Berkeley CSUA MOTD:2009:February:10 Tuesday <Monday, Wednesday>
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2009/2/10-17 [Reference/RealEstate] UID:52550 Activity:nil
2/10    I've mailed my landlord about excess withholdings from my deposit
        (certified mail), quoting legal code and all that. I'm going to write
        him a followup letter saying he never responded. Is the next step
        to go to some free legal clinic and then take him to small claims?
        Any advise? (I've actually been looking forward to this for a while...
        when I moved in, I knew this would happen so I've tried to keep
        good documentation).
        \_ It depends on where you live. Do you live in a city with a
           strong Rent Control board? You might be able to just go to them.
        \_ IANAL, but as I recall you can get triple damages on unjustified
           deposit withholding.
        \_ IANAL, but as I recall you can get triple damages on unlawfully
           withheld deposit money.
           \_ In CA, It's twice deposit + damages. I lived in LA and now am
              in SF. I ACCESS for free legal help but my landlord is in LA. --op
              in SF. I ACCESS for free legal help but my landlord is in LA.
              \_ Send the letter, but are you willing to go down to LA to
                 go to court?
                 \_ Yes. I go down there about once a month. He owes me $600
                    and double the deposit would be an additional $2K. Plus,
                    I've never been to non-traffic court, so I'm kind of
                    looking forward to the experience of sticking up for the
                    little guy (that's me).
                    \_ The ex-landlord lives in LA?
2009/2/10-17 [Uncategorized] UID:52551 Activity:nil
2/10    Remember Bushitler? Now it is Obamathedevil:
2009/2/10-13 [Computer/SW/Security, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:52552 Activity:nil
2/10    I have an sh file that does a mount.. the mount does an
        authentication. I previosly stored the username and password
        from zenity prompts. However, I can't get a return on the password
        field. The following only works on the username:
        mount -t davfs "" /mountdir << EOF
        It gets stuck at the password. Any thoughts? thanks
        \_ Expect?
          \_ the username gets passed and a carriage return then a prompt
                for the password is there but the ${password} doesnt get
                put in nor carriage return. so script is stuck
                \_ /usr/bin/expect
                  \_ can't use expect. this is an automated installer on other
                    persons machines. I would have to apt-get expect
                    No way to do it just with EOFs?
                    \_ would "for i in 1; do echo $username; sleep 1; \
                              echo $password"; done | mount -t ..." work?
                       It really depends on how the password is being read.
                        \_ that didnt work... same behavior
                    \_ No, this is one reason tools like Expect were invented.
                       See, e.g.,
                        \_ thanks.. i guess i have no choice :) excellent!
                           \_ Well, that's not to say you couldn't make a very
                              stripped down version of an expect-like tool
                              that does what you want, and ship that. Maybe
                              someone else has already done it.
                                \_ or use Perl Expect or Python Expect.
2009/2/10-17 [Computer/SW/Languages/Java] UID:52553 Activity:nil
2/10    So, what's the best nethack class/race combo?  I can't seem to make it
        past level 6.  I beat Rouge and uMoria already....
        \_ Easiest is Valkyrie, at least to get through the mines. You will
        \_ Easiest is Dwarven Valkyrie, at least to get to the mines. You will
           never win unless you read the spoilers and even then it will take
           hundreds of hours of play. The most fun class is mage, but it is
           too hard for a novice. -has beaten nethack many times
        \_ I just started playing Stone Soup (crawl) recently. I'm
           impressed with it.  Check out
2009/2/10-17 [Science/GlobalWarming] UID:52554 Activity:nil
2/10    Meat causes global warming: [new scientist]
        \_ The IPCC has said this for a while.  More greenhouse gasses result
           from the meat industry than from all of the transportation industry.
        \_ bullshit (literally). Thats mostly recycling carbon that was on
           the surface anyway (same argument the biofuels folks can use that
           they are carbon neutral).  The real villain is all the carbon we
           are digging up from deep underground and releasing.
           \_ I see your point, but isn't methane a more potent global warming
              gas, per pound of carbon, than CO^2?
              \_ By about a factor of 25, yes
           \_ So you reject the IPCC?
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