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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

torsmo Re:Not again... (505 comments)

There is a joke in here, though, if you don't miss it. tab...init...inittab?? Ok, well, I tried.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

torsmo Not again... (505 comments)

Keeping a tab on these changes is becoming tiresome, init?

2 days ago
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Millions of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

torsmo Re:When is enough enough? (85 comments)

It feels so hackneyed at this point to try to describe the dystopia we are headed toward (already in?)

I dunno, it seems to me that an advanced technology-enabled dystopia is not universal in its spread. Poor third-world countries do not seem to be headed that way. Corruption may have something to do with it, but I'm too tired at the moment to form a logical construct to validate that thought.

4 days ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

torsmo Re:S[pace colonisation (269 comments)

Crops as in grain are pollinated by wind, not by beans, if you meant that.

I'm sure it was bees and not beans that you meant to write, but I wasn't only thinking of bees as a pollinating vector (because you'd want more than just staple crops). As you said, agricultural crops are wind-pollinated, because they don't sprout beautiful flowers to attract insec (except I think with maize, which may be pollinated by bees). Pollination by insects is far, far more precise and efficient than pollination by wind. But in the case of a Mars colony, are you going to generate wind to facilitate pollination (not that it isn't possible, but will you get the desired effect)? I think you'd have to painstakingly do it by hand.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

torsmo Re:S[pace colonisation (269 comments)

I believe Biosphere 2 was the first large-scale attempt, and they were mostly successful

Would you really consider Biosphere 2 to be a success? Yes, the people in there survived for however long it was, and certainly it was a radical new attempt at facilitating sustenance of an intelligent life-form like ours, but there was a failure in advancing the idea further, and while similar, it is quite different from a Mars habitat.

Mars has massive reserves of water and CO2 readily available, which plants can turn into all the air and biomass you want, and cellulose can be converted to a number of extremely versatile construction materials. Include sand and eventual mining operations for trace elements and you're well positioned to not only survive but grow and prosper.

I don't think growing crops there would be easy. Pollination is a big problem, and having to live on an algal diet won't be easy. Plus, there are the usual phytopathological problems: pests, diseases, parasites, etc. Managing contaminants, the inevitability of escaping gases, making do with extremely limited resources (industrial operations require massive quantities of power and water and I'm not convinced of your vision of growth and prosperity) are only a few of the innumerable challenges that lie ahead in even bootstrapping a Mars colony. Despite how tough it's going to be, I think it is an idea worthy of being pursued, but only after having carefully experimented it here on Earth.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

torsmo Re:S[pace colonisation (269 comments)

self-sustaining human-supporting ecosystems are a hard problem

So, wouldn't it be prudent to set-up such an environment here on earth, run tests with human inhabitants, and then carry over that experience into building a Mars colony?

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

torsmo This is malarky (747 comments)

Is systemd trying to become emacs?

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

torsmo Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (993 comments)

What was I thinking?

Well, you weren't. In my comment, while I certainly didn't mention the threats of violence to his person, an absence of condemnation does not amount to me justifying something as unacceptable as that.

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

torsmo Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (993 comments)

Come back with your rant when Poettering's crap is not being forced down the throats of users of most major distros, and when the company he works for ceases to wield great influence over what eventually becomes accepted standard in the community. Nobody is forcing me to use Windows either, but I use Linux over it for the freedom Linux offers. Yet it's starting to become more of a "You're only free to do these things if you want to use our more popular distro. Piss off if you don't like it". I know I could always try and gather some like minded people and start yet another distro, but when software vendors will only support the major distros and their offerings won't work on your incompatible OS, you have no choice but to fall at the feet of the those you disagree with. Significant alterations to basic software is not synonymous with "scratching an itch".

about two weeks ago
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Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Facial Recognition

torsmo Re:The Really Rich Client exemption (122 comments)

Well said. Also, this is Dubai, with a king and God as rulers. They don't care about false positives, as long as the rich aren't inconvenienced, and the enslaved foreign labour in the slums is kept in check.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

torsmo Re:not quite (320 comments)

Smart people do not own TVs

Well, it seems there aren't very many smart people in the world.

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Docs Reveal List of 30 Countries Hacked On Orders of FBI Informant Sabu

torsmo Re:Sabu? (78 comments)

Ha! The irc logs make it look like it was the work of some 16-year olds:

(10:05:05 PM) leondavidson@jabber.org/a12dcd98a30c36c2: @danawhite ceo of ufc.com basically challenging us to hack ufc again
(10:05:12 PM) leondavidson@jabber.org/a12dcd98a30c36c2: saying we are terrorists
(10:05:15 PM) yohoho@jabber.ccc.de: lol
(10:05:16 PM) leondavidson@jabber.org/a12dcd98a30c36c2: and we can't hack his shit
(10:05:20 PM) leondavidson@jabber.org/a12dcd98a30c36c2: webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?
q=cache:wpl8k-4wsVMJ:bars.ufc.com/bar/jbs-sports-bar/fl/us/5560/ufc-rio-/%3Frelease%3D1%26profile%3DiPhone+site:ufc.com+mysql&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a
(10:05:27 PM) leondavidson@jabber.org/a12dcd98a30c36c2: bars.ufc.com got some sqli
(10:05:30 PM) yohoho@jabber.ccc.de: hack it again? what's the point
(10:05:43 PM) leondavidson@jabber.org/a12dcd98a30c36c2: we didn't hack it in the first place
(10:05:50 PM) leondavidson@jabber.org/a12dcd98a30c36c2: t was a dns hijack by some other niggas
(10:05:58 PM) leondavidson@jabber.org/a12dcd98a30c36c2: the point would be the lulz
(10:06:30 PM) yohoho@jabber.ccc.de: oh right hah

about two weeks ago
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Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

torsmo Well, really now . . . (50 comments)

Does there come a time in a nerd's life when s/he just doesn't care about yet another "origins" story?

about three weeks ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

torsmo Re:It's been in bash a while. (318 comments)

The linked patch only fixes the primary vulnerability. There is an additional trailing string processing vulnerability (CVE-2014-7169) that is fixed by using the patch posted here.

about three weeks ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

torsmo Re:So flog the bash developer who checked this in. (318 comments)

There was a patch released by Red Hat a few hours ago, and I recompiled bash with it. It seems the above issue has been fixed. This is the output I get now:

user@host:~$ env X='() { (a)=>\' bash -c "file echo vulnerable; cat file"

bash: X: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `='
bash: X: line 1: `'
bash: error importing function definition for `X'
echo: ERROR: cannot open `echo' (No such file or directory)
vulnerable: ERROR: cannot open `vulnerable' (No such file or directory)
cat: file: No such file or directory

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

torsmo Re:And if I am ridding in the car? (364 comments)

. . . pissed on a dictionary and strung together whatever didn't get wet.

Is there an app for this?

about a month ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

torsmo Re:You'll need a simple telescope (68 comments)

You would also need a good motor drive to track such a fast moving object.

about a month and a half ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

torsmo Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (254 comments)

Internet speeds, which are increasing 50% every year

Maybe you have access to those speeds. Not everyone does. I'm stil stuck (and there are many in the same boat) with 0.5 Mbps DSL for the past 5 years.

You'll get left in the dust sticking with IPv4

I've already been left in the dust, desire for adopting new tech notwithstanding.

about a month and a half ago

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