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Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live

tqk Re:Astronomical events use UNIVERSAL TIME (32 comments)

might as well post it in Jovian Decimal Time, then ...

How about we define the Great Red Spot to be Jovian "Greenwich." Correct if I'm wrong, but last I heard all of Earth would fit into the GRS. Oooh, complication. So much for granularity. Not to mention, the existence of Jovians is yet to be proved, so wtf would anyone want Jovian time zones?

[Good book: "Galileo's Dream" actually touches on this (tangentially).]

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Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live

tqk Re:Astronomical events use UNIVERSAL TIME (32 comments)

(0) AbsenseOfMalice /home/keeling_ date
Sun Oct 19 18:04:08 PDT 2014
(0) AbsenseOfMalice /home/keeling_ date -u
Mon Oct 20 01:04:12 UTC 2014

Twit. You can't do subtraction?

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Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live

tqk Re:Geoff Fox is the man (32 comments)

Now I have to correct myself. Something I read yesterday said, "... has ever come to a planet", not specifying Earth.

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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:anonymously sourced evidence? (109 comments)

Well, yes your point does stand but AC is correct: it would stand with more authority if you took the time to google for correct details ...

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

Fuck YOU! I pointed you (both) at a judge who'd been found recently to have used his position for personal gain. You demand I supply you with easily (!!!) found details.

FUCK you both. You have just as much access to the net's resources as do I.

My point still stands. You lazy twits can go play youtube (try youporn! :-) now. Your job is done. I'll suffer your ilk no longer. Grow up children!

2 days ago
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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:Stingray (109 comments)

At the lowest level of LTE the provider can take control of the phone at a lower level than the operating system.

I was just reading a story about the "Citizen Four" (Snowden) documentary. He worries they can quietly enable VOIP phones' mics. That's hardware; OS level stuff; "root/administrator" access. Considering their NSL access (to AT&T, et al), they have full control of anything they want to control of things you think you own.

If they can turn on the mic to listen in, surely they can read and slurp anything stored on the thing, and bolted on after the fact crypto isn't going to protect anything.

Orwell was a piker. But then, he wasn't a Musolini, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Mugabe, Abdulaziz, Stalin, Assad, ... (have I missed any? Oh yeah, Netanyahu, ...) nor a US president.

The Nazis won, because our democratically elected leaders adopted their methods.

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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:Yeah yeah (109 comments)

Well, there you go. They're ideally suited. Poke some holes in the roofs to let out the smoke from cooking/heating fires, and maybe you non-homeless will never see or hear from them again. Win-win? Add solar panels to the roof and they can charge their iBaubles, post on /., hack facebook or crack banks; fun for all! Hey, maybe you can conscript them to attack Best Korea and ISIS, or fly drones for the military!

You don't even have to pay the cops to get them there. They'll volunteer to live there!

2 days ago
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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:This should have been a no brainer (109 comments)

Translation: "We live in a police state. Deal with it. Happy now?"

Information is power.

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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:anonymously sourced evidence? (109 comments)

My point stands. Sorry about the details. There's so much crap going on in the USA, it's difficult to keep it all straight. I am not going to $google every word I type.

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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:This should have been a no brainer (109 comments)

The government having access to this type of information at will does not make me secure from much of anything.

This is what we get for letting lawyers take control of civilization. We should have stuck with the poets (Vaclav Hamel), scientists (Hypathia, Archimedes, ... (too many to mention)), and philosophers (Aristotle).

We get what we deserve. We should take it all back, before we no longer can.

2 days ago
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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:This should have been a no brainer (109 comments)

The founders meant actual, physical paper (made from wood pulp, no vellum or papyrus!) when they said "papers" and "effects" to specifically mean snuff boxes. Law enforcement are merely constitutional purists.

Sorry if that's a joke and I didn't get it (that happens to me a lot, as many here can attest).

I'm pretty sure they (founders & etc.) couldn't care less about their blank (yet to be used) "paper", whatever it was made from[*].

They were trying to protect ideas and opinions which had been committed to paper. G. Washington was a cryptographer and spymaster. It astonishes me that present day LEOs apparently don't know this. I'm a Canuck, and I know it. What's their excuse? Public school educations?

[*] A lot of them were also hemp farmers. It makes terrific fibre for rope and clothing, among other things.

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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:Yeah yeah (109 comments)

As a bonus, putting these criminals in jail will also most likely stop all this complaining about a prisoner shortage.

Geez, and I was so hoping they'd be recycled as homeless shelters.

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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:anonymously sourced evidence? (109 comments)

Then it's either sheer fucking arrogance that pushes them around obtaining a warrant (we're the "law", we don't need a warrant), or you are actually wrong, and they're harder than it appears on TV.

Oh, come on. A New York judge was recently busted for being in collusion with a young offender's prison. Damned near every kid who faced him got time. The cops could do no wrong, or it would hit him in his wallet.

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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk Re:anonymously sourced evidence? (109 comments)

Unfortunately, as long as it isn't also unconstitutional to hand out candy like candy ...

I think that's handled by anti-paedo laws now. It's only allowed on Halloween. Note, they're also warning parents about THC laden treats these days.

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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

tqk New icon? (109 comments)

I would just like to say /. needs a new icon for cellphone stories. The current one looks more like a calculator, even if its tooltip disagrees. I think maybe it ought to be one of those goofy looking bricks with an antenna we used to see sitting in the middle of tables last century.

However (careful what you wish for), please don't use an iBauble instead. That'd just be flamebait.

Carry on. Just a suggestion.

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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

tqk Re:Hope! (516 comments)

You go do that with RHEL/CentOS 7 or with the expected package set for Jessie, and tell me what you come back with.

No thank you. I don't do RH (or Centos, or SLS, or its freres), for a reason. I'm a Debian guy. However, my friends do, and they have no problems with them.

I lean toward Slackware (and OpenBSD), but Debian's *better* (or my way). Meh. You go your way, I'll go mine. They all work, and much better than the comercial alternatives.

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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

tqk Re:Hope! (516 comments)

I can't believe people like you. Install a bare-bones Debian (no desktop, server, print manager, ...), then apt-get anything you want. You don't have to run Gnome n/KDE/??? or whatever comes stock installed. You can apt-get blah after the install making it the sweet, 133t box you want it to be, no cruft (well, perhaps I overstate ... :-) whatever!

Physician heal (or educate) yourself. FFS, grab an unused box and try a few installs in as many ways as you want. When the weekend's over, you'll know what you want for your precious snowflake box.

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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

tqk Re:Sorry it's freebsd FTW (516 comments)

... waiting up to a week for an update was a bit too long.

WTF are you doing in a Debian discussion?!?

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

tqk Re:FORK DEBIAN! (516 comments)

Sorry, but *you* are an anonymous coward. This means that your assertions have no value.

BS. Anonymity doesn't lessen the value of their statements. Judge them on their merits, or shut up.

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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

tqk Re:Some Sense Restored? (516 comments)

You start an executable ... What do I need to do to "support an init system"?

[Guessing] Tell it how to start an executable?

2 days ago

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Comet Summer Siding's about to graze Mars' orbit. Could we use this?

tqk tqk writes  |  2 days ago

tqk (413719) writes "The linked article explains that this thing started on its way here a million years ago. It's going to be going back out there. That would be one seriously celestial bird's eye view. That got me thinking.

We already have another mission about to harpoon an asteroid. Well, how about we try to harpoon Summer Siding and hitch a ride. It's handling the propulsion problem. We just have to meet it on its way through our neighbourhood. I'm imagining some sort of automated observatory.

Has this idea been considered (and shot down for a million reasons) before? If we can't use Summer Siding this way (it was only discovered in 2013), how about we gin something up for the next traveller that comes through? And the next one, and the next one, ... Pretty soon, we'd have a constellation of these things way the hell out there reporting back everything they can see.

That would be really cool, I think, not to mention pretty useful."

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US Military FAIL! Service Members' History Lost, AGAIN!

tqk tqk writes  |  about 2 years ago

tqk writes "As the son of a WWII serviceman (a Flight Lieutenant/Tail Gunner in a B17 bomber) and an IT geek, I think this is appalling. On PBS Newshour last night, I saw a story about this along with an interview with the ProPublica reporter (?) who's on it. Since then, I've learned this has been going on as far back as the war in VietNam. "Backups? What're those?" Entire service histories are being lost! Historians have been screaming about it and veterans are being forced to drag lawyers in to prove they did what they did. $DEITY!!!111

See ProPublica."
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Democracy's death and rebirth?

tqk tqk writes  |  about 3 years ago

tqk writes "I think this's a fascinating read. Tying together "The Arab Spring" revolutions, mass protests from India, Israel, Britain, Wall St. (among others), it posits that twenty/thirty-somethings have given up "en mass" expecting their political systems to even bother to listen to their objections, much less do anything about them. ACTA is about to be signed despite objections from elected congresses, corruption and regulatory capture seem to be all that governments are capable of these days. This story reminds me of the '60s rebellions against the status quo and "business as usual.""
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Geeks & News. Columbia Journo Review hint.

tqk tqk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tqk writes "There's this story in CJR lauding the L. A. Times for (in CJR's opinion) a story worth highlighting. CJR: "Nathaniel Popper gets this story by combing the websites of the Federal Reserve, FDIC, SEC, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which have for the first time begun publishing records of their meetings."

As a geek who's built databases connecting related data in efficient ways, this is intriguing. There ought to be a lot of room for pro-bono, NGO oversight ops in there, not to mention potential funding, yes?

Story: http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/la_times_quantifies_the_domina.php

I'm available for the sysadmin or backend db portion (yeah, I'm poor, but I'm not living in my Mom's basement!). Really, I think this could be pretty cool, adding much needed oversight on how gov't. works and what are its interconnections.

CAPTCHA: "despotic". Ha, haaaa! # =[8]-)"

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