Dear beloved in Christ

Scammers are learning and adapting. Are we having a Christianity surge in the United States? Yes? Why not take advantage of that? Instead of people dead in a place crash, we now have a dying Christian convert. Here’s an example of new, religious context for the old 419 story.

DEAR BELOVED IN CHRIST,

CALVARY GREETINGS IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. I AM MRS. EVANGELIST REACHEL MIKE, A WIDOW TO LATE JOSEPH MIKE. I AM 56 YEARS OLD, I AM NOW A NEW CHRISTAIN CONVERT, SUFFERING FROM LONG TIME CANCER OF THE BREAST, FROM ALL INDICATION MY CONDITIONS IS REALLY DETERIORATING AND IT IS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT I WONT LIVE MORE THAN 3 MONTHS, ACCORDING TO MY DOCTORS, THIS IS BECAUSE THE CANCER STAGE HAS GOTTEN TO A VERY BAD STAGE. MY LATE HUSBAND KILLED DURING THE U.S.A RAID AGAINST TERRORISM IN AFGHANISTAN, AND DURING THE PERIOD OF OUR MARRIAGE WE COULDN’T PRODUCE ANY CHILD. MY LATE HUSBAND WAS VERY WEALTHY AND AFTER HIS DEATH, I INHERITED ALL HIS BUSINESS AND WEALTH THE DOCTORS HAS ADVISED ME THAT I MAY NOT LIVE FOR MORE THAN 3 MONTHS, SO I NOW DECIDED TO DIVIDE THE PART OF THIS WEALTH, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHURCH IN AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, AND EUROPE.

I AM WILLING TO DONATE THE SUM OF ($8.5, 000.000.00 M U.S.DOLLARS), TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED. SO I WILL LIKE YOU TO GET THIS FUND AND USE IT TO HELP THE POOR AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED ALL OVER THE WORLD.

I HONESTLY PRAY THAT THIS MONEY WHEN TRANSFERRED WILL BE SURE FOR THE SAID PURPOSE, BECAUSE I HAVE COME TO FIND OUT THAT WEALTH ACQUISITION WITHOUT CHRIST IS VANITY. MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS THE LOVE OF GOD AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY I AWAIT YOUR URGENT REPLY SOON ON MY PRIVET EMAIL ADD, (evangelistr…@yahoo.it).

YOURS IN CHRIST.

EVANGELIST REACHEL MIKE.

Thank God I’m an atheist.

Loud minority of color haters

I was struck by one sentence in the git-svn course.  It’s about the way a computer program displays its output. It’s about colors. Some people like to see code annotated with color, like this:

Colorful code

You can see, that keywords from the programming language are highlighted. Colors are a new channel of information transfer, highlighting code syntax allows us to use our natural ability of color recognition, to work with the code more efficiently.

Without colors, this code looks like this:

Code with no colors

Sure, you can still read the code. But… is the word “class” is spelled correctly? Are all the quotes balanced?  You don’t know, unless you examine it quite carefully.  With syntax highlighting, you can determine that by looking: is it yellow or not?

However…

some people hate colors way more than the rest likes them

…and that’s the reason why color highlighting is turned off in git by default. I once heard a convincing argument against colors: that command “ls” with option “–color” calls function stat() on every file it lists, which under certain circumstances is a highly undesired thing; but this argument was then followed by “real UNIX doesn’t have colors” (is it a form of a “real programmer” thing?), which destroyed the whole impression. Yes, sometimes you might want to turn colors off…

But why turn the option off by default for the whole project? The majority has to give in because of loud minority?

In a democratic system, and I believe Free Software movement is about democracy, software should be optimized for the largest benefit of the whole, or at least the majority.

If I find myself among the minority and I can’t get the majority willfully convinced to my option (without hate speeches), I’m going to give in. And I expect the same from others.

USB storage devices and gparted

USB devices like pendrives and external drives stopped mounting. I couldn’t work out what was the problem. dmesg showed that the USB device was recognized. Gnome volume manager was started. Hal and dbus also working. And my drives just wouldn’t mount automatically.

I’ve finally found a solution on forums.gentoo.org.  The problem was that gparted, which I happened to install a while ago, put this file into hal’s configuration:

/usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/gparted-disable-automount.fdi

I found the „true” part in the file, changed it into „false”, restarted hal, and voila, my drives are being mounted now!

Why was the file put in that place? The story is, gparted puts it there on start so usb devices don’t get in its way. It removes this file on exit. On graceful exit, that is. If it’s killed, it doesn’t remove it and the file just stays there.

Supernatural for Linux users

 I bet you guys have a hard time figuring out how it works with woo-woos. Here you have it black on white. If a woo-woo would be a sysadmin, they would do more or less:

$ dd if=/dev/urandom of=i-believe bs=1 count=$RANDOM
18676+0 records in
18676+0 records out
18676 bytes (19 kB) copied, 0.172968 s, 108 kB/s
$ chmod 755 i-believe
$ ./i-believe

And voila! All the work is done!