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Alan Cox
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Hacker, model maker and very bad harpist
Hacker, model maker and very bad harpist

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My weekend posting is an important one you'll find simply amazing, citing some paragraphs that science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein wrote in 1953. Forecasts that seem to predict our current situation in chilling - even stunning - detail. I can offer you nothing more pertinent... nor greater proof that Heinlein was on our side.

Seriously, have a look. We retyped his words verbatim (though I do supply commentary.) There is nothing that will arm you better for the fight ahead.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/03/looking-back-at-heinleins-future.html

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I am currently trying to disassemble and reassemble an HP R5470 (big 7U PA RISC beastie) plus drive trays and DAT boxes into my rack. Does anyone know offhand what the spec is for the weird hex-bolts HP used on the mounting rails for the original round hole racks these came in ?

I've been through every hex key I can find without a match.

Alternatively if anyone who collects PA RISC systems, has a van and wants to pick one up from Swansea ...


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Sometimes you can screw up without needing a computer....

Workington police blow up 'suspicious' car parked by fellow officers - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-38838653

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Ooops...

Oh look, a new phone nice! Oh wait, 3.4 based kernel?

And an out-of-date 3.4 kernel at that? Go read the comments, Willy shows that this is a totally insecure device, over 5000 bug and security fixes are missing from the kernel.

Not good at all, something needs to be done for this issue, educating people and companies seems to be my full-time job these days...

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If you have trouble getting enough steps in a day can I recommend moving house. It's not even moving day and I've done my 10,000 steps before lunch!


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Cracking piece and well written for the masses. I do disagree with Bruce on one key thing. I do not think any government agency can be created that is sufficiently agile to fix this. Government can however empower (through liability law and minimal regulation) the market to find the right answers to most of this problem space.

http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/01/the-internet-of-things-dangerous-future- bruce-schneier.html

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The Dutch being utterly hilarious and brilliant - they're the best, they really are, the best.
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