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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

stoborrobots Re:Who are you calling "immature twats" ?? (541 comments)

Don't know. I don't run xfce, so I don't know what it depends on. Here's how I did it, if you're comfortable with aptitude's interactive resolver:

bash# aptitude -s purge '?name(systemd)?installed' libsystemd0+

then review the list of conflicts and suggestions in simulate mode. (I started without explicitly marking libsystemd0 for install, but after I realised its list of reverse-dependencies, I relented.)

I proceeded by looking at the 800ish packages it suggested removing, picking two or three packages I use and marking them as rejected (in my case, initially kmail, kdm, xserver-xorg-video-all), cycling to the next suggested resolution. then repeat. Whenever it suggested installing a systemd package, I rejected that suggestion too.

Eventually I settled on removing about 20 packages I didn't need (networkmanager, gnome-shell, some evolution packages, etc). Then I re-ran it without the simulate option.

Afterwards, I realised that I really wanted something to manage the network for me, so I had to manually bring the wifi network up, and

bash# aptitude install wicd-gtk wicd-cli

3 days ago

Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

stoborrobots Re:Who are you calling "immature twats" ?? (541 comments)

Serious question here: how avoidable is systemd currently?

For what it's worth, I managed to purge everything systemd-related from my debian testing system the other day. I had to replace NetworkManager with WICD, which is a pretty good straightforward replacement (although you need to re-create your configuration). Also, I run KDE, so that made things easier.

As I understand it (if I correctly noted the packages which got removed), you can't run a gnome system without systemd; however, you can still run debian jessie with kde without systemd.

The only packages which are coming from the systemd source package on my system any more are udev and libsystemd0 - however, given that systemd-sysv and systemd-logind are no longer installed, I consider that basically a win.

libsystemd0 is only still there because cups-daemon and kde-runtime require it; but given that it only defines the interfaces, it seems benign.

udev and libudev1, despite being packaged as part of the systemd source, do not depend on it according to the package info...

4 days ago

Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

stoborrobots Re:Google's Paypal (105 comments)

In fact, it's double-clickbaiting us - it's claiming that the product is being retired "quietly", "without an official announcement" while simultaneously linking to the official announcement...

5 days ago

Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

stoborrobots Re:Use the money you save (485 comments) (and that's from the energy market!)

about a week ago

When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

stoborrobots Re:Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

... Those that did got more attention. Those that got more attention are the ones more people heard about... If they hear reports about something awful about to happen and it doesn't happen...

Interesting... And who chooses what gets attention? If the problem is that people are paying attention to the wrong speakers, how do we correct that? How do we make sure that people are hearing the correct predictions?

Because, as you pointed out, the majority of the predictions ARE correct, and global warming IS happening - but people are being directed to pay attention to a few irresponsible speakers, and are thus losing confidence in all the speakers...

That appears to be the main obstacle you have identified...

about two weeks ago

Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

stoborrobots Re:In the uk (461 comments)

They should stop keeping records of ... expert witnesses...

Then how will they be able to find an expert witness when they need one?

about two weeks ago

We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

stoborrobots Re:Idiotic premise (269 comments)

Newspapers are a bad example, as is online TV, because both their non-internet incarnations are predominantly ad-funded anyway...

Pick a service that's subscription-based in real life, and there are often plenty of successful paid online versions of it...

about a month ago

Google Beefs Up 2-Step Verification With Physical USB Security Key In Chrom

stoborrobots Yubikey? (2 comments)

Google reinvented Yubikey?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

stoborrobots Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

At the same time, the RSA patent is the perfect example of why software patents are a bad idea: the RSA patent essentially patents a mathematical formula. Should I be able to get a patent for solving a previously unsolved mathematical equation?

about a month ago

Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

stoborrobots Re: as the birds go (610 comments)

... "by", not "out of"...

about a month ago

Google Finds Vulnerability In SSL 3.0 Web Encryption

stoborrobots Re:How legacy is legacy? (68 comments)

According to the summary, this isn't about browsers, it's about servers - the browsers choose to fall back to SSL3 to cope with broken servers.

If we stop supporting SSL3, then the browsers won't be able to speak to those old broken servers...

about a month ago

Crowdsourced Remake "The Empire Strikes Back Uncut" Now Complete

stoborrobots Re:Don't title your stuff "$OriginalTitleHere Uncu (55 comments)

Wright's First Law of Gender Discernment: Everyone you meet on the Internet is a man, possibly over 50, probably overweight, most certainly balding.

(Note also, Wright's Qualification to the Laws of Gender Discernment: These laws do not govern the population of the Internet in its entirety; they are only valid for the population of the Internet that you will actually meet.)

about a month ago

Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

stoborrobots Re:Get a clue... (993 comments)

Plus Ubuntu's upstart... And DJB's Daemontools... And runit... And EpochInit... and busybox's init...

about a month and a half ago

Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

stoborrobots Re:So what you're telling me (146 comments)

I can understand implementing screen locking without device encryption; that's the state my phone currently is in, and it provides exactly the level of protection I require at this point in time - prevents casual snooping or misuse, but does not protect against a dedicated attacker.

Under what situations would device encryption be useful without a screen lock? Your phone data can be read by anyone who gets their hands on it, since the unencrypted data is exposed to anyone who swipes right...

I can't think of any good reason that your screen lock password should be weaker than your device password...

about a month and a half ago

Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

stoborrobots Re:How about... (482 comments)

Except that Siren markets itself as a Tinder-style hookup app: its tagline is "Charm the pants off someone", and they've stated taht they're happy about being seen as the anti-Tinder...

about a month and a half ago

Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

stoborrobots Re:How about... (482 comments)

There's a finer distinction at play (which I think you might already have noticed, but are not commenting on):

Currently female users receive X undesirable messages and Y desirable messages, with X much much larger than Y.

Removing photos on a conventional dating site drops both X and Y to near-zero.

The goal is to drop X to zero, while keeping Y as near as possible to the current value.

It is theorised that this is an impossible goal as long as men are doing the messaging, because the creeps will always out-message the sensible guys. ... BUT... this app doesn't attempt to do that. It does what you're suggesting - drop the incoming message numbers for the women to zero, and force them to take the action. The men don't/can't message the women at all. The men have to prove their worthiness by providing suitable pictures and answering daily questions in an interesting manner. The women can then make the first contact.

about a month and a half ago

CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

stoborrobots Re:Puts the hurt on StartSSL. Good on 'em! (67 comments)

Passport scan to get a free certificate?

I've been using StartSSL for years, for a number of certificates - all they verify for the free cert is that I can click on a link sent to the postmaster address for the relevant domain...

If you want anything other than basic class-1 certificates for a single hostname there's a cost, and a more involved process; but that process is similar regardless of who does your identity verification.

If you want free class-1 certificates, there is no additional cost, and no super-secret documentation to send around.

I have no experience with StartCom's organisation verification process. However, for domain-verified class-1 certificates for individual hosts, they offer a free, immediate, trouble-free process which involves no more than clicking a link in my email.

about 2 months ago



GAO finds inadequate planning and oversight caused cost blowout

stoborrobots stoborrobots writes  |  about 3 months ago

stoborrobots (577882) writes "The Government Accountability Office has investigated the cost blowouts associated with how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handled the project. It has released a 60-page report entitled Ineffective Planning and Oversight Practices Underscore the Need for Improved Contract Management, with a 5 page summary. The key takeaway messages are:
  • CMS undertook the development of and its related systems without effective planning or oversight practices...
  • [The task] was a complex effort with compressed time frames. To be expedient, CMS issued task orders ... when key technical requirements were unknown...
  • CMS identified major performance issues ... but took only limited steps to hold the contractor accountable.
  • CMS awarded a new contract to another firm [and the new contract's cost has doubled] due to changes such as new requirements and other enhancements...

Larry Seltzer has more over at ZDNet."
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Sea-Tac Airport runway access, no questions asked!

stoborrobots stoborrobots writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stoborrobots (577882) writes "The Seattle Times is reporting an incident where two civilians got unescorted access to the runway at Sea-Tac Airport in a van with names unasked, ID unchecked, and vehicle unsearched.

When [retired Army lieutenant colonel Greg Alderete] realized he had driven a van onto a runway tarmac at Sea-Tac airport — and that no one had asked his name, checked his ID or searched his vehicle — well, he just about lost it."I was appalled," Alderete says. "If you go in the airport's front door, they take away your tube of toothpaste. But the back door? That's the weakest security of any critical facility I've ever seen."

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