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Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

richlv Re:Space Drive or Global Warming? (315 comments)

Finally: the summary is terrible, even by /. standards.

samzenpus. i even bothered to find a way to hide him for my logged-in account, but unfortunately i can't just make him disappear for my anonymous visits, which is how i ended up here

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

richlv Re:It depends (348 comments)

sure, i didn't say it's easy to change - but it's important to recognise that this is wrong and laziness on their part :)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

richlv Re:It depends (348 comments)

it's not about possibility, it's about attitude. that approach is bad. sure, sometimes it can't be avoided because of a crappy vendor - but that does not mean it's "just fine", it should be listed as a risk & drawback in your security assessment reports

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

richlv Re:It depends (348 comments)

we disable local firewalls when we're deploying telephony application servers because of vendor requirements. Likewise, some applications require SELinux to be disabled as well.

they are simply badly designed apps, the vendor was lazy.
i'm guilty of doing that sometimes myself, but i'm not going to try and justify it - i was just lazy or pressed for time. it does not make it a good practice in any case.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:Do you think there is only one guy with a missi (667 comments)

you are changing the claim and then refuting it.
the claim is that terrorists shot down something, thinking it's an ukrainian transport plane... except that it was not.
this is confirmed even by their own boasting (which they quickly removed after they saw what fell out of that plane)

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:Do you think there is only one guy with a missi (667 comments)

they supplied the sam system. they supplied the personnel manning it. they did pick the target... just that they fucked up.
of course, they are pretending thy know nothing about those terrorists they sent and armed there for this exact reason - so that they could say "ooooh, it's some innocent, peaceful rebels"

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:Do you think there is only one guy with a missi (667 comments)

i didn't mean that any of these was on purpose.
mh17 does look like an accidental shot - but fully enabled by the current russian leadership, including supply of the troops, financing and the weapons.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

ah, another anonymous kremlin commenter.
just remember that in the regime you are promoting you, your relatives and friends will be fair game to the ruling putin class.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:Propaganda (667 comments)

there's a difference between full scale, open invasion - and the slow creeping of special forces, a sam system here or there etc.
russia used this tactic in crimea, denying their involvement when everybody said it's them - then admitted it was them all along.
now they are denying their presence in the eastern ukraine...

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

first, i'm a european - and we know what an invasion by russia looks like and means.
second, the plane was avoiding a storm, and was still supposed to be in safe height (nobody thought putin would allow to provide such weaponry to the terrorists)
third, the plane was jointly controlled by kiev and russian traffic controllers.
fourth. just a few hours before the hit, russia supposedly closed the corridor where mh17 was flying. might be a coincidence. but oh how you would trump that up if ukrainians would have done that...
fifth, the only ones who are hiding the evidence are the terrorists on the ground - that includes rocket remains, blackboxes etc. oh well, by now they are being hidden in moscow.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:How far does it need to be dumbed down? (667 comments)

"no, we have no idea who shot down kl007" would be more appropriate. more recent, involves the same aggressor.
and if the usa issues official statement that they detected a missile launch from the terrorist controlled territory, you can bet their internal report said "duh, of course it's those guys".
one problem with "oooh, we don't know yet" is that it's one of the pr strategies that works for the kremlin - just wait a bit and those lazy germans, hooked on the gas, will forget about this...

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:Propaganda (667 comments)

indeed, in ukraine they are not operating as open as in crimea... but several of the leaders are "ex-russian-forces".
how convenient, isn't it ? both gru and fsb have been identified as "previous" workplaces of many.
there are also reports of some regular duty soldiers mysteriously dying - those are a bit harder to verify with dead bodies being transported back to russia with trucks.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:News from two centuries ago (667 comments)

here's a usa statement (they got some satellites and other systems that help with gathering information) :
http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/statements/asmt-07192014.html
the careful wording in the world of diplomacy means "oh stop fucking around, it's 100% clear who did it".

At the time that flight MH17 dropped out of contact, we detected a surface-to-air missile (SAM) launch from a separatist-controlled area in southeastern Ukraine.

also, the terrorists are sent and controlled by russia. if that indeed was not them... you can be sure as hell they would allow any and all inspections, completely secure the area to prevent any tampering, get all blackboxes and deliver them to international experts. because it would be juuuust perfect for them.
they did the opposite.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:lol (667 comments)

That page is merely reporting a press release from the Ukrainian government in Kiev. Are you suggesting we should treat everything they say as factually true?

probably not everything, but so far they have shown themselves as a fairly (mostly ? completely ?) honest source of information.
on the other hand, russia has demonstrated again and again to be the opposite.

Whatever is happening in Ukraine it is not a full-blown invasion by Russia in the "classical" style that Iraq or Afghanistan were. That would be far more obvious.

and continuing on trusting russia, how about a very relevant example... the invasion of crimea just a few months ago ?
at first putin publicly (repeatedly) claimed no russian troops involved. then "well, they might have helped a bit". after the invasion, "but of course they were our men !"
and europe didn't even blink. so now we got a plane down, and we are just getting "more concerned". yes, that will surely help just as it did before.

what russia does in eastern ukraine is either war or terrorism - although it is probably both.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:lol (667 comments)

Whoever shot down the plane, they were "soldiers" or fighters of some variety and almost certainly can be described as Ukrainian, given that everyone seems to agree that the fighters are actually eastern Ukrainians and at most Russia is supplying weapons to them.

is that "everybody" 'russia today' ?
try googletranslating http://lb.ua/news/2014/07/20/2... - ukrainian army detains 23 terrorists. somehow all 23 turn out to be citizens of the russian federation.
there's also an interview with a former warrior from moscow how tells how 80% of them were from russia, with locals not exceeding 20%.

let's bisect the other thing you said - "at most Russia is supplying weapons to them".
"at most". as if they were given bows and arrows. they get armoured vehicles. they get... tanks. they get bloody sam systems that can reach targets up to 25km.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:Propaganda (667 comments)

a strategy of kremlin propagandists.
distribute lies about events ("oh, ukrainians shot down mh 17 ! they even shot down their own planes a few days before that. we claimed credit for that just for fun !"), then go "ooooh, but you know, i don't trust either side, they all are lying"

so far russia has been caught lying many times. all evidence points at russian special forces (and regular army, too) being responsible both for invasion in eastern ukraine, and for downing mh17 specifically.

please, stop whitewashing this terrible government, it can lead to even more tragic losses.

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

richlv Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

of course, russian govt is the most knowledgeable - they shot down the damn plane.
on the other hand, the rest of the world knows quite a lot - photos and videos on the ground, showing buk system moving around, intercepted terrorist conversations that include receiving of the buk, moving it around, then scrambling to react when they find out just what they just shot down.
that also includes public bragging about downed ukrainian plane, only to hastily remove all those comments once they figured out that it's a civilian plane.
after that they publicly try other idiotic statements like claiming that all passengers were dead in amsterdam already (yeah, happens in that city every now and then, right ?), or trying to find "weapons" in the remains of the plane.
then more intercepted conversations where they are given the orders from the "higher ups, from moscow, you know what i mean" not to let anybody who's not "theirs" near the crash site and above all - find all "black" boxes and ship them to moscow.

there is no "anti red agenda". there's a fascistic, aggressive country that invaded and annexed part of a european country. and there are lots of paid commenters who try to whitewash the crazy actions of russian state. (although some might be genuinely crazy and/or uninformed and do it for free)

about a month ago
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

richlv Re:Will it run on my WRT54G? (71 comments)

for how long do you have it ? is it constantly on ?
my asus wl500gp is having a recurring capacitor problem and i feel ready to replace it with something nice and perfectly supported by openwrt.

what are the biggest problems you have faced with that device ?

about a month ago

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IRC Client irssi Moves to GitHub

richlv richlv writes  |  about a month and a half 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 6 months 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 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 a year and a half 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  |  more than 4 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 7 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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