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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

silas_moeckel Re:Will religion suvive tens of generations in spa (478 comments)

Hopefully religion will die off and/or they will all stay earthbound. Father figures that are figments of your imagination demand you say on earth thats it.

yesterday
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

silas_moeckel Re:If I own the car (269 comments)

It's your room while your renting it. Just like the hotel can not allow the police access to your hotel room until you have checked out without court order or probable cause.

5 days ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

silas_moeckel Re:Works particularly well in SA/Victoria (169 comments)

Nothing but people get in the way of more fission power plants. Hell would love small scale fission a simple RTG buried under my house would be lovely.

about a week ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

silas_moeckel Waste of time go single stream (383 comments)

Single stream is more efficient. Dump most stuff and split it up at the far end.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

silas_moeckel Re:Before you hate systemd (221 comments)

The linked article alone is reason to hate systemd a GUI admin tool. It goes on about .desktop file format again GUI garbage. I've never seen a server do anything with automount, it's frankly a security issue all mounts should be explicit and done by a sysadmin with root privs. Maybe some cheesy backup script? Servers do not need nor should they have a GUI, a VGA port is overkill but windows needs it. VM's again never need a VGA port it's just a waste of ram a serial port works fine for either. The base logic is all things need to be done via CLI first and done well (far to many CLI's were an afterthought to a GUI and it shows). D-Bus again it's mostly a GUI thing, it need not be on a server. DHCP on a server?

I really do not care much about systemd their is nothing not using it in a professional linux right now (something with all the big third party app support) and frankly it's not bothered me enough but I do see anything useful in it either.

about a week ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

silas_moeckel Forget the NDA how about a warrent (124 comments)

Oh yea forget they would not need them most of the time if they got one.

about two weeks ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

silas_moeckel Re:Please describe exactly (392 comments)

BS the new plans have HUGE deductible's and only cover what they are forced to (mostly female and child related bits). Premiums have doubled and are looking like 3x for next year. Dental is a joke if you can even find a plan that offers it. Lets compare:

Before 400 ish a month now 800 ish.
Reasonable deduct 5k but only for major stuff all the day to day excluded, now 10k and nearly everything feeds into it.
Dental and Optics built in, now just for kids and maybe a realy bad tack on.

It really matters what state your in. But from my point it looks like the rates got jacked up by whatever the max the feds would pay. This is what tends to happen whenever the feds throw money at something, economics kicks in and the cost of goods goes up by whatever the feds tacked on.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

silas_moeckel Re:How Does this Effect Rural? (353 comments)

They might have to use the piles of cash they get to actually upgrade them. We have paid to connect every rural home with fiber several times over. Instead they foisted off outdated slow gear on them and used the fund to pay for it.

Sure their might be some places in the US that are more than the 130ish km allowed by standard optics, it's not like we don't know how to stick a DWDM light pump on a pole for those are are to far.

about two weeks ago
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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

silas_moeckel Re:It's a production system (85 comments)

And if you look at IPv6 BGP filtering is a lot better.

about two weeks ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

silas_moeckel Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (155 comments)

Some parts are complex and successful company's often part out things to others. To bad most of the changes that drive up the price are cosmetic. Does every model year need new headlights and thus slightly different body panels? A different but otherwise the same stereo?

Frankly cars should be a platform. More like a piece of farm or construction equipment where refinements are made to efficiency, durability or safety. Upgrades are made where it makes sense, engine blow well might as well get the new one 15% better mileage.

about two weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

silas_moeckel Re:law enforcement scams (462 comments)

And there is only one group who puts them in a position to do it the Democrats?

Please there is no effective difference in US politics, it's the same group. Hell politician's change affiliation and still get elected. Sure one side tends to do one thing or another you need something to campaign on after all. Neither wants any real change.

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

silas_moeckel Re:It should be (364 comments)

Isn't that effectively what the new autonomous cars are? Horses tended to go back to their barn so yea similar effect.

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

silas_moeckel Re:Nanny State (364 comments)

It just shows that the law is broken, LEO's frankly need to be the model drivers unless the disco-tech mounted to their roof is on (and that needs to be toned down at night).

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

silas_moeckel Re:It should be (364 comments)

Because we have little to no functional mass transit. That is pretty much a lifetime imprisonment being forced to live in a city to be able to get a decent job. Forget being able to take care of family life.

We really need to rethink our transport related laws, were effectively removing peoples freedom to associate/travel on the mere accusation that they did something that might hurt somebody else. It frankly seems like the buggy whip guys started us down this slippery path trying to throw roadblocks at the switch to cars. The move to self driving cars may be the answer, with licencing turning into something for enthusiasts.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

silas_moeckel Re:Or so they say... (142 comments)

Parallel construction is a farce and has no place in a legal system. The defendant is being intentionally lied to and thus unable to defend themselves. If you can not say how you got the info they should not be able to use it. Same goes for confidential informants. The people the NSA should be spying on are supposed to be dealt with via the CIA aka outside of the country assassinations.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

silas_moeckel Re:Look at the ELK Stack (137 comments)

ELK works but frankly it's defaults do just about nothing. As a stack sure it's great but it needs to be added as an adjunct to a real monitoring system and it needs useful defaults and/or some sort of add on repository. The opennms boys are working on showing rrd data into ES.

Pretty much you set up ELK and go great my logs are all one place but it does nothing by default nor is it easy to do anything useful with it. Adhoc searches of logs is great in all but your basically replacing ssh cat | grep. Take a common thing like percolating up an alert when a bit of redundant hardware fails and pushing that event into a ticketing system to the correct group and priority and ELK needs a lot of customization to do anything useful. Sure you can put an search in a window somewhere and make a human look but that is frankly going back 2 decades in sysadmin space. Devs seem to like it but it's pretty much an adhoc reporting tool for them.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

silas_moeckel Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

That is a very different thing, if it was the companies data it matters not where the data is they have to produce it. This is about Microsoft trying to comply with an order for somebody else's data that is not under their control but they do have access to.

I run an IT business, this is much like getting an order to produce a clients data. Can I technically do it sure. If it was in the US I'm covered legally via the judge made me do it and possibly a gag order precluding me from disclosing that we did so. Now if it's foreign I'm committing a crime and do not have legal cover, some of us still want to leave the US from time to time. In neither case should my company be compelled to deliver that data, it's not ours to give. Doing so has the potential to ruin business relationships. Having it be the law in the US leads to no foreign company allowing a US one access to it's systems.

It is not hard ask an Irish judge to issue the order to Microsoft EU (or whoever). It seems they do not think disclosing this data would be legal in the EU and the request would be denied thus this end run. The US can and does get just this sort of thing all the time the EU just has better protections and thus a higher bar to meet to avoid fishing expeditions like this one.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

silas_moeckel Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

Actually they data is in Europe the judge is trying to say since they have access to it from the US they need to turn it over. The data is under the control of a division incorporated in Europe.

There is established procedure to get this it called ask the European courts.

about a month ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

silas_moeckel Re:Jail them for contempt (248 comments)

The federal judiciary has no enforcement powers those fall under the executive. Many state's have marshals that report to the courts and can enforce their orders.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

silas_moeckel Re:DSL Is generally several layers of encapsulatio (355 comments)

Well look at it like the modem analogy. Dial up days you "paid" for the overhead as well the PPP overhead effectively reduced your max connection speed/throughput.

about a month ago

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