Re:Uh huh (207 comments)

ah, indeed - and some look like drop-in replacements for atms (quality matters, though) : http://www.sunsoninput.com/pid...

about a month and a half ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

richlv Re:Uh huh (207 comments)

good point about the fingerprints... but at least there are ways to avoid that.

and i guess the idea is that people are less likely to forget their phone these days.

overall, seems like a silly idea with so many drawbacks that are being ignored...

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

richlv Re:Creating more victims (416 comments)

it seems like it's actually bullying by crazy females (not really women, they have stopped being such).

they can't bully rockstars or sportists (see what is their attitude to women...), so they just choose a soft target that will not fight back - it people, scientists.
and then somebody whines why in some circles geeks see women with suspicion - after rejection and ridicule in school, after bullying later...

and the normal women don't speak up.

about a month and a half ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

richlv Re:Uh huh (207 comments)

have a pin pad. officer hands the pad to you in/on your vehicle, you enter the pin (make sure to hit all buttons in a random order afterwards).

about a month and a half ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

richlv Re:transfer the ID information to the police (207 comments)

around here, police verifies all data you give them (licence, vehicle registration, insurance) with the hq. if they can't communicate, they are not allowed to perform any of those checks (and i think the internal guidelines say that they must "return to base" or something like that)

about a month and a half ago
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Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

richlv Re:I don't get it (167 comments)

and there seem to be quite a lot of other projects like this, for example - https://grasswire.com/

one issue might be that news are more interesting for various parties to push their agenda. a wikipedia article can be used to shift perception, but it is likely to be corrected. a fake news item, even if later corrected, will have impact on the perception of the viewers.

as an example, grasswire covers russian-ukrainian war, and it gets very slanted messages through every now and then.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

richlv Re:I wish them good luck. (647 comments)

Uselessd shows that systemd's parts are not as tightly coupled as people suppose.

or more like "systemd's parts don't have to be as tightly coupled as they are"

about 2 months ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

richlv Re:Wow... (647 comments)

rhel 7 (systemd one) just came out. for enterprise shops, it's not even out yet. they will look at it once it has been out for a couple of years. maybe redhat expects systemd to be in shape by that time, screw the early adopters

about 2 months ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

richlv Re:Standing (203 comments)

the publicity alone might be worth the effort.
it's one thing to say "they complained" or "the yes men got them" - "sued" seems to capture news-entertainment people in the usa a bit more

about 2 months ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

richlv Re:Opposition is from a small elite (550 comments)

Lets say you have a laptop that is on one network and goes to sleep when you close it and arrives in a hotel room on another network? How would you do this with init without some serious hacks?

this seemed to be handled w/o systemd just fine for years. was it networkmanager ? probably. don't care. but it was never tied to the init system, login or anything else. having it all in a single, hairy ball of code is quite scary.

about 2 months ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

richlv Re:Opposition is from a small elite (550 comments)

those times are almost never caused by the os - usually it's this disk controller, that out of bounds controller, this firmware, that timeout.
even when it is the os, it's not the init system as such, it's a database, which is needed for some app and so on.

where have you seen up to 30 minute bootup time where init system would contribute in a whatsoever notable way to that time ?

about 2 months ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

richlv Re:kph? (419 comments)

it's not normal. seems to be used by americans only - it's one way to identify an american :)

km/h - try to remember that.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

richlv Re:Call Comcast? (405 comments)

never even researched dkim or spf properly, my mailserver can send mails to google just fine

about 2 months ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

richlv Re:Who fucking wrote this? (594 comments)

also, cancel formula 1. it's purely for entertainment and those brave pilots die every now and then.

about 3 months ago

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IRC Client irssi Moves to GitHub

richlv richlv writes  |  about 7 months ago

richlv (778496) writes "The popular terminal IRC client Irssi was stagnating. To change this, development team is moving to GitHub. This should make contributing easier and hopefully improvements will happen at a faster rate. Irssi website is currently down, but Google cache shows last release candidate out in 2013-09-15, with last stable release following on 2014-05-29, 8 months later. Move to GitHub includes scripts that extend Irssi functionality. Note that the team has decided not to migrate bugreports — if you are experiencing any problems, that should be reported in the GitHub issue tracker."
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Video Howto on Burning an Armoured Vehicle

richlv richlv writes  |  about a year ago

richlv (778496) writes "In the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, government is attacking pro-European Union protests. When armoured vehicles got involved, protesters provided a practical demonstration on how to set one on fire.
If you have an experience with a practical struggle against an oppressive government, the good people of Ukraine could benefit from it."

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Latvian Police Raids Teacher's Home for Copyright Infringement

richlv richlv writes  |  about a year and a half ago

richlv (778496) writes "Latvian police recently raided the home of a history teacher and confiscated his computer. The crime? Scanning a history book and making it available on his website covering various topics on history. The raid was based on a complaint from the publisher, which has a near-monopoly on educational materials in Latvia, often linked with shady connections in the Ministry of Education.
An article in Latvian: http://www.tvnet.lv/zinas/kriminalzinas/464514-par_gramatas_publiskosanu_skolotajam_draud_cietumsods"
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Nokia N9 disappearing?

richlv richlv writes  |  about 2 years ago

richlv (778496) writes "When Nokia released N9, many in the technical circles got it (unless they loved their N900 much more). In Latvia, it was available for purchase in late November 2011, which was when I got one as well. Unfortunately, it got damaged pretty badly in a traffic accident, and I wanted to get a new one. Turns out, the operator that I got N9 from does not carry them anymore.
If N9 was available from operators in your region at all, can you still get it? Is the lack of N9 on the marketplace a reason for Lumias to increase marketshare relative to N9?"
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Zabbix 2.0 released

richlv richlv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

richlv (778496) writes "The raising underdog of opensource monitoring solutions, Zabbix, has just released a major update, labeled 2.0. Don't let the version number fool you, Zabbix has been around for more than 11 years now. 2.0 brings lots of new features, including low level discovery, direct JMX monitoring, automatic inventory data collection, multihomed host support and lots, lots more. Oh, and it drops MSIE6 support.
Disclaimer: I'm involved with Zabbix development"

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Free Haiti Map Benefits from the Earthquake

richlv richlv writes  |  about 5 years ago

richlv (778496) writes "With the devastating earthquake Haiti capital experienced, people there — especially recovery teams — would benefit from precise, up-to-date maps more than ever. Luckily, a high-resolution satellite image from GeoEye has been provided, which allows the previously discussed free map project OpenStreetMap to use it for mapping. This has resulted in a project to map current state of the city, including collapsed bridges, spontaneous camps and other features. You can follow the state of mapping efforts at the map itself, or help with mapping."
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OpenWRT GUI Contest Finalists Announced

richlv richlv writes  |  more than 5 years ago

richlv (778496) writes "After a slight delay, OpenWRT GUI contest finalists have been announced. Four entries will have to be polished and final versions submitted until September 1, 2009. It looks like as per contest rules, all four already are entitled to $10,000 each, while the winner will receive $160,000. You can also take a look at the screenshots from one of the finalists."
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Rips Copyright Notices, Sells GPL Code as Own

richlv richlv writes  |  more than 5 years ago

richlv (778496) writes "On July 31st 2008, it was suggested that an opensource monitoring solution, Zabbix, was modified and sold as another product — Firescope. Some of the modifications were quite nasty, for example, ripping out 'Zabbix' from source files and replacing it with 'Firescope' so it read "SIA Firescope" (SIA being Latvian for Ltd. or GmbH). Zabbix authors tried to negotiate, but the attempts failed. As a result, Zabbix community members tried to rise awareness on Digg and Slashdot, where multiple comments, defending Firescope, were added by few newly created user accounts that haven't been used to post on any other story since then. One of the accounts was registered under the name "M Lynd", with the president of Firescope being Mark Lynd. Additionally, Wikipedia entry on the copyright dispute was deleted by an anonymous user, coming from IP range registered to FIRESCOPE INC. Zabbix developers have again asked for help, so maybe Slashdot readers can educate Firescope clients that they are being sold a product that violates copyright. Let's see, will Mark use his old accounts, register several new or post anonymously this time?"
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Midnight Commander Development Revived

richlv richlv writes  |  more than 5 years ago

richlv (778496) writes "Quite popular Unix console file manager, Midnight Commander, experienced a stall for last few years. Most distributions (including the conservative Slackware) shipped patched packages or snapshots. Despite that, everybody had a favourite bug or two — either inability to specify ssh connection port, or problems with interrupted FTP sessions. Or maybe copying of larger datasets. Or maybe the infamous 'shell is still active' message, that often brought unexpected changes of current directory with it. Whatever it was, we either cursed it every time, or learned to live with it. It seems that finally something many were waiting for has happened — there's some activity on mc development. Check out the new homepage, and let's hope revival is both healthy and lengthy."
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richlv richlv writes  |  more than 8 years ago

richlv (778496) writes "
If you don't know FAAD, it's a library used for decoding AAC streams, used by many Free Software projects like MPlayer, FFmpeg, xine, VLC and others too.
Ahead/Nero (the company behind FAAD) used GPL as base license, but adding an advertising clause that is by all means incompatible with GPL, which disallows using newer versions of the library in GPL-licensed projects, while the GPL requirements disallow using the library for more shallow-licensed projects.

Flameeyes wants to know what impact could community have on Ahead at http://farragut.flameeyes.is-a-geek.org/articles/2 006/12/20/lets-hear-the-communitys-voice-the-faad- 2-5-licensing-issue."

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