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+David Bremner here ya go :-)
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/me looks on fondly
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warning: useless and unproductive rant on a completely unimportant issue...

Top hate for today: meaningless pictures in corporate presentations.  A man in a suit and tie holding a cell phone, walking briskly past a blurred background that could be anything. A woman running track with the sun shining behind her.  4 people (mixed race - duh!) in a meeting setting discussing something.  etc etc etc... you get the idea

/me goes off to do some coding to "get the taste out"...
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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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Condescension, hah! Irony is dripping thick.

Lispers are generally on the opposite side of condescension. Comes with the territory of dealing with the language that is most famous for being unknown. It usually makes them over-excited about stuff to the point that they won't mind spending days explaining things to random people (witness how weak comp.lang.lisp is in the face of random trolls). (Just ask +Eric Hanchrow.)

Yet time and again they're pushed into positions that make it seem like they are. Like that time when someone wrote a post about catch and throw, revelling in self-admitted lisp-ignorance wrt exception handling, not pausing for a few seconds to see that they're right there, under the two slightly obscure names of ... "throw" and "catch" --- and instead gaily hopping onto C++ (the soupiest of all languages!). Is there any way to say "yes, lisp had this since the early 70s" without sounding condescending? Is there a way to note that lisp was very much the cradle of all flow control research leading to what you find in modern languages without the same?

(Instructions for the reader: complete the circle by concluding that this comment is condescending.)
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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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So... just to be contrary, I switched to a dumb phone.  My previous smart phone wasn't that smart anyway -- it was a Samsung Galaxy Y, Android 2.3 or so, and the only app I eventually kept on it was google authenticator.  (Other apps I downloaded and discarded were all from f-droid; my deleting them was more because I eventually realised I didn't need them).

Anyway, back to my new phone.  I went and bought a "Videocon V2EB1" for 1600 rupees (about 24 dollars).

Unfortunately, my wife and daughter hated it -- apparently it was not classy enough to fit my image (whatever the heck that means).  So they pretty much forced me to go and buy one that would not affect their delicate sensibilities.

So now I have a "Micromax X071", for the princely sum of 850 rupees (a bit under 13 USD!).  It certainly looks a wee bit more "sedate" than the Videocon but we're splitting hairs.  I dare not say that to them though, in case they drag me out to buy yet another one.

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying this phone so far.  I think touch is not that great if you don't need to use fancy apps anyway.  Being able to redial a number (to take one example) by simply clicking the same button twice is a pleasure I lost with my old Nokia 3310.  Same with deleting a text, and many other every day operations; it's just faster with keys!

(The biggest downside is this thing does not have T9 -- I am told it's some patent related reason, uggh.  I don't do a lot of texting on a regular basis, but there are occasions (like if I am in a long meeting and other things need to be taken care of) where that does happen, and I anticipate some future frustration.)
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It does indeed have one (320x240, how quaint).  It's good enough for the only pictures I ever take -- I do my grocery list by simply taking pictures of stuff that I've run out of and reviewing the pictures when I go to the store.

But the camera is in the back and I really didn't want to rig up two mirrors to make it take a selfie :-)  So I took a picture of it and the 2-days-used Videocon, using my old Samsung.  Will post.

PS: it also has bluetooth, (and takes an 8GB MicroSD) so I can still listen to podcasts while driving.  All this for 13 USD!
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http://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/how-why-is-ransomware

Goes into a lot of details about why ransomware is so attractive, but -- IMNSHO -- didn't hit upon the real reason.

Before ransomware, a cyber-criminal has to find something on the victim's machine which has monetary value to the criminal.

That's pretty narrow.

With ransomware, he merely has to find something on the victim's machine, that is of (at least notional) monetary value to the victim.

That fits a much broader range of content he can find on machines.
There are currently two high level targets for ransomware: consumers and businesses. The only major difference is the price of the ransom demanded
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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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So... I rebooted for the usual reasons (dnf update got a new kernel, and it's the weekend so why not) and now I can't make this happen.

I'll keep an eye out and see if it starts again, and if it does I will set nmcli to debug and contact you over email with details.  (Thanks!!)

I use Fedora 23, xfce spin.

One interesting thing about my setup is I run 2 X servers (:0 and :1 -- on tty1 and tty2 respectively).  The one that starts first, on tty1, is a low priv user, then I run "dm-tool switch-to-user ..." to start a second X session with a higher priv user.
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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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