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ok I'm at the end of my tether.  Has anyone seen this?

anytime a cron job runs, network manager restarts the network connection.  I need to check this with an ethernet connection when I get back home, but it's happening with a Tata Photon (basically a USB-device that looks like an ethernet-over-USB thingie while doing GRPS/whatever on the other end, which doesn't concern us)
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I preemptively blame systemd... 
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remember you heard it here first...

"pull a Vitalik", verb.  To take or attempt to take a unilateral action that contravenes a much-ballyhooed core tenet or principle.

"pull a Vitalik on reddit", verb.  To desperately backpedal from "pulling a Vitalik" while still saying you believe you were right to do so.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/17/digital_currency_ethereum/

Apparently the Times of India has an article that has a very insightful comment: "we should stop treating the world as a playground for a very small, smart, minority".  (Or something like that; someone told me this on the phone so I may be off by a word or two).

I think that is a bloody good comment, and totally encapsulates all my less articulate rants over the past few years.

These guys lost 50 million dollars (and that was only 15% of the total???) by playing with the world.

Well, the world played back I guess...
$50m hack leads to reset proposal before stolen money can be cashed
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I guess it's not bitcoin...
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That's why I use Googles music Service and I still have my local files :-)
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https://tech.slashdot.org/story/16/03/17/2318228/why-buses-need-to-be-more-dangerous

In other words, make them be like buses in India, except perhaps the crowding.  Wow...
HughPickens.com writes: Is there such a thing as being too safe? Jeff Kaufman writes that buses are much safer than cars, by about a factor of 67 but buses are not very popular and one of the main reasons is that if you look at situations where people who can afford private transit take mass transit...
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Funny how he trades safety of public transport users for speed of public transport. I'd trade in speed/capacity of personal transport instead (at least where net overall capacity increases).

Things like bus lanes, preferential treatment of bus/tram at lights, tram priority in all situations except lights, etc.
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The logic is outrageous: "People got shot. So we need a backdoor into your phone."
    -- https://medium.com/@jamesallworth/the-u-s-has-gone-f-ing-mad-52e525f76447#.9z0l63tlv
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+Phil Hord
Yup.  And we all know "guns don't kill people, phones kill people" ;-)
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http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2016/02/02/safe_harbor_replaced_with_privacy_shield/

I was going to write a summary and say "yeah right, and the moon is made of blue cheese" or something weird but this comment (http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2016/02/02/safe_harbor_replaced_with_privacy_shield/#c_2766772 ) says it much better:

*Europe* Are you spying on us?
*USA* No way.
*Europe* Oh goody. No problem then
*Snowden* They have been spying on you. Here's the proof
*Europe* Naughty USA. You said you weren't spying on us and you were!
*USA* Yes. Sorry. We lied. But we won't do it again
*Europe* Promise?
*USA* Sure!
*Europe* That's all right then.
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+Behan Webster true, but the spying we expect is on government, military, possibly industry, also, etc., not world+dog :-)
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"This does not mean that I fail to recognise that Lisp is still #1 for key algorithmic techniques such as recursion and condescension."
  -- from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/11/exception_handling/

This is now my second favourite quote about Lisp, after Larry Wall's classic "Lispers are among the best grads of the sweep-it-under-someone-else's-carpet school of simulated simplicity".  (Note: I wrote that without having to look it up!)

And http://james-iry.blogspot.in/2009/05/brief-incomplete-and-mostly-wrong.html has more laughs/KB than I have ever had!  The "Poland becomes nervous" line was absolutely hilarious, but many of the others are darn good too.  Well worth not just a read but a bookmark!
A light-hearted look at exception handling
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+Eric Hanchrow
that was the point :)

Completely gratuitous ad hominem attack against someone I've never met or corresponded with: I always hated Paul Graham for precisely this reason.  Glad someone else said it so I could quote it!
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Hightech highway robbery ...

http://www.news9.com/story/32168555/ohp-uses-new-device-to-seize-money-used-during-the-commission-of-a-crime

But none of the articles on this say how it works.  What is special about that device which ordinary criminals cannot do?  What makes it, if that is what it is, more "official" than any other cyber criminal's bag of tricks?

And on that note, I've been calling the NSA and their ilk (in any country, even India -- no shortage of aspirations there!) "taxpayer funded cyber criminals".

I'm trying to think of a variation of that name that fits these thieves; can't come up with something funny and nasty enough.

edited to add: and are these guys smarter than, say, the Mattel finance exec who fell victim to a classic "CEO fraud"?  Are they truly protected from a really good ransomware attack?  How ironic would it be highway robbers got all their money wiped out by information highway robbers  :-)

further edited to add: Indian government entities are definitely more corrupt, but that corruption is just as definitely illegal; we don't have this kind of legalised criminality.  (Fingers crossed...)
You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture. That's where police can seize your property and cash without first proving you committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting you, as long ...
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Well if that's who he picked for his running mate, he should have never gotten this far, the fricking moron.

(Can you tell I hate that woman!)
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Thx for the tip!
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http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/10/andreessen_and_modem_snatchers_india_facebook_free_basics/

his tweet: Leap of net neutrality from "carriers shall not charge some content more" to "poor people shall not get free partial Internet" = astounding.

Umm, "free partial internet" is a bit like saying the Indian Ocean is a little wet.  Try "free, very very very small part of the internet, closed-off, no privacy, all-your-data-are-belong-to-us".

And that's not even going into the whole fallacy of who these poor are.   The ones who are really really poor don't have a mobile anyway; this is all meaningless to them.

There are a few (several?) NGOs (like Swaminathan Foundation etc) that are trying to bring the internet to entire villages using "Village Knowledge Centers" [and similar]; much better than shoveling facebook and its partners' junk to individuals.

I suspect the combined budget of these NGOs is a few percent of what FB spent on advertising this bullshit (I believe they had FULL PAGE ads in all our newspapers, running several days, and God knows what else they did!)

If the amount they spent on propaganda does not tell people what this is really about, nothing will.
Don't you DARE call us paternalistic. We've got people to NANNY
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