* Posts by DCFusor

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NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits

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Re: Border patrol

@mark 85 Tell the author then - it was their offtopic snide comment at the end of the article being responded to. I'd just as soon leave politics out of all this myself, but...it the author engages in it, it's not unexpected there will be a response to it.

Maybe we should thank the author, actually, for making it clear they are pushing an agenda other than reporting facts or entertaining us....

This crud discredits those who do it, you'd hope they'd learn.

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US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

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Easy prediction

States will assume the rosy numbers for new income mentioned above and start spending it in various ways - for example, pretending it will help cover their seriously underfunded pensions even with the most rosy and unrealistic rates of return...and the damage will be enormous when those numbers don't materialize, because guess what? You wanting more of my money doesn't mean I have more to give.

Poor government likely has a big hand in why the economy stinks...but thinks itself immune to those things if it can get those other people to pay for their malfeasance. We ran out of other people - it's just us po folk, not to hit anyone with a cluebat or anything.

Looks like everyone, even governments with use of force to collect - is more concerned with fighting over a piece of a shrinking pie than making the pie bigger. I feel lucky to have no personal stake in this anymore (basically I'm retired off grid in farmland) , but it's disgusting to watch all the "IP wars", "Tax wars" lets need to "spend more on the military" wars, the war on freedom/drugs/immigration, and so forth. The people doing this are losing control of the narrative as even the guy with cheetos and beer on the couch in front of the big telly is starting to notice that the lie 'we'll pick those guys pockets to buy your vote and solve your problems (that we created ourselves to so as to use the same story on the other guy). Hence their increasingly frantic agitation.

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Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

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Re: Batteries in cars

Yup. I'm fully off-grid other than internet and drive a 2012 Volt, which I bought new and which has never been charged from the grid, though I have used maybe ~100 gal of gas in its life so far. Home solar is a famine and flood situation as many love to point out (sour grapes? The flood part is nice!) and the car adds to my serious set of home batteries (60kwh nominal but we don't use all that)- I added a way for it to charge the homestead set in emergencies.

The setup works great, and I'm glad I "overpaid" for this engineering marvel from...GM of all people. Bob Lutz, who ran the project at GM admitted, in a Charlie Rose interview with Elon Musk, that Elon's vision and progress was what drove GM to make a car they'd never have made otherwise, and I'm glad they did - Bob is a car guy (Viper while at Chysler, Vette at GM) - and the Volt is a really good car-guy car.

Which they won't make anymore because it costs too much to have it all. But it is nice to have it all, make no mistake.

Sadly it angers all purists. It runs a gasoline engine as required (I manage to almost never do it past having broken it in, but it's nice to know it's there...) - so costs extra. It has limited range, which doesn't matter much because it has a gas engine, but the electric range is such that even in the boonies, where it's a 26 mile round trip to the beer store - I can hot-rod the thing there and back all I want..

And it can be either a parallel or serial hybrid. What heresy!

What it isn't is a glorified golf cart as a few rally wannabe young'ns have found out to their dismay. These mountain roads where I live are quite a lot of fun.

Thanks Elon for risking it all on your vision to make this happen, even if I didn't buy one of yours. I like that hybrid for now, as it's also a generator that can back up my home power - and drive itself to the gas station to refill if needed; I added an inverter to it to make this happen - other engineers know, it ain't yours till the warranty is voided.

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Seems like

They almost want to encourage the conspiracy nuts. Yeah, I get it that a market in fake moon or other space stuff would be bad as well (maybe a zillionth as bad as the drug market?), but gee, this is heavy handed. It's not like NASA was losing anything by not having this vial, or was planning on selling it to recoup costs...that, um, we taxpayers paid, not them.

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Devuan ships second stable cut of its systemd-free Linux

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Re: How long has systemd got?

Sadly, it might be all too long (see Microsoft).

In another field there's a saying - "the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent".

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So net neutrality has officially expired. Now what do we do?

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You could always hope

That Trump, realizing tho overwhelming majority of actual voters are for net neutrality, and think Pai is a self serving regulatory-captured jerk, might do that populist thing he's so often dissed for and you know, actually do something popular - like sign any such bill or even fire Pai.

That is, if the "progs" will let him and not call it some sort of obstruction of justice or collusion with the Russians to score their own points (or as many now feel, make bigger fools of themselves).

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Worst. Birthday. Ever. IPv6's party falls flat

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Follow the $

As usual, and the given reason "we'll have to upgrade our capex stuff" isn't the only or even the main one. Once there are IP addresses to burn, some significant revenue streams go away - like charging you to own a fixed one for example (my ISP wants > $5/mo to give me a fixed IP on DSL) - not counting domain registration, which might open up a bit too...

And anyone who handles money knows a stream beats an amount any time - and over time a drip fills or empties an ocean.

On the other hand, NAT with non routable addresses inside the LAN has shown to be a good thing, in particular when port forwarding is not enabled. DDNS still works...and attacks are a lot less then for those directly on the 'net.

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WikiLeaks took 10 days to reject Cambridge Analytica's US emails bid, says Tricksy Nixy

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Unhappy

Assange

Is a hero to some, not "everyone's least favorite". Maybe a flawed hero...but still, making assumptions about what "everyone thinks" is what failed politicians do. Just touting the line from a government he's embarrassed because *they break their own laws* but expect us to follow them?

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Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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Old money vs new

Same old hypocrisy. "tech bros vs San Franciscans"? SF'ians "old money" are going "I got mine, you whippersnappers are a problem" - just like big tech's "kill zone" for threatening startups, or big corps lobbying for regulatory moats around their near monopolies that would otherwise be easily disrupted.

Left=Right=statist and status quo ante. Call me if that ever changes. It's only gotten more blatant in my 64 years...they used to hide it better - but they did it too back in the day. This is actually a very old story.

Ah, the wonders of the internet. Will anyone do anything but whine?

Glad I live in the mountains of the East, far from all those diseases caused by population density. It makes the 23 mile round trip to the beer store worth it not to have *any* of those kinds of troubles.

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Intel claims it’s halved laptop display power slurpage

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Silly wabbits

It's not the display power (well it is, bu) - it's the power budget as defined by OEMs. Batteries that were worse than now lasted longer than now "back in the day" - up until OEMs found that a more performant system sold better even with reduced battery time; it's crept down steadily, and with few exceptioins, monotonically.

To the extent intel has any control at all - they'd love to sell more-faster you-name-it other silicon and battery life is someone else's problem. If in fact they now have an acceptable display that draws less power, OEMs will just use it up (and more) in other faffery. Those who forget history...rhymes.

With tech from what was a perfectly good old samsung flip phone that had a calc app and voice recog good enough to dial a number (and other junk never used) - battery life was days, and not on standby.

Batteries were worse then (NiMH!), as were cpus and displays. What's that tell you?

Glad I gave the things up long ago. I don't need to be the entertainment for anyone who has my number and is bored - my time is MINE to waste as I please.

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You blithering Ajit! Huawei burns Pai for FCC sh*tlist proposal

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Devil

I'd pay

to see thunderdome style match between Ajit Pai and Lennart Poettering...

The only trouble is that one is allowed to leave.

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You should find out what's going on in that neural network. Y'know they're cheating now?

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An extremely similar anecdote appears in one of Timothy Master's books on neural nets.

While the 'net can do amazing things, the slightest input bias that makes it easy to "cheat" is learned, because all we tell it when training is what the error was on this test data set...

I think it was one of his early books: http://www.timothymasters.info/my-technical-books.html

Probably the first one.

So much of what's done (wrong) today ignores his fine work on the topic. And this article repeats quite a bit of what he said a couple (few) decades ago....

He discusses the problems of knowing what's going on in there in considerably more depth if anyone is interested. It's staggeringly hard since a bunch of small weights arranged just so are just as important as a few big ones.

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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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Re: the survey only listed Disney as a viable acquirer. How about AOL?

Red Hat - the source of broken stuff they can charge to support, like systemd and pulseaudio?

No way...

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Court says 'nyet' to Kaspersky's US govt computer ban appeal

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Holmes

The suit was never going to work.

But more interesting is the real reason for the ban.

Kaspersky correctly ID'd US government malware when no one else did.

I'd be a least slightly concerned that the others were either incompetent or playing along.

Either way, they don't get on my machine.

Let's not forget the guy who took it home was breaking laws that would get us tossed in Gitmo, or at least jail. This super programmer was even using pirated system code, as if they didn't pay him enough.

Yeah, Russian state actors who'd probably cracked Kaspersky (along with US and other 5 eyes agencies - and a few kids, likely) got a copy as a result. This is very painful and embarrassing to the agencies that wrote this badware.

And it demonstrated once again that they are unqualified to keep secrets of any kind, and are NOT interested in protecting us - or they'd have told the various vendors how to fix those attack surfaces.

Some of these guys want backdoors into our crypto when they can't even keep their own crown jewels in the safe safely? That'd be the biggest target painted on a back in all history...hubris much?

Nope, their fetish with spying from a cubicle led us here and IS THE PROBLEM.

Get off your bum and do HUMINT if you really need the info - yes it's hard, that's why it's valuable. It's not like we don't pay you enough. Fire some of the useless dead-weights if you need extra bucks, and you know there are plenty.

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GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

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Re: Legal =/= moral or right

@veti

You have your strawman precisely backwards. In your examples you have public employees breaking a law because they feel it's the right thing.

The OP had them not doing everything that was legal because some of what's legal isn't moral.

Going less than the speed limit is legal. You're equating it with speeding.

Everything that's not forbidden need not be mandatory.

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New Facebook political ad rules: Now you must prove your ID before undermining democracy

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Re: Still no mention

Yep.

Most of the news amounts to "hey, look, a squirrel" else there's danger we'd notice we get the same policy (barring one hobby horse per president) no matter who is officially elected. It's almost as if the president's job was to distract attention away from power (H/T Douglas Adams). This is not new, it's just that it's more and more poorly hidden. Sad that it works anyway; the conditioning of people to total ADHD is nearly complete it would seem.

Shame on the media for this circus instead of focusing on why we the people never get any improvement, but the status quo power just gets more powerful - with media's help.

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It's always the fault of another

But what's funny here is our "left" trying to blame some thousands of bucks of Russian ads overwhelming their supposedly smarter and better qualified pantsuit who spent thousands of times more $. And was running against a clown anyway.

Since I have a mind, I'd be embarrassed to make such a claim. Heck, I'm embarrassed to admit I'm left handed now.

Those guys never take the blame for their own failings, it wouldn't be as progressive to take responsibility.

Important to avoid that mirror, as it shows how ugly you are. And it's all the mirror's fault, too. /s

Ah, the author is in SF, explains a lot....

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FBI agents take aim at VPNFilter botnet, point finger at Russia, yell 'national security threat'

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Re: Confused

Confused are you, indeed.

It's trademarks that have to be defended to remain valid.

1. patent

2. trademark

3 copyright

That's three sets of very different law. And that's in the US alone. Some things that can satisfy one or more of those in the US cannot in the EU for example, and in many cases, legally protecting your "eye-pee" in one country doesn't protect it in another (depends on treaties and so on).

And those with the gold tries to make the rules - they almost got DVD Jon jailed even though what he did wasn't illegal in his own country where he revealed how to get the key from DVD's so we linux users could actually get what we paid for.

Are you paid to be that confused? Ah, AC...always a sign someone stands behind what they say.

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EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

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Hey

This stuff is fun to play with and I get to mess with a lot of cool expensive toys. Can't I have another year (and the $) to play some more? I'm sure I'll have some answer or at least another request for more time and money to produce one.

It's really sad how much of science reporting boils down to just the above. I'm a scientist myself and still it grosses me out.

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Senator Kennedy: Why I cast my Senate-busting vote for net neutrality

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Re: I agree with him that 5G will be a solution in 5-10 years

So, when are they coming to the Appalachian mountains where I live, and you'd need almost one tower per customer?

Don't project - only about half the people live in a dense unsustainable city where such things amortize easily.

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Re: Competition?

You forgot the sarc tag, so people didn't recognize how deliberately ridiculous that statement was?

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Last night's net neutrality episode had some good one-liners but a repetitive plot

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Happy

Best article from this author in a very long time....truly laughing hard here.

Hint - not all conservatives are republicans, like Pai, or think telecoms are honest. In fact, I know zero of them who are. Then again, a avoid pro politicians.

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Did I say Chinese jobs? I meant American jobs says new Trump Tweet

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Incompetent

If your national security depends on secrets, rather than strength, abundance, redundancy, general power and so on - you are incompetent as a defense organisation.

If the only think keeping your secrets secret is a technological solution to a sociological problem, you're an idiot who doesn't understand discipline or is unable to create and enforce it. Also incompetent.

If people want to challenge that defense because your government has gone around pissing off everyone in sight - then they are doubly incompetent as they are at least theoretically in charge of the defense establishment.

Of course, we the people are theoretically in charge of our government, but that's well known to be only a theory - they are tyrannically lawless and have been for most of my 64 year life - this isn't a partisan issue.

I say this as an old cold warrior - now reformed - who was quite intimate with the ins and outs of all this, how to plan, how to create or lift the fog of battle, C3I, and so on...what we have now is a joke.

Maybe some of those theories need to be realized as facts on the ground. Perhaps the way to start is by admitting what's obviously the case.

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Simon!

Couldn't agree more. This arrogant jerk has a history of screwing things up and walking away that others may benefit from being reminded of.

It doesn't matter if it eventually works if I have to waste a big portion of my life - the one thing no one can replace - working around your crap.

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Re: Logging

No worries, as has happened with every workaround to make systemD simply mount cifs or NFS at boot, yours will fail as soon as the next change happens, yet it will remain on the 'net to be tried over and over as have all the other "fixes" for Poettering's arrogant breakages.

The last one I heard from him on this was "don't mount shares at boot, it's not reliable WONTFIX".

Which is why we're all bitching.

Break my stuff.

Web shows workaround.

Break workaround without fixing the original issue, really.

Never ensure one place for current dox on what works now.

Repeat above endlessly.

Fine if all you do is spin up endless identical instances in some cloud (EG a big chunk of RH customers - but not Debian for example). If like me you have 20+ machines customized to purpose...for which one workaround works on some but not others, and every new release of systemD seems to break something new that has to be tracked down and fixed, it's not acceptable - it's actually making proprietary solutions look more cost effective and less blood pressure raising.

The old init scripts worked once you got them right, and stayed working. A new distro release didn't break them, nor did a systemD update (because there wasn't one). This feels more like sabotage.

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Intel to preserve Moore's Law with startup land's fresh young blood

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OK, no more design-in for ESP

Intel is the kiss of death for embedded anything. If it doesn't instantly take over the entire market (like nothing by anyone ever has) it gets canned. Long ago all responsible engineers learned to never use anything Intel in embedded designs for this reason...

Edison

Gallileo

Arduino 101

In just the past few years. 100% failure rate on all embedded dev setups associated with Intel in any way.

Crap. I liked the ESPs. So long, Expressif.

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GoDaddy exiles altright.com after civil rights group complaint

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My take

If these guys assume they are superior to various others....

Duh, it's not too hard to set up and host your own site. I did it long before there was facebook and never did join that disaster as I had my own "page" and total control over content and membership - it's a science site FYI - I have and had no interest in FB type material or politics and so on.

The point is, it's easy, only costs a little money...and any "superior" type shouldn't have an issue pulling off what those they consider inferior do all the time.

I'm reminded of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady "Show me".

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AI boffins rebel against closed-access academic journal that wants to have its cake and eat it

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No fan of big science publishers

Who held back my initial work in beam collision nuclear fusion - by wanting nearly $60,000 for a subscription that would allow access to back issues of Rev Sci Ins - for one year. As "just a guy" who does science on his own dime (this is a field where that's do-able) - no way.

Luckily, I had a "Baker street dozen" to download the papers I needed from their Uni libraries and send me copies. Of course, not as good as being able to search and pick myself, but not all college kids are dumb.

A book I wrote long ago about Digital Audio Processing has been sold and resold without any discussion with me and is now owned by Elsevier. Don't buy it! (it's both out of date and overpriced, though it helped all the DAW people get their businesses going) All of the publishers who have owned it have lied about sales (one claimed negative numbers!) - yet they keep selling it on to the next guy, never a book club (the contract says they have to give me money in that case), and are still selling this thing WAY overpriced...and I know as it contains code with my email address they forgot to sanitize like the rest, and I still get mails a decade later - so I know roughly about how much they lie about sales.

They may have helped disseminate information at one time. That time is long past. May they all fall in a pit and die in a fire.

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Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

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Re: very little gas from Russia?

Things like gas are pretty fungible so it doesn't matter as much as one might think.

If supply is cut to your neighbors, you've suddenly picked up new competitors for what was "your" supply anyway.

Or if say, Venezuela says they won't sell crude to the US anymore but has to sell - an intermediary just pops up to buy it from them and sell it to the US - which has the only economical refineries for that not-so-fungible (or easy to ship) tar they call crude.

Anything else is magical thinking, like believing a politician when they say they're going to pick those other people's pockets to buy your vote. There effectively are no other people available...all who can be stripped have been already.

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Intel's security light bulb moment: Chips to recruit GPUs to scan memory for software nasties

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No, no - when all Intel has is a hammer, every problem becomes your thumb...

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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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Re: Optional

Logged in to say the same thing - look at the wording of the objections - it's like a spoiled brat complaining that mommy isn't getting them the new thing they have to have to impress their pals.

I'd prefer our government look out for out interests, which have near-zero overlap with Oracle. Not to say that this is the best way to do that, but see above - the entitlement complex presented is just disgusting.

You forgot Boeing, probably the most-subsidized of the MIC in the US. No, make that the most subsidized company of any sort - for the most decades too. They even get an Ex-Im bank to loan foreign customers money to buy their products. Which some subset sometimes pay back someday. We pay the rest.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Facepalm

Give 'em the razor

But sell them the inkjet cartridges, is that what you meant?

At least the blades cost less than the razor - that's what THEY missed.

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

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Pint

So, Boeing's going to retrieve the car

On their own dime, instead of wasting mine, for a change? Fat chance. Popcorn ready, but I call TOTAL BS. Tell you what mister insecure CEO - I'll pay the new price for that used car to help you with the costs. And yes, given your Total Inability To Space Unusual Pickup devices....

I'll even buy you the beer.

Because with your normal launch costs, anything a mere millionaire could recompense you is barely a rounding error - and that's the (double precision floating) point.

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NUC, NUC! Who's there? Intel, warning you to kill a buggy keyboard app

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xtightvnc or xrdp

Due to an autostart (systemD) issue when raspberry pies went to Stretch, I ran xrdp on a pi 3 b+ for awhile.

A very short while - it works, but it stinks badly - it's 10x (at least) slower than tightvnc, and just worse looking at equivalent quality settings.

My issue with vncserver being started endlessly in a loop by systemD when started the "old safe way" was fixed by making a desktop file in /etc/xdg/autostart and I'm glad to be back to that - it works great and works with most of the vnc viewers out there. I use Remmina on Linux usually.

RealVNC, bundled with the pi, is a piece of crap that only works with their viewer, which in turn only works with their server. With the 10's of pies around here automating things, no way am I going with something different for each one...especially not something that kinda begs for bucks to work right.

Yes, tunneling though SSH works, especially if you're willing to do the new almost-required key set foolery. Not much point if you're just going to say "ok, just connect unverified" anyway.

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Magic Leap ships headsets at last, but you'll need a safe

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Ok, flame me

I won't even take sides on the existence or especially identity of some $DEITY.

(being Zen and all, personally)

It's not a matter of belief vs disbelief at all - that's purely disingenuous.

1: Belief in some deity.

2: Belief there is no such thing as a deity.

Both are a belief in something that cannot be proved.

Neither is a disbelief. Atheists are 'sure' they are right. Just ask one, or read their comments.

Unsure == agnostic, not atheism.

You can't even prove that the most obvious deity people usually mean exists or doesn't.

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

Neither is neutral. Both are a faith.

Religion is a faith in something that cannot be proved. It doesn't matter what the something is.

Elpuss is correct. Sorry if pointing out your hypocrisy hurts your feelings. They're yours, after all, not mine and you should get them under control rather than evangelizing your belief system to us all.

Either one.

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NASA stalls $8bn James Webb Space Telescope again – this time to 2020

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Re: It will be killed for national security reasons!

The trouble with knee-jerk partisanship is that you wind up creating the very fake news you decry - even more than the "side" you're "against".

I'll just leave this here -

https://physicsworld.com/a/us-science-set-for-record-spending-boost/

Yup, the guy you hate just signed a record science funding increase. Real news.

FWIW, just because one is wrong, doesn't mean the other isn't even more wrong. I'm tired of the crap trying to make me believe otherwise. "Get over it and fix the problems, not the blame - it's more effective".

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

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Never had an account

That I can log into myself. However, acquaintances tell me I'm all over FB.

Kind of like the credit agencies. There is no opt-out, are you kidding?

You think they're not selling data about me or profiting off me in some way?

They seem to love linking to my non-monetized youtube channel, just one example, and I know because I get mails and comments because of it.

I know my picture gets tagged up there, as I'm told so by people with accounts.

For me, that's the issue with FB and a number of other outfits.

It's spreading too - if you're not part of the normal behavior:

If you don't have a credit rating, you can't have a MySSA account for Social Security - you can still mail with them if you can find out the address for that exact service - at a month round trip when you find out "this office doesn't handle that".

If you don't have a cellphone, try getting 2FA security on Google....

In other words, if you don't let them snoop on top of what they manage even if you opt out - you can't even have security or decent government service....

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Google lobbies hard to derail new US privacy laws – using dodgy stats

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FAIL

All 4 legged animals are horses!

"It is safe to assume that most Facebook posts aren't (whatever)"

I'm sure that _is_ safe to assume. I'd know if I had an account there I could log into.

So?

If most of the posts that want to be forgotten are on Facebook, that's still where most of the "bad" ones are even if they are only a tiny fraction of the total posts there.

Such "reasoning" puts the rest into question - even if you're otherwise correct. Surely you can do better than that.

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Red Hat is in the pink: Cracks $3bn revenue run rate as subs take off

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Re: Satans' Spawn From Hell @DCFusor

Thanks for that, I'll check it out...hopefully it'll work on arm, anyway. I can't prove it's this latest systemD, but it's the main thing that's changed at init and it's been the last 10 issues (at least).

I've wrassled the x86 issues to the ground at this point, the issue seems to be some kinda obscure timeout I can't find in the always-changing documentation, such as that is. HIts the arm stuff as it's slower?

That's actually a linux-wide issue - search for dox on you-name-it, and it's not that you won't find hundreds of answers - you will, but they'll go back two decades and help you with things that no longer exist. Sorting out which one solves your current problem is the interesting part.

You could hope the search engines would learn to notice dates a little better...not RH's fault, but still a pain.

Nor is SystemD in Debian their fault. But RH swing such a big bat - and so do the people who make apps that might find use of some new features enticing - that the rest of the world really doesn't have much choice. Sure, you can strip out systemD, and the opsys will still work, but then there's all the actual application code we need to run to do anything useful...zillions of paper-cut decisions by many providers add up. (Remember the fight over this at Debian was hardly civil...they gave up in the end, as there was basically nothing to be done).

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Re: Satans' Spawn From Hell

SystemD seems like a great idea if you're Red Hat...and sell lots of cloud and container stuff with a lot of identical or nearly opsys running.

If you're me, with some 20 odd machines all customized differently for different tasks, with a mix of X86 and arm variants, it's an unmitigated disaster that has new broken things with every new release.

Right now, system monitoring and VNC software that ran flawlessly at startup on my ARM machines cannot now be autostarted at boot anymore once I updated to Debian Stretch, as some little sorcerer's apprentice demon now starts infinite instances of both till a system locks up - no matter what init system I think I started them with - as systemD now simply looks at those files and takes over, and does the wrong thing. And when it thinks it failed, even if it didn't, it tries again.

At least they kinda fixed the issues with mounting shares at boot time, another major breakage in the WTF category.

So Red Hat's judgement in letting LP do this after previously setting linux audio back half a decade and then walking away to let someone else fix it, is to say the least, quite questionable.

Creeping dependency on the new things that did work more or less forced the other distros to add this horrible disaster. And does RH care? Nope, not one whit - people like us are not their customers and never will be. That's the downside of someone finally making money - and being dependent on it - from "open" source...undue influence to support *their* business model, and hang mine.

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UK watchdog finally gets search warrant for Cambridge Analytica's totally not empty offices

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Funny

How many people here are saying '"give government agencies even easier access to warrants and snooping".

Is this the same crowd that complains about that the rest of the time? Are you being played over this?

We know that despite shenanigans, they had little if any effect.

But you want to arm the government with even more power over you?

That can backfire, you know. The progressives in the US and a lazy congress handed the office of president all these extra executive powers - fine as long as it was their guy promoting the corrupt status quo, but look at 'em spin now! They are afraid (perhaps rightly, too soon to judge) that these powers will be used as corruptly against them now as they used them against us before.

Shortsighted much?

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Guccifer 2.0 outed, Kaspersky slammed, Oz radio hacker in the slammer, and more

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You guys never give up

Guccifer was an obvious put up job.

Files were copied consecutively at 22 mB/second and pushed to Wikileaks. Despite being wiped, like with a cloth. I'm sure someone built a nice cable to the Russkies for that data rate. Sure. I also have this bridge for sale.

Funny that while the heinous crime of releasing the DNCs secrets was so horrible, even they don't claim fabrication of any of that. The DNC really DID DO that awful stuff, which they confirm by their silence, and no, it's too late to change your mind now. Not even false outrage and accusations of fabrication?

El Reg, FYI - SF is a hotbed of people with a political opinion that obviously does not reflect most of the US, and allowing editorializing based on that bias might not be wise in terms of retaining readership.

The facts and the usual sexual double entendres will do by themselves, thanks.

So, they caught the guy out. I'm supposed to sit here happy with the idea of you calling me and mine morons because some skiddy did some ignorant junk and we believed it - which was magically more powerful and influential than the zillions of bucks spent by the candidates? So, you're, calling them morons too? The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one.

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

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Launch from altitude

@Ken Hagan is right about the energy, but neglects an important fact of rocketry -

At 1 gee, your efficiency is zero - you're burning to just hover.

You want to accelerate as fast as the payload can stand to avoid wasting all of that first gee.

But you can't - even for wimpy manned payloads IIRC, because of supersonic "Max Q" loads if you

get going too fast where the air is still dense - mentioned on all SpaceX launches, they actually have to throttle back some.

Again, the only benefit you get from fuel is for (total gee -1). So you really don't want to have to throttle down for mere aerodynamic loads (and losses, you can melt nose cones at supersonic speeds).

Starting from where the air is thin saves this waste, so it's not quite as bad as Ken says.

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US Congress quietly slips cloud-spying powers into page 2,201 of spending mega-bill

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Corruption

101 - put the whole world into the same bill that has to pass or fail together, that way, you can sneak in all manner of evil - and if it doesn't pass or is vetoed, call out the objectors for not supporting the tiny fraction of good stuff, and ignore that they objected to the bad.

Procedural trickery, as old as the hills, totally out of control.

The ballot box doesn't work. The soap box doesn't work.

About time for some of those other boxes.

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Good news: The only thing standing between NASA and $20bn is...

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Omnibus

Bills ARE the problem - it's the other 1.3 trillion in deficit over and above income that's the issue.

Our congress puts it all into one bill...so there's no way to pass something good without also putting the pork on lobbyist tables. This is obviously deliberate - and it's not particularly partisan, they all do this.

So, put some nasty spending into the same bill with, say, education, someone votes against it, and next election the opponent claims the guy "voted against the children".

In this case, it's NASA (and a huge crap ton of total idiocy, all mixed in).

This is past getting old. These bums should _all_ be thrown out. Thing is, the lobbyists will just get the next guys...you know, they don't even read these bills, most of the time - just pass them to see what's in them.

Been watching this show for over 60 years. Hoping for change doesn't seem to work.

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Linux Foundation backs new ‘ACRN’ hypervisor for embedded and IoT

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@ForthIsNotDead

Yup, what you say rings very true. Marketing BS indeed.

(and even for those of us who use ASM and C...it's still true)

According to GM and TechCrunch, there are more than 100 cpu's in my 2012 Chevy Volt.

OK, about 96 of them are in the battery to control charge leveling, safety, and cooling.

But I also heard that there are a few in a linux cluster in the dash, and of course the usual stuff in the ECM, which has been hacked by performance tweakers who obviously know what's in there.

As someone who has also developed this "type" of system for super high 9's reliability, yup, that's how we do it - and avoid any single point of failure like the plague. I have systems I designed in the '90s that have never crashed or been rebooted. We'll see how those 9's stack up when we have a real sample of the fail rate.

To the guy who said the box and connectors are the expensive parts, well yeah - the box is called an automobile and the connectors have to be there anyway to make the lights and stereo and drivetrain work. Nowadays most control is some serial protocol...

Looks like intel is hoping that they can replace a bunch of CPUs that are so cheap the underlying PCB costs more per sq in with one of their high margin ones. Dream on, and while I use x86 for lots of things, that would never be one of them.

FWIW, GM released (open source, yay) a version of bash they rewrote that was tighter and more simplified than the original...so you can kinda guess what the entertainment stack runs. Won't let me telnet in (haven't tried any advanced hacking, it's my daily driver) but it's interesting.

Anyone who is thinking on depending on Intel for anything with a lifetime should note their extreme disloyalty to anyone who adopts their stuff but doesn't achieve huge numbers. They drop product as fast as they can, stranding users and designers. Guess what, MBAs? We pay attention and remember.

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Facebook suspends account of Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

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Re: SPAMMERS

See my comment above. I did a test with some fresh fake accounts. One, that looked at some alt-right stuff, got that flavor spam. The other..alt-left. The more rabid, the better in either case.

FB, youtube, whoever, you name them, use their "AI" to to figure out (often incorrectly at this point) what engages you - not what you _like_, necessarily - and expose you to more of that, so their engagement metrics go up and ads sell better.

Try this at home - it's amusing, and sickening all at once.

We used to be able to agree to disagree, and have nice dinner parties together. I dislike losing that ability. Greed is driving discord - it's good for business (so far).

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Re: Please pathetic libtards stop the whining you lost big time

"i thought the american voters voted for hillary?"

Clearly, many did. In Jill Stein's investigations, some districts went 95% for her - something that NEVER happens without rigging - and in other checks, sometimes more than the number of registered voters.

Since that wasn't the desired outcome of said investigations, they were dropped like a hot potato.

Yes, there is a lot of extreme, wing-nut partisanship in the US (and world) just now, as the media has found that it helps generate clicks, and outfits like FB and YT have helped create silos in the quest to generate more ad revenue. It's like the HHGTTG shoe-shop ray has been turned to "rabid partisan" and pointed at us.

If you only see one side, I strongly suspect confirmation bias is in play - I see plenty to go around.

I also see that for example, self-segregated groups seem to project that all people share their views, which is reinforced by the above silos. Example - city vs country dwellers tend to be our versions of "left" and "right" respectively, and neither seems to understand this fact or stop supporting the idea that one size fits all. It doesn't.

There's a reason this country didn't start out with all power centralized, allowing different strokes for different folks, and the choice of horses for courses. We sadly seem to have forgotten how important that idea is.

Some important insights into the nature of what's mistakenly called AI and how it's dividing us all are in this talk - most people have an aha moment somewhere along the line here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmIgJ64z6Y4

Wait till your news feeds, which are designed to *engage* you, not make you happy, are tailored to mental kinks you didn't even know you had. See talk above - click maximizers are the problem.

As usual, follow the money and surprises are much more rare.

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Re: Please pathetic libtards stop the whining you lost

Please stop calling all voters morons - this elitist partisanship is not how you win friends.

Calling us deplorable helped you lose last time. Here you are effectively doing it again.

Definition of insanity.

Most of us see a distinct bias in facebook and it's not for the lib or bremain causes at all.

And we proceed to ignore it - or in my case, don't have an account (that I can log into).

But nearly all of us - and if not, certainly the ones you pander to, are smarter than that.

Else, how about admitting you're trying to sway the lowest common denominator?

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Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid

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Obvious corruption

So, the existing miners colluded with the authorities to lock out any new competition?

Doh....pay attention, people.

This is just like national regulatory capture done on a small scale. Bet it's even easy to follow the money.

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