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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

samjam Elop NOT Eich (448 comments)

When in office Condi supported warrentless wiretaps and so opposed the interests of the service that Dropbox provides to it's customers - secure storage.

They have a right to question whether her intentions have change or just the position from which she plans to execute them. Maybe it's easier to do this fro the boadroom before going back into politics.

This is more Elop than Eich.

The Eich case is merely: I don't want my political opponents to work again in this town.

The Elop case is: Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin I will not let the big bad wolf in.

Condi is clearly the Elop case, as she opposes the interests of the service, which is more than just an "unfortunate" political affiliation (i.e. not on my side) and "dubious" moral history (i.e. not what I would have done).

about 3 months ago
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Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

samjam Re:There are no comments (410 comments)

The flooding is because the EU has been paying farmers to cut down trees and leave none standing, and trees have been shown to reduce flooding by providing a channel for the water to leave the surface.

https://www.google.com/search?...

The EU policy is the sort of centralised policy management that the apoccalyptic warmers want. The worl is more likely to die under the well-meaning centralised and totally ignorant hand of the apoccalyptic wamers.

about 5 months ago
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Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

samjam Re:Noticing boot speed depends on the scenario (362 comments)

The latency of network access is higher than disk access; so doing more things at once as systemd permits will make a bigger difference than if you were just using local disks and /etc/passwd

about 8 months ago
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Broadcom Laying Off LTE and Modem Design Employees

samjam Skynet is complete (71 comments)

Skynet is complete - you have made your chains now go and wear them somewhere else.

about 9 months ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

samjam Re:Long live TeX and LaTeX (479 comments)

Consider TexMacs - uses scheme-like macro language (and scheme) - much better.

about 9 months ago
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MasterCard Joining Push For Fingerprint ID Standard

samjam Re:Boy do feel safer (138 comments)

You leave your finger prints on your credit card.
They steal you card they also have your prints.

How dumb is that?

about 10 months ago
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SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

samjam Re:No RAID? No backup? (552 comments)

His SSD gave up out of shame for all the threats and abuse it had been forced to witness

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Trends Low

samjam Re:Too bad Ubuntu isn't free (251 comments)

I emailed canonical to ask if the full kernel source would be released.

By the time they answered "no" the first-day deal had sold out.

I don't know if I would have bought one, but I really want the full kernel source.

Sam

about a year ago
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ASCAP Petitions FCC To Deny Pandora's Purchase of Radio Station

samjam The other way around? (229 comments)

Maybe Pandora will "give" the radio station the money to buy a Pandora.
Pandora will of course have a long term licensing agreement with a new corp. Meta-Pandora and most of the money will get funnelled to Meta-Pandora.

about a year ago
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The Last GUADEC?

samjam vala (376 comments)

Shame - vala is a really cool c(+) style language that hides a lot of the glib rot that was too hard to use.

1 year,4 days
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BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

samjam Re:A simple remote clock design (487 comments)

No, the problem is not just the timezone, it is the tick tock problem too. The time zone problem is very easy to fix by saying "GMT"

about a year ago
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BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

samjam Re:A simple remote clock design (487 comments)

It is harder than that, ntp is hard. ntp takes hours to stabilize before it will believe it has a decent idea of the time.

How do you know how long it took to get the time request from the BBC over http?

Do you think you might get two side-by-side PC's showing different times (out by 10 seconds) depending on link contention when they made their request?

BBC cannot solve this problem.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

samjam Re: Have u thought about.. (524 comments)

"Why are programmers exempt from workmanship standards?"

You will have to work that out for yourself, but you should know that analogies never win an argument especially car analogies on slashdot.

about a year ago
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No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed

samjam Re:Wrong question (390 comments)

Darn right. This is the way to close free wifi hotspots.

Providers will not be able to pay for "approved" filtering, so one dodgy site slipping through would be grounds for prosecution; and so all free hotspot vanish.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

samjam Fon Hotspot (572 comments)

I have a cheap fon router which provides two wireless networks. One for my family and one non-encrypted.

The non-encrypted network normally requires a logon, but some IP addresses can be excluded from that requirement. You might choose to exclude all requirements so that your guests get straight access.

You also get to rate-limit the connection too.

If you run a connection and leave it turned on you get free logon to other peoples fon hotspots too - and there are thousands in the UK.

http://corp.fon.com/how-it-works

about a year ago
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Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

samjam Re:Wait, what? (379 comments)

Because at the beginning they needed cheap to develop and deploy, not fast.

Only because they were successful at the beginning can they afford to buy "fast"

about a year and a half ago
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No Charges In UK For Gary McKinnon

samjam this: (148 comments)

The UK CPS declined to prosecute him originally and further decline to do so now.

This trumps all other arguments.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Iron Dome Might Only Work For Israel

samjam That word: ballistic (377 comments)

That word: ballistic, I don't think it means what you think it means

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which International Online Music Stores Are Legit?

samjam benefit artist? hah hah! (166 comments)

Many "legit" stores do not benefit the artists!

Some sell the artists music without permission and do not reimburse the artists
http://torrentfreak.com/apples-itunes-sued-by-artist-for-pirating-music-110812/
http://forum.tunecore.com/post/Album-on-iTunes-without-permission-5680939

Sometimes the artists get no money because of extraordinary business practices by their music publishers or associations
http://www.salon.com/2000/06/14/love_7/
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100712/23482610186.shtml
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20091203/1853507190.shtml
and for interest
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120323/18055718229/how-ascap-takes-money-successful-indie-artists-gives-it-to-giant-rock-stars.shtml

Sometimes the artists get no money because their music publishers instruct them not to register with the copyright agency of that country SO THAT the publisher can claim that the seller is not legitimate because the artists get no money.
http://www.transmissionentertainment.com/entry/russian_based_all_of_mp3coms_former_owner_may_see_jail_time_fines_and_a_mor/
http://allofmp3.ru/press/centre.shtml?s=994&d=66219728 : "Even without an agreement between ROMS and the rightsholders, it is our understanding that ROMS, in particular, has sent several letters to the major record labels inviting them to collect their royalties. Those notices have been ignored."
http://techcrunch.com/2007/07/25/former-allofmp3com-owner-faces-jail-time/

Sometimes it's a choice between
1. not paying
2. paying and the artist gets no money
3. paying and the artist gets no money and you support an abusive music industry
4. paying and the artist gets money and you support an abusive music industry

For mass music I opt for 2 where I can because I think it does least harm.
For less popular music I use CD-Baby and other self publishing sites or buy direct from the artist.

about a year and a half ago

Submissions

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LG competes with NSA in spying scandal

samjam samjam writes  |  about 8 months ago

samjam (256347) writes "It looks like TV maker LG is competing with the NSA for clandestine spying on those who pay them! DoctorBeet's Blog reports that LG then blames it on the retailer for not making you aware of the terms and conditions that are unavailable until after you unbox the set and turn it on. And if you don't accept the terms you can't use many of the TV features.

How does it feel to hear that your LG TV reports watched channels — and USB filenames — even when you thought you configured the TV to not do that? Blog commenter SteveL reports a suspiciously quick firmware update relating to the matter. Have LG covered their tracks sufficiently to escape the sorts legal saction or customer backlash that afflicted other well known companies for misleading privacy policies?"
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Can Black Rod Save Tasered Student?

samjam samjam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

samjam (256347) writes "The Coral Cached article explains how political ceremony can re-enforce and preserve citizens rights for generations to come and suggests how to apply this to political rallys to prevent abuse of constitutional rights. Like Slashdot's famous first post we need a first-question and first-answer to be asked at every political rally or circumstance were abuse of liberty is feared. Not only this, it must become a revered ceremony, perhaps by a few drops of blood from some of those brave enough to start it off — though as a ceremony it is one of the least confrontational ways to maintain these rights. [Full disclosure — I am the author. Please discuss on slashdot, not my poor blog.]"
Link to Original Source

Journals

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Its official: File sharing not theft in UK

samjam samjam writes  |  more than 10 years ago Passed to me by my good friend Jen, John Kay writes in the Financial Times; Jun 02, 2004:

English law, following common sense, requires that a thief have an intention of permanently depriving an owner of his property. File sharers have no intention of depriving anyone of his property. Nor do their activities meet the further test that the reasonable man would think them dishonest.

Yeah! Read on and laugh!

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Dirty Advertising Tricks at Dilbert.com

samjam samjam writes  |  more than 10 years ago

If its worth submitting to slashdot its worth putting in my journal to balance the risk of rejection against the sad loss of the story that was obviously so well worthwhile writing

Do web content owners know what advertisers are doing with their good name? Does Scott adams know that his publishers advertisers are doing their best to dupe his loyal fans out of as much of GPB 20.00 a time? Tonight I felt it was time for a little dilbert.com and the first thing to appear is a popup ad for a gaming site and a highly doubtful activex security warning that reads:

Do you want to install and run "YOU MUST READ, UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING TERMS BEFORE USING THIS SERVICE, YOU CONFIRM THAT (1) You are 18 years of age or older (2) You are either the subscriber of the telephone line to which this computers modem is connected, or you have the Line Subscribers permission to use the Service, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT (3) This computers modem will be connected to a premium rate telephone number charged at GBP 1.50, and that the Line Subscriber will be charged for the duration of this call at the rate of GBP 1.50 (4) By using the service, you may be exposed to material which is offensive, indecent or objectionable(5) Once connected to the service, the telephone call will not terminate unless (a) you terminate the connection by selecting the modem symbol located at the lower right of the Windows taksbar and click DISCONNECT (b) you stay connected for longer than 13.33 minutes (c) you click the CLOSE button on the dialler dialoge box. Access via 09065170090-2 calls charged at GBP 1.50 per minute. World Content Ltd, Mitchel House, The Valley, Anguila" signed on an unknown date/time and distributed by:

Click Yes To Enter Ltd

Publisher authenticity verified by Thawte Code Signing CA

Caution Click Yes To Enter Ltd asserts that this content is safe. You should only install/view this content if you trust Click Yes To Enter Ltd to make that assertion

Well! The no doubt legally mandated warning is much longer than the one Microsoft provides. Microsoft seem to think that "Click Yes To Enter Ltd" has asserted the content to be safe, but "Click Yes To Enter Ltd" have asserted that it may be offensive, indecent, objectionable and cost GBP 1.50 per minute!

But wait... surely this so called agreement is actually the name of a program I am being asked to install-and-run, surely installing and running it does not bind me to the agreement whose text is also the name of the program?

Of course, I cancel the dialog and am greeted with this message:

To play the games we offer to you PLEASE press YES in the certificate window you will see. Then you will be able to play all the games we offer to you!

No legal words this time, just pleading to let gamesplayground.com offer for me to play games. (Or should that be pay games?)

And all this because I wanted to look at Dilbert!

And how much of the instructions will

  • Be available to re-read after I close the dialog
  • Actually work if WinXP hides my modem connection dialog

Does Scott adams know that his publishers advertisers are doing their best to dupe his loyal fans out of as much of GPB 20.00 a time? Lets hope not!

You can try the experience here but PLEASE don't accept to run the control and IE users, make sure you aren't set to run controls without prompting or heaven help you.

The link is: http://gaming.gamesplayground.co m/gaming.php?ac=060323&id=060323&iso=uk&route=3 05&serv=gaming&file=gaming and I've not made it a live link for obvious reasons, you are going to have to be clever enough to remove the "breakage" in the url to get it to work

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Redeemed from debian dependancy hell

samjam samjam writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Using the series at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/ch-apt-get.en.html and some redhat rawhide experience I managed to get my debconf family packages high enough so that spamassassin 2.60 would build. I had to de-install "dialog" and "whiptail" and I'm just rebuilding ncurses5.3 do I can install a newer dialog.

Debians "will remove XXXX soon" really throws me, for some reason it got it into its head it was going to remove logrotate, acct, adduser, samba, etc and lots of essential stuff like the bsd* package. I couldn't find an easy way to change its mind apart from go through dselect and select everything that had a star in the left column but not the right.

I installed libhtml-parser-perl-3.28 WITHOUT perl unicode by editing the Makefile.PL and debian/control (so it would run on Perl 5.6), luckily deb's aren't so strict on pristine source so I didn't have to hack & combine the single patch file that debs use with my own changes,though for some reason the build package only included docs and no .pm files, so I had to "make install" from the build-dir which is a nasty hack, but at least spamassassin make test worked once it could find the html parser.

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Debian Dependancy Hell

samjam samjam writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Just started suffering from Debian Dependancy Hell with apt-get and dselect

Once I "start" to install a debian package, even if it fails because of unsatisfied dependancies it then only knows of the "newer" "failed" package and I can't install the old one with dselect any more.

I build the latest spamassassin .deb from source but it wont install because I my version of html-parser-perl is tool old.

I can't install the latest html-parser-perl cos my perl is too old, etc etc, I need to upgrade the box.

So I install HTML-Parser-3.28 by hand the perl way. It passes all the test cases, NOW I can install spamassassin if I remove the dependancy on html-parser-perl as a package as I know I have the right files anyway.

NO!

> debian/rules clean
> debian/rules binary

perl: relocation error: /usr/lib/perl5/auto/HTML/Parser/Parser.so: undefined symbol: Perl_Tstack_sp_ptr

doh!
Lets start AGAIN

> dpkg-source -x spamassassin_2.61-1.dsc
> debian/rules binary

perl: relocation error: /usr/lib/perl5/auto/HTML/Parser/Parser.so: undefined symbol: Perl_Tstack_sp_ptr

Gah!

And theres no way I can get back to where I was.

So I need to get perl 5.8 before can get html-parser-perl working the .deb way, I need to build debs from SOURCE if I want to avoid upgrading my entire libcs and dependancies, but .deb dont't have simple src.rpm like redhat so I can easy automate it.

SPIT SPIT SPIT

Who says debian has no dependancy hell?

Grrrr

And if I dare add a "testing" source to /etc/apt/sources.list then dselect goes barmy telling me I have to update all kinds of packages.

It seems the useful notes are here:
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/ch-sourcehandling.en.html

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Got debian installed twice in one day!

samjam samjam writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I finally got debian installed twice in one day.
Once on a P133 box with 32MB RAM after smoothwall failed to take (some USB problem), and then again on a HP C110/777/9000 with PA Risc processor at 110MHz and 512MB RAM.

I find the main problem with the debian website (apart from the broken links which are probably a result of the debian server compromise) is that there are lots of "related-information" links between pages that have overlap. Its hard to tell if a link about "boot disks" in a section about installation will link to more talk about boot disks or the actual boot disk images.

It turns out the HPPA installation instructions are really quite simple:

1) Stick the HPPA box on a network where the gateway also has DHCP and BOOTP
2) from the debian woody distribution in the hppa-disks section grab the "lif*" file and cause tftp and dhcp to serve this as the boot image
3) boot the HPPA without a keyboard and a null modem cable to the serial console, set at 9600,8N1
4) Interrupt the boot process and type:
boot LAN

and that was it
Cheers to Bruce Perens and the gang for making it possible.

My previous failures were using sarge and I think my troubles were down to driver modules being available in udebs but not any standard .deb file.

Whats with udebs, anyway?

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