How is this headline for real?

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums. [...]

A license agreement John Deere required farmers to sign in October forbids nearly all repair and modification to farming equipment, and prevents farmers from suing for "crop loss, lost profits, loss of goodwill, loss of use of equipment ... arising from the performance or non-performance of any aspect of the software." The agreement applies to anyone who turns the key or otherwise uses a John Deere tractor with embedded software. It means that only John Deere dealerships and "authorized" repair shops can work on newer tractors. [...]

And a reminder to never trust a man with a pig farm:

Deere sold farmers their tractors, but has used software to maintain control of every aspect of its use after the sale. Kluthe, for example, uses pig manure to power his tractor, which requires engine modifications that would likely violate John Deere's terms of service on newer machines.

"I take the hog waste and run it through an anaerobic digester and I've learned to compress the methane," he said. "I run an 80 percent methane in my Chevy Diesel Pickup and I run 90 percent methane in my tractor. And they both purr. I take a lot of pride in working on my equipment."

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Posted Thu Mar 23 06:38:28 2017 Tags:

The cheater wants to eliminate the alternative minimum tax so that he won't have to pay tax any more.

Posted Thu Mar 23 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

US schools don't teach that the famine that made so many Irish people emigrate to the US was caused by landlords that exported food.

Posted Thu Mar 23 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

7 groups were blocked from entering the US to perform at SXSW.

It seems that immigration thugs suddenly reinterpreted the rules so that "internationally recognized" entertainers must get a work visa even to perform unpaid — and didn't inform people. Even if it isn't racist, it is the act of a jerk.

Posted Thu Mar 23 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

US officials: what we bombed was not the mosque. Look, the mosque is still there. Local people: what's still there is only part of the mosque.

This has the air of an honest mistake. Mistakes are not unusual in war; they may be especially in war. That's why the decision to fight a war includes the decision to make lots of honest but fatal mistakes.

Posted Thu Mar 23 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Cleveland has given the thugs that killed Tamir Rice no punishment, and only a dispatcher got a minor reprimand.

The dispatcher made a dangerous mistake, but thugs should not be so quick to shoot anyone.

Posted Thu Mar 23 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

Since the cheater used to run a for-profit college that cheated students, it is no surprise that he is now acting to promote that kind of business.

Posted Thu Mar 23 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

The troll's budget would make old people go hungry in order to feed the military-industrial complex.

Posted Thu Mar 23 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

US citizens: tell the State Department you oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.

Posted Thu Mar 23 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

SCROTUS and the troll want to cut the WIC budget which provides food for babies and pregnant or nursing women. The budget is already insufficient, so that some of the eligible people are left out.

Posted Thu Mar 23 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

The 'Fearless Girl' Statue Sums Up What's Wrong with Feminism Today.

Posted Thu Mar 23 00:00:00 2017 Tags:

A few minutes ago here at chez Raymond, my friend John Desmond says: “So, have you heard about the new Iraqi national anthem?”

I said “Uh, OK, I’m braced for this. What about it?”

He said “In the good old Sumer time.”

I pointed a finger at him and said “You’re Akkad!”

Yes. Yes, we probably do both deserve a swift kicking.

Posted Wed Mar 22 04:03:23 2017 Tags:
DNA Lounge update, wherein it's ancient history time.
Posted Wed Mar 22 03:16:18 2017 Tags:
Let's say, for the sake of argument, that you have a brand new nuclear weapon.

Let's not quibble for the moment over how it came to be. Perhaps you decided the Reliable Replacement Warhead program was a good idea after all and grabbed one of the designs that were put forward in the twilight of Bush/dawn of Obama and built it. Perhaps you had a brand new one whipped up and it's gonna be great! All that matters is that you have it.

But does it actually work? The computer models say it's A+, hunky dory, best nuke ever. Except now it's a physical object, not a simulation. Were the engineering tolerances right? Did we get the metallurgy down? WILL IT ACTUALLY WORK?!?! Unless you can convince the brass that it's does, they won't order this new design, much less deploy it. And you won't know unless you set it off, as a representative of a new fleet of nuclear weapons. And so begins the Choose Your Own Nuclear Adventure!

Atmospheric testing does have its benefits, namely that it's comparatively easy to do and, by jingo, people will know that you set off a nuclear device. Very showy and attention getting, great media coverage I bet. Here's a few demonstration videos. There is this one slight drawback in that Kennedy kinda, sorta signed a treaty and Congress ratified it 54 years ago that we said we wouldn't do atmospheric testing anymore. That will make some people very unhappy. But you do you.

Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

Posted Tue Mar 21 23:18:40 2017 Tags:

Maintaining cvs-fast-export is, frankly, a pain in the ass. Parts of the code I inherited are head-achingly opaque. CVS repositories are chronically prone to malformations that look like bugs in the tool and/or can’t be adapted to in any safe way. Its actual bugs are obscure and often difficult to fix – the experience is not unlike groping for razor-blades in the dark. But people expect cvs-fast-export to “just work” anyway and don’t know enough about what a Zeno’s tarpit the domain problem is to be properly grateful when it does.

Still I persevere. Somebody has to; the thought of vital code being trapped in CVS is pretty nervous-making if you know everything that can go wrong with it.

This release fixes a bug introduced by an incorrect optimization hack in 2014. It should only have affected you if you tried to use the -c option.

If you use this at a place that pays developers, please have your organization contribute to my Patreon feed. Some of my projects are a pleasure to do for free; this one is grubby, hard work.

Posted Mon Mar 20 11:02:52 2017 Tags:
Trommelwähler: Until now, I had not realized that there was a Drum Selector Telephone-shaped hole in my life. And people say I'm hard to shop for.

Posted Mon Mar 20 06:39:25 2017 Tags:

Planet Debian upstream is hosted by Branchable.